Welcome to our Year 2 information page
2J are taught by Mrs King and Mrs Jeffs
2N are taught by Miss Newman
Our teaching assistants are Mrs Oram and Mrs Garner
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.
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 2019
This year we are not giving out weekly home learning sheets with regular activities as we have in the past. This is because it is more beneficial for your children to spend the greatest amount of their time each week practising times tables, number bonds to 10 then to 20, spellings and frequently reading to an adult.
The spellings are given out and tested every Friday, these should be stuck into their contact books.
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 – Making a 17th Century House
This is an extended task that lasts for the entire term which is not compulsory but we would like them to be excited by their learning at home as well as school so would encourage them to get involved.
We would ask you to help your child to plan and build a model of a 17th century house using recycled materials such as cereal boxes. This will be an extended home learning task and we need it brought back to school by 16th December when we will be simulating the Great Fire of London with the help of the Crowborough Fire Brigade. We will talk to the children about this beforehand and link this activity to our science topic of materials and their properties. There are some excellent links about the Great Fire of London to look at
Don't forget that if you are able to go to London, we would recommend a visit to the Monument and also the Museum of London which has an excellent exhibition and is running a guided walk this term. Please see their website for details:
Happy Home Learning!