Welcome to our class page 

Class team - Miss May and Miss Phillips

1:1 support - Miss Harris (afternoons)


Upcoming events:

This half term parents are invited to come in and read with their child every Thursday morning at 8:40am to 8:55am. This will start on Thursday 20th April. 

WB Monday 15th May - KS1 SATs.

WB Monday 12th June - Phonics Screening Check



This term our PE days will be Monday and Friday. Please make sure you bring your PE kit in a bag on these days. PE kits can be left in school in our classroom PE box.


Please bring your reading books and records into school everyday so we can listen to you read in school.

We encourage parents and carers to read with the children at home to help them become a more confident reader.

Year 2 Curriculum Letter 2M 

Poppies Summer curriculum letter

Theme Curriculum Overview for Summer 1-2

Medicine Woman - Elizabeth Blackwell

‘Medicine Woman’ is a competency-based thematic unit with a history focus, telling the inspirational story of Elizabeth Blackwell. She is famous for being the first woman to graduate from medical school and the first female Doctor of Medicine in modern times. Pupils will learn, through her life story, all about her achievements and ongoing legacy.

Going Wild

“Going Wild” is a thematic unit based around humans and animals, with a science focus. Pupils will look at humans and animals, beginning with characteristics of living and non-living things through to classifying birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. There will be a particular focus on looking after animals and pupils will learn about extinction, wildlife conservation, habitat destruction and endangered species.


Summer 1 Spelling Overview

Spelling books (small red home books) need to be in school every Wednesday.

Spelling test will be every Thursday!

We ask the children to practise their spellings at home because this will help them to become a more confident speller.

A list of the weekly spellings are attached below.

Summer 1 Year 2 Spellings List


We have been looking at the benefits of exercise. We did lots of different activities and discussed the effects and benefits of exercising.





Our well-being walk

We have been thinking a lot about our well-being and how we can look after ourselves. We decided to go for a lovely walk around Entwistle Reservoir. It was amazing!

2M Wellbeing walk







Information Tec

In Computing, we have been learning how to use a search engine on the internet. We used google to effectively search questions about animals.

2M Information Tec





Coronation Picnic 

We have been celebrating the King's Coronation by having a Coronation Picnic Party on our school field. We invited our friends and family and celebrated by eating lots of delicious food and dancing. 

2M Coronation Picnic





We went to Eureka to celebrate Science Week! We got lots of time to explore an area called 'All about me' and we watched a show all about our five senses. 

2M Eureka







Earth Day!

We decided to celebrate Earth Day by discussing the ways in which we can invest and improve our planet. We all agreed that in order to save our planet, we are all responsible. We decided to write messages on our hands to describe the ways in which we can invest into our planet. 

2M Earth Day







We have just started our new unit of work, Information Technology. We are learning how to effectively search on search engines. Today we used google to search animals facts. 

Computing 2M IT




Spring 1 Spelling Overview

Spelling books (small red home books) need to be in school every Wednesday.

Spelling test will be every Thursday!

We ask the children to practise their spellings at home because this will help them to become a more confident speller.

A list of the weekly spellings are attached below.

Year 2 Spellings overview Spring 1

Our 5 Reads for Spring 2 

As a class during Spring 2, we are focusing on these 5 books:

Space Tortoise by Ross Montgomery.

That's my flower by Alice Hemming and Nicola Slater.

Ebb and Flo and their new friend by Jane Simmons

Jungle Jamboree by Jo Empson

When the cucumber lost his cool by Michelle Robinson 


In our English lessons we are reading:

Mr Bunny's Chocolate Factory by Elys Dolan


In our RE we have been looking at the Easter story. We created our own Paschal Candles which included all of the correct symbols. 



For Science Day we did lots of exciting experiments and investigations. Here are some photos of the work we did. 

History - semaphores 

In History, we have been looking at how people used to communicate in the past. We discovered people would use semaphores to communicate. We had a go at creating our own messages. 

2M History Semaphores




World Book Day!

