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Friday 1st March 2024: Week 2

It has been another enjoyable week in Year 2, where we have had plenty of fun learning both in and out of the classroom! First of all, we ventured over to the Junior school computing suite to create pictograms using computing software. This was our first time using this software and we did an amazing job representing data. In Science, we demonstrated our knowledge of animals and plants classification by sorting them into groups of their natural habitat. Finally, we chucked on our wellie boots and headed outside to create our very own microhabitats for the animals and plants on our Federation grounds. We loved making potential new homes for a variety of animals and hopefully they will love them!

Friday 22nd February 2024: Week 1

It has been a joy to welcome the children back to school this week and see their excitement about our new learning journeys! In Maths, we have recapped our knowledge of quarters and moved onto finding 2 and 3 quarters of shapes and numbers. This links with our division knowledge from before half term. Alongside this, we have started exploring hot and cold places within our Geography work- we discussed how hot places are nearer to the equator. 

 

 

Friday 9th February 2024: Week 6

This week, all of the children have worked hard to plan and make a chair for Baby Bear as part of their Design and Technology learning. We used our knowledge of stable structures and shapes to help us. Once the chairs had been completed, we evaluated our designs to consider what went well, what we would change next time and what we have learnt. 

Friday 2nd February 2024: Week 5

During our Science learning this week, we had great fun studying the cress seeds that we have been growing. We were able to see a clear difference between the seeds growing in the light and the seeds growing in the dark - this helped us to understand how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy. Alongside this, we also enjoyed creating our own maps in Computing. We worked hard to code our Bee-Bots to navigate around these maps using a specific route. 

Friday 26th January 2024: Week 4

This week, we have started a new learning journey in English. We have been exploring the fable 'The Lion and the Mouse' using Jerry Pinkney's wordless picture book. We started the week by sequencing and retelling the fable ourselves. Then, we used our inference skills to consider how the characters could be feeling at different parts of the fable and why - we created freeze frames and carried out thought tapping to show this. 

Friday 19th January 2024: Week 3

We have been very busy in our foundation subjects this week! In Physical Education, we have continued taking part in gymnastics. This week, we spent time creating different balances using a variety of apparatus. Alongside this, we have been learning about the importance of good oral hygiene during our Health and Wellbeing lessons. We enjoyed working collaboratively to create posters outlining how to look after our teeth and gums.

Friday 12th January 2024: Week 2 

In English this half term, we are working hard to produce a set of instructions inspired by the text 'The Night Gardener'. Over the last few weeks, we have explored the different features of instructional writing which we have practised in a variety of different contexts. We have also considered how we can up-level our instructions using specific language features such as adverbs. We thought of lots of different adverbs such as rapidly, silently, carefully, creatively and delicately. 

 

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Friday 5th January 2024: Week 1

It has been a joy to welcome the children back to school this week and see their excitement about our new learning journeys! In Maths, we have recapped our place value knowledge of 2-digit numbers and counting in steps of 2. This will help us when we start learning the 2 times tables over the next few weeks. Alongside this, we have started exploring key figures in the British Monarchy - we worked hard to plot their reign on a timeline.

Friday 15th December 2023: Week 7

We have had great fun in Year 2 this week celebrating the end of the Autumn term. This has included watching OpenBox's Christmas pantomime, dancing away at our Christmas disco, and even watching Father Christmas arrive at Balksbury on a tractor! Alongside this, we have been working hard to wrap up our learning journeys. In English, we spent time publishing our own poems inspired by Enid Blyton's work. Have a look below for just a few examples... 

Friday 8th December 2023: Week 6

It has been another busy week in Year 2! This week, we have enjoyed filming our Strictly Dances ready for our families to watch - we have also enjoyed our annual Christmas lunch and Christmas jumper day! Alongside this, we have been busy making advent wreaths during our Religious Education lessons, exploring waterproof materials in Science, and creating our own artwork inspired by Hundertwasser in Art. 

Friday 1st December 2023: Week 5

This week, we have spent time getting creative! In Art, we have been practising how to create texture using wet and dry media. Next week, we will use our new skills to produce a piece of artwork inspired by Hundertwasser. In Religious Education, we made our own Menorah candles as part of our learning about Hannukah. Alongside this, we have also been busy painting and describing bonfires, using the poem 'A Bonfire at Night' by Enid Blyton as a hook. 

Friday 24th November 2023: Week 4

We have had a great week in Year 2 this week! Throughout the week, we have been working hard to write our very own recounts based on the Great Fire of London. Then, we became authors and spent time publishing our work. Today, we enjoyed the Federation's Christmas Jingle - we were so excited to see the items that we made on sale!

Friday 17th November 2023: Week 3 

On Monday, we were incredibly excited because Openbox came to visit us! We took part in a workshop where we had the opportunity to explore the key events of the Great Fire of London through drama. In addition to this, we have also used the federation's VR headsets to walk through the streets of London in 1666. This has given us an amazing insight into what life was like at this time. 

Friday 10th November 2023: Week 2 

In Year 2 this week, we have been busy learning our 5 times tables! During our Maths lessons, we have spent time creating arrays, bars models and number lines to represent the different multiplication calculations. In PE, we have starting thinking about fitness - this has included exploring how we can run for sustained periods of time and how we can use a skipping rope to keep ourselves moving. Alongside this, we have been using Chrome Music Lab in our Computing lessons to help us create unique pieces of music online. 

 

Please click here if you would like to have a go at using Chrome Music Lab at home. 

You can also click here if you would like to practise your 5 times tables at home. 

Friday 3rd November 2023: Week 1

This week, we have started learning about the Great Fire of London. On Monday, we visited the federation's fire pit to describe what fire is like and how it can make us feel. This inspired us to find out how the Great Fire of London started and other facts about this historical event.

