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Snapshot of the Week

Week beg 10.1.22

                                                smileyHappy New year! smiley

This week was our first full week after Christmas and we have got stuck into our learning straightaway. 

Maths We have been using the watches Santa gave us to help to tell the time. We have learnt the o'clock and half past times. Some of us are finding it quite tricky so if you can practice some time telling at home, it would be great!

English We have started looking at a book called Augustus and his Smile. We have read it and ordered it. You can see it here!

Science Our topic is about Animals including humans. We looked at the different animal groups and their characteristics.

Art We have started our drawing topic and looked at a picture by Nancy McCroskey. It is called Suite in Black, White and Grey. We looked at the different lines, tones and pictures we could see and then used drawing pencils to recreate one of the squares. You can see the picture here:

nancy mccroskey suite in black white and grey - Bing images

Spelling We have been learning how to add suffixes-ing and ed to words that end in e, in other words, drop the e before you add ing and ed

History We learnt about chronology and timelines. We learnt the terms 'within living memory' (100years) and 'beyond living memory' Our topic, the Fire of London was in 1666.

Well that's a wee taster of our first week back. Please keep checking on here to see what your child has been learning and how you can support at home. This term's newsletter and spellings for this half term are coming shortly so keep an eye out for them!

Pleeeeeeease keep reading at home. We constantly check books and levels and assess the children so please make sure their books are in school every day, not just on book changing days. (Tuesday and Friday)

Over and out until next week. laugh








Snapshot of the Term Autumn 2021

This week is a little different as I thought I would give you a little snapshot of the whole term. It's rather difficult to do but I have given you three things we have learnt in most subjects. We have covered a lot of work and the class have been great. They are a hardworking and enthusiastic bunch and make me smile every day! Talking of smiling....we managed to record our Guide to Christmas so please have look on the class events page. The singing is might be able to join in!

Thank you soooooo much for all your gifts and cards for me, Mrs Lee and Mrs Parker. We really do appreciate them. It's been a very long term so I think the children have earnt a good old rest but pleeeeease keep reading over the holiday. Maybe Santa will bring them some books?! Talking of Santa....we heard him on the roof this week! He left a lovely gold box full of watches as we are learning to tell the time in January.

Have a merry Christmas. Please keep healthy and away from the germs. See you in 2022....over and out until next year! heart


Learning this term Autumn 2021

Snapshot of the Week 13

Week beginning 6.12.21

This week we learnt about...

Spelling adding the suffix ing to verbs where there is a consonant before the y eg copy/hurry/marry

Geography We learnt about physical and human features of the UK

D and T We have been cracking on with making our vehicles. We painted the boxes...sawed the axles and started to put them all together. They are looking good!

Maths We have been using cherry models to find an unknown number

Reading We are reading a book called The Polar Bear Son in guided reading.

ICT We are learning about internet safety and looked at a story about Smartie the penguin

Music We had a lesson in playing the glockenspiels! 

We have also been practicing our Guide to Christmas. I hope to record it on Wednesday and put it on our class webpage for you to see. There are some lovely songs in it! Please avoid being ill on that day!

Over and out until next week! frown


Snapshot of the week 12

Wk beg 29.11.21

This week saw the start of December. We have a class advent calendar so we have started to use it and pick out the treat in each pocket. If your child comes home with a chocolate coin, carrot or brussel sprout you will know why!

 As I was struck down by the bug that seems to be doing the rounds at the moment, it's a short blog this week.

ICT We were learning about internet safety and about not giving out personal information such as age, address and where we go to school. Ask your child about Superhero Sid and what he told the children in the video clip I showed them.

Geography We are learning about maps and locating the UK. 

D and T We have started to plan out the vehicles we are going to make and use all the lovely boxes you sent in!

We are practising a little Christmas guide for you to see which we hope to record and put on the class web this space!

Over and out until next week! cheeky


Snapshot of the Week 11

Wk beg: 22.11.21

This week we have been working hard again. I can't quite believe that next week will be the 1st December! So in.....

