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 each half term!
Meet the team!
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.
Below is the Meet the Teacher presentation - here you can read what to expect in Year 2 this year!
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, they can leave a bag with pumps at school and change into them on a Wednesday afternoon.
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 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 are 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 in reading diaries – There is a spelling test every Friday
Children 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.
Research Project – Coming soon ...
Maths Seeds and Reading Eggs- daily
Reading Book- daily and comment in diary
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 & Miracles
In this unit we will be exploring the stories of Jesus for example; healing the sick, stopping the storm and turning water to wine. We will be thinking about how we can learn from Jesus and follow in his footsteps. We will be taking all the stories we learnt in Year 1 and we will show our understanding of what characteristics we know about Jesus from these parables.
In this unit we will be learning the different seasons of the Church year in order (Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time, Lent, Easter, Pentecost and Ordinary Time). We will also be researching different countries around the world and what they celebrate. We will be focusing on special signs and symbols that represent certain occasions.
This half term, we are focusing on the virtues of eloquent and truthful.
The children will be truthful when talking to others, particularly when talking about God and eloquent with their words when sharing the news of God with others.
This half term, we are working on a book by Alex T. Smith called 'Claude in the City'. They will be recalling the events of the story and they will be planning their own story using some similar events from Claude in the City. The children love reading so we incorporate that into all our English lessons.
This half term, we will be focusing on Place Value which include learning number bonds to 20, counting forwards and backwards to 100. The children will be using lots of concrete materials to help them with their learning. Any extra number bond work or maths seeds activities will be very helpful during this half term.
In Science we are focusing on our solar system, in particularly our Earth and the moon. We will find out about how day and night are created and how to moon doesn't always look like a sphere when we see it in the sky at night.
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.
In our unit this half term we will be learning where the Scandinavian countries in Europe are and what they are like. We will compare these countries to where we live and will also be able to find them on a map.
This half term we will be learning music that can make you move! We will be listening to jazz music which originated from New Orleans, United States. Also, we will be learning different dances such as tap dancing, maypole dancing and morris dancing.
Colour and Texture
This half term we are learning about Henri Matisse and how he creates art with scissors. We are also considering texture in art and how we can show this in our own artwork.
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.