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Home Learning - Kingfishers

Home Learning during School Closure

29th March 2020

Don’t forget to have a look at the homepage of our school website where there’s a list of activities for you to have a go at…the theme this week is ‘Spring Flowers’. I’ve seen loads of flowers on my walks and have been using the ‘Seek’ app (iNaturalist) to help me identify them. It’s such a lovely time of year :-)

**EXCITING KINGFISHER NEWS**

This week a species of kingfisher was photographed for the first time EVER! It is the South Philippine Dwarf Kingfisher and it was thought to be extinct. I’ve put a photo below but why don’t you see what you can find out about it? I've also put a message to you all on our class Kingfisher page.

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Given the  school closure, our Home Learning looks a little different. Whilst you are at home please continue to log on to Mathletics, use Purple Mash and read, read, read! Passwords for Purple Mash and Mathletics can be found in the front of your child’s reading diary. A wealth of companies are developing activity/home learning packs and videos which are being shared widely on social media....these are a valuable resource if your child wishes to use them and you find them useful.

Please log on to www.mathletics.co.uk so that your child can access age-appropriate learning activities and games.

Maths: Use dice and time yourself (we do 3 minutes in class) to see how many doubles you can do, adding pairs of numbers together, taking away from 10, making a compliment to 10 or 20….anything to ensure that your child is quick with adding and subtracting numbers to 20. Use money to count and add, find change, tell the time, work out how many minutes until an o’clock time, read a weather forecast, find the difference between temperatures or wind speeds. Estimate how much an object weighs, check to see if you’re right, if not how much out were you? Do a tally of feather colours, different birds, flowers, trees, leaves in your garden, use binoculars to count birds high in the sky….just keep using numbers and enjoying them!

Reading: 10-15 minutes at least 4 times every week

We have sent home a new reading diary with those children who are close to finishing their current one. Please continue to read and enjoy books, along with websites – a couple that we love are:

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/

https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/animals-and-nature/

Try to read a wide range, not just books – any reading is great and exactly what we do in class! For instance, this week we have been reading bird guides to find facts so we can write about birds of prey. Kingfishers love to sit at our classroom window with a bird guide to see what they can spot, they’d be delighted if you had a pair of binoculars they could use!

I’m also going to list a few nature orientated apps that I use, they are all free apart from the RSPB Bird Guide which is about £7. I know that these are all available via Google Play for Android, and are likely to be available for iPhone too:

RSPB (Giving Nature a Home/My Nature)

RSPB e-Guide to Birds of Britain (mydigitalearth)

Tree ID - British Trees (Woodland Trust)

iRecord Butterflies (Butterfly Conservation)

European Ladybirds (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology)

Seek (iNaturalist)

Kingfishers Home Learning – 12th March 2020

Spellings: the ‘ee’ sound spelled ‘ey’

key donkey monkey chimney valley trolley turkey hockey parsley journey

Please log on to www.mathletics.co.uk to find your child’s personalised homework.

You will find your child’s username and password in the front of their reading diary.

Maths: This week we have been working on subtraction – in year 2 we need to be able to take away a 2-digit number from another 2-digit number, for instance: 75-34= We are learning to work this out using a number line and have been practising counting back in 10s and 1s. If we are taking away 30 from 75 we would jump back 10 to 65, then another 10 to 55 and the final 10 to 45 followed by 4 1s back to 31. The children have worked really hard to become proficient at counting on and back in 10s from any number, which of course is helping them with subtraction.

Reading: 10-15 minutes at least 4 times every week

Please ensure that ALL reading, not just school books, is logged in your child’s reading diary – children are very welcome to log/write their book but home reading (even reading they do independently) needs to be initialled by an adult in order to count towards our Star Reader total which we count up every Thursday.

Kingfishers Home Learning – 6th March 2020

Spellings: the ‘u’ sound spelled ‘o’

other mother brother nothing Monday money cover honey discover wonder

Please log on to www.mathletics.co.uk to find you child’s personalised homework.

You will find your child’s username and password in the front of their reading diary.

Maths: This week we have continued our work on addition, subtraction and ‘fact families’ – the children have thought hard about whether number sentences actually make sense! We’ve used part-whole models to help us solve missing number problems, which has helped us with our mental addition and subtraction. We love practising our mental maths skills using dice and do this against the clock in class to see how many we can do in 3 or 4 minutes - throw a dice, what do you need to add to make 10? How many can you do in 3 minutes? Children need to know complements to 10 and 20 by heart.

