Welcome to Year Two!
Year Two Staff
Who will help me with my learning?
Class Teacher (CT): Mrs Ioja
Teaching Assistant (TA) : Mrs. Best
Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA): Mrs. Norris
This term's mini missions are entitled 'Wriggle and Crawl' and 'Muck, Mess and Mixtures.'
For 'Wriggle and Crawl ', we will grab our coats and pooter – we’re going out and about on a minibeast hunt. We are going to lift up logs to see who’s home. Then we are going to set up a minibeast laboratory and observe their every move. We will add notes and labels and ask research questions, just like a real entomologist. We are going to learn about bees and worms and butterflies too. To show who eats who, we are going to make a food chain. We will carry out different investigations to find out more, like how far a snail travels in a day and how a spider catches its prey. Finally, we will show how our favourite bug transforms from one form to another, perhaps a caterpillar to a butterfly or a maggot to a fly.
On your belly, legs at the ready, it’s time to wriggle and crawl.
Please find the knowledge organiser, the glossary of terms that the children need to know by the end of this unit and the home learning workbook which needs to be completed by the end of the term . I look forward to seeing your research on minibeasts.
For `Muck, Mess and Mixtures`, we will get messy. Muck and mess are good. In fact, they're marvellous. We will dive in and get our hands and feet all sticky and covered in paint. We are going to play with liquids, squish some dough and check out the slushiest and mushiest foods. We will: pour, mix, stir, splat. I wonder how will it feel to get our hands covered in goo? We will make a wobbly jelly and draw with wibbly clay. We will write recipes, instructions, riddles and poems – there are loads of scrummy words to describe messy mixtures. We are going to work with paint and other squelchy stuff to create a new gallery space.
What will you make? How will you arrange it? How will the gallery make you and your visitors feel? Don’t worry about the mess – it’ll always wash.
When is and what do I wear for PE?
Year Two PE is every Monday afternoon. The children will come to school in their PE kit. This will consist of a while t-shirt and black shorts. Additionally, children need to wear suitable footwear such as plimsolls or trainers. Should it be a cold day, children are more than welcome to wear jogging or tracksuit bottoms and a jumper or suitable coat. Any questions about any of this, feel free to speak to me.
What learning should I complete at home?
- Read your RWI book at least three times a week.
- Share a book with an adult every day - you could read a book to an adult or an adult could read a book to you or even take turns to read
- Practise your spelling words for the week at least twice per week using joint handwriting.
- Play Numbots for 5 minutes every day.
- Complete your termly home learning linked to our mini missions.
Share your amazing work with us.
What else do I need to know about Year 2?
- I need to bring my water bottle daily and can bring a healthy snack, though snacks are provided.
- Reading books are collected in every Monday and then changed and given back to the children on a Friday.
- My teacher will provide all the resources 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.
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 the children`s progress level. Children will need to re-read a book three times at home to ensure mastery of reading and comprehension.
If your child has come to the end of Read Write Inc programme and has been fluent and confident, 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 a high-quality class reader and read for pleasure in school and at home.
Fluency is an important ingredient of 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. 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 , the year 2 will focus on a spelling pattern. They will practice the words with this spelling pattern in school for a few times 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.
Maths in year 2
Daily maths lessons are taught in small steps using the White Rose Hub scheme of learning. We provide children with concrete manipulatives to secure their understanding of place value. 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 , enables pupils to spend more time learning to reason on complex maths questions.
Maths provision for this term:
- Multiplication and Division
- Addition and subtraction
We will appreciate your support with your child`s maths learning. This is what you could do 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.