Barnett Wood Infant School

Year 2

Thank you, Foxes and Badgers! 

It's been a blast!

Love from Mrs Christofi, Miss Higgins and Mrs Theobald

x x x

Week beginning 10th July

The highlight in Year 2 this week has definitely been the swimming gala which we took part in yesterday! We were a bit worried about the weather initially, but luckily it stayed dry in the morning and we avoided the thunder storms that were forecast! We had so much fun and were pleased so many family members were able to come and join us. 

In English we have been writing our own, innovated versions based on The Story of Pirate Penelope this week. We've really enjoyed adding our own ideas and vocabulary choices.

Our Maths learning has been focused on multiplication and division and we have been practising rapid recall of a range of facts. Don't forget to practise at home by playing 'Hit the Button'. It really is a great way to learn your times tables ready for Year 3. 

We look forward to seeing lots of you at our celebration evening tonight between 5pm and 7pm. Our DT work from this term will be on display in the hall - we are in the process of making our own zoo animal hand puppets!

A few reminders for next week, the last week of term:

- Please return all school reading books (Little Wandle, library or reading for pleasure books).

- If your child would like to, they may wear a plain white shirt, t-shirt or polo shirt next Friday to be signed by their friends on their last day at Barnett Wood. Please bring your own pens!

- Leavers Disco on Wednesday 19th July, 5pm - 7pm

- Leavers assembly for parents and tea party on Thursday 20th July, 9.15am - 11am

- Fun Swim on Thursday 20th July, 11 - 11.30am for Badgers, 11.30 - 12pm for Foxes

We have a fun-filled week ahead...

Get plenty of rest this weekend so that you can enjoy every minute!


Week commencing 3rd July 

We have had a productive week in Year 2 this week.


In English, we have been innovating our Pirate Penelope stories by creating our own story maps. In Maths, we have been making addition and subtraction board games. We enjoyed playing them and answering the challenging questions. In Design and Technology, we made our final templates for our puppets and we are excited to make them over the next few weeks. In Geography, we visited France (not literally) we got to try various different foods for example brie, croissants and crepes. Well done to those who tried foods they thought they wouldn't enjoy! We described the foods and enjoyed the experience. We have been continuing to learn our songs for the leaver’s assembly and practice using our recorders. In Science, we gathered and interpreted data about minibeasts. We also enjoyed swimming, where we continued to work on our swimming skills. Luckily the sunshine came out in the end!


Have a wonderful weekend and we look forward to the swimming gala next Thursday :)


Week beginning 26th June

We have had a lovely week in Year 2 this week which ended with our fantastic Sports Day today! The children really enjoyed taking part in all the different events and it was lovely to have so many parents there to support us. We hope you enjoyed it too!

This week in Maths we have finished our unit on position and direction. We have been practising quarter and three quarter turns and looking at turns within shape patterns. Next week we will be revisiting addition and subtraction and polishing our calculation skills. 

In English we are learning The Story of Pirate Penelope and we have been doing some excellent writing. Next week we will begin to innovate the story. 

Our Science learning this week was all about food chains and we revised our knowledge of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. 

We are getting ready to make our puppets in DT and we are learning about Our Wonderful World in our Geography lessons. 

Three weeks to go...!

Enjoy the weekend.

Week commencing 19th June 

This week, Year 2 have been learning about the seven continents in Geography.  They have been able to name them and locate them on a map. In DT, we have continued to understand how materials can be joined together and have started to design our puppets based on zoo animals. In English, we have enjoyed writing up a story map together for ‘The Story of Pirate Penelope’. The children came up with some brilliant images to help us learn the story together. In Maths, we have been practising our directional language. We were able to give our partners some instructions to follow. We also have been able to move shapes forwards and backwards and describe how they have moved. In Music, we are learning some lovely songs one is called ‘It's Good To Be Me’. I bet the children would love to practise singing it at home to you. We are also learning to play the song ‘Ta Dah’ and 'Barefoot Boogie' with our recorders. Some of the children have asked to play the songs at home, so I have attached the notes below for Barefoot Boogie. 


Barefoot Boogie 

G G G   B   A A     G G G B B A A


BBB G  A  B  A     BBB  G  B A G 








Week beginning 12th June 

This week, Badgers and Foxes have been busy being authors. We have produced some excellent versions of The Three Little Pigs! The children are really getting the hang of 'innovation' now, which is great to see.


