Year 2 Class News

School council elections

Posted on Wednesday 11 October 2017 by Mrs Taylor

Our school council elections will take place next Thursday 19 October.

In an assembly this week, our current school councillors told us what characteristics are needed to be an effective school councillor.

These included:

  • use all the 8 Rs for learning
  • be respectful
  • help others
  • be a good speaker and listener (to members of your class and in the meetings)
  • tell the truth
  • be confident with your ideas
  • accept the views of others even if you don’t agree
  • be friendly and approachable
  • make good choices in class and around school

Watch out for the whole school homework this week all about the election and democracy.

It’s our class assembly tomorrow

Posted on Tuesday 10 October 2017 by Mrs Taylor

We hope you can join us for our class assembly at 2:40pm tomorrow (Wednesday 11th October).

The children are excited to show you some of our learning so far in Year 2.

Which of the 8 Rs for learning do you think is the most important?

Posted on Tuesday 10 October 2017 by Mrs Taylor

In our Living and Learning session today, we’ve been reviewing how the 8 Rs for learning help us. In groups, we also ordered the 8 Rs according to which we thought were the most important.  There was lots of discussion and differences of opinion.

‘I think being ready is important because then you are listening.’

‘I think resilience is important because you should try your best and never give up. Even if you get it wrong, it is still ok.’

‘You should take a safe risk and always try to do your learning even if it is hard.’

‘You need to be resourceful because if something is hard, you should find something in the room to help you.’

‘If you take a safe risk it means you have tried. It doesn’t matter if you get it wrong.’

It’s been great to see children using these 8 Rs during the school day.

Well done, Saahir for remembering to change our class calendar today without prompting.

Leah – you always respond in full sentences to show you have listened to the question.

Harpreet – you are always ready for learning with the correct equipment.

Billy – you show a confident attitude and take safe risks to further your learning.

Amrit M – you have shown resilience when using Mathletics at home to try to improve your score.

Amrit S – you have taken responsibility for your maths learning by doing extra practice at home.

James – you have been resourceful by independently using a hundred square to check your numbers are the right way round.

Tanvi – you have reflected about different methods to use for addition in maths.

We’re looking forward to seeing all your 8 Rs homework this week.  Please join us to review this on Thursday at 2:40pm in the classroom.

Ask your child which of the 8 Rs they feel they have improved so far in Year 2 and which they might still need to work on.  This guide for parents gives a few ideas to support this at home.

What is a continent?

Posted on Monday 09 October 2017 by Mrs Taylor

As we continue with our geography based Explorers topic, Year 2 have today been thinking about where we live in the wider world.

  • What is the name of the continent that we live in?
  • How many continents are there in the world?
  • Can you name them all?
  • Which continent is missing from the map above?

We’ve also been learning about the features of a non-fiction book.  Today, our challenge was to use the index of an atlas to find countries and check if they are in Europe or not.  There was some great supportive partner work.

Finally, our geography skills were put to the test as we played a variation of the game Twister: Globe Trotting.  Look at the brilliant flexibility and balance!

Science – exploring magnets

Posted on Friday 29 September 2017 by Mr Wilks

This afternoon, we’ve been learning about magnets.

We started off with a bit of general exploration.


Next, we explored which objects in the classroom were and weren’t magnetic.



Here is a photo of some things we found which are and aren’t magnetic:


We came to the conclusion that wood and plastic are not magnetic and that only some metals are magnetic.

Geography of the United Kingdom

Posted on Thursday 28 September 2017 by Mr Wilks

This afternoon, we’ve been learning about the political geography of the United Kingdom. We’ve learnt that England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland make up the United Kingdom.

After-school clubs – it’s not too late to sign up

Posted on Thursday 28 September 2017 by Mrs Taylor

Our Autumn term after-school clubs start next week for 8 weeks.

We do have some spaces available so please contact the office if you would like your child/children to take part.

Clubs on offer include hockey, multi-sports, multi-skills, dance, gymnastics, cookery, Lego Club and Code Club.

Traffic survey

Posted on Monday 25 September 2017 by Mrs Taylor

Following our local area walk last week, we decided to focus on traffic around school and find out just how much traffic passes our school (hopefully following the new 20mph speed limit).

This enabled us to include some maths skills while we were recording and afterwards to discuss the results.

We are looking forward to comparing this data with the surveys completed by children at Scholes (Elmet) Primary and St James’ CE Primary.

Afternoon relaxation

Posted on Monday 25 September 2017 by Mrs Taylor

Year 2 are now becoming familiar with their post-lunch relaxation sessions to prepare them for their afternoon learning.

Children choose from different relaxation techniques such as hook ups, laying down, listening to the calming music, starfish meditation or any other way to help them to relax.

Hopefully, this will give the children some methods for relaxation to use at home or at other times when they may need it.

School Savings Club dates for paying in

Posted on Monday 25 September 2017 by Mrs Taylor

The School Savings Club paying in sessions for this year are at 3.15-3.45pm on the following dates (the penultimate Thursday of each half term).

  • 12 October
  • 07 December
  • 01 February
  • 22 March
  • 17 May
  • 12 July

If you’re unable to attend in person, please hand in any money to be deposited to the office in a sealed envelope addressed to Mrs Tiffany.

Information will shortly be sent home about the accounts and if your child would like to open account, please enquire at the office.  There is an extra incentive for pupils in Year 3 as Leeds City Council will add £10 to your child’s account.