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Welcome to Year 2!


Our Class Teacher is Miss Knott.

Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Bankole.


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Year 2 Non-negotiables for Writing, Reading and Maths

Half-Termly Curriculum Letters

Welcome to Year 2!

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Year 2 Welcome Meeting

This week, we started exploring the book ‘The Lonely Beast’ by Chris Judge. We learnt how to perform parts of the story using body language to show how the character was feeling. Furthermore, we practised reading with confidence and using expression.

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We made clocks to help us learn how to tell the time!

In DT, we have been making moving pictures. We used sliders and levers to make our animals move.

In Maths, we have been learning to tell the time. We have been so attentive and motivated!

This week, we had a very unusual visitor join us in Year 2! This is Ozzy and he is a bearded dragon. We found out lots of interesting facts about him, including how to look after him.

During PE, we have been learning how to aim for a target using a bow and arrow. It has been great fun!

In Maths, we have been learning about Fractions. In this activity, we used pictures to help us find a third of an amount.

Today we started our KS1 gardening project! You may remember that we were inspired to improve an area of our school grounds after reading the story ‘The Secret Sky Garden’. We bought some plants and compost with the money you kindly donated. We can’t wait to see them grow!

To celebrate Earth Day, every child at Gade Valley has planted some sunflower seeds. We will be looking after them carefully and observing how they change over time.

In Science, we have been learning about habitats and micro-habitats. We found out about the conditions that minibeasts like to live in and made some bug hotels for them.

We have been learning about instructions in English. We followed different sets of instructions and then evaluated them. It helped us to find out what a good set of instructions need, for example, clear wording and specific details.

Year 2, well done for working so hard over the past few weeks. You have been Gade Valley CHAMPs! Today we had lots of fun creating windmills and hunting for Easter Eggs!

The story of ‘The Secret Sky Garden’ has inspired us to improve an area of our school grounds. We wrote a persuasive letter to Mr Barron asking permission to plant seeds, hang bird feeders, pick up litter, etc in this area near our classroom. He was persuaded by our letters so we are starting our gardening project after Easter! Thank you for all your donations.

Celebrating some of our learning inspired by the story ‘The Secret Sky Garden’.

In the story 'The Secret Sky Garden', the main characters both love flying kites! We decided to design and create our own kites and had a great time testing them out!

Here is some of our writing from this week inspired by 'The Secret Sky Garden'. We have written from the perspective of one of the characters, described our special place and written a character description.

This week we have started exploring the book ‘The Secret Sky Garden’. We have realised that littering is a big problem and we want to try and help our planet. Please watch our persuasive video below!

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We made our own binoculars and went outside to look at the birds. After, we created pictograms to show which type of birds we saw.

Well done to those children who took part in the World Book Day challenges last week!

Merry Christmas from all of us in Year 2! The children have worked incredibly hard this term and we are so proud of them 😃 Have a good break! 


We had a fantastic time in the woods this afternoon! Mr Barron helped create a fire and then we sat around it drinking hot chocolate. It was a great way to end our topic ‘Fireworks and Flames’.

Here we are singing ‘It was a starry night’ for this year’s nativity. Remember to go to the virtual events section on the website to watch it in full. Enjoy!

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Congratulations to our Wonka Bar winners during the autumn term. Remember to keep reading so that you are entered into our exciting Golden Ticket draw!

During the Great Fire of London, there was an eyewitness called Samuel Pepys who wrote a diary all about the events. We were motivated and attentive whilst creating our own diaries from his perspective. To make our diaries look old, we tea-stained the front covers!

Here are some of our beautiful calendars! We drew pictures to represent each of the four seasons, including events that we celebrate and changes in the weather. We feel very proud of our work!

In Computing, we have become detectives who are trying to solve the mystery of the cake thief! We learned how to record an audio file to record our detective work.

We will need to be perseverant and motivated when trying to identify the culprit.

It was great fun recording the audio files!

In Science, we have been learning about the uses of different materials. We investigated making bridges out of paper then tested our designs by seeing how many cars they held. We evaluated our bridges and decided that bridges need to be made out of stronger, harder materials like wood, metal or brick.

We will remember them...As part of Remembrance Day, Year 1 and Year 2 painted poppies. Mrs Reeve then made a beautiful wreath using our poppies.

Have you seen our new Great Fire of London window display? We created the houses using different types of paper. At the time of the fire, the houses were really close together so the fire spread very quickly!

In Maths, we have been partitioning numbers using place value charts and Base 10. We were very motivated!

Remember, remember the fifth of November. Gunpowder, treason and plot...this week we have been learning all about the Gunpowder Plot. We also created some fireworks pictures using chalks and pastels. We're really proud of our work!

Pirate Day: We thoroughly enjoyed becoming pirates for the day! We created healthy fruit skewers and used repeated patterns when we added the fruit. We also created treasure maps and wrote instructions explaining how to find the hidden treasure.

Pirate Paddy's Packed Lunch Problem: In DT we created lunch boxes for the pirates to help them carry food safely and to protect it from the cheeky parrots and dangerous storms.

During a special PE morning, we learned lots of new skills including archery.

Year 2’s Class Assembly

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Using practical resources, we have been practising the number bonds to 10 and 20.

In Geography, we have been learning the names of the world's continents and oceans. We really enjoyed identifying them in an atlas.

