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15/02/19

Come in next term and we can show you what we’ve done- they did an amazing job!

15/02/19

We will have to show you the video. You will love it.

15/02/19

Pupil Parliament delivered the most amazing ‘celebrating diversity’ presentation today. They had created a video showcasing all the wonderful differences we have in school and really showed how beautifully diverse we are. Well done Pupil Parliament. https://t.co/79iYevx1HE

13/02/19

Look at these beautiful, detailed drawings that y3 have been working on. Inspired by ‘The Willow Pattern Story’ and part of our Chinese week celebrations https://t.co/x67JO170QK

12/02/19

We are proud to have been awarded the bronze level Eco-schools award. Our Eco team have carried out a whole school review and created an Eco action plan and are ready to help save the planet! Go Eco Warriors! https://t.co/XCigKRTAsv

11/02/19

They used iPads to research and take notes and then organised in to sections. It took a while but was worth it!

11/02/19

Year 2 are making ‘hedgehog’ bread and are enjoying kneading the dough. We look forward to seeing the finished loaves! https://t.co/RwowgGSzUM

09/02/19

Look at this amazing piece of writing on Stonehenge from year 3! Our writers of the week are now published to a worldwide audience on pobble. We are super proud of their work https://t.co/Ij1KTqLLJg

08/02/19

08/02/19

We have been thinking about how we can be healthy inside and out and discussing what we can do if we feel sad or worried https://t.co/URK0nGEvgN

08/02/19

We love the enthusiasm of our wonderful teachers. The reception rap showcasing rhyme went down a storm today! 🎶 Aliens wearing pants with pride 🎵 https://t.co/FTVqJjmfRt

06/02/19

Y2 scientists have been testing the best materials for roofing tiles https://t.co/hWjPcTWwOM

05/02/19

Children throughout the school have designed and painted pebbles which have now been varnished ready for our sensory garden - can’t wait to see the finished design. https://t.co/V8J84uFLqz

04/02/19

Look at this fantastic independent learning from Reception! We are loving learning all about https://t.co/8roEo0ooZb

30/01/19

Year 3 have been making beautiful carved ‘bone’ (salt dough) beads for jewellery as part of their Stone Age topic. We are impressed with their beautiful designs and can’t wait to see the finished pieces! https://t.co/94266EpI5T

29/01/19

What fun it is to learn in so many different ways. Reception in their own words... ‘can we make a tower as tall as me’ ‘I can write numbers all the way up to 50’ ‘we are playing a counting game’ and ‘look at the cube I have made’ love learning! https://t.co/UXXwVbngvt

26/01/19

Great to have positive feedback from our governors. Thank you Roger Marshall , Phil Carr , Eve Dixon . So glad you enjoyed your visit! https://t.co/A06lfcxKb2

24/01/19

Thank you to our fantastic Governors who joined us this morning to see how we teach foundation subjects with a particular focus on science and mfl. Huge thanks and Mrs Baker for your input.

22/01/19

Super science in year 3 today! Children have been learning about the different parts of flowers through dissecting them https://t.co/oBJ05jL0qf

22/01/19

Pupil Parliament handed over their school Eco ideas today to the newly elected Eco Warriors. They are keen to go green and get started on our Eco journey. https://t.co/ljuZf9CtiB

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Year 2

This year, Mrs Pearce is teaching in Squirrels Class,
whilst Miss Nixon and Miss Baxter will teach in Bats Class.

Year 2 Topic Curriculum

Our children are taught in line with the expectations that are set out in the National Curriculum.  English, Mathematics, R.E., Art, and Music are generally taught as discrete subjects along with PE which is taught by specialist coaches. All the remaining subjects are taught through the Curriculum which is a stimulating topic based approach to learning. In addition to this, Year 2 are also being given an introduction to a range of Modern Foreign Languages such as French.

The  Curriculum has been designed to ensure rigorous learning of knowledge but also to help teachers make all learning exciting, active and meaningful for children. It is a comprehensive, thematic and creative curriculum that really engages children and gets them interested in the world around them. Learning with our Curriculum takes a global approach by helping children to connect their learning to where they are living now as well as looking at the learning from the perspective of other people in other countries. The curriculum also emphasises the history and culture of Britain and promotes fundamental British values.

The theme for each term's topic can be found in the table below.

Mathematics

We use an innovative, focused programme of work, which teaches children mathematical concepts practically first, before moving on to pictorial representations and finally the abstract recording. This is based on the Singapore Maths approach to teaching and aligns well with the focus in the National Curriculum on ‘mastery’.

The key features of Singapore Maths are:

  • Emphasis on problem solving and comprehension, allowing pupils to relate what they learn and to connect knowledge.
  • Careful scaffolding of core concepts through:
    • visualisation, as a platform for comprehension;
    • mental strategies, to develop decision making abilities;
    • pattern recognition, to support the ability to make connections and generalise.
  • Emphasis on the foundations for learning and not on the content itself so pupils learn to think mathematically as opposed to merely reciting formulas or procedures.

English

Lessons and activities for all areas of English are planned carefully to help children continually develop and improve their skills in speaking and listening,  reading, and  writing. We use the Year 1 Programmes of Study based on the National Curriculum to ensure all children gain the knowledge and skills they need. 

Reading
In Year Two, we believe that reading is the gateway to learning but should always be pleasurable and fun. We aim to give children a concrete set of skills to decode and understand text but also enable them to develop a lifelong love of books. As children progress through year one they continue to read regularly with adults in guided reading sessions and other classroom activities.

It is essential that you read with your child at home every day. Your child will be given a guided reading book (pitched at their specific level) by the teacher and a free choice book each week. There is an amazing book library in each class room stocked with a fantastic range of children's books to offer the children a wide range of personal choice alongside the books selected by adults for learning activities

Handwriting
Year Two are taught to use a pre-cursive script. We believe that this promotes flow and speed, and supports spelling as the children develop as writers. All teachers in Year One model the pre-cursive script when working with children or marking books.

Writing
In Year Two writing is taught through two separate but intrinsically linked lessons. Firstly all children, participate in regular ‘writing skills’ sessions where the focus is on learning and developing the ‘tools’ or ‘skills’ of writing such as grammar, punctuation, spelling, drafting and improving in an age appropriate manner. Compositional and creative writing is taught in the main through our thematic topic work which allows the teachers to select writing tasks that match well with other learning in the topic, we believe that this helps them to feel that their writing is meaningful and has a purpose.

Phonics
Children in Year Two follow our Read Write Inc programme and take part in a daily phonics session. The focus is on children learning different combinations of letters that can make the same sound (e.g. /ay/ /ai/ /a_e/ in play, rain, game) or how the same spelling can be for different sounds (e.g. /oo/ in book and moon). This enables them to read more complicated vocabulary and also to spell words accurately.

SATs

The Key Stage 1 SATs happen at the end of the school year (usually in June). The best thing you can do at home to support your child is to be reading with them every day and to ensure that your child is in school, and on time, everyday.

Our first SATs results will be published next year.