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Amazing Asia!

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, Music with Mr Richards and Gymnastics 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!