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Welcome to our Year 2 page. Here you will find important information about our Class routines, curriculum and general information. Please scroll down to keep up to date with our class blog.

For more information please read our curriculum newsletter bellow:

Year 2 Autumn 2

Our Year 2 Staff:

Mrs J Owen – Teacher

Miss S Grotz – Teaching Assistant

Friday 16th November

This week is ‘anti-bullying’ week so we have had lots of discussions about what bullying is and what is the correct way to behave and act. We have looked at ways to show respect to others as well as looking at different scenarios to understand what bullying is.

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In Maths this week we have been learning all about statistics. We started the week looking at tally charts, pictograms and block diagrams. We discussed what each chart represents and how to read the data presented in the charts. Then we created our own tally chart using class information about our favourite traditional tales. We then used the tally chart to create a pictogram and block diagram.

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In English this week we have done lots of writing. At the start of the week we wrote our story plans. Then on Tuesday we wrote the first draft of our story ‘the three little knights’. We had some fantastic outcomes. Then we edited and improved our stories in partners using a success criteria.

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Next week we are moving away from narratives and looking at recounts.

In music this week we have continued to practice our songs for our fast approaching nativity. Every child has been given the lyrics to the songs to practice this weekend.

In DT we have continued to develop our skills in making moving pictures. This week we have learned about levers and pivots. We made our own dragon heads with moving mouths and then created a design criteria for others so they could also make a dragon.

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In Science we went on an investigation around the school grounds to find out what materials different everyday objects are made from. We recorded our findings in a table. When we came back to class we discussed which material we had seen the most and why we thought that material was used the most.

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This week in PE we braved the cold and went onto the MUGA for our lesson. We had fun playing a Harry Potter warm up game and then we practiced our ball skills in pairs. One person stood in the goal and the other one tried to shoot.

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Today we all wore bright colours and raised money for Children in need:

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We are starting to get lots of work on our castle display now and I am sure you will agree it is looking fab. I am really proud of the work all the children are producing at the minute.


Scarlett was added to the golden book for her fantastic narrative writing and Olivia was added to the golden book for her super participation within the anti-bullying tasks.

Attendance: 96%

Minutes late: 13 minutes


Children need to have their PE kit in school every Wednesday

Spelling tests are completed every Friday due to our trip next week the test will be on Thursday

Friday 23rd November – Year 2 trip to the Centre for life – Please return your slip by Wednesday 21st November

Friday 9th November

We have reached the end of another week! Time seems to be flying by before we know it, it will be time for our nativity.

In English this week we have continued to build our knowledge about traditional tales. We have learned about tenses and discussed what present, past and future tense means. We then identified past tense words and used them correctly within sentences. We have also looked at adventurous vocabulary that we can include in our stories to engage our reader. We have discussed nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs and created some silly sentences. Today we worked in groups of 5 to retell the story ‘The Three Little Knights’ through role play. Each child played the role of a character from the story and children were able to consider the flow and plot of their story.

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In Maths this week we have been learning about multiplication. Practising times table facts at home will really support your child’s learning! (x2 x5 x10)           We started the week looking at our two times table, we counted forwards and back and counted on from different numbers other than 0. We then learned our 5 times tables and 10 times tables by completing similar activities. It was evident across the class that the children need more opportunities to become fluent with their tables facts and be able to recall them out of order with accuracy and speed. Next week we are moving onto Statistics however we are going to continue to practise our times tables daily in our mental starters and maths meetings.

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In Music this week we have continued to learn our new song ‘Ho Ho Ho’ We used the recorders again and practised playing the tune in small groups. Over the next few weeks we are hoping to use some flutes alongside our song.

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Thank you to 25/30 children who brought their favourite book into school this week. It was interesting seeing the books children like reading at home and listening to their reasons when explaining why it is their favourite. We then used the books within our RE lesson on Friday. We talked about how and why they were important to us and linked it to the Bible being important to Christians and their reasons. Also is RE this week. We sorted information about the Old and New Testament into true and false.

