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Holy Week

During Holy Week, we learnt about Jesus' final journey. We celebrated Palm Sunday, just like the crowds greeting Jesus in Jerusalem. We waved palms and laid our coats down for our Lord. To mark Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, we held a collective worship where we learned about the power of prayer and the strength of faith. We also learnt a dance which reflected on the Last Supper and Jesus' bond with His disciples. Throughout the week, we also attended collective worships led by each KS2 class. Here were heard scripture and took time to reflect, pray and sing together. I was incredibly impressed and proud of how reverently Year Two experienced Holy Week - Well done!

 

Take a look at our Holy Week Photos below...

 

Holy Week

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Easter Competitions

Wow, what amazing entries we had to our Easter competitions this year! There were some incredibly creative Easter bonnets, gardens and decorated eggs. You had clearly put a great deal of time and thought into your entries and I was so impressed! Well done to everyone who took part.

 

Some of our photos are below...

Easter Competitions

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Easter Cards

Year Two made beautiful Easter cards with the Easter bunny escaping down a rabbit hole. We worked hard, under Mrs Johnson's careful guidance to create wonderful cards for our families!

 

Take a peek at our photos...

Easter Cards

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The Great Fire of London

Year Two shared their history learning during our class assembly. We told everyone how the Great Fire of London began, why it spread and how it was put out. We remembered lots of facts, sang some super songs and even did a fire dance. We were very grown-up and impressed the teachers and our parents with our knowledge.

 

Take a look at a few of our photos below...

The Great Fire of London

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World Book Day!

We had a wonderful time celebrating World Book Day. We were incredibly comfortable as we all came to school in our pyjamas for our theme of 'Bedtime Stories'! We brought our bedtime stories which we had to read when Mrs McFadden range the bell. We enjoyed lots of fun activities based on the Roald Dahl story 'The Twits'. We will be studying this as our class novel later in the year!

 

Take a look at our World Book Day photos below...

World Book Day!

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Pancake Day!

We had lots of fun on Shrove Tuesday, making our own pancake batter and watching them being cooked! We added our own toppings and ate them all up. They were delicious!

 

Take a look at our photos below...

 

Pancake Day!

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Love in our Community

 

During our 'Virtues in Action' themed week, we developed the virtues of love and kindness. We showed our love and appreciation to our family members by inviting them to a special tea party, where we served them with delicious food and drinks! We also developed the virtues of understanding and respect by visiting the residents of Sunnyview House. We played board games with people of a different generation, chatting to them about their lives and brightening up their day! This was one of the proudest moments of the week, the children were so accepting and warm towards the residents, they brought a tear to my eye! 

 

Take a look at our photos below...

Love in our community

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Virtues in Action

 

Throughout our themed week we developed so many virtues and became aware of our personal strengths. It was wonderful for me to see all the children shine during the activities. They all displayed some wonderful virtues. We reflected on the virtues of faith and love through art, developed cooperation and perseverance during team games and gained an understanding of forgiveness through a very moving liturgical dance. What an amazing week!

 

Take a look at some of our exciting activities below...

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'A Child in 1918' Week

 

Wow, what an amazing week of learning and experiences we have had! I can't quite believe how much the children have learnt and how mature they have been when finding out about such a difficult topic. I am extremely proud of each and every member of Year Two! I know Miss Leonard was really impressed with the knowledge, enthusiasm and behaviour of the children on our trip to Beamish too!

 

We have so many photos, it may take a little while to sort through them all, but keep popping back to our class page as I will be uploading them all soon! I hope you enjoy seeing your child's amazing learning from this week!

A 1918 School Day

 

On Tuesday 6th November, we arrived back at school dressed as children from 1918. We began by lining up in the playground and filing into class. Assembly was the first thing we encountered. It was very strict, with teachers checking for dirty hands, Mr Whittle telling us all about the war developments and traditional singing of hymns and saying prayers. After, we had reading, writing and arithmetic lessons in the morning as a class. During the afternoon, girls completed sewing, bread baking and cleaning duties while the boys completed construction activities, gardening and drill! It was an amazing day!

 

Take a look at our photos from the day...

A 1918 School Day

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World War One Soldier

 

On Wednesday 7th November, we had a World War One soldier workshop. We found out so many facts in such a fun and engaging way! We were encouraged to 'sign up' then we had a fitness and medical test. We had an eye test and found out that men with glasses were not accepted into the army initially. John Kipling joined our class and put us through drill and marching! We explored real artefacts and some of us held a replica gun! We all participated brilliantly and learnt so much!

 

Take a look at the photos of our workshop below...

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A World War One Author visits KS1

 

On Wednesday 7th November, we were lucky enough to have a real author visit Years One and Two. Hilary Robinson writes books set during World War One. She read some of her stories to us and we joined in with the rhyming words and repeated phrases! We listened so carefully and asked some super questions. Well done Key Stage One!

 

Take a look at a few photos from our visit...

A World War One Author visits KS1

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Poppy Artwork

 

On Wednesday 7th November, we created some amazing pieces of artwork depicting poppy fields. We used pastels and observation skills to recreate the textures and colours accurately!

 

Take a look at a few photos from our visit...

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Grease Day!

 

On Thursday 25th October, we enjoyed an amazing 1950s Grease Day! In the morning we worked together to learn more about the 1950s. We worked with our friends to create Grease board games and then made our own 1950s artwork. We also visited the diner where we enjoyed making and eating knickerbocker glories. They were delicious! In the afternoon, we enjoyed a party where we learnt different Grease dances - Wow do we have some moves in Year Two! A huge thank you for the effort put in to the children's outfits - they looked brilliant!

 

We hope you enjoy looking through our photos of the day!

