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Welcome to Year 2!

Our Class Teacher is Mrs Blackledge.

Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Cooke.

Year 2 Non-negotiables for Writing, Reading and Maths

Year 2 Welcome Meeting

We have thoroughly enjoyed Sports Week this week! We displayed lots of the CHAMP skills whilst taking part in different activities like goalball, javelin, hurdles and archery. Thank you for coming to support us during Sports Day on Tuesday! We are really proud of ourselves!

Today was our Science-themed GOAL day. We learnt all about the importance of water, and about the work that WaterAid does to help provide people with clean water. We took part in some WaterAid challenges, including the pipeline challenge in which we had to move as much water as possible down the line using a variety of different equipment. We also tried carrying water for long distances around the track in different ways. We had a great day!

We have been reading the book 'The Flower' by John Light. In the story, Brigg discovers flowers and hopes that eventually the whole city will be covered in flowers. We created packets of seeds including instructions about how to plant seeds to help Brigg teach others.

This week, we have been celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee!

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During this term's GOAL day, we found out more about physical and human features as part of our Geography learning. We searched for different examples with our partner. Later, we went on a Maths weight and measures scavenger hunt around the woods, trying to complete as many tasks as possible. For example, we needed to find a natural object that was roughly 10cm long, the longest leaf and the smallest stone. We had a great day!

In DT, we have been learning how to join materials together using the running stitch as we made our animal fabric faces. Before making them, we designed our product and afterwards, we evaluated them. We were very perseverant and proud of our work!

In English, we have been learning about instructions. In today's lesson, we followed and then evaluated different sets of instructions. We then decided which the clearest instructions were and discussed why we thought that.

In PSHCE, we have been learning about relationships. We drew pictures of our family and talked about why they're important to us.

We absolutely loved meeting the ducklings! It was fascinating watching them hatch and grow. We also learnt lots of interesting facts about ducks, including their life cycle, what they eat and where they live.

In our new computing unit, we are learning about data and information. In today's lesson, we learnt how to enter data to create a pictogram using the computer.

Here's our new reading display outside our classroom. It's all about our favourite books. We recreated their front covers and wrote a blurb to summarise the book. We are really proud of our work!

Today we walked into town to visit a local fruit and vegetable shop. We bought different fruits and vegetables to bring back to school to then create our own salads. Whilst making our salads, we learnt about food hygiene, as well as how to prepare food safely using a knife. We thoroughly enjoyed our DT-themed day!

Our GOAL Day focussed around the book 'Stanley's Stick' by John Hegley. We each found a stick in the woods and used our imaginations to make something new! Some of our sticks became trumpets, unicorns and even kites! Later in the day, we created different 2D shapes out of sticks, built huge dens out of sticks and also went on an identification hunt to find out which trees the sticks originally came from. We had a fantastic day!

Traction Man is here! In English, we have been learning to retell a story in a fun, engaging way. We hope you enjoy it!

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World Book Day - The children looked absolutely amazing this year! Thank you so much for all your effort with the costumes. The special day was full of book and reading related activities, such as Buddy Reading with Year 4, DEAR (Drop Everything And Read), creating stick puppets to retell the story of 'Sharing a shell' and much more!

Pancake Fractions! We learnt about fractions of shapes whilst adding toppings to our pancakes. We also found out that 2/4 is the same as 1/2.

This week, we have been writing non-chronological reports about sharks. We included a main heading, subheadings, real facts and a diagram. After finishing them, we shared them with Reception Class. They enjoyed learning lots of facts from us!

In Art, we have been learning how to weave paper. We made under the sea themed placemats and can’t wait to start using them!

In our PSHCE topic ‘Dreams and Goals’, we have been learning how to cooperate with a partner whilst working together to create a dream bird. Inside our dream birds, we wrote our dreams for the future.

Today in Science, we went to the woods to explore microhabitats. After finding different microhabitats, we investigated which minibeasts lived there and recorded how many of each.

As part of our Geography unit 'Comparing Locations', we have been comparing the United Kingdom to Kenya. We compared features such as climate, population and capital cities.

In Maths, we have been practising the number bonds to 20. To help us recall them, we played a game using cards. We wrote the pairs to 20, one number on each side, and then had to work out which number was hidden.

Inspired by the book 'Commotion in the Ocean', we wrote descriptive sentences about different animals that live under the sea. We tried to use adjectives, expanded noun phrases and similes. After, we wrote descriptive shape poems.

