Welcome to Year Two.

We are taught by Miss McKenzie and Mrs Beck.

In Year Two we aim high so that we achieve our full potential. We do this through having a growth mindset. The term ‘growth mindset’ refers to a way of thinking, learning and taking on challenges. A person with a growth mindset is open to: constructive criticism; takes feedback and uses it; takes on new challenges; pushes themselves outside of their comfort zone and shows resilience and perseverance. Each week a child who has been showing resilience is awarded with a certificate in our Friday celebration assembly.

Each week our class will have a different growth mindset challenge. Ask your child what our challenge is each week!

In Maths we are using the White Rose Maths scheme as a basis for our curriculum. It focuses on using concrete, pictorial and abstract ways of learning Maths skills. Concrete is when children use a range of resources to help them see what is happening with the numbers. Pictorial is drawing pictures to represent their thinking and helping the children to remember the resources. Abstract is using written methods to answer questions. The children work with a partner to answer the questions and to prove the answers to one another. We use questions such as: How do you know that? Can you prove it? What would happen if?

In English we have a strong focus on speaking and listening and include this in all of our subjects. This encourages the children to listen and give their opinions using standard English. We are using Talk 4 Writing which involves exploring a book using questions, creating story maps and learning them and then applying what we know to create our own story using some elements of the learnt story.

In Year Two, reading is valued and we emphasise this through reading together. During this we look at a text which links to our English work. This encourages the children to make connections across the subjects, which is a vital skill. During this session, we build on reading and comprehension skills. We build reading skills through three strategies: ‘Right There’, ‘Dig Deeper’ and ‘Reading Detective’. These strategies enable us to find key words and clues to answer questions on the text.

Also to continue with developing the value of reading we have Dear Time. This is ‘story time’ when children listen to a story read by an adult, for the last 15 minutes of the day.