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My Scented Garden Newsletter

Week beginning Tuesday 5th June 2018


Welcome back after the half term holidays. We hope you had a lovely break!


This half term, our topic is 'My Scented Garden'. We will learning all about plants and growing. 

This week, we are starting with looking at fairy tales and comparing traditional versions to alternative versions. We will look at a variety of fairy tales but our main focus will be on Jack and the Beanstalk.

We will also be planting cress seeds and writing instructions for how to do so. We will be planning an investigation on plants and asking key questions that we want to explore and investigate. In Maths, we will be recapping on length and measuring items for our garden. We will also be problem solving around length and making links with the story 'Jim and the Beanstalk'. 

On Friday some Year 5 children from the Juniors will be coming over to join in with our PE afternoon and then next week we will go the Junior School to join in with their PE!


Please have a look at the newsletter to see what will be doing across this very busy half term.


Week Begining 26th February 2018


Welcome back after a lovely week off and hope you are enjoying some snow!

This week we are starting our celebration of world book day by looking at the text 'The Naughty Bus'. The children will be taking photos of their naughty vehicles and practising building sentences ready to make their very own book on Thursday.

Lots of our week will be spent working on our investors in pupils work, making our class books, writing targets, discussing roles and responsilbities. We will also be linking R.E. to our English work learning about some of the miracles of Jesus.


In phonics we will be looking at all the ways of making ar and the short oo family. We will then be learning about homphones.


In Maths we will be re capping addition and subtraction. Starting by going over exchanigng ten ones for a ten and applying this. We will then move onto missing numbers problems.


In P.E. Mr Peat will be starting a section of skills around dance, linking and copying movements. We will also be learning to express our bodies through dance thinking about how music makes us feel.


Don't forget our World Book Day celebrations. We have Hobgoblin Theatre in to perform the Wizard of Oz on Tuesday afternoon and will be making books on Thursday, sharing them with children in school and taking part in a wild read!


Another busy week.

Safer Internet Day

Tuesday 6th February was Safer Internet Day and the whole school was involved in talking about how we can stay safe online and how we can help make the internet a better place. 

In Year 2, we regularly discuss ways of staying safe online and the children were able to refer to our shared e-safety agreement to talk about what to do if we come across something that upsets us. 

The children have been learning about e-mailing in computing so they received a 'mean' email from Mr Twit. We talked about what to do and what information we should believe online. The children now know they can click the 'report to teacher' button on purple mash if they receive an email they are concerned about. 

We also talked about the importance of posting positive messages online and the children sent each other emails with compliments to each other. Some of the children have been emailing each other after school and at the weekend and this is great to see. Just so you know, their emails have to be approved by myself first so they could take a bit longer to arrive! 

Thanks for your support

Mrs Pick


Week ending Friday 9th February 2018


The children have been super busy in Year 2 doing lots of fun and messy learning on our topic 'Muck, Mess and Mixtures'. In English we planned and wrote our own versions of George's Marvellous Medicine. We then started reading 'The Twits' which the children are really enjoying. We did lots of work on describing the characters and finding evidence in the text to prove it! We have written a character profile of Mr or Mrs Twit and have started to plan our next piece of writing which will be a new trick for the Twits to play on each other.

In Maths, the children have been learning about length. The children measured items they might find in Mr Twit's beard and compared the length of different items by finding the difference. They also investigated their own hand span and foot span. We collected data from the whole class and the children made bar charts to show their findings on squared paper and on 2graph using the i-pads.


In Science, the children have carried out an investigation into dissolving and have written up their findings. Ask them to explain to you what dissolving means? We have also talked about the process of food decay, imagining what the food in Mr Twit's beard would be like. We have carried out a fair test to observe what happens to an apple segment left in different substances such as lemon juice for a short period of time. The children are recording their observations each day and we will soon see if our predictions are right.


In Art, the children produced some fantastic sketches of Mr and Mrs Twit. They evaluated their work with a partner and made improvements. They have also used saltdough to make the face of Mr or Mrs Twit.

The children had a very exciting day on Thursday when a visiting artist came to school and they have produced some amazing large scale Twit's art. Photos to follow! They also were very busy designing and making their own spaghetti dishes (luckily without any worms!). They have enjoyed evaluating their cooking and design skills!

Week beginning 15th January 2018


Another busy (and messy) week in Year 2! The children are loving our new topic of Muck, Mess and Mixtures and are really working hard.