Grease Day!

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Welcome to Year Two

 

I hope that you have had a fantastic holiday and are looking forward to a wonderful year! I am so excited to be teaching Year Two again! I am really looking forward to getting to know you all and helping you to achieve amazing things! I have planned lots of exciting topics and activities where we can learn and have fun. We will focus on alternative traditional tales (Jack and the Baked Beanstalk and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs), learn how plants grow and about different music we listened to in the past - we are going to be very busy! Over the year we will carry out a science investigations and art work! We will also develop our maths skills, including learning basic number facts and our times tables.

 

I know you are a hard working, fun class and I can't wait to see what fantastic work you can produce!

Here are some things to help you:
* PE lessons usually take place on Mondays and Thursdays. Please remember your PE kit must be in school at all times. (Indoor – white top and black shorts. Outdoor – black tracksuit and trainers.)
* Read every night and talk about what you have read. Make sure an adult records this in your diary!
* Practise your spellings each day. The 'look, cover, write, check' method and learning the spelling rule will help you. Spelling tests will take place on a Wednesday.

* Learn your number bonds and times tables (10, 2, 5 and 3s are the focus in year two).
* Complete your homework or a super learning log and hand it in on time.

 

I am looking forward to the laughter, fun and development we will experience in Year Two as we journey together in faith!

 

Mrs Coldman x

National Trust Week

Wow, what an amazing week we have had in Year Two during our National Trust Week. We were blessed with amazing weather for most of the week, meaning we could get out and about to truly appreciate the great outdoors. I am so impressed with the children's engagement, eagerness and love of learning which they have shown this week. There are not many Year Two classes who could host their own campfire, build their own woodland dens and create so many special memories in just 5 days - Well done!

Doodles the Donkey

On Thursday 24th May, we met Doodles the donkey from the Donkey Sanctuary. Our visitors explained how the sanctuary cares for the donkeys who live there. We then all got to meet Doodles and give him a stroke - he was so good!

Doodles the Donkey

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Wild Animals

We were very lucky to have some wild animals visit our classroom. We found out where they live and the importance of protecting their habitats. Year Two really enjoyed seeing a snake, a millipede, an African snail, a cockroach and a guinea pig. They were brave enough to stroke or even hold them!

Wild Animals

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Fairtrade

In year two, we found out about the work of Fairtrade in a 'Fair and Funky' workshop. We found out about the work Fairtrade do using a chocolate production line as an example. We then made Fairtrade flags. On Friday, we took part in a Fairtrade coffee morning, each buying a bun, with all donations going to support the work of Fairtrade.

Fairtrade

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Campfire Fun!

On Tuesday 22nd May, Year Two had a wonderful afternoon learning how to build a campfire. Some children cleared the area to make it safe, we then built a small fire from twigs and paper before lighting it. Once the fire was strong enough we added kindling wood and logs. Throughout the afternoon we discussed how to build a safe campfire, reasons for using different materials and the importance of making sure a fire is completely out - Mr Daly and Mrs Johnson (our Fire Marshalls) did a great job.  Once our fire was established, we toasted and ate marshmallows, chatted to our friends whilst snuggled in our blankets and played campfire games - what a fantastic way to spend an afternoon! I don't think I'll ever forget our first St Anthony's campfire!

Campfire Fun!

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National Trust

Over the course of our National Trust Week, we have been finding out about the work the National Trust does to preserve historical houses and artefacts, and conserve areas of natural beauty. This inspired some of our work. We collaged the National Trust symbol and ticked off some of the National Trust '50 Things to do before you are 11 and 3/4'. I hope you help your children to continue to complete the ideas in the booklet, as these will create some treasured childhood memories!

National Trust

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Nostell Priory

On Monday 21st May, we had a wonderful day at Nostell Priory. During the morning we found our favourite woodland objects, created group flower sculptures, made artwork in frames made from branches and went on a nature hunt. After a lovely picnic lunch in the sunshine and a play on the adventure trail, we headed back to the woods. Here we enjoyed building dens from large branches and explored the woods further. We had a great start to our National Trust Week!

Nostell Priory

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Abstract Landscapes

Over the course of our National Trust Week, the children created wonderful abstract landscapes. Firstly, we sketched the landscape step-by-step. Then, we chose our colours before finally adding patterns to each part. Our finished pieces of art look amazing and the children were very proud of them!

Aspirations Week in Family Learning

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Take a look at some of the wonderful activities that took place in the Year 2 Family Learning 'Aspirations Week' session. Thank you and well done to all of the parents who shared their experiences and careers with the children. We have some very talented parents!

Mrs Sweeting

Family Learning in Year 2

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Take a look at some of the wonderful activities which the children and adults have taken part in this half term in Family Learning.

Mrs Sweeting

Our Beautiful Butterflies

On Friday 13th October, we released our butterflies which we had spent a few days watching after hatching in our classroom. We went to the school field and were lucky that the butterflies sat nicely on our hands before flying away. Everyone who wanted to, had the chance to hold a butterfly, though they quickly flew away so didn't manage to get photos of everyone. However, it was a very special experience and we were very lucky. We loved watching them and looking at their beautiful wings.

 

Take a look at our photos below...

Our Beautiful Butterflies

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Our Magical Tea Party

On Thursday 12th October, Year Two enjoyed a magical tea party after receiving a special invitation. We all dressed as a magical creatures from 'The Adventures of the Wishing Chair' - some of us were elves, fairies, witches, goblins, wizards and we all looked amazing! We had a wonderful day creating our own magical board games in the morning. These had some amazing clues and instructions and were beautifully decorated! We also listened to and read some of 'The Adventures of the Wishing Chair'. In the afternoon, we had our tea party where we shared party food and played many party games. It was lovely that some parents managed to join us too - many thanks for your support and help in the big tidy up afterwards. It is greatly appreciated!

