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Year 2 Blog 2023 - 2024


This week in Year 2 the children have taken part in an NSPCC workshop. They have been learning about keeping themselves safe and as part of their workshop they met Buddy who is a green speech bubble. He taught the children that if they ever feel uncomfortable or unsafe they can talk to a trusted adult. The children identified who they could talk to in school and at home. They also identified a place that they feel safe in. 

They finished the workshop with a booklet that had a puppet of Buddy to make and the child line phone number.


PSHE - Safety Week

This week, it has been Safety Week in school. We started the week by discussing how to stay safe online. We listened to a story about Mo and Jaz who were watching a video and then a new scary video appeared. We know that we need to tell an adult if we see something that worries us online. We thought about who our trusted adults are; these are adults we can share our worries with that we trust will help us. We thought of 5 adults who are our trusted adults and wrote these on a hand; we chose some adults in school and some adults out of school.




In History, we have been learning all about the Great Fire of London. We started off the topic by coming up with our own theories on how the fire started. We came up with some great ideas!

G: “The baker ran out of ingredients, so ran to the shops to get some more. He left the oven on, and the fire got really hot and exploded out”.

S: “Someone used a stick to touch the fire in a fireplace, then they left the stick on top of some wood. The wood started to burn and the fire spread through the bakery”.

A: “The baker forgot the oven was on. The fire in the fireplace got really hot and started to spread”.

After learning all the facts, we created our very own newsclips to share the information with others. We learnt interesting facts, such as, the fire started in Pudding Lane on September 2nd 1666. Ask me all about it!

WB 8-1-2024


This week in maths we have started our new topic on Multiplication and Division. Starting with multiplication we have been looking at the importance of "equal groups." Understanding that equal groups are groups that contain the same number of objects, we then lead onto repeated addition. For example 3 groups of 5 objects is the same as  5+5+5. We then learn that 5+5+5 is the same as 3x5. 

Take at look at how we have started our topic this week. 


WB: 27-11-2023


Year 2 have been learning all about Christmas, why Christians celebrate Christmas and how. They also explored how Christmas is celebrated around the world. They were fascinated to learnt that in Australia, it is the summer season during Christmas!

WB 20-11-2023

An extra item of news! As Mr. Cattermole wrote to tell parents, we had an unexpected Air Ambulance Helicopter landing on our school field this week and the Year 2 children were really excited to walk past it on their way to lunch. Fortunately it wasn't needed to assist anyone and it left soon afterwards, hovering for a while, the crew gave us a wave as they flew away!











WB: 20-11-2023


This half term in maths we have been learning about Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, and now we have started our new topic of Shape. 

So far this week we have named and sorted 2D and 3D shapes and counted the sides of 2D shapes.

The children have been learning to mark off the sides as they count them (in the centre of the side and from the not the corners!) and have been identifying the shapes by their number of sides. They have also been answering problem solving questions and doing extra challenges to share their reasoning about shapes. This topic will be continuing for the next few weeks.

If you have the opportunity at home why not look for 2D and 3D shapes in your home or do a shape walk on the way to school. Have fun with your shapes! 

WB: 13 -11 -2023

Anti - Bullying Week

This week, we have focused as a school on Anti- Bullying week. This year's theme is Make a noise about bullying. We discussed what we could do to stop bullying behaviour and created our own superhero's with superpowers such as being assertive. This afternoon, we thought about what we could say to stop bullying behaviour and who we would tell if we thought bullying behaviour was happening.



WB: 18-9-2023

Welcome to the Year 2 class blog. We are really pleased to say Nightingale and Kingfisher classes are settling into their new year group really well. The children are learning the new routines and getting to know the adults in the year group. Well done everyone! The teachers are really enjoying getting to know you all.


This half term in RE we are learning about Harvest Time. Last week we learnt how important it was to harvest food for winter in past times and about how food is harvested in the present day. We discussed how our food now comes from around the world, but didn't in the past.

This week we learnt about how Christians celebrate Harvest Festival. We learnt about why they thank god for the harvest, how they decorate their churches, pray and give gifts of food. 

We talked about Harvest time happening in the Autumn and made an Autumn Wreath to celebrate Harvest.

WB: 3.7.2023

This week in maths we have been continuing to learn about statistics. We have used our knowledge of how to create a tally chart to then create a Block Diagram. 

Once we had created a block diagram we answered questions about the data we had compiled. We compared columns, added columns and worked out which were the most and least popular columns, and which item had the fewest blocks in our diagram. Using these mathematical descriptions enabled us to talk accurately about the statistics we were analysing. 

