The KJS Curriculum in Year 2

Welcome to Year 2. The aim of this text is to give parents some important information about the coming school year and to give you some advice as to how best you may be able to support your child to ensure they have a happy, safe, enjoyable time at KJS.

One general aim for the children in Year 2 is to encourage within them independence by developing a sense of responsibility, organisational skills and the confidence to use their initiative. We hope to achieve this through giving a wide range of opportunities to express themselves, both individually and co-operatively.

Y2 children are expected to read at home each evening. Parents are encouraged to be involved as much as possible by ensuring this is a pleasant 'shared' experience and by commenting in and signing the child's reading diary. Reading is a vital experience to developing learning.

We will give a personal diary to each child in which they will record their home reading. We will also include some important 'key' words for each of our new topics which we would like you to explain and discuss with your child.

If you need to contact your child's class teacher please use the school diary to pass on information or to request an appointment. The school has a close relationship with it's families so please contact us if we can help.

 

OUR CURRICULUM  

English

Writing

In Y2 children will be introduced to a variety of different writing formats that can be used for different purposes. These include story writing, poetry, non fiction writing for research, letter writing and regular journal writing. The aim is for pupils to develop confidence as they gain writing and basic spelling skills which encourage independent writing. Our philosophy is to encourage the children to have a go at unfamiliar words not get overly concerned with form and structure. This ensures that:

  • they write for meaning and not just construct their writing around known spellings - writing is therefore more creative and realisitic
  • that they are actively involved in spelling each new word by using their phonic skills and visual memory, rather than simply memorizing spellings before they have grasped the process involved.

Spelling skills will be taught alongside the free writing process and tailored to the individual child's spelling level. Spelling words will be sent home to learn as part of the development of all areas of English. Please support your child in their spelling development.

Reading

In reading, the children will be encouraged to handle and develop a care and love of books. They will be bringing books home to share with you. Some of these books they will be able to read; others will be free choice and specifically for sharing with you, so will need greater parent input. Please spend time discussing your child's reading book, the characters, the plot and predicting possible outcomes. This allows them to really think about the text on a variety of levels. Reading should be enjoyable and opens up opportunities for exploration of many learning opportunities. PLease spend time supporting your child's reading.

Speaking and Listening

The language of the classroom is English. Our aim is that children will become comfortable speaking English in the classroom and respect all contributions to class discussions by listening appropriately to the other children and adults around them. Developing listening skills is an important feature of our English work. This can be reinforced at home through the use of such things as story tapes and CD’s.

Mandarin

Pupils will learn simple communicative language relating to greetings, talking about themselves, numbers, festivals, food and drinks, body, pets and animals, colour, family, and other activities. Emphasis will be placed on listening and speaking skills. The children are encouraged to work independently as well as co-operatively as a group. They are also made aware of Chinese culture and customs through story telling, art work and other related activities.

MATHEMATICS

In Mathematics, the emphasis will continue to be on developing broad mathematical understanding and learning how to apply knowledge to solve real problems. Mathematical language will be taught specifically alongside the topics.

Areas of mathematics to be covered in Y2 include 2D and 3D shape, Hong Kong money (through shopping activities), area, capacity, time (o'clock, half hours, quarter to and past), length, data handling (block graphs, Caroll diagrams, collecting and interpreting data) and number. Emphasis for number work will be particularly on estimation, place value and sequencing, as well as ongoing development of number operations and accuracy. Problem solving strategies will be practiced and developed. Calculators and computers will be used regularly, as and when appropriate.

The children will be taught through a balanced combination of practical activities and more formal mathematics. In Term 1, we will initially concentrate on consolidation and reinforcement of previously learned concepts. We believe in the value of 'hands -on' learning for maths.

 

PERSONAL, SOCIAL and PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PSPE) 

P.E.

The P.E. programme encourages children to be active and enjoy physical activity. The pupils are engaged in activities that are fun, yet challenging in a wide range of sports and utilizing a range of equipment. They have scope to create their own activities as well as being expected to apply themselves to teacher directed work. The children are expected to work safely and co-operatively with others, showing care for the equipment they use. They begin to cope with success and failure within sporting activities.

THE ARTS 

Music

The music programme encourages children to make music. The children learn to sing from memory many of the songs involving actions. Simple instrumental accompaniments are used in singing activities. The children play music games in which they learn to perform and co-ordinate movements with musical stimuli. The children are also trained to listen to short extracts of music from various recordings.

SCIENCE

SOCIAL STUDIES

Information Communication Technology (ICT)

During this year, the children will use a wide variety of software designed to develop their I.C.T. skills and will be introduced to the Internet to research information from selected web pages. They will experience operating a filing system and how to load and exit programs. They will use a number of graphics and text based programs to create and print work. They will practice manipulating files and directories and develop their keyboard skills. In support of the weekly lessons that each class receive will be the almost daily use of the laptops as part of our laptop program. This will enable students’ access to ICT to support their learning in regards to the whole school curriculum.

 

Feedback and information evenings for parents

We hope this information has given you a brief introduction to your child's year in Year 2. As part of your introduction to Kowloon Junior School you will be invited to meet your child’s class teacher early in term 1, followed by two evenings of Parent Teacher interviews during the year. At the end of term 3 you will receive a comprehensive report of your child’s progress during the year. The aim of the initial evening is to meet the teacher but also a time for them to set out their goals for the year ahead and to inform you of the systems and routines that will be used within the classroom to ensure its smooth running.

The members of the Year 2 team are listed below.

Mr Dom Parry is the Year 2 co-ordinator and is responsible for managing the work of the team and overseeing the welfare of the Year 2 students.

Teachers staff list