 

Take a look at some of our photos below...

Our Magical Tea Party

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Our visit to the Etz Chaim Synagogue

On Tuesday 10th October, Years One and Two visited the Etz Chaim Synogogue in preparation for our #moreincommon week. We were given a very warm welcome and learnt lots about the Jewish faith and parts of the Synagogue. We got to see a Torah scroll up close and were given juice and biscuits as we were so respectful and well-behaved. Well done to all of Years One and Two for their excellent listening skills, asking and answering questions and superb manners!

 

Take a look at our photos below...

Our visit to the Etz Chaim Synagogue

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Macmillan Coffee Morning

On Friday 6th October, St Anthony's hosted a world's biggest coffee morning event. People from our local parish and community were invited and the Mini-Vinnies held a raffle and served our guests. We donated buns and brought money as a donation to buy a bun and take part in the event. We were very generous and the school community raised over £700 which is amazing! Well done everyone!

 

Take a peek at our photos below...

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A Magical Start to Year Two

When we returned to our classroom after playtime, we found a mysterious looking chair and a huge hole in our ceiling. We wondered what it could be, who it belonged to and how it got into our classroom. We looked for clues but found nothing so we worked in teams to think of our own ideas. Later in the week, e received a letter from Peter and Mollie. The Wishing chair belonged to them but they allowed us to keep it as long as we took care of it.

 

Take a look at our photos below...

A Magical Start to Year Two

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Year Two School Council Members

Olli and Evie have been chosen to represent Year Two in the school council. They will share the views, opinions and ideas that Year Two have to make St Anthony's an even better place to be. They will attend weekly meetings with Miss Iddison to offer our ideas. Remember, if you have any ideas or an issue for the school council to discuss, please share it with Olli and Evie!

Year Two School Council Members

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Year Two School Council Members 2

Our Caterpillars

For the past few weeks we have had some visitors in our classroom. They came via special delivery and we were so excited to see what was inside! Our caterpillars are lively, little creatures! We have enjoyed watching them grow and learned lots of facts about their life-cycle! Soon, our caterpillars will turn into chrysalis and our butterflies will hatch!

 

Take a look at our caterpillar photos...

Our Caterpillars

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smiley Welcome to Year Two! smiley

 

I hope that you have had a fantastic holiday and are looking forward to a wonderful year! I am so excited to be teaching Year Two again! I am really looking forward to getting to know you all and helping you to achieve amazing things! I have planned lots of exciting topics and activities where we can learn and have fun. We will focus on The Adventures of the Wishing Chair, learn about homes of the past and study a butterfly lifecycle - we are going to be very busy! Over the year we will carry out a science investigations, art work and cooking too! We will also develop our maths skills, including learning basic number facts and our times tables.

 

I know you are a hard working, fun class and I can't wait to see what fantastic work you can produce!

Here are some things to help you:
* PE lessons usually take place on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please remember your PE kit must be in school at all times. (Indoor – white top and black shorts. Outdoor – black tracksuit and trainers.)
* Read every night and talk about what you have read. Make sure an adult records this in your diary!
* Practise your spellings each day. The 'look, cover, write, check' method and learning the spelling rule will help you. Spelling tests will take place on a Wednesday.

* Learn your number bonds. The times table your child is learning and which stage (Bronze, Silver or Gold) is recorded in your child's diary. Times tables will be tested on a Thursday.
* Complete your homework or a super learning log and hand it in on time.

 

I am looking forward to the laughter, fun and development we will experience in Year Two as we journey together in faith!

 

Mrs Coldman x

 

Musical Themed Week in Year 2

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Our musical was Pinocchio. Take a look at some of the wonderful things we did during the week.

Parent leaflet on KS1 SATs (how to understand scaled scores March 2017)

Year 2 went to Eureka during our Terrific Technology Week.

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Robbie the robot comes to visit.

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Technology Week arrives at St. Anthony's Primary School

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Christmas time in Year 2

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We had a lovely time preparing for Christmas.

Exploring shape.

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Year 2 have been investigating the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. Here are some of our pictures and models using shapes. We found out that some shapes roll, some shapes stack and some shapes do both!

Marvellous Maths Week

In the week beginning 17th October, our whole school took part in an amazing maths week. We got up to all sorts of maths lessons and activities. We were very lucky as we had some special visitors to our school to enhance our maths week. We also went on a trip to Pizza Express! We had a very busy and exciting week, full of fun!

 

Take a look at our photos below...

Den Building

On Wednesday 19th October, during out Marvellous Maths week, Year 2 spent the afternoon creating dens! Firstly, we organised ourselves into teams of five and decided what shape the base of our den would be. Next, we used different sized sticks to give our dens height - it was important to put the sticks into the ground diagonally to make the den stronger. Once our den structure was built, we pegged sheets onto the frames and hid inside! We enjoyed building our dens and worked in teams brilliantly.

 

Take a look at our photos...

Den Building

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Pizza Express

On Tuesday 18th October, Year Two visited Pizza Express in Leeds. Whilst we were there we learnt how to knead and stretch dough. We then added tomato sauce and cheese onto our pizza bases, before they were baked for us. We thought carefully about how maths is used in real-life. Especially considering the use of weighing and fractions in restaurants. We had a great time and enjoyed our pizzas for tea!

 

Have a look at our photos below...

