Year 2 - Lions
Mrs Theobald, Mrs Grant

Spring 1, week 2
Friday 11th January

Lions are well back into the swing of things now…

This week our learning has had a Science focus. We wanted to find out the answer to the question: “Is the local weather colder in the morning or in the afternoon?” Together we devised an experiment in order to find out. Every day, we have been checking the temperature in the morning and in the afternoon and we have been writing a weather diary. It’s been really interesting and the children have been really inspired!

We revised our knowledge of multiplication in maths and then moved on to learning about division. This will link to our learning about fractions next week. It is great to see lots of children memorising some multiplication facts now! We played an online game called ‘Hit the Button’. This is good fun if the children want to practise at home.

We have started our focus on gymnastics in PE and I saw some fantastic balancing on Wednesday. In Dance we enjoyed creating dances which had ‘big shapes’ together with our learning partners.
We are really concentrating on good posture and poise at the moment.

Our computing focus is ‘algorithms’ this half term. The children have been using ‘2go’ to learn about programming.
In art, we are learning about artists who represent weather in their work. We are learning about an artist called Pete Rumney. Today we began recreating one of his paintings.

Please remember all the children have a log in for Education City, which has a wealth of games and activities to consolidate learning.

Have a great weekend!


Spring 1, week 1
Friday 4th January

Welcome back, everyone!

We have had a lovely few days back at school and everybody came back excited and ready to learn.
We wrote about our Christmas Day experiences as well as ‘thank you’ letters to Santa and family members.

In maths we collected some data in order to answer a question and represented this data in different ways, such as tables and bar graphs. We also used a computer program to create a graph, which was quicker than drawing a graph by hand!

We enjoyed creating small group dances and using oil pastels to create lions for our calendars.

We have lots of exciting learning planned this term – please keep an eye out for information.

Enjoy the weekend!


Autumn 2, week 7
Friday 14th December

This week in Lions, we have been looking at Christmas poems. We learned some verses of a very old and famous poem called ‘The Night Before Christmas’ (or ‘A Visit from St Nicholas’) and enjoyed performing them. We also wrote our own descriptive Christmas poems.

In Maths we have been measuring in centimetres and developing our accuracy when doing so.

We enjoyed making Christmas cards and tags for our Christmas cakes using the computer.
We hope you enjoy your cakes that the children baked you!

Today’s Christmas lunch was lovely, with everyone eating together in the hall, singing and telling Christmas jokes. We are really getting into the Christmas spirit now!

We are looking forward to showing you our Christmas performance on Tuesday morning.

Have a great weekend…


Autumn 2, week 6
Friday 7th December

This week, the children have been baking! We designed mini-Christmas cakes, baked them and next week we will be decorating them according to our personalised designs.

We have been inventing our own Twits characters in English and describing what they are like. I have seen some fantastic writing! Well done, everyone. We also drew and painted our characters. They look great!

In Maths we have been developing of understanding of money, counting coins, making totals and working out change as well. If you want to practise your skills, maybe you can spend some pocket money at the weekend!

In Geography we have been building on our knowledge of physical and human features of the UK.

We enjoyed taking part in different relay races in PE, using all sorts of equipment, such as balls, cones and bean bags. As well as this, we had fun making up some creative dances today, pretending we were trying to escape from the hula hoops we were dancing in.

We have a trainee teacher in Lions for the next few months. Mr Brassington will be with us until February.    

Enjoy the weekend.


Autumn 2, week 5
Friday 30th November

The highlight of this week was definitely our Christmas Art/DT day on Wednesday.
The children loved designing and making a range of Christmas crafts to make the school look festive during December.
A huge thank you to all the parent helpers who came along!
You were amazing and it was lovely to spend some time with you all.

In Maths we have revised our addition and subtraction skills and next week we will be applying this learning in order to solve problems related to money.

We are learning about the stories of Roald Dahl and will be inventing our own characters next week.

In PE, we have continued to develop our ball control and enjoyed playing some small group ball games. During Dance we imagined we were toys in a toy shop and invented our own dances – we are becoming very creative!

There is some fabulous joined handwriting in Year 2 now… Keep up the good work everyone.

We hope to see many of you at the Christmas Fair on Sunday.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Autumn 2, week 4
Friday 23rd November
This week we have had fun carrying out some experiments in order to find out more about materials and their properties.
We found out about which paper is the best for mopping up a spillage and which materials can change shape if we try to squash, stretch, bend or twist them.

We made beautiful royal crowns with our learning partners and it was lovely to see some excellent cooperation.

In Maths, we have been learning about mass (weight) and we spent some time solving problems involving weight as well as developing our skills of comparing, estimating and measuring weight using balancing scales.

We enjoyed partner work in Dance today where we were creating animal dances that could be repeated and in PE we further developed our throwing and catching skills and had fun playing a team game called ‘Bench Ball’, which is always a firm favourite!

We spent some time using the atlases this week in order to revise our knowledge about the four countries and capital cities of the UK. We also learned about the meaning of ‘physical features’ and ‘human features’ of places.