Reading: 10-15 minutes at least 4 times every week

Please ensure that ALL reading, not just school books, is logged in your child’s reading diary – children are very welcome to log/write their book but home reading (even reading they do independently) needs to be initialled by an adult in order to count towards our Star Reader total which we count up every Thursday.

 

This week's home learning:

Kingfishers Home Learning – 28th February 2020

Please log on to www.mathletics.co.uk to find your child’s personalised homework.

You will find your child’s username and password in the front of their reading diary.

Maths: This week we have been working on number investigations which have helped to get our brains back in gear after half term! We have been using numbers less than 20 to solve problems which have involved adding and subtracting – this has helped us to see that you don’t always get the right answer first time, sometimes you have to try it out a few times and ‘play’ with numbers. We have used part-whole models to help us write addition and subtraction fact family number sentences. For instance, if we have worked out that 8 + 7 = 15 then we also know that 15 – 7 = 8 and 15 – 8 = 7. I’ve really been encouraging the children to check whether their number sentences actually makes sense, it’s easy to write down 7 – 8 = 15 when this doesn’t actually make sense. In each fact family there are 4 addition number sentences to work out – can your child write these 4 number sentences?

Reading: 10-15 minutes at least 4 times every week

Please ensure that ALL reading, not just school books, is logged in your child’s reading diary – children are very welcome to log/write their book but all home reading (even reading they do independently) needs to be initialled by an adult in order to count towards our Star Reader total which we count up every Thursday.

 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 14th February 2020

Spelling Focus: the ‘or’ sound spelled ‘a’ before ‘l’ or ‘ll’:

all ball wall call walk talk always small fall altogether

Maths: This week we have moved on to division which kingfishers have been brilliant with! They have linked it to their work on fractions and have used a number line to find a half, quarter and three-quarters of a number such as 12, 20 or 16. Our counting skills have been invaluable for this work and the children are getting brilliant at spotting different patterns – counting in 2s, 3s, 5 and 10s is essential in year 2 but we are also using our 2s count to help us count in 4s. When we divide we share dots equally between circles (jotting), as we did for fractions. Can your child share equally at home…something like pasta shapes, coins, sweets or buttons? We don’t need to know about remainders just yet but lots of children are starting to realise that sometimes you just can’t share something out equally.

Reading: We continue to love reading and have many opportunities during the day to read, be it reading individually or in a group with an adult, enjoying a book from the library, sharing stories as a whole class or reading text for our English and other writing. Kingfishers love spotting punctuation when they are reading, it enables them to see a real use for the punctuation we learn about and try to use in our own writing. We all love a book chat too. Don’t forget to log your child’s reading in their reading diary – they can do the writing and all you have to do is read with them and initial. They are incredibly proud of their reading skills!

Kingfishers Home Learning – 31st January 2020

Spelling Focus: adding an suffix to words of one syllable:

patting patted humming hummed dropping dropped sadder saddest runner runny

Maths: We have continued our work on fractions, this week learning about finding different fractions of numbers/amounts. We have shared equally between a different number of groups using circles and dots, so to find ¼ of a number we share equally into 4 groups. This is a great way to share out and important during Year 2 as children need to be able to do ‘jottings’ to work out number sentences and problems. We have learned how to find a half, a quarter and a third so this is certainly something to practise at home too!

Reading: We’ve been spotting a wider range of punctuation when reading – exclamation marks, question marks, apostrophes and commas. Kingfishers love to spot an ellipsis…we think of it as a ‘dun, dun, dun’ when there’s a cliffhanger! Can you child spot different punctuation in their reading book and use it when they’re reading? Can they tell you the full version of a word with an apostrophe (can’t = can not)? Please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read at home at least 4 times each week, in order to make good progress with their learning.

 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 31st January 2020

Spelling Focus: this week we have focused on words that we have been using in our independent writing over the course of the week so have been using independently:

New York high towers mischief police law France Philippe Petit

I know that many of you have heard about Philippe Petit over the last week; we have loved learning about his incredible story! Kingfishers have written about what he did and have worked hard on beautiful pencil sketches of him…we look forward to sharing these with you on Open Evening (Wednesday 5th, 6-7pm).

Maths: We have been learning about fractions so this week have focused on: equal groups, half and quarter. We have coloured shapes in equal halves and quarters and have also had a go at finding half of some numbers. At home you could talk about ways we use halves and quarters to help us share equally…pizza, cake, sweets and clocks are all great practical examples! Mathletics activities will reflect our learning over the week.

