Welcome to Year 2

Year 2 Key Information

Teacher 2A: Mrs Poole    Email: spoole@victoriousacademies.org

Teacher 2B: Mrs Harvey        Email: jharvey@victoriousacademies.org

Teaching Assistants: Miss McDermott & Mrs Partington

Who to follow on Twitter:  @MrsPooleY2  @MrsHarveyKS1

Weekly Spelling and Times Tables Test: Monday morning

PE day: Wednesday and Friday

Dates for the Diary: 

KS1 Parents Evening — 13th October

KS1 Nativity — 14th or 15th December

World Book Day  –  4th March

SATs Meetings for Parents – WB 14.02.2022

SATs – May 2022

Phonics Screening week commencing 29th November 2021

SATs Meeting PowerPoint Year 2 SATs Meeting – February 2022

What’s happening in Autumn term?

In Autumn 1, the children will travel back in time to the Crimean War.

They will be learning all about Mary Seacole and her contribution to nursing during the Crimean War, how she cared for wounded soldiers and set up the ‘British Hotel’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Autumn 2, we will hopefully be going on our Year 2 trip to support our History topic. We will be learning all about Alan Turing and his incredible code breaking skills.

 

 

 

Autumn Class Reading Text

Hotel Flamingo by Alex Milway 

Truly heartwarming and uplifting. I’d love to book a room there myself’ Philip Ardagh ‘Hotel Flamingo is bursting with charm, friendship and fabulous characters!

The Snowman by Michael Morpurgo

 When James wakes to see snow falling one December morning, he is delighted and rushes outside to make a snowman. With coal eyes, an old green hat and scarf and a tangerine nose, he is perfect and James can hardly bear to go inside and leave him. In the middle of the night, he wakes and creeps out to see his Snowman again – and to his amazement, the Snowman comes to life…

What’s happening in Spring term?

In Spring 1 we will learn about and compare Cape Town and Manchester. Using Digimaps, the children are going to locate each country and city, identify and compare physical and human features and make information texts.

 

 

 

 

The children will also look at art work from the famous artist, L.S.Lowry. We will develop our sketching and painting skills throughout this unit of work.

In Spring 2 our new topic will be ‘The Explorers.’ We will conduct research to find out more about a number of famous explorers such as Christopher Columbus, Neil Armstrong, Amelia Earhart, Matthew Henson and Felicity Aston. We celebrate their achievements and discuss their relevance in history.

Spring Class Reading Text

The BFG by Roald Dahl

 In The BFG, the dream-hunting giant takes orphan Sophie back to his cave in Giant Country, where he lives surrounded by nine other fearsome giants who spend every night guzzling down humans. Or, as the giants call them, human beans.

 

 

 

 

 

The Nothing to see here Hotel by Steven Butler

 This book is so good you won’t blunking believe it!’ Tom Fletcher ‘Hilariously funny and inventive, and I love the extraordinary creatures and the one thirty-sixth troll protagonist…’ Cressida Cowell ‘A rip-roaring, swashbuckling, amazerous magical adventure.

What’s happening in the Summer term?

This term the children will be learning all about the events of the Great Fire of London.

Freshwater Theatre Company are coming into school to complete some drama activities with the children who will then perform the events from those fateful few days in 1666.

In DT, the children will be making some Great Fire of London cakes. We’ll be making and tasting the original cakes from 1666 and will then be designing, making and tasting our own delicious cakes!

Summer Class Reading Text

Amelia Fang Series by Laura Anderson

 Meet Amelia Fang – a little vampire with a big heart! Amelia lives with her parents Count Drake and Countess Frivoleeta, and her pet pumpkin Squashy, in Nocturnia – a city in the Kingdom of the Dark, where glitter is terrifying and unicorns and sparkly fairies are the stuff of day-mares.

Reading

At Inspire we believe reading is the heart of our curriculum. It opens doors, sparks your child’s imagination and stimulates curiosity. It is  therefore crucial your child reads every night and that you sign their reading record to show that this homework has been done.

Children will have the opportunity to change their reading books. Currently this isn’t as much as we’d like, but hopefully will change over time. Books from home and EPIC Reading can also be used as additional opportunities to read.

Spelling

In Year 2, spelling is an important part of the curriculum.

The children learn a number of Year 2 spelling rules and also focus on common exception words which they need to       remember. The spelling list for Year 1 and  2 are in the back of their diaries.

Children will have five 1:1 personalised spellings that they will be given and  tested on each Monday. We will also have ten class spellings each week which will be learnt in class. The children will be tested on these every Friday. Spelling shed is a fantastic app for practising spellings and we have noticed a huge improvement in spelling scores when the children have used it often. Each child has their own login in the back of their diary.

Times Tables

At Inspire we believe that the sky is the limit. Knowing your times tables (and their associated division facts) supports mathematical learning and understanding. By the end of Year 2, pupils should know their 2, 5, 10 and 3 times tables in order, out of order as well as the division facts. The answers should be known instantaneously without the need to work out the answer in their heads or on their fingers.

Our times tables are tested every Monday and the children will move through them at their own pace.  Every child has their own login details for Times Tables Rockstars. They can use this at home as well as in school to help them to learn and practise their times tables.