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Year 2

Year 2 is staffed by a teacher and a learning support assistant. In addition to their normal classroom, Year 2 has an outdoor covered shelter attached which provides an all-weather outside play and group work area.

Children learn mainly through topic based work, such as 'What killed T-Rex?', 'Why Did The Fire of London Spread So Fast?' and 'What Is Lurking In The Rainforest?' Art, DT, history, geography and science are taught through these topics as well as most literacy and some maths lessons. Children also read key texts linked to their topics which they explore through drama, art and other subject areas.

Children are also taught daily phonics lessons to support them with their reading and spelling, as well as PSHE and RE.

Year 2 Dance Class          Year 2 Annual seaside trip

Children are expected to read at home for around 10 minutes a day and receive a weekly piece of homework through the Blooms Taxonomy Grid.

The classroom environment is designed to be stimulating, as well as supporting children’s learning through phonics prompts, key words, numeracy resources and subject displays. Children’s work is also celebrated through displays that showcase their achievements in different subject areas.

The class takes small trips into the local area to support their learning, as well as a termly, longer trip to a museum or place of interest. Traditionally they have an annual seaside trip at the end of the summer term.

Year 2 takes part in several festivals and events throughout the year, including Harvest, Easter and May day. They also play a key role in the Christmas celebrations by taking the lead roles in the Infant and Foundation Stage Nativity play!

Year 2 Trip to the Tower of London          Year 2 Rainforest Topic Display

Once the children are well settled into their new classes we run 'Family Literacy' sessions for parents and carers of children in Year 1 and Year 2. Every fortnight we invite parents and carers to join in with special literacy lessons with their children. In these sessions we work on phonics and general literacy activities that parents and carers can join in with and hopefully have fun! We hope to give a clearer insight into how their children are taught literacy at school and involve them in supporting them in their progress.

The teaching of Phonics in Key Stage 1 is based on the National Curriculum and is taught discreetly in daily lessons. Throughout the school we use Talk for Writing and the Power of Reading programme whereby literacy is taught through quality texts. We use book banding (eg. Rigby Star and the Oxford Reading Tree) and Code X for reading interventions.

Year 2 begins their 'Family Literacy' sessions in the second half-term of the Autumn Term. Year 1 then offers the sessions in the first half-term of the Spring Term, Year 2 in the second half of the Spring Term, Year 1 again in the first half of the Summer Term and Year 2 in the second half.

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Please see the Curriculum tab in the 'Teaching and Learning' section for an overview of this year's learning.


The children use the Bloom's Taxonomy approach to homework, as used in the classroom. It is more stimulating for the children. A half-termly sheet is devised by the class teacher and sent out. Many tasks set are practical. The children select only one activity from each column fortnightly and work across the grid throughout the half term. At the top of the grid are the 'areas of learning': Remembering, Understanding, Applying, Analysing, Evaluating and Creating, which are in order of progression. Our aim is for the children to really be inspired by their homework and to achieve their own level, facing challenges where appropriate. The children also read every night for 10 minutes.

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