In Whales and Sharks we are guided by the National Curriculum and the Cornerstones Curriculum which we follow as a school. We seek to inspire the children to have a love of learning and as such we start each topic with a WOW activity, for example a trip or a special visitor invited into school. We also have an event to end our topic which enables the children to showcase what they have learnt often involving parents, for example an art gallery to show off masterpieces made by the children during our ‘Muck, Mess and Mixtures’ topic.
In English, we engage with a variety of genres during the year and seek to provide the children with real opportunities to write, for example writing letters to thank the visitors we have invited into school or making non-fiction books about castles to share with younger children. Children take part in individual reading sessions with an adult working in the classroom and we discuss many aspects of reading including reading for understanding as well as aiming to develop technical reading skills. Children are encouraged to change their home reading books whenever they need to. We enjoy reading comments from home about books the children have read and it is lovely when the children make their own comments about what they have been reading.
Phonics teaching is carried out 4 days a week. The children are grouped to suit their learning needs and move to different classrooms accordingly. Phonics sessions are based on blending for reading, segmenting to assist spelling and using and applying skills they have learnt.
Maths lessons follow the National guidelines in learning number, measurement, geometry and statistics. We also focus on developing children’s skills in reasoning about maths. We aim to ensure the children become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, to reason and to solve problems confidently.
Other curriculum areas covered by our topics include science, art, design and technology, music, computing, history and geography. We also cover religious education and music.
We have a choice of topics to work from as part of the cornerstone curriculum:
· Beat, Band Boogie,
· Scented Garden
· Beach Combers
· Land Ahoy
· Street Detectives
We spend the first term learning about our class animal, and then we usually choose four of the above topics to cover over the course of the year.
All children in Year 2 have a 6-week block of Forest School sessions with our Level 3 Forest School Lead teacher (Miss Cobb) and they have a very informal introduction to Spanish focusing on introducing yourself.
Every half term we host either a class assembly or a reading café to which parents and carers are invited. These are usually very well attended and we receive positive feedback from the parents who join us for these lovely sessions.