Year 1 & 2 Class News

Y2 Maths – adding 2 two-digit numbers

Posted on Tuesday 05 December 2023 by Miss Young

This week in Year 2 we are focussing our learning on adding two 2-digit numbers together. To start with, we are learning to add two 2-digit numbers together that are not across ten. After this, the focus will be on adding across a ten.

Step 1 – write out the equation.

Step 2 – draw base ten to illustrate how many tens and how many ones are present in each number. (Lines to represent 10s, circles or squares to represent 1s).

Step 3 – add the tens together.

Step 4 – add the ones together.

Step 5 – add the above together.

By breaking the addition down into small, manageable steps we are able to answer these difficult questions with ease.

Here are some photographs of 2C in action! I am very impressed by how quickly the children are learning the process this week.


Help at home: by practicing these skills at home with your children. Use blank sheets of paper and ask children to talk through and show you their working out.


2C – making predictions

Posted on Monday 04 December 2023 by Miss Young

This half term, KS1 are reading ‘Not Now, Bernard’ by David McKee. Before reading the book, we had a good look at the front cover and made a few inferences based on the pictures. We had a discussion about what the book might be about before reading it. We used clues on the front cover to help us with this.

We then read the first part of the book. We stopped to predict what might happen next in the story and why. Here are some of our predictions.

Topic review

Posted on Friday 01 December 2023 by Mrs Latham

Thank you if you came along to our topic review session today. If you didn’t make it, the quiz is here if you’d like to have a go at home!

You can always help at home by talking to your child about what they have learnt at school.

It’s been freezing indoors and outdoors this week!

Posted on Friday 01 December 2023 by Miss Young

This week in Science, 2C had a fantastic time learning about freezing and melting. We are Chemists this half term and this week, we learnt about water.

We know that water is a liquid but when it reaches freezing point (0 degrees celsius), it turns into ice. Ice is a solid.

When ice heats up, it melts and turns into a liquid, water.

One of our experiments involved placing a cube of ice in our hands and watching it change state. The ice went from a solid to a liquid after some time.

Our next experiment included trying to melt a block of ice containing a small toy. We used four different methods. We used a hairdryer, a hot water bottle, water and a towel.

We found out that the hair dryer was most effective in melting the ice and freeing the toy because it produced the most heat. The towel took the longest because it emitted the least amount of heat.

Help at home: by freezing and melting ice and discussing how the heat and cold help change the properties of water.

Art – creating printing plates

Posted on Wednesday 29 November 2023 by Mrs Latham

All the year 1 and 2 classes have been exploring line, pattern and shapes in our Arty Ideas books. Some of the inspiration has come from our visit to The Hepworth Wakefield and from looking at the work of Paul Klee.

We used pencils, pens and lots of other things around the classroom to make the marks on our polystyrene printing plates.

1A Art

Posted on Tuesday 28 November 2023 by Fiona Brown

Last week, Class 1A went on a school trip to The Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield. We set off on the bus which was super charged with lots of the children’s favourite tunes. The journey was full of singing, laughter and wonder as to what the day would hold.

The morning

When we arrived, we were greeted by the friendly staff and we were introduced to our workshop artist. We started the day by exploring one of the galleries. The artist gave us a natural object and we needed to find a sculpture which represented it in some way. We were asked to draw the sculpture on tracing paper. Next, we observed real nature through the giant window and we were given another piece of tracing paper to draw the patterns that we could see. We placed one on top of the other, framed them and held them up against the window to see how the light accentuated the layers and colours in the work. After that, we headed downstairs to start creating our very own collagraphs with a range of materials. Mrs Brown was so impressed with our focus, concentration and creativity! We used rollers to roll ink onto the collagraph and then carefully placed paper on top before rolling with a dry roller to create a print. We repeated the process with a different colour on top. They looked absolutely incredible!

The afternoon

After a spot of lunch, we explored the outdoor sculpture garden and then we explored all the other indoor galleries. We discussed what we saw along the way. Looking at some large pieces of art in silence helped us to keep discovering new things in them. In the abstract art, we observed the lines, patterns and colours and thought about what it would be like to be Katie from the James Mayhew stories and enter some of the paintings. We looked with wonder at the abstract art and thought about what they might represent. One gallery had a sound installation and we wondered around to the noises and noticed how the sculptures seemed to change before our eyes as we moved around them.

This week in school, our art journey continued. We looked at and and talked about different pieces of Paul Klee’s work. We used his works as inspiration to create designs using lots of different lines (curved, straight, short, long, thin, curly, light, hard.) After that, we used our favourite lines on polystyrene tiles to explore and experiment what their effect would be. Some children suggested using their nails or objects from around the classroom and we tried them out by pressing and pushing them into the tile noticing similarities and differences in the lines they created.

Help at home – You could look at pictures in books, photographs or a paused frame on the television to notice and talk about the types of lines, shapes, tones and textures that you can see. 

Living and Learning – I can talk about my feelings

Posted on Monday 27 November 2023 by Miss Young

This week in Living and Learning, our focus is on feelings and our mental wellbeing. We read a text about what mental health is and how we can look after our mental health. This can include activities that we like or spending time with family and friends.

We also looked at lots of different scenarios we may experience in our lives and how this would make us feel.

We know that we are all entitled to feel however we feel and that is okay. We also know what signs to look after in others, and how to be empathetic towards others.

Help at home: by encouraging your child to express their feelings often and talk about different types of emotions.

We’re bananas about sandwiches!

Posted on Wednesday 22 November 2023 by Miss Young

On Monday, Year 2 used their food preparation skills to create a banana sandwich.

This forms part of our Design and Technology food learning which involves following a recipe to create a product each term.

Here are some pictures of us preparing our sandwiches!

Here are some pictures of us eating them!

Next week we will be writing some instructions about how to make a banana sandwiches.

Children in Need

Posted on Wednesday 22 November 2023 by Mrs Hogarth

A huge thank you to everyone that donated money last Friday for Children in Need. The Junior Leadership Team were out in the playground with collection buckets before and after school – they did a great job! We managed to raise a whopping £436.98 in total. Thank you so much!

1,2B’s trip to the Hepworth Wakefield

Posted on Wednesday 22 November 2023 by Mrs Latham

We also enjoyed our trip yesterday. The galleries were inspiring and we made our own artwork and prints too. It really brought our art topic to life!