Welcome to Year Two at King Richard III College, one of the British international schools in Mallorca.
Year Two is an important year which builds upon and consolidates earlier skills and experiences and encourages the students to have the confidence to work independently at their own level pace. At the end of the academic year, pupils are given internal Standards Attainment Tests in the three corse subjects of Literacy, Numeracy and Science.
Literacy encourages independent thinking through the key skills of speaking and listening. Reading is taught using a combination of phonetics and sound blends and pupils progress through a standardised reading scheme. Parents are encouraged to read with their child at home. Handwriting skills focus on the correct letter joins before progressing on to joined writing. The use of grammatically correct sentence structure is a main focus in story writing. A weekly spelling test includes High Frequency words and blends. Pupils enjoy participating in both school assemblies and reciting class poems.
Pupils learn to count confidently up to and beyond 100. The four key skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are consolidated and used in a variety of problem-solving activities which included Money, Time, Measuring, 2D and 3D shapes. Rapid recall of Times Tables specific to this year group (2, 3, 4, 5 & 10) are practised on a daily basis and promote mental agility.
Pupils are provided with rich and stimulating scientific experiences to foster interest and enthusiasm for the topics covered throughout the first three terms. these include Health and Growth, Variation between Plants & Animals, Grouping and Changing Materials, Forces and Movement and The Use of Electricity. Science encompasses the key skills of making observations, the used of simple apparatus, predicting outcomes and recording findings accurately.
- Awareness of the world in which we live – e.g. map reading, continents and capital cities which often relate to the countries from which the children originate.
- Famous people past and present – e.g. Florence Nightingale and Nelson Mandela.
- Historical events – e.g. Space Travel
- Communications – e.g. telephone, newspapers, sign language and modern technology
Through the theme entitled ‘Mother Nature’ pupils develop an awareness of colour, shape, pattern and texture in their lives. Art activities are often closely linked to cross-curricular themes and seasonal events.
Children learn about the importance of keeping fit & healthy, body awareness and space, listening and following directions, so as to be a better team member. The annual School Sports Day (KR3 Olympics) is a popular date on our calendar, well supported by both parents and students.
Children in Year Two take pride in their work, and are encouraged to help to reinforce the message and purpose of the lessons or topics at the time, through classroom displays. Parents are welcome to come and take a look!