Our teachers’ names are Mrs Maxwell, Mrs Horwood and Mr Whitlock and we also work with lots of other adults such as Mrs Harris (TA), Mrs Lott (TA), Mrs Slee (Numbers Count Teacher) and Miss Morse (Reading Recovery). We are split into two classes: Mrs Horwood and Maxwell’s class is called Mayflower and Mr Whitlock’s is called Matthew. We’re named after ships you know!
Everyone is working really hard and we are enjoying our learning. Below you will find information about the classes and the curriculum.
School opens for children at 8.45am. Registers will be taken at 8.55am. Children will be dismissed from each classroom to the Key Stage 1 playground at 3.15pm.
Year 2 have P.E. lessons on a Tuesday and Friday, so please ensure PE kits are left in school. It is important to note that Tuesday’s lesson will usually take place outside and on colder days children will need to bring warmer clothes, such as jogging bottoms and a hoody or sweatshirt. We’re still learning to take responsibility for our clothes, so help us by putting our name on every item that we have to take off.
Spellings tests will happen on Fridays. Any extra support you can give your children to learn these spellings will really help them remember the words for the test and then for their writing in the future.
Homework will be given out on Fridays and is expected to be given in by Thursday. It will often be maths or English based. This is as well as our daily reading practice, our times tables practice and learning our spellings each week. There will also be longer term homework projects. Please support us with our homework and make sure we are being accurate and write neatly. If you have any questions at all please pop in and speak to one of the teachers.
What are we learning about in Year 2?
We have a very exciting time in English in year 2. The year starts with lots of different types of writing including stories, poems and descriptions. We also do some non-fiction writing such as writing recipes and instructions. We read some exciting stories and we all look forward to our mixed media topic about Mr Benn. He has many interesting adventures and we write our own adventures about some of them.
Later on in the year we will be creating amazing stories, finding out all about meerkats and studying some famous authors such as Francesca Simon and Philippa Pearce. After our visit to the SS Great Britain we will be finding out more about the inspiring work and life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
We will be learning about traditional tales – some that date back even further than Grandma can remember! We will be enjoying stories such as The Fisherman and his Wife. We also look at famous authors such as Anthony Browne and see how important illustrations can be to add to stories.
This year we will be learning new practical and written methods for all four number operations. We do lots of work on place value and get to know our odd and even numbers. We will be focussing especially on multiplication and division when we learn our times tables as well as counting in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s. The children will continue to practise all four rules and with a special focus on reasoning and problem solving. We will also be practising different types of measuring including length, weight and capacity.
The children will find out all about the names and properties of 2D and 3D shapes. We will be learning to tell the time including o’clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past as well as learning 5 minute intervals and digital time. It would be great if you could help us practise telling the time at home too. We learn all about money and how to add up totals of money and give change. Some of the numbers that we do are getting quite big and some of us even manage to count up to 1000! Near the end of the year we will be learning column method in addition and subtraction.
We will be doing lots of exciting topics this year. Please look at our topic webs on this website for details. You can help your child by researching the relevant topics on the internet or by visiting the library. Our on-going topic about the weather will be studied at different times throughout the year. This is so that we can watch the seasons change and see how the weather is different at different points of the year.
Some of the amazing things we learn about in year 2 are: World War 1, Life in Ghana, Plants and animals, materials, Living in France, Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Hannukah, Making a real winding up toy, sewing puppets, Stories that Jesus told, St Lucia in the Caribbean. As well as all these we learn lots of other things in Art, PE, Music and PSHE. We also learn to play some notes on the recorder.
The highlight of the year is always Barton Camp when we go in the summer. It’s great fun to have a sleep over with all our friends! We learn lots of important things at camp such as looking after ourselves, eating nicely with other people, trying new things, being adventurous and of course becoming more independent. There are so many opportunities for learning in year 2 and so many wonderful trips to go on, we are sure that you’ll look back at the end of the year and realise that we did so much together!
As part of our History topic Year 2 were invited to attend the Royal British Legion’s Memorial Service in Whitchurch. The children played an active role in the Service, participating in the 2 minute silence as well as laying Poppy Wreaths and speaking with veterans.
How can I help my child at home?
Helping your child with reading
Reading with your child is vital. Research shows that it's the single most important thing you can do to help your child's education. It's best to read little and often, so try to put aside some time for it every day.
Think of ways to make reading fun - you want your child to learn how pleasurable books can be. Books aren't just about reading the words on the page, they can also present new ideas and topics for you and your child to discuss. Fill in the reading record daily and encourage your child to change their book as soon as they have finished reading it with you. If the children read at least three times per week and this has been recorded in their reading diary, they will be awarded a reading star at the end of the week.
Helping your child with maths
It's also important to show how we use maths skills in our everyday lives: point out the different shapes to be found around your home; take your child shopping and talk about the quantities of anything you buy; let your child handle money and work out how much things cost; practise telling the time with numbers and words – try to do 5 minute intervals; involve them in cookery projects where they can measure and weigh; put plastic measuring jugs in the bath and talk to them about litres.
Homework in year 2 supports what your child is learning in class and it also gives you a chance to become involved in the learning process. As a rough guide, children in year 2 should spend around ½ hour on their homework activity each week. Encourage them to try the challenge activity if there is one. Do discuss any homework tasks with your child and how it connects with what they are learning about at school. Do turn off the TV and find a quiet space to work - but you could have music on if they find it helpful.
Don't let homework become a chore. Keep it fun and make it a special time that you both look forward to.
Science Walk to the Open Space
The children in year 2 walked to the Open Space in Stockwood armed with iPads, magnifying glasses, bug catchers and clipboards. We were there to look for habitats and to see which animals and plants we could recognise and record. We used a helpful check list to tick off when we found a particular bug or plant. Then we photographed them with the iPads. How many creatures do you think we found?