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Year 2 - Kestrels

Welcome to Kestrels!

My name is Miss Ralevic and I am the Year 2 teacher here at Stondon Lower. We are very lucky in Year 2 to have three supporting adults to help us; Mrs Harrison, Mrs Akenbrook and Mrs Sharp. We aim to always try our best every day and to never give up. We always know who is working hard by using our Superhero Behaviour Wall! We come into school every day ‘Ready to Fly’ and aim to work all the way up to ‘Superhero’. ‘Superhero’s’ are always rewarded with Team Points and lots of stickers! "We have the same 3 rules throughout the school which makes it easy for us to follow them. They are: Keep safe, Use your Values and Be the best that you can be" We learn about and practice these rules every day.

Our Daily Routine
 
At the start of everyday, we complete a morning task to get us ready for the day. This usually involves practicing key skills, such as number bonds and spellings. Every day we have English and Maths in the mornings. Then in the afternoon, we complete a variety of fun topic work. In Year 2 we explore the country of Kenya, looking at all the different animals and people, and comparing it to our lives back home. We also look at living things and their habitats in Science, meaning we can go outside and explore the world around us. Once a week we have an Art lesson, allowing us to get creative and to develop new skills. We always end the day with a story or some phonics videos to get us ready for home time.
 
Key skills are important
 
It is important that in Year 2, especially this year, we practise our phonics skills which we learnt in Year 1. We always refer back to phonics when reading in class, and usually do 5 minute sessions before our English lessons, where we recap any sounds we are still finding tricky. We make sure we read every day in class and to an adult at least once a week. So that we can become super at spelling, we have spelling tests every Friday. Once we have taken our spelling test, we are given new spellings to learn at home for the following week.
 
We believe in the power of a Growth mindset
 
Across the whole school we believe in the power of a growth mind-set. Instead of saying ‘I can’t do it’, we say ‘I can’t do it YET!’ Although sometimes we may find new things tricky, we never give up and always give it a go. In Year 2 we know that we can improve by practising or by finding a different way to work something out. We know that mistakes help us to learn and that it’s always ok to ask for help.
 
Our Year Ahead
 
In Year 2 we complete our Key Stage 1 SAT’s to provide information about our progress. The English tests focus on grammar, spelling, punctuation and comprehension, whilst the Maths questions test arithmetic and reasoning. These are all skills which we practice and work on throughout the year.
 
How we keep our bodies and mind fit and healthy
 
To keep out bodies healthy we do PE twice a week. Depending on the weather and activity, we do PE on the field, on the playground and in the hall. For our PE lessons, we wear black shorts or joggers, a red school PE top and trainers. As well as our PE lessons, we complete a Daily Mile each day. This means that we do some form of physical activity a day for 5 minutes to keep our bodies active and to give our brains a break. In addition to keeping our bodies healthy, it is important to keep our minds healthy too. We have lots of circle times and discussions during the week where we talk about friendships, our feelings and what to do if something is wrong. In Year 2 we notice how we are feeling and talk to someone we trust about it – especially if it doesn’t feel right.