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Year 2

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This year you will be taught by Miss Baker and Mrs Garfen.


We are really looking forward to an exciting year ahead working with all of you. We will be using the blog to keep you updated on what we have been doing in class and school. This is also a place where you will be able to find information such as any school trips and/or upcoming events.

Mr Junk Man

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We had the best time when Mr Junk Man from the Junk Orchestra came to visit us. We made instruments from all recyclable items and then jammed in the hall together. The children feel very inspired to improve their instruments and even try to make new ones.

Mr Junk Man

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Year 2 have worked with Year 3 buddies today to research and create leaflets all about our solar system and the planets that are in it.
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Year 2 and the FA cup!

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We were very lucky when some of the Borehamwood football team came to our school for a visit. We had a Q&A session and even got to have a picture with the FA cup! We asked great questions including; 'how heavy is the cup?', 'what is it like to be a footballer?' and 'how much is the cup worth?'

Week beginning 27.11.17
English - 
We have enjoyed writing a recount of our trip to the science museum. We spoke about what we did using the time conjunctions 'first, next, then, after and finally'. Then we planned our recount in note form using bullet points and we finally wrote our recounts in full of the day. We enjoyed adding personal comments also to say what we liked most about the trip. 
Maths - We have continued to practice money; giving change and solving money word problems. We are becoming much more confident when working with money!

Science Museum Trip - 27.11.17

Science Museum Trip - 27.11.17 1 4D space experience
Science Museum Trip - 27.11.17 2 4D space experience
Science Museum Trip - 27.11.17 3 4D space experience
Science Museum Trip - 27.11.17 4 Meeting Armstrong
Science Museum Trip - 27.11.17 5 What does it look like on the moon?
Science Museum Trip - 27.11.17 6 What does it look like on the moon?
Science Museum Trip - 27.11.17 7 Going in to space film
Science Museum Trip - 27.11.17 8 Apollo 10
Science Museum Trip - 27.11.17 9 Apollo 10
Science Museum Trip - 27.11.17 10 Yuri Gagarin talk
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Science Museum Trip - 27.11.17 12 Exploring the museum
Science Museum Trip - 27.11.17 13 Exploring the museum
Science Museum Trip - 27.11.17 14 Lunch time!
Science Museum Trip - 27.11.17 15 Meeting Armstrong



After a few intense rounds, we are happy to announce that Joshua and Freya are going through to the next round of the Geo-a-thon! Mazel Tov! A massive WELL DONE to the runners up; Ruby, Ethan Z, Nathan, Harry, Kitty and Daisy who also excelled with their knowledge of capital cities and continents. Well done to all the children who took part, we are very proud of all your hard work.

Week beginning 20th November -

In anticipation of our visit to the Science museum next week, this week in English we have been learning a story about a boy who wanted to go to space to catch a star. The children have enjoyed learning the story through a story map (and i'm sure they would love to retell you the story at home!). After learning the story and acting it out, we used a story mountain to plan the beginning, middle and end of the story. We thought we would challenge ourselves by changing the middle of the story and the children came up with some brilliant and imaginative ideas:
Jonah - 'the boy could call Spider-man to catch the star'

Evie - 'the boy could climb a rainbow to catch the star'
Daisy - 'the boy could jump on a trampoline to catch the star'

Danny - 'the boy could be fired out of a cannon to catch the star!'
Sammy - 'the boy could kick a football to knock the star down... but the corner of the star might pop the football!'

We can't wait to write our stories up in best next week!


In maths, we have been focusing on money; recognising coins, looking at different combinations of coins that make the same amount and solving addition and subtraction word problems involving money. So, when you are at the shops this weekend, encourage your child to find the coins you need, help work out the total and even estimate the correct amount of change needed. After all, 'the best way to learn is by doing'.




New playground equipment! We are very excited to have our own class playground equipment including; skipping ropes, cats cradle, tennis, frizbees and lots more...

Anti-Bullying Week

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Year 6 Activity

We had a fantastic morning with Year 6 who had planned some great activities for the children. These included a ping pong game and a teamwork challenge where we built towers using tape and newspaper. We don't know who had more fun the teachers or the children!

Anti-Bullying Art Activity

As part of anti-bullying week the children created a mini art canvas for a friend that they might not normally play with in the class. First they discussed their interests with their friends. Then they drew out their designs in pencil before painting them. We will be sending these home for you to keep.

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Homework is due on Wednesdays and given out on Fridays.

If your child has not completed their homework by Wednesday, they will loose 2 house points. They will not go to the reflection room. We are very proud of the homework the children have been completing so far this term! Keep it up!

Reading Books

Your child's reading book will be changed weekly. Below are the groups and the days the children's books will be changed. The children know their groups.


