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As our pupils enter Year Two, they take their place at the top of the Infant School and they begin the process of transition to our Junior School. We encourage our Year Twos to be more independent and to focus on their organisational skills. We also look to ensure that they are confident in the skills that will be the foundation of their learning when they move up to Junior School.
In preparation for Year Three, we introduce some of the Junior routines into Year Two. At the beginning of the day, they play out with the Junior School and, at the end of the day, they are invited to complete their homework with the Juniors in our homework room. They will now receive homework every night which they will write in their new Homework Diaries. Parents will be able to check the work set in the Homework Diaries and sign it to show that they have seen it and to comment, if necessary, on how their child managed their homework.
Homework will be set in the following way:
Your child's Homework Diary, letters and library books will be in their reading folder. Children will now be in the habit of presenting their homework with a title and a date (underlined) and putting their completed work in the Homework tray. Children in the homework room will have their work checked by the member of staff who is on duty.
The Year Two routine is for the child to unpack his or her own bag and place:
and then take their bag to the cloakroom. The children enjoy being responsible for organising themselves and our clear routine helps them to understand what is expected of them at all times.
In Year Two, the children follow a set timetable and have the majority of their lessons with their class teacher. Specialist teachers take them for: French, Music, ICT, PE and Art. The information below is to give you a flavour of the topics and skills your child will be learning and developing during their time in Year Two.
Reading. Children continue to read aloud to an adult at least four times per week and every night at home. They are invited to take part in The Highfield Reading Challenge: Reading Stars. Participating in this challenge sees the children gain recognition and rewards for their reading. They work towards the acquisition of three reading stars: green (10 books), yellow (20 books) and red (40 books). The children are delighted to receive their lapel badges (stars) from the Headmaster in Assembly.
Comprehension. Children are progressing from decoding words with a basic understanding of a text to really starting to think about characters, setting, purpose, plot and audience. A lesson each week is dedicated to a formal written comprehension and a homework is set. Comprehension skills are developed in all subjects that involve reading and understanding a text across the curriculum.
Writing and Handwriting. Children will learn to write in different styles and respond to a variety of different genres: story writing, poetry, reports, recounts, persuasive writing, letters and instructions. They are encouraged to organise their ideas before starting to write and to explore different methods of achieving this, e.g. story hills, mind maps, chronological planning. The children understand the importance of presenting their work neatly and legibly and we focus on their ability to form their letters correctly and uniformly, ready for joining up the letters in the Junior School (some children will be ready to attempt this in the Summer Term).
SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar). Year Two children have a lesson dedicated to spellings and a lesson dedicated to punctuation and grammar each week. Spellings are set along a phonic theme and are then put into sentences by the children, to ensure their meaning is understood, and tested each week. Proof reading is encouraged when each piece of work is completed and children ask themselves, “Does it make sense?”. The following topics are covered in Year Two: Nouns, verbs, adjectives, synonyms, alphabetical order, homophones, opposites, plurals, conjunctions, use of ‘a’ and ‘an’, capital letters and full stops, speech marks, question marks and commas in lists.
There are 7 strands to the maths curriculum in Year Two:
Using and Applying (problem solving)
Pupils solve problems involving counting, adding, subtracting, doubling or halving in the context of numbers, measures or money.
Pupils answer a question by selecting and using suitable equipment.
They describe simple patterns and relationships and they.
Describe ways of solving puzzles and problems.
Counting and Understanding Number
Pupils count reliably at least 20 objects.
They compare and order numbers, using the related vocabulary; they use the equals (=) sign.
Pupils read and write numerals from 0 to 20, then beyond; they use their knowledge of place value to position these numbers on a number track and number line.
They can say the number that is 1 more or less than any given number, and 10 more or less for multiples of 10.
Pupils use the vocabulary of halves and quarters in context.
Knowing and Using Number Facts (This is the mental part of our maths teaching)
Pupils derive and recall all addition and subtraction facts for each number to at least 10, all pairs with totals to 20 and all pairs of multiples of 10 with totals up to 100.
They count on or back in ones, twos, fives and tens.
Pupils derive and recall multiplication facts for the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables.
They recall the doubles of all numbers to at least 10.
Pupils relate addition to counting on, recognising that addition can be done in any order.
