Welcome to our class page. We are a Year 2 class eager to share our learning and achievements, so please check our page regularly to explore and celebrate these with us throughout our school year.
Our new wider learning theme is ‘Near and Far’, as we will be learning about our own locality. Along with opportunities to compare our local environment with locations across the world. So far we have explored our village, Bethersden, identifying geographical features – both human and physical. We travelled around the United Kingdom, comparing features from around our country. Inspired by our latest text, ‘James and Giant Peach’, we will be travelling abroad investigating locations featured in Roald Dahl’s famous story.
Inspired by our text, we have analysed Chapter 1 to support our understanding of the story. We came across rather peculiar words, such as ‘wistfully’ and ‘ramshackle’. We took the opportunity to explore their meanings, to support our understanding of the language used in this traditional text. We focused on the characters and created character descriptions. We were shocked to find out how cruel and nasty the Aunts are. We stepped into James’ shoes, as we became the main character. As we did so, we wrote a diary entry from his perspective, exploring his daily tasks and his emotions. During which we took on the challenge to use as many writing skills as we possibly could, from punctuation to powerful vocabulary.
Recently in Maths we have been extremely busy, as we have learnt all about shapes, fractions and telling the time – topics that have entwined, allowing us to make connections in our maths learning and vocabulary. Once we were confident with our understanding of shape, we applied this knowledge to fractions which naturally led itself into time; as we learnt to tell the time to the nearest 15 minutes. While some of us challenged ourselves to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes. We do love a challenge!
Each day we will have dedicated time to develop key skills within our curriculum, from taught to applied sessions. These will include guided reading and comprehension, handwriting, maths mastery and times tables. These sessions will allow us to deepen our knowledge and understanding of these key skills, ready to apply these to our wider learning.
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. This year we are lucky to have a dedicated Year 2 class, which allows us to readily prepare for such events. 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 what they know. Please see the attached document to explore the end of Key Stage 1 targets. These targets are what the children are assessed against throughout the year.