Welcome to our class page. We are a Year 2 class eager to share our learning and achievements, so please make sure to come back and check out our page to explore and celebrate these with us throughout our school year.
Over the next two terms our topic ‘Time Travellers’ will allow us to explore our past – within our living memory and beyond. This topic is fuelled by History learning whilst supported by other subjects along our learning journey. This enables us to explore our curriculum as a whole.
The topic itself will begin delving into our past, dating important events that have occurred in our lives so far. Once we’ve gained this understanding of chronology, we will be travelling back in time to the year 1066. I wonder what we’ll find…
Our topic so far…
We’ve been learning about the concept of chronology in history, beginning with creating a timeline of our lives. We identified an important event from each year of our life so far. Through this we established an understanding of ‘living memory’, although being only 6 and 7 our living memories don’t take us back very far in time. We wanted to investigate living memory further, so with our inquiring minds we created a bank of questions we’d like to ask parents and grandparents to seek information about life before us – to get to know them and their timelines.
Our family afternoon, inviting our parents and grandparents in was a great success with a tremendous turn out. The children were able to explore the concept of living memory on a broader scale, as they created timelines with their families – some of which dated back to the 50s, which we were able to identify was 7 decades ago.
In English we’re steered away from our fictional writing, delving into non-fiction texts. We’ve been exploring non-chronological reports. Having looked closely at an example we identified various features of this text type. Such as; introduction paragraph, sub-headings, paragraphs, images, facts and technical language. We decided to link our reports to our Science learning, all about keeping healthy. Our title for our non-chronological reports are ‘How to keep your teeth healthy’. As these reports must be fact, we used the internet to help our research during our planning stage. We then moved onto using leaflets for our research, spotting that these too used the same features!
We are now writing our own reports using our research to support us. We can’t wait to share them with you…
Each day we have dedicated time to develop skills within our curriculum, from taught to applied sessions. These include guided reading and comprehension tasks, Maths Mastery and spelling activities. These sessions allow us to deepen our knowledge and understanding of key skills, ready to apply these to our wider curriculum.
As a school we have various subscriptions to some incredibly resourceful websites, aiming to support and engage children in their learning. In school we use DB Primary, as an online classroom. We have access to TT Rockstars – a website used to promote fluency in times tables. We also have access to Spelling Shed – a website used to promote fluency in spelling.
These websites are used within school, as all children have their own accounts with their own unique logins. If you wish to access these sites at home, that would be EXCELLENT! The sites have gameplay modes, making learning fun and accessible for all.
You will find your child’s login for each site in the back of their reading record. If you have any issues accessing any website, or any issues with logins then please don’t hesitate to inform us so we can sort this as soon as possible.
Year 2 – End of Key Stage 1
Year 2 is a pivotal year in Primary School, an end of Key Stage 1 whilst ensuring we are prepared for Key Stage 2. This therefore means Key Stage 1 SATs. We do not want the Key Stage 1 SATs to be a means of ‘stress’ and a time of worry. We approach these as ‘special quizzes’ for the children, a time for them to showcase and celebrate what they have learnt and all that they know.
You will find a useful website to the side of our class page, which will take you to a website full of previous SATs papers for Reading, Maths and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar. The site also has access to mark schemes so that you can see what it is they’re looking for. They’re extremely useful!
In order to maximise preparation opportunity, we will be running a SATs club (Secret.Agent.Training.Society) for Year 2. Here we will be looking closely at past papers, to ensure the children are well prepared – even with format and layout of the tests themselves. Further information has been sent out directly via parent mail.