Pizza Express

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Roald Dahl Day

On Tuesday 13th September, the whole school celebrated Roald Dahl's 100th Birthday in style. We came to school dressed as Roald Dahl characters and looked amazing! The day began with a special assembly led by Mrs McFadden, we had great fun helping in the quiz and watching the teachers act out a story. We then went back to class where we took part in some fun activities.

 

Take a look at some of our photos below...

Roald Dahl Day

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Welcome to Year Two!

We hope that you have had a fantastic holiday and are looking forward to a wonderful year! We are so excited to be teaching Year Two! We am really looking forward to getting to know you all and helping you to achieve amazing things! We have planned lots of exciting topics and activities where we can learn and have fun. We will focus on Winnie the Witch, learn about food of the past and study a butterfly lifecycle - we are going to be very busy! Over the year we will carry out a science investigations, art work and cooking too! We will also develop our maths skills, including learning basic number facts and our times tables.

 

We know you are a hard working, fun class and We can't wait to see what fantastic work you can produce!

Here are some things to help you:
* PE lessons usually take place on Wednesdays and Fridays. Please remember your PE kit must be in school at all times. (Indoor – white top and black shorts. Outdoor – black tracksuit and trainers.)
* Read every night and talk about what you have read. Make sure an adult records this in your diary!
* Practise your spellings each day. The 'look, cover, write, check' method and learning the spelling rule will help you. Spelling tests will take place on a Tuesday.

* Learn your number bonds and times tables. The number bond or times table your child is learning and which stage (Bronze, Silver or Gold) is recorded in your child's diary. Number bonds and times tables will be tested on a Thursday.
* Complete a super learning log and hand it in on time.

 

We are looking forward to the laughter, fun and development we will experience in Year Two as we journey together in faith!

 

Mrs Coldman & Mrs Kiernan

A Town Crier visited St Anthony's!

Plate Decorating

On Thursday during our Marvellous Monarchs Week, we took part in a plate decorating workshop. Our Plate had a special St Anthony's stamp on it. We thought carefully about the design to put on our plate, around our stamp, then we got to work.

 

Take a look at our photos below...

Plate Designing

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A Royal Ball

On Friday 12th February, Reception, Year One and Year Two came together to hold a Royal Ball. We all gathered together in the hall, dressed in our royal costumes, and a celebration began! We enjoyed sharing a Royal Banquet, followed by royal dancing, singing and party games. We had a wonderful day and it was a great way to end our Marvellous Monarchs Week. Thank you to all of the parents to provided such wonderful costumes for the children and made generous donations of party food!

 

Take a look at our photos...

A Royal Ball

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Our Family Crests

Over the course of our Marvellous Monarchs week, we designed and made our own family crests just like the Queen has. Firstly, we drew pictures of our families. Then, we drew pictures of our hobbies and activities we enjoy. Finally we decorated our crest shapes with colours and patterns before sticking our pictures and our family name on. The detail in each crest shows the time, care and effort each child put in. They all look amazing!

 

Take a look at our family crests below. We hope you are impressed!

Our Family Crests

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St Anthony's Royal Bake Off

During our Marvellous Monarchs Week, we held a Royal Bake off competition. Over half of year two entered which was great to see. There were some amazing entries and winners were announced in Friday's assembly. Well done to everyone who took part! Thank you to those families who donated their cakes to our royal banquet - they were very much appreciated and enjoyed!

 

Take a look at the Royal Bake Off cakes...

St Anthony's Royal Bake Off

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Temple Newsam

On Thursday 4th February, we visited Temple Newsam house to support our history work. We have been learning about significant people, focusing on Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria. The trip also prepared us for our 'Marvellous Monarchs Week'. We enjoyed two wonderful workshops. 'Little Kings and Queens' where we made crowns, looked at key people involved in the house, tried on replica clothing and had a traditional dance. We also enjoyed 'The Princess and the Pea' where we told the story around Temple Newsam through puppets, dance and drama. The children were impeccably behaved, as always, and enjoyed a wonderful day!

 

Take a look at our photos...

Temple Newsam

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Christmas Party

On Thursday 17th December, we enjoyed a fantastic Christmas party! In the morning, we made reindeers and watched the Santa Claus the Movie. We also had a special visit from Santa, he gave each of us a gift a little early! In the afternoon, we took part in lots of different activities including; watching Frozen, having a disco, colouring, playing party games and playing with toys. We enjoyed party food, which we had kindly donated. We had an amazing time!

 

Take a look at our photos....

Christmas Party

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Christmas Dinner

On Tuesday 15th December, we enjoyed celebrating Christmas by sharing a traditional Christmas dinner. We sat as a class, ate our dinner, pulled crackers and shared the jokes. We wore special Santa hats which we had made that morning!

 

Have a little peek at our photos below...

Christmas Dinner

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A Miracle in Town!

On Wednesday, Reception and Key Stage One performed an amazing Nativity entitled 'A Miracle in Town'. Every single child was fantastic, a real credit to their parents and our school. The production was complete with two beautiful dances to Hail Mary and Silent Night. Both were very moving and a lovely tribute to the deep rooted faith of each child at St Anthony's. The children worked incredibly hard to learn their lines, rehearse songs and actions and piece the whole thing together to what was a wonderful occasion. I feel really blessed to be involved in such a special time and couldn't be any prouder of every child. What a class of stars! 

 

I hope you all enjoyed the occasion too. Take a look at our special photos below...

 

A Miracle in Town

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Our Special Visitors - The Kindness Elves

On Friday, we returned from assembly to find a mysterious, Christmassy door in our classroom. It was surrounded by glitter and we wondered what it could be. On Monday, we received a letter from the Kindness Elves; Buddy, Twinkle and Evie. They told us they were going to visit us each day until Christmas to help us to sprinkle kindness and happiness in our school, parish and local communities!

