Class 2


Welcome to Class 2! We are a very energetic bunch of Year 1 and Year 2s. Our teachers are Mrs Baird and Mrs Coope. We are assisted by Miss Lucia, Mrs Smith, Mrs Wilde and Miss Seager.

We really like writing stories and use Talk for Writing to practise our stories before we write them down. Our maths target is to learn all our times tables.


Class 2 Blog

Otter Adoption

Our School Council’s initiative this term was to adopt one of the WWT otters.

After some fundraising, we raised enough money to pay for one year’s adoption.

Last week, the School Council members went to the WWT to test out some brand new educational resources and at the same time, purchased the adoption pack. They were very excited – especially about the cuddly otter toy we got as well – another welcome addition to our school!

As a school, we feel really supported by the WWT who are always very generous when we visit them for class trips. The school council felt that we ought to ‘pay it forward’ and support our local environment by adopting one of their many animals. The whole school are interested in adopting a bird from the WWT in the new year, so fundraising will no doubt begin again – but this time with a brand new school council.

Amazing Antarctica Day with the Wilson Art Gallery and Museum

Today, Class 2 were very excited to meet Sophie from The Wilson Gallery, who would be teaching us about a famous Antarctic explorer from Cheltenham.  She brought so many things for us to see and explore.  We learned all about Edward Wilson an explorer and artist, who went on two expeditions to the Antarctic to study wildlife there. Did you know, that when he travelled there in 1910, it took 6 months to sail to the Antarctic and then another 2 months to walk the 900 miles from where they docked on the edge of the Antarctic to the centre of the Antarctic!

Unfortunately, we learned that on his way back after successfully reaching the centre of Antarctica, he and his team all died, due to food and fuel shortage, in a terrible blizzard.  Luckily all his paintings, photos and diary entries were found intact and we so enjoyed looking through them all. Most of all we loved dressing up as Victorian Antarctic explorers!

We wanted to say a huge thank you to Sophie and The Wilson Gallery and Art Museum for such a wonderful day and to all our parents who made it possible with their voluntary contributions.

Term 2

Welcome back to our second term.  We finished Term 1 off on a high sending our personal letters to Sir David Attenborough after learning all about his remarkable lifetime achievements.  We are keeping our fingers firmly crossed for a written reply.

Our topic this term is ‘Polar Explorers’ and we are delighted to inform you that Charlotte’s Grandpa, Alec Hurley, will be coming into class to give us a presentation about his years spent in Antarctica, as a British Antarctic Survey mechanic at Halley and Rothera station in the 1970’s.   This is such an exciting link to our local community and we cannot wait to hear about his personal experiences!


Our key focus this term is to write non chronological reports about animals that live in the Arctic and Antarctic. We will use the talk for writing process to learn how to tell a report and how to include topical language and explain meanings of unfamiliar words.  We will also be learning how to use the key features of non fiction writing to help us organise our own reports correctly. Later in the term we will learn and write poems about the polar regions.



We will continue to learn the sounds from phase 5, using online games and reading and writing activities to help us even more. Try looking for the sounds we are learning in your home reading books.



This term our focus is to :

Year 1

  • know addition and subtraction facts within 20
  • recognise and name common 2-D and 3-D shapes, including: 2-D shapes (e.g. rectangles (including squares), circles and triangles) 3-D shapes (e.g. cuboids (including cubes), pyramids and spheres).
  • measure and begin to record the following: lengths and heights mass/weight capacity and volume time (hours, minutes, seconds)
  • sequence events in chronological order using language such as: before and after, next, first, today, yesterday, tomorrow, morning, afternoon and evening
  • recognise and use language relating to dates, including days of the week, weeks, months and years
  • describe position, direction and movement, including whole, half, quarter and three quarter turns

Year 2

  • add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations and mentally
  • identify and describe the properties of 2-D  and 3-D shapes, including the number of sides and symmetry in a vertical line
  • compare and sort common 2-D and 3-D shapes and everyday objects.
  • choose and use appropriate standard units to estimate and measure length/height in any direction (m/cm); mass (kg/g); temperature (°C); capacity (litres/ml) to the nearest appropriate unit, using rulers, scales, thermometers and measuring vessels
  • compare and order lengths, mass, volume/capacity and record the results using >, < and =
  • recognise and use symbols for pounds (£) and pence (p); combine amounts to make a particular value
  • find different combinations of coins that equal the same amounts of money
  • tell and write the time to five minutes, including quarter past/to the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times (know the number of minutes in an hour and the number of hours in a day)
  • use mathematical vocabulary to describe position, direction and movement, including distinguishing between rotation as a turn and in terms of right angles for quarter, half and three-quarter turns (clockwise and anti-clockwise), and movement in a straight line.


