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St Paul's Catholic Primary School

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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.

Each term, we go to our school library and choose the books that we would like to have in our book corner. We talk about the books that we like and don't like and why we choose the ones that we did.

They are organised into boxes so that we can find them easily. We have fiction, non-fiction, poetry, magazines and annuals and recipe boxes.

Our favourite box is called 'Books that we have read together'. This is where we put all the books that we have read in English lessons, Modelled Shared Reading and Reading Aloud.

We have really enjoyed reading books by Oliver Jeffers, Mini Grey, Alex T. Smith and Jonny Duddle. We have also read lots of books about space.

We know this books really well and love to share them with our friends.

In free choice reading sessions, we can go to the book corner and choose what we read, where we read and who we read with. It is lots of fun.

Here are some of the reasons that we like it.

There are so many wonderful children's books that sometimes it is difficult to choose! Here are some books that are recommended for children in 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

PE is on Wednesday afternoon. 

 

As from Wednesday 4th November, the children are to come to school every Wednesday in a school PE kit instead of their usual school uniform. This will mean that the children will no longer 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
  • Trainers

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.

This half term, we will be doing our gymnastics unit. The children will need to take their trainers off during these 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.

Reading

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.

Spelling

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

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.

 

Religious Education

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.

Easter

The children will learn know a range of stories about the Resurrection and the Risen Jesus, the other characters involved and their reactions. They will be able to identify the symbols used during the Easter Season and explain their significance.

Pentecost

The children will know the story of Pentecost and understand that the Holy Spirit was the promised gift of Jesus. They will recognise the role of the Holy Spirit in the lives of Christians today and recognise that Confirmation is a celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit.

This half term, Spring 2, we are focusing on the virtues of compassionate and loving.

The children will be compassionate towards others near and far and especially those less fortunate and loving by their just actions and forgiving words. 

English

This half term, we are working on a book by Benji Davies called 'The Storm Whale'. We are going to do lots of writing in role as characters in the story and write our own stories about an animal who has been injured or lost in a storm. For our non-fiction writing, we are going to write a brochure about going on holiday on Noi's island.

Maths

This term, we will complete our fractions unit and then move onto units about length and height and position and direction.

In the afternoons, we will be continuing to practise all the addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills that we have learnt in Year 2 to ensure that the children continue to build fluency and confidence in these arithmetic skills.

The children can also use the Times Tables and Division Facts sections now that we have 

completed our multiplication and division unit of work.

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. We will be continuing with this curriculum this year in History, Geography, Music and Art.

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. 

History

Geography

Music

Art

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.

 Mrs Ingram