Year 2

Year 2

Welcome to the Year 2 section of the Queen’s Drive website. In this section of the website we aim to post details that may be useful to parents of Year 2 children.

Email addresses:

If you would like to contact us by email then please use the email addresses below. We usually check our emails on an evening on days which we are in school, so please ring the office if you have an urgent matter to discuss.

Class 6: Mrs Snape                s.snape@queensdrive.lancs.sch.uk

Class 6: Miss Boyes              s.boyes@queensdrive.lancs.sch.uk

Class 5: Miss Simmons       l.simmons@queensdrive.lancs.sch.uk

 Kind regards

The Year 2 Team – Mrs Snape, Miss Boyes and Miss Simmons

Home Reading in Year 2

In Year Two, your child will be given the opportunity to read online via Bug Club and Oxford Owl.  Bug  Club has a pre selected book for your child and Oxford Owl has a free choice range of books. We will also be reading with children in school 1:1 and with a group,

Phonics

The children in Year 2 do work based on the 6th phase of the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme.  In addition to this some children receive additional phonics support (usually on phases 2 to 5) to help them become more confident readers and spellers.  Children who did not pass the Phonics Screening Test in Year 1 have additional support in Year 2 and retake the test again in the summer term.

What is phonics?
When your child is learning to read there are two crucial things to learn:

the sounds represented by written letters (these are called phonemes)

how to blend the sounds together to make words.

Synthetic Phonics is a way of teaching reading and spelling.

Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent – so, they are taught that the letter l sounds like llllll when we say it. Children can then start to read words by blending (synthesising) the sounds together to make a word. The children also learn which letter or groups of letters (graphemes) make each individual sound (phoneme)

Why might I find phonics difficult?
Adults often find phonics difficult to grasp at first because they probably weren’t taught to read in this way when they were at school! As parents we often pass on the ways in which we were taught when we help our children at home and the phonics approach to reading can seem a bit strange at first. The children seem to get used to the phonics approach quickly as they are exposed to the phonics reading and spelling strategies from the moment they enter nursery. They are ‘phonics natives’. Most adults are not.

The Oxford Owl website contains lots of useful information about phonics. On the Oxford Owl website you can find out how to say individual phonemes and learn how to blend these phonemes together to make words.  Mr Thorne’s website also contains good videos for phonics.

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/

 

 

Year 2 Class Blog