 

Take a look at the photos from their first week in Year Two...

The Kindness Elves - Week One

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Our Letters to Santa

This half-term, we have been learning how to write letters. We decided to write a letter to Santa using all we have learned about letter writing. We included an address, a date, detailed paragraphs and signed it off. We copied our letters up, wrote an address on an envelope, added a stamp and they were ready to post! We headed to the post office and sent our letters on their way to Santa. We can't wait for his reply! Keep an eye on your house letter box each morning!

 

Take a look at our photos below...

Our Letters to Santa

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Gymnastics

Over the past half-term we have been studying gymnastics in our PE lessons. We have focused on being able to travel and balance both independently and in pairs and groups. We have developed lots of different skills, just take a look at our photos below...

Gymnastics

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Rock and Roll Panto

On Thursday 3rd December, the whole school visited the City Varieties in Leeds to see the Pantomime 'Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood Rock and Roll Panto'. We had a great time laughing at the jokes, showing our dance moves and taking part in the usual Panto cheers. The children were beautifully behaved and a pleasure to take out. I am really proud of them all!

 

Take a look at a few photographs below...

Panto

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Advent

As the season of Advent begins we gathered as a school to remember the importance of this special and holy time. We took part in a blessing of the Advent wreaths led by the Mini-Vinnies, Hanna and Vanessa, joined by Fr Michael. We found out the symbols in each wreath and each class received their own class Advent wreath. We light our advent wreath candles each morning and evening at prayer time. We have also made promises which we will try to fulfill during Advent. 

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Remembrance Day

On Wednesday 11th November, Year Two took part in remembrance day activities. We watched video clips, researched the war and produced some super letter writing as a child of a WW1 soldier. The children made poppies out of paper and found out why they are the symbol of remembrance. We prayed for the soldiers involved in war past and present. We made poppy buns and cooked a corned beef hash, a typical dish served during rationing. Throughout the activities. the children were enthusiastic, keen to share what they knew and were so respectful. I was so proud of them all - well done Year Two!

 

Take a look at some of the photos of our learning...

Remembrance Day

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Journey of Faith Week

We had a wonderful week during our 'Journey of Faith Week'. Throughout the week we developed our own personal faith and learned about the Jewish faith. We began the week with a collective worship bout growing closer to God, we also found out about our class saint, Saint Hilda. She was a lady born in to a life of wealth and importance but she chose to follow her faith and gave her life to helping others who were less fortunate! We did some research and used this to create a fact-file, we also learned a beautiful dance which symbolised how Saint Hilda helped others. We wrote some reflective letters to God about how we are children of God and held a moving release as we sent our letters to God on balloons. We used our art skills to create a decade of the Rosary hopscotch, individual decades of the Rosary which we used to pray and house banners to remind us how God is with us wherever we are!

 

Towards the end of the week we learnt about the Jewish faith. We received a mystery box and used the items inside to find out about the Jewish faith. We made a Star of David and visited the Jewish Heritage Centre. During our visit we visited a replica Jewish village to find out how the faith began, made challah bread and a special cover for it as well as learning about Kosher foods in a shop and kitchen. We visited the synagogue were the Jewish people worship and saw some real Torah scrolls. We wrote some detailed reports using our new knowledge about the Jewish faith.

 

I hope this helps you with your learning logs and reminds you of a reflective and exciting week full of opportunities to learn and develop your personal faith. Keep checking back for photos of our wonderful 'Journey of Faith' Week...

Our visit to the Jewish Heritage Centre

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More Than Dance Visit

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The Arts in our Journey of Faith Week

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Our Letters to God

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A Letter from God

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Our Harvest Festival

On Wednesday 14th October, we held our Harvest Festival. We kindly brought lots of Harvest gifts to school and received donations from local businesses. These were then shared with members of our community in need. We held a special celebration in the school hall where KS1 presented The Parable of the Sower and KS2 showcased The Feeding of the 5000. 

 

Take a look at our photos below...

Harvest

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Our Butterflies

On Friday 16th October, we released our butterflies which we had spent a few days watching after hatching in our classroom. We went to the nature garden and were lucky that the butterflies sat nicely on our hands before flying away. We love watching them and looking at their beautiful wings.

 

Take a look at our photos below...

 

Our Butterflies

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Glimpses of God

At St Anthony's we think of God in everything we do. We have reflected on God's presence in our daily school lives. We are learning how to prepare for collective worship and how to pray and worship together. We love each other and are good friends as Jesus asked us to be. We learn from God's world and take care of it. We also reflect on how special we all are as God made us all in His own image!

 

Take a look at our photos below...

Glimpses of God

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Awesome God

Here is the song 'Awesome God' which we sang in our recent collective worship. Why don't you try singing this at home as a way of praising and thanking God for His presence in your life?

Awesome God

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Skelton Grange

On Thursday 1st October, Year Two visited Skelton Grange Environment Centre. We had a wonderful day. Firstly, we remained as a class for an introduction, thinking about what mini-beasts are and what they look like. We then split into three groups where we experienced pond-dipping, mini-beast hunting and worm hunting. We met up for lunch, after which we played mini-beast games. We then went back into the woods where we used local, natural clay and objects in the woodland to create mini-beast models. Before we jumped back on the coach, we played a few parachute games. We had an amazing day - we listened carefully, behaved beautifully, had great fun and learnt lots too!

 

We were lucky as Mr Coldman joined us on our trip. He took lots of beautiful photographs - take a look below!

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Hunslet Hawks

Each Friday this half-term, year two have enjoyed their PE lesson with Darrell from Hunslet Hawks. He has taught us many rugby skills and we have had lots of fun. On Friday 2nd October, Harry the Hawk surprised us when he joined our PE lesson. We really enjoyed meeting Harry and showing him all the rugby skills we have learnt. Thank you to Darrell and Harry the Hawk - we have had a great time!

