Welcome to Year 2!
The class teachers in Year 2 are Mrs Marshall and Mrs Howie. Mrs O' Mahoney works with both Year 2 classes over the week. Mrs Tolley teaches Mrs Marshall's class all day Wednesday and on Thursday afternoons. She also supports Year 2 on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Mrs Bailey teaches Mrs Howie's class on Thursday afternoons.
Year 2 are supported all day by Mrs Chase and Mrs Griffiths.
Some of the Year 2 children still access support from our Nurture Group, Smarties. This is help the children transition back into class full time.
This term the children will all need a PE kit in school for one session each week.
Mrs Marshall's class will have PE on Wednesday afternoon.
Mrs Howie's class will have PE on Thursday afternoon.
These sessions will be outside and so the children will need a suitable outdoor PE Kit, including joggers or leggings, jumper and trainers. The school now sells an outdoor kit including joggers and a hoody.
Both classes will continue swimming on Friday mornings.
Phonics and Spelling
Our children take part in daily Phonics and Spelling sessions. A small number of children still access Phase 2,3 and 4 of Letters and Sounds with our Year 1 children. Some children review and consolidate Phase 5 of Letters and Sounds. The others will work with the No Nonsense Spelling Programme. This looks at spelling patterns, prefixes, suffixes, plurals and so on.
We hope to subscribe to an online Spelling programme shortly and information will be passed on to our families as soon as we can. The children will all have their own login details and will be able to access this from home as well as school.
The children will bring home a list of spellings to practise on Mondays. These relate to the Spelling Programme. They will also have an activity to complete based on these words.
During the Spring Term there will be a focus on whole class and guided reading. During these sessions the children will work on different skills. These include:
Some children will continue to read 1:1 with an adult.
We read a selection of fiction and non-fiction texts. The children can access the school library weekly with their class and during some lunchtimes or after school with their grown ups.
All the children will have a home reader book. This is their choice and they have the responsibility for changing it when they need to. It really helps children to read at home as frequently as possible - it does make a difference!
Some children may take part in our Reading Champions programme. This works on the children's pace and fluency. They have three 20 minute sessions per week.
We follow the White Rose Hub Maths planning.
In year 2 we focus on using concrete strategies such as Numicom and Base 10. The children will learn to use pictorial representations of problems. Both the concrete and pictorial strategies build towards the children using more abstract approaches.
We will be focussing on counting on in 2s, 5s and 10s from 0 and then from any given number. This will lead into learning the multiplication facts for x2, x5, x10. Some children will progress to x3 and x4.
In year 2 we focus on writing to entertain and writing to inform others. This includes narratives, descriptions, letters and instructions.
The children will be using the 4 sentence types defined in the Year 2 Writing Assessment Framework.
We also begin to introduce more of the Alan Peat Sentence types.
Much of our writing develops from our Mantle work. We also use texts as inspiration for writing.
During the Autumn term we had a geography focus to our class Mantle
Our team of 'Mythologists' guarded portals to different mythological worlds. They worked for a composer who needed to know more about the Firebird from Russian stories and they had a commission from a mystery client. This took them to China with the purpose of returning a dragon egg. We explored the differences between our local area and Dunhuang within China, including human and physical features.
As part of the RE curriculum we looked at the significance of stories within the Jewish faith and within Science we looked at life cycles and the offspring of animals.
During the Spring Term we will have a History focus. The National Mining Museum for England needs an exhibition about Children and Victorian Mines, with a focus on the work of Lord Shaftsebury and his mining reforms.
In DT the children will be designing and making a winch system to raise children up a mine shaft, as well as planning and making healthy pasties.
In Art we will be exploring the work of Lowry and his industrial landscapes.
In Science we will be exploring Everyday Materials and the importance of their properties.
Extra Curricular Activities
Throughout the year there are opportunities to take part in a variety of after-school clubs. Information about these is sent out when necessary.
Supporting your child at home
Reading: The children have the opportunity to change their reading book every day. We encourage their independence in selecting a book to share at home.
Projects: We will often send out a project for children to do at home over holidays linked with our Mantle work.