Year 2

The purpose of Year Two at Black Horse Hill Infant school is to equip our children with the academic and personal skills necessary to flourish in Year Two and beyond. We tailor our curriculum to the interests of the children and aim to support them to develop inquisitive minds and a lifelong love of learning. We aim to ensure all children remain happy and confident and are equipped with the knowledge and skills to be creative, compassionate and confident learners.

There are two classes in Year 2:
2EA – Mrs Astbury, Mrs Gill and Miss Cross
2M – Miss Murphy and Mrs Thompson
Year Two Curriculum
The children work through the Year 2 National Curriculum with learning intentions used to break down larger curriculum statements for individual lessons.
We actively seek to engage all pupils and nurture their talents through a wide variety of opportunities and activities and explore this through a variety of different topics. As in Year 1 each of these topics has a golden thread that runs through them and introduces a wide range of vocabulary.
The learning in Year 2 links to earlier taught units of work in each subject area e.g. when the children are learning about the Great Fire of London it links back to their experience of learning about the wider world and London when they were in Foundation 2 and learning about the local community and Fire fighters in Year 1.

At Black Horse Hill Infant School we feel it is very important for children to learn about different cultures and languages around the world. Although learning a modern foreign language is not compulsory in Key Stage 1, Mandarin is taught each week by a specialist teacher. We feel that this is an excellent opportunity for our children. The children also focus on learning about the country of China as well as the language and culture.

Through our PSHE scheme Jigsaw we promote resilience and mindfulness. The children develop an understanding of different cultures, relationships, themselves and celebrating differences.

As part of our ‘quality teaching and learning cycle’, we use ‘assessment for learning’ strategies daily to inform the ‘next steps’ for our children. We carefully choose questions and investigative activities that will provide us with an insight into what and how children are learning in each lesson. They also ‘peer or self-assess’ against success criteria which acts as a checklist to support their understanding of a task.

At Black Horse Hill Infant School we enrich the children’s learning by ensuring that they have experiences of visiting different places and meeting people within our local community. For example when the children are learning about coastlines they visit Hoylake beach, the Lifeboat Station and meet the Lifeboat volunteers.

British Values is weaved throughout the curriculum and the Year 2 children have the opportunity to celebrate with the other Infant Schools across the Wirral at the annual ‘Infant Proms’.

At the end of Year 2 we aim that pupils will be achieving the end of year expectations that are outlined below.

Home Learning
We know that a child’s parents are their first and most important teachers, and we want to continue to work in partnership with you to ensure your child is as successful as they can be. We endeavour to provide home learning opportunities for the children that are motivating, giving parents the chance to be an integral part of their child’s education.

Children will have homework set online each Friday to be returned to school on the following Wednesday. The homework is available online in the ‘Homework’ section on the School Website. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact your child’s class teacher who will be more than happy to help.

In addition to this, Year Two children will continue with the Bug Club Reading Scheme. Children can access their Bug Club Account online. They also have the opportunity to choose ‘Home Reading Books’ that are Book Banded in sets.

Children are encouraged to read each day alongside an adult and for a comment/signature to be recorded daily in their reading records. When a comment has been made your child will be able to move their character along the ‘Class Reading Race’. When they complete the race they can choose a prize from the class prize box.

End of Year Expectations
All of our learning builds up to the end of year assessments.
In May of each academic year, children will take Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs). Children complete two tests in Reading (mostly Comprehension) and two Mathematics tests (one Arithmetic and one Reasoning). We use a mixture of the (currently compulsory) test papers provided by the Department of Education and the ongoing teacher assessment. Staffs use the Teacher Assessment Frameworks to make their end of year judgements. We work collaboratively with other schools to ensure that our judgements are fair and accurate.

Currently our Year Two teachers are moderators for the Local Authority and receive specialist training each year as part of their role.