Welcome to Year 2
Welcome to year 2! We have a fantastic year planned for our lovely year 2 children and are so excited to work with you to ensure that your child is enjoying school life. In class 5 the teachers are Ms McGuinness and Mrs Bright and in class 6 the teacher is Miss Bartlam. Our door is always open and if you have any questions, worries or concerns please do come and have a chat with us. Together we are going to make this year a wonderful experience for the children. To see a what we are learning in computing click here. To see some samples of our Purple Mash work see the class 5 display board and the class 6 display board.
Week beginning 13.07.20
Over the past few weeks we have been exploring one of Miss Bartlam's favourite traditional tales, 'The Princess and The Pea'. It was great to revisit the classic tale but we have also enjoyed exploring a newer version called 'The Pea and The Princess' by Mini Grey. In this version of the story the pea is the narrator and we learn all about how he slowly climbed the huge pile of mattresses and feather beds to reach the sleeping princess. Can you think of any other stories which have been adapted from traditional tales? There are a list of some below for you to explore.
-Revolting Rhymes (Roald Dahl)
-The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon (Mini Grey)
-Goldilocks on CCTV (John Agard)
-The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (Jon Scieszka)
-Jack and the Baked Beanstalk (Colin Stimpson)
This week we are going to become authors once again and make our own exciting, imaginative and innovative twists on traditional tales. We are really excited to be introduced to some new characters and hear the stories you create.
Week beginning 06.07.20
We have been super impressed with how you have all adapted to the new normal over the last few months. Ms M has loved seeing some of you back at school and and I (Miss Bartlam) have really enjoyed exploring all of your pupil pages on One Note. We continue to be amazed by your resilience and, whether you have been learning in school or at home, we are so proud of how you showing all of your learning powers whilst continuing to 'Be Kind, Be Brave and Be Happy'. Please continue to upload your photos and audio messages to One Note, I really love looking at all the creative and exciting things you are getting up to! This week, I have been particularly impressed by your impressive imaginations when creating your own creatures and was so pleased to see you describe your creatures using the scientific vocabulary we looked at earlier in the year Why not take a look at the pictures below to meet some of our fabulous new creatures?
Week beginning 29.6.20
We have been so impressed with the pebbles that have been sent in so far! The pebble pathway is going to look fabulous and we know it will help to put a smile on people's faces on their way into school. I (Miss Bartlam) decorated my own pebble over the weekend. Something that has kept me smiling over the past few months is seeing how you have all continued to show your learning powers. You have been super resilient and resourceful with your home learning and have continued to show respect for all of our amazing key workers. For this reason I decided to paint a minion on my pebble so we will always remember what superstars you have been.
My sister got involved too and painted her own pebble. She has really enjoyed going for long walks recently so decided to paint some of the beautiful flowers she has seen. Ms M has also been telling me all about the painting that some of you have been doing during your time in school. What a fantastic job you have done! I really enjoyed looking through the pictures so I thought I would share them with you below. If you haven't painted your pebble yet, you are not too late. We would love to see them!
Our Pebble Painting Project
Week beginning 22.6.20
We have really enjoyed looking at all the home learning you have been doing over on One Note and have loved leaving you messages. We have a brand new story for you to explore in your English sessions this week. It is called 'Stuck' and is all about a little boy called Floyd who gets his kite stuck in a tree. Just like you, Floyd shows great resilience and determination when he is faced with a new challenge. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
We also wanted to remind you of the Community Art Project that we are working on and would love you to get involved! All you need to do is paint a large stone or pebble with a happy memory or something that means something to you and has made you smile while you have been at home. It would be lovely if you could leave a message of happiness on the back too. Why don't you get your family involved and let everybody paint their own stone? The aim is that we will have lots of different brightly coloured stones that we can display at school to make people smile. Miss Bucknall has been busy painting some stones herself at home and they look fantastic! Have a look at the pictures below for some inspiration. Happy painting!
Brilliant bravery and baking
Week beginning 15.6.20
We wanted to start off by saying a HUGE well done to everybody for their hard work on One Note last week. We know that moving to a new way of working can sometimes be a little strange but we are so impressed with the bravery and resilience you have shown towards your new activities. It has been so lovely to see the wonderful pictures, video and audio clips you have sent to us of your work and we have really enjoyed being able to give you some feedback. Remember, you will receive feedback on your work by Tuesday morning of the following week, so make sure to click on the feedback tab. We also wanted to say a big thank you to your parents for their support whilst we establish our new learning platform.
