West Ewell Primary School and Nursery

Happy Days - Bright Futures

Year 2

We follow the National Curriculum: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/425601/PRIMARY_national_curriculum.pdf

 

Please click here to see the Autumn Term 2017/2018 topic

Please click here to see the Maths Workshop handout

Please click here to see the English Workshop handout

 

English

In Year Two, our aim is to provide challenging and stimulating learning experiences through a topic-based curriculum. In all English lessons, children work supportively and collaboratively. However, we strive for our children to become independent, motivated readers and writers. Support is also offered through research-based interventions and personalised targets. All staff aim to instil a love of story and non-fiction writing, whilst recognising the importance of spelling, grammar and punctuation. The teachers give constructive feedback in each English lesson, as well as encouraging the children to take responsibility for their own learning, by identifying their next steps through guided self-assessment. In addition, our children offer their friends support using our ‘Tickled Pink’ and ‘Green for Growth’ marking system.

 

Maths

In Year Two, we aim to relate learning to everyday experiences through a topic-based curriculum.  We ensure our maths lessons provide a selection of mental calculations, practical approaches, opportunities for enquiry and investigation.   During daily maths lessons we take into account all types of learners and their different approaches to mathematical activities.  All staff guide children to select and use resources to suit their individual style.  Children are taught how to work collaboratively and support each other with a vision to lead to independence.  Teachers have high expectations for children’s success and therefore provide challenging differentiated opportunities.  The teachers give constructive feedback in each Maths lesson, as well as encouraging the children to take responsibility for their own learning, by identifying their next steps through guided self-assessment. In addition, we give support using our ‘Tickled Pink’ and ‘Green for Growth’ marking system.

 

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

In Year Two, we link all learning to our school mission statement and school aims.  We teach the children through the whole curriculum to be resilient, respectful, reflective and resourceful.  For example, children might decide what they need for an art activity and select appropriate resources themselves.  Children are actively involved in developing their individual class charters.  Each class is represented at regular school council meetings; members share and discuss proposals, as well as further ideas and actions.  During circle time we are able to allow children time to discuss moral and social issues and coach them to resolve any problems they may face.  In Year Two we teach the meaning of Christianity and Islam through Bible stories and follow this by discussing how these stories can relate to our own lives today.  Children regularly have time to either join in with the school prayer or time for silent reflection.  We have developed an environment where all children respect and celebrate cultures and languages. We celebrate positive behaviour choices through class reward systems, golden board, golden tea party and celebration assembly.

Science

During Years 1 and 2, children learn to use practical scientific methods, processes and skills.  These include making observations, performing simple tests and gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.

They will explore living things and their habitats and compare the differences between things that are living, dead and things that have never been alive.  The children look at the flow of energy and create simple food chains.  They study plants and discover what they need to thrive.  They also discuss what humans need to stay healthy and learn about the importance of a balanced diet and exercise.

Children also investigate properties of materials and think about their uses.

 

Top Tips for Year 2 Parents (Click here to download the following for printing)

  1. Look for numbers when you are out and about. Try adding or subtracting house numbers or partitioning bus numbers into tens and units.
  2. There are plenty of board games that require maths and English skills. These can fun for the whole family and support learning going on at school.
  3. Look for opportunities to reinforce number bonds to ten as these underpin all future addition and subtraction learning! (0 + 10, 1 + 9, 2 + 8, 3 + 7, 4 + 6, 5 + 5)
  4. Wherever possible, let you child handle money and work out change.
  5. Look for opportunities to rehearse times tables. By the end of year 2, children need to know their 0, 1, 2, 5 and 10 times tables and be able to recall any of them rapidly, not just in order. They can move onto 3s and 4s if they want to be challenged further.
  6. Encourage your child to question the things they see, to wonder how and why things happen, so that they can become deep thinkers.
  7. When taking part in any writing activity (thank you letters, postcards) always encourage your child to start with capital letters and finish with a full stop. Bad habits can be hard to break!
  8. Encourage your child to read road signs, the backs of food packages etc… to develop their range of words recognised on sight.
  9. Encourage children to use a wide range of vocabulary, eg. Use interesting adjectives to describe an object – don’t settle for ‘big/small’, ‘happy/sad!’
  10. Some children enjoy keeping diaries of special events or holidays. They are always welcome to bring these in to share with the class, along with any other objects which have contributed to out of school learning.

 

Homework

Please click here to download the homework policy

Our approach to homework is one where we believe that homework should complement our learning in school and not be a stressful experience at home.

Parents are key educators in their children’s lives and have a critical influence over the success of children’s learning. We suggest that in the early stages of a child’s school life at least 10 minutes is set aside each day to talk to your child about their learning, to read with your child, play games and develop their self-help skills.

As your child moves through the Primary phase they will begin to have more formal tasks such as learning multiplication tables and spellings, projects; and be expected to work for longer periods and with increasing independence.

Homework can also be a walk in the park, a swimming trip, baking, an art activity, visiting family.

 

For the full version of the spelling lists, please click on the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239784/English_Appendix_1_-_Spelling.pdf

   

To find out more about the curriculum we follow, please click on the following link:

https://www.early-education.org.uk/development-matters