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Year 2 Parent
A fantastic way of supporting your child's literacy skills is by reading a vast range of different types of books. Books inspire and stimulate a child's imagination and can also help with their understanding of punctuation and word types.
Spend time enjoying stories and facts but also recap on their reading. Can they retell or summarise the story plot or facts? What might happen next? Why has the character behaved in a specific way? Can they find clues in the text and the picture? Perhaps talk about any new words- what do they mean? Can they put them in a sentence?
All year groups will be looking at a few fairy tales. It would be lovely if the children could read more of these at home so they become familiar with the repeating patterns and phrases.
A few suggestions would be:
The Frog Prince
The Princess and the Pea
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Little Red Riding Hood
A visit to the local library or just a browse around a book shop may appeal to the most reluctant reader and don't forget the power of picture books and comics!
If your child wanted, they could write a book review or draw their favourite part of a book and bring it into school to share with their class mates. Or be creative and take part in our half term challenges. In February, children were asked to create a collage, picture or scene from their favourite book. We had some amazing work produced that is now displayed in school.
Other useful websites
http://mrthorne.com/ - For phonics and how pure sounds should sound
Spellings and Keywords- reading and writing
As part of the curriculum, the children must learn to read and write specific words that are not always easy to sound out due to the stage they are working at within their phonics learning. In school, we call these words keywords. It would be extremely beneficial to practise sight reading these words, and when the children feel confident, to begin to spell them. A copy of these words are included below.
The children must also learn to apply spelling rules in year 1 and year 2. Again, it would be helpful to discuss these with your child and look for examples in their reading and when you are out and about.
You can also visit the Oxford Owl website where you can read many e-books linked to our school reading scheme for free. The e-books can be shared at home and read independently or there is also an audio option to read along with them. This provides an exciting new opportunity to make reading more accessible and fun.
To support reading and writing, and other areas of the curriculum, we have a purple mash subscription. Again, this is web based and will be used in the classroom however it can also be accessed at home for the children to have a go at different projects, carry out research and share some of their work that has been completed in class. The children have their login details and it can be accessed via the link.
Help & support resources to download and print