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New to Year 2 top tips please

Discussion in 'Primary' started by v1c, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. v1c


    I'm about to move to Year 2 in September and are looking for top tips as this is the first time I have taught in the infants. I would like any guidance, particulary in ref to teaching letters and sounds and companion reading.

    Many thanks in advance [​IMG]

  2. There are lots of threads that people have contributed to this summer about teaching Y2 - perhaps if you search the forum you will find them without too much difficulty. There is lots of good advice on there particularly about classroom management.
    Can you be more specfic about what you need help with? Are you coming to Y2 with KS2 expererience or EYFS knowledge? Have you ever taught letters and Sounds before and need help with planning later phases or have you no experience of early phonic teaching?
    I am sure you will find people willing to help but you might need to give us more to work with!
  3. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Me too and I am sooo excited! Upper junior teaching has been great, but it is definitely time for a new challenge!

    Am back from my holidays now so can legitimately start doing preparation work for next term over the next two weeks. (Yes I know I have posted a zillion questions asking some sensible and important things and a zillion more asking trivial things, but hey that was just fact finding NOT work. Honest!)

    Ok here is a list of threads that have proved invaluable for me, but there are others as well. These are just the ones still on my hotlist. Some have links to others threads that are also good.








    Hope they help.
  4. v1c


    Thanks to minnieminx for the threads [​IMG]. This is my first post on the community so the thread links were really helpful. I've taught in the juniors for 3 years and so am looking forward to gaining some infant experience but I've not had any experience in teaching letters and sounds. I'm not really sure how long to do phonic sessions, how many to do etc. I've just been told to start on phase 5.

  5. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Are you going to be the only year 2 teacher in your school?

    Look at http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ for ideas. Only £12 a year, so not too bad, and there is a fair bit of free stuff.

    Also on the resources section here there is lots of bits.


    I think most people do 15 - 30 mins a day on phonics, every day. Some do it as part of literacy and some separate. If you have a TA then you can give her a group as well.
  6. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    I would start by assessing existing phonic knowledge.
    Your phonics session has 4 parts
    Revise all previously taught phonemes
    Teach new GPC
    Apply - blend to read segment to spell
    Practise - read and write sentences
    I teach daily whole class lessons usually about 20 minutes focused plus additional instruction of phonics in pactise during English lessons
  7. v1c


    I am, its a one form entry school. The website and thread look good. Thank you so much for your help.
  8. v1c


    Thank you very much for your advice, really helpful links.
  9. v1c


    Being a one form entry school, I'm the only year 2 teacher and the old year 2 teacher has left leaving no planning to work from. I don't think letters and sounds was taught properly last year as the teacher was on maternity and we had a lot of cover teachers. Does anyone have any Phase 5 planning they wouldn't mind sharing for me to work from as a basis? Any thing would be appreciated.
  10. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

  11. v1c


    Thank you for the link [​IMG]
  12. Year 2s are 'officially' meant to be on Phase 6 but most Y2s will still need Phase 5 reiterating - especially after the holidays - so it is best to start there and then judge their ability from that.
    We have an LEA phonics scheme that we follow that does follow L&S but has been tweaked slightly. I found the L&S document really tricky to understand and follow on its own.
    I know people don't advocate **********, but they have some "sound families" on there to show the different ways of writing each sound. I would take one sound family a week, and focus on one phoneme each day. So if I were doing the 'ee' phoneme I would show them the family, then on monday we would do 'ee'.
    So I might revisit the phonemes I did last week by showing flashcards, then I would teach the fact that the 'e' and 'e' make a 'ee' sound. Then we'd practice writing it, skywriting it with our fingers, etc. Then I'd teach them how to read or write a word with it in by segmenting or blending the sounds so "t-ee-th". Then Id give them one to practice and we'd go over it together. Then for the apply, I might dictate a sentence for them to write, or write a sentence for them to read..such as "I can see three teeth!"
    There's plenty of little games and things you can do within that and loads of ideas in L&S and online. I use sound buttons where I put a blob under each phoneme ('ee' being one phoneme, 'th' being one phoneme etc.)
    The next day, we'd do the same but with words where the 'ee' sound is written 'ea' (tea, beat, meat, etc).
    That is the basis of Phase 5. Phase 6 is alternative pronounciations, prefixes and suffixes and I have yet to get my head around that as Ive been in Y1 or poor Y2 before!
  13. Im happy to send you my phonics planning for the first half term by the way if you leave your E-mail.
  14. Could you post it on resources instead to save a long thread of email addresses?
  15. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    What s/he said!!

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