This week we started our new computing unit called 'Digital Photography'. In our first lesson, we learnt how to take photos using a digital device. One of the skills we learnt was how to move the device until you see everything clearly.

Merry Christmas from Year 2! Have a wonderful break 😃

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In Maths, we have been learning how to add and subtract two 2-digit numbers. We have been using Base 10 to help us.

Year 2 have been outdoors planting daffodil bulbs. We can't wait to see them grow in the spring!

This term, we have really enjoyed learning lots of history including The Gunpowder Plot and The Great Fire of London. In English, we learnt about writing questions and statements as we made question and answer books about The Great Fire of London.

Here are our descriptive fire poems which were inspired by our trip to the woods earlier in the week. We used different adjectives and some of us tried to include similes.

To help us describe fire using our senses, Mr Barron helped us create a small fire in the woods. Whilst we were there, we loved having hot chocolate and marshmallows!

We thoroughly enjoyed learning how to skip during the whole school skipping workshop!

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This week we found out all about Diwali. As part of the celebrations, we learnt some Bhangra dancing. It was great fun!

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Congratulations to this half term's Wonka Bar winners! Remember to read five times a week to be entered into our exciting draw!

We created our own treasure maps and then wrote instructions describing how to find the hidden treasure.

In English, we wrote recounts about our trip to Hudnall Park. We tried to use time words to sequence our writing, as well as descriptive language.

We had a fantastic pirate day and the children looked superb! Parents, thank you for all your effort with the costumes!

As part of our DT pirate day, we helped solve Pirate Paddy's packed lunch problem. We designed and created lunch boxes that would protect the pirates' lunch from the cheeky parrots and mermaids! Our lunch boxes needed to be strong and secure, as well as being appealing to the pirates.

During our pirate day, we designed and prepared a healthy pirate snack! We learnt how to prepare the fruit, including how to cut it safely with a knife, before making fruit skewers. They were delicious!

In Science, Mrs Russ and her baby came to visit us. We found out about how humans grow and change as they get older. It was really interesting to find out how much we have changed since we were babies!

We had a fantastic time at Hudnall Park! During our trip we went for a walk and found out about lots of different animals that live there. Whilst we walked, we also collected different leaves and twigs. Later in the morning, we created trails for our classmates to follow and then enjoyed playing hide and seek! After creating our own compass, we learnt how to follow maps and went on a shape hunt around the park.

In Maths, we have been naming and describing 2D shapes.

How would you survive if you were stranded on a desert island? We talked about what humans need to survive and had lots of great ideas, including getting food by fishing in the sea or climbing trees to collect coconuts. We would build dens for shelter and create fires to keep warm.

Look at our amazing portraits! We are so proud of our art work!

In Computing, we have been very motivated and perseverant when learning how to use the keyboard and mouse. We have also become more confident when playing TT Rock Stars and love earning lots of coins!

We have thoroughly enjoyed reading and exploring ‘The Colour Monster’ by Anna Llenas. It has helped us discuss different emotions and discover new vocabulary. We wrote stories about some of the monster’s adventures as well as created our own colour monsters.

In Maths, we have been making 2-digit numbers using sticks as tens and stones as ones. Some of us wrote place value sentences to match the numbers.

This week, the children discussed what they would like to do when they grow up. They had many different aspirations including becoming artists, firefighters, police officers, zoo keepers and inventors. They worked incredibly hard whilst writing up their ideas!

Welcome back Year 2! It has been wonderful to welcome you back and to see your smiling faces! We have been so impressed with your effort and motivation during your first couple of days in Year 2. We are very excited for the year ahead! smiley

Our Learning Journey 2020/2021

Have a wonderful summer! We have really enjoyed teaching you this year.

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Recently, we have been reading 'The Flower' by John light. We created descriptive posters that the main character, Brigg, could display in the city to help find the missing flowers.

In Art, we made plant pots! We tried to make them eye-catching by including careful details.

Sports Week: Here are some of the sporting activities we have taken part in this week. We have had a great time!

Sports Day June 2021

Year 2 flat races - you were so motivated and perseverant. Well done!

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Year 2 relay race - you displayed great team work!

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'The Lonely Beast' has inspired lots of Art and DT learning recently. We created our own jellyfish to display our fantastic descriptive poetry. In addition, we have created new friends for the lonely beast using playdough.

In Maths, we have been learning how arrays can help us to solve multiplication sums.

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!