WB: 19.6.23 International Week

For International Week, Kingfishers were learning all about South Korea. Activities included:

  • Learning about the flag and making our own
  • Learning to count up to 10 in Korean
  • Reading the fairytale ‘The Korean Princess’ and comparing it to the English version
  • Writing character descriptions of the Korean Cinderella
  • Learning to sing the rhyme ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ in Korean
  • Interviewing a Korean visitor and finding out about traditional food, animals and games in South Korea
  • Creating our own information posters sharing all the information we have learnt about Korea


This week in English we started a new text. The children have really enjoyed this rhyming text and have been getting very good at remembering it and joining in with the refrains. We talked about what type of text this is and have been identifying it's rhyming words. The children played lots of rhyming games and generated real and nonsense rhymes for given words. We look forward to exploring this genre further and will eventually be writing our own poems. 

26.05.23 Diversity Week


This week, it has been Diversity Week throughout the school. In Year 2, we have been learning about the Windrush generation where lots of people came from the Caribbean to Britain after World War II. We learnt that lots of these people settled in Notting Hill, which at the time was primarily a neighborhood made up of white people. Some of the people who came from the Caribbean experienced racism. A few years later, the Notting Hill Carnival was created to celebrate everything good about Carribean culture e.g. food and music. We looked at some costume designs and were in awe of the fabulous costumes. We designed our own inspired by them. Take a look at our designs.


16.05.23 French

This half term in French, we have been learning about seasons. Have a listen to us say the season names. Can you try?

Autumn = en automne

Winter = en hiver

Spring = au printemps

Summer = en été


This week in maths we have been working hard on two skills. We have been solving subtraction maths problems that involve exchanging a ten and we have also been using jottings to solve the problems. 

You can see below how we draw the first number of our subtraction problem using tens and ones. Then we cross out the ten when we exchange it into ten ones that we then add to the ones column.  We don't need to do this for every problem but for example if we doing: 23-14=  you can see that we can't subtract the 4 from the 3 and so we exchange. 

This is a tricky skill to master, so well done Year 2 for working so hard!

25.04.23 Planting!

The start of our annual sunflower competition!

This week in class, we planted our own sunflower seed. First, we had to carefully measure out 3 spoons of soil into a tiny pot. Then we planted the seed. Did you know that the pointy bit of a sunflower seed should be planted into the soil first? We then watered our soil; we had to make sure we didn’t wet the soil too much! After our planting, we wrote our very instructions explaining how to plant a seed. Why don’t you have a go planting a sunflower seed at home?

Now we are going to wait and watch it grow!


This week, we have been busy being young scientists! We were posed with the very important question: what makes ice melt the quickest? 
First, we explored all the things that could be used to melt ice and created a list of things we would like to test. We made our predictions, filled up cups with water to freeze, then tested our predictions. We poured the different elements over the ice, and watched it for two minutes each. 
We were not surprised to find out that heat made the ice melt the quickest! Salt was the next best. Washing up liquid made no difference to the ice. 
We all had great fun investigating and carrying out a fair test to draw up a conclusion.


In Design and technology, we have been learning about lever mechanisms. Today, we made our own in order to get Jack to go up the beanstalk. There were a few different steps to do this. 


This half term we have been working hard learning about fractions. We have been learning that a half is one of two equal parts, a quarter is one of four equal parts, and  this week, we learnt a third is one of three equal parts of the whole. 

The children have been learning to recognise when a shape or group has been divided into equal parts / groups. They have colouring shapes to represent the fractions they have been asked to show or diving groups into halves, quarters or thirds. They have been finding what a third, half or quarter of a number is. They have been learning how  to write and recognise fractions and they have also been solving reasoning problems using fractions.  What a lot of work they have been doing! We are really impressed by their enthusiasm. Well done everyone. 


In English, we have been reading the story, Tadpole’s Promise. We’ve had great fun exploring character feelings and emotions, and role playing different roles. The children all unanimously agreed the butterfly was a mean character because of her unkind behaviour towards her friend, the caterpillar. We wrote character descriptions of the two main characters. Have a read through them below. Next week, we will be writing our own version of this story. Wonder what changes the little authors will make!



This week in Year 2, we have had a very exciting week. 
Both classes visited the Life Education Centre where we talked about how to keep healthy. We discussed how we need food, water and oxygen. After, we helped Harold the giraffe who was feeling unwell and also helped solve some friendship problems. Here are some pictures from the bus. 


Safety Week

This week we have been learning all about different ways to stay safe at school and at home. We have learnt all about how to identify our feelings and signs in our body that we may be in an unsafe situation. On Wednesday we learnt all about the different devices that can connect to the internet and how we can make sure that we are being safe online. We all created our own safety circles which include our trusted adults both at home and at school. 

