Year 2

Year 2 make their own potions to fly them to the moon!
This week in English we have been learning about instruction writing and have written our own instructions for how to make a potion to fly you to the moon. We have thought carefully about the special ingredients and bossy verbs we needed to use. Come and have a look at our working wall to find out the other features we have included in our writing.

In Maths, we have started to learn to read the time at quarter of an hour intervals. We have learnt that there are 60 minutes in an hour and that the minute hand is always the longest.

In Science, we have been seeing how different materials can be manipulated to decide which material would be best to make our own flying object next week. We will be creating and testing our models with different materials to find out whether tin foil, cardboard or paper is the best material for a flying machine.

For this week’s homework, please follow this link: aut-2-wk-4





We had a fantastic time on our trip!
Thank you to everybody who bought and contributed cakes for our cake sales to help us with the funding for our trip! It was FANTASTIC!

We loved seeing all the different flying machines, having the opportunity to meet an astronaut and even experiencing what it was like on Apollo 11! Come and have a look at our recounts to find out more about what we got up to. We learnt so many new facts and now feel like space experts!

We were also lucky enough to have a story teller come in to talk to us about professor motion who made a potion.. we can’t wait to show you what we have planned for our own potions!

For this week’s homework, please follow this link: aut-2-wk-3



Learning about space
In preparation for our science trip next week we have been doing lots of learning about flying machines and space!

In English we have been reporters for SPACE TV and have interviewed Bob (the man on the moon) to find out about his life! We have been using different question words such as when, what, who, how, where and why to get as much information as possible.

In maths we have used our knowledge about addition to add amounts of money together. We have been able to help Bob buy some new accessories for his space rocket as well as clothes for his next journey from SPACE R US. We’ve used an empty number line to help us.

In Science we have started to explore our new topic: materials. We have discussed what we already know and thought about new questions we want to explore throughout this half term. We have also had the opportunity to classify different materials in the classroom into key categories such as dull-shiny, hard-soft, transparent-opaque using a Venn diagram.

For this week’s homework, please follow this link: aut-2-wk-2



Welcome back Year 2
Year 2 have returned to school refreshed, rested and full of beans, ready for some more brilliant learning!

In English this week we have introduced our new book about Bob, some of you may know him better as ‘The Man on the Moon’. We are feeling very excited to learn all about his adventures in space and his adventures with aliens! We have begun to retell his story orally using actions and story maps to help us.

In maths this week we have been learning all about the value of money. We can identify the value of different coins and have even started to use different combinations to make an amount.

You will not believe how tall our beanstalks have grown! Pop into our classroom and have a look. We have been closely observing them and have drawn our final diagrams with comments about our observations.

For this week’s homework, follow this link: aut-2-wk-1




Jack is very sorry
Finally Jack has been caught! He has returned all the possessions he has sneakily taken and is thinking about what else he can do to make things right again.

In English we have been helping Jack to write an apology letter to all the people he has upset. We have made sure that we’ve included his thoughts and feelings as well as admitting to all the naughty things he has done using the past tense. Jack is soon to return to his traditional tale, where he belongs.

In maths we have been helping to find out how long Jack needs to grow his beanstalk to get back to his traditional tale. We have been adding different measurements together to help him and will let him know when we have discussed our findings and decided what the best plan of the action is.

For this week’s homework, follow this link:aut-1-wk-5-half-term


Jack has escaped from his traditional tale! The last place he was seen is Sir John Lillie Primary School.

In English we have had our detectives hats on gathering clues! We have used past tense verbs to explain what we know has already happened and are using more clues that have been left around school to identify what could have been going on with Jack’s disappearance!

In maths we have been investigating our clues further by estimating and measuring their lengths. Something or someone has been in our classroom but we aren’t sure who…can you help?

