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Year 2 - What's happening this half term (summer second half term)?

9th June 2022 Posted by Year 2

We really appreciate any parental support that can be given at home through helping your child with basic number skills (times tables, counting and number bonds) and hearing them read regularly. Texts are also now available to listen to on our Virtual Library.

Here is an overview of what we will be learning about during this half-term.

English:

In our English lessons, we will be using a range of texts to help support our learning. The main book we will use is called Dinosaur Pox.

For our reading, we will be developing our:

  • use of applying our phonic knowledge when reading and increasing our fluency.

  • ability to retrieve from a text.

  • understanding of different vocabulary and the impact it has on the text.

For our writing, we will be working on:

  • creating a character description of Mr.Pinkerton Snark.

  • hot seating and developing our understanding of pretending to be a character when answering questions.

  • creating a retell of the story which will be about Jodie’s escape.

  • adapting the story by changing the main character and the villain.


Maths:

In our Maths lessons we will be revisiting areas we have already learnt about and further develop our understanding of them. During this topic, we will learn about:

  • using addition, subtraction, division and multiplication to solve two-step problems.

  • recalling multiplication and division facts quickly.

  • telling the time to 15 minute intervals and developing our understanding of 5 minute intervals.

  • identify fractions of a shape, fractions of an amount, equivalent fractions and solving real-life problems using fractions.

  • movement in a straight line and distinguish between rotation as a turn and in terms of right angles for quarter, half and three-quarter turns (clockwise and anti-clockwise).


Science:

During this half-term we will be continuing working scientifically and then we will be recapping our learning about Living Things and Their Habitats. In this topic, we will:

  • know that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants.

  • compare how the plants/animals/habitats have changed since previous observations.


YPC:

During this half-term, we will continue to learn about Significant People and our main focus will be History. We will learn about:

  • the impact that significant individuals have made in history.

  • how significant people from the past have changed the lives of people today.

  • significant people such as Rosa Parks, Grace Darling and Florence Nightingale.

  • exploring work from artists including Georgia O'Keefe and Frida Khalo.

Computing:

This term we will begin by learning about stop motion animation. We will learn how stop motion animation works and create some of our own. We will learn how to capture pictures and edit and delete frames. To further enhance our stop motion animation, we will add sound, titles and text.


P.E./Sports:

On the days of P.E. lessons or Sports Clubs, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit or clothing appropriate for P.E. instead of their school uniform. Where possible, we will be conducting P.E. lessons outside so a hoodie/jacket and joggers are recommended. Please ensure that they still have a warm, waterproof coat for lunch and play times on these days too.

2H - Tuesday and Friday

2M - Tuesday and Thursday

2U - Thursday and Friday

2W - Tuesday and Friday

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.

RE/PHSE:

In R.E, we will be learning about how to use our imagination and appreciating beauty. We will develop our ability to use our imagination and use this skill to be creative. We will also learn how beauty can be in different forms and we will understand how people can appreciate beauty in different ways like in nature.


Dates for the diary:

Monday 13th June - 2W Book Fair slot to purchase

Tuesday 14th June - 2W Book Fair slot to purchase

Thursday 16th June – 2M and 2U Book Fair slot to purchase

Wednesday 20th July – Non-uniform day (£1 donation requested)


Learning at Home

All classes are on Twitter so please do follow us for updates.

The ‘Summer 2 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon. Please let us know if a paper copy is required.

We also encourage the use of our Learning Hub as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars.

Class 2H - Summer 1st Half Term

27th May 2022 Posted by Miss Hanif

Well done 2H, what a brilliant half-term yet again!

In our English lessons we have used a variety of texts to help support our writing. We used a short video clip called ‘Bubbles’ to centre a narrative around. We had to make sure we included appropriate vocabulary choices. We also really enjoyed reading ‘Toby and the Great Fire of London’. We produced some brilliant pieces of writing, including a diary entry and a setting description using our five senses.

In our Maths lessons we have been revisiting areas we have already learnt about and further developing our understanding of them. These included:

  • reading and writing numbers to 100 in numerals and words

  • number bonds to 10 and 20 and using them to solve problems.

  • telling the time to 15 minute intervals and developing our understanding of 5 minute intervals.

  • recognising different coins and using them to make the same amount in different ways.

We have also worked really hard on our reasoning and problem solving skills. We had to tackle some really difficult two-step problems including multiplication and division, but we were resilient and used the methods we have previously learnt to help us!

Science has been very fun this half-term! We have focussed on bubbles, linked to our English topic. We have planned and carried out a series of fair investigations, changing factors such as: the size of the wand, the shape of the wand, and the material of the wand. We were able to use observations and record our data to draw conclusions!

In YPC we were bakers on Pudding Lane! In Design and Technology we made our own bread. We had to design our own product, thinking about the ingredients, equipment and the method we would need to follow. We then worked as a team to make our bread. At the end of the day we all really enjoyed tasting our delicious baking! We have now moved onto learning all about Famous People and our main focus is History and Art. We are looking forward to continuing our topic after the half-term.

Have a lovely, well deserved rest 2H. I am so proud of you, as always!

Class 2M - Summer 1st Half Term

27th May 2022 Posted by Miss Murphy

Well done, 2M! Another fantastic half-term in Year 2 is now completed.

In English, we have been using our experiences in school and writing about them. After making our bread in Y.P.C. we wrote our own set of instructions on how someone else can make the bread. Also, we wrote a diary entry about the exciting adventures we have in Forest School. We have really improved on our use of powerful language and our understanding of writing for a variety of purposes. In Reading, we have been looking at lots of alternative graphemes and improving our inference and prediction skills.

During our Maths lessons we have revisited lots of areas of our learning, including reading and writing numbers in numerals and words, number bonds to 10 and 20 and using them to solve problems and using the four operations to solve reasoning problems.

We have really enjoyed our Science lessons where we have been learning how to work scientifically. We have planned, carried out and evaluated lots of experiments throughout the term using bubbles. We have investigated if we can change the shape, size and colour of them.

Our YPC lessons have been extremely enjoyable because we were able to plan and make some bread! We loved being able to get really stuck in to our learning and having an enjoyable treat at the end! Also, we have started our of topic about Significant People, so far we have looked at and compared the lives of Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II.

What a wonderful half-term we have had! I hope you have a restful and enjoyable break and I will see you soon for our final half-term in Year 2!

Class 2U - Summer 1st Half Term

27th May 2022 Posted by Mr Ulhaq

2U have had an amazing start to our final term!

During Maths lessons, 2U have been revisiting prior learning to embed our skills in number, money and the four operations. In particular, we focussed on how to solve word problems that involve many steps. We also studied patterns and relationships between different number facts that would help solve some challenging calculations, deepening our understanding.

In English, 2U read Toby and the Great Fire of London! This linked well with our previous topic work on the Great Fire of London, allowing us to then write settings descriptions and diary entries based on the key events. We made a link to our bread topic by writing a set of instructions in a recipe. We also looked at a range of alternate sounds and a variety of graphemes, supporting our spelling.

For Science, we started a mini-topic on bubbles! We have planned for and carried out a variety of simple tests for key questions. Can we change the colour of bubbles? Can we change the shape of bubbles? Can we change the size of bubbles? We have made predictions based on our own knowledge and experience, considering our results and then planning future tests.

2U have had fun with the Y.P.C topic on bread. We explored a range of types from around the world, such as Polish bagels, Turkish flat breads, Greek pita bread, Italian focaccia and croissants. Next, we designed our own bread that we would like to create. We got to put on our aprons and use our bakery skills, working as a team to mix ingredients together, create a dough, and roll it into shape. Finally, we baked and ate our bread, using our evaluation skills to consider appeal, taste and future changes.

I am extremely proud of our achievement this half-term, and look forward to our final half-term together before Year 3. Well done 2U!

Mr. Ulhaq.

Class 2W - Summer 1st Half Term

27th May 2022 Posted by Mr Wearing

What an amazing half-term we have had! You have all worked very hard and I’m so proud of you all.

In English, we read a story called Toby and the Great Fire of London. We created a setting description based on it and it was important that we used powerful adjectives when describing the fire and the devastation. Using this text we also created a diary entry and we needed to make sure we included a range of feelings when describing what had happened. We really enjoyed creating a set of instructions on how to make bread.

In Maths, we have developed a range of different skills throughout this half-term and we really enjoyed developing our understanding of how to partition numbers in different ways. We also looked at number bonds and used this skill to solve different problem solving questions. We have also got much quicker at answering arithmetic questions based on the different operations. We can now quickly choose the correct method for the operation and use this to solve questions.

In Y.P.C, we learnt how to create bread. We started by learning about different bread and then we designed our own bread. After, we created it and evaluated it. When we evaluated it we could highlight what was good about our bread and we could recognise how we could make our bread even better next time. We also created gargoyles using clay. We developed our understanding of some of the different techniques we can use to mould clay and then used these to create our gargoyles.

We have been developing our understanding of scientific enquiry in Science. We have carried out a range of investigations based on bubbles. During this topic we have made predictions, planned investigations, carried them out and explained our findings. We really enjoyed creating a prediction and then waiting to see if we were correct.

In P.E, we learnt about cricket. We started by developing our ball control and then we moved on to how to field and how to bat. We then used all of these skills in a game. We really enjoyed working as a team and we encouraged each other to perform to their best.

I hope you all have a great break and we have one last half-term together in Year 2 so let’s make it the best half-term.

Year 2 - What's happening this half term (summer first half term)?

29th April 2022 Posted by Year 2

We really appreciate any parental support that can be given at home through helping your child with basic number skills (times tables, counting and number bonds) and hearing them read regularly. Texts are also now available to listen to on Virtual Library on the school website.

Here is an overview of what we will be learning about during this half-term.

English

In our English lessons we will be using a range of texts to help support our learning. The main book we will use is called Toby and the Great Fire of London.

For our reading, we will be developing our:

  • use of applying our phonic knowledge when reading and increasing our fluency.

  • ability to retrieve from a text.

  • understanding of different vocabulary and the impact it has on the text.

For our writing, we will be working on:

  • creating a recount of the events from Toby’s point of view.

  • making a diary entry based on what happened during The Great Fire of London. Within our diary we will need to include a range of different feelings.

  • creating a Newspaper Report on the events of what happened during the Great Fire of London.


Maths

In our Maths lessons we will be revisiting areas we have already learnt about and further develop our understanding of them. During this topic we will learn about:

  • reading and writing numbers to 100 in numerals and words.

  • number bonds to 10 and 20 and using them to solve problems.

  • telling the time to 15 minute intervals and developing our understanding of 5 minute intervals.

  • naming 2-D and 3-D shapes and recognising their different properties.

  • recognising different coins and using them to make the same amount in different ways.


Science

To begin the half-term we will continue with plants and then we will be learning about working scientifically. In this topic we will be:

  • asking simple questions and recognising they can be answered in different ways.

  • using different equipment for a purpose.

  • performing simple tests.

  • using observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.

  • gathering and recording data to help answer a question.


YPC

We will begin the half-term by looking at Art and Design and Technology. In Design and Technology we will be looking at making bread. We will then move onto learning all about Famous People and our main focus will be History. We will learn about:

  • the impact significant individuals have made in history.

  • how famous people from the past have changed the lives of people today.

  • famous people such as Rosa Parks, Grace Darling and Florence Nightingale.

Computing

This term we will begin by learning how to use the software Lego Story Starter. This software will allow the children to develop their understanding of how to use a webcam to take images and we will also look at how we can import these onto the programme and manipulate them to create a story.


PE/Sports

On the days of P.E. lessons or Sports Clubs, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit or clothing appropriate for P.E. instead of their school uniform. Where possible, we will be conducting P.E. lessons outside so a hoodie/jacket and joggers are recommended. Please ensure that they still have a warm, waterproof coat for lunch and play times on these days too.

  • 2H - Tuesday and Friday

  • 2M - Tuesday and Thursday

  • 2U - Thursday and Friday

  • 2W - Tuesday and Friday

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.

RE/PHSE:

In R.E, we will be learning about how to reflective and self-critical. We will also learn about the importance of being quiet and how we can use this time to be reflective. We will make links to how people use quiet spaces and times to worship.


Dates for the diary

Friday 27th May: Non-school uniform Day - £1 donation


Learning at Home

All classes are on Twitter so please do follow us for updates.

The ‘Summer 1 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon. Please let us know if a paper copy is required.

We also encourage the use of our Learning Hub as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars.

Class 2H - Spring 2

8th April 2022 Posted by Miss Hanif

Well done 2H, we have had another brilliant half-term.

In English, we have focussed on Fantastic Mr Fox to support our learning. This has inspired some fantastic writing such as character descriptions, a newspaper report and a non-chronological report about foxes. We have continued to focus on building coherent sentences with thoughtful vocabulary choices.

In Maths, our focus has been on money and measure. We have been learning to recognise coins and to add and subtract amounts of money. We now also understand how to give change and make amounts using different combinations of coins. Well done 2H, I am sure you can now use your money knowledge to help your parents and carers in the shop!

