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Summer 2017

Spring 2017

Curriculum Overview

English- In English this term we have been focusing on non-fiction writing and writing letters, using the book ‘The Day The Crayons Quit’. The children have loved getting into character as different crayons and produced great writing! As part of World Book Day, we chose to focus our writing on ‘Gangsta Granny’ by David Williams. The children will then be writing character descriptions, focusing on using conjunctions and adjectives. As part of whole school improvement priorities, we have also focused heavily on reading in Year 2 and this is having a positive impact, particularly in comprehension sessions. We have re-timetabled reading to ensure that children receive a thorough, targeted session focused on developing key strategies. So far, children have worked hard to develop their scanning and inference skills and we are beginning to use prediction well too. Furthermore, the assessment of Guided Reading has been much more successful since the introduction of the Assertive Mentoring Guided Reading grids.

 

Mathematics- In mathematics the focus has been on time, shape and money. In addition to this, the children have been developing their calculation skills, including adding and subtracting two digit numbers. We will be continuing this and also focusing on developing written methods of calculation (partitioning and column addition) in line with the school’s Visual Calculation Policy. Discrete arithmetic sessions will be used to further develop and apply these skills to a variety of challenging calculations. ‘Maths Hub’ resources are continuing to be effective across Year 2 and are now being used consistently across both Year 1 and 2. There is an improving picture in Year 2 for reasoning, with children developing both spoken and written responses to a reasoning task. In lower set Maths, some children have also been able to access reasoning resources (if ready) with the help of key words and scaffolds. Children have been able to articulate their answers using technical mathematical vocabulary such as ‘commutativity’ and ‘inverse operations’.

 

Predictions for the end of Year 2 in 2017 remain strong and will evidence excellent progress from starting points at the end of Reception.

 

Topic- Our topic for the first half term was ‘Africa’ where we focused on comparing Africa’s culture and climate to the UK. In the second half term we will continue with our journey around the world, focussing on’ The Amazon Rainforest’. As part of this topic we will be comparing animals from the UK and the Rainforest and looking at how they have adapted to their habitat.

 

 

Pupil Premium Provision & Impact

As reported in the Autumn term report, we have a number of successful interventions in place across Year 2 aimed to target both disadvantaged pupils and those at risk of not meeting ARE. Interventions include: Get Writing, numbers count, readers count, Project X and First Class @ Number. These are led by teaching assistants (Mrs Quiney, Mrs Arshad) and teachers (Mr Napier and Miss Carroll).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is an outline of the results and progress made in these interventions (including SEN and FSM children):

 

Name

 

Intervention

Progress

Year 2

(SEMH/MLD)

Readers Count

Mrs Carroll

1:1

Reading Progress

25 months

Phonics Progress

24 months

Y2

SLCN/SEMH

First class @ Number

Mrs Arshad

1:4

Number Progress

30 months

Y2

SLCN/ MLD

 

First class @ Number

Mrs Arshad

1:4

Number Progress

9 months

 

  • 26% of the children in Year 2 currently receive FSM

  • 39% of the pupil premium children in year 2 are involved with our school family worker Mrs B. Knox.

  • 31% of disadvantaged pupils receive additional reading intervention.

  • 19% of disadvantaged pupils receive additional writing intervention.

  • 19% of disadvantaged pupils receive additional mathematics intervention.

 

 

 

Most Able Provision & Impact

‘Maths Hub’ resources are continuing to be effective across Year 2 and are now being used consistently across both Year 1 and 2. There is an improving picture in Year 2 for reasoning, with children developing both spoken and written responses to a reasoning task. In reading we are now using more challenging reading strategies, with the opportunity for pupils to develop and apply these across more challenging texts. Also, we have selected a challenging class novel to give the children the opportunity to discuss and express views about stories at a level beyond that at which they can read independently. Our weekly ‘Cracking Comprehension’ sessions are also giving the children the exposure to more challenging texts and question types.

 

 

British Values

In RE our topic is currently ‘Our World’ and focuses on admiring beauty in the world, learning to respect the world around us and animals. In addition to this, the children have been given the opportunity to compare the similarities and differences from two creation stories and make links to their own views.

