Welcome to Year 2
Welcome to our Year 2 page. Here you will find out about what we will be learning this half term, as well as gain updates and photos of all of the fun we're having!
It is wonderful to have all the children back in class. I know that they are as pleased to see each other as we are to see them!
School is always a very busy place and, as the children complete their last year in Key Stage 1, Year 2 is no different. It is a very important year and the children will need to work very hard in school and at home and make lots of progress in order to master all the skills that they need before moving into Key Stage 2.
The children have made an excellent start towards this with the enthusiasm, positivity and motivation to learn that they have shown over the first two weeks. Keep it up Year 2!
What do the children need to bring to school every day?
- reading book and diary
- water bottle containing only water (We have lots of filling stations in school.)
- a proper coat (not a hoodie)
- a school bag (to put it all in!)
PE is on Wednesday afternoon. All children must have a complete PE kit (shorts, t-shirt and pumps) that is kept in school during term time.
Coming into Year 2, all the children are expected to be able to decode texts using phonics to sound out and reading Common Exception Words and familiar words by sight.
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
Some children also have Flashcards for Fluency. These are Common Exception Words and phonics words that the children need to practise and practise until they can read them straight away without having to sound them out. As soon as they can read the set in their polypocket, they can have the next set until they have completed all the Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 words.
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. Miss Concannon did placement tests with all the children before summer to ensure that they are all on the correct map.
One of the main aims of Year 2 is to teach them 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 are aren’t correct.
Tim ait hiz diner veree quiklee soa hee got a tumee aik.
The children must know which words are common exception words so that they do not try to sound them out.
Tim ait his diner veree quiklee so he got a tumee aik.
They must also now learn to choose the correct graphemes for each sound too.
Tim ate his dinner very quickly so he got a tummy ache.
The children will probably ask initially quite a bit but as they learn spellings and develop strategies, they will become more independent.
All the children have been tested and put in the correct group for their spellings.
Phonics – Phase 2, Phase 3, Phase 4, Phase 5
Common Exception Words – Phase 2, Phase 3, Phase 4, Year 1, Year 2
They will get a list of words for phonics (sound out) and common exception words (off by heart) every week. They must know the difference!
They will only get new lists if they pass so they must learn them properly every week or they won’t get through them all and the Year 2 Spelling Rules before the end of the year.
Homework will be put on our class page on the school website every Thursday. There will be a piece of English and Maths. All the answers will be provided so that you can check the children’s work with them as they are working. They will have a book to complete all their homework in that they can keep at home.
At St Paul's, we follow the document Learning and Growing as the People of God. This underlines the importance of the task of exploring and handing on Catholic faith within the generations of family and Church life. It is the curriculum strategy for Religious Education in Catholic Primary Schools in the Archdiocese of Birmingham and provides the foundations for improved partnership between school, home and parish, a partnership that lies at the heart of Catholic Education.
Parables and Miracles
The children will learn about some parables and miracles and understand Jesus’ qualities as a healer and teacher. They will learn that the Church carries on Jesus’ work of healing through the Sacrament of the Sick.
The children will learn the Seasons of the Liturgical year and be able to describe some of the customs and symbols associated with them. They will learn that the Sacraments are special celebrations and look especially at what happens during Baptism and Marriage.
This half term, Autumn 1, we are focusing on the virtues of curious and active.
The children will be reflecting on being curious about everything and active in their engagement with the world, changing what they can for the better.
Our book for this half term is Claude in the City by Alex T. Smith. We will be writing lots of different recounts and our very own Claude story too.
In Year 2, we first make sure that all children have a strong understanding of tens and ones in place value and rapid recall of number facts so that we can use these skills to learn to calculate with two-digit numbers in addition and subtraction.
We will then move onto multiplication and division and the children will then learn to recall times table facts and use them to calculate in multiplication, division and fractions too.
- Use the hundred square to practise counting in ones and tens and finding numbers.
- Practise the number facts to ensure that the children can recall them instantly.
- Complete weekly homework – this will be exactly the same as the work that we have done in class that week.
KNOWLEDGE BASED CURRICULUM
Our new knowledge based curriculum will ensure that all of our children have strong foundations in every subject so History, Geography, Music and Art will now be taught discretely, not as part of a topic as we previously did.
The children really enjoyed our new knowledge curriculum last year. They have already impressed me by applying their geographical knowledge during an RE lesson in the first week. We will be continuing with this curriculum this year in History, Geography, Music and Art.
ALL CHILDREN NEED TO RETURN THEIR KNOWLEDGE ORGANISER FOLDERS TO SCHOOL SO THAT THEY CAN BE UPDATED FOR THIS HALF TERM.
Instruments and their Families
Colour and Shape
It is definitely going to be a busy end to 2020! If you have any questions or there is anything that I can help you with, please speak to me at the end of the day.