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St Anthony's Catholic Primary School

Growing together on a journey with Jesus

 

Year 2

Time to celebrate!

It is with great delight that we are now able to share the news that our recent visits from OFSTED have resulted in St. Anthony's receiving an OUTSTANDING judgement.  All the children have received a paper copy of the report and it can now be found on the website. Some of our favourite phrases from include...

 

Pupils love coming to St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School. They feel safe and happy here.

 

Pupils’ behaviour is exemplary. Pupils demonstrate high levels of respect for each other. They help one another in lessons. Pupils are very keen to learn.

 

Leaders have implemented a strong curriculum which is broad and ambitious. Pupils, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), learn well in this inclusive school.

 

Parents, pupils and staff are particularly positive about the school. They feel an integral part of a school family which sits at the heart of their local community.

 

We could go on so please read the final report! We all wanted to say a HUGE thank you for all the support you give to your children and for helping to make the year 2 class so very special.  We are lucky to have a class full of wonderful children and it was lovely to be able to share such positive messages at parents evening this week. 

Many thanks once again!!

St Anthony's Catholic Primary School Ofsted 2024

Skipping with Year 2

Year 2 Skipping

A School of Faith

January 2024: Year 2 Class Texts

Launching our History Topic: A visit from a nurse (January 2024)

To launch our new History Topic focussing upon the concept of significance, Year 2 were introduced to Mrs Delaney. She is a nurse. She came to ask and answer questions about her role and the significance it has. She delivered a lesson all about being a nurse nowadays. Year 2 were amazed by her role and can't wait to find out other nurses from the past. 

Creating Media- Digital Photographs (Spring 1 2024) Year 2

The children are beginning to recognise that different devices can be used to capture photographs and they captured their own photographs using i-pads. They learnt that a photograph can be taken in either portrait or landscape format and they were challenged to take the following photographs -A building, a person, a close-up of an object, an action shot, a selfie and something in the distance. These were taken in both portrait and landscape formats and they then explored the reasons why a photographer may favour one over the other.

Christmas at St Anthonys 2023

Winter walk - developing vocabulary for our setting descriptions

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Year 2 walked to Cross Flats Park today to observe the signs of winter. We focused on developing vocabulary for our winter setting descriptions, the children had to come up with expanded noun phrases to describe the signs of winter - the children behaved amazingly well, and they came up with some brilliant ideas to support their writing. Well Done Year 2!

Advent Wreaths

Computer systems and networks – Information Technology around us (Autumn 2 2023) Year 2

As part of our work on looking at information technology all around us the children were able to think about the choices that are made when using information technology, and the responsibility associated with those choices. They used IT in different types of activities and were able to explain that sometimes they will need to use IT in different ways. We explored the digital 5 a day, in these pictures we are getting creative and painting a digital picture, come and look at our work!

Road Safety (November 2023)

On Monday 13th November, Year 2 took part in a road safety session with Leeds City Council. They focused on identifying safe places to cross, crossing the road using the Green Cross Code and using zebra crossing facilities to help us cross the road. Well Done Year 2!

 

Year 2 School Council 2023-2024

Here are our Year 2 School Council representatives. These members have been elected by their peers, using a democratic process in line with our British Values. These children attend special meetings weekly and conduct roles around school. They represent the views of our Year 2 pupils. Congratulations on this special role during this academic year. We are very proud of you! 

St Anthony's: You're in safe hands

Our Geography Displays (Autumn Term 2023)

Year 2 Geography - The United Kingdom 26.10.2023

This term, Year 2 are learning all about the United Kingdom. As Geographers learning about "Place" they have asked and answered questions to increase their learning, knowledge and skills. So far, the children have used atlases to name and locate the four countries of the United Kingdom and looked at capital cities of each country. We are really enjoying this topic! We have explored books linked to our topics, including books in our book nooks and reading areas. We have even had a visitor from Northern Ireland share her experiences of living there. We got to ask her lots and lots of questions too. Which region of the UK will we find out about next ... watch this space! During week 3 of HT2 we will have our retention of knowledge check so we will be able to share all the key substantive knowledge that we have retained. Well done Year 2!

In this lesson year 2 have been developing their understanding of instructions in sequences and the use of logical reasoning to predict outcomes. They were given commands in different orders to investigate how the order affects the outcome. The children learnt about design in programming, developed their own artwork and tested it for use in a program. We began to design algorithms and then test these algorithms as programs and debug them.

Year 2 Writing Alternative Traditional Tales - 18.10.2023

Year 2 Chamber Choir 17.10.2023

Every Tuesday, Year 2 take part in Choral Singing sessions with Mr Leech. The children learn a variety of secular, traditional and modern songs and carry out a number of different singing exercises. They have made amazing progress singing in unison with pitch, rhythm and in harmony as one. They have started their weekly Choral Singing lessons since September and we are so proud of them all. Well done Year 2! They look forward to singing for you all very soon! 

