In year 2 we aim to provide the balance of a challenging and stimulating curriculum which enthuses the children to become creative, hardworking, independent learners. We work hard to ensure that all children are challenged in their lessons and children regularly have the opportunity to review their own learning. We believe that it is important for children to enjoy school and enjoy learning and this will be something we strive to achieve.
We teach phonics every day, continuing the Letters & Sounds programme. We work hard on the technical skills of writing such as punctuation, finger spaces and letter formation. A main focus in Year 2 will be on spelling and grammar. Children are encouraged to write each day, and we link writing opportunities to real experiences where possible.
We teach lots of different mathematical skills within our daily Numeracy lesson. We focus on forming numbers correctly, counting objects accurately, knowing our number bonds to 10, 20 and 100, and spotting and extending number patterns. We use practical resources to help us make sense of abstract concepts.
We teach Science weekly, encouraging children to explore the world around them, ask questions and carry out simple tests. Children will begin to use simple equipment, making measurements and collecting results. They will begin to think about how to make test fair and will use their observations and results to reach simple conclusions.
We teach the Foundation subjects through a topic based approach, always encouraging to make links to prior learning. We aim to provide real experiences. We believe that children learn by doing, so we take them on several educational visits, invite speakers into school, bring in artefacts and interesting objects, and use our environment to spark learning. The topic work is planned and taught on a two year cycle along with the Year 1 class.
It is very much the ethos of the school that we foster and develop the approach of understanding, consideration and respect for self and others. We also believe that children should be provided with the opportunity to reflect upon not only their own beliefs, but also those of others.
This will be ensured through our religious education which is mainly Christian but also includes the study of other world religions and cultures, based on the SACRE agreed syllabus. We have daily acts of collective worship, which are broadly Christian in nature. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from these on religious grounds.
We believe that education about self, relationships and healthy lifestyles underpin all aspects of school life.