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Year 2

Year 2


Welcome to year 2!

Meet the team...

Class 5 teacher - Mrs Richards

Class 6 teacher - Mrs Priddy

Assistant headteacher and additional morning teacher– Mrs Thomas

Teaching Assistants – Mrs Widdowson and Miss Watkins

PE day change for Summer 2

After the May half term Year 2 will be changing their indoor PE day to a Tuesday instead of Monday

Class 5 and 6-Indoor PE-Tuesday

Class 5 and 6-Outdoor PE-Friday

Happy campers!

Summer week 4

Despite the relentless rain, year 2 had an incredible time camping on the field! The camping teachers were so impressed by how well behaved, excited and enthusiastic year 2 were. We were so proud that everybody made the most of the experience. We hope year 2 enjoy looking at these photos smiley


Summer week 3-Materials

This week we are continuing to learn about our new topic 'Fun Outdoors'

We have been learning about materials and their properties, as we are going to make a tent for Hoppity to sleep in during our Year 2 school camp next Thursday.




Summer week 2-Fun Outdoors topic launch

This week we have launched our Summer term topic 'Fun Outdoors'.

We have been learning about the artist Claude Monet, who did lots of paintings of the outdoors and we did some field work. We used a map of the school grounds to locate pictures of Hoppity and then marked them off on the maps.

SUMMER 2 Week 1-A Midsummer Night's Dream

What an incredible week we have had during our whole school RSC week. We have been learning The Midsummer Night's Dream play and getting to learn about the magical woodlands. 

During the week, we have made fairy doors and fairy gardens, listened to the lullaby from the play and done LOTS of drama work. On Wednesday we were lucky enough to work with Mrs Toogood, who did a fantastic drama workshop with everyone in Year 2!

Here are some pictures of some drama work

Week 6-Amazing Homework projects

We have been absolutely blown away by the standard of the homework projects this term. The children and parents have all put so much effort in that we wanted to share their super creations...

                      Week 5 SATs and zip lines!

We would like to say a HUGE well done to all of the Year 2 children for their hard work and resilience during the Year 2 SATs week. We are very proud of each and every one of you!

During the afternoons this week, we have designed, made and evaluated some zip lines to get Mr Grinling to the lighthouse.

Look at some pictures of our work below...

WEEK 4-Pastel Seascapes

This week we have been learning about beach safety. We talked about the dangers of the sea, and then we created our  own pastel seascapes. The Year 2 teachers are very impressed with our finished art work.


Week 3: We have been working on our tennis skills in PE. This week we were learning how to control the ball on the racket and how to do a simple volley. Look at us in action...

Week 2

Geography week!


This week we learned lots about geographical features with a focus on the Isle of Scalpay. In computing we used Google Earth to visit the different places we have learned about in year 2. We found out about the differences between physical and human features. We also spent time comparing photographs of Basford and Scalpay. 

The Lighthouse keeper's lunch

Wow day!

Week 1 

Year 2 enjoyed a very creative wow day to launch our new topic of 'The Lighthouse Keeper's lunch'. We used paper plates to make crabs and seagulls and also we worked as a team to make a collaborative art lighthouse display. For the art project we used a variety of media including wax crayons, water colours, water colour pencils and tissue paper.

The lighthouse keeper's lunch knowledge organiser

Please find our new knowledge organiser below!

Maths knowledge organisers - Summer 1 

Please find the knowledge organisers for this half term below. We will be learning about length, height, position and direction.

Week 6-End of topic quiz

To celebrate the end of our fabulous topic on

' Marvellous Medicine' we have had our end of topic quiz. The children all remembered so much about our topic, but a big WELL DONE to Kiyan , Megan, Ashton and Tobias for winning the quiz!

Reading parent workshop

Week 5

Thank you so much to everyone who was able to come to our reading parent workshop. We hope that it was helpful to those people who could join us! Please find a copy of the slides and the parent guide leaflet below. You are welcome to ask your child's class teacher if you have any further questions.

Shading skills

Weeks 4 and 5

In art we have been learning about how to use different pencils and shading skills for effect. We used these skills to draw an eye using different techniques. We finally used all of our practise lessons to sketch either Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole or Jesse Boot. Afterwards we had an art gallery in our classrooms to celebrate our beautiful art work. 