Friday 20th October 2023: Week 7

As autumn 1 draws to a close, it has been lovely to watch the children recognise and celebrate their new knowledge and skills as we wrap up our learning journeys. This week, we finished our Design and Technology learning by making and evaluating our own Ferris wheels. We thought carefully about the four main parts of a Ferris wheel and replicated this to enable our wheels to spin successfully. 

Friday 13th October 2023: Week 6

In Year 2 this week, we have managed to dodge the rain (!) and continue with our outdoor PE lessons. This half term, we have been developing our ball skills including rolling, throwing, catching, kicking and dribbling different sized balls. We have completed a variety of individual, paired and team activities and have spent time thinking about how we can work collaboratively to improve our technique. 

Friday 6th October 2023: Week 5

In Year 2 this week, we have spent time applying our new knowledge and skills in a variety of ways. In Maths, we worked hard to complete a PACE (practise, apply, correct and extend) challenge to demonstrate our understanding of addition. Alongside this, we have been busy making predictions in both English and Guided Reading to consolidate the skill of using texts to help ensure our predictions are plausible. 

Friday 29th September 2023: Week 4

In Year 2 this week, we have started exploring 'Rapunzel' in English and 'Jack and the Beanstalk' in Guided Reading. Alongside this, we have been using the greater than, less than and equal to symbols in Maths to compare two digit numbers. We had a lovely whole federation assembly this morning celebrating Harvest and enjoyed learning about the Bible and the Torah in Religious Education yesterday. Well done Year 2!

 

If your child would like to consolidate their understanding of comparing numbers, this game is a brilliant one to use at home. 

 

We have also enjoyed listening to audio books during our Free Reading Friday time - please click here if your child would like to access these books at home. 

Friday 22nd September 2023: Week 3

This week, our first English learning journey has come to an end! Over the last few days, we have spent time writing and publishing our own setting descriptions using all of our new knowledge about nouns, verbs, adjectives, adventurous vocabulary and sentence structure. In Maths, we have been practising how to represent two-digit numbers in different ways. We have shown confidence using number lines, bar models, part whole models, Dienes and place value counters. 

 

Friday 15th September 2023: Week 2

We have carried out lots of fantastic learning in our foundation subjects this week! In Religious Education, we spent time sharing our own special books and discussing why they were important to us - it was lovely to see a range of stories, personalised books and bibles. In Science, we have been learning about birds and their basic needs - we completed a bird watch around the federation and were amazed at how many different birds we could spot!

Friday 8th September 2023: Week 1

What a brilliant first week back we have had in Year 2! Over the last few days, we have spent time thinking about how we can be responsible around the federation and the different ways that we can demonstrate our Code of Conduct and learning values. Alongside this, we have been busy focusing on number formation in Maths and accurate word choices in English. 

 

 

Have a look at what the Year 2 children got up to last academic year (2022-2023)...

Friday 21st July 2023: Week 7

And just like that, another academic year is over! Well done to our wonderful Year 2 children for all of their hard work over the last year - we are so proud of them. We hope everybody has a lovely, restful summer ready for Year 3! 

Friday 14th July 2023: Week 6 

It has been another week filled with fun in Year 2! At the beginning of the week, we hosted our Balksbury's Got Talent auditions - we enjoyed watching each other sing, dance, act and even hula hoop. Well done to Lucy, Lily-Rose, Poppy and Jed who have gone through to the federation's final which will take place next week! At the end of the week, we enjoyed our 'fun day' to celebrate our hard work this year - our favourite part of the day was definitely the disco!

Friday 7th July 2023: Week 5

This week, we have had SO much fun celebrating Arts' Week! We have spent time exploring the continent North America and learning about the artist Alexander Calder who comes from here. His work inspired us to make our own wire sculptures based on the theme 'This is Us'. We have also learnt about the composer Charles Ives (also from North America) - we listened to his piece of music called 'Central Park in the Dark' and had a go at sketching Central Park using his composition for ideas. We ended the week with our Arts' Festival - what a fantastic week! 

Friday 30th June 2023: Week 4

It has certainly been a jam-packed week in Year 2! At the beginning of the week, we were visited by Hampshire's Fire Safety Team who taught us how to stay safe around fire. On Tuesday morning, we visited our Year 3 teachers and new classrooms ready for September - we had great fun completing a range of transition activities. Then, it was time for our Country Dancing Festival and end of year production - we are superstars!

Friday 23rd June 2023: Week 3 

In Year 2 this week, we have been busy sculpting our own flowers out of clay in preparation for our upcoming Arts' Festival. We worked carefully and methodically to add detail to each petal! We also took part in Sports Day where we showed huge amounts of collaboration, respect and perseverance. 

Friday 16th June 2023: Week 2

This week, we took part in 'Rockpool School' led by Marine Biologist Nicola Everitt. We all had the chance to handle crabs (including hermit crabs), starfish, urchin, and sea snails! Nicola talked to us about the different creatures including where they live and what they eat. She answered any questions that we had previously generated in our Science learning. We also spent time exploring marine objects including seaweed, shells and sand and had a go at making our own rock pools - what a fantastic day! 

 

Friday 9th June 2023: Week 1 

In Year 2 this week, we have been busy starting our new learning for this half term. In Health and Wellbeing, we considered how our families can help us to grow and develop. Then, we planted our own sunflower seeds to help us understand that if we take care of these over the next few weeks, they will grow big and strong! We had great fun arranging these in the federation's poly tunnel. In RE, we listened to the text 'The Invisible String' by Patrice Karst - we discussed how we don't always have to be right next to somebody to love and care for them. At the end of the lesson, we created our own invisible string for somebody special. 

