Year 2 Class News

Materials and their properties

Posted on Sunday 20 January 2019 by Mrs Taylor

As part of our What’s the matter? mini science topic, we been identifying and also describing the properties of materials.  There’s been lots of new words to learn.  Ask your child if they can name something that might be rigid, opaque, transparency or stretchy.

In this learning, we combined science with maths to sort objects according to their properties using a venn diagram.

Ask your child what might go in the centre of the venn diagram and what might go outside the venn diagram.

Computing: touch typing

Posted on Friday 18 January 2019 by Mr Wilks

This afternoon, we’ve been practising out touch typing skills using the free games on the BBC Bitesize website.

At first we found it tricky to rest our fingers in the correct place – pointing fingers on the bumps (F and J)!

Soon, we were getting the hang of it and typing with much more confidence!

Have a go at home if you can!

Themed menu

Posted on Tuesday 08 January 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Catering Agency, our school meal provider, will be running a special themed menu on Friday 18 January.  Please contact the office, by Friday 11 January, if your child would like a school meal on this day (no action needed if your child normally has a school meal on this day).

Learning at home

Posted on Tuesday 08 January 2019 by Mrs Taylor

Despite there being no homework set for over the holiday, it’s been great to hear about the learning the children have chosen to do while they have been off.

There have been lots of Lexia certificates given out this week and we’re hearing all about how the children are using the maths game we recommended, Hit the Button.

Thank you for this support at home.


Welcome back!

Posted on Tuesday 08 January 2019 by Mrs Taylor

We hope you have all had a restful and enjoyable break.  The children have come back ready for the new term of learning and we start with our class assembly tomorrow at 2:40pm.

We hope to see you there.

Living and Learning

Posted on Monday 24 December 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Living and Learning sessions are held weekly, in class, to promote social and emotional aspects of learning and other areas of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE).  This half term we have two main themes, from our long-term plan.
  • Drug, alcohol and tobacco education (DATE) 
  •  Keeping safe and managing risk
Our Staying Safe themed week (w/c 04 February 2019), including Safer Internet Day,  will be part of this learning.  More information will follow about this.
We begin the half term with a focus on manners and in particular interruptions.  Children will consider what is a valid interruption, for example an emergency and what alternatives are there to interrupting?  Children across school are encouraged to use our brain, buddy, boss system to try to avoid interruptions.  This means they would first think themselves.  Then, they could try asking a friend and the final option would be to ask the adult.  This encourages the children to become independent and take responsibility.

Here are the weekly Living and Learning statements, for this half term, to support this learning.

  • I don’t interrupt (with my mouth or my hand).
  • I can make things better.
  • I know what a drug is.
  • I know how to seek help.
  • I make safe choices, including online.
  • I can assess my own risks.

Keeping active

Posted on Monday 24 December 2018 by Mrs Taylor

As part of our commitment to being a happy and healthy school, we’re always looking at ways to increase our pupils’ physical activity both in and out of school.

The government’s childhood obesity plan has set out the ambition for all children to achieve 60 minutes, or more, of physical activity every day (30 minutes in school and 30 minutes outside of school).

In response to this aim, we’ve compiled a physical activity guide suggesting out-of-school physical activities available to families in our local area.

The information on the guide is correct as of November 2018.  Keep an eye out on our news and class news pages where will promote any new activities throughout the year.

We’d love to hear feedback about any activities you or your child try based on this guide.


Living and Learning: manners

Posted on Monday 24 December 2018 by Mrs Taylor

We always encourage and model good manners and each half term we have a different manners focus.

As we approach Christmas, and other celebrations, this is a time for giving and receiving presents so we thought about the importance of using these manners.

We also thought about other times to use please and thank you…

  • In the dinner hall
  • If someone opens the door for you
  • If you are given something
  • At mealtime
  • If someone has helped you
  • If you are given a compliment

Living and Learning: Identity

Posted on Monday 24 December 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Over this half term, our Living and Learning theme has been Identity.

Firstly, we considered there were lots of things the same about each other but everyone is different too.

Nobody is exactly the same, everyone is unique.

Children were invited to bring in something to share with the class  that made them special.  We learnt lots about each other including the different religions the children follow (or in some cases don’t follow), speaking different languages, having different interests and achievements and hearing about their family including their origins (Eleanor is half Irish).

In our following lesson, we learnt about our roles and responsibilities at home and at school (also linking back to our 8 Rs for learning) and why it is important to take responsibility (including in the community around us).

We acted out some different roles and responsibilities and considered whether they are easy or difficult, which they do well or not so well and willingly or less willingly.

Our action plan was to think about one way to take responsibility.

‘I can take responsibility by practising my reading, maths and writing at home. ‘

‘I can take responsibility by tidying my bedroom.’

‘I can take responsibility by looking after my brother.’

‘I can take responsibility by taking care of my cat.’

‘I can take responsibility by helping with the cooking at home.’


Wake up Shake up leaders

Posted on Wednesday 19 December 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Thank you to our KS2 WuSu leaders who have led our daily WuSu physical activity this term and taught us lots of new routines.

Thank you to Mrs Charlesworth who has helped to run our WuSu after-school club where they have created all of the routines.

Next term, we will be running a KS1 and KS2 dance /WuSu club which will lead into a dance festival after Easter.