In English this week, we are continuing to share the story of George's Marvellous Medicine and we will be writing a character profile.  The children have been learning to describe the characters of George and Grandma using evidence from the text. They are practising editing their work to include full stops, capital letters, exclamation marks and question marks. 

In Maths we did some investigations on odd and even numbers. Ask the children to tell you what happens when we add two odd numers together. Can they prove it? We have also started to learn about capacity and measuring in ml. The children followed a recipe to make a marvellous mixture including 400ml of 'frog's slime' and 10ml of 'red pig's blood.' We will now be learning to read scales and compare the volume of different containers.


In Art this week, the children have looked at the work of Jackson Pollack and created their own drip paintings. They have also painted their clay pots. The children also used purple mash on the ipads to create 'wet paint' pictures. In Science, we will be carrying out an experiment on disolving!



Week Begining 8th January 2018


Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a great Christmas break and I am sure you are ready now to send them back to school!


This term is going to be an exciting one with our Muck, Mess and Mixtures topic. See below for the newsletter.


We start our topic and English off reading George's Marvellous medicine. We will be doing a reading comprehension around this, looking scientifically at what changes when put in water as we make our own mucky, messy mixtures. The children will also be making clay pots that they can take home and make their own mixtures in. Through our topic we will be looking at commas in a list, writing imaginatively about what  things we might find for our messy mixtures.The children will also be looking at medicine safety over the coming weeks. Sorry if they start making lots of messy mixtures at home with your toothpaste!


In phonics we will be looking at the ly ending so lots of adverbs. We will also be revisiting phase 5 families the c and ch family.


In Maths we are dividing by 2/5/10 and using groups to show our working out and number lines. We will then move onto problems and reasoning looking at odd and even numbers too.


As part of our work on e-safety we will be beginning to use the e mail on purple mash. The children will be receiving an unkind e mail and deciding what to do about it.  


Homework sheets will be coming home soon but lots of Roald Dahl books would be great to look at and if you google the website that would be great!

Year 2 Newsletter Spring 1- Jan 2018 Muck, Mess and Mixtures

Purple Mash - our new online software  1

Purple Mash


The children will be coming home with a login and password for purplemsh. Please follow this link:

or alternatively Google: purplemash/2simple.


The children then login and can e mail safely between each other. There are games, writing, music and maths programmes galore. We will be using this in school but we wanted the children to have access at home as well.


Let me know if there are any problems logigng in.



Week beginning 13th November 2017


This week it is Anti-Bullying Week across the country. The theme of the week is celebrating differences and equality. In Year 2 we have linked lots of our learning to this theme. We have looked at the story of David and Goliath and answered questions to check our comprehension skills. We used the story as a starting point for talking about our differences and our similarities.

In Maths, we have been practising measuring in centimetres and milimetres. We drew David and Goliath and measured their heights. We then found the difference between their heights using a subtraction strategy of our own choice. We also compared the heights of some famous footballers which the children really enjoyed! Later this week, we will use football cards to complete some more learning on subtraction.

We have also shared the story of 'Enemy Pie' and used this as a discussion for what qualities make a good friend. The children measured out ingredients for their own friendship pies such as 3cm of kindness and 6cm of fun!

In PSHE, we have played games to discuss our similarities and differences and  we have written sentences talking about our friends. We have taken photographs of the best part of ourselves and written about why we love this part. The children will also be talking about their families and drawing a picture of their family for a whole school display during this week as well.


We are also going to be trialling a new way of giving feedback to parents from our spelling check. Now the children come into class by theirselves in the morning we are aware that parents don't get to see how they have done with the spellings. So from next week, the children will bring home a small copy of the previous weeks spellings with the words ticked or highlighted to show which words they have got correct and which ones they stilll need to practise.


Thank you for your support

Year 2 Class Teachers



Week beginning November 6th


This week in Maths we are continuing to learn about subtraction. The children are practising drawing their own number lines as one strategy to work out the answers.

In English, we have decided to let the children's interests lead the way and we are going to be sharing and writing our own stories about...poo! The texts we will look at include 'The dinosaur that pooped' and 'The story of the little mole who knew it was none of his business'. We hope the children will be very excited to write their own humorous stories later this week!

In Phonics, we have been continuing to learn about writing in the past tense and in particular, the rules for adding 'ed' endings. Today, we used firework words which the children really enjoyed.

