Year 2 wish you a Merry Christmas

Wow! What a busy couple of weeks. How proud we are of all the children and how well they did in their play ‘Prickly Hay’. A special well done to Benjamin, Bethany and Alfie – who had many lines to learn and showed true dedication learning these at home.

Over the past two weeks the children have been showing their creativity in many ways, from paintings to some super Christmas cards. The children carried out a lovely act of service by making some Christmas cards for those in our community. We have received some lovely thank you letters for the children’s super cards.

Can we take this opportunity to say thank you for all our cards and presents. We wish you a Merry Christmas, a super break and look forward to seeing you in the new year.

Year 2 Team


Fire Fire!!

What an exciting day we had on Monday. We were very lucky to be able to recreate our very own version of the Great Fire of London to end our topic. The children have learnt lots this term and produced different newspaper reports to share their understanding of The Great Fire in 1666 and at St Mark’s Primary School in 2018.

We have made some wonderful art work and in D&T some fire engines where we had to make an axle and wheels.

We look forward to seeing you all next week to watch our nativity Prickly Hay.

Year 2 Team

Prickly Hay


We are well underway with our Nativity performance ‘Prickly Hay’. Letters for costumes were sent home last week – these can come into school from Monday and must be in school by Wednesday 5th December so they are ready for our dress rehearsal to other Year groups on Thursday. Please see your child’s teacher if you have any problems with costumes.

Thank you

Year 2 team

Rockstars Competition: Who has the fastest Rock Speed?

It’s been lovely to see so many more children using RockStars to practise their times tables. If the children play enough in ‘Garage’, ‘Studio’ and ‘Sound-check’, their speed is measured to show their progress.

Last week, we looked at who had the fastest rock speed in the school. Here are the speediest players in each year group:

Year 2

Kalel ‘Sean Hulsey’ = 17.65 seconds per question

Kayla ‘K.Scogin’ = 23.08 seconds per question

Year 3

Benjamin ‘Al Who’ = 5.22 seconds per question

Aiden ‘Five Blackpoolrock’ = 12.24 seconds per question

Samuel ‘Terry Sherwood’ = 12.5 seconds per question

Year 4

Ayush ‘Justin Reading’ = 1.29 seconds per question

Daniel ‘Vic.T.Hendrix’ = 1.67 seconds per question

Jonathan ‘Johnny Hatrix = 1.78 seconds per question

Year 5

Amalie ‘Roxy Coppola’ = 0.93 seconds per question

Amy ‘Fruity Floyd’ = 1.52 seconds per question

Leo ‘Benjamin Rockpaperscissors’ = 1.67 seconds per question

Year 6

Imogen ‘Libby Stitch’ = 0.96 seconds per question

Sophie ‘Emily Malkmus’ = 1.13 seconds per question

Nayra ‘Ann Manning’ = 1.16 seconds per question


Well done! Come and see Miss Goddard to collect your RockStars certificate this week.

Next time, the winners of each year group will be those children who are showing resilience in learning their times tables. This will be children who are practising a lot at home and not giving up, even when they are finding their times tables tricky. These children will be announced in a couple of weeks.

Our past competition winners are displayed outside Year 3 in our RockStars ‘Hall of Fame’ – come and take a look if you can.





Year 2

The children have enjoyed the start of our new topic Smoke and Flames. We have begun our research on The Great Fire of London and found out about Samuel Pepys. We used his diaries to find out where, when and how the fire started.

In our worship’s last week, we discussed World War 1 and learnt a new song to help us remember those who lost their lives to fight for our country. We had a special worship on Friday where we made wreaths and wrote prayers to share.

For our D&T project the children need a 500ml water bottle. Please can you send one into school ASAP, we will need these for Thursday.

Thank you

Year 2 Team



Autumn 2 in Year 2

We are looking forward to seeing the children back to school next week and to introduce our new topic. The teachers are very excited as this is a new topic to Year 2 this year and we look forward to teaching it.

A few notes:

  • Mrs Boyle will be supporting Year 6 on their residential this week. 2SB will be taught by Mrs Smith Monday/ Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Mrs Spiers will be in as normal.
  • Please continue to learn number bonds to 10 and 20 as demonstrated in reading logs.
  • Rock Stars Times tables are up and running well – Well done to everyone who has been on so far and especially to Alfie, Luke and Heath who are our top scorers!
  • Parents’ evenings are coming up – please make sure you have booked your appointment to see your child’s teacher.