When I (Miss Bartlam) have not been exploring your fantastic one note pages, I have been enjoying baking some sweet treats. This weekend I attempted a carrot cake and I must say I am very pleased with the end result; it did taste very yummy indeed! I remembered all the work we did on measurements in our maths lessons at school and used my scales very carefully to make sure I had the exact amount of ingredients. I have uploaded some pictures below for you to see! I would love to know if any of you have made any treats recently, maybe you could post a picture onto your one note page.
One last thing before I tuck into a slice of carrot cake: I hope you are all staying safe and remembering to be kind, brave and happy!
Week beginning 8.6.20
It has been another wonderful week of home learning. We are so excited to see the 'Onenote' work you are doing at home, we just can't wait. It has also been fantastic to welcome some children back to school but what a shame about the rainy weather! Mrs Harvey has been teaching me all about gardening and encouraging me to be resilient, especially when some of my plants haven't grown very well. I have enjoyed looking after my garden so much that I have even put my wellies on in the rain and tried to do some weeding. I hope you are enjoying outdoor spaces too (whether it's your garden or the park) even though it might mean you get a bit soggy. If you have been having fun in the rain, we would love to hear about it or see a photograph.
Hello again year 2!
Week beginning 1.6.20
We hope you all had a wonderful half term and managed to get outside and enjoy the beautiful sunny weather we had. As you are already aware, we were so impressed with your amazing home learning last half term and the great job you did with all the activities on purple mash. We are so proud of you all and you have been absolute superstars! We can't wait to see more of your brilliant work this half term and we know that you will continue to show super resilience.
We know how much you have enjoyed cracking codes so we have one last secret code message for you to enjoy this week. Will you be able to solve it?
Reading Reading Reading
Week beginning 18.5.20
Once again we have been FLABBERGASTED by the amazing work you are doing at home! You are certainly keeping us busy and we love it! We have particularly loved hearing about the wonderful books you are reading at the moment. We've heard about children reading old favourites and lots of new books too. Here's a photograph of me, in a spare five minutes, reading one of my favourite books, 'The Flower'. Have you read this one? It's about a little boy called Brigg who discovers a book in the library labelled, 'Do Not Read!' and of course he can't resist taking it home. The book leads him to an unexpected discovery... but I won't say any more in case you want to read it. Do you think you could recommend a book to a friend?
Here is a link to film clip we would like you to watch:
This film clip is all about some birds who are really unkind to another bird. We would like you to write a letter to the little birds telling them how you feel about their behaviour. We have also got another secret code message for you. Well done to all of you who have worked on your own secret code messages. We were very impressed by them and found some of them really tricky.
Happy Home Learners
Week beginning 11.5.20
WOW! Last week you all managed to smash our year 2 record for home learning activities! We heard about so many wonderful learning activities and it made us prouder than ever. We couldn't believe our eyes when we saw the number of completed activities on Purple Mash, It was amazing! We love seeing your amazing home learning and receiving your messages on Purple Mash so keep them coming. Lots of really sweet post it messages were left in the book exchange too, so a big thank you to all of you. We have another exciting week of home learning planned for you and can't wait to see what you get up to at home this week. Here is a link to a beautiful film clip called, 'Treasure'. https://safeyoutube.net/w/eLsD
This film is all about a woman who lives in a rubbish dump but still manages to find some treasure. Once again, there aren't any words to the film clip so you could write a story to go with it or you could write a paragraph to describe where the woman lives. Don't forget to take a photograph of your completed writing and send it into school so that we can have a look at it. You also have a secret code message to work out. It's super tough this week!
Mr Smith has been in school and is missing you all. He's been doing lots of outdoor sports and indoor PE. Take a look at what Mr Smith is cuddling in this picture. We all miss you very much and hope we will all be back together soon. Take care lovely year 2 and remember to 'Be Kind, Be Brave and Be Happy!'
