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Year 2

Class Teacher: Mr Parnell


Week Beginning 19th June 2017

This week we have stated working on geometry in maths finding the properties of 2-d and 3-d shapes. As the sun was shining we thought we would take the opportunity to go outside and make some 2-d shapes using string. We kept track of how many corners and sides each shape had.



Week Beginning 12th June 2017

This week in DT we have been ‘up-cycling; unwanted materials, in keeping with our geography work on extreme weather we decided to make weather protectors.

In maths we have been finding fractions of amount. We worked out how many groups we would need and then placed an equal number of cubes onto each plate. It’s easy when you get the hang of it. 


Week Beginning 5th June 2017

This week was science week and we have been investigating thrust by launching balloon rockets.

First we had to build the track using a straw, string and masking tape.

Next we attached the balloon to the straw, before letting out all the air. When the air escaped it created thrust and pushed the balloon along the track.

We found that the more air we had in the balloon the further it went.


Week Beginning 22nd May 2017

In our final week before half term we have been using different painting techniques during art. We found that you don’t have to use a brush in order to paint.

First we painted a design onto cardboard, before pressing the design onto a piece of paper.


Also this week we have to say farewell to our clever, funny, happy and kind friend William. We wish you the best of luck as you move onto your new school.

What an amazing bunch we are!


Week Beginning 15th May 2017

This week in P.E we have been continuing to work on our technique in athletic events, this time we tried our hand at Javelin.

Also this week, in geography, we have been exploring features on urban and rural areas.



Week Beginning 8th May 2017

We have started reading and exploring Anthony Browne books this week in English. He is famous for the illustrations within his novels.

In art we have been using  watercolours to create different backgrounds.


Week Beginning 1st May 2017

In Science we have started our new topic of living things and their habitats. We were investigating which animals live in different habitats.

Also this week we have been learning about important people in different religions. We had a great time presenting our findings.



Week Beginning 24th April 2017

This week we all got settled back into our routines and welcomed to the class, Miss Nelhams,  who will be teaching alongside Mr Parnell until early July.

In English we have been writing compound sentences using connectives such as; so, if, but, or, because and many more.

In Maths we have been learning about inverse relationships, for example 23 + 9 = 32 is the same as 9 +  23. We can also do 32 – 9 = 23 and 32 – 23 = 9.

However the highlight of the week, in Mr Parnell’s opinion, was taking part in the hurdles during P.E.  What fun we are going to have this term in Athletics!


Week Beginning 20th March 2017

On Friday we danced and laughed with our cuddly toys, to help raise money for Comic Relief. Thank you to all those who sponsored us.


We even found time to make a little something for our wonderful mums.

This week in science we continued are work on forces, investigating how increasing the height of a ramp will affect the distance a toy car travels. We learnt that the car is pulled down the ramp because of  a force called gravity.


We concluded that adding more blocks, thereby increasing the height of the ramp, increased the distance that the car travelled.


Week Beginning 13th March

What a busy week we have had!

On Monday we continued with our work on abstract  art, creating knights, linked to our topic work on castles..

First we filled the outline of the knight with 2-d shapes, before colouring them in a random order.


On Tuesday, during Science, we looked at how the forces of squeeze, stretch and twist can change shapes.

We even investigated how squeezing can help you slide down a pole slowly.


Week Beginning 6th March

All our parents came to visit Mr Parnell for parents evening this week. It was a pleasure for him to speak to everyone and discuss how well we are doing.

This week in Maths we have been finding the missing digits in numbers sentences.

For example 45 – ? = 23      and      24 + ? = 57

In English we have been writing diary entries, we had to remember to write in 1st person, past tense and include time words.



Week Beginning 27th February

On Thursday we celebrated World Book Day. We had a brilliant time dressing up as our favourite book characters.

Also this week, during our topic lessons on castles, year 2 have been learning about the Battle of Hastings.


First Harold and the Saxons were at the top of the hill.  William and the Normans could not get past.

Next the Normans ran back down the hill. The Saxons thought they were retreating.

The Saxons started to chase them.

When they got to the bottom of the hill William’s army turned around and defeated Harold and the Saxons.

William the conqueror became king.


Week Beginning Monday 20th February

This week in maths we have been partitioning numbers. We started with partitioning numbers into tens and ones.


8 = 80

7 = 7

But soon we could partition numbers in lots of different ways.  