 

Take a little look at our photos below...

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Our Caterpillars

For the past few weeks we have had some visitors in our classroom. They came via special delivery and we were so excited to see what was inside! Our caterpillars are lively, little creatures! We have enjoyed watching them grow and learned lots of facts about their life-cycle! Soon, our caterpillars will turn into chrysalis and our butterflies will hatch!

 

Take a look at our caterpillar photos...

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A Magical Start to Year Two!

 

We have had a very exciting week in Year Two! On Friday, we received news of a mysterious object which had landed in our school nature garden. We discovered a suitcase hidden in the bushes. Some of the children were brave enough to open the suitcase and discovered lots of magical objects... We were on a witch hunt! Later in the day, a letter arrived. It was from a witch called Wanda who had lost her suitcase. We wrote back to Wanda the Witch and are waiting for her reply!

 

Keep checking our class page for photos of our witchy fun!

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Welcome to Year Two! smiley

 

I hope that you have had a fantastic holiday and are looking forward to a wonderful year! I am so excited to be teaching Year Two again! I am really looking forward to getting to know you all and helping you to achieve amazing things! I have planned lots of exciting topics and activities where we can learn and have fun. We will focus on Winnie the Witch, learn about homes of the past and study a butterfly lifecycle - we are going to be very busy! Over the year we will carry out a science investigations, art work and cooking too! We will also develop our maths skills, including learning basic number facts and our times tables.

 

I know you are a hard working, fun class and I can't wait to see what fantastic work you can produce!

Here are some things to help you:
* PE lessons usually take place on Wednesdays and Fridays. Please remember your PE kit must be in school at all times. (Indoor – white top and black shorts. Outdoor – black tracksuit and trainers.)
* Read every night and talk about what you have read. Make sure an adult records this in your diary!
* Practise your spellings each day. The 'look, cover, write, check' method and learning the spelling rule will help you. Spelling tests will take place on a Tuesday.

* Learn your times tables. The times table your child is learning and which stage (Bronze, Silver or Gold) is recorded in your child's diary. Times tables will be tested on a Thursday.
* Complete a super learning log and hand it in on time.

 

I am looking forward to the laughter, fun and development we will experience in Year Two as we journey together in faith!

 

Mrs Coldman

Thank-you

To all of the parents of year two, I just wanted to say a huge thank-you for the words of thanks, cards and gifts that I have received over the past few days. It is not something that is expected in any way but a lovely gesture which is very much appreciated. I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching your children, they are all so amazing and make up a very special class. As I said in the 'Golden Book', they have made my first year in Key Stage One so happy, fun and exciting - it is one I will never forget! Have a wonderful summer holiday with your children and I look forward to seeing you in September!

Miss Roberts x

Plants

Over this half-term we have been learning about plants. To help us with our work we went on a plant hunt around our school grounds. We found all sorts of lovely plants and beautiful flowers! We also planted our own Sunflowers and watched how they grew!

 

Take a look at our photos...

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Our Class Assembly - Jonah

We performed our class assembly for the whole school and parents too - it was called 'Jonah - a Fishy Tale'. We showed our wonderful reading, singing, dancing and acting talents to everyone! We were fantastic and our assembly was enjoyed by everyone.

 

Take a look at our wonderful costumes, kindly provided by our parents...

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Morris the Mouse

On Tuesday 28th April, Year Two took part in a poetry workshop. We thought about what we knew about mice and shared this with everyone. Then, we read a poem called Morris the Mouse - it had lots of rhyming words. We had to spell out the rhyming words and find our rhyming family. After, we put actions to the poem to help us to remember the words. Finally we went back to class, made finger puppets and recited the poem using them. We had lots of fun during our poetry workshop!

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The Firemen Visit

On Thursday 26th March, firemen from Hunslet Fire Station visited Year Two. As we have been learning about the Great Fire of London, we wanted to know about how to prevent a fire nowadays and what to do if we see a fire. The firemen visited, they gave us lots of information, we asked questions and got to explore the fire engine. We even got to try on the helmets and masks!

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The disappearance of the Big, Bad Wolf

On Wednesday 18th March, Miss Roberts arrived at school to find that the Big, Bad Wolf was nowhere to be seen - He had disappeared! When Year Two arrived, she shared the news and we decided to get some help. We called the Police! When they arrived we described the wolf and explained why we were so concerned. We collected some evidence for the Police to examine too! Throughout the day, we kept in touch with the Police - apparently the Big, Bad Wolf had been seen in the Co-op. We wrote incident reports, designed wanted posters and drew the Big, Bad Wolf to help with his capture! During our afternoon play, the Police returned complete with the Big, Bad Wolf who was wearing handcuffs and in the back of a Police van. We promised to help the Wolf to change his ways and he is now safely back in the Year Two classroom where we are keeping a very close eye on him!

 

Take a look at out photos below to see what an amazing day we all had...

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Mother's Day

Year Two made beautiful Mother's Day cards for our mummys. We thought of lots of reasons that we love our mummys, we then wrote one on each petal to make a lovely flower. We wrote a special message to our mummys on the leaf!

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Arts Week

The week beginning Monday 23rd February, St Anthony's held  whole school Arts Week. The week was full of fun, engaging and challenging activities based around all of the artforms. We took part in dance, drama, art, music and computing and enjoyed visits from a range of skilled artists. Year Two had an amazing week!

 

Keep a look out as I will be uploading more photos in the next few days...