  • Geography we were locating the UK using different sources such as maps....globes....atlases and Google Earth
  • ICT we inserted more pictures into a spreadsheet and used the counting tool to count animals
  • Spelling We have been looking at changing a verb (doing word) into a past tense of it ends in a y with a consonant before it eg marry......married     hurry.....hurried You have to change the y to an i then add es. This is called a suffix.
  • Maths we learnt about cm and m
  • English We have been learning how to write questions and use the question mark
  • D and T we used construction kits to make wheeled vehicles....we had a lot of fun. We should know what an axle....chassis....body and wheel are.

Home learning

Please continue to read. We are now allowed volunteers in to hear readers. Please make sure your child has their books in school so the lovely volunteers can hear them read. It's all good extra practise for them.

Don't forget to practise times tables. For us it is the 2s....5s and 10s.

If you would like to do some measuring in cm or m that would be great too!

Check out the spelling sheet as well, especially the common exception words.

Over and out until next week!wink



Snapshot of the week 10

Week beg 15.11.21

This week we have been busy bees again!

Spelling We looked at plurals and how to change words that end in y (preceded by a consonant) into a plural. You have to change the y to an i, then add es. eg babies....families....flies...fairies 

Maths We were talking about equivalence and using the <>= signs.

ICT We learnt how to insert a picture into a spreadsheet

Science We talked about forces and used plasticine to show different forces

Geography We used maps to locate The Irish Sea...English Channel and The North Sea

Literacy We wrote a letter using sentences that contain but...or...and. These are conjunctions and are essential in Year 2.

Ellie has been chosen to be on the School Council so congrats to her!

Home Learning Idea

Keep reading...keep spelling and in Maths with Mrs Dowling they are learning the 5x table. This would be really good to practise at home!

Over and out until next week! cheeky

Snapshot of the Week 9

Week beg 8.11.21

This week seemed to go by in a flash! Even the some of the children said how quickly the day goes. We really do pack a lot in each day. A typical day goes a bit like this....

Register....Brain warm up....Guided Reading....Maths....Phonics...break....literacy....lunch....then 2 foundation subjects in the afternoon such as PE/ICT or PE/History. If your child is a little pooped by Friday, you can see why! They are a hardworking bunch and do us all proud! So onto this week....

Spelling We looked at words ending in an I

Maths We used the dienes to add 2 digit numbers together eg 34+21. We also started to look at a strategy called Thing 10. It is always easier to add a single digit to 10 so if you had a calculation such as 9+6 it is better to change it to 10+5. It also works with numbers like 7 or 8 eg 8+5 changes to 10+3. It's a really good strategy to know.

Science We learnt about absorbency and tested out lots of different materials.

ICT We learnt how to use the totalling tool in a spreadsheet

Geography We learnt the 4 countries and capital cities of the UK

There is always more of course but this does give you a wee flavour of life in Year 2

Home learning ideas...

Please keep reading as much as possible and check out both lots of spellings under the spelling star. You can pop these words into sentences using but...or....and (BOA) sentences.

You could practice adding 2 digit numbers together eg 45+31 and use the Think 10 strategy. You could also look at a map of the UK and find the 4 different countries.

Over and out until next week! frown


Snapshot of the Week 8

Week beg 1.11.21

Welcome back! I hope you had a good and germ free half term! I can't believe we are into November. Please make sure your child has a coat each day. If they wear wellies to school they need to change into plimsolls so please make sure they are in school. I can always have a hunt for them in the cloakroom if you think they might be there!  So onto this week....

Maths We were doing fractions this week and finding halves of numbers and shapes.

English We have planned a story and started to write it. In Year 2 we use BOA sentences....let me explain! These are sentences with but/or/and in them (b...o...a) These are called conjunctions. They make sentences longer and more varied. You will hear a lot about these!

PE We practised dribbling with basketballs this week.

Spelling It was all about homophones. These are words that sound the same but are spelt differently and have a different meaning eg hear/here.....raw/ Lots of the class have been finding some at home and bringing them in which has been lovely!

Guided Reading We are reading a book called The Squirrels Who Squabbled. Ask your child to explain what we have read so far.

ICT This week we were learning how to do spreadsheets.