Science has been fun and interesting this half-term. We have been learning about Plants and what they need to survive. We have also been growing our own plants in the classroom using what we know about how to keep a plant healthy. They are very tall and healthy!

In YPC, we were historians and also focussed on our design and technology skills. We learnt lots about castles, including where they were built and their features. We used our understanding of castles to label the parts and why they are important. During our topic, we also built our own thrones. We had to make sure our structure was strong. We worked as a team to help our friends and as a result we have made some brilliant thrones fit for royalty!

I am so impressed with your hard work, 2H! You have continued to make me proud. Have a well-deserved break and I will see you when we return to school!

Class 2M - Spring 2

8th April 2022 Posted by Miss Miss Murphy

Well done, 2M! Another fantastic term in Year 2 is now completed.

In English, we have been using a range of texts to help support our writing. After we read Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox, we wrote a character description of Farmer Bean and a newspaper report about the shooting of Mr Fox’s tail. We were able to use a wide range of vocabulary and sentence types to extend our writing. Our reading has also improved! We have got really stuck in with our phonics lessons to recap the graphemes we know and introduce some new, alternative sounds.

During our Maths lessons we have learnt about money, measure and statistics. We developed our understanding of coins and applied this knowledge to add coins and calculate change in our own shop. In measure, we have been reading scales to find length, mass, capacity and temperature. For statistics, we have created and interpreted our own tally chart.

We have absolutely loved learning all about plants in Science. We started the topic by planting our own seeds and we have been monitoring their growth all term in our plant diaries. We have been able to watch them germinate and this has supported our understanding of the life cycle of a plant.

Our YPC lessons have also been super exciting because we have been learning all about castles! We have explored the features of a castle, the people who live in a castle and we even built our own castles!

What a wonderful half-term we have had! I hope you have a restful and enjoyable break and I will see you in Summer term!

Class 2W - Spring 2

8th April 2022 Posted by Mr Wearing

What an amazing half-term we have had! We have learnt so much and had lots of fun at the same time!

In English, we have looked at poetry and we created our own poem in the style of one we read. Our poem was all about the different noises in the classroom and the playground. It was great fun performing them at the end to the class. We have also been reading the story Fantastic Mr Fox which we thoroughly enjoyed. Using the text, we created character descriptions of the different farmers and it was important to use powerful adjectives.

We have been looking at Money and Statistics in Maths this half-term. It was fantastic fun learning about the different coins and using them to create the same amount in different ways. It was very challenging when we had to solve change problems, but we really enjoyed using a pretend toy shop to help us. We also looked at creating tally charts and pictograms and it was great fun using the data to help us solve problems like which is the most and least popular.

In Y.P.C., we learnt all about castles. We started the topic by visiting Tamworth Castle which was an excellent educational visit. Then, we looked at the different features and we designed our own castle which was great fun. We were also challenged to create a throne for a King or Queen. We looked at different methods of how to create it like using lolly pop sticks or cardboard tubes. We were then challenged to design, build and evaluate it.

We have been learning about plants in Science and looking at how they grow. To begin with, we thought about what plants need to grow and then using this knowledge we created an experiment. We planted some seeds and we observed them over time to see what happened to them. We really enjoyed watching them grow and highlighting this in our plant diary.

I hope you all have a great break and we have one last term together in Year 2 so let’s make it the best term.

Class 2U - Spring 2

8th April 2022 Posted by Mr Ulhaq

I am really pleased with everyone’s progress this half term. What a super six weeks of learning!

In Maths, 2U have learned about money, measure and statistics. We are able to recognise a range of coins, combine them to make an amount and also work out change. We explored temperature, length, mass and capacity, showcasing excellent skills when using a ruler! As always, we have also revisited previous learning on number skills and the four operations.

For English, 2U read the famous Fantastic Mr. Fox! With this, 2U wrote a range of texts such as a book review, a non-chronological report, a character description and a newspaper report. We explored the varying layouts for each text type and also discussed the purpose behind them. On top of this, 2U have recapped some common homophones, such as there, they’re and their. We also have looked at suffixes –ing, -ed, -er and –est.

In Science, 2U have started a new topic on plants. We had to consider what a seed needs to grow, and then had a go at planted sunflower seeds! Every week, we drew our observations over time and discussed the stages of plant growth.

Our Y.P.C. topic has been Castles. We began with the key question: “What was life like in a castle?” Having visited Tamworth Castle, 2U were curious about who lived in a castle and what the main features of a castle were. We learned about jesters, knights, stewards and chambermaids, as well as exploring features such as dungeons, kitchens, the bailey and the drawbridge.

Well done this term – you all have earned yourselves a nice 2 week break. I look forward to seeing you all for our final term of the year!

Mr. Ulhaq.

Year 2 - What's happening this half term (spring second half term)?

4th March 2022 Posted by Year 2

We really appreciate any parental support that can be given at home through helping your child with basic number skills (times tables, counting and number bonds) and hearing them read regularly. Texts are also now available to listen to in our Virtual Library.

Here is an overview of what we will be learning about during this half-term.

English

In our English lessons we will be using a range of texts, including Fantastic Mr Fox and Noises which is a poem to help support our learning.

For our reading, we will be developing our:

  • use of applying our phonic knowledge when reading and increasing our fluency.

  • ability to retrieve from a text.

  • understanding of different vocabulary and the impact it has on the text.

For our writing, we will be working on:

  • creating a character description based on Fantastic Mr Fox.

  • writing a book review and developing our understanding of positive and negative language.

  • creating a balanced argument explaining if it is right for Mr Fox to steal from the farmers.


Maths

In our Maths lessons we will be learning about money, measure and position and direction. During this topic we will learn about:

  • recognising coins and finding different combinations of coins that equal the same amount of money.

  • solving simple problems involving addition and subtraction of money of the same unit. We will further this skill by calculating the correct amount of change needed.

  • how to measure length (cm/mm), mass (kg/g), capacity (L/ml) and temperature (°C).

  • comparing and ordering lengths, mass, volume/capacity and record the results using the less than, greater than and equal symbols.

  • movement in a straight line and distinguish between rotation as a turn and in terms of right angles for quarter, half and three-quarter turns (clockwise and anticlockwise).

  • ordering and arranging combinations of mathematical objects in patterns and sequences.


Science

Our Science topic this half-term will be Plants. In this topic we will:

  • learn about how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants.

  • find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.

  • begin to understand what germination is.

  • create scientific experiments to see what plants need to be healthy.


YPC

Our next topic is all about castles and we will develop our History, Design and Technology and Art skills throughout this topic. We will learn about:

  • when they were built and their different features.