Secret Code Challenge
Week beginning 4.5.20
You are certainly keeping us busy sending in your work and messages especially on purple mash and guess what? We absolutely love it! Keep all your messages and work coming in because they really do make us smile and it makes our day to see what you have been up to.
Here are some special challenges for you:
We have attached another secret code message below. It is sooooooo hard this week, you might need a little help to work it out. Here's a clue... it asks you to do something!
We would also like you to watch the film "Cloudy Lesson". It's a really sweet video film all about a little boy who is learning to make clouds. The film doesn't have any words! Do you think you could write a story to match the film? Here is the link. https://safeyoutube.net/w/20mB
Stay safe everyone. We miss you so much but know that you are all doing a fantastic job of your home learning and it makes us burst with pride!
PS Don't forget to use the book exchange to change your reading books and leave us a little note when you do.
Week beginning 27.4.20
Once again we have been amazed by how hard you are all working at home. You really must give your grown ups a great big hug for helping you so brilliantly with your home learning. We absolutely love looking at your Purple Mash work and the messages we receive from you are the highlight of our day. Keep your purple mash work and messages coming and don't forget to take a look at the display board (you will find the link at the top of the page). Miss Gill is working hard on her Purple Mash work, just take a look at the photograph. If you want a different kind of challenge, here is a link to a lovely film clip all about a little girl who goes for a walk but is feeling sad and lonely. As she walks along, she finds something magical and then goes on a wonderful adventure.
Why not pretend that you find something magical on your daily walk. What will you find? What will happen on your adventure? If you want to, you could write a story all about it. Remember to take a photograph of your writing and email it in. We'd love to see it!
Finally, here is another secret code message for you. You'll never work this one out!
Week beginning 20.4.20
We have so enjoyed hearing about your Easter holiday challenges. It looks as though you have had lots of fun and well done to everyone for taking part! It's wonderful to have some lovely sunshine and see the trees spring into life too. At school, the trees and bushes are starting to bloom and here are Miss Creber and Mrs Bucknall enjoying the lilac tree. The National Trust have started a spring blossom watch which helps us to identify different blossom trees and teaches us how important blossom is as a habitat for wildlife. When you go for your daily walk, why not try to identify the different blossom trees you see. Here is the National Trust link
We are enjoying seeing everyone's work on purple mash and are adding some pieces of work to our class display boards. The display boards are looking very impressive. A huge thank you to all the grown ups and especially the children for working so hard. You are amazing and we couldn't be prouder of you. Here is another secret code challenge for you. It's a tough one!
Week beginning 30.03.20
Hello year 2! I know it has been a strange few weeks but I am so proud of how resilient you are being with your home learning! I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all your parents for their support in helping you to carry on with the super work you have been doing. Over the next few days I am going to be attempting some of the Woodthorpe Easter challenges. I've already had a go at the baking challenge and I must say the finished product was very yummy! If you want to get involved, you can find all 20 challenges on the home learning page of our website. Remember to send in some photos so we can see what you have been getting up to. I can't wait to hear all about your home learning when we are all back at school.
Take care everyone and stay positive!
Week beginning 30.3.20
Well done to everyone for working so hard on their home learning. Lots of you enjoyed working out the secret coded message last week so we've added another for one for you to decipher! Can you work out what your new message is? We also have another special challenge for you. We would like you to watch the story of, 'The Black Hat' by Maia Walczak. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoKavOfPkwo
The child in the story finds a black hat and all sorts of magical creatures emerge from it. We would like you to pretend to find a black hat, perhaps you will find it when you are out for your daily exercise. What magical wonders will your black hat produce in the middle of the night? You can talk through your ideas with a grown up and then write a story all about your black hat. You are all so clever, we know your ideas will be even better than Maia Walczak's!
Week beginning 23.3.20
Hello to all our wonderful year 2 children. We hope you are having lots of fun at home and that you are managing to do some home learning too! Lots of you have been drawing rainbows to put in your windows to represent bravery, kindness and happiness. Some children have been putting up their colourful creations to help cheer others up and raise a smile as they spend more time inside. It's so much fun spotting them if you are able to go out for a daily walk! So, we want to see your drawings in your windows, whether it's a bright rainbow or even a smiley face or multi-coloured hand print. When we go for our daily walk, we will count how many we can see and we'll know that we are all thinking about each other. We've also worked out a secret coded message for you year 2. Why don't you try to crack the code and then work on your own secret message for someone in your family? Take care everyone!
Ps The minions are missing you all!
Best Wishes and a Huge Thank You
Week beginning 16.3.20
The year 2 team would just like to say an enormous thank you to you all for your support over the last two terms. We have had a wonderful time with your amazing children and are so proud of all that they have achieved. We know that our lovely year 2 children will continue to work hard and show their fantastic families how hard working and sensible they are whilst they are learning at home and we can't wait to hear about their home learning when we are all back together again. We know that over the coming weeks, we will all be showing each other resilience, resourcefulness and respect more than ever. Remember year 2, you are very special and always, 'BE KIND, BE BRAVE and BE HAPPY!'
Friday was our last day of looking after our lovely ducklings. They certainly grew fast !
Here is a brief video clip of them on Friday morning shortly before they were collected to go back to their farm.
BBC Weather Roadshow
Week beginning 9.3.20
We've had another fantastic week at Woodthorpe. On Tuesday we had a really exciting Science Day and on Wednesday Alex and Boris visited us from the BBC! Alex told us about her job which involves finding out the weather and telling everyone all about it at the end of the news. Then Boris told us how he organises the cameras and sound for the weather reports. They were both very interesting and we learnt so much. After that we had the chance to use a green screen and carry out a weather report ourselves. It was so much fun.
Science day as well!
We had an amazing day on Tuesday in Year 2 with interesting visitors sharing facts about local scientists and showing experiments with dry ice. Also, we had the chance to look at lovely creatures preserved and experiment with electricity equipment.
To top it all, our duckling eggs arrived and two have hatched today ( Wednesday). The first one hatched just before 10.30am and Alex the weather girl saw it and knew it was a Khaki Campbell one after I told her the two varieties we had received. The others are Indian Runners.
Click here for clips of both:
World Book Day
Week beginning 2.3.20
What a brilliant world book day we had! We all loved spending the day in our pyjamas. Ms M loved it so much that she might ask Mr Hopkinson if we can wear our pyjamas everyday! We shared our favourite books with our friends, then we had yummy hot chocolate and listened to one of our favourite stories. Don't forget to listen to our audio recording of 'The Little Red Hen' which has been uploaded onto the website. It's always lovely to hear new stories too. If your child has fallen in love with any new story books please do tell us about them. WE LOOOVE BOOKS!
Week beginning 25.2.20
Well, year 2 have returned to school raring to go. What a brilliant week we've had! Everyone has come back to school with a fantastic attitude. This week we have been reading a beautiful poetry book called 'The Sun In Me' and have used John Foster's poem, 'I Spun a Star' as the inspiration for our own wonderful poetry. The children have made some amazing language choices and we have been so impressed with their brilliant ideas. Keep it up year 2. You are all awesome!
Super Scientists at the Phiz Lab
Week beginning 10.2.20
Despite the weather, we all had a wonderful scientific learning experience at the 'Phiz Lab'. We carried out two really interesting science investigations. We investigated how best to shape some play dough to enable it to float. Once we had managed to get the play dough floating, we added some weights to see if we could keep it floating! Our other investigation involved working out which light source was best: a candle or a torch. We then looked at different materials to see which would allow light to travel through it. Even though the weather tried to spoil the trip, our resilient WIS kids still had a fantastic day.
Week beginning 10.2.20
This week we have also had a visit from Sam Oldham, an Olympic gymnast! He talked about how resilient you must be if you want to do well at any sport. Sam showed us lots of tricky exercises to do and we had lots of fun with him. Our own brilliant gymnasts were able to show Sam some very difficult exercises too!
Our Bestwood Trip
Week beginning 3.2.20
What a fantastic trip we had on Wednesday! It was a beautiful day and we had so much fun. We all bounced into school and set off for Bestwood Country Park. We spent the day making dens, toasting marshmallows on a fire and orienteering. Our dens were really impressive and some even had a seating area and more than one room! The orienteering wasn't easy but everyone was very resilient (especially our grown ups) and we didn't give up. A huge thank you to everyone who gave up their time to help out. You were all brilliant!
