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Year 2

Tremendous Team 2
'Spring Term 2014'


Monday 28th April

Dear parents,

Welcome back after the Easter break. I am really looking forward to working with you and your children during the final term in Year 2 and Key Stage 1. I have attached the summer term curriculum overview below which gives you an outline of all areas of the curriculum. As always, thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Dawson

Sunday 13th April
We had a great end to the Spring term by celebrating the end of our topic with afternoon tea. During Friday morning we made chocolate crunchy Easter nests which were enjoyed during the afternoon.

This term has seen the children making strides in working towards their end of year targets. I am proud of and every member of year 2 for their hard work!

Sunday 30th March

Happy Mothers day to all 'Tremendous Team Two' Mums. 

Friday 28th March
Well done Tremendous Team Two for
being 'Class of the week' for our story writing
based on 'Jeremiah in the Dark Woods'.

During literacy this week we carried on with our story writing. First we searched for the no-good robber who stole Aunties tarts by becoming detectives and looking for clues in the dark woods. Having first gathered the necessary information in our special notebooks as to which characters were in the Dark Woods on the day of the robbery (Red Riding Hood was seen wandering through the trees! sad), we then wrote our own traditional tale and the finished stories are amazing!

Well done to each and every member of Tremendous Team Two.

Once again a very proud
Mrs Dawson cheeky

Wednesday 19th March
This week in literacy we are writing our own Traditional story based on the text 'Jeremiah in the Dark Woods' by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. Today we have been writing about the setting which involved the children making an edible cottage like the one Jeremiah lives in in the story. We all had a great time designing and then making our houses using chocolate cake, soft vanilla buttercream and lots of different sweets! This helped us when we were describing Jeremiah's cottage in our stories. I have included some photos below. 

Friday 7th March

Well done Tremendous Team Two
for winning the best decorated door competition
on 'World Book Day'!
Thursday 6th March
World Book Day

Today we all dressed up for World Book Day and everyone looked fantastic! We had wizards, witches, princesses, pirates, cats, super heros, Dennis the Menace and even a gruffalo in class today! Thank you to all our parents for helping to create the amazing costumes! I have added the photographs below in the gallery. Aswell as dressing up we worked as a team to decorate our classroom door on the theme of reading and stories. Please pop in and take a look at our 'storyland door' as the characters are quite unique!

Friday 14th February

Dear Parents.

I can't believe it is half term already. This half term has flown by and the children have worked hard in all areas of the curriculum. Parent consultation evenings will be held at the beginning of March and I look forward to discussing your child's progress with you. A letter will be sent out after half term.  

Today we took part in our 'Stepping out road safety training'. It was both a cold and wet morning but the children listened and followed instructions on how to cross the roads extremely sensibly. A massive well done to everyone and also a huge thank you to our wonderful parent helpers!   

This week in our topic work we looked at the story behind the 'Willow Pattern'. The children then created their own plate designs that told the story of the 'Great Fire of London.' I have added a few photographs of finished plates in the gallery section below.

In numeracy we have been rounding numbers to 10, 100 and 1000 and considering how it helps us to estimate totals quickly.

Our literacy focus has been 'direct speech'. Using the class text 'Mrs Wobble the Waitress' we have used role play to act out conversations between characters and then considered how we would include this in our writing. We have also considered alternative words for said.

During the half term break it is important that the children continue to read daily. As always thank you for your support.

Mrs Dawson


Monday 10th February

Today we took part in the 'Speedmark Sponsored Challenge'. The children really enjoyed taking part and have raised a great amount of money, some of which goes to school. I have added a few photographs in the gallery below. Our highest scorers achieved 29mph for the boys and 28mph for the girls. Well done everyone and thank you to everyone who sponsored the children and helped to raise a fantastic amount of money for the school! 


Thursday 6th February

This week in literacy we have been improving simple sentences. In our topic we have been writing diary entries imagining that we were living in London in 1666 at the time of 'The Great Fire'.  We used our ideas for improving sentences in our topic writing and the finished work is fantastic so I thought it would be lovely to share just a few of the childrens sentences with you.

"This morning London is on fire!"

"On hearing the dreadful news I decided to go and find out if it was true."

"When I arrived in Pudding Lane I could see flames jumping from house to house. The  strong, howling wind was blowing the fire across the street helping it to spread quickly."

"All of the carts were full of people's belongings and horses were galloping down the cobble streets trying to get away from the fire."

"Suddenly I saw people lowering crying children from windows."

"All around me there was screaming and shouting as people tried to get away."

"Quickly I rushed home to pack my belongings. I hope this dreadful fire stops soon."

I hope you agree that the children used some super words to describe what it was like as an eye witness at a very dangerous time.

A very proud Mrs Dawson    smiley

Friday 31st January

Another successful celebration assembly! Tremendous Team Two not only had the highest attendance during the previous week, we also had the tidiest classroom this week! Well done everyone and keep it up!

