Vision and Aims
The purpose of Year Two at Phoenix Infant Academy is to equip our children with the academic and personal skills necessary to flourish in Key Stage Two. We tailor our curriculum to the interests of the children and aim to support them to develop inquisitive minds and a love of lifelong learning.
By the end of Year Two, our aim is that all pupils will:
- Read fluently, using inference and deduction to demonstrate understanding
- Write a variety of text types independently
- Ask and answer questions using a wide and technical vocabulary
- Secure a command of the four operations in mathematics, using concrete, pictorial and abstract representations
- Develop resilience and persist with tasks that they find challenging
- Show independence in social settings, building positive relationships with friends
In Year Two, we have four classes:
Each class has a class teacher and a teaching assistant.
Reading and Writing
We follow Read Write Inc for phonics and reading. We teach writing through the Talk for Writing process. We also teach extended writing through topic.
We follow the Rising Stars scheme and have a mastery approach to mathematics where we ensure that children are secure at a given skill before they move on to the next. We ensure concepts are mastered by using the concrete-pictorial-abstract (CPA) approach.
Our Creative Curriculum encompasses areas such as History, Geography and Art and Design. It’s a knowledge and skills based curriculum with a creative edge and is based on a theme.
Please see below the topic themes that the children will be enjoying throughout the year:
|Autumn 1||Muck, Mess and Mixtures|
|Autumn 2||Arrgh!! Dragons...|
|Spring 1||Towers, Turrets and Tunnels|
|Spring 2||Wriggle and Crawl|
|Summer 1||Street Detectives|
|Summer 2||Land Ahoy!|
Please click on the links below to find out more about the skills we'll be teaching the children this half term as well as what we focussed on last half term for your reference:
This is linked to the creative curriculum and the children's interests and sent home in the form of a 'Learning Log'. Children are encouraged to choose 1 or more activities to complete with support, where necessary.
As a school we value parental support and place utmost importance on parents being part of their children's learning development. With this in mind we scaffold the home learning opportunities to support this collaborative approach.
In addition to this, Year Two children are issued with 2 reading books to take home each week. We expect every child to read for 5/10 minutes each day alongside an adult and for a comment/signature to be recorded daily in their yellow reading records.
The children also take home spellings every Friday. They are assessed in class the following Friday. The spellings consolidate sounds learnt as part of their Read Write Inc phonics, as well as common exception words.
End of Year Expectations
All of our learning builds up to the end of year assessments. We use a mixture of the, currently compulsory, test papers provided by the Department of Education and the ongoing teachers assessment using the interim 'Age-Related Expectations' to secure our judgements. We work collaboratively with other schools to ensure that our judgements are robust and accurate.