Year 2 CURRICULUM

Click on the links below to find out what your child is being taught each half-term:

Autumn Term (2) Curriculum Overview

Autumn Term (1) Curriculum Overview

 

Lessons become more formal in Year 2 as children start the second year of the National Curriculum. This means that there is an increased amount of whole class teaching with the expectation that children will be able to listen to the teacher for longer periods than they did in Year 1. However, learning experiences are designed to be active, stimulating and engaging for all pupils. For example, children visit a number of different businesses in Market Weighton to find out more about our town.  Subjects are often taught through a termly or half-termly topic.The children engage in a rich cross curriculum and creative range of activities via the topics.


Children continue to be set by ability for reading, writing and maths lessons from the beginning of Year 2. This means that they are taught by more than one teacher. Setting in this way ensures that each child is provided with learning experiences that match their level of ability enabling the teacher to provide the appropriate support or extension. This year, we have four class teachers in Year 2, so children are set into four different ability groups.  Children in Year 2 are assessed in May using the Key Stage 1 statutory test materials.

In Year 2, schools have to use a range of codes when reporting their teacher assessment to parents. The main codes are as follows:

For reading, writing and mathematics:

Code

Description

WTS

Working towards the expected standard

EXS

Working at the expected standard

GDS

Working at greater depth within the expected standard

 

For science only:

Code

Description

HNM

Has not met the expected standard

EXS

Working at the expected standard

 

If you require any further explanation, please do not hesitate to speak to Mrs Kay-Wood or your child’s class teacher.

Click here for a letter about the SATS and please see  below a copy of the Power Point Presentation used at the SATS Parents Meeting on 13th March 2017 as well as Sample Booklets of questions.

 

Power Point Presentation for SATS Parents Meeting March 2017

English Grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1

English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2

English Reading Paper 1

English Reading Paper 2

English Reading Paper 2 Question and Answer Booklet

Mathematics Paper 1 Arithmetic

Mathematics Paper 2 Reasoning

Click here for The National Curriculum In England and see pages 55 to 58 for spelling

Click here for The Teacher Assessment Frameworks End of KS1 and see page 3 for reading, page 5 for writing and pages 7 & 8 for maths expectations

Click here for The Teacher Assessment End of KS1 Science and see page 27 for expectations

Click here for The Parent's Guide to New National Curriculum Tests

Click here for The Standards and Testing Agency's Guide for Parents for the National Curriculum Test at the End of Key Stage One

  

English: National Curriculum for English

Phonics is delivered following the Read Write Inc programme. We hold a reading workshop to help parents to understand how we teach phonics and this helps them to teach their child to read in partnership with us. Our main school reading scheme is the Oxford Reading Tree (ORT)- these books are about a family of characters called Mum, Dad, Biff, Chip, Kipper and Floppy the dog. For free interactive ORT reading books visit http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-owl/find-a- book/library-page. You will simply need to register by logging in and creating a password to be able to enjoy them with your child. Get reading!

Children are taught to read in school through weekly "guided reading" lessons when they are organised into small ability-based groups. Follow the link below to find out more:

Guided Reading Info for Parents

Children are taught the basic skills of writing in ability groups and use these writing skills in all other areas of the curriculum. The children have an individual target card for writing eg. “to use full stops and capital letters” or “to sit my letters on the line” and their writing is marked to assess progress in their target area.   For further information regarding our Handwriting scheme, follow the link: Handwriting at Market Weighton Infant School

Maths: National Curriculum for Mathematics

In Y2, maths is taught in ability groups so that tasks can be matched to the children's different abilities. The children engage in many different types of practical activities and have access to a broad range of visual resources to help them to understand key concepts.

 

Science: National Curriculum for Science

In Year 2 pupils observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and phenomena. They begin to work together to collect evidence to help them answer questions and to link this to simple scientific ideas. They evaluate evidence and consider whether tests or comparisons are fair. They use reference materials to find out more about scientific ideas. They share their ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables.

Children have the opportunity to work on a tinkering table. The tinkering table is where children can safely take apart broken electrical items. The children are taught how to use tools e.g. screw driver safely. They are encouraged to think about how the item has been made and what it is made of.

Each year we have a science themed week e.g. in 2014 we had a space themed week. A mobile planetarium came into school. The children were taught by a space scientist from York University about the different planets. The week was at the same time as the Rosetta landing so another scientist visited us and answer the children’s questions about the Rosetta and he told the children more about the importance of the mission. 

 

Computing:  National Curriculum for Computing 

To meet the requirements of the National Curriculum children are taught the three aspects of Computing: 
1. computer science
2. information technology
3. digital literacy  

Children have weekly lessons to introduce a new task or skill, and are given opportunities to use technology in other areas of the curriculum, such as English, Maths and History. Examples of tasks include activities to support the understanding of algorithms;programming a Beebot; using the internet to find things out; making a simple programme using 2Code; creating a poster with text and images; how to use the internet safely.

All children are given a user name and password to access Purple Mash at home. This gives them the opportunity to repeat or continue some of the tasks they have been doing at school. If they save their work they are able to access it again and show us what they have achieved. Purple Mash is accessed via our school website- simply click on “Purple Mash” to enter your child’s password.


