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Summer 2 Week 5


This week, we returned to home learning. Although it is sad we aren’t in school together, Year 2 have continued to work really hard at home.

Whilst in school and at home, we have been looking at capacity and volume in Maths. The children measured capacity practically in their groups and compared different containers. During English, we continued to explore the fight scene in Romeo and Juliet and created a newspaper report sequencing the key events.

In RE, we thought about quiet places we could go to pray like Jesus did. A lot of children said they would go to a quiet field where they can be alone and listen to the nature. During our PSHE learning,  we talked about moving into year 3. We read a story to show that there is no need to be worried as all of our friends will be together.  

We practised, perfected and performed our Tudor dance in PE. The children worked really hard on these dances and worked well as a team. During our Science learning, we replied to our letter from the Millennium Seed Bank explaining the habitats in our local area. We considered the features of an urban and woodland area and the plants which grow here. In History, we sequenced some of the key events in our school and local history. These events included the opening of the tram line, the war memorial being built and Mr Dugdale becoming the Head Teacher at St Paul’s. We also joined Madame Wardle for a live lesson via Zoom.

Whilst at home, children completed their virtual sports day! The enthusiasm was great to see and the children really enjoyed the different activities set, scoring lots of points for their House. Results will be posted on Seesaw next week.


Well done Year 2! I will look forward to seeing you next week on Zoom!

Summer 2 Week 4


We have had a great week in Year 2 and it’s great to be back!

In English, we have continued to focus on Romeo and Juliet. We imagined we were Juliet and we wrote a letter to Romeo telling him to leave her alone. We also created our own poem about the balcony scene using different vocabulary which rhymed. We considered some key themes from the text and placed them in a Zone of Relevance, thinking carefully about which themes were the most relevant. 

Here is Scarlett’s brilliant poem.

It was late at night,

and Juliet had a fright.

As Romeo stepped out of the bush,

Juliet started to blush.

Give me your hand,

I will do everything you demand.

Oh Romeo what can we do?,

Why are you a Montague?

You are stuck in my mind,

as you were so kind.

For Grammar, we have been looking at conjunctions. The children have become experts at using different conjunctions at the beginning or the middle of their sentences!

During our Maths learning, we continued to explore our work on measurement. We compared the weight and mass of different objects and compared them. In Core Skills, we looked back over telling the time at 5 minutes. We are now more confident at telling the time using our maths vocabulary. 

In RE this week, we learnt about the story of the Tabernacle. We spoke about how the flame of the candle represents God. Just like Moses spoke to God, we wrote a prayer of all the things we were thankful for. During our Geography learning, we explored the human and physical features of Hoddlesden. During this walk, we also explored our History learning further by looking at how St Paul’s and Hoddlesden has changed. We found the old tram waiting area and the old train line near the local garage. In DT, we practised our overstitch and running stitch so we can make our own glove puppets. Some children found this really tricky at first but they persevered and managed to do it on their own! On Friday, we were also lucky enough to spend some time with Mrs Scholes. We had a great time and the Year 2 children are now very excited for Year 3!


Well done Year 2! We have had an amazing week back, thank you for all your hard work!



Summer 2 Week 3


This week, we have all been at home remote learning. We have done lots of live lessons over Zoom and although we have missed teaching you in person, it has been so lovely to see your smiling faces each morning. The Year 2 team is so proud of the children, for being so resilient and approaching their work so positively, as always! Well done Year 2 😊


In English this week, we thought about the feelings of Romeo and Juliet in the balcony scene. The children thought of some great describing words. It was lovely to see all their Oscar-winning acting skills on Thursday for their drama activity! In Maths, we have continued to tell the time and compare the duration of time.

