Topic based-learning continues, with such topics as fire, earth and water offering the children exciting opportunities to learn about the planet Earth- and exciting topics such as volcanoes, rain forests and endangered species. The Great Fire of London is also covered with the children taking part in a special fancy dress “Fire of London” day to experience a slice of 1666 life! We even make our very own volcanoes using bicarbonate of soda, vinegar and food colouring to cause an explosion in the classroom!
There are two music lessons a week. Other than private lessons within school; piano, cello and violin, this is their first taste of playing and practising an instrument. The parents are invited to a small concert to showcase these early presenting skills.
There is a huge range of after school clubs available to the Year 2 children. Clubs such as; golf, tennis, art, computing, music, karate, ballet, chess, gardening, dance and many more. These are led by the teachers or external specialists.
There are many more opportunities for children to begin to really build confidence in Year 2, as parts in school performances become bigger, and public speaking to class is more frequent. This means that as children enter Preparatory school they are already able to stand up in front of an audience without fear. The Year 2 pupils are encouraged to become more responsible and are all given prefect roles. From playground monitors to manning the water fountain they really enjoy rising to this challenge
During Year 2, children also start to experience a slice of life at The Abbey and the Senior School to give them a glimpse of their future school careers. There are several trips to The Abbey and the children start to become familiar with both the teachers and the facilities at the School, whilst watching the Swing Band and regular contact with the Senior School Sports’ Leaders encourages familiarity with the older children at the Senior School site.
A day in the life of Queen’s House Year 2
On a Wednesday morning, the children meet at 8.15 for a swimming lesson at The Deben Pool. The lessons are instructive and fun; grouped according to their ability. On return to school, the children enjoy a biscuit on the carpet to recoup some energy before starting the next lesson.
Daily maths and literacy lessons are largely practical, fun and engaging. Measuring for example, we make cloudy lemonade in order to understand capacity. We make chocolate octopuses to weigh out kg and grams having bought the ingredients using real coins from our school shop. In Literacy, we cover a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts. The children have a daily story time widening their repertoire of literature allowing them to draw upon this experience in their own writing.
Unique to Year 2 is the weekly ‘Newsround’ session. The children are asked to research a current news article and come prepared to present their findings to the class. The children are so passionate and enthusiastic about his session. This begins to develop their public speaking skills and build on their natural curiosity of the world around them.
Following on from this, these skills are reinforced in the annual Verse Speaking. This causes huge excitement. The children are encouraged to learn a poem to present to the class. Finalists are then chosen to perform in The Abbey hall to a wider audience. This is their first taste of public speaking other than concerts and assemblies. The Year 2 children always lead the concerts.