Year 2 Class News

Living and learning this half term

Posted on Saturday 04 January 2020 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
Safer Internet Day,  Tuesday 11 February, will be part of this learning.
Pupils tell us they enjoy learning delivered by visitors and this half term all classes will take part in esafety and drug education sessions with d:side and visitors from NSPCC will be delivering their Speak out Stay safe programme. Further details will follow.
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. There will also be some whole school homeworks on these themes.

  • 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.

Happy Holidays

Posted on Friday 20 December 2019 by Mrs Freeman

Well done to all the children in Year 2 for a very hard working term. This was rounded off by an amazing nativity show.

 We would like to wish all the children and their families a happy and healthy holiday. Thank you also for the very generous, unexpected gifts.

We look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Monday 06 January 2020.

Best wishes

from all the staff in Year 2

Where in the world am I?

Posted on Friday 20 December 2019 by Mrs Taylor

This week, it has been the final week of our geography based, Where in the world am I?, topic.

Throughout this learning, the children have become more knowledgeable about where they live within the world.

We live in Moortown.

Moortown is in the city of Leeds.

Leeds is in the country of England.

England is one of the four countries of the United Kingdom. The other countries are Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The United Kingdom is in the continent of Europe. The other six continents are Asia, North America, South America, Australasia, Antarctica and Africa.

While learning all these place names, this has given us lots of opportunities to practise using capital letters for proper nouns.

This topic has also allowed us to explore maps in atlases and also online mapping (including Google Maps).

Finally, the children had a go at creating their own maps to show a familiar daily route – their way to school.

Can your child describe their route, maybe referring to some local landmarks along the way, using some positional and directional vocabulary such as near, far, left, right and the compass points of north, east, south and west. Ask your child what the map key is needed for too.

Here are a few examples.

The children will be sharing some of this learning in our class assembly in the new year.

Painting Poinsettias

Posted on Thursday 19 December 2019 by Mrs Freeman

The Poinsettia plant is  particularly well known for its red and green foliage and is widely used in Christmas floral displays.

Today, the children were given the opportunity to sketchImage result for poinsettia the plant. Using their observational skills, Year 2 produced some very accurate images. Next, with fine brushes and watercolour paints,  the class added colour and detail to their artwork.

Below, are a selection of the finished pictures.



Posted on Sunday 15 December 2019 by Mrs Freeman

Last week, for their homework, the children were asked to show what they know about something cultural or what they know about a  specific festival.

Over the course of this term, some children in school  have celebrated a religious festival of some sort.  This might have been;

  • the Muslim festival of Eid ul Adha
  • the Sikh and Hindu festival Diwal
  • the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, coming up in December
  • the Christian festival (of course, celebrated by many non-Christians) of Christmas
  • and the Chinese New Year festival, coming up.

We had some great examples of different cultures and festivals. Well done, Year 2.


Takeover Day

Posted on Saturday 07 December 2019 by Mrs Freeman

Today, it was Takeover Day so the children took over Year 2!

Some children got to:

  • do the warnings chart
  • give out cool class tokens
  • lead the spelling test
  • say 321  and stop
  • read a story
  • take the lunch orders
  • take the register

Maths and Science using Skittles

Posted on Thursday 05 December 2019 by Mrs Freeman

Today, the children have continued with some scientific enquiry learning. First of all, they were given a bag of Skittles with a question; can we collect any data about these sweets?

We could sort them into colours.

I think that we could count them.

After grouping the sweets, the children completed tally and bar charts to showcase the data collected.

Next, came the BIG QUESTION!

What do you predict will happen when we add water to the Skittles?

I think the Skittles will turn white.

The water will be brown.

The sweets might dissolve.

The colour will melt.

Using simple equipment, we arranged the Skittles around the edge of the plate and then poured warm water into the middle.  We observed closely as some amazing changes happened.

Well done Year 2!


Packed lunches

Posted on Tuesday 03 December 2019 by Mrs Taylor

At Moortown Primary, our packed lunch guidance includes:

  • information about the different food groups
  • how to put together a healthy, balanced packed lunch
  • links to recipes and ideas for healthy packed lunches

This week, our packed lunch guidance will be emailed to parents and carers and sent home to children who have a packed lunch in school.

Packed lunches should be in a secure named container.  No sweets are allowed – instead, we encourage lots of fruit or vegetables.  Water is available on all tables for children who choose a packed lunch.  However, your child can bring their own drink in a non-breakable container – please avoid fizzy drinks.

Change4life provides lots of ideas for healthy packed lunches including  suggested swaps.

As an alternative to packed lunches, school meals, including a vegetarian option, are a great choice and are prepared daily in our kitchen. Children are offered a choice of main courses and desserts and they select their main meal choice at the start of the day.  Catering Leeds provides food which meets national Food Standards criteria.  School meals can be combined with packed lunches.

Free school meals are available to all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.  They are also available to some older children according to family income.  It’s important to register for entitlement to free school meals, even if your child has a packed lunch or is in a younger class – this is so we can receive additional funding (called the pupil premium) which we can use to help your child. Please check if this is something you might be entitled to.

Living and Learning: Takeover Challenge Day

Posted on Monday 02 December 2019 by Mrs Taylor

On Friday 6th December, we will be taking part in Takeover Challenge Day and this year, it is being supported by First News.
What is Takeover Challenge?
Takeover Challenge is a fun engagement project which sees schools and organisations across England opening their doors to children and young people to take over adult roles.
It puts children and young people in decision making positions and encourages schools and organisations to hear and act upon their views and ideas. Children and young people gain an insight into the adult world and schools and organisations benefit from a fresh perspective about their work.
During the day, children will take over some of the adult roles in class. This may include taking the register/dinner register, tests, performing the warm up for PE, reading the class novel or planning parts of lessons.
Some older children will have the opportunity to ‘takeover’ other roles in school including taking over the office, serving dinners and leading the certificate assembly.

School Savings Club

Posted on Monday 02 December 2019 by Mrs Taylor

The next School Savings Club paying in date is 09 December 2019 at 3.15-3.45pm.

The account is open to all children and it is free to set up. As there is not minimum deposit requirement, it is a great way for your child/children to begin to manage their own money and understand the importance of saving. We offer paying in sessions every half term where you can bring along any savings to be paid into your child’s account.

As an extra incentive, Year 3 pupils who open an account, or who currently have an account, will be credited with £10.

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.

Here are the remaining paying in dates for this year (the penultimate Monday of each half term).

  • 03 February
  • 23 March
  • 11 May
  • 06 July

To find out more about the accounts or if your child would like to open account, please enquire at the office.