Reading: We’ve been spotting a wider range of punctuation when reading – exclamation marks, question marks, apostrophes and commas. Kingfishers love to spot an ellipsis…we think of it as a ‘dun, dun, dun’ when there’s a cliffhanger! Can you child spot different punctuation in their reading book and use it when they’re reading? Can they tell you the full version of a word with an apostrophe (can’t = can not)? Please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read at home at least 4 times each week, in order to make good progress with their learning.

Kingfishers Home Learning – 24th January 2020

Spelling Focus: adding a suffix to a word ending in ‘e’:

hiking hiked hiker nicer nicest shiny being shining scary scaring

Maths: This week we’ve moved on to using the multiplication sign and calculating our own multiplications using arrays (organised dots!). The children have really enjoyed using their counting skills to count up their totals…ask them to show you how to work out 3 x 4 using an array (all you’ll need is a felt pen and a pencil). As well as counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, we are beginning to count in 3s and even 4s (by using our 2s count to help – quiet, loud, quiet!) Don’t forget to log on to Mathletics – I have set activities to reflect this week’s learning and this is your child’s homework which goes alongside their learning at school.

Reading: We’ve been spotting a wider range of punctuation when reading – exclamation marks, question marks, apostrophes and commas. Kingfishers love to spot an ellipsis…we think of it as a ‘dun, dun, dun’ when there’s a cliffhanger! Can you child spot different punctuation in their reading book and use it when they’re reading? Can they tell you the full version of a word with an apostrophe (can’t = can not)? Please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read at home at least 4 times each week, in order to make good progress with their learning.

 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 17th January 2020

Spelling Focus: adding ‘ing’ to a word ending in ‘y’:

copying crying replying marrying carrying flying trying drying skiing taxiing

We’ve tried really hard to use this spelling in our writing this week and have enjoyed using the words in sentences – can your child write these words in a sentence at home? Are they able to change the root word (eg:fly) to its different ending (eg: flying)?

Maths: This week we’ve been learning about equal groups, in preparation for our learning about multiplication and division. It’s really important that children recognise both equal and unequal groups; we’ve taken a number – for instance 12 – and using counters, have seen how many equal groups we can split it into. We have used the language: “3 equal groups of 4”. Have a go at home with pasta, coins, buttons or sweets – can your child find more than one way to divide your number into groups? We have found that being able to count up in 2s, 5s and 10s is very useful and I’ve been delighted with the way that the children have manipulated numbers and spotted links. Don’t forget to log on to Mathletics – I have set activities to reflect this week’s learning and this is your child’s homework which goes alongside their learning at school.

Reading: Again, it’s been a lovely reading week…Kingfishers are brilliant at spotting punctuation in their reading books. This week we’ve been learing how to use apostrophes for contractions (they are = they’re). We’ve been using a range of punctuation in our writing this week – can your child find apostrophes, exclamation marks and a question mark in their book? Can they explain why each one has been used? Please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read at home at least 4 times each week, in order to make good progress with their learning.

Kingfishers Home Learning – 10th January 2020

Spelling Focus: ‘y’ changed to ier/ied/ier at the end of a word:

copier  copied  happier  happiest  cried  replied  tried  dried  driest  funnier

We’ve tried really hard to use this spelling in our writing this week and have enjoyed using the words in sentences – can your child write these words in a sentence at home? Are they able to change the root word (eg:try) to its different ending (eg: tried, tries)?

Maths: We’ve started off 2020 with Statistics – this means that we’ve been making tally charts and have even made our own pictograms. Kingfishers have really enjoyed gathering information about each other, such as favourite food, animal and playtime activities. Being able to count in 2s and 5s has proved invaluable as tally marks are grouped in 5 and we’ve drawn pictograms where each symbol has represented 2 people. Mathletics activities this week are based around our learning so please make sure you log on have a go!

Reading: It’s been great reading with all of our groups this week, I’ve been really impressed with the way that children have tackled some really challenging words and have been keen to share their ideas and answer questions. We’ve been using a range of punctuation in our writing this week – can your child find an exclamation mark and a question mark in their book? Can they explain why each one has been used? Please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read at home at least 4 times each week, in order to make good progress with their learning. We will start our usual reading diary monitoring (Star Readers!) next Thursday.

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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