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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2!

Class 2W are taught by Miss Wisker and 2N by Ms Nahil. They are supported by Jackie and Jane. They can be contacted via year2@earlsfield.wandsworth.sch.uk

        Lauren Wisker               Jackie Pratley                 Simi Nahil                   Jane Treymane

We hope you had a lovely summer break. We have lots to look forward to this Autumn term and cannot wait to get to know the children. We are feeling enthusiastic about kick starting the year, constructing our class charters together and settling into our new classrooms.

In Year 2, we all share a passion for literature and cannot wait to share our favourite stories with you. Miss Nahil is going to be reading ‘A Bear Called Paddington’ by Michael Bond and Miss Wisker is going to be reading ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ by Roald Dahl as our class stories. If you already own a copy of your class book and would like to read along with us, please feel free to bring your named copy to keep in your tray at school. 

In English lessons, we are looking forward to reading the Power of Reading stories ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ by David and Ronda Armitage and ‘Lila and the Secret of the Rain’ by David Conway to inspire our talk, drama and creative writing.

In Maths, we will start our year focusing on developing our knowledge and understanding of number and place value. We will continue to build upon our fluency using Number Sense Maths. You’ll be excited to hear that Time Tables Rockstars starts in Year 2 as part of our home learning provision, this is a fun and engaging app to support children with their times tables knowledge. 

Our first topic in Year 2 is ‘The Great Fire of London’ where we will be exploring the question ‘Could the Great Fire of London happen today?’ We will be launching this topic with an exciting workshop, welcoming an expert historian into our school and role-playing the key events of The Great Fire.

After half term, we will move onto the topic ‘Can anyone make a difference?’ where we will learn about some of the key figures who have had a positive impact on life today, including the work of Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale. We will also discuss who we are helped by and how we can help others within our local community.  

In Science, we will be exploring and investigating Everyday Materials in Autumn 1 and Animals (including humans) in Autumn 2. We are going to be working scientifically by grouping and sorting materials based on their properties, planning and carrying out fair tests and recording our observations.

We are incredibly fortunate to  have lessons taught by our specialist teachers in Art, Music and PE. We welcome Mr Osborn, our new Art teacher, who will be based in the Art Studio and we will be taught Music by Mr Hopcraft in the Music Studio.  AM Sports will also lead our PE lesson each Monday and we will receive specialist gymnastics teaching from Billie on a Thursday (2N in Autumn 1 and 2W in Autumn 2). 

We look forward to working with you to support the children with their reading development. Guided reading will start from Monday 13th September and we will share weekly home tasks in your child’s pupil handbook. Weekly spellings will also be shared in these handbooks. Please encourage your child to read and practise their spellings regularly.  

Thank you to all parents and carers for your ongoing support to your teachers and your children. If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to email our Year 2 address.   

Key Learning

You can find out about our approach to all our subjects through the curriculum page but the headlines for the year  group are below.

Reading

Children can understand what they read by: 

  •  I can apply phonic knowledge and skills to decode words
  •  I can read accurately by blending the sounds in words, especially alternative sounds for graphemes
  •  I can accurately read words of two or more syllables
  • I  can read words containing common suffixes
  • I  can read further common exception words, noting unusual correspondences between spelling and sound
  • I  can read most words quickly and accurately, when they have been frequently encountered
  •  I can re-read books to build up my fluency and confidence in word reading

Children develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by:

  •  I can listen to, discuss and express views about a wide range of texts including contemporary and classic poetry, stories and non-fiction texts
  •  I can discuss the sequence of events in books and how information is linked
  •  I am becoming increasingly familiar with and can retell a wider range of stories, fairy stories and traditional tales
  • I can begin to talk about non-fiction books that are structured in different ways
  • I can recognise simple recurring language in stories and poetry
  • I can discuss my favourite words and phrases and their meanings
  • I am continuing to build up a repertoire of poems learnt by heart, reciting some with appropriate intonation to make the  meaning clear

Children understand both the books they read accurately and fluently and those they listen to by:

  • I can check that the text makes sense as I read and correct mistakes
  • I can make inferences on the basis of what is being said and done
  • I can predict what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far
  • I can participate in discussion about what is read to me, taking turns and listening to what others say
  • I can explain clearly my understanding of what is read to me

Writing

Writing

  • I can write simple, coherent narratives about personal experiences and those of others (real or fictional)
  • I can write about real events, recording these simply and clearly
  • I can write most sentences using capital letters and full stops, and use question marks correctly when they are needed
  • I can use present and past tense mostly correctly and consistently
  • I can use co-ordination (e.g. or / and / but) and some subordination (e.g. when / if / that / because) to join clauses

Spelling

  • I can segment spoken words into phonemes and represent these by graphemes, spelling many of these words correctly and making phonically-plausible attempts at others
  • I can spell many common exception words

Handwriting

  • I can form capital letters and digits of the correct size, orientation and relationship to one another and to lower-case letters
  • I can use spacing between words that reflect the size of the letters

Greater depth (working above the expected national standard)

  • I can write effectively and coherently for different purposes, drawing on my reading to inform the vocabulary and grammar of my writing
  • I can make simple additions, revisions and proof-reading corrections to my own writing
  • I can use the punctuation taught at key stage 1 mostly correctly
  • I can spell most common exception words
  • I can add suffixes to spell most words correctly in my writing (e.g. –ment, –ness, –ful, –less, –ly)
  • I can use the diagonal and horizontal strokes needed to join some letters

Statutory spellings

 

 

Maths

 Year 2 Maths Objectives

 

Science

Materials

Animals including Humans

Plants

Keeping Healthy

Topics

 Could The Great Fire of London happen today?

Can anyone make a difference?

Whatever happened to the Dinosuars?

Is organic better?

Homework

  

Days to remember

Day Activity
 Monday

PE with AM Sports (Come to school in PE kit)

Guided Reading Homework due (Please bring Guided Reading Book)

 Tuesday

Guided Reading Homework sent out

Wednesday

Art with Mr Osborn

Music with Mr Hopcraft

 Thursday

PE with AM Sports/ Gym with Billie (Come to school in PE kit)

Spelling test

New Spellings sent out for next week

Weekly Homework set via Seesaw

 Friday  
As frequently as possible

Home reading (banded books or books from home)

Doodle Maths and Doodle English

Times Table Rockstars


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