Welcome to Year 2
Please read the information below to find out more about the routines in Year 2.
Please note we are a NUT FREE SCHOOL, so children cannot bring any nut products to school in their packed lunches. We appreciate you co-operation with this.
Mrs Balding teaches in 2B and Mrs Irvin and Mrs Cunningham teach in 2CI, with teaching assistants Mrs Smith, Mrs Quick, Mrs Mead, Miss Dann and Mrs Patrick. On a Wednesday morning, Mr Simms teaches PE to both classes.
Science - Materials
PE - Gymnastics and Invasion Games (Afternoon Mile)
Art - Colour Chaos
Jigsaw - Being me in my world.
Forest Schools - child led/seasonal activities.
Please be aware that for the rest of this term, whilst your child will still be reading in school, no new reading books will be coming home as we are conducting a book audit and improving resources. Please continue to share stories and read with your children and remember to add these to their reading record.
Children will take part in reading activities every day in school. Each week your child will bring home 2 guided reading books. Please use the reading diary to let us know how your child is getting on at home.
In addition to reading we will send home spelling homework each week. A longer piece of homework (Topic, Science, Maths or English) will be sent home at the end of each half term.
PE and Forest Schools
Our PE days are Wednesdays and Thursdays. We plan to get outside as much as possible for PE or outside learning so please could you ensure your child's PE kit is in school everyday, including trainers. We will continue to do Forest Schools every other Friday. Please ensure your child has wellies and waterproofs in school for this.
Please bring in bookbags, a water bottle and coat every day. We will send home book bags each evening. Children do not need to bring a pencil case, thank you.
Medicines and Illness
Please ask at the office if you have any queries regarding medicines or need to update your child’s healthcare plan. Please remember to leave 48 hours clear of sickness/diarrhoea before returning to school.
As we don't check bookbags, please let your child know if there is a letter or slip that they need to hand to their teacher in the morning. Thank you.
As always, if you have any queries or concerns please come and talk to us, or send in a note or email to the office.
The Year Two Team
We have now purchased the app version of Times Tables Rockstars, which can be downloaded in the App store and Play store. Or you can continue to access the online version here:
Automatic Training Mode (TTRS)
With Automatic Training Mode (ATM) enabled, your learners will go through our pre-programmed levels when they play in the Garage or Arena. As well as saving you time, ATM will shorten the time it takes for your learner to become a Rock Star!
Over the years, we have accumulated billions of times tables answers from children around the world. From that data, we've formed a sophisticated understanding of how pupils internalise each multiplication and division fact and how they begin to understand the underlying concepts. We then deconstructed all the tables up to, and including, the 12s and reassembled them several times, until we created a highly effective sequence to learning the answers.
How does it work?
Learners play in the Garage or the Arena and begin with our first set of questions (1x10 up to 4x10). When they can answer at a rate of 20 per minute, we'll introduce the next set of questions. As learners progress, ATM brings in commutativity, missing number questions and division facts. So the first 9 levels, look like this:
Level 1 : 1×10 to 4×10 Level 2 : 10×1 to 10×4 Level 3 : A mix of 1 and 2
Level 4 : 10×?=10 to 10×?=40 Level 5 : ?×10=10 to ?×10=40 Level 6 : A mix of 4 and 5
Level 7 : 10÷10 to 40÷10 Level 8 : 10÷1 to 40÷4 Level 9 : A mix of 7 and 8
Then the process repeats for 5×10 to 8×10 and once more for 9×10 to 12×10 before moving onto the next table and starting the process again.
Once they have a few tables under their belt, ATM combines them for a while, to consolidate recall, and then brings in a fresh table. The process repeats - all the while giving plenty of opportunity to revisit prior learning, by interleaving earlier tables and giving due weight to the facts we know learners struggle with the most - until your learner has become a Rock Star at all the tables!
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do learners start?
They start by playing a game called 'Gig'. Gig games diagnose each learner's abilities on the tables and then determines which table they need to practise first.
How do you move on a level?
By getting an average speed of 3 seconds or less per question, by answering at least 20 questions correctly a minute (i.e. 20 correct answers in a 1 minute game, 40 in 2 minutes, or 60 in 3 minute games).
There are a few other web sites with maths games you could look at:
Please use the link to access the word mat the children use in school to support spelling: