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


Welcome Back To School (8th March)


We are very excited to welcome the children back to school this week and we have a week filled with learning and fun!



Our English this week is based around the book 'The Lion Inside' by Rachel Bright. We have been focusing on our skills such as; recognising rhyming words; Word meanings; Poem writing and reciting and favourite phrases. 



Our Maths learning this week is continuing on from the learning we have been doing on Google Classroom and in school over the last two weeks. We are focusing on understanding the bar model with the whole and the two parts. We have used the Cuisenaire rods to create bar models and find the fact families. We have then practiced how we can show this in the cherry model. 


Everybody Worries

This week we have worked on our worries and how we can manage these. We listened to the book Everybody Worries by Jon Burgerman. We held discussions about how we are feeling and what we can do if we have a worry, so that our worry doesn't become too big for us to manage.


Important information:

  • PE day is Monday 
  • Spelling test each Friday 
  • Reading Books will not be coming home. Please use Collins books online which are set by the teacher. If you would still like a reading record to record what you have read please see your teacher. 
  • The children should be using Times Table Rock Stars for at least 3 minutes every day at home


We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your support during a very usual term

at Summerswood! We hope you all have a fantastic Christmas and we look forward

to welcoming you back in January!  


Week Beginning 14th December 2020:



We have finished reading 'The Enormous Crocodile’ by Roald Dahl this week. We wrote some brilliant stories about other tricks the crocodile might play on the children from dressing up as a human to pretending to be a statue! The children really impressed us with their developing stamina by creating longer pieces of writing while remembering to join some of their letters.



At the end of last week we spent some time constructing our very own analogue clocks with moving hands. This week we have used them to develop our understanding of telling the time. We have explored o’clock. half past, quarter past and quarter to. We have started to understand that there are 60 minutes in a hour and that most analogue clocks are marked to show every 5 minutes. I wonder if your child can tell you what time it is at different times during the day?



In our ‘Wriggle and Crawl’ topic we had great fun using all of the ‘junk’ collected from home to create our own minibeasts. We created some fantastic butterflies, honey bees and caterpillars by using our imagination and recycling old things!  Here are some of our favourites…



Week Beginning 7th December:


In English we have started reading ‘The Enormous Crocodile’ by Roald Dahl. Can you think of any other popular stories by the same author?

We have explored the characters and learnt about the clever tricks the Enormous Crocodile plans to play on the children of the town. We have then had a think about other tricks he might play later in the story. Next week we will be re-writing our own adapted stories!



In Maths we have been continuing with practising the ‘think 10’ method, using 2-digit numbers this time. I wonder if the children can show you how to use this method by showing 26 + 8 or 29 + 7? This method is used to encourage the children to mentally add numbers, by building to the nearest ten and understanding the ones left over.



In our ‘Wriggle and Crawl’ topic this week, we have been learning more about honey bees. We have explored the anatomy of a bee and how they use their body to collect nectar and then make honey! I wonder if the children can remember the disgusting fact about how honey is made?

Week Beginning 23rd November:


The book we are looking at over the next two weeks is 'Coming to England' by Floella Benjamin. We have enjoyed reading the story and learning about her life, moving from Trinidad to England and the differences she faced. On Friday we had lots of fun comparing the climates of the countries and practised our speaking and listening by performing our own weather forecast reports. 



We have been learning to use the 'think 10' method for addition and subtraction. This means regrouping numbers to make our calculations quicker to solve by using number bonds to 10. Thinking about the 'ten' can enable children to calculate, rather than being reliant on counting on.  

We also spent some time learning about finding the difference between two numbers to solve subtraction calculations, and understanding the relationship between addition and subtraction; the inverse.



We have been learning about life cycles in our topic lessons this week. We have learned how bees communicate in and around the hive and watched footage of the waggle dance they perform to tell other worker bees the direction and distance of flowers. We then explored the life cycle of honey bees, including their egg, larval, pupal, and adult stages. 

Week Beginning 16th November:


In English this week, we have been using our knowledge about minibeast to create some excellent pieces of writing. We created instructions on how to be chosen mini beast and listened to and reviewed a variety of minibeast stories such as ‘Aarrgh! Spider! By Lydia Monks and ‘The Bad-Tempered Ladybird’ by Eric Carle.



We have been continuing our learning about measurement this week, looking at particularly at capacity. We have spent some time learning to read scales that go up in increments of 2, 5 and 10. We have also developed our estimating skills to think about the volume of liquid that different containers can hold and used the correct symbols to compare them.


