Welcome back, we hope you all had a lovely Easter.

We have enjoyed seeing all the happy, smiley faces in Year 2 this week and have been impressed with all the children’s hard work and kindness towards each other.

This week during our spelling sessions we have been learning to identify the vowels and consonants in the alphabet. We found out there were 5 vowels and that nearly all the words in our English language contain a vowel in them. We have also been trying really hard to say the words ‘consonants’ which has proved to be something we needed to practise lots!

Once we knew which letters and sounds were vowels we then started listening to the different sounds they make in words.

We noticed that some words have a long vowel sound in, such as, freeze, pool and tide.

 Other words hard short vowel in them like buzz, hiss and kick

Watch this video to find out more about long and short vowel sounds.

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Have a go at playing this game – how many words can you sort in 1 minute?


How to support at home 

  • Pick out the vowels in words when reading at home. Do they make a short or long sound?
  • Make a list of words with short and long vowel sounds. Do you notice any patterns?
  • Play ‘long and short vowe;s’ with your child – see link above
  • Help your child to practise this week’s spellings.