Year 2 2022 - 2023
I am proud to be part of our school. I gained a first class teaching degree with English literature and Q.T.S. in 2014 at Liverpool Hope University, where I had trained for four years before qualifying. Prior to this, I taught dance and drama on the Wirral which gave me seven years of vocational teaching experience. I have worked in years 2 - 6 during my time at Westminster and enjoy them all for different reasons! In my spare time, I like to read and play on the beach with my little boys.
I enjoy working at Westminster and like to work with all classes on art projects and different activities as well as supporting learning in class.
Welcome to Year 2
Welcome to the Year 2 class page! Over the academic year, we will be building upon the skills and knowledge children have already acquired in reception and year 1, and we will be working towards the end of KS1 tests that take place towards the end of the school year. On a Monday afternoon, Mrs Phillips will join us for RE (Religious Education) and UMMPW (Understanding Me and My Place in the World). On a Friday, Miss Dunn will be working in our class, leading English, maths, P.E. and computing (currently P.E. is swimming on Fridays). If you ever have any questions or queries, please speak to one of us on the door at drop off or pick up - we will be happy to help!
Here is our google classroom link to use for homework and should we need to do any other remote learning: Y2 Google Classroom
Here is our Purple Mash link to use when necessary Purple Mash Login
- Our school day is 8:30 - 15:15
- Our children will enter and be dismissed through blue doors (in the football cage)
- Water bottles must be brought in each day and taken home each night to be washed
- Homework to be returned on a Wednesday
- Reading records to be returned every day in book bags
- Please read at least 3 times a week and record this in the orange reading record provided (every night is even better!)
- PE is on Wednesdays and Fridays - please bring your kit into school
- Please make sure that everything belonging to your child is clearly labelled
Homework is to be completed weekly. The tasks are set in a grid-style format; please pick one task a week to complete and document (any order is ok). Homework is to be returned on a Wednesday. All of this can be done using Google classroom (see link above).
English lessons will be taught daily with the aim of developing vocabulary, speaking skills, listening skills, reading skills and writing skills. We are currently studying the story of Paddington by Michael Bond, and lots of impressive letter writing is already underway! This unit includes some work on poetry, fiction and non fiction reading and writing.
Children will continue to learn phonics in year 2. Phonics is a method of teaching children how to read and write by matching spoken sounds to individual letters or groups of letters. It is taught daily within school and children will begin by learning initial letter sounds and then progressing onto blending these together to read and write words. A written language is essentially a kind of code. By teaching phonics, we help children to crack that code. Within our school, we follow a scheme called Read Write Inc. These sessions will build on prior knowledge, and children are streamed to work at the level that is right for them - helping them make optimum progress.
Here are some useful links to use at home:
At Westminster Primary School, we use Power Maths. Power Maths is a UK curriculum mastery programme designed to spark curiosity, excitement and nurture confidence in maths. Built around a child centred lesson design that models and embeds a growth mindset approach to maths which focuses on helping children to build a deep understanding of maths concepts.
At the start of each maths lesson, all children will work on the curriculum year group they are in, they then will work in smaller groups where there will be a more targeted approach to teaching based on the groups needs and ability.
This term we are looking at: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Our aim is to make sure Science is as practical as possible, providing the children with opportunities to research and investigate regularly. They will practise their skills in observing changes over time; pattern seeking; fair testing; identifying and categorising and grouping; and research.
During the first half term in Autumn the children are learning about the uses and properties of materials.
History and Geography
During the Autumn Term, we will have a history focus. We will be looking at The Great Fire of London and how London/ housing/ fire fighting has changed over time. We will also be taking a school trip to Nantwich Museum which will include a workshop about the fire they had there and a tour of the town.
Our art lessons this term will focus on sewing in DT. We will be learning to do a running stitch and creating our own bag - just like Paddington!
Year 2 will follow the Charanga scheme for their Music lessons. Our current topic is Christmas music and we will be learning to play the glockenspiel. We will also have a focus on singing throughout the Autumn Term, leading to a performance before the Christmas break (please book your tickets with Mrs Rennie at the office).
Our PE lessons will be every Wednesday and Friday. Our topics are gymnastics (linking) and swimming.
During weekly RE sessions, the children will work with Mrs Philips to learn more about Judaism.
During weekly computing lessons, children will be focusing on learning to code.
Forest school will take place on 24.11.22 this half term.
Please ensure your child has the following in school:
- Long, dark coloured trousers and a school cardigan/jumper (regardless of weather)
- Waterproof coat
- Waterproof shoes or boots
- Hat (in hot weather)
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