DT - Designing, Making and Evaluating Chairs for Baby Bear

Year 2 have done an amazing job designing, making and evaluating their new chair for Baby Bear. We tried to make sure our chair was strong, stable, rigid and had a design that Baby Bear would like. Using a variety of different junk modelling materials and paper, we carefully constructed our chairs. Then Baby Bear got to test all of our finished chairs - she was so happy with our designs! We then evaluated our work carefully against our design criteria, suggesting what we might improve if we were to construct a chair again. Super work Year 2!

DT - Testing stability and strength of different shapes to assist us with our designing

We investigated the stability and strength of different shapes made using paper by testing them with heavy books. Following our investigation, we concluded that cylinders were the most effective. We then worked together to make our own paper cylinders, attaching them together to form on large structure. Our tests revealed that our cylinder was very strong, stable and rigid. It could hold Baby Bear, lots of books and almost held one of our children! We then applied this knowledge when designing and making our new chairs for Baby Bear. 

Y2 Football Team after their first round of fixtures on 16.10.23

Year 2 have been reading "Jack and the Baked Beanstalk" in their new Reading Fluency Lessons. They have been busy planning, writing and editing their own alternative traditional story tales using this text as their inspiration. What creative writers we have in Year 2! Well done! 

Year 2 Science Investigation - Can all materials be squashed, stretched, twisted and bent?

Our Year 2 Scientists have carried out simple tests to discover whether they can change the shape of a solid material through bending, squashing, twisting and stretching. They made predictions prior to carrying out their tests and worked in teams to test each material. We really enjoyed testing each material and seeing what happened. Well done Year 2!

RE: Celebrating Harvest and our focus virtue of Thanksgiving (17.10.2023)

Year 2 Football Team - 16.10.2023 (Our very first match for our school!)

Magnificent Maths with Year 2: October 2023

Year 2 Mathlete of the Month! September 2023

A huge well done to Kevin our Year 2 Mathlete of the month earning an amazing 7341 points this September! Wonderful dedication to home-learning - we are all very proud of you!

Year 2 interview 'The Big Bad Wolf' (September 2023)

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This half term, Year 2 have been reading the True Story of the Three Little Pigs. Today, we carried out interviews with the wolf to find out what happened on the day the three little pigs houses were destroyed. We used an app called Chatterkids - this allows you to animate a picture by adding animated facial features, recording your voice and adding other effects.
Using the app, children thought of questions they wanted to ask the wolf and recorded themselves but made some slight adjustments to their faces. They then recorded the reply as the wolf.

It was a fun, engaging way for the children to put themselves in another character's shoes and justify the wolf's actions. Here are some of the children's efforts - Well Done Year 2!

Maths: One More and One Less (September 2023)

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Maths Group 2 have worked really hard to understand teen numbers. They have used a range of manipulatives including tens frames to learn that these numbers are made up of one ten and some ones. Today, the children started the learn how to calculate one more and one less than a number. They used a range of manipulatives to ensure that their understanding was secure.

Maths: Partitioning Numbers to 100 (September 2023)

Maths Group 1 have worked really hard partitioning numbers to 100 this week.  The children have learnt how to use a range of manipulatives to represent the numbers and then have partitioned them into tens and ones. They have then represented their partitioning using a place value tables and part whole models. Their next step will be to flexibly partition numbers to 100. 

Year 2 Science - Materials Investigation (Autumn 1 2023)

Year 2 are learning about materials in Science. This week, we carried out an investigation to see what material would be best to build a house for the Three Little Pigs. We tested each material to see how strong it was, how absorbent it was and how likely it is to blow over in the wind. Take a look at some of the pictures, we are going to test more materials next week! Well Done Year 2!

Top Tips for Reading at Home

At St Anthony's, our systematic synthetic phonic scheme is Little Wandle. All children will be reading matched texts daily to increase their fluency and comprehension. Books will be brought home each Thursday and we kindly request that these are shared each night with your child using the prompts below. Thank you for being true partners in your child's reading journey. We hope you enjoy watching our video below. Year 2 who progress beyond Little Wandle will begin to transition onto matched texts to further challenge their learning. We have just had an upgraded selection of Little Wandle KS1 stretch and challenge texts which some of our Year 2 chidlren will be accessing. Keep reading Year 2!

Dear Parents,
Thank you all for attending the meet the teacher event last Thursday. It was lovely to meet you all and find out more about your lovely children.
I have attached the PowerPoint from the meeting as a reminder and for any parents who couldn't attend.
Kind regards, Mrs Reuben

Hello Year 2,


I am so excited to be your teacher this year and learn so much about your hobbies, talents and interests. Year 2 is brilliant year and I am really looking forward to sharing all of our engaging and fun topics with you. To start the year, we will be learning all about Our United Kingdom in Geography and Materials in Science.

Our first text will be:
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.

