We are very excited to welcome you to our Year 2 page. In Year 2, we continue to encourage pupils to develop a love of learning and a zest for life. We want our pupils to experience a rich, broad and stimulating curriculum, and they are encouraged to work hard and enjoy their learning. Please browse our page to find out what we will have in store for them over the next year.
The Year 2 Team
Our Year 2 class teacher is Miss Simpson and our fabulous learning support assistants are Mrs Peet and Miss Walker. This year, we are also very lucky to have a graduate teacher, Miss Derbyshire working with us. The Year 2 team will work with our Y2 children, enabling them to make the best possible progress throughout their learning journey.
Our Daily Timetable
Topic Session 1
Topic Session 2
In order to support your child's learning and development at home, we do expect that you are able to guide them in completing some weekly home learning:
• Reading x 5 times per week (10-15 minutes). If your child brings home a reading comprehension as this is a big focus in Y2, please bear in mind that we only expect the same amount of time to be spent on this. Therefore your child may only answer 1-2 questions in one sitting.
Tapestry challenge - Sometimes we will set a homework task linked to a topic. This may be to research something, to bring something in etc. but will be only once every half term.
Mathletics / IXL (Children get a certificate for 1000 points per week)
Maths Passports – practise the skills to develop a rapid recall of facts
What can parents can do to help?
Keep up-to-date with your child's learning via Tapestry. Please feel free to 'like' and share comments in order to celebrate your child's ongoing achievements. You could also upload pictures or videos from home to share their learning experiences.
Read books with your child and talk about the story, the poems or the information in them. Explore which parts of the book they enjoyed the most and why?
Allow your child to read at their own pace and encourage them to re-read their favourite stories. Regularly sign their reading records.
Find lots of opportunities to write together - make lists before you go shopping and write letters / texts to friends and family. Help them to make their own books, posters or labels for things in their own bedroom.
Help your child to count forwards and backwards from different numbers and help them to recite their x2, x5 and x10 tables.
Use Mathletics to recall number facts and consolidate mathematical concepts that have been taught in school.
Our P.E. lessons will usually take place every Tuesday and Thursday. Please can you ensure that your child has their P.E. kits in school every day?Also, if your child wears earrings, please can these be removed on P.E. days? Alternatively you may wish to send plasters into school to cover their stud earrings (Please be advised that school cannot supply these).
In Year 2 we have lots of exciting topics and learning focuses:
Autumn 1 - Fighting Fit - focus on Healthy lifestyles
Denise's healthy cooking workshop
Asda Community Champion – Healthy workshop - food tasting of unusual fruit and vegetables and artist study of Giuseppe Arcimboldo and Keith Haring
Autumn 2 - Whatever happened to Weaving? -focus on local history and cotton mills
Visit Quarry Bank Mill to explore a day in the life of a mill worker
Leigh Spinner's workshop to explore artefacts and local history
Spring 1 - Explorers -focus on Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus
Visit Jodrell bank to complete workshop 'Journey into Space' (focus on Neil Armstrong) and Planetarium
Spring 2 - Wind in the Willows - focus on Habitats, minibeasts, weather and growth
Local walk in Pennington Flash or Lilford Woods to explore habitats.
Plant trees from Woodland Trust
Summer 1 - The farm shop
Visit Pizza Express – free workshop
Visit Kenyon farm to explore local farming and farm shops
Summer 2 - Buckets and spades -focus on comparing with holidays in Victorian times
Visit Southport to explore holiday destinations from the past
Take a peek at everything we've been up to so far...
04 Sep 2018
This afternoon we began our new topic about healthy living and how to be 'Fighting Fit'
The children suggested that we needed to eat fruit and vegetables, exercise and drink water to be healthy. We then sorted pictures of healthy and unhealthy lifestyles using a Venn diagram and discussed: 🍏cleanliness (teeth/hair/washing clothes and body), 🍏healthy eating, 🍏use of medicines (vitamins/ use correctly by following instructions from pharmacist/ if used too much could become unwell), 🍏amount of sleep, 🍏smoking, 🍏drinking alcohol, 🍏staying hydrated, 🍏exercise, 🍏time to relax
We focused particularly on how to 'Look after ourselves' in terms of hygiene and washing our hands. We then participated in an experiment where some of the children coated their hands in flour dust and then performed a simple task such as fetching some Numicon/ glue sticks/ a teddy and collecting in some papers. The children were unsure how to hold the equipment without making it dirty. We observed where the flour from the children’s hands ended up after they had performed their task. The children were surprised at where the flour had ended up. We explained that if the flour were bacteria, this is how germs could be spread and passed from pupil to pupil in school. We considered what we could do to avoid the transfer of germs.
21 Sep 2018 - On Friday, Gwen our Community Champion from ASDA came to support our children with our Fighting Fit topic. She brought in a variety of fruit and vegetables for the children to taste, explore and use for their artwork in the afternoon.
We are so lucky at St John's School to not only have School Cooks who are dedicated to providing our children with delicious, healthy school dinners, but who are also passionate about educating our children on healthy eating.
Well we stepped back in time today to the Victorian era and tried our hand at some of the jobs which would have been carried out by the apprentices in the mill. We discovered it was noisy, dirty and very dangerous work (you might lose a finger or even be crushed to death). Many of the workers would only live up to the age of 35 and would suffer with lots of health complications.
We also visited the apprentice house and learnt about their daily routine, diet and medicines. We found out about an apprentice called Thomas, who tried to run away. We loved all of the facts brought to life through stories, hands on activities and particularly dressing up! We listened beautifully to the leaders and were fantastically behaved. Many of the leaders commented on how the children were a real credit to the teachers and our school and we were very proud.
Today we were visited by the education team and some volunteers from Leigh Spinners. They taught us about the mills' history and brought in some artefacts for us to explore and handle. The leaders were very impressed by all the facts that we could remember from our trip to Quarry Bank Mill and our learning in topic so far. We had the opportunity to ask any questions. We were also given a leaflet about Leigh Spinners, for if you would like to visit at the weekend and some cotton fibres to spin! A fantastic workshop on local history!