Welcome to Year 2 !
Our teacher is Mrs Rowland-Smith and our teaching assistants are Miss Phizacklea and Mrs Wilson. Mr Bowker teaches us every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon.
Autumn term, 2020
We are all very excited in Year 2 to start another fantastic hard-working year after what has been a very long time at home
Our topic this term is ‘Healthy bodies and Fire, fire!’ We hope you enjoy reading our curriculum map which outlines all the wonderful activities we will be completing this term.
This is the curriculum map for the Spring Term.
Individual reading books will continue to be sent home with the children and all children will be heard reading on an individual basis at least once a week.
Reading is an integral part of learning in our classroom and I would be most grateful if you could continue to support your child, by reading daily with/to your child for at least 20 minutes, signing the reading booklet and making any relevant comments.
The books will be changed regularly and it is hoped the children will become increasingly more independent in this routine throughout the year.
In class, our focus will now be on comprehension of different texts and we will have daily reading comprehension activities.
Spellings and Phonics
Children will continue to have a daily phonics & spelling lesson. We will continue to recap the children’s knowledge of grapheme and phonemes learnt in Year 1 and 2 alongside learning specific spelling rules and patterns.
Year 1 Phonics Screening check - As your child did not complete the Year 1 phonics screening check in June, we will be assessing all children against the standards at the end of the second half term. This is in line with the current government guidance. I will be sending out additional information very soon.
As children progress throughout the year, our aim is for the children to become fluent readers and increasingly accurate spellers.
To support your child with their spellings, we have attached a copy of all high frequency words from Year 1 & 2, Year 2 common exception words and termly spellings in your child’s homework folder. A copy of these can also be found below.
This year the children should become confident with their 2, 3, 5, and ten times tables. We will also work on adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers, multiplication and division (within 2, 3, 5 and 10 x tables), fractions, shape and measurement. Within measurement we will focus on time, money, length, height, weight, mass, capacity and volume.
We love reading bible stories in class and we try to understand the messages behind them. We will also continue to learn about Gospel values and the things we can do to follow them.
This year our science work will build on what the children learnt in Year 1 and we will develop our investigation skills, exploring how to work scientifically and carry out experiments. Look out for Discovery Dog in our classroom as he helps us to plan an investigation!
In addition to regular reading at home, the following homework will be sent home on a Monday and is due the following Friday.
- Reading task - weekly on Showbie (information to follow)
Short daily tasks linked to the following subjects:
- Punctuation & Grammar
- Maths key skills
- Maths problem solving
The spellings your children practise throughout the week will be included in a weekly dictation on a Friday morning.
PE is timetabled for a Wednesday and Thursday this term. Please provide your children with their PE kit clearly labelled. This will stay in school for the duration of the term.
Year 2 will have their 'Muddy Monday' every Monday. Please send your child into school wearing appropriate clothing and footwear.
Year 2 KS1 SATS
Mrs Rowland-Smith is responsible for judging the standards your child is working at in English reading, English writing, mathematics and science, by the end of key stage 1. This allows the school to measure your child’s performance and identify their needs as they progress into key stage 2.
To help inform those judgements, pupils will take part in national curriculum tests in English, mathematics and SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) commonly known as SATS. Mrs Rowland-Smith will ensure that these are incorporated into the child’s everyday activities and learning, therefore the children will be unaware that they are even taking them. As a result of this, we kindly ask that you don’t talk to the children about these tests as we feel this can add unnecessary worry..
At Holy Family, we always welcome open communications between parents, pupils and teachers, therefore please do get in touch via email or telephone if you have any questions or would like to speak to myself or a member of our Year 2 team and we can arrange an appointment.
Thank you for your continued support,
The Year 2 team