Welcome to Y2BL
Miss Leary loves working extremely hard alongside all children to ensure learning is amazing and children make great progress in all areas of the curriculum.
As the final year in key stage one, year 2 is a very important year where the children consolidate and build on their skills as independent, resilient learners in preparation for their journey into key stage two.
This is the year we prepare the children to complete SATs assessments. Attached in the useful links section is a summary of what the children will be assessed against which was shared with parents at the Key Stage One SATs meeting. Through enjoyable daily reading, maths and writing lessons, children will develop and refine a broad range of skills so that they are totally prepared for each assessment and feel confident to achieve. These assessments will form part of our teacher judgement of your child’s attainment at the end of the year. You can support your child in their progress by reading at home and completing weekly homework together.
Year 2 love to read! As a school we promote the love of reading the best we can and set high but achievable expectations for children. They read and complete reading activities every day in reading sessions and their favourite sessions are 10-minute texts! Where they answer questions that are linked to the KS1 reading domains. These questions will ask children to retrieve information, explain meanings of words or phrases, make inferences based on what they have read, predict something and put events into order. We are working hard as a school to encourage children to read at least three times per week at home, either on Bugclub or by taking a reading book home with them. Year 2 are currently reading ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’.
Children receive high quality maths teaching daily at a level which is appropriate to their needs and as part of a learning journey. We have high school expectations to follow in maths and use this alongside White Rose Maths Schemes to plan exciting, engaging and practical sequences of lessons, which the children love! So far, we have learnt about place value and the children have a great understanding of numbers and what they mean in different places, explored adding and subtracting and found out which method we find the most effective, become familiar with how multiplication and division works and used what we know to solve problems, investigated fractions and what they mean, plus identifying a variety of fractions in shapes and of amounts and explored 2-D and 3-d shapes using what we already know to identify the many properties of them. The children love to become Rockstars and battle for high scores on TTRockstars. Throughout the week, you can see what we have been learning by having a look at our Maths working wall inside the classroom.
We also have high school expectations in writing and use them to plan an inspiring sequence of lessons, which allow the children to apply the literacy skills they have learnt into a great piece of independent writing. We always start with a great hook for learning, to make sure the children are invested and engaged from day one. Mainly, this learning is linked to our novel and at other times, it is taught discreetly to develop a particular skill. The children are always proud to show off their writing and often showcase it during the Aston Hall Way assembly. This term we have wrote character descriptions, of the main characters in Fantastic Mr Fox, using the Chromebooks, a diary from the perspective of Mr Fox, a letter to a school in Africa, a letter to Cannon Hall Farm and a recount of our trip to the farm.
We have lessons of Science, History, Geography, R.E, Art, PSHCE, Music, P.E, DT and Computing. We have P.E and Music experts that come from the secondary schools in the trust and give children great experiences in those subjects. The rest are taught by Miss Leary. They plan as a KS1 team and adapt lessons to suit the needs of the children. They usually teach the topics in blocks as it links to the novel’s and topic’s well. They invest a lot of time in inspiring children to become geographers, historians, scientists and many more. The children love to explore and investigate!
We have been enjoying our history topic – the 1970’s! The children have learnt about significant figures, dance, music and fashion from this era. We have produced timelines of events and music and we have even practiced some of the dance moves! Thank you to all of the grown-ups who have bought in 1970’s memorabilia to support this learning. It has been great for the children to see ‘real-life’ items to make this topic meaningful.
PE – Our current PE day is Tuesday. We recommend that your child has keeps their PE kit at school in order to participate in both of these sessions and that they have both an indoor and outdoor PE kit. Tuesday PE sessions are led by Mr Snaith, a sports coach from the Wickersley Partnership Trust.
Any questions, please come and see Miss Leary.
Thank you for your continued support