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January 2020


Wishing you all a happy new year!  Well, what a busy end to the Autumn term.  The children were absolute superstars.  They shared a wonderful Advent Service, produced a fabulous Nativity play, sang beautifully to some of the residents of Emily Bray House and worked their little socks off.  We celebrated a very successful first term in Year 2 with a visit to the cinema where the children were a credit to the school.  They all definitely earned their Christmas break!


So, now we are back for an equally busy Spring Term.  Below is a copy of the Newsletter updating you on all the exciting learning ahead if the paper copy didn't make it home.


Already this week, we have been working incredibly hard at developing our understanding of multiplication.  Below you can see some pictures of the children learning practically before they completed work in their books.


In Literacy, we have started our new text and have written character descriptions of Anna and Crocodile based on looking at just one picture and reading 3 sentences of the story.  


In Art, we have been looking at Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh.  I will be sharing some pictures of the finished artwork shortly.


In PE, we have started gymnastics by looking at balance.  The children modelled some very creative ways to balance on different parts of the body.


Finally, in our topic work, we had a lovely discussion about what makes somebody a 'significant' person.  Next week we will start looking at some significant explorers, beginning with Christopher Columbus.


Keep up the great work Year 2!  smiley

Understanding Multiplication

November 2019


The countdown to Christmas has truly begun in Year 2.  We have been extremely busy preparing for our Advent Service and our Nativity play.  The children are working hard and thank you for your support with providing costumes and learning lines.  We can't wait for you to see the finished results!


I have included some photos of just a few of the activities we have been involved in over the last few weeks.


I am particularly proud that so many of the children are going to be published poets!  They all worked so hard on their acrostic Monster poems.  Well done Year 2!


Poetry Competition

Poetry Competition 1

Diwali Dance

Visit from the Police




This half term continues to fly by.


The children have really settled now into the routines and expectations of Year 2.  They are all working incredibly hard across the curriculum and I am very proud of all of them.


On Wednesday, we had a wonderful class trip to Colchester Castle, as part of our topic 'Castles, Knights and Dragons'.  It was a chance for us to see a real castle and experience what life was like for those who lived there.  The children were a credit to the school, listening well to our guide and looking at the artefacts on display.  What a great day - well done Year 2!



Well I think the first 3 weeks of term have absolutely flown by!  The children have all settled extremely well into their new classroom and are slowly getting used to the new demands that being in a Year 2 class bring.  We are working hard across the curriculum and below, I have attached some photos to hopefully give you a feeling for what learning in Year 2 is like.  


In Maths, we have been learning all about place value.  What is each digit in a number worth?



Place Value


In Literacy, we have been reading 2 books.  First we read 'The Adventures of Egg Box Dragon' and we followed this with 'Zog'.  Using these texts, we have written poetry, worked in groups on role play, written a letter to Egg Box Dragon and, our favourite, made Dragon's Fire sandwiches so we could write a set of instructions.  Our focus has been using adjectives and we are getting better and better!

Making Dragon's Fire sandwiches so we could write Instructions


In Art, we used the image called 'Castle and Sun' by Paul Klee to inspire us to create our own versions.  We used 2D shapes and crayons.  We hope you like them!

Castle and Sun by Paul Klee

In Science, Year 2 have been investigating Materials.  First we had to identify the variety of Materials there are and then we went on a hunt around school looking for them being used.

Investigating Materials around School

In History, we have begun our study of Castles.  In advance of our visit to Colchester Castle, we have been learning about the different parts of a castle and what they were there for.

Learning the Parts of a Castle


September 2019


Welcome back to school and welcome to Year 2.


Here you will find regular updates on some of the activities your children have been taking part in whilst they are at school.  Hopefully it will give you just a taster of what we are learning about.


I have attached the Autumn Term newsletter for you as well as the presentation from the Meet the Teacher meeting in case you were unable to attend.  I have also included a Top 10 list of books we recommend for Year 2 too.


Should you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to book an appointment via the office.




July 2019


And so we are in the last month of Year 2.  It continues to be as busy as the rest of the year.  As we countdown to the summer holidays, we have enjoyed some wonderful events.


