Year 2

 Welcome to Year 2

Welcome to our Year 2 page. Here you will find important information about our Class routines, curriculum and general information. Please scroll down to keep up to date with our class blog.


Our Year 2 Staff:

Miss Pickup – Teacher

Mrs Sinclair – Teaching Assistant


Friday 8th June


This week we have been super writers! In English we wrote FANTASTIC retells of the story ‘The man on the moon.’ Some of our children even had to write an alternative ending. During topic we also wrote brilliant instructions and I’m sure that anyone who reads them would be able to create a fabulous moon buggy. We celebrated our efforts in writing by creating dens with Mrs Sinclair outside. It was so fun!


In Maths we have been learning all about place value. We practiced creating, ordering and comparing two digit and three digit numbers in multiple ways. 


Our work about Neil Armstrong has inspired us to look at the differences between the UK and USA. We began by creating mind maps of local places and places in the UK then created leaflets to encourage an astronaut from the USA to come and visit us. Fingers crossed!

Friday 25th May 2018 
A HUGE WELL DONE to all of Year 2. They have worked so hard this week during the SATs. We decided that for a treat the children could have a party and watch the greatest showman with popcorn and sweets. What delight that was!
We have been completing a science investigation. During this experiment, we had to test rockets to see how high we could get them. As a class, we have tested the rockets ourselves but after the holidays we are going to work in groups and change different things. Some things have to stay the same to keep it fair. It was so much fun!!
In computing, we have been coding and we had to get the aliens and astronaut to move and to talk. We have been looking at the different planets and used water colours to paint beautiful pictures. 
The headteacher's award went to Aiden for always having a positive attitude towards school. 
Our core value went to.... 
ENJOY the holidays Year 2 and stay safe - you really do deserve it! See you after half term for even more! 
Friday 18th May
This week in Maths we have been learning all about statistics. We all voted for our favourite colour and animal then we created tally charts, pictograms and bar charts to record the data we collected. We even got to go into the computer suite to complete this task. 
In topic, we created astronaut suits for teddy bears to see which would be the most waterproof to travel to space in. We tested tinfoil, cellophane, plastic bags and bubblewrap. Yellow group won with cellophane! We also created moon cars in design and technology using egg boxes and cardboard. They look amazing and we are even going to try to motorise them next week. We wrote fantastic letters to the Discovery Museum to thank them for the cool asteroid.
Headteacher's award goes to Liam for a positive attitude towards his home read. 
Amelia was awarded with core value this week for being considerate.
Thank you for attending the royal wedding picnic. We hope you thoroughly enjoyed it as much as us. Reminder: Year 2 SATS are beginning on Monday but no extra work is necessary. P.E is now on a Friday but please make sure that children bring P.E kits in on a Monday and take them home on a Friday as P.E dates can change. Non-uniform day next Friday to raise money for school funds. Please remember to bring a bottle e.g wine and bubble bath. 
Friday 11th May 2018 
What a wonderful week we have had! At the start of the week in maths, we baked some cakes because we needed to measure out ingredients using the scales. The cakes were scrumptious and we actually got to cook in maths. Can you believe it? We are all took the cake home to enjoy. Then, we looked at measurement and used our rules to measure in cm and m. We even measured the computer suite and some of us had to estimate. 
During english, we have been looking at different sentence types. We looked at commands, exclamation sentences, questions and statements. Miss Pickup kept giving us a shock when she shouted out demands or exclamation sentences. 
In topic, we have been sewing and have made some amazing colourful rockets. We designed them, made them and evaluated them. It was brilliant! We have been looking at materials and discussing whether they are waterproof or if they absorb the water. In the computer suite, we have been creating powerpoints about Neil Armstrong. A huge well done for Heidi creating her own at home. It was superb! 
Headteacher's award went to Keira for working really hard and settling well into Fatfield. 
A reminder that KS1 SATs are starting week commencing 21st May 2018.
Friday 4th May 2018
What a superb week we have had! A special parcel was delivered to school this week. Can you believe it was from the discovery museum? It was an asteroid!!! We had the exciting task of finding a cool place to store the asteroid. We were given lots of photos from around school and we had to record the results using a thermometer. Later in the week, we had to make astronaut juice and measure out using ml and L. 
In english, we applied to be an astronaut. I really think lots of children in year 2 will be employed as an astronaut in no time at all. 
During topic this week, we have been learning how to sew and painting ‘moon rocks’. We have also recounted Neil Armstrong’s life’s. In RE, we have been looking at Christianity and been researching all about the Adam and Eve story and created a storyboard. 
