Mrs S. Hargreaves - Teacher
After graduating, I was lucky enough to travel the world working for an airline. I came to Park Primary School over 20 years ago and am still thoroughly enjoying teaching here. I have taught across both Key Stages. My passion is English and I love teaching the children to write interesting stories. For relaxation, I enjoy walking, holidays and socialising with my friends.
Mrs L. Preston - Teaching Assistant
I’m Mrs Preston, I have worked at Park Primary for more than twenty years. I have worked across school in all years groups and currently enjoy working in KS1. I’ve done lots of craft activities for school, such as card making, cross stitching and producing creative displays. Outside school I enjoy spending time with my family and my four grandchildren.
Please enjoy browsing at your very own web page where you will find lots of exciting class news and pictures.
This year you will have lots of opportunities to celebrate your learning with your family and friends by reading our very own class page.
I look forward to a very busy year with lots of fun learning!
|Year 2||Autumn 1||Autumn 2||Spring 1||Spring 2||Summer 1||Summer 2|
|The Place Where I live||Fighting Fit||Explorers||The Farm Shop||Wind In The Willows||Buckets and Spades|
|Geography||Physical Education||Geography||Design Technology||Geography||History|
|Art and Design||Music||Design and Technology||Design and Technology||Art and Design|
|Music||Art and Design||Physical Education|
|Nature and field journals focusing on plants and animals in their local environment throughout the year||Esafety||Black History Month (Rosa Parks/Mary Seacole)|
The documents tell you about the exciting topics the children will be learning about on a term by term basis.
In the year 2 classrooms we have a cosy reading corner with a wide selection of books from many genres. We also have a class author and often encourage the children to read these books for enjoyment.
Daily Guided Reading sessions are taught so that the children begin to develop a deeper understanding and comprehension of texts. Additionally, individual children reading to an adult is considered a vital part of teaching and of encouraging a love of reading. This is where we can focus on personal targets as well as engaging with children as readers and getting to know their personal preferences.
Your child’s reading book level is based on our assessment of their comprehension abilities. Being able to decode the words in the text is only one part of their reading. Once they are able to do this then they can work on reading with expression and on achieving a deeper understanding of the story. You can help your child to develop their comprehension abilities by asking them questions about the story as you listen to them read.
Useful ways to help your child are by asking the following questions:
- How can you decode that word by using your phonetic knowledge?
- What will happen next?
- Who is your favourite character, and why?
- How do you think the characters feel?
Writing every day gives the children the opportunity to work on lots of different genres from fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The children learn which key features should be included in pieces of writing and help to put together marking ladders to use as a checklist. We enjoy peer marking each other’s work in order to edit and improve it.
In Year 2, each literacy session begins with a grammar, punctuation and spelling focus where we learn and practise how to structure our writing. We are working towards quality pieces of writing which are imaginative and will interest the reader. It is important for children to recognise that writing is for an audience and needs to contain the appropriate features for the text.
Above all we know that becoming a good writer takes time and a lot of practise and in Year 2 our philosophy is:
“If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter how you write.”
Also we use the ‘Support for Spelling’ scheme which embeds phonic understanding to reinforce the ‘No-Nonsense’ spelling programme.
These are statutory word lists provided by the government and children must learn to read and spell the words below.
In Year 2 we encourage a practical approach to Maths and instead of learning procedures by rote, the children are taught to understand the strategies they are using. ‘Real life’ problem solving teaches children to use mathematics in their everyday life as a matter of course. It is essential to have a good knowledge of maths facts to support our learning. In Year 2, we work towards knowing our 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables by the end of the year. The children practise these as often as they can in their mini maths sessions to aim for instant recall.
Maths is taught and used every day, either in the maths lesson as well as in other subjects. Children love to be challenged therefore, we do lots of investigations: so that the children are responsible for their own learning.
Please support your child with any maths homework and the learning of their multiplication tables as this will impact on their progress, thereby enhancing their learning. We look forward to meeting you at our regular parent drop ins to support and update you on your child’s progress.
As part of our commitment to health and well-being we also take part in a daily run around our school grounds.
In our class we do P.E. on Thursday afternoons. Please make sure all jewellery, including earrings, are removed on P.E. days. If your child has recently had their ears pierced, please send your child to school with plasters covering up their earrings.
Please could you ensure that your child brings his/her named P.E. kit – this includes t-shirt, shorts and pumps, in a small bag to be left in school throughout the week.
All classes taken by class teacher unless highlighted.