Year 2

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Summer 2

This half term is a very busy half term! We have Sports day, Summer Fayre and transition day. We are continuing looking at Explorers and focusing on James Cook.

Year 2 really enjoyed the Summer Fayre and they loved performing their PBuzz for the parents and children.

Summer week 2 – Spellings

Summer 1

This half term, we have studied plants and looked at the different parts of a plant. We created a garden outside of our classroom, come and have a look! In Science, we completed an experiment and looked at the different things plants need to survive. Over the next few weeks, we are looking at explorers from under the sea. We have started researching James Cook and James Cameron. Next week, we are going to investigate different materials and create a submarine!

summer 1 Homework

Spring 2

This half term, we have studied and researched Barnsley in the past and present. We created maps of Darfield using a simple key for physical and human landmarks. The children enjoyed walking around Darfield and studying the landmarks such as the church, library and the park.

Monday 26th February 2018

This week, we started our new Science topic, The Great Expedition! The children have researched and designed a play mat for a baby. The children have started to work in small groups to create an interactive baby mat – photos to follow soon 🙂

Thursday 1st March 2018 – World Book Day cancelled due to the snow 🙁

Spring 2 Homework

Week 1 – ment spelling sheet

Week 2 – ness spelling sheet

On the run up to SATs in Year 2, you can help your child by reading a few pages of their book every day! Try and ask your child questions about their book. Here are a few examples you might ask:



  1. Which words describe what Red Riding Hood is like?
  2. What was it like in the forest? Find two words that describe it.
  3. Why did Red Riding Hood visit Grandmother?
  4. What is the lemonade like?
  5. Which word tells you what the cake is like?
  6. Which word means ‘act like’ or ‘make believe’?
  7. How did the wolf pretend to be grandmother?
  8. What did the wolf want to do?
  9. What does ‘fortunately’ mean?
  10. How did the woodcutter save them?
  11. Why did they live happily ever after?

To support your child in Maths you can help them to develop their times tables knowledge especially their 2s, 5s, 10s and 3s.  Here is a good game for them to play on their iPad or tablet.

Spring 1

This half term, we have been looking at animals and their habitats. We have discussed living, non-living and never been alive.

In Literacy, we have been learning about Eric Carle and looking at his books. On Wednesday, we went outside to investigate the plants and help us with our descriptive writing.

Homework – Spring 1 homework

Spellings all spelling sheet


Animal Antics –

  • Explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive
  • Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
  • Find out about and describe the basic needs of animals for survival (water, food and air)
  • Describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food

This is Yorkshire –

  •  Name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the UK and its surrounding seas
  •  Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical features
  • Use basic geographical vocabulary to refer to key human features
  • Use simple compass directions (N, S, E and W) and locational and directional language
  • Devise a simple map and use and construct basic symbols in a key
  • Use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment
  •  Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality


Our Christmas production is on Wednesday 13th December at 2pm.

13th October 2017 –  PE days have changed. Year 2’s PE lesson is on a Tuesday and Wednesday.

Homework is handed out on a Friday at the beginning of each half term.

Lots of creative homework is happening and we want to provide you with an easy way to share it. Have you just finished making a model? Is your homework a creative project like a science experiment? Any homework that is not in homework books can now be evidenced with a few snaps and emailed to your class teacher! Be as creative as possible and evidence your homework the easy way.

Autumn 1 – Autumn 1 homework

Autumn 2 – Autumn 2 homework

Spellings –


words ending in il –  Spelling practise sheet

words ending in le – le Spelling practise sheet

Reading books will be changed on a Friday. Please read with your child every day and record in their home reading record book.

Spellings will be handed out on a Monday and these will be tested on the following Friday.

We use the Read, Write Inc scheme to support our children with the development of Phonics.

PE – Tuesday and Wednesday.

Autumn 1 topics

Entertainment –

  • Research toys from past and present. How do they work? What are they made of? Who were they for? How have toys changed?
  • Explore different existing toys, games and computer APPs
  • Show skills of making different kinds of toys (including how to create an APP game)
  • Study physical changes of theatres/buildings
  • Changes in entertainment – what forms of entertainment have there been for children in the past? Which of these still exist? How have they changed?
  • Learn skills of different forms of entertainment including evaluating existing performances
  • Create final show and perform in front of an audience.

