Infant 2 in St. Ambrose is a time for achievement, discovery and enjoyment. This year the boys will develop the learning they did in Infant 1 and progress to become more independent learners. In Infant 2 the boys will be encouraged to think more for themselves and they will be expected to contribute their own ideas and thoughts in class discussion.
The boys will continue to develop a sense of pride in their work and they will be rewarded with points when they produce a high standard of work. The boys will learn that working hard is the key to success.
In Infant 2 the boys build upon the basic grammar skills they learnt in Infant 1. In line with the National Curriculum, the boys learn new grammatical concepts and the correct terminology for them. They learn the meaning of expanded noun phrases, conjunctions, homophones, suffixes and prefixes. The boys learn new punctuation skills such as the use of apostrophes, speech marks, exclamation marks and commas .The boys are encouraged to apply this learning in all their varied writing tasks, whether it be creative writing, instruction writing, letter writing, non-chronological reports or poetry. The boys enjoy using awesome adjectives and adverbs to create impressive, imaginative and original stories and poems. The boys learn about the different types of poetry and how to use poetic devices such as rhyme, alliteration and rhythm.
The boys are also given weekly comprehension homework. This supports the comprehension work done in school, which is often cross curricula, consolidating topics covered in the foundation subjects. The boys are taught how to answer inference questions by making deductions from a text and thinking for themselves.
In Infant 2 the boys enjoy an exploratory approach to maths based on problem solving. Using a new Maths Scheme called Inspire Maths the boys are encouraged to be self- thinkers. The Inspire Programme, based on the internationally successful approach to maths teaching in Singapore, is a focused programme which builds and consolidates knowledge to reach deeper understanding. The core topics covered are consistent with the National Curriculum for Year 2 but the methodology encourages extensive practice to develop fluency and mastery. Rather than memorise facts and procedures boys are taught to apply different strategies to help solve unfamiliar problems. They use bar models to help them visualise a given problem and work out how to solve it. The boys are encouraged to develop their existing understanding by looking at questions from different perspectives and adapting to new situations. This practice challenges the boys and leads them towards mastery. The boys really enjoy the challenge and look forward to their daily maths lesson!
In Infant 2 the boys cover a variety of topics, all of which encourage the boys to develop their investigative skills and become independent learners. In Autumn Term 1 the boys learn about electricity and conduct many experiments to find out:
How static electricity works
Which materials are conductors and which are insulators
How a switch works in a circuit
How a circuit is affected by increasing the number of batteries
They learn very important lessons about electrical safety, conservation of electricity and alternative ways of producing it. At the end of the topic the boys put their D.T. skills to the test to build a model of a working lighthouse!
The boys continue to develop their investigative skills in the next topic Living Things and Their Habitats. The boys learn to identify the life processes that determine whether something is alive, dead or has never been alive. They venture out on a mini beast hunt to explore micro habitats before focusing on global habitats and how living things adapt to their environment. They learn how animals and plants are dependent upon each other for survival and investigate how food chains work.
Later in the year the boys study plant growth and life cycles with lots more opportunities for ‘hands on’ experiments and investigations. They learn the importance of a healthy diet, hygiene and exercise. They will plant seeds and discover what plants need to survive.
By the end of the year the boys will be super scientists, able to conduct their own investigations and determine whether a test is fair.
Reports to parents
Reports are sent to parents in the Spring and Summer Terms. The report gives details of work covered, achievements and offers advice for improvement/continued progress. When reporting to parents, we aim to be factual, specific and refer to past learning. We try to be positive about achievement and may indicate future learning objectives. We reflect the importance of the child in the process so the report can be understood by the pupil at an appropriate stage.
Parent Consultations take place twice during the school year and three times in Prep 3. The meetings are an opportunity to discuss general progress and agreed targets or areas for development. Teachers are also available for informal consultation throughout the year. At the parents evening all books are available for parents. Other information is also given to parents including teacher assessments, test results, comments on classwork and homework. Advice for improvement/continued progress is given when appropriate.
YEAR 2 -6 (Infant 2 – Prep 4)
The pupils are continually assessed throughout the year using formative types of assessment, giving the pupil and the teacher information on how they are progressing and developing.