We have had such an exciting day in school today for World Book Day! We dressed up as book characters and had lots of opportunities to read new books. We went up to the year 6 classroom and found a new reading buddy. We read our favourite books to the year 6 children. This was our most favourite part of the day! 

2M World Book Day







Llama Art 

In Geography, we have been looking at Peru and comparing it to London. We discovered that a very famous animal is Peru is the Llama. So we decided to use oil pastels to create colourful Llama Art!

2M Llama Art








In Maths, we have learning all about 2D shapes and 3D shapes. We have using lots of different maths equipment in our lessons. We enjoyed using the mirrors to look at the lines of symmetry in 2D shapes and we used the 3D shapes to count the faces. 

2M Maths Shape





Year 2 Dance Competition

In Year 2, we have been learning a dance in our PE lessons. We decided to have a competition and perform it to the year 1 classes. It was so much fun having an audience to dance to. Here are some of our favourite photos!

Year 2M Dance Competition






Class worship

In class worship this week, we gave the children an opportunity to choose what they would like to engage in do they can feel creative and independent. Some children chose to use the reflection corner to write prayers and other children decided to sit with their friends and read stories from the Bible. It was lovely to see the children make their own choices. 







In Science we did an 'egg'cellent experiment! We have been looking at everyday materials and today we measured the strength of an egg shell. We predicted how many books we think the egg shells can hold before breaking. We were very surprised how much they can hold! 

2M Science1




Mental Health Awareness Week

We have had lots of discussion this week about our feelings and the importance of taking care of ourselves. I challenged the children to work as a team to try and get the hoop around the circle whilst holding hands. We also talked about how we all are all connected.


2M connection




Science bag work

Look at this incredible work one of our pupils have done this weekend. This pupil got chosen to have the science bag and he returned to school this morning with this incredible work! 

2M Science bag


NSPCC Rockstar Day!

Today we raised money for NSPCC by dressing up as rockstars! We played times table rockstars and did lots of fun maths of activities. 

2M Rockstar Day








In Science we looked at changing the shapes of everyday objects. We completed an experiment where we tried to squash, twist, bend and stretch different materials. It was so much fun!

2M Science 1





Class worship

In our class worship, we have been exploring this term's value 'Creativity'. We established what creativity is and as a team we all decided we would like to get creative and dance together.

2M Class Worship




In our English lessons we have been reading George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl. We have been working in groups to create alliteration for our instructions on 'How to make a marvellous potion!'






In our PE lessons, we have started a new unit which focuses on dance. We have been practising dancing in unison. We have learnt dancing in unison means dancing at the same time.

2M Dance





In computing, we have just started a new unit of work which is looking at Computer Science. In our first lesson, we started to explore and understand what an algorithm is. We used the beebots to create our own set of instructions. 

2M Computing





In maths, we have just started a new unit of work which is looking at division. We have been using concrete objects to understand how to divide into equal groups. 

2M Maths




Our 5 Reads for Spring 1 

As a class during Spring 1, we are focusing on these 5 books:

Rhyme Crime by Jon Burgerman

This is not my hat by Jon Klassen

Eyes that kiss in the corner by Joanna Ho 

Beegu by Alexis Deacon

The boy who sailed the world by Julia Green 


In our English lessons we are reading:

George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl

Mr Bunny's Chocolate Factory by Elys Dolan

Theme Curriculum Overview for Spring 1 and 2.

Zero to Hero Unit:

“Zero to Hero” is a thematic unit about heros and heroines, both past and present, who have overcome major challenges in life and become inspirational figures. There is a key subject focus on history.

Paddington's Passport:

A geography-based National Curriculum thematic unit with a focus on two contrasting locations. Pupils will learn about locational similarities and differences, through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom, and of a contrasting non-European country i.e. Lima, Peru and London.


In Science, we predicted what material would work best as a switch in a circuit. We then completed the experiment and discovered that the metal paper clip was the best material for a switch. Here are some photos of us during our investigation.

2M Science








Father Christmas!

We had a very special visitor today! Father Christmas came into our class today and gave us all a special present. We all got given a book each which we can take home! We feel very lucky!

