Welcome to our Year 2 page.
Meet the team!
Miss Mochan - Teacher
Mrs Pugh - Teacher
Our Class saint:
St Teresa of Calcutta
She was educated at the nearby convent school and she went on a trip to the Church of the Black Madonna in Letnice when she was 12. Later she became a nun, travelling to Dublin, Ireland, to join the Sisters of Loreto. She became known as Sister Mary Teresa.
She convinced the city to donate an abandoned building, and there she set about creating a home for the city’s destitute. She also set up an open-air school under her new congregation, the Missionaries of Charity. Her work expanded visibly and she became known for her stellar work.
She established a leper colony, an orphanage, a nursing home, a family clinic and mobile health clinics in the city. Her efforts at providing effective care for the poor and unwanted garnered attention from Pope Paul VI, who conferred the Decree of Praise upon the Missionaries of Charity. In 1979, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her outstanding efforts to alleviate human suffering.
“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”
This half term, we are focusing on the virtues of faith-filled and hopeful.
Faith gives us belief and trust in God and in other people. We have to build on it everyday through prayer, by supporting our local community and by living out the gospel virtues. Faith gives us hope.
We are hopeful when we are optimistic about the future, we trust ourselves and others, and we don't give up.
Catholic Social Teaching: Family and Community
This Catholic Social Teaching helps us to remember that we are all a part of God's family. We should treat each other equally, with respect and compassion.
This reminds us that we should unite as a community to help make the world a better place for everyone. We need to help those in our local, parish and wider community who may be struggling, lonely, sad or anxious.
Spring 1 - RE
Year 2 have made lenten promises to start their Lenten journey. During this unit, we will explore the symbols and stories connected to Lent and discuss the importance of repenting our sins and forgiving others. We will explore how we experience forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
We will learn about the events of Holy Week and sequence them. Children will think of reasons why Christians praise and thank Jesus today. We will explore the words and actions of Jesus at the Last Supper and reflect on his suffering and death. During this week, children will reflect on the Stations of the Cross.
What do the children need to bring to school every day?
- Reading book and diary - Reading books will be changed every Wednesday.
- Water bottle containing only water (We have lots of filling stations in school.)
- A proper coat (not a hoodie)
PE is on Monday afternoon.
The children are to come to school every Monday in a school PE kit instead of their usual school uniform.
They must be in the correct PE kit. They need to wear:
- Navy blue sweater or St. Paul’s sweatshirt (no hoodies)
- White polo shirt or crew neck t-shirt
- Navy or black joggers
The Year 2 curriculum in focused on building the children’s stamina, fluency and expression and developing the children’s understanding of what they are reading. They must be able to talk about the book that they reading confidently and answer questions referring back to the text to help them.
The children need to read at home every day and need to increase the amount that they can read in one go.
In school, we will hear every child read his/her reading book as often as we can each week. We will check for fluency and expression and ask questions to make sure that he/she understands the text. We will change books as soon as it is finished and we are happy with the reading and understanding.
The children also do:
- Guided Reading
- Modelled and Shared Reading
- Reading Aloud (story time)
- Independent Reading for Pleasure
All the children have a subscription to Reading Eggs that school has paid for. It is an excellent app that the children should be using independently to make progress in their reading. Please try and ensure that the children are completing a lesson on their map at least three times a week. We will set regular placement tests on the app to ensure that all the children are on the correct map.
One of the main aims of Year 2 is to teach the children to be accurate spellers.
In Reception and Year 1, the children sound out the words that they want to write and as long as they write the correct sounds, it doesn’t matter if the graphemes aren’t correct.
However, as the children begin to learn alternative graphemes used to spell words, they are expected to try out such graphemes and decide which best fits the word they are writing. Therefore, their spelling should become more accurate throughout the year.
Spellings - Weekly Journals – There is a spelling test every Friday.
Reading Book- Daily and comment in diary.
This half term, children will be exploring non-fiction texts. We will write a non-chronological report about Northern Europe using subheadings and paragraphs. Children will be encouraged to use a range of coordinating conjunctions (and, but, or) and subordinating conjunctions (when, if, that, because) in their writing.
Multiplication and Division
We will practise recalling multiplication and division number facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables and learn that multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order. We will make the connection between repeated
addition and multiplication.
Length and Height
Children will measure and explore different lengths; focusing on centimetres and metres. Children will apply these skills to solve real life problems.
Our Science topic is 'Plants'. We will explore what plants need to grow and stay healthy. We will be completing our own investigation to explore the growth of different plants.
KNOWLEDGE BASED CURRICULUM
Our knowledge based curriculum will ensure that all of our children have strong foundations in every subject throughout the year at varying times.
We are going to learn about Northern Europe. We will locate the countries in Northern Europe, explore the climate and learn about the physical and human features.
History - The Tudors
Children will be learning about the Tudor Monarchs and exploring some of the key events that took place during their reigns.
Focus: Music can tell a story.
We will be exploring the music composed by Paul Dukas for 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'.
OUr focus this term is 'Portraits and Self-portraits'. Children will be creating their own self-portraits and exploring the effect of adding colour. We will study the work of Picasso.
If you have any questions or if there is anything that I can help you with, please speak to me at the end of the day.
Mrs Pugh and Miss Mochan