Welcome to Year 2!
Our teachers are Mrs Ahmed (Head of year), Miss O’Toole, Mr Khan, Miss Charalambous and Miss Kalim.
This year is an extremely important one, as at the end of the year we will be completing the KS1 SATS. Children will complete tests in reading, maths (reasoning and arithmetic) and SPAG (spelling and grammar). To prepare children we ask for them to read regularly at home and ensure that they have understood what they have read. We also ask that they regularly practise spellings and key skills in maths such as times tables and number bonds to prepare them for the tests.
Our curriculum is very varied and children enjoy many new experiences in Year 2.
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.
Everyday, 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 has the opportunity to join their class reading challenge. Each teacher has chosen 30 quality texts and if pupils can read them all by the end of the year, they will receive a special certificate and prize in assembly. They will have a chance to change their special 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 MathTappers app 'Find Sums' 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 - We welcome parents into our classrooms to read with us during Parent Reading from 9 o'clock until 9:20 on Thursday mornings. Reading regularly with your children helps to develop their love of reading! We look forward to seeing you there!
Homework – This is given out on Fridays and usually consists of 1 literacy, 1 maths and 1 spelling based activity. In addition, pupils are encouraged to complete their reading diary over the weekend to comment on the books they are reading at home. Homework is due in on Mondays.