Year 2 (Key Stage 1)

Welcome

Roles of support staff

Phonics

Forest School

Homework

Show and tell

Year 2 end of Key Stage assessments

Useful websites

Welcome to Year 2 2016 – 2017

The topics being covered in Year 2 this year are; Autumn – Where in the World? Spring – What is up in the Sky? And Summer – How do they do that?

  • Reward system within the class is based on choices and consequences. Children are in teams and have chosen their own team name, based on this terms topic. Team points will be counted each day and the team with the most points will receive stickers. The stickers are put on a card if the child doesn’t like wearing them. The cards can be kept in their book bag and are their own responsibility.
  • Please ensure all belongings are named (a lot of learning time is wasted settling problems over unnamed items).
  • Communication with teachers; the best time to catch us is after school except on a Monday when we have our staff meetings. If you wish to speak to me about an urgent matter I will do my best to accommodate you otherwise we will arrange a mutually convenient time to meet.

Roles of support staff

  • Mrs Lakhani – HLTA in Year 2 will  accompany the children to swimming on Thursdays.
  • Mrs Raggett – Teaching Assistant in Year 1 and Year 2.

Phonics:

In Key Stage 1, we will be teaching phonics in ability groups within the class. We will continue to follow the Read Write Inc programme which teaches the children the letter sounds, broken down into three ‘sound sets’. Set 1 are the simplest one letter sounds along with ch, sh, th, nk and ng. In Set 2 the children will learn ay, ee, igh, ow, oo, oo, or, ar, air, ir, ou, oy. Set 3 teaches the more complicated sounds ea, oi, a-e, i-e, ai, oa, o-e, u-e, aw, are (as in care), ur, er, ow (as in cow), ew, ire, ear and ure.

Children’s phonic ability will be assessed continually and they may be moved between groups accordingly.

Forest School

This year all year groups are timetabled to have Forest School sessions. These will be done in blocks of 2- 4weeks and you will be informed when Year 2 will be having their sessions. Mrs Archer will lead all of these sessions.

  • Mrs Archer holds Forest School Leader Level 3 qualification
  • Forest School is an approach to educating children in the outdoor environment on a regular basis.
  • The activities support the main curriculum (particularly literacy, science, maths and the arts) and have a strong emphasis on raising all children’s self-esteem and independence.
  • An integral part of Forest School is that children will experience the outdoors in all weathers. With the exception of very high winds and thunder storms, please assume that your child will be outside when they take part in Forest School, even if it is for a shortened session.
  • To help achieve this, we ask you to ensure that your child is sent to school with weather appropriate clothing and footwear to change into. We recommend that the children wear long trousers to minimise stings and scratches but please bear in mind your child is likely to get dirty! We reserve the right to exclude anyone who we feel is inappropriately dressed.
  • If you have any questions about Forest School I will be very happy to chat with you.

The children are expected to come into school on their own and manage their own belongings (book bag, water bottle, coats etc.).

  • We remind them about reply slips etc.
  • We have responsibilities in our class – helpers, book monitors, music monitors and library monitors. Each child has an opportunity to take on all of these roles if they so wish.
  • Swimming will take place most Thursdays and PE will be every Friday afternoon.

Homework

  • Reading – regular reading is important. Quality not quantity. We try our best to introduce the children to as wide a range of genres as possible in order to develop their reader taste. If you require a specific genre of text and do not have access at home to this, please ask one of the Year 2 staff to assist. Aim to read at least 4 times a week. Children will also be given the opportunity to borrow a school library book. Comprehension is very important. Please talk with your child about the books you share. I expect reading books and diaries to be handed in and available to staff each day. Books will be changed if the diary has been signed to say that the book has been read. We will aim to change books 2 or 3 times a week.

Good websites to look at are;

www.oxfordowls.co.uk - for top tips and free eBooks to read as well things to do in maths and science.

www.storybird.com to create read and share visual stories.

  • Learning Logs. They will be sent home on Fridays. A choice of tasks will be posted online based on the learning that has taken place that week. Choose one to complete and this is then recorded in the Learning Log. Learning Logs are to be back in school by Wednesday.

Show and tell

The Year 2 curriculum has a lot of content. Our days are very busy and run to a timetable. We appreciate that children enjoy Show and Tell but we ask that you help us by monitoring what is coming into school. It is not possible for children to have more than one opportunity each week.

  • If it’s relevant to learning or of real personal significance then your child can bring things into school. If they do so they must be prepared to talk about what they have brought in and why they have chosen to do so. They will also have to answer questions posed by their classmates.
  • Show and Tell will take place on a Tuesday and I would ask that children do not bring things in on other days.

Year 2 end of Key Stage assessments

Don’t panic!

You will have no doubt heard a lot about the New National Curriculum which was introduced into schools last September providing revised programmes of study and attainment targets for all areas of the curriculum. The current Year 2 will be the first year to take these revised tests for Key Stage 1, they will therefore continue to follow the revised curriculum which they began in Year 1.

At Bramley, whilst we recognise the importance of these assessments, we do not make a big issue out of them. The children are used to being assessed in a variety of ways and we believe that the process should not be a source of concern or worry for them or their parents. The formal assessments that we are required to undertake at the end of Key Stage 1 are used to back up on-going teacher assessments which are carried out throughout the year. It is therefore doubly important that children miss as little time as possible in Year 2. If we do not have the evidence to back up our assessments we cannot give children a level that truly reflects their ability.

These assessments will take place in the summer term 2016 but the children will have had practice tests before then to help them become familiar with the format of the tasks. We will give more information about the process nearer the time.

We are looking forward to getting to know your children and joining them on their learning journey. Please remember if you have any concerns do come in and talk to me about them. Catch me in the morning or afternoon or ring the office and they will arrange a meeting, don’t feel as though you have to wait for a parents evening.

Useful websites

Sample Year 2 end of year assessments

New National Curriculum 2014