Happy New Year
We hope that you all had a great Christmas and that the children are ready for the challenges of the next term. The teachers in Year 2 are Mrs Roscoe and Mrs Waller. The TAs in class are Mrs Eastwood, Miss Cole and Mrs Hargreaves. Mrs Roscoe will usually teach all day Wednesday and Thursday morning. Mrs Waller will teach the rest of the time. Mr Smart, our sport specialist, will lead P.E. sessions.
Welcome to the Year 2 page. We want our Year 2 pupils to be happy within the school, keen to celebrate success and accepting of differences, as well as being polite, friendly and hardworking. We aim to ensure that your child has an enjoyable and engaging year, whilst also striving for high standards in learning, progress and achievement as we work towards the end of KS1 SATs.
At the start of this half term we are travelling into space in our English work before going across the ocean to Mexico!
At St. Stephen's we teach reading through synthetic phonics based on the Letters and Sounds phonic programme. We use a variety of reading books, mainly the Phonics Bug scheme and the Oxford Reading scheme. During reading workshop carousels the teacher and teaching assistant teach reading through guided groups on a rota basis using the Big Cats scheme.
We are following the No Nonsense Spelling scheme which was introduced last academic year.
Children will bring their reading book and record home every night. Regular reading and discussion about what they are reading is really important. Reading to your child and talking to them about stories and books is also extremely beneficial. Please feel free to comment in their reading records as it is an ideal way of communicating with school.
At St. Stephen's we aim to encourage a love of writing by providing interesting and exciting opportunities, across all subjects, for children to develop their writing skills.
If your child writes something at home please send it into school so we can share it. It may be worth at team point or two!
We have spelling every day following the No Nonsense Spelling scheme.
In handwriting sessions, we are now encouraging joining throughout the children's writing and will be practising each of the letters and letter joins.
The children are able to choose a book of their own choice from the library. Year 2's day to visit the library is Wednesday.
We aim to make maths as much fun as possible through daily singing, playing board games and by doing various practical problem solving activities. This year the big focus is on using and applying mathematical skills.
Some hands on activity examples:
Visit a shop and allow your child to buy something using the correct coins
Find numbers in the supermarket
Use items from the kitchen to weigh/measure or order in size
Time, days of the week and months of the year are also very important things for your child to learn.
Please click on the link below to see Key Learning in Mathematics for Year 2:
Year 2 has PE on Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning.
Children will need their PE kits, a plain white t-shirt, blue shorts and pumps. PE kits can be left at school on your child's coat hook. They will be sent home to be washed and checked for size at the end of each half term. Please make sure all items are named as it makes it easier for the children to identify their own kit.
Long hair should be tied back and jewellery should be removed. Earrings have to be removed.
We try to keep homework manageable. After a hard day at school we appreciate your child is tired and needs quality time with their family. Each week would ask that you hear you child read their home/school reading book, as well as other books at home, and read to your child as much as possible (this really helps with their writing). We also ask that you help them learn the 2, 5, and 10 times tables which they have already been introduced to. A little later in the year, we introduce the 3 and 4 times tables. There are odd occasions we may ask your child to do something else.
This is the long term plan of what your child will be learning in Year 2.
Please note: St Stephen's CE Primary School is not responsible for the content of external websites.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/ - for maths, english and science
http://www.topmarks.co.uk/interactive.aspx?cat=62 – maths, English and science
http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm - for phonic games
http://www.literactive.com/Download/live.asp?swf=story_files/Fishing_Bowl_US.swf (to help with confusion between ‘b’, ‘d’ and ‘p’