Hello and welcome to Year 2! We are Mrs Mayhew and Miss Campbell, we are supported by Mrs Pell-Warpole, and Mrs Gladdy.
During year 2 we develop our skills as writers through our increasing grammar knowledge. We focus on understanding how sentences are made and how these can be improved through the use of things such as conjunctions, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, noun phrases and adverbial phrases. We learn how to use these features within a variety of text types, such as stories, letters, diary entries and non – chronological reports. Our Genre focus changes throughout the year but we aim to see the grammar skills taught being used as a way of improving our writing.
Alongside this we focus on accurate spelling of common words and words with specific spelling patterns e.g. when the suffix -ing is added to a word as well as the use of joined, legible handwriting. You can help your child at home by asking them to write for different purposes and practising their spelling and handwriting regularly.
As readers, we explore a variety of texts and enjoy sharing a class book as well as individual reading books. Some of the texts we read are, George’s marvellous medicine, the twits, the Gruffalo, the owl who was afraid of the dark, as well as non-fiction texts to support our learning across the curriculum.
We work on the development of our comprehension skills through learning how to skim and scan a text, how to look for clues in a text to deduce answers and how to answer more challenging inference questions. You can help your child at home by reading with them and discussing their book each day.
In maths we focus on developing children’s skills in the four operations of number addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. As well as children understanding these operations we also teach them to apply these to problem solving and reasoning. Alongside these we are continually developing children’s number fact recall and their mental maths skills and strategies e.g number bond to 10, 20 100, addition and subtraction of a multiple of 10 and knowledge of times tables.
We also explore properties of 2D and 3D shapes, use measure and money in real life contexts and learn to tell the time to the nearest five minutes. You can help your child at home through practise of their mental maths skills regularly and encouraging their recall to be as rapid as possible.
We teach other subject areas through half termly topics. These offer the children a chance to develop a variety of skills and increase their knowledge of key facts, for example knowing the names of the 7 continents in geography. The topics have a number of different focuses which allows full coverage of the curriculum across the year.
Our topics include Towers, Tunnels and Turrets, Bounce, Beach Combers, Much Mess and Mixtures and Street detectives. Our aim is always to make our learning as interactive, engaging and challenging for our children as possible.