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Spelling 14th February, 2020

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Week 6


This week was 'Feeling Good Week' and the children have been talking about what makes them happy. In English they have created posters, written poems and thought about all the different ways they can make themselves and others feel good. 


In Maths the children have been looking at statistics and recording information in a variety of ways including block graphs, pictograms, tally charts and information tables. 


The children thoroughly enjoyed the open morning on Thursday and loved showing off all their work around the topic 'London's Burning.' The topic ended with a bang when the children were able to see their tudor houses set on fire in the school playground. This was also an opportunity to demonstrate how quickly a fire can spread and why we should never play with fire. 


It has been a fantastic half term and the children have all worked extremely hard. 


We hope you have a great break.


The Year 2 team :) 

Burning the houses.

We are having a whole school dress down day on Friday 7th February to fundraise for Wheelpower; the British Wheelchair Sports Foundation.  They will be coming into school on Monday 24th February for our fun PE day to talk to all children and carry out a wheelchair relay challenge with Years 5 & 6. All children can come to school dressed in their own clothes in exchange for £1 on Friday 7th February. 

Week 5


It has been a busy week in Year 2 and the children have been working hard to get everything ready for the Year 2 open morning.


In English, the children have been writing calligrams about fire. They have been using exciting vocabulary and have even included alliteration.


In Maths, the children have been reading a variety of scales to compare different units of measure. The children have discussed the importance in knowing how to count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s and have been rehearsing this throughout the week.


We are looking forward to seeing you all at our ‘Great Fire of London’ open morning on Thursday 13th February.

Summerswood Superstars

Summerswood Superstars 1

Week 4


In English the children have been looking at the diary of Samuel Pepys and talking about the features of diary writing. They have really enjoyed writing their own diaries and trying to include some of these features.


In Maths the children have been comparing different values and amounts using the < > = symbols. They have been measuring lengths and heights and using scales to weigh and compare different objects. The children are always encouraged to prove their answers and give reasons why using full sentences. They are becoming much more confident in doing this!


The children have also been preparing for our Great Fire and have been making their Tudor houses They are very excited to present their work during our open morning on Thursday 13th February.

Week 3


In English this week the children have been writing newspaper reports all about the Great Fire of London. They created a timeline of events and used this to help structure their writing. They were all very proud of the finished product and are looking forward to seeing their work on display.


In Maths, they have been working with money. The children have been familiarising themselves with the different coins and what they represent. Towards the end of the week they have been finding different strategies for adding and subtracting in the context of money and solving problems. The children can easily practise this at home by finding lots of different ways to make an amount using coins.


In Art, the children have been designing houses similar to those in the 17th Century. Next week the children will be using recycled materials to make these houses. If you have any cereal boxes or other bits of junk modelling, we would really appreciate you bringing them into school to help with our project.


Thank you for your continued support.


The Year 2 team J


Year 2 meeting slides

Week 2


In Maths this week, we have continued to work on shape but also progressed onto finding fractions of a shape. We began the week by using paper shapes to fold into halves and quarters to demonstrate the number of equal parts needed. We were then able to progress onto finding a fraction of numbers. To help with this, we have been using cubes, drawing pictures and using our number knowledge. 


In English, we have written our own version of the story 'Vlad and the Great Fire of London.' The children have been thinking about the structure of their story and making sure it has a beginning, middle and end. Towards the end of the week, the children began to use a similar structure to write their own story from the perspective of Thomas Farriner the baker. 


Thank you to parents who came to the Year 2 SATS meeting. For those who were unable to attend, please see below for the slides used. 


Thank you, 


The Year 2 team :) 

Spelling 10th January 2020

6th -  10th  January, 2020


It has been a very exciting first week back and the children have all returned and ready to learn.


The children are very enthusiastic about the new topic ‘London’s burning’  and are remembering lots of facts about The Great Fire of London.


In English, we have been reading ‘Vlad and the Great Fire of London.’ This is a story about a flea and a rat who lived in London during the Great Fire. The children have enjoyed taking part in some role play, thinking about how people might have felt during this time. They have also written excellent character descriptions using lots of adjectives.


In Maths, we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes and their properties. We have learnt lots of new vocabulary to describe the shapes and played guessing games. We also looked at the buildings in London during the Great Fire and were able to spot some 3D shapes. We then had a go at making these shapes using cocktail sticks and chick peas! Have a look at our pictures below.



P.E. will still be on Monday and Friday. Please make sure all of your child’s P.E. kit is clearly labelled.


