Welcome to Year 2!
Welcome to the page of the happy, helpful and hard-working hedgehogs! On this page you will find key information about our curriculum and our classroom. We will also be sharing some of our learning with you so please come back to visit to see what is new!
Staff in Year 2
Class Teacher - Mr Hinde
Teaching Assistant - Mrs Farragher
PE kits are required to be worn to school every Monday and Wednesday.
We also have a workshop day on Friday 23rd April so please ensure that your child wears their kit on that day.
Sports day has been pencilled in for Tuesday 6th July. Please note that we are not currently aware of what the guidelines will be in terms of parents/siblings being able to attend. I would say that is would be unlikely at this stage.
Key Weekly Information
PE - Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings. We are also having Road to Tokyo this term on a Wednesday. We are aiming to have all sessions outside and would like children to dress in suitable,comfortable clothing for all weathers. Children are (currently) to come to school in their PE kit with trainers. Due to high number of days, we do not expect full school PE kit but attire such as tracksuit bottoms, t-shirts, shorts (if hot), jumper and preferably rain resistant jacket. Please use your judgement.
Reading- At Icknield Primary School, we like to make sure every child has the opportunity to read with their teacher, at least once a week. Currently, Hedgehogs are given this opportunity to do this during whole class Reading sessions and we will aim to read 1to1 when the conditions allow.
Reading books will go home and we will look to change these on a Friday. Please, ask your child to inform the staff if they require a book change.
Here is a copy of this terms timetable for Year 2, although this can be subject to change.
This term in Hedgehogs
Summer term 2021
Our topic this term is Superheroes.
This will include the children's made up superheroes but given the contributions from everyone over these last few months, there will be a focus on real life superheroes!
Maths is taught in blocks as per the school scheme. We use the WhiteRose scheme of works and this has a recovery programme that helps recap on missed learning and gaps in year 1 while introducing some year 2 concepts. We will continue to evaluate and gauge the requirements for your child's learning. We will support any gaps in learning while ensuring that we help all children progress beyond their current levels.
This term, we will focus on the following blocks of learning:
Recap and reinforce Fractions from our previous terms learning.
Recap on reinforce addition and subtraction based on Spring 2 assessments
Measurement: Length and height
Geometry: Properties of shape
This half term we will recap our Write Stuff scheme of work with a focus on word and then sentence formation
The moto for our writing will continue to be THINK IT, SAY IT, WRITE IT, READ IT!
In order for a child to write something, they need to be able to say it. Our work will always try to relate to life experiences such as to make it more appealing to your child. They are more likely to write about something that they have done or been involved in then to something they have no experience of.
Please practice writing simple words and sentences where possible. Maybe you could keep a diary, write a wish list, weekly chores for rewards, etc.
It is still fundamental to have those building blocks of using finger spaces, capital letters and full stops!! These are the foundations for the children as they progress through their school life.
We will also extend children's writing by working on aspects such as adjectives (describing words) , verbs, adverbs and various other punctuation to up level work.
It is very important to give a purpose to a child's writing and for them to appreciate the impact that they are giving to the reader. We will frequently share and edit our work in a positive light to give pointers to how to make our work "even better".
Geography- Locational language and directions.
Science- Plants and the environment
PSHE- Mindfulness and Staying Safe.
Art- Drawing using different techniques and resources.
D&T- Mechanisms and axils (building a vehicle for a superhero)
PE- Striking and fielding, OAA and team building.
SPAG (Spelling, punctuation and grammar)
Year 1 and 2 spelling patterns
Focus on letter formation and introduce concept of lead outs and lead ins (pre requisite to joined writing)
Recap on Phase 3 , 4 and 5 phonics.
Year 2 high frequency words and spelling lists
Phase 6 phonics (including work such as suffixes, prefixes)
Please see the medium term plan (MTP) for what we are covering in lessons. Please note that this is subject to change.
This term, the children have very much enjoyed working on our main topic of Superheroes! We started our term with a superhero themed day with lots of Spider men and Wonder women, as you could well imagine! The children have discussed superpowers and enjoyed designing and painting their own superheroes. In D&T, the children were very engaged in making their very own superhero vehicles!
