Year 2 Class News

Living and Learning: Four of the eight Rs for learning

Posted on Sunday 23 September 2018 by Mrs Taylor

So far, in our Living and Learning sessions, we have thought about the importance of the following 8 Rs – being ready, being responsive, taking a safe risk and being responsible.

As well as discussing these aspects of learning in our specific sessions, we also refer to them at other times to reinforce good learning.

Being ready

As well as being punctual for school at 8:50am, we talked about how to be ready to learn promptly – having your equipment ready, looking at the speaker, having good body language and using a silent voice.

Being responsive

Year 2 are encouraged to respond to feedback in their learning.  Using our purple pens, we’ve been improving learning in our books and taking on board any areas for improvement.  If the children note some ‘star’ parts of their work, they should be keen to keep doing that.

Being responsible

We’ve been very impressed, after such a short time in Year 2, how the children are taking responsibility by following our new classroom routines, rather than relying on an adult.  These might include bringing their library book to school to change on Monday, putting their reading book and signed reading record book in the basket for changing on Mondays and Thursdays, having their PE kit in school on Tuesday and Thursday, taking earrings out for PE on those days, changing the calendar and taking temperature and weather readings.  There’s lots of responsibility in Year 2!


We’ve seen lots of examples of children taking a safe risk in class.  This could be putting our hand up even if we’re unsure, having a go at some learning, trying a new meal on our school dinner menu, attempting a word when reading even if we’re not sure and trying a new skill in PE.

Can you remember the next four of the eight Rs for learning?

Cycle Leeds Learn to ride a bike sessions

Posted on Saturday 22 September 2018 by Mrs Taylor

These popular sessions are running locally in the half term holiday. Booking is essential for all sessions and can be done by clicking on the appropriate link below.

Children’s Beginners Learn to Ride Sessions
Tuesday 30th October and Thursday 1st November
At Carr Manor Community School (Secondary Phase)
Times: 9am10:30am and 12:30
For more information and to book:

Children’s Improvers – Skills, Circuits & Games!
Thursday 1st November – Carr Manor Community School (Secondary Phase)
Time: 14:00
For more information and to book:


Meet Henry

Posted on Saturday 22 September 2018 by Mrs Taylor

This week, the children have got to meet our class mascot, Henry.

Every Friday, Henry will get the chance to come and stay with someone in the class for the weekend.  Don’t forget to bring him back to school on Monday.

He will also bring his diary so it would be great if you could write about what you have been doing with Henry and even add a picture.  Then, we can tell the rest of the class all about his adventures.

He’s looking forward to having lots of fun with you!

Where in the world do your family live?

Posted on Saturday 22 September 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Learning the seven continents has been one of the Year 2 geography objectives in our Where in the world topic.  We also had a discussion about where our families live around the world.

It was interesting to hear the different places the children talked about and who in their family lived there.  If we weren’t sure which continent it was in, we used the atlas to check.

Let’s see what you can remember (one of our 8 Rs for learning):

  • Whose family live in South America?
  • Can you name one of the children whose family live in Asia?
  • Can you name one of the countries in Europe that was mentioned?
  • Why is zero the total for Antarctica?

What is the United Kingdom?

Posted on Friday 14 September 2018 by Mr Wilks

We’ve used atlases, and globes to work out which countries make up the United Kingdom. We then located the capital cities of each country.

List writing

Posted on Friday 14 September 2018 by Mr Wilks

This morning we’ve been writing lists using commas. Children had to create the list on slips of paper (including punctuation).

Best of British themed menu

Posted on Wednesday 12 September 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Catering Agency, our school meal provider, will be running a special themed menu on Thursday 04 October.

Please contact the office, by Wednesday 26 September, if your child would like a school dinner on this day.

Day one in Year 2

Posted on Tuesday 04 September 2018 by Mrs Taylor

We’ve had a great first day in Year 2.  It was good to see the children and hear all about their adventures over the holidays.  Thank you for all the postcards we have received!

