Year 2 Class News

10 minute shake up

Posted on Monday 21 July 2014 by Mrs Taylor

Change4Life and Disney have teamed up to help your kids have fun and move more this summer.  Sign up for the 10 Minute Shake  Up Pack and you’ll get a FREE stopwatch, fun activity cards,  Disney themed wall chart and stickers – all inspired by your kids’ favourite Disney characters!

The 10 Minute Shake Up games are a fantastic way to help your kids get the recommended  60 minutes or more of physical activity they need every day. Being active helps your kids maintain a healthy weight and helps their heart and bones  stay healthy. Visit the 10 Minute  Shake Up Zone for loads of fun game ideas.



Staying safe in sport

Posted on Thursday 10 July 2014 by Mr Roundtree

Year 2 went to Roundhay School on Tuesday to use their sporting facilities and learn how to be safe on a trampoline. We all had a great time bouncing and learnt some new tricks along the way.

Inspired by the Tour de France?

Posted on Sunday 06 July 2014 by Mrs Taylor

What an amazing spectacle the Tour de France has been this weekend.

If you have been inspired to get on your bike then next week we are having a bike, scooter and walk to school week alongside our Staying Safe week.

Each day this golden lock will be placed on a random bike or scooter, in our storage area.  If it is your bike or scooter you will be the lucky winner of a £20 voucher, kindly donated by the Chapel Allerton branch of Edinburgh bicycle cooperative.









On Wednesday, from 8:30am, Edinburgh bike cooperative will be visiting school for a Dr bike event.  Children who bring their bike to school can have a free bike maintenance check to ensure their bike is in its best condition.  Edinburgh bike cooperative will be with us all morning checking bikes and also providing bike maintenance sessions for Year 5 so they can maintain their own bikes.

Would you like to explore cycle routes across the city?  Leeds City council have produced a series of local cycle maps. Additionally, Go:cycling offer a range of free cycling services.


Seaside art attack

Posted on Monday 30 June 2014 by Mr Roundtree

We are coming to the end of our seaside topic this week and to celebrate all of the work we have done we created our own seaside ‘art attack’ in the classroom today.

First, we decided what we might use to create the sea, sand and sky and then we thought about what extre things we could have on our picture and what we could use to create them.

The items we used


Once we’d gathered everything we needed, we set to work. We worked really well as a team and all had some very creative ideas to come up with a very impressive finished product.

What do you think?

Oh we did like to be beside the seaside.

Posted on Saturday 28 June 2014 by Mr Roundtree

Year 1 and 2 donned their sunhats, sun-cream and flip-flops for a day on the beach last week and oh what fun we had!

Excited on the coach!


Y2's teddy, Tom, came too.



Once we arrived, we set off on the long downhill trek to the beach and settled ourselves on the sand to have a play and eat our lunch.

We built sandcastles.


...and more sandcastles...


... and we played football.


Unfortunately, a particularly vicious seagull stole Mrs Maqbool’s sandwich!

Vicious seagull


After lunch, it was time to get ourselves wet and have a paddle. We all had a great splash around and then had a quick change as the tide was coming in.

Listening carefully to the rules

Once we were all dry, we moved the other side of the beach where the tide wasn’t in yet and where the ice-cream van was parked. Everybody had an ice-cream with a flake. The most popular flavour was mint-choc-chip whilst the teachers favoured cinder toffee. Yum!

It was a beautiful day and we were all sad to have to leave the beach to climb up the hill to the coach again to head back home. I don’t know about Year 1, but Year 2 were surprisingly lively all the way back home. Hopefully, they were then tired out for bed at the end of the day.








Our new SEAL theme for this half-term is…

Posted on Saturday 31 May 2014 by Mrs Taylor


We begin the half term with a focus on manners: I use good table manners.  Adults in school, including lunchtime supervisors, will be looking out for children who show good table manners – not talking with their mouth full and using their cutlery correctly.  What other table manners can you think of?  Ask your child to add their suggestion to their class SEAL box.

Following this, the Changes theme aims to equip children with an understanding of different types of change, positive and negative, and common responses to change.

It aims to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in three key social and emotional aspects of living and learning: motivation, managing feelings and social skills.

The key ideas and concepts behind this theme are:

  • Change can be uncomfortable, because it can threaten our basic needs to feel safe and to belong
  • Change can also be stimulating and welcome
  • Both adults and children can experience a range of powerful and conflicting emotions as a result of change – for example, excitement, anxiety, uncertainty, loss, anger, resentment
  • Worries about change can be made worse by uncertainty, lack of information, or misinformation and lack of support from others
  • People’s responses to and ability to cope with change are very variable, and might be influenced by individual temperament, previous experience of change, and the nature of the change – chosen or imposed, expected or unexpected, within our control or out of our control

Some children may welcome most forms of change and dislike routine and predictability. Other children may find even small changes very difficult.

Within school, children, who are coping with or have undergone significant change, are supported in a variety of ways:

  • Our positive ethos within school
  • Support systems, from staff and peers, for children who have undergone change or who maybe new to the school
  • SEAL and circle time sessions where children feel safe to talk about their feelings
  • Class SEAL boxes for children to record any concerns
  • Preparing children wherever possible for planned changes for example, a change of class teacher, Key Stage or even school



Half Term Break

Posted on Thursday 22 May 2014 by Mr Roundtree

Just a quick note to wish everybody a very relaxing half term. Although it has been short, the children have worked extremely hard so far this term and they should all be very proud of themselves. Enjoy the holidays!

Ahoy, me hearties!

Posted on Sunday 18 May 2014 by Mr Roundtree

Year 2 had a great day on Friday 09 May becoming pirates and travelling to a forgotten island!

We made pirate hats at the beginning of the day before setting sail on the seven seas in our boat.

"Scrub the deck!"

After sailing around the seven seas and performing our pirate duties, we came across a message in a bottle that told of a boy name William trapped on a deserted island. Of course, we went in search of him, using our telescopes, making a raft and rowing to shore.




We found all sorts on the island – Soft leaves, straight twigs, tall trees and fluffy plants! And, of course, we found William. We joined him on the island and drew a map of where we were…

…before writing a sense poem about what we could see in the North, East, South and West of the island.

In the North I see

A leaf as green as a croaking frog.

In the East I see

A gate as black as a dark cave.

In the South I see

A building as hard as rock.

In the West I see

Miss Rushbrooke, as cheeky as a monkey!

Roundhay Football Tournament

Posted on Saturday 17 May 2014 by Mr Wilks

The Roundhay 7 a side tournament is well under way. The Year 5 team have a win and a draw from their first two games!


Upcoming sporting events

Posted on Saturday 10 May 2014 by Mrs Taylor

Sports & Active Lifestyles Fair

Find out what sports clubs and physical activity opportunities are available in our area for all children, young people and adults.  This is a great opportunity to come as a family or with friends and take part in sport / activity taster sessions and watch sports demonstrations from local clubs.

  • When: Thursday 5th June 2014
  • Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Where: Roundhay School

Roundhay Park Family Fun Run (1K & 5K)

  • When: Saturday 7th June 2014
  • Time: 10:00am
  • Where: Roundhay Park

Tour de Roundhay

REAP and Roundhay Live are starting the celebrations of Le Grand Depart early with this community event, full of family fun, music, food and cycling.

  • When: Sunday 22nd June 2014
  • Time: 12:00pm-5:00pm
  • Where: Roundhay School

For further information about any of these events please ask at the school office.