Year 2 have been busy…….

How busy Year 2 have been! The children have worked really hard and we are proud of their achievements and resilience they have shown.

We have been enjoying Tag Rugby run by Coach Fletcher this half term. We have been very impressed with their team work throughout our sessions.

In computing we have enjoyed creating PowerPoint presentations and making information leaflets about nocturnal animals. We used our research in English and from our homework to produce these leaflets. We also had fun on  and enjoyed a challenge as we played against each other. Please remember this is available to play at home. All the login details are in the children’s green reading logs. This helps the children to learn their times tables and increase their speed.

In Art we designed a tile to use for printing. We started by drawing our picture into a polystyrene tile and carefully etching this into the tile. We then had to ink up our tile and start printing. We repeated the process to create our wonderful work.

Thank you to those who have returned their forms for our school trip. If you haven’t returned these yet, please do so by Friday.  We will let parent helpers know details for our trip by the end of next week.        

Enjoy a sunny weekend
Year 2 Team

What an exciting adventure for Year 2!

Our Pirate Adventure
Last Tuesday the children were welcomed into school by Captain Boyle, Captain Burgess and Captain Rosso. The classrooms were changed into pirate ships for the children to start their adventure on the high seas, luckily no-one felt sea sick! The children enjoyed transforming themselves into pirates by making hats, parrots, eye patches and cutlasses. Then we had an exciting treasure hunt where the children solved maths challenges to gain treasure. The morning ended with a challenge between the teachers to win the treasure but the children decided sharing is best!

End of Year Assessments

As we explained in our recent newsletter, during May your children will be taking part in their end of Key Stage 1 assessments which contribute to our end of year teacher judgement of your child’s attainment. These are in reading and maths and will be integrated into the children’s normal class work. We explain to the children that they are completing special booklets that help their teachers to identify their next steps in learning. We do not refer to these as tests in any way so children do not become anxious. Therefore we ask you to support us with this approach.

School Trip 

We are looking forward to our school trip on Wednesday 6th June to Portsmouth Cathedral. We will require lots of parent helpers for this trip to go ahead so ask you to let your child’s class teacher know ASAP if you can help. Please remember you will need to have a school DBS in place. If we have too many offers we will draw names out of a hat. Thank you in advance.

Thank you

Year 2 Team







Year 2 – Welcome Back

What a super first week back! We would like to start by saying a big thank you for all the children’s homework. They enjoyed sharing facts about the different animals they had researched. We have displayed their super work and look forward to learning more about ‘Nocturnal Animals’ through our English work.

This week in Maths we have been using inverse calculations to check our answers and also help us to find missing numbers.


We also started on our D&T puppet project. The first part of the design process is to learn  some skills needed to make our puppets. We completed a running stitch to decorate a book mark. This skill will then be used to attach the fabric of our puppets. 2S enjoyed sewing in the shade of the gazebo.

We are looking forward to continuing with our pirate adventure writing in English next week with a special morning. Watch this space for Year 2’s adventures aboard ‘Ye Old Jolly Roger’ …………..


Year 2 Team


Year 2 Update

What an exciting week we have had!

On Monday the children all enjoyed our snow castle competition. The children designed their class castles to reflect aspects of our school. Congratulations to 2R who the school competition.




In English we have been reading ‘You Wouldn’t Want to be a Victorian School Child’ and learning about what schools were like when Queen Victorian reigned. We wrote some ‘Top Tips for surviving a day as a Victorian Child’ in preparation for our Victorian School morning this Tuesday. This morning then inspired the children’s writing about their experience.

Can we take this opportunity to say have a lovely Easter holiday and we look forward to seeing the children after. Please note homework due date is Monday 16th April. 

Year 2 Team

Year 2 update

We had a busy first half term and the children enjoyed creating their own animal silhouette pictures of the African Savannah at sunset. They also made traditional kente cloth designs as part of our topic on Ghana.

In RE we thought about what God might be like and drew pictures of our ideas. We wrote a job description for God and discovered that there is a lot to do! We learnt about what people of faith think about God and enjoyed finding the hidden meaning in the Parable of the Prodigal Son where we made hidden meaning boxes. We also had great fun acting out the story of Moses and the Burning Bush!


  • Thank you for your continued support at home with reading and spelling. Please continue to help your child by questioning them throughout their reading.
  • Homework from half term is due in by Monday 26th February.
  • Please ensure your child has indoor and outdoor PE kits in their bags – with trainers or plimsolls that fit.

Year 2 Update

We have had a very busy few weeks back in year 2. The children have enjoyed the start of our new topic ‘Our Wonderful World’ and learning about the adventures of Sunny the Meerkat. Sunny lives in Africa but has recently enjoyed a visit to Hatch Warren to see all the sights. From this visit the children wrote super postcards to describe his adventures around our local area.

