Year 2

Welcome to Year Two!

We have four classes in our year group, each with a class teacher and supported by a teaching assistant.

 

Class Class Teacher Teaching Assistant
Jaguars Miss Adam Mrs Ghumra
Tigers Mrs Makda Mrs Ghumra
Leopards Miss Lyall Mrs Patel
Lions Miss Mohamed Mrs Patel

 

In Year 2 we aim to provide a stimulating and exciting curriculum, to challenge and develop the children’s knowledge and skills, building on their previous learning. We encourage both individual and collaborative learning and ensure our teaching meets the needs of all children. There is a real emphasis on developing social skills, questioning, behaviours and motivation to empower all children, to become lifelong learners.

A high priority is to allow children to gain independence and the necessary skills to allow a smooth transition to their junior school.  As a school with many children with English as an additional language, care is taken to ensure that children are given the necessary vocabulary and grammar, for both written and oral English.

We work closely with parents, not only to ensure that their children enjoy, achieve and succeed but in also providing guidance on how to support children’s learning at home.  High attendance is crucial to aid your children’s progression.

 

Our Topics include: 

– Me, Myself and My World
– London
– Famous People
– Journey to Space
– The Natural World
– The Natural World and Transition


PSHE

Our PSHE curriculum allows our children to develop the skills and attitudes to enable them to participate and contribute positively to life in Modern Britain.


R time

R time forms part of our PSHE teaching, where children are paired randomly to complete activities and tasks together. The focus of R time is the development of relationships that are both effective and respectful.

We use and adapt activities set out in the r time manual for year two. Further information and video clips of r time in action can be viewed here.


Circle time

Circle time forms another aspect of our PSHE teaching and is implemented alongside our behaviour policy- using golden time as a treat, that children can earn for following the school golden rules. In year two, our golden time is on a Friday afternoon where we endeavour to provide the children with activities and resources that they view as a reward and are above and beyond the normal range of resources they have access to during the rest of the week.

Key areas of teaching are to :

– promote social skills and positive relationships;
– encourage positive behaviour and a caring and respectful ethos;
–  help children develop their self-esteem and self-confidence;
– support the emotional well-being of children and adults;

Our school assemblies are also following the themes set out in SEAL:

– New beginnings
– Getting on and falling out
– Say no to bullying
– It’s good to be me
– Going for Goals
– Relationships
– Changes


Transition

We spend the last half term completing transition work between the infant and junior school to ensure a smooth transition for all of our children.

This includes:

– A day at the Junior School
– Meetings for parents to explain and discuss transition and provide opportunities to ask questions
– Planned lessons focused on transition and emotions
– A transition workshop
– Planned meetings between the infant and junior teachers to ensure all information is transferred
– The junior teacher spends time at the infant school with their new class to get to know them better
– A moving up booklet for children to take between the two schools