Friday 26th May 2023: Week 6 

This week, we have been working exceptionally hard in our foundation subjects to finish off our wonderful learning from this half term. In Health and Wellbeing, we continued to explore the 'Green Cross Code' and spent time creating road safety posters to highlight our new knowledge. In Music, we finished our group compositions which imitated the sounds of the seaside, the countryside and the city - we had great fun listening to each other! In Art, we worked hard to create our own animal sculptures using recycled materials inspired by the work of Natsumi Tomita. Scroll down to have a look at some of our fantastic creations! 

Here is Alfred summarising our Art learning...

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Friday 19th May 2023: Week 5 

Although it has been a rather tiring week in Year 2 this week, all of the children have worked so hard and have shown great resilience and perseverance - we are so proud of them!

 

In the afternoons, we have continued exploring 'The Tear Thief' by Carol Ann Duffy. We have spent time creating a story map to represent the key events whilst predicting what might happen at the end of the story. Please click here if you would like to listen to this story at home.

 

Alongside this, we have also been recapping our understanding of money in Maths - we have loved playing TopMark's Toy Shop Money game - please click here if you would like to have a go at this at home! 

Friday 12th May 2023: Week 4

In Year 2 this week, we were incredibly excited to visit the federation's swimming pool for our first swimming lesson of the summer term! We spent our first lesson becoming familiar with the pool again by walking, paddling and swimming across it using pool noodles for support, we also practised putting our faces in the water to retrieve different objects. At the beginning of the lesson, we recapped how to stay safe in and around the pool and how to enter the water sensibly. We can't wait to visit the pool again next week! Alongside this, we have been busy learning about the 'pull factors' of a Victorian seaside (see photo below) whilst also solving a range of multi-step word problems in Maths. 

Friday 5th May 2023: Week 3

In Year 2 this week, we have been carrying out lots of History learning! At the beginning of the week, we had the opportunity to study different artefacts from a traditional Victorian seaside such as a bucket and spade, traditional clothing, toys and binoculars. This enabled us to gain an in-depth insight into how different our beaches were in the past and what people did when they went on holiday. Today, we have had great fun celebrating the King's coronation - we enjoyed a picnic lunch with the rest of the infant school and had fun making crowns and taking part in a parade!

Friday 28th April 2023: Week 2 

We have had another fun week of learning this week and all of the children have continued to impress us with how focused they have been in the classroom - well done Year 2! In Guided Reading, we have enjoyed reading 'The Hundred Decker Bus' by Mike Smith, we have spent time considering how the bus driver might have been feeling at different points in the text and if we would like to go on a similar adventure or not. In Science, we have set up our own scientific investigation to explore how quickly different materials decompose. Before we started this, we spent time predicting what the results of the investigation would look like - we can't wait to see how this develops over the next few weeks! In English, we have continued to focus on setting descriptions, have a look at the pictures below to see how well our writing is progressing! 

Friday 21st April 2023: Week 1 

Wow! What an amazing first week back we have had! In English, we have been thinking about how to up-level our writing by using rich and adventurous vocabulary - we have used a variety of illustrations for inspiration, scroll down to have a look at one of these illustrations and some of the amazing sentences that we have created from this. In History, we have started learning about what the seaside was like in the Victorian era - we couldn't believe they had bathing machines that wheeled right into the sea! On Thursday, we enjoyed a tennis workshop led by Andover Tennis Club, we had great fun competing in different types of rallies. 

 

                                                     

 

'Long ago, in a vast desert, a dark Blackbird sat on an Oak tree branch under the humid sun.' 

'Once upon a time, in the dusty desert, an intelligent, free-roaming Blackbird settled on a long, dark stick.' 

'In ancient times, the beautiful falling sunshine was strong, red and calm.'

'As the fiery sun fell from the sky, the beautiful, light green became pitch black.' 

'Once, a long time ago, the red, fiery sky was so pretty and so beautiful that everyone who tried to look at it was mesmerized.' 

'Everyday, she gazed at the sunset in awe.' 

'Over night, the light, green grass grew high and healthy.' 

'The furry Blackbird was tweeting beautifully as she perched on the fascinating twig.' 

'Long, long ago, in the dusty, old desert, the fiery, enchanting sunset finished going down (saved for another day).' 

'Long, long ago, the sun was setting for a nights sleep, the sky was like a million stars.' 

'He swooped down and looked up... the blazing sun walked down from the sky.'

'It was incredibly humid... as the bird looked up, he saw the blazing sun emerge - it was blinding!' 

'In the evening, the sun shone as brightly as a light bulb.' 

 

 

Friday 31st March 2023: Week 6 

We have been very busy this week wrapping up all our fantastic learning from the spring term! In English, we used the text driver 'How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth' by Michelle Robinson as inspiration for writing our own set of instructions for 'How to Wash a Lazy Lion'. In Art, we created our final piece of work using both wet and dry materials and in RE, we concluded our learning about ‘The Easter Story’ by thinking about the importance of this event to Christians. We had some lovely ideas such as how Easter can encourage people to spend time with their families, remind people of forgiveness, that good things will come, and that others are always there. 

 

In Music, we had a go at learning ‘Che Che Kule’ (a traditional call and response song). Click here to watch a small snippet of Merlin Class in action! 

Friday 24th March 2023: Week 5 

In PE this half term, we have been using tennis balls and rackets to practise throwing, catching, bouncing, balancing and moving a ball in a controlled manner. It has been lovely to watch the children grow in confidence and see their skills developing each week. We are now at the stage of being able to playing a game of tennis with a partner which is very exciting! 

