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Thrapston

Primary School

Settling into Year 2!

All of the children in Year 2 have settled in really well, it's like they've been in Year 2 for ages!  The children are working very hard and they are tackling the challenges of Year 2 well.  Keep up the good work Hedgehogs and Squirrels! 

In English the children in Year 2 have been busy writing instructions over the past couple of weeks.  They have been thinking about using time words and imperative (bossy) verbs to tell people what to do.  We've had fun making things and playing games to help us writing our instructions.  In English we'll be moving onto diary writing.  We will be looking at the diary of Samuel Pepys to link with our Great Fire of London topic, however over the next week if you could discuss with the children activities they carry out on certain days, such as clubs etc then that will help them writing their own diaries towards the end of next week.

With our Great Fire of London topic if the children have researched any facts at home that they wish to share with the class then they would be welcome to bring those in.  Likewise if they have created any pictures, crafts, fact files or any other inspired projects that they would like to share with the class then we would love to see them.

Spellings -  In Year 2 the children are tested weekly, usually on a Wednesday.  They will be tested on the list sent home to them in their reading diary.  After testing the children we will add a sticker to say how many they got out of 10 in their spelling test.  Please continue to practise the spelling list already stuck in until the following test.  If children have spelt all their words correctly they will have a new list stuck into their diaries.  We will always aim to have this information in children's diaries when they bring them home on Thursday so you know which words to practise.  If you have any questions regarding this please feel free to ask a member of the Year 2 team.  Thank you for your on-going support with practising at home as well.

In Maths we have been thinking about counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10 from 0 e.g.

0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10...etc        0, 5, 10, 15, 20....etc     0, 10, 20, 30, 40...etc

Then from any number e.g.

7, 9, 11, 13, 15...etc          41, 46, 51, 56...etc        34, 44, 54, 64...etc  

Feel free to practise counting in sequences at home.

We have been talking to the children about whether they will say certain numbers in a sequence and asking them to explain how they know.

Some examples you may want to try at home:

1. If I start from 0 and count in 5's which of these numbers will I say?  (Choose)

45, 11, 80, 15, 23, 5, 20, 34, 76, 50  (I know that the 5's numbers all end in a 0 or a 5)

2. If I start counting in 10's from 13 will I say 83? True or False? (True - 13 has a 3 at the end/3 ones and if I count in 10's that number stays the same so I will say 83)  OR (True - 13, 23, 33, 43, 53, 63, 73, 83)

3. If I start counting in 5's from 15 will I say 64?  True or False? (False - 15 is in the 5's pattern and 64 is not in the 5's family because it doesn't end in a 0 or a 5) OR (False - 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65 - I say 65 but not 64 so it must be false)

Remember to ask your child to try and explain how they know encouraging them to use their knowledge of number facts, some examples of possible answers are in (brackets) with the questions.

If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the team.

Many Thanks, 

Mrs Evans, Mrs McMurdo, Miss Beasley