During our RE learning, we drew pictures to show the special place from Jacob's story taken from the bible. These drawings were beautiful, and the children used lots of colour. In PSHE, we look at how humans grow. It was lovely to see what the children wanted to be when they were older! We had so much fun creating our own PE activity and put together a routine for a Tudor dance. We explored the plants in our house and garden during Science, thinking carefully about how it survives in its habitat. In Geography, we used different sources to label the countries of the United Kingdom and Ireland and in DT we created a design for our own Romeo and Juliet glove puppet. Madame Wardle sent Year 2 a video to help us learn different names for our pets in French. We loved playing the game and had lots of fun!


Once again, a huge WELL DONE to Year 2. We can not wait to see you on Monday!

Summer 2 Week 2

We have had a great week in Year 2 and despite needing to move to Remote Learning midweek, the children have continued to work SO hard.  

In Maths, we have been looking at telling the time. We have practised telling o’clock, half past times and moved onto telling quarter to and past times.  In English, we have continued to explore the text Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. We started the week by listening to the simplified version of the text and giving our opinion in the form of a book review. We then worked together to create a ‘whoosh’ story outside in the Paddock.

On Tuesday, we were very excited to have Wild One Adventures working with us in the woods. We painted our faces, played tug of war, explored the woods, made nature masks, melted marshmallows on the fire pit and danced away at our masked ball.

In PSHE, we imagined that one of our friends had moved away from us. We wrote postcards to our friends to tell them how we feel and how much we cannot wait to see them again. We also spoke about the different ways we can keep in contact with our friends who live far away. The children remembered how they used Facetime, Zoom or phones to send a text when they could not see their family during lockdown. 

In RE, we created our special place. Everyone had a chance to write something that is special to them and some of us drew a picture! Our special place makes us feel calm and happy. Our special place has its own church area which represents our religious beliefs. In Science, we described what different plants would need to survive, thinking about their habitat and in PE, we worked in teams to practise our throwing and catching skills.

In Computing, we explored the benefits of using email to communicate and in Geography, we reviewed our understanding of the 7 continents and seas and created a world map of these.


During Remote Learning, we sequenced Romeo and Juliet, wrote a diary entry in role, studied photographs of St Paul’s and Hoddlesden and explored different puppets and their properties.


Well done Year 2!

Summer 2 Week 1

It has been a fantastic first week back in school! We have started our ‘Hoddlesden Globe’ theme for this term and spent lots of time outdoors.

In English, we discussed the words ‘feud’ and ‘love’ and explored how they are different. During our role-play activity, we split ourselves up into different categories and named one group Montagues and the other Capulets. We then had a pretend feud where we acted furiously with each other. We also completed research on William Shakespeare and wrote information pages about him. The children always amaze the Year 2 staff with how well they can remember key facts.

During Maths, we have been exploring position and movement. We have used key mathematical vocabulary, such as left, right, clockwise, anticlockwise, full turn, half turn, quarter turn and three-quarter turn to solve problems.

We went into the woodland area for our Science lesson, where we looked for things that are living, once alive or dead. In RE, we thought about the special places to us. We carefully considered what makes these areas happy and how they make us feel when we are in them. Next week we are collecting a range of images or objects which we will include in our special display within the classroom.

In PSHE, we worked in pairs to support each other around the trim trail, giving feedback and encouragement. We explored how this can help us achieve. In PE with Miss Wright, Year 2 played team coordination games and in Dance with Miss Marsden, we looked at the elements of Tudor dances and worked in small groups to create our own. Children really impressed Miss Marsden with their teamwork and understanding of how the dancing differed to how we dance now.

In French, we have started to learn colour names using picture clues to help our pronunciation. We had lots of fun as always with Madame Wardle. During our Music session with Mr Richards, we watched an adaptation of the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet. We listened to the style of music and how it was soft and romantic. We then compared this with Prokofiev’s, Romeo and Juliet and identified that his music would be more suitable for a Montague and Capulet fight scene.

On Friday afternoon we had lots of fun exploring some old photographs in History. At first, Miss Marsden kept where they were taken a secret, we just knew that some were very old photographs.  We had lots of great ideas of where the photos could have been taken and why. We were amazed to hear that all of the photographs were of Hoddlesden or St Paul’s Primary School. We loved hearing how Hoddlesden used to have a tram line and that St Paul’s had a red telephone box by the school gates.


