Year 2 - Red Class
Mrs Ball, Mrs Skogstad, Mrs King, Mrs Proudfoot

21st October
We had an exciting and busy open day on Thursday. Red Class were amazing ambassadors and took our visitors around the school confidently.

In English this week we used the internet to find out about Oliver Jeffers. His website doesn't have a lot of information, so the children have written letters to Oliver, in order to find out more.
We have also been reading some of his books and will be reading more next week. We have revised verbs and looked at past tense.

In maths we have been multiplying numbers. We made groups of the same amount, have drawn arrays and have been learning the five times table.  Everyone has achieved thier yellow loom band for knowing their ten times table (out of order) and they are looking forward to achieveing thier blue loom band for the five times table (out of order). Feel free to help the children learn this at home.

In Geography we have learnt and located the seven continenets. Next week we will learn about the oceans of the world.

In PE we practised throwing skills and teamwork. We ran relay races and the teamwork continues to grow. The children are great at dancing the Durham Reel now. We pretended that it was a competition and had to make the dance as perfect as possible.

In DT this week we had teams making poppies. They are amazing !

In science we matched infant and adult animals and talked about their differences and simillarities.

Thank you to all of you who have offered to help walk the children to the church next Friday. I really appreciate your help.
Have a great weekend. 

11th October
This week we have been looking at the painting 'Pottery' by Patrick Caulfield. This will be out hall board for the year. When they are finished, do come and see our class version. It's brilliant!

Our English and science were linked this week. The children have been writing a booklet about keeping healthy. They also had to use the conjunctions 'if, when, or because' to extend their sentences.

In Maths we continued to learn about subtraction. Again we used jottings to help us calculate. We also looked at proving answers by using the inverse opperation. We had to think about the whole amount and the different parts that make the whole amount. There was lots of progress made this week.

Dance was great this morning. We finished learning the Durham Reel and it looked quite professional. Lots of good team work.

This afternoon we played the glockenspiels to some of the tunes we have learnt on the recorder. We revised how to hold a beater correctly and how to make the note 'ring'.

In Geography, we revised the countries of the United Kingdom and the surrounding seas and oceans. We also located the capital cities of the four different countries on our own maps.

Just a note to say our new class reader is The Twits by Roald Dahl. The children are welcome to bring in their own copy to follow if they have one. It is not compulsary so please do not feel you have to buy one especially.

4th October
I hope you all enjoyed your amazing pizzas. The children were very excitied about making them and pleased with the end result too.
In English and history this week we continued to learn about Florence Nightingale and how nursing and hospitals have changed. A huge thank you to Meagan's mum for coming to talk to the children about her job. The children had written some great questions for you. We also wrote letters pretending to be Florence. 

In Maths we continued learning about addition and have also started to revise subtraction. The children are really good at drawing the amounts in their books and they are calculating carefully.

In PE we are learning a new country dance and have been practising our tennis skills.

We continue to learn new pieces on the recorder and we are just about ready to learn a new note.

In Science we began learning about healthy eating and the different food groups. We will be learning more about this next week.

Hope to see some of you at the 'Bake and taste' tomorrow and wish you a good weekend.

27th September
Thank you to all those who came to meet the teacher on Tuesday evening. I hope everyone managed to find the handouts provided in their child's bookbag. I would also like to remind you that you need to apply for a place for your child at junior school between 4th November and 15th January. This needs to be done online at

In English this week we have been writing a booklet about the life of Florence Nightingale. We will be finishing these on Monday. We also completed a comprehension activity about Florence and we are beginning to get the idea of writing answers about a text. 

In Maths, we have been adding three,one-digit numbers, one-digit to two -digit numbers and multiples of ten to two-digit numbers. We are using manipulatives and we also beginning to draw them to represent them in our books. 

In Science we have discussed the need for exercising and how it strengthens our bodies and helps to keep us fit. We thought about how our heart provides oxygen to our muscles when we exercise and felt our heart beat increase in PE.

In Art we sketch some brilliant portraits of Florence Nightingale using shading to give depth.

We have started learning songs and instrumental parts for our Harvest celebration and it already sounds good.

It was great to see Esma when she popped in to see us this morning and look forward to welcoming her back on Monday.

I hope you all have a great weekend.


20th September 2019
Week two in Red Class and we are thouroughly enjoying being ambassadors. 
In English this week we have re-written the story of Little Rabbit Foo Foo, using expanded noun phrases to add detail.
In maths, we have continued learning about place value and representing number in different ways.
Our science this week was all about being hygienic and why it is important. We also talked about cleaning our teeth properly and visiting the dentist regularly.
In Art we created different tones of red by mixing with white. we also revised the colours we could make by mix using red with other colours.
In PE we used our aiming skills to throw a variety of balls. We discussed which were easier and why that might be. Our dance this week was to begin learning the country dance Circassian circle. Great fun and quite exhuasting when you have to keep going. We will learn the rest next Friday.
Thank you to everyone who donated to Genes for jeans.
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First days in Year 2
We have had a great week settling into Red Class.
In English the children have been writing a recount of their favourite part of the summer.
In Maths we have been thinking about number and place value. We also learnt how to set out our numbers correctly.
It was lovely to see such confident swimmers in the pool and a real treat for the first week back at school.
In Art, we have been sketching self portraits and comparing them to those we drew at the beginning of Year One. We saw lots of development in ability and observation.
In Science we got stranded on a desert island and had to think about the things we wanted and the things we needed to survive. You will be pleased to know that mummies and daddies were mentioned quite a lot.

We have been learning about growing our brains and the need for challenging learning. We watched the growth mindset Class Dojo videos on Youtube if you would like to have a look.
Next week we are developing our understanding of place value and retelling a popular story. We will finish giving out reading books, having read with each child individually.
Have a great weekend!