Mrs N. Robinson
Mrs. S. Jeffers
In Year 2 we feel it is vital for children to develop their independence in all areas especially academic and social in preparation for their transition into Key Stage 2. This is encouraged through children taking more responsibility for their belongings, communications and peer interactions. In the classroom we support this by teaching in whole class groups, where children are expected to listen to instructions and complete activities, with a growing level of independence.
Our lessons are engaging, meaningful and fun and we endeavour to provide many hands on experiences with the right balance of challenge and support. Children are actively involved in a range of memorable learning experiences which promote creativity, independence and enjoyment. This includes the use of the woodland area within our school grounds.
Although our timetable consists of daily maths, English, phonics and guided reading lessons we feel that other subjects such as science, history, R.E, I.C.T, geography, Art/DT and music hold equal prominence to the success of our children and is reflected in our timetable.
Reading books can be changed daily which encourages children to read every night. We also have a vast selection of books in our reading corner that the children have regular access to as we believe that reading enhances vocabulary and stimulates imagination and curiosity. We believe it is vital for learning to be fun and engaging, therefore we regularly play fun, if not a little competitive, times tables games to inspire a love of learning.
Our PE session is on a Tuesday morning, however, we have been very lucky to have additional team building sessions this term which has developed the children’s resilience, confidence and independence even further.
We send out curriculum letters and key dates each half term and encourage an open door policy so that parents can speak to us at the start and end of the day with any concerns. If you require further information please contact the school office and in the meantime, keep an eye on our page for regular pictures following our journey through Year 2!
Mrs Robinson and Mrs Jeffers
Year 2 enjoyed a visit from Steve and the wild workshop. Steve brought in a variety of creatures for the children to explore including spiders, woodlice, snails, centipedes, and millipedes. The children enjoyed exploring the soil to find the mini beasts and learning about each creature and their habitats.
Next we got to hold a mouse and then we made him a habitat from resources we found in our school grounds.
We had a great afternoon!
This week we visited some very special friends. Our Reception class have been looking after some ducklings. They have looked after them from when they were an simply an egg waiting to hatch to these cute, fluffy little ducklings. Year 2 really enjoyed visiting them and were all very gentle and quiet whilst we were in there. Here are some photos.
Pancake Day – Tuesday 5th March
Year 2 celebrated pancake day. We learnt about why we celebrate pancake day and why we eat pancakes and also its connection to Lent and Easter. We also learnt about pancake day in different countries. The children had a choice of traditional toppings including lemon, sugar, chocolate spread, syrup, strawberries and bananas. We had fun flipping the pancakes to see how high we could get them. We had lots of messy mouths and sticky fingers but they all really enjoyed it.
Breakfast with Santa
We had a visit from Santa last week. The children got to meet and shake hands with the big man himself whilst they were having their breakfast. They received a present to open on Christmas day (although I’m not sure whether the children have resisted opening theirs). What a special moment!
In year 2 the children are the lead roles in the Nativity play therefore every year we are invited to the Methodist Church in Upholland to watch their Hope Journey. The story is very interactive in the form of a performance. All the characters from the Nativity story were there including a very grumpy donkey and a real life baby Jesus. The children loved the experience especially when they came across their own character in the play. They were knowledgeable and enthusiastic throughout the whole performance which was lovely to see.
Fire Safety Talk
We had a visit from the fire brigade this term. Two firemen came in to talk to us about fire safety in the home. They taught the children about what to do in the event of a fire including how to exit their homes safely but also how to prevent a fire from starting. The children really enjoyed the talk and demonstrated a firm understanding of the seriousness of fire safety.
We have also been invited to the fire station in the New Year as part of our Great Fire of London topic (letter to follow in the New Year). The children had lots of questions for the firemen so I am sure they will really enjoy visiting the fire station.
Our topic in Geography this term was Australia. Unfortunately Australia Day is in January so we celebrated it a little early! The children learnt about the size of Australia in relation to UK and the difference in weather and landscape. Following this we listened to the National Anthem, looked at the national flag and its meaning and discussed the history of Australia including the Aboriginals and Aboriginal art. We made homemade boomerangs which we tested outside in the playground and the children even had the opportunity to blow a real didgeridoo!
We had a lot of fun learning about Australia.