Amazing Asia!

Summer 1 Week 7 

We had a great final week before a well-deserved break. In English, the children worked SO hard with writing their own version of Mulan. We started the week by describing our setting and main, innovated character. We applied our grammar skills, including noun phrases, to write our stories. During our Maths learning, Year 2 have started looking at position and direction. We gave directions to our partners and used the vocabulary left, right, forward and backwards. During our core Maths, we have looked at counting in 3s forwards and backwards, o’clock and half past times.

In Year 2, we love Guided Reading! It is a joy to see how excited the children are when we come to do our daily guided read session! Children have continued to develop their reading and comprehension skills and are trying so hard to add expression in their reading. In Science, we completed our research on animals found in China and how they survive. We used this information to create an information page. In French we continued learning vocabulary for our family members and played games using our French vocabulary. In Gymnastics, we played a variety of team games which required a steady balance. In Music, we enjoyed call and response games and in RE we completed our learning on Pentecost and the ascension.

I hope you all have a wonderful half-term Year 2! 


Summer 1 Week 6

Despite the wet weather, Year 2 have had a great week in school!

In English, we have continued to gather our ideas for story writing next week. We have innovated Mulan to create a new character and collected vocabulary for our story opening.  

We have continued to develop our understanding of measuring length and height in Maths. We have explored using a ruler and thought carefully about how to use one accurately.

In Art, we completed our Sumi-e inspired piece of work. During our Amazing Asia theme, we have explored this form, practised our techniques and creates some beautiful paintings.

This week during DT, we have also used our knowledge of the Eatwell Plate to design and make a Spring Roll. We love our French sessions on a Friday with Madam Wardle. This week we played a game of Lotto. During this game, we practised the French names for family members. In Gymnastics, we perfected our routine and practised our backwards roll and cartwheels. In Music, we continued to play pentatonic scales to rhythm and rhymes.


Summer 1 Week 5

For Mental Health Awareness week, Year 2 connected with nature. Connecting with nature is about building a relationship with nature by noticing and becoming sensitive to the environment around us. This has benefits for our physical and mental health. This week, we went outside and did some cloud watching. We saw a huge variety of shapes in the clouds, from bears to cars to flowers. We also went into the paddock and drew a part of nature which makes us smile. Children loved listening to the trees blowing in the wind, sheep bleating and birds singing.

In English, we used the story map from last week to retell the story of Mulan. We identified the main features of instructions and wrote our own following our Martial Arts session. These instructions helped Miss Marsden to perform a ‘Tiger Fight Dance’.

During our Maths learning, we have begun to look at length and height. We have measured different objects with cubes, moving on to using a ruler accurately whilst making comparisons.

In RE we created some artwork based on the Holy Spirit and in PSHE we considered how we can keep healthy, including when we go on holiday. We found out about how Edward Jenner pioneered the idea of vaccines.

In Science, we completed some research on animals commonly found in China. We read the information and retrieved the details about offspring. We were very surprised to find out that a new born panda is born blind and covered with only a thin all-white coat!

We continued to develop our painting skills during Art. We practised with shade using watercolours and painted a landscape taken from the Disney film Mulan. We will use these learned skills for our final piece of Sumi-E artwork.

During DT, we tasted some Chinese foods and identified where the foods belong on the Eatwell Plate. We even tried to use chopsticks. Mrs Wardman is super impressed with our Scratch skills in Computing. On Thursday, we were able to create instructions for our background to change! This is tricky stuff, but Year 2 did an amazing job! We continued to develop our vocabulary in French and built upon previously taught skills in Music and Gymnastics!


Summer 1 Week 4


Wow! This week has flown by! It has been another jammed packed week of our Amazing Asia theme.

In English, we have been comparing Mulan to other strong female characters from stories originating from China. We have also created a story map and used Talk for Writing to help learn the story of Mulan. In Maths, we looked at equivalent fractions, found three quarters of a number and shape and counted in Fractions.

In RE, we answered questions about Pentecost and during Computing, we animated our name using Scratch. On the iPads, we researched the Asian style of Sumi-e paintings. We found out that the style uses black and white shades of ink with a POP of colour. We then evaluated Sumi-e paitings in our Art session, saying what we like and dislike about this style.

In Science, we thought about how exercise effects our bodies. To do this, we went outside and did a variety of exercise and identified the changes we could feel.

We love our Gymnastic sessions with Mrs Winward. This week we continued to practise our cartwheels and splits.  In Music, we continued to play instruments to rhythm and rhymes. Mr Richards was impressed with how great our pentatonic scales are sounding. We perfected our pronunciation of family members during our French learning with Madame Wardle.

On Friday, we were very lucky to join in with a live Singing Assembly, provided by Bolton Music Services. We enjoyed a Friday sing along with Mrs Caswell and can not wait for next week’s assembly.

Summer 1 Week 3


We have had another great week in Year 2! 


In English, we have been reading Mulan by Li Jian. We explored the key events, considered the thoughts and feelings of the soldiers and have written some amazing character descriptions. During our Maths learning, we have focused on unit and non-unit fractions and continued to develop our understanding of numerators and denominators.


During RE, we looked at what we can learn from Jesus’s teachings and how this can help us be good Christians. In PSHE, we talked about the different choices we make during the day and how we can sometimes make bad choices.

We shared our knowledge of where food comes from, during our DT learning. We thought about if the food came from an animal or a plant and how foods are changed.


In Science, we talked about how germs can spread very quickly (using glitter to show this). We then created a poster giving examples of how we can keep ourselves healthy. The children decided that one of the most important ways to keep healthy was to get plenty of sleep. A few children were looking forward to an early night after talking about this!

With our theme for this half term being Amazing Asia, we have begun exploring Chinese landscapes during our Art lessons. We found out that traditional Chinese paintings used monochrome colours, sometimes with a ‘pop’ of colour, like red. We experimented with different types of paints and used different painting techniques to help identify paint properties.


We have been really enjoying our French lessons with Madame Wardle! This week, we continued learning the French names for family members and practised our greeting song. 


We have worked hard to do a cartwheel in gymnastics with Mrs Winward and with Miss Wright we focused on our underarm throwing to hit a target. In Music, we continued to explore pentatonic scales and played some call and response singing games.


Well done for a super week of work Year 2!


Summer 1 Week 2

This week, in English, we continued to explore the character Mulan. We listened to and performed the song ‘Reflection’ and compared the song with ‘How Far I’ll go’ taken from Moana. We thought carefully about what each of the songs mean and the important message behind both. During our Maths lessons, we have continued to look at Fractions including finding thirds of shapes and amounts.

In RE, we started looking at the Ascension and created artwork to show what we think heaven looks like. In PE with Miss Wright, we focused on our aim and threw beanbags at different targets. In PSHE, we thought about how we can encourage others to achieve and be the best we can be. During DT, we looked at the Eatwell Plate and worked in teams to become experts on one of the five food groups. We then shared our knowledge and understanding with the rest of the class.

This week, we completed a Science investigation, ‘Are the oldest children the tallest?’ We made predictions, planned our investigation and thought about how we can make this investigation fair. In Computing, we continued to develop our programming skills by giving our Sprites and objects a number of instructions.

We enjoyed learning some new phrases in French, continued developing our sequences in Gymnastics and practised playing instruments using the Pentatonic scales in Music.


On Wednesday, Year 2 completed their second Outdoor Adventure Morning. The children demonstrated fantastic teamwork and communication skills (whilst having lots of fun too!). On Thursday, we enjoyed a session with Fun Food Chef. We created several Asian dishes and the best bit was tasting what we made. Well done Year 2 for trying new foods and foods they didn’t think they liked.


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Summer 1 Week 1


We love busy weeks in Year 2 and this week was most definitely an action-packed week!

