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Monday 25th January - Home Learning

A reminder about SeeSaw. There is no obligation to share every piece of work you complete at home, instead I'd like you to think about particular pieces of work that you are proud of. Maybe a piece of writing where you formed your letters correctly, some maths which you persevered at when it was tricky or some topic that you really enjoyed. It would be great if everyone could share something at least once a week. I'd still love to see all of the wonderful photos, videos and drawings of extra things that you're getting up to. It was lovely to see ice walks, trips to recycling centres, rainbow unicorn girl and some lovely video messages! Please keep sending these! I hope that this makes SeeSaw an easier part of your learning for you and your grown ups too.

*Important Update*

Oak Academy are sharing a free book a week, including an interview with the author and activity pack. You can access this by clicking here.

Here is your home learning timetable for today

8:30 - 8:45 Teams 

8:45 - 9:45 English - It's all about description today! Have a look at the description challenge in the OneDrive and see if you can create your own descriptions for some of the animals in the Quangle Wangle poem.

9:45 - 10:45 Maths - Today we're going to be working on the 5 times table. The activity and answers are saved in the OneDrive and the video can be accessed here. Please also use this time to practise your 5 times table. Lots of you know this in order but what about if it was just random questions? 

You could also challenge yourself to 5 times tables on Hit the Button. What is the highest score you can get? Access the game by clicking here. If you're looking for a bigger challenge try the hit the question option. They give you the answer and you have to choose which multiplication number sentence goes with it!

If you want to practise with some screen free time, try some of the suggestions of this  website.

10:45 - 11:00 Break time

11:00 - 12:00 Geography- Today we're going to look at schools in Kampong Ayer. Work through the powerpoint and have a go at comparing the schools using the Venn diagram.

12:00 - 12:30 The Hampshire Schools Games Lockdown Challenge is back! 

We have received the resources for this in a slightly different format this week so these can now be downloaded from the OneDrive. Alternatively today's challenge can be seen below.

The afternoon is for you and your grown ups to spend as you choose. Please make some time to read together with your grown up. There are lots of online books that can be accessed through Oxford Owl. You might want to finish some work from this morning, carry out extra research based on our learning or access some extra learning through the COVID pages of the website. You can also practise Spelling Shed or use your YUMU or log ins to access extra content on these sites too.

Our new music unit can be found on YUMU. It is called 'I wanna play in a band'.

Friday 18th December 2020

Merry Christmas! As we reach the end of our first term in Year 2 we would like to say a huge well done to everyone in our wonderful class (including all of their super grown ups)! This term has been strange with lots of new routines to get used to but the children have taken everything in their stride and approached every day with a huge smile. Have a wonderful Christmas holiday, enjoy some family time and stay safe. 

Mrs Lawry and Mrs Ponting x

A Christmas Treat from Year 2



On Monday we enjoyed our Christmas party. Despite a few changes of plan due to the weather, we had a wonderful day of Christmas fun and excellent team work. We played games, solved puzzles and even had a team paper chain building competition. Well done to the winning team who made a paper chain that was 5 meters long! Here are some of our favourite memories from the day.

Friday 11th December 2020

Taste of our Learning

Today we completed our world faith and philosophy day all about angels. We discussed what we thought angels were before looking at how they are represented in different bible stories, carols and paintings. We looked at their role in the nativity story and why they are important. Throughout the day the children thought really carefully and reflectively about their own views of Angels as well as how Christians view angels. We really enjoyed role playing different bible stories featuring angels, especially when we all appeared as angels to the shepherds!

In Maths this week we have continued looking at money and have been totalling amounts in pounds and pence. We have been practising our recognition of the coins and notes and recording amounts using the correct notation.

We have been using the video of The Snowman to support our English this week. We have made inferences and predictions and thought in depth about the character of the snowman. As the video didn't contain any words we had to be detectives to find out other information by looking closely at the actions and feelings of the characters.

Friday 4th December 2020

Taste of our Learning

 We have had such a busy first week of December! We were thrilled to find a Christmas tree and advent calendar in our classroom. Each day our advent calendar helps to tell the story of the nativity and gives us a little book to hang on our Christmas tree. We also created our class postbox. We worked as a team, creating pictures to decorate it. The year 2 Christmas card box is now open and ready for cards!

English this week has seen us finish our work on the book 'The Day the Crayons Quit'. We have practised using exclamations in our writing and then ended the week by using all of the skills we had learnt this unit. We imagined that our book box wanted to quit and write letters explaining why it had done this. There were some really creative ideas!

In maths this week we have moved into the world of money! We have been reminding ourselves of the value of each of the coins and have started thinking about equivalent amounts we could make.

Friday 27th November 2020.