For this week’s homework, follow this link: aut-1-wk-4

We have set up an investigation to find out if the bigger the footprint means the taller the person.dsc01193dsc01224

We have had an exciting visitor!
This week year two have been terribly excited as a special visitor came to answer some of our questions, can you guess who it was?dsc06249

We had the opportunity to ask Jack questions using our knowledge of question marks and question words, for example who, when, what, where, why, how.  Ask us what we found out!

In maths we have started to learn about measure! We know that estimate means a sensible guess and have been using a ruler to measure in CM. We have been measuring different beanstalks to work out which one Jack could have climbed up!

In science we have been planning an investigation! We are going to grow our own beanstalk! We have talked about what we know plants need to grow and are investigating what will happen when we plant our magic beans and leave them in different places. What do you think will happen to our bean in the cupboard, by the window and in the freezer?

Homework this week can be found in your child’s homework book or alternatively, please follow this link: aut-1-wk-3

Another brilliant week of learning from year 2!

This week in English we have been re-writing the story of Jack and the beanstalk using some wonderful noun phrases and the story maps from last week to help us! We used acting and a thesaurus to help us use our most impressive vocabulary!

In maths this week we have been learning to order numbers using our knowledge of tens and ones. We have also learnt the symbols < and > to help us compare different numbers! Remember: the crocodile always likes to eat the biggest number!greater-than-and-less-than

In science this week we have been learning about what plants need to live. Ask us to name the three things they need to grow. We dissected some plants in the classroom and labelled the names of each part: do you know what each part of a plant is called?

Homework this week can be found in your child’s homework book or alternatively, please follow this link: aut-1-wk-2


Welcome back year 2!

Year 2 have returned to school with a superb attitude to learning and are looking very smart and grown up indeed!

This week in English we have been reading and retelling the traditional tale of Jack and the Beanstalk! We have created our own puppets and story maps to help us remember the sequence of the story. We have even been using noun phrases so that our speaking and writing is even more interesting. Ask us what a noun phrase is and if we can give an example!jack-and-the-beanstalk

In maths we have been working hard to recognise how many tens and ones there are in different 2-digit numbers. We have been using deines to help us with our learning and we can now partition 2-digit numbers up to 100 into their tens and ones.

In science we have been wonderful plant explorers! We have been observing plants in their natural habitats and generating new questions to discover the answers for later this term.

Homework this week can be found in your child’s homework book or alternatively please follow this link:  aut-1-wk-1

Year 2 have been learning about Great Britons so we went on a trip to Downing Street and Buckingham Palace. We went through the gates at Downing Street and stood outside the number 10 door!

Creativity Week

We have been inspired by  the Great British artists Tony Cragg and David Hockney. Look at some of the artwork we created!

We had a visit from an artist. All of Year 2 worked together to create a Lowry inspired art piece.




Year 2 had a visit from secret agents. We had to help them to rescue a time traveller that had lost his memory. We learned lots of information and facts about significant individuals from different times in the past.


We sowed some salad seeds in our flowerbed in the playground. We have been looking after them and they are starting to grow! We used magnifying lenses to look closely at how they are growing. We noticed the radishes are growing really quickly! There are lots of leaves and when we looked really closely we even saw that the radishes have begun to grow just below the soil!



Friday 4th March 2016 


Today we wrote our postcards from Sunny. We challenged ourselves to include different conjunctions in our sentences and different punctuation. We are very proud of our writing! If you come into our classrooms have a look at the postcards in our writing books. You will be very impressed!

World Book Day

We came to school dressed as book characters today. We had lots of fun enjoying books. We met with children from Year 5 to share some books.


In our Lower School Assembly we took a favourite book to read.

Science Week

We were given a home challenge to create a bubble wand. We had lots of fun testing out our bubble wands with Year 1 in the playground. We looked closely to see which bubble wands made the largest bubbles and which bubbles lasted the longest!


We have had lots of fun investigating during Science Week! We were super scientists and made predictions, observed closely and described what happened. We also thought about why things happened.




