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Gladstone Primary Academy

Welcome to Year 2

Year 2 is the second year in Key Stage 1, and we are based on the Gladstone Street site. This is an important year as the children undertake the end of Key Stage 1 tests and teacher assessments (SATs) in  May during their time in Year 2. 

Children in Year 2 are aged 6 and 7 years old. We have 4 classes in our year group:

2N – Miss Naeem
2P – Mr Thomas
2T – Mrs Turner
2W – Mr Whipps

Children stay in their class with their teacher for all subjects except Phonics. The classes are mixed ability and have a maximum of 30 children.

Typical Day's Timetable

8.35 School gates open and children come into their classroom. In class, children will select their lunch and be involved in early morning activities like reading and handwriting practise.
8.45 Register.  Children who arrive after this time are late.
8.50 Guided Reading  
9.15 Maths
10.15 Playtime
10.30 English
11.30 Phonics
12.00 Lunchtime
1.00 Afternoon session which will be a mixture of other subjects – Science, Physical Education, Religious Education, Personal Social and Health Education, Geography, History, Art, Computing, and Design and Technology.  Much of this learning will be linked to our half termly theme.
2.50 End of school day for Year 2

Physical Education

Children have two PE lessons per week and need to have a change of clothing to put on during these lessons. We advise that the children keep their PE clothes in school all week as sometimes we have to change the day of the lesson. Currently the classes have PE on the following days:

2N Tuesday Friday
2P Tuesday Thursday
2T Thursday Friday
2W Tuesday Friday

Home Learning

Children in Year 2 will have a reading book that they bring home every day. They are expected to spend 10 to 15 minutes every day reading and sharing the book with someone. Once they have read the book they should talk about what they have read – identify the characters in the book; where the story happened; the events in the story and the order the events happened in; does the story remind them of another one they have previously read, or a television programme or film they have seen? Children need to reread the same book over a few days to help build up their fluency and understanding of the text. They will also receive some Maths and English home learning to help them practise and reinforce the different skills and understanding they have been learning in school.

Curriculum

Year 2 follow the 2014 National Curriculum. English and Mathematics is focused on building on the learning they undertook in Year 1. The following are the key objectives that we cover during the year.

Reading

  • Focus on establishing pupils’ accurate and speedy word reading skills.
  • Apply their phonic knowledge and skills as a route to decode words, building up to it becoming embedded and reading is fluent.
  • Recognise alternative sounds for graphemes and use to read accurately.
  • Re-read books to build up fluency and confidence in word reading.
  • Develop pleasure in reading.
  • Listen to and discuss a wide range of stories, poems, plays and information books beyond which they can read.
  • Understand and talk about both the books they can already read accurately and fluently themselves, and those read to them by another person.

Writing

  • Break words into phonemes for spelling.
  • Know some spellings which use variations of standard phonemes.
  • Use the possessive apostrophe.
  • Spell some words with contracted forms.
  • Use suffixes to spell longer words, including -ment, -ness, -less, -ful, -ly.
  • Form lower-case letters of the correct size relative to one another.
  • Write capital letters and numerals of appropriate size.
  • Write for different purposes.
  • Read aloud their own writing using appropriate intonation.
  • Use noun phrases.
  • Use four main types of sentence appropriately - statement, question, exclamation, command.
  • Use present and past tense correctly.
  • Use some coordinating and subordinating conjunctions.
  • Use appropriate demarcation punctuation - . ! ?
  • Use commas for lists.

Mathematics

  • Count in steps of 2s, 3s and 5s, and steps of 10.
  • Recognise place value in two-digit numbers.
  • Compare and order numbers up to 100 using <, > and =.
  • Recall and use number addition/subtraction facts to 20, and derive related facts.
  • Add and subtract mentally and with objects one- and two-digit numbers.
  • Understand and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction.
  • Know 2×, 5× and 10× tables, including recognising odd & even numbers.
  • Calculate mathematical statements using x and ÷ symbols.
  • Recognise, find, name and write 1/3, 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 of size, shape or quantity.
  • Write simple fraction facts, e.g. 1/2 of 6 = 3.
  • Combine amounts of money to make a value, including using £ and p symbols.
  • Tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes, including drawing clocks.
  • Describe properties of 2-D shapes, including number of sides and symmetry.
  • Describe properties of 3-D shapes, including number of edges, vertices and faces.
  • Interpret and construct simple tables, tally charts and pictograms.

The foundation subjects are taught through a thematic approach using Cornerstones curriculum ideas.

Autumn 1 – Muck, Mess and Mixtures

Autumn 2 – Street Detectives

Spring 1 – Beat Band Boogie!

Spring 2 – Towers, Tunnels and Turrets

Summer 1 – Land Ahoy!

Summer 2 – Wriggle and Crawl

For Religious Education (RE) we follow the Peterborough Agreed Syllabus; and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) we follow the Cambridgeshire Syllabus

Tests and Examinations

Year 2 children take the End of Key Stage One SATs during May. The children are tested in Reading and Mathematics; and their Writing and Science is assessed by the teacher.  The SATs assist the school and the government to identify how the children are progressing in their learning compared to their peers both in school and nationally.

Children who did not pass or did not take the Phonics Screening Check in Year 1 will take the screening check in June during Year 2.

Parents and Carers will receive details of the outcomes of all these assessments as part of their child’s end of year report in July. 

On-going assessment of the children’s learning forms a routine part of the teacher’s role. This is to assist the teacher in deciding the next steps they need to plan in the children’s learning, in order for them to make further progress in their learning.

Learning in Year 2 happens in school and out on educational visits. We like to provide the children with experiences that will stimulate their interests and develop them into active learners.