Our creative curriculum is continued in this year group along with preparation for moving up to Moorlands Juniors. Daily phonics teaching, as well as weekly Guided Reading and writing sessions continue in Year 2. Trips include a visit to Manchester Art Gallery and Chirk Castle in Wrexham.
Reading at Templemoor Infant and Nursery School
Reading is a great strength of Templemoor and this is mainly due to the excellent partnership between parents and school.
Our aim is to encourage and develop a lifelong love of books and reading in our young learners.
A child’s journey to become a reader starts with him/her listening to stories and sharing books. This is an invaluable way of showing that books are there to be enjoyed, as well as building children’s vocabulary. Through sharing books parents are modelling the reading process and showing children enjoyment and learning that can be found from reading.
Once children begin to learn to read, parents should hear them read, but also continue to devote time to reading to them so that children will experience a wide range of books and enjoy that precious time with you.
How are children taught to read at school?
Children are taught to read at Templemoor in a range of different ways:
daily Read, Write, Inc. phonics lessons or reading and comprehension lessons
weekly guided reading sessions with his/her class teacher (when children work in a small group with other children of a similar reading ability and read and discuss stories, poems and information texts)
whole class shared reading of big books
listening to class stories and poems
Children are regularly assessed in phonics, reading and comprehension to ensure that all children are making progress and that texts and activities are well matched to each child’s ability.
Children are also sent home reading books each week. These books are colour banded; each band contains a range of titles, texts and publishers. Children are placed in book bands for reading based on regular teacher assessments. Children can choose 2 - 4 books from the relevant colour band each week, supported by a teaching assistant. The number of books chosen depends on the child, length of text and/or the ability of text. Once the books become more challenging we recommend only taking 2 books per week.
Where possible it is important that children read books more than once at home to develop fluency, confidence and comprehension skills. It is also important to discuss the story, characters and plot and make predictions about what will happen next.
This year we have reintroduced Reading Records to enable us to further monitor which books children take home. We ask that you sign your child’s reading record when your child has read and that you record the titles of any other books that your child is reading, for example library books or any books from home.
The reading record is solely intended for use as a record of which books your child has read, teachers will not be writing/responding to comments in the reading record. If you have any concerns or questions regarding your child’s reading please speak to his/her class teacher.
In addition to reading books, each class has a well-stocked library of fiction and non-fiction books that children are encouraged to use to develop their love of reading. Each class has a recording system which the children are trained to use. Children can bring home books that they wish to read themselves or that they would like an adult to read to them. Children can change their books as often as they like, during playtimes or afterschool with parents. Children can also change their library books during Afterschool Club from a selection of library books in the hall. We also have a non-fiction reference library (outside Mr Hodgson’s office) for use solely in school. Children use these books to support their learning in the classroom.
Reading is fun!
Most importantly we want children to enjoy reading and develop a love of books. If your child is tired or reluctant to read please do not make him/her. Perhaps read to him/her instead or try reading a sentence or a page each. Remember little and often is better than one long session.
Hopefully you will find this information useful, please contact your child’s class teacher if you have any queries. We are looking forward to continuing our partnership in the year ahead.
Meet the Teacher Sept 2016
Information for year 2
At Templemoor, we deliver a broad and balanced curriculum that reflects the National Curriculum. We teach Phonics, Spellings, Reading, Writing, Handwriting, Maths, Computing, P.E. and R.E. Imaginative Learning Projects (ILP) cover Science, History, Geography, Art, D&T, P.S.H.E, and Music. Music this Term is Violin lessons by Trafford Music Service. P.E this term is on a Thursday and a coached session by P.E Sports Hub.
Celebration assembly is on a Tuesday, where children can bring in certificates from home. Golden Book assembly is on a Friday.
It is essential that you read regularly with your child. Your child needs to hear stories being read to him/her as well as reading aloud to an adult.
Your child has been allocated a day to change his/her reading books and may choose up to 2 or 4 books each week. In addition to this your child can use the class library whenever he/she wants. If you want to help your child choose a library book you are more than welcome to do this at 3.15.
Homelinks will be sent home on a Friday. These are suggested activities you can try with your child at home. They will support the learning that has taken place or will be taking place the following week in school. If your child would like to share their work with their class they can place it in the ‘Homelinks’ tray. Once shared with the class, the children take their work home. Homelink letters are also available on the schools website.
Each Friday your child will be given a list of spellings to learn at home. These will be used for a spelling test on the following Friday. Children will have an opportunity to look at their spelling score on the same day as the test.
Year 2 Assessment
In May 2017, Year 2 children will take some statutory national curriculum tests. We will be holding an Assessment evening on Thursday 24th November for more information about this. An Assessment letter will follow soon.
The School Rules state children are not allowed to wear earrings in school.
Please make sure that your child’s clothing is clearly named, including P.E. kits. Lost property is stored in the corridor outside classroom 3.
Thank you for attending today
Mrs Campbell Miss Evans Mrs Brown Mrs Hardman Mrs Butler Mrs Buckley