Welcome to Year 2 !
Our teacher is Mrs Rowland-Smith and our teaching assistants are Mrs Wilson, Mr Bowker, Ms Stockill and Miss Phizacklea. Mrs Leighton teaches us every Tuesday afternoon and Mrs Smith every Friday morning.
Spring term, 2020
Happy new year to you all. We are all very excited in Year 2 to start another fantastic hard-working term after what I'm sure has been a wonderful Christmas holiday.
Our topic this term is ‘The Greatest Show'. We hope you enjoy reading our curriculum map which outlines all the wonderful activities we will be completing this 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.
If you would like to call in to listen to children read between 8:55 and 9:15am, please pop in to let us know.
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.
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
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 Friday 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.
KS1 SATs will be complete in the week beginning Monday 18th May, 2020.
At Holy Family, we always welcome open communications between parents, pupils and teachers, therefore please do get in touch if you have any questions or would like to speak to myself or a member of our Year 2 team.
We will always be available at the beginning and end of the school day.
Thank you for your continued support,
The Year 2 team