We look forward to seeing you all at the Year 2 SATS meeting on Wednesday at 9am.


Have a great weekend,

The Year 2 team J

Spelling 5th December, 2019

Week 5

In Maths this week we have continued to work on rebalancing equations and finding easier ways to solve calculations. We have been encouraging the children to draw pictures of the resources they have used and explaining their findings in full sentences.

In English we have been busy rehearsing for our performance of ‘Born in a barn’. We have been working on reading our lines with lots of expression and projecting our voices. We are very excited to show off all our hard work soon.

Reminders: If you would like to purchase a ticket for the Christmas performance, please give the money to the class teacher in an envelope with your child’s name. Tickets cost £1.50 per adult.

Thank you,

The Year 2 team

Monday 25th – Friday 29th November.


In Maths this week we have been finding easier ways to solve calculations by using multiples of ten. We have rehearsed rebalancing calculations and demonstrating that they both have the same answer. For example;

13+7 = 10 + 10

19 + 6 = 20 + 5

We have been using bead strings and number lines to show our findings and have been explaining using full sentences.


In English we have been writing a persuasive letter to help a character with a dilemma. We have been using persuasive language and have been sharing our point of view with the rest of the class. We have also talked about how we won’t always have the same opinion and it’s important to respect the opinions of others.


We are having lots of fun rehearsing our Christmas play and nearly everyone has learnt their lines. We are now practising reading with expression and a big voice.


Hope to see you all at our Christmas fair on Saturday!

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 2 team.  

Spelling 29th November

Week 3

This week was 'Road Safety Week'.  Year 2 pupils dressed up warm and thoroughly enjoyed their scooter training. Let's hope they remember the safety rules when they are out and about after school and at weekends.


In English this week we have continued our theme 'Food Glorious Food and read 'The Healthy Wolf' to show what is healthy and unhealthy food. We then went on to plan and write a non-chronological report.


In maths this week we have been learning to add using the nearest friendly multiple of 10. Children must know their 2,5, and 10 timestables. 


In science we have written a report on our investigation on light and shadows.  Ask your child what the results were.


Have a great week-end, keep warm and safe.


Year 2 Team



Weekly spelling Autumn 2 week 3 22nd November

Weekly spelling Autumn 2 Week 2 11 - 15 November

4th – 7th November 2019.

Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely break for half term.

It was a very busy start to the term last week with lots of learning taking place and also parent meetings. It was brilliant to see so many of you and talk about how hard the children have been working.


In Maths this week we have been rebalancing equations when adding or subtracting 9 or 11. To help with our calculations we have used a variety of resources including bead strings and multi-link cubes. This has been quite challenging for a lot of us, but we have used our knowledge of number bonds to 10 to help and create new equations which are easier to solve.

For example;


8+9 = 7 + 10

12 – 9 = 13 – 10


In English we have been looking at two different versions of the traditional tale Rapunzel. In one edition Rapunzel is held in the tower hoping her Prince will rescue her, but in the other Rapunzel is a heroic character who escapes and becomes a witch hunter. The children have enjoyed making comparisons and writing sentences to describe the different characters. We have also been looking for verbs whilst reading and writing our own sentences including verbs.



On Friday 15th November, 2N are allowed to bring in a toy from home for the class marble treat J


Hope you all have a lovely weekend,

The Year 2 team J

Autumn 2 Week 1 Spelling 4 - 8 November

Week 8 spelling 21st - 25th October

21st – 25th October.


This week, we have continued with poetry and the children have enjoyed writing and publishing their own poems. Throughout the week we have been trying to edit our work, checking for spelling, the correct punctuation and neat handwriting. We have also practised reading our poems with expression and changing our voices if there is a question sentence. This is a new skill the children can show off when reading with you at home!


In Maths we have been using our number bonds to 10 to help solve long equations. This was quite challenging, so we have been representing the number bonds in lots of different ways to refresh our memories. Some of us found using the Numicon or bead strings very helpful and we were then able to write the different equations for making 10.  


It has been such a pleasure looking through the homework this week – a big thank you to the children who have continued to work so hard not only in school, but also at home. WELL DONE!


We have come to the end of a long half term and what a busy half term it has been! The children have made a fantastic start to their time in Year 2 and can now look forward to a well-deserved rest.


Hope you all have a lovely week off! 


The Year 2 team J

Monday 14th – Friday 18th October, 2019.