  • local castles and how they are similar and different.

  • how to design, construct and evaluate a throne.

  • gargoyles and how to create them.

Computing

This term we will begin by learning about emails. We will discover how emails have changed how people communicate and how to send an email. We will also look at the importance of opening emails that are from people we trust and being kind when we send messages online. We will also look at databases and how we can collect information using Excel.


PE/Sports

On the days of P.E. lessons or Sports Clubs, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit or clothing appropriate for P.E. instead of their school uniform. Where possible, we will be conducting P.E. lessons outside so a hoodie/jacket and joggers are recommended. Please ensure that they still have a warm, waterproof coat for lunch and play times on these days too.

  • 2H - Tuesday and Friday

  • 2M - Tuesday and Thursday

  • 2U - Thursday and Friday

  • 2W - Tuesday and Friday

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.

Please come to school in appropriate sportswear on your PE days.

RE/PHSE

In R.E, we will be learning about the importance for caring for others, animals and the environment and in PSHE we will be discovering why we need to be healthy and how we can be healthy.


Learning at Home

All classes are on Twitter so please do follow us for updates.

The ‘Spring 2 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon. Please let us know if a paper copy is required.

We also encourage the use of our Learning Hub as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars.


Video Parents Evening

If you haven't booked an appointment already, we would like to invite you to attend our Video Parents Evenings, taking place on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 15th March 3.40pm - 5.40pm

  • Wednesday 16th March 3.40pm - 6.20pm

Visit our Video Parents Evening page here to find out more and to book.

If you have already booked an appointment, please test that your device will work for your appointment. Click here to see how to test your appointment.

Class 2H - Spring 1

18th February 2022 Posted by Miss Hanif

Well done 2H, what a brilliant and busy half term we have had!

In Maths, we have been focusing on Fractions and Shape. We have learnt how to find fractions of shapes and amounts. We even used our reasoning skills to solve fraction problems! We also identified 2-D and 3-D shapes and worked really hard to find 2-D shapes on the surface of 3-D shapes.

In English, we focussed on a range of texts, including The Tunnel and Man on the Moon. We wrote a postcard from the perspective of Bob and wrote a persuasive letter applying for a job. We also retold the story of The Tunnel and adapted it!

In YPC, we created some fantastic art work for our ‘Still life and shadow’ topic. We had to learn how to use a pencil to create shapes, line and shadow. Aston Hall was an amazing trip and it set us up fantastically for our new topic of The Great Fire of London. During this topic we investigated the cause of the fire and how it spread so quickly. We learnt so much during the topic through looking at sources and acting out the tragedy.

In Science our topic was animals, including humans. We learnt about the basic needs for humans and animals and how they change as they grow. Healthy eating was also a great topic this half-term. We studied the different food groups and learnt about the benefits exercise has on our bodies!

I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching you again this half-term, 2H. We have had two lovely trips and you represented yourselves wonderfully. I am so proud of all the hard work you have completed and you should be very proud of yourselves too! Roll on Spring 2!

Miss Hanif.

Class 2M - Spring 1

18th February 2022 Posted by Miss Murphy

What a fantastic half-term we have had, 2M! Well done for continuing to be such wonderful learners.

In English, we have developed our writing for purpose. We have used a variety of different texts to support when writing postcards, job applications and persuasive letters. We have also focused on developing our vocabulary when reading and applying it to our writing.

During our Maths lessons we have been learning lots of valuable skills. We started by developing our time skills including reading and writing the time to 5 minute intervals. We moved on to fractions where we were able to use this knowledge to find a fraction of an amount. It was also lots of fun to explore and learn all about 2-D and 3-D shapes.

We started our term by recapping our topic of ‘Living things and their habitats’ to demonstrate our understanding of the learning. Then, we moved on to the ‘Animals including humans’ topic where we learned about animals and their offspring, how humans can stay healthy and the importance of exercise.

Our YPC lessons we have been learning all about ‘Still Life and Shadow’ and exploring the use of form, texture and shadow. We have also learned about The Great Fire of London which allowed us to visit Aston Hall for our school trip.

Well done for all of your hard work and achievements this half-term. I hope you have a lovely break and continue to be just as fantastic next half-term.

Class 2W - Spring 1

18th February 2022 Posted by Mr Wearing

What an amazing start to 2022 we have had!

In English we have been developing a range of different skills to make our writing more exciting and interesting such as using contractions and homophones. We really enjoyed pretending to apply for a job on the Moon and we needed to use persuasive language. It was also great fun writing a retell based on the story 'The Tunnel'.

In Maths, we have been learning about fractions of a shape and of an amount. We really enjoyed learning the names of the different parts of a fraction and what they mean and also how to tell the time correctly. We were also challenged to create some times by drawing them on a clock and it was important we created the hands the correct length.

It was great fun learning all about the Great Fire of London in YPC. We really enjoyed our trip to Aston Hall where we learned all about how people lived in the past. We also learned about Still Life drawing and created our own. It was important we kept looking back at the objects we were drawing.

In Science, we really enjoyed learning about what humans and animals need to survive. It was great fun creating a leaflet to help somebody who might be stranded on a desert island. We needed to make sure it was clear and it had the important information on it.

Have a great break, 2W! I look forward to seeing you all when you return to school!

Class 2U - Spring 1

18th February 2022 Posted by Mr Ulhaq

2U have worked extremely hard this half term! We have covered a lot of work with new topics all around!

During Maths lessons, 2U have learned about fractions and shape. We found fractions of a range of shapes, shading in fractions as parts of a whole. Further, we found the fraction of an amount, linking it with our division work. Next, we explored the properties of 2-D and 3-D shapes, finding shapes all around us and looking for patterns. Throughout this term, we have also continued to refine skills in basic number and the 4 operations.

In English, 2U have continued to write a variety of genres, with more focus on letter writing. We have discussed the differences between formal and informal language, and explored the writing of persuasive letters for a range of reasons. We have read a range of texts, including Man on the Moon, The Tunnel and Into The Forest. In addition, 2U have learned about contractions, homophones and spelling rules such as ‘ge/dge.’

During Science lessons, we have learned about humans and animals. Lessons included learning about the basic needs of life, animals and their offspring, as well as stages of life in humans.

In YPC, we have covered a few smaller topics. Our first topic was called “Still Life” and we refined our sketching skills, learning about form, texture, light and shadow. In our next topic, we asked the question: “What happened in London in 1666?” 2U have developed historical skills by studying sources to gain an insight into a past event. We discussed key moments and reasoned with the causes of the Great Fire spreading across London. In addition, we learned about key figures such as Samuel Pepys and Thomas Farriner. This topic linked in nicely with our much-loved trip to Aston Hall.