Enjoy your last day of the half term

Year 2 Team

Half Term Rockstars Competition

Battle of the Bands!

The ‘Battle of the Bands’ has been running for 5 days now and it’s great to see so many people playing at home.

Only 2 days left in the competition so how are the scores looking?

Year 2 are currently beating Year 3.

Year 4 are currently beating Year 3.

Year 5 are currently beating Year 4.

Year 5 are currently beating Year 6.

Overall, it seems that Year 2, 4 and 5 are practising lots at home. Year 3 and 6 are going to need to up their game a little in order to beat their opponents!

Log on to gain points for your Year Group’s ‘Band’ whilst also earning yourself lots of coins to spend at the online shop.

Rock on!

Well Done RockStars!

We re-launched RockStars a few weeks ago and what a hit it has been!

It looks like most children have logged on to learn their tables and increase their speed but we thought it was worth giving a few children a special mention who have clearly been doing lots of practice! Each time a game is played, the children earn coins so the more coins, the more practice they have had. Here are our top three scorers in each year group – a huge well done!


Year 2

Alfie ‘Tom Bragg’ has earned 10,854 coins

Luke ‘Fats Styler’ has earned 9,652 coins

Heath ‘Royal Rockaroundtheclock’ has earned 8,700 coins


Year 3

Jack ‘Thunder Palace’ has earned 18,647 coins

Igor ‘Billy Alvin’ has earned 14,697 coins

Archie ‘Strike Durst’ has earned 10,103 coins


Year 4

Sophie ‘Sugar Slim’ has earned 56,020 coins

Ethan ‘Royal Dornacker’ has earned 35,904 coins

Edward ‘Ed Cyrus’ has earned 32,966 coins


Year 5 

Amalie ‘Roxy Coppola’ has earned 106,708 coins

Amy ‘Fruity Floyd’ has earned 91,639 coins

Carolina ‘C.C. Winter’ has earned 18,506 coins


Year 6

Nayra ‘Ann Manning’ has earned 188,708 coins

Imogen ‘Libby Stitch’ has earned 126,022 coins

Sophie ‘Emily Malkmus’ has earned 61,847  coins


Come and see Miss Goddard to collect your special ‘Highest Earner’ certificate when you are back at school!


Half term is a perfect time to practise times tables and a ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition has just been set up. This is a competition between different year groups – the more you practice, the more points you get for your band (year group).

Children can see their ‘bands’ progress when they log on. Who will win by the end of the half term holiday?

Happy Rocking!

Maths Team


Flap Books

For the last couple of weeks, Year 5 have been looking at audience for their writing. We started by looking at the differences between formal and informal writing and have moved onto the differences in language between writing for adults and writing for children.

After writing a news report aimed at adults, we moved onto creating flap books aimed at young children. We spent the day yesterday creating these books that we were very proud of.

After we had finished, we then went to share our stories with Year 2. We were able to read our stories to a few different children. A lovely way to share our love of reading.

Year 2 – To the Moon and Back!

The children have really enjoyed this half term’s topic ‘To the Moon and Back!’ and have enjoyed learning about Neil Armstrong. We have worked through the different stages of paper and paste to create our wonderful rockets and planets. We have created newspaper articles linked to ‘The First Man on the Moon’ and recorded the facts we have found out.

In Maths, we have been working on addition and subtraction using concrete materials to help us solve these calculations. We have been adding and subtracting 10’s to a two digit number. We used place value charts, concrete apparatus or blank number lines to help us find the answers to these. This week’s homework is to work on number bonds to 10/ 20 which will help the children with seeing the relationships between numbers e.g. If I know 1+9=10 I also know 11+9=20 and 10 + 90=100.

As you may have seen the children will now have access to ‘Times table Rock Stars’. We will be introducing this to the children this week and showing them how to use at home. You will find the logins at the back of their Reading Log.  It’s lovely to see some of you have already accessed this.

We look forward to the week ahead and wish you a happy half term.

Year 2 Team


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