Year 2


The Year Two team are made up of:

 

Edison Class: 

  • Mr Hipkiss, Class Teacher (KS1 Phase Leader).

      email: phipkiss@discovery.kent.sch.uk

  • Mrs Corby, Edison Class Teaching Assistant.

Edison class is located at the front of the school.  In the morning, children can come in through the black gate by the Reception classrooms and turn immediately left.  It will be the furthest classroom to the left.  At the end of the day, parents can collect the children from outside the classroom and gain access to the school through the same gate.

 

Attenborough Class: 

  • Mrs Healey, Class Teacher (Geography Leader)

    email: chealey@discovery.kent.sch.uk

  • Mrs Lawson, Class Teacher (Geography Leader)

    email: llawson@discovery.kent.sch.uk

  • Mrs Scott, Attenborough Class Teaching Assistant

Attenborough class is located at the back of the school near the rear entrance to the school office.  In the morning, children can come in through the main gate by the bike racks.  They will need to travel round the back of Hubble and Archimedes classrooms and then it is the fourth classroom along. At the end of the day, parents can collect the children from outside the classroom and gain access to the school through the same gate.

 

Bell Class: 

  • Miss Roe, Class Teacher (Reading Leader)

    email: eroe@discovery.kent.sch.uk

  • Mrs Catt, Bell Class Teaching Assistant
  • Miss Crowe, Bell Class Key Worker

Bell class is located at the back of the school near the rear entrance to the school office.  In the morning, children can come in through the main gate by the bike racks.  They will need to travel round the back of Hubble and Archimedes classrooms and then it is the third classroom along. At the end of the day, parents can collect the children from outside the classroom and gain access to the school through the same gate.

 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to come and speak to one of us.


Our topics for the year are as follows:

 

Term 1 - Marvellous Me

 

English: key text - Paddington Bear.  We will use this to inspire the children to write their own stories and sets of instructions.

Mathematics: We will be looking at place value as well as different methods for addition and subtraction

  • History - Studying a significant local person as well as looking at changes during the children's lifetimes  
  • Geography - Studying the local area as well as developing map reading skills and looking at the British Isles.    
  • Music - Exploring how we can make different sounds using our bodies  
  • Art - Looking at work the of Alberto Giacometti and creating line drawing and sculptures inspired by his work
  • Science - Studying plants during the autumn and looking at the needs of humans and different animals
  • Computing - Typing and using technology of different purposes including recording videos
  • PSHE - Learning about the importance of a Growth Mindset and how this can impact upon a child's learning
  • RE - Looking at different religious beliefs from around the world   
  • PE - Outdoor sport - football. Indoor activity - dance.
  • D&T - Learning about the importance of a healthy diet and designing a healthy packed lunch

 

Term 2 & 3 - Time Travel

English: key text - Plague and The Great Fire by The National Archives.  We will use this to inspire the children to write imaginative recounts through the eyes of people from this time.  They will also write short descriptive accounts and stories based on this time in history.

 

Mathematics: We will be looking at money, multiplication, division, fractions as well as revisiting addition and subtraction.  There will be an increased focus on problem solving and reasoning this term.

  • History - Studying the events of The Plague as well as The Great Fire of London
  • Geography - Looking at how London has changed over time and the influence that The Great Fire had on the rebuilding of London
  • Music - Exploring how we can write notes in different ways and then record compositions using a range of technology
  • Art - Using a range of skills for different purposes, including exploring tones, using colour on a large scale, cut & shape fabric using scissors and manipulating malleable materials
  • Science - Exploring materials and their properties
  • Computing - Sending messages electronically, recording video and sound for a purpose, developing research and searching skills and starting to control technology through simple algorithms
  • PSHE - Looking at how we can keep ourselves safe at home, school and in the local environment as well as learning the importance of safe searching online
  • RE - Looking Muslim beliefs and traditions as well as the Christian Christmas story
  • PE - Outdoor sport term 2 - tennis. Indoor activity term 2 - dance
    • Outdoor sport term 3 - tag rugby. Indoor activity term 3 - infant agility
  • D&T - Exploring different types of stitch and how to join materials as well as designing a bag to suit a purpose

 

Term 4 - Intrepid Explorers

Term 5 -Intrepid Explorers

 

Term 6 - Minibeasts

 

If you would like to find out any more about the curriculum for any year group, please contact Miss Baker (Curriculum Leader and Deputy Headteacher) on jbaker@discovery.kent.sch.uk


Reading and Phonics

Throughout Key Stage 1, the children will be asked to read every night for their homework.  The school has a book scheme that is grouped into different stages.  These books are from a number of different publishers and school book schemes to enable the children to develop a love of reading a wide range of texts.  The children are encouraged to read every night for their homework.  Once they complete the book scheme, they will become a 'Free Reader' and will be able to select books from the classroom to read at home, under the guidance of the class teacher or teaching assistant.

 

In Year 2, the children continue to develop their use of phonics into spelling and we follow the spelling program 'No Nonsense Spelling'.  The children will look at a variety of spelling rules for different phonemes as well as working on spelling the common exception words for Year 2.


Government Key Stage 1 SATs Guidance for Parents


Information for Parents



Provision Map

This will be uploaded during the first few weeks of term.


A friendly reminder

In Year Two, please remember to bring in the following items labelled with your child's name:

 

  • PE Kit, navy shorts, Discovery School T-Shirt, plimsolls/trainers, tracksuit (especially as it gets cooler), spare pair of socks and a hair band. These are really important for girls who come to school wearing tights or with their hair down.
  • Wellington boots, if the weather is really bad.
  • A spare set of clothes in a separate bag (for toilet accidents and falls in the playground).
  • In the colder weather hats, gloves and a scarf are needed and in the warmer weather sun hats and sun cream will be required.  The school does provide sun hats, if you do not wish to send one in for your child.

Homework

In Year Two, we will endeavour to look at the children's school reading books every day, therefore, please ensure your child brings in their reading book and record. As far as possible, books will be changed every day but please be aware that there will be times when this is not possible.  We are aware that sometimes only a page or chapter is read.  This is absolutely fine but please still bring in the reading record as we like to look at what reading has taken place.

 

We will continue to give maths homework in the form of Big Maths. We will hand out practise sheets as and when the children request them, we do not need the practise sheets to be handed back to us. Each week the children will be timed to see how many questions they can complete, their achievements will be celebrated and their sheet sent home so you can see their progress.

 

On this page there is a list of the Year 2 Common Exception Words. These are the words the children are expected to be able to read and spell correctly by the end of Year 2. Please spend time practising these words, reading and spelling them. We won't be testing the children on them but we will expect to see them being spelt correctly in their learning.


Parent Helpers

If you have any spare time (half an hour or an hour) and you would like to help in class by listening to children read, filing work or preparing displays, please speak to your child's class teacher as we would really LOVE to have as many helpers as possible.

 

 

Thank you