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Excellence Everyday

Year Two class 

'Excellence Everyday'

'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

Teacher/Deputy Head

Mrs R.King

High Level Learning Assistant

Miss E. Collier

Learning Assistant

Mrs M Thompson

 

About the class...

Year 2 - Mrs R King 
Learning Assistants - Miss Collier (HLTA) and Mrs Thompson

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. 

All individuals

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.  We have exciting books on our class reading spine which give children a breadth and depth of literature. We use the Talk for Writing approach, which starts with oral rehearsal moving into innovated pieces of writing and finally independent pieces of writing.  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 have an action packed curriculum with lots of exciting learning.  We work as 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, through a subject disciplinary appraoch.    

Important things to remember for September 2022: -

  • Registration takes place at 8:45 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 Wednesday and Friday– please ensure that your child attends school on these days in their PE kit.  On these days children must wear the following PE uniform: Black jogging bottoms with the new logo, 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.  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 via the newsletter.  We expect every child to read at home every night to develop good habits and make the best progress. Thank you in advance for your support with this. 
  • Homework:    Homework will be set weekly and will usually consist of an English and a maths activity but may also relate to other subjects. Homework will be set on a Friday, and will be expected back in the following Friday.  As part of weekly homework, a 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.  Spag.com will begin midway through Autumn 1.
  • Spellings will be given every Friday in the form of a worksheet. Worksheets must be sent back into school the following Friday.   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. 
  • 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 2022/2023

Below is some information for parents/carers regarding Year 2 SATs in May 2023.  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 2022-2023

Year 2 Topic Webs

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Science 

Take a look at us hunting for signs of habitats in our school grounds. We worked together to search for signs of animals, including mini-beasts and thought about where we should look.  We looked in cracks in the walls, within the grass and the bushes, and under pots.  When we got back in class we talked about our findings. We were surprised how many animals we found. 

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

Take a look at our amazing learning from last year.  This page will be updated with new learning for the academic year 2022-2023.

Geography fieldwork

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.

Science 

 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. 

Computing

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'.