Our Year 2 Class (ages 6-7 years), forms part of the Key Stage 1 phase of Primary school. In Year 2 learning takes place through a structured approach, which continues to incorporate play based learning and moves into more formal academic learning which builds on the skills developed through the Year 1 curriculum.
Learning is based on the English National Curriculum for the foundation subjects. This provides a framework for learning which is enriched by an awareness of the context of our host country and the international background of our students.
Year 2 builds on the learning in Year 1 and moves towards more formal academic learning with an understanding that all children are unique and are at different stages of their learning journeys. For that reason we continue to incorporate a range of activities within the program that are inclusive and personalised for each child. We reserve the right to modify our programme based on the needs of our students.
Our goal is to prepare each child by the end of Year 2, to be ready for the greater independence expected as they move to Year 3 and the Key Stage 2 phase of Primary.
The following information provides an overview of expected topics to be covered during Year 2.
The English curriculum is not taught in isolation, as the language of instruction at Hillview is English. However, there are key skills that may need to be taught as stand alone sessions. The English curriculum builds on the Emergent Literacy Skills introduced in Year 1 and the outcomes for the end of Year 2 are students who are confident readers, who have well established speaking and listening skills and are writers and presenters at an age appropriate level.
Our outcomes are achieved through teaching and learning focused on the following key areas:
We follow the ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme which focuses on Phases 3-6 of the English National Curriculum. This means that the children will learn about the 44 phonemes in the English language and how these are blended to produce words.
The focus is on developing the students’ ability to decode words using their growing understanding of the phonemes within words. In addition to this there is a further focus on learning to recognise ‘tricky or sight words’ which do not follow conventional rules. These are also known as ‘High Frequency words’ which form part of the essential building blocks of early reading and writing.
We use a variety of texts from internationally recognised reading schemes to individualise reading progression for each child. There is a focus on reading fluency and comprehension skills.
Some students will also be ready to join the Accelerated Reader programme (AR). This is an online reading scheme which manages and monitors independent reading practice, and encourages reading for pleasure for students of all abilities.
We use the ‘Mighty Writer’ programme to develop independent writing skills.
We use the spelling assessment the Single Word Spelling Test (SWST) to establish a baseline for each student to explore known and unknown spelling rules. We can then individualise the spelling programme for each child.
All of the learning in Mathematics is through the Maths — No Problem! (MNP). This is a series of textbooks and workbooks written to meet the requirements of the 2014 English National Curriculum using the teaching strategies developed in Singapore that lead to them becoming world-leaders in Primary maths performance.
Topics to be explored include:
Number and Place Value
- Numbers to 100
- Counting in 1’s, 2’s, 3’s 5’s and 10’s
- Showing halves, quarters and thirds
- Counting in wholes, halves, quarters and thirds
- Comparing and ordering fractions
- Addition and Subtraction up to 100
- Multiplication of 2, 5 and 10
- Division by 2, 5 and 10
- Word problems using bar models
- Properties of 2D shapes
- Properties of 3D shapes
- Living things in their Environment
- Material Properties
- Material Changes
- Light and Dark
- The Earth and Beyond
- The Great Fire of London
- The Race for Space
- Hillview School and mapping
- Where can we put a new playground?
Race to space
- Step-by-step drawing
- Learning about texture
- Geometric and organic shapes
Computing and ICT
- Creating texts
- Starting to explore graphs and charts
- Coding with ScratchJr
- Use voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes.
- Play tuned and untuned instruments musically.
- Listen with concentration to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.
- Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
- Movement and dance lessons
- Coordination with bat and ball lessons
- Outdoor games
- Adventure climbing and balancing lessons
- Outdoor sport specific lessons
- Athletics and cross-country lessons
- Indoor gymnastics lessons
Personal Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education
- Being special
- Keeping myself safe
- Hillview Values
The outcomes of the Year 2 programme are children who are ready to face the academic challenges of the Year 3 programme, who are happy, are able to communicate well, have the ability to think critically, who can share their thoughts and ideas with confidence and are have a more developed understanding of how they learn best.