Happy New Year. We all hope you have had a lovely Christmas and we are looking forward to continuing to work with you and your children. The teachers in Year 2 are Mrs Roscoe and Mrs Waller. The TAs in class are Mrs Eastwood and Miss Cole. 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.
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.
This term we are focusing on explorers and contrasting a small village in Mexico with Burnley.
Spring Term Timetable
In Key Stage 1 reading is taught 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 Tree scheme. During reading workshop carousels, the teacher and teaching assistant teach reading through guided groups, on a rota basis, using the Big Cats scheme.
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. We really want you 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. This term we are reintroducing weekly spellings to learn.
In handwriting sessions, we are now using Letterjoins which teaches the children to join letters from the start of learning to write.
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 accessible for all. We are following the mastery approach and are using Maths No Problem in class. This teaches the children using concrete apparatus before pictorial and the abstract representations. A lot of emphasis is on the children being able to explain how they are making their mathematical decisions.
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. This year we are introducing a half termly task for the children to complete at home and return to school in the last week of the half term.
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’