Welcome to the Year 2 page. This page provides you with everything you will need to know about life in Year 2. We hope you will find it useful, if you have any further questions then please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Year 2 team.
Swift Class –Mr Donovan and Mrs Bradshaw(Class Teacher) and Mrs White (Teaching Assistant)
Wagtail Class – Mrs Whidden (Class Teacher) and Mr Davies (Teaching Assistant)
At St Matthew’s School we follow the National Curriculum, which set out the standards and objectives for all subjects taught. The key areas of the curriculum are: English, Maths, Science, PE, Computing, History, Geography, Religious Education, Art and Design, Music, and PSHCE. Please refer to the National Curriculum Programmes of Study to see what your child will be learning in Year 2 and also our Curriculum area.
During the year, we will be reading lots of books and using these to inspire our learning. In Term 1, we are looking at the journey of ‘The Lonely Beast’ by Chris Judge.
We are a Power of Reading School and this means that we teach a sequence of lessons which are developed from our book. In order to develop our written language we use lots of drama activities and spoken rehearsal before picking up a pencil! The children help each other by allowing others to ‘magpie’ ideas and build on them. By working collaboratively we can often achieve much more than we can individually. In Year 2, children will also be practising their ability to ‘hold a sentence’ before writing it.
In our Handwriting practice and written work in all subjects we will continue to teach the children to use cursive writing. There will also be a focus on the correct size and formation of upper and lower case letters.
SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) – This year children will revise and be introduced to lots of new concepts including: full stops, commas, capital letters, question marks, exclamation marks, apostrophes for missing letters, adjectives, noun phrases, verbs, and adverbs. Their spelling either forms part of their Read Write Inc work or they will begin the No Nonsense spelling programme when they have completed all the Read Write Inc levels.
The children in Key Stage One follow the Read Write Inc phonics programme that provides a structured and systematic approach to developing reading by recognising graphemes and learning to segment and blend graphemes and spelling through sounding out and phonemes. Here is the link to the Read Write Inc website: Once they have finished this programme, they will progress onto No Nonsense Spelling. This is a visual and practical programme for learning spellings. We love it!
Children are expected to bring their book bags, reading books and reading journals to school every day. Their reading book will be a coloured band book. Teachers will assess children regularly and move children to a more suitable book band when necessary.
Your child needs to be reading everyday either independently, or with you. Please record a comment in their reading journals. Your child will read with an adult at least once a week in class to see how they are progressing.
The children are expected to know when they need to change their books and do so accordingly. We also strongly advocate reading for pleasure and the children are encouraged to bring home any picture books of their choice as long as they are returned.
The children will have three sessions of maths a day.
A daily basics session will focus on counting forwards and back across 100 as well as counting in 2’s, 3’s, 5’s and 10’s and building number bond recall to 20.
We use Maths No Problem in school. This forms our longer maths lesson and concentrates on moving children’s understanding from using concrete (real) examples to visual and finally onto abstract thinking. We do this through using variation in our modelling and the workbooks that the children have. Children have their own workbooks in which they complete their independent tasks. The aim of this product is to raise attainment in Maths and allow all children to succeed by ‘keeping up not catching up’. Class teachers will plan in support for those who need it and continue to deepen the understanding of those who are secure in the concepts being taught.
We will also be teaching times tables daily through chanting and lots of games and activities. Mathletics has some great songs to help children learn their times tables.
Here are some websites to support your child’s learning of Mathematics:
Every week, the class teacher will choose their star of the week; these will be children who have demonstrated a Growth Mindset by trying really hard in their learning or with their behaviour. Mathletics certificates will also be given weekly a child who has put lots of effort into their homework or been on Mathletics lots. Throughout the week, your child may receive a green card for exceptional behaviour, learning, or particular effort to follow the school values and will also receive house points (via Class Dojo) for motivation and encouragement.
Children will be given homework once a week (on a Friday) that they are expected to complete by the following Thursday. Homework will be related to your child’s learning in English and Maths or it will concentrate on basics skills that the children need to over learn. They may also be given extra handwriting practice to work on. Please encourage your child to do their homework promptly and to the best of their ability. Any additional work on the basics is strongly encouraged but aim to keep the sessions short with lots of rewards!
Your child should have:
- A water bottle,
- Book bag,
- PE kit
In summer your child must also have a sunhat. Please ensure all clothing is labelled with the child’s name.
Children have indoor or outdoor PE every week so it is very important that they have full PE kit in school.
PE kit includes a t-shirt in house colour, shorts, tracksuit, and plimsolls.
- Barnetts – Red
- Brokes – Yellow
- Ridgewaye – Green
- Powder Mill- Blue
The gates open at 8.50; please bring your child to the infant playground to be collected by their class teacher. Children have a playtime that lasts 15 minutes in the morning and they may also have one in the afternoon. Lunchtime is 11.55 till 12.55. Your child is entitled to Free School Meals.