We have been using our imaginations to imagine that Sunny travelled to different places in the UK. We planned what Sunny might see, do and say. Then we pretended that we were Sunny and phoned our family to tell them all about our travels. We listened carefully as our friends pretended to be Sunny and spotted different conjunctions that they used in their sentences.

Welcome back!

Spring 2

This half term we are reading the book ‘Meerkat Mail’ by Emily Gravett.


We read the beginning of the story and then we worked in teams to brainstorm reasons for Sunny to stay in the Kalahari Desert or to go travelling.

Next we used ‘Conscience Alley’ to try and persuade Sunny to stay or go. Our Sunny decided to stay with his family.

After we read the rest of the book and found out what Emily Gravett decided Sunny would do.

Sunny comes from the Kalahari Desert in Africa. This half term we are going to be finding out about this continent.

Look what happened in our flowerbeds over the half-term! We were very excited to see that the bud had opened so that we could see the flower. 


Year 2 are authors and illustrators!

We wrote amazing stories and published them in our own books! We challenged ourselves to write some longer sentences in our work.

We enjoyed sharing our stories with Year 1.






The LFB came to visit us in Year 2!

We learned all about fire safety.




Friday 29th January 2016

We had a close look at our flowerbeds. Lots of the bulbs that we planted have started to grow. we spotted that one of them has a bud!


This week in music we played the recorders.


Friday 22nd January 2016

We have been learning about how different animals grow. We worked in groups to explain the life stages of a butterfly.

Thursday 21st January 2016

We played the violin in music today!

Poetry Week

This week has been ‘Poetry Week’ in our school. We have been learning, performing and writing poems in Year 2.

Science Museum

We went to the Science Museum. We saw lots of flying machines and learnt lots of interesting facts about them.
We really enjoyed watching a 3D film about landing on the moon because our chairs rocked so it felt like we were in space shuttle.