In computer, we have been learning different functions on PowerPoint. We have been looking at the design, font size, font and colours working in partners. 
A huge well done to Flynn for receiving the head teacher’s award for a huge improvement in his writing. He produced a beautiful letter in English! 
Jacob received the core value for being unique. 
Well done to Grace for achieving 25 merits and getting a silver medal! 
Friday 27th April 2018
This week, we have been learning all about Neil Armstrong and how he is such a brave person. In English, Miss Newton received an email from Buzz Aldrin asking us to write an information text all about Neil Armstrong. Did you know he could fly anything? When he was younger, he flew planes off huge ships in the war and he was the first person to the moon. During Maths, we have been solving simple problems with money. 
Kadinsky's work inspired us to create abstract rocket paintings. We had to use shape templates and watercolour paints. They turned out beautiful.
In topic, we have been looking at natural and man-made light sources. We identified that the sun is a natural light source but the moon does not because it reflects light off other light sources. In addition, we have researched the similarities and differences between Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus. During P.E, we took part in atheltics astronaut training. 
This week our core value award went to Oliver for being supportive. 
Well done to Hana for always trying her best and receiving the head teacher's award. 
A huge well done for all of our attendance winners. 
Friday 20th April 2018
I hope you all had a lovely two week break! We have been greeted with gorgeous sunshine for our first very busy week back. 
In Maths we worked with money. We had to recognise different amounts of money, make different combinations of money and add money. It was lots of fun. When you go to the shops I will be able to count it out for you! 
In English Miss Newton was crackers and decided to completely change our class novel. She changed all the characters in the story. We planned out our new alternative stories and then had to write them up. Miss Pickup is so proud of our handwriting and how far we have come.
In art we made moon pictures with sponges and paint. We also found out about mixing primary colours to make secondary colours. Our classroom got very messy. Since we are learning all about Neil Armstrong we decided  to create a timeline of events. Can you believe a dog went to space? 
A huge well done to Connor this week for receiving the core value award for being respectful.
Bailey received head teacher's award for trying really hard. 
Well done to Cora for getting her bronze medal for 10 merits!
A HUGE thank you for all the homework projects. They are amazing and will be displayed around our classroom for the rest of the half term. 
Thursday 28th March 2018
What a busy last week we have had! Thank you to all the parents/carers for attending the KS1 SATs meeting. It is greatly appreciated. 
We have been telling the time all week. Over the holidays, please ask us the time throughout the day to help us continue our knowledge for time. In English, Miss Pickup changed our class novel by swapping characters and the setting which was rather funny. Today, we have been writing a description of a zoo and we are just fabulous at including adjectives within our writing. Miss Pickup is on the hunt for a handwriter of the week. She is so proud at all the handwriting within Year 2 and it has improved greatly. All the children are working really hard towards this so well done!
During the week, Miss Pickup took us into the computer suite and we have started to program and code. We had to program the plane to take off correctly on the runway. Then, we added more planes and helicopters using codes to ensure they wouldn't crash into each other. Miss pickup was really naughty and made all of our planes crash into each other. We had to find the errors in the coding and change it for the planes to take off correctly. 
On Wednesday, it was the music concert and all the children who participated were amazing. We thoroughly enjoyed it! Also, it was the easter egg competition. We received lots of creative eggs that the children have designed. Thank you all for the support. 
As it is the end of the term, we are going to be starting our new topic. Next term, we are going to be looking at 'Why was Neil Armstrong a brave person?' For our homework, we have to complete  a quality homework project. This may include a detailed leaflet, detailed poster, detailed information text, a rocket or space model, an information powerpoint or anything linked to Neil Armstrong. It is going to be set for the following three weeks and will be due in the 19th April. It will be getting displayed around the classroom. 
Enjoy the easter holidays, stay safe and have fun! 
Friday 23rd March 2018
 We had a little surprise visit from the chicks. We brought the incubator in from Reception and we all got to hold a chick each. They were so fluffy and cute! 
In maths, we have been telling the time. Some of us have been looking at the o'clock and half past the hour and others have been looking at quarter to and quarter past. Ask me the time at home and see if I can show you. 
