Year 2 - Information and Overview
Welcome to Year 2
We are so pleased to welcome the children to Year 2. The children have all settled so well despite the unusual transition they had last summer. Before we tell you about all the exciting things we do in Year 2, we would like to introduce you to the Year 2 Team. Mrs Wheeler is the Year 2 Leader and the teacher in Spruce Class, on Fridays the class will be taught by Mrs Funnell during the Autumn Term. The children in Spruce Class are supported by Mrs Winmill the teaching assistant. The teachers of Cedar Class are Mrs Sell who will teach Monday-Tuesday and Miss Taylor who will teach Wednesday-Friday, and they are supported by Mrs Frankcom. Holly Class is taught by Miss Howells and she is supported by Mrs Davies the teaching assistant. We are looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday 16th September at 2.30pm in the school hall for our Year 2 Welcome Meeting.
The Year 2 Curriculum
The Year 2 Curriculum continues to include the core subjects alongside a number of foundation subjects as follows:
Core subjects: are fundamental, work together and support development in all other areas.
- English (reading, writing and spoken language)
Foundation subjects: include essential knowledge and skills for children to participate successfully in society.
- Art and Design
- Design Technology
- History and Geography
- Physical Education
- Religious Education
The Year 2 curriculum is planned and clearly sequenced so that children build upon previously acquired knowledge and skills; making links and connections with new concepts. In Year 2, children have SATs which are statutory tests set by government in reading and maths. These take place in the Summer term throughout May. You will find out more about these tests at our SATs information evening.
You can find lots of resources and useful information on this page to assist you in understanding and supporting your child's time in Year 2. This includes curriculum newsletters, contact information, ways to support your child at home and information about ‘Seesaw’ the online learning journal we use.
At Hiltingbury, we value working alongside parents and recognise the positive impact these successful relationships have on your child’s learning and social and emotional development. You are the experts of your child; their first and enduring educators. If you have any questions of concerns about your child’s learning, social or emotional needs, then please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher in the first instance. This can be arranged at drop off or collection if appropriate or alternatively you can arrange a telephone call or meeting through the school office.
We continue to use Seesaw as a secure online learning journal to record photos, observations and comments to build up a record of your child’s experiences during their time with us. This system allows us to work with parents and carers to share information and record the children’s learning in and outside of the classroom. We also upload home learning and set class activities using Seesaw.
Within Year 2, the topics change each half term and are reflective of the interests of the children. The indoor classroom environment is updated frequently to ensure engaging, motivational and exciting learning opportunities are provided for your child. You can find our yearly overview below and each half term you will receive a curriculum newsletter which will provide you with more detail over subject content.
Phonics and Reading
Some children will continue to follow the Letters and Sounds phonics programme during their time in Year 2. If they did not pass the Phonics Screening they will also retake this in the Summer term. Within each classroom, we have colour banded books that children will bring home each week. These books are closely matched phonetically and will support your child’s reading development. Children are encouraged to change their books twice a week. Please use your child’s reading record book to record any reading you do at home with your child. Your child’s teacher will also write in here when they hear your child to read and their reading successes such as moving to a new colour book band will also be communicated in here. You can also practise reading tricky words (words that cannot be phonetically decoded) and the high frequency words which are commonly found within these books. It will really support your child’s fluency if they can recognise these words quickly by sight. You can find the book banded word mats in the useful documents section of this page.
Transition to Juniors
We have a strong relationship with Hiltingbury Junior School and we provide lots of opportunities for joint activities and events so our children feel comfortable and confident as they move on to their next challenges. We are committed to ensuring a comprehensive transition package is organised and delivered to ensure our children leave feeling confident about the next stage of their school journey.