At both schools we use a range of reading schemes, including the Oxford Reading Tree and Puffin Young Readers. Children are encouraged to choose a variety of genres to help develop their reading skills. At the Infant School children use a colour coded reading scheme which is closely matched to the phonic phases. They progress through this until they become ‘free readers’.
For group reading at the Junior School we use Scholastic's Reciprocal Reading Scheme to enable children to further develop their reading comprehension skills. At the Infants, children take part in guided reading activities and are regularly listened to read in school on an individual basis.
How to help your child at home
Please listen to your child read regularly at home and comment in their home school book when they have read. Support your child by asking them questions about the text, checking their understanding of what they have read.
In Year 2 this term, we will be writing for different purposes, including writing invitations, poems and instructions. We will be writing about real events, linked to our History topic. We will be using descriptive vocabulary when writing about dragons and castles.
In reading, we will be listening to, discussing and expressing views about castle and dragon stories. We will be using expression when reciting poems. We will learn how to use non-fiction books to find information about castles and learn how to follow a set of instructions. In phonics and spelling, we will be revising and learning new letter sounds, following the Year 2 spelling curriculum. Children will be set homework based on the new spelling patterns and words taught on a weekly basis. In handwriting we will be using the Kinetic Letters Scheme, working on developing a correct pencil grip and practising the correct letter formation.