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Year 2 – Penguin and Peacock Class

Welcome to Year 2!

Teachers: Mrs Tracey Thomas (Y2 Leader), Mrs Helen Jenkin

Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) : Mrs Beri Hodge

Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) : Mrs Zoe King, Mrs Jo Sharratt


This term we are learning about the artist Pablo Picasso. We are looking at why he used colour in certain ways and how different colours make us feel.

We are creating our own portraits in the style of Picasso, using what we've learnt about complementary colours to make choices about where to place colours on our paintings

Look out for exciting new displays coming soon in school, showing off the fabulous art work!

On a sunny February morning, Penguin Class visited Pizza express. As part of the Skelly Bones topic, we looked at healthy food choices and had the opportunity to create our own pizzas. Thank you to all the staff at Pizza Express Alton for their time and showing us how pizzas are made.

Medal Winner

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Congratulations to Swara in Peacock Class. Swara received a medal for her perseverance and resilience in all areas of learning. Well done Swara! Who will be next to receive a medal? 
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Congratulations to Connor in Penguin Class and Simon in Peacock Class for being the two chosen for a writing celebration this week. We are proud of Connor's perseverance and independence when writing and Simon's vocabulary and punctuation.

Could it be you being celebrated next week?

On a cold and very soggy day, 9 children from Penguin class visited Amery Hill school to "Try something new", and trampoline. Even though it was very wet walking down, the smiles on everyone's face showed how much fun we all had, including Mrs Hodge who had a go at trampolining for the very first time.

Science Healthy Heroes Challenge

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Science Healthy Heroes Challenge 2

Phonics-Adding suffixes

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This week in phonics we are learning about adding the suffixes er and est to an adjective to compare things. In Penguin Class Cara has long hair but Immy's hair is longer. However Poppy's hair is longest! Can you use comparative adjectives to create your own sentences? 

Writing Celebrations

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Congratulations to William and Maddy, who were celebrated for their great writing. They have shown us that they could include in their writing, contractions, speech marks, brilliant punctuation and coordinating conjunctions. Which target are you working on and who will be celebrated next?
Year 2 are challenging themselves to answer times table and number bond questions in 3 minutes. Each day they aspire to beat their best score. If they complete the challenge in less than 3 minutes, they get the opportunity to stand at the front of the classroom playing the rock instruments to the days rock song. We have so much fun and are becoming math's Genius'!

Spring Term Skelly Bones

Welcome back after the Christmas holidays and New Year celebrations.

The Spring Term sees us beginning our new topic, Skelly Bones. We will be looking at our bodies, healthy eating, feelings and people who look after us now and in the past. There are some exciting trips coming up too, beginning with an opportunity for the children to experience Trampolining at Amery School. (Please make sure that your child has jogging bottoms and socks in their PE kit!)

Carol Singing at Gilmore Gardens

Shhhhhh....... the children have been visiting the Secret Santa room. They have enjoyed selecting, wrapping and writing labels and will be bringing gifts home for friends and family. No peeking before Christmas!!!!

Fire Party Celebrations

To conclude our amazing learning in the Fire! Fire! topic we've celebrated with a party. Fire coloured snacks were enjoyed by the children and party games were played outside in the beautiful sunshine. Finally our firefighter friend, Simon came in to school and presented the children with their fire safety certificates. What an amazing first terms learning we've had!


Fire themed party games

Wootey Fire School in Action!


Firefighters Jason and Simon visited the Year 2 children to find out how they are getting on with training to be Wootey Firefighters. Both of them enjoyed taking part in a fitness lesson and even joined  in with doing push ups and groovy dancing. Check out the video and photos below...

See Firefighter Jason dance!

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Cooking with the Juniors

Marvellous Maths

The children have enjoyed practising their maths using this online game.

Follow the link below to challenge yourselves at home too.  

Fabulous phonics

The children have been learning about the past tense.  They really enjoyed the 'Blast the Rocket' game.  Follow the link below to play the game at home.



Fire Fighters Wanted!

Fire Fighters needed in Year 2!

Are there any children out there who are ready to become a Fire Fighter? You will need to be strong, fit, resilient, able to read, write and count. We will be recruiting after half term.

Thank you to Alton Fire Station for a fabulous school trip. We have had lots of fun and learnt lots about The Great Fire of London and how to keep safe around fire.

Another Outstanding Listen To Me Performance

Thank you to all the families who came to support the children during their Listen To Me performance. The children never fail to impress us with their musical talents and performing skills. After half term we will be asking the children for their preferences for a part in the nativity play. (Yes, it is getting closer to that time of year!!) We will give plenty of notice to you to prepare or purchase  costumes or if you need help we do have a large selection of costumes in school.

