Year 2 - Alliums
Mrs Ball, Mrs King, 

8th DECEMBER 2017
What a busy week!
First of all I would like to thank those parents and grandparents who kindly helped the children finish their sewing. The snowmen look brilliant!

This week the children have been making mini Christmas cakes and will be decorating them with regard to their planned design. They have also created a gift tag using Word and edited it's shape and colour.

In English, the children have been writing a character profile and revisiting it in order to edit and improve their work. This is the early stage of editing and all succeeded in improving their own writing.

This week the children have been counting and calculating money. On Friday they enjoyed buying resources to produce shapes and then selling them to earn money. It was a game that helps them to understand how money is earned and also how to calculate change. It was great fun!

At the moment it is difficult to hear all the readers I would like, due to cooking cakes and other Christmas activities. However, we will get through as many as we can in turn and thank you for your patience.

I can't believe it will be Week 7. We have Christmas lunch next Friday so get your festive jokes ready.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around school now.
The Christmas tree has arrived and is ready for the fair on Sunday.
The classroom looks very festive with all the children's decorations hanging above.
A huge thank you to all of those who came to help on DT Day. You know we can't do it without you and the children loved it. There is still sewing to do if you have a spare hour.

This week we have been revising and learning more about subtraction. We are using jottings to emphasise the value of numbers and are beginning to learn about subtracting with partitioning. We will continue with this next week and subtract amounts of money.

In English we have learnt about Roald Dahl. We love the way he describes his characters and have been thinking about a new character 'Little Twit' who is the child of the horrible Mr and Mrs Twit. We started by doing lots of talking about our character and then we painted a picture of them. Next week we will be writing a character profile for them and using lots of expanded noun phrases and descriptive phrases.

In Dance we were thinking about the way that different toys move. The children chose the toys and put together a sequence of dance moves to repeat. It was amazing to see how they used their bodies to become the toys and how well they worked with their partner.

Next week will be making a mini Christmas cake and have enjoyed designing how the top of our cake will be decorated.

Hope to see you all at the fair on Sunday.


24TH November 2017
We had a great time on our cinema visit and the children behaved brilliantly! We are lucky to have this opportunity and are very grateful to all of those who offered to help. We couldn't do it without you.

In the classroom we have been learning about mass and measuring in standard units. We are getting better at reasoning about our maths and explaining our ideas.

Our English has been linked to Science again this week. We have been designing, carrying out and writing about investigations. We enjoyed finding out which paper was best at mopping up a spillage and were very scientific in our approach.

In computing we have been editing our Queen Elizabeth I text by changing the font colour, style and size.

In PE we have been learning to balance with our Learning Partners by supporting each other and by performing the same balance in parallel. The children are thinking hard about making their work poised and strong.

We are enjoying our walks around the all-weather track and we are counting the laps towards our walking challenge. At the moment we have walked 287km. Just another 1120km to go.

It was great to hear all about Aidan's birthday on Monday and wish Austin a happy birthday for Sunday. We can't wait to hear about that too.

Have a restful weekend as we start our count down to Christmas with our DT day on Wednesday.
It should be great fun.

17th November
What a busy week!
It was really good to meet with you all last week.
This week we have been learning more about time and really thinking hard about the position of the hour hand and the quarter hours. We have also been thinking about intervals of time and ordering them correctly.

Our English this week is connected to the science topic of materials. We have been writing factual sentences to answer questions. We have also sorted objects and talked about their properties using lots of new vocabulary.
Yesterday we looked at fabrics and whether they were natural or man-made. The children enjoyed using a magnifying glass to look at how the fabric is woven. In the afternoon Reid's mum helped us to weave a sample for our topic booklet.

In gymnastics we have been balancing on different parts of our body and learning to be poised and strong in our moves. Dance this week helped us to develop our partner work by following the leader and copying their every move.

This week we have been thinking about how amazing we all are and yet how different. We have enjoyed wearing odd socks to show that different is alright. That being ourselves is a good thing.
In History we learnt about Queen Elizabeth II and compared her life with that of Queen Elizabeth I.
The children were brilliant at spotting the simalarities and differences.

We are looking forward to the cinema trip next Tuesday. Just a reminder that we will be leaving school promptly after registration in order to catch the train.
Have a great weekend!

3rd November 2017
This week we have been learning lots of detail about The Gunpowder Plot. We have been writing factual sentences and thinking about whether Guy Fawkes and Robert Catesby were right to try and kill King James I.

