By the time the children reach Year 2, they will be fully settled into school routines and will have developed many of the skills and attitudes essential to learning. We aim to accelerate the pace of learning in response to the children’s thirst for knowledge, by providing pupils with rich, engaging and enjoyable learning opportunities and experiences across all areas of the curriculum.
In Year 2 we also begin to broaden the scope of the children’s education in preparation for Key Stage 2. We try to help the children make links and spot relationships between different areas of the curriculum, giving their learning a context within the world in which they live. We feel that children are at their happiest and most motivated when they learn in an environment that is supportive, nurturing and positive. We encourage the children to take risks with their learning and develop and strengthen team work skills, in order to achieve their very best.
In Mathematics we begin to introduce more formal methods for recording the children’s increasingly complex calculations – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; we look at fractions of shape and number, halves, quarters, division and then link this with telling the time. Wherever possible, we make links with real life and provide the children with opportunities to problem solve, reason and investigate.
In English we continue to extend reading; building on the children’s knowledge of phonics in order to develop fluency, a range of decoding strategies and a love of books. Comprehension skills are discretely taught to enhance understanding and develop an enquiring mind. More formal spelling patterns are introduced in writing, alongside grammar, vocabulary and punctuation, which help promote independence and an understanding of different genres. In addition, we use drama, technology, visitors and real life experiences to make this stimulating and fun.
Please see our curriculum map for the topics we will be covering this academic year.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.