Welcome to Year Two!
In Year Two, the children continue to build on their learning experiences from Year One. The children develop their independence further through looking after their own pencil cases and being able to choose support resources in the classroom. Life skills that are taught include effective teamwork, how to resolve conflict and how to sustain concentration levels for longer. Our curriculum focuses on teaching new skills and revisiting ones previously mastered, in order to prepare for the statutory assessments at the end of Key Stage One. Forest School and Cookery lessons continue to inspire a love of and respect for nature while the introduction of Numbots increases children’s mental recall.
- Library Day: Badgers (Wednesday) Otters (Thursday)
- Indoor PE: Badgers and Otters (Thursday pm)
- Outdoor PE: Badgers (Tuesday am) Otters (Wednesday am) T4 will be Otters (Friday am)
- Cookery and Forest School: Thursday morning (alternate terms)
Parents are encouraged to play an important part in our children’s learning through home learning activities including the need for regular reading, spelling practise and times tables practise. The children also have a termly topic project challenge.
Times table tests are on a Friday.
The expectation is for children to read their school banded reading book at least three times in a week (preferably more). Sharing of the school library book is also encouraged as a reading for pleasure learning opportunity. Reading logs will be checked weekly.
Letter formation packs are available to support handwriting and will be sent home regularly to support the accuracy in letter formation to help children to increase their presentation in writing throughout the year. Towards the end of the year, if the children are able to form all letters correctly, key joining patterns are introduced gradually to increase fluency.
Key Stage One Assessments:
In Year Two, the Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) are taken at the end of May. It is vital that your child attends school in these two weeks. The assessments consist of six papers: Two reading papers, two maths papers, a spelling paper and a punctuation and grammar paper. The aim of these assessments is to assess the children’s understanding of the curriculum taught to them in Years 1 and 2. There will be information sessions in term 4 to keep you informed and explain further. The assessments are taken in small groups, with regular breaks and are spread out across both weeks.
Across the year, the children’s learning is enhanced by a variety of trips, visitors and ‘wow’ days. In term one, the children organise and host a healthy tea party for the younger children. They design and make all the food and drink themselves, using their knowledge of healthy eating. In term two, the children have the opportunity to dress up as an explorer for our Explorer Day. In term three, Kenyan music, food and dance is explored through our launch day. As part of their religious education, our children visit a traditional Jewish synagogue in order to learn the key features found there and understand their importance. In term four, during our Great Fire of London topic, the fire service visit the school in order to demonstrate how the fire spread so far. The demonstration features models of 17th century houses, organised into a street, that the children have made themselves. In term five, the children visit Whipsnade Zoo in order to extend their knowledge of how animals adapt to their habitats and the year is finished off with a trip to the seaside so the children can compare seaside holidays, both past and present.