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In DT this week we have been following design criteria’s to make dragon and knight sliders. On Monday followed a design to make a simple slider. The slider was a dragon which moved along a straight line. On Tuesday we made another slider but this time it had to appear and disappear from a bush. Today we combined our skills and linked it to our Castles topic. We used green card as our background and made a castle at the top using brown paper. We then created one slider with a knight that was approaching the castle and one slider with a dragon hiding behind a bush waiting to attack the knight. The results were fab:

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In Science we have continued to learn about materials, this week we have been identifying the uses for different materials within everyday objects and we discussed how some items can be made from different materials. Such as: a wooden table, plastic table and glass table.

Also this week we have remembered all the soldiers who died during World War 1. We have discussed why and when we remember these soldiers and the significance of this year being the centenary celebration. The children have all created a 3D poppy and discussed why a poppy is used to remember the fallen soldiers.

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Courtney received the celebration certificate this week for her excellent effort in using adventurous vocabulary.

Erin was added to the golden book for always having a positive attitude about learning and bringing a smile to everyone’s face. Li was added to the golden book for his excellent problem solving skills.

This week Steven was our hand writer of the week for his fantastic improvements.

Attendance: 97.3%

Minutes late:37 minutes


Movie afternoon – Tuesday 13th November – £2.50 ofr each child – this includes snacks and a drink


Friday 2nd November 2018

Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely half term break.

This week we have started our new topic ‘Once upon a castle’ Before the half term children painted a drawbridge and turrets and were extremely excited to see our classroom door when they came into school on Monday.

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In English this week we have started to look at Narrative writing again. This half term we are looking at traditional tales. We started the week by looking at themes within traditional tales and enjoyed working in small groups. On Tuesday we looked at different characters from the story ‘the three little pigs’. We wrote about whether we liked or disliked the character and gave reasons linked to the text. Also this week we have looked at how the illustrator and author portray different characters using the words they say, actions they do and pictures they use. Today we thought about the traditional tale we will retell. We wanted to retell a traditional tale that would link in with our Castles theme so we have decided to retell a traditional tale with a twist. We will write the story of the three little pigs but change it to the Three Little Knights. So today we planned out our story keeping the main themes from the Three Little Pigs but changing the characters.

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In Maths this week we have been learning all about 2D and 3D shapes. We started the week looking at 2D shapes and learning all about their properties then we described them and completed a shape hunt. On Wednesday we looked at lines of symmetry within simple shapes. We had lots of different shapes to fold horizontally and vertically to find out how many lines of symmetry each shape had. On Thursday we learnt about 3D shapes and identified the different properties, we also learned a new shape song. Today we described the properties of 3D shapes and played different games in our partners to help use remember all of the shapes.

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This week we started our Design Technology subject. On Monday we looked at some medieval tools. We read a design on how to make a catapult and then we had a go following the design to create our own. It was quite tricky! On Tuesday we evaluated our catapult thinking about how easy or hard it was to make, whether it worked and what we would change if we made it again. Today we had the chance to make our catapult again putting in the changes we said we would do when we evaluated it on Tuesday. Next week we will look at more medieval tools and have a go at creating a design of our own.

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In music we started to learn our new song called HO, HO, HO! After singing it a few times and familiarizing ourselves with the tune we had a go at using the recorders to create some of the notes from the song. We found this quite hard but we tried our best and will continue to practice over the next few weeks. Hopefully some of us will be ready to perform at our class nativity in December!


Also this week we started our science topic. In Science we will be learning all about materials. This week we have been learning about what different materials there are and how they can be used. In a few weeks we will be going on a class trip to the Centre for life to complete a materials workshop.

In RE this week we have started to learn about Christianity. We looked at what being a Christian means and then looked more specifically at the Bible. We read the 10 commandments and discussed what they mean then we wrote 10 of our own rules that we believed would make the world a better place.

On Wednesday we were all spooked out to celebrate Halloween. The children all looked fabulous in their costumes though some were very scary!

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Thank you to everyone who bought a cake at our family learning session. We raised £27 towards our trip!


In the morning it was lovely to share our learning with so many mams, dads and grandparents at our family learning session. The children enjoyed showing their adult around and it was fabulous seeing so many happy faces. On Wednesday afternoon we headed into the hall for our Halloween disco. The children all enjoyed playing various games and having snacks and pop.

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This week Courtney was added to the golden book for always trying her best in school and Joshua was added for his big improvement with his writing.

