We have a number of online resources, to help you to practise your skills when at home. These are linked below. Please see your teacher if you need a reminder of your log in.
All pupils in reception and year one are taught to read using the Read Write Inc. scheme. Read Write Inc.is a programme developed by Ruth Miskin, and is taught in over 5000 schools in the United Kingdom. The programme systematically teaches all of the common sounds in the English language, helping pupils to recognise the sounds and then to ‘sound-blend’ them into words for reading. Children become fluent readers and confident speakers as a result of this method of teaching.
Reception and year one pupils receive 30 minutes of RWI each day. Children in year one are required to take a statutory check to assess their phonic ability.
This year, because of pupils missing out on their phonics screening test in Year 1, Year 2 will continue with their phonics teaching.
Although we have year group bubbles where possible, there may be limited occasions when children in year 1 and 2 mix for their phonics lessons.
Please rest assured that a robust risk assessment has been carried out and will be adhered to to ensure that the children within the different year groups are not in close contact with each other, if ever they are within the same bubble. Phonics bubbles have been created to ensure that your child makes the best progress possible.
The risk assessment has been checked and agreed with Durham County Council Health and Safety department and the new safety measures have been sent to parents.
Once Y2 are confident with their RWI, we will move on to teaching the spelling rules set out in the national curriculum. We use a range of games and activities to help pupils gain a deep understanding of the spelling rules and when they do and don’t apply, in context. We then carefully plan for pupils to practise using these words in their writing, teaching editing and improving strategies to encourage self-correction. Some pupils also continue with their phonics work. If you wish to help your child with spelling at home, please practise the following words, taken from the word list from the national curriculum for Y2.
In year 2, reading is taught regularly for 30 minutes. Year 2 is an introduction to the reciprocal approach, giving the pupils different roles (predictor, clarifier, questioner and summariser), which promotes independence and maximum involvement from pupils, rather than sessions being teacher led. In year 2, the main focus is retrieval and questioning, preparing pupils for the full set of roles towards the end of the year.
In addition, pupils will hear a class novel at least 3 times per week, as well as having access to the library every week to choose a book for pleasure.
Year 2 have music lessons every Tuesday morning. ‘Little Fingers’ is a programme delivered by Durham Music Service and encourages pupils to listen to music and identify key instruments, as well as rhythm work, singing, as well as working with instruments. Due to Covid, the singing part of the programme is currently on hold.
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If you have any questions or queries about learning or homework, or general enquiries about school, please do not hesitate to get in touch. firstname.lastname@example.org
Please download our SIMs app. Your child’s class teacher will communicate with you via the app, giving reminders about what they need to bring to school, and also to share positive moments and celebrate your child’s achievements.
If you require help with how to sign up to the SIMs app, please call the office and ask for Mrs Burton.