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Contact us on our class email : mandela@summerswood.herts.sch.uk


Hello Year 2

I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful sunshine and still remaining safe in these extraordinary times. Last weeks home learning was about science investigations with plenty of opportunities to use the outdoors.  Remember to send in photos of you carrying out the investigations and tell us what you think was happening with the experiment.  Also, log onto Maths Whizz - there are certificates to be awarded. 

This week the theme is Personal, Social, Emotional and Economic (P.S.H.E.), so as well as english and maths activities, there are plenty of P.S.H.E. tasks to complete. Here is the link: 


No maths and english this week. 

Head over to the home learning page for lots of exciting science investigations!




Celebrate London History Day 2020

This year's London History Day takes place on Sunday 31 May 2020 and we’re inviting all London families to celebrate.

To help you take part, we’ll be launching a London Heroes Family Guide next week. It helps tell the stories of Londoners who have triumphed in challenging circumstances and gone out of their way to help others. It’s also filled with fun activities that can be done easily and safely from home!

Check back from Monday 25th May to download your free London Heroes Family Guide, created in collaboration with Historic England and the Museum of London.

18th May, 2020.


Good Morning Year 2


I hope you are all still smiling, going for long walks and getting plenty of fresh air.

Thank you for all the photographs - keep sending them in.

This week is 'Spirited Art' week so for more activities head over to the home learning page where there are lots of ideas. https://www.summerswood.herts.sch.uk/home-learning/

Remember, keep logging onto Maths Whizz and Nessy, we are doing great!


Take care


Mrs Leach and Mrs Breteche

11th May, 2020.

Good Morning everyone.


We hope that you have enjoyed a safe week-end and taken advantage of daily exercise in the glorious sunshine.  We also hope you had a fun time celebrating VE day too - lots of singing and sandwiches!


Thank you to everyone for emailing in photographs of your child's activities - it's so nice to see their hard work and it means that we stay in touch and can give support if needed. 

*If we do not hear from you we will give you a call to catch up.*

This week is geography week so for more activities head over to the home learning page. 



Remember, keep logging onto Maths Whizz and Nessy.


We hope you continue to work hard and have lots of family time.


Take care


Mrs Leach and Mrs Breteche

Why should I be good?

Why should I be good? 1

11th May PSHE What makes me, me?

11th May PSHE What makes me, me? 1

"My hero is you"

"My hero is you" 1

Please remember to e mail your child's class teacher with a weekly update!


We love hearing from you and finding out how you're getting on with the work. 



4th May PSHEWhat's Fair?

4th May PSHEWhat's Fair?   1
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20th April. The Talking Magic Box - Writing Activities for 2 weeks

Remember to log onto Maths Whizz - lots of practice

Remember to log onto Maths Whizz - lots of practice 1

Friday 10th april, 2020

Tuesday 7th April, 2020

Now for some writing.

In one of the stories/tales from yesterday, the girl being fed to the dragon was a healer. In another she was a princess.  Who do you think she might have been?  How was she chosen? Use Feed to the Dragon for your writing.  
Try these Fun-Time Extras

• Draw your own dragon.

• Write about what you do together. 

Things to do

Things to do 1

Feed to the Dragon

Monday 6th April 2020 Maths Problem Solving questions

1. Read ‘St George and the Dragon’   
2. Listen to an oral story   ‘St George and the Dragon’ is told by Wilf Merttens. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgqO95n595Y&t=3s 
3.  Compare the two versions of the story. Consider what is the same and what is different about the stories. Complete the Comparing Stories chart.

St George and the Dragon story

Maths 4th April

Maths 4th April 1
Maths 4th April 2

Maths 3rd April, 2020

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Maths 3rd April, 2020 2
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1st April, 2020

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1st April, 2020 2

Who are the patron saints of Scotland, Wales, England and Ireland?

You can have patron saints of all sorts of things, like jobs, organisations and animals.

For example, St Francis of Assisi loved nature and wildlife so he was made the patron saint of animals.

Traditionally people see these saints as symbols of how to live a better life.

But nations can have patron saints too. EnglandIrelandScotland and Wales each has their own national day named after their patron saint.


Find out some interesting facts about a saint - visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/17219261

Create and design your own Summerswood patron saint poster - what would be his/her qualities?


31st March, 2020

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31st March, 2020 2

Get ready for Week 2 activities! 30th March, 2020


Recognising commas in a list.

Good Morning Year 2 families


We hope that you are well and that you have managed to keep fit and complete some of the activities we have set. Thank you to those of you who have sent in some fabulous images showing what you have been doing this week. You have been:


  • keeping fit with John Wickes and CBeebies
  • keeping a healthy mind with Cosmic Kids yoga
  • writing book reviews
  • completing  'Maths whizz'
  • reading 
  • making rainbows from 'bits and bobs'


Keep emailing us the pictures and we will update the website regularly with more activities.  However, if there is any aspect of a topic that you would like to see, please email us.


Have a healthy week-end.


Year 2 

Maths 27th March

Maths 27th March 1
Maths 27th March 2

The hole in the fence - writing

Remember - you can send us images of your work and messages, using your class email.

Maths 26th March

Maths 25th March

HOME SCHOOL WORK: Write a book review and let us know what you thought.

Here is a fantastic game you can play to work on your addition skills. If you don't have access to a printer then have a go at making your own addition themed board game! E mail us pictures of your ideas.

Here is some maths for Monday and Tuesday - Good Luck

Week commencing 23rd March 2020


Here is a link for Lego lovers. The challenge cards provide opportunity to work on a variety of maths skills whilst playing with Lego. 




Let us know how you get on! 

Hi all, 


We are still here to help and would love to see what you have been up to at home. Please e mail over any activities you have done and we can offer next steps or new challenges.


Any questions, just ask. :) 


Stay healthy! 


Year 2 team :) 

Phase 2 - 5 Sounds

Statutory Spellings for Y2

Contact us on our class email : mandela@summerswood.herts.sch.uk


What a fantastic 'World Book Day' today, we even had a visit from Gangsta Granny AKA Miss Kneller.  All of the pupils (and parents) made a fantastic effort to produce some amazing book character costumes,  like - Little Red Riding Hood, Peter Pan, Harry Potter, Dorothy, Fairies, Princesses and many more.

This week in English we have been reading the story 'Up, Up and Away. We have practised writing conjunctions and amazing voabulary to make super, sensible sentences.  We have also learned how to use commas in a list.  This will lead us up to writing their own version.

In DT we are making alien ships and planets and some very creative designs have been planned.

In maths we have been revising mental addition strategies and practising test type questions.


*Parents Evening will take place on Tuesday 17th March and Wednesday 18th March. Please look out for more information about this and how to book an appointment.


Have a lovely, safe weekend!

Year 2 Team

Buddy reading with Year 6

Spelling Spring 2 Week 2 6th March, 2020

Spelling Spring 2 Week 1 - 28th Feb, 2020

Spelling 14th February, 2020

Contact us on our class email : mandela@summerswood.herts.sch.uk



Week 1 


Welcome back to Spring 2! 


In English this week, we have started our new topic 'Survival of the Fittest' and the children have been learning about the 5 basic elements of survival. Towards the end of the week they began writing a non chronological report and had to include paragraphs and conjunctions in their writing. 


In Maths we have started solving addition calculations using the written method. The children began using resources to help their understanding and are now recording the calculations in their books.


We are all looking forward to World Book Day next week and can't wait to see all the costumes. 


Have a lovely weekend. 


The Year 2 team :) 



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