In Maths, we have been investigating fractions as equal parts of a whole shape. We will be learning about fractions of amounts and equivalent fractions. We made pizza pictures to show different fractions and they will be displayed on the classroom wall. We also learnt about half and quarter turns with Mrs Leyland.

This week we started indoor PE and we are learning about poise and strength of moves. We travelled in a variety of directions and added balances to show how controlled our bodies can be.

In computing we have been creating firework pictures using either Colour Magic or Draw. They were amazing!

I wish you all a safe Bonfire Night.


This week we have been learning about multiplication and have been making arrays and 'lots of' amounts to calculate our answers. The children enjoy using pictures and jotting to calculate and it helps to build their confidence when using larger numbers. I am impressed with the amount of Alliums that already know many of the times tables.
Don't forget about Education City, it has many activities to help the children learn.

In English, we have been carrying out an author study of Oliver Jeffers. We have formulated questions and used websites to research the answers. The children have also written letters to Oliver to find out more. We were focusing on using the correct punctuation and extending sentences.
Next week we will be writing our own version of 'Stuck'.

In PE this week, we played ball games and the children's aiming skills are definitely improving. We also performed our country dance to Tulips and Mrs Penny. It was amazing!

In Art we collaged items for our hall board, focusing on using appropriate materials, filling shapes completely and working together. The display looks brilliant so do take a look.

In Geography, we located the oceans and continents of the world and made sure we labelled using capital letters for proper nouns. This was a challenge for those who are focusing on making their writing smaller, but they managed very well.

Holiday Challenge will be in the children's book bag this week. I can't believe we are nearing the end of our first half term together. They are a great bunch!

Enjoy your weekend.

6TH October 2017
What amazing learning this week!
We have linked Science and English and written a booklet about healthy living. Our grammar focus was to use if, that, when and because to extend sentences. This is the how we introduce the idea of subordinate clauses. We learnt about the different food groups and why it is important to have a balanced diet. We also learnt about the importance of water and exercise for our bodies to stay healthy.

Our DT was also linked to Science and the children thoroughly enjoyed making their pizzas. Today we are evaluating them and thinking of ways to make our product better.

In Maths we have been learning about subtraction and using jottings to subtract two-digit numbers.
The children all thought it was more difficult to count back than to count forward. Definitely something to practise at home.

In Art we have been using our imagination to create created pictures of germs for our hall board. They are very imaginative and colourful. We used free drawing and paint.

Today we have beeen using an atlas to locate countries of the UK and their capital cities. We have also found and labelled the surrounding seas and oceans.

In Dance we started to learn the Durham Reel which is a dance that some mums and dads may have learnt when they were at school. We hope to show Tulips our dance when we have learnt it all.

Have a great weekend!


22nd September 2017
This week we have celebrated Enes' and Reid's birthday, so now we have three seven year olds in Alliums.
We have been learning about Florence Nightingale and why we remember her. In English, we have written booklets about her life and remembered to use good punctuation.
 We are really enjoying our history especially watching the Magic Grandad DVD.

In maths we have been continuing to learn about place value and how numbers work. We even used one pound, ten  and one penny coins to partition amounts. We have a good understanding of place value now and can't wait to try thousands!

In science we are learning about being hygienic to stay healthy. That means washing ourselves and our clothes regularly, cleaning our teeth properly, and using tissues correctly. We made a class promise to help us remember.

In dance this week we learnt the Circassian Circle, which was great fun and good exercise. We really like the music because it makes us feel happy.

It was loverly to see you all at 'Meet the Teacher' on Wednesday. I really do think it's going to be a great year.

We send lots of love to Sienna and wish her a speedy recovery.
Have a great weekend!

15 September 2017
Welcome back everyone!
The children are settling in well and have been carrying out their ambassador jobs with enthusiasm.

In English, we have been describing characters in the story 'Little Rabbit Foo Foo.' The children have also re-written the story in the style of a traditional tale. The children have their first spellings to learn and you will find them in their spelling books.

In Maths, we have been partitioning and recombining 2 and 3-digit numbers. We started doing this practically and then with jottings. The children then partitioned using number sentences to record. They are learning to be systematic when carrying out investigations.

We all got stranded on a desert island in science this week. The children had to think about the things they would miss from home (you will be glad to hear that parents featured on the list) and the things they actually needed to survive.

In computing, we have been using the Learpads to take photos and an app called PicCollage to create a montage.

It was great to see so many confident children in the swimming pool. They all seemed very happy learning with their friends.

I hope you have a good and restful weekend.