The majority of class updates will be posted onto the Google Classroom page. This includes things such as copies of letters and announcements/reminders. Below, we have posted some useful information to begin the year with:

Mrs Reuben will be teaching English to Year 2 this year and Miss Taylor will be teaching Maths. 
Read every night at home, focussing on your understanding of the text.  All books sent home will be in line with our Little Wandle Phonics scheme.
PE will take place every Monday and Friday for Year 2. Please come to school in your PE kit on these days.
Come into school everyday, excited and ready to learn!
Our meet the teacher meeting will take place on Thursday 7th September 3.15 - 3.45pm.
Half termly newsletters (including any key dates) and spellings can be found via the Year 2 class page. 
Mrs Cook will also be supporting your children in Year 2 to achieve their very best.

If you have any questions about Year 2 please do not hesitate to contact me.

I look forward to meeting you all next week!

Mrs Reuben

End of term

Design & Technology - Creating Healthy Wraps (July 2023)

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Year 2 were set a special challenge - To create a healthy wrap for school aged children. Our design brief was to ensure that it contained a range of food groups for a healthy, balanced diet and that it tastes nice, so lots of children would want to try it. We conducted Research by exploring the Eatwell Guide to establish the different food groups. We then designed three wraps, ensuring that they included varied, healthy ingredients. We then explored each others designs and voted for which ones we liked the best and gave suggestions on how they could be made better. Next, we prepared a range of ingredients ready for putting our wraps together. It was important to learn how to hold different utensils carefully whilst preparing the food. We then got to make our wraps - how exciting! We are going to conduct our evaluations next week based on our design criteria. Take a look at our wonderful Design and Technology work in the video. Amazing skills Year 2!

Chamber Choir Concert 2023

D:Side Visit - Keeping Healthy

What a fantastic workshop we had with D:Side! We learnt all about different parts of our bodies and how we can keep them healthy. Our visitor was so impressed with the children's knowledge of different body parts and the facts they shared about them. Well done Year 2!

Catholic Care Visit - Exploring Gender Stereotypes

We had some fascinating discussions about gender stereotypes during our visit from Catholic Care. We discussed lots of different questions together including whether girls can wear blue, whether girls can be firefighters and whether boys can be nurses. I was so impressed by the mature, in-depth discussions that took place. Well done Year 2! 

Geography Fieldwork Visit - Bridlington 5th July 2023

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Year 2 had an amazing fieldwork visit to Bridlington, in order to observe the human and physical features of coastal areas. We discussed the differences between the human and physical features and compared them to the maps we created at school. We explored the harbour, pier, the North and South Beach, promenade, shops, the North Sea and cliffs. We also took an exciting ride on a land train to explore the coastline from a different perspective. We had a great view of the cliffs and how they form the coastline. The children were all amazing in identifying and exploring the different features and describing how they are similar and different to our own local area of Beeston. Well done Year 2!

Year 2 are Skipping Festival Winners 2023!

Year 2 - Skipping Festival Champions 2023

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Today, Year 2 took part in a competitive Skipping Festival, where they competed with different schools across Leeds. They did singular skips including the single bounce, double bounce, hop & swap, side straddle and side swing. Then, they competed in groups using different formations. The children were absolutely incredible winning 6 Golds, 4 silvers and 2 bronzes...crowning us the overall champions of the tournament. I felt like the proudest teacher in Leeds today - they were all amazing! Well done Year 2!
Take a look at some of our super skipping in the video below.

Nathanael and Maranatha - Record Breaking Scores!

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With only 30 seconds for the Single Bounce competition...Nathanael and Maranatha blew everybody away with their scores! Nathanael scoring an astonishing 99 skips in only 30 seconds (more than 3 per second) and Maranatha with an incredible score of 89 (3 per second). All of the judges and other schools couldn't believe it - I'm so proud of you both. Take a look at the video to see them both in action.

Geography - Using Digimaps to create our own maps of Bridlington

Year 2's current Geography topic is, "Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside!"

We have been working hard to understand geographical similarities and differences between our local area of Beeston and Bridlington, a coastal town. We have used our observational skills to study the human and physical features of their surrounding environments. Using Digimaps, Year 2 studied the area of Bridlington, in order to develop their own maps. Using a key, they identified key features such as the harbour, pier, beach, sea, vegetation and cliffs. I was so impressed with their observational skills...well done Year 2!

Year 2 Maths - Position and Direction (22.6.23 - 23.6.23)

Our current Maths topic is, 'Position and Direction'. This week, Year 2 have been developing their ability to use positional language by following a route in order to find hidden and missing treasure. They used 'clockwise', 'anti-clockwise', 'left' and 'right' to describe quarter, half or three-quarter turns and worked collaboratively in order to debug their routes in order to get to the end point. Then, we created our own maps and wrote a list of directional instructions for others to follow. The children worked in groups to follow the instructions using the Bee-Bots. Amazing work Year 2!

Exploring History at St Anthony's

RE: Celebrating our Patronal Feast Day of St Anthony - 13th June 2023

We were so lucky to have a workshop from a visiting tennis coach this morning. The children all worked so hard to develop their racquet skills and to work as part of a team to participate in the different games. What little tennis superstars!

Design and Technology in Year 2 - Wheels and Axles [June 2023]

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Today, inspired by our History topic 'The Great Fire of London', Year 2 developed their knowledge of Wheels and Axles to make the base for a fire engine.
Within our lesson, we researched axles and axle holders on a range of different products (including cars, bikes and trucks). We then designed our own chassis and added the axle and axle holders to ensure that it would be secure. We considered different ways to join the materials together (and also considered which materials to include in our final designs). We worked together to make the base of our chassis and used trial and error to explore further. We then tested our designs to see if they could make it across the 'finish line' securely. Tomorrow, we will evaluate what worked well and what could have been done to improve. As Design Technology leader, I was so proud of our Year 2 class today as they showed such resilience and determination! Take a look at our exciting learning in the video above!

Wheels and Axles - Come and see photos of Y2 developing their skills in Design Technology!

Music - The Nutcracker (Wed 7th June)

In our music lesson today, we have been learning how to combine sounds to create musical effects. We have developed our understanding of how music, dance and drama can combine in storytelling when looking at 'The Nutcracker'. We listened to 5 clips which retell the story of Clara's Christmas experience, inspired by the Nutcracker score. We identified different instruments we recognised and considered how the tempo, dynamic and pitch worked together in order to tell the story. We then split into groups to recreate different parts of the story using a range of instruments.

Great Fire of London Workshop with the National Archives - Exploring Historical Sources of Evidence

Year 2 took part in an online workshop with the National Archives to explore the evidence which informs us about the Great Fire of London. We explored maps of London before and after the fire, which showed us the impact of the fire. We pinpointed where Pudding Lane was on the map, based on how the streets of London had changed after the fire. The lighter parts of the map showed us how the buildings had been destroyed and engulfed by the fire. We then explored Hearth Tax from 1666, showing us evidence of Thomas Farriner and his bakery on Pudding Lane. After, we looked at King Charles’ declaration where he stated that any new house or building must be made from brick or stone. We learnt so much from our session and all children asked fantastic questions!

As part of our exciting History topic, 'The Great Fire of London', Year 2 created our own Great Fire right here at St Anthony's! Each child created a magnificent building from 1666 in order for us to create a London scene of Pudding Lane and beyond...

From this, our fire started in Thomas Farriner's Bakery on Pudding Lane, spreading rapidly throughout the streets of London. We saw how the fire spread so quickly because the houses were so close together and also the wind carried the leaping waves from building to building. Afterwards, we discussed the impact of the fire and saw how lots of London was left as rubble and ash. What an amazing experience!

Thank you so much to all of the parents in Year 2 for supporting our wonderful children with this exciting activity, through creating some extraordinary 1666 buildings. Wow! I'm so proud of you all Year 2, what a great afternoon of History learning.

A special message for Year 2 from the St Anthony's Governing Body

Our Amazing Non-Fiction Writing! Inspired by our class novel, 'Hodgeheg' by Dick King-Smith [May 2023]

Our Year 2 Classroom - May 2023

Celebrating History: The Coronation - May 2023

Year 2 Learning Environment - May 2023

In our History topic, 'The Great Fire of London', Year 2 have been exploring old and new maps to discover what they could tell us about the fire. We compared the maps and considered what was similar and what was different about each map. We then used our observational skills to identify where the famous Pudding Lane was on each of the maps. We noticed that Pudding Lane could be identified by crossing London Bridge and moving up and to the right - some great skills here Year 2! We then looked at the newer map of London to consider how it looks different to the map of London before the great fire started. What a fantastic start to our topic Year 2, I'm really proud of you!

St Anthony's - Curriculum of Excellence

Making Easter cards

Florence Nightingale History Wonder Day at Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds

Our Year 2 class have been History explorers. On Wednesday 22nd March 2023, they visited The Thackray Medical Museum to find out key knowledge about Florence Nightingale using first hand exporation, as well as seeing sources of evidence to find out about the past. They returned with improved History understanding and knowledge. Mr Whittle, our History leader, attended the day too to capture this excellence and learning with all our children. Well done Year 2!

During Spring 2 2023, we have been focussing on clay in our Art lessons. We responded to examples of contemporary clay sculptures before we designed, made and painted our own pinch pots. Our final task will be to evaluate them. As well as pinch pots, we were given the opportunity to use clay imaginatively and make minibeast sculptures. We are all so proud of our creations!  

We have been creating microhabitats for minibeasts in science, using recycled cardboard and natural materials (grass, leaves, twigs etc) collected from our local area. We thought carefully about how we could make our mircrohabitats suitable for the survival needs of creatures, ensuring there were lots of sheltered areas to hide from the elements and predators!

World Book Day in Year 2!