Flying Machines

We have had another busy week learning in Year 2!
Our new topic is ‘Flying Machines’
We have been reading the book ‘Man on the Moon (a day in the life of Bob)’
We drew maps to recount Bob’s day in the correct sequence and then we wrote recounts of Bob’s day. We did a fantastic job writing the recounts in the past tense and using different conjunctions.
We have also been history detectives! We looked closely at different sources and found out about the first man on the moon.
The Year 2 home learning challenge is to design and build a 3D model of a flying machine. We are looking forward to seeing the models on Tuesday and will put some photographs on our blog page so you can see them too!
Friday 23rd October 2015
Year 2 are going to be gardeners this year. We planted bulbs in a planter in the playground and we are going to look after them so they grow into healthy plants.
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We learnt about trombones and even tried to play one!
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Tuesday 20th October 2015
African drummers came to school today. We had lots of fun learning about the drums and playing them. We also learnt an African dance.
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We have been learning a poem called ‘Full of Surprises’ by Paul Cookson. Watch our performances of some of the verses from the poem. We thought carefully about using our voices, facial expressions and actions when we created our performances.
 Friday 16th October 2015
We have been busily planning our own traditional tales about beanstalks. We took our plans into Year 1 and used them to tell our stories to the Year 1 children.
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We remembered to include noun phrases in our storytelling and we used our voices to show parts that were exciting or scary!
Friday 9th October 2015
We measured each other to find out how tall we each were and then we compared our heights.
We measured our feet too so we could find out if the tallest children have the longest feet. We found out that they did not.
Friday 2nd October 2015
We have been learning about statement, question and exclamation sentences. We read story books and spotted these different types of sentences.
We thought carefully about the events in Jack and the Beanstalk and wrote our own statement, question and exclamation sentences for different parts of the story.
In maths we have been measuring lengths and heights in cms. We measured different beanstalks and used our measurements to put them in order from the shortest to the tallest. We have been measuring snakes too. We estimated how long they were and then measured them.
Has the author used any question or exclamation sentences in your reading book? Can you find any question or exclamation sentences in a book you enjoy reading at home? Which sentences do you like? Why? Write down your favourite sentences to share in class.
Friday 25th September 2015
The Giant wrote back to us! He sent us a book to read so that we could find out all about him.
We have been observing our beans closely. The bean in the fridge hasn’t grown at all! It is too cold in the fridge! The bean in the box has started to grow but it has a white stem and little white leaves. It needs sunlight! The other bean has grown too. It has a green stem and green leaves.
 Friday 18th September 2015
Look at the story maps we created to retell ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.
Year 2 received a letter in the post. It was from the giant!
We wrote letters back to him with  lots of questions so we could find out more about him. We will let you know if he replies!
Friday 11th September 2015
Welcome back to school Year 2!
We have been reading ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ in Year 2. We wrote sentences with noun phrases to describe the giant character from the story.
We also planted beans to find out where the tallest beanstalk will grow. We put the beans in the fridge, a box and next to the window. What do you predict will happen to each bean? We will keep you updated about what happens on our blog page!
Friday 19th June 2015
We enjoyed the Samba drumming workshop today! We learnt the names of different drums and got to play them too!
Thursday 11th June 2015
We have been learning about living things and their habitats. We went into the playground and looked closely at habitats with magnifying lenses. We found the most living things in the flowerbeds.
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Friday 5th June 2015
We had lots of fun learning in Creativity Week!
We learnt about New Zealand and some Maori culture. We learnt some Maori songs and Rakau, which is a stick dance.
We enjoyed making Taniwha masks, which is a mythical dragon.
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 We also had lots of fun learning circus skills.
Friday 8th May 2015
On Tuesday we enjoyed taking part in a Maths problem solving workshop.
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Tuesday 24th March 2015
Today we presented our PowerPoints to Year 1.
Here are our PowerPoints. We hope you enjoy looking at them and learn some interesting information.
Friday 13th March 2015
We have been researching about African animals. We have found lots of interesting facts. We have been working hard to create PowerPoint presentations about African animals.  We are going to present them to Year 1 so they can learn lots of interesting information too!
Friday 13th February 2015
On Monday we enjoyed going to an African jungle drama workshop that visited our school. We had lots of fun helping Shannon to rescue Blaze the golden cat.
After the drama workshop we wrote poems set in an African jungle. We included interesting verbs and adjectives in our poems.
Half-Term Learning Challenge
Practise your 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
Practise learning the number bonds of 20.
Write about a day in your half term. Remember to include adverbs of time. Make your writing interesting and detailed by using adjectives and conjunctions.
Friday 6th February 2015
Year 2 had a fantastic time performing the poem ‘Gruesome’ by Roger McGough. First we watched a clip of Michael Rosen performing his poem ‘Chocolate Cake’
We used this to help us create a success criteria of things we would include in our performances.
 We filmed the performances and enjoyed watching them afterwards to assess if we had used our voices and actions to make them exciting.
We have also been reading lots of different poems and collecting interesting verbs from them. We used some of these words to create our own group poems.
 Friday 30th January 2015
We have been very busy in Year 2 learning about and creating our own explanation texts on the topic of ‘Being Healthy’.  Year 2 enjoyed sharing their finished explanation texts with Year 1.
In Maths we have been solving missing values from number sentences and partitioning numbers.
Homework Challenge
Challenge yourself to learn as many verses of the poem ‘Gruesome’ by Roger McGough. Think of actions that you can do as you say the poem. Next week we will be performing the poem in class.
I was sitting in the sitting room
toying with some toys
when I saw a door marked GRUESOME
and heard a gruesome noise.
Cautiously I opened it
and there to my surprise
a little Grue was sitting there
with tears in its eyes.
Oh little Grue please tell me
what is it ails thee so
I am so small it said
the other Grues don’t want to know
EXERCISES are the answer
each day you must do some
and do you know what
the very next day he GREW SOME!
Maths Home Learning Challenge
Learn your number bonds to 10, e.g. 10 + 0 = 10, 9 + 1 = 10
Practise your number bonds of 20, e.g. 20 + 0 = 20, 19 + 1 = 20
Friday 9th January 2015
Happy New Year!
It has been a very exciting start to the New Year in Year 2 because 2J have a new teacher called Miss Dickie.
We have new Writing Working Walls in our classrooms.
We have been learning about explanation texts and the different features they have.
In Maths we have been using repeated addition and arrays to solve multiplication problems.
Homework Challenge
Name the four countries that are in the United Kingdom. Can you name the capital city of each of these countries?
Friday 12th December 2014
Wow we have had an incredibly busy week in Year 2! We have been measuring length and height in centimetres. We investigated to find out if the tallest child in our class has the longest foot. We found out that it was not true.
We also learnt what some of the parts of a knight’s armour are called. We had lots of fun making armour to turn our friends into knights. We worked in groups of three and demonstrated terrific team-working skills.
Friday 5th December 2014
Look at the castles some of the children in Year 2 made for their home challenge!
We wrote our traditional tales this week. They are amazing!
Learn these three verses from part of a poem by Paul Cookson. Think of actions that you can do as you say each line.
Full of Surprises
Paul Cookson
This poem is full of surprises
Each line holds something new
This poem is full of surprises
Especially for you…
It’s full of tigers roaring
It’s full of loud guitars
It’s full of comets soaring
It’s full of shooting stars
It’s full of pirates fighting
It’s full of winning goals
It’s full of alien sightings
It’s full of rock and roll
Friday 28th November 2014
It has been another busy week in Year 2! We have been planning our own traditional stories. We have been building castles and making puppets to rehearse our story ideas. We have been thinking carefully about adverbs of time that we can use in different parts of our stories. Our stories are very exciting!
In art we have been making vehicles with wheels that can spin.  We have been learning how to use a glue gun and hacksaw safely.
Friday 21st November 2014
This week we have been creating good and bad story characters. We thought of characters that might be in a story set in a castle. We used interesting adjectives to describe the characters. Some children wrote similes!
Homework Challenge
Use boxes and other materials to build a model castle. Your model must include:
A portcullis
A drawbridge
A moat
Bring your model to school on Tuesday 2nd December.
Math Challenge
Partition 2-digit and 3-digit numbers to show what each digit means, e.g. 36 = 30 + 6           
                   157 = 100 + 50 + 7
Friday 14th November 2014
We have been very busy in Year 2! Our new topic is called ‘A Knight’s Tale’. We have been learning all about castles and knights. Can you name some of the different parts of a castle?


