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Home Learning - Kingfishers

This week's home learning:

Kingfishers Home Learning – 6th December 2019

Festive Season: Thank you for your support in learning the poem words and providing a costume for next week's Christmas performance; this last week has been our main 'rehearsal' week and we are are looking forward to sharing our show with you next week. 

Spelling Focus: adding 'ies' to nouns and verbs ending in 'y':

flies  tries  replies  copies  babies  carries  cries  dries  marries  families

Reading: During this slightly 'unsettled' period, please continue to read at home and log in your child's reading diary. It is always lovely to see and hear about children reading a variety of books and texts from home and I've been delighted to hear that our little Kingfishers are spotting words all around them and realising how useufl reading is!

Kingfishers Home Learning – 24th November 2019

Spelling Focus: Words ending ‘il’ and ‘al’:

pencil fossil nostril pupil metal pedal capital hospital animal oval

It would be great if you could focus on these words when writing and reading at home; for instance, can your child spot any words that follow this pattern in a book when they’re reading? Can they write a sentence for each of these words? Can they find any more words that follow this pattern?

Maths: We’ve continued with our learning about money, it has really helped the children with their adding skills. We’ve been practising adding different coin together (1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20, 50p) and have talked about giving change (something that children don’t see very often these days!) by counting up. At home have a go at making the same amount of money in 3 different ways…can you make make 15p using 2 coins? How about using 3 coins or 4 coins? We’ve talked about persevering to find a solution and that there isn’t always a solution! Keep logging on to Mathletics, Kingfishers keep telling what they’ve been up to and it’s great to hear them sounding so enthusiastic.

Festive Season: The festive season is approaching and we are starting to prepare for our Christmas assembly already! I will be sending home poem words today for each child to learn by heart ready for our assembly, we will of course also be practising in school…your help in learning these words is greatly appreciated. For our performance, children in Kingfishers and Wrens will need to wear a Christmas outfit….think sparkly clothes and Christmas jumpers/t-shirts! Your child’s outfit will need to be in school by Wednesday 4th December – please put in a clearly labelled bag.

Reading: Each time you read please ensure that it is logged in your child’s reading diary – they are welcome to fill in thir reading diary themselves but every read must be initialled by an adult. It’s also important to log every READ, rather than every BOOK, as children are starting to read longer books which may take a few days to finish! We all look forward to Thursdays when we cane find out who the week’s Star Readers are! Please make sure that you log ALL reading (not just school books) and include magazines, websites, favourite home books…..any reading at all. In Year 2 we encourage children to be responsible for changing and choosing their own book at school, they have plenty of opportunity to do this throughout the day.

 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 15th November 2019

Festive Season: The festive season is approaching and we are starting to prepare for our Christmas assembly already! I will be sending home poem words today for each child to learn by heart ready for our assembly, we will of course also be practising in school…your help in learning these words is greatly appreciated. For our performance, children in Kingfishers and Wrens will need to wear a Christmas outfit….think sparkly clothes and Christmas jumpers/t-shirts! Your child’s outfit will need to be in school by Wednesday 4th December – please put in a clearly labelled bag.

Spelling Focus: Words ending ‘el’:

camel  tunnel  squirrel  travel  towel  tinsel  bagel  hazel  vowel  jewel

It would be great if you could focus on these words when writing and reading at home; for instance, can your child spot any words that follow this pattern in a book when they’re reading? Can they write a sentence for each of these words? Can they find any more words that follow this pattern?

Maths: This week we have been learning about money, a tricky concept these days as children are much more used to cards and phone payments! However, adding coins is a great way to practise addition; we have been adding 4 coins together to total different amounts and will aslo be working on making a set amount using different combinations of coins. It’s been great once again to see so many Kingfishers logging on to and enjoying Mathletics, it’ s a great programme for developing and sharpening Maths skills so keep using it at home.

Computing: This week everyone has been given their Purple Mash login, you will find it inside your child’s reading diary. This programme has a wealth of activities – we have gone to the ‘English’ section and then into 2Publish where some of us have started to draw pictures with accompanying writing about the continents. Feel free to log on at home and access 2Publish, it’s a great website to use!

Reading: Each time you read please ensure that it is logged in your child’s reading diary – they are welcome to fill in thir reading diary themselves but every read must be initialled by an adult. It’s also important to log every READ, rather than every BOOK, as children are starting to read longer books which may take a few days to finish! We all look forward to Thursdays when we cane find out who the week’s Star Readers are! Please make sure that you log ALL reading (not just school books) and include magazines, websites, favourite home books…..any reading at all. In Year 2 we encourage children to be responsible for changing and choosing their own book at school, they have plenty of opportunity to do this throughout the day.

 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 8th November 2019

Spelling Focus: Words ending ‘le’:

table  apple  bottle  little  middle  able  wobble  multiple  dazzle  riddle

It would be great if you could focus on these words when writing and reading at home; for instance, can your child spot any words that follow this pattern in a book when they’re reading? Can they write a sentence for each of these words? Can they find any more words that follow this pattern?