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Year 2 had an amazing day celebrating World Book Day this year! With our focus story of 'The Smeds and The Smoos', we explored the story in order to write our own creative diary entries about the day Janet and Bill ran away to Wurpular Wood together. Our focus this year is, "Breathing in reading, breathing out writing" and Year 2 did exactly that! We loved sharing the story together and had a great day of fun. Well done Year 2!

World Book Day 2023 - St Anthony's Catholic Primary School

Masked Reader 2023

Breathing in reading, breathing out writing 20.03.2023

Our Year 2 class have been really bringing alive their reading. They have been breathing in reading in order to breathe out the highest quality writing. Their shared area display shows evidence of their learning on key texts so far this year. We are really proud of you Year 2. 

History - Developing our understanding of chronology through exploring the life of Florence Nightingale

Science - Exploring Microhabitats in our school grounds

In Science, Year 2 are exploring 'microhabitats'. To begin with, we explored different types of microhabitat, exploring photographs and discussing why the microhabitat will be suitable for the animal. We all recognised that the microhabitat provides food, water and shelter for the living thing. We then explored our school grounds to see which microhabitats we could find. Mrs Gledhill was so impressed with how well you all used Science knowledge such as 'predator' and 'camouflage' to describe how the microhabitat helps the living thing to survive. 

We found:

- leaf litter

- fallen logs

- clumps of grass

- moss

- piles of sticks

- lumps of soil

Well done Year 2, some super Science investigations!

Come and take a look at our amazing moving information books designed to teach Year 1 children about food chains! We all tried so hard to use the skills we learnt in our exploring sliders lessons and are thrilled that the slider mechanisms work. Some of us were even able to independently create bridges/guides to prevent the sliders from wobbling. After finishing our books, we took time to evaluate them and consider what we like about our own product and how it could be improved.

D&T: Exploring sliders

Our D&T topic this half term has been to make our own moving information books. We first explored and responded to the work of Ramon Llull who created the first "pop-up". Then, we had a session exploring sliders in which we discovered how slider mechanisms can make pictures move vertically and horizontally. Mrs McGuire also gave us a challenge to see if we could prevent a vertical slider from wobbling side-to-side. She was very impressed with our efforts! We later learnt that these were called guides and bridges. Since then, we have designed our own moving information books, designed to teach Y1 children about food chains (linking in with our Science topic). We have made a great start to constructing them and look forward to finishing our wonderful creations next week!

Our Maths Star of the week is...Jamelia! [6.2.23 - 10.2.23]

Maths Star of the Week - Jamelia

This week, Jamelia has been chosen as Maths star of the week as she has worked hard in all lessons to develop her verbal reasoning skills. 

She spotted a number of 'Marvellous Mistakes' during our lesson and used super mathematical language such as 'value' and 'worth' to explain why they were incorrect. What great reasoning skills you shared with us all Jamelia, amazing work!

Performance Poetry - Peter Pan

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As part of our writing journey, Year 2 have been researching, planning, drafting and editing their own narrative poems based on our class novel, 'Peter Pan' by Caryl Hart. For our publishing phase, we have explored different strategies for successfully performing a narrative poem. This was based on Michael Rosen's Top Tips for Performing Stories and Poems. We created our own success criteria from this, rehearsed and then performed our narrative poems to the class. What amazing work Year 2!

Year 2 Science Area - Animals and Habitats (Spring Term 2023)

Year 2 Archery Session [February 2023]

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Year 2 were so excited to develop their archery skills this week with a special enhanced workshop of learning from an Archery Teacher from Premier Sport (supplementing our PE wider offer through the Well Schools Partnership). All children had a great time improving their technique in order to aim at a target. What fabulous learning and progress Year 2!

Geography - Around the World! February 2023

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Year 2 had an amazing workshop on Wednesday where they explored 'All Around the World!' Linking to our topic on Climates, focussing on areas near and far from the Equator, Year 2 explored the different climates of the world and considered which animals live there. They used expert vocabulary to give reasons why the climates have certain weather patterns and why they create ideal habitats for certain animals who have adapted to live there. What amazing Geography work Year 2!

The Sound of Music at St Anthony's

Year Two are really enjoying their music curriculum this Spring Term. Each Tuesday, they take part in Choral Singing lessons with Leeds Diocese, led by Mr Tom Leach. They receive vocal training and exert tuition in singing, building on the required key knowledge and skills from our music curriculum. In addition, our Year Two pupils take part in weekly lessons using our scheme, Music Express. 

Inspired by our Geography topic...exploring Australia!

Well done to Christina for completing her own writing inspired by our Australia topic at home. It is wonderful to see you remember so many facts Christina! A special mention also goes to Libby, who brought in some amazing family memories of her Auntie's time visiting Australia. Libby was so excited to share the special pictures and memories with her friends and it was wonderful for us to see all of our knowledge in action. Thank you for sharing Libby!

Geography Lesson Starter - 1 minute Quick Capture. Gathering our knowledge together

Today, we begun our Geography lesson by having a 1-minute quick capture of the facts we remember about Australia. I was so impressed with how much information they had remembered from our learning journey so far. What excellent geographers you are Year 2!

