On this page you will be able to find out about all the exciting learning happening in Year 2. Below you will find our year’s planning, half termly newsletter and link to our Twitter page.
Please click on an image for a brief introduction to the teachers
Mrs BarkerYear 2 Teacher & Design and Technology Lead
I am Mrs Barker, the teacher of Maple class. I am also currently the Design and Technology Lead.
I have over 20 years of teaching experience, mainly within Inner London, across all the year groups within the primary setting. I have a degree in environmental science and as part of this I spent a year working in a secondary school. It was this experience that inspired me to become a teacher
Previously, I have been the leader of both KS1 and KS2. In addition to this, I have been the leader of maths, science, geography, and PSHE.
I am extremely passionate about teaching with high expectations of all the children within my care. I enjoy being in the classroom supporting the children to grow both academically and socially. I am dedicated to delivering stimulating and challenging lessons enabling the children develop a love of learning as well as making good progress.
Growing up in the Yorkshire Dales has given me a love of outdoor activities. Away from school, you will find me running , hiking, cycling with my two young boys.
If you require any additional information or support for your child in Year 2, please don't hesitate to ask .
Mrs TilleyYear 2 Teacher & English Lead
I am Mrs Tilley (previously Miss Farrall) and I have taught at our school since 2016. During that time, I have taught across both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two where I have loved delivering all stages of the curriculum.
In 2015, I completed a degree in English and Creative writing. I thoroughly enjoy being creative through the mediums of art, writing, drama and poetry with the children, around the classroom and at home. I very much enjoy reading and love to listen to Audiobooks when I am out and about in the car, especially on long drives to Stoke-on-Trent where I grew up. My love of reading and writing has been a great help in my role as the English leader since 2018.
Outside of school, I enjoy travelling to different cities as well as camping with friends and family. During the summer, you’ll often find me pitched somewhere off the coast offering to light the next campfire before the sun has begun to set.
Ms DilleyYear 2 Teacher & Assessment Lead
I am Miss Dilley and I teach Oak class in year 5. I have been a teacher at Alexander McLeod since 2015 and have worked in UpperKey Stage 2 during this time. I have had many roles at my time at Alex: I was the DT lead for two years before leading science for another three years. In 2020 I became the assessment lead, which is a role that I feel really passionate about as I want to see all children make excellent progress. I enjoy teaching all subjects but my favourite subjects to teach are mathematics and P.E. Outside of school, I enjoy travelling and exploring new countries
Year 2 is a very important year, as the children consolidate what they have already learnt in Year 1 and deepen their knowledge and understanding across all subjects.
Using an enquiry based approached, Year 2 will continuously provide the children with many excellent learning opportunities that will spark their knowledge and interests in new and existing areas. Each day, we will provide various opportunities for children to explore new ideas and concepts, in a manner that is both engaging, challenging as well as developing important life skills such as independence, self-confidence, resilience and co-operation.
In Year 2, there will concentrated focus on reading, ensuring every child is listened to at least twice a week. In addition, there will be daily whole class reading sessions where the children will be taught the skills of reading and comprehension. We will continue to foster a love of reading by providing a wide selection of quality, diverse, engaging texts.
The topics that are being covered in Year 2 this year are: The Great Fire, Save the Animals, Map Makes, Travel the World, Heart and Soul Flavours and Make a Stand. We have chosen these topics as they are motivating and engaging and they lend themselves well to cross curricular approach to learning. They will enable children to develop knowledge, skills and understanding, while motivating them to learn in a variety of creative ways.
Key Stage 1 Statutory Assessment Tests
All Year 2 children working within National Curriculum requirements are legally obliged to participate in end of Key Stage 1 Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs), which identify the attainment of children in Reading, Writing and Mathematics for national comparison. These tests will take place in May. During the coming months, further information and guidance regarding SATs will be issued to you. SATs are not something which either you or your child should be worried about. Instead, they should be viewed as an opportunity to showcase everything the children have learned throughout their time in Key Stage 2. At Alexander McLeod we ensure the children take these tests in an informal way in their own classrooms to encourage them to feel relaxed and not worry about sitting the tests. Although we can use the tests to assess the children’s learning, their end of Key Stage One assessment will be determined by their class teacher.
Throughout Year 2, the children will have many incredible opportunities and experiences. We are really excited for how each child will grow and develop both academically and as citizens of the local community and the wider world. We are really excited for the year ahead and look forward to seeing all of the amazing progress your children make throughout the year.