On Tuesday, we had a fantastic session with an All Stars Cricket coach. We played several games, where we practised our fielding, bowling and batting skills. We also had our first Outdoor Adventure Morning on Wednesday. We loved aiming at different targets in archery and hunting for ‘aliens’ in the woods nearby during orienteering. We can not wait for next week’s session.  We were also lucky enough to have some visitors teaching us about traditional Chinese Lion Dance. We had the opportunity to practise our lion dances, remembering to move our bodies in the correct way whilst we processioned around the hall.

In English, we began exploring the film Mulan. We described Mulan, her feelings and considered questions we would ask her. During our Maths learning, we continued to explore fractions. This week, we looked at quarters. In RE, we listened to the story of the Lost Sheep and created a display on how we can help others who might be considered lost. 

In Computing, we used Scratch to program a character, adding speech and motion. We have also had our first French session with Madame Wardle. We practised some key phrases and introduced ourselves to Madame Wardle. In Music with Mr Richards, we explored pentatonic scales and in Gymnastics we learnt a routine and used different equipment with Mrs Winward.


The Year 2 team and children are really looking forward to this term’s topic, Amazing Asia.

Keep up the hard work, you are ALL superstars!! ⭐️

Blended Learning

Spring 2 - Week Commencing 22.03.2021


This week, Year 2 has been busy exploring the outdoors looking for signs of Spring. Using our observations, we completed some wonderful writing in our English learning.  In Maths, we continued to look at fractions by making equal groups and finding half of an amount and shape. In PSHE, will read a story about kindness and thought about how our actions can have a positive and negative impact on others. We thought of ways we could ‘fill our bucket’ with kind words and actions. We considered significant symbols of Easter and made Easter cards. During our Science learning, we recognised some plants we eat and recapped our previous learning of what those plants need to grow.

On Thursday, we loved our session with Tri Kidz (even though it was tiring!) We enjoyed taking part in running, cycling and ‘swimming’ to complete the triathlon.

The Year 2 team hopes you and your families have a very happy Easter and we can’t wait to see you all again in the Summer term! It is set to be a VERY exciting term!

Spring 2 - Week Commencing 15.03.2021

Wow! What a busy week we have had! This week we have celebrated lots of special events. These have included poetry week, Shakespeare week, Comic Relief Day and our long-awaited World Book Day Dress up!

I was blown away by the costumes I saw on Thursday for World Book Day! It was so hard to select best dressed, as all costumes were VERY impressive. You can see these costumes below. Thank you all for the efforts you have put into the costumes.

On Thursday, we listened to one of Miss Marsden’s favourite books, The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson. As a class, we created a story map and retold the story using actions.


During our main English learning, Year 2 explored poems about colour. We listened to ‘What is Pink?’ by Christina Rossetti and then planned our own colour poem. These plans were then used to create our own wonderful colour poem, using our senses to help.

For Shakespeare week, we completed some research about him during our Computing lesson. We found out who William Shakespeare was when he was alive, where he lived and what he is famous for.


In Maths, we continued to explore 3D shape properties and we started our unit on Fractions. During our PSHE lesson, we talked about the importance of listening in friendships. We looked at new strategies to show other people that we are listening and that we are showing interest in what they are saying.

In RE, we made freeze frames to demonstrate our understanding of the Last Supper. In Gymnastics, we continued to practise our skills with Mrs Winward.

World Book Day Dress Up

Spring 2 - Week Commencing 08.03.2021

It has been wonderful to have all our remote learners back in the classroom and it has been great to see all of Year 2 playing, laughing and learning together. Children have settled back into school routines brilliantly and Miss Wright, Miss Barton and I are INCREDIBLY proud of you all.