We have finished our Maths unit on 'Statistics' and have practised interpreting block graphs and pictograms this week. Next week we begin a new unit on 'position and direction' - you can prepare by practising knowing your left and right over the weekend!


We have practised ways of joining in DT this week, in preparation for making our puppets. We made a 'mock up' of a hand puppet and tried sewing, stapling, pinning and gluing.


In Science we learned the names of a variety of plants and used a classification flow chart to identify a range of plants. 


During our Geography lessons this week we revised the names of the seven continents and five oceans of the world.

This song helps us to remember the continents:

Next week we will be using atlases to find out facts about each continent.


We are enjoying our swimming in the sunshine and in PE we are preparing/training for Sports Day! 


Our PSHE lessons are helping us to focus on managing changes that we can't control.


Have a lovely weekend!

Week beginning 6th June 

What a great first week back for Year 2! We hope you all had a lovely break.


In English, the children have been writing the beginning of their stories about the Three Little Pigs. They have enjoyed thinking up new characters for their own version of the story. In Maths, the children have been making comparisons between different tables and tally charts. They have been able to use the tables to answer questions. Well done to Year 2, for continually reading lots at home! 


In DT, the children have started their learning about textiles. They enjoyed learning about different products and why they are useful. They explored what we use puppets for and how they are made. In recorders, the children are learning the song ‘Barefoot Boogie’. They have learnt to play B, A and G. In PE, the children are getting ready for Sports Day, they have enjoyed having a go at long jump this week. 

Week beginning 22nd May

It is hard to believe that we have already finished another half term! Time really does fly when you're having fun.


This week we have enjoyed our swimming lessons in the sun.


We welcomed some visitors, Sophie and Eric, from Surrey Fire and Rescue Service who taught us all about keeping safe in relation to fire. We also learned how to make a 999 call. 


In Science we worked cooperatively to make 'bug hotels'. We hope they appeal to the insects that we designed them for! Thank you, parents, for sending in additional resources. We're sure you'll agree they look amazing (see photos below). 


We have finished our Maths learning about 'Time' but do keep practising at home. Next half term we will learn about Statistics (tables, graphs, data) for the first few weeks back.


In our English lessons we have begun innovating the story of The Three Little Pigs. After half term, we will be writing stories called 'The Three Little Squirrels' with some exciting changes. We will then use everything we have learned to write our own 'The Three Little...' stories.


Thank you for all your support with reading at home. The children have earnt so many raffle tickets! Remember to aim for three reading diary entries per week. 


We do have one request this week - please could you make sure that your child brings a coat to school on swimming days? It can be chilly when the children get out of the pool, especially on cloudy days. Thank you!


Have a lovely half term and we look forward to welcoming you all back on Tuesday 6th June. 



Week beginning 15th May 

Year 2 have had a busy yet fun filled week with the start of swimming! Well done everyone, it has gone very smoothly. In addition to this, Year 2 have finished SATs. We are so proud of each and every one of you, well done!

In Maths, we have been telling the time to the hour and have been using the physical clocks to help us with our learning. In Art, we painted our sculptures because the clay had dried. We noticed that the colour and texture had changed. In History, we have been learning about the changes the king made to London, after the Great Fire of London. We came up with some of our own suggestions, houses made out of brick, houses spaced out more and even a brand new underground water system! In music, we have been learning some songs with our recorders and have learnt notes A and B.

Enjoy your weekend!

Week beginning 8th May 

This week Year 2 became sculptors. We have been learning about the artist Henry Moore as part of our Art & Design unit 'Super Sculptures' and so we used clay to create our own sculptures representing the human form. Have a look at the photos below...


We have enjoyed learning about food chains in Science. This game is very good for revising knowledge about the different food chains.


We have finished our Maths unit about fractions and we are now learning about time for the next week. Over the weekend you could practise telling the time to the quarter hour. 


Next week we start swimming on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Don't forget your kit!


Have a lovely weekend.


Our Clay Sculptures

W/B 1st May

It has been another busy week in Year 2!