We’re looking forward to lots of exciting learning starting with our geography-themed mini-topic, Where in the world?  Linked to this topic, ask your child what is the name of their table group.

To find out about our learning, please keep looking at the class news pages.

There has been a lot of information about new routines in Year 2 for the children today.

Here are a few key points to note:

  • PE days are Tuesday and Thursday – earrings must be removed for PE.
  • Children need to have a water bottle in school every day.
  • Reading books will be sent home this week.  These should be read and discussed with an adult at home.  Please comment/sign the reading record book to show this has been read.  It’s the children’s responsibility to put their book in the basket when they need it changing.

Finally, please do come and see us (Mrs Taylor – Monday and Tuesday and Mr Wilks – Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) if there’s anything you would like to check or ask.

Living and Learning

Posted on Sunday 02 September 2018 by Mrs Taylor

As we return to school, we begin our Living and Learning theme with a focus on manners: I can greet someone politely.

We’ll then continue by thinking about the ‘8 Rs for learning’. This theme is about promoting good learning behaviour for your child.

Each week, we’ll focus on two different ‘Rs’. We use an animal to symbolise each ‘R’, which might help your child remember all eight – can your child remember which animal matches the correct ‘R’?

You can support your child at home – we’ve listed a few ideas to help you below. Ask us if you’ve any questions or comments.

Download top tips for promoting the 8Rs for good learning behaviour.

I can show I am ready to learn.

Make sure your child is at school for a prompt start of 08:50.
Make sure your child has had plenty of sleep so they are alert and ready to learn at all times.
Encourage your child to ask lots of questions – that shows they want to learn!

I respond to feedback.

Ask your child if they remember their ‘stars’ and ‘steps’ in English and Maths.

I take a safe risk.

Talk about the difference between a safe and unsafe risk.  At school, we want your child to take a safe risk by having a go at answering, even if unsure; trying something new and attempting harder learning.

I take responsibility for my own learning.

Provide time and space at home so your child is able to organise themselves: their PE kit, reading book, homework, spellings and tables… Don’t organise everything for them!
Make a link between rights and responsibilities: your child has the right to a great education, but needs to be responsible for their own learning.

I am resourceful.

Encourage your child to be organised so they can play with a range of different toys.
Encourage your child to try new ways to solve a tricky problem.

I am resilient.

Encourage your child to keep going! Set a tricky challenge or puzzle for your child to do.
Encourage your child to think of different ways of doing things.
Don’t let your child win when they play a game – they need to experience losing, too!
Celebrate mistakes as opportunities to learn – be happy that your child found some learning hard and encourage them to ‘bounce back’ and learn from the experience.

I remember.

Make sure they have time to learn spellings, number bonds and times tables – a little practice daily is best.
Play memory games:

Kim’s game: show them objects for 30 seconds… can they remember all the objects?
Can they build up the sequence, ‘I went to the shop and I bought an apple’… ‘I went to the shop and I bought an apple and a bike.’… ‘I went to the shop and I bought an apple, a bike and a cucumber.’ etc … Take turns!

I reflect about my learning.

Talk with your child about what they’ve learnt, asking questions about:

how they learnt
why they learnt it
when they’ll use their learning
how they would teach this to someone else
what learning might link with what they’ve learnt today etc

As well as covering the 8Rs for learning, pupils will also learn about their rights and responsibilities.

Finally, we end the half term learning about democracy (one of the British Values).  All children have the opportunity to experience democracy in our annual School Council elections.  More details to follow.

Our full Living and Learning long term plan is available on the health pages and you can keep up to date with our weekly Living and Learning statements on the parent noticeboard in the playground and also on the school calendar.

Goodbye Year 2

Posted on Sunday 22 July 2018 by Mrs Taylor

What a busy year of learning!  Well done to all of Year 2 for all their efforts and achievements over this year.

We’ve reflected on our time in Year 2 and looked forward to moving to Year 3.  Good luck to all the children in Key Stage 2.

We wish all the class and their families a happy, healthy and safe summer holidays.