Monday - Roald Dahl

Tuesday - David Walliams

Wednesday - Enid Blyton

Thursday - Anthony Horowitz

Friday - Jacqueline Wilson


It is very important that your child brings in their reading book to be changed on the correct day so that they can have a variety of exciting and interesting books to read. Thank you for your continued support.

Week beginning 13th November.


We are very excited to share all that we have done during Anti-bullying week this week. Watch this space...

Week beginning - 6th November

This week in English we have been writing our own non-fiction texts. After learning about the different features of non-fiction texts and researching Great White Sharks, we wrote an exciting explanation text full of weird and wonderful facts. We also collected new vocabulary from labelling a picture of a shark as well as exploring flow charts to show a process; for example, how a shark eats.
In Maths, we enjoyed learning a new technique using Cuisenaire rods.The technique was called the Part-whole model and we found out how it was especially useful when working out maths problems. The Part-whole model helped us to identify the ‘inverse’ which is the operation that reverses the effect of another operation; e.g. 5+2=7, 7-2=5. You can use the Cuisenaire rods at home with your child to find inverse operations using this link -


Week beginning 30th October 2017

Topic - Explorers!

This week we made Bear Grylls survival kits. We discussed all the objects that we would need in our survival kits. Then we used a ruler to draw the objects and we cut them out and added detail. When all the objects were in the survival kits, we became real explorers and hunted for leaves and grass to decorate our kits.

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Week Beginning 16.10.17


This week we have been continuing with our Science topic focusing on growth and survival, linked to our topic of explorers.The children have been learning about 'basic needs' as the essential things we need to survive. We have been applying this knowledge to making a 'pet fact file' of how to care for a particular pet, thinking about essential and non essential needs. The children used a qr code and scanner to take them to a specific website to find out facts about their chosen pet.


This week the children have been continuing their work on Rapunzel and writing up their own versions of the story. We have been amazed at their creativity in the new characters they have chosen to rescue Rapunzel including:

Kitty - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs stacking on top of each other to reach Rapunzel.

Ilana - A wizard with an invisibility cape.

Evie- Rapunzel's mother and father.

Nathan- A giant who was wandering through the forest.

We have been particularly proud of the children applying what they have learnt in the build up to writing their own story. They have all worked so hard to include adjectives and conjunctions in their writing, and as a result had 5 minutes extra break as a reward!



This week the children have focused on regrouping and bridging 10 for addition and subtraction calculations. They have all been using the 'think 10' strategy when regrouping their numbers. Please see the attached PowerPoint from our 'They didn't do it like that in my day' maths workshop, for a more detailed explanation of the strategies used in year 2.

Week Beginning 09.10.17


This week we are preparing to write our own traditional tale based on the story of Rapunzel. We used a story map to learn the story, and then we decided to make some changes to one section of the story. We decided to change who rescues Rapunzel from the tower and the children all came up with their own ideas to use in their version of the story.

Please see our story map below and ask your child to act it out for you.


This week the children have been focusing on how to partition 2 digit numbers in different ways. They have been doing this using our base 10 equipment.

We hope you will join us for our 'They didn't do it like that in my day' maths evening. Where we will be showing you how you can support your child with the different strategies we use to teach maths at school.

Science Experiment!

Last week we completed our first science experiment. We investigated the question...

'Do humans run faster as they get older?'

We predicted that humans would start running slowly (when they were toddlers), get faster and finally slow down (as they became elderly).

We had great fun testing our prediction by asking different people to run and timing them.

We even got to time Mrs Cohen and Mr Conway!

We found out that Mr Conway was the fastest runner and our nursery child was the slowest.

We had great fun!




Wow...what a week!  We have been  really busy in  Year 2!  In English they have enjoyed exploring two versions of Rapunzel in our new topic 'Fairy Stories'.  They re-enacted the traditional version, trying to include interesting adjectives and time words, and they will be working towards writing their own Fairy Story. 


The class loved making their own Explorer hats and  binoculars in DT.  They worked well in  pairs, supporting each other to create tabs and stick the different parts of their hats together.


Pictures to follow next week!


Shabbat  Shalom and wishing you well over the fast.


The Year 2 team

Roald Dahl dress up day!

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Explorer Afternoon

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Welcome to the new Year 2 page!


We’ve had a great first week back! We’ve been spending time getting to know each other and thinking about how we want our class to be. The children have enjoyed taking on responsibilities within the class room and they have been working together to keep their equipment and the classroom organised.


The children have especially loved the work based on Roald Dahl’s ‘The Twits’ – We apologise if they are inspired by Mr and Mrs Twit and start playing tricks on you this weekend!


We have given out reading books and reading records today. Please ensure that they bring their books in to school every day, particularly on their book changing day.


They will be given Home Learning books next week. We’re sure they’ll need a good rest this weekend after a tiring first week back!


Shabbat Shalom,


The Year 2 team

The children made up their own tricks and acted them out.

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