We have been learning about fractions in maths, where we looked at the equivalence between a half and two quarters. In English, we have continued to look at our imaginative writing and retelling our class story with lots of actions! In history, we ordered the events of the Great Fire of London. We also discussed how the fire spread so quickly! In art, we designed our amazing Coronation tea towels. I'm sure you all agree how fabulous they look! 


We had an interesting visit to the library, where we learnt about different types of books and how to use the system, to check books in and out. We were amazed to learn that you can borrow a maximum of 25 books. That's a lot of books! 


On Friday, we enjoyed our Coronation celebration. We had a royal crown parade, they all looked brilliant, and we enjoyed having a picnic lunch together.


We hope you all have a great bank holiday Coronation celebration!

See you all Tuesday.

W/B 24th April

Our second week back has been jam-packed with exciting learning...


In Science we went on a hunt for micro-habitats and talked about the animals that live there and why they are well-suited to their habitats. 


We have continued to learn about fractions in our Maths lessons and today we learnt what a unit fraction is. 


In English we are learning to describe characters using adjectives and similes. We are learning a version of The Three Little Pigs. One of the pigs even visited the classrooms and left his wheelbarrow full of straw, sticks and bricks!


We are also enjoying Yoga, learning new poses and ways of being calm. 


Enjoy the long weekend, everyone. 

See you back at school on Tuesday!



Week beginning 17th April 

Year 2 have returned to school energised and ready to learn this week! It has been lovely catching up with them all and hearing what they got up to. Lots of children did some amazing reading over the break, well done Year 2!


In History, we have started learning about the Great Fire of London. We have compared how life was different in 1666 to the present day, for example transport, clothing and types of houses. We can't wait to learn more! In Art, we used pipe cleaners to make mannequins and then shaped them to make different poses. This is because we are going to be learning about sculptures. In Maths, we looked at halves and quarters of shapes and amounts. Using counters and paper shapes helped with our understanding of this. In English, we are working on description and we created a list poem about a squirrel. Some of the children were able to use similes to describe. A few examples were 'I have eyes inky black like the night sky' and 'my fur is like an orange sunset'. 


The children also did some wonderful singing on Wednesday with lots of other schools from the local area. They did Barnett Wood proud!


Have a great weekend. 



Foxes Class Reader - Summer 1

W/B 27th March 

What a great ending we had to the term this week!


The highlight was definitely our Dance performance, which, despite the wet weather testing us, was just incredible! We are so proud of our Year 2 dancers who were just AMAZING!

You will have been sent a link so that you can watch the performances again at home over the Easter break. 


Take time to rest, relax and have fun, ready to start the busy summer term on Monday 17th April.

Happy Easter! 

Week beginning 20th March

We have had a great week in Year 2!


In English, we have been writing our stories about Zig the Alien. This is in preparation for next week, where we will be writing our own innovated versions of the story. We can't wait to read them!

In Maths, we have been learning about Capacity and Volume. We enjoyed pouring water from different containers and measuring them on Friday. We were able to measure in millimetres. In Science, we observed our plants that have been growing under different conditions. They have changed quite a lot since the start of our experiment. We then discussed which ones looked healthy or unhealthy and why. In Geography, we were continuing to learn about the Maasai tribe and we built our own Maasai huts using everyday materials. On Tuesday, it was Poetry Day at school and as a whole school we are learning the poem 'Cats Sleep Anywhere'. It would be lovely for the children to rehearse this with you at home. 


Finally, thank you for coming to parents evening this week, it was lovely to share and celebrate the children's learning with you! 


Have a good weekend. 

W/B 13th March

What a busy week we have had in Year 2 this week!


We are really enjoying our English unit on journey stories and now know the story of Zig the Alien off by heart! Ask us to tell you the story at home. We think you will be very impressed! This week was all about the 'innovation' stage of our learning - coming up with our own ideas but still following the story structure. This is all in preparation for us writing our own stories independently during the final week of term. 


During Maths this week, we have been learning all about measuring in grams and kilograms. We have been reading scales and solving problems.


Our Dance sessions with Mr Rae are going well and we are excited to show you what we've been working on during the last week of term. 


In Computing this week we had great fun using binary trees to find out the names of different characters and animals. You could have another go at this at home on Purple Mash if you wanted to. 


Next week in DT we will be making moving toys. Please send a cereal box in with your child on Monday. Thank you!


