Our PE Days in Year 2 are Wednesday and Thursday. Please come in to school in your PE kit on these days
Welcome to Year 2!
Welcome back to the new academic year. We are looking forward to working with you and your children in Year 2.
Please remember the school day starts for Year 2 at 8:45am when children will have learning tasks to complete and may be involved in a range of intervention groups. We encourage the pupils to be as independent at school as possible, especially when organising their own belongings. Please help us and them to achieve this goal by ensuring everything you send to school is clearly named.
Just a few reminders of the things your child needs to have in school every day:-
- Book bag, with both reading and library books and their Year 2 Reading Record (will be sent home in September) inside.
- A clearly named healthy snack of fruit or vegetables, to be kept inside their lunchbox if possible.
- A drink of water in a named bottle, which can be refilled throughout the day. Please only send one bottle into school due to children needing to keep them at their table.
- Wellington boots for outdoor learning – these can be left in school for the whole year.
Topics in Year 2
Term 1 – Pesky Pirates
Term 2 – The Great Fire of London
Term 3 & 4 – Our Wonderful World
Term 5 & 6 – Kingdoms and Castles
We will be teaching PE on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Children will be required to wear their school PE kit to school on these days. It will not be necessary for them to change after PE so please do not send uniform in.
Children will change their RWI books once a week and book band books whenever they require. Once children are not using RWI books it will be their responsibility to change their book when they have finished. The children can also choose a book from the library. It is important for children to read regularly both to continue to build on their sight vocabulary whilst also fostering a love for reading. To encourage a love for regular reading at home we will be taking part in the whole school initiative of the Reading Space Mission where children can collect stamps on their book mark and earn certificates whilst ‘travelling around the solar system.’ We would like all children to read at home at least three times a week and to have their reading record signed by an adult.
When helping your child to read, if you can, spend time discussing the book, asking a range of questions in order to deepen their understanding. For example:
– How is the character feeling? How do you know? What clues are there in the text? What might happen next? Why do you think that?
The children will be learning to write in joined cursive style in year two and we would appreciate any practice you can do of this at home. You could exclusively practice joining letters or you could encourage any writing at home to be done in their joined style. Quite often as children learn this skill, writing becomes messier before it is joined neatly but is part of the process. It is a national curriculum expectation that children in key stage two write in a joined handwriting style so introducing it in year 2 is crucial to their writing development.
This year, we will also develop our mathematical strategies including number bonds to 20, using place value and the formal and informal methods for addition and subtraction. To help your child please play fun games including counting and number skills. Your child will also have a NUMBOTS password for an app that they will be able to access at home and at school to support quick mental arithmetic strategies.
More details about our curriculum are available on the Curriculum Page (link at the top of this page). We will try to update the page throughout the year so look out for photos, key dates and activities.
We value our partnership with you very much. If you have any queries or worries, please do come and see us at the beginning or end of the day.
Thank you for your continued support,
Miss Wickenden, Mrs Cox, Mrs Cross, Mrs Formston, Miss Dyson and Mrs Winter
Year 2 Autumn Term – Pirates
In the Autumn term we enjoyed learning all about Pesky Pirates!
We used our design and technology skills to create a porthole with a moving boat on a slider. The children designed a scene you might see out of a porthole on a ship and then created a boat to sail across the scene. Later in the term, we learnt how to make a hinge and used this to design and create treasure chests as a fun end of term activity.
In art we learnt about the famous artist Joseph Turner, who used watercolour to paint landscapes and coastal pictures. Inspired by his work, we used watercolour paints to create paintings of ships out at sea. We thought carefully about the colours we chose and how to blend colours to create the sea and the sky.
In geography we learnt about maps and how sailors would use a compass to help them navigate and give directions. We went outdoors to practise using the compass and then used our skills to describe a route on a map. We also learnt the continents and oceans of the world.
In history we learnt about a locally significant person Harry Paye and then compared him to another significant individual Edward Teach who was also a pesky pirate!
On Pirate Day we had great fun following clues on a treasure hunt, investigating suitable materials to make a pirate ship and even made our own parrot pal.