In Year 2 the children continue their learning of the Key Stage 1 curriculum. Our learners become the big fish in our small pond! They have increased opportunities for taking responsibility around the school, for example by becoming monitors. This increases their confidence and independence in preparation for the big move to Junior school at the end of the year.
Our Year 2 class has 36 learners this year.
Year 2 will be learning through these exciting topics…
This half term we are learning through a topic on Dragons.
From the links below you can download this term’s topic web, which details the curriculum your child will be learning this half term
Children in Year 2 are in the last year of the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum which consists of three core subjects – English, Mathematics and Science and eight other foundation subjects – Computing, History, Geography, Design Technology, Art & Design, Music, Physical Education and Religious Education. The development of skills in Personal, social health education and citizenship underpins our school curriculum.
At Pinewood, we teach these subjects through topics, where subjects interrelate with one another. The topics at Pinewood all begin with a ‘Wow’ start. These are designed to introduce the new topic and motivate the children about what they are learning. Planned progression leads up to a ‘Quality Outcome’ at the end of our topic, which is often decided by the children as to the form of media this will take and the intended audience. This provides the opportunity for the children to communicate their learning to others and feel a sense of achievement.
In Year 2 we learn through half termly topics to ensure the children cover all the required content from the National Curriculum they are working from. These topics are delivered through an approach that aims to develop the skills for learning. The thinking skills we promote are – enquiry, information processing, reasoning, creative thinking and evaluation.
TASC is one of the approaches we use to teach problem solving and the process of learning. This stands for ‘Thinking Actively in a Social Context’. It is taught as a cycle of skills involving identifying the task, gathering information, generating ideas, decision making, implementing, evaluating how it went, communicating and thinking what has been learnt.
Some core aspects of learning are taught separately on a daily basis e.g. phonics, guided reading and maths sessions.
In addition to this, the children will experience additional ‘focus weeks’ to enhance the curriculum and provide further experiences.
The National Curriculum consists of three Core subjects – English, Mathematics and Science, and seven Foundation subjects of Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music and Physical Education, Religious Education is also a compulsory subject but different local authorities have their own syllabus so it is not part of the National Curriculum.
At Pinewood we use the ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme to teach and learn phonics. This focuses on learning the sounds that letters make when on their own and when in groups. It incorporates how to blend sounds together in order to read words and how to segment sounds in order to write words.
Our reading books are organised into colour bands and are made up of a variety of different schemes. This enables the children to develop tastes in reading books at the same time as developing the skills of decoding texts and comprehending them.
PSHE and Citizenship is integrated into our curriculum to ensure children are prepared for life in modern day Britain. We follow the SEAL themes aiming to ensure children develop their social and emotional aspects of learning. We have a strong focus on multi-cultural themes, anti-bullying and rights, respect and responsibilities.