In topic, we will be continuing to learn about the voyages of Captain Cook and also about Australia. We will start to share some dream time stories with the children. In addition, we will do some learning on remembrance and create some art work to commemorate Remembrance Sunday next weekend.

Week Begining 30th October 2017


Welcome back. We hope you have all had an enjoyable half term break.

Our new topic is Sailing the Seven Seas. Look what we will be getting up to...


This week in R.E./English we will be looking at the story of Daniel and the lion. The children will be predicting what happens from a picture and then using the text to answer questions. We will be using puppets and backgrounds to act the story out. After that we will be using our senses to think about how Daniel felt in the lion pit and writing our own rainbow grammar sentences, focussing on punctuation. Later in the week we will write a diary entry and then edit our work to check full stops and capitals.


In phonics we are starting phase 6 looking at the rules for adding ed.


In Maths we are subtracting  using a number line, tens and ones and beginning to use column subtraction.


In PHSE we will be thinking about how Daniel overcame difficulties and how we can in our own life.


In Music we will be looking at Peter and the Wolf and the instruments that portray the characters.


In computing we will be looking at writing algorithms and coding using Lego fix the factory- this is an app you can download at home.


In topic we start our work looking at the explorer Captain Cook. We will be having fun getting to know who he is, where he went and what he discovered.



Sailing the Seven Seas Homework ideas

Week Beginning 17th September


This week the children began with a pirate drama workshop. They had to become pirates on board a ship and rescue the keys from Captain Patch! All very exciting! As the children about banana language? We wrote a recount about this visit using time starters. 


We have been familiarising with the story 'The Night Pirates' which the children have loved. They drew their own story maps ready to write a pirate adventure next week. 


We have started our guided reading groups this week solving a pirate mystery and reading clues to find the evidence. 


We have also been writing silly sentences using adjectives, nouns verbs and adverbs. Like: Angry Calico Jack was digging for treasure greedily with his sharp spade. 


In maths we have been working with tens and ones breaking them up and finding different ways to make whole numbers. We have also been practising how to find one more, less and moving onto 5 more, less and 10 more and less than a number.


We have made colourful parrots, searched the web for pirate facts, made treasure maps with co ordinates and investigated sinking and floating. We looked at which materials float best. We also did a test to see which materials can be squashed, bent and twisted and whether the change is permanent. We recorded and analysed our results. 


The Night Pirates drama session

Sun class have been doing lots of fantastic learning this week. The children really enjoyed the drama session on Monday. They were all excellent pirates! We are continuing our work on the text 'The Night Pirates' and the children are working towards writing their own pirate stories. They have also been doing lots of super learning on place value in maths and we are starting to investigate materials in Science to explore which shape floats best. 


Just a reminder that Sun class do PE on Mondays and Fridays this term.


Mrs Pick and Mrs McKenna 


We wanted to say a big welcome back to all year two children and their parents and carers We had a great fist two days back with everyone settling in so well. This week we are beginning our new topic ‘Land Ahoy’. Please see the newsletter attached.

We will be starting our pirate adventure through a drama workshop on Tuesday (sorry to ask for money already but it is well worth it!). The children will be familiarising themselves with the story ‘The Night Pirates’. We will be recounting our drama visit and then designing the pirate we want to be and writing about it. Later we will be revisiting what a noun, verb and adjective is through a pirate treasure chest to stimulate our imagination. The we will be practising orally rehearsing sentences and concentrating on our phonics by revising phase 5 alternative sounds. In Art we will be looking at pirate ships and thinking about our senses, taking note of line, shape and detail. We will look at a class comprehension pirate themed!

In Maths we will be practising number formation and writing numbers in words, counting to 100 on and back in tens and showing this through place value. We will then be comparing numbers and representing them with tens sticks and ones cubes.

We also begin our singing with Mrs Watkins by starting to practise some harvest songs and will be focussing on multi skills and gymnastics with Gordon and Mr Peet.

· Meet the teacher event will be on Thursday 21st September please see parent mail for more information.

In the mornings we have enjoyed you all coming into read with your child and we hope to step this up this year with other learning activities before moving the children onto the independence of coming in on their own. Please feel free to use this time to change children’s reading books.

We are so looking forward to this topic and hope the children are too.

Please feel free to come and see us anytime you need to!

Thanks Year 2 Team


Week One information