History:   National Curriculum for History

Children find out about the past through their topic work. We encourage children to be curious to find out more about the past and to ask and answer questions by weighing up the evidence. For example, the children in Year 2 study paintings to find out more about "The Great Fire of London". Children begin to understand when past events happened and are introduced to historical vocabulary. For example, when the children learn about "The Gunpowder Plot", this is mapped on a timeline so that children can understand when it happened.

Geography: National Curriculum for Geography

Children find out about the world and its people through their topic work. Children develop knowledge about Market Weighton, the UK and the world. They are introduced to geographical vocabulary and basic geographical skills such as first-hand observation to study the environment around them. In Year 2, the children visit a lot of businesses in the town to find out about the different range of local services available. They also learn about South Africa to develop their understanding of similarities and differences between places.

Art & Design: National Curriculum for Art and Design 

Through our Art and Design curriculum, we aim to teach children to:
1. Create – to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
2. Communicate – to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
3. Develop a wide range of art and design techniques using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
4. Appreciate the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, making links with their own work.


We believe that Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination.  It enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. We believe that the appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives. At our school, all pupils are taught Art and Design at a level appropriate to their needs and abilities using a variety of teaching and learning styles. 

 

Music: National Curriculum for Music 
Music at our school is exciting and lively. It is an integral part of school life. A visitor walking around school may well hear singing or music coming from any classroom at any time, as we like to use music to support all our areas of learning. We use songs, chants and rhymes to re-inforce our maths work, literacy learning and science ideas. New songs are taught which link specifically with a class topic.

Each class has a timetabled music session where children are taught to use their voices expressively and creatively, to play instruments, to listen to music and to create their own sounds and music. In addition, the whole year group meet every week for their "Big Sing" when all children and staff get together to share a range of fun action songs. These sessions are enjoyed by all taking part. At the end of each term, the whole school joins together for a combined "Big Sing" when we listen to and learn each others songs.

In Year 2, singing ability and repertoire is developed further to include songs from other cultures, singing in rounds and simple two-part songs. In addition to untuned percussion instruments, all children are taught to play the recorder and many play tuned percussion instruments- xylophone and glockenspiel. We like to share our enjoyment of music with the community in Market Weighton and perform concerts in St John's Methodist Church and at various residential homes throughout the town. A highlight for us is our annual carol singing at Tesco!

 

PE: National Curriculum for PE 
Children are taught a variety of skills through dance, gymnastics and sporting activities. The school receives Sports Premium money from the government and how this money is spent can be accessed on our school website by clicking on this link. 

Children participate in a wide range of events including: ‘The British Heart Foundation Big Skip’, 'The Sport Relief Mile’, Sports Day and after-school clubs. Children participate in physical activities to music after lunchtime registration known as "Activate"- we have English, French and Spanish language versions!


Design & Technology: National Curriculum for Design and Technology

Our Design and Technology curriculum allows children to apply knowledge and skills when designing and making products. We want children to have a clear idea of who they are designing and making products for and aim to address their needs, wants, interests or preferences.

Children are taught a particular Design and Technology skill and then given the opportunity to explore and develop their skills through ongoing provision and topic based activities. Skills taught include: Sliders and Levers, Wheels and Axels, Free Standing Structures, Templates and Joining, and Preparing Fruit and Vegetables.

We encourage children to work independently either as individuals, in pairs or as part of a group, taking increasing responsibility for their work. They learn to understand and apply the principle of nutrition and learn how to cook. Importantly, children establish appropriate hygienic and safe working techniques when using a range of tools and materials.

 

Religious Education: we follow the Local Authority Agreed Syllabus

RE is taught in accordance with the aims of the East Riding of Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus.  It supports and strengthens what we aim to do in every aspect of school life, and reflects our caring ethos and the value we place on the development of the whole child. Children learn about different religions, cultures and beliefs, and then are given opportunities to reflect upon these in order to develop their own views religious and moral issues.  Emphasis is placed on children asking questions and finding out for themselves at their own level.  Christianity is taught as our main religion with Judaism and other major religions explored where appropriate. Parents of a pupil at a state school have the right to withdraw their child from RE lessons.  Any parent who wishes this is requested to consult the Headteacher.

 

PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education):
This is a non-statutory subject. Our whole-school aims are:
1. To provide opportunities to turn knowledge into understanding

2. To provide opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities.

3. To teach the skills and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives.

PSHE is not limited to a subject taught in class.  Assemblies, class circle time, Golden Rules, playground and lunchtime supervision and individual support link together to provide an environment where our children feel safe, valued and respected at all times.

Our Golden Rules are: 
1. We are gentle- We don’t hurt others
2. We are kind and helpful- We don’t hurt anybody’s feelings
3. We listen- We don’t interrupt
4. We are honest- We don’t cover up the truth
5. We work hard- We don’t waste our time or others’ time
6. We look after property- We don’t waste or damage things

We need our children to understand themselves as people who are kind and helpful, honest, hard working, careful and good listeners. We want our school to be a place where everyone learns to “walk the talk”.  These rules apply both inside and outside the classroom (eg at playtimes).