Primary 2 Curriculum
Literacy and English
Reading In Primary 2 pupils continue to develop their confidence, fluency and use of expression in reading through a graded series of fictional and non-fictional texts. They expand their knowledge and understanding of sound blends and extend their vocabulary. Comprehension skills are further developed through discussion and written activities. As reading skills develop, pupils are encouraged to read clearly, fluently and with expression.
Writing Pupils continue to develop their writing skills through a broader range of functional writing activities. They have regular handwriting sessions to develop correct letter formation and neat handwriting in all their work. Spelling accuracy is developed through weekly spelling lists and word-building skills are further developed. Pupils will become familiar with the basic skills necessary to produce leaflets, reports, instructions and letters. Much of the extended and imaginative writing is cross curricular.
Listening and Talking Pupils are expected to listen carefully to information and instructions and to act appropriately upon them. They are given an opportunity to participate in class assemblies and music performances, and to give short talks on topic work to their peers.
With a Modern Languages specialist, the girls experience elements of several languages during the course of the year so that they may develop an awareness and understanding of different cultures and customs in other countries.
Numeracy and Mathematics
In Primary 2 our approach is through active learning with the aim of developing mental agility.
Number, Money and Measurement Pupils extend their knowledge of numbers to 100, learn to add and subtract within 20 and work with money to find change. They count in sequences of 2, 5 and 10 and begin to understand the relationship between addition and multiplication. They explore fractions and practise doubling and halving. Pupils use non-standard units of measurement and begin to realise the need for standardised units. They develop their understanding of time and time-scale and they learn to tell the time in half hours on both digital and analogue displays.
Information Handling Pupils carry out simple surveys and use tallies to record their findings. They learn to use a simple database and construct and interpret bar graphs.
Shape, Position and Movement Pupils extend their knowledge of 2D shapes and 3D objects by investigating their properties and simple symmetry is explored.
Problem Solving and Enquiry Pupils continue to solve problems using a variety of resources and learn to look for patterns. They begin to create their own problems for others to solve.
In Primary 2, the Social Studies programme aims to develop knowledge, understanding and enquiry skills. They explore different types of evidence by inviting in their grandparents. The following topics are covered:
- Past and Present: The focus for this topic is toys through the ages.
- Food: We look at the five food groups, where our food comes from and have an emphasis on healthy eating and. During this topic, we also look at teeth and good dental hygiene.
- Mapping: We look at Scotland and learn to recognise The British Isles and find them on a map of the world. Using the Katie Morag stories as a stimulus, we compare and contrast life on an island to city life.
In Primary 2, scientific ideas are developed through play, investigations, first-hand experiences and discussion. Topics covered are:
- Change: Lots of fun with melting chocolate, investigating how water can change from one form to another, making ice lollies and exploring simple food chains.
- Forces: Lots of fun with magnets to explore the forces of pushing and pulling.
- Plants: A great opportunity for outdoor education with lots of planting of seeds, tubers and bulbs, measuring plant growth and experiments using 'control' plants with and without light and water.
Health and Wellbeing
Food and Health & Relationships
In Primary 2 pupils explore the three areas of Health Education: Physical wellbeing, Food and Health & Relationships through discrete topics or as a link to another curriculum area. The topics include Healthy eating, Dental hygiene, Feelings, Friendships, and Values.
From the beginning of Primary 2, we encourage pupils to consider the main components of a healthy meal. We will display the lunch menu each week so that parents can discuss the choices. We actively encourage the pupils to bring healthy snacks for break.
Personal and Social Development is encompassed within the teaching of several subjects, notably, Physical Education, Religious and Moral Education and Health and Wellbeing and a number of cross-curricular themes. It is an integral part of the whole curriculum.
The Physical Education curriculum in Primary 2 continues to focus on developing the basic travelling, object control and balance movements that underpin physical activities. Swimming is introduced in the summer term.
Throughout the course pupils are encouraged to:
- perform basic movements in an increasing variety of situations that place demands on creativity, cooperation, sequencing, control and precision;
- focus their observations when watching simple actions;
- show their work to others;
- communicate their own ideas in movement.
Religious and Moral Education
In Primary 2, we cover the following areas:
- Christianity: Festivals, Stories from the Bible
- World Religions: Sikhism - Guru Nanak, Special Buildings, Festivals
- Development of beliefs and values: Caring; Sharing; Fairness; Honesty
Art and Design
Throughout the Junior School a programme of skills is taught and practised, and a range of art activities allows the children the opportunity to experience different materials and media. The art activities in Primary 2 support much of the cross-curricular work undertaken during the year.
At all levels pupils improvise and experiment with movement, speech, space, physical objects and sound, showing imagination and inventiveness appropriate to age and stage of development. As they progress through the levels pupils develop their understanding and control of the media and processes of drama.
In Primary 2 pupils extend and develop play activities and use speech appropriate to different situations and roles.
At St George's we aim to give every pupil the opportunity to take part in music-making, to invent music and to listen and respond to music. The music curriculum is based on the skills of listening, performing, composing and improvising. Work throughout the Junior School teaches the basic principles of rhythm, pitch and notation.
In Primary 2, pupils focus on reading, clapping and playing rhythm patterns using crotchet, quaver and minim note values. They extend their playing and understanding of pitched instruments to accompany songs and experiment with voices and instruments to make different sounds and dynamics. They learn to perform to others by taking part in assemblies and our Primary 1 & Primary 2 Nativity play.
Craft and Design
Through discovery and imagination, we work together in groups to design and construct models and to solve problems.
Pupils work cooperatively to raise funds for materials, which are used to design products to sell at the Festive Fundraiser.
During our focus on Healthy Eating we learn to 'design' and make a fruit salad. We look at Food for Life and keeping healthy, with a focus on good dental hygiene.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Pupils are timetabled for weekly sessions in the Junior School Information Centre and also have access to a computer and Smartboard in their own classroom.
In Primary 2 the pupils develop their ICT capability in the following ways:
- Logging on and off using their own username
- Learning to save and retrieve files.
- Further develop of mouse control
- Introduction to Word
Support for Learning
The Additional Support Needs department has a broad role, which allows it to support students with specific learning needs and general academic difficulties. This allows the department to be committed to encouraging and promoting the creation of successful learners, responsible citizens, confident individuals and effective contributors.
In order to maximise the individual’s potential, it is considered important to develop support strategies that complement their learning requirements.
At this stage, students are carefully monitored for progress by staff. The aim is to help students meet their long-term targets in the Primary curriculum. Ongoing liaison between class teachers, Learning Support staff and parents is an essential part of this process.
In Primary 2, pupils may participate in our Early Intervention programme, which aims to ensure all the students have a good foundation for literacy. By intervening early it is hoped that the foundation will be achieved through consolidating class work. The length of time students participate will vary depending on their individual needs.
Homework is very much a part of our school programme and it helps to foster a link with parents in their support of the girls' learning throughout the Junior School Years. As the pupils progress, they are acquiring individual study skills beyond the classroom which in turn contribute to the development of independent learning as they mature. We always appreciate interest and support in this essential aspect of the learning process. The time required for individual tasks may vary. However, please let your daughter's teacher know if she is regularly taking longer than the guide times. Homework is generally given on 4 evenings each week (Monday - Thursday).
In Primary 2 there is approximately 20 minutes per night.
- 3-4 nights - Reading
- Generally one other main item each night, usually selected from: Writing, Mathematics, Spelling, Social Studies