Please watch our video on Spelling Strategies. Keen-eyed parents-spot the spelling mistake!
Summer Term 1
Our current topic in Year 2 is ‘What a Load of Rubbish’
Wednesday and Friday afternoon
At Lymington Infant School we work in a close partnership with parents in teaching pupils to read. Parents are encouraged to read to their children daily and also spend time listening to their children read to them. We believe that a great deal of being a successful reader is the ability to discuss what has been read and use the knowledge to continually build a greater understanding of the world around them.
In school we try to immerse the pupils in a rich diet of wonderful literature and develop within them the desire and confidence to become successful readers. To support this pupils are taught a variety of skills and are given support and time to practise these.
The skills are:
- handling books and understanding how they work
- developing a bank of words that they recognise (key word walls)
- learning phonics (Whole school follow the government approved scheme Letters and Sounds and in Foundation they also use Song of Sounds)
- comprehension skills to develop understanding of the text
All these skills are practised in a variety of ways- individual reading, group reading, shared reading, partner reading to name but a few. We use a wide range of different reading schemes: Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star, Story Worlds, Red Rocket Readers, Treetops, Discovery World and Pearson Phonics Bug to name but a few. The children are also encouraged to read other literature appropriate to their age.
We also try to instil in the pupils a love of reading and the benefits of having ‘a book as a friend’. For more information on how to support your child with reading see the videos and handouts from our English Workshop.
Some of our Year 2 children have been visiting Oakhaven Hospice to take part in ‘The Acorn Project’. This is based at the Hospice and enables children to meet some of the patients in receipt of treatment for their life threatening illness. We have participated in such a project before and feel that the children can make a positive contribution to the hospice as well as being able to benefit personally, emotionally and spiritually from the experience.
Jane, who leads the project, took us on a tour of the grounds and explained why they are so important to the patients. We also saw the ‘Tree of Life’ which is a sculpture where relatives can place a leaf to remember their loved ones. The children enjoyed painting alongside the day patients and volunteers and produced a fantastic painting of The Titanic. They chatted to some of the day patients and volunteers and finished the afternoon off with juice and cake!