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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2


Class Teacher: Mr Duckmanton


This page will contain class newsletters, photos of interesting activities and useful links.

This week we've had a skipping workshop. We learned lots on new skipping techniques. It was a real resilience test for lots of us. Many children could not skip and found it frustrating. We now have several months until we visit Armley Leisure Centre to compete against other schools. It will be exciting to see the progress we all make and how fit we can become!

This week we have been finding out about life in Jamaica. We baked Jamaican banana bun, carried out a weather survey and followed a live webcam. In music, we listened to the work of Bob Marley.

We also started to look at the work of our class composer, John Williams. Lots of us recognised some of his music that he'd written for famous films.

Ossy and Harlow were in well done assembly for sorting animals by asking yes/no questions.

Happy New Year!

A warm welcome back to everyone. We've had a good first week back at school. We've been reading stories by Anthony Browne, finding out about monkeys and gorillas.

Everyone has been making new year's resolutions; for school and at home.

We had a great last week before stopping for Christmas. We've finished our recording of the KS1 nativity. This is now available to view on Google Classroom!

Lincoln won our reading at home raffle and is now the proud owner of a Pokemon annual.

Massoud and Sienna were pupils of the term in our final assembly.

Wishing everyone a great Christmas and New Year!

Leeds has been chosen as the year of culture for 2023. To celebrate this we had a music workshop. We found out about famous Leeds musicians including the 1980s punk band, the Mekons. We made our own instruments and joined in with the rhythm. What do you think?


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It's been Anti-Bullying week. We started by looking at what makes us special and unique. Many of us wore odd socks. We then used our odd socks to make sock puppets. Watch the short video to find out how special we all are (one sock even speaks Lithuanian!) Later in the week we discussed how important it is to 'reach out' and talk to people and ask for help.

Odd Sock Day.mp4

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We were lucky to have our first ukulele lessons this week. We had to play "AA EE AA EE". Most of could do it really well.

Congratulations Hudson. You have won the reading at home prize from last half term. Enjoy reading Dogman!

The last week of this half term has brought lovely weather. We took the opportunity to get outside and go for a mini-beast hunt. Most children believed that we'd find a lot more minibeasts than we could. It prompted wonderful questions such as: Where do ladybirds go during winter? Do they hibernate? Why could we not find any crane flies during the day? This led to great research and some amazing new learning.

A huge thank you to all the parent's that attended parents' evening this week. It was lovely to share the good progress that all of your children are making. We had fun writing our own Wolfman stories and finding out about Michael Rosen. We'll be looking at a lot of his work throughout the year. We did a lot of mental work in maths, using our number bonds within longer addition problems.

We ended the week on Friday with Massoud's birthday. His parent brought in a lovely cake and snacks. A lovely end to a lovely week!

After practising adding in different ways, Jack produced excellent work to find all 24 combinations for adding 3 different numbers.

This week, we have been reading the story of The Stinky Cheeseman! It is very similar to a story we learned in Year 1, The Gingerbread Man- with quite a few changes. The story is very silly and we had the chance to change quite a few parts to make our own stories.

We have started our History topic, looking at the history of Farnley Hall. We walked to the park and spent the afternoon drawing and predicting what the hall was used for.

The lovely warm weather has allowed us to get outside and start our Science topic. We have been investigating what type of habitats woodlice like. We went collecting them then set up our own habitats. My favourite investigation was; do woodlice like pears or sweets? Leo and Annalise found out that they love pears!

A warm welcome back and a huge well done to all of Year Two. We've all settled in really well and I am pleased to say, all children have adjusted well to work expectations. We have started to look at the work of Berthe Morisot, our class artist. We have been writing each day to retell the story of The Three Little Pigs before looking at a new version next week.

Jaxx and Ashlyn represented Year Two in assembly on Friday with Harlie getting an Always Person award.

Below are some of the exciting memories that children who are currently in Year 2 have experienced since starting school.