Complete Athlete –

  • Pupils will learn about the basic needs of humans (and other animals) for survival including food, drink etc.

E-Safety –

  • Consolidate understanding of using the internet and safe sharing of personal information online. Video Clips and activities to teach the children to use the internet safely.

Literacy Genres –

  • Traditional tales
  • Fantasy Stories
  • Author Study
  • Instructions
  • Explanations
  • Character descriptions
  • Information texts
  • Rhyming couplets
  • letters
  • Recount

Numeracy –

  • Place value
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Multiplication and division
  • Fractions
  • Measure – time, money, volume, capacity and length
  • Geometry


Any questions, please come and ask.


Miss Bedford

Autumn 1


As part of our design and technology topic, the children have designed and created a puppet. The children have used felt and cotton to sew their puppet.

On Friday 29th September, Year 2 celebrated Roald Dahl day and they came to school dressed as their favourite book character.

Year 2 have started playing their first musical instrument! They are the first children in Barnsley to play the pBuzz!


Year 2 have settled into their classroom very well. The children visited the school library for the first time on Friday. They enjoyed looking at the different books and sharing their favourite stories with their friends.

 Fantastic homework!!

Year 2 have been creating some fantastic homework at home. They have designed and created a selection of musical instruments as part of our entertainment topic. The children have enjoyed sharing their homework with their friends.



As part of our Entertainment topic, the children have researched toys from the past and present. The children talked about different toys and used a timeline to find out when each toy was invented.

Did you know that Lego was created in 1934?

 The Brainy Bugs – September 2016 – July 2017

On this page we will keep you up-to-date with all of the things we have been up to in and out of class.

Mrs Halawin & Mrs Parish



Summer Term

Please find below  our homework and spellings for Summer 1 term.

Homework Email:

Lots of creative homework is happening and we want to provide you with an easy way to share it. Have you just finished making a model? Is your homework a creative project like a science experiment? Any homework that is not in homework books can now be evidenced with a few snaps and emailed to your class teacher! Be as creative as possible and evidence your homework the easy way.

Year 2 Homework Email:





Spring 2 Homework

summer 1 Homework

summer 2 Homework





CEW Spring 2

CEW Summer 1

CEW Summer 2

Topic overview:


Summer Literacy and maths objectives:

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Here are some of the things that you have been up to at home: 

Thank you for all of your wonderful videos and photos, it is brilliant to see what you have been getting up to at home. We regret, however, that we are unable to upload videos to the website as they are too large. We can still upload all of your fantastic photos and we will be sharing your videos with the other children in class and saving them to the school computer. Thank you!

Summer 2


Ava’s Fantastic homework about toys from the past


Summer 1

We hope you have had a wonderful Easter holiday! Our topics this half term are: Nature week (plants) and Entertainment. Take a look at our topic overview to see what we will be covering.

Ava has started a plant diary. We are looking forward to seeing how it gets on!

Harriet has been researching toys and games from the past.

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Karla has been playing some of the games her Mum used to play at school.


Spring 2

Zac and Toby identified properties of materials around their home.


Tiana and Sophie made some Easter treats!


Karla identified properties of materials around her home.


Kacper made Easter buns.

Jack has been making Easter treats.

Ava R made some delicious Easter buns and wrote the instructions for how she made them.


Harriett has been finding different materials from around her home and naming their properties.

Spring 1

Some more of our brilliant homework.

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Over the weekend Jack and his family went for a walk. Here is what he said: ‘I went for a walk with my family we saw lots of nature.
We saw Ducks, horses, geese, a robin, a centipede and a worm under a log, and lots of trees and plants too along the river bank. We also saw some holes in the ground which might have been a habitat. We saw nests and some bird boxes in the trees. I had my wellies on but still got my trousers wet jumping in the big puddles’.

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Karla also went for a walk. She said: ‘The ducks live around the lake. They eat insects, little fish and bread. They lay eggs in spring and they sit on the eggs to keep them warm untill the little ducks crack the egg and get out of the egg. The ducks have feathers so the water coudnt get inside the feathers’.

