Notices & Reminders
Year 2 Updates
Y2 Parent Consultation
There is a link on the homework page for those parents that requested a parent consultation via zoom. If you requested a telephone consultation, then you will be called at the time that you booked. Please be aware that the 'no caller id' message will appear for these calls.
I look forward to meeting with you all.
Our current subscription to Reading Eggs has now expired and we have no plans to renew it at the present time.
The children will be returning to school next week so will be able to access school reading books, but in the meantime, please access some of the other online books whilst in this last week of remote learning. As I mentioned at the start of term there are other websites that provide access to online books for the children to read, and I have copied the links again below.
Don't forget to also access the World Book Day website to engage with lots of fun reading activities and resources.
World Book Day
On Thursday 4th March 2021 we will celebrate World Book Day. This is a global event where children of all ages come together to share the joy of reading for pleasure. Spending just 10 minutes a day reading and sharing stories with children can make a crucial difference to their future success and it’s fun for all involved. That is why World Book Day continues to encourage children and young people to read for pleasure through its work with authors, illustrators, publishers, bookshops and libraries.
On Thursday, the children will be working on one or more book related activities. Due to remote learning this will be slightly different to how we normally celebrate the event, but we will still be able to share, explore and enjoy books together.
Below is a link to the World Book Day website which has lots of good activities and resources that you might like to do at home. The audio and video books are a fun way of sharing a text with your child.
There is a particularly good resource that you may like to use which gives ideas for recommended texts under different topics and themes. It doesn’t give you the actual book, but it gives you an idea of books that are available that can be purchased for birthdays etc or borrowed from libraries when they reopen again.
The children will receive their book voucher as usual when they return to school on the 8th March 2021. These vouchers can be exchanged for world book day books which have been written by well known authors, or they can be used towards purchasing a text of your choice. You can exchange the vouchers in most supermarkets when you go to do your essential shopping, or you can hold onto them until book shops open once more. Most book shops are willing to extend the use by date on the voucher to accommodate this.
I hope you will join us in celebrating this event with your children.
Relaxation video - Relaxation session 1.mp4
During this period of remote learning it is important that you continue supporting your child with their reading.
In Reception, Year 1, 2 and 3 this can be sitting with your child and listening to them read. Ideally you should try and do this every day even if it is just for 5-10 minutes. It will help you all to keep structure and routines going which we know is good for our mental health.
With the older children it may not be necessary to hear them read as frequently, and so just catching up with them every few days about what they are reading would be a great idea. You can either listen to them read or get them to tell you what they have been reading and ask them questions. You could ask them:-
Are they enjoying the book? Why?
What do they think might happen next?
What has been the most/least favourite part so far?
Who are the characters? Tell me about them/him/her/it?
Have they read any other books by this author?
Which one of their friends would enjoy this book? Why?
Talking about a book is a great way to see how much your child has understood and engaged with the text.
We know that you may not have reading books at home that your child can access but there are several online sites that you can look at.
The Oxford Owl website has an online library of e-books that your child can read. We used this website during the first lockdown and you should be able to register for free and access appropriate books for your child.
You can select age appropriate books by either selecting the age of your child or if you use the Levels drop down bar you can select the book band that your child is on. If you are unsure check with your child as they should know, but if they have forgotten then email the class teacher and they will let you know.
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 still have access to Reading Eggs until the end of February. Your child can use this resource independently, but I think it would be good to listen to them read where you can. As the children become more confident with their reading, they should be accessing the Reading Eggspress site which gives them books they can read and quizzes once they have read the book. You should be able to find it on the home screen.
Each child should have their login but if you are unable to find it please email the class teacher.
Children in Year 4 and some children in Year 5 have access to Lexia which is an online reading site which supports the reading curriculum. Your child should have their own login. Please contact the class teacher if they do not know it.
There are many other online reading sites that you can access and it is good to explore them with your child. The Book Trust provides books that children can read along with
If you find any useful ones please share them with each other and let us know.
We will continue to update you where we can when we find helpful resources that will support children with reading at home.
The homework for this time of remote learning is just focused on reading so please make sure your child reads as frequently as they can. Reading is a key skill and is so crucial; it is more important than ever that we encourage our children to read and love books. Try and make the reading experience as positive as possible and please do let the class teacher know if you are having any difficulties engaging your child or accessing texts and resources.
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