Welcome to Year 2.
This is an exciting year for the children as they further develop their reading and writing skills.
In Year 2 the main focus is on English and Maths and then the children learn through various half-termly topics.
In English the children continue to cover the Read Write Inc. phonics scheme until the end of the year. During the second term, they will work from the Collins Comprehension scheme to compliment their learning development. They key areas covered in English are:
Spoken Language: listen and respond appropriately to adults and their peers, ask relevant questions to extend their understanding and knowledge, use relevant strategies to build their vocabulary, articulate and justify answers, arguments and opinions, give well-structured descriptions, explanations & and narratives for different purposes, including for expressing feelings. They will also learn how to; maintain attention and participate actively in collaborative conversations, staying on topic and initiating and responding to comments, use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas, speak audibly and fluently with an increasing command of Standard English.
Word Reading: continue to apply phonic knowledge and skills as the route to decode words until automatic decoding has become embedded and reading is fluent, read accurately by blending the sounds in words that contain the graphemes taught so far, especially recognising alternative sounds for graphemes, read accurately words of two or more syllables that contain the same graphemes.
Comprehension: develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding, 2b understand both the books that they can already read accurately and fluently and those that they listen to, participate in discussion about books, poems and other works that are read to them and those that they can read for themselves, taking turns and listening to what others say and explain and discuss their understanding of books, poems and other material, both those that they listen to and those that they read for themselves.
Spelling: segmenting spoken words into phonemes and representing these by graphemes, spelling many correctly, learning new ways of spelling phonemes for which 1 or more spellings are already known, and learn some words with each spelling, including a few common homophones, learning to spell common exception words and learning to spell more words with contracted forms.
Handwriting and Presentation: form lower-case letters of the correct size relative to one another, write capital letters and digits of the correct size, orientation and relationship to one another and to lower-case letters, use spacing between words that reflects the size of the letters.
Composition: Develop positive attitudes towards and stamina for writing by writing narratives about personal experiences and those of others (real and fictional), writing about real events and writing poetry. Children will also consider what they are going to write before beginning by planning or saying out loud what they are going to write about, writing down ideas and/or key words, including new vocabulary and encapsulating what they want to say, sentence by sentence.
Vocabulary, grammar & punctuation: develop their understanding of the concepts set out in English by learning how to use both familiar and new punctuation correctly, including full stops, capital letters, exclamation marks, question marks, commas for lists and apostrophes for contracted forms and the possessive (singular).
In Maths, the children follow the Abacus Maths Scheme. They have lots of games and interactive activities to complete as well as games for homework to help consolidate their learning. The main focus is on:
Number & Place Value: count in steps of 2, 3, and 5 from 0, and in 10s from any number, forward and backward, recognise the place value of each digit in a two-digit number (10s, 1s), identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations, including the number line, compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100; use <, > and = signs, read and write numbers to at least 100 in numerals and in words and use place value and number facts to solve problems.
Addition & Subtraction: solve problems with addition and subtraction, recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently, and derive and use related facts up to 100, add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally, show that addition of 2 numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and subtraction of one number from another cannot and recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and solve missing number problems.
Multiplication & Division: recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables, including recognising odd and even numbers, calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division within the multiplication tables and write them using the multiplication (×), division (÷) and equals (=) signs and show that multiplication of 2 numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and division of 1 number by another cannot.
The children also do practical activities on Fractions, Measurement, Properties of Shapes, Position & Direction, Statistics and they learn how to Work Scientifically
During year 2, pupils learn how to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content: Specifically we learn about: Living things and their habitats, Plants, Animals including humans and uses of everyday materials.
History: The children learn about changes within living memory, events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally, the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. Some should be used to compare aspects of life in different periods, and significant historical events, people and places in their own locality. Specifically we look at:
· Transport in the past: This unit looks at similarities and differences between transport today and transport in the past. It introduces children to the concepts of 'old' and 'new', and encourages them to think about the changes in their own lives and in those of their family or adults around them.
· Florence Nightingale: This unit looks at the life of Florence Nightingale, why she went to Turkey to help soldiers injured in the Crimean War, and what happened as a result of her work.
· The Great Fire of London: This unit links an important event beyond living memory in British history, the Great Fire of London, with a famous person, Samuel Pepys. Children develop their sense of chronology and consider why the Great Fire happened; its results; and the different ways it is represented.
Geography: We learn about the Local Area, The Continents and look and compare different capitals. The children also learn to look at similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom, and of a small area in a contrasting non-European country.
ICT: Understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions, create and debug simple programs, use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs and use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content. Year 2 use a program called Scratch to move the cat in different ways.
Art and Design: Children will use a range of materials creatively to design and make products, use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination, develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space and look at the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work. They will learn about the life of Kandinsky, create a self-portrait and learn how to make a puppet and sew a simple stitch and weave.
From design to the finished product!
Music: Children will use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes, play tuned and untuned instruments musically, listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music and experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music.
Key Stage 1 PE
Here at St. Anne’s School, the pupils follow a Physical Education Curriculum coherent with the National Curriculum Guidelines for England and Wales.
We believe Physical Education should involve pupils in the continuous process of performing, planning and evaluating. This applies to all areas of activity. Furthermore, the greatest emphasis is always placed on the actual performance aspect of the subject.
Our Key Stage One Programme focusses on developing pupil´s basic motor skills and spacial awareness. We aim for pupils to enjoy being active and to grow in confidence within the subject.
St. Anne’s School Events
The Inter-House Athletics competition takes place at the athletics stadium at San Sebastian de los Reyes.
It is an all day event in which parents are invited to attend. Each pupil from nursery to bachillerato has to participate in at least one activity. Every point gained goes towards an overall House winner.
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