I am the Deputy Headteacher here at Ravensmead School and I also teach in Year 2. This is my sixth year at the school. Prior to this, I have worked abroad in Service Children’s Education. In class, Mrs Jones supports me by teaching the children one day each week and this enables me to fulfil my management role. I thoroughly enjoy working at the school with the delightful children and an exceptional staff team.
I am in my third year of teaching here at Ravensmead and I am very happy that I joined this welcoming, supportive school. Mrs Weston was my mentor and together we plan and assess the children’s learning. I am pleased that I have been given the role of managing Design and Technology throughout the school. I look forward to the new challenges ahead!
Mrs Weston and Miss Bourne are the class teachers of Year 2 this year. We also have Teaching Assistants every morning supporting the children’s learning. For Maths the children may more to another group according to the stage which they are at in their learning. We follow the Letters and Sounds synthetics phonics programme and some children will move to smaller groups for focused teaching as required. The children will be given homework, usually in the form of spelling, to learn weekly.
English is taught in a cross curricular way with links to the termly topics. Topic webs are uploaded termly on this website. Sometimes subjects may be blocked over a period eg during Art Week we would teach specific art skills in order to have a completed product throughout the week.
Homework is set at the beginning of a term for Maths which include suggested activities for you to enjoy doing at home with your child. These are in line with the Year 2 curriculum for Mathematics. Sometimes children will be given projects to complete linked to the Topic or asked to bring artefacts and books in from home. The priority for homework is for children to read and acquire a love for reading a wide variety of books.
At the end of Year 2, children will be assessed according to statutory regulations in Maths, English and Science. Parents will be informed of the children’s attainment in the Summer term each year.
We expect parents to fully support us by attending parents evenings and any other meetings where we may inform you of the progress of the children or any support that may be required.
Information for parents with children in Year 2
Trip to Hanley Museum
Year 2 had a super trip at Hanley Museum Tuesday 18th July. We had fun making clay pots and puppets and loved looking around the museum.
Trip to Ford Green Hall
The children met Samuel Pepys who told us all about his job in the Navy and used a few children to re-enact his experience in 1666 during The Great Fire of London. We had a tour around the 400 year old building and learnt lots about how houses were made in the 1600s, what it was like to have no electricity or a running tap!
We found out that the phrase ‘sleep tight’ comes from when people used to use rope instead of wooden slats on their beds and so if they were not pulled tight you would wake up on the floor, so make sure you sleep ‘tight’!
Year 2 have been having lots of fun this week, making and decorating Christmas biscuits.
Take a look at the photographs below to see all the fun they’ve got up to.
Year 2 had their assembly this week which was all about their topic ‘The Potteries’. They spoke about local people and places as well as telling us about some history of our city. The assembly also had a dance to local singer Robbie William’s song ‘Candy’ and the children also sang another of his famous hits ‘Angels’.
They performed the assembly to the whole school as well as parents and grandparents, impressing both of their audiences with everything they have learnt.
Our Trip to Ford Green Hall
The children learned all about how different herbs and plants were used and even tasted a chive flower! Yum!
We learned about what houses used to be made out of. Stuart and Tudor houses were made out of Wattle and Daub but this was soon put to an end by King Charles II after The Great Fire of London
We had fun dressing up as Samuel Pepys
We found out that in the 1600s they didn’t have mattresses and slept on rope which had to be pulled tight to lift them off the floor and that is where the saying ‘sleep tight’ comes from!