Maths: This week we have been learning about adding two 2-digit numbers together – we use sticks and dots to represent tens and units when we’re adding…if this sounds complicated ask your child to show you how to add together 34 + 18 (give them a pencil and felt pen first)! The children have done a great job at this and also enjoy using 100-sqaures to count on and check their work. It’s been great once again to see so many Kingfishers logging on to and enjoying Mathletics, it’ s agreat programme for developing and sharpening Maths skills so keep using it at home.

Reading: Each time you read please ensure that it is logged in your child’s reading diary – they are welcome to fill in thir reading diary themselves but every read must be initialled by an adult. It’s also important to log every READ, rather than every BOOK, as children are starting to read longer books which may take a few days to finish! We all look forward to Thursdays when we cane find out who the week’s Star Readers are! Please make sure that you log ALL reading (not just school books) and include magazines, websites, favourite home books…..any reading at all. In Year 2 we encourage children to be responsible for changing and choosing their own book at school, they have plenty of opportunity to do this throughout the day.

Kingfishers Home Learning – 1st November 2019

Spelling Focus: Common Exception words (words that are commonly used but don’t follow a spelling pattern/are not phonically decodable)

door  floor  again  wild  children  climb  parents  most  only  both

It would be great if you could focus on these words when writing and reading at home; for instance, can your child spot any words that follow this pattern in a book when they’re reading? Can they write a sentence for each of these words? Can they find any more words that follow this pattern?

Maths: It’s great to see that most people have logged on to Mathletics at home, completed the activity I set and played some games – it really helps with mental maths skills. I will be setting 1 or 2 activities every Thursday and they will need to be completed by the following Thursday in order to access the games part of the website. Certificates are given out a week after children have earned them at home due to the way the programme is set up. This week e have been working on our subtraction skills – subtracting a 1-digit number from a 2-digit number (eg: 56 – 5) and have been using a 100-square to help. We also use our fingers to help us keep track when we’re counting…they are an incredibly useful mathematical tool that we always have with us!

Reading: Please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read at home at least four times each week and log this in your child’s reading diary – reading opportunities must be initialled by an adult at home please. We will collect in reading diaries every Thursday and will be looking out for ‘Star Readers’! Please make sure that you log ALL reading (not just school books) and include magazines, websites, favourite home books…..any reading at all. In Year 2 we encourage children to be responsible for changing and choosing their own book at school, they have plenty of opportunity to do this throughout the day.

Kingfishers Home Learning – 18th October 2019

Spelling Focus: The ‘j’ sound spelled with ‘g’

gem   giant   magic   giraffe   energy   jacket   jar   jog   join  adjust

It would be great if you could focus on these words when writing and reading at home; for instance, can your child spot any words that follow this pattern in a book when they’re reading? Can they write a sentence for each of these words? Can they find any more words that follow this pattern?

Maths: We have started Mathletics! Your child has their personal login details on the inside cover of their reading diary (this also contains the website address). At home children can play Maths games as well as completing more structured activities. I will set an activity or two for homework each week and this must be completed before your child can access the games. The activity will reflect what we have been learning about in Maths over the week or something that we need to revise.

Reading: Please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read at home at least four times each week and log this in your child’s reading diary – reading opportunities must be initialled by an adult at home please. We will collect in reading diaries every Thursday and will be looking out for ‘Star Readers’! Please make sure that you log ALL reading (not just school books) and include magazines, websites, favourite home books…..any reading at all. In Year 2 we encourage children to be responsible for changing and choosing their own book at school, they have plenty of opportunity to do this throughout the day.

Kingfishers Home Learning – 11th October 2019

Spelling Focus: The ‘j’ sound spelled ‘ge’ and ‘dge’ at the end of words

badge edge bridge dodge fudge age huge change charge village

It would be great if you could focus on these words when writing and reading at home; for instance, can your child spot any words that follow this pattern in a book when they’re reading? Can they write a sentence for each of these words? Can they find any more words that follow this pattern?

Maths: We’ve continued working on our addition and subtraction skills, particular focusing this week on using a 100-square to help when adding 10; this in turn has helped us to add on 9 and 11 to 2-digit numbers. A key skill is the ability to recognise and add together numbers represented by dots (dominoes and dice), without having to count each and every dot – this helps children to break numbers up when adding, so recognising that a 9 domino can be 5 and 4, or 6 and 3. We love playing with dominoes in school…why not play dice and domino games at home too?

Reading: Please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read at home at least four times each week and log this in your child’s reading diary – reading opportunities must be initialled by an ADULT at home please. We will collect in reading diaries every Thursday and will be looking out for ‘Star Readers’! Please make sure that you log ALL reading (not just school books) and include magazines, websites, favourite home books…..any reading at all. In Year 2 we encourage children to be responsible for changing and choosing their own book at school, they have plenty of opportunity to do this throughout the day.

