I just wanted to clarify the procedure for our weekly spelling tests, as I know there has been some confusion about our marking system.
Every Friday the children will be tested on their new words, which are derived from the Year 2 National Curriculum spelling rules.
When the tests are marked we of course look at the spelling of those words but we also look at a few other things as well.
We check to see if the word is legible (if we can't read it, we can't mark it), whether ascenders and descenders are written correctly e.g. if a p doesn't have the tail below the line then that would make it a capital or if an ascender sits on the line and is the same size as a regular letter for example if a k is the same size as an a. These may seem like quite small silly little things but they make a big difference.
These are two of the statements that the children must reach by the end of year 2 taken directly from the government's guidance on the assessment framework for what the children must reach by the end of year 2.
form lower-case letters in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the right place
form lower-case letters of the correct size relative to one another
I find if I'm strict now and embed this practice into their weekly tests then they are much more likely to meet this target at the end of the year. Although it may be a shock at the start of the year it very soon becomes habit and we are able to reap the rewards throughout the year. I explained all this to the children and explained that they shouldn't worry about this test as it's a great way to show off their knowledge and handwriting. I also told them that I am not particularly worried about their actual marks while this new process becomes embedded. As I mentioned at Meet the Teacher evening, please do not hesitate to come and see me if you have any concerns or queries and I am sure I will be able to help.
Thank you for your support and I'm sure we are going to have a great year.
Hello everyone and welcome to 2TL, I hope that you all had fantastic summers and made the most of the superb weather. I will post on the website throughout the year so please check it regularly for any changes.
Spellings will be given out on a Friday and tested on the following Friday.
Reading records will be checked and signed on a daily basis please read as much as possible with your child at home and sign their diary to indicate how many pages have been read or if they have finished the book.
Homework will be given out on a Wednesday and will be due in on the following Monday. Homework will alternate between Maths and English each week.
PE is on a Thursday afternoon with Mrs Moores and will be on Friday afternoon with myself. Please can all children bring a named PE kit and suitable footwear.
As the colder weather approaches please can children bring coats as it can become a little chilly at playtime and lunchtime.
Please don’t hesitate to come to me with any queries or questions that you may have, grab me at the start of the school day or at the end or if you would prefer a more formal lengthier appointment please make one with the office or write it down inside the reading diary.
I can’t wait to get to know your children better and see the progress they make.
Thank you for your support.