Welcome to Year Two!
In Year 2 we endeavour to build upon the fabulous learning experiences your child has had in both Foundation and Year 1. We are passionate about your child being the best they can be and plan for learning opportunities to maximise their growth in every area of their development.
Our learning is thematic and we have fun! We believe happy children learn well. We have a main theme for each half-term that incorporates as many subjects as possible. This enables the children to link areas of the curriculum and make learning meaningful.
To see what your child will be learning each term, click on the links below.
Our Year 2 children experience the best in quality first teaching from a dedicated team of teachers and teaching support staff on a daily basis.
In addition, they have a specialised music teacher once a week where they focus on pitch, pulse and playing percussion. They also have specialist PE coaches that help to develop their gross motor skills and team work.
English is taught daily with specific emphasis on reading and writing a wide range of genres across the course of the year. We have grammar lessons each week, ensuring all of the expectations for Year 2 are taught, as well as phonics/spelling sessions every day.
We love books in Year 2 and promote quality texts and high quality vocabulary in everything we do! We use a wide of text and read with our children in small groups in each week. We use our reading VIPERS to help the children develop in a range of reading skills and assess as an ongoing part of their reading sessions.
In the teaching of writing, we gradually move from the class-based oral rehearsal of texts in Year 1 to more independent writing. Writing is taught by sharing quality texts as a model, shared and guided writing to model the thought processes of a writer, how to use the grammar and punctuation expectations in Year 2 and then time to put these skills into practice. We use role play and drama to help us empathise with characters and to sequence events.
Handwriting is taught regularly in Year 2 and by the end of the year, all children are expected to have an evenly sized and spaced writing style with correct letter formation. Those more able writers are expected to be showing evidence of joining with some confidence.
In Year 2, we teach Mathematics every day. Mathematics themes in Year 2 include: place value, four operations, measures, shape, money, coordinates and position, fractions and statistics. Each day, additional time is spent in Year 2 ensuring children have fluency of mathematics and building strong foundations in understanding how number works. Below we have included the current written methods and how we approach the four operations.
How to support your child at home.
We love to work in partnership with parents to support children at home. We focus on Reading, Spelling and Maths.
• using sounds to decode and blend.
• Fluency – a fluid pace (aiming for 90 words per minute by the end of Year 2)
• Comprehension – understanding what they are reading.
• Prosody – Becoming a reading master of a book – using expression.
MyMaths online homework is set every Friday and this links to the learning that has taken place.
TT Rockstars – Maths fluency with the times tables.
Weekly spellings are set every Friday on Google Classroom. These aresome of the words accessed in Little Wandle phonics lesson each week.
Other useful information...
Donaldson - Tuesday and Thursday
Bright - Monday and Tuesday
Rosen - Wednesday and Thursday
Donaldson - Wednesday
Bright - Wednesday
Rosen - Monday