Year 2

Our Curriculum This Year 

We have redesigned the school curriculum plan so that, while it is still based on the National Curriculum, it better reflects our ethos and values. One of the main changes is the addition of planned enrichment and am emphasis on Values-based Education, developing a Growth Mindset (a belief that everyone can learn and improve) and teaching Habits of the Mind (skills that will help children to become better learners).  We want our children to have aspirations for the future, but believe that in order for that to happen, we need to give them different experiences so that they know what they might aspire to.

Click here to see what we'll be studying in Year 2.  There will be changes and additions as we go along, so check in regularly to see what's happening.  We will send home a half-termly topic planner so that you can see in more detail what your child will be learning and how you can help at home.  This term's planner can be found here.

Helping at Home
These websites might help to brighten up repetition of learning facts.  You could also play card games, sing (lots of great songs on Youtube), play games with the facts on the way to school etc.  This covers all our school subjects.  I like Bitesize Literacy and Numeracy best.  mixture of Literacy games (they are for all ages, so select the right level for your child) lots of phonic games linked to the sounds we have to teach across KS1
We need to be able to spell the first 300 commonly used words and the National Curriculum 'exception words'.  Click below to see what these words are:
First 100 words             Next 200 words           Year 1 words           Year 2 words
(You will see that there is quite a over lap and that the exception words are part of the first 300 words, so at school we focus on those)
We also need to be able to add and subtract numbers from 0 - 20 in different ways, e.g. 3 + 12 = ?, 12 + ? = 15, ? - 3 = 12 etc.  Year 2 are expected to know their x2, x5, x10 times tables - begin by counting in 2s, 5s, 10s, then learn them in order, then try them randomly.  Can they link them to division, i.e. if your child knows 3 x 2 = 6, can they tell you how many groups of 2 are in 6?

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