Welcome to Year 2!
Meet the team!
Mrs Paige 2P & Mrs Abbott 2S (class teachers)
Mrs Williams, Mrs Hosking and Mrs Godfrey (teaching assistants)
Mrs Mitchell & Mrs Hooper (PPA teachers)
Dates for diaries:
Monday 6th January - Back to School!
Wednesday 5th February - Class 2P assembly
Wednesday 12th February - Class 2S assembly
Thursday 13th February - Paper Capers day!
Friday 14th February - break up for half term
Monday 2nd March - World Book Week
Thursday 5th March - World book day dress up
w/b 16th March - Parent consultations
Topics Covered Throughout the Year
Autumn Term 1 : Healthy Me!
Autumn Term 2 : Time Travellers!
Spring Term 1 : Rock, Paper, Scissors!
Spring Term 2 : Home Sweet Home!
Summer Term 1 : Here, There & Everywhere!
Summer Term 2 : Here, There & Everywhere!
Spring Term 1 : Rock Paper scissors
Our ENGLISH focus at the beginning of next term will be ‘exploring non-fiction texts’, including alphabetical order and ways to find a particular piece of information. Any home research into our topic would be beneficial.
In MATHS , we will consolidating calculation with number bonds to 20, commutative stories and learning our 2X 5X 10X tables ( for weekly tests!) and the division inverse.
In Science, we sort and describe different materials and decide whether they can be re used and recycled. We also think of how materials can be changed and whether these changes are reversible or irreversible- this will involve FOOD science!!
In ICT, all children will be shown how to understand online risks and the age rules for sites. We will use a range of applications and devices in order to communicate ideas, work and messages.
In ART, we will use a range of media to make collages out of recycled materials and magazines. We also use paper in a variety of ways such as tearing,. rolling, weaving and quilling. We will also be doing some observational drawings of Spring flowers.
In GEOGRAPHY, we look at weather patterns and record daily weather and rainfall. We discuss global warming and sustainable energy.
In MUSIC, we learn songs linked to our topic ‘ Eddie the penguin saves the World’.
In PE, we will continue to focus on dribbling and catching, turning and retrieving in football and unihockey and discussing the importance of exercise.
During PPA sessions in RE, children discuss qualities of a good leader and learn about the story of Moses and David and Goliath.
In PSHE , we will be thinking about our aspirations through a ‘Dreams and Goals’ project linking our school values of collaboration, perseverance and resilience
All children require a book bag in which to store and transport reading books, spelling books, home-school liaison books and letters.
A clear, medium-sized water bottle with a sports-flip lid
(in order to avoid spillage,please do not carry water bottles inside book bags)
Fruit & Snack:
ALL children in Year 2 continue to be provided with one piece of fruit per day.
However, children are invited to bring a healthy snack (clearly named) for their morning playtime snack.
Indoor PE : Thursdays
Outdoor Games: Friday
PE Kit : White shorts & T-shirt, trainers or plimsolls
No need for a tracksuit as we still get outside in Winter with coats on.
Please make sure ALL PE kit and Uniform is clearly NAMED
Useful websites to support your learning
(To practise those times tables!)
Please see the attached files below which outline the WRITING and READING objectives that we will be covering in Year 2.
Children in Year 2 will read with and adult at least once every week and will be given a 'reading day'. However, all children will also be involved in 'guided or group' reading activities throught each week.
Our main focus in Year 2 reading is on COMPREHENSION. Children will be required to use their skills of prediction, deduction and inference to discuss the text. Lots of practice at home will really help with this.
Please find time to read and discuss your books at least 4 or 5 times each week.
Children in Year 2 are expected to do a little more writing than they were used to in Year 1. They will be learning to join their letters together so any chance they get to practise their writing at home is of great benefit. We will be (hopefully) enriching our writing with lots of describing words and phrases, which again, can be practised orally at home.
Children will be getting used to editing and improving their own writing with 'purple-polishing pens'!
There will be considerable emphasis on GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION & SPELLING so be prepared for some new terminology!!
In Year 2 most children have 10 individual spelling to learn each week. These will be assessed in the first 2 weeks of term and then given out on a Wednesday and tested the following Wednesday.
These will include the First 100 High Frequency Words
As well as learning their spellings in list form, children are expected to correctly use their newly-learnt spellings in their writing.
Please find time to practise your spellings at least 4 or five times each week.
Please see the attached document below which outlines the National Curriculum Year 2 maths objectives.
The children will be learning in a variety of ways with lots of mental/oral work, group/collaborative work, partner work and of course some important written recording. They will begin to look for ways to correct their own work and extend their learning with next steps.
Here in Year 2 we will continue to build on the skills and knowledge that they acquired in Year 1. Initially, we will be working hard on place value (hundreds, tens and units,) and number bonds to 20
eg. 11 +9 =20 9 + 11 = 20 8 + 7 = 15 7 + 8 = 15
This will include knowing these facts by heart as well as being able to swap the sum over and apply these facts to practical problem solving.
We will also begin to learn our 2X, 5X and 10X tables and relate this to sharing/dividing too.
Lots of practical and fun measuring activities have been planned too so watch this space!
Whilst it is important for the children to regularly practise their reading and spelling, it is equally important to boost confidence in maths. Short, daily practice with addition/subtraction facts and times tables is therefore also recommended.