Anti-Bullying Week

This week is Anti-Bullying week! We have been discussing what bullying is and how we can prevent it occurring at school. We read a lovely story called ‘Chrysanthemum’ by Kevin Henkes and discussed the effect our words have on others. We used the analogy of a paper heart getting crumpled each time something unkind was said in the story. We then opened out the heart and smoothed it each time something nice was said to the character. We realised that even though the hearts were smoothed out, they were not the same as when we first cut them out. The wrinkles still remained. We then thought about giving compliments to each other and how these words can also have a lasting effect on a person, but in a much better way!

Learning Week Beginning 9th November: 



This week we have been thinking about 'Augustus and his smile' by Catherine Rayner. We have spent a lot of time adapting the story and creating our own using a 'story mountain'. The children came up with excellent story ideas by adding new characters and developing exciting events and problems to solve. On Friday we used our 'story mountain' plans to write a narrative. 



We have been looking at measurement in maths this week. We have explored measuring the capacity of liquids as well as the length and weight of objects. We have enjoyed using the balancing scales to weigh objects around the class and have used our understanding to compare objects. Again we looked at how these can be compared mathematically using the Greater Than, Less Than and Equal to symbols (<, >, =) .  



This week we have continued  with our topic 'Wriggle and Crawl'. We spent some more time outside and carried out some 'tree shaking' to see if we could find anything new.  Inside the classroom, we had a look at some detailed sketches of minibeasts. We observed the detail used and had a go at drawing our own. Towards the end of the week we did some research to find out more about the minibeasts we had found. What do they like to eat or drink? How do they breathe? How do they protect themselves? I wonder if the children can tell you any of the facts they have learnt this week?    

Reminder: We will still be using the outdoor space to complete some learning during next week for our 'Wriggle and Crawl' topic. Please ensure your child still has a water proof coat and wellies in school to be prepared for any weather! Thank you. 

Learning Week Beginning 2nd November: 



This week we have been looking at the artwork 'Tiger in a Tropical Storm, Surprised!' by Henri Rousseau.

We thought about the way the painting was made and looked for hidden items within the picture. We talked about adjectives we could use to describe the tropical rainstorm and used the first person to explore how the tiger might be feeling. Towards the end of the week we read 'Augustus and his smile', a great book about a tiger who was feeling down. The children used a story board to retell the story. I wonder if they can tell you more about the story at home? We will be looking at this book in more detail next week. 



This week we been exploring Greater Than, Less Than and Equal to, using the correct mathematical symbols (<, >, =) .  We began to understand the symbols and learnt how to say the number sentences in words. (eg. 32>14 ... Thirty two is greater than fourteen). We then extended our learning by using these symbols to compare calculations (eg. 13 + 5 < 10 + 9). 



This week we began our new topic 'Wriggle and Crawl'. We explored the school grounds to find minibeasts in their microhabitats. We spent time collecting the data and then displayed our findings using a tally chart. It was amazing to see how many different creatures lived so close to school. While outside we also thought about out surroundings. We discussed how some features are human and some are physical. We then spent some time looking at aerial view maps of the school and surrounding areas and used our understanding to create our own sketch maps. 


After the half-term break out topic will change to 'Wriggle and Crawl', which is based on habitats and mini-beasts. This means that we will be spending a lot of time outside in rain and shine. This means that we ask you to send your children into school with the appropriate footwear and coat.

We ask that your children have in school each day:

- Warm rainproof coat 

- gloves ( any other warm accessories like scarf and hats if possible) 

- Wellies (or extra footwear that can get muddy and wet) 


We ask that the extra footwear can be kept in school on their pegs each week for when we venture outside most afternoons. 

Learning Week Beginning 19th October: 



This week we completed English work based on our topic Bounce. We looked at fiction and non-fiction books and discussed the difference. We also looked at the contents page and how that can help us to find the information we are looking for. We then gathered facts and organised them under headings ready to create our own booklet. Our booklets are all about sports and they give you information about different sports we read about. By the end of the week we had a non-fiction booklet all about sports. 



This week we began work on halves. We looked at what a half was and talked about them having to be two equal pieces of a shape. We then moved onto finding a half of an amount. We discussed splitting it into 2 groups and sharing the amount out equally. Once we felt confident with this we moved onto discussing what happens when sharing out even numbers and odd numbers. We found that odd numbers always have a remainder. 