Friday 17th March 2023: Week 4

Alongside our reading, writing and maths, we have been acquiring lots of new knowledge and skills in our foundation subjects this week. In Science, we took our learning outside to find micro-habitats in our local area and to explore the different creatures that live here. In Geography, we have been busy using a compass to plot routes on a map and in RE, we have developed our understanding of the Easter story. In Art, we are continuing to study Hundertwasser and his use of spirals and bright colours.

 

Friday 10th March 2023: Week 3

We have been working very hard in Year 2 this week! In English, we have been busy writing non-chronological reports about Rio de Janeiro and in Maths, we have been calculating the length and height of different objects. In the afternoons, we have enjoyed developing our tennis skills in PE and learning about Hundertwasser in Art - we can’t wait to see where our learning will take us next week! 

Friday 3rd March 2023: Week 2

It has been another busy week in Year 2! At the beginning of the week, we completed a carousel of activities to generate adventurous vocabulary about Rio de Janeiro - this included exploring the city using the federation's VR headsets. We thought of some amazing adjectives to describe Rio such as bustling, vibrant, breath-taking, enchanting and fascinating. This week, we have also celebrated 'World Book Day' - we had great fun sharing stories with each other and creating our own artwork inspired by the text 'Ocean Meets Sky'. 

Friday 24th February 2023: Week 1

This half term, we are learning all about Brazil and Rio de Janeiro and what better way to start than a trip to the Living Rainforest! During our visit, we got to experience the sights, smells and sounds of the rainforest to gain a better understanding of what life is like in a warmer climate. We saw a variety of rainforest creatures and explored how the rainforest is used for different purposes such as obtaining food and medicine. All of the children were beautifully behaved and we couldn't be prouder of how well they represented the federation. Well done Year 2! 

Friday 10th February 2023: Week 6 

Today, we concluded our DT learning by planning, designing, making and evaluating our own miniature chairs! As part of this learning journey, we have explored what structures are and the difference between natural and man-made structures. We have considered why strength is so important when creating structures and which shapes are the most and least stable. This enabled us to produce successful chairs that could hold the weight of a soft toy - what a fabulous end to Spring 1! 

Friday 3rd February 2023: Week 5

On Wednesday, we celebrated 'Anti-Bullying and One Kind Word Day' alongside the rest of the federation. We used the text 'The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse' by Charlie Mackesy to help us explore kindness, friendships and our own brilliant qualities. During the day, we wrote kind messages to each other and designed our own odd socks to symbolise that we are all unique. At the end of the day, we spent time creating our own artwork inspired by the quote: 'Asking for help isn't giving up, it's refusing to give up'. 

Friday 27th January 2023: Week 4 

This week, we have started a new learning journey in English inspired by the text 'Big Bear, Little Brother' by Carl Norac. At the beginning of the week, we spent time unpicking new, interesting and unfamiliar vocabulary whilst considering how the characters' feelings changed as the story progressed. At the end of the week, we spent time rewriting the story from the perspective of Big Bear - we had great fun thinking about what Big Bear would say! 

 

Please click here if you would like to listen to 'Big Bear, Little Brother' at home. 

Friday 20th January 2023: Week 3 

In Year 2 this week, we have been busy writing our own narratives inspired by the text 'The Queen's Hat'. We worked hard to include apostrophes, conjunctions, adjectives and adverbs in our writing. At the end of the week, we thoroughly enjoyed sharing our narratives with each other. We hope you enjoy the examples below: 

 

Click here to listen to a snippet of Lexie's narrative.

Click here to listen to a snippet of Tristan's narrative.

Click here to listen to a snippet of Violet's narrative.

Click here to listen to a snippet of Tian's narrative. 

Click here to listen to a snippet of Jayden's narrative. 

 

Friday 13th January 2023: Week 2

This week, we have been busy delving into our new learning for Spring 1. In RE, we have started thinking about water and why we 'need' it - this will help us next week when we start exploring water routines and water rituals. In PE, we have had great fun playing dodgeball and learning about the importance of teamwork and effective communication. Alongside this, we have continued learning the 2 times tables in Maths. Why don't you try out the games below to support this learning? 

 

Hit the Button: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Times Tables UK: https://www.timestables.co.uk/2-times-table.html

BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zqbg87h/articles/zc7ygdm

 

Friday 6th January 2023: Week 1

It has been a joy to welcome the children back to school this week and see how enthused they are about our new learning. In English, we have been busy exploring the text 'The Queen's Hat' by Steve Antony - we spent lots of time unpicking new and interesting vocabulary using crosswords to help us. This inspired us to write our own acrostic poems using some of this vocabulary. In Maths, we have started learning the 2 times tables and in Health and Wellbeing, we have discussed the importance of 'being clean'. What a busy 3 days!

Friday 16th December 2022: Week 7

The Autumn term is now complete! This week, we have ended our learning on a high with a fantastic performance from Openbox and a wonderful disco with the Year 3 children. We can't wait to see where our learning will take us in the Spring! 

Friday 9th December 2022: Week 6 

In Art this half term, we have been exploring the work of Kittie Jones to learn about tone and hue. This week, we created a gallery in the hall which we visited with our friends. We discussed what we could see in each piece of artwork, which pieces were our favourite and why, and which pieces were our least favourite and why. We will think back to this experience next week when we have a go at creating our own artwork. Alongside this, we have also enjoyed Christmas jumper day and our federated Christmas lunch.

