2021-22

Our teachers are:  Mrs H. Potts: Monday - Wednesday and Mrs L. Wray: Thursday - Friday

Our teaching assistant is Mrs M. Barlow

Our Class Link Governor is Ruth Broadhurst.

Our Class

There are currently 30 pupils in our class and we are all developing into super learners.  We focus heavily on kindness.

Our Day

In the morning we usually focus on English and Mathematics. In English, we are developing into excellent independent writers through a combination of The Write Stuff writing programme, topic-linked writing tasks and specific phonics, spelling and grammar lessons.  We love reading in Class Two and read daily through all of our curriculum areas.  We read as a whole class, in small groups, in pairs and individually.  We broadly follow the structure of the White Rose scheme for mathematics and further develop our mathematical knowledge through practical games, activities and problem solving. 

In the afternoons our learning focuses on Science, computing, DT, History, Geography, Art, DT and Music and is driven by our termly topics.  Each term we have a Science based topic and a humanities based topic into which we try to weave all other curriculum areas. We also develop our spiritual, social and emotional skills through weekly RE and PSHE.

Please see the curriculum overview document below for more information on our topic and learning areas throughout the year.

Rewards

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 award. This is someone who has stood out in some way, following our SCARF principles.

S – Safe          C – Caring        A – Achieving       R – Respectful         F – Friendly.

As a reward for their whole class togetherness, good behaviour and focused work, the children have periods of ‘Friendship Time’ throughout the week which they can ‘earn’ collectively. We believe this gives the children a shared goal, allows them to work as a ‘team’ and encourage each other.

Year 2 Timetable 2021-22

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

9.00 – 9.45

1st Session

Read Write Inc

 

RWI

RWI

RWI

RWI

Spellings

9.45 – 10.30

 

 

 

English

 

 

 

English

 

 

 

English

 

 

English      

Sentence structure

10.30 – 10.45

15 minutes

BREAK

10.45 – 12.00

 

 

 

Maths

 

 

 

Maths

 

 

 

Maths

 

 

 

Maths

 

 

Maths

 

12.00 – 1.15

LUNCH

 

 

Afternoon

 

Topic

 

RE

1.50 – 3.15

 

PSHE

2.00 – 2.55

PE

 

 

 

Topic/Art

 

 

 

Science

 

Phonics screening

 

 

 

Music/ICT

 

2.00 – 2.55

PE

Collective Worship

2.55 – 3.15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 2 Curriculum Coverage Maps

Please click on the link below to view the Class 2 curriculum at St Mary's for 2021-22. 

Please Note:  These maybe subject to change, as necessary to fulfil the ongoing needs of the curriculum. 

Year 2 Newsletters 

Please select a document from our half termly newsletters below.

File icon: pdf Year 2 Autumn 1 Newsletter 2021 [pdf 79KB] Click to download

Topic Resources - Autumn Term First Half

Please click on the links to access resources to support your topic work this half term.

External Link Icon UK Explorers
External Link Icon The World Around Us
External Link Icon Properties of Materials
External Link Icon Special Books
External Link Icon Maths - Super Movers - Timestable Collections
External Link Icon Spelling Shed
External Link Icon Oak Academy

Year 2 Treasury of Texts

As a school we want to promote reading for pleasure and enthuse your child about reading.  We have chosen a range of texts, from a variety of authors, with an excellent record of accomplishment in writing high quality children's books.  Please click on the picture link to find out more about the scheme or select the document below to see our Year 2 booklist.

File icon: pdf Year 2 Booklist [pdf 123KB] Click to download

Year 2 Curriculum

Topics

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.

English

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.

Mathematics

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.

Science

During science (Thursday afternoons) we will be looking at materials and investigating the book ‘Traction man is here.’ Through this we will investigate man-made and natural materials we will look at the properties and investigate the correct materials for certain jobs. We will be looking at how objects and materials can be changed (twisting, stretching etc). Please talk to your children about materials around the house and the outside environment.

 

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Home Learning

We would like to emphasise practicing basic skills for Home Learning. These are non-negotiable elements that focus on Reading or being read to, spelling and times table practice on a daily basis.

Spellings  

Spellings will be given out on a Friday and tested the following Friday. Children will complete spelling activities in class to complement these spellings but will need some support at home to learn these words well.  Our aim is that the children commit these spellings to their long term memory, rather than just for a test.  We want children to know the words well enough to then apply them correctly in their independent writing.  Please ensure your child has their Spelling Folder in school every Friday. We can then communicate scores and send new words home effectively each week.

Reading

Children can change their home reading books independently whenever they are ready for a new reading book.  Each morning on arrival in class children have time to return old books and choose a new book from their assessed level.  Please read daily with your child at home.  Fluency is the real key to reading development in Year Two and regular reading at home and school will see your child progress from phonetic reader to fluent reader.  Please keep a record of the books your child has read in the Reading Record and encourage your child to write about their favourite parts or characters, write a book review or compare the book to others they have read.

Maths

Children are tested on maths facts and then times tables each week in Class Two.  Tests are on Wednesdays and children will move through the times tables at an individual rate in accordance with their progress and development.  In Year Two we focus on the 2s, 10s, 5s and 3 times tables and look at both multiplication and division facts.  Throughout the week, we do lots of fun practical activities which support the children’s learning of times tables facts but any help you can give at home will also benefit your child.  We recommend accessing the Supermovers songs from the BBC website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/times-table-collection/z4vv6v4 and also the Times Table Rock Stars app to which school have a subscription.  Please send Mental Maths folders into school each Wednesday.  We will then communicate previous scores and send new practice sheets home for the following week.

File icon: pdf Advice for Parents - Year 2 Reading [pdf 50KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Fun Ways to Learn Spellings at Home [pdf 112KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 2 Reading Question Stems [pdf 219KB] Click to download

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.

P.E. - Autumn Term First Half

We have to make the decision that it is not safe to do PE outside due to the playground surface being unsafe.  In this event, please support us in our decision and be assured that your child will do some classroom based PE where possible e.g. Joe Wicks Hiit sessions or Cosmic kids yoga. 

Class 2 End of Year Expectations

Please select a document from the list below.

File icon: pdf St Mary's English Writing Expectations Year 2 [pdf 120KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf St Mary's Reading Expectations Year 2 [pdf 99KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 2 Mathematics Book Expectations 2019-20 [pdf 116KB] Click to download

SATs Support 2022

Please click on the picture link to visit our SATs support page.