Our trip with Reception and Year 1 to Colchester Zoo was brilliant.  I was very proud of Year 2 who represented St Mary's perfectly.  We were lucky that the weather wasn't too hot so it was fun to walk around the zoo, seeing such a variety of animals.  After eating lunch and watching the elephants, we had a Rainforest Activity session which was very interesting.  All in all it was a lovely day and huge thanks must go to the parents who accompanied us.


The following day was Sports Day with KS2 at Northgate Sports Centre.  The children were little stars as they were already tired from walking around the zoo the day before and we had to walk to Northgate before we competed in the events!


All the children gave 100% effort in their events - well done to all of you.  




It was wonderful to see so many parents and carers at our Music Share on Friday.  We have worked hard on our Great Fire of London song and the children performed it perfectly on the day.  We hope you enjoyed watching us.

Music Share Morning


June 2019


So another busy month has ended and what busy bees we have been!


After reading and learning about bees in the Spring term, we were very lucky to have a visit from 2 bee keepers.  The children enjoyed a fascinating morning learning even more.  It really brought our learning to life as they brought a real hive into school.  The buzzing of the bees was incredibly loud.  They also taught us how to collect the honey from the hive.  We all got a turn spinning it.  The best part however was when we got to taste the fresh honey.  It was absolutely delicious!


We were also very lucky to take part in a Bassistry workshop this month.  The children had a session and then they performed what they had learned to the rest of the school.  It was great fun!  Marcel was very impressed with our musical skills.

Bassistry Workshop


It was a very busy final week of June when we held our annual Art Week across the school.  This year's theme was 'Reduce, Reuse and Recycle'.  In Year 2 our main project was a garden.  The children reused fruit crates from Ipswich market as well as milk bottles and paper cups to make a garden they could then take home and use.  They reused the milk bottles to make watering cans, shovels and seed trays.  The bottom of the crates were covered with Jackson Pollock inspired paintings.  

We also reused plastic bottles to make fish, rainbow catchers, flowers and a stool.  We worked with our resident artist Mr Etheridge on a whole school project too.  We were all very tired by the end of the week but very proud of our creations.  

Thank you to so many of you for attending the Art Exhibition on Monday.  It was lovely for the children to see their work displayed for an audience.  


May 2019


That has to be the busiest month so far in Year 2!


Firstly, I wanted to say a huge 'WELL DONE' to every single member of the class.  We successfully completed all 4 'quizzes' in May and I am incredibly proud that everyone did their absolute best.  I couldn't have asked for more from any of the children.  No wonder they were so tired by half term!


As well as the quizzes, there has been lots of learning going on.


The children have thoroughly enjoyed all of the work linked to 'Where the Wild Things Are'.  Below are some pictures of the art we produced including new 'wild things' and our own fantasy lands like Max.



'Where the Wild Things Are' Inspired Artwork


St. Mary's were gifted a very special book called 'The Lost Words' from the Suffolk Wildlife Trust.  We wanted to say thank you so we looked in the book at what words aren't being used and are at risk of dying out.  Two of the words were 'dandelion' and 'bluebell'.  We sketched some beautiful drawings to capture the flowers and made a book to send as a way of saying thank you.

The Lost Words

Taking advantage of the occasional good weather, we did Maths outside.  The children were learning all about movement and direction so we went out on to the playground to learn in the sunshine.

Learning all about movement and direction


Finally, what a wonderful way to end a busy half term.  Thank you so much to all of you who came to our 'Wild Rumpus'.  I know the children love having their grown ups come in to school and work with them.  Just like Pirate Day, I think we were at full capacity.  Lots of fun was had making masks, designing new boats for Max, making crowns like Max and decorating Wild Things biscuits to each.  Finishing with our own 'Wild Rumpus' was the icing on the cake!

April 2019

How are we at the end of April already?


The children continue to work incredibly hard.  This term we are studying the book 'Where the Wild Things Are.'  In Art, we wanted the children to help create a display using all the techniques they have mastered and developed this year.  It's a work in progress.  Watch this space...

Where the Wild Things Are Display

Linked to our text, we have been doing some research into rainforests during Geography.

Researching Rainforests

In Literacy, our focus this week has been Max.  He experiences a variety of emotions and feelings in the book so, before we wrote about them, we tried to do role play, focusing on our facial expressions and body language.  It was lots of fun!
March 2019

March has been such a busy month in Year 2.  


We were very honoured to be asked to send some children to take part in a Dodgeball competition.  The children represented the school very well and had a fantastic time.