Please come to our reading parent workshop on Thursday 24th March at 9.00 a.m in the school hall. Come and learn more about reading with your child, spend a bit of time enjoying some books together and find out more about how we teach reading at school.

We hope to see you there!


On Friday 18th March we celebrated Red Nose Day by bringing a contribution of 50p to school. For our 50p we all got a yummy cake, wore funny clothes or fancy dress and enjoyed watching a whole school talent show during the afternoon.

Evidence detectives

Week 3

It has been a very busy week in year 2 because our parents' evenings happening in the afternoons. As a result, year 2 got to join year 6 for an afternoon of dancing with Miss Shannon and they also shared books together. It was a lot of fun! In our history lesson we became evidence detectives and we used a photo, portrait and a statue of a famous Nottingham man. We used these clues to work our who he was and why we remember him. It was, of course, Jesse Boot and we were amazed to find out he founded the shop Boots! 

World Book Day!

Week 2

This year we decided to spend the morning looking at the beautiful book Leaf by Sandra Dieckmann. We were amazed by the illustrations and we thought carefully about the important message of being kind to our planet. We then made some beautiful leaf crowns so we could look like Leaf too. After playtime, we joined Axel Sheffler virtually for a live illustration demonstration and we created our own Zog illustrations too. Finally we had time to enjoy our books in the afternoon and we recreated the front cover with a review. They look fantastic in our year 2 corridor!


Week 2

This week we have been scientists in Year 2, and have carried out an investigation to find the best way to clean our hands to get rid of unwanted germs. We covered some children's hands in glitter and pretended they were germs! We then tried to clean their hands. The most successful way of getting rid of the glitter was to wash hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap. Here are some photos of the results.

Marvellous medicine topic WOW day!

On Monday we had our 'WOW' day for our new topic 'Marvellous Medicine', which was full of experiments and making our own medicines through a maths investigation. During the afternoon we had great fun blowing bubbles in paint to create bubble effect art work for our displays.

See some photos of our day below...

First aid and what to do in an emergency


This week we have been learning about medicines, and what we should do if there is a medical emergency. We now know to call 999, and we all know what to say to the emergency operator. We enjoyed acting out some emergency situations and all took turns to pretend to call 999 to ask for help. We made our own little key ring cards to remind us what to do in an emergency .

See some photographs below...

Marvellous medicine!

Our topic for the second half of this term is called Marvellous medicine. We will be learning all about some famous nurses (Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole), the Nottingham born founder of Boots and enjoying reading George's marvellous medicine.

Spring term learning at home resources for maths and handwriting

This half term in maths we will be learning about statistics and data handling. We will be drawing and using tally charts, pictograms and block graphs. Please find the relevant knowledge organisers below.


Yesterday, we had great fun with a drumming teacher called Jude. We all played rhythms on same African drums and we were taught some African songs. We wore our tie-dyed t-shirts that we made in school last week.

Class 5

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Class 6

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Year 2

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This week we have been tasting some African food as part of our learning. We tried, dates, cous cous, mango juice, pineapple and plantain. We really enjoyed the different foods, and everyone was very adventurous and sampled everything!

Look at some photos below...

Great geographers

Year 2 have been learning all about continents, oceans and Kenya in geography this week. We have used a map of Kenya to create our own map of the countries and cities. We loved listening to the continents and oceans songs. Listen to them again on these links;






The children in Year 2 have worked so hard this week on their African mask projects. We started off by looking at different African masks and then designed our own. We then made our own masks out of recycled cardboard and made some features 3D . Once they had dried we gave them their final touches by painting them to add the features and patterns. 

Well done Year 2, they all look fantastic!


To kick start the Spring term we had a fantastic WOW day as we began our new topic ' On Safari '. We went to Nairobi on a plane once we had our passports, and we also completed some colourful art work inspired by a Kenyan artist called Gakonga.

See some photos of our day below..

Last week of term

Year 2 have enjoyed a very creative end to the term! We have created ornaments, illustrated the Christmas story and made Christmas cards. We loved watched the pantomime of Cinderella and we used our best dance moves at the party. 

Trip to St Leo's church

On Monday morning we took a short walk to St Leo's church for a wonderful Christingle service. We loved going inside the beautiful church, especially with the Christmas decorations up. we sang some songs and then we all made our own Christingle. Look at some pictures from our visit below.