We are looking forward to seeing you at Parent-Teacher consultations on Tuesday or Thursday next week!


Have a lovely weekend. 

Week beginning 6th March

The Year 2 children have had a very exciting week this week! Not only was there snow...but they had a brilliant trip to Wisley! The children have been sharing their Wisley facts all week, one being the tallest tree in the world. 


In English this week, they have been learning more about Zig and planet Zog. They have been learning about the different emotions characters can have. In Maths, the children have been very resilient by working through some problem solving questions based on measurement. In Science, we have continued to carry out our experiment and have started to see some roots appearing, which has been very interesting! We also made Binary Trees in Computing, where we were able to categorize different animals by asking 'yes' or 'no' questions. 


Well done to everyone who is reading at home! Please show us that you have in your reading records, so that you get your raffle tickets!


Have a great weekend everyone. 



W/B 27th February 

This week was Barnett Wood Book Week and we enjoyed many book related activities, including reading with our friends in other classes, an assembly by the author Lauren Fennemore, who actually used to go to Barnett Wood herself, and a whole school book quiz.


Our Maths learning has been exciting as we practised measuring length and height in metres and centimetres, and we have learned more about Kenya in Geography. In Science we dissected a seed and learned about what the different parts of a seed do. 

We have enjoyed PE with coach Reece and Dance with Mr Rae and in DT we loved creating our own clothes peg cars with axels and wheels. In Music we are learning a range of songs, focussing on pitch and we continue to learn to play the recorder. We now know four notes: b, a, g and e and can play a range of tunes. 


Next week we look forward to our trip to Wisley Gardens on Tuesday.


Week beginning 20th February 

The children have all come back from half term ready to learn and energised which is great!


This week there have been some mysteries to solve in and around school! In Year 2, there have been some green footprints, green slime and lots of glitter.....the children have been detectives trying to find out why they have been appearing in our classrooms. The children soon realised that the culprit was Zig the Alien from planet Zog! They have been learning this story in English with lots of fun actions, maybe they could show you at home.

In Maths, we have been looking at Multiplication and Division combined.

In Science, we started our new topic on Plants. We have carried out an investigation where we have planted bulbs with different variables such as no water, no warmth, not light etc. We are keeping class plant diaries to see what we find each week and to observe how they change and grow.

In computing, we are learning about questioning, we created pictograms based on what types of house we all live in.

We have moved onto our new topic in Geography, Sensational Safari, where the children located Kenya in an atlas. They were able to pinpoint the capital city Nairobi and find Mount Kenya. 


We are all very excited for World Book Day next Thursday, and cant wait to see what everyone dresses up as!


Have a great weekend!

Foxes Class Reader

Week beginning 6th February

Despite the children only having been at school for four days this week, we managed to pack in a lot of learning!


This week, Year 2 have been busy practising their multiplication and division skills. We will spend one more week on this unit after the half term break before moving on to learning about 'Measures'. It's really important to start knowing some times table facts (and the related division facts) off by heart, if you don't already. Playing 'Hit the Button' is a really great way to do this.

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Practising for just ten minutes a day will really help you to learn your facts.


We had a great time taking Sunny the meerkat on a guided tour of our school on Tuesday. This gave us the inspiration we needed to write some fantastic postcards from Sunny to his family in the Kalahari Desert. 


During Art we drew then painted some lovely 'Portrait Landscapes'. 


In Science we worked together with our learning partners to design and build the strongest paper bridge. 


We concluded our History topic on the history of our school and the local area by looking at photographs of our homes and thinking about how they have changed over time. We made a class timeline. The oldest homes of children in Year 2 were built in the late 1800s and the newest ones as recently as 2016! Thank you, parents, for taking the time to send these in. The children loved showing us where they live. 


We have now finished our Computing topic on Coding but the children know that they can use their Purple Mash logins at home to continue to practise the skills they have learnt. 


Please give the children's PE kits a wash over half term and check that kits and footwear still fit. They just seem to keep growing! 


Have a lovely week and we will see your children back and ready for learning on Monday 20th February. 


Week beginning 30th January

What a great week Year 2 have had! 