Henley received the celebration award for his enthusiasm to learning!

Attendance: 96.7%

Minutes late: 33 minutes


Please make sure homework is completed and returned to school by Wednesday each week.

Children have a spelling test every week – please try to encourage your child to learn these at home as they will be expected to spell them correct within lessons after each test.


Friday 19th October

We have now reached the end of our first half term in year 2 and we have certainly finished it with a bang!

In English this week we have written our non-chronological reports about London. We came up with our own titles and sub headings and include lots of interesting information in our paragraphs.


Later in the week we edited and improved our work and tried really hard to do our best handwriting.


In maths this week we have moved on to trickier addition and subtraction sentences. We have added 2 2d numbers whilst crossing the boundary and subtracted 2 2d numbers whilst crossing the boundary. It has been really hard so we have use lots of concrete resources and pictorial representations to help us. This week’s maths homework is linked to addition and subtraction to consolidate your child’s knowledge. Please encourage them to use pictorial representations (drawing the tens and ones) to help them solve the calculations.

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On Monday this week we were very lucky to have a special visitor in our class. Steven’s dad came in to school to talk to us all about the duties he had to complete as a guard at Buckingham Palace. It was really interesting listening to the rules and routines he had to follow and he even brought in his boots for the children to wear and hold. After a discussion Steven’s dad then showed us how to march and the children enjoyed having a go too.

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Thank you for coming in and sharing your experiences with us it was extremely interesting.

In art this week we added our burnt buildings to our backwashes and we mixed primary colours to create secondary colours.

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In music we sang our ‘music is in me’ song with the instruments for the last time and then we completed an end of term evaluation about what we have learned.

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On Wednesday afternoon we did our weekly PE lesson. This week all the games were Halloween related. First we played trick or treat then we played haunted house.

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Also on Wednesday we had a visit from the fire brigade. They showed us all of the equipment they use today in comparison to what was available during and before the Great fire of London. We all got to have a go at using the hose which was great fun.

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They told us what to shout in an emergency and put their lights and sirens on for us.


On Thursday afternoon we wrote about similarities and differences between the fire service then and now. We also matched some equipment up to the present day and 1666.

Today we finished learning about the Great fire of London by writing an eye witness report using our senses to describe what we would see, hear, touch and smell.

Next term we will move on to our new topic ‘ Once upon a castle’

Finally I just want to say a huge thank you to the children for their hard work and effort this term. Everyone has settled into year 2 very well. I am particularly impressed with the amount of children returning their reading books regularly and this is having a fantastic impact on their decoding skills.

I hope you all have a fabulous well deserved week off. Stay safe and see you all refreshed and ready to go on Monday 29th October J


Attendance: 94%

Minutes late: 10 minutes    Let’s try to improve this next term!


Today we finish for half term returning on Monday 29h October

Tuesday 30th and Thursday 1st November – Parents Evening – Please come and see me if your appointment time is inconvenient.

Wednesday 31st October – Halloween family learning 9.15am – 10am

Wednesday 31st October – Halloween disco – 2-3pm (Children can come to school in their costumes)


Friday 12th October

This week we have been so busy it has flown by!

In English we have continued to look at non-chronological reports. On Monday we looked at factual sentences and adjectives. We discussed the important of only using facts to inform the reader.

For example: Some children said last week ‘Buckingham Palace has 1 million windows’ but the fact is it only has just over 700!

Also this week we have worked together to group facts together so they can be organized under specific sub headings. Today we wrote our first attempt at an introduction. We found it quite hard to write a brief summary/overview but we had a really good try.

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In Maths this week we continued to work on our addition and subtraction skills. We started the week adding 3 single digit numbers, then we added 1d to a 2d number, then we subtracted 1d from a 2d number and finally we added/subtracted multiples of 10 from a 2d number. We have used lots of concrete resources to support our learning but as we have moved through the week we have realised that using pictorial representations provide us with a clearer, easier to read and solve method. Plus we can draw pictures to help us in the SATs!

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On Monday we finished our RE work on Venerable Bede. We watched the video of his life again and discussed key moments in his life then we created a simple timeline.

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Also on Monday we went to the computer suite and learned how to send emails safely to one another. The children loved typing their own emails and receiving real responses from their friends.

