Welcome to Year 2 – Y2BD
Miss B Dean with Teaching Assistants: Mrs J Palmer and Miss K Watson
Y2BD has made a promising start to the year. The children have settled in well and they are showing good behaviours for learning which I am happy to see. The children are making a good effort to bring their planners and reading folders into school every day and they are enthusiastic to change their book regularly which shows that they are enjoying reading at home.
In Year 2 we offer a creative curriculum where the children get as many hands on experiences to make learning exciting and real. We teach our curriculum through a big topic questions each term. This allows us to spend more time and enquire deeper into the topic. People of the past allow the children to learn about historical events and see how they can relate to them. In the autumn term Florence Nightingale visits the children to make the topic as real as possible. In spring children will look at what nature needs to survive and the will build their own Bug City. The children will explore continents and oceans in the summer and learn about geographical features. This topic will incorporate a trip to the beach to investigate coastal features.
Literacy incorporates a range of genres from fact files about Neil Armstrong, Comic Strips, News reports, story writing and poetry. The children have daily phonics and guided reading session where they will learn how to decode words and build on their fluency when reading. In maths we teach through Big Maths and we will cover number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, geometry and fractions. Learning is unique and tailored to each child’s step. The children will explore concrete, pictorial and mastery learning no matter what step they are to deepen their knowledge.
In the summer term the children will sit End of Key Stage Assessments in Reading and Maths. Writing is teacher assessed. Results are combined with teacher assessments for form and accurate judgment.
How you can support your child at home:
To help support your child at home you can help them to learn their weekly spellings. Their spellings will be stuck in their planner every Wednesday and they will be tested on the following Thursday. Also you can read with your child every night. Remember to sign their planners so that we can see that they have read at home. Every half term the children will receive a homework menu where they can choose an activity to do to extend their learning at home. It would be great to see what learning they are doing at home. It would be great to have your support at home to help your child progress.
PE Is on Monday afternoons, their PE kits should stay in school until the end of each half term.