Year Two class
'Learn, Live, Laugh and Love Ashurst'
Learn to be inspiring and make a difference to this world, we know how amazing you are,
Live with understanding and compassion for others, knowing we are all different and special in a community where equality stands tall,
Laugh and listen to the enjoyment of learning and excitement of everyone celebrating their achievements,
Love Ashurst, our special school and the hub of supportive staff, parents and children who aim high to be the best they can be.
Year 2 staff
High Level Learning Assistant
Miss E. Collier
Mrs P. Evans
Useful phonics websites:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo7fbLgY2oA_cFCIg9GdxtQ - free phonics films for parents
About the class...
Year 2 - Mrs R King
Learning Assistants - Miss Collier and Mrs Evans
Year Two is a warm and welcoming classroom where lots of exciting learning takes place. We aim for all lessons to be interactive, exciting and engaging. Throughout Year Two, children continue to develop their independence. They are given lots of responsibilities and they challenge themselves to achieve their full potential! With support from teachers and family at home, the children work hard on their goals. Year Two is alive with reading! We take every opportunity to read. Children are supported to grow a love of reading, becoming readers who read for pleasure and purpose. Mental health and well-being are high priority in Year 2. We work hard to support the children to be happy and free from worry and anxieties. We promote positive self-talk and resilience and guide children through any difficulties they face. We use wonderful stories to explore themes linked to mental health and well-being.
Each child enters Year Two at a different stage. Therefore we treat every child as an individual and plan to cater for their individual needs. We understand that every child learns in a different way and has different interests and it is our aim to adapt our teaching to suit the children. We encourage their independence throughout, allowing them to take ownership of their learning and achievements and to understand how to solve problems on their own.
What do we learn?
We have daily maths and English/SPAG lessons. Our English work links to a whole class text. We produce some fabulous writing linked to our text. We have reading lessons to help us work on year group reading objectives. We love finding evidence in reading to prove our points! We have daily opportunities to read across the curriculum. Staff will make comments in our reading records and support us with changing our books. We learn to read then read to learn!
We have an action packed curriculum with lots of exciting learning. We aim to grow scientists, historians, artists , musicians and much more! We make links with different subjects across the curriculum and aim to apply our maths and English skills in every subject.
Important things to remember for September 2021: -
- Registration takes place at 8:55 am and the school day ends at 3:15pm - your child will enter and leave from the hall door (as in Year 1)
- You may wish to provide a healthy snack for your child to eat at 10:05am playtime or your child can have a piece of fruit provided by school. Lunch will be at 12:00pm.
- Each child can have their own water bottle on their desk, please provide these with their name on.
- PE We have PE every Monday and Wednesday– please ensure that your child attends school on these days in their PE kit. From September 2021 children will continue to come into school in PE kits on their days for PE. On these days children must wear the following PE uniform: Black jogging bottoms or black sports leggings, white PE tops , black hoody tops . Or a Summer PE kit : the usual red shorts and the white PE top.
- Reading books will be changed every Monday. Please ensure your child has their reading book in school each Monday. We will place returned books into quarantine to reduce any risk of covid-19 transmission. Reading records will be provided for you to comment on your child's reading. We will ask for these to be sent into school on set days so we can celebrate the reading taking place at home. We will inform you of the dates for reading records to be sent into school. We expect every child to read at home at least 3 times each week. Thank you in advance for your support with this.
- Homework: Homework will predominantly be set online due to covid19 safety measures. Homework will be set weekly and will usually consist of English and maths activites but may also relate to other subjects. As part of weekly homework, every Monday a grammar task will be set on Spag.com. This is an online programme and can be accessed here: www.spag.com Children will access the site online at home. Passwords will be provided again so please do not worry if they have been misplaced. A task will be set each Monday and must be completed by Friday. Staff will monitor completion of the tasks.
- Spellings will be given every Monday in the form of a worksheet. Unlike expectations for last year, this worksheet will not be sent back into school but rather be kept at home. You may wish to store all spelling sheets in a folder/file so you can refer back to them. Please support your child in learning these spellings at home. We recommend little and often.
- Topic webs will be uploaded onto this class page in the first week of each half term. Topic webs will inform you of the learning taking place and will provide a list of project homework activities to complete at home. We are looking forward to you emailing in, or posting onto Seesaw, photos of your wonderful topic work for our class page on the website. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ANY PROJECT WORK INTO SCHOOL.
- We continue to use Seesaw to set home learning tasks and will provide feedback about your child's work. We will also use this platform to provide key information about school and to celebrate your child's achievements. We look forward to working together with our parents and carers to ensure a successful and happy year for all children.
SATs information 2021/2022
Below is some information for parents/carers regarding Year 2 SATs in May 2022. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs King or one of the Year 2 team.
Year 2 Long Term Plan 2021-2022
Year 2 Topic Webs
As part of our topic 'Where our food comes from', Year 2 went on a walk to the local shops to develop fieldwork skills. Before we left school, we planned our route and identified how many roads we would need to cross. On the way, we stopped and used our mapping skills to identify our exact location. When we got to the local shops, we drew simple maps and identified which shops we could get food from. We strengthened our geography skills and had lots of fun too!
Science with Canal River Trust
Year 2 welcomed a visitor from Canal River Trust who took us through a fascinating workshop linked to our topic on materials. First, children were given a ball of playdough and were asked to predict whether it would float or sink. The ball of playdough went straight to the bottom of the water! It did not float. Year 2 scientists were asked to think about how we could make the playdough float. With a little help, we came up with the idea that if we change the shape, we may be able to make it float. We considered the push of the water and that if we made a bigger space for the water to push up against it may float - it worked! We lifted the sides of the playdough so the water would not go top, making some small boats. We then had some fun seeing how many animals our boats could carry before sinking again. Well done to our Year 2 scientists!
Letters to Father Christmas
On 2nd December 2021, a very excited Year Two class posted their letters to Santa's Grotto, Reindeer Land. We walked to the top of Chain Lane singing Christmas songs! It was magical. We hope to receive a reply very soon. Thank you to Royal Mail for this opportunity.
In science, we are learning about habitats. As part of our learning, we went on a minibeast hunt in our school grounds to see what we could find. First we made predications what we might see and then we went to explore. We were amazed at how many minibeasts we found. Some even landed on us! We talked about their habitats and began to think about why some minibeasts prefer to be underground. Next, we are going to compare 2 habitats to see what is similar and different.
In computing, we have been learning about coding. We wrote an algorithm, a set of instructions, to give to the computer. We got into the role of air traffic controllers! Our task was to program the computer to make two planes take off at the same time without crashing! We save and submit our work to Mrs King and wait for our feedback.
Roald Dahl Day
On September 13th 2021, we dressed up to celebrate Roald Dahl. 13th September is Roald Dahl's birthday. We dressed up as our favourite Roald Dahl characters, some of us wore yellow too, Roald Dahl's favourite colour. We learned about his life and listened to extracts from some of his famous stories. We really enjoyed 'The Enormous Crocodile' and 'George's Marvellous Medicine'.
Book recommendations for Year 2
Follow the link below to view a wealth of recommended books for your child in Year 2.
You will never be short of book suggestions with this site. Children we hope you find something you will love.
'The Reader Teacher' - Visit this site to view 100 'must reads' for YEAR 2 https://www.thereaderteacher.com/year