Year 2

Welcome to Year 2

Class teacher: Miss Hassall

Teaching Assistant:  Mrs Hasdell and Miss Proctor

Hello and welcome! In Year 2, we work extremely hard to ensure that children leave Abbey Hulton Primary School having achieved the best they can in all areas. We encourage children to become resilient, enthusiastic and independent learners, who show integrity, tenacity and pride.

Maths

Teaching and learning in maths follows the National Curriculum, which teaches the following main areas: number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication, division, shape, space and measurement. Where possible, links have been made across the Maths curriculum to provide children with as many opportunities as possible to apply their knowledge and understanding.

 

English

English lessons are planned and delivered around a variety of differentiated texts. In addition to the work we do in reading and writing, there is an increased focus on SPAG (spelling, grammar and punctuation) throughout Year 2, as this helps the children with their SATS assessments in May.

Spellings are set every week on Purple Mash. If you require a paper copy, please see me and I will be happy to help. Please support your child with their English development by practising spellings at home as much as possible.

 

Texts being covered

Autumn

  • The Gingerbread Man
  • The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
  • The Great Fire of London
  • Lost and Found
  • The Christmas Story

Spring

–  Journey

– Fantastic Mr Fox

Summer

  • The Enormous Crocodile
  • The Disgusting Sandwich

Reading

We encourage children to read every day at home. We expect the children to read at least 3 times a week at home and they must bring their reading book and diary in to school every day! They receive reading miles for doing so and could win the reading miles prize at the end of the year. We complete reading lessons every day and use this time to explore the class text as well as lots of different text types. Here we develop our understanding of comprehension and language whilst fostering a love of reading.

Phonics is an absolutely essential part of reading in Year 2. Children receive phonics teaching twice a day. During the morning we focus on the reading skill and in the afternoon we focus on the writing skill. We follow the 4 part lesson model of revisit, teach, practice and apply. The children are split into different groups depending on the phase they are accessing. We assess regularly as phonics is so vital.

 

Throughout the year we will be covering many fun and exciting topics following the new curriculum.

Autumn  

  • Science – Every day materials and Living things and their habitats
  • History – The Great Fire of London
  • Geography– What a wonderful world
  • RE – Who do Christians believe made the world? Who is Jewish and how do they live?
  • PSHE – How can we help? What is bullying?
  • Art – Abstract art
  • DT – Protect the egg!
  • Music – South African music, Christmas songs.
  • Computing – coding, emails

Spring  

  • Science –Animals including Humans
  • Geography – Sensational Safari
  • History – Queens
  • RE – Why does Easter matter to Christians? What is the good news Christians believe Jesus brings?
  • PSHE – What is the same and different about us? How can we be healthy?
  • Art – Can food be used as art?
  • DT – Rag dolls
  • Music – Rock music, reggae
  • Computing- research, data collecting

Summer  

  • Science – Plants
  • Geography – Beside the seaside
  • History – Changes in technology
  • RE – How should we care for others and the world, and why does it matter?
  • PSHE – How do we show our feelings? How can we keep safe in different places?
  • Art – Landscapes and cityscapes
  • DT – Cooking
  • Music – pop music, ocarinas
  • Computing – games, photography

 

Things To Remember

PE – PE will be on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. PE kit must be a plain white t shirt and plain black shorts/tracksuit bottoms. School jumpers/cardigans can be used. Sensible black trainers/pumps are also needed.

Reading – Reading books and diaries must be in school each day.

Homework– Each week children will be set a minimum of spellings and times tables on Purple Mash.

Useful links

Purple Mash: https://www.purplemash.com/login/

Phonics: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources  or https://www.phonicsbloom.com/

Top marks: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ lots of free interactive games