The classroom in Year 2 has been extended and improved to provide a light, spacious learning environment for our children. This includes access to tables outside the classroom where children can work in small groups or on a 1:1 basis and a small outdoor area, suitable for tasks such as growing plants in pots. There is a full-time teaching assistant in Year 2. Again, we listen to the children read three times a week on average, which includes a guided reading session. Our teaching assistants are highly experienced and their skills are recognised by everyone who visits the school.
Ms Allison Finch, our specialist teacher for children with specific learning difficulties, writes programmes for children where appropriate and these are carried out by the teaching assistants in addition to specialist sessions with her.
In addition to reading at home on a very regular basis, the children are expected to learn weekly spellings.
The children continue to work collaboratively on increasingly creative tasks, which prove to be lots of fun. The children also enjoy a focus on IT skills. The teaching assistant is particularly artistic so the children benefit enormously.
The annual trip to Hengistbury Head combines with pond dipping sessions and orienteering activities to provide a popular environmental topic. The pyramid football festival is also very popular.
As the children approach the end of their experience in Key Stage 1, they are reminded of the demands and expectations that await them in Year 3 and the start of Key Stage 2.