We are getting fantastic at remembering some of our times tables. Keep practising at home!                           Times Tables Game

37 thoughts on “Year 2

  1. looks like a really cool topic you will be doing a different topic after the half term but i think you all enjoyed the topic

  2. Hi everyone i just want to say that i love learning about France, And cant wait for our year 2 trip to the seaside 🙂

  3. To Angela,
    Dear Angela you were our best teacher in the whole univer’s I wish you were still our teacher in year 3 when I firs’t visited this school I thoght it was the best school in the whole world and I was definitly right it was the best shool in the whole univers you were my best teacher on the planet if you were still our teacher in year 3 from Adam
    to angela my best teacher in the whole univercity .xxx

  4. Hello year 4 I cant wait to be in year 4 what do you learn about? Have fun doing the rest of your work until the end of term.

  5. Dear Year 2
    How’s your holiday goin? Have you managed to take a photo of yourself reading in an unusual or exciting place yet?

    Have fun!

  6. Hi chole its Rhiannon i love when you have a smily face everyday.Im very happy that your a year 2 teacher this year and next year to.see you monday from rhiannon 3h

  7. Hello Chloe. Angelo really enjoyed the Great Fire of London Game. He told me to show him so I did. That had stuff I didn’t even know about :D. Anyway he really enjoyed it 🙂

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