Friday 2nd December 2022: Week 5

At the beginning of the week, Year 2 travelled back in time to 1666 to experience the Great Fire of London first hand using the federation's VR headsets. We couldn't believe how dark and smoky the fire made London! Over the next few weeks, we will be able to use this incredible experience to enhance our History learning. Towards the end of the week, we had a go at performing a poem about the Great Fire of London written by Paul Perro. What a fantastic week!

 

Click here to watch Merlin performing the poem.

Click here to watch Kingfisher performing the poem.

Click here to watch Nightingale performing the poem. 

Friday 25th November 2022: Week 4 

Over the last two weeks, Year 2 have been learning all about fractions in Maths. We have been busy identifying, drawing and finding both halves and quarters of shapes, objects and numbers. We have been amazed at how well the children have applied their knowledge of place value to help them solve different fraction problems. Well done Year 2! Alongside this, we have been busy making a range of Christmas craft - have a look at the photograph below to see the wonderful lanterns that we have made for St Mary's Church. These will be up on display in the church shortly for families to see. 

Friday 18th November 2022: Week 3

During our learning this week, we have had great fun celebrating our commonalities and all of the wonderful things that make us special. In English, we have been busy writing recounts about our favourite memories and in Music, we have been making a variety of sounds using our own voices. Today, we came to school wearing our brightest and shiniest clothes which helped us to remember that we must 'be bright' in order to 'be seen' especially as the winter approaches. At the end of the day, we were over the moon to spot a rainbow above the federation - what a lovely end to the week!

Friday 11th November 2022: Week 2

As part of our History learning this week, Openbox came to visit us which was very exciting! We had great fun acting out the events of the Great Fire of London and learning key information. Alongside this, we have started learning the 5 times tables in Maths and a samba routine in PE! What a busy week!

Friday 4th November 2022: Week 1 

What a brilliant start to Autumn 2 we have had! This half term, we are learning all about the Great Fire of London and the impact this historical event has had on our capital city. To kick start this learning, we visited the federation's fire pit to watch how quickly fire spreads, especially when houses are close together and are made out of wood and straw. Then, we started exploring our new text driver 'The Great Fire of London' by Emma Adams. We loved uncovering adventurous vocabulary to describe the fire such as 'roaring', 'unstoppable' and 'deadly'.  

 

Please click here to watch a replica of our fire pit session created by Mr Mackrill. 

Friday 21st October 2022: Week 7

Over the last few weeks, we have been exploring mechanisms in our Design and Technology learning. We started off by identifying mechanisms in the world around us such as springs in pens and levers in door handles. Then, we focused on wheel mechanisms and the different components involved. We listened to a lovely story about George W. G. Ferris who invented the Ferris wheel - we compared how this was similar and different to the London Eye. Then, we had a go at planning, designing, making and evaluating our own Ferris wheels. What a fantastic end to our first half term! 

 

Please click here if you would like to listen to the story 'Mr Ferris and His Wheel' at home. 

Friday 14th October 2022: Week 6 

In Maths over the last few weeks, we have been focusing on addition and subtraction. We have worked both collaboratively and independently to solve a range of calculations such as 45 + 38 and 52 - 24. We have used Dienes for support, especially when regrouping numbers. 

When we started learning about subtraction, we discussed this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7IAkS7uvfU 

Perhaps you would like to watch it again at home?

Friday 7th October: Week 5 

We have done lots of collaborative work in Year 2 this week! In English, we worked together to annotate pictures of Trafalgar Square which helped us to generate adventurous vocabulary. In Geography, we spent time sorting pictures into human and physical features in order to gain a deeper understanding of what London is like. And in Science, we investigated the properties of different materials to determine which materials did not absorb water and were therefore waterproof. 

 

Please click here to listen to Merlin's poem about Trafalgar Square. 

Please click here to listen to Nightingale's poem about Trafalgar Square. 

Please click here to listen to Kingfisher's video from our music lesson this week. 

Please click here to listen to Merlin's video from our music lesson this week. 

Enjoy! 

Friday 30th September 2022: Week 4 

It has been another busy week in Year 2 full of wonderful learning! At the beginning of the week, we visited the library for the first time this academic year. We had great fun choosing a book to enjoy at home. In Geography, we worked together to build world maps out of playdough - we learnt about all 7 continents and how they differ. At the end of the week, we spent time learning about barcodes in Computing. We considered the importance of barcodes and how helpful they are in our world today. 

 

If your child would like to listen to the '7 continents song' at home, please click here.

Friday 23rd September 2022: Week 3

What a fun week we have had in Year 2 this week! At the beginning of the week, we had the opportunity to make and try marmalade sandwiches as part of our learning about 'Paddington' by Michael Bond. We used our senses to generate adjectives and expanded noun phrases which we then used to enhance our writing. In RE, we spent time sharing books that were special to us and in Geography, we used the VR headsets to explore London. We can't wait to see where our learning will take us next week! 

Friday 16th September 2022: Week 2 

Our learning has got off to a flying start in Year 2! In English this week, we have started exploring our first text - 'Paddington' by Michael Bond. The children have spent time getting to know each character in the story and have thoroughly enjoyed watching short clips from the film alongside listening to the book. This week, we have also enjoyed our first water confidence session in the federation's swimming pool and have learnt to use globes and atlases to locate London in Geography. What a busy week! 

 

If you would like to listen to 'Paddington' at home together, please click here. 

Friday 9th September 2022: Week 1 

This week, we have spent time getting to know each other and becoming familiar with new routines. All of the children have been superstars and we have loved seeing so many smiling faces each morning! On Thursday, we voted for new house captains which was extremely exciting! Congratulations to:

  • Jacob and Skylar (Fosbury)
  • Jed and Matilda (Sidbury)
  • Oscar and Isla (Walbury)
  • Ben and Ema (Danebury)

 

Don't forget to have a look at the photos below to see the children working hard on their number formation and pointillism artwork this week, alongside our new display to celebrate the life of Queen Elizabeth. 

