Welcome to Year 2. Mrs Newman is the teacher and Mrs Floyd is the classroom teaching assistant. We arrive at school 9:00am and leave at 3:00pm each day. We have four lessons in the morning and two lessons in the afternoon.
We have a great time in this year group, which is the last class of KS1 before moving to KS2. We learn lots of exciting things and take part in many outdoor activities where possible. During Year 2, your child will take part in the end of Key stage assessment tests known as SATS, which take place during May. These help to inform teacher assessments and will be shared in July alongside your child’s school report. During the Summer term we do lots of transition work with Mrs Rudge to help prepare children with moving to KS2 and Year 3. This could include lessons with our new teacher, visits to the new classroom and work on activities that will be different compared to KS1. This is to ensure that all children are settled and ready to learn when moving key stages.
The Year 2 school day begins at 9:00am and ends at 3:00pm, Monday – Friday.
Year 2 staff will collect children each morning at 9.00am, if parents/carers wish to discuss any matters with staff they can use the class email which is Year2MBA@e-act.org.uk. There is a mid-morning break between 10:30 and 10:45am, and a lunch break from 12:15 – 1:00pm.
Our curriculum map and weekly timetable can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.
PE takes place every Monday: Could you please ensure that your child wears their kit to school on their PE day. PE outdoors will be subject to weather conditions during the colder months. During the Autumn term we take part in football coaching lessons provided by the coaches from Aston Villa Football Club. During the Summer term, the children will have swimming lessons at Northfield Leisure Centre. Please ensure they have their kit (swimming costume/shorts and a towel) with them during this time, which will be every Thursday afternoon.
Your child will be provided with a reading diary and reading book for them to take home and share with parents/carers. Please listen to your child read every night and write a comment about what they have read. Currently we are using Active Learning and Google Classroom in order to keep a record of children’s reading at home.
Weekly homework is sent out every Friday and is due back the following Wednesday. Homework will consist of maths, reading and grammar. Children are expected to have read every night through the online platform Active learning (BugClub). Spellings are set every Friday for a test on the following Thursday. Currently, homework is being set and handed in using Google Classroom. All children have an EDShed log in and it is recommended that your child uses this to support learning spellings and develop maths skills. The link below will take you to the Year 2 Google Classroom Page.
Your child will take part in the end of Key Stage 1 assessment tests during May, these are used together with teacher assessment to give your child an end of Key Stage result. These will be in:
More details about these tests will be shared during the Year 2 Parents SATS meeting which will take place during Spring 2. Details about this will be sent out 2 weeks before the date.
The results of the SATS will be recorded as follows:
- GDS (Greater depth standard)
- EXS (Meeting expected standard)
- WTS (Working towards the expected standard)
- HNM (Has not met the expected standard)
We have elected some of our children in Year 2 to represent us in different ways within our school. They each help to provide a voice for Year 2 and represent our class extremely well. We have representatives for the following:
- School Councillors
- Unicef Ambassadors
- House Captains/Vice Captains
- Safeguarding Ambassador
- E-Safety Ambassador
Each half term in Year 2 we will invite you to join us for a Parent Workshop. Every workshop will focus on the learning that has happened during the current half term. There are other workshops that occur throughout the year which you will be notified about at least a week before. There will also be three reading breakfasts throughout the year for you to join us in celebrating books with your child. Due to COVID-19 restrictions this may be postponed to a later date.
USEFUL YEAR 2 EDUCATION WEBSITES TO SUPPORT LEARNING AT HOME
What we have been up to…..
Year 2 have been busy making flags for our brave and amazing football players who took part in the Euro 2020 final.
During our plants topic for Science, we have learnt about how important bees are for us and how they are under threat. We designed a garden to encourage the bees to pollinate flowers.