Supertato has been helping us learn about the importance of healthy eating and exercise. We have looked at the different food groups and from this designed a healthy lunchbox ensuring++ it was a balanced diet. This then linked with our D&T, where we looked at the ingredients needed to make flapjacks and discussed how we could make it more balanced, covering more food groups. We have enjoyed cooking our flapjacks, weighing out the ingredients, chopping up the fruit and will be evaluating these soon.


In the children’s homework books this week you will find their logins for our new exciting Times Tables Rock Stars. By the end of Year 2 children need to know their 2’s, 5’s and 10 times tables and related division facts. We have currently set the 2 times table and will add the others in due course.


We had the NSPCC deliver our worship on Monday and the children brought home a sponsor form. Please support our class and school in raising some money for the NSPCC. We will be testing the children on Option 1 list 2 next Friday (2nd February). Please help Year 2 to raise lots of money.


Year 2 Team

Introducing Rockstars Times Tables to St Mark’s!

A Guide to RockStars

We are very excited to be introducing a new tool which will help children learn their times tables – Rockstars!

Why is learning Times Tables important?

As you know, learning multiplication and division facts are key fundamentals of mathematics and are used and applied to so many other areas of maths; knowing these facts will help children to make progress in their learning. The National Curriculum expectations are that children should know all these facts by the end of Year 4. We appreciate that this is a hard task for some children so Rockstars is yet another tool to help them achieve this.

What is Rockstars?

Rockstars is a website where children take on the role of a Rockstar – their Avatar. They give their Rockstar a name, decide what they are going to look like and of course, choose which instrument they are going to play.

How do the children practise their tables?

Once they log in, there are different ways in which they can practise their times tables. 

Your child’s teacher will have set up specific times tables for them to focus on which will be highlighted when they log in. When they play in the ‘Garage’ or ‘Arena’, they will be solely focusing on the tables set by their teacher. In the ‘Studio’, ‘Festival, and ‘Rock Slams’, they can practise all their times tables. They children can practise independently by trying to improve their speed and accuracy but if they fancy playing competitively, in the ‘Festival’, they compete against other children from around the world and in the ‘Arena’, they can play against other children in their Year Group. In the ‘RockSlam’ area, this is where children can choose another peer in their Year Group to challenge! Additionally, sometimes teachers may set ‘Rock Battles’ where children can compete against other year groups, for example there may be a battle between Year 3 and Year 4 as to who can earn the most points over a week’s period. 

What rewards do they get for playing?

Each time the children practise or compete, they gain credits which are used in leaderboards but they can also use these to buy new accessories for their avatar.

Every few week, teachers will be awarding certificates to children who have the most credits and also to those who make the most progress in learning their times tables. The more they practise of course, the more progress they will make!

How do they know if they are making progress?

There are a number of tools on this platform which allow children, parents and teachers to see how they are progressing. They can view and compare their initial baseline speed to how fast they are now and continue to strive to improve this.

Also, by using colours, it show which tables they are confident with in green and the tables which need more practise will be in red.

How do they log in?

Rockstars is available from Year 2 – Year 6. By the end of this week, all children will have been shown this website by their teachers and all children will have username logins in their Learning Logs. Additionally, we’ll send home a parent letter which explains in more detail how to log on.

Now and again, we will play in school but primarily, this is a resource to be used at home. Rockstars is available through WebBrowser but can also be accessed through the app on a mobile, ipad or tablet.


We are very excited about this fun learning tool and already the children are showing such enthusiasm to learn their Times Tables. If you have any problems, please don’t hesitate to see your child’s class teacher.

Many thanks,

The Maths Team



Happy New Year

We look forward to seeing the children back tomorrow and hearing all about their holiday. The children do need PE kits this week. Please ensure they have suitable clothes for indoor and outdoor PE. Thank you.

Year 2 Team


What a super performance Year 2!

We were so proud of all the children last week in their nativity play ‘Behind the Stable Door’. We hope you too enjoyed the show as much as the teachers and the children.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in 2018.

Mrs Boyle, Mrs Rosso and Miss Burgess

Behind the Stable Door

Year 2 are in full swing with the rehearsals for our Nativity, Behind the Stable Door. Don’t forget to apply for your tickets this year. Thank you for helping the children to learn words that have been sent home – please keep going over these. We will be sending home costume letters this week so please look out for what your child will need, costumes to be in school on Tuesday 5th December.

In other news, we have been busy writing instructions to help Mr Wolf to make pancakes and also a recipe to help him to be a good friend. We have been looking at adding adverbs into our work and using bossy verbs to make command sentences.


  • Front cover for our Nativity play homework to be in by Friday 1st December – we will choose a winner from each class to have their picture displayed.
  • Maths homework due in Friday 8th December – Remember to take note of recommended website before handing this in.

Thank you

Year 2 Team

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