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This week Sophie went for a walk with her family. Here is what she said: ‘I went on a walk with my mummy and grandma we had a good walk and saw lots of things like leafs worms trees with red things on and the river and the river had fish in it too.i really enjoyed my walk with mummy and grandma’

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Tyler went for a winter walk to search for habitats.

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This week Dylan went on a nature walk and took photos and videos. He talked about ducks, found birds nests and then fed the ducks.

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Ava goes habitat hunting around her local area. She spotted some horses, mole hills and bird nests.


Zac and Toby went on a walk to find different animals and habitats.

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Jack has created his own animal and habitat for it. Here is Jack’s leaf Woodman and it’s habitat is a wooden leaf cave.

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Autumn 2

Jack says, ”Do lots of exercises and eat lots of healthy fruit to be healthy.”

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Gabriella says, ”We need lots of fruit and vegetables and plenty of exercise to say healthy.”

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Kacper and Ava shows us how to keep healthy!

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Sophie explains how to keep healthy. She says that we need to eat lots of fruit and vegetables, drink plenty of water and get lots of exercise.


Harriett, Lucas and Jack created New and improved versions of Darfield.

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This is what we’ve been getting up to in class.

In class – Summer term

30/6/17 -What an amazing day we had at the Summer Fayre!

29.7.17 – We have been sorting shapes


What time is it?



8/3/17 –  Today we looked at parts of plants and their functions. We turned some of the children in class into plants and labelled them.

14/3/17 – Today we went to Darfield Church to learn about the different symbols within the building.



We have also been finding fractions of shapes.

3/3/17 – This week we have been planting seeds to see how they grow. We are testing to see where they grow best.

2/3/17We have been practicing our bar methods this week for multiplication and division. Attached are the silly sentences that we use to remember the methods and an example of how we do them.

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Spring term

21/3/17 In class we have been researching work by Van Gogh. We have also had a go at painting and drawing using different techniques that he did.

Here is our computer interpretation of Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’.

Here are some of the final versions of our interpretations of Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’.

14/3/17 Today we started our new topic on Van Gogh. We created our own versions of ‘Starry night’. We used oil pastels and then painted over the top with thin paint.

13/3/17 Today we had our Science Exhibition in school. Thank you to all of the parents who came. We really enjoyed sharing our baby mats and explaining all about how we had made them.


10/3/17 – Here are our final babymat creations.


7-9th March

We have been making baby mats for our science topic. Here we are in the early stages.



2/3/17 We have been using directional language in maths.

1/3/17 We have been testing materials and describing their properties. We used Venn diagrams to sort them.


31/1/17 We sorted 2D shapes into different groups and then said how we sorted them.

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26/1/17 – Today we looked at finding lines of symmetry of 2D shapes. We folded paper shapes to help us.

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24/1/17 We created sentences with conjunctions about the Wicked Witch of The West.

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In topic time we ordered a timeline of famous explorers. We found out what each of them did.



23/1/17 Today we had a visit from The Wicked Witch of The West (and her flying Monkeys!).

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23/1/17 – Our final habitats.


The rainforest                                                    The Desert


Under The Sea                                                              The Arctic


16/1/17 – For our Animal Antics topic we are creating animal habitats. Here we are in the early stages.

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13/1/17 – Today we practiced using different coins to make the same amounts of money.

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In class – Autumn Term


Today we have looked at the Christmas story. We did some drama work.

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Today we have been creating sentences in the correct tense.

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We have also been using the bar model to multiply numbers.

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21/11/16 – We found out about our favourite healthy habits. we made pictograms with our results.

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15/11/16 – We went on a hunt for bugs and animals at different growth stages. We created animal lifecycles.

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This week we have been measuring capacity in ml and litres.



This week we have been learning to measure different objects in cm and meters.

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We have been Incredible inventors! We have been using our thinking skills to solve real-life and online problems.

We made towers out of different materials, like marshmallows and straws, which had to hold a 200g weight.

We solved problems using the APP Pattison’s inventions.

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Today we tried different foods that would traditionally be eaten at an Eid celebration. We loved it!

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We found out all about weddings in other faiths. We dressed up as a Muslim bride and groom.



11th October

We are looking at famous people from Yorkshire. Today we were looking at Guy Fawkes and did some drama work about The Gunpowder Plot.

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4th October

We have been looking at different maps and have been making our own. We have used directional language to navigate to different places.

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