21st October 2016

21st October 2016

Focus for English:
Over the next two weeks we will be focusing on the skill of inference. We will be looking at a range of texts and ‘reading between the lines’ the children will become reading detectives. They will need to look for clues as well as what they know to understand the text further. 
 
We will be exploring the story of Harvey Slumfenburger and seeing how authors structure their books and use repetitive language to engage the reader.  Maybe you could discuss and identify this in some of your favourite books at home. 
 
We will be looking at different locations that Harvey may travel through and using our descriptive language to describe these. We will be focusing on the use of adjectives and extending these into an expanded noun phrase. 
e.g. The tall, rocky mountain. 
 
We have kept the spelling books over the half term and we would like Year 2 to practice the common exception words which can be found in the middle of your reading logs.
 
On the week we return from half term we will do a short quiz on some of these words on Friday 4th November.
 
We will be sending home personalised common exception word banks in the next couple of weeks for your child to practice.
 
Have a lovely half term!
 
Focus for Maths:
Adding two digit numbers and one digit numbers (12 + 4)
Adding two digit numbers and two digit numbers (14 + 12)
Adding three single digit numbers (4 + 2 +1)
Adding two digit numbers to 10s (52 + 10,  64+20)
 
The children will be using a range of different resources to support with this. We will also be drawing on our number bonds to support this. 
 
Focus for character development:
As a school we are focusing on the characteristic of responsibility. We will continue to look at this in the classroom encouraging children to take responsibility for their own learning, organising themselves and seeking the resources they need to support them. 
 
How you can help at home this fortnight:
English:
Look at some story books you enjoy at home, read together and discuss the structure of text and see if there is any repeating sections. Encourage the children to begin to think like authors, picking out words or phrases which stand out to you, discuss the importance of these and why the author may have chosen to use them. 
 
Please continue to support with our new way of handwriting and practicing the common exception words in the middle of the reading log- we are working hard on them in school and need to know them by the end of year 2. 
 
 
Maths:
Below you will find some links which are ICT games where children will be practicing adding. Please practice number bonds to 10, 20 and 100 as well. 
e.g. 3 + 7=10   18 + 2=20  98 + 2 =100
http://www.ictgames.com/catapultCountOn/index.html
http://www.ictgames.com/missingnumbers.html