In English this week, we have focused on the text ‘The Dot’ by Peter Reynolds. We explored the story and the different feelings of Vashti. We then linked these feelings to our own and created a bright and colourful display by ‘making our mark’. In Maths, we have continued to explore 3D shapes and their properties. With the return back to school for all, we have had a big focus on our wellbeing and we have spent many opportunities exploring our feelings. In Computing, we used PowerPoint to create an instruction presentation and in Science, we recorded the growth of a tomato plant. During our RE learning, we explored the significance of the cross and recognized what it symbolises. In Geography, we explored different types of map and we practised our Gymnastic skills with Mrs Winward.

Spring 1 Week 8

This week has been another great week of fun and learning. In English, Year 2 enjoyed ‘The Pirates Next door’ by Jonny Duddle. We have thought about what it would be like if pirates lived next door, writing for and against reasons. We also created wonderful setting descriptions for Dull-On-Sea. For World Book Day, the children had Miss Wright, Miss Barton and myself thinking very hard as they presented clues for their favourite story which we needed to guess.  You can see some of these examples below! In Maths, we continued looking at shapes by exploring patterns, symmetry and faces of 3D shapes.

In RE, we explored the features of a Paschal candle and designed our own, thinking about significant symbols. During our Science learning, we identified the different parts of trees and flowers. discovered the functions of the different parts of the trees and flowers and how they help the plant to grow. In Geography, we focused on the natural features of a place that might determine where people choose to settle. We also designed our own ideal settlement.

Some of our World Book Day Activities

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Spring 1 Week 7

It’s been a lovely week and the children have settled back really well.  I hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable half term.

In our English learning, we have explored non-fiction texts and written a report all about the Great White Shark. 2D and 3D shapes have been our focus in Maths. The week started with us going on a shape hunt around school and around our homes. We have also looked at how many vertices and sides 2D shapes have.

In RE, we have started our new unit by listening to and then sequencing the Easter story and during our worships we focused on how God can give us courage.  In Science, we enjoyed learning about evergreen and deciduous trees. The children in school went on a local walk looking at different trees and some remote learners also did the same.

In Geography, we identified different types of settlements and in PSHE we developed our understanding that as children and adults we have rights. We used this information to create a scroll.

Children have continued to impress me with their fantastic attitudes towards learning and they have made me very proud, once again!

Keep up the hard work, you are ALL superstars!! ⭐️

Spring 1 Week 6

This week, the children’s learning has been out of this world!

Our English started with a special voice note addressed to Year 2. This was a very important mission for the children to complete. They needed to explain everything they know about the moon and what a cleaner on the moon would need to pack. We also explored an image of the main character and thought carefully about the clues we could see. We sequenced the events of ‘Bob, the Man on the Moon’ by Simon Bartram and designed our very own alien, writing a character description to match.


In Maths, we used tally charts and pictograms to interpret data collected. For Online Safety Day, we thought carefully about how to keep ourselves safe and what to do if something gives us a funny feeling. We created a set of rules to help us remember what to do.   In Science, we completed an investigation on materials to see which absorbed liquid and which materials were waterproof and in RE, we thought about all of the stories we have heard this term.


On Friday, we enjoyed a virtual Farm tour as part of our end of Half-term behaviour treat. The children we engrossed when meeting the different animals and found it very tricky to think of just one favourite part of the tour!


Children have worked INCREDIBLY hard this term, both at home and in school. I hope you all have a lovely and relaxing half term! Very well done!

Spring 1 Week 5

Another week of hard work has come to an end. The children’s attitudes towards learning are out of this world and have continued to impress me!

This week in English, children have explored poems about space and continued to practise irregular past tense verbs. We have had several brave banana mindsets in Maths, as we have explored division and applied our skills and understanding to problem-solving and reasoning tasks. In Art, we explored the work of Piet Mondrian and developed his ideas to create our own. During our RE session with Miss Wright, we listened to the bible story of the man lowered through the roof and made links to the different emotions.

This week has been Children’s Mental health week. We have been expressing ourselves through dance, singing and art. In our PSHE lesson, we thought carefully about what makes us special and unique and in History, we continued to explore how music has changed over the last 60 years.


We have also started to read and enjoy ‘The Twits’ by Roald Dahl as our end of the day story. I can’t wait to see what happens next!



