Welcome to our Year 2 page. We will keep this page updated with key news and information on our curriculum.
Our PE days are: Monday and Thursday. Please make sure earrings and any other jewellery are taken off on those days for safety purposes.
Click here to open a plan for the year.
When we test the children on their dictations, we will send the books home for parents to look at. Please make sure they come back to school the next day – thank you.
Click here to open the presentation for our curriculum evening.
For the 'Parents Guide to Reading with your Child' please click here.
Don't forget we need to have Indoor and Outdoor P.E kits in school all week.
Mrs Chadwick/Mrs Sabir's class will be swimming and Mrs Matthew's class will be doing Indoor P.E on Mondays. Both classes will be doing Outdoor P.E on Thursdays, so remember to take any jewellery off for those days.
We have now sent home reading books and reading diaries - we will be checking the diaries when we hear the children read each week and on a Friday morning. If there is a comment from an adult stating that the book has been read and fully understood, we will be changing the reading book.
Don't forget to send in the choosing book to change on a Tuesday and the library book to change on a Friday.
Mrs Chadwick's and Mrs Sabir's class are swimming on Mondays now - remember to bring your kit in with EVERYTHING named.
We are continuing our reading challenge where the children who read their school reading book, at least 3 times a week, will get entered into a draw for the reader of the week. Lots of you have already been doing this and have taken up the challenge - keep up the great work.
Week beginning 26th February 2024
We have parents evening again on Tuesday 27th - we look forward to seeing you there if you have an appointment.
In Maths, we are carrying on our work linked to multiplication as well as exploring the idea of the link with division.
We will be looking at the 5 times table and using the multiplication facts to support our understanding of how to divide by 5. We will then be looking at the connections between the 5 and 10 times tables before completing an assessment to see how much we have learnt.
Phonics – we are looking at the phoneme s as s, ss e.g. something, snow, dressed, miss then s as c e.g. icy, December, cinema, circle then s as se, ce e.g. house, mouse, offices, palace and finally s as st and sc e.g. hustle, castle, listen, whistle.
In Literacy, we will be finishing off our work on the book The Great Fire Of London by Emma Adams and James Weston Lewis.
We will be sequencing events and using drama to help retell the events. We will then be planning and writing a fact file about the Great Fire Of London in both the past tense and then the present tense.
In Art, we will be starting a new topic about printing and linking this to the art of Andy Warhol.
In PSHE, we will be carrying on our work on our VIPs topic. This week’s lesson is about resolving arguments and disagreements.
In Music, we are starting a new block of work looking at pitch.
Our ICT work will be about Robot Algorithms. We will be starting off by investigating the idea of giving instructions and making sure that they are in the right order.
In History, we will be carrying on our work on The Great Fire Of London – linked to our Literacy work. We will be looking at what we know, sequencing the events and exploring the evidence about how it spread.
In Science, we will be continuing our work in our topic Take Care. This week we will be identifying ways to stay fit and healthy, thinking about food and fitness and hygiene.
Week beginning 4th March 2024
In Maths, we are starting our new topic about measurement linked to length and height. We will be starting this off by understanding the need for a standard unit of measurement and looking at centimetres and metres. We will be measuring using rulers and making sure that we know how important it is to start our measuring from 0cm to be able to measure accurately.
We will then be comparing lengths and finally move onto ordering lengths and heights.
Phonics – we are looking at the phoneme j as j e.g. juggle, July, jumping j as g e.g. giraffe, giant, challenge, j as dge e.g. bridge, sludge, badger then j as ge e.g. huge, village, charged.
In Literacy, we will be focusing on the book The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers, for our World Book Day week.
We will be focusing on using conjunctions to extend our sentences when writing about the book, using verbs and adverbs to make our sentences even better and then planning a letter to write to the main character, Henry. We will then use the plan and what we have done earlier in the week to write our letter.
In R.E, we will be thinking about the importance of Holy Week for Christians. This is the week leading up to and including Easter. We will be looking at knowing the names of the important days, understanding their significance and being able to sequence them.
