Year 2 Update

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The year 2’s have had another amazing few weeks of learning, taking part in lots of shared play around systems in our community and building their understanding of their own responsibilities within their class, school and wider community.

Last weeks CPD Day

Last Friday all Discovery College primary school teachers attended an ESF wide professional development day led by Professor Leah Waters and teachers from across ESF schools. This included workshops led by seven DC teachers. This day focused on deepening understanding and practice connected to visible wellbeing in schools.

Our focus on mindfulness is part of our wider wellbeing programme in Year 2. This also includes many other things you will have become familiar with since the start of term such as; our class essential agreements, the zones of regulation, recognising individual strengths and student’s written reflections connected to restorative practice. All of the class’s set up these types of systems to ensure that each class community feels a happy, engaging and safe place for all of its members.

A key point stressed during the day was that positive psychology and wellbeing is not a focus on our students/children/ourselves always having to feel happy. It is important for children and adults alike, to understand that there are not really negative or bad emotions, rather there are some we don’t like feeling but are still important. For example, feeling guilty is important to help us try not to make the same mistakes again, anger to help us understand something that may be unfair and sadness to understand that things we do not like may happen to us.

We make it a key part of our learning in school to build the children’s resilience and strategies to deal with not just success, but also mistakes, challenges, loss etc that all people face as they journey into their teenage years and throughout adult life.

You may like to visit Leah Water’s website:

The Strength Switch – How the New Science of Strength based parenting can help your child and your teen to flourish.

Whilst recognising and understanding that we can’t feel happy all the time, everyday we guide the students to be ‘positive detectives’ and look for good things about their day. Within the year 2 classes this is done in a number of different ways such as positivity books, mindfulness exercises and over the next week you will notice a happiness tree in one of our shared areas which all of the year 2’s can use as they transition to different lessons. For further information about any class specific things, please feel free to contact your child’s class teacher.

Finally, next week we will be finishing up our How We Organise Ourselves unit of inquiry. Our next unit is How the World Works within which we explore forces such as magnetism, gravity and buoyancy. This is always a great hands on unit with lots of science which the students and staff are all very excited about already!