We hope you all have a grand half-term break and look forward to seeing you in the second half of our academic year!

Mr. Ulhaq and 2U.

Year 2 - What's happening this half term (spring first half term)?

7th January 2022 Posted by Year 2

We really appreciate any parental support that can be given at home through helping your child with basic number skills (times tables, counting and number bonds) and hearing them read regularly. Texts are also now available to listen to on Virtual Library on the school website.

Here is an overview of what we will be learning about during this half-term.


English:

In our English lessons we will be using a range of texts, including The Man on the Moon and The Tunnel, to help support our learning.

For our reading, we will be developing our:

  • understanding of applying our phonic knowledge when reading.

  • ability to retrieve from a text.

  • understanding of different vocabulary and the impact it has on the text.

For our writing, we will be working on:

  • writing a postcard from the moon with a focus on writing concisely.

  • writing a non-chronological report from the perspective of an eye witness.

  • writing a setting description based around The Tunnel.

  • writing an adapted or alternative ending for a character within the story.


Maths:

In our Maths lessons we will be learning about money, measure, shape, position and direction and statistics.

  • For money, we will learn how to recognise and count in coins, find combinations of coins to equal a given amount, recognise and use symbols for pounds (£) and pence (p) and add and subtract money to find the total or to find change.

  • In measure, we will choose and use appropriate units to estimate and measure length/height, mass, capacity and temperature and then compare and order them using >, < and =.

  • In shape, we will identify and describe the properties of 2-D and 3-D shapes, identify 2-D shapes on the surface of 3-D shapes, compare and sort common 2-D and 3-D shapes and everyday objects and identify the line of symmetry.

  • For position and direction, we will order and arrange combinations of mathematical objects in patterns and sequences, moving in a straight line and rotating (clockwise and anti-clockwise for quarter, half and three-quarter turns).

  • In statistics, we will learn how to interpret, construct and ask and answer simple question about tally charts, block diagrams and simple tables.


Science:

Our Science topic this half-term will be Animals including Humans. In this topic we will:

  • learn about the basic needs of humans and animals.

  • learn about what off-spring is and what animals start as and what they become.

  • develop our understanding of the different stages of how humans grow.

  • learn about different food groups and what we need to eat for a balanced diet.

  • discover the importance of exercise and how it makes us healthy.


YPC:

We will be looking at Still Life and Shadow and we will learn about The Great Fire of London.

In Still Life and Shadow we will learn about:

  • how artists use lines to create light and shadow.

  • Paul Cezanne and Hilary Pecis and the art work they have produced.

  • how to use a pencil to create shapes, light and shadows.

In The Great Fire of London topic we will learn about:

  • when the fire happened and why it was a big disaster.

  • how to use different historical sources to learn about the past.

  • how to make bread.

  • how people lived in the past by visiting Aston Hall.


Computing:

This term we will be learning about Control and Movement. We will carry this out by using Beebots which we will programme to make them do things we want them to do. We will begin by making them move around a course and further develop this skill by making the Beebots create shapes and letters.


PE/Sports:

On the days of P.E. lessons or Sports Clubs, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit or clothing appropriate for P.E. instead of their school uniform. Where possible, we will be conducting P.E. lessons outside so a hoodie/jacket and joggers are recommended. Please ensure that they still have a warm, waterproof coat for lunch and play times on these days too.

  • 2H - Tuesday and Friday

  • 2M - Tuesday and Thursday

  • 2U - Thursday and Friday

  • 2W - Tuesday and Friday

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.

RE/PHSE:

We will be learning about about creating unity and harmony and also developing our understanding of participating and being willing to lead.


Dates for the diary:

  • Wednesday 19th January-Aston Hall trip- 2W and 2M

  • Thursday 20th January-Aston Hall trip-2U and 2H

  • Monday 14th February- Tamworth Castle trip- 2W and 2M

  • Tuesday 15th February- Tamworth Castle trip- 2U and 2H


Learning at Home:

All classes are on Twitter so please do follow us for updates.

The ‘Spring 1 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon. Please let us know if a paper copy is required.

We also encourage the use of our Learning Hub as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars.

Class 2H - Autumn 2

14th December 2021 Posted by Miss Hanif

What a super half-term we have had, 2H!

In English, we have been learning how to construct sentences with appropriate and interesting vocabulary. We really enjoyed writing a set of instructions for a prank to play on Mr. Twit - we found it really funny and it was fun to write! We have also covered a range of other genres such as diary entries and non-chronological reports.

In Maths, we have been developing our understanding of the four operations. We have been using the apparatus such as Base 10, Numicon and cubes to help our learning. We have been working really hard on our addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

In Science, our focus has been 'Living Things and Their Habitats'. We have learnt about lots of world habitats such as rainforests and oceans and what might live there. It was really interesting to learn how these animals are adapted to their environment.

YPC has also been really interesting this half-term. We were trying to answer the question, 'How is our world pieced together?' We started with our local area, Yardley, and followed a map around our school. We studied different weather zones around the world and compared places such as Thailand, Blackpool and Brazil. We particularly enjoyed using the Atlas to find the 7 continents and 5 oceans. We have learnt a very catchy song to help us remember them!

Well done 2H. I am so incredibly proud of all of you for your work this half-term. Have a wonderful Christmas and I will see you in 2022.

Miss Hanif.

Class 2M - Autumn 2

14th December 2021 Posted by Miss Murphy

Well done, 2M. You have made such a fantastic start to Year 2 throughout the first term and I am so proud of the maturity you have shown during these tricky times.

Our Maths lessons have been jam-packed with lots of mathematical skills. Our knowledge of the four operations has really supported us to solve a variety of problems. We have even been looking at how some number problems can be commutative and used this knowledge to help us solve those tricky problems.

In English we have been doing lots of amazing writing including: retelling stories, writing instructions for our own pranks and writing a diary entry. We have also been working on our sentence structure and letter formation, which has really improved since September!

Science has been very exciting too! We have learnt all about living things and their habitats and focused on areas including: animals in different microhabitats, living, dead or never alive and how animals are adapted to their habitat. We have also been able to lucky enough to explore different animals and their habitats during our Forest School sessions.

During our YPC lessons we have been learning all about ‘Our World’ and explored the 7 continents. We really have been on our own adventure all over the world, looking at various landmarks, capital cities, animals and weather. It’s been lots of fun!

Gymnastics was a great way to start this half-term were we have learnt skills including jumps, balances and rolls. We have since moved on to Tri-Golf where we are learning how to hold a putter and chipper correctly to effectively hit the ball, and develop a putting and chipping technique.

