Appletree Gardens First School

Appletree Gardens, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear, NE25 8XS

Telephone: 0191 252 3546   Fax: 0191 200 814




            Welcome to our ‘Year 2 Information’ page!

Our aim is to provide you and your child with all the important information that you will

need throughout this academic year!



Year 2 Staff

Ms T Johnson Class 5 (Oak Tree) Teacher (MFL) 

Mrs J Wilkinson – Class 5 (Oak Tree) Teacher (Deputy Head Teacher)

Ms Johnson/ Mrs Wilkinson work as a job share and teach 2.5 days each.

Ms J Traill – Class 6 (Cyprus Tree) Teacher (Key Stage 1 Coordinator)

Miss A Lenton – Teaching Assistant (full time, shared across Year 2)



Key Stage One at Appletree Gardens First School consists of four classes: two Year 1 and two Year 2 classes.

Key Stage One ends as the children leave Year 2 to go into Year 3 (Key Stage 2).


 The Year 2 classes line up outside their classroom door - school starts at 8.55am. At the end of the day (3.30pm) parents should come to collect their child at the classroom door. Teachers will hand children over individually as they see parents.


Year 2 Curriculum

The  Year 2 Curriculum is divided into Literacy and Numeracy Sets and cross curricular topicsThese topics include: The local area, Grace Darling, Inventions, Roald Dahl, Pirates and an international study.

Visits, visitors, class assemblies and theme days enhance the curriculum.



Literacy Sets:


The school follows the Read Write Inc programme. This teaches phonics in a highly structured and systematic

way as well as developing early comprehension skills. Children are assessed regularly and from this

placed in appropriate groupings. They also have weekly extended writing sessions within their class and

half termly writing weeks, which focus upon specific genres.


Numeracy Sets:


The children are taught in three ability sets which are regularly assessed to allow movement between groups.

In these sets the strands of understanding number, calculation, problem solving, data handling, shape and

space are covered. The children are introduced to times tables and are encouraged to learn these. 



At the end of Year 2 children are assessed in Literacy, Numeracy and Science.

These take the form of standardised assessment tests and teacher assessments.

These give an overall National Curriculum level which is then reported back to parents.

These are statutory and take place throughout May.


Reading Scheme and Book Bag Information

Each child should have a school book bag which they need to bring to school every day.

Children will be heard to read regularly, once by their class teacher in a guided session

and then by one of our parent volunteers.


P.E. Kit

Your child should wear a white T-shirt and pair of black shorts for P.E. and they must have a

pair of sandshoes or trainers, preferably slip on or fastened with Velcro.

Please name all items. Jogging bottoms/sweatshirts may be worn for outside P.E.

Children in Class 5 take part in a PE lesson every Wednesday (indoor) and Tuesday (outdoor).

Children in Class 6 take part in a PE lesson every Wednesday (indoor) and Thursday (outdoor).



Milk and Fruit


We take part in the National Fruit Scheme and children are provided with a piece of fruit each day.

They are encouraged to try new fruits.  You can register your child for milk on the following website; (please see website for prices)




Children are encouraged to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

They need to bring a named water bottle which will be kept in school and filled on a daily basis by our staff.












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