Welcome to Year 2, where we team hard work with lots of fun!
In the Spring term our topic is Poles apart where we will be looking at the Arctic and Antarctic. We will be visiting the Chill Factor to look at snow and think about what we would need to pack for a 'Pole Adventure'. The children will be creating our Medium Term Plan so they will impact the direction of our learning.
We launched this year by looking at Stoke on Trent and all the things there are to celebrate in our wonderful city. We visited the BCB festival to take part in a clay workshop and look at the artists exhibiting this year. The rest of the Autumn term we looked at Samuel Pepys and how the Plague and The Great Fire of 1666 shaped the capital city. At our visit to Ford Green Hall we looked at food and drink at that time, take a guided tour of Tudor housing and met Samuel Pepys! In our community garden we grew herbs to use in our bake off - the children will learn the significance of herbs in Tudor times and make their own recipes and potions. We finished off the year with a 'Stokie Christmas' where we looked at manufacturers Christmas collections and things to do around Christmas in S-O-T!
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The Year 2 Team
Mrs Smithson and Mrs Pepper are the day to day Yr2 team - Mrs Pepper covers the class every Friday and PPA sessions, with Mrs Harding continuing with Science following on from last year. In the Autumn and Spring 1 term we will also have a student teacher in the class, Mr Bailey. Children who did not pass the phonics screening will have additional support with phonics across Year 1 and 2 team daily.
Each half term we will focus on one book and write different pieces based on this text. In Spring 1 we will be looking at Ice bear and Rainbow bear by Michael Morpurgo, linked to linked to our Topic. We will focus on vocab choices and making predictions in reading. In writing we will apply our reading and also focus on sentence structure, word classes, sentence types and punctuating our sentences. During the Autumn Term we looked at The Enormous Crocodile, The Owl who was afraid of the dark and Mog's Christmas Calamity.
Across the school we look at mastery in maths and use the White Rose scheme. The children have access to wide range of concrete apparatus but will mostly use Numicon and Base 10 equipment in Yr2. Alongside their daily maths lessons the children will part in a maths blast session that will secure basics such as number bonds to 10 etc. Take a look at our maths wall on Seesaw to show you the examples we have created to help your child at home.
Toast, crumpets, teacakes and juice are available to children for a morning snack. The maximum amount of money your child will need each day is 55p, this will allow them to buy a snack and a drink. Taking responsibility for their own money is part of your child’s development, we ask that money is brought to school in a secure purse every-day to ensure the money is safe and that any change given can be returned at the end of each day. Alternatively you can provide a healthy snack e.g. fruit to ensure we are following the healthy eating policy we try to deter from snacks such as crisps, chocolate and sweets.
The children take part within two sessions of P.E every week on Tuesday and Wednesday. They will need a full P.E kit consisting of shorts, T-shirt and a pair of black pumps which adhere to the school uniform policy. Earrings cannot be worn during the P.E session therefore it is greatly appreciated if parents take earrings out before school, this will also ensure that jewellery is not lost. Please be aware that PE lessons may change and it is vital you child can take their earrings out independently - staff cannot help with this.
Children are expected to be as independent as possible by taking responsibility for; handing in homework, changing their independent reading book correctly, looking after their toast money, as well as taking care of their own P.E kit and school uniform. This will help them to develop increased responsibility for their own learning and the choices they make as they move through the school.
Homework will be sent out each Tuesday and returned by the following Monday. This will usually be Maths or English and stuck into their yellow book. It may however change to Topic/Science which will usually be a sheet that we will stick into the relevant exercise book in school.
Each week the children will bring home a copy of their weekly spellings to practise at home.
Children should read each night with a parent or older sibling. They will be allowed to change reading books once they have completed the book and are able to read and discuss it confidently. Your child’s progress will be monitored through comments in reading diaries as well as reading done with the children in school. The children will move through the reading bands when they have acquired the skill to read the books fluently and understand the text confidently. If children do not have time to read at home, a member of the Year 2 team will read with them for five minutes during playtime.
This term we are introducing accelerated reader. Below summarises the benefits of AR.
The 5 steps to reading success
It's all about practise. AR encourages substantial differentiated reading practise to create strong readers. Based on each student's independent reading level, AR helps teachers set personalized goals for each student, and guide students to books that are difficult enough to keep them challenged, but not so difficult as to cause frustration. In addition, AR helps teachers monitor students' vocabulary growth, literacy skills development, and other reading skills.
- Determine reading level. First, a student’s optimal reading level is determined through the STAR Reading Enterprise assessment. This assessment suggests a
range of book levels for each student called the “zone of proximal development”,or ZPD. Children should begin reading books that have a level at the lower end
of their ZPD and gradually move up the range in order to make optimum progress.
2. Set practice goals. Teachers support children to set individualized reading practice goals based on reading quantity, quality, and difficulty and they can then
monitor progress toward those goals.
3. Personalised practice. Personalised reading practice means students read books of interest at their own reading level. AR Book Finder makes it easy to find
the perfect book.
4. Students take an AR Quiz. AR offers more than 150,000 quizzes of three types on both fiction and nonfiction titles. Students have many different options for
taking AR Quizzes, including laptops, PCs and tablets as well as through the AR Student App available on Apple® devices.
5. Receive instant feedback. AR provides teachers with immediate information, helping them monitor the comprehension skills of each student and inform further
instruction or intervention. Students and parents get instant feedback to help motivate success with the use of Renaissance Home Connect.
Times table Rockstars
Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice with a rock star theme. The children log in with their own username and password (reading diaries) and practise their times tables. Tables are currently set for Year 2 (2's,5's and 10's) and will increase as we learn more. Children are inspired to become ‘rockstars’ through fun daily practice.
A majority of maths topics require multiplication knowledge and without quick recall children can fall behind. This can also affect learners’ confidence in maths or cause them to become anxious about their abilities. Teaching higher level maths can become difficult if students lack fundamental skills, such as times tables recall and so it is a crucial aspect of maths lessons.