I have certainly enjoyed my first term in 2M and I hope you have too! Have a wonderful break and make sure you come back well rested for lots more exciting learning. Stay safe and I will see you soon!

Class 2W - Autumn 2

14th December 2021 Posted by Mr Wearing

What an amazing half-term we have had in 2W!

In English, we have been developing our sentence building skills and understanding how to pick exciting adjectives. We really enjoyed creating a set of instructions for a prank to play on Mr Twit. In our English sessions we also read the story 'Lost and Found'. It was great fun pretending to be the penguin from the book to create a diary entry.

In Maths, we have been working hard to learn the 4 different operations. We used the base-10 to help us to add and subtract. We learned how to create an array to solve multiplication problems and we grouped and shared amounts to divide. We used these new skills to also help us solve word problems and other challenging problems.

We have learned all about 'Living Things and Their Habitats' in Science. It was great fun going to the forest school area to investigate what is living, dead or has never been alive. We also learned about the different habitats animals live in and why they are suited to them.

In YPC, it has been great fun learning all about Our World. We really enjoyed discovering the different continents that make up the planet. We also really enjoyed comparing different locations around the world and learning how they are similar and different.

Well done, 2W! You have all worked really hard and I am very proud of you all. Enjoy a well-deserved holiday. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Class 2U - Autumn 2

14th December 2021 Posted by Mr Ulhaq

What a splendid half term we have had, 2U! I am really proud of your hard work and I am impressed with the knowledge you have acquired this term.

In Maths, we have revisited basic skills in number, using pictures and concrete apparatus such as Base-10, cubes, counters, and Numicon to support our learning. We have also worked on the 4 operations, solving written calculations and word problems with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

For English, we have written a range of genres including instructional writing, character descriptions, diary entries to convey feelings and recounts of short stories. We loved reading ‘Lost and Found’ and ‘The Twits’ –we found it hilarious! Work included using punctuation, 1st and 3rd person writing, adverbials for time and past tense verbs.

Our Science topic has been ‘Living Things and Their Habitats.’ We learnt about habitats that are local and those that are around the world. We discussed the living things that we may find there, as well as learning about the 7 life processes.

For YPC, we have asked the question: “How is our world pieced together?” We began by looking at our local area, Yardley, and followed a route on a map of our school. We studied weather zones around the world, comparing places such Thailand, Brazil and the U.K. Also, we explored human and physical features. We enjoyed using the Atlas and Google Earth to develop our Geography skills. In particular, we loved learning about Blackpool and it’s landmarks.

We hope you all have a lovely, well-deserved Christmas break. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Mr. Ulhaq and 2U.

Year 2 - What's happening this half term (autumn second half term)?

4th November 2021 Posted by Year 2

We really appreciate any parental support that can be given at home through helping your child with basic number skills (times tables, counting and number bonds) and hearing them read regularly. Texts are also now available to listen to on Virtual Library on the school website.

This half-term we will be learning about:

English:

In our English lessons we will be using a range of texts to base our learning from, such as: The Twits and Lost and Found. We will be working on writing:

-a book review and sharing our opinion on a book we have read.

-a recount based on the story book Lost and Found.

-a diary entry focused on Lost and Found. The children will need to pretend to be the penguin and share their thoughts and feelings.

-a set of instructions about creating a trick which will be based on The Twits.


Maths:

In our Maths lessons we will be learning about addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.

-In addition, we will look at adding ones and tens to a number, adding two 2-digit numbers together and adding three 1-digit numbers together.

-In subtraction, we will learn how to subtract ones and tens and how to subtract two 2-digit numbers.

-In division, we will learn about grouping and sharing an amount and how to count in 2s, 5s and 10s to solve a division problem.

-In multiplication, we will look at creating arrays, counting in 2s, 5s and 10s to solve multiplication problems.

Science:

Our Science topic this half-term will be Living Things and Their Habitats. In this topic we will:

-explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive.

-identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats.

-know that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants.

-how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food.


YPC:

We will be starting a new topic, ‘Our World’, this half-term. This topic will include looking at:

- our local area and creating maps of what we can see.

-following a map to complete a route.

-how the world is made up and learning about the different continents.

-how the weather is different around the world depending on the position to the equator.

-comparing different places around the world to our local area.

-key vocabulary which is used to describe human and physical features.


Computing:

This term we will be learning about digital safety and how to use the internet safely and correctly. We will also learn about making good choices and who we can trust with our personal information.


PE/Sports: Gymnastics and Tri-golf

On the days of P.E. lessons or Sports Clubs, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit or clothing appropriate for P.E. instead of their school uniform. Where possible, we will be conducting P.E. lessons outside so a hoodie/jacket and joggers are recommended. Please ensure that they still have a warm, waterproof coat for lunch and play times on these days too.

Please remember, if your child wears earrings, there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, staff are not able to.

RE/PHSE:

We will be learning about how about how to share and be generous. We will also learn about Christmas and Diwali.


Dates for the diary:

Pupil Individual & Sibling Photos-Thursday 18th November


Work at home:

The ‘Autumn 2 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download here soon.

Please let us know if a paper copy is required. We also encourage the use of our Learning Hub as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars.

Class 2H - Autumn 1

18th October 2021 Posted by Miss Hanif

Well done children, we have completed our first half term as 2H! I have been so impressed with your maturity and attitude towards school this past few weeks. You have been so kind towards each other and settled in wonderfully.

In English, we have covered sentence types such as questions, exclamations, commands and statements. We have also been enjoying our class text: Little Red Riding Hood and completing some fantastic work around retelling the story. It has been brilliant to read your interesting writing that have included adjectives and expanded noun phrases.

In Maths, our focus has been on number and place value. We have been learning all about the value of digits and practicing our partitioning and number line work. We have used lots of apparatus to support our learning and have really enjoyed using Base 10, Numicon, 100 squares, cubes and counters. We have also been practicing ordering numbers, comparing numbers and learning our times tables through lots of fun songs!

We have had lots of fun in YPC. We kicked off the year learning about Kandinsky and we even recreated his work using paints! We then moved onto learning about transport which was very interesting. We compared transport from the past and transport that we used now and through our D&T lessons we designed and made our own products.

In Science we have been investigating different materials. We now know lots about the properties, suitability and features of different materials. We enjoyed planning an investigation to see which materials are the most waterproof.

We have also been very busy in our Phonics sessions, recapping our sounds and practicing writing them in a word, in a sentence and finding them in a text. We are loving having Geraldine the giraffe help us to remember our Phonics sounds!

