Welcome to our Year 2 information page
Please be aware that the children in KS1 will not be having swimming at this point in time, in accordance with our updated Covid risk assessment. We apologise to the children as we know how much they enjoy this and ask that you support our difficult decision. Swimming will be reinstated in the curriculum as soon as we are able.
2J are taught by Mrs Jeffs and Mrs Luxford
2N are taught by Miss Newman
Our teaching assistants are Mrs Brown and Miss Bawcombe
We also welcome trainee teacher Mrs Corvan who will be completing much of her training in 2N on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
At Sir Henry Fermor we pride ourselves in Key Stage One as a team working closely and consultatively with our Year 1 colleagues and children making sure there is a consistent approach.
P.E. Friday - Please note that as was the routine during our summer term opening procedures - children are required to wear a PE kit to school and remain in it throughout the day in accordance with our updated Covid risk assessment for Term 3. We will communicate with you about when they can return to the normal procedure of bringing it in a P.E. bag and we hope this will be as soon as possible.
Swimming: This has been cancelled during Term 3.
Home Learning: Home Learning projects will relate to the topic and it will be an ongoing task to work on throughout the term. This is in addition to the expected reading, spellings and times tables practice which we expect them to work on daily.
Spellings: Spellings will be set on a Friday on the website to be tested on the following Friday, There are three different levels of spellings each week: Buttercups, Marigolds and Tulips. Your child's group will be recorded in their contact book. We might change their group during a term if we feel that the spellings are of a more appropriate level. We will always inform you of any changes in the contact book.
Forest School: Fridays, alternating weeks for each class. Please ensure your child has suitable clothing for this.
By the beginning of Year 2 children are expected to be able to read all common graphemes and should be using these to decode unknown words. In Year 2 we build on this knowledge and develop speedy word-reading skills, increase the vocabulary the children use, work on developing comprehension skills and encourage the children to discuss a wide range of books including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. At the end of Year 2 the children will take part in a Reading SATS paper (which we call quizzes). This helps to support the overall assessment of the children at the end of the academic year.
For the beginning of Year 2 the children should be confidently using their phonic knowledge to spell unknown words. Words can still be phonetically plausible during Year 2, but we work hard on teaching correct spellings for more tricky words and especially homophones; such as be, bee; by, bye. We also start to look at the importance of prefixes and suffixes and how these can be used in everyday reading and writing. Handwriting is another key focus, with our children being expected to use the cursive style and show knowledge of how the diagonal strokes in and out of letters help to aid the joining of words.
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in key stage 1 is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. In Year 2 we develop these skills by using resources to support counting and we begin to teach the children how to represent their calculations in written form. As our confidence develops we cover larger numbers and we work on all 4 key operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction and between multiplication and division. We also work on developing skills of reasoning and discussing how we know we have calculated accurately. All of this teaching accumulates in 2 Mathematics SATS papers in the summer term.
Y2 Home Learning Term 2 2020
Please continue reinforcing the basic maths and spellings required for the end of year 2 with your children. They should be spending most of their home learning time each week practising times tables – 2s, 5s, 10s, and 3s, quick recall of number bonds to 20 then to 100, spellings and frequently reading to an adult. Times tables rockstars is up and running for each class now with their login stuck into their contact books.
Reading is the greatest priority and if your child is now able to read more fluently to themselves please remember to question them to encourage comprehension. Some helpful questions are:
What was the first event? What happened next?
Can you retell the story in your own words?
Could this be a true story or is it fictional? Why do you think that?
What did the word …….. mean? What are the other words the author could have used that mean the same thing?
Which was your favourite phrase? Why? Which words are the nouns/adjectives?
What do you think will happen next?
Why did the character behave in that way? How were they feeling? What words made you think that?
The spellings are given out and tested every Friday, these should be stuck into their contact books. We will also provide them with topic spellings such as historical, scientific and geographical vocabulary that would be useful for them to know for writing tasks although we will not be testing these. Please ask them to explain the meaning of these words and practise using them in spoken sentences.
All other regular tasks can be recorded in their contact book if you wish but may also be practise using websites. Here are some useful ones:
Big Task for Term 2 – Create a 17th century house.
Happy Home Learning!