Below will be a Tic-Tac-Toe of tasks that you can complete with your children throughout the week. We recommend to not spend longer than 45 minutes on a task at any given time as the children will need a break.
Thank you to everybody for your understanding. We are only an email away and we are happy to answer any worries or concerns that you have.
Little Bowden School subscribes to Oxford Owl spelling and reading resources.
They have created a brilliant home learning zone.
This includes online spelling practise, loads of ebooks and other activities.
Here are your class logins and instructions which will allow you to access these high quality materials:-
Google Oxford Owl
Click the Class Login button
Put in username and password
This will take you to the Home page for home learning.
2BM Parents- Username- year2bm Password- littlebowden2
2GK Parents- Username- year2gk Password- littlebowden2
Every week, Year 2 children learn a new spelling rule. The weeks spellings are broken into different sessions where we explore the words, find out their meanings and apply them to sentences.
Dots and Dashes
Children may use a term called 'dots and dashes' which is a game that the children enjoy. The children have to identify whether the sounds in words are a single sound (dot) or a digraph (dash) and they draw these underneath the words and count the sounds. For example, a word like cat would have 3 dots as it is made up of 3 single sounds. The word sheep would be dash (sh), dash (ee), dot (p) and there would be 3 sounds. Sometimes words have split digraphs like 'write'. In this case the i and e digraph are split up. Children will draw a smiley face to connect the digraph in this word. So 'write' would be dash (wr), split (i-e) and dot (t) resulting in 3 sounds.
This is where we add suffixes (a group of letters added to the end of a word) to change words.
A simple example is adding the suffix -er and -est
big- bigger- biggest
small- smaller- smallest
happy- happier- happiest
Children should be asking themselves the following question when spelling word changers:
Is there a letter I need to swap? Is there a letter I need to double or drop?
A dictation is where the adult says a sentence that the children have to write down using their non-negotiables
If we were looking at the spelling bigger, we would say to the class:
'Can you write the following sentence making sure that you remember your non-negotiables? My sister's dog is bigger than yours.'
Usually we dictate 4 sentences.
On Friday, we say 12 spellings to the children to check that they have understood the rule for that week. You could offer a prize if they get 12/12.
We just want to say a huge thank you to all of your hard work and support with the spelling program this year. It is a huge leap to go from phonics to spelling and all children have made huge progress this year. We couldn't do it without your support so thank you.
If you wish to, we have uploaded a final Secret Agent spelling test for you to complete. Good luck agents
We would encourage all parents to practise the common exception words from Year 1 and Year 2. We have uploaded 2 documents below which shows the common exception words. It is expected that by the end of the year, children are able to recognise and spell most of these words in their writing.
If you are in short supply of reading books, this website is extremely useful.
Go to the link below
Click on the Teacher Portal
These are read along materials. However, if you switch the volume off on your computer or device this will encourage your child to read aloud independently. Please choose a book which matches your child's current book band colour.