Team 2 2023 - 2024
Our Year 2 team includes Mrs Jones, Mrs Lodge and Mrs Roberts.
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Reading is essential to all curriculum areas and we spend time focusing on reading every day. Our reading lessons are Read Write Inc phonics lessons for all children during the Autumn term and for some children during the Spring and Summer terms. During Read Write Inc sessions the children learn new sounds and practice using the learnt speed sounds to read with fluency, accuracy and speed. They practice vocabulary and grammar skills throughout these sessions too.
In Team 2 we will start to teach VIPERS sessions during the Spring term, which consists of crafted units of reading and comprehension through high-quality fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts. Children use these to deepen their understanding of vocabulary, inference, prediction, evidence, retrieval and summarising skills.
Children also experience the joy of reading through a whole class novel. The class novel is a time to come together around a powerful, relevant text that engages the children and promotes discussion. In Team 2, we read a range of exciting texts that convey meaning and teach our children about important values.
Reading at home is essential. Reading books go home on a Friday and are returned to school the following week. Children are encouraged to record their own thoughts, feelings and ideas about what they have read in their reading records as well as comments made by adults at home. Reading at home positively contributes to the children’s ability to read with fluency and also their ability to comprehend what they are reading so we do really encourage and appreciate your support with reading at home.
Our writing lessons follow Pathways to Write, which is a programme of study designed to empower children to become confident and successful writers. The units of work centre on engaging, vocabulary-rich texts, with a wealth of both fiction and non-fiction writing opportunities. The children are given the opportunity to really master skills taught and apply them to a final written piece at the end of a unit. Team 2 love being fully immersed into a variety of high quality texts which support their writing during English lessons.
Mathematics lessons follow White Rose Maths, which aims to develop children’s mathematical fluency and their deep, long-term and adaptable understanding of maths. The children can then use this knowledge and understanding to solve a range of maths problems. White Rose Maths adopts a concrete – pictorial – abstract method that enables all children to access learning and lessons are adapted so that all children achieve. To supplement maths lessons, we also dedicate time each week to revisit skills previously taught through Fluent in Four Flashback activities. In Team 2 we also dedicate time each week to master fluency skills through our Mastering Number sessions.
The Wider Curriculum
In Year 2, children are taught a broad and balanced curriculum that includes all of the National Curriculum subjects. Over the course of the year, different subjects are prioritised at different times to ensure coverage and maximum attainment in all areas. The curriculum is exciting, dynamic and has been designed to build upon the children’s prior knowledge.
This half term in Team 2 we will be studying Troll Swap, a fictional story written by the author Leigh Hodgkinson. The story is about characters who are not being accepted for who they are so they decide to swap places until they realise that they are missed and greatly valued. Pupils will learn about a very important message whilst immersing themselves within this text. Pupils will be taught to master skills such as the use of capital letters and full stops to correctly form sentences, use expanded noun phrases to describe and begin to use the conjunction ‘because’. Pupils' use of new and rich vocabulary will be developed and they will have many opportunities to practice using taught skills to support them with their final write of a story with a focus on characters.
In Maths we will be exploring place value and the children will be exploring the place value of numbers up to 100. Pupils will then apply newly learnt skills to support their learning of the addition and subtraction of 2 digit numbers. Pupils will be taught these new concepts using concrete, pictorial and abstract methods and they will be encouraged to deepen their learning through the application of skills to reason and problem solve.
In Science, Team 2 will be learning all about animals including humans and will learn about the life cycle of a human and the importance of nutrition, exercise and hygiene to keep you healthy.
Our driver project this half term is called ‘Movers and Shakers’ and it focuses on significant people and in particular significant explorers and activists, what they did and how what they did impacts life today.
In Computing we will be learning about ‘IT around us’ and how IT should be used correctly and safely and in our Jigsaw lessons we will be focusing on ‘Me in my world’ and the importance of roles and responsibilities and rewards and consequences.
In RE, we will be studying the religion Hinduism.