They understand subtraction as 'take away' and ‘find a difference' by counting up.
Pupils solve practical problems that involve combining groups of 2, 5 or 10, or sharing into equal groups.
They use the vocabulary related to addition and subtraction and symbols to describe and record addition and subtraction.
Pupils visualise common 2D shapes and 3D solids; they sort, make and describe shapes, referring to their properties.
They visualise and use everyday language to describe the position of objects and their direction.
Pupils estimate, measure, weigh and compare objects.
They use vocabulary related to time; order days of the week and months; read the time to the hour and half hour
Pupils answer a question by recording information in lists and tables.
They use diagrams to sort objects into groups according to a given criterion.
In Year Two, children begin to take responsibility for setting out their sums in a clear and practical way. They write in squared exercise books and learn to put one digit in each square. They are then able to align their columns and realise that taking the time to set their work out properly, helps them to avoid making careless errors.
In Year Two, pupils continue their study of History and Geography by studying the following topics:
In Religious Education, Year Two start to look at different religions in greater depth in order to increase their understanding and awareness of the religions which are practised and celebrated within their community and the wider world. The following topics are covered in Year Two:
Science is taught in the classroom, Science Lab or the outdoor classroom: Highfield Haven. Children are taught investigative skills such as fair testing, taking measurement and making simple predictions through each of these topics:
The children learn French with Mrs Morrice who encourages them to enjoy speaking the language with confidence and to become familiar with useful phrases and expressions. They study the following subject areas:
This is a vital component in the children’s personal and social development. The children enjoy regular circle time sessions where any issues from the week can be brought up in a safe and friendly environment in addition to a dedicated lesson each week. There are 3 core themes to the curriculum which cover a variety of topics within them. These are:
Health and Wellbeing - Healthy Lifestyles, Hygiene, Changing & Growing, Emotions and Keeping Safe
Relationships - Communication, Bullying, Fairness and Family & Friends
Living in the Wider World - Rules & Responsibilities, Communities and Money & Finance
These core themes are supplemented with work on the Fundamental British Values (FBV)
The children are guided under the expert tuition of our Art Teacher. In art history they learn all about the life and work of North West artist L. S. Lowry. Children have access to books about Lowry in our art room library, where they enjoy reading stories about his life and looking at photos of his work. They respond to his work using clay. In painting sessions children develop their knowledge of colour theory and study the wonderful work of Alma Thomas. They learn mono and polystyrene printmaking skills. In textiles classes they acquire new skills in weaving, using small cardboard looms. Children also learn new skills through our drawing and collage units.
The children are taught ICT by Ms Eccles in the ICT Suite. Ms Eccles teaches them an advanced curriculum that incorporates digital literacy, computer science and information and communication technology. The Year Twos are able to build upon the knowledge and skills acquired in Year One and tackle the following:
Practise basic word processing skills
Learn to create simple bitmap images
Understand how computers can be used to discover information and how to stay safe on the Internet
Learn how to create formulae in a spreadsheet
Program a floor turtle
Utilise a vector based graphics program to produce animations
The children approach their ICT lessons with great concentration and enthusiasm and are very proud of their achievements.
Music is taught in the Music Room by Mrs Street. They learn musical theory as well as experimenting with sound on a variety of musical instruments and percussion. They also prepare for their musical Nativity which is led by Year Two at the end of the Autumn Term.
Children require fit and healthy bodies in order to thrive physically and mentally. At Highfield, we run an exciting PE and Games programme which runs alongside extra-curricular activities to ensure that your child is able to keep fit, active and engaged with physical activity during their time at Highfield. Within the PE and games curriculum (two lessons per week), children will participate in striking and fielding games, perfecting their hand/eye coordination and their ability to receive a ball. They will also practise and develop their dance and gymnastic skills and, in the Summer term, they will prepare for Sports Day. In their double Games lesson, they will develop their ability to aim with accuracy and their ability to travel with the ball. They will also develop their ability to work as part of a team. They will continue to improve their flexibility and body control in gymnastics.
As a pupil enters Year Two, it helps if parents understand their child’s new routine as much as the child. We hold a Curriculum Evening at the start of each new year which is designed to answer any questions you may have. The following points are ways in which you can help your child to stay organised, motivated and happy in Year Two.