Celebrating writing: Year 2's 'World's Worst Children' stories - 20th January 2023

Celebrating Our Writing in Year 2

This half term, Year 2 were inspired to write their own 'World's Worst Children' stories after reading an array of fun stories by David Walliams. We used focussed vocabulary we explored within the text, in order to create our own very mischievous characters. We used a range of sentence types to share the stories of our own exciting characters. What amazing young authors you are Year 2! 

Our Maths Star of the Week is...Liam! (16.1.23 - 20.1.23)

This week, Liam was chosen as our Maths Star of the Week! All week, Liam has been growing in confidence in recognising and making equal groups of numbers. In our lessons on Thursday and Friday, Liam especially showed his understanding through sharing a top tip with the class. "All of the groups have to be equal", Liam said when sharing out the counters. Liam used this method to divide numbers through grouping and he helped his peers to solve a range of problems using a range of resources too. On Friday, Liam was delighted to be named Maths Star of the Week. Well done Liam - we are so proud of you!

Geography Map Work - Exploring the Equator

In our Geography work in Year 2 this half term, our children are being Geography explorers! They are using atlases, globes, maps and plans to locate and name all the main continents of the world. Today (Thursday 19th January 2023) they located the equator and thought carefully about the climate of the countries found around the equator. They asked incredible enquiry questions and could answer questions posed by others. Great Geography work Year 2!

Black History Learning

Christmas 2022 at St Anthony's

Elf Day 2022

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Year 2 have had the most amazing day dressed as elves in Year 2 today! We have painted festive Christmas cards, made candy cane reindeers and even worked together to make some incredible Christmas gonks! Take a look at some pictures from our wonderful Elf Day!

We have had a lovely day getting into the Christmas spirit in Year 2! A very special visitor came to see us in the morning, we made party hats for our delicious Christmas lunch and spent the afternoon playing some fabulous party games (including musical statues, pass the parcel, build a snowman, and a Christmas colouring competition). What a fabulous day!

D-Side Internet Safety Session (Computing and PSHE)

Year 2 all took part in Pedestrian training this afternoon, in order to learn how to use and cross the road safely. Before each session, the children learned the 'Green Cross Code' to help them remember what to do when crossing the road. They then all put this into practice. You were all so sensible Year 2...well done!

During our painting topic this half term we have been responding to the abstract artwork of Wassily Kandinsky, practising our colour mixing skills and using these to create our fabulous final pieces. We used Kandinsky's use of shape to inspire us - take a look at our amazing creations! Well done Year 2!

Year 2's Maths Star of the Week - Patrick [28.11.22 - 2.12.22]

This week, Patrick has been chosen as our Maths Star of the Week! Patrick has shown some amazing reasoning skills within our new 'Shape' topic and gave us our 'magical maths moment' from which we all can learn.

Patrick shared - "When you count the sides on a 2d shape, you can cross the sides off as you count so you don't count the same one twice. You've got to make sure that you don't count more than one side at a time or you will get the wrong amount". Year 2 used this advice to successfully count the sides of the 2d shapes they were exploring. What a great Maths tip Patrick!

Maths - Exploring 2d and 3d shapes

History - Abbey House Virtual Workshop

Our current History topic is, "A day in the life" where we are considering ways in which life has changed from the 1950s to now. As part of our learning, we took part in a virtual workshop hosted by Abbey House Museum. The focus of our workshop was to explore toys from the 1950s and consider how they are both similar and different to the toys we have today. We looked at the material of the toys, the types of toys children played with in the 1950s and considered how our toys are different to those in the past. We asked some really insightful questions and learned lots about old toys. Well done Year 2!

Year 2's Super Maths!

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A snapshot of Christina showing and explaining her method when solving column subtraction.

Year 2's Maths Star of the Week - Harry M [21.11.22 - 25.11.22]

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Last week, Harry was chosen as our Maths Star of the Week for some excellent work when using the column subtraction method. With confidence, he stood and modelled his methods to his friends. What a super star you are Harry!

Reflecting in our Local Walk - Developing words and phrases for our setting descriptions

Advent - Making Advent Wreaths

Local Area Walk - Developing vocabulary for our own setting descriptions

Year 2 took part in a walk of our local area to visit Cross Flatts Park. Whilst at the park, we used all of our senses to develop expanded noun phrase for the autumnal things we could see around us. Together, we explored some amazing adjectives to describe the scene around us. This experience will really help us when we begin to write our own setting descriptions over the next couple of weeks. 

Just a snapshot of some of the super noun phrases Year 2 thought of are:

"Crunchy, golden leaves"

"Mossy, ancient tree trunk"
"Cold wind softly blowing through the gigantic, bare trees"

"Twisting, brown branches"

What amazing work Year 2! Mrs McGuire and I are so proud of you all!

English - Our Missing Blue Crayon!