Taste of our Learning

In English this week we have continued to enjoy the book 'The Day the Crayons Quit'. We were shocked to find on Tuesday morning that our own crayons had gone on strike! We had to write apology letters to encourage them to start working again. We promised not to chew the end of them and not to sharpen them too much. Luckily they came back the next day. Phew!

In Science this week we learnt about how animals move in different ways and how this helps them to survive. Using this we created our own role plays for others to guess. We had to show really carefully how they move.

We continued our history of Petersfield topic by looking at how the square has changed over time. We had to be time detectives and look for clues about the age of the pictures. We had some brilliant discussions about how the square had changed and why this might be.

Friday 20th November 2020

Taste of our Learning

The highlight of our week was our visit from Petersfield Museum. We enjoyed learning about life in Petersfield in the past and how it has changed over the years. Earlier in the week we used digimaps to look at maps of Petersfield in 1900 and compared them to today. We were surprised to see how much Petersfield had grown and how many features were still there today.

In maths this week, we have been learning how to add two digit numbers together. We've shown great resilience as this hasn't always been an easy task. We had to think carefully about the different parts of the number and even partitioning the ones to cross 10. Mrs Lawry was really proud of us.

English this week has seen us enjoying the book 'The Day the Crayons Quit'. We've enjoyed thinking about how the different crayons are feeling and what the reasons for this might be.

Friday 13th November 2020

Taste of our Learning

Another busy week in Year 2 has gone past in a flash! Friday was Children in Need day and the children looked amazing in their outfits! We enjoyed reading a story all about Pudsey and Blush for guided reading this week and reading about their fundraising exploits. In the afternoon we made our own Pudsey superhero capes! It was great fun!

We have also been thinking about remembrance this week and using the story 'Where the Poppies now Grow' to lead our discussions. We have been exploring the story and using this to write our own descriptions of a World War 1 battlefield.

In Science we have investigated the impact of exercise on our body. We learnt that the more strenuous the exercise we do, the faster our heart beats. We discovered this by measuring our pulse when resting and after walking, jogging and running.

Friday 5th November 2020

Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely half term. At the bottom of the page you will find the updated Curriculum Newsletter for this half term, giving you a taster of what lies ahead for us this half term. We also have Miss Webb, a student teacher from the University of Winchester, joining us this half term.

Our new music unit this half term is Ho, Ho, Ho. This has been set as a YUMU assignment if you find yourself isolating at home. Please do not complete it unless this is the case.

Home Learning

Spelling Shed - Please log on and complete this week's assignment.

Purple Mash - Read chapter 3 of 'The Pirates of Puddleton Bay' and complete the follow up activities. You might want to refresh your memory of the first two chapters too.

Online learning - Please visit 'Hit the Button' and play the number bonds to 100 level.

Please continue reading daily and returning reading diaries and finished books on a Friday.


Taste of our Learning

We have loved getting involved with 'Take One Picture' week this week and have used it to lead our learning across the curriculum. We have been mixing colours, making origami boats and writing as the person in the picture to list just a few of the exciting things we have done. Take a look at our page in today's Nutshell to find out more!

In maths this week, we have started to use our understanding of place value to support addition and subtraction. We have been counting in tens from any two digit number, noticing that only the tens digit changes. We have also used our number bonds to 10 to help us practise number bonds to 100. Remember to keep practising these for your home learning.

We enjoyed a very cold and foggy PE lesson on Thursday morning. We are currently practising our basketball skills in preparation for entering the Virtual School Games Challenge in a few weeks time. This week we were looking at the bounce pass, improving our accuracy and technique.

Friday 23rd October 2020

Taste of our Learning

After learning about the different articles that form the UN Conventions on the Rights of the Child, we have completed our class charter. We chose which rights we believed to be most significant to our class this year and compiled these onto our display. We hope you like it!

In English this week we finished our work on the Zahra video. We worked in pairs to write effective openings for the story and then to plan our own versions. We shared ideas for how to change the story by swapping the character, setting or problem.

In Gymnastics we have been making the different gymnastic shapes and practised travelling on different pieces of apparatus. We had to think carefully about how we were travelling and which shapes we were making.

This week we have been talking about mindfulness and thinking time. We enjoyed some mindfulness time on Friday and reflected on our first half term in Year 2. We have bought our colouring sheets home incase the children want to take some mindfulness time over the half term break.



Friday 16th October 2020

Taste of our Learning

It was an exciting time in Year 2 this week when the time finally came to make our sandwiches! The children loved building their creations and then packing them safely inside their boxes. We practised spreading, cutting and assembling. It was a super afternoon!

 In Science this week we have been learning about how humans grow and change as they get older. We were curious to know at what point in life we grew quickest so created a giant graph on the playground. We were really surprised to find that once we were fully grown we also started to shrink!




