Welcome to Class 2

In Year 2, lessons gradually begin to become more formal and children begin to spend a greater proportion of their day at tables developing their academic skills, ready for the transition to upper school.  As the year progresses, the children are expected to produce a much greater volume of written work in all subjects being recorded.  The children are taught English and Maths daily whether in discrete lessons or cross curricular.  In Year 2, we love bringing learning to life and where possible will teach lessons through a cross curricular and purposeful approach.

This academic year Reception, Class 1 and Class 2 are following the same topics.  This will enable us to share our planning, resources and to arrange joint visits and visitors to complement our work.  Although we plan a general overview of the topics, each class does work at a differentiated level.  Topic work generally covers History, Geography, Science, P.S.H.C.E. and sometimes R.E.  Classes 1 and 2 will also plan some of their Art and Design Technology together.

Autumn term -  Ourselves and Other Animals

                          Light and Dark

Spring term -     Houses and Homes

                          Who's the King of the Castle?

Summer term - I do like to be beside the Sea-side


Reading

In Year 2, children are beginning to become more fluent at reading and our aim is to build children's comprehension skills so that children will have good word recognition (phonics) and also good language comprehension.  We ask that children are heard reading at homs three times a week and ask that you ask them questions about what they have read.  Also reading to your children helps develop a love of literature.

Maths

Each week we have a short mental maths test and multiplication test which helps your child to develop their mental recall of maths facts and mental strategies for calculation.

Handwriting

We expect all children to form all of their letters correctly and write them neatly using a suitable pencil grip.  During Year 2 we begin to teach children how to join their letters.

We aim for children to leave Year 2 as happy and secure learners ready to embrace their developing independence and opportunities that upper school will bring.