At the start of an important year in your child’s education, we would like to welcome you and your child to Year 2 and explain a little bit about the coming term. This year the teachers and classes will be known as follows; Mrs Asghar: Owl Class and Miss Shefras: Rabbit Class. We hope you will find the following curriculum overview of use in supporting the school in the education of your child.
In Year 1, your child was taught his/her literacy skills through the ‘Read, Write Inc’ literacy programme. Children continue on this scheme into Year 2; with the aim that they will have completed it by the end of the Autumn term. It aims to provide a variety of activities that gets children learning to read and write, quickly and easily. The programme consists of rigorous daily phonics practise, combined with reading and writing activities to support the sounds that they are focussing on that week. It covers a wide range of genres including fiction and non-fiction materials, such as stories, plays, poems and non-fiction texts. (This will also be linked to our topic work in the afternoons.) Children that have not made the expected progress in Year 1 will have additional 1:1 daily phonics tutoring, until they catch up. Those children that have completed the programme and achieved the required level will focus on developing and applying those skills through a variety of writing genres and reading comprehension. Please speak to your child’s class teacher if you wish to know which stage your child is at.
Your child will have opportunities to extend his/her knowledge and use of the basic operations of addition and subtraction. These processes will be used in problem solving as well as formal recording. Further work will be undertaken on shape and space, money, time and the introduction of some standard units of measurement. The children will extend their knowledge of numbers from 0 to 100 and beyond and understand the importance of ‘0’ as a place holder as well as learning to recognise the value of tens in a 2 digit number. Strategies will be taught to aid the quick recall of facts and number bonds in solving oral problems.
In computing the children will be learning: How to control a screen robot and use external floor robots; create and debug simple programmes; recognise common uses of ICT beyond school; use technology safely and respectfully; how to keep personal information private and where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies. Children will be developing skills through cross curricular links to combine text, graphics and sound. They will also learn to enhance work with art/paint packages, digital imagery, animation and video. These skills will be used to create a simple Powerpoint presentation and pupils will use ‘It’s Learning’ to email and share their work internationally with other schools. We will request iPads from the e-learning centre again this year to enable children to consolidate and build upon the skills they learnt last year. Computing will be taught across the curriculum and linked to the topics being taught. For example, electronic books and the internet will be used for research or software packages in mathematics.
Children will have opportunities to play simple ball games whilst learning tactics and scoring systems. Gymnastics will focus on how children can balance on body parts and control movement. Dance is entitled ‘colours and moods’ and inspires children to move their bodies in a way that reflects our moods and how colour can represent these moods. The International Primary Curriculum encompasses all aspects of the curriculum over the academic year. This term, under the theme of ‘Toys and Games’, we will be researching and playing playground games from around the world. The children will be set a learning log task to find out about such games and we value your support in enabling them to achieve this.
Children will explore the features of music; duration, pulse and rhythm, as well as listening to and composing their own simple music and learning a variety of songs.
P.S.H.E and SEAL
Children will explore the feelings and emotions of ‘new beginnings’. We will also focus on the importance of community and belonging.
Other Foundation subjects and Science
During the Autumn term, Year 2 will be following a unit of work, based on a theme that focuses on ‘Toys and Games’ from around the world. This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This new curriculum sets out very clearly what children will learn in three different areas:
During this unit we will be focusing on the following curriculum areas: History, Science, Technology, Physical Education and International Understanding.
• About toys and games from the past
• How to decide if a toy is new or old
• How to create our own toy museum
• How we can learn about the past in different ways
• How to sort toys based on what they are made out of
• What materials are best for making a bath toy
• About pushes and pulls, and how things move
• Which materials can be bent, squashed, twisted or stretched
• About how different toys move
• How to design a toy/mascot to celebrate a special event
• About a popular game from another country and teaching others to play it
All of the work we are going to do has been specially written to help your child reach the learning goals. Children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups. We will be checking to see how well your child has learned through particular activities and asking children to explain their work.
We already know the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you.
Talk with your child about the toys and games that you used to play with when you were growing up. If you still have examples of these toys, show them to your child and talk about how you played with them. Collect and look at old photographs that feature family members playing with toys. Help your child to understand how toys have changed over time.
If your child has some work to research, please help them, but without actually doing the work. If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it, but your enthusiasm and interest is the most important thing.
By the end of the unit, we hope your child will have achieved all of the learning targets. We hope that they would have had an enjoyable time in the classroom and that you will have enjoyed seeing your child’s work with enthusiasm. If you have any comments about the work your child has done, please get in touch.