In english, we had to write a recount of our trip to the castle. Miss Pickup was so proud of us all. She even gave out THREE awards for handwriter of the week. Well done to Connor, Lauren and Shay for working really hard to improve ascenders and descenders when forming the letters. 
Miss Newton has been with us a while on her final placement and will start teaching us on Monday. We are so excited. 
Remember on Tuesday it is the KS1 SAT meeting at 5.30. If you have any questions at the end Miss Pickup will be around to answer any questions. 
Friday 16th March 2018
On Monday, it was World Book Day and the children looked FANTASTIC! They all dressed up as their favourite characters and drew 'selfies' of themselves. Also, they made a mask of a character of their choice. 
We have been learning all about fractions. We are now Fraction Wizards! We have identified fractions, compared fractions and calculated a fraction of an amount. All the children have been working really hard within their reading and comprehension skills. 
On Thursday, it was our trip. It was a chilly one but it was SUPER!!!! We explored the castle with a tour guide and went to the top of the castle. It was so high up that we seen the whole of Newcastle and Gateshead. Then, we trapped Miss Pickup and Mrs Sinclair in a wooden stock and we pretended to throw things off them. It was hilarious! Afterwards, we had a workshop. Did you know there was a Great Fire of Gateshead? We found out lots of facts and even looked at some artefacts. 
A massive thank you to all the grown ups who attended invitation afternoon. We appreciate your support!
The head teacher certificate was awarded to Connor for being such a kind friend to his peers.
The core value was considerate and this was awarded to Jacob. 
The Mathlete of the week goes to Flynn.
Brandon received his bronze medal for 10 merits.
Friday 9th march 2018 
Welcome back! I bet you are all refreshed after the three days off.
In maths, we have been looking at estimating answers for addition and subtraction. In addition, we have been looking at mentally adding and subtracting two digit numbers. Miss Pickup has introduced our new book which is called the fox. We have been making predictions and predicting how a character may feel and why. Some of us looked at our things that were true or false about the main character. Others looked at the character's personality and appearance by sorting them into the correct pile. 
In RE, we have been designing our own Mehni patterns for Hinduism. Hindus design these patterns on their hands for special occasions e.g. a wedding. 
Our head teacher award went to.... for... 
Our core value this week was ...... for being....
Keep up your hard work Year 2! Remember that P.E is on a Tuesday for the rest of half term as a man called Matt has been taking our sessions and delivering a range of activities for cricket. 
Friday 2nd March 2018 
Can you believe it? Three days off school for the snow. I hope you are all having the best time ever and enjoying the snow. School will re open on Monday and the pathways will be cleared.
We wrote instructions on how to make bread because we were so good at making it. Our instructions were fantastic and Miss Pickup was so pleased with them. We used lots of technical vocabulary and the lay out of our work was exceptional. 
In maths, we have been adding and subtracting. Addition can be done in any order whereas subtraction cannot. We solved lots of problems and reasoned our answers with a detailed explanation. 
Friday 23rd February 2018
What a busy first week back! We have not stopped. In English, we had an exciting lesson because we baked some bread. In the Great Fire of London, the bakery set on fire because Thomas (the baker) was cooking bread and went upstairs but he forgot about the bread. We are going to write instructions about how we made the bread. 
In science, we have been looking at different materials to see whether they float or sink in the water. At first, we made predictions to predict what we thought would happen then we tested it out. After that, we completed a boat investigation. We were all given the same materials and we had to see whose boat would float with most amount of cubes on it. Heidi, Katie and Jack managed to get 80 cubes on their boat. We could not believe it! 
In maths, we have been looking at subtraction. Some of us even used column addition and we had to regroup and borrow from the tens column. Some of us thought it was tricky but fun. 
Our celebration certificate went to Charlie for a fabulous attitude towards his presentation of his work. 
The core value this week goes to Oliver for being supportive. 
Please remember it is our trip a week today. Please can the trip reply slips be handed into the office ASAP. If you do not have a letter, please come and see Miss Pickup.
Friday 2nd February 2018 
This week, we have been retelling the story of Toby and the Great Fire of London. Miss Pickup is very proud of all of our hard work. We had to write a book review about the Great Fire of London. We all agreed that our favourite part was when Toby saved the day and put the huge fire out. It is a fiction book but based around a real life event. 
In maths, we have been looking at addition. Some of us having been working out number bonds to 10 using numicon to support us. Others having been adding tens to a two-digit number. We are becoming a maths masters. 
