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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2


Welcome to year 2! We are so happy to welcome the children back to school. We have missed everyone so much and cannot wait for our learning journey to begin together. 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. As you know, the class 5 teacher is Ms McGuinness and the class 6 teacher is Miss Bartlam. Mrs Bucknall and Miss Creber will also work with the year 2 children regularly. Our door is always open and if you have any questions, worries or concerns, please do let us know. Together we are going to make this year a wonderful experience for the children. Our year together is going to be fun and exciting as we continue to... 'Be Kind, Be Brave, Be Happy!'

Curriculum Presentation

You can view our curriculum presentation for 2021-22 here.

Nature, Art, Happiness and Health

Week beginning 24.1.22


This week we have continued to look at amazing artists such as Jenny Pickford and Andy Goldsworthy. We had a lovely afternoon outside gathering natural materials and then making our own Andy Goldsworthy inspired sculptures. We used all sorts of wonderful materials such as dried leaves, twigs, pine cones and stones. We also used some fabric leaves too! Then we worked in a group to arrange the materials into patterns and made some beautiful art work. Take a look at our photos. What do you think? The children showed amazing team work and artistic flair. 


We also thought about how important exercise, a healthy diet and plenty of sleep are if we want to stay healthy. We talked about how important it is to smile and laugh because this makes us feel happy. The children know that keeping clean is a part of being healthy and there was lots of laughter as we made some pretend germs and then tried to wash them off our hands. Our pretend germs were made of glitter and hand gel! Ms M ended up with glitter everywhere! Will out carpet ever be the same again?

Inspiring Stories

Week beginning 17.1.22


This week we have read a beautiful book called, 'Leaf'. It's a story all about a polar bear who washes up on the edge of a wild wood.  Sadly, the other animals fear and avoid him because he is different. The poor bear misses his family and home so much and he resiliently tries to get back to them but his plans don't work. In the end, the crows of the wild wood take pity on him and fly him home. The children responded to this wonderful book with so much empathy and enjoyed roleplaying the story. They imagined how the polar bear must have felt which inspired some great writing. Our children are so kind and empathetic and it was heart-warming to hear them explain how we should always welcome and include others. 

Amazing Artists

Week Beginning 10.1.22


It's been another brilliant learning week at WIS! The year 2 children have worked their socks off. They have enjoyed learning to tell the time and have made fantastic progress with this very tricky concept. Thank you so much for helping your child with their time homework over the holiday. We really can see the impact the home learning has had. The children wrote some very inspiring poems this week too! We read the poem, 'River Winding' from the book 'Earth Poems' and used this as the basis for our own ideas. The children made such interesting words choices and their poems were so inventive. We have also looked at the work of the sculptor Jenny Pickford and enjoyed making 'mini-sculptures' inspired by her creations. Take a look at our fantastic work. 

Happy New Year! 

Week Beginning 4.1.22


It is absolutely wonderful to have the children back at school and to hear the memories they have made over the holidays. We hope that you have all had a very happy time together. Returning to school was so much fun because we started our week with a well being day. During our well being day, the children engaged in sports such as dodgeball, dance and yoga. They also had a relaxing time working on a very special art activity. Each child worked in a team of three and planned and produced a 3d portrait of an animal with their team mates. The team work we saw throughout the day was impressive and it was a fantastic opportunity for the children to use their learning powers, especially their 'reciprocity'. 


On Wednesday, we had a visit from Sarah Denvers and her 'assistance dog' Barney. Sarah explained how Barney helps her every day and some of us were lucky enough to give Barney a pat! It has been a lovely week and the children have returned to school eager to ''be kind, be brave and be happy!' 


Merry Christmas Everyone

Week beginning 13.12.21


As can be expected as we prepare for Christmas, we have had a very busy week with lots more festive fun. We started the week with our Year 2 Christmas parties on Monday. The morning was filled with lots of dancing, singing and party games including a special pass the parcel. We loved seeing everyone in their party outfits and showing off their best dance moves. Tuesday was also a very special day here at WIS. We enjoyed a lovely Christmas dinner with all the trimmings followed by a visit to St Mark's Church to hear the story of the first nativity. We have finished the week with a DT project and have made our own pages for a festive pop up book. The children were so creative with their ideas and we loved seeing their imagination come to life on their pages. 


You can see lots of pictures from our busy week in the slideshow below. Before we head home for the Christmas holidays we wanted to say a big thank you to everyone for your kind words and gifts. We have loved teaching your amazing children this term and cannot wait to see them all back at school next year. 


