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Class 2

Year 2020/2021

Welcome back to the Spring Term


A very warm welcome back to school. Home learning has finished! Hooray!

Firstly, I would like to say the biggest, heartfelt thank you to you all for your continued support and kind words. You have all thrown yourself into teaching the children with gusto and although, at times, this has waned (which is only natural) we have persevered through those turbulent times and been successful! It's not been an easy journey for anyone. We are now ready and eager, at the helm, prepared to teach the children again. Thank goodness! 

There are a few things to know when we come back:


Book bags may come into school, with home liaison and reading books. We will need Quick Maths books back, any assessments and Maths workbooks. Any writing and work that the children are particularly proud of would be good too. If there is anything else that you think would be helpful to know where the are, then that would also be good.


Spellings will continue to be set online and the children can practice at home. We will test, in school, on a Friday. Year 2 are learning spelling rule 17 and Year 1 spelling rule 11.   


Forest School will be on a Friday afternoon. The children may come into school in their Forest School clothes. Wellington boots will be kept in school. 


PE will be on a Tuesday afternoon - named kits in school please.


Please make sure that your child has a named water bottle in school every day.


The classroom doors will be open so please make sure that the children are dressed appropriately, in warm clothes if it is chilly. 


Thank you.


It is all change again  and although our children adjust exceptionally well, I still thought it may be useful to share the book below. It is lovely and is a good discussion stimulus and opener to talk to the children about emotions and feelings. We will, of course, do our utmost to make sure that the children are happy and settled.   


A very Warm Welcome to a New School Year!

We have been working hard over the summer to ensure that our start in September is as smooth as possible. As always, the most important thing is that the children are settled and happy so that they are then ready to learn and embrace the new challenges in Class 2.

There are a few changes this year (as you might expect).

  • FOREST SCHOOL IS ON A FRIDAY MORNING and children will wear forest school clothes all day.
  • We are asking that wellies are left in school all of the time.
  • Water bottles will go home every day and will need to be washed, filled and returned the following day.   
  • Reading books will only be changed on a Wednesday when the children will be given 2 books for the week. 
  • Book bags with home liaison books should come onto school every day and be used to communicate reading, questions or concerns. The school office can also be emailed if you have a query.      
  • PE will on Wednesday afternoons and PE kits will be left in school for the half term
  • Basic stationery can be brought into school in a plastic bag
  • We will not be doing 'show and tell' at the moment to limit transition objects from home to school. 


During the first half term we will focus on making sure that the children are familiar with the new routines and relaxed. Groups of children will always be working outside in the designated learning areas with an adult.

Mrs Drinkwater, Mrs Jones and Mrs Bundy are really looking forward to welcoming the children back.    


Forest School Letter

Introduction Leaflet to Class 2

                                   Year 2019-2020

With the closure of our school, I will be updating our class web page regularly with activities, ideas, websites and worksheets to help us through a very difficult situation. There will be some core learning skills and some extra learning opportunities too. 

As always, please enjoy reading with your child. This will be a great opportunity to teach your children some important life skills and hopefully some valuable memories will be made. Have fun with your children, there is lots of learning in building dens, constructing Lego, playdoh making jigsaws, drawing and colouring. Cooking and making meals entails loads of Maths and English. If you would like anything shared on our class page then email it to:

Please stay safe and take care everyone.

I really hope to see you all soon. 


More Fantastic Photos - Week 29.06.20

Fantastic Photos - 22.06.20

A lovely book for children that explains Coronavirus. Have a read and hopefully it will help the children to understand why things have changed so much for them.

Class 2 Bean Diary - excellent work!

Photos Week Commencing 8th June

Class 2 Photos 1st June

Lockdown Poem - what a fantastic poem!

Still image for this video

A song about love composed and written by the star in the video!

Still image for this video

Poem written by a Year 2 - fantastic work!

Photos at home week commencing 4th May

Look at what you've been up to! Photos of home learning activities.

                                            A very warm welcome to Class 2!


I have added a new section to the Class 2 Maths at home and English at home for those children off school. These are the lessons that have been completed in class.  


This is Class 2's web page which will have useful information and lots of photos of the children doing different, exciting activities. Each week I will write a weekly letter that will be uploaded to the tab; it will tell you about our week and anything that you will find useful the next week. Topic homework and curriculum links will also be available.  Please enjoy this page and feel pop in to see me if you have any questions or concerns.


Thank you so much for all the lovely Christmas presents. We were completely overwhelmed by your generosity and kind comments. It would be fair to say that we were all very excited about Christmas, but also very tired! We are looking forward to a new and exciting term and the launch of our new topic - Hop Aboard! Homework is uploaded on the homework tab... 