On Tuesday we practiced our painting skills in Art. We used watercolours to create backwashes for the Great Fire of London.

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Also on Tuesday we continued to improve/embed our music skills by playing notes in time to the beat. It was great fun but tricky to concentrate on singing and play at the same time!

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On Wednesday we started to discuss the Great Fire of London in more detail. First we came up with questions we wanted to know and find out about the fire then we listened to the events during the days of the fire and sequenced them in our topic books. We continued to learn about the fire today. We looked again at what happened during the fire and put the events into a simple timeline.

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On Thursday KS1 and KS2 were lucky enough to take part in Sunderland ‘Go run for fun’ event. Over 1400 children took part but we were by far the best! We showed fantastic sportsmanship to one another and really showed how fab Plains Farm children are. We arrived back in school at lunch time and even though the children were shattered they all worked incredibly hard in the afternoon. Well done everyone! You should be super proud of yourselves!

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Handwriter of the week this week was Gracie for a huge improvement with her formation.


Lillyrose was added to the golden book this week for trying hard in maths and not giving up even when it was tricky. Logan was also added to the golden book for his fantastic contributions during carpet time.

The celebration certificate this week was awarded to Amelia Co for always trying to be the best she can be in all subjects.

Attendance: 97%

Minutes late: 35



Please make sure homework is completed and returned to school by Wednesday each week.

Children have a spelling test every week – please try to encourage your child to learn these at home as they will be expected to spell them correct within lessons after each test.

Thursday 18th October – School photographs – please ensure your child has returned their consent form

Friday 19th October – Children break up for the half term holiday and return to school on Monday 29th October

Friday 5th October

We are now at the end of week 5 and as always in year 2 we have been working hard all week.

This week we have moved away from Narrative writing within our English lessons and are now focusing our learning on Non-chronical reports. As we have not written a non chronological report before we have spent most this week looking at different examples, understanding what is included in the report, recognizing the purpose for writing them and the importance of using factual information. Today the children looked at different sentence types used within a report and how they impact the way the reader interprets the texts.

The children enjoyed identify similarities and differences in two non chronological reports on Wednesday and having the opportunity to magpie their ideas with others in the class.


In maths this week we have looked at number bonds and addition and subtraction within 20. We started the week using lots of concrete resources to secure our understanding. We then moved on to using pictorial methods and/or abstract methods to complete different calculations. We looked at different language used which means the same addition and subtraction and also different ways of writing and completing calculations.

For example:

17 + 2 = 19

19 = 17 + 2

17 + ___ = 19

19 – ___ = 17

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Over the next few week’s we will be learning about the Great fire of London as part of our History lessons but before we look into the past of London we have spent time this week learning about what London looks like now including different attraction and buildings. We have also learned about some well known people in London such as the Royal family, the Prime Minister and some Celebrities.

In art some children used different tints and tones to create the River Severn with paint for our London display. The rest of the class applied the drawing skills we have learned over the past few weeks to create boats to sail on the river away from the fire.

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Due to the poor weather again on Wednesday we had our PE lesson inside again. This week we played fireman sam. During our first game children had to run around and try not get hit by the Fireman Sam’s who were practicing by throwing water bombs (pretend). We then imagined we were in London during the Great Fire. Some of the children were firefighters and had to run around putting fire blankets over burning buildings (bibs on top of cones) whilst the others were Naughty Normans and kept removing the blankets. It was a fab lesson!

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In Music this week we decided not to get the musical instruments out so we could focus on timing. It is important children can master the timing to their songs so the song flows correctly.

Also this week we have been reading the story The Rainbow people during our PSHE lessons. The story celebrates difference and highlights the importance of accepting others for who they are. On Thursday the children became the characters in the story to actively retell it before writing the retell in their books.


In RE this week we have learned about the Northern Saint Venerable Bede. We watched a short story about his life and how he helped people and then we wrote postcards to his parents to tell them how he was feeling and what he was doing in the monastery every day.

Our handwriter of the week this week was Li. Keep up the hard work Li!


Amelia Ca was added to the golden book for trying hard with her writing during our PSHE retell. Amelia B was added for settling in well during her first week and giving all lessons 100%. Myla received the celebration award for trying hard with her reading and writing at home and in school.

