Welcome to Year Two
In Year Two you will find:
Towards the end of Key Stage 1, Year 2 children take the Key Stage 1 SATs (Statutory Attainment Tests). The SATs tasks and tests are designed to support and confirm the on-going assessments that teachers are making about children’s progress. These teacher assessments reflect children’s everyday achievements. Your child will receive a National Curriculum level (of progress) for Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening, Numeracy and Science.
If you have any questions, concerns or worries please come and speak to us!
– Year 2 Team
Reading Record Book
In Year 2, children be encouraged to read, read and read some more! As well as reading in school, children should read at home at least four times a week. When children read at home, an adult needs to write in their Reading Record Book. Each week that children read four times at home, they will earn an extra Moorhill Merit. Children can also earn Moorhill Merits by working hard, presenting their work neatly, completing homework to a high standard and treating everyone they meet with respect.
Pupils will be tested on their reading comprehension. The children will have a booklet containing a story and some information writing, which they will read and then answer questions about. Some children will read individually to their teacher from a list of approved books. They will share the reading with the teacher for some of the book, then read part of it without any help and answer some questions to show that they understand the story. The teacher will judge which test is the best one for your child and it will depend upon the level at which they are working at the time of the tests.
Children work through booklets of maths questions covering all of the work they have been doing in their numeracy lessons; number, shape, measuring, simple fractions, data handling and problem solving. Your child is allowed to use some equipment for counting, but, as in all the other tests, they are expected to work out the answers on their own. There may be questions for which they will have to write an explanation of their ‘working out’. Children can ask the teacher to read the questions to them and the written answers are not judged on spelling or handwriting. There are 2 separate test papers and your child will sit the paper which reflects the level they are working at.
Your child will do 2 pieces of writing, one short and one longer. This will be used to see how well your child can describe and explain things, use punctuation, spell and plan a piece of work. Handwriting will also be judged. The teacher will talk to the children before the test and explain what is expected, but during the test the children must work independently.
Children have another booklet in which they write spellings of common words as the teacher reads them out. The spelling mark is no longer reported separately but is added to the writing mark.
What can you do to help?
- Continue to read with your child, particularly focusing on your child’s understanding of the text – remember reading is so much more than the words on the page.
- Look for opportunities to discuss numbers within the environment, simple addition problems while you’re at the supermarket etc.
- Play simple spelling games like hangman, eye-spy, complete word searches etc.
- Make sure your child is ready to learn and not tired when they come to school.
- Be interested in what your child has been doing at school, encourage them to be inquisitive and follow their ideas through to a natural conclusion.
- In the Autumn term, your child’s topic will be Castles. We will be visiting Tamworth Castle but you might like to research Castles with your child as well. For example, you could visit the library or research on the internet about where local castles are located, or even learn about where they are on a map. We would welcome any research notes, posters or pictures that your child has worked on with you!