In Year 2 we strive to ensure that every child is confident, independent and happy at school. The children are challenged to reach their full potential through a stimulating, wide-ranging and fun curriculum. The teachers like to make lessons as practical and engaging as possible. Year 2 is the last year in Key stage 1 and in line with schools nationally the children complete a series of assessments known as SATs in May.
In 2017-18 the Year 2 teaching team includes Mrs Mastrilli (Year Leader), Miss Boland, Miss Weller, Mrs James, Mrs Majid and Miss Antoszczyszyn. The teaching assistants that support Year 2 are: Mrs Masters, Mrs Ward, Mrs Clayton, Mrs Prescott, Mrs Biswas and Mr Gardener (Learning Mentor).
Year 2 teach the following cross curricular topics:
- Autumn 1 – Fire
- Autumn 2 – Dragons
- Spring 1 – Space
- Spring 2 – Rainforests
- Summer 1 – Seaside
- Summer term – Growth
Teachers continue to focus on establishing pupils’ accurate and speedy word reading skills. Phonics lessons continue on a daily basis for all pupils in the first two terms. Pupils read, listen to and discuss a wide range of stories, poems, plays and information books. Guided reading is taught daily and shared reading is incorporated into English lessons. The focus is on increasing the pupils’ vocabulary and comprehension skills.
Speaking and listening activities as well as drama play an important role in preparing the children to write in Year 2. Pupils are taught to orally encapsulate what they want to write, draft and reread to check what they write makes sense. Sentence composition, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation are taught using a range of fiction and non-fiction text types including;
- Traditional tales from other cultures
- Non chronological report
- Adventure story
- Newspaper article
Handwriting. Pupils are taught to:
- Form lower-case letters of the correct size relative to one another
- Start using some of the diagonal and horizontal strokes needed to join letters and understand which letters, when adjacent to one another, are best left unjoined
- Write capital letters and digits of the correct size, orientation and relationship to one another and to lower case letters
- Use spacing between words that reflects the size of the letters.
Teachers in Year 2 build on the mathematical content taught in Year 1. Our approach is practical and the children use a variety of concrete apparatus including dienes, Cuisenaire rods, bead strings and multi link cubes to help them understand key mathematical concepts.
Year 2 study the following topics:
- Number – Place value, counting, ordering and comparing
- Addition and subtraction
- Multiplication and division
- Real life problems – Money and Time
- Geometry – Properties of 2D and 3D shape, position and direction.
- Data handling and statistics
The children practise and develop oral and mental maths skills on a daily basis. Reasoning and explaining their mathematical thinking is a focus in Year 2.
In Year 2 pupils are helped to develop their understanding of scientific ideas by using different types of scientific enquiry to answer questions, including observing changes over a period of time, noticing patterns, grouping and classifying things, carrying out simple comparative tests, and finding things out using secondary sources of information. Pupils begin to use simple scientific language to talk about and record what they have found out. Lots of our learning in Science is done through the use of first-hand practical experiences, but there is also be some use of secondary sources, such as books, photographs and videos.
Year 2 cover the following subjects:
- Identifying and classifying materials
- Living things – characteristics and habitats
- Animals including humans
- Scientist Study – Jane Goodall
- Healthy eating
History, Geography, Art, DT, PSHE and P4C lessons all link to our half termly cross curricular topic. RE is taught using the ‘Discovery RE’ scheme. Year 2 themes in RE cover aspects of Christianity and Islam. The children are taught Music and PE each week by specialist teachers.
In Year 2 children are set Mathletics homework and spellings to learn on a weekly basis. It is important that they read at home as often as possible. The children are responsible for changing their own banded home reading book. They are encouraged to do this 3 times a week. Please refer to the weekly ‘Peek at the week’ newsletter for additional tasks to enhance and support your child’s learning.
We welcome communication with parents. If you have any issues or queries you wish to raise with us, please, in the first instance, speak with your child’s class teacher. If they are not available, then please speak to Mrs Mastrilli, Year Leader.