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This week in class the children listened to the beginning of a story called 'The Great Explorer'. It's about a boy who reads in a newspaper that his explorer Dad is lost in the Arctic. He goes to rescue him. They had to write the story in paragraphs, an opening, a build up and problem, a resolution and lastly an ending. We focused on punctuation, adjectives and interesting sentence starters. I have to say we had some great writing, lovely joining and wonderful ideas as to what happened in the story. Great work Year 2 smiley

In Maths we looked at addition with 1 and 2 digit numbers using frog maths. We also looked at what we would pack to take to the South Pole for an expedition. 

Lastly thank you to all who have been supplying us with empty milk bottles. We now have enough for our project. Have a good weekend.


This week the children have had great fun in designing their own sledges. They had to make one that could be pulled with as little friction as possible across snow and we will be testing them next week on snow! Well done Year 2


This Friday Year 2 had great fun throwing bean bags in the wind!

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In music this week the children listen to an extract with voices, the music talked about it being very cold, vocals were short and sharp. The children in groups had to replicate the music using only their voices and the words 'chatter' or 'freezing cold', then we combined the groups together to make one class composition, below is the extract from the composer Purcell and then the class version. They all did very well and had lots of fun.

Purcell - King Arthur

Class vocal composition

In Science this week we learnt about the force friction. We discussed when we use sledges, which they already knew a little about when studying the expedition to the South Pole, and their shape and design and then tested them on 3 different surfaces, gym mats, concrete and grass. We wanted to find out which surface had the most friction and which the least. The children all took turns riding on a sledge and pulling one. We discovered that although the mats were the smoothest, because they are not rock hard, but squishy that it was really hard to pull the sledge on them. Next week the children will be designing their own sledge and building one from their chosen materials.
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This week the children were looking at poetry. They wrote their own based on our Brrr… theme. We looked at shape poems and again the children planned their own. In topic we looked at Scott and Amundsen, the 2 major explorers to try and reach the South Pole. We will continue with this learning next week. We looked at healthy eating in Science and designed our own pack lunch and sorted foods into healthy and unhealthy choices. In Maths we have been practicing our times tables and using greater than, less than and equals symbols. We have also had some more great home learning pieces in. Keep them coming yes

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This week the children looked at some unusual homes and wrote about who they thought might live there and why, they came up with some great ideas. In Maths we looked at place value, what a ten is and what a one is. See pictures below. In Science we looked at the life cycle of a human and in topic we learnt about continents and researched on the iPad facts about them. We have also had some more fantastic home learning pieces in, please see the home learning tab for more photos. Our display board is jam packed full of wonderful work. In music we carried on with composition and Vivaldi's 4 seasons. The children composed music on the theme of a snow blizzard. Well done Y2.


We have had a wonderful first week of term. The children have settled in well. We have started our topic by finding out where the Northern, Southern Hemisphere and equator are. We located the Arctic and Antarctic. We learnt about the life cycle of a penguin and a polar bear. In maths we have been doing number bonds to 10, 20 and 100. In English we have watched the beginning of Happy Feet and described the setting and written a story opening for the film. Music: we compose our own music to replicate the sound of teeth chattering and our bodies shivering after listening to Vivaldi's 4 seasons (Winter). They all did amazingly well. 

Just a note about reading records. We will be changing books every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It would be helpful if you could write down the page numbers that have been read and whether the book has been finished so we know to change it and sign please .

Please can reading be done every day and returned to school everyday as we have volunteer readers in school on a Tuesday and Thursday.

If you have any questions about our learning please don't hesitate to come and speak to me.


If you have any empty milk cartons, the larger ones, we would be very grateful if you could bring them into school for a topic project later on in the term. Thank you.

Mrs Johnson