In English this week we have been looking at poetry and the features of different poems. We have been particularly interested in ‘list poems’ and sharing our opinions on which poems we like and dislike. We have worked in groups to create poems in the style of Christina Rossetti and finished the week by writing a poem all about autumn with a focus on using adjectives.


In Maths we have been plotting numbers on a blank number line and using benchmarks to help us. We were able to use our learning from the previous week to help decide which numbers are greater or smaller and whether they have been positioned correctly.


Thank you to all the families who have collected their Aldi stickers for our school chart. We finally have all the stickers we need and will be sending the chart off. Fingers crossed for a win!


Quick reminder: Please ensure you are reading with your child every day for at least 10 minutes.

Have a lovely weekend.

The Year 2 team J

7th – 11th October 2019.


In English we have been writing our own version of the story ‘Here I am.’ To help create new ideas, we used role play and gathered even more ‘WOW’ vocabulary to include in our writing. We focused on the use of verbs and nouns and how to write a noun phrase.


In Maths we have been using mathematical symbols to demonstrate the greatest or smaller number. We have used our knowledge of place value to explain and even applied this to ordering the lengths of pieces of string.


Aldi stickers.

Thank you to the families who have collected their Aldi stickers to add to our school chart. Please ask all family members and friends to donate their stickers - we are very nearly there!  


Thank you for your continued support,


Year 2 team.

30th September—4th October.


In English we have continued with the story ‘Here I am.’ We have been expanding our vocabulary and trying to write sentences using ‘WOW’ words and exciting verbs. In addition to this we have all been making sure capital letters and full stops are in the right place and reading our work through to check it makes sense.


In Maths we are still focusing on place value and have been
investigating whether the tens in a 2 digit number always change when adding or taking away ten. As always, we have been asked to prove our findings with equations, pictures and explanations.


In science we have taken part in an experiment to see which is the most absorbent material. We worked in groups to test materials such as newspaper, tin foil and tissue paper and next week we will record our findings on a bar chart.


A quick reminder:

PE lessons take place on Monday and Friday afternoon. Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit and clothes are all labelled.


Have a great weekend,


The Year 2 team :)


23rd-27th September.


In English this week, we have started looking at the book ‘Here I am’, by Patti Kim. It’s particularly interesting because the book has no text, so we have really enjoyed talking about what is happening and using the pictures to give us clues. Throughout the week we have written in different styles and even composed a poem about New York—where the story is set.


In Maths we have been looking at place value and using different
resources to represent numbers. We have been asked to talk about the tens and ones in a number and have been challenged to draw
numbers in different ways. Later in the week we had a go at
partitioning a 2 digit number in different ways.


After a special visit from Anthony Ogogo, we are all trying very hard to collect stickers from Aldi to give Summerswood a chance of winning £20,000! If you have any stickers at home, please do bring them in.


Have a lovely weekend,


The Year 2 team :)


Topic Web Autumn 1

Week 3 Spelling 20.09.19

It’s been another busy week in year 2!

In Maths we have been working on our number knowledge and have been regrouping numbers in different ways. In English we have been reading the book ‘The man on the moon' and even went on an adventure to the moon ourselves. We used the experience of our adventure to gather a variety of adjectives to make our writing more exciting. In science we began our topic of ‘materials' and have been looking at what different objects are made of.


Our school theme this year is Dare to Dream, so we will be talking about our dreams and aspirations.

Have a lovely week,

The year 2 team.

Meet the teacher presentation

Welcome to our Year 2 page.

Florence Nightingale Class and Nelson Mandela Class

Florence Nightingale Class and Nelson Mandela Class 1
Florence Nightingale Class and Nelson Mandela Class 2

Welcome back everyone.  It was great to see so many happy faces (pupils and adults) ready for the start of a new academic year. We hope that you have had enjoyed the summer break and took advantage of the sunnier days.


Our theme this term is ‘Let’s Explore’, so we have been reading about Neil Armstrong, Dr Mae Jemison and Christopher Columbus.

We have been studying the artist Keith Haring ready for our own art display. We are using (very messy) pastels to create our interpretation of his style of work.

Our maths lessons have been mainly outside and using objects from our environment – twigs, leaves and flowers to show number bonds to 10, number sentences, shapes and patterns.  Pupils even found a grasshopper!

Year 2 will be having their Game On session on Monday afternoon and PE lesson on Friday afternoon, so please ensure PE kits are in school and that they are labelled clearly.

Note for your diary:

Meet the teacher:

Thursday 12 September 15:30

Be safe and enjoy the weekend.

Mrs Leach, Mrs Bretéché, Mrs Harris and Mrs Richings