Year 2 at the OPS offers children the opportunity to further develop and practise using their knowledge, skills and abilities in a wide variety of academic, creative, physical and social experiences.
Each class is dedicated a qualified and experienced teacher who teaches the core curriculum and is supported by teaching assistants. Music, swimming, games and French are taught by specialist teachers.
In games, the different needs of girls and boys are fully recognised, with the girls learning to play hockey, netball and rounders, while the boys learn to play tag rugby, football and cricket. We begin to introduce the children to inter school matches in Year 2, with an emphasis on the co-operative skills essential for team games as well as ball skills.
Music is a very important part of the Year 2 experience at the OPS. As well as the whole class lessons where children have opportunities both to sing and play instruments, the children will prepare various performances throughout the year which are part of assemblies or plays, which are enjoyed by parents.
There remains a close relationship with parents and the children who continue to be brought to the classroom by parents in the morning. To develop a sense of self-discipline and self-worth, each child is a ‘monitor’ and is responsible for specific duties in Pre-Prep e.g. taking footballs out at break times or putting away the sand toys.
During the summer term the children are prepared for the transition into Year 3 by attending assemblies, attending a Fun Day on a Saturday, sports fixtures against the Years 3 and 4, a musical instrument trial day and many other experiences.
At the end of Year 2 our children are confident and well prepared for the challenges they will meet in the Prep School.