When we came back from Good Work Assembly on Friday, a mysterious letter was awaiting Year 2. Blue Crayon had quit! Year 2 decided to write information texts describing what Blue Crayon looks like, why he had quit and why Year 2 wanted him back. We then wrote these up and put them up around school. A couple of weeks and lots of hard work later...he decided to return to us!

We have had a lovely afternoon in Year 2 learning how to use primary colours (red, yellow and blue) to mix secondary colours (orange, green and purple). We also explored how to make lighter shades of colour using white and darker shades without using black! Instead, we tried using colours from the same family. For example, adding a bit of purple to make a darker shade of red. Have a look at our fabulous colour mixing!

St Anthony's: You're in safe hands

Safeguarding is our top priority at St Anthony's. Please view our video to see some of the many ways we keep our Year Two children safe. We hope you enjoying viewing our video and reading our safeguarding policies below. Our designated safeguarding staff are: Miss Leonard (Designated Safeguarding Lead), Mr Whittle (Deputy Safeguarding Lead), Miss Taylor and Mrs Doherty. Please make an appointment to see us if you have any concerns using head@stanthonysleeds.org.uk.
God bless and keep safe

Personal Development: Balanceability Sessions - November 2022

Our Year 2 pupils had three days of balanceability training starting on Wednesday 16th November 2022. They built upon thier learning from EYFS and KS1 as they mastered balancing on bikes. The trainer from Cycle North was hugely impressed with the skill of the pupils. Superb progress Year 2. Remember to use these skills when you are out on your own bikes at home. Well done!

Family Learning at St Anthony's

Mrs Gledhill has been leading a very exciting initiative for our Year 2 class. Every Wednesday morning since September, she leads a group of Year 2 children working with a family member to work together on improving skills in Reading and Writing. Our Family Learning initiative is very well received by both parents and children alike. We have had over 50% of the class attending on a weekly basis, testament to the amazing partnership we have between home and school. This is impacting on closing gaps and raising standards for our Year 2 children. Our English Leader, Mrs Gledhill, is very proud of how hard the children (and their parents) are working. Huge thanks to the parents who have committed to this initiative this year. Well done also to our incredibly hard working Year 2 pupils.

Which material would make the best waterproof coat?

In today's Science lesson, Mrs McGuire set us a challenge to find out which material would be the best for making a waterproof coat. We tested paper, kitchen foil, fabric and cling film. Carefully, we filled syringes with water and squirted them on top of the different materials before recording whether they were waterproof or not. We discussed the meaning of waterproof and Harry M gave a great explanation that "the water will run off". We also discussed the name of the property when a material soaks up water - absorbant. We discovered that kitchen foil and cling film were both waterproof and had to decide which material out of the 2 would be best. Lots of us concluded that cling film would be more suitable as it doesn't tear as easily. A great investigation Year 2! Well done!

A Taste of Judo

On Thursday 3rd November 2022, Mr Kearney had organised a wonderful opportunity to widen experience and participation in our PE curriculum. All classes received age-appropriate Judo Lessons over the day, all focussed around learning new skills and experience this sport. We thank the expert teacher who provided such a high quality PE experience for our children. Our children thoroughly enjoyed the day. We hope they might go on to take part in Judo in the near future. Well done everyone!

Year 2 English Classroom Provision - Autumn 1 2022

This week, we have been learning all about inspirational black people throughout History. In our Geography lesson, we learned about the birth places of some of these people and used the atlases to plot them on a map of the world. We then used compass points to describe how to travel from one birth place to another. We explored the different areas of the world and enjoyed using our map skills!

We also looked at the work of abstract artist, Amira Rahim, who paints her emotions. We used her work as inspiration for our own abstract art. Mrs McGuire asked us to close our eyes and think of a message or feeling we would like to convey through our paintings. Then, with paintbrushes in out hands, we began to express ourselves!

Responding to Art

During our Black History week, we explored art that was produced in response to the Civil Rights Movement in America. Here are a few of our personal responses to the pieces:

 

“I think the artist feels excited for the equal rights movement. I think the artist is trying to say black people are the dream! This artwork makes me feel happy.” Dominic about Wadsworth Jarrell’s Revolutionary.

 

“I think the artist is trying to say “If you are free, sing a song because you have freedom. This art makes me feel excited because it is so colourful.” Dorothy about Wadsworth Jarrell’s Revolutionary.

 

I think the artist is trying to celebrate because black people are fighting against the [segregated] schools and the bathrooms. The art makes me feel happy because there are lots of colours.” Alexia about Wadsworth Jarrell’s Revolutionary.

 

“This art makes me feel happy because there are lots of people and they can make friends.” Maranatha about Carolyn Mims Lawrence’s Black Children Keep Your Spirits Free.

 

“I think the artist is trying to say he is frustrated because he doesn’t want the white people to go to another school. This artwork makes me feel worried because he is going to hurt someone.” Harry M responding to Benny Andrews’ Did the Bear Sit Under a Tree?

Thank you God for the Harvest!

