Welcome to the Year 2 Page!
Our Teachers are Mrs Caulfield and Mrs Parker, our teaching assistant is Mrs Williams. At St Mary's Infant School we are like a family, caring for each other as we learn together.
Year 2 is a wonderful year for children. They grow in their independence and learning whilst preparing for their next big adventure – the move to year 3 and junior school! With your support it will be a very rewarding and exciting year for them and no doubt it will fly by.
How can I help my child in Year 2?
Please try to read with your child daily and record it in their reading record book. It is important to check that, as well as becoming more fluent, the children understand what they are reading, especially as they begin to read longer and more complex books. This can be done by discussing the book afterwards, or during reading. Talk about the characters, setting or main events. Encourage children to develop empathy by focusing on characters' emotions and motivations. Asking questions about the plot such as: 'What might happen next? Why do you think the boy is feeling sad? What sort of mood is being created?' will help them to engage with their reading on a deeper level.
You can also do this when you are reading to them, which is still so important at this age. Children learn a lot from the way we read aloud and we can encourage them to see how the author's use of punctuation changes the way we read their work. Think about pointing out statements, commands, questions or exclamations when reading with your child. You might want to use a range of voices to show how types of sentences and punctuation can be read in different ways. Giving your child access to a variety of writing styles — including a range of fiction and non-fiction books — will expand their vocabulary and knowledge as well as develop their reading fluency.
Children will have their reading books changed twice a week on a Monday and Thursday.
Spellings will be sent home once a week, usually on a Monday. They are based on spelling patterns that we have investigated in class during spelling lessons and children should be encouraged to look at the way the spelling pattern fits into the word to help them remember it.
Spellings are best worked on little and often: 5 or 10 minutes every day is more beneficial than one long session. It is also very helpful if you can encourage your child to apply the spellings in context by writing a few sentences using these words and, of course, using new or unfamiliar words in conversation.
Any opportunity to use maths in a real-life context is really useful. For example, ask them to help you pay for goods or calculate change when shopping. This will help to develop their reasoning and problem solving skills. Learning to tell the time, especially to five minutes, is another great way to support your child's learning at home; this also links neatly to their counting in 5s in the 5 times-table.
The children will have one piece of wonder book homework set every week. This may take the form of maths or literacy but is usually topic based and lots of fun. The children are set their homework on a Friday and the books should be returned for marking by Wednesday. Please do help your child complete their work – it is not a test! We hope it will consolidate the work we have done in class or ‘kick off’ a new topic area. We don’t do show and tell in year two – sorry we just don’t have time!
Activities outside the classroom
Children have PE once a week and should have a full PE kit with trainers or plimsolls in school at all times.
Swimming is every Tuesday afternoon and the children are expected to swim unless they are unwell. We require a note from you if you would like to excuse your child from swimming.
Finally, you can develop their independence at home by encouraging your child to tie their own shoes laces or organise their belongings more independently. This will help enormously as they move to junior school and into year 3!
What do the KS1 SATs entail?
These happen during May. It is nothing for you or your child to worry about – we manage them in a very relaxed and calm way - with plenty of practice time - and have found that the children quite enjoy this experience.
The reading test is made up of two papers. They are designed to take roughly 30 minutes, although the children won’t be strictly timed. Maths is also split into two papers. The first is arithmetic where the basic understanding of place value and number is tested. The second is reasoning, where your child will need to apply their problem solving and reasoning skills to show their understanding.
The chances are that your child will be completely oblivious to the SATs process. We try to prepare for the tests without ever using the word ‘exam’, and definitely try and keep it light.
For the last four years we have taken the year 2’s on an overnight trip to Henley Fort early in the summer term. The children stay in single sex Yurts with at least one adult. It’s a wonderful, rewarding experience which the children gain a lot from.
Year 2 is taught by Mrs. Caulfield on Monday – Thursday and Mrs Parker on a Friday. Our teaching assistant is Mrs. Williams.
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