Welcome to Year 2
Hello and welcome to Year 2. For the remainder of the academic year, Year 2 will be taught by Mrs. Meadham and we will be supported by Mrs. Barlow and Mrs. Smith. Mrs. Barlow will continue to cover PPA time on a Wednesday afternoon. We are lucky to be supported throughout the week by several adult volunteers whose help we very much appreciate. P.E. takes place on Tuesdays with Mrs. Kipling and Thursdays with Mrs. Meadham. This half term we are learning netball skills and Bhangra dancing. We have a spelling test on Fridays.
Our Class Link Governors are Letizia Alterno and Ruth Broadhurst.
There are 29 pupils in our class and we have different learning places depending on the subject we are studying.
We have a writing table and a reading corner, with a range of texts covering fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
We also have a computing area with two desk top computers. At other times, we are able to use a range of school lap tops and ipads to enhance our learning.
In the morning we focus on English and Mathematics. We develop or reading through Guided Reading Sessions and following The Write Stuff writing programme and develop or mathematical knowledge through practical games, activities and problem solving.
In the afternoon we learn through challenges, focusing on Science, ICT, DT, History and Geography, Art and Music depending on our half termly topic. We also develop our spiritual social and emotional skills through RE and PSHCE.
We are rewarded through Team Points for the right attitude to learning, effort and behaviour. Our behaviour is monitored through the SCARF Behaviour system.
Each day someone will be awarded SCARF of the day! This is someone who has stood out in some way, following our SCARF principles.
S – Safe C – Caring A – Achieving R – Respectful F – Friendly.
Year 2 Curriculum
Whilst following the New Curriculum, we try to cover our topics in as creative a way as possible.
We study five different topics each year which are Science, History or Geography based. However, we are very good at linking all other curriculum areas too, for example, Art, Music and Design Technology, making for an exciting and varied learning experience.
Our reading and writing also links to our topics and we cover a range of genres. We read and write character studies and stories, learn about and use the features of non-fiction writing, as well as learning to write letters, diaries, instructions and poetry. We also have guided reading sessions which give us the opportunity, in small groups, to discuss whole texts and extracts from a range of authors. We also have the opportunity to change our reading books, daily, and are encouraged to write about the books we read at home.
In maths, we learn through songs, games, practical and written activities. We try to challenge ourselves with problem solving tasks and learn how important mathematics is, in everyday life.
Please can I encourage you to sign up for/install Purple Mash at home. Your child can access Purple Mash from home on a laptop, desktop or a tablet. Purple Mash is a safe environment that does not require any downloading or allow interaction with people online and children cannot make any financial transactions. We will be encouraging the children to continue their learning at home and Purple Mash is a great resource for this. Your child will be taught how to use Purple Mash in school and will be able to use it without supervision, but you may want to take a few minutes to explore it yourself so that you can help them with their work. Please click on the picture link to login to Purple Mash.
Note: You have already had your child’s username and password - please let me know if you need this again.
Spellings will be given out on a Friday and tested the following Friday. Children will have spelling activities alongside learning the spellings. Children will be assessed on how they apply these spellings in their independent writing.
Our reading books will be changed once a week. Please read at home with you child each evening and sign your child’s reading record. They are sent home for us to practise our reading and increase fluency, whilst our parents can enjoy sharing our learning too! We will also have guided reading sessions where other skills in reading are focused on and developed.
Your child needs their book bag in school every day as the day they change their books may change depending on the demands of the week.
As we progress through Y2 we will start Mental maths tests focusing on;
Fluency with basic number facts.
- Recall all number bonds to and within 10 off by heart and use these to reason with and calculate bonds to and within 20, recognising other associated additive relationships
- (e.g. If 7 + 3 = 10, then 17 + 3 = 20; if 7 – 3 = 4, then 17 – 3 = 14; leading to if 14 + 3 = 17, then 3 + 14 = 17, 17 – 14 = 3 and 17 – 3 = 14).
- All doubles and halves from double 1 to double 20 / half of 2 to half of 40
- (E.g.double 17=34, half of 28 = 14)
- Multiplication facts 2, 5, 10, 3 x tables
- Recall all multiplication and division facts for 2, 5 and 10 times table.
Design and Technology
DT is generally taught as a discreet project-based subject often with cross curricular links. The subject usually follows a pattern of researching, designing, making and evaluating. Children are encouraged to look at designs of related artefacts, carry out market research where relevant, use a range of tools and materials and produce a product based on textiles, structures, food or moving vehicles. The subject may be taught on a weekly basis or over a concentrated period of time. The subject encourages group work as well as peer and self-assessment giving pupils the opportunity to use skills from other subjects such as Maths, History and Science, bringing their own ideas to life.
In the Autumn Term the children will have PE on a Tuesday with Mrs Kipling and a Thursday with Mrs Barker. Please bring an indoor and outdoor suitable clothes in school colours) in one PE bag, which can be mixed and matched depending on the weather. Please make sure all clothing is FULLY LABELLED with your child’s name.