Sacriston Academy classroom

Year 2

We have a busy term ahead planned with our first topic ‘Tunnels, Turrets and Towers’ which begins with an exciting look at castle life and ends with a marvellous medieval banquet!

The engaging topics we study over the year enable the children to develop key knowledge and skills in all subjects through a cross-curricular, imaginative learning approach.

In mathematics, we use the ‘Maths No Problem’ scheme which builds children’s mathematical skills alongside their thinking, reasoning and problem-solving skills. There are many parts to the lesson, allowing time for children to discuss and develop a range of methods to solve questions and achieve a greater depth of mathematical understanding.

A range of stimulating and topic-based texts are used to teach English. Reading and studying various genres, including poetry and non-fiction books, provide a basis for children to develop their writing skills and imagination alongside improving their spelling, grammar and vocabulary. When used together our Year 2 prove themselves to be talented and passionate writers.

Reading is taught through a systematic approach to phonics using the Read Write Inc. scheme where the children will participate in daily lessons during which their phonic knowledge is developed and applied enabling children to read with fluency and expression. Books are carefully matched to the reading ability of the children to allow them to build their fluency as well as their understanding of the texts they have read.

What their teacher says:

I am really looking forward to continuing my journey at Sacriston Academy and teaching in Year 2! It is the last year of Key Stage 1 and is an exciting time where the children continue to develop crucial skills, independence and determination to prepare them to move on to the next Key Stage.
Miss Watson

What the children say:

“I like going on school trips to places that I’ve never been before.” (Frazer) “The teachers at our school are really lovely and nice.” (Kye)
I love seeing the children grow in confidence as they learn and their excitement when they work hard and overcome a challenge. I am very lucky to be a part of their journey.
Miss Watson

What the children say:

“I like doing all of the fun things that the teachers make for us to help us to learn.” (Sophie B) “I like science. We get to do lots of investigations and experiments.” (Sophia) “I like learning because it’s really fun. I like everything about school.” (Max)

The summer term

We begin the new academic year with our topic is ‘Tunnels, Turrets and Towers’ where we have lots of exciting things planned. The pupils will learn about castles throughout the ages, explore the different parts of a castle and learn about castle life. We will also be exploring materials this half term when we will be planning, conducting and evaluating our own scientific experiments to explore the properties and suitability of everyday materials to see which material would be best to create a waterproof canopy for a jousting tournament! Towards the end of the half term we are looking forward to inviting our families into school for a ‘Royal Banquet’ where we will be serving some authentic medieval banquet treats, homemade by our pupils of course, as well as taking part in some fun, castle themed activities.