Welcome to Year 2
Mrs Thompson (Class Teacher), Mrs Roden (Teaching Assistant) and Mrs Calvert (Teaching Assistant) look forward to working with you.
Please see see any of the Year 2 team with any questions you may have. We are always happy to help.
Here is our Transition power point that was shared with the children on our Transition afternoon.
Our themes this year are:
Here are some knowledge organisers to support your child with their themed learning.
Geography - Locational Knowledge
Science - Living things and their Habitats
Geography - Geographical skills and fieldwork
Science - Living things and their habitats
Term 3: Trouble on the Titanic
History - The sinking of the Titanic
Science - Uses of Everyday Materials
Science - Animals, including humans
Science - Living things and their habitats
Geography - Geographical skills
Teaching about safeguarding
As a school we are committed to safeguarding children from harm. We want to ensure children are aware of behaviour towards them that is not acceptable and how they can keep themselves safe.
Specific examples of this in the Year 2 curriculum are:
- Young Leaders Award.
- Castles - when we look at democracy and rights;
- Victorians and Trouble on the Titanic – when we discuss equality
- Novel study – The Shopping Basket by John Burningham which tackles bullying.
- Important role models – Florence Nightingale
- PSHE and RSE curriculum
- RE – teaching about other religions and cultures, learning about acceptance and understanding
- Anti-bullying week
- Collective Worship and class reflection
- Class worry box
- Paralympian inclusive workshops
- Computing and e-safety
- Ensure each child knows they must talk to an adult If they are worried about themselves or another person
- Encourage each child to identify a named adult/s to talk to if they are worried or somebody is causing them to be upset or harm them.
- Remind the class Mrs Ruff, Miss Bradshaw and Mrs Tipping have a special job in school to make sure everyone is safe.
Year 2 - Useful information
Weekly homework will consist of:
- a grammar or punctuation activity
- maths practice on sumdog
We use google classroom as our platform for homework. If you need any assistance accessing google classroom, please see the documents below.
PE kits (including suitable footwear) need to be worn on the day that your child has PE. During term 2 2022, children will have PE on a Wednesday and Friday. This term we will be learning gymnastics and how to balance.
We always encourage the children to drink plenty of water throughout the day, please can you make sure your child has a named water bottle in school.
In Year 2, children will bring home a Read Write Inc. phonics books until they are secure with their phonics. Then they will move onto Big Cat books.
Read Write Inc. phonics books
These books give your child extra practice in reading a story that includes sounds they have learnt at school. First, ask your children to read the Story Green Words and Red Words at the front on the book. Please Do Not read the story to your child first. Point to the words as they read. If your child hesitates, help them to sound-blend the word.
Re-read each sentence or page to keep the plot moving. Children's attention is focused on reading the words and they may find it hard to focus on the story at the same time.
Don't make them struggle too much and praise them when they succeed.
Do it all with patience and love!
Please listen to your child read their phonics book several times until they are fluent and can read it without hesitation. Reading books will be changed at school, only when they are able to read their book fluently.
Some of the books have a vocabulary check for you to check your child understands the meaning of some of the words in the story.
Big Cat Books
If your child has completed the phonics reading scheme, they will know all of their phonics sounds and will be able to use them to segment and blend unknown words independently. They will be working on their fluency, expression and pace of reading so will be given a Big Cat book to read at home. This should be read twice to ensure fluency before this is changed in school.
Free Reader Books
In addition to a Big Cat book, your child will have a "free reader" book. They can read this for pleasure in addition to their Big Cat book. You might like to take it in turns to read pages so that you can model how to use your voice when reading, e.g. if it states that the character shouted - you would read in a loud voice etc. Use the Vipers bookmark to ask your child questions about their chosen book to build on their comprehension skills.
Reading to your child at home
Even if your child is a free reader, continue to read them stories every evening. They'll only want to be to become readers if they experience the joy of listening to a range of stories, non-fiction and poetry.
Please send your child's bookbag into school everyday. The adults in class will endeavor to listen to your child read at least once a week.
Click here for the recommended reading list for Year 1.
Click here for the recommended reading list for Year 2.
Please find below a list of websites that can help you support your child's reading:
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/ This is a fantastic website for online levelled e-books. You need to subscribe but this is a free website. For example, if your child is on ‘green’ level books, you will find a number of books appropriate for your child’s reading level.
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ Games and activities to support phonics teaching and learning .
By the end of Year 2, children should be able recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables. We ask that you practise these weekly with your child.
Here is a guide to help support your child learning about time and money.
There are some fantastic websites that can help you support your child's learning listed below.
https://mathsbot.com/ This is a fantastic website for activities and resources to support Maths. In the manipulatives section, children are able to move around images on the screen to support Maths. For example, they have moveable numicon pieces, base 10 equipment and coins.
https://www.mathplayground.com/ This is perfect for Maths online games.
https://pages.sumdog.com/ This site provides fun games to help your child to become fluent in Maths.
www.twinkl.co.uk You will find lots of arithmetic and reasoning activities to support with the Year 2 Maths curriculum.
In Year 1, the children were introduced to a new handwriting scheme in order to improve standards of handwriting across the school and also to make joining letters easier for children. We will continue using cursive script in year 2 which involves a lead in to each letter. This can make it easier for children because they know that all letters start on the line. We have included all of the cursive script below so that you can help your child should the want to practise at home.
Please find below details of other useful websites that you can access for other areas of the Year 2 curriculum. We hope these will keep your children entertained and be familiar to them.
www.twinkl.co.uk This is a subscription based website but they are allowing everyone free access for a month due to the corona virus. There are hundreds of printable and online resources to support all aspects of teaching and learning.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks1-collection/zbr4scw These are easy too follow active learning videos covering a range of topics.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround. Keep up to date with what is going on around the world.
Star of the Week and Pride of the week
Our Star of the Week and Pride of the week are two important awards that we give out each week! Each week we look for something different for the Pride of the week which we decide as a class and the star of the week is for a stand-out super star of the week! I know everyone is working hard to win these prestigious awards!
Well done everyone!
Year 2 Residential to Rand Farm Park
Our Year 2 residential to Rand Farm Park is scheduled for 10th and 11th March 2022. This will be a 2 day experience with an overnight stay. The children will be learning about animals as part of their Science curriculum and this adventure will give them lots of practical learning and hands on experience of this.
Programme of events from the 2022 trip
Lincoln Castle Visit 2022
As part of our enrichment activities, year visited Lincoln Castle. This supported our themed learning about our local history.
Science Week 2022
Young Leaders Award
We’re excited to be involved in this programme which has been designed and written by the Archbishop of York Youth Trust.
The Young Leaders Award at Key Stage 1 explores four key characteristics; kindness, perseverance, teamwork and action. It also gives pupils opportunities to take part in practical activities and challenges to help those around them and their local community.