Year 2 Documents
Little Wandle Phonics
Why learning to read is so important
- Reading is essential for all subject areas and improves life chances.
- Positive attitudes to reading and choosing to read have academic, social and emotional benefits for children.
How children learn to read
- Phonics is the only route to decoding.
- Learning to say the phonic sounds.
- By blending phonic sounds to read words.
- Increasing the child’s fluency in reading sounds, words and books.
Reading fully decodable books
- Children must read books consistent with their phonic knowledge.
- It is essential not to use other strategies to work out words (including guessing words, deducing meaning from pictures, grammar, context clues or whole word recognition).
- Books be fully decodable and follow the Little Wandle scheme
- Children need to read books in a progressive sequence until they can decode unfamiliar words confidently.
The role of Parents’ and Carers’
- Have a positive impact on their child’s reading.
- Should model the importance of reading practice to develop fluency.
- Children take home books they have read at school to re-read at home to build fluency.
- There are two different types of books that pupils bring home: reading practice and books to share for pleasure.
- Reading at home encourages a love of books, along with developing vocabulary and discussion.
- Parents should use voices, expression, discuss unfamiliar vocabulary, talk about the pictures, and predict what might happen next.
- Give positive yet informative feedback in the home reading diary at least 3 times a week
Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.
There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:
A reading practice book.
This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently.
A sharing book. Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.
This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading.
Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.
In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together.
Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!
Resources for Home
Year 2 2021-2022
Burger 'Cook and Eat'
As part of our DT work, linked with our Geography work about Orlando, we designed a meal that Goofy would love to eat - and burgers are his favourite! We then made the burgers and got to taste them for ourselves. They were delicious!!!!
Finally we got to enjoy our first sports day! We cheered each other on and loved taking part in all of the different races. It would not be possible without the support of the parents! Thank you!
Over the past couple of years, parents haven't been able to come into school and see what we have been doing. Some of the Year 2 parents and grandparents came in to spend the afternoon with us flicking through our books and discussing what we have learnt over the year. It was lovely to be able to show the progress we have made!
We have had an excellent time exploring during Forest School. Some of us have been making log pets, others have been building a den and some of us were playing in the mud kitchen. We have harvested some onions to take home and even been picking raspberries!
Fair Trade Artwork
We have been thinking about fair trade and the people who grow all of the food we like to eat. We had a whole school assembly to think about what we can do to make sure the workers get a fair price for the produce they grow. We then created artwork around using some of the produce grown.
Queen's Jubilee Party
We all enjoyed celebrating the Queen's platinum jubilee together as a whole school. We all devoured a special jubilee packed lunch, showed off our dance moves with a party and took part in different games. We were even treated to a 'Manfredi Ice Cream'.
KS1 Football Festival
Some of the children represented the school in a football festival. They enjoyed taking part in activities learning new skills. The children made us proud!
St Bernadette's Feast Day
We had a lovely time celebrating St Bernadette's Feast Day with a 'Manfredi Ice Cream'. We have enjoyed learning all about St Bernadette's life this week and about the Holy site of Lourdes.
Stations of the Cross
During Holy Week we went over to Church to see the stations of the Cross reflections by the children at our school. We all thought about what Jesus went through during the events of Good Friday. As a class, we produced a reflection on...
Station 7 - Jesus fell for a second time
Station 9 - Jesus fell for a third time
Station 13 - Jesus was taken down from the cross
Take a look at our worship area and RE display for Lent...
Year 2's Class Mass was all about what we can be doing during Lent. We thought about 'doing more' - praying, giving to others and doing our best in everything.
We have been playing games using diennes to help with 'exchanging' when subtracting two two-digit numbers.
KS1 Outside Area
Year 2 have been using the Key Stage 1 outside area to help with their learning. They have been using string to help their fine motor skills, rekenreks to help with Maths and making silly sentences using adjectives.
We have been using Pie Corbett's talk for writing to help retell the story of 'Pumpkin Soup' and Pie's own version 'Time for Tea'. We are using our knowledge of these stories to then create our own animal adventure!
Year 2 had a visit from the fire service where we discussed fire safety. We all know that we need to check our smoke alarms and make sure the doors in our houses are closed before we go to bed. We enjoyed asking the firefighters lots of different questions!
Year 2 presented an assembly to the whole school to celebrate the Harvest. We have been thinking about 'Going Green' with a link to CAFOD and their 'Eyes of the World' campaign. Take a look at our video.
Some of the Year 2 children represented the school in the Fit2Glow tournament where they played glow in the dark football against other local schools. Fun was had by all and the children showed excellent behaviour and sportsmanship.
In our Maths work we have been using diennes to demonstrate greater than, less than and equal to. Take a look at us all working hard!
Year 2 2020-2021
Beacon Fell Trip
We had a lovely time on our school trip to Beacon Fell. We enjoyed making some artwork in the style of Andy Goldsworthy, building dens for the animals that live in the forest and making a map of everything we could see around us. The sun was shining and everybody had lots of fun! Some of us even needed a nap on the way back!
Book Day 2021
As World Book Day took place during lockdown, we managed to celebrate the day all together before May half term. We all had a great day thinking about alternative ending to fairytale stories!
Forest Schools - May
We absolutely loved our first ever 'Forest Schools' session! We got to meet Mrs Topping and we even made our own fishing rod. Take a look at us fishing around the garden for different things!
Stations of the Cross
We went over to Church to reflect on the Stations of the Cross. The children were all respectful and it gave us a chance to relive Jesus' journey on Good Friday. When we returned to school we chose one station to write in detail about.
Here are some photographs of the cards we made for Mother's Day. Thank you for everything you do for us!
We all enjoyed our Christmas Lunch where we sang Christmas songs and pulled crackers. Thank you to those who donated selection boxes and the presents from Blackpool Football Club.
We have taken part in the Elf Run around the school field where we had to avoid obstacles, jump over hurdles and throw bean bags into hoops. We completed 3 laps in style. We hope we have managed to raise a lot of money for Brian House!
We have been planting some bulbs in the Prayer Garden so that in the Spring time it looks lovely and inviting for people to take time out of their day and say a prayer or have a moment of reflection.
In RE we were talking about the book 'In my Heart' and discussed the different emotions that our we feel. From this we created some artwork. Our hearts were full of different colours