In English we read 'Meerkat Mail' and learnt about the features of postcards. We got an exciting email from Sonny the meerkat, who went and stayed with Mrs Higgins and Lilly the tortoise, for the day. We then wrote a class postcard pretending to be Sonny, describing what he got up to with Lilly. In Maths, we've been learning about doubling, halving and finding odd and even numbers. In Science, we carried out an investigation to find out which type of paper was the strongest and weakest. We then wrote up our conclusions and findings. For our History learning, we went to the war memorial and church opposite school. We were able to describe why places in our local area are significant. 


We also just want to say well done to Year 2 for your spellings, we can tell you have been putting in a lot of effort at home. Also, remember to read at home so that you can get your raffle tickets for achievers assembly :)  


Have a well deserved weekend, see you all Tuesday!  

NEEDED FOR HISTORY NEXT WEEK (By 7th February, please)

If possible, please bring a photograph of the outside your home to school. We need to know when it was built as well.

Thank you! 

Week beginning 23rd January

Year 2 have had an exciting week this week!


We had a visit in English from Lilly the tortoise! I wonder if anyone guessed that Lilly would be in the box, in our ‘guess what’s in the box’ lesson for our new English unit. Following on from our visit, we have been researching different animals and presenting our findings in note form and spider diagrams.


In Maths, we have looked at sharing and understanding what the division symbol is.


We carried out a science investigation, where we found out which material was most durable. Year 2 came up with some great conclusions from their findings.


In art we created a portrait landscape in the style of Henri Rousseau.


In history, we had a visit from Mr Ball who used to go to Barnett Wood when he was a boy in the 1960s.

He was able to answer our questions we had about the school from the past.


Next week, Year 2 will be visiting the church and war memorial opposite to school. This is to help support their history learning. This will be on Tuesday 31st January 2.00 - 3.00 pm. We were wondering if any parents would like to volunteer to help out with the visit. If you are available and would like to help out, please let the office staff know. Many thanks in advance!


Finally, in English next week, we will be creating a David Attenborough style presentation based on the animal we have been researching. We thought it would make it more realistic and fun if the children had a prop. Therefore, if you have a cuddly toy/teddy (don’t worry if not), that is the animal you have researched, at home we would love you to bring it in. If you do bring it in please name it.


Last but not least, have a brilliant weekend! We hope you enjoyed the disco if you went J

Our next class reader from our Reading Spine is...

Week beginning 16th January 

Year 2 have had a productive week this week. We have been looking at equal groups in Maths and how we can write 'lots of' as a multiplication symbol instead. We will carry on with this next week! In English we wrote our stories. They were fantastic, well done Year 2! You used lots of different punctuation and adjectives to make your writing exciting. In our Science learning, we looked at how rigid a material can be and its uses. We have also been working on our coding skills in computing, we got to design our own airports! We also just want to say a big well done on your spellings, everyone has been practicing them lots at home. 


Next week we will be moving onto our new unit in English... but you'll have to solve the clues in next weeks lessons to find out what we are going to be learning about! 


Have a wonderful weekend Year 2! 

Week beginning 9th January

What a lovely week of learning we have had in Year 2 this week!


We have carried out a Science experiment to find out which fabric was the most stretchy, we have learned about what our school was like in the past and we have found out about the life and work of the artist Henri Rousseau. In Gymnastics we created shapes and balances with our bodies and in Music we learned to play a new note on our recorders, note 'g'. During our Computing lessons, we are learning about coding. Remember to practise logging on to Purple Mash at home so that you learn to do this really quickly and practise playing notes 'b', 'a' and 'g' on your recorder at home as well.

In our English lessons we have been reading 'A Dog Called Rod' by Tim Hopwood. Next week we will be planning and writing our own stories based on the book. 

We have now finished our Maths learning about Money and next week we will be moving on to learning about Multiplication and Division. If you want to do some preparation for this learning at home, you could practise counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10 and for an extra challenge you could count in 3s and 4s as well.

We are making really good progress in our Phonics, spelling and reading and our teachers are really proud of us!

Week Beginning 2nd January

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a great Christmas and enjoyed the break. 


This week in Maths we have continued our Money topic. We have been adding up amounts and choosing the correct coins to make the given total. Next week we will be exploring ways to make £1 and working out how much change to give.


In English we wrote recounts about our Christmas holiday and learnt about different types of sentences- statements, questions, commands and exclamations. Can you think of an example for each one? 


