Reading is so important: it could be fiction, non-fiction, magazines, websites – anything! Your child should be encouraged to read a range of texts for pleasure as well as for real life situations, not just the book they bring from home from school.
Reading to your child is really valuable for all children, so even a bedtime story counts!
Reading aloud with an adult is important throughout the primary years. Even if your child is a fluent reader, having a discussion about the story (for example, the characters’ personalities and actions, the ‘wow words’ used by the author, making predictions, answering a range of questions about their reading) is a valuable way to develop reading skills.
Please encourage your child to read daily and nurture their love of books.
By the end of Year 2 your child will be expected to recall the 2x, 5x and 10x times tables and their corresponding division facts. We will continually be practicing these at school and hope that you will support your child to learn these at home too.
Times tables learning tools
Useful items to help your help your child with times tables at home include:
A stack of coins – at least a dozen each of 2p, 5p and 10p. No cost, beyond the time it takes to collect up the change.
A pack of cards – take out the aces and Kings, count Jack as 11 and Queen as 12, and you can practise the full range of tables by dealing your child two cards and asking them to multiply them.
'Hit the Button' is a super program available online and also don't forget to use 'Education City' as there are many games on there that will support your child.
Key Instant Recall Facts
To help develop your child's fluency in mathematics, we ask them to learn Key Instant Recall Facts each half term. We would hope the children practise these at least 3 times a week at home.