Topic (2M)

This week to finish of our Bounce topic we carried out an investigation and completed some chants and cheers that linked to sports. As we have been looking at sports and different types of balls used and how they are used, we carried out an investigation using different materials and looked at how they move and how we can manipulate them. We looked at soft clay balls, mud balls, sand balls and ice balls.

We found the answer to the following questions: 


- Can we squish it?

- Can we twist it? 

- Does it Bounce?

- Does it Roll? 


We found that the different materials were able to do different things. We also observed the ice ball melting and listened to it cracking when hot water was poured on the top. 

We also went outside and practiced doing some chants and cheers with actions. 



Learning Week Beginning 12th October:



This week we continued to look at the book Scardey Squirrel makes a Friend. We practiced identifying if a sentence was a question, statement or exclamation. We then moved onto looking at imperative verbs and how we can use them to make commands. We wrote commands in the style of the books about what we need to make the perfect friend. 

Here is a link where the children can listen to the story at home:




We continued our place value work this week to place numbers on an unmarked number line. We discussed what an estimate was and how we could use what we already know to place benchmarks on the number line. For example, we use the fact that 10 is halfway between 0 and 20 to help make an estimate for 12 on a number line. We then moved on to comparing two-digit numbers using the more than and less than symbols.  We used a 0 to 100 number line to find the numbers we were talking about and placed the dienes showing each number in the appropriate place. Then we noted down our comparisons using the < and > symbols. 



As part of our Bounce Topic this week we played guess the ball. We had to read the clues and guess which ball we thought it described. Then we had a go at creating our own guess the ball clues. Once we had done this, we created interactive posters with a flap to cover the ball until people have guessed. They could then lift it to show the answer. 

Learning Week Beginning 5th October:


This week we began to look at the book 'Scaredy Squirrel makes a Friend'. We have focused on the different between a question and a statement. This included looking at the punctuation that we needed to include. Once we understood this more we moved on to looking at sentences that would need an exclamation mark. We have also taken on the role of Scaredy Squirrel this week and written in first person. 



We have continued looking at place value this week and became more comfortable to talk about the tens and the ones digits in a number. We have compared numbers and practiced using our mathematical language such as more than and fewer then. We have been using the Dienes and bead strings to look at the numbers and see the value. 



This week was our Road Safety Week and we have spoken about how to be safe when crossing the road. We made road safety posters to show what we had learnt about being safe when crossing the road. Please see the winning posters below. 

Sofia (2N)


Laasya (2M)


We also took part in scooter training. This meant we had time to practice how to safely use the scooter and how to brake as we approach a road to safely stop ad get off while we cross. We all enjoyed the session and thanked the ladies who led our session when we were finished. Please see some images of scooter training below.

Scooter Training

Learning Week Beginning 28th September:



This week we continued to look at our class book 'Frog and the stranger'. Because we already knew the story, we worked on creating our own edited versions of the story and focused on the use of the conjunctions and, but, so and or. We created a new version of what happened when pigs house set on fire. 



We continued our place value work this week and focused on the ones and tens values in a two digit number. By the end of the week we were able to show a number on the place value chart with dienes and we we able to discuss what happened when we reach a benchmark number. For example, when we go from 39 to 40 the number of tens changes from 3 to 4. 

We were also able to use this to show addition and exchange ones for tens and ten for ones. This helped us understand why the numbers change when we add or subtract. 



We have continued our work around our bounce topic and this week we were investigating the distance we could throw different types of balls. Once we had thrown them we measured the distance with different utensils including a meter stick and a Trundell wheel. We then recorded our result down into a table. 

Learning Week Beginning 21st September: 



This week during English we began to look at a new book called 'Frog and the Stranger'. We began by reading the first few pages and and discussing what characters we encountered and their emotions. We then continued to read the book and sequenced sentences from the book in the correct order. Once we had done this we worked on recognising correctly formed sentences and alien sentences that were incomplete. By the end of the week we looked at the conjunctions and, but and or. We used actions to recognise when they appeared in the text. Once we were confident with this we created our own sentences about the book which had the conjunctions in. 



In maths this week we looked closely at place value. We have been looking at the tens and ones values within 2-digit numbers. We used the bead strings and the dienes all week to build numbers and talk about the value of the tens and the ones. We also worked on using what we have learnt to write number sentences and find the answers. 



During our topic lessons this week we have looked at how we find our pulse and and what happens to our pulse when we exercise. We also investigated what happens when we relax. Ask use what we found out. 

