Year 2

Welcome to Year 2

This vital year marks the end of Key Stage One. The children are now encouraged to work more independently in preparation for transition into Key Stage 2.

In Year 2 we seek to develop competent and confident young learners who have the key skills, knowledge and personal characteristics for a successful future learning career. We help the children to build upon and extend the knowledge and understanding they developed in Year 1, increasingly advancing their mastery of the Key Stage 1 curriculum in preparation for the Year 2 SATs in May.

Throughout the year, learning remains fun and active with engaging, child-led topics which help to create an exciting approach to the curriculum.

We are starting Year 2 with our topic, Oliver’s Vegetables – using the ‘Oliver’ texts by Vivien French as our main literacy focus. We will also explore non-fiction texts about growing and planting, using them to help us with instructional writing.

In maths we will be following the mastery maths approach to really embed the mathematical concepts touched on in Year 1. We will be using concrete and pictorial methods of representation to help lay down the roots needed for deeper, more abstract mathematical thinking later in the year.

In science, we will be investigating what plants need to grow healthily as well as exploring living things and their habitats. We will be taking this learning outdoors to discover the range of micro-habitats which exist in our Forest School area.

In R.E. we will be looking at the different festivals and celebrations of the Christian religion, paying particular attention to the Harvest Festival which we will be celebrating in school with a performance of songs and poetry.

This term, we are also looking forward to enjoying celebrations to mark 100 years of Roald Dahl and his fabulous writing. Our Roald Dahl focus text will be The Twits and we can’t wait to uncover our weird and wacky Roald Dahl names!

A Typical Day in Year 2 …

In Year 2 children will have daily practise in the key skills of reading, writing and mathematics. Although the timing of our learning sessions can change from day to day, please find a typical daily timetable below:

8.50-9.00 9.00-9.10 9.10-9.30 9.30-9.50 9.50-10.10 10.10-11.00 11.00-11.15
Registration Maths Meeting Phonics/Spelling Guided Reading Assembly/Maths Pre-Learn Mastery Maths Playtime
11.15-12.15 12.15-1.15 1.15-1.45 1.45-2.45 2.45-3.00 3.00-3.20 3.20-3.30
English Lunch SPAG Foundation Playtime Handwriting Class Read

Home Learning

Home learning is important to help children practise and consolidate the skills taught in the classroom. We ask that homework is completed neatly, in pencil and returned to school by the date set.

Children are expected to read at least five times a week and to record this in their reading diaries in order to receive ‘Reader Leader’ awards. Additionally, children will have weekly spelling lists to practise for testing in school. English and Maths homework is sent home each Friday and should be returned by the following Wednesday.

Days to Remember

Please find information about important days for Year 2 below:

Monday – PE
– Spelling Test
– Reader Leader
– Please bring full PE kits
– New spelling lists sent home
– Reading diaries will be monitored for five reads in the previous week
Tuesday Outdoor Learning Please bring wellies and coats
Wednesday Maths & English homework hand-in Please return your homework to your class teacher
Friday – PE
– New Maths & English homework sent home
– Please bring full PE kits

Meet the team…

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