Home learning idea

It is essential your child know double and halves of numbers up to 20 so you could practice these. Don't forget to look at the new spellings on the webpage under the spelling star. You could get your child to write sentences with but/or/and in and bring them in. They are great at doing extra stuff at home and showing me. As a teacher, this gladdens my little heart!

Pleeeeeease keep reading and recording it in the record.

Over and out until next week! blush

Snapshot of the week 7

Week beg: 18.10.21

I can't quite believe it is half term already! We have managed to pack a lot of learning into the last few weeks. It was lovely to see so many of you for the Zoom consultations. Lots of you commented on the History we have done about Elizabeth 1 and how much your children have enjoyed it. So let's start with that....

History This week we finished off our work on The Spanish Armada and learnt about a certain gentleman called Sir Walter Raleigh. You might like to do the Mastermind Quiz about our topic at the bottom of this week's learning!

English We looked at Frog and the Stranger and wrote about the front cover, the characters of rat and Frog and 'fixed' alien sentences where there was something missing.

Spelling We have been learning how to spell words ending in....le/el/il and al

Maths We have been comparing numbers using the more than and less than signs eg <>

ICT We finished our coding work using Purple Mash. We had to turn the frog into a prince!

RE We have been looking at the way Christians and Muslims pray.

Another busy old week in year 2 and remember this is just a wee taster of what we learn!

Have a lovely half term. Have a rest but keep reading!

See you on the other side.wink

Mastermind Quiz

Snapshot of the week 6

Week beg 11.10.21

Maths At the start of every maths lesson we have a 10 minute fluency session. I call this my '5 a day' where we recap a lot of our learning so we don't forget things. It is also a way of improving our mental maths skills and getting away from using our fingers to solve things. Here are some typical examples...

  • 9 and 5 (change this to 10 and 4)
  • 34= ______tens ______ones
  • 7 groups of 10
  • 6+7 (double 6 and add 1)
  • a shape and their properties
  • counting money eg 10ps and 1ps

English We started our new book this week....Frog and the Stranger and thought of good describing words to describe Rat and Frog

Guided Reading We do this 4x a week. We read together...predict...summarise...sequence....learn new words....and retrieve information. We have just finished this book and learnt the words......skulked....strolled....emerged....gawking....sett...pondered

ICT We made bubbles move and added a sound

Spelling le/el words

History We started learning about The Spanish Armada

Phew! Another busy week in Year 2! Please keep checking in on our class page to see what we have been learning.

Home learning idea

Look at the red words above to see what your child has been learning...ask them what they mean!

Don't forget to read

Ask your child some maths questions like the 5 a day questions.

Over and out until next week!wink​​​​​​​


Snapshot of the week 5

Week beg 4.10.21

Last Friday we reached our first target of earning 20 marbles so we had our first reward. We get marbles for working together...being polite....working hard and tidying up at the end of the day. They voted for a drink and a biscuit while we watched Stickman. Mrs Lee put some pics of marble time under the class events page so have a look.

This week we....

History Learnt about two portraits..The Armada Portrait and The Ditchley Portrait. Both pictures were painted to show Queen Elizabeth as a powerful, rich lady. We learnt about the symbolism in them. Ask your child about them! I have put the sheet we did at the bottom!

Maths We were learning to subtract a one digit number from a 2 digit number where is crosses the tens eg 31-8. We used dienes to help us.

English We wrote our own adventure stories in the style of Lift, the book we gave been looking at.

Science We learnt about the inventor of velcro and how he discovered this great bit of material!

Art We started to make our collage pictures of sunflowers based on the techniques we have learnt over the last few weeks. They are looking fab so when they are finished I will put some pictures on here for you to see!

Music We are learning about the 'pulse' of a song. We listened to some pieces of music to appraise.

Home Learning idea

Keep reading as much as possible

Look at the spellings from last week.....le words and learn how to spell them.

Count in 10s from ANY 2 digit number eg 21 31 41 51.......101 and back.

Over and out until next week! yes

Portraits of Elizabeth 1

Snapshot of the Week 4

Week beg 27.9.21

I can't quite believe we are in October already! The weather is certainly getting colder so please make sure your child has a jumper and a coat. This week we have.....

Maths We were learning to add a 2 digit number to a 1 digit number using a cherry model. If you are thinking what's that? Ask your child!