Friday 2nd September 2022: We can't wait to see you!

We are so excited to welcome our new Year 2 children back to the federation on Monday morning! In the meantime, here are a few photos of our lovely Year 2 classrooms...

Have a look at what the Year 2 children got up to last academic year (2021-2022)...

Friday 22nd July 2022: Week 7

Another school year is now complete! We are so proud of our wonderful Year 2 children and how hard they have worked this year - we hope you all have a lovely, restful summer! 

Ready for Year 3!? Have a look at our transition newsletter:

Friday 15th July 2022: Week 6 

And just like that, our wonderful Year 2 children have graduated from Balksbury Infants! Have a look below to see the children receiving their awards alongside some photographs from our Year 2 Balksbury's Got Talent audition day this week. Well done to Riley in Merlin Class and Josh in Kingfisher Class for getting through to the final which will take place next week!

Friday 8th July 2022: Week 5 

It has been another busy week in Year 2 as we have celebrated STEM week - during the week, we learnt about STEM and the importance of this in our ever changing world. We spent time learning about Stephen Hawking, an influential figure in the field of STEM. Then, we worked together to complete a STEM project ready to showcase to our parents at our STEM fayre - our challenge was to make Wigglebots which was a huge success! 

Click here to see our Wigglebots in action! 

Friday 1st July 2022: Week 4 

Wow! What a busy week! This week, we have done two performances of our end of year production 'The Greatest Show' AND we have taken part in a Country Dancing Festival at John Hanson Community School. We definitely feel like superstars now! 

Friday 24th June 2022: Week 3 

Today, everybody from Year 2 demonstrated our federation's values (perseverance, respect and collaboration) during sports day. We all had a fantastic day and were delighted to be able to share our achievements with our parents and carers. Enjoy having a look at our photographs below:

Friday 17th June 2022: Week 2 

In Year 2 this week, our learning about the world's oceans was brought to life by a fantastic visit from Rockpool School. During this event, we met Marine Biologist Nicola Everitt who shared her love of marine life in a fun and informative manner. All children had the chance to handle crabs, starfish, urchin and sea snails, alongside marine objects including coral, seaweed and shells. Nicola answered the many questions that the children had and we all came away with a fountain of new knowledge. What a brilliant day! 

Friday 10th June 2022: Week 1 

It was an absolute joy to welcome all the children back to school on Monday ready for their last half term in Year 2! We have had a very busy week preparing for our end of year production and the upcoming Country Dancing festival. The children have amazed us with how quickly they have remembered their parts and routines - we can't wait for you to watch them! In class, we have continued learning about oceans and are extremely excited ahead of Rockpool School next week! We have started exploring the text 'The Shark in the Dark' and have spent time generating rich vocabulary about the shark and his home. 

 

The children have loved listening to this story - perhaps you would like to listen to it at home?

If so, please click here

What will my child be learning this half term?

Friday 27th May 2022: Week 5

Where did that half term go!? After everybody's hard work over the last few weeks, we spent the day celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with children and adults from across the federation. In the morning, we made scones and cucumber sandwiches which we enjoyed eating in the sunshine. We carried out jubilee crafts and planted our very own fruit bush to remember this special day. In the afternoon, we spent time playing traditional games with our friends. What a brilliant day! 

Friday 20th May 2022: Week 4 

Another week has drawn to a close and our Year 2 SATs are now complete - we are SO proud of each and every child for their hard work and perseverance. Well done Year 2! 

 

In our assembly time this week, we took part in the NSPCC's Speak Out Stay Safe Programme. We enjoyed listening to the NSPCC's mascot Buddy who taught all the children that they have the right to:

  • Speak out and be heard
  • Be safe
  • Get help when they need it 

 

Friday 13th May 2022: Week 3 

During our History lesson this week, we spent time exploring a Victorian seaside artefact box. This box contained a huge variety of items including old clothing, a metal bucket, a wooden spade, a picnic basket, old postcards and old money (to name just a few). We thoroughly enjoyed studying these items to gain a deeper understanding of what a Victorian seaside was like. We couldn't believe how long and heavy the clothing was and we agreed that this was very different to our modern day attire of shorts, t-shirts and flip flops! 

Friday 6th May 2022: Week 2 

Yesterday, we all went on a woodland walk around the federation and we had a SUPER time! We were set the challenge of spotting little things in nature that we thought were beautiful. This was inspired by our current English text 'Thank You for the Little Things'. When we slowed down and looked closely at the world around us, we were amazed at what we could see. Next week, we will begin writing a recount of our adventure. In the meantime, have a look at some of our photographs below - these were all taken by us! 

Friday 29th April 2022: Week 1 

Wow! What a busy start to the summer term! This week, we have started exploring Victorian seasides as part of our History learning. At the beginning of the week, we spent time studying pictures of beaches and seasides (like the one below) from over 100 years ago. We discussed what we could see in the pictures and what we noticed, then we identified features of a Victorian seaside such as beach huts, tents, horses, steam trains and piers. We concluded this learning by writing and illustrating a postcard as if we had been to visit one of these seaside destinations, we had great fun describing what we could see!

What will my child be learning this half term?

Friday 8th April 2022: Week 6 

This week has flown by and we have now reached the Easter holidays! During English this week, we have been busy writing our own stories about Little Spiral - we have thoroughly enjoyed listening to the children's imaginative ideas! In Maths, we have been exploring 2D and 3D shapes, and in Art we have been painting colourful houses from Rio de Janeiro inspired by the work of Hundertwasser. On Thursday, we also celebrated anti-bullying day by wearing blue and creating our own kindness superheroes. Well done Year 2! We can't wait to see the children on their return to school to celebrate their last term in the Infants! 

