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We aim to explain in more detail about what it is like to be a member of Year 2 by sharing some key ways that we learn during the day. We hope this supports you to further support your child.

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Please click on the link below to view the whole school curriculum overviews and subject specific information.

PYP Curriculum framework and subject overviews

maths (number and numerical pattern)

  • Mastery Approach – Our maths curriculum is centred around a ‘Mastery Approach’. The aim is to ensure pupils have mastered and understood key concepts before moving on: using more difficult/higher numbers does not mean a child has a better understanding; rather, it is best that the child is able to access the learning in a wider range of contexts, the child can give detailed explanations and approach problem solving tasks.
  • White Rose – We follow the White Rose scheme to sequence maths lessons. This ensures that there is a progression of skills within the academic year, but also across all years. On the curriculum overviews, which are shared with home at the start of each module, the maths skills we are focusing on can be seen. On the White Rose website, there are home learning videos which show you clearly how to help your child complete the activity. If we have been learning fractions, for example, you will be able to find an equivalent video to support further at home.

Click here to view the year 2 home learning videos

  • Maths Champions – This scheme has been designed by High Halstow staff. The scheme maps out individual targets which the children can work on at home. Children are set their targets by their teacher and are assessed on the target by the teacher to move on to the next target.

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  • The children’s individual targets can be found on the Dragonflies Google Classroom. Click here to go to the Classroom, then follow Classwork > Home Learning > Maths Champions Target.
  • Maths Masters – This is an additional 10-15 minute focus on maths which happens outside of the main daily maths lesson every day. The focus is on arithmetic and recall of basic skills such as number bonds and doubling of numbers. We also revisit some of the key learning from previous lessons to secure and embed understanding.
  • Numbots – This site supports children with their number bonds and addition and subtraction. Children have login details and these are at the front of the school link book.

Click here to go to the Numbots website

  • TTRS – This is a fun and challenging programme which is designed to help the children master their times tables. There are different game plays: Jamming, time-free game, Gig (allows for assessment), Garage (teacher set times tables) and more! Logins are at the front of your child’s reading record book so that this can be used routinely at home.

Click here to go to the TTRS website

english (literacy)

  • Targets – In the front of each child’s English book, they have an individual target. Pupils should be aware of their target and so should know what they need to work on. This is updated when enough evidence of success is seen in their books to move on to a new target.
  • Core texts – Click here to view our core texts.
  • Reading – It is important for children to read daily however this does not need to be for a lengthy amount of time or a strenuous task. Conversation around the text is just as important as word reading in order to help support comprehension.

click here for suggestions of the types of questions to ask your children

  • Buster’s Book Club – an initiative that encourages the children to read at home. The class works collaboratively to be the class who has read the most minutes in the school. It encourages the reading of any reading material, not just the children’s banded reading book.
  • Spellings – In school, we follow the Jane Considine scheme. It teaches spelling by helping children to make connections rather than rote learning. The scheme works on a two week cycle. At the start of the cycle, pupils are introduced to fifteen new words. Over the two weeks, children find words which also have the focus phonemes for each word. For example, descend, the focus phoneme is sc, so words such as scent would be a sound association word. Daily lessons with different spelling focuses are taught and then at the end of the two weeks, the children participate in a Go Grapheme Grafter lesson. They have twenty seconds to spell each of the fifteen words (the main focus is on spelling the focus phoneme correctly), then one minute to work collaboratively to list sound association words.
  • Spelling Shed – This site/app is not related to Jane Considine however children can use it at home to support spelling practise. The children all have login details to access this site- they are at the front of the home link book.

click here to go to the Spelling shed website

google classroom

Check at least weekly for updates on the Google Classwork for suggestions of work to do at home to support your child.

what we're learning

who we are

Central Idea:
‘People share their values and beliefs through stories.’