Spring Term 2020

Please note that PE will be on a Tuesday and Friday.

There will be no regular forest school lessons this term.

Year 2018/2019

                                                                            Thank you!


I just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful year! The children were an absolute pleasure and I will never forget my first year of teaching! Thank you too for all of your generous gifts. warm wishes and kind words - they mean a lot. THANK YOU. smiley 

Welcome to Class 2!


A very warm welcome to Class 2. On this page you will find out about all the exciting things happening in class. You will find pictures, short videos and some examples of the children's work. Click on the links to read information relevant to Class 2, find out about the curriculum and the topic homework, plus see the children in forest school.

Please ensure that your child has their named PE kit in school all week. PE is usually on a Thursday afternoon. There will not be formal Forest School sessions this term. 

Exciting News!

 Class 2's powers of persuasion have worked! We have adopted an African Penguin called Poppy - a great cause indeed! The letters, chocolates, puppy dog eyes and general nagging have worked. Although, it was mainly your persuasive letters - who could have the extinction of the African Penguin on their conscience? Clearly not Mr Pratley!

We will see our adoption details when we visit Bristol Zoo.




Summer Term 2018 Homework

Welcome back to the Summer Term. It actually did feel like summer during the first week back and it has been great to be out working and making the most of the decking this week. A big thank you to Mrs Brown and Mrs Jones who have given all of the outside area a much needed spring clean and tidy. We are all now settled back into our daily routines and every day seems to be busier than the last.


We are delighted to welcome Mr Rickman back to complete his final teaching placement. He joins us for 9 weeks and will be teaching both year groups during the course of his school experience.


Our topic for the whole of this term is one of our favourites; CASTLES.

This will cover a wide range curriculum areas including history, art, D&T, dance, music and ICT. We will let you know the date for the locking-in afternoon as soon as we have it confirmed.  We have booked in a visit from The History Man which will take place on the Tuesday 5th June; further details to follow.


Year 2 are currently taking part in activities which will be used to make an assessment of their progress as is required by the Statutory Testing Authority. This judgement is made using a wide range of their work including Maths and Reading test papers. Please rest assured that any assessment is done as part of normal teaching and learning and we work very carefully to ensure it is a positive experience for the children. KS1 assessments are sent home with the end of year school report. Please come and see us if you have any questions.


More excitingly, we have also confirmed the date of the annual year 2 sleepover which will take place on Friday 29th June 2017. We have booked Jon the Potter from Eastnor Pottery to run a workshop and we have lots of fun and games planned.


As always, come and see us if you have any queries about anything at all!

Best wishes,

Mrs Charles, Mrs Salisbury and Mrs Brown.

Welcome back and Happy New Year!

We hope you’ve had a fantastic Christmas holiday. It seems to have flown by! A huge thanks to you all for the beautiful cards and gifts. We were very touched.

We have a busy term ahead of us. Our topics are science based this term. The first half will be focusing on Materials and the second half on Humans. We are planning to make our science activities as hands on as possible and we will round off with a science based Locking-In to show you all what we have been doing. Locking-In will take place on Wednesday 21st March at 2.45pm. are also planning a trip to @Bristol towards the end of term. Details to follow.

Forest school has now finished and we will be running two session of PE every week from now on. On Wednesdays, the children will be doing Yoga with Portia Oliver of Yoga Nourish. The children will need PE kits in all week.

Reading assessments will be taking place in the first weeks of term and the homework leaflet will be sent out shortly.

Many thanks for all your support. We wish you and your children all the best for 2018.

Mrs Charles, Mrs Salisbury, Mrs Brown, Mrs Jones and Mrs Sauntson.

A very warm welcome to our new year 1's, we are really looking forward to getting to know you and your families.  And a very warm welcome back to our very grown up looking year 2's!

We will be using this webpage to provide information about our routines and upcoming events. We also put photographs on and copies of useful documents such as homework leaflets.  If you have any queries and can't find what you need here, please do come in and see us.

We will be holding a short parents meeting on Wednesday September 13th 2016 at 3pm, to run through the children’s timetable, to chat through homework, reading and spelling and of course to answer any questions.

Staff in Class 2
Mrs Charles - Teacher - Mon/Tues/Weds
Mrs Salisbury - Teacher - Thurs/Fri

Mrs Brown/Mrs Jones/Mrs Sauntson - Teaching Assistants

Both Mrs Charles and Mrs Salisbury are available on the playground from 8.50am and on the gate until 3.30pm if you have any quick queries.  If you have anything which you feel needs a longer discussion, please arrange an appointment with us or through Mrs Harrison in the office. 
We look forward to working with all your children this year!

Summer Term 2017 - Homework sheet

Welcome back to the Summer Term.  This year seems to be flying but we have a packed term to look forward to and your children are going to be busy as always.   We have had a busy start this week with lots of planting, an archery experience and several play times on the field as well as the daily maths and literacy lessons.


Our topic for the whole of this term is LAND AND SEA.  This will cover a wide range of mini topics including Planting and Growing, Tanzania,  Oceans and Continents and Under The Sea.    


Children in year 2 are currently taking part in activities which will be used to make an assessment of their progress as is required by the Statutory Testing Authority.  This judgement is made using a wide range of their work including Maths and Reading test papers.  Please rest assured that any assessment is done as part of normal teaching and learning and we work very carefully to ensure it is a positive experience for the children.   KS1 assessments are sent home with the end of year school report.   Please come and see us if you have any questions.


More excitingly, we have also confirmed the date of the annual year 2 sleepover which will take place on Friday 14th July 2017. Further details to follow.  


As always, come and see us if you have any queries about anything at all!

Best wishes,

Mrs Charles, Mrs Salisbury and Mrs Brown.


Happy New Year and welcome back to you all. We hope you have all enjoyed Christmas with your lovely children and that everyone got a bit of a break!

We wanted to say a huge thank you for our amazing array of Christmas gifts and beautiful cards. We had a really fun and enjoyable term and it is great to know so many of the children felt the same. It is a huge privilege to work in a school with such supportive families and we are very grateful to you all.


We are looking forward to another busy term. There will be no Forest School this term and instead PE will be twice a week so the children will need PE kits in school every day. Spelling will start next week for year 2. There will be no reading challenge this half term but please keep encouraging your children to read regularly, they are all doing so well.


As always, please come and see us if you have any queries.

With many thanks,


Mrs Charles, Mrs Salisbury and Mrs Brown

22.11.16 More Andy Goldworthy Inspired Creations!

We have spent lots of time looking at Andy Goldsworthy's work and have recreated it using natural materials, paints and sketches.  Today we looked at other examples of land art that had been inspired by Andy Goldsworthy.  The children were challenged to come up with their own sculpture or piece of art using natural materials.  There was some lovely individual efforts as well as superb co-operation between groups of 3 and 4.  Great work class 2!  


(We also jumped in the puddles, explored the very wet field and practiced throwing our voices across the field in preparation for the nativity!)


Andy Goldsworthy - Land Art

Please scroll down for our photo slideshows.

1.11.16 - Forest School

Spider's webs were the theme of today's session.  We talked about the webs we had seen outside and watched a short video about how a spider makes its web to understand the structure. Then we had a go at recreating them using sticks and wool.  Everyone worked together to collect straight sticks as we decided they were the best were the best to use.


18.10.16 - Forest School


This afternoon we tried real orienteering using a map!  Previously we have looked at photo clues and followed trails.  It was quite a lot trickier using a map.  We found places on the map and then had to match them up to places in"real-life". This helped us find fairy tale clues which were hidden around the school grounds. 

There was some great teamwork this afternoon and lots of persistence.  The children worked with partners in the opposite year group and it was lovely to see them supporting each other.  

When we had finished, we popped to the wooded forest school area to make dens for hedgehogs to potentially hibernate in as we noticed the weather is getting colder.  A busy afternoon! 




The Storytelling Festival Trip

Forest school 11.10.16

It was another beautiful afternoon, sunny and warm.  We continued to think about Autumn and read an Autumn Brambley Hedge story all about the mice who live in our hedgerows. We looked at the illustrations and spotted lots of signs of Autumn.   This led us to discussions about the leaves changing colour around us.  The children collected 5 leaves from the school grounds which had to be different shapes and colours.  We found red, yellow, green and brown leaves and we also found leaves which were a mixture of those colours.  

We all made observations and some children sketched the leaves carefully.  Others made leaf rubbings.  Finally a group of children helped Mrs Brown to collect a beautiful selection of berries which are now decorating the forest school area on the decking.








Forest School 4.10.16


Difficult to get photos today as everyone was moving very quickly!  The children were following a photo-orienteering trail which was helping them to observe signs of Autumn in the school grounds.  

It was great fun and the fastest team to complete the course will be announced tomorrow in class.  


Forest School 27.9.16

We have been reading different versions of fairy tales and today we read The Three Little Wolves and The Big Bad Pig.  The 3 Little Wolves made their houses out of all sorts of different materials and so the children were inspired to make houses for their counting camels and dinosaurs. They used all sorts of different things that they found in the Forest School area and were very creative.  We had a lovely afternoon.