Wishing you all a very merry Christmas, stay safe

Love Miss Bartlam and Ms M 

Away in a manger

Week beginnning 6.12.21


What a busy week we have had! We couldn't let the week end without mentioning our fantastic nativity performances on Tuesday and Thursday. We're sure that you will feel the same when we say we could not be prouder of all of the children and the way they worked as a super team. It felt lovely to be able to welcome you all into school to watch our performances, we hope you went home humming the songs and feeling super Christmassy. Once again, a big thank you for all of your continued support. If you didn't manage to catch the show or you want a reminder of how lovely it was, take a look at the pictures below.


As we prepare for our final week of school for 2021, we wanted to note a few things. Firstly, a big thank you to everybody who has donated a raffle prize. The class hampers are looking excellent and will hopefully make a nice addition to somebody's Christmas buffet table. Secondly. if you weren't already aware, Monday 13th is year 2 party day. We know that the children are very excited to have some more festive fun, please send them into school in their best party outfits. The more sequins the better!

Snow much fun

Week beginning 29.11.21


On our return to school on Monday, we were thrilled to see that there was still a blanket of snow on the playground waiting for us. We couldn't wait to get out coats on and head out for some frosty fun. Some of us enjoyed a mini snowball fight with Mr Hopkinson. What great fun it was! A couple of our resourceful year 2 children decided to gather snow and make their own little ice sculptures too, we had a very handsome hedgehog made with snow and small stones. It really was lovely to see everyone with huge happy smiles on their faces at break time.


Also this week, we have been busy on our journey to Bethlehem as we put the finishing pieces of our Key Stage 1 Nativity together. We can't wait to share it with the rest of the school and our grown ups next week. Hopefully, you are just as excited as we are and it will get you feeling very festive.



Dear Earth

Week beginning 22.11.21


Over the last couple of weeks we have been reading a story called 'Dear Earth' by Isobel Otter. This take is all about an adventurous girl named Tessa who longs to be an explorer just like her Grandpa. Tessa dreams of visiting the many wonders of the world and decides to write a letter to our miraculous planet, Earth. Just like Tessa, this week we decided to write our own letters to Earth and explain what we would do if we had the chance to become and explorer. We used some very impressive verbs and spoke about how cool it would be to hike up snowy mountains, graze with giant pandas or even wobble through sandy deserts on a camel. As always we were so impressed with everybody's imaginations. Some of our Dashing Dolphins wanted to share their letters with you. Take a look at the videos below and ask yourself, if you travelled the Earth, where would you explore?


Before we go we wanted to say a really big well done to the year 2 children who have been working on their handwriting and spellings at home. We are really seeing the benefits in school. Keep up the great work everybody.

Dear Earth

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Dear Earth

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Our trip to Perlethorpe

Week beginning 15.11.21


What a brilliant day we had at Perlethorpe on Wednesday! Luckily the rain held off for our first school trip of the year and we had a super day exploring the grounds at Perlethorpe. Before we tell you what we got up to, we have to say a big well done to all of the year 2 children. Everybody showed amazing respect to the grown ups around us and, as always, displayed great use of their learning powers throughout the day. We are very proud of all of you! Another big thank you to all of our parent volunteers, we could not have done it with out you.


What a jam packed day it was! In the morning, we got stuck in with lots of great activities. We showed great reciprocity when leading our blindfolded partners thorough the woodland obstacle course and were also fantastic explorers when searching for different exciting minibeasts. Miss Bartlam was so proud of the Dashing Dolphins when they carefully (and very resourcefully) created safe habitats for some woodland creatures. In the afternoon, after a well earned lunch, we went into the River Meden to search for some more exciting wildlife. Even though some of us were very nervous to take the plunge, we all gave it a go and by the end were having a fabulous time doing the 'Perlethorpe Shuffle' in the river. 


We had such a fabulous day and would love you to take a look at some of the pictures below.


Marvellous Mathematicians!

Week beginning 8.11.21


If you didn't already know, we love doing maths here at WIS and this week we have proved what super mathematicians we are. We used our hundred squares to help us solve some addition and subtraction equations and, with the help of our number lines, we explored numbers that were greater than, less than and equal to each other. Our teachers were really impressed with our proving skills. What amazing use of our learning powers! Take a look at some of our Dashing Dolphins being incredibly resourceful in the pictures below. 

