Class Teachers: Joanne McGahon, Marie - Therese Stoddart, Meghan Grove
Welcome to the Year 2 webpage. Our three classes are Fox Class (2MG), Otter Class (2JM) and Rabbits Class (2MS). We look forward to working with you throughout the academic year. In Year 2 we plan a lot of creative and cross curricular activities to support the children’s learning and curiosity. This webpage will keep you up to date with systems and school routines and outline your child’s learning.
Year 2 Teaching Team
|Year Group Leader||Joanne McGahon|
|Class Teachers||Joanne McGahon
(Otter Class )
|Marie Therese Stoddart
|Meghan Grove (Fox Class)|
|KS1 SENDCO||Matthew Henson|
|Teaching assistant||Anna Milic|
Curriculum / Learning
Our School Values for this academic year following the four c structure. We will focus on consideration. creativity, community and co-operation. These values will be embedded into our every day learning and our classroom culture.
We aim to offer a curriculum that is broad and balanced which promotes the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at Rhodes Avenue School. We aspire for children to be constantly learning, developing into strong, resilient, capable, confident and self-assured pupils. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge (see below) around which we will develop exciting stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupil knowledge, understanding and skills.
One topic project will be uploaded each half term as well as other projects across the school. Choose three to do over the year.
These can also be done if you have to learn from home.
Termly Class Letter to Parents and Carers
Curriculum Meeting 8.9.22
End of KS1 Assessment meeting
Anna Milic – Art
Bren Amooty – PE
Paula Hurst – Forest School
The National Curriculum
The Skills and Knowledge we will be teaching
To discover the Foundation Subject Skills and Knowledge we will be teaching within the topics download the skills and knowledge matrix below.
Topics we are Teaching this Year
Reading, Speaking and Listening
A core message from the curriculum is to embed ‘reading for pleasure’. Key to this is decoding (reading words) and comprehending (understanding). A form of reading takes place in every lesson throughout the school day. Additionally to the Big Read (whole class reading lessons with focus on understanding vocabulary and comprehension), the children will be having weekly guided reading sessions in small groups working closely with their class teacher paying special attention to fluency. Furthermore, the children will do a range of activities to promote an independent love of reading and exposure to a wider range of words.
Please ensure that book bags are brought into school on your child’s reading day. Your child’s teacher will let you know what day through the reading record. Book bags will be sent home the following day with the exception of Friday. Reading records are there to communicate what and when the children have been reading both at home and in school.
In Year Two, children will have the opportunity to explore a range of writing genres (stories, instructions, newspapers, recounts, poetry). The subject matter is regularly linked to our topics. Typically writing develops at a slower rate to reading as children ‘juggle’ the demands of spelling, sentence structure, punctuation and handwriting. It is extremely important that a correct pencil grip is established and correct formation of letters (upper and lowercase) and numbers are secured. Discrete handwriting sessions are timetabled and children will begin to join their letters as soon as individual letters are formed correctly.
In Year Two children will be introduced to a new spelling rule at the beginning of the week. Spellings are regularly practised throughout the week and will be informally assessed throughout the year. Spellings will initially link to the phonics taught at the end of year one.
Grammar will be taught throughout English lessons and throughout the curriculum.
In Maths we will be following the White Rose scheme, incorporating numbers up to 100 including all the skills laid out in the National Curriculum. Children will be working with a range of manipulatives to ensure they have a secure understanding of number, develop fluency and justify their reasoning.
The Science Programme of Study introduces the idea that all living things have certain characteristics that are essential to keep them alive and healthy. The Year 2 science curriculum will support pupils to become familiar with life processes that are common to all things. Pupils will use our local environment throughout the year to observe how different plants grow and understand the requirements of plants for germination, growth and survival as well as the processes of growth and reproduction. They will also be introduced to the basic needs of animals for growth and survival. Pupils will discuss the uses of everyday materials and discover the properties of materials that makes them suitable or unsuitable for particular purposes.
Whenever practicable the foundation subjects – Religious Education, History, Art, Design and Technology, Geography, Computing, Music, Physical Education and Ourselves and others are taught within the context of an overall theme.
Please go to the French tab to find out more about our French learning at school.
Ourselves and Others
In year 2, we cover Keeping Safe, Wider Living, RSHE links to Science and Differences.
Standard Attainment Tasks
SATs Assessment Information for Parents and Carers
All children to bring PE kits to school and PE days will vary throughout the year.