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2021 - 2022

Summer Term 

This week in maths, we have been learning to tell the time. We found it quite tricky so please practise this at home.

We have planted our seeds. We are investigating the best conditions to grow a healthy plant.

What a busy start to the term! Our new topic is 'The Scented Garden'. Ask your child what they have learnt about plants this week.

This week we have been measuring in cm and metres.

Spring Term  

Year 2 loved the Silly Science workshop with Professor Nitrate.

The children love the new playground equipment! They all wrote beautifully presented thank you letters to Mrs Johnson.

We had a super time looking at the uses of everyday materials in the local environment. There was even time for a play on the park!

This week's science investigation was to test which method melted the ice the quickest.

The class learnt lots of new skills at the gymnastics festival at Shirebrook Leisure Centre.

We may not have seen many birds (due to us being very noisy!) but we did have a great time walking around Pleasley Pit Country Park.

Year 2 have been scientists this week. Ask your child about our science investigations.

Year 2 are becoming competent mathematicians.

In our Science lesson we have been learning about animals and their offspring.

As the weather is due to turn much colder, we made bird feeders today.

Year 2 looking spotty! We raised lots of money for Children in Need.

Year 2 had a fabulous time at Tibshelf school participating in fundamentals.

Just look at the amazing bug hotel that Year 2 have made with Mrs Holmes this morning!

The children are loving our topic Wriggle and Crawl - ask your child what they have learnt about minibeasts.



This week Year 2 will be bringing home a homework folder containing this week's homework sheet. The children should be able to complete the sheet independently as we have covered the work in class.

I am also sending the Year 2 Common Exception Word list. It would be really helpful if you could support your child to learn these spellings. The children will be tested on the first eight of these words next week. 

In addition to the homework, all children are expected to read five times weekly, to include at least one weekend day. This can be Friday evening, Saturday or Sunday. If your child does not read the expected five times then unfortunately they will not be entered into our class reading raffle and therefore will not get the chance to choose from our prize box. 


If you need to discuss anything then please do not hesitate to contact me on the email below.

What a fabulous first week we have had in Year 2! Ask your child what they have been learning about.

Farewell to my wonderful Year 2 class of 2021. I have absolutely loved every single minute of teaching this class - they are amazing, beautiful, talented children and I couldn't be more proud of all they have achieved. Have a fantastic summer holiday, you deserve it!


Love Mrs Barnes xxx

Year 2 are proud to keep our outdoor area spotless.

Enjoying our seaside area.

Painting rock pools.

Term 6

Well I can't believe that we are already in our final term!

The children have come back refreshed and raring to learn. Their attitude and behaviour is outstanding and I couldn't be more proud!

This term our topic is called 'Beachcombers'.  We will take a peek into the cool water to learn about the weird and wonderful animals and plants in their microhabitats. We will invent an amazing rock pool resident- what features will it need to survive happily in its watery habitat? Then we will make a 3-D model of our creature. Maybe we can relax in a deckchair and do a little reading. What’s your favourite book about the seashore?


Y2 enjoying our indoor PE in the classroom.

Ask your child about our colour changing flowers experiment.

We made scented playdough using a variety of dried plants. The classroom smells delightful!

Year 2 are loving our new topic 'The Scented Garden'. So far we have planted herbs and sunflower seeds, created 3D flowers, painted flowers using watercolours and written an information book about our favourite flowers.

Having fun in our Garden Centre.

Welcome to the Summer term!

This term our topic is 'The Scented Garden'. Year 2 will be exploring gardens by learning all about plants, flowers and herbs. We will plant a variety of seeds and bulbs and observe how they grow. We will be creating an information book all about our favourite flowers,  as well as reading different versions of  Jack and the Beanstalk and The Enormous Turnip.


Please see below for topic objectives.




Making a fortress to protect the Three Little Pigs.

Making patterns with 2D shapes.

Just look at this amazing tower built by Ryder, Harry and Dhruv!

Building bridges for the billy goat Gruff to cross.

Fun at playtime!

We coloured in lots of odd socks in recognition of World Down Syndrome Day on 21st March.

Having fun in the sunshine building towers and making tunnels.

Year 2 used story maps to help them plan their adventure story about a tunnel.

Year 2 are becoming really confident with multiplication and division.

Welcome back Year 2! All the children had a fabulous first day back in school with their friends.


