Welcome to Year 2!
I am Miss Mc Ardle, the Year 2 class teacher. The children in Year 2 are fantastic learners and we are having lots of fun learning different knowledge and skills in a wide range of subject areas. Please find out about our curriculum below...
During Literacy this year, the children will be learning about:
We encourage you to read at home with your child whenever you can.
Every morning, the children will have a 30 minute Guided Reading session. Each Reading group will have a focused session with me once a week. While I am working with a focus group, the other children will work on a variety of activities based on reading, comprehension and writing which will help them to develop their understanding of the text focus for that week.
Children will also read their home reading bools one to one with myself or another member of staff. On Friday, the children have 20 minutes of Drop Everything and Read! – this is a time when the children can read any book they choose. The children thoroughly enjoy this!
In Year 2, we love reading! We will be looking at many different authors over the year and it would be fantastic if the children could read some books by their favourite authors. If you would like to read any books with your children at home in addition to their reading books, there are many books to choose from in book stores or in the library.
The curriculum focuses heavily on spelling, we are encouraging he children to practise their spellings at every opportunity. The children will take home spellings each Friday to practise each week. We also have explicit spelling lesson in school daily in order to practise our spellings.
Every child has access to IDL Cloud, an excellent programme that enables them to practise spellings in different ways.
Spellings come from the statutory list from the National Curriculum for Year two. We will also focus on the Year Two common exception words.
During the year the following topics on Maths will be covered in Year Two:
In school we focus on learning the skills in our Maths lesson but also being able to apply it to real life problems and open investigations.
All children are provided with a Mathletics login which can be accessed at home. We actively encourage children to access Mathletics at home and in school in order to practise their Maths skills.
This year in science class 2 will be learning about lots of new and interesting things. Throughout the year children will develop their scientific knowledge by exploring, classifying, comparing, investigating and testing for a range of different topics.
Year 2 science topics include:
This year in our Geography lessons children will learn about locational knowledge, palace knowledge, human and physical geography and geography fieldwork through the following topics:
This year children will cover a range of History topics to deepen their knowledge about significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.
The children shall be following the schools ‘Come and See’ curriculum. Throughout the year children will cover a range of topics including:
The children will also learn about Judaism and another world religion throughout the year.
Children will take part in a wide range of PE lessons this year and will have sessions from many sports coaches in school. Below is the PE timetable for the year:
Art and DT will be taught explicitly each week by Miss Kronenburg and will often be linked to topics children are learning about in other subjects. The children will have lots of fun creating photographs, drawings and paintings based on their current topic. The children have many exciting DT and Art sessions to look forward to.
During the year, the children are listening to learning new songs from different parts of the world. They will also have the opportunity to accompany the songs using different instruments and playing a variety of rhythms. Also, during the second half of the Autumn term, the children will be preparing for their Christmas play which will be a lovely celebration of the Nativity story in addition to the children showcasing their immense musical talents.
Throughout the year, the children will be learning different computing skills through six topics:
We are astronauts – Programming on screen using the computer programme ‘Scratch.’
We are games testers – Exploring how computer games work.
We are photographers- Taking digital photographs and editing and enhancing their work.
We are researchers- Collaborating with others to find information using the internet and presenting this information using multimedia programmes.
We are detectives- Developing skills in writing, editing and sending emails whilst being aware of e-safety issues when using emails.
We are zoologists- Collecting, sorting and classifying data using charting software to produce pictograms and other charts.
Our PSHE topics throughout the year will cover a wide range of topics-
We will also be participating in the following SEAL Topics-
Throughout the school year the children will be taught about 'British Values', which they will learn through a variety of activities and subjects across the curriculum. It is an important aspect of their learning, and will include focus on; democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. At the start of the year, the children discussed different rules and our school Code of Conduct and we talked about the importance and necessity of these rules. They also agreed and signed a Class Charter to show their agreement of these rules. The class haven also taken part in the election of school councillors that will represent Year 2 on the school council. This gave the children a chance to experience democratic practice; the children who wished to be elected presented a speech to the rest of the class. The class then voted for the person they wanted to elect.