Rangoli Patterns

As part of our Collective Worship, we are learning about Diwali. Year 2 have had the opportunity to extend their learning, using their Funky Fingers, to create their own Diva pots. In challenge time they are creating their own Rangoli patterns and on Friday they will be able to select their dinner from a special Diwali menu.
Year 2 enjoyed a visit from a drama production company. As well as watching a performance from the drama company, the children had opportunity to practise and perform parts of the Great Fire of London story. We were watching the children's acting closely as the school nativity is looming fast and the Year 2 children will be taking the main parts in the production.

Listen to Me

Don't forget the Year 2 performance on Tuesday 17th October. Both classes will wow you with their musical talents!

Delivering Harvest Produce to Marlfield

Penguin Class enjoy a visit from their Junior Buddy Class

Knowing Me Knowing You

We have been getting to know each other and finishing our self portraits. Come into class to see our paintings displayed.

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Knowing Me Knowing You Portraits

What a fabulous first week we've had in year 2! Lots of smiles, playing and seeing old friends and new. Keep watching the website to find out all  what we are learning about, creating and exploring.

Our first topic is called Knowing Me Knowing You, and is all about getting to know each other. Then we will launch in to the Fire! Fire! topic.

Please come in and talk to the class teacher if you have any concerns or questions about your child or their learning or if you would like to know how to support their learning at home.

The end of 2016-17 school year
The end of a fabulous year with Penguin and Peacock children. Good luck as you move on to the Juniors and we look forward to hearing about all of your adventures.
To kick off our book week, all classes have had the opportunity to take part in Quidditch sessions. We had lots of fun but were a bit disappointed that there were no brooms to fly on!
We have been learning about African Kente weaving after hearing the story about Anna Hibiscus. We practised our painting skills and complementary colour selection to create our own woven art work.
Anna Hibiscus found reasons to be happy so we made word art posters using words that make us happy.

Penguin Trampolining

More Penguin Trampolining

Trying something new!

In Penguin Class we have been following the Silver Learning Code-Try Something New- by tasting food from the school menu. Yesterday, the majority of the class tried Thai Beef Curry and 23 children said they will consider choosing it from the menu next time. Today the school cook made extra portions of the Vegetable Risotto for tasting. Everyone tried it! 22 children loved the risotto and 20 children loved the coleslaw. We could not be more proud of the great Penguin children and look forward to our next taste test.

Mr Weir

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Mr Weir popped in for a surprise visit today. He's very much looking forward to seeing everyone at the Summer Fayre on Saturday!

Summer Term Parent Leaflet

Goodbye Mr Devon

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A huge thank you to Mr Devon who has been helping in Penguin and Peacock Classes. We wish him lots of luck in his new venture as a classroom assistant at a new school.

Look how happy we are when we do our spelling test!

Parent Information Leaflet

Trampolining at Eggars

Have a look below at some of our amazing trampolining videos!


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Our brilliant straddle jumps!

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Now some fantastic seat drops!

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Crazy Hair and Mufti Day

Listen to Me Performance

Queen Elizabeth portrait painting


In  maths  we have been learning about shape and measure.


We have been using our maths language to describe 2D and 3D shapes and their properties and creating our own 3D shapes with straws and plasticine vertices.


We have also been learning about different ways of measuring quantities of fluid, solids, distance, time and size and accurately record our findings.

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To celebrate the Queen official birthday, we have been creating our own information books about her. Look out for displays in school to see the finished products.
We have been commemorating the Queen's official birthday by creating our own portraits of her in the style of Isobel Peachey, the youngest female artist to paint Queen Elizabeth II.

Monet painting

Fun in the Sun

Robin and Wren Classes have been kind enough to let us see the chicks that hatched in their classrooms. Everyone was brave and had a little cuddle.

Year 2 visit to Eggars

We love to celebrate all of the Year 2 children's achievements. Have a look at our Medal Winners so far. We wonder who will be next?

Easter Bonnet Making

William Morris Block Printing

Our soggy trip to Marwell Zoo

After a very soggy start to the day, the sun eventually came out on our trip to Marwell Zoo We saw lots of animals and learnt about their natural habitats and environments.

Street Dance

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Healthy pizza making at Pizza Express

Year 2 children took the lead parts in this years nativity play, The Christmas Story. Great singing and dancing were enjoyed by the packed out audiences. Thank you to everyone for using their big powerful speaking voices and showing off their acting talents.

Celebrating Grounds Day

Aren't we lucky to have such fabulous grounds? We love to take our learning outside and share fun with our friends in all of the other classes.

St Paul's Cathedral

As part of the Fire! Fire! topic the Penguin and Peacock Classes had an exciting trip to London to visit St Paul's Cathedral. We climbed the 500 steps to reach the top of the dome and could see the view across London. A very tiring but exciting time was had by everyone!

Fire Safety Visit

We were lucky enough to have a visit from the local Fire Service, sharing tips on how to keep safe. We had the opportunity to sit in the fire truck and even have a go at using the hose to put out imaginary fires.

Police Visit