Our Synagogue Visit
Week beginning 27.1.20
A huge thank you to all our parent helpers for coming along to the synagogue with us. It was so much fun and a great learning experience. Norman the Rabbi welcomed us to the synagogue in Sherwood and we found out so many interesting facts about Judaism. Norman even showed us the Torah! We were allowed to examine lots of Jewish artefacts and loved looking at the beautiful stained glass in the synagogue. We will be finding out lots more about the Jewish faith over the next few weeks and this visit really brought our learning to life! Everyone behaved beautifully too. Well done year 2.
Magical mathematicians and awesome authors!
Week beginning 20.1.20
We have been working so hard in our literacy and maths lessons this week! In maths, we have been exploring multiplication and division. We used a cake tin to help us split cubes into multiples and help us remember our golden rule that all groups must be equal. In literacy, we have been reading a beautiful new book called 'Leaf'. Leaf is a story is about a young polar bear who finds himself in the wild wood and far away from his family. It follows him on his adventure to get back home to the arctic. We have been using our knowledge of adjectives and adverbs to rewrite some sentences from the story. Take a look at what we came up with.
Inspired by Andy Goldsworthy
Week beginning 13.1.20
Over the last two weeks, we have been exploring different sculptures in our art lessons. We have discussed what a sculpture is, how they can be made and have even looked at some very famous sculptures all over the world. This week we have been learning about Andy Goldsworthy, a famous sculptor who uses themes and resources from the natural environment to create his sculptures. To understand Andy's sculptures a little bit more we used his style of work as inspiration for our own sculptures. We collected all of our own resources from the playground and are really proud of the sculptures we made! Take a look a some below.
Week beginning 6.1.20
We wanted to say a big hello and welcome back to year 2! We are really glad that you all had a safe and happy Christmas and have really enjoyed hearing about all the festive things you did over the holidays. We also cannot believe how quickly you have all settled back into school again and we are so proud of you for coming back with big smiles and an eagerness to learn. There are lots of exciting things to look forward to this term so please keep checking our website to stay up to date with everything that we are doing.
Our last week at school
Week beginning 16.12.19
What a brilliant term it has been! We have had such a busy week to celebrate Christmas and the end of the Autumn term. On Wednesday we put on our best party outfits and had some great Christmas games and we were even treated to a special visit from Santa himself! Thank you so much for all of your generous cards, gifts and well wishes as well as your continued support throughout the term. We want to wish you all a lovely Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in 2020!
Week beginning 09.12.19
We have had a brilliant week! It was finally time to perform to you all and welcome you to 'Busy Busy Bethlehem'. We have been showing great reciprocity when we have been practicing for our nativity and are so happy that so many of you came to watch us perform. Our teachers are really proud of the bravery we showed this week, we hope you enjoyed it just as much as we did! Next week is the last week at school before Christmas and we have so many exciting things planned. Don't forget that we need to wear our best party clothes on Wednesday!
Starting the countdown to Christmas
Week beginning 2.12.19
We started the countdown to Christmas in year 2 this week with a visit to Woodthorpe Manor Nursing Home. We have been practising some Christmas songs over the last few weeks and really enjoyed getting to perform them to the residents and staff. We also celebrated the festive season on Friday afternoon when we had our school Christmas fair. We have been making reindeer hot chocolate and reindeer food in our classes to sell at the fair and there were lots of other stalls and games for us to have a look around. Some of us even got to throw wet sponges at Ms M when she was in the stocks! We are really looking forward to our Nativity performances next week and hope that you enjoy it just as much as we do!
Busy Busy Bethlehem!
Week beginning 18.11.19
This week we have been continuing with the preparation for our Christmas nativity. We have learnt lots of new songs and added some great actions to go with them. To make sure everybody can hear us, we have also been practicing projecting our voices. Our teachers wanted to say a huge thank you for your support at home when we are learning our lines and for bringing in costumes for us to wear. We can't wait to perform to you in December and hope that we will give you an exciting and memorable start to your Christmas celebrations.
Week beginning 11.11.19
What a great week it has been! On Monday we learnt even more about animals and luckily for us we even got to hold some. We were visited by a tortoise, guinea pigs, chinchillas, frogs and even a snake! Our teachers were so proud of us when we volunteered to hold the animals, some of us were even brave enough to hold a tarantula. We learnt so much about the animals and we were excellent at asking questions about their habitat and their diet. Take a look at some of our photos to see these wonderful creatures.
