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!
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.
The children will be learning about the Seasons of the Liturgical year, their sequence and the customs and symbols associated with them. They will learn that the Sacraments are special celebrations and look especially at Baptism and Marriage.
This half term, Autumn 1, we are focusing on the virtues of grateful and generous.
The children will be learning to be grateful for their own gifts, for the gift of other people and the blessings of each day. They will be learning to be generous with their gifts thinking of others before themselves.
The spellings are given out every Friday and tested the following Friday. There are two lists: Common Exception (Tricky) Words that the children must remember how to spell as they cannot sound them out and a list of words from their phonics which the children can sound out to help them spell accurately with the correct letters to represent each sound. The lists get progressively harder in order to meet all the Key Stage 1 spelling expectations by the end of the year. It is important to practice these regularly at home. If the children pass, they will move onto the next set. If they do not pass, they will have to repeat these.
Please support your child to read every day at home.
*To build up fluency and stamina, try to read one chapter or story at a time.
*Ask questions about what your child has read and talk about it together to make sure that he/she has understood it well.
*Please record the page number in your child’s diary after every read.
*As soon as your child has finished his/her book, he/she needs to bring it to be changed the next day.
Please don’t wait for your child’s timetabled reading day. We have a book changing session every afternoon for all the children who have finished their books to get a new one.
Homework is handed out each Friday along with the spellings. The children have a week to complete it. It contains a piece of English and Maths linked to the work that they have covered in class that week. It is important the children complete these tasks in order to consolidate their learning. If there are any queries or questions about how to support your child with these tasks, please do not hesitate to come and see us after school.
It is important that your child brings a named water bottle to school everyday so that he/she has access to drinking water throughout the day. There are dispensers in school for the children to refill their bottles.
Please ensure all items of clothing are named clearly .
PE kits need to be brought in at the beginning of each half term and kept in school. Please ensure that the named white t-shirt, black shorts and pumps are in a bag with your child's name on.
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.
We have learnt about primary colours, secondary colours, tints and shades and have been busy mixing the paint.
We have been learning about the families of instruments in an orchestra. We found out about string instruments and even had a go at playing a guitar, ukulele and violin to find out how they worked so that we could make our own guitars. It was lots of fun and we even played them in a concert at the end of the lesson.
We really enjoyed finding out about why the River Nile was so important in Ancient Egypt. We found lots of reasons. How many can you remember?
Archaeologists have discovered artefacts that the Ancient Egyptians left behind. These include pictures, statues and writing. Hieroglyphs are an ancient Egyptian way of writing that uses pictures instead of letters. They tell us about life in Ancient Egypt.
Can you write your name in Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics? Can you decode a word that someone else has written?
What is this stone called? Why is it so important?