Year 2

Welcome to Roald Dahl and greta Thunberg Classes!

Portrait of Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg is an environmental activist. She was born in Stockholm Sweden in 2003. When Greta was 8 years old, she started learning about climate change. The more she learned, the more she wanted to help. Greta became famous in 2018, when she took action and had a protest, calmly sitting outside the Swedish parliament. Her aim was to make politicians take notice and act to stop global warming. Greta still campaigns today.

A portrait of Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short-story writer, poet, screenwriter, and wartime fighter pilot. For many, he remains the world’s number 1 storyteller and is the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, Matilda, George’s Marvellous medicine, The witches and many more!

Year 2 consistently reflect on the IB Learner attributes in class and the children demonstrate them in various ways both in class and throughout the school.  The IB Learner attributes are:

  • Principled: I make the right choices. I follow the rules and expectations.
  • Balanced: I see both points of view. I take care of myself.
  • Thinker: I can find solutions to problems. I think before I act.
  • Inquirer: I want to find out more.
  • Communicator: I listen to others ideas. I can share my views and express my ideas.
  • Open-minded: I respect other’s ideas, suggestions and criticism.
  • Knowledgeable: I learn and share what I have learnt with others.
  • Caring: I am a good friend. I care for others.
  • Risk-taker: I always try new things so that I know how things are done.
  • Reflective: I think back to what I have done well. I try to understand my mistakes.

Our transdisciplinary themes for this year

Module 1 - Who we are (7 weeks)

Inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; person, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; what it means to be human

Module 2 - Sharing the planet (7 weeks)

Inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and other living things; communities and the relationship within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution.

Module 3 - How the world works (6 weeks)

Inquiry into the natural world and its laws, the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

Module 4 - How we organise ourselves (6 weeks)

Inquiry into the interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities; the structure and function of organisations; societal decision-making; economic activities and their impact on humankind and the environment.

Module 5 - Where we are in place and time (6 weeks)

Inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationship between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and
global perspectives

Module 6 - How we express ourselves (7 weeks)

Inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; our appreciation of the aesthetic.

Phonics

We are following the programme Phonics International in class and across the whole school. Each week we look at two sounds and incorporate a range of skills such as reading and comprehension, handwriting and story writing. Each week, we will upload the sounds that the children have learnt in class onto Google Classroom to practice at home.

A couple of useful links for phonics practice at home are:

Reading

Child with glasses reading a book

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the children will have the opportunity to change their reading books at school. Children are expected to read daily at home and this is to be recorded in their reading record book.

Please find below some useful information by Phonics International regarding reading with your child both in school and at home:

Reading with your child - in school and at home

Teaching reading

In school, reading written words (decoding) is taught by phonics.  Phonics is how the sounds in spoken words link to letters in written words.  Children are taught to sound out and blend the sounds to read new words.

Children talk about the books they read.  They think about what is happening and ask what new words mean.

Learn: Children read aloud to the teacher.  The words, sentences and books have the letter-sounds they are working on in class.

Practising reading

Children practise by reading aloud.  This helps to improve their reading so they feel more confident.

Listen to your child read aloud.  For new words, your child will look at the letters and letter groups.  They will then sound them out from left to right to read the words. Help your child if needed.

Talk with your child about the content of the books.  Talk about what is happening and what any new words mean.

Practice: Children read aloud to a parent/carer.  The words in the book have the letter/s and sounds already introduced in class.

The World of Books

Children enjoy listening to books that they might not be able to read by themselves yet.  Reading books aloud to children helps them to learn about themselves and other people. They can step into a world that is different from their own.

Read lots of different types of books to your child.  You can borrow books from your local library.  Talk about the books you share.

Experience: Children hear lots of different stories (fiction) and poems, and also enjoy books with facts (non-fiction).

Reading to learn

Children learn about the world around them from books and other texts.  Books reach children about different subjects such as history or science.  Books help children to find out about the world around them.

Teachers share books and texts that are right for the child’s age or level of understanding.

Knowledge: Children find out facts and information even if they are not able to read the books themselves yet. 

Homework

Homework for children will be uploaded to Google Classroom termly. The children should try to complete at least 5 tasks on the homework menu and this should be uploaded onto Google Classroom or handed into school by the end of each term. Each week, phonics sounds will be uploaded to google classroom for additional practice at home.

Times Tables Rockstars

Times Tables rockstars

All children should have been given a login to Times Tables Rockstars, where they are able to practice their times tables knowledge both in school and at home.

We would expect children in Year 2 to practice their 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables.