Shipton Bellinger Primary School

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 Year 2 Archive

2022-2023 (Including Autumn 2023)



Week beginning 30.10.23

What an incredible first week back after half term, we have been so busy. This week we have been celebrating and learning about historical heroes; the historical hero we learnt about in year 2 was Louis Braille, ask your child all about him, you will be amazed at what they can tell you. We deciphered words that were written in Braille and wrote our names using a Braille writer.

As part of our historical heroes week, we had the opportunity to use VR headsets. We all thought the experience was fantastic and learnt about Rosa Parks, Martin Luther-King and Mary Seacole; this was linked to black history month. 

We were lucky enough to have the fire service come into our class. We learnt all about fire safety, what to do in the event of a fire, how to call 999 and the different services that are available to us if we needed to call 999. It was really funny watching Mrs Cox putting on a fire person's uniform, she really struggled with the boots. 

In English we have started  a new learning journey based on London and a book called 'A walk in London', this will be linked to our history topic of the Great Fire of London.

A wonderful first week back, well done Robins. 


Week beginning 5.9.2023

What an incredible start to the new academic year! We started our new English learning journey based on the book 'The lion Inside'. We have used drama to retell the story and have even used part of the adventure playground to think about how some of the characters might have been feeling. We got even more into one of the main characters (the lion), by making lion masks.

We have had great fun exploring what value digits have within a number by playing bingo and other fun games.

Welcome everyone to what I am sure is going to be a fantastic term and year together in Robin class. Well done children for an amazing week.


Week beginning 11.9.23

Our first full week was fantastic! WE are well and truly enjoying our book for English, 'The Lion Inside'. We are busy planning our own version of the story ready to write our own story. 

In maths we are continuing learning all about numbers and place value and in science we are very excited to start conducting some experiments. Out topic in science is all about materials and we will test a range of different materials to find out what they can do.

We have had so much fun in music; we are using a range of percussion instruments to replicate the sound of African animals and African life. This is closely linked to our geography topic which is all based on Kenya. Our enquiry question for geography is 'Would my life be different if I lived in Kenya?'. Some of us were adamant that it would be, others felt our lives would be pretty similar and others were not sure at all because we hadn't learnt anything about Kenya yet.

PE has been great; we have have learnt how to play crazy golf on a golf course specially set up for us on the playground, it was so much fun.

We are having a great time in year 2 and can't wait for each new week to start.


Week beginning 18.9.23

Another fun filled week has come to a close. Oh my goodness how they rush past! Well, this week has seen us come to the end of our first learning journey in English, the final piece of work the children did was to write their own version of 'The Lion Inside'. They could change the characters, the setting, the problem to be solved, whatever they wanted. The end result from everybody was a truly fantastic story.

We have carried out experiments in science to discover some of the properties of certain materials and why certain objects are best suited to being made from that particular material.

In maths we are going to be adding and subtracting as we are now very confident with place value and the value of each digit within a number.

In PE this week, we had great fun. We have been learning how to correctly throw a foam javelin, how to balance and toss a bean bag on a tennis racket and we are learning how to play hockey. We all have a very competitive side.

Voting took place today for each classes school councilor, the results will be revealed in assembly on Monday.

Well done to Robins for another fantastic week and hope you all have a restful and happy weekend.


Week beginning 9.10.23

Another fantastic week comes to an end. The children have shown themselves to be amazing when working with coins; they can make the same amount in lots of different ways, very clever.

We have come to the end of our learning journey in English, based on the book 'I want my hat back'. We ended the learning journey by writing incredible letters to Rabbit (one of the main characters), begging him to come back to the classroom. You see Rabbit stole Bear's hat, Bear was very cross and frightened Rabbit who ran off. The children wrote their amazing letters in the hope that it would persuade Rabbit to come back.

We continue to learn about Kenya in Geography and next week we will learn what life is like for a child going to school in Kenya.

A fantastic and busy week, well done everyone.



Robin Class News

Summer term wb 17.10.23

Our last day in year 2 was full of movies, dancing and colouring. Robin class are the best children ever and are all incredibly wonderful. I hope you all have a restful but fun summer holiday and look forward to seeing you all back in September.

Summer term wb 10.7.23

Another fantastic week with the best class ever! We have had so much fun; we went to the gym festival at John Hanson (the highlight of the week) and we had the school disco. I would just like to say that I totally adore all the children in Robin class and I hope you all have a wonderful summer.

Summer term wb 26.6.23

What an amazing week! We have been doing so much. First we had our transition morning in year three, we had a wonderful time; she showed us photos of her pet snakes, we decorated our own draw label and we coloured in a bumble bee after writing around it all about ourselves. We had the country dancing festival at John Hanson, we were absolutely amazing. We had practiced a lot and we looked like we should have been on 'Strictly come dancing'. The week then ended with sports day and the most fabulous games afternoon ever. 


Summer term wb 19.6.23

We are going to be amazing at the country dancing festival; the children know 6 dances and are absolutely fantastic. 

We have been practising for sports day, which is really bringing out everybodies competitive side. Again, we are very excited and can't wait to see our parents there. 

In history, we have learnt that Nelson was a very clever man; he had a way of sending messages to his other ships through the use of flags (we have so much more to discover).

Our English journey is going really well; we have now all planned our own adventure story and are looking forward to next week when we are going to start writing our stories.

Our science experiments are showing us that a seed will certainly begin to grow when the conditions are just right, but a seed does not like being kept in the fridge.

We have started learning some french and know the french word for some colours - gosh Robin class are so clever.

Summer term wb 12.6.23

We continue to practise our dances for the festival and are doing brilliantly. 

Our science experiments are going well and we have noticed that seeds don't seem to like being cold as there isn't any sign of growth yet.

We have had great fun in maths; we were using rulers and metre sticks to measure length. Some of us were outside finding different things to measure, some of us were inside measuring and some of us were using hoppy frogs to measure how far we could make them jump, it caused a lot of laughs and serious competition.

We have begun a new history topic; we are learning all about the Battle of Trafalgar. We have discovered that the battle happened a long time ago and the most important ship in the battle was HMS Victory. We are very excited to learn more.

Summer term wb 5.6.23

We began a new learning journey based on a book called 'Ocean meets sky', it's wriiten by one of our favourite authors, The Fan Brothers. It's a wonderful story and will result in the children writing their own adventure story. We made our own telescopes and pretended to be out at sea

In science, we are carrying out experiments to see what happens to plants and seeds if we take some of the essentials for plant life away; we've even put some of the seeds in the fridge to see if plants can grow when they are cold.

We have started learning our dances ready for the counrty dancing festival on the 28th June; it's great fun learning these dances, the children are doing so well and getting very excited for the festival.

Summer 2 week 5 (15.5.23)

I would like to start by saying a huge well done to all the children in year 2. It has been SATs week and you have all worked extremely hard; I am so proud of all of you, well done. After each challenge book the children were rewarded with treats of biscuits and cakes, ending on Friday afternoon with a extra long playtime and ice creams - yummy.

The children certainly deserve their weekend and unbelievably only one week to go until half term. WELL DONE YEAR 2

Summer 2 week 4 (8.5.23)

We started this week with an exciting woodland walk. Luckily, the weather stayed dry for us while we were out and about, which meant we all had a great time looking at the diverse trees and seeing what wildlife we could spot. It was very wet underfoot with some exciting welly boot rescue missions. We all had a great time and are looking forward to using our visit to help us with our next learning journey. The book we will be focusing on is called 'House held up by trees'. 

In science, we are continuing to learn all about materials and their uses. We discovered what some materials are made from, with some of us not really believing that glass is made from very fine sand. In RE, we have been thinking about God and what this means to us; we have thought about what qualities God would have to make Him suitable for the position. We established that He would have to be a great listener (in all the languages spoken aound the world), He would need to be patient and kind and have real compassion for all of the world.

Another wonderful week has flown by, well done to Year 2.

Summer 1 week 3 (3.5.23)

Everything this week has been centered around the coronation weekend and what a lot of fun we have had. We have learnt all about Westminster Abbey; where it is, how old the abbey is and what happens in the abbey. We have learnt about the coronation ceremony and what will happen to the King throughout the ceremony. In maths we had great fun learning about repeating patterns, but using cup cakes and then eating them afterwards. We followed instructions to make a strawberry triffle and then to everyone's delight got to eat that afterwards. 

The highlight of the week though, was the coronation street party on the playground. It was touch and go as to whether it was going to happen due to such heavy rain showers, but Lady Luch shone down on us and brought out the sunshine. Sharing cakes, laughter and songs with our families made for just a wonderful afternoon.

Summer 1 week 2 (24.4.23)

And so ends another busy week; sometimes it feels that no sooner has a week started than it's ending.

We continue using the book 'If all the world were...' in English, with the children getting very excited about their developing poems. In maths we continue to practice our arithmetic skills, of which we are becoming experts. In our PSHE lesson we have been focusing our learning on recognising our own feelings and those of others. We had some lovely conversations about how to help people that we can see are feeling low and how to create positive feelings in the classroom. Our science topic continues with materials and everyday uses. In art, we have been focusing on an artist called Brianna McCarthy. Her art work focuses on faces and what a face can tell us; the children are creating some amazing collages all centered around faces and colours - beautiful.

Summer 1 week 1 (17.4.23)

A fantastic start to the summer term. 

In English we have begun a new learning journey based on a gorgeous book called, 'If all the world were...'. From this book the children will create some wonderful poetry. 

In geography, we are learning all about the continents and the oceans which will lead us on to learn all about the UK; it's capital cities, human and physical features and images from satellites.