Year 2 did a fantastic job of leading our school in our Harvest celebrations! Through telling the story 'Old MacDonald's Farm', we reflected upon what is important during this time and gave thanks to God for the food we have to eat each and every day. Take a look at some photographs of Year 2 leading 'Old MacDonald'.

All about the United Kingdom!

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Our Geography topic this half term is the United Kingdom. We have been practising our map reading skills in order to locate and label the different countries of the UK, the surrounding bodies of water and some cities too! We have loved working with atlases and focusing on a new country of the UK each lesson, in which we have been discussing their different human and physical features. Well done Year 2!

Macmillan Coffee Morning Friday 30th September 2022

On Friday 30th September 2022, our whole school held their Macmillan Coffee Morning to raise money from the charity Macmillan. Our Mini-Vinnies organised, led and served during the morning, raising an astonishing £510.00 for this charity, close to all our hearts. We thank all our Year 2 pupils, parents and the wider community who came together as a community to raise these funds. I am so proud of you all. 

Little Wandle Letters and Sounds - Year Two: St Anthony's Catholic Primary School

This week, we are having a Reading Deep Dive in our school. Our systematic synthetic phonics and early reading scheme is Little Wandle. Watch Miss Leonard's video to find our more about how we teach reading and phonics and ways you can help at home. Most importantly, keep reading with and to your child. It is the most powerful way you can support your child at home with their language and early reading development. Year Two have begun their daily phonics lessons and their daily practice reading sessions. Please can I ask that each child reads nightly and parents record this in their reading record book. Children also read widely from our newly stocked library. Please return the books and puppets each Thursday so these can be changed. These help your child to read widely and for pleasure. We are also learning about poets with a new poetry spine. Does your child know which poet Year Two are focussing on? Keep reading Year Two!

smiley Hello Year 2! smiley

We are so excited to begin our journey together this year and learn so much more about your interests, passions and talents. This year, we will embark on a journey of discovery together across a range of exciting, immersive topics. To start with, we will be learning all about the United Kingdom, including the four countries within the UK, the capital cities and surrounding seas. 

 
The majority of class updates will be posted onto this Google Classroom platform. This includes things such as weekly spellings, copies of letters and announcements/reminders. Below, I have posted some useful information to begin the year with:
 
*Read every night at home, focussing on your understanding of the text. Remember to aim for quality over quantity of pages read.
*Work on practising your spelling patterns and times tables every night. This will help to develop your accuracy and fluency recalling key information. Times Table Rockstars is a great resource to use for extra practise. Additional useful links can be found via the Year 2 class page.
*PE will take place every Monday and Thursday for Year 2. Please come to school in your PE kit on this day. (For the first week only - children can attend school in their uniform for PE sessions. From Monday 12th September, children will be required to attend in their kits for these days). 
*Come into school everyday, excited and ready to learn!
*Our meet the teacher meeting will take place on Thursday 8th September 3.15 - 4pm with Mrs Gledhill.
*Half termly newsletters (including any key dates) and spellings can be found via the Year 2 class page. 
*Family learning will commence in Week 2 on Wednesdays with Mrs Gledhill.
 
We know that we will have a year filled with exploration, discovery, imagination and wonder!
 
Take care and we cannot wait to see you all soon,
 
Mrs Gledhill and Mrs McGuire

 

 

Finale 2022

Our Year Two children wanted to share with your memories of an exceptional year at St Anthony's. I am so proud of you all in your final year of Key Stage One. May God bless you all with a super holiday, and I look forward to welcoming you back as Year Three pupils in September!
Miss Leonard
Headteacher

St Anthony's Chamber Choir Concert 2022

Our Year 2 pupils have taken part in their annual Choir performance this week. They have lessons each Tuesday, as part of the Diocese of Leeds Schools Singing Programme. These are delivered by an expert Choral Director from the Diocese, Mr Leech, focusing on positive engagement with singing and supporting the Catholic life of the school through sacred music. The sessions offer practical and incremental coverage of areas of the music curriculum - including notation - in a two-year curriculum framework developed by the Diocese, the National Schools Singing Programme and the National Youth Choir of Scotland. Pupils also have the opportunity to join one of the Diocese's acclaimed after-school choirs. You can find online resources that support this work on the Schools Singing Programme's YouTube channel (www.schoolssingingprogramme.org.uk). Our local Diocese choir is Leeds Cathedral Choir - please contact office@dioceseofleedsmusic.org.uk for more information about joining. We hope you enjoy our singing. We invited our parents too and they were very impressed. We hope you are too. Happy listening.

Seaside Explorers! - Geography July 2022

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As part of our Geography topic, Year 2 visited the coastal town of Bridlington to discover all about the physical and human features found there. I was so impressed with the exceptional level of vocabulary used by all the children to describe features such as the harbour, pier, promenade, cliffs etc. We had the most wonderful day deepening our understanding of contrasting areas within the United Kingdom. Take a look at the fun we had!

Examining Historical sources workshop with the National Archives - The Great Fire of London