Friday 1st April 2022: Week 5 

And just like that, it is April already! All of the children in Year 2 have been working their socks off this week! We have been learning how to tell the time in Maths, how to use a compass in Geography, and have spent time exploring food chains in Science. In English, we have had great fun exploring a new text called 'Little Spiral' which is about a tiny snail who lives in the Amazon Rainforest. We have also started thinking about Easter this week which will be upon us very soon. In RE, we explored the Easter story and considered which parts of the story were happy and which were sad. We thought carefully about how Christians might feel when celebrating this event. 

 

In class, we really enjoyed watching this video which explains the Easter story in more depth.

 

Friday 25th March 2022: Week 4 

This week has been extremely exciting because all children got to experience Rio de Janeiro using the federation's VR headsets! We spent time looking at Rio from above which helped us to spot a range of human and physical features including buildings, football stadiums and mountains. We stood right next to Christ the Redeemer and spotted lots of tourists wondering around. We also got to explore the golden, sandy beaches of Brazil and experience the sunny weather – we know that this is a result of Brazil’s location in the Southern Hemisphere. What a fantastic afternoon! 

Friday 18th March 2022: Week 3 

All the children in Year 2 have been working super hard this week! In English, we have been working together to collect facts about Rio de Janeiro from a range of sources. We have also been learning about coordinating and subordinating conjunctions - next week, we will use all of our new knowledge and skills to write a non-chronological report about Rio. We can't wait to see the finished outcomes! In Maths this week, we have begun looking at measures. This week, we have spent time measuring the length and height of different objects using millimetres, centimetres and metres. 

Friday 11th March 2022: Week 2 

It has been another busy week in Year 2 jam packed full of amazing learning! In English, we have spent time generating rich and adventurous vocabulary (to describe Rio de Janeiro) through painting and other collaborative tasks. At the end of the week, we used everything that we had learnt to write a detailed setting description of Rio - the children's descriptions of the golden, sandy beaches and bright, colourful houses were simply amazing! In Geography, we worked together to study a range of maps and aerial photographs to locate Rio de Janeiro. We now know that Rio is located in Brazil which is in South America in the Southern Hemisphere. During the week, all children also had the opportunity to visit the junior school to celebrate International Women's Day - it was lovely to see all the children looking at the amazing displays with such awe and wonder. 

International Women's Day 2022

Please click here to listen to Year 2's song about Florence Nightingale. 

Friday 4th March 2022: Week 1

It is safe to say that Year 2 have returned to school after half term with bundles of energy! It has been wonderful to see so many smiling faces with children fully embracing our new learning - well done Year 2! This week, we have started learning about Rio de Janeiro and what life is like in Brazil. We have taken part in lots of fun activities to become fully immersed in this learning journey - these have included generating questions, creating freeze frames, and responding to a short film clip through dance. We ended the week by celebrating World Book Day where we shared our love of reading through a variety of tasks. Scroll down for some fantastic videos and pictures! 

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World Book Day 2022

Please see below for a small selection of our amazing 'extreme reading' photos! 

Friday 18th February 2022: Week 7 

In Year 2, we have finished off a fantastic half term learning about the monarchy with a busy day of home learning due to the storm! 

Although today was a little unexpected, the children have worked exceptionally hard at home and we are incredibly proud of them! Have a look below at some of the children's amazing DT creations: 

Friday 11th February 2022: Week 6 

Our Year 2 children have been extremely creative this week! In English, all children got the opportunity to plan, design and make a birthday crown for the Queen. The children thought really carefully about their 'audience' and had an in-depth discussion about what they thought the Queen would like. They all agreed that glitter and corgis would be a huge hit! Next week, the children will be writing a set of instructions to outline how they made their crowns. At the end of the week, the children also got the opportunity to use the federation's Bee-Bots as part of their computing learning. The children worked in small groups to programme the Bee-Bots to journey across their handmade maps. The Bee-Bots had to avoid any dangers that were in the way! 

Friday 4th February 2022: Week 5 

It is always a delight to watch our wonderful Year 2 children grow in confidence during their Maths lessons and this week has been no exception! We are currently focusing on the 4 'operations' (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). As the week has progressed, all children have become more fluent, accurate and independent - they have been able to solve larger and more complex calculations using strategies that make sense to them. 

Friday 28th January 2022: Week 4 

It has been another busy week in Year 2 jam packed with lots of amazing learning! In English, we have begun exploring a new text called 'The Birthday Crown' which is all about the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations that took place in 2016. At the beginning of the week, the children had to work in teams to complete a challenge - every time they got a correct answer, they were awarded a puzzle piece. Once the children had collected all the puzzle pieces, our new text was uncovered! This was a fantastic way for the children to become engaged and enthused about our new learning journey from day 1 - we can't wait to see what next week will bring!

 

Friday 21st January 2022: Week 3

In Year 2, the children have been working extremely hard all week to write their own stories inspired by our current text, 'The Queen's Hat'. At the beginning of the week, the children spent time planning their stories using a story mountain - the children had great fun sharing their imaginative ideas! As the week progressed, the children spent time carrying out some focused, independent writing. All children rose to the challenge of including exclamatory sentences, adverbs, apostrophes and conjunctions in their stories and the end results are simply amazing! Have a look below to read a small selection...