We will be reading:

  • ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak
  • ‘Rama and Sita – The Story of Diwali’ by Malachy Dolye

The maths skills we are focusing on are:

  • Number & Place Value
  • Addition & Subtraction

In our lines of enquiry, we will explore:

  • How beliefs and values can differ
  • The values and beliefs that can be shared through stories
  • How values and beliefs have changed over time

For homework please engage in:

Daily reading and discussion about texts

Use of apps promoted by the academy such as Ed Shed, MyON and Numbots. Please see the front of your child’s Reading Record book for all of their login details.

If you choose to engage in some home learning about the inquiries shown above please share any experiences via the Google Classroom. E.g. There may be additional homework set via Google Classroom from time to time linked to current learning.

how we express ourselves

Central Idea:
Traditions and celebrations provide an insight into different beliefs and cultures.’

We will be reading:

  • ‘Fly, Eagle, Fly’ – An African tale, retold by Christopher Gregorowski
  • ‘Anansi the Spider’ by G McDermot

The maths skills we are focusing on are:

  • Addition & Subtraction
  • Shape

In our lines of enquiry, we will explore:

  • A contrasting culture and it’s traditions
  • Significance of rituals and celebrations
  • How experiences, cultures and beliefs are expressed through art

For homework please engage in:

Daily reading and discussion about texts

Use of apps prompted by the academy such as Ed ShedMyON and Numbots. Please see the front of your child’s Reading Record book for all of their login details.

If you choose to engage in some home learning about the inquiries shown above please share any experiences via the Google Classroom. There may be additional homework set via Google Classroom from time to time linked to current learning.

where we are in place and time

Central Idea:
Significant events and people shape our lives.’

We will be reading:

  • ‘The Crow’s Tale’ by Naomi Howarth
  • ‘The Baker’s Boy and the Great Fire of London’ by Tony Bradman

The maths skills we are focusing on are:

  • Shape
  • Multiplication & division

In our lines of enquiry, we will explore:

  • What and when was the Great Fire of London
  • How sources of information can teach us about the past
  • How a significant event in history led to changes

For homework please engage in:

Daily reading and discussion about texts

Use of apps promoted by the academy such as Ed Shed, MyON and Numbots. Please see the front of your child’s Reading Record book for all of their login details. If you choose to engage in some home learning about the inquiries shown above please share any experiences via the Google Classroom. E.g. There may be additional homework set via Google Classroom from time to time linked to current learning.

How the World Works

Central Idea:
Materials interact and behave in certain ways which determine how they are used.’

We will be reading:

  • ‘The Three Little Pigs’ – traditional tale
  • ‘The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig’ by Eugene Trivizas & Helen Oxenbury

The maths skills we are focusing on are:

  • Continuing multiplication & division
  • Fractions & money

In our lines of enquiry, we will explore:

  • How materials behave.
  • The changing properties of materials.
  • The manipulation and application of materials for a new purpose.

For homework please engage in:

Daily reading and discussion about texts.

Use of apps promoted by the academy such as Ed Shed, MyON and Numbots.

Please see the front of your child’s Reading Record book for all of their login details. If you choose to engage in some home learning about the inquiries shown above please share any experiences via the Google Classroom. E.g. There may be additional homework set via Google Classroom from time to time linked to current learning.

sharing the planet

Central Idea:
People’s choices and actions impact  habitats around the world.’

We will be reading:

  • ‘The Secret Cave’ by Richard Hamilton
  • ‘The Rainbow Bear’ by Michael Morpurgo

The maths skills we are focusing on are:

  • Fractions
  • Shape
  • Measures

In our lines of enquiry, we will explore:

  • How animal are adapted to their
  • Changing habitats over time
  • Human action can have positive and negative outcomes on habitats

For homework please engage in:

Daily reading and discussion about texts

Use of apps promoted by the academy such as Ed Shed, MyON and Numbots. Please see the front of your child’s Reading Record book for all of their login details. If you choose to engage in some home learning about the inquiries shown above please share any experiences via the Google Classroom. E.g. There may be additional homework set via Google Classroom from time to time linked to current learning.