I am very much looking forward to the rest of the year. We have lots of exciting topics coming up next term! Have a lovely, well deserved break and I will see you in Autumn 2!

Miss Hanif x

Class 2M - Autumn 1

14th October 2021 Posted by Miss Murphy

Well done, 2M. You have made such a fantastic start to Year 2 throughout the first half-term and I am so proud of the maturity you have shown.

Our Maths lessons have been jam-packed with lots of mathematical skills. We have been largely focusing on our understanding of place value which will help us later on in the year. We have used this knowledge to partition numbers into tens and ones, represent numbers in different ways and find one/ten more than and one/ten less than a number. We have also become even more confident in our ability to count in steps of 1, 2, 5 and 10!

In English we have been doing lots of amazing writing while focusing on our key skills. We are very aware that sentences require capital letters, full stops, fingers spaces and they must make sense. We have made our sentences very exciting by adding lots of nouns, adjectives and even expanded noun phrases. Our vocabulary has also expanded by looking at the meaning of exciting new words. We have also been working on our letter formation which is really beginning to improve.

Science has been very exciting too! We have learnt all about different materials and focused on areas such as: suitability, everyday uses and properties. Luckily, we were able to look at some of the materials within the classroom and this really helped to secure our understanding. We have carried out investigations and discussed how to create a fair test.

During our YPC lessons we started off by learning all about the abstract artist, Kandinsky. We focused on how his art always included lines, shapes and colours and used this knowledge to recreate our own version of his famous ‘Concentric Circles’ piece. Then, we moved on to Transport where we looked at different modes of transport with a particular focus on wheels. We explored how wheels move and applied this learning when making our own toy car with a chassis, axle and wheels. It’s been lots of fun!

Football was a great way to start P.E. this half term. We were able to learning lots about the rules of the game and how to use different parts of our feet for different skills. We focused on dribbling, passing, shooting and game-playing.

I have certainly enjoyed my first half-term in 2M and I hope you have too! Have a wonderful break and make sure you come back well rested for lots more exciting learning. Stay safe and I will see you soon!

Class 2W - Autumn 1

12th October 2021 Posted by Mr Wearing

What an amazing first half-term we have had in 2W!

In Maths, we started by developing our understanding of place value by using the Numicon and the base-10. We now have a great understanding of tens and ones and can partition an amount in different ways. We also looked at comparing and ordering numbers. We had great fun creating them and comparing the different sizes.

In English, we have had a big focus on how to form a sentence and improving our handwriting. We have been developing our understanding of different sentence types and we are starting to use them within our writing. It is important for us to remember the different punctuation to use. We have started to learn how to write in some different styles of writing. An activity we really enjoyed was adapting the story Red Riding Hood and it was great fun sharing these with the class.

We have been learning about Kandinsky and Transport in our YPC lessons. We started by creating art in the style of Kandinsky. We really enjoyed using the watercolours to create a picture which looked similar to his work. Then, we moved on to designing, making and evaluating a toy car. It was great fun creating the chassis and the axles for our car.

In Science, we have been learning about Materials. We really enjoyed matching objects to the material they are made out of but our favourite lesson was when we investigated how suitable a material is for a purpose. It was great fun discussing why a car can’t be made out of paper and why a t-shirt can’t be made from metal.

Keep up the great work 2W and have a great holiday!

Class 2U - Autumn 1

12th October 2021 Posted by Mr Ulhaq

I am really impressed with the start made by 2U this year.

In Maths, we have been working on basic number skills. We have used Numicon, Base 10, number lines and hundred squares to support our understanding of numbers. Topics covered include: place value, partitioning, estimation, comparing numbers, counting on and calculating one or ten more/ less.

For English, 2U started with the wonderful Roald Dahl’s The Enormous Crocodile. Our work focussed on creating adjectives and noun phrases. We then moved onto the 4 sentences types: statements, commands, exclamations and questions. Our reading work has pushed our retrieval skills from well-known traditional tales, while our Phonics has been recapping some Phase 3 and 4 sounds to ensure we begin this year confidently.

In Y.P.C. lessons, we completed a very short Art topic on Kandinsky. Our class painted to classical music, seeking for inspiration for our concentric circles paintings. We also began our new topic on Transport, exploring the various ways we transport goods and people around the world. We developed some Design and Technology skills when designing a vehicle and using wooden axles to understand how wheels work.

During Science this half term, 2U have explored materials, in particular, focussing on what objects are made out of and comparing the properties of materials. We discussed suitability of products and linked this with our Transport topic, identifying materials in a car.

Our P.E lessons have covered key skills in football, such as passing, shooting, dribbling and tackling. We have also covered Dance, focussing on the Haka dance performed by the New Zealand rugby team. We worked on timing, rhythm, creating our own moves, working in unison and cannon.

I am looking forward to our next half term, and hope you all have a brilliant half-term break.

Mr. Ulhaq.

Year 2 - What's happening this half term (autumn first half term)?

8th September 2021 Posted by Year 2

We are really pleased to welcome back our pupils this week. If you have any questions related to the reopening of school, please see the ‘Key information’ on the school website. We really appreciate any parental support that can be given at home through helping your child with basic number skills (times tables, counting and number bonds) and hearing them read regularly.

This half term we will be learning about:

English

In our English lessons we will be working on the following areas:

  • Sentence structures

  • Use of basic punctuation , . ! ? “

  • Using descriptive language/stories with familiar settings

  • Word classes e.g. nouns, verbs and adjectives

  • Handwriting — correct letter formation and cursive script


Maths

We will begin by looking at number and place value. We will be learning about:

  • Counting forwards and backwards in 1s, 2s, 5 and 10s

  • Representing numbers pictorially

  • Ordering and comparing numbers

  • Finding one more and one less of a given number and ten more and ten less of a given number


Science

Our first Science topic is Materials. We will be learning about:

  • Recognising different materials and some of their properties

  • Comparing the uses of different materials

  • Investigating how a material can change

YPC

Our first YPC topic is Kandinsky and then we will move on to Transport. We will be learning about:

Kandinsky-

  • Learning about who Kandinsky is

  • Creating artwork in the style of Kandinsky

Transport-

  • Exploring the history of the wheel

  • Investigating how wheels are used and how they work

  • Designing, making and evaluating a vehicle with an axle


Computing

This term we will be learning about Basic Skills and how to navigate a computer.

  • Children will learn how to independently log on and access various programs.

  • They will understand how to use the computing equipment correctly and be able to use the ‘Stay Safe Online’ website.

