Home Learning

Home Learning


Please read with your child every day.  The first time they read their book please help them use phonic skills to decode new words, or recognise words that cannot be decoded.  Help them to understand new vocabulary.  The next time they read their book please help them read fluently with expression.  Finally, please ask questions about the book helping them use the text to answer.

If your child has a Lexia account please use this at home.  Lexia can be accessed using this link:


If you need the teacher email to access Lexia at home please use:  lexia@southill.dorset.sch.uk

A small number of children are now ready to take book quizzes and have been shown how to do this. They have their login details inside the front cover of their reading diaries. This is the link to access quizzes at home:



Next week’s words are:


Parents: We are now following the year 2 curriculum for spellings. Many of these words will be in sets with common or alternative spelling patterns. For the first few weeks our focus is homophones – same sound; different spelling – their meaning and use in context. Other words have more complex or unusual spelling patterns and are on the list of common exception words for year 2. Later, we will be looking at how suffixes are added to the end of root words and how the spelling of the root word might need to change (e.g. ‘drop the ‘e’ add the suffix). The children are being taught strategies for learning spellings as part of their work at school.  Please encourage them to practice at home during the week and carry out an occasional test to prepare them for Friday morning.  When your children are confident spelling the words please encourage them to use them in sentences.  This will help with understanding and using the words in context.  They could also explore more words with these spelling patterns and bring them to school to share with us.  They will be tested by writing the words in dictated sentences.

Mental Maths

Learn to recite the two times table.

Test: answer the questions, in any order. E.g. 2 x 6 = ___, 10 x 2 = ___

The children now have logins for TT Rockstars. This can be accessed here:


When they login for  the first time they will need to choose a rockstart name (avatar). Then they can choose games to play. If they want to go up the leader board and achieve Rockstar status they should choose ‘studio’. If they would prefer to choose just the two times table to practise they need to play ‘jamming’. Any questions – please ask.