Christmas Party!




Christmas Recipe

We performed our Nativity called Christmas Recipe to the school and our parents! We had so much fun and we loved singing the songs! 


Christmas Recipe



Parents visit to our Library! 

Our parents visited our library today. We read our favourite books to our family and carers. 

2M Library







Commando Jo 

We took part in an obstacle course today in groups of three. One person was blindfolded and the other 2 people in the group had to help guide the blindfolded person around the course. 

Commando Jo 2M.





Art - Christy Brown

We talked about an artist called Christy Brown. He had cerebral palsy so he could only use his left foot to paint. He carefully held the paintbrush in between his toes in order to paint beautiful pictures. We thought it was going to be easy but we soon discovered that it is very difficult. 

2M Christy Brown





English - editing hand

Our English group has been learning a new skill in English which is understanding how to edit our own work. We have been using the editing hand to help us edit our sentences.

Editing hand 2M



The Mayors Christmas Concert!

We had so much fun at the Mayors Christmas Concert! We watched the orchestra play lots of different instruments and play our favourite Christmas music!

Christmas Concert 2M





In today’s lesson we were given a challenge. Our challenge was to make the light bulb light up using a simple circuit. We had to experiment with the equipment and communicate with our partner in order to turn the light bulb on.

2M Electricity







2B and 2M joined together to have a bench ball tournament. We were practising our throwing and our catching skills and we had lots of fun.

Guided Reading

We have started looking at a new book titled 'How to catch a star' by Oliver Jeffers. After we read the book, we had lots of fun working as a big team to mindmap adjectives that describe the character's appearance and personality. 

2M Guided Reading.





In Maths we have been learning our 10 times tables. 

2M 10 times tables





Today at school we all dressed in our pyjamas in order to raise money for Children In Need! 

2M Children In Need PJ day


Christmas Cards

We have been making Christmas cards for Bolton at Home. Our Christmas cards will be given to the elderly as part of a winter activity pack.

2M Christmas Cards




English - noun phrases

In small groups we have been creating noun phrases to describe Father Christmas. We worked as a team to think of lots of creative adjectives which we could include in our writing. Here are some pictures of our mindmaps.

2M English1




In our guided reading lessons, we have been looking at Mother Teresa. We read through the book Mother Teresa, Little People Big Dreams and did lots of tasks together which helped to understand the book and Mother Teresa's life. We then compared Mother Teresa's life and Dr Thomas Barnardo's life and looked at the similarities and differences between these two inspirational people.

2M Guided Reading




We have just started reading the book, The Owl who was afraid of the dark by Jill Tomlinson. Before we started reading the book, we used the front cover and blurb to make predictions about what we thought the book will be about.

2M English







In our History lessons, we have been looking at Dr Thomas Barnardo. For the past 2 weeks we have learning about his life and in our final lesson we used a timeline to order his life events in chronological order. 


2M History




     Our Trip to Bury Fire Training Centre 

We visited Bury Fire Training Centre and did lots of activities in their amazing facilities. We now know that you dial 999 if you need the emergency services, that if you were on fire you should STOP, DROP and then ROLL. We recapped on how to cross the road safely and many other things. We hope you enjoy the photos of our trip. 




This half term our theme is Unity in the Community.

Theme overview "Unity in the Community" is a thematic unit about the area you live in, with geography focus. Pupils will develop their geographical skills, local knowledge and understanding through learning about their school, the features of its ground, the surrounding area and how it has changed over time. They will be taught all about the importance of acting responsibly within both the school and the wider community. 



In our computing lessons, we are learning how to correctly type on a computer using 2type on Purplemash to help us. 

Year 2M Computing




Our Class Assembly

The theme of our class assembly was ‘friendship’. We created a performance that celebrated the friendships we have with one another. We read a story from the Bible about Elijah and Elisha, which highlights the importance of being a kind and thoughtful friend.  

Year 2M Class Assembly




In our maths lessons we have been adding and subtracting 1 digit and 2 digit numbers. We have been using the base ten equipment to help work out the answers.  

