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Year 2

Mrs Short and Mrs Drury

Miss Edgar


Welcome to the Willow class page! Here you will find lots of information about what we are doing this term as well as information about our routines, PE days and our weekly 'Star of the Week'! Firstly, let us give you some information about who we are:


Mrs Short

I have been a teacher now for 10 years. Before teaching I studied Ancient and Medieval History at Birmingham University. I really enjoy learning about the past. I also enjoy art and I am now the Art Leader here at The Pines. I am passionate about helping children to find ways of relaxing and expressing their emotions through art. I have two children at home who keep me busy. We love going on forest walks together with our dog at the weekends. I also enjoy my lunchtime speed walks with Mrs Stevens! 


Mrs Drury

I have been a teacher for 15 years and have spent all of these at The Pines, with a few little gap years for travelling across America, New Zealand and Australia and starting my family of three children. Our community is the reason that I am still proud to be a Pines teacher and I am looking forward to another amazing year with Year 2!

My favourite subjects are Maths, Science and History. I love when the connections with numbers help me solve puzzles; I enjoy making an organised chaos when investigating in Science, and as my degree at university was History, I am always fascinated by events that happened in the past. This links very much to my passion for conversation! I love it, when as a class, we share and talk about ideas and learning. I am always inspired by the new things I can learn from my class which means this year in our self-led learning, I am extremely excited to find out what you know.

I am also a massive fan of reading anything and everything I can get my hands on. I have piles of books and two overflowing bookcases in my house, and a list just as long of stories I am excited to read. I love being lost in a book and then lost in the movie adaptation – even more so if it is Disney!

My spare moments are always full of spending time with my family and friends, normally over dinner and of course a yummy dessert!



Pictures of our learning



Our star of the week this week is Kian!


Kian has demonstrated his strength in number by creating his own version of the number line game he practised with an adult! Keep up the great self-led learning Kian.



School gates open at 8:40 and the day finishes at 3:10. Our main classroom door for the start and end of the school day is the Year 2 Art Studio door, located on the KS1 playground.


Our regular PE lessons are as follows:

Indoor PE - Thursday

Outdoor PE - Wednesday

On these days, children should come to school wearing their PE kit.


We will change reading books on a Tuesday and Friday.  However, please bring your child's reading book and signed diary in every day, as we will hear them read throughout the week.



Our regular PE lessons are on Wednesday and Thursday


We will do PE outside whenever it is possible. Please make sure your child has suitable outdoor PE kit, including outdoor shoes. Children will be expected to wear their PE kit to school on the PE days. 


Current Learning:


Heroic Humans  


English: In English, inspired by our learning of The Great Fire of London, children will write a diary entry as a witness to the fire. We will delve deeper into describing our senses to build a picture of the event for the reader. 


Maths: We will begin the half term finishing addition and subtraction, using knowledge of exchanging to solve trickier 2-digit calculations. Our learning will then move on money where children will build on initial knowledge taught in year 1. Thereafter, we will begin a unit of multiplication and division. 


Science: Our science learning will primarily focus on materials, linking to thinking about the types that are used to build Tudor Houses. We will be exploring that the shape of solid materials can be changed by things like twisting and bending, along with investigating the suitability of different types of material for different purposes.


Geography: In our Enquiry Area children will continue to explore a range of different maps, both local and global. We will encourage children to discuss destinations either they or family members have visited so that we can plot these on our class map. We will discuss the continent the country is located, climate, flags and what it is like to live there. 


History: Linking to our big question 'can disaster lead to success?', we will explore the events of The Great Fire of London. We will discuss and understand further about the importance of historical sources and what changes happened as a result of the fire. In Spring 2 our focus will switch to the life and work of Florence Nightingale. We will focus on her role within the Crimean War and the changes to nursing that can still be seen today.  


DT: During this half term we will research, plan, make and evaluate our very own 17th Century Tudor houses. Children will use measuring and cutting techniques to make their structures symmetrical with a surprise twist at the end of the project! 


PE: In our PE lessons with Mr O'Keefe we will be focusing on ball skills using our feet. We will practice close control and accuracy to progress into team games and activities.  During our PE lesson with Mrs Drury, we will become explorers who face a disaster, building a motif to portray this.  


PSHE: During the Spring term our PSHE will focus on living in the wider world. Children will further understand belonging in a group, roles and responsibilities within a community and respecting & celebrating similarities and differences among us. Then linking with our money work in maths, we will build further on what money is, needs vs wants and how to look after money. 


Knowledge Organiser

Heroic Humans Unit Overview

Year 1 and 2 Common Exception Words

Recommended Websites: - quickfire number games to help children learn basic number facts - Number games to reinforce the concept of place value - Fun songs with actions to teach many learning concepts in English, Maths and other subjects. This is my new favourite resource! - Loads of story telling, poetry and punctuation short films to watch. - Useful Maths short films to watch. Fractions and telling the time would be particularly good ones to try. - Games from any of the Maths categories will really help your child practise skills they have learnt at school. - great game for learning common exception words.


Our expectations for homework are as follows: 



Reading: Reading aloud with an adult progressing to more independent reading as often as possible. 

Home Learning Activity: Complete the weekly Maths, Spelling and Reading activity. This will be handed out on a Friday and will be due the next Thursday.

The following link will take you to videos that may help you support your child with the maths tasks:



Project: Each half term, children are expected to complete a project that is linked to their current topic. 



Spellings: Children should be able to spell all words on the Statutory Word Lists for year 1/2.  

Times Tables: Children should be able to count in 2s, 5s, 10s, 3s. they will begin to learn 2, 5, 10x tables by heart.