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06/07/18 Transition activities

The children have been spending time in their new classes and have enjoyed meeting their new teachers. They have begun to make new friendships with the children in their classes and are enjoying spending time together. We have completed some fun maths activities, golden time and play time together this week and have had a fantastic time. The children have also been lucky enough to be visited by some Y3 children in the infants and have had the opportunity to visit the juniors again to read with a Y3 buddy. 

05/07/18 Pizza Express 

We had a fantastic time making pizzas at Pizza Express! We learnt about different ingredients and had a chance to try a range of foods. We also were lucky enough to be shown how to make a pizza and had ago ourselves! We stretched the dough in the pan, added our sauce and topped it with cheese. We really enjoyed our trip and even had music on the coach. 

02/07/18 Story Telling 

We have had lots of fun today using drama to help us to tell stories. We acted out our story to help us to remember what happened next and to help us to think of some creative and inspiring wow words. We greatly enjoyed this creative approach and we wrote some very good pieces of descriptive writing. 

29/06/18 Church Visit 

We enjoyed visiting our local church today, we learnt lots of interesting things and had a chance to ring the church bell. We were lucky to be shown around the church by Reverend Wragg and we had opportunities to ask questions and to complete a range of different activities in the church. Mr. Benson came to help us on our trip and also told us lots of interesting facts about the history of the church and why he likes to attend the church. 

28/06/18 Beach Trip 

We had an amazing time visiting Chalkwell beach today! We travelled on public transport, completed activities and had a picnic and an ice cream on the beach. We got to paddle in the sea and make sandcastles on the seashore. We were very lucky with the weather and had a lovely sunny day. 

21/06/18 Sports Day 

We had lots of fun at sports day this year and we tried our hardest to take part and to support our friends. We took part in many different sporting activities and had fun working in teams. We also loved watching the teachers, parents and toddlers taking part in sports day too! 

11/06/18 Class Reading

The children have been working very hard this year to improve their accuracy, fluency and expression whilst reading. To celebrate their improvement and to foster confidence, the children have been given opportunities to read to the class when they show super effort when reading to an adult. The children have greatly enjoyed listening to each other read and have enjoyed giving positive verbal feedback to their friends. Please continue to read at home daily with your child to continue to support their development. 

25/05/18 - Juice Bike 

To continue to help us to learn about the importance of healthy eating we had  a visit from the juice bike. We learnt about how to make smoothies and learnt about how much hidden sugar is in the food we eat. We tasted a range of different smoothie flavours that were made from a variety of fruits. Some children were very brave and even tried new fruits that they had not previously tried or thought that they didn't like. Miss. Charles and Mrs. Morement had to join in too and had great fun riding the juice bike to blend the children's smoothies. 

23/05/18 - Healthy Eating 

This week in our Science lessons we have been learning about healthy eating and what it means to be fit and healthy. We have learnt about how to have a balanced diet and what types of foods we should be eating to stay healthy. In our D&T lesson we designed and created our own salad and chose ingredients from a range of food groups. We tried really hard to carefully prepare our food, we washed our hands before touching the ingredients and practised holding the knife safely.

08/06/18 - Spelling Test

There will be a random spelling test for all Y2 children today, this will consist of a selection of 15 words that they have previously had within their band.  5 new words will be given today and spelling test will resume as normal next Friday. 

Thanks in advance,

Miss Hitchcock

Year Group Leader

17/05/18 - Time

Thank you for your perseverance with the homework.  Time is something that children always find a challenge, it is a life skill and is something that needs to be revised regularly to ensure that they retain the skill.  Although the children are unable to wear watches for school, please encourage them to tell the time regularly through games, Ipad apps and wearing their watch at home.  According to the National Curriculum, by the end of Y2 the children should be able to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes.

Thanks in advance for your continued support

Year 2 Staff

08/05/18  - LS Lowry Artwork

This week in our Art lesson we have enjoyed learning about the British artist, LS Lowry. We have been inspired by his work and have created our own pieces of artwork using pastels. We used a view finder to help us to focus on a section of his artwork in greater detail, we hope you like our artwork!

