Welcome to Year 2!
The class teachers in Year 2 are Mrs Marshall and Miss Dodds. Mrs O' Mahoney works with both Year 2 classes over the week. Mrs Tolley teaches Mrs Marshall's class Wednesday afternoons and all day Thursday. Miss Cole teaches Miss Dodds' class on Thursday mornings.
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 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.
Miss Dodds'class will have PE on Wednesday afternoon.
These sessions will be indoor and so the children will need a suitable indoor PE Kit, including black or blue shorts and a white t-shirt.
Both classes will continue swimming on Monday afternoons.
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 have subscribed to an online Spelling Programme 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. These log in details will be passed on to our families in the Autumn Term.
The children will bring home a list of spellings to practise on Mondays. These relate to the Spelling Programme.
During the Autumn Term there will be a focus on individual and guided reading. During these sessions the children will work on different skills. These include:
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 on Wednesday 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 planning from the 'White Rose Hub' and the 'National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics' (NCETM).
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. Children can also use their 'Spelling Shed' logins to access 'Maths Shed'.
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 will be having a history and science focus to our class Mantle.
Our team of ‘forensic scientists’ are working on current cases in the office. An initial finding led the team to begin identifying suspects who emptied the contents of a box. Footprints were found walking away from the scene, along with finger prints on the box. The team started to collect information as they couldn’t inform their colleagues of specific details.
Following a downpour of torrential rain, news breaks of a landslide revealing an area of historical importance. The discovery is located in Eyam in the Peak District. A team of historical archaeologists have contacted our team based in London. These archaeologists have extracted the body from the cordoned off site. We are commissioned by the archaeologists to identify the body and the cause of death, of which dates back to the outbreak of the Plague. Our commission is to report our findings and suggestions to the archaeologists.
As part of the ICT curriculum we will be word processing text and learning how to bold, underline and highlight words to ensure our evidence is clearly labelled. In Art we will be using view finders to focus on specific pieces of evidence when recording and collecting evidence for our team.
PPA teachers will be teaching part of the Science and Art curriculum too. They will be looking at food chains alongside the off-spring of animals and in art they will be creating animal prints.
Most children will have weekly spellings to learn. These are given out on a Monday and there will be a quiz on a Friday. There is usually a short weekly homework challenge for either spelling, Maths or Mantle.
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.