Welcome to Year Two

The children are in Year Two (after Nursery and Reception) with Miss A. Morris.

During the time spent in Year Two pupils build upon, and improve, the basic skills gained in the Nursery, Reception and Year 1 Classes. They learn to select the necessary equipment for a task and to apply the strategies and skills gained in class. A variety of teaching approaches are employed by the teacher, using whole class activities, group work or individual work, in order to take into account the wide gap in understanding and skills that can exist between pupils of the same school year.

A positive attitude is essential. Pupils learn that it is better to attempt something and make a mistake than not to try at all. Our Class motto is 'It's not the mistake that is important, but what you do about it' and children are encouraged to voice this when things go wrong.

In Year Two, the basic skills of speaking and listening provide a firm foundation for all aspects of the curriculum. The correct use of spoken language helps to develop the reading and writing skills that are so important for every child's present and future learning. By memorising poetry and rhyme, prayers, songs and items for drama, children improve articulation, increase their vocabulary and gain an awareness of correct speech patterns. Parental support in this can be invaluable in developing the child's confidence and self esteem.

Reading

In reading, children continue to develop the basic word recognition and phonic skills learned in earlier years and progress to reading with expression and understanding. Their new found skills are exercised with their levelled Oxford Reading Tree scheme books. Their reading books are changed on a weekly basis, as required.

Each Outcome has related activities to develop comprehension and phonic skills. Just because children can read the words in a particular reading book we must not assume that they are ready to move on. By the acquired use of indexes and dictionaries, the child develops and practises the basic study skills that are required when reading for learning. On a Friday their one reading book will be sent home. An individual home school reading record accompanies each and, though parents may also wish to add their own comments, it is principally the child's responsibility to enter details and comments on the story or information gained from the book.

Writing

In writing, children learn, through a series of pictorial representations, to order events and to build a series of basic sentences for these. They also learn the importance of word order in basic sentence structure and practice the correct use of punctuation. Using a 'word mat' they begin to write without teacher support, using phonic building to 'have a go' at words not given. In this way they gradually build the confidence to work without this limited resource. Incorrect spellings are discussed with the child on marking and basic spelling rules given greater understanding by their relevance to the current work. By the addition of adjectives, and by other means, they learn to extend and add interest to their work, which is given structure by their own 'bullet point' planning.

Mathematics

Mathematical strategies are developed by practical activities and by applying and recording what they have learned using the 'Abacus' scheme. During year Two, children develop an understanding of place value. They learn to order, add and subtract to 100, and to count up to, and down from 100 in steps of 1,2,5 and 10. They discover the principles of multiplication through continued addition and discover division by 'sharing'. They learn to recognize and to construct a sequence of numbers, including odd and even numbers. Children discover halves, quarters and doubles in number, and halves, quarters and symmetry in shape. They use mathematical names for 2D/3D shapes, describing their properties and begin to use non-standard and standard units to measure length, weight, capacity and time in practical situations. They learn to construct class and individual graphs, pictograms and diagrams, and to seek information from a graph. Occasionally Math's homework will involve the practicing of strategies learned in the classroom. If this seems 'too easy' your child has mastered the concept and needs only to practice its application. If it proves 'difficult' then your child will gain from your one-to-one support. Further support will be given in the classroom.

ICT

Computer skills are developed through the use of simple word processing activities, spelling and Mathematical games, entering and retrieving data using databases and 'finding out' using safe internet and CD ROM information facilities, on both the individual PC as well as the Interactive Whiteboard. Provision is made for children of differing abilities and differing ethnic backgrounds by differentiation within the classroom. Support is provided in the form of individual and small group work. For pupils with English as a foreign Language, a specialist teacher provides support on a regular basis.

Physical Education

PE kit, in the form of shorts, tee shirts, and pumps, in a drawstring bag, should be left in school from Monday to Friday. Please ensure that all items of clothing are clearly marked with your child's name after washing.

General Information

  • Healthy snacks are on sale for the mid-morning break . If you wish your child to partake please send £1.50 in an envelope clearly marked with your child's name and amount enclosed, on a Monday morning.
  • Bottles of water are allowed to be brought into the classroom for the children to drink during the day. The bottles must be of the sports type, clearly marked with your child's name. The bottles can be refilled from the water dispenser in the school's main corridor. Only water is allowed in the bottles.
  • School uniform should be worn and items of clothing should be clearly marked with your child's name.In Year Twoyour child will gain the confidence needed to make a smooth transition from the Foundation Phase to Key Stage 2 with its more formal approach to teaching and learning.

Miss Miles-Davies is available Mondays to Thursdays until 4.00 pm if you have any particular problems or concerns about your child.