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.
Due to this technically being the Easter holidays, the activities this week are not 'curriculum-heavy'. We have really appreciated all of the work that you have sent to us over the past two weeks and we hope that you have enjoyed the tasks so far. Below is a few activities that you could do over the holidays and we would still appreciate any pictures and updates that you send in to us.
Of course, it is important to still read for at least 10 minutes a day and you can give children the opportunity to write things like Easter cards and shopping lists. Children will still have access to TT Rockstars and My Maths as well as some of the other resources we have mentioned.
What is important is that children use this time to recharge, reflect and spend quality time with their families.
From all of us in Year 2, we wish you a Happy Easter.
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.
Spellings for EASTER
Usually over Easter holidays, we would encourage all parents to practise the common exception words from Year 1 and Year 2 in preparation for assessment. 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.