Welcome to Year 2

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Mrs Payne, Mr Taylor, Mrs White, Mrs Bennett, Mrs Hutchins

Mr Humberstone (2H), Mr McCarthy (2M)

 

We are very pleased to welcome Mr Humberstone and Mrs Payne to Treloweth School and the Year 2 team!

They have joined Mr McCarthy, Mrs White, Mrs Bennett and Mrs Taylor who have worked in Treloweth for several years.  We always aim to make the children's learning relevant, current and above all else, fun and interesting.  We aim to provide a safe and nurturing atmosphere to help the children reach their full potential, not only academically, but also personally and socially.

In the Autumn Term, the children will be learning about the geography of Cornwall and the wider world.  During this topic, Year 2 will be looking at local geography and famous Cornish landmarks.  The children will then use this knowledge to compare and contrast Cornwall to Mexico.  The children will produce a leaflet detailing what they have learned over the topic. Our exciting ‘Wow day’ will be a visit to Tehidy Woods where we are going to explore the woods and try to spot and identify local wildlife.  In addition to this, the children will be learning about materials and their uses during science topic work and Science Week.  We will find out how materials are made and how they are changed by different forces. Finally, to finish the Autumn Term, children will be learning about the Great Fire of London through our topic of ‘Fire! Fire!’  During this topic, the children learn about the key events: the lead up to, during and after the fire.

The Spring Term starts with an exciting trip to Feadon Farm where we learn about native wildlife and how they are suited to their habitat.  This was a highlight of the year last year and was enjoyed by all children who attended.  We use this information and other information from our research to write fact files and reports on animals and their habitats.  We will also be developing our art skills by creating a block and using it to print repeating patterns. In the past, children have used animals they have researched in science as an inspiration. 

The Summer Term is a busy and fun-packed term where the children build on their knowledge of plants from Year 1.  They plant and grow their own sunflower, investigate what conditions a seed can germinate in and discover what conditions are best to make a plant grow strong.  During the Summer Term, children will create a sculpture using clay and create a gallery for parents.  Finally, the term ends with a Design and Technology unit where the children design, make and race their own elastic-powered car.

We develop and build on the hands-on approach to maths the children started in Year 1. Children will further deepen their understanding of place value before moving on to reasoning and problem solving investigations. Year 2 will cover all four operations and deepen their mental strategies to solve number sentences before moving on to more formal recording.  In Year 2, there is greater emphasis on reasoning and children explaining their method/calculation. We achieve this through various problem solving and reasoning opportunities. 

In English, we carefully select exciting texts to base units of work on, and, where possible, supplement and support the topic themes.  This is done to fully engage and interest the children and to give writing a purpose,  including through published pieces of work.  The children will cover a wide range of genres during the year ranging from poetry of the local area, to animal fact files, to writing instructions on how to make bread.  In Year 2, reading is taught daily through ‘Whole Class Reading’ and ‘Phonic Sessions’. During ‘Whole Class Reading‘ lesson time, children will read a quality text as a whole class, in pairs, independently or with a teacher. During discussion, comprehension questions will be asked and answered and vocabulary and authorial intent will be discussed. When taking part in ‘Phonic Sessions’, children will continue to develop their understanding of phonics and blending/reading uncommon sounds.  This will be done through targeted RWInc for small groups of children and whole class teaching.

 

Key Stage 1 Tests

In the Spring Term (throughout May) we undertake the End of Key Stage 1 tests (better known as SATs).  These tests are sat by all primary-taught children in England. The children will be required to sit two reading papers, a mental maths test and a reasoning maths test.  In addition to this, the children will sit a spelling test and a spelling, grammar and punctuation test.  We aim to create a positive approach to the tests and set them as challenges for the children to complete.  We will hold an information session in the Spring Term to share how we will administer the tests and answer any questions parents and carers might have.

In Year 2, we pride ourselves on the relationships we build with parents and carers, as we strongly believe this is an influential factor in making the children happy and ready for learning. We have an open-door policy and welcome parents and carers to contact us first with any concern or question they have about their child or their child’s learning. We don’t bite, so if you have a question, please come and see us as soon as possible! 

Please keep an eye on our website for more information over the coming months.

The Year 2 Team

 

People Who Help US

Keeping children safe in school is the most important role we play. If you have any serious concerns about any child, please speak to Mrs Walpole or Mrs Stoddern.

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