Thank you for your continued support with home schooling. The Year 2 staff are so impressed with how much work is being sent in. 

Below is the link to the One Drive where you can find the work.


Please use the link below to access high quality music lessons.


Next week's work will be on PowerPoint to avoid the need to print work sheets or collect paper packs from school. If you are unable to access PowerPoint, please get in touch by email:




Kind Regards,

Mrs Barnes. 

Lovely Geography about some of the world's great towers.

Children have been enjoying making castles and towers at home.

The children in school enjoyed constructing castles and towers.


Welcome to Spring term 2! 

This term our topic is called Towers, Tunnels and Turrets. This project teaches the children about design, structure and materials. We will be learning all about why castles were built and how they changed through the ages. We will design our own castle and build it using construction or junk modelling. We will think about the problem with the Three Little Pig's houses and design a fortress to keep them safe. 

In English, we will be be reading traditional fairy tales as well as 'The Tunnel' by Anthony Browne.

In Science, we will learn about tunnelling animals, then become engineers as we investigate different types of bridges and towers. 

In computing, we will take a virtual tour of a castle to look at the key features then use Purple Mash to draw a castle. 

Later on in the term, we will learn about the ‘Great Escape’ made by allied soldiers from a prisoner of war camp during the Second World War. 


I'm sure you will agree, this is an exciting topic and we can't wait to get started with our new learning. I look forward to (hopefully) welcoming all of the children back to school at some point this term. 



The keyworker group in school have been enjoying the snow.

Sophie's lovely ICT and art work.

Alyssa has done some lovely home learning this week.

Lovely maths and English from Oscar this week, plus a delicious looking healthy meal.

As well as maths and English, Ryder has worked hard on his science activities this week.

Some of Harry's fabulous home learning from this week.

Noah has worked especially hard on his science this week and managed to fit in a Joe Wicks workout too.


Well what a difference a week makes! School is closed today due to the snow so I hope you can all get out into the garden for a play. I look forward to seeing pictures of your snow creations. 

As always, the work for this week is on the One Drive - use the link above to access.

This week's topic spellings are:










I look forward to seeing you all on the Teams sessions every day at 10.30.

Mrs Barnes. 


This week, the children in the keyworker group have made bird feeders to hang around our outside area. We have spoken about the importance of helping our local wildlife, especially in the winter time when food is scarce. We know it is important to care for all living creatures.

In recognition of Children's Mental Health Week, and the theme 'express yourself' we made hats using craft materials. I'm sure you will agree they are beautifully creative.


What a glorious day! Perfect weather for getting out in the garden spotting birds. This week's topic spellings are :










Some lovely maths and work on birds from Blake. Well done!

Lovely maths and work on birds from Michal. Well done!

A great picture of a Kingfisher from Alfie, along with some lovely maths and literacy work. Well done!

Wonderful ICT and beautiful drawings from Sophie this week. Lots of hard work in maths too. Well done!

Fantastic work on birds from Ivy this week. Well done!

As well as working hard on her maths and literacy this week, Scarlett has found time to make a delicious pizza. Fantastic!

Fred has been working hard on his maths and bird comprehension this week. Well done Fred!

Evie has worked hard with her maths this week and produced some lovely work on birds. Well done!


The RSPB are running their annual 'Big Garden Birdwatch' from 29th to 31st January. If your child would like to get involved with this study you can find all the information  on the RSPB website. Use the link below to print off a bird identification tally sheet.


I look forward to hearing about all the birds that the children have spotted in the garden.


Happy bird watching!
Mrs Barnes.




Lots of lovely work from Oscar this week. He's been busy with Maths, Literacy and Science, plus a lovely labelled Seasons poster. Well done!!

Alyssa has worked hard with Maths and LIteracy this week, as well as investigating materials. She's also created a lovely seasons poster complete with labels. Well done!

Lovely work from Blake. Well done!

Lots of lovely Maths from Harry this week; lovely to see you experimenting with absorbent and non-absorbent materials too. Well done!

Ryder has been busy with his maths and spellings this week. He's also been keeping fit with Joe Wicks. Well done!

Noah's been working very hard this week. He's written some amazing adjectives to describe our story characters and it looks as though he's had fun investigating waterproof and non-waterproof materials.

Today we estimated the length of the playground, then measured it with trundle wheels.

Blake has been working really hard with his maths this week. Well done Blake!