Welcome to Year 2, where we work hard as a team and have lots of fun!
The Year 2 Team
Miss Brian, Mrs Pepper and Mrs O’Leary will be settling the children back into school - Mrs Pepper covers the class every Friday.
Our Autumn 1 topic is 'Coastlines. We will be looking at geographical coastal features and why people visit the coast for tourism.
Our Autumn 2 topic will be ‘Muck, Mess and Mixtures’. This topic will focus on developing our art and DT skills, looking at different artists, techniques and creating our own masterpieces.
Each half term there will be a focus on one book and write different pieces based on this text. In Autumn 1 we will be looking at descriptive writing and look at the text 'The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch' linked to our Topic. We will focus on comprehension and making predictions in reading. In writing we will apply our reading knowledge and also focus on handwriting, sentence structure, sentence types and punctuating our sentences.
Across the school we look at mastery in maths and use the White Rose scheme. The children have access to a wide range of concrete apparatus but will mostly use Numicon and Base 10 equipment in Yr2. Alongside their daily maths lessons, the children will take part in a maths blast session that will secure basics such as number bonds to 10 etc.
Toast, milk and juice are available to children for a morning snack. To enable your child to purchase this, money needs to be paid via parentpay. Children can also bring in healthy snacks for their morning break.
The children have P.E every week on Wednesday. They should come to school wearing full P.E kit consisting of trousers/ shorts, T-shirt and trainers 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 your 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; 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.
All parents are asked to sign up for Seesaw - Seesaw is a simple way for teachers and students to record and share what's happening in the classroom. Seesaw gives students a place to document their learning, be creative and learn how to use technology. Each student gets their own journal and will add things to it, like photos, videos, drawings, or notes.
Homework will be sent out each Tuesday (via Seesaw) and returned by the following Monday. Topic homework will be projects to complete over the half term. Please see Seesaw for any notes/extra guidance.
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. Reading diaries should be signed a minimum of three times per week at home.
The children will also access Accelerated Reader(AR) in school weekly. Please see below for a summary of 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 personalised 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.
1.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 individualised 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.
Numbots is an online learning platform which is accessed through the Times Tables Rockstars login. The game is aimed at boosting addition and subtraction skills for all aged children. All children start at the same place in Story Mode, and when they get to a certain stage they unlock Challenge Modes.
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.
Purple Mash is used in ICT lessons and Topic lessons. It a creative online space with lots of projects to complete.