In Music, we are carrying on our work looking at pitch.
In History, we will be carrying on our work about The Great Fire Of London. We will be exploring the reasons why the fire spread so quickly.
In Science, we are carrying on our work understanding how to take care of our bodies.
We will also have World Book Day to think about this week on Thursday where we will be celebrating favourite stories and books. The theme is 'Come In Cosy'.
White Rose Maths
We mentioned during the Curriculum evening that our Maths scheme is remaining as WRM. There are lots of resources such as videos and activities to support your children with at home on their website. It is free to create a login.
Here is the link to sign up : www.whiterosemaths.com/#subscribe
Introducing Rocket Phonics
As part of the Oak Academy Trust, Woodland Grange Primary School are starting this academic year with a new Systematic Synthetic Phonics Programme. From Pre-school to Year 2 we will now be using Rocket Phonics to support our teaching of reading and writing instead of our previous scheme which followed Letters and Sounds alongside Jolly Phonics.
What is Rocket Phonics?
Systematic Synthetic Phonics is not new in schools. We have chosen to use Rocket Phonics as it combines the alphabetic code knowledge and skills that are needed to learn to read and write, with language-rich children’s literature. This approach will embed phonics in context, and support a love of reading and writing from the outset.
Reading in Year 2
What does this mean for you?
- We have a brand-new reading book scheme that works alongside the Rocket Phonics Programme to compliment our teaching in school.
- The Rocket Phonic books are designed to appeal to children who are starting to learn to read, as well as those who are becoming fluent readers.
- The books are a variety of fiction and non-fiction, written by phonics experts and children’s book writers.
- All of the books have been carefully levelled according to book banding and other criteria, to ensure gradual progression in difficulty.
- Foundation Stage pupils have a wide variety of new reading materials to send home, when they are ready.
- In KS1, year groups 1 and 2, we will endeavour to ensure that your child has an appropriate reading book that seamlessly matches their reading ability as a continuation of their reading progress.
Handwriting and spelling
- The children will be using new sound mats to support their letter and sound correspondences. There are 4 sound mats that will be available to download on the school website.
- We are currently updating our handwriting and letter formation teaching strategy. We know that many of you are keen to have these resources to support your child’s learning at home. We aim to upload these on to the school’s website as soon as they are available.
- In the first term of the academic year, each year group will hold a Curriculum Evening to explain their learning in more detail.
We will be sending home a dictation for your child to learn every other Tuesday. It will be stuck into their Homework book. We will test the children on the dictation the next Tuesday ( the date is written on the dictation). When we test them at school we won't do the sentences in the same order, so it is a good idea to mix the sentence order up when practising at home. It will help with the children's spelling and also with their understanding of sentence writing and punctuation. It is a good idea to remind them where to put capital letters and full stops when writing out their dictation sentences to help them develop good habits in their writing. We will be giving out house points not only for correct spellings but for punctuation as well.
Each child has been given a dictation based on how they are doing with their spellings and phonics. We will be reviewing the dictation groups regularly and will adjust groups if we think that is the right thing to do based on how the children are getting on.
Take a look at our curriculum in action.
We made vegetable chilli. We had to follow a recipe, chop all the ingredients, measure out all the quantities then cook it in a big pan. Once it was ready we got to taste what we had made. It was delicious!
Great Fire of London
We learnt all about the Great Fire of London. We made model houses and created our own model of London from 1666 placing the buildings very close together. Then we recreated the Great Fire itself! It was very exciting to watch.
We made cheesy Christmas biscuits. It was hard work making the dough. We had to weigh all the ingredients and follow the recipe carefully.
We looked at the story of Grace Darling. Look at our amazing lighthouse pictures.
We learnt all about castles. We went on a trip to visit Warwick Castle, it was amazing! There were lots of steps to climb up Guy's Tower. It is 39 metres high! We watched the Trebuchet being fired and saw the birds of prey display. It was an amazing day.
We made healthy and unhealthy lunchboxes.