Next week we will begin our topic on the History of Ashtead and Barnett Wood. Do you know anyone who has lived in Ashtead for a long time that would like to share some information with the children?


Mrs Davies has now begun her maternity leave and thanks you all for your kind wishes. She will keep us posted with news! 


Have a great weekend!

Week beginning 12th December


Wow! We have come to the end of the first term in Year 2 and what a term it has been!

The children have made so much progress in their learning and we are so proud of all of their achievements.


We hope you all enjoyed the Christmas performance at St George's church this week. The children were a real credit to you. 


This week we have completed some end of term reading and phonics assessments, and in Maths we have continued to learn about 'Money', counting coins and notes and making amounts of money. This learning will continue after the Christmas break.


Below is a link to some Christmas holiday learning, which you might like to do if you have some time to fill. 


Have a great Christmas, everyone, and we look forward to seeing you back and ready to learn on Wednesday 4th January.


Week beginning 5th December

The Christmas spirit is going strong in Year 2! The children looked great in their festive jumpers today and the Christmas dinner was very popular- especially the Christmas cookies!


In English this week we completed our own stories in the style of 'Lost and Found' by Oliver Jeffers. The children really focused on making their stories exciting by using different adjectives and a variety of sentence openers. We loved hearing the children's ideas of what animal may just turn up at the front door one day!


We began our 'Money' Maths topic this week, with a focus on coins and working out how much money is in a group. This is a great skill to practise over the weekend- grab a handful of coins and ask your child to work out how much you have!


Year 2 have also been very busy in DT this week. They made both pizzas and salads! All were very much enjoyed.


Please continue to send the children's costumes into school in a named bag- thank you!


Enjoy your weekend and keep warm!

Foxes Christmas Jumpers

Pizzas and Christmas jumpers in Badgers

Week beginning 28th November 


The highlight of this week was, without a doubt, our Christmas Art/DT morning on Wednesday.


We created lots of lovely, colourful decorations which have made the school look beautifully Christmassy! A big thank you to all those parents who were able to spare a few hours of their time to come and help. We loved having you!


This week we have concluded our Maths topic on 'Shape'. The children have been able to revise the names of many 2D and 3D shapes and have learned about their properties, for example, a cube has six flat faces, eight vertices and twelve edges. Perhaps you could play 'Guess my Shape' at home with an adult to show off your knowledge!


In our English lessons we have been reading 'Lost and Found' - a lovely book about a boy and a penguin - by Oliver Jeffers. Next week, we will be writing our own versions of the story. Can you tell your adult about the original story? You could tell them what's going to happen in your story as well. What will stay the same and what will you change?


We are enjoying our PE sessions with coach Reece. This week we learned how to play rounders, which was great fun! In Dance, we are improvising a dance on the theme of 'The Secret Garden'. 


The children who are speaking or acting in the Christmas performance on Wednesday 14th December have now brought home their words to learn. Please practise until you are confident!

A note went home about costumes, as well. Any questions, please ask. 


We hope to see lots of you at the Christmas Fair on Sunday!


Have a lovely weekend. 

Week beginning 21st November

What a busy week we have had!


In English we completed our unit on The Twits. Year 2 all designed a new character for the story and put to good use their understanding of adjectives and descriptive language to write a character profile. Everyone enjoyed learning the story- even if The Twits are disgusting and revolting!


We have continued our Maths topic on 2D and 3D shapes, learning more about their features. This included investigating symmetry and sorting shapes based on their properties.


Next week we will be making pizzas and had great fun this week designing them. 

We are also looking forward to our Art and Design morning on Wednesday where we will be making lots of Christmas crafts. Thank you to all the adults who have signed up to help. 


Please can all the Year 2 children bring in 2 toilet roll tubes ready for a craft on Wednesday? Thank you! 


Week beginning 14th November

Despite the wet weather this past week, we have had a great week of learning in Year 2!


We have enjoyed our learning in Maths all about 2D and 3D shapes and have gained lots of new knowledge about sides and vertices as well as shape names. This learning will continue next week, but you might like to log on to Purple Mash and have a look at some of the games and resources on there to consolidate our learning:


Our focus in English has been on fiction and we have read some of Roald Dahl's The Twits. We have invented our own Twit character and will be planning and writing a story about our character next week. We have learnt about how adjectives can make our writing more interesting and have learned to use a thesaurus to help us to find new words that have the same meaning as words we already knew. 


