Back in the Autumn, Years 1, 2 and 3  went down to Kexborough Rec to plant daffodil bulbs with the Barnsley Council North Area Team. Now it is the Spring. the daffodils have grown and we can now see them in full bloom. Have a look below to see them.

World Book Day!

The children in Year 2 have been extremely busy celebrating World Book Day today!

Children have worked really well in pairs to complete a book scavenger hunt. They really enjoyed looking at a wide range of new books to find different characters and story plots.

Year 2 then completed their entries for the ‘Design a book token’ competition. Children created some fantastic designs from Esio Trot to Oi Frog!

Following this, we took a look at one of Mrs Smith’s favourite books ‘Once Upon an Alphabet’. Children came up with their own ideas for items that began with the first letter of their name. They created short stories about these items. The creativity and imagination that the children showed in today’s lesson was exceptional! Here are some of their stories…

Ollie octopus was having an operation one afternoon. He got his orange tie, his orange shoes, his black suit and his orange hat. He got in his dark orange car and drove past Open Avenue. He got out of his car and walked to the open doors. He got into his operation bed where they put a needle in his tentacle. Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! – Ollie

Alicia sells alarm clocks but she can’t tell the time. How alarming! – Aimee

Jack was a jolly boy. One day he went to the jungle. He jumped in and saw a giant jelly monster! Jack ate the jelly monster and gently jogged home. – Jake E

Superman went to the city of London where someone stole his car. Superman got ran over by that car – Sad! – Seth

Willy Wellington wanted to see the world, but he was too big for Wolly Well’s foot! – William

Once there was a snake called Steve and he was going to school. He got lost and ended up in the sea. He was never seen again! – Sophie

Great Fire of London collages

In our topic lesson we have been learning all about The Great Fire of London. To link together this and our Art topic of collage, we have spent the afternoon creating post-fire layered collages. The children chose appropriate colours to layer for their background and studied images of the great fire to plan the foreground of their picture.

Here are some that really stood out, well done!

Children in Need

BBC Children in Need exists to change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. Their vision is that every child in the UK has a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential.

BBC Children in Need is currently supporting over 2,800 projects in communities across the UK that are helping children and young people facing a range of disadvantages such as living in poverty, being disabled or ill, or experiencing distress, neglect or trauma. In the last grant year alone, support has helped change the lives of over 589,000 disadvantaged children and young people, right here in the UK.

Today, our children dressed up and brought in a voluntary contribution which will all be set off to Pudsey and his team. We raised a fantastic £202.10 so thank you to everybody that contributed.

Keeping Safe!

This afternoon, children in Year 2 have been learning about how to stay safe in familiar and unfamiliar environments. We had a class discussion about what it means to be ‘safe’ and the sort of hazards or dangers we should watch out for.

In today’s lesson we focused on fire and water as our main hazards. We played a game to spot the fire and water dangers inside and outside our homes. We also watched a short video to help children understand the dangers of fire and water.

Here is the game link if children would like to play at home:


Next week we are going to continue learning about safety by looking at road and cycle hazards.

PE – Athletics

This half term we are focussing on Athletics and Gymnastics in our PE lessons. Today we have been developing our understanding of races and how they should be run. We ran at different speeds, in different directions and worked as a team to tig. We will be moving onto developing the technique of standing long jump and vertical jump, developing our power and techniques when throwing javelins, shot puts and discus and continuing to be competitive in races but showing good sense of sportsmanship.

Meet the 2 new members of our class!

Today we added 2 new members to our class, Mario (right) and Luigi (left) to our sea themed reading area. We wrote down our favourite fish names and voted what we would call our new class pets. The fish belong in our under the sea themed reading area and always remind us to stay focussed on our reading.

Diving into Books

The children in year 2 are full of enthusiasm for reading. They have all been trying hard to read at least 3 times per week at home using our new reading books. They have also been doing lots of reading in our brand new under the sea-themed Reading Area. This is a special part of our classroom where we are able to read for enjoyment in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.

Year 2 Science Day!

To mark World Science Day on Sunday 10th November, Year 2 took part in a science afternoon on Friday. We had a class discussion about what science is, how it affects us and we shared lots of interesting science facts! We then focused on germs and what we knew about them.

All children in the class created their face out of sugar paper. They then placed it on our 3 metre sneeze zone. We simulated three different sneezes using a spray bottle: one with no protection, one with hand protection and one protected by a tissue. Children predicted how far they thought each of the sneezes would reach on the sneeze zone.

Our experiment generated lots of fantastic discussion around germs, how they travel and how we can prevent them from spreading.

Outstanding Homework!

Over the past few weeks, Year 2 have been looking at recycling and important the 3 R’s are: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

For homework, children were asked to find a recyclable object and turn it into something new! Here are some of the amazing ideas they came up with: