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Welcome to Year 2

Welcome to Year 2

Staff

The teachers in Year 2 are Miss Bristol, Miss Miller and Miss McCaw.

The teaching assistants are Mrs Kerridge, Mrs Bailey and Mrs Fullagar.

 

Topic

We teach the subject areas through a topic based curriculum. The topic for Term 1 is Wiggle and Crawl.

Long Term Plan for the year 2020-2021: Long Term Plan Year 2

 

Reading

Once children have achieved the required standard for the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check and are confident with all reading and writing of the phonemes, they then move onto learning spelling patters and rules.

Any Year 2 child that did not pass the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check will need to re-take it in June. This is a statutory requirement for all children in all schools.

We use a variety of reading schemes in school which follow the UK Book Band colours and Oxford Reading Tree Levels. This is to expose the children to a wide range of text types, characters and settings.

Oxford Level: 1 | Band: Lilac (Age appropriate for Reception)
Oxford Level: 1+ | Band: Pink (Age appropriate for Reception)
Oxford Level: 2 | Band: Red (Age appropriate for Reception)
Oxford Level: 3 | Band: Yellow (Age appropriate for Reception)

Oxford Level: 4 | Band: Light blue (Age appropriate for Year 1)
Oxford Level: 5 | Band: Green (Age appropriate for Year 1)
Oxford Level: 6 | Band: Orange (Age appropriate for Year 1)

Oxford Level: 7 | Band: Turquoise (Age appropriate for Year 2)
Oxford Level: 8 | Band: Purple (Age appropriate for Year 2)
Oxford Level: 10 | Band: White (Age appropriate for Year 2)
Oxford Level: 11 | Band: Lime (Age appropriate for Year 2)

We follow the Government recommended Letters and Sounds programme for phonics. More information can be found here: http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/

We also use a website called Monster Phonics to support the children with their phonics learning. This website uses colour coding, monster pictures and actions to support children with remembering the sounds. The children use the monsters to help them with learning and recalling each sound.

Phonics

Most children will begin Year 2 secure in Phase 5 of Letters & Sounds and ready to begin Phase 6.  By the beginning of Phase 6, children should know most of the common grapheme- phoneme correspondences (GPCs). They should be able to read hundreds of words, doing this in three ways:

  • Reading the words automatically if they are very familiar;
  • Decoding them quickly and silently because their sounding and blending routine is now well established;
  • Decoding them aloud.

Children’s spelling should be phonetically accurate, although it may still be a little unconventional at times.  During this phase, children become fluent readers and increasingly accurate spellers.   Children will learn spelling patterns for the past tense, investigate and learn how to add suffixes, develop strategies for spelling long words and learn to tackle the difficult bits in words.  Children working below age-related expectations will be supported in small groups to work on Phonics.

Letters and Sounds:

We follow the Government recommended Letters and Sounds programme for phonics. More information can be found here: http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/

Jolly Phonics:

We are using Jolly Phonics rhymes to support the children with their recognition of phonemes and you can access these using the following links:

Phase 2 Jolly Phonics Actions 

Phase 3 Jolly Phonics Actions

Phonics Play:

We also use a website called Phonics Play to support the children with their phonics learning. This a great resource to try out and covers all the Phases from 1 – 6 as well as some really exciting games to consolidate your child’s learning.  At the moment, this website is currently free –so please log on with the following code and explore!

English

The text for Term 1 is James and the Giant Peach and from this we will be writing a diary entry and focusing on making sure our use of punctuation is accurate.

The information below provides details about the areas of learning that you child will cover whilst in Year 2. Children are expected to meet these requirements by the end of Year 2. These are based on the guidance from the National Curriculum (September 2014).

Year 2 English

 

GPaS

The National Curriculum 2014 has highlighted the importance of teaching children explicit knowledge of Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling. Building this knowledge is best achieved through a focus on grammar within the teaching of reading, writing and speaking. Once pupils are familiar with a grammatical concept [for example ‘noun phrase’], they will be encouraged to apply and explore this concept in the grammar of their own speech and writing.

The table below shows the GPaS concepts introduced in Year 2:

Word Formation of nouns using suffixes such as –ness, –er and by compounding [for example, whiteboard, superman]

Formation of adjectives using suffixes such as –ful, –less

(A fuller list of suffixes can be found in the year 2 spelling section in English Appendix 1)

Use of the suffixes –er, –est in adjectives and the use of –ly in Standard English to turn adjectives into adverbs

Sentence Subordination (using when, if, that, because) and co-ordination (using or, and, but)

Expanded noun phrases for description and specification [for example, the blue butterfly, plain flour, the man in the moon]

How the grammatical patterns in a sentence indicate its function as a statement, question, exclamation or command

Text Correct choice and consistent use of present tense and past tense throughout writing

Use of the progressive form of verbs in the present and past tense to mark actions in progress [for example, she is drumming, he was shouting]

Punctuation Use of capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks to demarcate sentences

Commas to separate items in a list

Apostrophes to mark where letters are missing in spelling and to mark singular possession in nouns [for example, the girl’s name]

Terminology for pupils noun, noun phrase, statement, question, exclamation, command

compound, suffix, adjective, adverb, verb, tense (past, present), apostrophe, comma

Spelling

Spelling in Year 2 is taken from the National Curriculum 2014. The table below lists the statutory requirements for the year group.

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Useful sites for spelling:

https://www.teachitprimary.co.uk/ks1-english/spelling-for-beginners/tags/3258

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?q=spelling%20activities%20KS1

Maths

The information below provides details about the areas of learning that you child will cover whilst in Year 2. Children are expected to meet these requirements by the end of Year 2. These are based on the guidance from the National Curriculum (September 2014).

Year 2 Maths

 

Homework

Children are provided with a home reading book at their level. They are expected to read this daily. Please write in your child’s contact book when they have finished reading their book so that the teacher knows to change it. Your child will receive weekly English and Maths homework. This is based on the learning that they have completed that week in class. It is sent home on a Thursday and needs to be returned the following Tuesday.

As well as the academic homework, including daily reading that the children complete, we want to encourage and celebrate the children’s creative side. The children are encouraged to use their thinking hats to create a piece of homework that we can share with the whole school community, including parents, at parent’s evening.  They can pick from one of the suggested ideas or create an idea of their own. The children will vote for the most create homework (green hat thinking) from each class. Good luck!

Below is the link for the Cornerstones homework. This should be returned to school by 20th October.

 

 

Year 2 SATs Tests

In May, Year 2 children sit statutory tests to support with building up a picture of their attainment and progress over the year. Your child will sit these tests in their classroom and will be unware that they are ‘tests’. They are then marked by teachers in school and each child is given a standardised score. They will sit two Maths papers and two reading papers. A meeting to explain what happens during the SATs will take place later in the year. The PowerPoint presentation for this meeting will be on our website under the ‘Our Community’ section.

 

Curriculum Website Links

The below websites may be useful for supporting your child further with their learning:

Letters and Sounds (Phonics games) http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/

Phonics Play (Phonics games) http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

Oxford Owl (Online reading books) https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/

Maths ICT Games http://www.ictgames.com

Letter Join (Handwriting) http://www.letterjoin.co.uk/

Pronunciation of phonic sounds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqhXUW_v-1s

Spelling Shed https://www.spellingshed.com/en-gb

TT Rockstars https://ttrockstars.com/ 

White Rose Maths Reasons Problems https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/classroom-resources/problems/

Educational Top Marks Games https://www.topmarks.co.uk/

Jungles and Rainforests https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/geography/physical-geography/15-cool-things-about-rainforests/

Castles https://www.theschoolrun.com/homework-help/castles

Range of topics areas http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/

Plants https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/animals-and-nature/plants/

Bugs https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/discover/animals/insects/15-facts-about-bugs/

Beaches http://www.onegeology.org/extra/kids/earthprocesses/beaches.html

Pirates https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/history/pirates/