We were excited to learn how to use kitchen utensils safely in DT this week. We were slicing, juicing, mashing, grating and peeling fruit and vegetables. It was lovely to hear one of the children say "I am going to go home and tell my parents that this was the best day of my life!"


In Computing we used our Geographical knowledge and atlases to create fact files about the UK. You could have another go at this at home, if you'd like to!


Have a lovely weekend, everyone!




Week beginning 7th November


This week in English we wrote our biographies of Elizabeth I. The children really impressed us with their fantastic writing skills and were able to use different features of non-fiction texts in their own writing. Next week we will be using The Twits by Roald Dahl as inspiration for our own fiction writing.


In Maths we concluded our current topic on addition and subtraction, using what we have learnt so far to solve word problems. The children have continued to practise using Base 10 to support their calculations. Next week we will begin our topic on 'Shape'.


Year 2 are continuing to enjoy using Purple Mash to develop their computing skills and are investigating the properties of everyday materials in Science.


Have a great weekend!

Week beginning 31st October 

Welcome back to the second half of the Autumn Term!


We have had a busy and exciting week in Year 2 as we began a two week English unit on biographies. The children have been learning all about the life of Queen Elizabeth I so that they can write a biography about her next week. 


In Maths we continued learning about addition and subtraction - we will spend one more week on this topic next week. At the weekend, you could practise adding two-digit numbers that do not cross the next 10, such as 23 + 31, and then move on to adding two-digit numbers that do cross the next 10, such as 37 + 25, like we have been practising at school this week. You might like to practise subtraction, too. Try subtracting two-digit numbers that do not cross 10, such as 48 - 23. You could draw 'Base 10' to help you. 


Our Geography unit on 'Magical Mapping' has started well, with the children creating some brilliant sketch maps of the school and the local area.


We are very excited about our DT unit which will involve planning and creating a healthy salad and pizza.


We look forward to seeing you at our parent - teacher consultations next week.


Enjoy the weekend.



Our Sketch Maps

October Half Term Holiday Challenge

Foxes Class Reader - Autumn 2

Week beginning 17th October

What a fantastic start to Year 2 Badgers and Foxes have had! This half term has flown by and been filled with great learning. The Harvest Festival was a great way to end the term and all the narrators and musicians did such a great job.


In English this week we have been reading school themed poems. The children have then had a turn at writing their own poems, using the original poems as inspiration. 


We have continued our learning on addition and subtraction, with the focus being adding and taking away 10. We will being continuing this topic after half term.


Have you seen the half term challenge? The children brought a copy home on Friday and it is also available to view on the website in the Year 2 session. Don't forget to look at Purple Mash too. The children have become very confident at logging in and have enjoyed exploring the different features this half term.


Thank you for all your support this half term and we hope you have a great break!



Autumn 1 Overview

Meet the Teacher 14.9.2022

Week beginning 10th October

This week, Foxes and Badgers have enjoyed writing their own versions of Oliver Jeffers' amusing story, 'Stuck'. Ask your child to tell you the story - they know it really well. They will enjoy telling you their own versions too, I'm sure!


In Maths we have been developing calculation strategies, with a particular focus on addition. You could polish up your mental calculation skills by playing 'Hit the Button' at home.


We have enjoyed painting in watercolours this week, as well as practising our songs, words and instruments for the Harvest performance at St George's church next Wednesday morning. We hope to see many of you there at 9.15am!


Tomorrow is our annual 'Bake and Taste' event and Open Morning from 10am - 12.30pm. Do drop in and have a cuppa, a chat with other parents and some treats.


One more week until half term!


Week beginning 3rd October

In English this week we have been reading the story 'Stuck' by Oliver Jeffers. Next week we are going to adapt the story by writing our own versions.


In Maths we began our unit on addition and subtraction. Our focus for the week has been using number fact families, number bonds to 10 and number bonds to 100. Next week we will be addiing and subtracting using a number line and looking at strategies for adding 3 numbers.


We have continued our Science topic by learning about healthy eating and eating the right amount of food from each food group. In Computing we logged into Purple Mash and designed our own healthy pizza- perhaps you could have a go at home? Just log in and search for 'Pizza'. 


