Sacriston Academy classroom

Year 2

We have a busy year ahead planned, beginning with our first topic ‘Wriggle and Crawl’ which begins with a hint for minibeasts.

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 stimuli for children to write their own versions using their own imagination. Pupils will develop their writing skills alongside spelling and grammar.

Reading is taught through a systematic approach to phonics using the Read Write Inc technique. 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 with a stronger focus on their understanding of the texts they have read.

What our students say:

"I like it when we all work hard and then we get on the gold traffic light" (Ted) "I like to help everyone in my class and I am really looking forward to science." (Ghalib)

What their teacher says:

I’m really looking forward to teaching in Year 2! The last year of Key Stage 1 is an exciting time where children develop crucial skills and independence to move on to the next Key Stage. I feel it is a privilege to be part of their journey.
Mrs Parks

What our students say:

"I like learning how to do maths. The Math No Problem lessons are fun and we get to talk about the maths we are doing" (Nicy) "My favourite is science because I like learning about plants and how to grow healthy plants." (Thomas)

The summer term

In our final term in Year 2, we have lots of exciting things planned. The children are working incredibly hard and developing their confidence and ability daily. Our two final topics are ‘Land Ahoy’ and ‘Beachcombers’, both as you may have guessed with a pirate / beach theme. As part of our topics we are visiting the Captain Cook Museum in Middlesbrough to find out about his life and see some of his possessions. Our families are going to be invited into school for our ’Pirate Party’ where we will be designing and making junk model boats with a competitive element – whose can carry the most cargo? Fingers crossed for a sunny day!

Of course this term also involves all Year Two children taking part in the end of Key Stage 1 SATS. The children will be tested in maths and reading. Their writing ability and science knowledge teacher assessed. The tests are carried out as informally as possible and children are encouraged to do their best.