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Staff and contact information
Mrs C Horsbrough
Key Stage 1 Leader
Mrs M Haque
Year 2 Class Teacher (2H) & Maths Lead
Miss J Grimshaw
Year 2 Class Teacher (2J)
Mrs S Hutchinson
Year 2 Class Teacher (2T) & History Lead
What will my child be learning this term?
How can I help my child?
One of the best things you can do to support your child at home is to READ! Research has shown that reading regularly has many benefits (See below)
1. Children who read often and widely get better at it.
After all, practice makes perfect in almost everything humans do, and reading in no different.
2. Reading exercises our brain.
Reading is a much more complex task for the human brain rather than watching TV, for example. Reading strengthens brains connections and builds NEW connections.
3. Reading improves concentration.
Children have to sit still and quietly so that they can focus on the story when they are reading. If the read often, they will develop the skill to do this for longer.
4. Reading teaches children about the world around them.
Through reading a variety of books children learn about people, places, and events outside of their own experience.
5. Reading improves vocabulary and language skills.
Children learn new words as they read. Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking.
6. Reading develops a child's imagination.
As we read our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures. While we are engaged in a story we are also imagining how a character is feeling. Young children then bring this knowledge into their everyday play.
7. Reading helps children to develop empathy.
As children develop they begin to imagine how they would feel in that situation.
8. Reading is a fun.
A book or an e-reader doesn't take up much space and is light to carry, so you take it anywhere so you can never be bored if you have a book in your bag.
9. Reading is a great way to spend time together.
Reading together on the sofa, bedtimes stories and visiting the library are just some ways of spending time together.
10. Children who read achieve better in school.
Reading promotes achievement in all subjects, not just English. Children who are good readers tend to achieve better across the curriculum.
Every child has been given a reading journal. We ask that you regularly check this as teachers will use this to communicate with you. Please can you sign the reading record once a week to acknowledge that you have seen it.
We are having a big push in school on mental arithmetic (calculations that children can quickly do in their head). We are often asked at parents’ evenings what can be done to help children at home with their Maths. Supporting your child to learn their basic number facts is a brilliant way of helping your child and it really can make a huge difference!
At Byron, we have a mental arithmetic badge challenge called 'Byron Blue' (See below). You can encourage your child to use the '1 minute maths' app and Timestable rockstars to practise their mental arithmetic at home. For further ideas of how to support your child with their Maths please head over to the Byron Maths page.
Each week your child will come home with:
- two pieces of Maths homework each week
- spellings to practise and learn each week
Your child will also have a termly homework grid. There are a range of activities on this grid and you can choose which to complete. There are four hand in dates throughout the term. Please click on the homework tab to see the homework grid.