Year 2 Class News

A great start to Year 2

Posted on Wednesday 06 September 2017 by Mrs Taylor

Welcome back after the summer holidays. Thank you for all the postcards you sent us; it’s been great to hear about your adventures.

We had a great first day back and it was lovely to see all the children ready for a brand new year.

There was a lot of information to take in but we are sure the children will enjoy taking more responsibility (one of our 8Rs for Learning) this year and will soon get to know the new routines.

We welcome Ms Slater who will also be supporting the class.

Here are a few things to be aware of:

  • Please ensure that you complete your child’s reading record; books won’t be changed unless parents / carers have informed us that the book has been completed.
  • Books are changed twice a week (Monday and Thursday). It is your child’s responsibility to put their book and reading record in the basket for changing.
  • Homework and spellings will be sent home on Fridays and can also be found on the website.  Homework should be returned by the following Thursday and spellings will be tested on the Friday.  Spelling tests will now be done in the back of the homework books so you will be able to see your child’s results.
  • PE days are Tuesday and Thursday.  Please ensure all clothes (uniform and PE kit) are labelled clearly.
  • In a change to our uniform policy, earrings must not be worn for PE. Therefore if children cannot take them out themselves at school, they should not be worn on Tuesday or Thursday.
  • Water bottles should be in school every day.
  • Henry, as named by the children on our transition afternoon, is our new class mascot.  He’s looking forward to visiting all the children at home, for a weekend, over the year.  Please support your child to complete some sentences and maybe a picture in his diary and return to school on a Monday.

For the first two weeks, our topic is based around the text Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers, before we begin our geography-themed Big Topic, Explorers.

Please refer to our expectations for teaching and learning to see what the children will be learning across all subjects in Year 2.

There is a lot of information on our website for supporting your child at home and you will find some key information in your child’s homework book too.

We look forward to working with you this year and if you have any questions, please do come to see us at the classroom (Mrs Taylor on Monday and Tuesday and Mr Wilks on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday).

Leeds Children’s Mayor voting

Posted on Saturday 02 September 2017 by Mrs Taylor

Congratulations to Pippa who was selected as our school entry and submitted her manifesto to be considered as the new Leeds Children’s Mayor.

Out of 48 entries, unfortunately Pippa wasn’t selected as one of the finalists.

Children are invited to vote for their two favourite manifestos from the twelve candidates.

The finalist who has the most votes when voting closes on 15 September will be elected as the new Children’s Mayor of Leeds.

Pirate rafts! 

Posted on Thursday 20 July 2017 by Mr Wilks

This morning, we finished making our rafts.

It was great to see that when a team had finished their raft, they then helped other teams to finish theirs. Great teamwork!

Then, we tested them to see how much treasure they could hold. We placed them in water and piled on 10 and 20 gram weights until the rafts sank, capsized or the treasure fell off.

The winning team was called The Treasures and their raft held a whopping 620g! 

School Games Mark

Posted on Wednesday 19 July 2017 by Mrs Taylor

At the end of each year, schools are invited to apply for their School Games Mark. The School Games Mark rewards schools for their commitment to and development of competition, school sport and physical education.

We are very proud to announce that our application has been verified and we have been awarded Gold award for the third year running.

In an attempt to engage as many children as possible in physical activity, we track children’s participation over the year.

68 children in KS2 and 52 children in KS1 and Reception have taken part in at least one after-school club since September. This is 57% of the total number of pupils.

81 children (68%) in KS2 have represented the school in a competition or participation event.

Children tell us they enjoy taking part in a variety of activitie:

  • ‘In scooter club, I had fun on my scooter.’
  • ‘I enjoyed Wake Up Shake Up club because I got to spend time with my friends and DANCE!’
  • ‘I liked basketball.  We learnt how to play the game, basketball skills and working as a team.’
  • ‘I enjoyed cricket because it helped me with my skills of bowling and batting.’
  • ‘I enjoyed the aqua festival.  Everyone took part and nobody was left out.  Everybody tried their best.’
  • ‘The Brownlee Triathlon was fun and got people involved who don’t especially like sport but they did it. It wasn’t competitive.’
  • ‘I enjoyed the Sportshall athletics competition because there were lots of events to choose from and do.’

Thank you to staff who have accompanied children to these events or run after-school clubs this year. Thank you also to Mrs Russell who provides excellent administration of our clubs and sporting events and competitions.