04/05/18 - Exploring our local area

Today in our Geography lesson we enjoyed learning about our local area. We went on a walk around Ardleigh Green where we practised reading road signs and reading road markings and observed what types of businesses and shops are in our local area. We later completed a tally chart to find out what types of vehicles travel through Ardleigh Green. The children greatly enjoyed learning outside the classroom and exploring our local area.

18/04/18 - Learning Outdoors 

The children have really enjoyed working outdoors this week, we have used the junior outdoor classroom to practise our SPAG. The children were learning about possessive apostrophes and enjoyed making up their own sentences and selecting where to correctly place the apostrophe. It would be of great benefit if you could revise the use of apostrophes at home with your children, thank you for your support. 

17/04/18 - Learning together in Maths 

We have been learning about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes this week in Maths. We used our talk partners to guess the shape in the 'magic bag' on the carpet before working with partners at our tables to complete shape problem solving activities. 

30/04/18 - Easter Bunny Visit 

We were very lucky to have a visit from the Easter Bunny today in class! He delivered the children a treat for our Easter baskets and taught the children some quick dance moves. 

23/03/18 - Pop Art

We have been learning about the famous artist Roy Lichtenstein in our Art lessons and we have had great fun creating our Pop Art inspired Art! We first sketched our designs onto newspaper with pencils, before painting our sketches with bright colours. We later outlined our paintings with a marker pen to make our artwork really stand out, we hope you like it.

15/03/2018 - Class Assembly

We have been working really hard this week using the space in our classroom to practise for our class assembly! We have settled in really well into our new classroom in the Juniors and have enjoyed coming back to school this week. We hope to see you all at our class assembly next week, we are really looking forward to showing you all our hard work!

13/03/18 - Class Assemblies


You are invited to our class assembly on Wednesday 21.03.18 at 2.45 in the infant school hall. Your child will be bringing home a poem and some words to learn.  As we have missed lots of school time we have not had long to practise and are asking for your support in helping the children prepare for these.  We did not want to cancel as we are looking forward to the opportunity to share our wonderful work with you! 

Thanks in advance for your support with this,

Miss Charles

01/02/2018 - Florence Nightingale Visit

We have been having lots of fun learning about Florence Nightingale and have been very lucky to have had a visit from the wonderful Florence Nightingale this week! We really enjoyed learning more about Florence and her life and got the opportunity to ask her lots of interesting questions.

21/02/2018 - Chinese Cooking 

Today we have been lucky enough to have been visited by two chefs who have helped us to learn about Chinese cooking. We have worked together to cook a vegetable chow mein. We carefully used the utensils and practised our chopping skills before cooking our vegetables and noodles to create our dish.

20/02/2018 - Chinese New Year Celebrations 

We have had lots of fun learning a new style of dance this week with the wonderful Dancing Darren. We used props and music to help us to explore Chinese dance.  


09/02/2018 - Clay Houses 

We have loved learning about The Great Fire of London and have created our own Tudor clay houses. To create our houses we had to first mould the clay into a rectangle, before cutting it into a square and cutting a triangular shape for the roof. We had a lot of fun creating them and had to be very careful not to slice through the clay when adding fine details. 

06/02/18 - Safer Internet Day

We have been thinking about safety online. We explored some of the website. We then discussed how we could make the internet a safer place and we recorded our ideas. Your child will be bringing theirs home to show you so please discuss this together. There are lots of resources to explore on the website, if you have access.

24/01/18 - The Museum of London

We are on our way home - worn out but we've had a fantastic day.

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It is time for our workshop, we are going to find out more about the story and the artefacts.



We have been learning all about our capital city and the important things it has achieved.

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London had to be rebuilt and we are in the Victorian walk exploring what it looked like.


We are fighting the fire!


We are historians!  People believed that these not so lovely smells would protect you from the plague.  We are pleased that the fire played a part in destroying it!


We are listening to extracts from Samuel Pepys' diary - he is telling us exactly what happened!

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We are exploring artefacts and paintings which give us clues about what happened in 1666.