Using different coloured tissue paper, we made our own Planet Earth. We also wrote notes for living on Planet Earth to remind people to look after the planet and everything living on it.

We have been reading the book 'Here We Are: Notes For Living on Planet Earth'. It inspired us to go outdoors and explore our environment.

Flying high in Year 2! The children have been discussing and writing about what they would like to be when they grow up.

Using the book 'The Dot' as our inspiration, we wrote our goals that we would like achieve by the end of the year. We also thought about the CHAMP skills that we will need.

Our Learning Journey 2019/2020

We know that taking regular brain breaks is really important whilst we're learning. As well as going on the track for Track Time, we also enjoy dancing!

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Year 2 Easter Egg Hunt!

Celebrating World Book Day in Year 2. The children looked fantastic!

A date with a duck: we have absolutely loved watching the ducklings hatch from their eggs. It has been such an exciting fortnight! We have learned all about the life cycle of a duck as well as finding out what they need to survive.

In Art, we created decorative place mats. First we weaved different strips of paper together and then we decorated them with an underwater theme.

Pancake Fractions! Celebrating Pancake Day whilst finding 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 1/3 and 2/3 of an amount.

To help us learn how to tell the time, we created our own clocks.

During Cooking and Nutrition Day, we created our own red and green band lunches using a variety of materials. We carried out some research about the ingredients in certain lunch choices and found out how we need to have balanced lunches containing carbohydrates, protein and vegetables.

Paper weaving with our parents during Stay and Learn.

Our trip to the Sportspace Sports Festival.

Today we led a PSHE assembly to the rest of the school about Dreams and Goals. We shared our goals with confidence and pride.

Our new Geography topic is called Commotion in the Ocean. Using the story by Giles Andreae to inspire us, we created shape poems about some of the different creatures that we met in the book.

In History, we learnt about some nurses from the past called Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell. We compared their lives and explored how they changed nursing. In these photos, we are acting out parts of Edith Cavell's life.

Make it happen! In PSHE, we have been thinking about our dreams and goals. We have each chosen a goal that we would like to achieve by the end of half term. Once we've achieved it, we will then think of our next goal and write it on a post it note for this class display.

Yesterday we attended the Mayor's party to celebrate Alfie winning the Dacorum Christmas Card competition. The children really enjoyed the day, especially when they met Mr Mayor and tried on the robes. They were also given some delicious snacks whilst taking part in some colouring in and puzzles.

Times Table Rock Stars has really helped us learn our times tables this term.

Year 2 performed 'Penguin Pete' with such confidence and enthusiasm this week. We are so proud of their fantastic acting and singing. Thank you to all of the parents for providing such wonderful costumes.

In History, we wrote some questions about The Great Fire of London. We remembered to use question marks at the end of the sentences.

During Maths, we made symmetrical Christmas decorations. We could chose to make a Santa hat, reindeer or Christmas tree. When we decorated them, we made sure that both sides of the decoration were exactly the same.

We went to Laureate Academy and took part in the Year 2 Target Games.

During Take One County, we learnt all about India. We created trinket dishes decorated with a Rangoli pattern. We also wrote fact files and leaflets all about the country.

Today we took part in a skipping workshop and learnt how to skip. We had to be very perseverant because it was very tricky.

Some of us could skip really quickly!

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Some of us managed to skip backwards!

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The children thoroughly enjoyed creating pictures of fire by blending two colours together using oil pastels. They have also made some silhouette houses ready for our Great Fire of London display. Watch this space!

Thank you for all your help creating our fireworks paintings and poppies. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Congratulations to our Wonka Bar winners this half term. We're so proud of your dedication and love of Reading. Well done for being the top scoring class for the most Golden Tickets every week this half term!

Pirate Day in Year 2! Look at our fantastic costumes!

In DT we helped Pirate Paddy design and make a new lunch box to carry the pirates' lunch from one pirate ship to another. We had to try and make them strong and waterproof to help protect the lunch. We are very proud of our products!

During our Pirate Day, we designed and made fruit skewers. We then packed them into our lunch box and enjoyed our pirate snack!

Our school cook visited us to talk about our school lunches as part of our learning in Science. She explained how we need a balanced diet including carbohydrates, proteins, good fats and fruit and vegetables.

Here is some of our wonderful writing! We rewrote the story of 'The Pirates Next Door' by Jonny Duddle.

Today we led an Art assembly all about primary and secondary colours. We shared our 'All About Me' rainbows and explained how we mixed certain colours to create new ones.

We had a wonderful time learning all about healthy foods at Tesco this week. We found out about lots of different types of fruit and vegetables, and even made our own fruit pots to take home. Whilst we were there, we went to see the huge fridge and freezer rooms where food is stored. It was so cold inside!

Growth Mindset Day: We created posters to put up around our classroom. Our Dojo monsters will help us to remember that mistakes are part of learning and that we shouldn't give up if something is challenging.

We created Maths Monsters! First we chose a number and wrote it down. Next we drew the number using Base 10. After that we explained how many tens and ones the number had. Finally we expanded the number showing its value in a number sentence.

We are so proud of our all about me rainbows! We learned how to mix paint whilst decorating them and then wrote some adjectives to describe ourselves.

We have been planting some flowers in our Year 2 garden whilst learning about stems, leaves, roots and petals.