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


Rock Stars Re-launch!

This week, we have re-launched the very popular ‘Rockstars’ website which St Mark’s have been using for the last year. This platform allows children to practise their times tables in a fun, personalised and competitive way. We have certainly seen a boost in the children’s love of learning their tables as well as children securing these facts much quicker. Here are a few reminders to help you support your children at home.


Logging on

Go to the website: and select the ‘Login’ option.

Firstly, type in the school – St Mark’s CofE Primary School, Basingstoke. It should appear in a drop down menu so you don’t have to type in the whole name. Once the school name is entered correctly, the children will then login with their personal details which have been distributed. Their username will be the first 3 letters of the first name followed by the first 3 letters of their surname. Their password will be 3 random letters.




Practice makes Perfect!

Under the ‘Play’ section, there are many ways for the children to reinforce and learn their times tables. They can select one of the options depending on whether they want to learn their tables, improve their speed or just get competitive! Here is a quick overview of each Play section.


Garage: Times tables set by the child’s class teacher. Set the timer to 1, 2 or 3 minutes and collect 10 coins for every correct answer.

Studio: Times tables set by the child’s class teacher. The timer is set to 1 minute and collect 1 coin for every correct answer. Play in Studio enough and the child’s ‘Rock Status’ will improve!

Sound Check: Times tables set by the child’s class teacher. 20 questions are set and the children have 5 sections to answer each one. 5 coins can be collected for each answer.

Festival: Practise all times tables competing with children from all over the world! Collect 1 coin for every correct answer.

Arena: Practise all times tables competing with children from the same year group (bandmates). Collect 1 coin for every correct answer.

RockSlam: Practise all times tables competing with children from the same year group (bandmates) by selecting or being selecting to challenge others. Collect 1 coin for every correct answer. 

After each game, there will be a breakdown of the performance including number of questions correct, incorrect, speed and coins collected.




Spending Earnings

As a reward of all their hard work, children will collect ‘coins’ when they play games. These can be spent in the ‘Shop’ section where children can buy new items and accessories for their avatar. Of course – the more coins collected, the more exciting the items are which can be purchased.




Class Competitiveness!

Miss Goddard and the Year 6 RockStars ambassadors are going to be busy checking statistics and will be coming around to classes in the next few weeks to reward children for their hard work. They will be giving out certificates for achievements such as ‘Highest Earner’, ‘Most Played’, ‘Rock Status’ and ‘Fastest Speed’. The competition is on!




We hope that children enjoy this exciting resource; please encourage children to have a go at logging in at home to aid their maths. Feel free to pop in and speak to your child’s class teacher if there are any problems or you need further guidance.


Happy Rocking!

Maths Team


Year 2 Update

What a busy time we are having in Year 2! The children are thoroughly enjoying our new topic through their English, Art, Computing and History work they are completing. 

In English the children have written fact files about Neil Armstrong and they have enjoyed finding out about ‘Bob the Man on the Moon’ by Simon Bartram. They used his story as a basis for writing their own adventure to the moon. We have started working on space poetry where we will focus on adjectives, nouns and verbs. Why not test your children when reading with them to find these different types of words that the author has used in the text. 

In Art we have produced ‘Starry Night’ pictures inspired by our Amazing Artist, Vincent Van Gogh. We have also started to develop our paper and paste skills by making our own planets from newspaper. We will begin to make our space rockets really soon. With this in mind could you please send in a two litre bottle or similar size (ideally with lid still on) by next Monday. Thank you for those that have already been sent in. 


Things to remember:

  • Bring a bottle in by next Monday (1st Oct)
  • Read daily at home – looking for adjectives, nouns and verbs used by the author.
  • Practice spellings every day at home.

Year 2 – 2018

Welcome to Year 2. We are pleased with how the children have settled into their new classes this week. With lots of new routines, friends and teachers to learn, the children have shown great resilience.

We have started to introduce our new topic and the children are looking forward to finding out about Neil Armstrong through our lessons this term. 

Upcoming events:

  • Wednesday 12th September is a chance to find out a little more about Year 2. We look forward to seeing you between 6.30pm – 7.00pm.
  • Elections – Wednesday – Children will hear about our upcoming Election week and if they want to apply they will be bringing home application forms to complete.
  • Look out for our Newsletter on our website sometime this week.

Year 2 – Reminder

Don’t forget we are inviting the children to bring 1 Adult to school Friday between 2pm-3pm for our;

Parents will help their child to ‘sew’ a journey. You don’t need to know how to sew a button as all will be explained. You will then take part in a Geography quiz to end our topic.

Due to space we are limited to 1 adult per child. Please arrive and wait in church foyer until we invite you in to join us in the main hall. Please do let your child’s class teacher know if you are unable to attend so arrangements can be made.

Thank you, we look forward to sharing the afternoon with you on Friday.

Year 2 Team

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