On Thursday we were very lucky to meet some real firefighters from Cambridge Fire Station. They talked to us about how we can keep ourselves safe from fire and we got to see inside a real life fire engine!  


We have been continuing to enjoy learning French and we are now learning about animals. This week we learnt to say and write about which animals we liked and which we didn't. The children were introduced the the phrases "j'aime" (I like) and "je n'aime pas" (I don't like) and combined these with the animal names they had already learnt to make sentences. We used our new knowledge to make some books in French about the animals and wrote our sentences under our illustrations. 



In English, we have been looking at recounts. We went on a tour of the school last week and this week, we have been writing about it. 


This half term in RE we have been learning about how Christians celebrate Christmas. We have learnt about the Nativity Story and that Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus. We have looked at how Christians celebrate at home and at church and how Christmas is celebrated around the world with family and friends. We talked about how we celebrate many things in our lives and how many religions also have significant celebrations. 



Our topic in French this half term is toys. We started off by making our own teddy bear and using it to sing a sing called nounours. Listen to our song!


We have also been talking about our jouet préfère; our favourite toys. We drew a picture of it, practiced saying it in French and then labelled it. Can you read the labels?


Anti - bullying week

This week, we have really enjoyed our PSHE lessons focused on Anti-bullying week. We have learnt what bullying behaviour is. We have learnt that it has to be repetitive and intentional and how it can often involve an inbalance of power (where the person who is on the receiving end of bullying behaviour feels like they can't do anything about it). We listened to the story Willy the wimp. We thought about how he felt and how unkind the suburban gorilla gang were to him. On Thursday, we created our own anti-bullying superheroes who had powers to stop bullying behaviour e.g.  say stop, walk away from a situation. Today, we created reach out window displays where we thought about how we could reach out to others to check that they are ok and feel supported.




This week in maths we have been finding that when we add two numbers it is quicker to add to the nearest 10 and then add the remaining ones. 

We have been manipulating Dienes (tens and ones) to work out our maths problems and by using practical resources it is easier to understand how the strategy works. 



This week in class, we were very intrigued by the tail and footsteps we found when we entered our classroom. Whoever could it belong to, we wondered. Upon following the trail of footsteps, we found a story with a note that said, ‘Read Me’. It was called ‘The Dragon Machine’ by Helen Ward. We started the week by completing a Tell Me Grid where we discussed our likes and dislikes about the story. We also talked about what this story reminds us of. Read through some of our great responses! We had fun story mapping the main events and acting out the story. Ask your child to perform it to you at home. Next week, we will be designing our own dragon and writing about it. We can’t wait!


Writing about Seasonal Changes.

We have been continuing our work in science on Seasonal Changes by looking at how animals have to adapt to each season. We looked at the robin, as robins stay in the UK all year round. 

We learnt that they live alone in the winter, seek a mate in the spring by singing and feeding her, raise chicks in the summer and separate again into their own territories in the autumn. 

We talked about seeking food in the winter time and how robins are often seen at bird tables or feeders and we talked about the challenges of staying warm. 

The children took inspiration from seasonal pictures of robins and wrote about what they had learnt.



Science Seasons Walk!

This half term, we have been learning about seasons, the different weather during each season and the tell-tale signs of each season. We were very excited to be able to explore our playground this afternoon and spot things in our playground which indicated it was the Autumn season. We were pleased to find lots of signs, including brown leaves, dead berries, yellow grass blades and helicopter seeds.

We’re looking forward to exploring the playground in a few weeks’ time to see if there are any changes!


Nightingales and Kingfishers have settled in really well to Year 2. We started our year with discussion around our feelings and how to recognise different emotions. The children created their own emotion plates which help us when we feel all 'mixed up' like the colour monster! 


In Geography we have started our Australia topic... Nightingales and Kingfishers had a special delivery to class full of interesting items including an awesome animal fact file, an Australian hat and a letter from 'Sheila' who lives in Winton. The children drew pictures to show what they would pack into their suitcases and have learnt about different Australian animals, making fact files on an animal of their choice. 


We are looking forward to all of the learning and fun that we will be doing in Year 2 this year!  







Year 2 2021 - 2022


Eco-week week beginning 27th June 2022


It's so important we think about ways of helping the environment. We spent a whole week learning about and coming up with ways of being more eco-friendly. The teachers were asked not to print anything and we even had a whole day without the lights on in the classrooms! In Year 2, we read a special book about a group of people in Gambia who made purses out of plastic bags. We also had some special artists come and help us make art in nature.  Finally, we designed functional items using materials like cardboard and paper that wasn't being used anymore. We hope we made a difference!


