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Primary two curriculum overview

Primary 2 Yearly Overview

  • Communication (Literacy)
  • Mathematics and Numeracy
  • World Around Us (History, Geography, Science)
  • ICT
  • The Arts (Art, Music, Drama)
  • Personal Development and Mutual Understanding (PDMU)
  • Religion
  • P.E

 

Embedded into the curriculum: Assessment for Learning / Learning through Play/ Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities

 

Parental Involvement

We are always happy to welcome parents into the classroom if the wish to offer expertise in a particular area.

 

Reading

  • Guided/Independent - Prepared text from school not sent home. Pupils will receive two easy reads per week for homework.
  • Shared Reading Big books are related to our current topics

(The Bakery - Little Red Hen)

 

Linguistic Phonics

  • Children will follow a structured programme in class-a different activity each morning. Revision of initial letter sounds progressing onto word building, blends and spelling)

 

Writing:

 

  • Children will produce: Shared Writing and Independent Writing.
  • They will also practice letter formation and handwriting skills.
  • Introduction of written comprehension questions - focus on writing a full sentence in the third term.

 

 

 

Talking and Listening

  • Classroom Discussions
  • Questions and Answers
  • Pupils own experiences
  • Topic Work
  • Show and tell

 

 

Numeracy

  • The Northern Ireland Curriculum consists of five attainment targets:

 

Number

  • Count a variety of objects
  • Match numbers to sets
  • Order numbers
  • Before, after and between numbers
  • Add and subtract numbers up to 20
  • Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s

 

Shape and Space

  • Recognition of basic 2D and 3D shapes.

 

Handling Data

  • Sorting everyday objects.

 

Measures

  • Compare two objects of different length/weight/capacity/area.
  • Time: explore time patterns.

 

Processes

  • Problem-solving, selecting and using maths appropriate to the task.

 

WORLD AROUND US

 

Topics covered this year are;

  • Bakery
  • Pirates
  • Jungle
  • Hospital
  • Birds
  • The Farm

 

Religion

  • Children will follow the Alive – O Programme. They will have opportunities to explore their faith through:
  • Story
  • Prayer
  • Art
  • Poems
  • Songs
  • Assemblies

 

PDMU

  • Children will express their feelings and develop self-awareness.
  • We will discuss health and safety issues.
  • The programme will explore relationships within their family, school and community.
  • PDMU lessons are achieved through ‘circle time’ activities.

 

P.E.

Children will have one 40 min session of P.E./ Gaelic a week. They will learn:

  • Foundation skills for games
  • Basic skills such as throwing and catching
  • Using Equipment
  • The importance of being in a team
  • Dance

 

  • P2a P.E day is on Thursday.
  • P2b & c P.E day is on Monday
  • Children should wear their P.E gear on this day.

 

ICT.

  • All Primary 2 classes are timetabled to attend the computer suite once a week. Primary two children will complete a number of ICT accreditation tasks such as making a PowerPoint, creating a pictograph and programming a Beebot to move around ‘Treasure Island’.

 

The Arts

  • Art is linked to celebrations in our calendar year and is connected to our World Around Us Topics.
  • There is a well-developed programme of music in the school. In Year Two the children will learn to compose and perform using simple percussion instruments and sing simple songs in front of an audience.

 

Promoting Positive Behaviour in the Classroom

Star chart in classroom (10 stars – certificate / prize)

Star of the Week

  • Star of the Week certificate
  • Individual stickers for achievements in reading / behaviour / friendship

Homework

  • Primary 2 homework will reflect the learning taking place in the classroom.
  • Reading homework every night.
  • 2 written pieces of homework per week.
  • Key word books.
  • All homework must be signed and checked.
  • All homework given on a Monday and collected on a Friday. 

 

How can you help your child?

  • Read and say nursery rhymes
  • Discuss books/shows/outings with the children.
  • Play games like ‘Eye Spy’ and ‘Simon Says’
  • Visit bookshops and libraries
  • Listen to a range of interesting and exciting fiction, non-fiction, poetry and rhymes
  • Reading should be relaxed and enjoyable.
  • Take a picture walk through the stories
  • Keep the experience relaxed, quiet and with the TV turned off.
  • Talk about title, blurb, cover and predict the story
  • Encourage your child to track each word with a reading finger.
  • Stay calm and positive when your child is reading
  • Praise your child for trying
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