Spring 1 Week 4 

I cannot believe we have come to the end of week 4 already! It has been a wonderful week of learning, both in school and at home and I am super impressed with the fantastic attitudes of Year 2!


In English, we have been looking at twisted traditional tales. We discussed which we prefer, used a story map to learn parts of a tale and explored the key features of a text.

Once again, we have all been brave bananas in Maths whilst exploring division through grouping and sharing. During our mini daily Science, we observed the growth of our mung beans and thought carefully about why the beans grew better in some conditions. We created a feelings flower in our PSHE lesson and in Music we loved singing along to ‘HEY YOU’ with Mr Richards.

During History, we looked at how music has changed over the last 60 years, including how we listen to music. We also had a sing-along and dance to WHAM!, Marvin Gaye and The Beatles. This week, in RE we listened to the story of Bartimaeus and empathised with him, creating a newspaper report about this miracle.

It has been great to see so many children using Oxford Reading Tree eBooks at home! Keep it up, I love seeing the videos of Year 2 reading  😊

Spring 1 Week 3

We have had a fantastic week and produced some SUPER work.

In English, we have explored the text Supertato by Sue Hendra for our superhero-themed week.  We have completed character descriptions, written questions for an interview and predicted what could happen next. The children have done a fabulous job at applying taught spelling and grammar skills within their writing too. In Maths, we have all been brave bananas and continued to develop our understanding of multiplication. For our afternoon sessions, we considered who our real-life superheroes are, we completed challenges in PE with Miss Crewe and considered how to keep safe when using the internet with Mrs Wardman. During RE, we listened to the story of the ten lepers and wrote a letter to say thank you to Jesus. We also began our Science investigation by planting our seeds and explored food beat patterns in Music.  


Well done Year 2! I cannot wait to see what next week brings!


Spring 1 Week 2

What a busy week we have had in Year 2! All children have worked so incredibly hard and I am so proud of them. The highlight of my day is working with the children in school and seeing all the learning taking place at home on SEESAW.


In our English, we have been listening to and enjoying some inspirational stories. We have written character descriptions, used persuasive language during role play and discussed emotions. We have been exploring equal and unequal groups in Maths. As well as this, we have used and created our own arrays.  In Geography, the children have helped Miss Marsden learn some facts about Hoddlesden and Darwen. The children have created some brilliant posters and videos showing places to explore. In Science, we have learnt what plants need to survive. The children also LOVED their gymnastics session with Miss Crewe! In RE, we listened to the bible story 'The Little Children and Jesus' and created a piece of artwork about the story.


It is lovely to see all your smiling faces in school and on Zoom and I look forward to more learning next week!

Blended Learning

Spring 1 Week 1

Hello and Happy New Year to you all!   

We hope you and your family have managed to enjoy the festive break and you all remain safe and well.  

Despite it not being a normal start to the Spring term, Year 2 children have impressed me with their fantastic attitude towards learning and resilience both at school and those at home, remote learning. A huge thank you for your cooperation and understanding during the challenges of this week and for continuing to upload your child’s learning onto SEESAW. It has been lovely to see!


In school, we had a lovely discussion about what they have all been up to during their Christmas break. It certainly sounded like Father Christmas needed extra space on his sleigh for all the wonderful presents he delivered. As well as working hard on our Maths and English, children have been encouraged to enjoy the snow as much as possible.


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Autumn 2 - Week 6


What a brilliant week Year 2 have had! The children have planned, prepped and created their enterprise product incorporating their DT skills of using wheels and axles. In computing they put their animation skills to the test and made an advert animation of their snowman product. You can see a few of these on https://www.stpaulshoddlesden.org.uk/year-2-stall/

We also had Christmas dinner on Christmas jumper day! It was so much fun!


