Year 2 Spelling Focus w/b 1st November 2021

This week in their spelling lessons, Year Two will be focusing on common exception words. Common exception words are words that do not follow the common phonetic spelling rules children learn in Year 1 and Year 2. These are also called tricky words or sight words as you must learn to recognise them, and can’t sound them out. They aren’t decodable using the normal rules and letter-sounds in phonics.

The words they will be focusing on include:

  • again
  • busy
  • Christmas
  • cold
  • eye
  • fast
  • father
  • old
  • parents
  • poor
  • pretty
  • wild

The children will not be tested on these spellings, but we will be looking for application of them in their writing.

Free Understanding Dyslexia Course

Nessy, an intervention that we use to support children in school, have made their Understanding Dyslexia training free to mark Dyslexia Awareness month. This training is suitable for both school staff and parents.

The short course has 6 modules but includes all the essential information you need to know about dyslexia. The videos are only 2-3 minutes long so don’t become overwhelming.

The training modules cover identification, an explanation of the neurological processes affected by dyslexia, intervention strategies, accommodations and the use of technology. Each module is followed by a short quiz to test knowledge. The training can be done on a smartphone, tablet or computer. The course takes about 2 hours but can be completed in bitesize chunks and a certificate is awarded when the course is complete!

If you are interested in developing your understanding of dyslexia, you can access the training, by following the attached link and then using TEACHUD in the apply coupon box at checkout to access the training for free.

Number Formation

We would like you to practise forming numbers correctly at home. This means you need to think about making sure they are facing the right way and are formed carefully so that they can’t be mistaken for a different number. If you are writing 2 digit numbers you need to check that you have got the digits in the right order so that numbers like 12 don’t look like 21!

Here are some activities that you can download and do at home to help you practise.