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Year 2

Mrs Rutty

Helen Rutty

I am Mrs Rutty and I love teaching Year 2! I really enjoy all of our learning, but my favourite subjects are Science and Maths, especially as Science (Human Biology) was part of my degree. In lessons, I like everyone to be actively learning, so I often will set tasks like talk with a talking partner, use a mini whiteboard or use actions to join in. When I am not in school, I enjoy walking and training my little Jack Russell, Max. He knows lots of cool tricks! I also really like running. 

Mrs Caldwell

Kirty Caldwell

My name is Mrs Caldwell and I have been the Year 2 Teaching Assistant since 2013. I have a degree in Creative and Performing Arts and I love to dance! One of my favourite times of the year is when we create a fantastic EYFS and Key Stage 1 Christmas Show. I think I enjoy it just as much as the children! Another one of my favourite lessons is P.E. where I get to teach the class lots of new skills. In my spare time I like to explore forests and riverbanks with my husband and my two children, we just love to find new adventures!

Overview of Year 2

Photos of Classroom

Weekly timetable

P.E. will take place on a Tuesday and a Wednesday. We ask that children come into school wearing their P.E. kits on these days. In the colder weather, children may wear black tracksuit bottoms and a school logo jumper or hoodie.

This is an example of a weekly timetable in Year 2, however things can often change from week to week.

English

We love to read!  We aim to help children develop into fluent readers with good comprehension skills. In our classroom, we have a cosy reading corner where children can enjoy a book, and a reading display showing recommended texts and children's favourite books. We expect children to read at home each night. We also love it when children bring in good reads to share with the class. We aim to promote a love of reading, so as well as taking home a phonics reading book and a reading skills book, children can also choose a book to take home and read for pleasure. They are also welcome to read books they have at home too. The ‘Little People, Big Dreams’ series is often popular with our Year 2 children, as well as Roald Dahl’s stories. Children can find many more books to enjoy on Oxford Owl. (See the link below.)

Year 2 phonics is based around spelling rules and patterns. By the end of Year 2 we aim for children to spell many of the words within their writing correctly. We have lots of resources available in our classroom to support children when they are writing such as working walls and spelling mats. In Year 2 children become independent writers.

Spelling and Phonics

As the children weren't required to take their Year 1 Phonics Screening Check due to the Lockdown, this will take place in October. Please use the phonics websites at the bottom of this page to continue practising your child's phonics. In Year 2 we build upon the Phonics learning from EYFS and Year 1 and follow the National Curriculum Spelling programme.

Reading

Each week your child will take home 3 books:

  1. Phonics Phased Book - This book is matched to your child’s individual phonics level. Your child’s teacher makes continuous phonics assessments based on their reading throughout the year, these assessments will inform your child’s phase level. All words contained within this book should be decodable for your child.
  2. Reading Skills Book - This book will contain mostly decodable words for your child, however there will be key words from higher phases. This book will expose children to a wider range of vocabulary and spelling patterns.
  3. Reading for Pleasure Book - This book is chosen by your child from their class library. It is a book for children and parents to share together. The aim of this book is to promote a love of reading.

​Books will be sent home on a Friday and need to be returned by the following Friday. Children can also use Oxford Owl and read their own books or magazines for pleasure.

Oxford Owl

Recommended Reading Books for Year 2:

Please click on the image below to see a list of 50 books recommended for Year 2.

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Please click on the image below to be taken to a video which shows how fluent a child should be with their reading by the end of Year 2. The video is meant for teachers, but I feel that parents will find it useful to see what we mean when we say 'fluent reader'.

Reading

A.R.E. Documents

Maths

Year 2 maths builds on knowledge and skills from Year 1. We become more fluent with our basic number facts such as bonds to 10, 20 and 100, doubles and halves and 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We build fluency through completing maths skills daily. Children also develop their problem solving and reasoning skills as well as becoming more independent learners. We always start new concepts using concrete apparatus in order to develop conceptual understanding, we then progress to pictorial representations and then more abstract methods and recordings. Here is an example. This is how Year 2 learn to solve 2 digit + 2 digit addition.

Concrete(1)
Pictoral(2)
Abstract(1)

A.R.E. Documents

Homework

Children will receive homework on a Friday. Usually, this is a piece of Maths homework and spellings to learn. The Maths Homework is due in on Monday and should be submitted via a photograph on Seesaw. Children have a week to learn the spellings sent home and will be tested on these the following Friday. Occasionally, homework may differ and children may be asked to complete a comprehension task or homework based on our learning in another curriculum area. All homework is talked through with the children when it is set.

We expect children to read each night and for this to be recorded in children’s reading records. Reading records are checked daily and children receive a certificate if they have read four times within the week. In January, Year 2 will be introduced to Reading Plus. More information about this will follow in January.

Useful Websites for Learning

Please click on the images below to be taken to useful websites to help support your child's learning.

Oxford Owl (3)
Hit the Button(1)
Maths Frame
Spelling Frame(2)
Phonics Play(1)
Spelling Play
BBC Bitesize(2)

Long Term And Medium Term Plans

End Of KS1 Tests Information

Learning in Key Stage 1 is Teacher assessed. This means, that at the end of Year 2, the class teacher will judge whether children have reached the expected standard (Age Related Expectations) based on their independent work in class. Children also complete tests to help inform this judgement and moderation takes place across the Local Authority to check teacher judgements are fair and accurate.

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