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Autumn 2- Week 5


What an amazing week we have had! This week we have began to develop our understanding of money in maths, looking at the value of coins and notes and any misconceptions we might have. We also starting our Elf Enterprise planning! The children are focussing on using a DT skill of wheels and axles to create a Christmas product to sell. They’ve spent the week doing lots of research on products that already have wheels and axles before designing ideas we could make.

We had a visit from the Elf!!! The children were so excited to show him all the good choices they’ve been making. It was even more exciting because of all the snow we had! Year 2 loved getting on their wellies and playing in the snow.

Week 5

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Autumn 2- Week 4
We’ve had an incredibly busy week in Year 2 this week! In science we investigated which materials were waterproof so we could start to make an astronaut suit. As it is non fiction November we have been looking at an urban designer- Jan Gehl, and we decided to try his career and design our own sustainable city! We entered a virtual orienteering competition and had lots of fun having to work out and follow routes. 
Look at our pictures below to see what else we’ve been up to!

Autumn 2-Week 3

This week we have been developing our understanding of animations in computing! Year 2 had great fun creating flick books to show how images can move before investigating how to do it taking photographs on the iPads. We also investigated different materials and their properties in science! We became scientists and researchers to explore what properties an astronauts suit needs to have when they’re up in space! We’re then going to experiment which materials will be the best next week!

Week 3

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Autumn 2- Week 2

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This week Year 2 have been brave bananas in maths, applying a new method for adding two 2 digit numbers when solving problems! We’ve also started our new topic called ‘Factual Footprints’ where the children have looked at chronological order when creating a timeline.
It was also Children in Need! We had lots of fun showing off our outfits and creating dance videos to raise lots of money for charity!

Autumn 1- Week 8

Year 2 have had a brilliant first half term back to school! Children have developed their mindfulness skills in our MindUP lessons, allowing them to gain a greater insight into their feelings and how our brain creates them!
Have a look at our half term video showing lots of our indoor and outdoor learning focussing on English, Phonics, Maths, Geography, PE, Art, PSHE and so much more!


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Autumn 1- Week 7

This week we used our geography and science skills to look at different habitats we might find in Africa and the range of different animals that will live there! We went on a virtual safari through the different areas and then created a giant African continent!
We have been working on our problem solving skills in maths and looking at using our resilience to work out the question in different ways!

Autumn 1-Week 6

We have had a very busy week in Year 2 this week! We’ve been focussing on Black History Month and the life of Claudia Jones in particular! The children learnt all about her life and then created acrostic poems on carnival headdress templates! 
We’ve continued to develop our animal masks in art, looking at using modroc to blend and build materials together.

Our British Value this half term is Individual Liberty. The children have been looking at what it means and they can use it. They expressed their opinions and views to create a den in class!

Autumn 1- Week 5

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This week was National Poetry Day! Year 2 have been focussing on dragons in their PE dance this half term so we decided to learn more about them through the poem ‘Have you seen a dragon?’ The children used their dance and voices to create expression in this performance!

Autumn 1- Week 4


It’s been another busy week in Year 2 this week! We’ve began looking at how the savannah as a habitat compares to this we found in our local area last week. In art, children have been observing different patterns on an animal and then creating detail by using watercolour paints!
Our focus for English this week has been non fiction information pages. The children have researched all about a hyena and then created their own information pages which look fabulous!

Autumn 1- Week 3


This week Year 2 have been focussing on their place value in maths and being brave bananas to try and solve lots of problems! 
Children have been finding places in our local area on maps and looking at symbols, ready to start comparing it to our African country, Kenya, next week.

In music we began using Djembe drums and practising an old beat called ‘The King Is Coming‘, which used to be played in some African countries when the King was coming to visit towns and cities!

Autumn 1- Week 2

We’ve started to focus on Africa and African animals in particular this week! Moving on from our transient art, children began to look at animal patterns and how to create different lines for their edges. We’ve also been doing lots of outdoor learning, looking at our local habitats and using maps to identify what we have in our local areas.

Autumn 1- Week 1

Year 2 had a brilliant first week back to school! We did lots of outdoor learning and began investigating our new theme, Native Narratives!