Year 2

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.

Classes

Lorikeets Class –are taught by Mrs Staples (Monday) and Mrs Boyages (Tuesday-Friday). They are supported by Mrs Ferrell (Monday – Friday)

Kookaburras Class – are taught by Mr Hardwick (Monday-Tuesday) and Mrs Crabb (Wednesday-Friday). They are supported by Mrs Stolton (Monday and Wednesday) and Mrs Page (Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)

Curriculum

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.

English

We are a Power of Reading school which means that we keep a love of reading at the heart of everything we do during the school day. We know how important it is for children to delve deeply into stories and we make sure we plan in lots of role play activities to help everyone get to grips with the plot and characters in books. Once we have fully immersed the children into the story, we then begin short writing tasks that gradually build up to much larger pieces. As soon as we start the writing process we teach the children how to both peer and self-assess their work. We find that children love to develop their editing skills and are desperate to show you how they have improved!

We use the Pen Pals handwriting scheme in Year 2 to ensure that all pupils are able to correctly form all letters and joins effectively.

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. Through Clued Spelling and No Nonsense Spelling children will be taught strategies for learning to spell in a fun, exciting and memorable way.

Phonics

The children in the Infants 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!

Reading

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.

Maths

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.

Rewards

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. 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.

Homework

We expect all children to read or be read to at home every night. Pleas ensure that your child brings their reading book and reading record into school every day.

Occasionally we will send home some ‘Home Learning’ activities. These activities will not be compulsory but will enable children to develop the skills they are learning in class further. They will often include trips, visits and fun art and craft activities.

Equipment

Your child should have:

  • A water bottle,
  • Book bag,
  • Coat
  • PE kit

In summer your child must also have a sunhat. Please ensure all clothing is labelled with the child’s name.

P.E

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

Lunch time.

As your child is in the Infants they are entitled to a Free School Meal. Our School dinners are provided by Independent Catering. We can honestly say that our school dinners taste incredible! Every day children have the choice of a meat, vegetarian or pasta option. If none of these options are suitable then there is always the option of a jacket potato with a variety of fillings. We also have a salad bar with 14 different salads and a lovely range of puddings.

School Day

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.