It’s great to see so many of you have signed up to help next Wednesday during Christmas Art/DT day – Thank you!
There are still some places between 11am and 12pm and also in the afternoon from 1pm – 2.30pm.

Have a great weekend!


Autumn 2, week 3
Friday 16th November
This week in Year 2, our learning has focussed on ‘Everyday Materials and their Uses’. We started the week by exploring objects made from a variety of materials, including plastic, wood, metal, glass, paper and fabric.

Next, we sorted the different materials according to their properties, such as flexible and rigid, dull and shiny, transparent and opaque. We learned about the materials being suitable for the objects that are made of them.

We found out about how different fabrics are made and that some fabrics are natural, such as wool, whereas others are man-made (artificial), such as nylon. As part of our learning we did some weaving, which was very fiddly but good fun!

Next week we will be carrying out some experiments to test different materials…

In Maths we have been practising telling the time. We revised o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to on analogue clocks and have started learning about five-minute intervals past the hour as well.

We practised our Hockey skills this week during PE and lots of us enjoyed taking part in running club at lunchtime on Tuesday.

Don’t forget to sign up for Art/DT day which is on the 28th November – we’d love to see you!

Have a good weekend.


Autumn 2, week 2
Friday 9th November

It was lovely to catch up with you all at the parent – teacher consultations this week.
I am really enjoying teaching your children!

We have learnt lots of fascinating facts about Queen Elizabeth I this week and have made fact sheets to present our learning, focussing on writing clear, accurate sentences.

In Art, we sketched a portrait of Elizabeth and used oil pastels to add colour to our sketches.

We have learnt how to find halves, quarters and three-quarters of amounts in Maths. We have also been learning about whole, half and quarter turns and right-angles. Next week, we will be developing our time-telling skills.

We learnt how to save and insert a picture into a Word document in Computing this week. Next week, we will be adding some text to our documents.

We enjoyed Dance where we were practising moving to music at different heights and learned about motion and stillness. We have also been practising our balls skills and had fun playing Bench Ball.

Our recorder playing is sounding better and better!

From Monday, you can sign up to join us on our annual Christmas Art/DT day.

Enjoy the weekend.


Autumn 2 week 1
Friday 2nd November

We have had a fun week of learning in Lions this week!

Our English lessons had a History focus where we learned all about Guy Fawkes and the events that happened more than four hundred years ago. We were able to learn lots of new facts and wrote our own information books all about The Gunpowder Plot.

In Maths we have learnt about fractions of shapes, finding halves and quarters and making sure that each part of the shape was equal in size. We also learnt how to find halves and quarters of amounts. This learning will continue next week…

In Dance we make up some firework themed dances in small groups to the music of Katy Perry’s ‘Firework’. The children had some fabulous ideas and I saw some great moves!

We enjoyed practising all manner of ball skills in the bright sunshine of the playground during PE on Wednesday afternoon. Throwing, catching, kicking and controlling the ball with a Hockey stick were all practised. Great work, everyone!

We are learning lots of new songs and games in Music as well as further developing our recorder playing. We can now play the notes ‘a’ and ‘b’ and have learnt to play a tune called ‘What’s the Time, Ten to Three’. A little reminder that recorders should be in school every day, please.

In preparation for Bonfire Night celebrations, we discussed firework safety and created some posters to remind others about how to keep safe.

This week we designed some lovely Christmas cards which you will be able to order very soon.

Have a lovely weekend.


Autumn 1 week 7
Friday 19th October

Wow! I cannot believe we are already at the end of our first half term in Year 2 but what a lovely half term it has been and what a lot we have achieved.

Well done, everybody, for a lovely Harvest Assembly at St George's this morning. Lions and Tigers led the assembly beautifully! 

This week we read another story by Oliver Jeffers called ‘Stuck’. It’s a great story with lots of humour and the children loved it. We then planned and wrote our own versions of the story. I am looking forward to reading them all over half term…

In Maths we have revised our knowledge of 2D and 3D shapes, naming and describing them according to how many sides and corners they have, as well as edges, faces and vertices for 3D shapes.
We did some sorting using a sorting table called a ‘Carroll diagram’ and we even made some 3D shapes using a ‘net’ to help us.

In Science we have been learning about how animals have off-spring which grow into adults and have learnt the names of some unusual baby animals.

We finished reading ‘The Twits’ today and after half term we will start a new book which is ‘Six Animal Adventures’ by Michael Morpurgo. The children are allowed to bring their own copies to school if they would like to but this is by no means compulsory.   

Yesterday we sent home a new holiday challenge all about famous people. The children know what they have to do.

There are some optional homework activities on Education City for you as well.

I hope you all have a relaxing break next week and we will see you on Monday 29th October.

Happy Half Term!