Fire Engine Fun
Week beginning 4.11.19
We have had so much fun this week. On Monday some firefighters brought their amazing fire engine into school! We had a good look at the fire fighter's equipment which is stored in the sides of the engine. Some of us were allowed to spray some water from the hoses and we sat inside the engine too. After that, the firefighters talked to us about staying safe around fire works and we listened very carefully because we all understand how important this is. Take a look at our brilliant photos.
Week beginning 14.10.19
We are so proud of our sensible children. They are able to maturely discuss how to stay safe when using computers. In computing lessons this week, we have been learning that when working online, people may try to manipulate or trick others which can make someone feel sad. We reminded ourselves of the personal information we should keep private and identified people we could trust to talk to if we ever feel sad or feel something is wrong. Your child has made a ' helping hand', which shows the names of their trusted adults. The 'helping hand' helps the children to know who to talk to should they ever be worried or upset – do talk about this with them. Click here to see the video we watched in class.
A huge thank you to everyone who came to our parents' evening. It was lovely to see you all. Every single child in year 2 deserves a big hug for always doing their absolute best. Well done year 2. What a fantastic first half term it has been!
Week beginning 7.10.19
What a fantastic day we had at Perlethope! We enjoyed every moment because everyone was so kind and brave. We used our fishing nets to find invertebrates in the river and then identified them with a special information card. Everyone got wet feet but we were having so much fun we didn't mind. We also went into the woods and found the food a badger might enjoy for his breakfast. Pretending to be little moles moving around the woods was really fun too. Thank goodness all those little moles had a guide to help them move around safely and carefully. A huge thank you to all our parent helpers, you were all fantastic and helped to make our trip a wonderful success!
Fantastic fruit salad!
Week beginning 30.9.19
We started off the week with our Harvest celebration. The children did some great poetry performances. The Year 2 children all made a fruit salad from their design and were able to select from a range of different fruits, including exotic ones. Many children were brave enough to try something new and even discover they actually liked it! Later on in the week we went out on a bug hunt and found lots of minibeasts while learning about microhabitats.
Also, a reminder that it is the trip next week and that children will need a waterproof coat, wellies (the taller the better), a change of top, bottoms and socks, gloves and a plastic bag for wet clothing. (But let's hope that is not needed!)
Writing Challenge Homework
Week beginning 23.9.19
We are all very excited because we have sent our writing challenge homework home this week. The writing challenges are designed to last until Christmas but if your child whizzes through them before the end of term please feel free to send their writing into school and we will share it with the class. We really can't wait to see the children's fantastic work. The challenges are designed to be fun and sometimes involve the grown up in doing the writing so that the children can be the teacher. Sp sharpen your pencils everyone and get ready to do some wonderful writing!
Little Mole Stories
Week beginning 16.9.19
Well we have really worked our socks off this week! The children have written fantastic stories using the book 'How Big Is The World?' as their inspiration. Each child has worked so hard and really impressed us with their amazing resilience. Our stories will soon be displayed in the classroom so please feel free to pop in and have a look. We will be looking at a new text next week called, 'The World Came To Our Place Today' although 'How Big Is The World?' will remain one of our favourite stories and hopefully Little Mole will still visit out classroom from time to time.
Hoola Hoop Heroes
Week beginning 9.9.19
We've had another fantastic week at Woodthorpe. It has been wonderful to hear the children tell us how much they are enjoying making new friends in their classes. We really couldn't be prouder of our sensible year 2 children who are brilliant role models to the rest of the school. We've been so lucky with the weather this week too! The children have loved having a sunny September and have managed to enjoy some outdoor PE sessions. Take a look at our 'hoola hoop heroes'. They're awesome!
A Super Start
Week beginning 3.9.19
We are so impressed with our fantastic WIS children! They have made a wonderful start to year 2 and are so ready to learn. The children have absolutely loved sharing their 'Little Mole' projects with the rest of the class and it has been so much fun seeing where everyone has been on holiday. We have been amazed by the fabulous reading that has taken place in the school holidays. Many of the children have taken part in the summer reading challenge and some have even moved up a book band already! WOW!