Jubilee week - week beginning 6th June 2022


This week, we have had atleast one lesson each day focusing on the Jubilee. We have learnt to sing the song 'We're all having a street party' and enjoyed singing this to our special visitors on Friday in the hall. We visited a mini museum in the school with items from the 1950s- we really enjoyed this, we particularly loved the push along toy dog! On Friday afternoon, we made our own commemorative plates to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.


Diversity week - week beginning 23rd May 2022


In Year 2, we are exploring Disability during diversity week. We spoke about what some different disabilities are and how some disabilities can be hidden. We thought about how it might be to be blind or have reduced vision. We worked in pairs using a jumper to blindfold us and having a partner to guide us to a tree.


During the week, we had a visitor called Glynn who came to Year 2. Glynn is an amputee. The children thought of lots of questions to ask Glynn which he answered. He shared how he is able to do lots of things still like playing sports and representing the country at this. He also is a keen cyclist and goes on many, long bike rides! Glynn showed the children the artificial leg that he uses for sports and the children were able to see and hold this. The children really enjoyed his visit - thank you Glynn. 


Science Week - week beginning 7th March


This week in Year 2, we have been looking at Habitats during Science week. First of all, we learnt what a habitat is. It is the natural home of a plant or an animal. We explored the school grounds to see what plants and animals we could find. Then, we thought about animals that live in other habitats like in the Artic. Take a look at some of our work! 


World Book Day - 3rd March

We loved seeing the children dressing up as book characters on World Book Day. A few children came dressed as characters from our Reading text 'Hotel Flamingo'. All their costumes were lovely - thank you parents and carers. The children enjoyed learning about The Owl who was afraid of the dark during the day.


Safety week, wc 7th February

This week we have been learning about different ways to stay safe, both in school and out in the community.  We started the week with an assembly led by Mrs Roe, all about Safer Internet Day and we had the chance to discuss how we can keep ourselves safe online.

During the week we took part in activities in class about the safety around medicines and we thought about how to keep small children safe at home, when there are all sorts of medicines around. We made posters to show how we might do this.

Later in the week we had two special visitors - policemen - who came to talk to use about the Safety Circle and people we can trust in the community. We made our own Safety Circles and talked about how the police can help us if we are out in the community and we feel unsafe.



Anti-Bullying Week - Day 5
Today was our last day of learning about Anti-bullying and today we looked at the Anti-Bullying Alliance's theme of 'One Kind Word' to create our class window display. 
We worked as a team to create different examples of acts of kindness and words of kindness. 
Using these examples of acts and words, we created a class kindness tree. The hands represent the acts of kindness that we all agreed we would try and the hearts represent words of kindness that we could use to help someone. 
We have really enjoyed learning all about Anti-bullying this week and it has been fantastic to hear such wonderful suggestions from the children.
Miss Saunders and Mrs Kelly :)
Anti-Bullying Week - Day 4
Today we have been identifying the High 5 steps to deal with bullying:
We designed our own Anti-Bullying Superhero who and they had special powers to help the children to deal with bullying! 
Miss Saunders and Mrs Kelly :) 
Anti-Bullying Week - Day 3
Today our Anti-Bullying week lesson focused on how it feels to be bullied. As a class, we read the book 'Willy the Wimp' by Anthony Brown and discussed how Willie feels when the Gorilla Gang are calling him a wimp and the emotions that we may feel when being bullied.
The children then drew their own pictures of Willie and thought about the different emotions that he would be feeling. 
Miss Saunders and Mrs Kelly :) 
Anti-Bullying Week - Day 2
Today Year 2 have been looking at why people bully and discussed how similarities and differences are a good thing. We worked with new talk partners today to establish differences and similarities in the class and how these all made a positive contribution to our school.
The children completed work with their partner to celebrate one difference and one similarity to show that WE ARE ALL UNIQUE!
Miss Saunders and Mrs Kelly :) 
Anti-Bullying Week - Day 1
This week is Anti-Bullying Week and in Year 2 we will be learning about the effects that bullying can have and how we can all use 'One Kind Word' to help someone who may be being bullied. 
Today in Year 2, we have been identifying what is and what is not bullying behaviour. 
Shirley School define bullying behaviour as: 
Emotionally or physically harmful behaviour which is:
Repetitive, willful or persistent
Intentionally harmful, carried out by an individual or a group
Based on an imbalance of power leaving the person who is bullied feeling defenseless.
We also looked at the definitions from the Anti-Bullying Alliance and created a class poster which is displayed in the hallway to help others identify bullying in the playground and in around school.
Miss Saunders and Mrs Kelly :)