We also looked at what art installations are and compared different pieces which have been displayed around the world. We then designed our own piece of art installation as a class and decorated polystyrene balls to create a larger piece. 

Learning Week Beginning 14th September:



This week we continued to look at the book Journey by Aaron Becker. We delved deep into the different world shown in the book and considered the best language we could use to describe it. Once we had done this, then began to use our imaginations and described what we would see if we walked through the magic door. We also discussed the next books in the series and how the author has continued the adventure. 



This week we focused on our counting skills. We have had the chance to practice counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. Once we felt confident with each times table we discussed what patterns we had noticed. We were able to write our thoughts down. 



We have continued to look at our Bounce topic and this week we had a whole class discussion about sporting events we have seen. We then performed our speech to the class. We also had the chance to create some marble paintings which you can see in some of the images below. We discussed how the marbles moved compared to other balls and decided they don't bounce. 



- please ask the children to be using Maths Whizz (virtual tutor) at home

- Spelling should be practiced at home and the test will be on Friday 

-Children come into school in their PE kit on a Monday 

Marble Paintings

Learning Week Beginning 7th September: 


It has been an exciting week in year 2 as we've settled well into our classrooms. It has be fantastic getting to know the children. 




This week, we began looking at the wordless book 'Journey', which was created by Aaron Becker. We have been looking closely at the images to understand what was happening in the story and having great discussions about what we feel the book is telling us. We have been able to sequence the events of the book and write sentences with conjunctions, that tell a story about what is happening. We also focused on how colours were used in the book to make important pieces of information stand out. We then created colour poems about one of the colours used in the book. We are continuing to look at this book in more detail next week. 




This week, we have been revising our work on counting and place value. We have been using resources such as bead strings, to support our learning. We first looked at the order of the numbers up to 10 and different ways we can represent each number. For example, using money or dice. We then moved onto looking at one more and one less of a number and we used the bead stings to find a number and then show one less and more of that number. We were able to record this in our books showing the bead string and writing sentences to explain. Towards the end of the week we began to look at making a number using 10 and then some more. This was so that we looked at the place value of 1 ten and some more to make the teen numbers. 




Our topic this half term is called Bounce. This focused on PE and Science. So far we have looked at animals that bounce and have been able to groups them, into animals that jump, hop, leap and roll. We also looked at gymnastic routines with a ball and  created a background for some silhouette art. 

As part of our topic,  we also investigated the question 'Can bubbles bounce?'. This meant we spent time outside looking at what happens when we blow bubbles and what happens when we make a different mixture where the bubbles are bigger and are stronger. 

Meet the Teacher - Miss Summers (2M)

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Meet the Teacher - Miss Emeny

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Meet the Teacher PowerPoint

Autumn 1 - Topic Web

Learning Week Beginning 3rd September: 



It was fantastic to welcome the children back this week after a period of time away from school! 

They has a very exciting two days getting used to be back at school and spending time with the old and new teacher. They spent transition time in their old class and then moved up to their new classroom. On Friday, they spent their first whole day with their new teacher and completed some PSHE and getting to know you activities to help them settle in to school life. 


Important information for parents: 

- The children must come to school in their PE kit every Monday (tracksuit bottoms and Jumper in cold weather) 

-There will be no homework grids given out this half-term and we are asking you to read lots at home with the children. 

-Please make sure your child has their water bottle each day 






Hello Year 1, who are soon to be Year 2 

During the summer holidays we would like you to complete our ' Summer Art Challenge' . This challenge is going to help your new teachers learn a few amazing things about you.


Here is what you are going to need to complete this task:

-A5 sized paper (half an A4)

-Silly picture of yourself (if you cannot print an image of yourself you may draw your self to stick onto your background)

-Sentences about yourself, that you would like your teachers to know

-Paint or felt tips or Crayons  


Here is a an example of what it should look like:



The steps you need to follow are:

1) First decorate the A5 piece of paper to create your background. This can be which every pattern you like. You can use either, paint, felt tips or crayons. 

2) Then you can either take a silly picture of yourself or draw one and this will be stuck onto your back ground. 

3) The final step is to include sentences about yourself. These can be printed or hand written. Some examples are:

-My least favourite food is...

- If I could be an animal I would be...

-My favourite thing about school is...


REMEMBER this will go on display in your new classroom in September. 


The new Y2 Team would like to wish you a lovely, restful summer and we are looking forward to welcoming you all back into school in September.


The Year 2 Team laugh

Summer Reading

Phase 2 - 5 Sounds

Statutory Spellings for Y2