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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2
 
This term we are learning about:
Magnificent Monarchs
During this project, children will learn about the English and British monarchy from AD 871 to the present day. Using timelines, information about royal palaces, portraits and other historical sources, they will build up an understanding of the monarchs and then research six of the most significant sovereigns.
 

Who will help me with my learning?
Class Teacher (CT): Mrs Hannon
Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA): Mrs. Norris
KS1 Teaching Assistants (TA) : Mrs. Lonie, Mrs Best and Mrs Trevaskus
 

 
 What are the main topics?
Term 1 - Towers, Tunnels and Turrets
Term 2 - Magnificent Monarch
Term 3 - Movers and Shakers
Term 4 - Movers and Shakers
Term 5 - Coastline
Term 6 - Coastline
 
When do I need to wear my PE kit?
Every Friday
Come to school in your PE kit: white t-shirt, black shorts and trainers
In cold weather: black joggers and a sweatshirt
Please ensure all kit is clearly labelled.

 
Home Learning
Reading - Read your RWI book at least three times a week. Share a book every day - you could read to an adult, an adult could read a book to you or you can take turns to read. 
Spelling - Practise your spelling words for the week at least twice per week using joined handwriting. 
Maths - Play Numbots for 5 minutes every day. 
Topic - Complete one or more activities from the learning ideas menu linked to our termly topic and upload your work to MS Teams. 
 

What else do I need to know about Year 2?
  • I need to bring my water bottle daily
  • I can bring a healthy snack but snacks are provided in school
  • Reading books are collected in every Monday and then changed and given back to me on a Friday.
  • My teacher will provide all the resources I need to support my learning, so I don't need to bring in my own items.
  • I will be ready, respectful and safe at all times in school.
Should you have any questions, please get in touch with your child's class teacher.

 
Year 2 Information for Parents 
 
Reading in year 2 
In Year 2, our children are taught to read using the high quality systematic synthetic phonics programme Read Write Inc. (RWI)  Children are taught consistently to use phonics as the route to reading unknown words. At this stage, we introduce the opportunity for pupils to have sufficient practice in reading and re-reading books that match their progress level both at home and in school. We will send RWI books home that match your child's progress level. Children will need to re-read a book three times at home to ensure accuracy, then fluency and finally comprehension. Please go to the Oxford Owl website to find eBooks that are relevant to your child's age and RWI colour group.
 
If your child has come to the end of the Read Write Inc programme, they will move on to Accelerated Reader (AR) books.  Children will complete a reading test which will give an AR level. Children pick their book at their level from the school library. When children have read their books and feel confident to answer questions about the plot, characters and their likes/dislikes, they take an AR quiz. The quiz will give the child the next AR level to take - it can move up, down or stay the same.
 

When children have become fluent and confident readers, they will now read to learn. They will learn comprehension skills using a high-quality whole class guided reading programme, increase their reading fluency through daily practice, listen to high-quality books read by an adult every day and read for pleasure in school and at home.

Reading fluency is an essential pre-requisite to reading comprehension once children have a sound knowledge of phonics. Children should be able to read quickly and accurately with good intonation and phrasing so that their attention can focus on comprehension and meaning.

By the end of year 2 pupils should read words accurately and fluently without overt sounding and blending at a rate of over 90 words per minute.

 
Spelling in year 2 
In year 2 children learn to read, write and spell a considerable number of High Frequency Words (HFW). The teaching of the high frequency words is linked to the teaching of phonics. It is expected that pupils consistently spell HFW correctly, therefore, we would greatly appreciate parental support with the learning of these words. 
 
Each week, children will focus on a new spelling pattern and they will practice words with this spelling pattern in a variety of ways during the week. These words will also be sent home for children to practise. At the end of the week, the pupils will be tested on these words and be asked to explain the spelling pattern.  
 
Maths in year 2
Daily maths lessons are taught in small steps using the White Rose Hub scheme of learning.  We provide children with practical equipment to secure their understanding of each small step. As they develop as mathematicians, they are expected to use both pictorial and written methods as outlined in our whole school calculation policy. To help children succeed in maths, there is a strong focus on developing maths fluency and arithmetic skills.

Fluency is promoted through IT programs such as TT Rockstars and Numbots and daily fluency sessions. This allows children to monitor their own progress, motivate themselves and practice essential elements. By being fluent and developing automaticity, pupils spend more time learning to reason with complex maths questions. 

 Maths provision for this term: 

  • Place Value
  • Addition and subtraction 
  • Measurement: money
  • Number: multiplication and division  

You can support your child at home: 

  • Encourage your child to use Numbots for 5 minutes each day - little and often is more effective
  • In year 2, the children need to be secure in their knowledge of 2, 5 and 10 times tables- use TT rockstars to practise multiplication and  division. 
  • Encourage maths learning in fun ways e.g. cooking, play shop keeping, using songs for timetables etc  
  • If your child is eager to complete  extra home learning, please find the maths booklets attached to our units of learning this term. 
 
SATs and Phonics Screen
Year 2 children will sit SATs in May. They will complete 2 reading papers and 2 maths papers (SAT talk for parents to follow in the Spring Term). Children who didn't pass the Phonics Screening Check in year 1 will retake it in the Autumn term of year 2.

National Poetry Day - Thursday 7th October
 
For National Poetry Day class 2 learnt Now We Are Six by A.A. Milne.