Reading, Phonics and Spellings
In English, the children will continue to work on the phonics they have learned in Year 1, aiming to read words by sight without having to sound them out individually.
They will learn further spelling patterns and rules, and begin to apply those in their writing.
At Flash Ley, we ask that our parents and carers read at least 4 x a week with their child at home. This home-school relationship is vital in supporting your child’s learning. Reading at home and consolidating your child’s learning can have a huge impact on your child’s academic progress. We ask that you record in your child’s planner each time you read and whether you require a new book.
Please find below some useful links for when you are reading with your child at home:
During phase 6 children begin to develop their spelling, punctuation and grammar skills; learning rules for spelling and exploring word patterns (for example, adding prefixes and suffixes, learning to spell common exception words such as laugh and through).
In Year Two, your child will have weekly spelling tests. Spelling tests will be on Tuesday. Please practice your child’s spellings at home with them and record in their home planner when you have done so. School will record their test results in their planner for you to see.
How you can help your child become an effective speller?
Your support is invaluable! Parents and carers are able to extend what happens in school and help children apply their learning to the world beyond the classroom. Here are some tips to help your child become an effective speller:
• Make spelling fun, as children learn best through play – spelling activities are best seen as ‘playing with words’.
• Not only listen and read to your child but read with them as good spellers are often good speakers and good readers.
• Sort words into general groups; look at common patterns, as it is impossible to learn to spell every word separately.
• Discuss and explain why a word is spelt in a particular way as that way your child will probably remember how to spell it.
• Many children find computers highly motivating and there are some excellent resources available including the BBC website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/