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Lent

To begin our Lenten preparations we reflected on what Lent means and how we are encouraged to pray, give to charity and give something up during this time. We all made Lenten promises and thought about how we can grow closer to God. We then celebrated Shrove Tuesday (a little early) and made pancakes!

 

Take a look at our photos...

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Rain, Rain Go Away!

During our science topic on materials, year two investigated which material would be best to make an umbrella from. We knew the material had to be flexible and waterproof. We made umbrellas in groups and tested them. We had lots of fun!

 

Have a look at our photos...

 

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Fun in the Snow!

Year Two had great fun in the recent snowfall. We took the chance to get wrapped up warm and played in the snow! We followed the rules and were really sensible! We left footprints, made snowmen and really enjoyed ourselves!

 

A few photos are below...

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Merry Christmas!

I would like to wish all of the children in Year Two and their families a very merry Christmas and best wishes for 2015. You are all blessed with the most wonderful, caring children and I feel so lucky to have each one of them in my class. My first Christmas as a Key Stage One teacher has been so magical - I have had a wonderful time and I know the children have too! We have had so much fun preparing for and celebrating Christmas as a school and class community in lots of amazing ways! I hope you have a fantastic time celebrating this most magical time of year together with your family and friends. I would also like to say a huge thank you for all of your Christmas wishes, cards and gifts. It was an unexpected but lovely surprise which is very much appreciated - Thank you!

 

Miss Roberts x

Christmas Party

On Thursday 18th December, we had a fantastic Christmas party day. The morning began with party games in the hall with Reception and Year One. We then saw Santa, who gave us a gift each and met two of his reindeer - It was amazing! Afterwards we made our Rudolph Christmas cards. In the afternoon we shared our party food and took part in a variety of festive party activities!

 

Take a look at our Christmas party fun...

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Santa's Sleighs

This half-term our Design Technology work has been based on Santa's sleigh. We looked at images of Santa's sleigh and used these to design our own sleighs. We then made these using shoe boxes, paper mache and lots of sequins. Lots of fun was had whilst we made our sleighs and they looked fantastic! I'm sure Santa would be very happy with our sleigh designs!

 

Take a look at our super sleighs...

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Santa's Little Elves

Over the past month, our role-play area has turned in to one of Santa's workshops! The little elves in Year Two have been working hard to design and make toys. They have wrapped the gifts up beautifully, adding tags and ribbons, important messages were also left for Santa!

 

Take a look at the fun we have had in Santa's workshop. Remember if you need any help with your gift wrapping to ask your own little Year Two elf!

 

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Christmas Dinner

On Tuesday 16th December, we celebrated the festive season by sharing Christmas dinner together. We made Santa and Elf hats to wear and pulled crackers before tucking into a delicious Christmas dinner!

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Our Polar Express Day!

On Monday 15th December, Year Two had a special Polar Express day as a Christmas treat for all of their hard work. The children came to school in their pyjamas just like the children did in the film. They then grabbed a ticket, had it punched and boarded the Polar Express to watch the film. We made stops for hot chocolate, cream and marshmallows, to make reindeer food and reindeer lollipops. We had a fantastic day full of fun and Christmas treats!

 

Take a look at our photos from Polar Express Day!

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The Nativity

On Wednesday 10th December, Year Two took a lead role in the Key Stage 1 Nativity. The children all performed brilliantly - They sang beautifully, spoke their lines with confidence and danced enthusiastically! The Nativity reminded all those who came to watch of the true meaning of Christmas as we prepare during this very busy time! The children looked amazing too - Thank you so much for your support in providing costumes, helping the children learn lines and coming to watch our performance. Your support is very much appreciated!

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Christmas Pantomime!

On Wednesday 3rd December, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 had a special Christmas treat! We went to the City Varieties in Leeds and watched 'Dick Whittington's Rock and Roll Panto'. We had great fun as we sang and danced along to lots of songs, we loved getting out of our seats to dance is the aisles at the end. The children were beautifully behaved as usual, they are a real credit to their parents and our school. Well Done Year Two!

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Poppies

On Remembrance Day, Tuesday 11th November, Year Two found out about the importance of poppies. We learnt why poppies are so special, where the money goes when we buy a poppy and about the service on Remembrance Sunday. We made our own poppies which we planted on the school field. We then gathered around them to pray for the soldiers and for peace around the world. We made poppy buns and took them home to share our learning.

 

Take a look at how we learnt about poppies...

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World War 1 Days

On Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th November Year Two took part in our whole school remembrance of the soldiers who have fought for our country. We focused particularly on World War 1 as this year marks the 100 year anniversary of the beginning of the war. In Year Two we found out about WW1 through cooking, the visit of a soldier and handling artefacts. We also watched video clips, researched the war and produced some super letter writing as a relation of a WW1 soldier. Throughout the two days the children were enthusiastic, keen to share what they knew and were so respectful. I was so proud of the all - well done Year Two!

 

Take a look at some of the photos of our learning...

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Science Week

We had an amazing week during our science week. We experienced lots of fun experiments, had fascinating visitors and learnt lots of new scientific knowledge. Take a look at our photos below to see what a fun-filled week we really had!

Frankie and Benny's

On Thursday, as part of our science week, we visited Frankie and Benny's to learn about the science behind food and cooking. We had a fantastic time learning about the history and cooking processes in Frankie and Benny's. We made our own huge and delicious pizzas and even took some home! A huge thank you to the adults who supported us on our trip, such events cannot take place without your invaluable support - I am very grateful, Thank you!

 

Take a look at the photos of our Frankie and Benny's fun...