Thank you as well to all parents/carers who have helped with transport and supported at our events this year. Finally, thank you to all pupils who have tried out a new physical activity either at an after-school club or as part of a competition or participation event and to those children who have represented our school so well this year.

The end of the year is here!

Posted on Wednesday 19 July 2017 by Mr Wilks

It’s the end of the year and Mrs Taylor and I would like to say a huge thank you to you for all your hard work. You’ve been a super class and we’ll miss you next year!

Thanks to parents for all your support throughout the year. Also, a big thank you to Mrs Stewart for all her hard work.

Here’s a round-up of your successes this year :

  • Adam has made so much progress in Year 2 – especially in reading and writing.
  • Albie has shown great enthusiasm for all the learning in class.
  • Emily is a great friend and is always ready to help others.
  • Emma is an impressive mathematician. She works methodically and with perseverance to solve problems.
  • Ethan has really impressed with his comprehension skills in reading.
  • Felix is another strong mathematician. He is good at explaining his understanding.
  • Harris has great general knowledge. He’d be an asset in a pub quiz!
  • Henka is always enthusiastic about reading. He is a walking library!
  • Hifza has slotted back into class really well. It’s like she’s never been away!
  • Isabella has had a really great year. She’s made very good progress – especially in writing!  
  • Jasraj is all about the cars. He has a great knowledge about four wheeled vehicles!
  • Jemima is a very talented writer and has impressed us with her choice of vocabulary.
  • Jessica is always happy and loves life! She tries hard in every lesson.
  • Kashif’s reading is very good. He reads fluently and uses excellent expression.
  • Leo is very conscientious. He has a great attitude to learning and always tries his best.
  • Liam is a very polite and helpful person.
  • Maya will be really missed next year. She’s been a brilliant member of the class and school.
  • Musa is always ready to learn and makes sure he pushes himself in every lesson.
  • Noah has frequently entertained the class during show and tell. He has many interests!  
  • Nryan has fitted in really well to life at Moortown. He’s made great progress this year.
  • Phoebe has pushed herself in lessons this year. She always tries her best!
  • Pollyanna’s handwriting and presentation of her work is excellent.
  • Priya always has her hand up to ask and answer questions.
  • Rayn is a very good mathematician. The way he tackled his maths SATs paper was impressive!
  • Safiya-Mishal is very enthusiastic about her learning and anything else that is going on!
  • Sakina just gets on with things. She’s ready for all the learning and always tries hard.
  • Sami has had a really successful year. He’s worked really hard and made very good progress.
  • Seti is really keen to learn and has worked really hard this year. She’s done especially well with her reading.
  • Will has impressed us with his progress in and enthusiasm for reading.  
  • Yusayrah takes her learning very seriously. She works hard in and out of school and has often brought in booklets and letters she has written at home.

Thanks again and we hope you have a lovely summer!


Pirate Raft-building 

Posted on Wednesday 19 July 2017 by Mr Wilks

This morning we’ve been working in  teams to create a raft so that the pirates can escape their sinking pirate ship with their treasure. 

The children had to design their raft using just the given materials. They then had to build the rafts. As the children encountered problems, they had to adapt their designs and work together to find solutions. 

Tomorrow, we’ll see which raft can hold the most treasure! 

Cup Challenge

Posted on Wednesday 19 July 2017 by Mrs Weekes

An interesting challenge was given to the Year 2 class on their transition afternoon.  Miss Wilson gave them the cup challenge to do where they had to work as a team to stack cups.  Sounds easy… but all the cups were attached to string so it was quite tricky to complete.  They rose to the challenge and… success!!

Amazing Algorithms

Posted on Friday 14 July 2017 by Mr Wilks

We’ve been writing algorithms to control Bee-Bots this morning in a Computing lesson. 

“We were drawing different shapes using bee-bots.”

“We had to make 80p by making the bee-bot stop on the correct coins.”

“We’ve been controlling bee-bots by making algorithms so that they move.”

“I used a counter to check my algorithm was correct.”

Pedestrian safety

Posted on Friday 14 July 2017 by Mr Wilks

This morning, we’ve been learning about how to stay safe as pedestrians or passengers in cars. 

Whenever we are crossing a road, we need to think, stop, look and listen. 

Yellow Yorkshire

Posted on Wednesday 12 July 2017 by Mrs Taylor

Thank you for supporting our Yellow Yorkshire day to raise money for one of school charities, Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Our final total raised was £202.31 so thank you for all your donations.

We also had a visit from a representative from Yorkshire Air Ambulance to hear how the money we raise is spent by the charity.