During Literacy our students encounter a wide variety of texts including stories from familiar settings, traditional tales, information books and poetry. They are immersed in texts through Talk for Writing, an initiative developed by Pie Corbett, which we have found to be effective in supporting children as they develop their writing skills. Talk for Writing enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular text type orally before reading, analysing it and writing their own version.
Establishing secure calculation strategies is a main focus of Mathematics during Year 2. Students learn to apply their knowledge of number facts to problem solving, are taught how to use efficient mental maths methods, consider the strategies and steps they take to solve a problem, discuss their reasoning and check their answers.
Towards the end of Term 4 students are given the opportunity to put all of their mathematical skills to work during Enterprise Week. A main aim for our teachers is to maximise opportunities for developing English and Mathematics skills through our topics in Humanities and Science, bringing learning to life and establishing a desire within our students to extend their learning independently.
Our science lessons look at the importance of keeping our bodies healthy; identifying, sorting and grouping materials and investigating electricity. Teachers skilfully shape the curriculum delivery around students' curiosity, engaging them in personal research to find the answer to their own questions. Through Humanities students explore the significance of the sea to Kuwait’s illustrious history. They learn about the geographical features unique to the Kuwait coastline and identify ways in which people should safe guard the environment for future generations. Students also enjoy traveling back in time to study an important event in British history, the Great Fire of London.
An important step that students take in their learning during Year 2 is establishing their ability to self-assess their own progress. Through effective questioning and modelling students are able to review their work, they identify where they have been successful and areas that they would like to develop further. Together with the teacher students develop success criteria for the unit of work that they are covering and set targets to enable them to take the next necessary steps in their learning with confidence and purpose.
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