In English, we have made our own superhero stories up and the children have enjoyed coming up with a wide range of exciting vocabulary. We have had a good push with our SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) and our focus has been on up-leveling our work. Alongside, improving handwriting, we are now becoming a bit more consistent in using adjectives, verbs and the occasional adverb in our writing! Keep practising your sentences wherever the opportunity arises!
In maths, we have done lot of work on measuring length and height. Lots of children measuring items with cubes, rulers and metre sticks! The children have discussed different units of measurements and we have practised lots of problem solving questions. This has highlighted the need for us all to read questions carefully first and to discuss what is required before we start! An important skill as we move on up through the school!
In other areas, we have worked hard on our compass skills. The children enjoyed orienteering each other in our outdoor area and are becoming more confident in using atlases. In Music, we have worked on our friendship song! It really does lift everyone's spirit on a Friday afternoon!
In Phonics, we continue to follow our Monster phonic scheme of works and have covered lots of phase 6 alternate sounds/spelling as well as work on suffixes and prefixes. We also do some reading comprehension work daily and will do our best to make sure that we read 1to1 with your child at least once a week (please keep checking that reading records are bought in!).In PE, we continue to do our daily mile (we are nearly at the top of Mount Mile now!) as a constant source of daily activity. In lessons, the children have been practising our catching, striking and fielding skills in our unit of work. We are slowly getting there with our catching! The children have loved our Road to Tokyo with activities such as triple jump, sprinting and archery so far. We look forward to seeing what else comes up!
All in all, a very busy but enjoyable term. Lots covered but still more to come!
Keep up the great work Hedgehogs and we very much appreciate any support received at home.
Spring 2 (2021)
It was such a relief to get ALL the children back into school together and to see them getting used to school routines again. It was so pleasing seeing all the children interact and just enjoying their time with their friends again. While being mindful of lost learning, we have had a real focus on Well-being and it has been so crucial to help children be children again and adapt slowly back to the rigours of school. The children have enjoyed lots of activities that promote togetherness, communication and working together. We have tried to work outdoors as much as possible and have enjoyed trips to the wildlife areas, scavenger hunts around the ground, science experiments in the playground and much more. Plenty of expressive work in Art and D&T and we have linked this is to core subjects, maths and English, as much as possible.
We have had the odd wobble as some children take time to adapt but everyone has been so supportive of each other and I can see how well everyone is doing. We are mindful of gaps and have discretely found individual areas of focus required and we will continue to help your child progress academically and emotionally as we go into our Summer term
Spring 1 (2021)
It has been a very different and challenging term (as I am sure you are all aware!) but I have been blown away by how the children at school,but especially the home learners have adapted to our new way of doing things!
It has been brilliant seeing all the efforts at home and I have been so impressed with the level of commitment that the children (and adults!) have been putting in! I am loving the zoom meetings and it is brilliant to catch up with all the work that you have been doing. It is even more rewarding seeing what else you have been up to, such as lego building, pancake flipping, craft work, various food being cooked (brownies and cookies make me particularly hungry!), building dens, etc. I have also loved seeing various pets and siblings at different times!
It has been reassuring that the work at home is mirroring the work done at school. We are all in the same boat. I just hope that you are not too bored of videos!
This term, we have covered:
English, lots of work on descriptive language through our work on the story: How Coyote Bought Fire to the Earth. The children drew story maps, acted out the story as well as writing their own, wonderful versions!
In maths, we have recapped on addition and subtraction, discussing various strategies that we use to help. We have now moved onto multiplication and division.
In Science, the children have enjoyed work on animals and habitats. We particularly enjoyed making our bug hotels.
In other areas, we have enjoyed lots of percussion work in music, work on London in History and Geography, discussing feelings in PHSE and lots of Supermover songs!
Well done again on all your magnificant efforts! Keep up the great work and we really hope to have everyone back to school when it is safe for all!
The children have had a very busy term in year 2 with lots of hard work, active learning, fun, dancing and the odd bit of junk modelling!
In maths, we have reinforced the basics of simple calculations of addition and subtraction within 10. This is to build up our mental recall of facts. We have also reinforced number bonds to ten and linked these to number bonds to 20! We have also moved on to numbers within 100 and have done a lot of work on calculations involving 2-digit numbers (tens and ones).We have been very hands on with number frames and diennes to support our understanding of this.
