Year 2

We are all really looking forward to another successful and enjoyable year!  Our Year Two class teacher is Mrs Ward.

Looking Ahead

This is a very special and exciting phase for Year 2.  A time to explore and expand on their previous knowledge through a bespoke and child led curriculum. We at St Georges steadfastly believe that children learn best when they are able to make connections in their learning.  Therefore, pupils are consistently offered opportunities to develop their understanding, knowledge and eventually mastery, through exploration, participation and inter-house challenges.

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Our aim is to create a positive, engaging and stimulating environment in which children can develop and mature to achieve their full potential.  In conjunction with the fostering of good relationships, we endeavour to encourage the development of a sense of responsibility, self-discipline and creative, independent thinking. Our bespoke, child led curriculum is intended to encourage the development of your children intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically and morally, and to furnish children with the basic skills they need to be lifelong learners.

Pupils will face many challenges this year: developing their own independence, organisational skills as well as taking responsibility for their own belongings, behaviour and education. Therefore in order for your children to have a smooth transition: We all need to encourage the development of their independence. – (Tying a tie, tying their own shoe laces, placing their own belongings in the correct places, completing their homework)

 

School topics 2016-2017

The curriculum across St Georges is planned and changed in accordance with the interests and requirements of each cohort. In year 2 the topics have been chosen to captivate, excite and inspire the pupil’s imagination.

Sept – Dec .    The school topic is Above and Below.

Year 2 will begin with dinosaurs and eventually end with flight. Covering the topics of dinosaurs, (science) famous people,(history) countries/coast  discoveries (geography) art/modelling, Hot air balloons, planes(DT) dairies/recounts/instructional writing(literacy) calculations/measurement (maths) power point presentations (ICT).

Mar – June  Time capsule.

June – July – Reflection.

Pupils learn best when they are engaged in topics which ignite their imagination, the chosen topics are open to interpretation and allow for  diversity, choice and engaging planning asked inspired by the pupils interests. We aim to provide every opportunity for pupils to experience exciting memorable learning activities.

Joint responsibilities.

We as teachers, parents and guardians, have a mutual responsibility to enhance our children’s learning and progression. Together working as a team we can alleviate our children’s fears and worries. By showing a united front on education, uniform, behaviour, homework and reading: We can demonstrate to our children that learning can be fun.

Why homework?

When pupils engage with the reading schemes and complete homework they begin to feel confident in their own ability. Homework is founded on the learning being undertaken in the classroom and embeds pupils’ knowledge into their long term memory.

When pupils develop confidence and increased self-esteem, the fear of failure becomes lessened. This enables pupils to accept mistakes. Mistakes are a learning process. We first learn to accept them, then we learn why we made them and eventually we learn from them: correcting our misconceptions.

Homework is a huge factor in assessing pupils understanding and correcting misconceptions.

Homework expectations.

Reading 

The children are expected to read at home at least five times a week and this needs to be recorded in their reading diaries. When the children are able to we may encourage them to try and write their own comment and review about the book they have read. Please make sure the children have their reading diaries in school every day so they can be checked and new books recorded. The children will receive Dojo awards each time they read.

 Spelling 

The children who are off the RWI programme will be given a set of spellings at the beginning of each week which they will need to learn. These spellings will be tested in school each week so please help your child to practice their spellings at home. A copy of the children’s spellings will be sent home in their homework diaries.

 

 Mathematics 

It is very important that the children are able to recite their number bonds and times tables quickly. This will help them in all areas of the curriculum and are essential as life skills.

There are also activities for the children to complete on abacus maths. (activelearn – below)

www.activelearnprimary.co.uk

All pupils have a log in and a password (in the front of their school homework diaries.)

These activities can be accessed at home (lap top/I pads/tablets) or through the school computer clubs.

The activities are graded and build pupils confidence and resilience to learning. The games are fun, educational and rewarding. Pupils may use the sites rewards to custom their own lands.

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting

Homework Timetable

Mathematics weekly.

Presently – number bonds, times tables, quick addition and subtraction games.

Spellings weekly.

– year 2 spelling lists.

Reading daily.  

– 5 – 10 minutes per day. Reading and talking about the book.

Half term projects where applicable.

We encourage the children to try and do as much of the project as they can on their own but with support and encouragement from family members.

Homework projects are a brilliant opportunity for you to work with your child and learn about the terms theme.

Year 2 SATS 

This year children in Year 2 will sit new SATs papers.  At the end of Year 2 they will take SATs in Reading, English grammar, punctuation and Spelling and Maths.  They will sit two reading papers, a short written task, a grammar, punctuation and vocabulary test, a spelling test and two maths papers. The tests will be administered in May 2017.

Please just continue to support your child at home with their reading, spelling and maths homework.

Additional learning sessions are available, your children will receive letters inviting them to attend confidence building sessions. These sessions are not a reflection on your children’s ability but a complimentary fun form of embedding knowledge.

 

Watch me learn/additional learning.

Parents are welcome to participate alongside their children in learning sessions after school.

This is a brilliant opportunity to interact and learn alongside your children in a calm and reassuring atmosphere.

Watch me learn opportunities will be available throughout the year.

Assemblies and school plays will also be announced via the Dojo account and website.

 

DOJOS.

Please ensure you are signed up to the CLASS DOJO SCHEME.

This enables the school to keep you totally in the communication loop.

You will be informed about your children’s behaviour, progression and achievements.

All messages can be immediately accessed.

Reminders can sent out – P.E. Kit, letters, spellings, events – assemblies, McMillan afternoons etc.

(Dojos will be replied to between 8:30am- 5:30pm)