“The children are encouraged to increase their independence to help get them ready for their time in Prep.”
Welcome to Year 2!
During this year, the children are encouraged to increase their independence to help get them ready for their time in Prep. We build upon the strong academic and social foundation developed through our EYFS and Year 1, whilst retaining the practical style of learning appropriate for the children’s age.
Lessons and Teaching
In Year 2, the children continue to be taught in mixed-ability classes with activities differentiated to meet individual academic needs and learning styles. Children are heard to read every day and are expected to read every night at home too. All of their progress is carefully tracked through weekly teacher assessments, as well as through termly standardised assessments. These ensure that their individual learning journeys can be carefully planned. The pupils also continue to receive French and Music lessons. As a year group, the pupils also enjoy numerous trips to support their learning, visiting places such as Longleat, Glastonbury Tor, and Powderham Castle.
Opportunities and Responsibilities
Being at the top of Pre-Prep brings many opportunities for acting as role-models to the younger children, as well as being given positions of responsibility. Each week, one child is chosen to be the Pre-Prep Ambassador. He/she is tasked with carrying out duties such as reading the prayers in assembly, collecting the bus register, signalling the end of playtime, and assisting the Head of Pre-Prep in some of her duties. This is a highly coveted role which has to be earned and is only awarded to those who can be trusted to be guardians of the Golden Rules.
Golden time takes place every Friday afternoon. This is a reward time for all children who keep the Golden Rules. They are able to bring into school a small toy or game from home to share with their friends (no electronics please!) or, if they would prefer, can choose from available activities in the classroom.
Merit badges are awarded at Friday assemblies and are worn all week and returned the following Friday.
Lights, Camera, Action
Year 2 children also lead the Harvest Festival, Pre-Prep Nativity play and Summer Show spectacular. They are all cast in speaking roles and are expected to deliver them with confidence and clarity. This is always something the children look forward to as they progress through the Pre-Prep years, and never fail to amaze us with their enthusiasm and brilliance. The children also complete the year with a celebration of all they have achieved during their Pre-Prep journey by enjoying a very special overnight camp on the school field. This is always a highlight and a wonderful way to reward the children for all they have contributed during their time with us.
8.30am - Children arrive to class
8.40am - Spellings
9.10am - Assembly
9.30am - English
10.20am - Snack Time
10.30am - Break
11.00am - Maths
12.00pm - Lunch
12.30pm - Quiet Reading
1.10pm - Playtime
2.00pm - Topic/PE/Games
3.15pm - Snack and Story Time
3.30pm - End of the day supervision and hobbies
4.15pm - Pick up (4pm on Wednesdays)
TT Club continues after school care (at an extra charge) from 4.30pm - 6.00pm.
In addition to English and Maths, pupils will take part in topic-based work, incorporating science, arts and humanities. Details of this will be displayed on the parent notice board and sent to you at the beginning of each new term. The children will also have weekly music, computing, French, PSHEE and RS lessons.
What to Bring and to Wear
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: School uniform is to be worn. Blazers and caps/hats to be worn to and from school every day.
Wednesday: Casual old clothes (long trousers and long sleeved tops) for Forest School. School shoes are to be worn into school.
To be kept in school at all times: Wellingtons, trainers, PE kit, art overall, school fleece, waterproof coat and trousers. Michaelmas Term: Warm hat and gloves for the cold weather.
*All school uniform to please be named (including shoes), with loops for hanging.
The School Shop will be open (visits by appointment only) two weeks before the start of term. To make an appointment, please contact the School Office on 01823 285920.Uniform
You will be invited to two formal parent-teacher meeting over the year and will receive three formal written reports. However, we do operate on an open door policy, so should you wish to contact us at any other time, the Pre-Prep team will be more than happy to arrange an appointment.