Autumn 1, week 6
Friday 12th October
This week, we have enjoyed learning about an author and illustrator called Oliver Jeffers and we have read some of his books. We wrote letters to Oliver telling him what we like about his work and asking him some questions. We really hope he writes back! It may take some time to hear back from him as he is a busy man and our letters have to travel all the way to Brooklyn in New York, where he lives.

We had a go at drawing a cartoon penguin. It was quite easy once we followed the step-by-step instructions.

Next week we are going to read some more of his stories and write our own story as well.

In Geography we used atlases to find out about the four countries that make up the United Kingdom. We learnt about the capital cities and the surrounding seas as well.
A few days later we used the atlases again to find out about the seven continents and five oceans of the world.
Try to see if you can remember all these facts!

In Maths we have been learning all about multiplication and practising our skills. Next week the focus of our maths learning will be shape.

We enjoyed playing Rugby in PE this week and we also learnt a dance called ‘Durham Reel’. We worked brilliantly as a team!

We are busy practising words and songs for our Harvest celebration next Friday… Do you know your words by heart, narrators?

Don’t forget the Bake and Taste tomorrow from 10am – 12pm.

Have a lovely weekend.

Autumn 1, week 5
Friday 5th October

I can’t believe we have already completed our fifth week in Year 2! Time is flying by…

This week we have focussed on keeping fit and healthy. We read some books about healthy eating and the human body. We wrote our own information books about keeping healthy and we are getting better and better at remembering capital letters and full stops in all of our writing!

Our subtraction skills are developing very well and we are now able to do some quite tricky calculations in our heads by drawing pictures to help us.

A highlight this week was designing and making our own pizzas.

Our recorder playing is getting better every week, as is our country dancing and so are our tennis skills.

Next week, we are learning all about the fabulous author Oliver Jeffers and we will begin to learn about multiplication.

Enjoy the weekend.


Autumn 1, week 4
28th September
What a busy week we have had in Lions this week!

We have continued to learn about Florence Nightingale and made our own information booklets all about her life.

A real-life nurse called Thomas came in to tell us what it is like to be a nurse nowadays.

We also wrote letters pretending to be Florence Nightingale and telling our sister, Parthenope, what things were like when we arrived in Scutari.

In Maths we have practised our addition skills this week. I am very impressed by how accurately you are all adding! Some children are even able to add three 2-digit numbers together. Amazing!

We enjoyed lots of outdoor playtimes on the field this week because the weather has been so lovely and we were able to practise our tennis skills during PE on the field as well.

In Art we used oil pastels to create colourful lions. They look great!
Next week we will begin our learning about keeping healthy and we will be designing and making our own pizzas!

We will also be practising subtraction and developing our skills in this area of maths.

Have a lovely weekend.


Autumn 1 week 3
21st September

This week we have been learning about Florence Nightingale, a famous nurse who lived nearly 200 years ago. We have learnt many interesting facts which we will be writing in our special Florence Nightingale books next week.

In Maths we have continued to learn about the value of numbers and this week we have been learning to use the greater than (>) and less than (<) symbols to write number sentences. 

We enjoyed country dancing today and have begun to learn a dance called 'Circassian Circle'. We did some fantastic listening and following of instructions. I was very proud of you all!
On Wednesday during PE we jogged twice around the track without stopping and practised our tennis skills.

In Science we have been learning about what animals need in order to survive and used the Learnpads to take photos of the rabbits which we then used to make Piccolage posters. We are also learning about hygiene and keeping healthy.

We started learning to play the recorder this week and have learnt note 'b'. You can practise at home but must bring your recorder to school every day, please.

Yesterday we developed our sketching skills by sketching a picture of Florence Nightingale. We have some budding artists in Lions!

Today we had our first spelling test and I must say I am very impressed by everyone's efforts! Keep it up!

Have a great weekend.


Autumn 1 week 2
14th September

We have completed our first whole week in Year 2 and what a lot we have learnt already!

I expect there will be some tired Lions this weekend... Make sure you get lots of rest!

In English, we read the story of Little Rabbit Foo Foo who is not very kind to the other forest creatures. We practised writing clear sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops correctly. We also learnt that there are four different types of sentence: a statement, a question, a command and an exclamation. 

We have been revising our knowledge of place value in Maths and thinking about how we can draw pictures to represent 2 and 3-digit numbers. This will help us to improve our mental addition skills in a few weeks' time. 
We played some number games and carried out an investigation with our learning partners to see how many different numbers we could make using the numerals 2, 4 and 6.

We have enjoyed our swimming sessions this week - everybody in Lions can jump into the pool!

In Art we are learning to sketch by looking carefully at lines and shapes. We sketched some beautiful self-portraits.

We have been carrying out our ambassador duties really sensibly. Well done everyone.

Enjoy the weekend.

Autumn 1 week 1
7th September

We have had a great few days in Lions!

The children are looking so grown up now that they are in Year 2.

Everyone has settled back into school life well and we are learning lots of new rules and routines.

We are looking forward to seeing you at our 'Meet the Teacher' meeting on Wednesday at 7pm.

Have a lovely weekend...