Topic has been crazy! Miss Pickup asked us to make medicine for those that were injured in the Great Fire of London. We used measuring jugs and special medicines to mix them together to create our own. We even had to name our own potions. Photos to follow...
Our celebration certificate went to Orfefs for always trying his best in reading. 
The Handwriter of Year 2 this week is Amelia. She has worked her socks off for this achievement.
In addition, a HUGE thank you to all parents/carers for supporting the children to complete their amazing homework projects. They are displayed all around our classroom. 
Reminder: P.E Kit to be in on a Monday and take home on a Friday as P.E can change. It is currently on a Thursday but after the holidays it will be changing. A cricket coach is coming to Fatfield to work the children. 
Friday 26th January 2018
Well, we have had the most exciting day EVER! The Fire Brigade came to visit us at school and it was fantastic. All the firemen introduced themselves and talked about all the equipment. We even got to use their hose. It was so much fun. Miss Pickup was not happy when we nearly squirted her. Then, Mrs Pizl nearly fell off her chair in the office because they put the lights and sirens on when leaving. 
Friday 19th January 2018
Miss Pickup has been so proud of us all this week. We have been completing our first big write since the Christmas holidays. We all worked really hard! We had to write a diary entry in the role of Toby. We all had to step into the shoes of Toby and take on his role. The Great Fire of London was extremely terrifying!!
In maths, we have been looking at 3D shapes. Lots of us brought in different 3D shape in a real life context. We also looked at photographs and had to identify what shape it was. 
As a school we have subscribed to purple mash which is a fantastic resource. Every child has received a letter about it and log ins for the them to log into at home. 
Our handwriter week award goes to Aiden this week. He has worked extremely hard to improve his handwriting over the last few weeks. 
Our core value this week is responsible and the award goes to Heidi. 
Our celebration assembly award goes to Lauren for working really hard in maths. 
Friday 12th January 2018
Happy New Year and welcome back to Year 2 blog! We have been so busy this week with it being our first week back. Our classroom has changed to match our topic. Our topic this term is the Great Fire of London. We are all so excited to find out all about it. We have transformed our classroom. In our maths area it is Pudding Lane Bakery. We have lots of historical houses that we made using cardboard. 
In maths we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes. Some of us went on a shape hunt around school and we had to identify what shape it was. Whilst some of us had to write riddles using a shapes properties. Our partners had to guess what shape it was. 
In English we have introduced our new 'topic text' which is called Toby and the Great Fire of London. We have been predicting what we think the book is about. Today we used our senses to imagine what Toby would have smelt, touched, heard and saw. 
In topic we have been comparing London in 1666 to nowadays. It has changed a lot! Can you believe that people did not have cars? We have been doing some marble painting which was lots of fun. It created a fiery background. Then we created a silhouette as the background of the houses. 
This week our superstars are:
Our core value was awarded to Orfefs for being unique. 
Our celebration assembly certificate went to Brogan for being a fantastic friend to our new starter who has came all the way from Japan. Brogan even knows more Japanese than Miss Pickup. 
Friday 8th December 2017 
Our elf Buddy has been getting up to some mischief. On Monday he knocked down all of our times tables and they were all over the floor. He was dangling from the washing line so he kept hitting Mrs Sinclair on the head every time she walked past. Then on Tuesday he wrapped up Miss Pickup's chair. He decided to decorate the tree on Wednesday with toilet roll - Miss Pickup was not happy!!! After that, he visited the photocopier and took lots of selfies of himself. He put the photos all over our class. 
In science we have been doing an investigation. We are trying to find out which way is the best way to grow cress. We have tested cotton wool. a wet paper towel and soil. 
In maths we have been looking at different ways to partition a number. Some of us have used place value counters and some have used base 10.  
In English we have been looking at different plants and we are going to write a non-chronological report about them. Some of us have been practising our letter formation in the glitter. 
Our celebration certificate this week went to Cora Wells for working really hard in maths. 
Our core value this week was proud and Aiden was nominated by his class mates. 
Handwriter of the week will be announced next Friday. 
Friday 1st December 2017
Well what an exciting week! It is the lead up to Christmas with our Christmas performance underway.  It is looking fantastic already... thanks to all parents/carers for all your support so far. The snow arrived and we were very excited! We also got the opportunity to put our baubles on the school Christmas tree. We all had a bauble each to put on tree as some of our friends shared their baubles out. In Year 2 Miss Pickup had a special gift delivered to her classroom. An elf of the shelf who is getting up to some mischief. He is called Buddy!