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‘Living and Learning’
Value in Everyone

Year 2


The children have settled into their new classes well and adapting to the Year 2 environment. The children have enjoyed using our new outdoor assault course equipment.

In science, we have been investigating living, non-living and things that were once alive and sorting them. We collected lots of things from the school grounds to look at.

We have been exploring the new areas in our classrooms and playing some turn taking games with our friends.

In PE, we have been exploring ways to travel safely in different directions.


This month, we have learnt the story 'The Papaya that Spoke' using talk for writing. The children used actions and props to help re-tell the story.

We have been learning the map of the world, finding countries and identifying the oceans and seas. As part of our Africa topic, we visited Kirkley Hall Zoo, we had an amazing time! our favourite part of the whole day was seeing the meerkats!

In maths, we have been working with numbers to 100, partitioning into 10's and 1's and using adding and subtraction to solve problems.


November has been an exciting month so far. From food tasting in RE to investigating woodlice habitats in Science, we have definitely had fun whilst learning. After school clubs have returned and many of the children are now enjoying a range of activities on an evening. It is a pleasure to see them socialising and trying new activities. Our favourite lesson so far this month was art when we sketched and painted meerkats.

In maths we have been continuing to develop our understanding of place value and are now in the process of adding and subtracting amounts involving 2-digit numbers. We have used lots of concrete objects and the children are really beginning to make good progress.

This month, the book Meertkat Mail, has been used to support our understanding of verbs, nouns and adjectives. Following the adventures of Sunny the meerkat has allowed us to further our knowledge of pronouns and conjunctions. We discovered that Sunny had made a local visit to South Shields when he sent us some hilarious pictures of himself at local tourist spots – much to our amusement. This helped to inspire our writing of postcards.