Each week the boys will have summative assessments from spelling/tables tests, to on occasions, more formal assessments in English, Maths and Verbal Reasoning.
In the Spring and Summer Terms the pupils will have formal summative tests in English and Maths comprising of:- Rising Stars Progress in Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling, Rising Stars Progress in Reading and Rising Stars Progress in Maths
In the Spring and Summer Terms pupils in Preps 1 and 2 will have formal summative tests in Mathematics comprising of the following elements:- Times Tables
In the Summer Term the pupils will have formal summative assessments in English comprising of the following elements:- Verbal Reasoning NFER test
Teachers assess the boys in Preps 1 – 4 twice a year, in all Foundation subjects, giving grades from A – C which are included in Spring and Summer reports. In the Summer report, a comment is added alongside the grade. In Years 1 and 2, Foundation subjects are given a comment on the Summer reports, with pupils in Year 2 being given a grade. Each subject coordinator has set out assessment criteria in line with the scheme of work identifying what is needed in each year group to gain a: A, B, or C grade
In Infant 2 the boys study the Victorian Era. They begin their study by looking at a time line showing the many developments that occurred in this era and to understand how long ago Queen Victoria reigned. The boys learn about the Royal family and begin to understand the difference between the wealthy Victorians with their servants and the working class. They learn about the different living conditions and how hard life was for so many.
Early in the autumn term the boys enjoy a school trip to Dunham Massey where they ‘step back in time’ and immerse themselves in role play as servants for the day! The boys do a variety of chores from doing the laundry, polishing the silver to emptying the chamber pots!
In the spring term the boys study the lives of significant figures of the era including the nurturing nurses Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole, and Dr Barnado. The boys will discover the horrors of the Victorian workhouse and begin to realise how lucky they are!
In the summer term the boys will be visiting Style Mill Apprentice House and the Victorian school room where they will discover, through the ‘living history’ experience, the challenges of daily life for Victorian children of their own age.
In geography the boys build upon the skills they learnt in Infant 1. They develop their abilities to create aerial view maps of their local area and extend this to describe local routes using a map of the local area and directional instructions using compass directions. They learn how a key works and develop their ability to use map symbols. The boys learn to use atlases, to first identify the countries of the UK, and then to locate geographic features such as rivers and mountains using the Index, grid references and co-ordinates .The boys really enjoy the challenge of locating a place, river or mountain independently using the atlases!
Locating the continents and oceans of the world takes the boys’ atlas skills one step further. They enjoy the challenge of locating and naming the different continents and oceans using clues! They progress to identify the differences between the continents and to be able to identify the differences between hot and cold climates. They explore Europe as a continent and identify the UK within Europe.
In world geography the boys study India. They compare and contrast the geographic features and the cultural differences between an Indian village and Hale Barns. The boys will explore the different religions within India and the types of clothes that are worn. They investigate the climatic differences and the impact this has. They discover what school life is like for some Indian children in the village schools of India. They will explore the many wonders of India including the Taj Mahal and the deliciously different cuisine!
In Infant 2 the boys develop their artistic skills using a variety of techniques and media. In the autumn term the boys explore the work of the Impressionist painters. They look at the paintings of Claude Monet and learn to paint using short brush strokes and watercolours to create the impression of the world around them. The boys really enjoy developing these skills and producing a piece of art that they really are proud of!
The boys also enjoy experimenting with the technique of collage. They practise their cutting skills and learn to combine texture and colour to create their own magic wands and magic brooms. Art is often cross curricula linked to English themes like Room on the Broom, or science themes like building models of light houses.
In the spring term the boys take their geography topic India as the inspiration for a variety of art projects including intricate mehndi designs, rangoli patterns, decorating Diwali diya clay lamps and model making of the Ganesh elephant.
Other art work is linked to the calendar with a variety of festive crafts at Christmas, Easter themed projects and other celebrations from saints’ Days to Mother’s Day. Here the boys use a variety of techniques including paper folding, weaving, 3D modelling and papier mache.
In R.E .the boys follow the programme The Way, The Truth and The Life in line with the rest of the school. This scheme incorporates learning about the Catholic faith and learning from it. The boys also take part in a whole school Multi-Faith Week when Infant 2 study Hinduism which links well with their study of India.