Friday 14th January 2022: Week 2

Our learning about the monarchs has got off to a flying start in Year 2! This week, we have written a setting description of Buckingham Palace using adventurous vocabulary. In Guided Reading, we have used a variety of rich texts to help us build a picture of Queen Elizabeth's life. We have created a monarchy timeline in History dating back to the days of King Henry the 8th. In Maths, we have been using our knowledge of counting in 5s to solve different problems - on Monday, we had to work out how many crowns the monarchs had in total and on Thursday, we had to solve different puzzles to work out which monarch was missing! What a fun week!

Friday 7th January 2022: Week 1

The first week of the spring term has flown by in Year 2! The children have returned to school happy, excited, engaged and focused - they have worked so hard this week and their behaviour has been amazing, well done Year 2! 

Between now and February half term, we will be learning all about Kings and Queens - the children have already thought of some brilliant questions that they would like to research. In English, we have started exploring 'The Queen's Hat' by Steve Antony - this week we have focused on adverbs, exclamatory sentences and apostrophes. In Maths, we have turned our attention to counting in 5s and in Health and Wellbeing, we have been thinking about 'keeping clean'. Yesterday, the children took part in a fantastic experiment which showed us the importance of using soap!

Friday 17th December 2021: Week 7 

We did it! The autumn term is now complete! We would like to say a HUGE well done to all of our fantastic Year 2 children - you have worked so hard this term and we are very proud of you. Have a wonderful Christmas and a restful New Year - we have attached two videos below for you to enjoy over the holidays: 

 

London's Burning - Video 1

London's Burning - Video 2 

Friday 10th December 2021: Week 6

We have had a very exciting week this week because we got to use the new VR headsets for the first time! We were able to walk down the streets of London in 1666 and gain a fantastic insight into what life was like - the children's comments below sum up the experience from start to finish! 

 

"I can actually walk on the cobbled streets!"

"Look, there is ash in the sky!"

"This is amazing!" 

"I can see a real life fire!"

"Wow - it is so dark!"

"That was amazing!" 

"I'm right next to the fire!" 

"This fire is terrifying!" 

"I am actually walking in 1666!" 

Friday 3rd December 2021: Week 5

Another week has flown past! This week, Year 2 have been busy exploring poetry in English, learning about different measurements in maths, and creating online music in computing. In science, we have learnt that plants need 3 things to grow - water, light and warmth. Today, we planted seeds so that we can observe how they grow over the next two weeks. We had to make sure they had everything they needed to become healthy. We can't wait to see what happens!

Friday 26th November 2021: Week 4

In Year 2, the children are continuing to learn all about the Great Fire of London and are loving every minute! 

In English, we have started exploring a new poem about the Great Fire of London by Paul Perro. We have spent the week unpicking each verse of the poem to gain a deeper understanding of what happened before, during and after the fire. At the end of the week, we worked as a class to perform the poem to each other:

 

Click here to watch Merlin performing our Great Fire of London poem.

Click here to watch Nightingale performing our Great Fire of London poem. 

Friday 19th November 2021: Week 3

What a busy week! On Monday, all children took part in a brilliant 'art day' where everybody had time to slow down, take in the world around them, and get creative! 

We started the day by listening to the story 'Leaf Man' by Lois Ehlert - this inspired us to go outside and explore the autumnal leaves that are around us. We studied the texture and colour of different leaves through leaf rubbings and colour wheels. After this, we learnt about the artist Lorenzo Duran - we considered his work and had a go at leaf cutting ourselves. In the afternoon, we thought about autumnal creatures. We sketched these using photographs and then created some leaf inspired artwork based on one autumnal creature. We had such a brilliant day!

 

Friday 12th November 2021: Week 2

Year 2 have had another super week! 

Today, we all had the opportunity to visit the pond as part of our longitudinal study in Science. We discussed what we could see, took the temperature of the water, sketched the habitat and carried out some pond dipping. We had so much fun! Afterwards, we discussed how the pond might be different when we visit again after Christmas. The children enthusiastically stated that they cannot wait to return! 

Friday 5th November 2021: Week 1

Year 2 have had an absolutely amazing start to Autumn 2! 

On Tuesday, we took part in an exciting 'hook day' to become fully immersed in our new learning journey about the Great Fire of London. We started the day by exploring aerial photographs of modern day London - we thought back to our learning from Autumn 1 to consider what London is like now. After this, we made time travelling hats which enabled us to whizz back in time to see what London was like in 1666! The journey was very bumpy! We spent time exploring pictures of London in 1666 including images of the Great Fire of London which sparked lots of interesting questions. On Thursday, we were incredibly lucky to have the Open Box Theatre Company visiting us. We explored the events of the Great Fire of London through drama - we had so much fun and are now extremely excited to embark on even more learning about this historical event.

 

Click here to watch a snippet of Merlin Class during Open Box.

Click here to watch a snippet of Kingfisher Class during Open Box. 

Click here to watch a snippet of Nightingale Class during Open Box.

Friday 22nd October 2021: Week 7

And just like that, Autumn 1 is complete! We have been beavering away this week, finishing off all of our lovely learning from the past 7 weeks.

In English, we have written instructions for 'How to get to Trafalgar Square'. We made sure to include everything that we have learnt so far such as expanded noun phrases, questions, and conjunctions. In Maths, we turned our attention to problem solving - we worked in teams to apply different methods and skills. We have also been focusing on special books in RE. We started off the week by sharing our own special books, we read these to each other and discussed why these books were important to us. It was so lovely to see such a variety of books that were unique to us, these included: handmade books, Bibles, photo albums, Polish books, German books, biographies, annuals, personalised books and baby books to name just a few! At the end of the week, we explored the Bible and the Torah. We considered why the Bible was special to Christians and why the Torah was special to Jewish people. 

Well done Year 2 - you are all superstars! We hope you all have a lovely half term!