Year 2


 

In Year 2, we are the eldest children in Key Stage One and we set an example to the younger children in school. In the Autumn Term, we spend time getting the children used to having more structure to their day and becoming independent and resilient learners. Each morning, children will have mathematics, phonics and an English lesson. Children will also take part in daily WOW time sessions that will focus upon developing key skills and knowledge in geography, history, science, music and the arts.  

 

 

 

 

 

Each term, we will link together our subjects into exciting and engaging topics. This will provide children with the opportunity to really immerse themselves within a theme and therefore gain a better understanding through rich and memorable lessons.

 

Years 1 and 2 work closely together and collaborate with themes. Topics are based on a 2 yearly cycle which will ensure your child has a wide and varied choice of themes whilst having a full coverage of the school curriculum. Below are the current topic titles (subject to change):

 

Term

Cycle 1

Cycle 2

Autumn 1

“Oh I do Like to be Beside the Seaside.”

Marvellous Me!

Autumn 2

Travel and Transport

Spring 1

To Infinity and Beyond

Down Under

Spring 2

Sticks, Stones and Funny Homes

London’s Burning

Summer 1

Dinosaurs

Wild Weather

Summer 2

Superheroes

Nurturing Nurses

 

Children are more than welcome to do their own research at home alongside any of our topics and bring any relevant resources into school to share with us.

 

In Autumn term, there will be a large focus on handwriting. Children will be reminded how to form all letters and taught how to join them in a cursive style. By the end of Year 2, all children should be confident to use joined handwriting and make sure their letters are correctly formed and the right size.

Children are encouraged to read as often as possible and to develop a love of books. Our exciting online reading scheme ‘Bug Club’ is a great way for children to engage with a large range of texts whilst providing opportunities to develop comprehension skills. In Year 2 we enjoy reading lots of different styles of texts throughout the year including The Enormous Crocodile, The Day the Crayons Quit, traditional stories and stories from other cultures. We also read a range of non-fiction and poetry books. All our texts are carefully chosen to interest the children and stimulate writing.

 

Reading regularly at home is very important to help children increase their fluency, understanding and enjoyment of a wide variety of texts. Please record any reading in the reading diary.

 

We encourage children to continue their learning throughout their daily lives.  Each week, children will be expected to read regularly, learn spellings and practise times tables. Many online learning websites are often recommended for use at home such as ‘Sumdog’ and ‘Times Tables Rocks Stars’.  In addition to this, children may be given a short additional task to practise skills covered in class. It is important that children make the time to complete their home learning.

 

Home learning grids will be sent home weekly for any child or class that is unable to attend school due to Covid-19 restrictions. Tasks included on this grid will include a range of activities from different areas of the Year 2 curriculum. Children will be encouraged to access the Year 2 Google Classroom page and have the opportunity to attend some live lessons via Google Meet with parental consent.

Class Dojo is a great way for us to share photographs of the children and their super work and other information that may be important with parents in the class. If you do not wish your child’s image to be shared, please make the teacher aware as soon as possible.  Children also have the opportunity to earn ‘Dojo Points’ for good work and behaviour. When children achieve 100 Dojo Points, they will receive a Bronze award badge. 200 points will earn a Silver award and 300 points for a Gold award.

 

Parents and Guardians will be invited to Parents’ Evenings throughout the year and will receive an End of Year report to show their child’s progress. Under normal circumstances, parents are welcome to come and see the class teacher at the end of the day if you have anything you wish to talk about. Similarly parents can make an appointment at the school office for longer discussions. Whilst Covid-19 precautions are in place, parents are currently encouraged to send a quick message to the teacher via Class Dojo or contact the school office.  In addition to this, short messages are welcome in your child’s reading diary.

 

We hope that your child will have a fantastic, fun-filled time whilst in Year 2 and make great progress.

 

Curriculum

Year 2 Curriculum Overview