On Tuesday we learned about sculpture which is 3D art. We then got messy by using paper mache to create 3D pictures of the surface of the moon. The children absolutely loved getting their hands messy by emerging them into the paste. Next week we will paint the art work to make them look more like the surface of the moon.

A UFO was spotted at OBS


Year 2 have been inspired in their writing by a video showing a mysterious flying object over Old Basford School! We have used this video to be news reporters. Look out for our independent write next week.

Wheels, axles and moon buggies!

On Friday 19th November years 2 and 5 teamed up again for our DT moon buggies project. We worked together to fit our moon buggy chassis with the wheels and axles that it needed to move. We used our problem solving skills to figure out how to keep the wheels attached to our moon buggies. Finally, we tested whether they moved and most of our buggies managed it! We are so proud of the great team work from years 2 and 5.

Children in need

We loved celebrating children in need in year 2! We would like to say a huge thank you to all of the adults who helped us to raise so much money by sending in donations for the children to come in non-uniform and for the delicious cakes. Year 2 had a go at drawing Pudsey for our colouring competition and we were really proud of our drawings.

Anti-Bullying week 

This week year 2 have been learning all about bullying by finding our what the word 'bullying' means and how we can stop it. We have learned that the 'STOP' motto which means 'several times on purpose' which helped us to understand what bullying is. We've also thought about how we can be kind to each other by writing our own 'golden rules' to make the world a nicer place. Finally, we celebrated odd socks day by designing socks that are as special and unique as we are! 

Bob Man on the Moon

In literacy we have been writing about Bob the man on the moon. We loved reading some of Simon Bartram's stories and we think we are experts about Bob! Year 2 have become Talk for Writing experts and we have used our own text maps to describe Bob in a character profile. We hope you enjoy reading our information about Bob so you can know him too smiley

Survival in space!

In year 2 we have been learning all about the astronauts on the International Space Station. We found out about what astronauts need to survive in space and drew their packing on our own space rockets. We have loved watching the International Space Station live streaming of the Earth!

You can watch it at home on this link year 2:



What a fun way to start our new topic 'Mission to the moon'!

We worked collaboratively with the children in Year 5 to design and start to make our own moon buggies using recycled materials. Take a look at some photographs from the morning below...

 Levers in design and Technology

This week we have been making some fantastic moving Gruffalo pictures. We were taught about levers, and used simple levers to make our Gruffalo's hide behind a tree, before popping out to say 'hello'.

Andy Goldsworthy Art work

We had great fun on Wednesday learning about the art work of Andy Goldsworthy. we then went outside and worked in small groups to create our own art work made from natural objects found around school.

Have a look at our work below....

Cress investigation

In our science lessons we learned about the things that a plant needs to grow healthily. Year 2 put this knowledge to the test by growing their own cress plants. We created our own cress greenhouses and left our cress to grow in the windows. We were surprised by how well they grew! 

 Into the woods

We are really enjoyed our topic of 'into the woods' in year 2. We have been inspired by The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's child in our writing and we even went on a hunt for Gruffalo clues out on the Trim Trail. In art we used different shading techniques to create our own owls. Below you can also see our forest habitat labelled diagrams and our posters to help keep our woodlands tidy.

Year 2 parent Meeting

Thank you so much to everyone who attended our 'Year 2 Meet the Teacher' meeting. We hope that you found this useful and that it answered any questions you may have. We know that some adults could not make the meeting due to work or other commitments so here are the slides for you to read through.

If you have any questions please contact a member of staff from Year 2.

Many thanks

Someone builds the dream!

What a dreamy start we have had to year 2! We have really enjoyed being inspired by the book 'Someone Builds the Dream'. We have thought carefully about our different hopes and dreams for the future. We have also enjoyed having a go at a variety of jobs like being architects, builders and artists! 

We hope you enjoy these photos of the bridges that we designed and made. Each bridge was planned, built and tested for its strength. We used a toy car to test how well they worked. Well done year 2 smiley



Meet the teacher - Monday 13th September at 3pm. More details to come nearer the time.


After the first 2 weeks, we will be starting our topic for the half term. 


Can you guess what it might be from the clues below?

  • One of our stories includes a girl, her grandma and a wolf.

  • You will need to know how to make something grow.

  • You should beware of a creature with purple prickles all over its back!