We read many books! We read our home to school books regularly to an adult at school, we read independently, we read in our English lessons and we have regular story time sessions. We aim to read 5 times per week at home (´Strive for 5´) and are rewarded with bronze, silver and gold awards every term.
In Class 2, we have a lot of wonderful books! These are organised into different categories.
We do all kinds of writing for different purposes. We write letters to our penpals in Kenya, to authors, to MPs and to companies. We write stories, instructions, explanations and play scripts, newspaper reports and information texts. We learn to recognise the differences between standard English and Cumbrian dialect, and between informal and formal language, and we begin to choose appropriate words to match the situation. We love to learn new words, and have a ‘word of the day’ that we practise using.
In Class 2, children learn to join their letters when handwriting. This follows from the work done in Class 1 on ‘lead in strokes’. We try to make sure that our ascenders are tall and that our descenders stay below the baseline. We follow the ‘Letterjoin’ programme, and have had excellent results! Our children’s lovely handwriting is often noticed by teachers from other schools who see our books.
We work really hard on our spellings, at home and at school. Spellings are matched to phonics for those in a phonics group. We have just 5 spellings to learn for our weekly quiz, to make it achievable for all children. We enjoy practising spelling in different ways, with playdough, magnetic letters, chalk and special pens. We learn mnemonics (such as ‘Why hate yoghurt?’ for the word ‘why’) and use word lists and dictionaries when we need to.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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