Firstly, happy Easter to all, and I hope you enjoy our lovely long holiday.
The children have brought home a good selection of things so do but please do not feel as if it must all be done. However I know that some children will be looking for challenges and many parents have requested some extra work. Ms Locke, Mrs Dalton and I have sent out the mini English and Maths workbooks to all the Y2’s. The booklets contain a good range across the curriculum and the children will recognise the points of learning. I have spoken to them about tackling any parts we have not done in Maths yet such as graphs and telling the time, suggesting that they could ask for help at home but not to worry and to leave it if it’s causing a problem. I’ve reminded them that in the Maths SATS they cannot use any counters etc and it might be a good time to practise this. This week we went over methods for addition and subtraction where we drew a stick to represent each 10 and dots to represent 1’s. We crossed out to subtract and totalled 10’s and 1’s to add. Sometimes we had to ‘exchange 10 of the 1’s for a stick of 10, e.g. in 39 + 47. The children can use any jottings they need to to work out the additions and subtractions.
There are some extra sheets on + and – word problems. Some children have brought home a reading comprehension booklet and it would be really good if mum or dad could look at this with them and really think about the answers to the questions. The children do not have to write the answers – this could be spoken work but composing written sentences would certainly help them focus on what they mean.
Some children have brought their handwriting packs home and it would again be good if they could show you their work so far and do some more in the booklets.
All children have spellings to do as usual.
Thank – you for your support at this time with homework. Do take time to enjoy the holiday too of course! Thank – you for the gifts, cards and good wishes I received today.