In Year 2, our Broomfield children move from gap-toothed babes to something resembling sophistication. At the end of each academic year it always pleases and amazes us how much learning can be done by the young minds of Year 2 in such a relatively short time. Overall Year 2 represents an important watershed. Basic and familiar concepts are reviewed and confirmed, leading to more formal and advanced work in preparation for the school's senior classes. The class teacher is very closely supported by the Year 2 teaching assistant.
Year 2 children continue in the academic subjects established in Year 1, but add to this the experience and fun of going to Thursday afternoon games, with football, netball, rugby and hockey in the winter and spring, and cricket and rounders in the Summer. Year 2 also run, jump and hop at their first senior Sports Day in the Summer term, while parents may wish to limber up for the mums and dads races! Friday morning assembly also takes on a new meaning for Year 2 children as they now earn House points for good work and behaviour instead of lollipop stickers as in the more junior classes. This means the children will belong either to Mead, Palmer or Rose House, and will help their house win the race for the most House points scored in the year.
All aspects of English develop considerably in Year 2. In reading the children are heard by teachers and supported by the regular study of phonics and word families. Comprehension and creative writing are also of the utmost importance in developing the children's literacy this year. Regular practice in comprehension is given in class. The children's writing is developed both in factual and fiction work. In factual work, the children write from their own experiences with encouragement to employ correct sequencing and sentence structure. In their fiction, the children's own imagination blossoms as they develop their ability to construct stories with a clear introduction followed by action leading to a progressive ending. Grammar is also carefully developed this year, with a focus on correct punctuation, an understanding of nouns and verbs, genders, plurals and initials amongst others. Most children write in joined up script for the first time this year, and their overall English work is supported by regular weekly spellings (aligned with the 2014 National Curriculum) to be learned for homework. In November children take a reading age test to inform the parents evening discussion later in the winter term. The Key Stage 1 reading and comprehension tests are also taken in the summer term as an additional measure of performance and progress.
Mathematics and Science
In maths, the syllabus in line with the 2014 National Curriculum, the children cover all four rules of basic arithmetic (addition, subtraction, division and multiplication), working up to 1000. The children cover all the times tables up to 12 and are introduced to arithmetic problems with money up to £1. The children also learn about basic fractions, measures, shapes and data handling. This particularly supports our work in science where we focus on key topics including variation, forces and movement, health and growth, plants and animals in the local environment, grouping and changing materials and using electricity.
The children’s knowledge of French is further developed this year with the introduction of the written word and a gradual exposure to French spelling patterns and phrasal structures. Topics from previous years are revisited in a more sophisticated fashion. Themes include colours, animals, greetings, the weather and the human body.
History, Geography and Religious Education Understanding of the past and of the environment is developed through the Year 2 history, geography and religious education classes. In history, the children start to understand the meaning of the past, mainly through studies of famous people from all eras. In geography, the children are introduced to different areas of the world comparing our country with another through various themes such as water, transport, shops, trees, etc and particularly wild animals and their environments. Our religious education lesson covers key events in the Christian calendar as well as stories from the Old Testament.
Music and Drama
Music and drama are both taught by our specialist staff. In music, the children develop their voices, and their musicality with a varied repertoire of songs, including echo songs and antiphonal songs. The children sing to parents at Christmas and in the Summer Workshop, while many Year 2 pupils take up an instrument and perform solo at our Easter term instrumental concert. Our drama activities build the children's confidence in voice production, public speaking and performance, with many plays and poems learned for school assembly as well as the Christmas show. In the summer term, the children also present music and drama workshops to their families.
Art and Craft
Art lessons in Year 2 aim at developing the children’s manual skills, as well as their imagination using a large variety of materials and techniques. The themes range from the season and cultural celebrations and fairytale characters to the self-portraits decorating the wall outside the Year 2 classroom. ICT: lessons take place half- termly in smaller groups in the ICT suite.
Year 2 children participate in sports three times a week. In PE they move into developing their correct body shape with a programme of stretching exercises, accompanied by work on transferring weight and control of balance and tension in the body. In swimming, the children progress into swimming unaided for a sustained period, using a range of recognised strokes and having an understanding of water safety. In their weekly Games sessions, the children are coached in team sports such as: football, cricket and an introduction to contact rugby for the boys, uni-hoc, netball and rounders for the girls. During the year, the class visits a children's theatre, often the Polka Theatre, the National Gallery, and a zoo to support the wild animal project in geography.
To help the children's development, we ask parents to read at home every day with the children as well as supporting them in their regular maths, science and spelling homework. Before entering Year 2 it is most helpful if parents can spend time with the children reading as often as possible over the summer holidays, and encourage the children to write a daily diary for up to two weeks during the summer break as well as practising the times tables covered in Year 1. The Year 2 classroom is located on the ground floor of the Broomfield House Annexe, with its own entrance on the far right hand side of the main playground. The classroom opens out onto the school's special children's garden.