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Sycamore and Willow Class (Year 2)

Summer 1- Iceberg Ahead


This half term has certainly been a busy one, despite being quite short. We have managed to fit in a trip, art week, Maths&Reading quizzes as well as all our usual curriculum learning.

The year 2’s have thoroughly enjoyed learning all about the Titanic in our topic ‘Iceberg Ahead.’ They have really surprised us with the facts they have found out for themselves. To start the topic we went to the Sea City Museum in Southampton and we see first-hand how the Titanic effected people’s lives. The children were a real credit to the school and the information they gained has really impacted they enthusiasm in class. In history lessons we have been looking at the different class systems on the Titanic and why people wanted to go onto the Titanic. We have then used this knowledge in our English writing to create fact files and diary entries.

We also ended the half term with art week. This year the focus was on the Queen’s jubilee and the diversity within the common wealth. Year 2 focused on Australia and looked at how art has played a huge part in the country. We looked at aboriginal art and created our own dot printing with cotton buds. We also looked at some Australian artists, including Ken Done, and was inspired by their art. Take a look at the news section for more pictures.

Next half term our topic is ‘Wish you were here’ where we will be looking at life in Bournemouth and comparing it to a seaside resort in Australia. We have lots of exciting things planned, including a beach day!


We have had a whirl wind start to 2022! We began our topic on Traditional tales, where we have looked at a variety of stories including Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel and Goldilocks. We have been thinking about what the concept, tradition means and what it means to us.  In English we have been learning about how to write stories using various grammar skills we have been looking at in class. We also learnt about how to write letters and used our persuasion skills to write letter to the Dad in Hansel and Gretel. We also were lucky to have a talk from a real life author and were inspired to write our own stories.

In History we have been following the concept of tradition and thinking about how traditions are remembered. We looked at how we know Traditional tales were set in the past and created a time line of when they were created. We also thought about other areas of history we remember and studied the moon landing and Mary Seacole. We learnt how we are able to remember both of these important things using primary and secondary sources.

In Science we have been learning all about habitats. We have been finding out how all living things have a habitat but they all have to have a habitat that suits their needs. We discussed how all living things have basic needs and their habitats help them to survive. We had fun observing various unfamiliar habitats, including rainforests and deserts. We also explored our school ground as a micro-habitat to search for mini beasts.

Art has led to a great deal of creativity in year 2 as we have been thinking about how we can mix colours to make different shades. We spent a few weeks experimenting with how we can do this and then we created our own woodland, fairy-tale art. We were all very proud of our work. In DT we also were inspired by our traditional tales stories and we created our own puppets, using our sewing skills that we practised.

I think you will agree that we have packed a lot into this term, and next term we more fun planned with our Traditional tales topic. We hope to be able to carry out our Traditional tales tea party where we can show case all our work, so watch this space!

Autumn 2


This term has been another very busy term. We have been learning about the topic ‘Fire, Fire’ where we have learnt about the historical event of the Great Fire of London. To launch this topic we had a visit from the Tree house Theatre where we all had the opportunity to dress up as characters from 1666 and act out the events of the fire. We thought about how the people would be feeling and what happened on that fatal day. We then used this in our history learning to compare life in 1666 to life now, including the jobs of fire fighters. We then thought about who we thought were to blame for the fire. To end our topic we built houses and then burnt them. We thought about how we felt watching them burn and compared this to how they would feel in 1666, watching their precious houses and belongings burn.

We then applied all this knowledge to our English writing where we wrote a diary pretending we were a character from the story. We then pretended we were in a coffee shop from 1666 and read our diaries to our friends whilst enjoying a hot beverage.

We have learnt a great deal about fire fighters this term and we were lucky enough to have a virtual talk from them. We learnt about their job and how to keep safe around fire. We then looked at fire trucks and the use of them. In design technology we then explored how we could build our own fire engine, looking closely at the wheels and axels. We used all this information to build our own fire engines!

This term has also been very Christmassy as the children have been carrying out Christmas play practise and have worked really hard to learn all their songs and lines. They all did an amazing job and should be very proud.

Next term we are learning about the Traditional tales, which is a very exciting topic!

Autumn 1


We have had a very jam packed start to year 2. The children have all settled in nicely into their new classes and have flourished with their new challenges.

During the term they seemed to have really enjoyed learning all about the Funny Bones stories. They have thought hard about what each character might be like and used this to write character descriptions. They have also wrote their own version of a Funny Bones story, which were very enjoyable to read!

In science we have been looking at how to be healthy and what makes our bodies healthy. We had a virtual visit from Mrs Folan, who used to be a dental nurse. She explained to us how important it is to take care of our teeth. The children listened carefully and enjoyed learning all about her job. We then used this knowledge to create our own instructions on how to brush our teeth.

In RE we have been looking at how light is important to a variety of different religious festivals. We had a visit from Vivaan’s Mum who told the children about her religion, Hinduism. She talked to us about the Diwali festival and how it is celebrated.

Next term we will be doing ‘Fire, Fire’ which is all about the Great Fire of London. We will also be practising and performing the Christmas play!



First day back!


We had an exciting first day in year 2! We each had the responsibility of looking after a Jelly Baby. We used some of our class values by showing respect to our own and each other’s. We also learnt a bit about diversity and thought about how all the Jelly Babies are different. We worked really hard to think about the needs of the Jelly Baby. This then linked to our topic this half term which is ‘Funny Bones’. We were really impressed with how the children came back and we hope they are all looking forward to their learning this year.

Welcome Year 2!


We are very excited to have you all in our year group. In Sycamore class the class teacher is Miss Canfield and in Willow it is Mrs Franklin. We then have Miss Lockley, Mrs Taylor and Mrs Pearce supporting across both classes.