 

 

 

 

Attendance

Week

Miss Green

Miss Crossley

6th January 2017

89.1%

97.6%

13th January 2017

92.9%

99.4%

20th January 2017

95.8%

98.4%

27th January 2017

96.8%

98.7%

3rd February 2017

91.3%

96.5%

10th February 2017

94.5%

98.4%

17th February 2017

93%

95.2%

3rd March 2017

99%

99.4%

Average

94.1%

97.9%

 

We continue to work hard on praising the children each day on their attendance. We aim to be above 97%. Where this isn’t the case, we are working in partnership with the Inclusion Team to continue to break down barriers to improving attendance for individual pupils.

 

Autumn Term 2016

Summer Term 2016

 

We have had a very busy and exciting school term, learning lots of interesting things and get ready for our KS1 SATS.


The children have, as always, worked extremely hard this term in their literacy and numeracy, and all other areas of school life.

 

In Literacy the children have been focusing on the work of Roald Dahl, in particular the stories of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the BFG. Within the unit Miss Green’s class have completed work on a range of text types for example, character descriptions of Charlie, Willy Wonka and Augustus Gloop, setting descriptions of both outside and inside the factory, golden ticket invitations and newspaper reports about Charlie winning the last golden ticket. The children loved reading the story as a class and completing the work that went alongside. Miss Crossley’s class have been looking at the story of the BFG and have completed a recount, setting descriptions, made dream catchers and used their imagination to write their own dreams.

 

In Numeracy we have been consolidating our work on number and have been learning a range of different written methods for the four operations. We have also been looking at telling the time, money and fractions of numbers and shapes.

 

We have continued to work hard with our assertive mentoring this term. The children in year 2 enjoy both the Grammar Hammer and the weekly skills maths assessment tests and are very enthusiastic about getting their scores and learning new skills to help them improve next time. This term we have focused heavily on the new arithmetic element of the Key Stage 1 SAT’s and have been completing weekly arithmetic tests. The children love to receive their individual results and can’t wait to hear if we have improved our class score.

 

In year 2 we are lucky enough to have an additional teacher and we have utilised this resource to support our below average children and collect evidence in line with the SAT’s exemplification. Both Miss Green and Miss Crossley have completed after school boosters in both reading and maths to target those children who were just below where they needed to be and those whom we deemed to be working within the greater depth boundary of the exemplification.

 

Year 2 were selected early to complete the reading SATs paper. The children were streamed into 3 groups and all children worked hard to rise to the challenge. At the end of May the children completed the rest of their SAT’s in Reading and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar. The children worked extremely hard and we are very proud of their achievements.

 

On Friday 10th June, we were externally moderated by the Local Authority. The meeting was extremely positive and all our judgments were agreed.

 

Spring Term 2016

 

Curriculum Overview
We have had another busy but exciting half term in year 2. In literacy we have been looking information pages. To inspire the children we invited an owl expert into school, who brought with him 8 different species of owls. The children were able to hold the owls and ask many questions. The children gathered lots of exciting facts which they then used in their writing, the results were fantastic!


In numeracy we have been working hard on written calculation for all four areas. We have also been looking at shape, fractions, time and money. In line with the new SATs for 2016, the children have been working hard on their mental arithmetic, to improve both speed and accuracy. More recently the children have started taking arithmetic style SATs papers as practise.


Our topic for Spring 1 has been Around the World. As a hook into the topic we looked at pirates and then set off on our journey. We started our journey looking at the UK and then ventured off around the world learning all about the 7 continents and the surrounding seas and oceans. We then sailed to Antarctica, where we have been learning all about the different types of penguins that live there and have produced some beautiful silk paintings. In the next few weeks we will be sailing to the Amazon rainforest where we will learn all about the animals that live there and the different levels of the rainforest.

 

Pupil Premium Provision & Impact
50% of the pupil premium children in year 2 are involved with our school family worker Mrs.B. Knox. Within this we have 3 children who also have support from our Learning Mentor Ms.A.Reagan who helps ensure that they are in school each day and arrive on time.

39% of our pupil premium children receive small group intervention work in Literacy. This is through the scheme Get Writing which is taught by teacher Mr Napier/ Jo Guile

 
Most Able Provision & Impact
In year 2 we have continued to stream for numeracy, literacy, science, phonics and Guided reading. This allows us to really focus on the needs of individual children and place support where needed. Mastery stickers and wizard challenges in maths are now established in year 2 and working well which encourages the children to think about their work in greater depth.


Since our Autumn term assessment, Miss Green and Miss Crossley have organised boosters after school on a Tuesday and a Thursday for both reading and maths for our more able leaners to help them secure the level they deserve.

