There are two Year 2 classes with two 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 day, the pupils have an English and Maths lesson. They are taught phonics and reading comprehension every morning. 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 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
- 08:55: Pupils enter classrooms for registration via St James Lane gate by the crossing patrol
- 12:00 – 13:00: Lunch
- 15:25: End of school Day
Pupils enter the school directly via their classroom door from 08:45. 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 practising key skills like maths and reading.
Please click here for our expectations of punctuality with arrival & collection of your child.
- Mr Whitney – 2A Class Teacher
- Ms Chapman – 2 Alpha Class Teacher
PE (Physical Education)
Pupils have PE on a Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon. They can attend school on these days wearing a suitable tracksuit or jogging bottoms/t-shirt.
Homework is given out on a Friday and is due back the following Friday.
Pupils are expected to read a minimum of 3 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.
Pupils will have maths homework to complete related to what has been taught during the week.
- Autumn: In the Autumn Term, Year 2 will study The Great Fire of London. They will read books such as Claude Goes to the City, and learn how to write traditional tales based on Hansel and Gretel, including a trip to the local woods. They will also learn about different materials in science and use this knowledge to create a Tudor house.
- Spring: In the Spring Term, year 2 focus on books such as Planet Omar and Lights on Cotton Rock and learn about famous inventors and explorers such as Frank Whittle and Neil Armstrong. We will visit the local air museum to learn about the history of flight. We will also learn about animals and humans in science. Pupils also have a big focus on mathematics and grammatical accuracy this term to ensure that they are fully prepared for their SATs.
- Summer: In Summer Term, pupils will learn about continents and oceans, as well as stories relating to the coastline and beaches. This will link to our learning about plants and habitats in science. We are hoping to visit a beach during this term to experience this for ourselves. We will also make sure children are secure with all their reading, writing and maths skills ready for key stage 2.
The following strands will be covered across the three terms, following the White Rose scheme:
- Autumn: Place value, Addition and Subtraction, Shape
- Spring: Money, Multiplication and Division, Measurement
- Summer: Fractions, Time, Statistics, Position and Direction
The 2, 5 and 10 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.
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 also provide bagels when children arrive in school.
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.