Welcome to Year 2

In our class this term we are learning how to be grateful and generous individuals. These two qualities will be focused on in lessons across our curriculum.

Literacy

During our spelling children learn about different spelling patterns, words ending, suffixes and contracted forms.  There is a list of Year 2 common exception words which children are expected to know how to spell by the end of the year. Children will learn a range of strategies in order to help them remember and spell these.

Children are taught reading comprehension in many different ways including guided reading. weekly reading comprehension lessons and using accelerated reading. After every lunchtime children have 15 minutes quiet reading time where they read their own book and then once finished take a quiz to assess their understanding. The children will then choose their next book from our library. We feel that allowing the children to choose the books that they read encourages the children to read for pleasure.

During writing lessons children are taught how to use a range of punctuation including question marks, exclamation marks and commas. They learn about different sentence types and how to use noun phrases in order to describe. These skills will be taught using various different stimulus such as books, information texts, poetry and instructions. Some of the texts that we use in Year 2 include ‘On the Way Home’ by Jill Murphy, a version of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and ‘The Tunnel’ by Anthony Browne.

Numeracy

Numeracy lessons begin with Big Maths where children work in small groups to develop their speed and accuracy of mental maths. They work in ability groups across each Key Stage and try to beat their score every Friday in their Big Maths ‘Beat That’ tests.

Throughout the year children will cover:

  • Number and place value
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Multiplication and division
  • Fractions
  • Measurement
  • Geometry - Properties of shapes
  • Statistics

Please encourage children to learn their times tables as they are important to all elements of numeracy. Children in Year 2 need to know their 2, 5 and 10 times tables.

RE

Throughout the year children cover various units in RE. These include: The Old Testament,
Sharing in the Life of Jesus, Parables and Miracles , Advent, Christmas, Special Celebrations, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, Our Church and Mass.

Topic

Year Two will learn knowledge and skills in Science, History, Geography, Design Technology, Art, Computing and Music via a series of exciting and engaging topics. Topics studied in Year 2 include Street Detectives, Muck, Mess and Mixtures, Bounce, Land Ahoy! and Towers, Tunnels and Turrets.

PE

In PE lessons children will be improving their dance and gymnastic skills, making a splash during swimming lessons whilst also developing their ability to play sports such as tennis, netball, cricket and football. The summer term will see pupils summoning their Olympic spirit as they hone their athletics skills.

Useful Information

PE Kit

We have PE on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please make sure that earrings are removed on these days and that all PE kits and school uniforms are clearly labelled.

Reading Books and Reading Records

Research shows that children who read regularly with an adult at home perform better at school. Reading to your child regularly (between 3-7 days a week) also can improve your child’s outcomes at school.

Reading books will be changed as soon as your child has completed their book. Your child will read with an adult throughout the week and comments will be put in their reading record. Please make sure that reading books are in school every day and please add your own comments to your child’s reading record, letting us know how your child has fared when reading and if they are enjoying the book that they have at the moment.

Homework

Homework tasks are handed out on a Friday and should be handed in by Wednesday so that the work can be marked. The Big Maths sheets that are brought home are for children to learn their ‘Learn Its’ so that they can perform well in the ‘Beat That’ tests that take place in class on a Friday.

Our current topic is: Street Detectives

Thank you for your support.

Mr Walford & Miss Merrett