In Year 2, the children build on the learning and experience they have gained in Year 1 and are starting to become more independent.
The day begins at 8.45 am, with registration at 9 am. During the first 15 minutes, just as in Coral Class, the children are encouraged to take part in a range of early morning activities to get their brains warmed up and ready for learning. These activities become slightly more structured as the year goes on, moving away from the freer play activities in the previous year and more towards practising or consolidating skills. Some examples might be an online game that helps practice quick recall of doubles and halves, times tables, or touch typing. Handwriting practice or observational drawing are also common feature of early morning activities. This time is also a chance for adults in the classroom to hear children read, helping them to practice fluency and comprehension and also to iron out any difficulties that might be present.
Literacy and Maths lessons usually take place in the morning, when young children's brains are most receptive. Afternoons are when most International Primary Curriculum (IPC), Sport and swimming lessons take place. These are equally important for a child's development but need slightly different levels of concentration.
During the year in Caribbean Class the children will have the opportunity of going on exciting and stimulating trips that are related to the topic they are studying. This academic year, the children have already been to the Science Museum in London to support the learning they did on Space, the Natural History Museum in London as part of their Dinosaurs topic, and will be going to Bewilderwood as part of the Stories People Tell unit.
Mr Daniel Orwin is the teacher of Caribbean Class, as well as Head of Infants, and will be happy to discuss life in Year 2 in more detail with you. Please contact the Admissions Department on 01223 778290 if you would like to arrange a visit.