Willenhall Community Primary School

Year 2

Overview

There are two Year 2 classes and there are three full time teaching assistants across both classes. During your child’s time in Year 2, we encourage them to become more independent and strive to do their very best.

Every morning, the children have a Literacy and Numeracy lesson. They are taught phonics and reading comprehension four times a week. The scheme that we use is called ‘Read Write Inc.’.

We believe that learning to read and spell are the most important things your child does at school. Children read individually at least three times a week at school. We expect parents to hear their children read a minimum of 4 times a week for at least 5 minutes. Also we expect your child to practice their spellings at least 3 times a week, as they are tested on a Monday. Also we expect your child to be practicing both their times tables and number bonds regularly. Our goal is for all children to reach at least Level 2 in reading, writing and numeracy by the time they leave Year 2.

Letters to parents

Letters that have been circulated to parents are available for you to view and download here.

Times of a school day

These are the times that apply to a year 2 pupil’s school day.

08:30school gates open
08:55classroom doors open
10:50-11:05morning break
12:00-13:00lunch
15:00school finishes

Morning routine

Children enter the school directly via their classroom door at 08:55. We ask all of our parents to be prompt as the morning is a useful time for settling the children into good routines. We also use this time for target work and assessment.

Punctuality

Please click here for our expectations of punctuality with arrival & collection of your child.

Teachers

Mrs Lyn Corden2A - class teacher
Mrs Jo Jones2 alpha - class teacher

PE (Physical Education)

Children have PE on a Friday afternoon. They can attend school on Friday mornings wearing a suitable tracksuit or jogging bottoms/t-shirt.

Homework

Spellings and Numeracy homework aregiven out on a Wednesday and Numeracy homework is due in on the following Monday.

Reading

Children are expected to read a minimum of 4 times a week for at least 5 minutes.

Literacy

Children are expected to practice their spelling homework during the week in preparation for their test on the Monday afternoon.

Numeracy

Children will have one piece of numeracy homework to complete related to what has been taught during the week. We expect this homework to be completed and handed in on the following Monday.

Curriculum information

English

  • Autumn: In the Autumn Term, Year 2 will study inventions and look at different stories from a familiar author. Children will be writing different sentence types (with a focus on exclamations and questions) to include in different types of text including: instructions, descriptions and diary entries. Children will also have a visitor to support their learning of a text.
  • Spring: In the Spring Term, year 2 have a focus on Coasts for their Humanities and work with two books which are closely related to this topic. Children have a big focus on Grammar and grammatical accuracy this term to ensure that they are fully prepared for their SATs.
  • Summer: In Summer Term, children will be exposed to a wide range of Non-Fiction texts relating to their topic of the Great Fire of London. Children will take part in a series of Drama activities including a staging of the fire.

Maths

The following strands will be covered across the three terms:

  • Number and place value, addition / subtraction, multiplication / division, measurement, fractions, 2D and 3D shapes and statistics

Times tables will also be practised on a daily basis alongside the above units.

For more information about the strands please click the National Curriculum link at the bottom of this page.

Humanities (Geography and History)

  • Autumn: First half will focus on a History topic relating to Sir Frank Whittle and links to the first aeroplane flight.
    Second half will focus on the historical figure of Guy Fawkes. Pupils will learn about the events surrounding this significant individual from the past.
  • Spring: The first half of the term will focus on Geography - The world and weather. They will investigate and identify seasonal & daily weather patterns in the U.K. and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and North and South Poles.
    The second half will also focus on Geography - Coasts - Understand geographical similarities and differences through study of human and physical geography of a small area of U.K. Use simple compass points and locational and directional language to describe the location of features and routes on a map.
  • Summer: In the second half of the term the History focus will be about the events leading up to and after The Great Fire of London.

Computing

  • Autumn: pupils will be looking at On-Line Safety and learning to keep information private. They will also think about what to do if something concerns children when researching On-Line. Pupils will use ‘2Animate’ to produce a multi-media story using a previously taught English topic
  • Spring: they will have the opportunity to handle different forms of data and then create their own database using the Purple Mash tool ‘2Investigate’
  • Summer: they will be introduced to programming using ‘2Go’ from Purple Mash. This allows pupils to control a range of objects on a screen using a range of instructions

 

During the Summer term we will be learning about Plants and Animals in the local environment including nocturnal animals.

Other Information

Children can bring a bottle of water each day (no juice please) and can refill them in school when required. Please label the water bottles.

Drinks and Fruit

Children are provided with a piece of fruit each breaktime, therefore they do not need to bring in a snack.

We ask parents to provide a water bottle, filled with fresh water each day so that children have access to a drink.

What you child needs to bring to school each day

Reading book and diary

Water bottle

Please do not send toys to school as children get very upset if they become lost.

Dinner money and money for trips should be in a sealed envelope with the amount, child’s name and class on the front.

What to do if you have a problem

If you need to inform us that someone else is collecting your child that day or something else that may affect your child’s school day - please tell us first thing in the morning at the door.

If you wish to talk to use about something that requires a longer conversation - please make an appointment to see us after school.

If you have a problem that you need to speak to us about urgently - please contact a senior member of staff as the class teacher’s priority in the morning is to settle the children in their class.

Thank you

Gov.UK

The national curriculum

Key stage 1 and 2
(Gov.uk - Childcare and parenting)

Gov.UK

National curriculum in England

primary curriculum (key stages 1 and 2)

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