In Art we created abstract portraits in the style of Picasso. Have a look at the photographs- they look great!


Foxes enjoyed giving tours during our Open Afternoon and Badgers are excited to have their turn in a few weeks. Have a great weekend!

Foxes Picasso Style Portraits

Week beginning 26th September

This week we have enjoyed writing biographies about the life of Florence Nightingale. We also learned about another well-known nurse called Edith Cavell, who helped soldiers from both sides during World War I. 


In Maths we practised comparing and ordering numbers, thinking about their value, and we practised counting in steps of 2, 5, 10 and even 3! You might like to have a look at this website at home:


During our Computing lessons this week, we used Purple Mash to create our own avatars and change the background of our own Purple Mash webpage. If you want to do this again at home, you can find your login at the front of your reading diary. 


Today we gave out the speaking parts for the Harvest performance which will take place at St George's church during the last week of this half term. Please practise your words at home so that you know them really well. If you are not speaking this time around, you will be a musician and you will get to speak during our Christmas performance instead. 


Please look out for the Little Wandle Home Learning packs in your child's book bag which show you all the sounds we have been revising so far this half term. You can practise these more at home if you would like to.


Next week we begin a new Maths unit all about addition and subtraction. You can practise your number bonds to 10 on this website:

We will also be reading the story 'Stuck' by Oliver Jeffers and preparing to write our own 'Stuck' inspired stories. 


Next Thursday is our first Open Day for prospective parents and we will be asking our Year 2 ambassadors to take our visitors on a tour of the school. How exciting!


Have a lovely weekend!

Foxes Maths - comparing objects and numbers

Week beginning 19th September

Wow, what another busy week we have had!

In English we have been reading non-fiction texts about Florence Nightingale, writing lists of key information about her life and using the drama technique 'freeze frames' to demonstrate parts of her life. Next week we will be using what we have learnt to write a report about her life.


In Maths we have continued our Place Value topic and we have looked at number tracks and number lines, filling in the missing numbers. We have also been estimating where  numbers belong on an empty number line. Next week we will be comparing numbers and groups of objects using the inequality symbols (< less than; > more than), revising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and beginning to count in 3s.


This week we have also learnt about Mary Seacole in History and painted portraits in the style of Picasso in Art.


Little Wandle reading books went home today. Please enjoy the books together over the weekend and ensure you return them on Monday. Thank you smiley

Week beginning 12th September

We have certainly been working extremely hard in Year 2 this week...


In English we enjoyed writing our own versions of 'Little Rabbit Foo Foo'. There were naughty horses, frogs, foxes, kitties and even unicorns! We produced some great stories.


Our Maths learning about Place Value is in full swing now and this week we practised 'flexible partitioning'. This means partitioning numbers in a variety of ways, such as 54 = 50 + 4, but we can also say that 50 = 40 + 14 or 50 = 30 + 24 or even 50 = 20 + 34. You might like to practise this at home over the weekend. 


We also had fun creating self-portraits this week and learning a country dance.


Next week we begin our Little Wandle Reading Practice sessions. We will also be learning more about the life of Florence Nightingale as we begin our new two week English Unit on 'Biographies'.  

In Maths we will be thinking about where numbers belong on a number line and developing our skills of estimation. 


The children have brought home a pack of Little Wandle Letters and Sounds which we have been revising over the past two weeks, as well as their brand new spelling books with a selection of words to learn how to spell. 


See you on Tuesday.


Badgers creating self-portraits

Foxes dancing the Circassian Circle

Week beginning 5th September

Welcome back to Year 2! We hope you had a wonderful Summer holidays and we are glad to say the children came back excited and ready to learn. The ambassadors are already enjoying completing their jobs around school and showing respect for their new responsibilities.

We have begun our English for the year with a fiction unit on the story 'Little Rabbit Foo Foo'. This week we have been getting to know the story and becoming familair with the language and vocabulary. Next week we will be writing our own version of the story.

In Maths our topic is place value. This week we have been recording how many tens and ones there are in numbers to 100. We will continue this next week and will be recapping our learning on the 'part whole' method.

Year 2 enjoyed their first Kiko session and all took part with enthusiasm. 

Have a great weekend!