How many ways can you partition 56?  20 + 30 + 6    or   10 + 40 + 6   or  20 + 20 + 10 + 3 + 3.

The possibilities are endless!


Week Beginning Monday 6th February

In our final week before half term, we have been learning about Caroll diagrams in maths. We had to read all of the headings around the diagram, before deciding which of the 4 boxes we needed to input each number or person into.

This was also ‘Take One Book Week’. We have been reading and exploring ‘Changes’ by Anthony Brown. In all of our subjects we have completed activities linked to his book. We have; investigated Reversible and Irreversible changes, in Science, changed pictures of appliances into animals in Art, changed text into different colours and styles in Computing and changed number sentences to get the same answer in maths. 

This is our display work which will soon be on display in the school hall.

Week Beginning 30th January

This week we had a great time diving numbers into groups. We realised we can use a number of objects to help us, from counters to dinosaurs!

We counted how many counters we needed and then divided that number into how many groups we needed. How easy it is once you know how!



Week Beginning 23rd January

This week in P.E we continued with our work on rolls, sometimes it felt like we were going round in circles!



Week Beginning: 16th January

This week we started our scheme of work on traditional tales. Throughout the week we have worked on being extremely descriptive, using lots of adjectives and list sentences, just like Roald Dahl does in his books. It was a warm, wonderful, wicked, wobbly waterfall.

But first we decided to perform our own ideas for an alternative Cinderella story. We changed where she went and what she left behind.  This turned out to be a lot of fun!

In maths we have been adding and subtracting. Always remembering to first partition the tens and ones column.

Week Beginning: 9th January 2017


It was brilliant being back at school this week, where we got to see all our friends again.

In maths we were working on properties of numbers. We were given different clues and had to work out what the number was.


Weeks Beginning: Monday 5th and 12th December (Christmas Performance Rehearsals and Show)


What an amazing performance we put on! Thank you to everyone who came to watch.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!



You’re never to young to make yourself look handsome in front of the mirror!


Thank you to all of our parents for providing us with costumes for our play ‘Whoops – A – Daisy – Angel’.


Week Beginning: 28th November

This week we tried out the new playground equipment, during our afternoon breaks.  Exercising has never been so much fun!


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Week Beginning: 21st November

This week we finished our work on recounts, using our clay modelling experience, which took place on Monday, as inspiration. We’re all looking forward to showing off our recounts, to our parents, at the Open Door afternoon on Monday 5th December.

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In P.E, on Thursday afternoon, we had a brilliant time, using a range of apparatus to incorporate with the balances, jumps and rolls; which we have been working on this term.  The high jump onto a crash mat was definitely our favourite!

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14th November

We had a great time on Tuesday, during dance, incorporating different movements into a routine.

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This was also the inspiration for our recount writing in English, where we have been using time connectives, such as firstly, next and lastly, whilst even using exclamation sentences. What amazing writers we are!

In maths we have been reading analogue and digital clocks to the nearest 15 minutes. 


Week Beginning 7th November 

This week we took the time to remember soldiers who have lost their lives fighting in wars.

Year 2 created a poppy field, which after World War 1, covered the land which had been fought on for so long. 



Also a big well done to all of us who achieved your target in Literacy this week – keep joining that handwriting!

Mr Parnell was particularly impressed with our work on comparatives and superlatives…. big, bigger, BIGGEST.


Week Beginning 31st October

It was lovely to be back in school and see everyone again – especially when we got to start our new topic in Art on Monday afternoon. This term we are working on portraits. What do you think of our first attempt?


Week Beginning 17th October 2016

This week in maths we have been measuring.  On Wednesday we went out onto the playground to measure in metres.  We all threw a bean bag and then measured how far it had travelled using a metre stick.

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 Week Beginning 3rd October 2016

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During out work on poetry this week we took the time to perform some of the poems. We were keeping an eye out for words that rhyme. For example Jill and Hill.


In maths we have been using arrays to help us multiply.  It’s much more fun than making toys out of the blocks…….. 

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Week Beginning 26th September 2016

In Art we have been sculpting using natural objects. We were also able to spend an afternoon sketching outside.

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In maths we used manipulatives to help us with our adding. This worked really well or us and was easier than counting up.

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Week beginning 19th September 2016

This week, in maths, we have been representing amounts of money with coins.

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