Attendance: 96.3%

Minutes late: 24 minutes


Wednesday – PE lesson – please send in a PE kit and appropriate outdoor footwear.

Wednesday – homework must be returned

Thursday 11th October – Children are taking part in the Run for fun – 9.30-12noon

Friday 28th September

We have now reached the end of our 4th week in year 2 and already we have made phenomenal progress!

This week we have put our baking hats on and become chefs to make delicious cakes for our Macmillan coffee afternoon. We made 2 sponge cakes. First we had to put all of the ingredients together and mix them well, once they were cooked and cooled we layered each sponge with jam and put them together before adding icing to one and chocolate to the other.

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You are lucky they made it to the coffee afternoon as we were all desperate to eat them ourselves.The coffee afternoon was a great success as were our cakes as when I went in the hall at 2pm there wasn’t even a crumb of either of our cakes left!

Also this week we have been inspired by Wassily Kandinsky to create a whole school display in our school hall. We have all crested different circles and added them to a school tree which highlights we are all ‘rooting’ for each other.


In English this week we have been applying all of our narrative skills we have learned over the past few weeks to retell the story of Katie in London. We used two Literacy lessons to ensure we had plenty of time to write our stories in detail. The writing we have achieved is fab!

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Also this week we have transformed our stories by changing the character to the opposite. We all changed the actions of the lion so he became mischievous when travelling around London. The children came up with some fantastic ideas such as instead of eating his ice cream in the park, he chased people and stole their ice creams or instead of marching with the guards he stuck out his paw and tripped them up.

In phonics we have been applying our sounds in different ways to help us remember them. This week the children particularly loved writing on each others back.

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In Maths this week we have been using the language greater, less than and equals to to compare different lengths and weights. On Tuesday we found various objects around the classroom that were greater and less than a metre then we compared the length of different London buildings. On Wednesday we all held a 1kg weight, then we compared different items to it. On Thursday we introduced the symbols < > = and we discussed a fun way to remember the meaning ‘The crocodile eats the biggest number’. We spent the rest of Thursday and Friday’s lessons practising using and applying the symbols in different ways developing our reasoning and problem solving skills.


We have completed our final bits of Geography for this half term, we have learned about what an island is and how they are formed. We have also looked at where different Islands are located in our world and all about the different continents and oceans.

In PE we continued to practise our football skills. We played a game of Tom and Jerry and practised our tackling and control skills by trying to get the ball through our partner’s legs.

In music we have continued to master our song with musical instruments. We played our instruments to each other.

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Our first hand writer of the week was awarded to Erin and our first reader of the week was given to Gracie well done girls!


Aaron’s name was added to the golden book this week for a fabulous story and Steven’s name was added for being helpful and polite to the dinner staff.

Alicia received the celebration certificate for a detail and exciting retell of Katie in London.

Attendance: 99%

Minutes late: 2


Wednesday – PE lesson – please send in a PE kit and appropriate outdoor footwear.

Wednesday – homework must be returned

Friday 21st September 

Well what a busy but fun week we have had.

In English this week we have continued to look at the story ‘Katie in London’. We have looked in more detail at the characters from the story and what their appearance, personality and likes and dislikes are. We have also consolidated our knowledge of what an adjective is and developed our knowledge on nouns. Today we wrote character descriptions about the lion from the story.

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In Maths we have been learning to read and write numbers to 100 in numerals and words. We started off the week with numbers to 50 and then moved quickly onto numbers within 100. We soon learnt that if we know how to spell numbers 1-9 and multiples ten we can write any number to 99 in words. To embed our learning we have participated in several practical activities.

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On Thursday we went on a number hunt around the classroom, shared area and KS1 outdoor space. Some numbers were written in words and others were in numerals. We had to write the opposite of what we found (find a numeral write the matching word).

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On Friday we went in the hall and played a speed reading number game. One child stood up and if another child had the matching numeral or word they would have to stand up too.

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In Art this week we used the art pencils to draw a London double decker bus. First we practiced creating lines of different thicknesses and shapes. We also used the pencils to create patterns using lines and dots.

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 In music, we continued to sing the song ‘hands, feet, heart’. We added instruments to the music and tried to clap when to play different notes.