Year 2M Maths







Commando Jo

We have had so much fun in our Commando Jo lessons! In this lesson, we worked as a team to recreate the world map using lots of different PE equipment.

Year 2M Commando Jo




Class Worship

Every Wednesday we have our class worship. Class worship gives us the opportunity to reflect together and as individuals.

Last half term our value was ‘friendship’.

We created our own prayer that celebrates friendship and asks God to guide us to be kind and caring friends.

2M Class Worship

A trip around our local community

We went for a walk around our local community to understand what makes up our local community is. We spotted the Church, the Mosque, the doctors, our school and lots more places.

We talked about human and physical features whilst on our walk too. We spotted lots of human features such as roads, houses and factories.

Our favourite part was going on the local park! We had lots of fun playing with our friends.

2M Local Community Walk

















We went out into forest school to explore different types of trees. We identified the trees by looking at their leaves and used a checklist to record our findings. We discussed the different types of shapes, colours and textures of the leaves with our partners. Next we compared our findings with the rest of the class and discussed the name of the trees which the leaves were from.

2M Science Forest School











Unity in the community – Geography

We explored the school grounds and looked at old pictures of what the school used to look like. We compared the old pictures to how the school looks today. We spotted lots of differences! We were shocked at how different the school used to be!

2M Exploring the school



As a class, during Autumn 2, we are focusing on reading these 5 books:

Malala's Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai

Mother Teresa (Little People, Big Dreams) by Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Good Little Wolf by Nadia Shireen

The Secret Sky Garden by Linda Sarah

Mr Big by Ed Vere


In our English lessons we are reading: 

The Owl who was afraid of the dark by Jill Tomlinson

How to catch a star by Oliver Jeffers 



Spelling books (small red home books) need to be in school every Wednesday.

Spelling test will be every Wednesday!

We ask the children to practise their spellings at home because this will help them to become a more confident speller.

A list of the weekly spellings are attached below.

Autumn 2 Spellings Overview


Have a look at what we will be studying in the Autumn term.

Year 2 poppies curriculum letter


Theme curriculum overview for Autumn 2:

“Zero to Hero” is a thematic unit about heros and heroines, both past and present, who have overcome major challenges in life and become inspirational figures. There is a key subject focus on history.

As a class, during Autumn 1, we focused on reading these 5 books:


Mr Big by Ed Vere

Dear Greenpeace by Simon James

Squirrel me Timbers by Louise Pigott

Aliens love underpants by Claire Freedman & Ben Cort

The Cow that laid an Egg by Andy Cutbill


In our English lessons we are reading: 

We're going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen

The Hodgeheg by Dick King Smith

Have a look at all the amazing things Year 2 did last year. (2021-22)   

Year 2S Documents



This half term our theme is Beside the seaside 


'Beside the seaside' is a thematic unit based  around the beach and coast, with a geography focus. Pupils will learn about key physical and human features of coastal places, and apply their learning to a study of Blackpool. Further map skills will be developed as part of this theme. They will also look at the beach and coast as a habitat for living things, learning more about how animals are adapted to their environment.

We have had so much fun this term! We have built our own seaside shoreline in the classroom, participated in sports day, and had a fantastic trip to Blackpool Beach, where we walked along the pier, ate fish and chips, playing in the sand and splashed in the sea. 


Take a look at our curriculum letter above to find out what we will be learning about.



Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside!

On Tuesday, we went on a trip to Blackpool. When we got there, it was drizzling a little and the tide was in, so we couldn't see any sand on the beach! Instead, we went for an explore along one of the piers and some of the children were fascinated by the fact you could see the sea underneath the pier! We then went for our dinner, which was a delicious portion of fish and chips, followed by an ice cream with sauce. Most of the children thought the food was delicious and one child even stopped a member of staff and said "This fish is delicious!". Once our bellies were full, the tide had finally gone out and we could get onto the beach. We built sandcastles, played frisbee, flew kites, dug holes and so much more. After that, it was time for a dip in the sea, the children absolutely loved getting soaking wet, diving and jumping through the waves! We all had an amazing day and we were all very sleepy on the way home, as you can see from some of the photographs...