In science, we are learning all about materials and their uses. We began by thinking about what materials there are and what different materials can be used for.

In PE, we are practising our throwing skills and running techniques with a view to being fully prepared for sports day.

Spring 2 Week 2 27.2.23

Another incredible week has flown by! 

In science we are learning all about habitats and food chains. We have started to think about large habitats and what animals might be found there and we went on a search around school for micro habitats to discover what animals we might find there, we discovered worms, slugs and wood lice. We are also discussing the impact of human acyivity on different habitats. This links very closely to our English learning journey which is based on the Book 'The Journey Home'. Within this story we will discover the impact we have on animals and their habitats and hopefully come up with some ideas to help many animals.

In our RE lessons, we are learning all about changing emotions and the Easter Story. In our history lessons, we are learning all about Florence Nightingale and why we still remember her. We will earn all about how she overcame difficulties and revolutionised nursing.

Thursday this week was World Book Day and we had so much fun. We loved seeing all the different costumes that everyone wore, sharing our favourite stories, making our own books and making our potato characters - what a great day!

Spring 1 week 6

Where did that half term go? The children have worked so hard. They completed their pirate fact files and were so excited to show Mums and Dads. I have to say how proud I am of all the children for working so incredibly hard in all areas of their learning. 

In science we have been learning about why it is important to have good hygiene; to see just how far germs spread, we did the glitter handshake, we were all very shocked to see how far the glitter spread. We came to understand that the glitter represented germs and how if we don't wash our hands regularly that we can spread germs very quickly.

This week has been Children's Mental Health Week, the theme was 'Let's connect'. We spent the week discussing and carrying out activities that encouraged us to think about who we are connected to. Our PE session on Thursday was great fun when we all connected together by singing and dancing.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a peaceful and restful half term.

Spring 1 week 5

The week started in a very strange way, there was pirate treasure all over the floor in a trail leading into Mrs Holloway's office. Attached to the treasure was a letter, inviting the children to write brilliant pirate fact files in return for some pirate treasure. The children's families are invited into school next Friday to come and see their super writing. The children were maths masters last week and remain maths masters; they all know how to divide and multiply numbers. In science this week, we have been learning all about how our bodies need exercise and the effect of exercise on our heart rate. We all found our resting pulse and then went for a minute run in the playground to see if there was much difference. The children were all shocked at how much faster their heart's were beating. In RE we learnt all about a Jewish hand washing ritual; Jewish people use a special cup to pour clean water over their hand's, this is to give thanks for the food they are going to eat. A super week Robins, well done.

Spring 1week 4

We are masters of fractions; we can find fractions of shapes, amounts and numbers. Well done Robins, you are all very clever. We have also finished writing our pirate stories which are absolutely incredible. The children worked very hard on them and should feel very immensely proud of themselves. In science we wanted to find out if the oldest person had the biggest foot; we conducted an investigation. We asked each other, the teachers and classroom assistants their age and shoe size. It turns out that the oldest person in school does have the largest shoe size. Another fantastic week of great learning, great job Robins.

Spring 1 week 3

This week we have learnt so much. To start, in science we have learnt all about the different types of animal classification and what makes an animal fall into that classification. In PE, we have learnt how to control a ball and to use the best type of throw to score points; a low, short throw or a long, high throw ( we are becoming very tactical in the shots we use). In maths, we have begun learning all about frations; we started our learning journey by exploring a carousel of different fraction activities - great fun.

Spring 1 week 2

Another jam packed week has sailed by. In English, we continue to use the book 'The Night Pirates' as our inspiration. We are going to be writing our pirate adventure story using this book as our template - we are very excited. In mathe we have been learning to read and record the time on an analogue clock: we can read o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to. In geography we have been looking at maps; we looked at a range of atlases and discovered that a map can show us so much more than where something is. Some of the maps we discovered showed us the amount of rainfall a country usually receives and the temperature that counrty would usually see. We finished the week enjoying free read Friday; we grabbed a book and enjoyed flopping on the bean bags to chill and read - a lovely way to end the week. 

Spring 1 week 1

Firstly, I would like to wish you all a very happy new year.

Our first week back has been jam packed with great learning. In English we are reading a book called 'The Night Pirates', which we absolutely love; we have come to school dressed as pirates where we used drama to act out the story. We will be writing our own story based on The Night Pirates. In science we are learning all about animals including humans. We will learn all about what a human body needs to stay healthy, we will learn all about food chains and different types of animals. To start our learning journey, we were learning how all animals have offspring and that humans have babies. Many of us wanted to know how to look after babies and what a baby needs in order to grow and be healthy. We were very lucky to have two of our parents (who are very experienced in the world of babies) come into the class to answer a great range of questions. Thank you very much to you both, you really helped the children to understand the needs of babies at different stages of development. A wonderful first week back, it was great to see all the children again after our Christmas break.


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