Lockdown English Learning at Home
English is an absolutely massive subject that is very easy to incorporate into lots of other learning. There are three main areas of English we teach in school, these are: reading, writing and phonics.
BBC Bitesize Daily are producing daily English lessons which are fab and cover many different areas so if you haven't looked already this is a good starting place:
Most of your children now have good phonic knowledge and can apply it to both their reading and writing. If your child did not pass the Year 1 phonics test or appears to be struggling to segment (sound out) or blend (read phonetically) then they may benefit from some phonics revision. There are two websites we would recommend for this these are Phonicsplay and Letters and Sounds. If your child did pass the Year 1 screening and appears to be doing well with their blending and segmenting they will be working through Phase 6. Phonicsplay is a website that has lots of games linked to different sounds and Letters and Sounds are some lessons that have been released by the government during this lockdown period.
Letters and Sounds *only for children working below the Phase 6 work*: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP_FbjYUP_UtldV2K_-niWw/
Reading - most of your children are now competent readers and can have a go at reading most words. The focus for reading in Year 2 is now much more the comprehension and inference aspect of reading. As you will see from the sample SATs papers that were sent home the children now need to fully understand what they have read in order to answer questions on the text. Although we use reading scheme books at school and below are some websites to access these, encourage your children to also read 'real' books that follow their interests. This will help them develop a love for reading!
Reading Scheme Books - Oxford Owl:
Reading Scheme Books - Collins Big Cat:
(Note you will need to use the login to access these - Username: firstname.lastname@example.org and Password: Parents20!)
The final, and most tricky, area to teach is writing. You may be finding it difficult to know where to start and how to get a reluctant child to write. Start by finding an topic or subject your child is interested in, or finding a purpose e.g. writing a letter to send to a loved one. By making it something that follows their interest or a purpose makes the children see it as less mundane. If your child loves lego can they write a set of instructions to teach you to build something? If your child loves learning about animals or unicorns or pirates can they write a fact file or a story incorporating them? Writing is split into different areas - spelling, handwriting, grammar and punctuation. Please see the videos below to help more with teaching this.
As well as all of the above fantastic resources, we will take this opportunity to remind you about the Nessy website which has a range of reading, phonics and spellings activities for the children, as well as Purple Mash where writing, spelling or grammar tasks are added weekly.
Let us know if there is anything else we can do to help.
The Year 2 Team