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

Year 2 Update

Year 2 have been busy working on our new topic ‘Marvellous Materials’ and have taken this opportunity to get out and about in our school grounds looking at the materials that have been used and why they are fit for purpose. We completed a tally chart of all the materials that we saw and decided which material was the most frequently used in our grounds.

Amazing Artist
This half term our amazing artist is Morteza E. Sohi and she is famous for her book and illustrations ‘Look what I did with a leaf!’ From this we have enjoyed making our owls and have begun decorating leaves to create colourful patterns.

We have enjoyed putting our ‘Learning Behaviours’ into all our work.


Other News
– Last half terms interclass challenge was won by 2S. The children had to throw three bean bags into a hoop and the class with the most points won. Well done 2S!

– Mrs Spiers gave birth to a healthy baby boy on Tuesday. Both are doing well and we hope to see Mrs Spiers soon and meet Micah Harry.

WANTED – Please can you bring in any 500ml plastic bottles you may have for our D&T activity this half term.


Year 2 – Update

Year Group News

What a busy half term we have had in Year 2! We are so pleased with how quickly the children settled into the routines of Year 2 and have been working extremely hard. It was lovely to see so many of you at parents evening and share all of their work so far.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish Mrs Spiers good luck as she begins her maternity leave and we look forward to meeting her new addition in November. 2S are looking forward to welcoming Miss Cameron to join their class on Thursday and Friday. She has meet the children several times and spent time getting to know them over the last two weeks.

Congratulations to 2R who won Mr Applegate’s ‘Tidiest Classroom Award’ along with 3C before parents evening this week; he has rewarded them with a small chocolate treat to bring home.

Enjoy your break, after all the hard work this half term.

Year 2 Team




Year 2 – Latest News

We have had a busy couple of weeks and the children have been working hard in all areas of the curriculum. In English we have been learning about nouns, adjectives and verbs and using these within our poetry.

Green alien
Green alien jumping
Green alien jumping and leaping
Green alien Jumping and leaping at me

Thank you for practising with your number squares at home, keep up this practise as it is really helping. In Maths, we have been solving different calculations and using blank number lines as a strategy to help us. Let your children show you what they have learnt.

In Art, we have started our rockets and we are continuing to use our paper and paste skills to cover these. Here are some of the stages of our rockets. We are looking forward to painting them soon.







In Science, Winnie the Witch has been asking the children to help her prepare for the launch of her rocket. She didn’t want to wake Wilbur when making a cup of tea so needed the children to investigate and find the quietest spoon to stir her tea in the morning. The children then made a ‘Noise-O-Meter’ to record their results.

Other information:

  • School Council and Eco Committee forms have come home with children who would like to apply to represent their class. These need to be in by Monday 9th October. Elections will be held on Friday 13th October.
  • Maths homework will be coming home on Friday – to be returned by Friday 13th October.


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