This afternoon we had a visit from 'Key Strings', two very musical gentlemen. We were taken on a musical tour of the United Kingdom which started in London and fit in nicely with our topic! The children thoroughly enjoyed the concert and participated enthusiastically throughout. Several even got the chance to play some of the instruments. 

Next week in numeracy we will be looking at place value (rounding numbers to 10/100, ordering numbers, comparing numbers using < (less than) and > (greater than). In literacy we will be continuing our work on narrative, looking at sentence openers and connectives.

Thursday 23rd January

We have had a busy week in year 2! We have not only started our topic on 'The Great Fire of London' but we have also started to look at materials, their properties and uses in science. On Monday the children enjoyed sharing their special books (photos below) with each other and talking about why they are special, which they did confidently. It has also been assessment week and I am extremely proud of each and every child for their achievements since September. Our stories about 'Mrs Wobble in the Cosy Cafe' are amazing! I look forward to sharing our levels and new targets during parent consultation meetings in March.

Next week we will be sending out a letter about our road safety training on the 14th February.  If you are able to help on the day please let me know.

Mrs Dawson 

Friday 10th January
A fantastic start to the term! 

Tremendous Team Two are class of the week and had the 
highest attendance for the last week of the Autumn term!
Well done everyone. 


Monday 6th January
Our Topic Launch Day


What a great first day back! To start the day off we revisited our class charter and thought about what we need to do this term to achieve our targets. In the afternoon we launched our new topic 'Fire! Fire!' with a visit from Staffordshire fire service.  The children shared their new found knowledge of 'The Great Fire of London' and learnt all about fire safety! I think the highlight for each child was seeing how high and far they could aim the water from the hose! I have added a few photographs below.

January 2014


Dear Parents,

Welcome back after the Christmas break. I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and that you have a happy and healthy New Year ahead of you. I am really looking forward to working with you and your children during the new term and new year. I have attached a curriculum overview below which gives you an outline of all areas of the curriculum for the coming term. As always, thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Dawson   smiley

December 2013
What a busy term we have had! The weeks have flown by and each and every child has already made great strides with their learning and their achievements so far are extremely pleasing.  Our visit to Shugborough Hall was a great end to our termly topic on Florence Nightingale. The children were fantastic, a real credit to us. They listened carefully and answered questions confidently. I have added a few photographs below! Next term we will be looking at another important time/person in British history. Over Christmas the children will have a challenge to find out five interesting facts about our new topic. However all I will give them is the following image! I am sure parents will help to solve the mystery of what is happening and when it happened!


I hope you are all able to attend one of our Christmas productions this week. The children have worked hard to learn the songs and lines in a limited amount of time and I know both shows will be a big success! Look out for the raffle on Wednesday!

All that is left for me to do this term is to thank you all for your continued and valued support and to wish you all a 'very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2014'. 


November 2013

Thank you to all 'Tremendous Team Two' parents for attending our parent consultation evening. It was wonderful meeting you all and discussing the children's successes so far and future targets. I know the children were excited to share their learning and completed hospitals!

Dear Parents,

Welcome back after the half term break. I am really looking forward to the second half of the Autumn Term. The children have really settled into their learning since becoming ‘Tremendous Team Two’ and made a great start in working towards their targets.
Both myself and Mr Wild along with the children will continue to refer to our class charter and the school motto, ‘Care to learn and learn to care’ as we strive to achieve our targets.

During this half term we have a planned visit to Shugborough Hall. As we come to the end of our topic on Florence Nightingale, the children will have the opportunity to experience what it was like during Victorians times when Florence Nightingale was alive.

The children have now completed their Scutari Hospitals by adding a working circuit, look out for them on parents evening! I was extremely pleased with the hard work that went into both the hospital challenge and the research into nocturnal animals. Thank you all so much for supporting the children. You could see their enthusiasm (and pride) when they shared both topics with their peers.

So that we continue to build on progress made, please continue to read daily with your child and sign the diary. Homework challenges and spellings will be sent home as well as our 'Learn its'.

As always if you have any concerns please come and see me, the door is always open!

Many thanks

Mrs Dawson

Autumn Term

Dear parents

Welcome back after the summer holiday. I hope everyone had a good break, the children had plenty of news to share and have shown me during the first 3 days that they are keen to be back at school and ready to learn.  During our summer term transition days the children came up with our new class name ' Tremendous Team Two' . Together we also wrote a class poem which tells you all about our class charter. I have attached a copy below. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as the children enjoyed writing it!

I am really looking forward to working with you during this next school year. Year 2 is an important year as it is the last year of key stage 1. This means that during the month of May the children will sit their SAT's.  I believe passionately about learning and will ensure that the children’s progress and achievements of year 1 are built on and that the classroom ethos reflects the school motto of ‘Care to learn and learn to care.’

I feel strongly that learning is a partnership between all parties; children, families and school and is at its most effective when we work together towards common goals, I hope to meet as many parents as possible during the parents information evening. 

On this page I have also attached the termly overview of our autumn term curriculum, which I hope you will find useful.

Please remember if you have any concerns come and talk to me, my door is always open.

Many thanks 

Mrs S Dawson   


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