There are two Year 2 classes and there are three full time teaching assistants across both classes. During your child’s time in Year 2, we encourage them to become more independent and strive to do their very best.
Every morning, the pupils have a literacy and numeracy lesson. They are taught phonics and reading comprehension four times a week. The scheme that we use is called ‘Read Write Inc.’.
We believe that learning to read and spell are the most important things your child does at school. Pupils read individually at least three times a week at school. We expect parents to hear their pupils read a minimum of 4 times a week for at least 5 minutes. Also we expect your child to practice their spellings at least 3 times a week, as they are tested on a Friday. Also we expect your child to be practicing both their times tables and number bonds regularly.
Letters to parents
Letters that have been circulated to parents are available for you to view and download here.
Times of a school day
These are the times that apply to a Year 2 pupil’s school day.
- 08:45: School gates open
- 2A – Between 8:45 & 8:55 : Pupils enter classrooms for registration via St James Lane gate by the crossing patrol
- 2AL – Between 8:45 & 8:55: Pupils enter classrooms for registration via pedestrian gate on Middle Ride next to car park entrance
- 12:15 – 13:15: Lunch
- 15:25: End of school Day
Pupils enter the school directly via their classroom door at 08:55. We ask all of our parents to be prompt as the morning is a useful time for settling the pupils into good routines. We also use this time for target work and assessment.
Please click here for our expectations of punctuality with arrival & collection of your child.
- Mr David Whitney – 2A Class Teacher
- Ms Mandy Chapman – 2 Alpha Class Teacher
PE (Physical Education)
Pupils have PE on a Tuesday afternoon. They can attend school on Tuesday mornings wearing a suitable tracksuit or jogging bottoms/t-shirt.
Spellings and Numeracy homework are given out on a Friday and they are due back the following Wednesday.
Pupils are expected to read a minimum of 4 times a week for at least 5 minutes.
Pupils are expected to practice their spelling homework during the week in preparation for their test on the Friday afternoon.
Pupils will have one piece of maths homework to complete related to what has been taught during the week. We expect this homework to be completed and handed in on the following Wednesday.
- Autumn: In the Autumn Term, Year 2 will study inventions and look at different stories from a familiar author. Pupils will be writing different sentence types (with a focus on exclamations and questions) to include in different types of text including: instructions, descriptions and diary entries. Pupils will also have a visitor to support their learning of a text.
- Spring: In the Spring Term, year 2 have a focus on Coasts for their Humanities and work with two books which are closely related to this topic. Pupils have a big focus on Grammar and grammatical accuracy this term to ensure that they are fully prepared for their SATs.
- Summer: In Summer Term, pupils will be exposed to a wide range of Non-Fiction texts relating to their topic of the Great Fire of London. Pupils will take part in a series of Drama activities including a staging of the fire.
The following strands will be covered across the three terms:
- Number and place value, addition / subtraction, multiplication / division, measurement, fractions, 2D and 3D shapes and statistics
Times tables will also be practised on a daily basis alongside the above units.
For more information about the strands please click the National Curriculum link at the bottom of this page.
Humanities (Geography and History)
- Autumn: First half will focus on a History topic relating to Sir Frank Whittle and links to the first aeroplane flight.
Second half will focus on the historical figure of Guy Fawkes. Pupils will learn about the events surrounding this significant individual from the past.
- Spring: The first half of the term will focus on Geography – The world and weather. They will investigate and identify seasonal & daily weather patterns in the U.K. and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and North and South Poles.
The second half will also focus on Geography – Coasts – Understand geographical similarities and differences through study of human and physical geography of a small area of U.K. Use simple compass points and locational and directional language to describe the location of features and routes on a map.
- Summer: In the second half of the term the History focus will be about the events leading up to and after The Great Fire of London.
- Autumn: Pupils will be looking at On-Line Safety and learning to keep information private. They will also think about what to do if something concerns pupils when researching On-Line. Pupils will use ‘2Animate’ to produce a multi-media story using a previously taught English topic
- Spring: They will have the opportunity to handle different forms of data and then create their own database using the Purple Mash tool ‘2Investigate’
- Summer: They will be introduced to programming using ‘2Go’ from Purple Mash. This allows pupils to control a range of objects on a screen using a range of instructions
- Summer: During the Summer term we will be learning about Plants and Animals in the local environment including nocturnal animals. The pupils will go on a mini beast hunt around the school, writing a report of what they find and transferring that data into simple bar charts.
Pupils can bring a bottle of water each day (no juice please) and can refill them in school when required. Please label the water bottles.
Drinks and Fruit
Pupils are provided with a piece of fruit each breaktime, therefore they do not need to bring in a snack.
We ask parents to provide a water bottle, filled with fresh water each day so that pupils have access to a drink.
What you child needs to bring to school each day
Reading book and diary
Please do not send toys to school as pupils get very upset if they become lost.
What to do if you have a problem
If you need to inform us that someone else is collecting your child that day or something else that may affect your child’s school day – please tell us first thing in the morning at the door.
If you wish to talk to use about something that requires a longer conversation – please make an appointment to see us after school.
If you have a problem that you need to speak to us about urgently – please contact a senior member of staff as the class teacher’s priority in the morning is to settle the pupils in their class.