Wellbeing Day

Week beginning 1.11.21


Welcome back everybody! We have loved getting back into the swing of things this week and it has been so lovely to hear about all of the fun you got up to over half term, especially the spooky halloween adventures. This week we have been exploring a new story all about the wonders of the rainforest, it is called 'The Great Kapok Tree'. We wrote some super exclamation sentences to show just how wonderous and beautiful the creatures of the story were. Our wellbeing day on Tuesday also helped us explore the story a little more as we joined in with some drama, dance and singing to showcase our favourite rainforest animals. What an awesome day it was! As you know, we love showing our artistic side at WIS so we also decorated some bright and colourful feathers to join our 'Woodthorpe Wings' display. Look out for these soon on your walk up to school or, for a sneak peak, take a look at the pictures below.


Awesome Authors

Week Beginning 11.10.21


It was so lovely to see so many of you at parents' evening. Thank you so much for coming. We love sharing the children's fantastic progress with you. It has been another busy week in year 2. This week we have watched a film called 'Zahra' and written a story to match the film. We have learnt all about verbs and adverbs and how they work together. Everyone has worked very hard and their handwriting is improving hugely. Here are some of our lovely children showing off their brilliant stories.

PS We are sending home some handwriting and spelling jobs for the children to work on over half term but the most important job that you absolutely MUST do is to... have lots of fun with your lovely children! 

Hello Yellow Day

Week Beginning 4.10.21


We have had another fantastic week in year 2. What a wonderful group of hard working children we have. They really are sooooo resilient. This week we have learnt a poem all about a magic carpet ride and have written our own poems based on this. In science we learnt about the life cycle of a plant and in maths we worked on our understanding of addition and subtraction. We finished off the week with our 'Hello Yellow' day. Everyone wore yellow to show that no one is alone with their mental health and that we look after each other. In year 2, the children are fantastic at using their reciprocity learning power. Here are some of the year 2 children showing each other that they are a special team! Just look at those happy, supportive and kind faces. 

PS We are looking forward to seeing everyone at parents' evening next week. We can't wait to share the children's learning with you.

Magical Musicians

Week Beginning 27.9.21


It has been another exciting and fun week in year 2. We have worked our socks off this week. You won't believe how much we have managed to get done. We wrote some fantastic stories based on the book, 'Stuck' which were very, very funny. We have read an information sheet all about 'deserts' and clarified some very tricky words such as 'located'. We finished our rainforest paintings and... we worked very hard in maths on place value and partitioning numbers. On top of all of this, we have had lots of fun in our ukulele lessons. Here we are being 'magical musicians' and strumming away. 

PS We want to say a HUGE thank you to all our grown ups for supporting our wonderful year 2 children with their reading. We are so impressed by your dedication and commitment. 

Amazing Artists

Week Beginning  20.9.21


What a wonderful week we have had in year 2. We are having more fun than ever and are loving the sunshine. This week the year 2 children have shown what 'amazing artists' they are by working on their rainforest pictures. They chose an interesting rainforest animal, drew the outline slowly, and carefully filled the page with detail. After that, they made their pictures so colourful by adding lots of vibrant oil pastels. We are so proud of their resilience! Well done year 2!

Sunshine and Smiles

Week Beginning 13.9.21


What an amazing week we have had in year 2. It has been so much fun and Ms M in particular is SUPER happy to be back at school with everyone. It has been a busy week in year 2. We have written stories based on 'How Big Is The World?', worked on telling the time, drawn some rainforest animals, learnt a song about the continents and oceans and discussed animal habitats. Phew! We have also had time to enjoy the sunshine and have shown so much reciprocity when playing with our wonderful friends. Some children are new friends and some children are old friends but they are each and everyone of them... LOVELY! Here are some of us playing in the sun. Just look at those sunshine smiles!

Welcome back year 2!

Week beginning 6.9.21


As we approach the end of our first week back we wanted to say a great big well done to all of our super year 2 children. They have continued to show amazing resilience as they adapt to life in year 2 and have really made their teachers smile with their kindness and respect. We can tell it is going to be an amazing year! For those of you who aren't already aware, we have brand new class names and we would love to share these with you. You will now find the Pouncing Polar Bears in Class 5 and the Dashing Dolphins in Class 6. On Wednesday, we put our artist hats on and spent some time creating our own class animal and rock, we are looking forward to you getting a chance to see these on display very soon.


As always we wanted to say thank you for all of your support at home. With your help our lovely year 2s have settled back really well and we can't wait to get to know you and them better as the year unfolds. 

Love Ms M and Miss Bartlam