Summer term - Going Wild! and Beside the Seaside 

We have had so much fun with our Going Wild theme topic. We have looked at what living things need to survive, different animals and their classifications (mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds or fish) and we have looked at parts of the body.

We had an amazing trip to Blackpool Zoo, where we got to see lots of amazing animals. We had talks from the zoo keepers about the elephants, the sea lions and the penguins. It was really interesting!

We have also had a visit from a mother and baby to discuss what a baby needs to survive and how a mother looks after it when it is still young. We also created animal prints in art, making our own print out of polystyrene.

The jubilee celebration was lots of fun. We sang songs, ate yummy food and danced. 

Spellings for test on Friday 27th May

The possessive apostrophe


  1. Megan’s
  2. Ravi’s
  3. the girl’s
  4. the child’s
  5. the man’s
  6. the woman’s
  7. the school’s
  8. a dog’s
  9. a teacher’s
  10. a postman’s



Spring term Paddingtons Passport and Inter-nation Media Station

In our Paddington Passport theme we have been having so much fun this half term learning about Peru and England. We have written non-chronological reports about spectacled bears and llamas, written rainforest descriptions and looked at the human and physical features of Peru. In PE we have been looking at improving our fitness, as well as dance. In dance we have been choreographing our own dances for plants growing. We have also had Safer Internet Day and Values Day where we studied the value of Trust.

In Spring 2 we have been equally busy. We have created our own weather reports, celebrated fair trade day and World book day, practiced our coding using beebots and learnt about the symbols of Easter. On Local history day we studied Samuel Crompton who was an inventor from Bolton. He played a large part in modernising the textile industry and we had our own go at weaving. We wore yellow and blue to show our support for Ukraine. 

On science day we made string telephones and learnt about how vibrations work. We also conducted an experiment to see which biscuit was the best for dunking. 


Our fabulous Easter bonnets! Have a great Easter everyone! 

Climbing wall fun

Year 2 reached new heights on the climbing wall! The sun was shining and we had so much fun challenging ourselves to see how far we could climb. All of the children showed perseverance and determination.

Look how lucky we are to have an amazing library space! We enjoy going in here and exploring the books.

On World Book Day we had an amazing time. We dressed up as animals, read the book ‘The Barnabus Project’ and completed lots of work around the book. We also spent some time in the library and entered our book character potatoes into a competition.


We have been looking after our local area by taking part in a litter pick. We were really shocked with how much litter we found around the outside of our school. We decided as a class that it would be much better if we could have more rubbish bins around. 


Click to watch this week's Read, Write Inc video at home.  


Look at all the fun things we did in the Autumn term. 

We have been having so much fun with our learning. We have celebrated World Culture Day by looking at the country of Hungary, we have tried basketball when we learnt about Michael Jordan, created circuits in science, painted pictures holding a paintbrush with our toes and we done lots of group work and thinking activities. Year two have also had a visit from a firefighter as part of our hero topic. We asked him lots of questions and learnt about staying safe. Alongside this we have completed a 'No Pens Wednesday' with fun english and maths activities, as well as doing music, PE and RE lessons. We have also given our local area a tidy by doing a litter pick. We have been very busy! 


Christmas in Year 2! 

Wow! Year 2 have been having lots of Christmassy fun. We dressed up as elves and ran around the school hall for 10 minutes without stopping. We were raising money for Bolton Hospice. We had a magical visit from Comet and Cupid the reindeers. We have watched a pantomime in the school hall. 

For Children In Need we did Fancy Dress Friday! 

We came dressed as superheroes, princesses, knights, and even a paleontologist. Then we completed the quiz and workout with Joe Wicks. 

We have been enjoying our sessions with Commando Joe. This week we undertook a variety of challenges. We had to balance over piranha infested water, hop over the lava grass and jump over the hurdles. It has been lots of fun! Our teamwork skills have really improved. 

This video is all about how you can help your child read at home. 

Year 2 Bluebells archive documents

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