Year 2

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There are two classes in Year 2. Please see below for our expectations for the year ahead and information about our curriculum. Click on the + icons below to find out more.

LANGUAGE

Reading is encouraged everyday. Your child is expected to read for at least 20 minutes daily and this activity should take place as well as their homework assignment. Please take an interest in your child’s reading. Are they enjoying it? What do they think might happen next? Do they understand what they are reading? Above all reading must be fun. In class we shall be reading a selection of novels together as well as focusing on group reading.
Children will write a variety of texts. We encourage students to be creative in their writing and to experiment with a variety of different styles such as poetry, persuasion, stories and journals. They will also write reports and investigation write-ups.

A new spelling pattern is introduced each week. Children in their spelling ability groups select 10 words to learn over the week. Weekly spelling tests are administered on Fridays. Encourage children to learn their spelling patterns and find ways of applying them during home play or in the activities you might do with your child.

In handwriting we encourage students to write neatly making sure that their letters are formed correctly and we will begin to teach the basics of cursive script. We also teach ways of improving the general presentation of their work.
Students are asked to give oral contributions during assemblies, class discussions, role play and re-telling stories. This promotes self-confidence and widens the children’s vocabulary.

MATHEMATICS

Students are encouraged to be ambitious mathematicians who develop increasing confidence in their mental skills in order to compute complex operations. Mathematical vocabulary and practical activities are as important as written work.

The students will learn and reinforce addition and subtraction knowledge using a variety of strategies. They will learn about place value, tens, units and we will introduce the concept of multiplication and fractions.
The children will investigate the properties and names of 3D shapes, turning clockwise, anti-clockwise and full, half and quarter turns.
Children generate rules for the patterns they see. They also work on completing number patterns.
In our units of inquiry we will use pictographs and display our investigation results using bar graphs and charts. The children will learn how to interpret Venn and Carroll diagrams.
The children will begin measuring in centimeters and meters. They will learn to make estimates and use a ruler to measure.

UNIT OF INQUIRY

In keeping withn the philosophy of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), Social Studies and Science will be taught within Units of Inquiry. These Units will run for approximately six weeks and will incorporate as many subjects as appropriate.

The Organising Themes with Central Ideas for Year 2 are:

Central Idea: The choices people make affect their health and well being.
An inquiry into: What it means to have a balanced lifestyle, Our responsibility towards our body, Different sources of information that help us make choices.
Central Idea: Events in history shape our world today.
An inquiry into: Ways to find out about the past, Chronology of events in our lives and the world around us, The impact of inventions on mankind.
Central Idea: Creating and responding to art develops understanding of ourselves and he world around us.
An inquiry into: How learning about the arts develops appreciation, Personal preference in appreciation of the arts, Different techniques and styles.
Central Idea: Natural materials undergo changes that may provide challenges and benefits for society and the environment.
An inquiry into: Conditions that cause reversible and irreversible changes in materials, How societies take advantage of the properties of materials, The impact of recycle, reuse, reduce and respond.
Central Idea: People use systems to help solve problems and support collaboration.
An inquiry into: Exploration of various systems, Purposes of systems, Structure of systems.
Central Idea: Human behaviour has an impact on animal survival. An inquiry into: Animal classification, Human impact on animal habitats, Reasons animals become endangered or extinct.

Teachers and students will generate questions for inquiry, then activities will be planned to respond to these questions. The classroom becomes a centre for inquiry where students acquire and practise skills and enhance their knowledge.

ART

The Arts Curriculum is underlined by developing creativity and aesthetic awareness using the creative process, problem-solving skills and taking an innovative approach to a challenge. Children are exposed to different artists making collage work, still life drawing, painting and textural effects. Skills developed include drawing, painting, sticking and cutting. We have 2 lessons of art per week.

MUSIC

In Music, the class is introduced to traditional and non-traditional notation. We also work on establishing our sensitivity to pitch by using the voice. Musical elements to be explored include dynamics, tone colour, pitch and duration. Some of the classroom activities include listening to music from diverse culture, playing musical instruments (mainly percussion), singing and composing.

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

In Year 2, we consolidate our knowledge of mind maps, drawing and word processing. We learn about hardware and software.

Physical Education

Students are expected to come with the mandatory PE kit and ISL swimming costume for PE lessons. As the hot season approaches, students are reminded of the importance of bringing adequate water supply and a sun hat to school everyday.

LIBRARY

The children go to Library once a week to learn library skills and to choose a book of their choice. They are not allowed another book until the previous one is returned.

FRENCH AND SPANISH

In Year 2, children have 1 lesson of Spanish and 1 lesson of French. Young French and Spanish learners also have a chance to refresh prior knowledge such as introductions, colours and numbers before moving on to vocabulary related to classroom and home. We focus on language and how French and Spanish are built on linguistic patterns and then turn to the advantages of learning new languages and how they sometimes help us understand the world and appreciate our own language.

Zambian Studies

Zanbian Studies is a new programme in the school which focuses on the social and cultural aspects of the host country Zambia. Learners have the chance to interact in the various Zambian Zambian languages with the focus on Chinyanja.

PERSONAL SOCIAL AND Health EDUCATION (PSHE)

In addition to the school curriculum, teachers address issues of PSHE as and when appropriate during the units.

HOMEWORK

Students should be reading every evening for about 20 minutes and spend no more than 20 minutes on their homework assignment. Homework will rarely be given on a Friday. Homework may not always be about putting pen on paper. It could be that they are asked to play a game or make one up. It could be dramatic, musical and or creative.

We look forward to working together with you this year and wish everybody a most enjoyable and fruitful year.