In Year Two we start to feel very grown up as we are beginning to learn cursive writing, do really hard sums with units, tens and hundreds and study interesting topics about Christopher Columbus and the Aztecs. However, we still have time for a lot of fun: drawing, colouring, painting, making things and generally enjoying all the different activities a school such as ours has to offer.
I like the class atmosphere to be relaxed, yet hard working. I encourage the children to express themselves, share their interests and knowledge with all of us in the class.
I believe in a friendly, open environment where boundaries are clearly demarcated, but within which all children have the freedom to learn, develop and enjoy themselves without hindrance.
Speaking and listening: Pupils actively take part in discussions, answering questions, offering information and expressing opinions. Children develop the ability to extend conversation by adding more details as discussion progresses. Children's vocabulary continues to be extended. Listening to stories and non-fiction texts are part of daily activities.
Reading: Children are encouraged to comment on ideas and events in stories. Character motivation and predicting outcome is explored. Children continue to read with the class teacher, and increasingly with greater independence in school and at home. A regular reading time of 25 minutes is incorporated into each day. Children are encouraged to use the primary library to read fiction and non-fiction texts.
Writing: Children develop their ability to write stories, poems, accounts, instructions, record observations, label diagrams, express ideas and opinions. Correct grammar and punctuation becomes increasingly important and is taught as part of general writing and in distinct lessons.
Spelling: Weekly spelling lessons are supplemented by words or patterns to be learnt as homework. These are followed up by a spelling test.
Handwriting: Correct letter formation, regular size and spacing is expected as children begin to use cursive script.
Number: Addition and subtraction facts to100 and beyond; number differences; sharing; halves; quarters; fractions; using money; times tables and an introduction to multiplication and division forms the basis of number work.
Shape: 2D and 3D shapes; exploring their properties; recognising and tessellating.
Measures: Angles; turns; positions; using metres; centimetres; litres and the language of measurement.
Handling Data: Surveys; diagrams; bar charts; tally charts; pictograms.
Grouping and changing materials: This unit focuses on how materials can be changed using heat and cold. Manufactured and natural materials are grouped and studied.
Variation (in plants and humans): Looking at how animals and plants can be classified, grouping by similarities and exploring why these groupings occur. Within an animal or plant group such as birds or trees we explore differences and similarities.
Using electricity: Identifying the uses of electricity; discovering how simple circuits work; drawing and making simple circuits.
Plants and animals in the local environment: Looking at plants and animals in the immediate environment; how a range of different species can be found in a small area; how animals and plants ensure their continuance through reproduction.
Clothes (through portraiture): Examining how clothes have changed over time; identifying unusual garments and looking at the evolution of items such as dresses, hats, trousers.
The Aztecs: Study of an ancient non-European culture. How did they live? What did they eat, wear, believe? What artefacts are still available to us for study and what do they tell us?
Map work: Including European countries and capitals; rivers; mountains; the continents and oceans; labelling; naming and recognising.
The seaside: Our local seaside. What does it offer? Why do we frequent the seaside? How is it different from our local environment?
An island home (St Lucia): A contrasting locality; similarities and differences with where we live; how the local environment is used to benefit local people and tourism.
Drawing from nature with an emphasis on line, colour, shape and texture. Using a variety of materials including: paper, paint, clay, pencils, graphite, charcoal, card, crayons, and reclaimed materials. Inspiration comes from the local environment, the work of others and the imagination.
Vehicles: Analysing the basic structure of moving vehicles. We design and make a vehicle of our own using a range of materials.
Puppets: Making a textile product; joining pieces of fabric; taking inspiration from a literary source.
Games: Ball skills; striking and fielding; football skills; racket skills. Relays and obstacle circuits.
Gymnastics: Jumping; balancing; rolling; following a sequence of moves. Dance: expressive movement using music.
Athletics: Running; skipping; hopping; jumping.
Dance: Inventing and sequencing moves to music, using ideas and imagination as inspiration.
Pupils sing a variety of songs aimed at developing musicality, creativity, sensitivity and improving skills in rhythm, counting, language and co-ordination. They listen and respond to a range of recorded music and perform on percussion instruments. They learn how sounds are produced on instruments. They begin to understand the role of notation in written music.
Children are expected to read at home daily. In addition weekly spellings will be given to learn at home, followed by a test at the end of the week. Maths homework is given on weekly basis. On occasion children may be asked to finish or research specific pieces of work at home.