 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 4th October 2019

Spelling Focus: The ‘s’ sound spelled ‘c’ befor e, i and y

race  ice  cell  city  fancy  face  space  bicycle  circle  spicy 

Maths: We’ve moved on to addition and subtraction – in Year 2 we need to work with 1 and 2-digit numbers up to 100. This week we’ve worked on adding 10 and 20 to a 2-digit number using a 100-square; we’ve become quite confident at this. We’ve also enjoyed reading number sentences to check whether they are right/make sense and have corrected them if they’ve not been right – it’s really important to consider whether number sentences actually make sense and we often give them a little story involving sweets! At home it would be great if you could practise number bonds to 20, doubling numbers as these are the skills that children should be able to recall rapidly, without the need to work them out. Use dominoes or a dice to generate numbers and see how many your child can do in 5 minutes….in school we love to try and beat our own ‘record’!

Reading: Please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read at home at least four times each week and log this in your child’s reading diary – reading opportunities must be initialled by an adult at home please. We will collect in reading diaries every Thursday and will be looking out for ‘Star Readers’! Please make sure that you log ALL reading (not just school books) and include magazines, websites, favourite home books…..any reading at all. In Year 2 we encourage children to be responsible for changing and choosing their own book at school, they have plenty of opportunity to do this throughout the day.

Kingfishers Home Learning – 27th September 2019

Spelling Focus: ‘wr’ as a silent letter at the beginning of words

write written wrote wrong wrap wrist wreck wrestle wriggle wren

In school we carry out activities about weekly patterns and don’t have a test. At home you could: write each of the words in a sentence, practise writing each word without looking (Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check), look out for words in books when reading...

Maths: This week we’ve continued to work on the place value of 2-digit numbers and have focused on adding 10 to another 2-digit number (up to 100). We’ve used 100-squares to help but are getting increasingly confident to add 10 (and sometimes even 20 or 30) to by counting on by looking at the Tens digit: 32 + 10 = 42, because 40 is 10 more than 30. Odd and even numbers are very important – when you are out and about, can your child spot numbers and recognise them as odd or even by looking at the last digit?

Reading: Please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read at home at least four times each week and log this in your child’s reading diary – reading opportunities must be initialled by an adult at home please. We will collect in reading diaries every Thursday and will be looking out for ‘Star Readers’! Please make sure that you log ALL reading (not just school books) and include magazines, websites, favourite home books…..any reading at all. In Year 2 we encourage children to be responsible for changing and choosing their own book at school, they have plenty of opportunity to do this throughout the day.

Kingfishers Home Learning – 20th September 2019

Spelling Focus: ‘kn’ and ‘gn’ as silent letters at the beginning of words

knock know knee knitting knife gnat gnaw gnash gnome gnarled

In school we carry out activities about weekly patterns and don’t have a test. At home you could: write each of the words in a sentence, practise writing each word without looking (Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check), look out for words in books when reading...

Maths: This week we’ve been working on place value – the value of a digit in a number. In Year 2 we need to know our numbers up to 100 and should be able to write them as numerals in words. We’ve been partitioning numbers, eg: 56 = 5 tens + 6 units/ones, 50 + 6, and have used equipment such as bead strings, tens and units, numicon and tens frames to help us. We’ve been practising counting up in 2s (to 30) and 10s (to 100). Odd and even numbers are very important – when you are out and about, can your child spot numbers and recognise them as odd or even by looking at the last digit?

Reading: Please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read at home at least four times each week and log this in your child’s reading diary. We will collect in reading diaries every Thursday so please make sure that you log ALL reading (not just school books); please include magazines, websites, favourite home books…..any reading at all.

Please could your child bring into school an old, oversized t-shirt they can use in Art as a smock/apron – an old t-shirt of yours is ideal. I would appreciate it having your child’s name on it…thank you!

Kingfishers Home Learning – 13th September

Please send in any unwanted shiny paper and clean foil for us to use for our Art work...thank you!

Maths: This week we have been learning about numbers up to 100 – we need to be able to recognise them written as both words and numbers. It’s also important to know the value of each digit in a 2-digit number; if you show your child the number 24 can they tell you that it’s actually 2 Tens and 4 Units? It’s important to be able to count out objects accurately (up to 50), we’ve also practised counting in 2s and 10s, as well as thinking about odd and even numbers….so a busy week in Kingfishers already!

Reading: Please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read at home at least four times each week and log this in your child’s reading diary. We are more than happy for your child to log their own reading in their diary, it doesn’t have to be done by a grown-up and it’s a great writing opportunity but please make sure that your child’s reading is initialled by an adult at home. We collect in reading diaries every Thursday so please make sure that you log ALL reading (not just school books); please include magazines, websites, favourite home books…..any reading at all.


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