This week we were thinking about the difference between teasing and bullying. We tried to think of different incidents and sorted them into bullying or teasing. Some things were tricky to decide but we decided that if things happened more than once and on purpose then they were bullying.


Friday 9th October 2020

Taste of our Learning

We have had another busy week in Year 2! We started our new English unit inspired by the video Zahra. We have enjoyed asking questions about the video and retelling it using story mountains. We've also been improving our expanded noun phrases by creating posters for the film.

Our work on place value has continued this week and we really enjoyed using this knowledge to help solve problems. We showed great teamwork and resilience when doing this, as well as showing how much we have learnt about two digit numbers.


This week we have enjoyed 'The Paper Dolls' in guided reading. We finished off our work on this lovely book by making our own paper dolls!


Our geography unit has been taking us around the world this week, exploring where bananas come from and how they reach our supermarkets. We used world maps to find the country of Costa Rica and thought about why bananas are grown there. We also learnt about what happens on a banana farm - it was really interesting!


Friday 2nd October 2020

Taste of our Learning

This week the children have continued to enjoy 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch'. We have enjoyed reading different books in the series and identifying what they all have in common. Using this we have planned and begun to write our own Lighthouse Keeper stories. The children had some wonderful ideas for problems for the Lighthouse Keeper. These included:

A lost lunch
Hamish gets sick
The light stops working
Getting stuck in the little, white cottage

In Maths we have continued our work on place value and begun to think more about the tens and ones in two digit numbers. We have learnt all about part whole models and place value charts and have started to use this knowledge to solve some interesting problems.  We have spent a lot of time talking about challenging ourselves to move onto trickier challenges if we are finding something easy. Year 2 have been amazing at this!



In PE this week we have learnt to play some new playground games. These have included a sequence challenge, the captain game and 'What's the Time Mr Wolf?'. See if the children can teach you these games at home!


Friday 25th September 2020

Taste of our Learning

It's been another busy week! In English this week we have been enjoying the story of 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch'. We have been predicting what might happen next in the story and using these predictions to write the next part of the story. We also had great fun creating ways to stop the seagulls from eating the lunch. There were some very creative ideas! Here are some pictures of some of our predictions.

It has been great to get involved in some more maths this week. We have been looking at two digit numbers and representing these on ten frames. We have learnt how this can help us to count the numbers more easily and how we can identify their tens and ones. In the copse we made two digit numbers by using sticks to represent tens and leaves to represent ones. We have also been learning about the more and less than symbols and practised using these.

We've also enjoyed starting out new geography unit about where our food comes from. This meant we took a virtual visit to a dairy farm to learn all about where milk comes from.

Friday 18th September 2020

Taste of our Learning

We've enjoyed more time getting to know each other this week. We have thought really carefully about what good friends are like and how we can be good friends to each other. The children wrote some beautiful friendship recipes and thought carefully about why a good friend needed these ingredients.

In English this week we have enjoyed the book 'The Koala Who Could'. It has led us to some fantastic descriptive writing and has helped us to discuss self belief. We have also used the book for a little Science work and designed new habitats for Kevin the koala.

We have also completed our Successful Learner display. We hope you enjoy seeing all of the key words we thought of!

Friday 11th September 2020 - Welcome to Year 2!

The children have had a fantastic first week back and have settled really quickly into the new normal. Thank you for helping them to be so prepared with all of the various equipment! We have spent the week catching up and getting to know each other and all of our new routines. The children have enjoyed demonstrating what these new class rules look like and have created a photo guide for you.

We have used the book 'The Rainbow Fish' to guide our learning this week and have used this to think about what a successful learner is like. They had some wonderful and thoughtful ideas which we combined into a class fish to put on display. This will help us to remember the words throughout the year.

Reading Updates

Today the children have bought home a copy of this term's reading challenge. You will find this stuck in the back of their reading records. There are lots of fun activities that we are sure the children will enjoy.
Our routine is that the children will now change their reading books on a Friday. During the week their reading wallet will stay at home and we will have a separate book for them to read at school. Please help your child to remember to bring their books and reading record in on a Friday.

Pencil Cases

Thank you so much for the well stocked pencil cases you have provided for the children. As a reminder the core items they need are:

HB Pencil
Pencil sharpener (with a collector)
Red, black and green biro pen
Glue stick
A small selection of coloured pencils

Here are some photos of what our classroom looks like

Here are some useful websites that you might enjoy!


Interactive resources


Purple Mash

Spelling shed

BBC Bitesize

Oxford Owl


Our Awards

  • Arts Mark Gold
  • Music Mark
  • RRSA Silver
  • Gold Sports Mark