The Highway Rat

So much has happened since we returned to school that it seems almost impossible that we have just a few short weeks left. The children have all made a really strong start into Year 2 and everybody is working hard to make sure their work is always it’s very best.


Recently, we have been using the story The Highway Rat in our English lessons to provide our writing opportunities with purpose and an audience. At the moment we are working on extending our working vocabulary so that when we come to write our own versions we have lots of new and interesting words we can call upon. Please look at the photographs below to see us working collaboratively on this.


We’re hoping to be able to share some of our writing with you at our class assembly in a week or so.

Welcome Back!

Hello and welcome back. It’s been a very busy week for us in Year 2 this week, we have started all our new topics and began reading a new book in English.

The book we are reading in English is called ‘Big Bad Owl’ and we will use it as a hook to write detailed descriptions of the setting and character. We kicked the week off with an Experience Day in English; we went out into the forest area to collect objects to label up with adjectives and nouns so that we might include them in future lessons. The children loved this activity and we generated some fantastic vocabulary for our word banks.

In topic we started learning about the Great Fire of London by using atlases to locate London and the other capital cities of the United Kingdom. The had to use the atlas to locate the capital cities and then draw on the borders, so each country was distinguishable. The children were very excited to use the atlases and were all eager to tell me facts they had learnt which was lovely.

We’ve lots of exciting things planned over the next few weeks and I’ll be posting more blogs to keep you updated.

Here’s to a happy and successful term!

-Mr Gooding

World Book Day

On World Book Day we dressed up as a character from our favourite Julia Donaldson book. We did lots of fun activities such as making our own books, bookmarks and masks.

In assembly we showed our costumes to the rest of the school in a parade and shared our favourite Julia Donaldson books.

Have a look at Twitter and check out our assembly photos!


Our Topic work this half term is all about Australia and we have been looking at Aboriginal art work.

We have seen some of Gloria Petyarre’s paintings who is an Australian Aboriginal artist  and she has inspired us all to look how we can change the way we paint by using a range of different brush strokes.

On Friday afternoon  we produced some lovely paintings. We used 3 different colours and mixed  them together to create different shades which as you can see from the photographs  look pretty amazing.

compass points

We have been looking at compass directions and how they help you follow directions. We had to put the correct compass points in the right order so we can locate cities in the United Kingdom next week. The four main points are called the ‘CARDINAL POINTS.’

Year 2

performing in guided reading

During guided reading, some of our children have been reading the play-script for ‘The Giant Jumperee.’ They practised their lines and talked about the expression they would have to use in their voices. When they were ready, they performed the play for the whole class, who really enjoyed it.

Year 2




Year 2 have been classifying different things into 3 groups for their Science learning in ‘Living Things and their Habitats.’ We used hula hoops to create 3 different groups.



Never Alive

We put the post it notes with our ideas into the correct group

My Volcano

First I got some paper and screwed it up so I put pieces to pile up the glue on it. We needed a hair dryer to let the glue dry. When it was dry I painted it grey and brown and I painted lava bits coming down. Next I put sand on it and I went outside to collect some mini trees and a toy tree and put some playdough on it. I hope you like it.

Thomas B

World Book Day

Year 2 have been celebrating World Book Day today and have been inspired by our class author, Julia Donaldson. How many characters can you spot in our picture? We have completed lots of activities, including making a talking book, changing the expression and volume in our voices.