Representing St Mary's at Dodgeball

During Literacy we have been studying 'The Bee Who Spoke', a book about a girl called Belle who lived in Paris.  Linked to our study, we learned all about the importance of bees and why we need to save the bees.  We also learned about Monet and painted our own version of one of his paintings, The Waterlily Pond.  We did some close up sketching of bees too.  In Geography, we did some work comparing Paris and Ipswich.

Planting Seeds to save the Bees

Art - Monet and Bees

Comparing Paris and Ipswich




The children have been very busy over the last few weeks.


In Maths, our focus has been on shapes.  We are now experts on 2D and 3D shapes and can tell you all about vertices, edges, faces and lines of symmetry.  We have also looked at right angles and went on a hunt around the classroom using our right angle munchers!



Right angle hunt using our right angle munchers

Making 2D shapes using elastic


In Literacy, we completed our work on Lila and have now started work on a new book called 'The Bee Who Spoke'.  Belle lives in Paris and we will be learning about the city in Geography.  We will also be creating fact files on bees, amongst the many wonderful writing opportunities.


In Science, we have moved onto Plants.  This week we planted French beans to help our learning come to life.


We have so much to do over the coming weeks.  It's going to be lots of fun!




A busy week in Year 2...


In Maths, we started work on statistics.  We had lots of fun collecting data on our favourite colours and then our pets using tally charts.  It got trickier when we had to represent the data as block graphs and pictograms.  To show we really understood, we then had to ask and answer questions about the data.  Great work Year 2 - you all did very well.

Collecting Data


In Literacy, we learned all about non-chronological reports.  We planned our work and then wrote fabulous reports all about African animals.  


In our Topic lesson this week, we found out about the Maasai people.  After learning all about the people and their culture, including watching a video showing the jumping dance, we made necklaces in the style of the Maasai.  The children had to show repeating patterns in their design and then they had to thread beads and attach them to the necklace.  What a creative group of children Year 2 are.  They all look wonderful.

Making Necklaces in the style of the Maasai


The class teachers have put together lists of recommended reads for the year group that they teach.  Please see below a list of books we recommend for Year 2.  If you are interested in slightly easier books or books that prove more challenging, please don't hesitate to look at the recommended reading lists on the Year 1 and Year 3 class pages.  Happy reading!



Another wonderful week of learning in Year 2.


At the beginning of the week we had 2 sessions of tennis with Matthew the coach.  I was very proud of the children's focus and determination as they worked hard on developing their skills.  Great work year 2!


On Wednesday, Katie from Colchester Zoo came to visit and taught us lots about African animals.  She bought a variety of objects for us to look at including animal furs (that had illegally been brought into the UK and are now used to educate) skulls and bones.  The children are now preparing to write fact files about African animals and I can't wait to read them.

Learning about African Animals


Welcome to our Year 2 Class Page!


This will be updated regularly with what Year 2 are doing in school.  There will be lots of photos of your children during their lessons as well as some examples of the work they have done.  We hope you find it interesting and useful.  


The first week back in the Spring Term was as busy as ever!  In Maths, the children have been learning all about division.  What an amazing class of mathematicians Year 2 are.  Take a look at some of the practical work we started the week off with.

Learning to Divide


Our topic this term is Kenya.  In Geography, we found out where Kenya is in the world.  Using what we already know about the continents and oceans, the children were able to colour in the correct continent and name it.  After looking at some maps of Kenya, the children could also name and label some places on their own maps, including the capital city, the largest city, the closest ocean and a mountain.  

Learning about Kenya using maps


This term, Miss Mudd will be teaching Science to Year 2.  I have told her what a fabulous, inquiring group of scientists the class are and she can't wait to teach them over the next few weeks.


The children started their new topic in science of 'Animals, including Humans' by doing some classification work.  Great start Year 2.

Picture 1
Please see below a copy of the words your children should be able to spell by the end of Year 2.  We cover them all as part of our weekly spellings and during phonics and handwriting lessons but any extra practice you can do at home is greatly appreciated.










Spring term news

Year 2 Pirate Morning

Thanks to all who came to our share morning today. I think the children had a brilliant time and it is always fantastic to see the children's families sharing their learning. 

Performing Poetry 30/10

Today we wrote some poems based on 'The Rhythm of Life' by Michael Rosen.