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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2 Class 2020-2021!



Letters for Information 2020-2021

Keeping Our Children Safe

In school, we use a scheme called Protective Behaviours as part of the Taking Care Project. We have added some links for parents that you may find useful.

Summer Term 1
Spring Term 2021

Year 2 Home learning Timetable

Autumn Term 2020
Curriculum Overview
Knowledge Organisers
Useful Websites

Looking for reading inspiration? Here is The National Literacy Trust book list.

Gallery 2020-2021

Pupils in Year 2 experimented with different filters in front of a camera lens to create some of these amazing photographs. They also thought about angle - taking photographs from above or below - and framing images in unusual ways. I hope you'll agree that they've done an amazing job! 

Home learning - Art

Well done Year 2 for your fabulous first piece of art home-learning. We explored textures by creating lots of different rubbings and used them to create our own pictures. I am really impressed by the different interpretations of the task. Super work!

Special Visitor!

We had a very special visitor in school (socially distanced of course)! Santa stopped off on his way to the North Pole to drop off some presents for the children.

We have been learning how to write instruction texts. We based our own potions on the ones in George's Marvellous Medicine.

Our work from 'Here We are' by Oliver Jeffers

Gallery 2019-2020

Summer Holiday Activities


Here are some suggestions for activities and fun, colour themed learning tasks you could do over the holiday. I've also popped a 5-a-day that should last you for the whole summer holiday for those of you who really enjoy doing a little bit of maths every day. Don't forget to keep reading - there is a great online reading challenge called 'Silly Squad' that I have popped on the link for too. 


Have a great summer holiday. Stay safe and try to keep your brains active by trying out some of the tasks. I look forward to seeing you all in September when you join Year 2. 


Mrs Constable

If you're looking for other ideas then take a look at the Summer Passport.

This is for children if they are worried or need help

Seaside Holiday Learning


Year 2 pupils have been thoroughly enjoying their first week of the new Bridges topic. Here are some of the fantastic photos and pieces of work that I've been sent so far. Keep the emails coming - this is amazing home-learning!



Year 2 really enjoyed the Olympics topic. Lots of fun was had planning their own Olympics, designing new medals and mascots and finding out about different places around the world. Well done Year 2 - you are super home-learners. 

Year 2 Dragon Poetry


Here is our growing 'virtual anthology' of Dragon poetry. We've all written and presented these as part of our home learning. Mrs Constable is very impressed with the effort we've all made with our presentation and handwriting!

Faith Week 2019

During Faith Week we learnt about Judaism. We made some wonderfully coloured Star of David patterns for our hall board.

Awesome Africa!

As part of topic we have been studying Africa and a village called Mandinari. We have tasted some African food, looked at maps, drawn pictures of fruit and looked at animals.

Competition Winners!

Well done to Year 2 on winning the PTFA competition to collect 5p coins. A lot of fun is being had with the new classroom toys purchased by the PTFA.

Gallery from 2018-2019

Year 2 have produced these amazing pictures of Jack Frost.

Gallery from 2017-2018 Year Group


Our visit to Warwick Castle

We had a fantastic day at Warwick Castle learning about castles and daily life.

World Cup Day

We really enjoyed our whole school World Cup themed day particularly the ball skills practice and the penalty shoot out!

Van Gogh

We have been looking at the work of Vincent Van Gogh and in his style we painted these beautifully vibrant sunflowers to create a magnificent display.


The Cross of Nails

As part of our whole school display in celebration of The Cross of Nails pilgrimage, we created these decorative crosses using oil pastels and a smudging technique.

Bursting into Spring

We have been experimenting with different painting techniques.

After laying a colour wash, we used dowels, sponges, cotton buds and

cocktail sticks to paint trees and flowers creating these Spring like images.

World Book Day

The children really enjoyed dressing up to celebrate World Book Day and they had all thought carefully about a book and choosing their character.

Parable Presentations

In our RE learning we have been looking at parables.

In groups, Year 2 were tasked with presenting a parable to an audience, our Reception class.

They were given planning time to decide how to present it, what resources they would need, to split up the tasks between the group, create a script and rehearse.

The children worked extremely well with very little adult help. Their posters, plays and prayers were fantastic. The audience really enjoyed watching their presentations of The Good Samaritan, The Prodigal Son or The Lost Sheep.

They all took time to explain the meaning of their parable and showed

good understanding of the different stories.

Lights, Camel, Action

All children in Reception and Key Stage 1 took part in this year's Christmas production

with Year 2 taking the lead speaking roles.

The show told the nativity story with a modern twist through drama, song and dance.

The performances were amazing and all our visitors really enjoyed the show especially fans of "Strictly Come Dancing" as the dancing and choreography were judged by the panel comprising Caesar, the Innkeeper's wife and Donkey.

Caesar was not easy to impress but the Innkeeper's wife and Donkey were both

much more generous with their scores.

Well done to everyone; you were all fantastic and should be very proud of yourselves!

Jack Frost Pictures

Christmas Art Day

African Masks

As part of their topic work learning about Africa, Year 2 made these fantastic masks

inspired by looking at African tribal masks.

Purple4Polio Crocus Planting

Year 2 really enjoyed taking their part in this Rotary event, part of their

campaign to eradicate polio.

We made our own colourful pictures which were then cut into quarters. The individual quarter pieces were then re-arranged with others to create a very different picture.