PE/Sports: Football and Dance

On the days of P.E. lessons or Sports Clubs, pupils should come to school in their P.E. kit or clothing appropriate for P.E instead of their school uniform. Where possible, we will be conducting P.E. lessons outside so a hoodie/jacket and joggers are recommended. Please ensure that they still have a warm, waterproof coat for lunch and play times on these days too.

If your child wears earrings there are three options on P.E. days:

  1. Children do not wear their earrings on the day that they have a P.E. lesson. This is the safest option.

  2. Children have plasters put on at home so that their earrings are already covered for their P.E lesson.

  3. Send plasters in so that their earrings can be covered. Children will need to do this themselves, teachers are not able to.


R.E./P.H.S.E.

We will be learning about why we need rules in society and how they keep people safe and help us work together.

Dates for the diary

Roald Dahl Day-Monday 13th September


Work at Home

The ‘Autumn 1 Work At Home’ pack will be available to download from the school website soon. Please let us know if a paper copy is required. We also encourage the use of the learning hubs as well as websites such as MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars.

Class 2W - Summer 2

14th July 2021 Posted by Mr Wearing

What a fantastic final half-term we have had!

In English we really enjoyed reading Fantastic Mr Fox. We thought it had some great characters in it and we enjoyed writing a character description about Farmer Bean. We also created a book review based on the book. We really enjoyed sharing our opinion and giving our recommendations on the book.

In Maths, we had lots of fun learning about money. We looked at recognising the different coins, adding them together and solving change problems. We really enjoyed creating a pretend toy shop to develop these skills. We also looked at time and learnt how to read the time and create a time. It was important we remembered the difference between the minute and hour hand.

It was great fun creating a clown car in YPC for our Circus topic. We started by looking at different toy cars and then we designed our own with moving axles. Then, we built it using cardboard and wooden dowels for the axles. To finish the topic, we learnt some circus tricks with Mr Jones which was lots of fun!

In Science, we have been carrying out Scientific experiments. The topic has been all about bubbles and we were challenged to try and make different shaped bubbles, different sized bubbles and change the colour of them. We also grew some strawberry and tomato plants. It was important that we gave them enough water, light and heat.

Well done class for working so hard during this year! It has not been a normal year but you have risen to the challenge and I have been so impressed with how hard you have all worked! I wish you all the best of luck in Year 3 and I look forward to seeing you around school.

Class 2M - Summer 2

14th July 2021 Posted by Miss Murphy

What a brilliant final half-term, 2M!

During our Maths lessons we have had lots of fun learning about money. We looked at recognising the different coins, adding them together and solving problems to find change. Using these skills, we were able to create our own pretend toy shop where we could buy and sell lots of different things. We also enjoyed looking at time and learnt how to read and show the time. We were able to develop skills such as remembering the difference between the minute and hour hand, counting in 5 minute intervals and using mathematical language related to time.

In English, we have really enjoyed reading Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox. We really enjoyed seeing how the author had used positive and negative language to describe the characters and applied this knowledge when writing our own character description of Farmer Bean. After we read the book, we also created a book review based on the book. It was lots of fun to share our own opinions.

We had so much fun making our own clown car for our Circus topic in YPC. We started by exploring different toys cars to identify the features before designing our own with moving axles. After designing, we built our cars using cardboard and wooden dowels for the axles. As a special treat to finish the topic, we had lots of fun learning some circus tricks with Mr Jones.

In Science, we have been carrying out lots of Scientific experiments. Our topic of ‘Bubbles’ has allowed us to develop our investigative skills when we were challenged to try and make different shaped bubbles, different sized bubbles and change the colour of them. We learnt a lot about creating a fair test and making sensible predictions. We also spent some time recapping our knowledge of Seasonal Change.

Well done, 2M. It has been a very difficult year but you have been incredibly mature and positive throughout. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you all and I am sure you will continue to be just as successful in Year 3. Have a lovely break and I look forward to seeing you around school next year.​

Class 2L - Summer 2

13th July 2021 Posted by Mr Lloyd

Although we are ending the year in the way none of us wanted - being back to remote learning - it is important to reflect on what a great half term we have had in 2L prior to now.

In English, we have written a recount and a diary entry based on the Great Fire of London, reading several stories based on these events. We also read ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ by Roald Dahl and wrote a character description and a book review.

In Maths we have looked at measure, including: length, capacity, mass and temperature. We looked at the different apparatus needed to measure these different things and applied our learning to real-world problems. We then moved on to Money and learned how to make values using different coins and the skill of finding change.

We have continued to learn about Seasonal Change in our Science topic, looking at the changes between spring and summer. We also looked at ‘Bubbles’, working scientifically to conduct our own investigations into what makes the biggest bubbles. We changed variables such as the amount of washing up liquid, the size of the bubble wand.

In our YPC topic we have learned all about the Great Fire of London, examining what primary and secondary sources can tell us about these events. We have also looked at the lives of famous women in history, such as Grace Darling and Rosa Parks, creating art work and profiles. Our final topic this year was ‘Circus’. We had the opportunity to design, make and evaluate a clown car, considering how we can make it appealing to children, through use of eye-catching designs and appropriate size.

I have really enjoyed teaching you all this year and you should be very proud of the achievements you have all made. Wishing you all the best for when you start Year 3 in September. I know you will have a fantastic time with your new teacher, Mr Shah!

Have a wonderful summer, 2L.

Class 2U - Summer 2

12th July 2021 Posted by Mr Ulhaq

We’ve had an amazing year 2U – you should all be proud of your achievements this final half term.

For Maths, we covered Measure, learning about capacity, length, temperature and mass. We also have learned about money, combining coins and calculating change. Finally, we looked at telling time on an analogue clock.

In English, we have used our Y.P.C topic to read texts on the Great Fire of London, writing a recount and a diary entry. We focussed on writing in 1st person, conveying feelings and looking at their impact, physically. Also, we have looked at redrafting some of our favourite pieces, editing and improving our previous pieces of writing.

In our Science lessons, 2U completed work on Seasonal Change, in learning about the wonderful changes that Summer brings. We also developed our scientific inquiry skills by completing a special mini-topic, Bubbles.

During Y.P.C lessons, we had a special visitor show some weapons, armour and artefacts from the Middle Ages that knights or kings might have used, completing our Castles topic. We then moved on to Famous Events and People, using our historical skills to study the key moments of the Great Fire of London. In addition, we studied historical sources to find out more about significant individuals, such as Grace Darling. Finally, we used Design and Technology skills in our Circus topic to design, create and evaluate a toy clown car.

I am really proud of all of the hard work and achievement 2U. I hope you enjoy your well-deserved Summer holidays and I wish you all good luck for Year 3 in September!

Mr. Ulhaq.