 

British Values
In RE our topic has been Our World. This unit is to help pupils to reflect on the view that the planet we inhabit is a special (some would say sacred) space for which we all have responsibility. We started the topic by encouraging the children to reflect on the beauty and complexity of the natural world. We have been looking at the world and the need to protect and care for the earth and all that it includes. This has linked quite nicely with our literacy and topic work on endangered animals and the need to protect them. We have also created a scroll which is up in the school hall linked to the Rule of Law, where the children were asked to think about fair rules that we want for our classrooms and school.

 

Attendance
Week ending     Miss Green      Miss Crossley
3.3.16                   98.7%             93.2%
25.2.16                 97.3%            93.4%
11.2.16                  99.7%            95.5%
4.2.16                   95.7%             95.2%
28.1.16                  98%                97%
14.1.16                   97%               95%
7.1.16                    98%               96%
Average                97.7%           95.04%

We continue to work hard on praising the children each day on their attendance. Class dojo points are awarded for attendance on a weekly basis. We aim to be at 97%.

 

 

 

Owl Visit - January 2015


Our Year 2 children had a fabulous visit from Hawks R Us this afternoon.

 


The children got to see some fantastic Owls and learnt about some of the wonderful Owls that live around them. They learnt about their habitat and the difference between nocturnal and diurnal owls, diet and behaviour.

 


Some of the smaller birds could even fly around our school hall and lots of children got he chance to hold them!

 


They learnt about nocturnal animals and how they service at night.

 


We look forward to seeing some wonderful work around this topic!

Autumn Term 2015

 

Curriculum Overview
We have had a busy half term in year 2. In literacy we have been looking at tales from other cultures. We started the year with a traditional Australian tale called ‘ How the birds got their colours’ and then moved on to looking at the story of the Greedy Zebra, a traditional African story. We looked at a range of different text types including character descriptions, setting descriptions and narrative. In numeracy we have been working hard on number, in particular place value. We have recently moved on to applying our place value knowledge to addition and subtraction calculations. Our topic for the Autumn term has been The Great Fire of London. We have enjoyed learning about how and why the fire started, the damages that were caused and how London was rebuilt after the fire.


Pupil Premium Provision & Impact
50% of the pupil premium children in year 2 are involved with our school family worker Mrs Knox. Within this we have 3 children who also have support from our Learning Mentor Ms Regan who helps ensure that they are in school each day and are on time.

39% of our pupil premium children receive small group intervention work in Literacy. This is through the scheme Get Writing which is taught by teacher Mr Napier.

17% of the pupil premium receive small group intervention in maths and a further 17% receive 1:1 tuition from our numbers and phonics counts teacher Mrs Carroll.

 

Most Able Provision & Impact
In year 2 this year we are streamed for most subjects, including numeracy, literacy, science, phonics and reading. This allows us to really focus on the needs of individual children and place support where needed. We have introduced wizard challenges within numeracy, which extend the children with their learning. More recently, we have introduced the idea of mastery in maths, which encourages the children to think about their work in greater depth.
Once children have completed their Autumn term assessments, both myself and Miss Crossley will be running stage 3 booster classes in both reading and maths to ensure our more able children are exposed to higher level work.


British Values
In RE our topic has been Festivals of Light. We have looked at a range of different religions and made comparisons across them, enabling the children to develop a greater understanding and tolerance of other faiths and beliefs. Within these sessions children are encouraged to talk openly about their own religions and beliefs and we encourage the children to listen and respect each others’ views.


Attendance
Percentage Attendance By Week 
   

W/E                Class A     Class B
05/11/2015        94.7        97.9
22/10/2015       95.7        97.3
15/10/2015       98.3         100
08/10/2015      95.3         99.7
01/10/2015      95.4         96.3
24/09/2015     100          96.7
17/09/2015      98.6        97.7
10/09/2015      93.1        92.3
Average           96.39     97.24


We continue to work hard on praising the children each day on their attendance. Class dojo points are awarded for attendance on a weekly basis. We aim to be above 96%.

Welcome to Year 2!

 

During the Spring term we have been very busy learning about the world in our topic Journeys. We have learned all about the 7 continents and the surrounding seas and oceans. We started our journey looking at our local area and London. The children completed some fabulous literacy work on the book The Naughty Bus and created their own buses as part of DT. Our next stop was Antarctica. Here the children learned lots about the climate and different species of penguins that live here. We also learned about how penguins have adapted and are able to survive in such cold conditions. The children then made some beautiful silk paintings focusing on penguins and their environment.

 

 

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