Welcome to the Arohanui Syndicate page, featuring Year 2 children from Rooms 1, 2 and 3.
19th March 2014
It is important that your child is reading at home and that they are getting lots of practice with reading.
Here is some information to help support your child’s reading at home.
1. Always make sure it is fun and enjoyable: the books that your child brings home have been selected so that your child can read them independently or with some support from their teacher or yourself. If the books are too hard to read each night for your child then you can talk to their teacher about this, as the books the children are reading at home have been read in the class with the teacher or are books that your child should find easy to read at home.
2. Let the child take ownership of their reading: your child should be the one holding the book and reading the book to you. They should be able to discuss with your what has happened in the story before they read to you or after the reading. If your child is reading at level 3 or higher they no longer need to be using their finger to point at the words while reading. This only makes their reading slower and then makes them focus on the words rather than reading for meaning.
3. Reading should be smooth and phrased: encourage your child to be reading as if they were talking to you or telling you a story. Their reading should sound smooth and phrased not slow or word by word. A good way to describe this is to say “read like a story-teller”.
4. What to do when children don’t know a word: If children get stuck on a word they should be attempting to solve or decode the word while reading. This can be done by looking at the pictures, re-reading the sentences, looking at the letters of the word and sounding it out or looking at parts of the words such as blends or chunks they know. If the child is unable to decode the word it is ok to tell them word as long as they have first attempted to solve the word. (For names of characters or people in the story it is ok to tell your child this if they have forgotten, as names can be hard to decode).
5. Asking questions about the story: It is important that your child is understanding what they are reading, so it is important to ask questions about the story. This can be done while reading or at the end of the story. 1-5 questions is more than enough to be asking your child.
Below is some examples of questions you could ask:
Who are the main characters in the story?
What were the main things that happened in the story?
Which part did you like most? why?
Which part didn’t you like? why?
If you could give this story another title what would it be?
What would be another solution to the problem in this story?
Are there any new words you hadn’t seen?
What could be another ending to this story?
I hope this is information is helpful for you with your child’s reading at home. Please see your child’s teacher or myself for any questions regarding their reading or for additional support that we can offer for you at home.
Mr Norman (Syndicate Leader)
In the Arohanui Syndicate homework is as follows: Your child needs their book bag everyday at school to put their reader, spelling notebook and any notices/letters that they may have for you.
Reading: This should be daily and for 5-15 mins.This will be in the form of a reader supplied by their teacher or your child may have chosen out of their browsing box (Children may have the same book to read for 2 nights depending on the length of the book).
Maths: All Year 1 children at Holy Cross have been given passwords and usernames to access the IXL Mathematics Website that has been purchased by the school (Year 1 have just been added so your child will let you know when they have been given their password/username and the teacher will send a letter home). This was discussed at our meet the teacher night (any questions regarding IXL please ask your child’s teacher). Children are only expected to be on this for 10-15 mins each night and they should be working in areas of IXL that their teacher has asked them to be on (this is generally the area/strand the class is working on).
Spelling: Year 1 children are not expected to be learning spelling but because your Year 1 child is in the Arohanui Syndicate along with Year 2 children who do spelling, they may also be given some spelling to learn each week. This would generally be between 5-10 words to learn each week depending on each child. These words are given out on a Monday and they are tested on Friday.
Reading: This should be daily and for 10-15 mins. This will be in the form of a reader supplied by their teacher or your child may have chosen out of their browsing box (Children may have the same book to read for 2 nights depending on the length of the book).
Children in year 2 are being increasingly exposed to a variety of reading material so they may also have a novel, solo readers, comprehension cards or Bible stories to read instead of a book.
Maths-All Year 2 children at Holy Cross have been given passwords and usernames to access the IXL Mathematics Website that has been purchased by the school.This was discussed at our meet the teacher night (any questions regarding IXL please ask your child’s teacher). Children are only expected to be on this for 10-15mins each night and they should be working in areas of IXL that their teacher has asked them to be on (this is generally the area/strand the class is working on).
Some Year 2 children may have also times tables to learn to achieve their bronze award. It is not until Year 3 that all children are expected to be learning their times tables at Holy Cross School.
Spelling: Year 2 children are expected to start learning spelling weekly by end of Term 2 and they will have 10 words to learn each week.
These words are given out on a Monday and they are tested on Friday. Some classes may have started spelling earlier than Term 2.
In Year 2 children start learning the essential lists and then by the time they are in Year 3 they will progress onto the You Can Spell programme that Holy Cross School uses. (Some children may progress to You Can Spell 2 in Year 2 depending on how quickly they learn all 7 essential lists)
If you have any questions regarding your child’s homework please see myself or the class teacher. It is important that these routines are established early to help support your child’s learning journey (we do understand that there may be times that homework cannot be completed).
Mr Norman (Syndicate Leader)
18th March 2014
Kia ora Parents/Whānau
A letter will be going home on Wednesday the 19th March asking for your permission for your child to attend our syndicate trip to the Stardome Observatory on Wednesday the 2nd April. We will also require some parent helpers for each class. If your child is absent or you do not get this letter I have attached it below for you to click on and read the information.