Year 2

Year 2 marks a special milestone in your child’s education at Grosvenor Park Church of England Primary Academy. As your child is taking the journey through Key Stage One, they acquire the skills required for transition into Key Stage Two.

 

This year is an important stage in your child’s education. Due to the closure of schools, Year 2 will take the Key Stage One SATs assessments in Autumn term one.

We offer a child centered approach this enables children to flourish and reach their full potential. Preparing your child academically, emotionally, and spiritually for life in an ever-changing world. As our children will take assessments this year, we will offer a well-balanced curriculum and will endeavour to bridge any gaps from Year 1.

Morning Challenge – Each day starts with a valuable morning challenge specifically designed to consolidate and extend your child’s learning, whilst encourage peer interaction. This time also allows children to access for pastoral time and targeted academic interventions and daily reads, this enables your child eases into their morning purposefully and are ready to access their lessons with positivity.

Phonics, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar – Building on the knowledge learnt in Year 1 in Phonics the children will able split into ability phonic sessions. This is to ensure that your child is secure with sounds before moving on. These sessions are designed to empower your child with a broad understanding and skill set, which supports the development of their independent reading and writing key skills when accessing Key Stage One SATS.

Mathematics – Embedding a sound understanding of Place Value with real-life application of arithmetic skills and reasoning, maths is taught with White Rose Assessments. Your child will become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, in line with the National Curriculum Y2 expectations, whilst developing conceptual understanding and reasoning in inquiry based, practical lessons.

Literacy –  Lessons reflect the importance of vocabulary, we will broaden spoken and written language in your child’s development across the whole curriculum, enhancing their cognitive, social, and linguistic development. Exploring a multitude of genres before internalising key features of these text types, through drama and practical activities.

Religious Education – Taught through key questions, this is following the Chester Diocesan planning. Year Two will start with: How does the Bible show Jesus living his life as good news to people? How do you know when you feel better inside or outside?

Topic – Year 2 will investigate Rivers, Sea and Oceans. Taking field trips to bring the topic alive. This will also include mapping skills and identifying features in an atlas.

Science – We will be exploring materials, experimenting how they are structured and how they behave under different conditions. As part of this we will be completing a fair test.

Music – Mr Benson will further develop musical understanding through our class topic based around water.

Physical Education – Miss Valentine will focus on fitness and getting us moving. 

 

Teaching Team

Class Teacher – Mrs Foulkes

Assistant Teachers – Mrs Scard-Jones, Mrs Bruce

Music Teacher – Mr R Benson

PE Teacher – Miss S Valentine

 

A Typical Day for Year 2:

  • Collective Worship: a time for reflection and prayer, this helps prepare for the day ahead.
  • Phonics: This session builds knowledge of sounds, which supports the development of their independent reading and writing.
  • Morning Break: ‘Year 1/2 Bubble’. Enjoy morning break they are able to purchase toast or bring a healthy snack.
  • Maths: Mathematics across the school is supported by White Rose, a learning approach that is carefully crafted to inspire a genuine love of the subject.
  • Lunchtime:  ‘Year 1/2 Bubble’.
  • Literacy: The English curriculum is text-based and linked to our thematic approach to learning. Each term children are introduced to a new text from which specific skills are taught.
  • Wider Curriculum: Our wider curriculum is taught through our cross-curricular approach to learning. This incorporates science, history, geography, religious education, music, art, drama, modern foreign languages (MFL) and social, moral, spiritual and cultural learning (SMSC).

Housekeeping

  • Homework is set each Friday on Google Classroom. It should be completed by the following Wednesday. It will mainly consist of spelling, Maths and Phonics. However, other work may also be set from time to time.
  • Pupils should have a named water bottle in school for taking back home each day.
  • Children may bring a healthy snack into school for morning playtime.
  • Our PE session is currently on a Monday. Please ensure Kit is available for the children. Unfortunately, due to current restrictions, our swimming curriculum is not likely to start again until the Spring Term.
  • Forest School sessions are held on Wednesday appropriate clothes must be sent into school.