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Welcome to the Squirrels class page. We are looking forward to a busy year and we have some really exciting topics ahead. Squirrels class are lucky to have our KS1 teaching assistants working with them supporting their learning. We have lots of enthusiasm and are looking forward to the year ahead. Please feel free to come and talk to Mrs Hodgson if you have any questions.

  • Meet the Team

    Mrs Kirsten Hodgson

    Year 2 Class Teacher and KS1 Lead

    Miss Emma Gleave

    KS1 Teaching Assistant

    Mrs Clare Holden

    KS1 Teaching Assistant

    Mrs Nikki Liddle

    KS1 Teaching Assistant

  • Our Class Routines

     

    Indoor PE will be on a Monday and Outdoor PE will be on a Wednesday.  Children can come to school dressed ready in their PE kits.

     

  • Our Curriculum

    In year 2 our Cornerstones topics this year are:

    • Wriggle and Crawl
    • Muck, Mess and Mixtures
    • Coastline
    • Magnificent Monarchs
    • The Scented Garden

     

    What will my child do in Year 2?

    As in all other year groups, Year 2 follow statutory schemes of learning set out by the government. Children are assessed at the end of the year as to whether they have met the ‘expected’ national standard. At HCP, we strive to make teaching and learning personalised, exciting and creative.

    The curriculum for English in Year 2

    In Year 2, we enjoy a learning about a range of text types through the use of picture, fiction and non-fiction books. We often use real life experiences to inspire writing too. Your child’s enjoyment and understanding of language is crucial in supporting their reading and writing and the use of different stimuli encourages children’s fluency as readers, their ability as writers and their comprehension.

    Here are some of the books we plan to use this year:

    What the Ladybird Heard

    George’s Marvellous Medicine

    The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch

    The Tunnel

    The Secret Garden

    By the end of Year 2, children’s reading and writing should be sufficiently fluent for them to be able to read at 90 words per minute.  We will also develop their comprehension of reading, ensuring a good understanding, encouraging them to use inference skills and to make comparisons between texts.  We will continue to develop their love of reading for pleasure and read aloud to them in our daily ‘cosy club’ sessions. We will develop their writing skills through a range of text types, encouraging good sentence structure as well as stamina for writing longer pieces.

    The curriculum for maths in Year 2

    We begin our work in maths by ensuring a solid understanding of place value ensuring children really understand how the number system works.  From this we will begin to look at addition and subtraction using the column method, their understanding of place value plays a key part in this.  They will then develop their counting skills by counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and using this to learn their times tables and division facts.  We use their division skills to support them with the learning of finding a fraction of a number.  We will then encourage the children to use these number skills to solve problems.

    The children will also learn about 2D and 3D shapes and their properties and use these in different challenges.  They will learn to use measures in length, weight and capacity both practically and also to solve problems.  Telling the time to the nearest quarter of an hour is a further area of learning as well as learning to recognise and use money to make totals and solve problems.

  • Celebrating our Learning
  • Our Home Learning

    Children need to read their reading book every night and bring it to school each day.  We will change books as the children complete them. Please record their reading in their reading records so they can earn raffle tickets.

    Spellings will be set for children to learn on a Monday.

    The expectation for homework in Year 2 will be to practise spellings on Spelling Shed, as spelling and word knowledge are key components in the process of learning to read and write. Spelling Shed makes the acquisition of these key skills fun and engaging for pupils. The game aspect of Spelling Shed ensures children are engaged and eager to practise their spellings regularly. The low-stakes games, quizzes and reward systems ensure that children find spelling fun. Later on in the academic later children will begin to use Times Tables Rockstars to practise times tables. Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice. Each week concentrates on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practised every third week or so. 

  • Parent Zone

    To support your child at home you could try the following websites:

    http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm - Phonics games and activities to make learning phonics fun.

    www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/alphablocks - Short clips which support in developing your child’s knowledge of phonics.

    www.dinosearch.com - Dinosearch is a child-friendly version of Google which has stronger filters to protect your children when searching the internet.

    http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk - A useful website with an abundance of reference material.

    www.ictgames.co.uk - Provides a range of educational games for literacy and maths.

     

    Please let us know if there are any other websites or apps that you use at home. We can add these to our website for other parents and children to enjoy too.