Welcome to our Year 2 children and families!
Below you can see the Year 2 team.
Here are the teaching staff:
Mrs Clifford Mrs Marshall Miss Cole
Here are our support staff
Some children might access our new Year 2 Pod with
We have 2 classes in Year 2, with a total of 57 children. Mrs Marshall and Mrs Clifford teach the classes along with Miss Cole, who works across both classes.
PE Days in Autumn 2021
Both classes will be swimming on Tuesday mornings.
The children should come to school in their outdoor PE kit and bring their swimming kit with them. Please take earrings out before they come to school.
Mrs Clifford's class are on Wednesday morning.
Mrs Marshall's class are on Thursday afternoon.
Please come to school in your PE kit.
(PE kit - School joggers and hoody or black joggers/leggings, white T-shirt, jumper and pumps or trainers. If it is warm the children can come in their black shorts.)
Some Year 2 children are part our Nurture Group, Smarties, with
All children in Year 2 are entitled to Universal Free School meals.
The children can have a school lunch or bring a packed lunch from home.
Books and Book Bags
Please can the children bring your reading book into school everyday. Adults will try to read with every child over the week.
Children can change their book, if they need to, when they come into school in the morning.
Much of our curriculum is carefully woven into a Mantle story. During the Autumn Term we will be working as a team of Botanists, experts with trees and plants. This will build on the children's experiences in Year 1 and focus on keeping plants alive and healthy. Our work will lead us deep into the Amazon Rainforest. There will be a lot to learn about how a rainforest village compares to our local area! The team will also be discovering a fascinating connection between our local area, a significant local individual from the past and the rainforest produce.
Our Long Term and Medium Term Plans
Phonics and Spelling
We have daily Phonics and Spelling sessions. A small number of our children will still need to revisit previous learning through small group interventions. For the majority of our children, we will begin by revisiting Phase 5 and then progress to using the No Nonsense Spelling Programme. This looks at spelling patterns, prefixes, suffixes, plurals etc.
We subscribe to an online Spelling site called 'Spelling Shed'. The children will all have their own login details and will be able to access this from home as well as school.
During the Autumn Term we will focus on individual reading and begin to introduce a whole class reading session weekly. During these sessions the children will work on different skills. These include:
- retrieving information from a picture, video clip or text
- making inferences about how a character feels and what is happening
- thinking about why an author made certain choices
- looking at interesting and new vocabulary
- decoding unfamiliar words
- We read a selection of fiction, poetry and non-fiction texts.
The children can choose from a selection of books from the school library.
The children have the responsibility for changing their book when they need to.
It really helps children if they can read at home frequently – it does make a difference!
During the term some children may participate in additional daily reading interventions to develop fluency, comprehension and confidence.
Daily Class Reading Time
Each class will have a reading for pleasure session daily. The books read will include a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Once shared, these books will then be put in the class book area for the children to revisit.
We follow planning from the 'White Rose Hub' and the 'National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics' (NCETM).
This year Year 2, along with Year 1 and Reception, are taking part in a new National initiative to secure mental maths calculations. Mastering Number is a programme created by the NCTEM. The daily session lasts for 15 minutes. This is in addition to their normal maths lesson.
Our children can also use their 'Spelling Shed' logins to access 'Maths Shed'. There are challenges here to help practise the number facts and times tables.
In Year 2 we focus on writing to entertain and writing to inform others. This includes narratives, descriptions, letters and instructions.
Much of our writing comes through the Mantle. There will be opportunities to explore a broad variety of texts and to develop skills across fiction, non-fiction and poetry writing.
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.
It is really helpful if the children can spend a few minutes every day practising their phoneme of the week and number facts. Spelling Shed and Maths Shed are great for this. They can both be accessed for free on the internet.
The children will also be able to use their login to access the learning platform called Showbie. This is web-based and can be accessed from home. This will allow the children to share learning with the classmates and families.