Welcome to Year 2
Last term was very different than normal so the year 2 team are very excited to have all of our new class back.
Online learning tools for year 2 if you would like to do something extra in the holidays, weekends or after school.
Spelling shed (message Miss Mitchell on ClassDojo for login): https://www.spellingshed.com/
MyMaths (message Miss Mitchell if you need your login): https://login.mymaths.co.uk/login
EPIC Reading (check out our class story on dojo for our classes login details) : https://www.getepic.com/app/
As the end of the school year draws near, some children may need support navigating their emotions through all these changes. This book gave me a little peace so I wanted you all to feel the same. Please head onto EPIC and on assignments I have set you this special book on mindfulness:
Read yourself: https://www.getepic.com/app/read/59486
Listen to it read by the author: https://www.getepic.com/app/read/63989
Wellbeing in Year 2
We will be using circle times and our class story time to reflect and understand how we are feeling.
Our class novel is ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers
“Our world can be a bewildering place, especially if you’ve only just got here. Your head will be filled with questions, so let’s explore what makes our planet and how we live on it. From land and sky, to people and time, these notes can be your guide and start you on your journey”.
Take a look at a week in Year 2
We use Class Dojo in Year 2! This means parents can see what we are up to in class on our story, send messages to me and see on a daily basis how their child is doing via a daily report.
Last year I had 100% of parents using Dojo so hopefully everyone will download the app this year! ClassDojo! https://www.classdojo.com/onehundred/
The children will get a Dojo point every time they do something impressive at school.
We use Class Dojo in Year 2 and all our parents are connected via the app. This allows our families to be fully involved in everything that happens in Year 2. The children are proud of their achievements and want to share these with their families via the app.
The children in Year 2 are not just working really hard in their lessons this term but we are doing lots of extra activities to learn important skills. The children use sign language to answer the register. Children in Year 2 are given responsible jobs to help our classroom community for example taking the register, handing out the snack and milk, sharpening pencils and much more.
Our Provision Area
In KS1 this year we are making full use of our shared area by having continuous provision every afternoon. The children will be investigating and taking initiative as they self-regulate their learning in the shared area. There will be plenty of opportunities for children to enhance their skills while covering vital elements of the national curriculum. The children in KS1 have been making great use of our continuous provision time on afternoons. Each area has a different focus with varying challenges to give the children ideas of how to develop their curriculum learning.
We also have a water and sand area inspired by our theme of Explorers thinking about the ocean.
What we have been up to so far….
Reading in KS1
Reading is hugely important in Year 2 and the children should be doing it at least 4 times a week if not every night. From September children in Year 1 and Year 2 will be working towards achieving their own reading collector badge. It is expected that every child reads at least four times a week at home and has their reading log signed each time. If you read four times a week and have your reading log signed at home by the end of the week you will receive a sticker for your individual badge. Collector badges are a great way for pupils to save their mini sticker rewards: They can attach the badge to their uniform and wear their collection with pride. Children’s badges will be displayed on a pin board in the classroom. Only when the badge is full does the child get to wear it with pride before getting a new colour badge on the pin board.
Our reading area in the KS1 provision area is always a popular place to get lost in a book.
Our first week winners….
Click here for our KS1 Reading information letter: Reading at Home 1
Fantastic progress in writing!
Below are some fantastic examples of the work year 2 did last year and the amazing progress the children have made in only one year!!
Below is what a child last year did at the start of year 2 and then at the end.
What fantastic progress!!
Start of Year 2
End of Year 2
We will be working on key texts this term for example Rainbow Bear by Michael Morpurgo in Spring term. We also use the Pixar film Piper as a stimulus for writing non-chronological reports about Sanderlings.
To help all children achieve we use tailored scaffolds to help the children.
This term we will be recapping learning from autumn term looking at Place Value.
We are then looking at addition and subtraction for spring term.
Number of the day
Every morning to improve our fluency and number facts we do number of the day.
Here is a picture from one of year 2’s maths books from last year to show our expectations for this coming year.
How can I understand the world and my place in it?
We are beginning our year in Year 2 following on from work in Year 1, the idea is that across KS1 learning is built on and embedded into long term memory. The children will be focusing on how in history significant individuals have influenced events in the past.
Spring 1- History Focus
Who is a monarch?
We add our learning onto a chronological framework understanding how events we have learnt fit into history.
Key Vocabulary helps the children to learn new words using these in context.
Click here for Year 2 Topic Knowledge Organiser Spring 1-Knowledge Organiser Topic Spring
Spring 2- Geography focus
How can I understand the world and my place in it?
Click here for Year 2 Topic Knowledge Organiser Spring 2- Knowledge Organiser Topic Spring 2
Animals, including humans
Our key vocabulary
Click here for Year 2 Science Knowledge Organiser: Knowledge Organiser Spring Animals including humans
Spring 1- How should we care for the world and why does it matter?
Click here for Year 2 R.E Knowledge Organiser Spring 1:Knowledge Organiser R.E Spring
Spring 2- Why does Easter matter to Christians?
Click here for Year 2 R.E Knowledge Organiser Spring 2- Knowledge Organiser R.E Spring 2 2021
Art and Design
We have a knowledge organiser which shows what we are learning throughout the year in art and design.
Across school we use Charanga music. This in a practical sense develops the children’s musical ability and enjoyment in music.