In English, we continue to practise the fundamentals of good presentation with capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We have worked on using tenses, suffixes, prefixes, adjectives and verbs to further improve our writing. The children have enjoyed working on our Write Stuff approach to writing and have been engrossed in exploring our Grandad's island story. They will rewrite their own version very soon!
The children have worked extremely hard in their phonics and there were good improvements across the board with their phonic check results. It was very pleasing to see how much the children have progressed in this area.
In other areas:
Geography- The children have worked hard using atlases to identify the continents and oceans of the world. we have also discussed climates of the world and had a focus on the UK.
Science- Humans and animals. We have learnt about our basic needs, healthy eating, hygiene needs and the importance of exercise (the children loved our 1-minute exercises!).
PE- target games and yoga
Art- paint mixing, famous artists and Christmas calendars.
History- Remembrance week and Guy Fawkes.
We are due to finish the term with Christmas cards, colouring in, painting, the odd song (Covid friendly), maybe a movie and no doubt, lots of glitter at some stage!
Well done Hedgehogs on a great term!
Have a great Christmas!
It has been incredible seeing the children come in to school and adapt so well to our new working environment. Everyone has settled into new routines, are content with our surroundings and are really getting into the flow of everyday school life! We have had a great mixture of fun activities, active lessons, lots of learning,as well as the odd song and dance! This term, we have focused on settling in with lots of well-being work including being able to express ourselves and discuss emotions.
With previous time lost, it has been really important to reinforce the basics, especially within mathmatics and English.
In English,we have focused heavily on words and sentence structure by jogging our memory to think about capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.We have also looked to boost our writing by using adjectives to describe nouns. We have been following our mantra of Think it, Say it, Write it and Read it!
The children have enjoyed working on books such as The Colour Monster and Pilot Ray.
In phonics, we have recapped on phase 3 sounds while introducing alternative spellings from phase 5 that make the same sound (e.g "igh" sound can have a "ie", "i_e" and "-y" spelling. We have also talked about nonsense/alien and real words to help prepare for phonics check in December and/or the new year (I will provide more details of this in the new term).
We have done lots of 1 to 1 reading, group reading and the children are into the swing of doing a daily guided reading task which includes activities such as spellings, reading comprehension,independent reading, shared reading as a group, puncuation and grammar.
In maths,we have completed a unit of work on Place Value and are currently working on addition and subtraction. The children have been getting hands on with using our diennes (hundreds, tens and one blocks) and 100 bead strings to count, make and represent numbers. We have compared numbers and are moving on to addition and subtraction. It is still important to use concrete objects such as counters, etc to reinforce calculations.
In Science, the children have been getting hands on exploring materials, discussing their properties and uses.
In RSE, the children have talked about how special and amazing our bodies are. We have also worked on personal hygiene and talked about helping to prevent illnesses.
As well as of the above, we have also managed: lots of art work with collages, chalks, paintings and self-portraits (plus, Christmas cards!), lots of fun fitness activities and games in PE and many other activities!
All in all it has been a busy and fun term!
All the best
All Summer 2 Home Learning Incl. Moving Up Booklets and Guidance
I am very conscious of the children settling back into the new school routine. Well-being is paramount and we are focusing on recapping on the basics. Inevitably, there are gaps in a good majority of the children's learning. We will endeavour to discretely analyse these and will do our very best to fill this gaps alongside new learning. There are varying views on homework but I view them as a good opportunity to consolidate or extend learning. It also can be used as a good tool to work on areas that your children may need practise in. I will keep parents and carers posted but am some stage, I will be sending optional homework home. While, I completely understand that life is busy, support at home is paramount in your childs development. Any help (little and often) will definately make a difference.
Reading at Home
Reading records should be signed by an adult regularly. Ideally, reading diaries are checked every week but due to Covid guidelines, this may not be possible. Please DOJO Mr hinde, if you have any queries regarding your child's reading. It is very important to hear if you feel that the texts are too challenging or maybe, not challenging enough!
It does not only need to be their school reading book that is jotted down, we love to read about all of the different sorts of texts the children have been reading throughout the week. These could include: magazines, comic books, recipes and many more. The possibilities are endless!
When reading with your child, it can be easy to become a little uncertain about what to question them on within their book! The document below contains a huge variety of questions based on the reading domains we use in class, and can assist your child to be able to read a book at a level of greater depth.