Welcome to Year 2
Our teachers are Mrs Ali (Head of year) 2A, Miss Hawes 2H, Mr Sanghadharin 2R and Ms Lulat 2L.
Our aim is to ensure that children have a smooth transition and develop greater independence in all areas of school life. We will be working on setting a strong foundation for your child’s learning by providing a rich and stimulating curriculum and will ensure that children enjoy many new experiences in the year ahead.
We want to foster a love of reading in year 2. Each teacher has carefully hand-picked books for their reading corners that they believe their pupils will enjoy. These include short texts, longer texts, poems, picture books and non-fiction texts. We have re-designed our reading corners to make them a more comfortable, inviting and calming space to read.
Every day, we have fruit and story time whereby teachers read their chosen class book to their pupils while they nibble on a healthy snack. This is our favourite part of the day! Pupils giggle, empathise and question character actors during this interactive session.
Every pupil in year two will have the opportunity to join their class reading challenge. We have selected 30 quality texts and if pupils can read them all by the end of the year, they will receive a special certificate in assembly. They will have a chance to change their reading challenge book weekly and will be expected to answer questions about the story to show that they have understood it.
Number fluency is a skill that we want to develop in year two so that our pupils can confidently and efficiently answer addition and subtraction questions. Each week, our pupils focus on a number and learn the number facts associated with that number, for example when looking at the number 5, they would learn that 1+4=5, 2+3=5, 3+2=5 etc.
We use the Numbots app on our school iPads, which helps pupils to visualise parts of a number and encourages them to remember their number bonds. In year two, we will be focusing on number bonds from 5 - 20. Each week, pupils will learn and be tested on number bonds for the number they are focusing on in class that week.
Parent Reading Sessions – Please join us every Thursday morning between 8:50am - 9:10am. Reading regularly with your children helps to develop their love of reading! We look forward to hearing about all the books your child reads with you at home!
Homework – This is sent out on Fridays and usually consists of 1 literacy/topic, 1 maths and 1 spelling based activity. Homework is due in on Mondays.
We look forward to working with you over the next year to ensure your child has a pleasurable experience. If you have any concerns or worries, please don’t hesitate to arrange a time to speak to one of us.
From the Year 2 team.