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In Geography we have continued to learn about the four nations of the UK. We have learned about the flags, national anthem, national flower, population and language of each country. We all had lots of interesting facts to write about England.

Our PE lesson was indoors this week due to the strong winds. We enjoyed playing different games which involved using different speeds. We also played games that involved dribbling a ball and being able to control the ball whilst moving across the hall.

Finally this week we have continued to add work to our London display, we all helped to re-create the Big Ben.

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Well done to all of year 2 for their commitment to reading! So many children have been returning their reading books daily and I can already see an improvement in their reading skills and attitude to reading. Please encourage your child to return their book daily (even if it hasn’t been read as we may have time to hear them in school).

This week Amelia Co received the celebration award for trying really hard to produce interesting sentences in Literacy. Logan was added to the golden book for his fantastic attitude towards all activities and Gracie was added for always having a positive attitude towards all aspects of school life.


Minutes late:


Wednesday – PE lesson – please send in a PE kit and appropriate outdoor footwear.

Wednesday – homework must be returned

Thursday 27th September – MacMillan coffee afternoon @ 1.15pm


Friday 14th September 2018

Welcome back!

It has been lovely to hear about all the fun each child had over the holidays and of course it was great to see everybody back safe and well and ready to start year2!

As you are aware the children have a busy year ahead of them preparing them for the juniors but after only one and a half week’s back I can already see that every child is going to do fab this year!

Last week we completed lots of settling in tasks and the children were able to explore our newly renovated outdoor space. The children really enjoyed learning through play with the new activities outside and have even been out this week to complete some of their maths and English tasks. In the afternoon’s last week we learnt all about water safety and how to keep safe near different types of water.


This week we have started our new topic which is called ‘Bright Lights Big City’ We are going to be learning all about our capital city London over the next few weeks.

In English we have been learning a range of Narrative skills. We started the week by reading the story ‘Katie in London’ We have sequenced the story, looked at Key vocabulary, identified co-ordinating conjunctions and ensured we have use correct sentence punctuation. Ask your child about the story they should be able to retell it to you in lots of detail. Today we wrote the opening of the story using the skills we have learned this week and the children produced some fabulous work!


In Maths this week we have been learning about number and place value. We started the work ensuring the children understand how the value of the digits in a 2d number and we partitioned 2d numbers into tens and ones. Also this week we have been counting forwards and back in tens and fives. We have used lots of concrete resources to help us work out 10 more/less and we used 100 squares to support our learning too.

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On Wednesday we had our first PE lesson. We are really lucky this term as we have a sports coach in teaching us throwing, catching and agility skills. We went out on the MUGA and had lots of fun trying to throw the ball to our partner in a straight line. Our PE lessons will always be on a Wednesday, if it is dry we will be outside so please ensure that your child has appropriate outdoor clothing and a change of shoes to wear on the MUGA.

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In Geography this week we have been learning about the two countries that make up the British Isles. We have also been looking in detail about the four nations that make up the UK.

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In RE we have been thinking about beliefs and how people believe in different things. Each child wrote three things they believed in and shared it with the class. We discussed having respect for each other’s beliefs however different they may be.

In ART we looked at different drawings of London created by various artists. We discussed how each drawing made us feel and how each artist had different effects in their work.

Finally we have put up a new ‘Selfie show off’ display. Throughout the week children have the opportunity of getting their selfie up on the wall to show off work which they/we are really proud of. Huge congratulations to Erin, Scarlett who have made it onto the wall this week!


This week Olivia received the celebration certificate for working her socks off and being an excellent role model during our first week back. Leighton was added to the golden book for trying hard in all lessons and Kiara was added for reading her reading book every day this week.

Attendance: 100% fantastic effort, keep it up!

Minutes late: 15


PE is on Wednesday’s – appropriate clothing and outdoor shoes should be provided

Homework is handed out on a Friday – It should be completed and returned by Wednesday so it can be marked and handed back out the following week. Each week children will receive a Maths and Literacy homework linked to the previous week’s learning.

Spellings are handed out with homework on a Friday and will be tested the following Thursday

Children are encouraged to read their book as often as possible. Please send your child’s reading book in daily (even if it hasn’t been read) as they may be heard read in school.