Year 2

Information for parents/carers: 2016 national curriculum test results at the end of key stage 1

Year 2 will have taken the national curriculum tests, also known as SATs, in May. Your child’s teacher will use the results of these tests to help them judge how well they are progressing, but they won’t be using the test results alone. Find out more now.

Welcome to Year Two’s Homepage

The staff and pupils of Year 2 would like to welcome you to our page. We hope you find it useful and enjoy browsing through the different school pages to learn about the different events which take place in our school.

St Matthew

Miss Ryan (Teacher)

Mrs Thompson (Teaching Assistant)

St Simon

Miss Harding (Teacher)

Miss Martina (Teaching Assistant)

Year 2

English

Our focus book for this term is The Lonely Beast By Chris Judge. We will be using this book as a stimulus to look at a variety of genres such as diary entries, narratives and character description. Throughout the weeks, we will be studying the key structural, vocabulary and grammatical features expected of a year 2 writer.  These are found on the Itafs, please see our class webpage for the link to these.

In term 4 we will be reading the Diary of a killer cat!

Spelling is an area we are focusing on a lot in year 2, as well as the common exception words (sent home at the start of the year- please see your class teacher if you would like another copy) children are expected to spell most words correctly with the phonemes and graphemes already taught (phonics sounds), please do support your child by helping them to correct any misspelt words in written work at home.

Maths  

During terms 3 and 4 we will be focusing on multiplication (2, 5, 10), division, word problems, fraction, shape and reasoning. We will use a measure including capacity, measurement, money to teach the children to apply the new skills taught.  It is imperative your child has an ability to quickly recall number facts up to 20 and their times tables for 2s, 5s and 10s these should be practiced at home as well as in school. We will be asking your child to show their understanding by explaining their answer and giving justifications, this is important for us to gain an understanding of their true ability and assess them accordingly.

i.e Estimate which is bigger                     73+4 or 24  +14

Your child should be able to answer this by explaining 73 + 4 will be the bigger answer because 73 has 7 groups of ten, whereas 24 + 14 will only make 3 groups of 10

In History, we will looking at:

What makes a person a significant person from history.

Explorers

In Physical Education, we will:

  • learn about the importance of exercise
  • understand that exercise has an effect on our body and level of fitness
  • develop coordination and balancing skills through games and dance activities

In Science, our topic is  animals including humans we will:

Be looking at the life cycle of animals,

The differences and similarities between animals and humans

What animals and humans need to grow

Reading

Accelerated Reader

This year we will be using the accelerated reader programme, children will read the book selected for them at the appropriate level once they have read their book they will complete a short comprehension quiz on the story. In order to get a new book and progress within the reading stages children must show a good level of comprehension of the book read to pass the quiz.  Reading is not only decoding words it is also showing an understanding of what has been read.

Year 2 Housekeeping Letters

Year 2

Dear Parents/Carers,

English

Our focus book for this term is The Lonely Beast By Chris Judge. We will be using this book as a stimulus to look at a variety of genres such as diary entries, narratives and character description. Throughout the weeks, we will be studying the key structural, vocabulary and grammatical features expected of a year 2 writer.  These are found on the Itafs, please see our class webpage for the link to these.

In term 4 we will be reading the Diary of a killer cat!

Spelling is an area we are focusing on a lot in year 2, as well as the common exception words (sent home at the start of the year- please see your class teacher if you would like another copy) children are expected to spell most words correctly with the phonemes and graphemes already taught (phonics sounds), please do support your child by helping them to correct any misspelt words in written work at home.

Maths  

During terms 3 and 4 we will be focusing on multiplication (2, 5, 10), division, word problems, fraction, shape and reasoning. We will use a measure including capacity, measurement, money to teach the children to apply the new skills taught.  It is imperative your child has an ability to quickly recall number facts up to 20 and their times tables for 2s, 5s and 10s these should be practised at home as well as in school. We will be asking your child to show their understanding by explaining their answer and giving justifications, this is important for us to gain an understanding of their true ability and assess them accordingly.

i.e Estimate which is bigger                     73+4 or 24  +14

Your child should be able to answer this by explaining 73 + 4 will be the bigger answer because 73 has 7 groups of ten, whereas 24 + 14 will only make 3 groups of 10

Homework

 

Reading:  Each child will receive a reading book which must be read daily and signed each time by an adult, children will complete a comprehension quiz on their book the result will be recorded in their learning journal. House points are given daily to those children who read nightly with a bonus 5hpts to those who read every night. Please do remember the whole book does not need to be read every night.

Spelling: Children will be given a spelling list every MONDAY and tested every FRIDAY.

A spelling list will be stuck learning journals every Monday. It is important that pupils bring in their learning journals every day to ensure they have every opportunity to learn spellings. The pupils will have a spelling test on Fridays and incorrect spellings will be identified to parents so that further work can be done on them at home. Spellings are generated from the bank of exception words and spellings rules children in year 2 should know, therefore it is imperative you practise these words with your child.

Number bonds/times tables: Your child will be tested weekly on the numbers bonds to 10 and 20 and times tables starting with 2s, 5s and 10s.

Dip and do: Additional homework is available via the school website, this will also be stuck in your child’s homework book termly, this homework gives you and your child the option to pick what it is they wish to do and, once completed, bring it in so that it can be marked.  On occasions additional homework may be sent home to support and progress your child’s learning, this homework will be related to the curriculum and will reflect what your child has learnt in class that day.

Booster groups: Booster groups will be on every Wednesday from 3.30-4.15pm, these groups are designed to help support and prepare your child for the year 2 SATs which are sat in May.  It is expected that all children attend these Booster Classes.

 

Many thanks,

Miss Ryan and Miss Harding

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