24/01/18 - Museum of London

We are on our way to London! We are very excited to visit the Museum of London and the Great Fire of London exhibition.

05/01/2017 - Welcome back Penguins!


We have had a great first couple of days back and are looking forward to a new term. Thank you again for all your generosity over the Christmas period. Mrs. Morement and I very much appreciate all your cards and lovely gifts, best wishes for 2018! 

17/11/2017 - Telling the Time

This week in Maths we have been learning how to tell the time. We have learnt how to find o'clock, half-past, quarter-past and quarter-to. Telling the time can be a difficult concept for the children to grasp, in light of this any time spent at home practising would be greatly beneficial! 


Thank you for coming to our assembly! We worked really hard and hope that you enjoyed it!

06/11/2017 -  Fruit Rockets 

In our Design and Technology lesson this week we created fruit rockets. We had to carefully select, cut and arrange the fruit to create a fruit rocket. This activity was also linked to our healthy living topic in Science, where we have been learning all about how to keep ourselves healthy. 

03/11/17 - Bonfire Sparklers

This week in English we have been learning about how to follow, read and write a set of instructions. Today in our English lesson we followed a set of instructions to create our own glittering sparklers for Bonfire Night! 

17/10/17 - Photography 

This week in our computing lesson we have been learning how to take and edit photos. The children have been developing their understanding of what makes a good photo and have been using apps to edit their photos. 

16/10/17 - Pointilism 

This week in Art we have been learning about pointillism, we worked very hard to carefully paint pictures using cotton buds. We used bright colours and took our time to create beautiful pieces of artwork. 

12/10/17 - Diwali Dancing 

Today we have begun learning about and celebrating Diwali in school. We had a very special visitor, Dancing Darren! We learnt about Diwali and took part in an Indian dance workshop, we had lots of fun!

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Mrs Hoffman and Mrs Foulser would like to say a big thank you for the vouchers you kindly gave at the end of the Summer term. We had a great night at Felix restaurant on Saturday - great food, great service and we even allowed Mr Hoffman and Mr Foulser to join us!

Thanks again

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09/10/17 - Fruit Trees

This week in Art we have created fruit trees! We have learnt how to safely chop up a range of different fruits and have used our imagination to create an image of a fruit tree on our plates. 

06/10/17 - Debating 

This week we have been developing our debating skills in our PSHE lesson where we debated as a class whether or not we should get rid of school uniform. The children worked hard to debate their points; drawing on both facts and opinions to build their arguments. 

29/09/17 - Poetry

Here are some videos of the children performing poetry this week as part of National Poetry Day. The children have performed in groups, pairs and individually this week, we have some great performers! 

28/09/17 -Poetry

This week in our English lessons we have been learning about poetry to celebrate National Poetry Day. The children have performed and written poems this week around the theme of freedom. I was very impressed by the children's creativity and enthusiasm and ability to work as a team during group activities.

27/09/2017 - Exploring 

We have been having great fun in Science this week exploring our topic of trees! We have been developing our observational and problem solving skills by measuring the trees in our school grounds using metre sticks. 

25/09/2017 - Anthony Goldsworthy Inspired Art

We have had another exciting Art lesson! We have been outside creating tree rubbings and collecting natural materials for our Anthony Goldsworthy inspired collages.

22/09/2017 - Money 

This week in Maths we have been learning about money, we have been trying very hard and have been using resources to help us to recognise coins and to find monetary values. Money can be a challenging concept for children to grasp, in light of this, to help us to keep learning please could you encourage the children to handle and pay with coins at home to extend their knowledge and understanding of using money in real life contexts.

11/09/2017 - Vincent Van Gogh Inspired Art 

This week in Art we have been painting trees in the style of Vincent Van Gogh, here is our fantastic classroom display. 

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08/09/17 - Writing 

The Penguins have been using their holiday diaries to help them to write a recount, here is their wonderful writing. 

07/09/2017 - Observational Drawing 

Penguin class have had a super start to the year! They have been concentrating hard and have been thinking creatively to complete observational drawings of the trees in our playground.