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Welcome to the Year 2 page!

Thank you to everyone who attended the Y2 information evening in July. The PowerPoint slides from the evening are available at the bottom of this page and contain lots of useful information about Y2.

Staff in Y2

Welcome to Y2, our class teachers are Miss Godfrey (USA class) and Miss Houston (Scotland class). Our teaching assistants are Mrs Hammett, Mrs Allsop, Miss Tidy and Mrs Dalley. We are also very lucky to have Mrs Corcoran, a graduate teacher, working with us this year (USA class).
 
Mrs Irene Warburton and Mrs Julia Hope-Gill cover the PPA time in Y2:
  • Y2KG (USA class): Wed AM - Mrs Hope-Gill
  • Y2AH (Scotland class): Tues AM - Mrs Warburton
 
We are very excited to have Mrs Lisa Wells working with us this year for outdoor learning! This will take place on Tuesday afternoons for Y2AH (Scotland class) and on Wednesday afternoons for Y2KG (USA class).

Topics

 

During the year we will focus our learning around 6 exciting topics (one every half term) which ensure comprehensive coverage of the Y2 curriculum. There will be plenty of opportunities for outdoor learning, TASC, philosophy for children and global learning within these topics.
 
 
Autumn 1 - Bouncing Back

Our focus for this half term will be ‘bouncing back’, focussing on being resilient. Our main topic will be the Great Fire of London where as historians the children will be discovering all about the plague, how the fire started and the effects it had on the city. We will be visited by Mrs Pepys from the History Van who will take us back in time in an immersive day of learning about the Great Fire of London. As scientists we will investigate why the fire spread so easily, building our own fire in the school fire pit! The children will also be developing their historical skills by comparing Tudor houses to modern ones, as well as expressing our creativity learning and performing songs from that time period.

 

 
Autumn 2 - Lights, Camera, Action!
In this fabulous topic we will become real actors, stage directors and producers; learning all about how stage and film productions are created. We will build on our historical skills from last term to investigate significant people and objects from the early days of film production. By the end of the half term the children will understand the importance of preparation and be able to star in their very own production – our Christmas nativity! As artists we will design and make our own Oscar awards to be presented in the Y2 Academy awards at the end of term. 
 
 
 
Spring 1 - Dore Explores
During this exciting topic we will be developing our geography skills. We will explore different places around the world including Florida, Russia and China. As artists we will observe, compare and contrast art in these significant countries. We will also develop our map-reading skills  and compare the geography of these places to our country. We look forward to applying out geography skills by creating a detailed map of our school. We are also excited to learn about extreme weather (heavy rain, deserts, snowstorms and hurricanes) and as writers we will write a non-chronological report about them. As musicians we will enjoy listening to different types of music from around the world. To bring all of our exciting learning together we will be thinking about travelling around the world. We will think carefully about Aladdin's magic carpet and where it took him and Jasmine. We will then write a our own story based on the places we have learnt about.
 
 
 
Spring 2 - Home and Away
This terrific topic will be centered around the adventures of Katie Morag, a fictional character from the Isle of Struay. As writers we will be: composing emails to Katie Morag to tell her about us, making porridge and writing commands to help Neily Beag, as well as creating a wanted poster to help find 'Tiresome Ted'. In D&T we will be using woodwork skills to create and evaluate a beach hut. We will also continue to develop our historical skills by investigating our family tree (you could research this over half term!). Computing will involve creating and improving algorithms using different programmes and robots. As aspiring artists we will observe and recreate our own versions of the work of Monet.
 
 
 
Summer 1 - To the Rescue!
Our penultimate topic will be an exciting learning adventure beginning with the story of the famous heroine 'Grace Darling'. We will become reporters to find out what courageous act she is remembered for, then re-enact the event in our own movies and write a report to tell other people what happened. Empathy and understanding of the sailors' disaster will develop our historical and social skills. Planning and cooking soup for the sailors will enable us to think about healthy diets as well as incorporate scientific observations of changing states. In art lessons we will use our fantastic creativity to paint, draw and print using different media. As composers we will explore a range of musical instruments and experience the many emotions music can evoke. 
 
 
 
Summer 2 - The Great Outdoors
Our last topic of the year is fantastic and really enables us to fully appreciate the nature around Dore. As scientists we will use our observational skills to look at plants and wildlife. A highlight is definitely our bug hunt where we find many interesting minibeasts! We will also build on our geographical skills by using our map-reading abilities, and identifying the differences between natural and man-made features. This will  lead to us designing our very own wildlife garden, encapsulating much of our english, maths, science and geography learning from this year.
At the end of the year we will reflect on the learning journey we have been on, and begin to think about exciting changes as we prepare for the juniors.
 
 
Our Timetable
 
In Y2 a usual day will be as follows:
 
8.35: Doors open, children settle on the carpet 
8.45: Doors close, registration and lunch options
Guided reading
Maths
Phonics
Playtime
English
Handwriting
Lunch time
Assembly
Afternoon lessons
Story time
3.10: Home time
 
 
 
Continuous Provision
 
Both the Y2 classrooms are set up with a variety of areas of continuous provision linked to current topics and the Y2 curriculum. Children can access the provision as part of their afternoon lessons. The use of continuous provision helps to develop children's independent learning skills, creativity, resourcefulness and social skills.
 
 
        
 
                      
 
 
Reading in Y2

 

In Y2 teachers hear children read weekly during a group guided reading session. Some pupils, who need an extra boost, may read 1:1 with a teaching assistant more frequently.

 

Children will be able to take home one school 'banded' book and one school 'library' book to read at home. Children can change these school reading books by placing them in the designated box on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday. We want children to love books and discover the magic of reading so encourage children to read and enjoy books at home (this includes books from home/the library too)!

 

In Y2 you may find that your child will not move through book bands as rapidly as they have done in FS and Y1, this is usual so please do not worry (it does not mean that your child isn't making progress). However, if you think that your child needs moving up or down a book band please speak to your child’s class teacher who will reassess your child at the earliest convenience. We ask kindly that parents/carers do not move children up or down reading bands without speaking to a member of teaching staff first.

 

 
 

 

PE

 

Y2's usual PE sessions are on a Monday and a Friday. All children need indoor and outdoor kits as we try to use areas inside and out as much as possible. If you are unsure of specific kit please don't hesitate to speak to a member of staff. 

 

 
Communication
 
Miss Godfrey's class are situated in the infant mobile classroom and Miss Houston's class are situated in the Y2 base. If you would like to speak to your child's class teacher please do so at the end of the day when we operate an open door policy. There will be a teaching assistant on the door of each classroom every morning who will be available for you to speak to before school if required.
 
There is an information booklet attached at the bottom of this page created by the Communication team (a team of staff and parents) where you can find further information about home-school communication at Dore Primary.

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KS1 Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs)
 
In the Summer term Y2 children will take statutory tests in Maths and Reading. ‘Most pupils will be unaware that they are taking them as teachers will incorporate them into everyday classroom practice.' (gov.uk).  This is to ensure children do not get worried or stressed about the tests. We encourage parents to continue this approach at home.
 
These tests are one part of a much broader teacher assessment which will be fed back to parents with the end of year report.

Where children will either be:

•Working towards the expected standard
•Working at the expected standard
•Working at a greater depth

In reading, writing and maths.

 

At the bottom of this page there is an information booklet for parents of Y2 children which you may find useful. Please speak to Miss Godfrey (leader of KS1) if you would like more information about the Y2 SATs.

 
 
 
 
 
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