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Inventors Day

On Wednesday we had a fantastic Inventors Day. Over the past few weeks we had been designing and making our own inventions as part of our homework. Today we brought them to explain and share with our friends. We created some imaginative and very useful inventions. We also came dressed as inventors and scientists. I was so impressed with the hard work and dedication that each child had put into their inventions! A big thank you must also go to the adults who supported the children in this - your support is very much appreciated and makes a huge difference!

 

Take a look at our Inventors Day...

 

 

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Cute Chicks

Over the past few weeks we have been lucky enough to have our very own incubator. We watched our very own chicks hatch from their eggs and grow so much. We loved watching them and being able to hold them too. Take a look at our photos...

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Cafod Big Silly Share

 

On Friday 17th October we held a Mad Hatter's tea party to support the 'Cafod Big Silly Share'. We brought in buns, a donation and a silly hat to wear. Many thanks for your generous donations towards this cause - it is very much appreciated. We had a brilliant time and raised lots of money for a great cause!

 

Take a look at our photos below...

 

Saying goodbye to our Beautiful Butterflies!

 

On Friday there was lots of excitement in the Year Two classroom as our first butterfly hatched! We spent a few days observing our butterflies and writing all about them. On Tuesday, we went onto the school field where some children held the butterflies before we released them.

 

Take a look at our photos below!

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Skelton Grange

 

On Wednesday 24th October, Year Two visited Skelton Grange Environment Centre to find out more about local animals, particularly mini-beasts. During the morning we played some warm up games and chatted about the mini-beasts we might find. Then, we went down to the meadow where we searched and swept the hedges for insects. Afterwards, we went mini-beast hunting in the woods and pond-dipping. During lunchtime we played in the sound garden before the afternoon activities. In the afternoon we created mini-beast collages and tree people all made from natural materials in the woods. Next we visited the senses garden to investigate the herbs before a few quick parachute games and home time! Year Two were brilliantly behaved, we had a super day and found out lots of facts!

 

Take a look at our many photos below...

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Princess Leonora and the Genie visit St Anthony's!

 

On Thursday 18th and 25th September Princess Leonora visited Years 1 and 2. She needed our help because her Genie friend was childish and didn't know much. We showed him how to read, write, count, sit beautifully, listen carefully and be polite. We solved lots of problems and had a great time! Keeping checking our class page for the photos of our dramatic two days!

 

Our Special Visitors

 

Over the past week in Year Two we have been watching our special visitors grow as they munch their way through their food. We hope our 10 lively caterpillars will grow in to beautiful butterflies - we can't wait to see their full life-cycle!

 

Take a look at our caterpillar photographs below!

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Healthy Sandwiches

 

As part of our work on healthy eating and caring for ourselves, Year Two made healthy sandwiches. We put lots of healthy, salad fillings on our sandwiches and gobbled them all up! Take a look at our photos...

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A Magical Start to Year Two!

 

We have had a very exciting week in Year Two! On Wednesday we received news of a mysterious object which had landed in our school nature garden. We discovered a suitcase hidden in the bushes. Some of the children were brave enough to open the suitcase and discovered lots of magical objects... We were on a witch hunt! On Thursday, a witch named Wanda appeared in our classroom - she was lost and asked for our help. We wrote letter to the head teacher of her witchcraft school. We haven't seen Wanda the Witch since then, but we will be keeping our eyes peeled as you never know where she may appear!

 

Keep checking our class page for photos of our witchy fun!

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Healthy Cooking

 

As part of our Design Technology work in the new curriculum, children are required to learn about healthy foods, different food groups and how to prepare healthy snacks and meals. This week the children have stared their studies by making fruit kebabs. I was very impressed with how much the children enjoyed lots of different fruit. The children had lots of fun, and the kebabs looked fantastic and were gobbled up within seconds! Take a look at some of our photos below!

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Wonderful Websites

 

Below I have added links to some very useful websites. These are great for developing your child's confidence and ability in Literacy, Numeracy, Science and Phonics. The websites include games, quizzes, lessons, stories and lots more fun! Encourage your child to use these at home to support their learning in class!

 

smiley Welcome to Year Two! smiley

 

I hope that you have had a fantastic holiday and are looking forward to a wonderful year! I am so excited to be teaching Year Two! I am really looking forward to getting to know you all and helping you to achieve amazing things! I have planned lots of exciting topics and activities where we can learn and have fun. We will focus on Winnie the Witch, learn about homes of the past and study a butterfly lifecycle - we are going to be very busy! Over the year we will carry out a science investigations, art work and cooking too! We will also develop our maths skills, including learning basic number facts and our times tables.

 

I know you are a hard working, fun class and I can't wait to see what fantastic work you can produce!

Here are some things to help you:
* Remember your PE kit in must be in school at all times.
(Indoor – white top and black shorts. Outdoor – black tracksuit and trainers.)
* Read every night and talk about what you have read.
* Practise your spellings and times tables.
* Complete a super learning log and hand it in on time.

 

I look forward to all the learning, achievements and fun we are going to have in Year Two!

 

Miss Roberts

Sport for all week in Year 2 - Look at the fun we had creating a sporting legacy for our class!

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Year 2 enjoyed an amazing English themed week. We were Wild Things all week!!

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When Electro City came to school we were able to combine our Design and Technology skills with our knowledge of electric circuits.

Stockeld Park Christmas visit

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The whole school visited Stockeld Park. Year 2 enjoyed the maze and the enchanted walk.

Getting ready for our nativity performance 2013

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Every child looked so special as they helped us remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Learning a dance from the 1990's

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Year 2 learnt a dance to a very popular song from the 1990's. Watch us dance to 'Could it be Magic' by Take That.

Year 2 visit to Skelton Grange

Take a look at some of the activities Year 2 did in Geography Week.

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