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!
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.
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.
The children are to come to school every Wednesday in a school PE kit instead of their usual school uniform. This means that they don't need to get changed in school before and after their PE lessons.
The children cannot wear ‘their own clothes’. 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
Please ensure that the children’s trainers are suitable for sports and are not ‘fashion’ trainers or trainers that they wear for fun and that their joggers are plain jersey joggers with cuffed ankles so that they are safe and comfortable for PE lessons. Major supermarkets and clothing stores stock these in their school uniform sections.
During the summer, when the weather permits, the children will be able to wear navy or black PE shorts instead of joggers.
During our dance and gymnastics units, the children will need to take their trainers off during the lessons for safety reasons. If you’d prefer your child to wear his/her pumps during these lessons instead of having bare feet, he/she can bring his/her pumps to school in his/her bag on Wednesdays and change into them for the lessons.
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. 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 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 are 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 bring home words for phonics (sound out) and common exception words (off by heart) to practise. These are the words that they are learning in their spelling lessons in school.
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 a range of 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 that the Sacraments are special celebrations and about some of the rituals that take place in Baptism and Marriage.
This half term, autumn one, we are focusing on the virtues of eloquent and truthful.
The children will be eloquent and truthful in what they say of themselves, the relations between people and the world.
This half term, we are working on a book by Alex T. Smith called 'Claude in the City'. We are going to do lots of different types of recount writing like letters and postcards and write our very own stories about Claude going on a different adventure.
This half term, we will lay the foundations of our Year 2 Maths curriculum by working on place value to 100. Once the children are secure in their understanding of tens and ones, we will use this to develop accurate and efficient calculation strategies to add and subtract two 2-digit numbers.
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 are taught discretely.
THE CHILDREN WILL BE USING THEIR KNOWLEDGE ORGANISERS THIS TERM TO SUPPORT THEIR LEARNING IN SCHOOL AND AT HOME. THEY NEED TO BRING THEM INTO SCHOOL EVERYDAY.
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.