Spellings wr words

History We looked at some more portraits of Elizabeth 1 and the symbolism in the pictures. The class are really enjoying this topic so there is a quiz at the bottom to ask them questions. The answers are for your eyes only!

Science We investigated materials to see which was the most waterproof material.

English We have done some lovely writing this week based on the book Lift. The whole school are looking at the same book. We wrote a list poem called Behind the red door..... and a description of a snowy mountain scene. We talked about adjectives that we could use eg colossal....perishing...bitter....frozen 

That's a wee taster of our week. Have a go at the quiz below.

Over and out until next week!blush

Mastermind History Quiz!

Get out the black chair and ask your child these questions!

Who was Elizabeth 1 father? Henry V111

Who was her mother? Anne Boleyn

Where did Elizabeth find out she was going to be queen? Hatfield House

How long was she queen for? 45 years

Who did she marry? Trick question...she didn't get married! She thought it would make her less powerful. She said she was' married to the country.'

What is another word for a king or queen? monarch

Name 3 things you would see in The Rainbow Portrait? eg rainbow...snake...pearls...eyes and ears...angel's wings...headdress...globe

And finally.....what did she do when she was cross? She would throw her shoes at people or spit at them!!! Don't try this at home!

Snapshot of the Week 3

Week beg 20.9.21

This week in Year 2 we have been working hard!

English We are still looking at the book called 'Lift' where Iris presses a magic lift button and goes into space! We had to write an 'email' to NASA persuading them to hire us as astronauts! We also had to work in pairs to interview Iris for a news report. We watched a newsround clip about Tim Peake going into space to help us. I think we have some budding BBC news reporters in our midst!

Maths We have been counting in tens from ANY 2 digit number eg 21  31  41  51 etc

Spelling We looked at kn/gn words

ICT We used Purple Mash to write an algorithm to make a plane tale off!

PE We have been doing gymnastic sequences. Have a look under special events to see some photos

Home learning idea

Give your child a starting number to count on in tens eg 34  44  54 etc. Don't forget to count back as well.

Look at the spellings for this week kn/gn. Use them in sentences and check your capital letters and full stops carefully.

You could even write a little story using them or find some more kn/gn words!

Over and out until next week!wink


Snapshot of the Week 2

Week beginning 13.9.21

This week has been a busy old week in Year 2! Ask your child about the snapshots below.

English The girl in the story of 'Lift'  (Iris) goes into a lift and ends up in a jungle! We wrote as if we were Iris entering the jungle. We are starting to edit and self correct our own work.

Spelling We looked at soft c words. These are words where the c sounds like an s.

ICT We have started to learn about algorithms.

History We looked at a famous portrait called The Rainbow Portrait. This usually 'lives' at Hatfield House but is so famous it often goes on tour! Ask your child what she has on her dress and why.

RE We are looking at signs and symbols in Christianity.

Just a little flavour of life in year 2!

Home learning idea

Read with and to your child. Don't forget to ask them questions while you are reading.

Why not look up The Rainbow Portrait and draw it to bring in and show the class. First one through the door gets a top banana!

Over and out until next week! yes

Snapshot of the Week 1 

Week beginning 6.9.21

Welcome to 'Snapshot of the Week' This page tells you a bit about our learning each week for a few subjects and what we have been up to. It just keeps you in touch with what we do as many things have changed since YOU were at school! If I think of anything that will help you help your child I will put that on here as well. The red line at the end tells you a home learning idea, if you want to do it. Reading at home each day though really takes priority.

Maths We have been learning how to 'make' numbers using some equipment called dienes. These are little plastic green and yellow blocks which are useful for helping us solve calculations. They are a very visual tool so handy to use. We 'made' numbers, then found 1 more...1 less...10 more and 10 less or fewer.

English We have been looking at a book called 'Lift' It's about a girl called Iris who likes pressing the (magic) button for the lift. The whole school is looking at the same book.

Science We are learning about materials and their properties. We talked about their purpose and suitability, BIG words for year 2!


Please read everyday. You could also look at the first lot of spellings on here and practice them. You could even find some more and bring them in!


Over and out until next week! laugh