Year 2 Class News

School Saving Club

Posted on Friday 12 May 2017 by Mrs Taylor

The next School Saving Club paying in date is 18 May 2017 at 3.15-3.45pm.

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 Miss Hale.

For your information, the final paying in dates for this year is:

13 July 2017 3.15-3.45pm

If your child would like to open account, please ask at the office.

Leafy homeworks

Posted on Thursday 11 May 2017 by Mr Wilks

We’ve found an amazing variety of leaves and trees around where we live! 

In the photos, the leaf detectives are hard at work comparing which trees they’ve each found. 

Amazing Algorithms

Posted on Thursday 11 May 2017 by Mr Wilks

In Computing lessons, we’ve been creating our own games. In Sami and Sakina’s game, you have to move your plant (counter) around the board, collecting the things it needs to survive (water, sunlight) before getting to the finish square (a healthy plant).

Can you create an even simpler algorithm to complete this game?

Did that plant move?!

Posted on Thursday 11 May 2017 by Mr Wilks

We’ve been learning about plants in our Green Fingers topic. This video demonstrates that plants need sunlight to survive and will move towards it to ensure they get as much sunlight as they can!

After-school club availability

Posted on Wednesday 10 May 2017 by Mrs Taylor

After-school clubs are proving popular this term but we do have some limited places left on the following clubs.


  • Change4life Rec, Y1, Y2, Y3
  • Basketball Y4, Y5, Y6
  • Code Club Y4, Y5, Y6


  • Cricket Y4, Y5, Y6
  • Animation Y4, Y5, Y6

Please contact the office as soon as possible if your child would like to take part in any of these clubs, starting next week.

Staying Safe

Posted on Wednesday 10 May 2017 by Mrs Taylor

Our next whole school themed week, based around Staying Safe, will be taking place from Monday 22 May 2017.  The key message is how to be safe in a range of situations.  A variety of events and visitors are planned to help us deliver this key aspect of education.

Events during the week will include e-safety drama workshops for all classes, NSPCC Speak Out, a stay safe assembly and workshops, Leeds City Council road safety and scooter training, water safety sessions with Canal and River Trust, bike maintenance with Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative and d:side, delivering drug education.  Some of the events require parental permission and these letters will be sent out separately.  There are also three specific parent sessions during the week.

Tuesday 23 May 2.10-3.10pm O2 and NSPCC online safety workshop (open to all parents)

This hour-long workshop will help parents and carers understand their child’s online world and build confidence to have those important conversations that can help keep children safe online.

Wednesday 24 May 3.15-3.45pm d:side informal information session (open to all parents)

A d:side representative will be available to provide information about your child’s drug education learning during the themed week and answer any other related enquiries.

Thursday 25 May 2.40pm e-safety drama show back (parents of Year 5 and 6)

Following e-safety drama workshops led by One Day Creative, parents are invited to come and watch the children present their learning from the day.

Following the success of the recent Big Pedal promotion and as we will be covering bike, scooter and road safety during the week, we shall be holding a whole school walk/bike/scoot to school initiative.  Children are encouraged to travel to school in a sustainable way, keeping safe along the way, and if they do, they should complete the slip at the bottom of a letter to be sent home for a chance to win one of five £10 Love2Shop vouchers.  We hope you will support this initiative in helping children make a healthy start to their day and also helping towards reducing congestion at our gates.  Even by parking further away from school, your child could then to do the final part of their journey by foot, bike or scooter.  Bike and scooter storage facilities are available beside the Year 3 and 4 classrooms.

Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative will be running a Dr Bike event in the playground on Tuesday 23 May.  From 8:30am, you will be able to bring along your bike for a free bike safety check.

We will keep you up to date about events during the week through Twitter and the class news pages on our website.

Finally, if your job involves an aspect of safety and you can support our Staying Safe themed week by coming into school, please contact the school office or your child’s class teacher directly to arrange this.

What time is it?

Posted on Tuesday 09 May 2017 by Mrs Taylor

By the end of Year 2, children should be able to achieve the following objectives in relation to telling the time (taken from the Year 2 Core Subjects expectations).

  • compare and sequence intervals of time
  • tell the time to five minutes, including quarter past/to the hour
  • write the time to five minutes, including quarter past/to the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times
  • know the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day

This is always a difficult area of Maths for children to master but we have been particularly impressed by two time ‘boffins’ who shared their knowledge to teach others.

You can continue to embed these Maths skills at home by asking your child the time at different times of the day.  We have been focusing on the analogue time.

Green Fingers

Posted on Thursday 04 May 2017 by Mrs Taylor

Our own ‘tin forest’ is growing well and we’ve been making lots of observations to see the changes in such a short time.

Day 4

Day 13

Next week in our Green Fingers topic, we will be focusing our learning on trees.  In preparation for this, children are encouraged to bring in leaves to be used for classifying and identifying. Just one example of each leaf is needed and these should be brought in next Monday.

These spotter sheets can help with identifying any leaves you may find.

Super scientists

Posted on Tuesday 28 March 2017 by Mrs Taylor

We took advantage of the Big Pedal and used the children’s scooters to investigate movement and in particular how to speed up and slow down.









Back in the classroom, we continued this learning by carrying out a scientific test.

What would you want to test with the following equipment?


Emily suggested we test how far the car travels when it goes down the ramp at different heights so we planned a test considering our test question, predictions, method and safety.  A fair test is very important so we decided which variable would change (the height of the ramp) and  what we would keep the same (the ramp surface, car, starting position and who would let the car go).


When the ramp was placed at the top of the ramp, the car travelled 114cm.


When the ramp was placed at the middle of the ramp, the car travelled 105cm.


At the bottom of the ramp, the car didn’t travel at all!

Measuring and data collection were important parts of the tests.










Finally, we considered our initial question: does the car travel further when the ramp is higher? From our results, we concluded that the car did travel further when the ramp was higher.

Thanks, Emily.  That was a great test to suggest.

What else would you want to test?

3 days to go

Posted on Tuesday 28 March 2017 by Mrs Taylor

Only 3 Big Pedal days to go!

We’ve had a great participation rate across the two weeks so far.  Our highest participation was 43% on Day 5 (Friday).

Here’s a peek at the prizes – who will be our winners?

Moortown prizes
Keep cycling, scooting and we’ll soon find out!