Mrs Ryall Miss Sleem Mrs Marshall Miss Cole
We are very to lucky to have some great people supporting us in Year 2.
Mr Lucas Mrs O'Mahoney Mrs Simon Miss Deakin
We have 2 classes in Year 2, with a total of 57 children.
Mrs Ryall and Miss Sleem job share in 2A. Mrs Ryall teaches Monday to Thursday lunch time. Miss Sleem teaches Thursday afternoon and Friday. 2A is supported by Mr Lucas.
Mrs Marshall teaches 2B and is supported by Mrs Simon. Miss Cole teaches 2B on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday.
Mrs O'Mahoney works across both classes; supporting in class and leading intervention groups.
A team of marine biologists monitor the midnight zone in the world's oceans. This habitat is unlike anything most people experience. There is no sunlight for a start. No plants grow at this depth. So how do things survive? What food chains exist?
A well known professor from the University of Hawaii is researching the creatures which make shipwrecks their home - microhabitats. The Midnight Minders monitor an area near to a wreck. What is this wreck? How long has it been there? The professor wants us to investigate whether our wreck is a living wreck and if so, what lives on it? Stormy winter seas can be treacherous, but the professor wants this information as soon as possible.
We follow the Year 2 National Curriculum for writing and we use "The Write Stuff" by Jane Considine to learn how to stack fantastic sentences and create stories, non-fiction texts and poetry.
Our writing is often linked to the work we do in Mantle; we write to entertain and inform as described by Michael Tidd on his website.
Spelling and Handwriting
Once the children have completed the Little Wandles Phonics programme, they move onto Little Wandles Spelling programme. This begins with a review of phase 5, but focuses more on spelling and writing.
The children also have access to the free spelling app and website called Spelling Shed. This is used to practise the weekly spelling lists linked to Little Wandles.
We begin by completing the Little Wandles Guided Reading programme with 3 guided reading sessions each week. These books are closely matched the phonics we are learning. We can also read these books at home via the eCollins website. Many of the children will move on to whole class reading. These lessons are three times a week. We look at new vocabulary, have a chance to read with a reading partner and on our own, as well as having the chance to discuss the text.
We read lots of non-fiction texts as part of our mantle stories and use websites like DK Find Out and BBC Bitesize.
Daily Story Time
In class we love to share a book. We read a whole range of books and texts. When we have read a book, it goes in our class reading corner for us to read again independently. We are trying to read more than 100 different books this year! But sometimes we just like to re-read old favourites!
Most weeks we have the chance to go to the school library and choose a book for ourselves.
As well as our eCollins books, we also choose a home reader and change this as we need to. These books may have some unfamiliar words in them, but they are for us to share with our families. Our grown ups can make a comment in our reading diary.
We follow the White Rose planning for Maths.
Four days a week we use the NCTEM's Mastering Number programme. These sessions help us to practise number bonds and calculation skills.
We also have a daily quiz. This challenge is to help us improve our fluency with number facts. Each quiz has 10 days of challenges. We love trying to beat our daily score. We can also practise these facts at home Maths Shed. This is a free to use website or app. We have our own logins. (The same as for Spelling Shed and Showbie)
Once we have cracked addition and subtraction facts within 20 we will move on to times tables facts. Some of us might begin to use TTRockstars for this.
Sometimes we learn science through our Mantle story. Sometimes we just do science!
These are the National Curriculum areas of study we focus on:
We follow the Worcestershire Agreed Syllabus for RE.
Here are the questions we think about in Year 2:
We follow the PSHE Association's Thematic Builder. Here are the themes we learn about in Year 2:
We have started to use the Teach Computing programme.
We love joining Rock Steady Music every week. We learn all about the different musical instrument families, music from around the world and musical notation. Each week we learn how to sing and sign along to a song too.