In science we will be focusing on ‘Living things and their Habitats’.  In keeping with our topic we will be exploring wildlife in Antarctica and the Arctic and comparing them to animals that live in warmer regions.  We will learn how most living things, live in habitats to which they are suited and we will explore how these meet their basic needs.  We will also explore and compare the difference between things that are living, dead and things that have never been alive.


We will create pictures of wildlife in the Polar regions using painting tools and text to give information.  We will also create short animations based on what we have learned about wildlife in the Poles.  Within the lessons we will always refer to our E-Safety rules to ensure that we are always safe when learning online.


We are so excited to begin our learning this term.  To follow on from Term 1, we are continuing to use Sir David Attenborough’s work from ‘Frozen Planet’ to help give us an insight into what life is like in the Poles!

Term 1 in Class 2

Dear all Parents and children.

May we give you a warm welcome to Class 2 and give you an insight into what we will be learning about this term.

Our topic this term is ‘Bloom and Grow’.  The children have had a terrific start to our topic through an experience day, where they were very excited to plant a range of seeds and bulbs and explore the wild flowers around our school.  The hexagonal garden proved a favourite spot where we did lots of investigating and naming of flowers.  We have also made mini composters and decorated our classroom with paper flowers and a large bean stalk that now looms over our door to the classroom! The children created their own leaves for the beanstalk and took the opportunity to write what they would like to be when they grow up!



Our key story for the term is the traditional tale ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ followed on by the alternative version ‘Jim and the Beanstalk’ by Raymond Briggs.  We will be acting out the story and becoming familiar with some of the interesting language that is used.  We will focus on the journey of the story; using the talk for writing process to understand story structure, settings, characters and problems and resolutions in the story. The children will end this unit of learning by writing their own retelling of the story.  Later in the term we will be reading a variety of poems and using these to aid our own poems about plants and growth.

Phonics will be taught daily through a range of activities including; online games, flashcards, sentence games, reading games, and through using actions to aid our memory of all the sounds to be learned in phase 5 of the ‘Letters and Sounds’ program.

Reading is fundamental to our learning development in Class 2.  We have timetabled in daily reading sessions where children will; be listened to by an adult and answer a range of questions about the book they are reading, play reading games and be encouraged to read a range of books which they can choose from the library.



For this term our main focus is understanding the place value of numbers and addition and subtraction.

Year 1

  • count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number
  • count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals; count in multiples of 2s, 5s and 10’s
  • use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least
  • read and write numbers from 1 to 20 in numerals and words.
  • know addition and subtraction facts within 2o
  • solve one-step problems that involve addition and subtraction

Year 2

  • count in steps of 2, 3, and 5 from 0, and in 10s from any number, forward and backward
  • recognise the place value of each digit in a two-digit number (10s, 1s)
  • compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100; use <, > and = signs
  • read and write numbers to at least 100 in numerals and in words
  • recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently, and derive and use related facts up to 100
  • solve problems with addition and subtraction
  •  add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally
  • show that addition of 2 numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and subtraction of one number from another cannot



Our focus is naming and observing plant growth.  The children will grow their own plants which they will measure and collect data on.  They will set up a comparative experiment to see what happens when seeds are grown in different conditions.  They will be thinking and working scientifically throughout the term. Our main learning objectives are as follows:

  • Identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees.
  • Identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, inc trees
  • Observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants.
  • Find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy



This term we will be finding out about the life of a significant individual.  We couldn’t think of anyone more suitable to our ‘Bloom and Grow’ topic than Sir David Attenborough who has made significant contributions to the conservation of both plants and animals.  We can’t wait to learn more about his life and how he has expanded our knowledge of the kingdom of plants and animals.


We have so much to learn and we are extremely excited.  If any parents or grandparents would like to give a talk to the class about our topic and their own experiences on the areas we will focus on this term then we would really appreciate it!

Jeans for Genes Day

Friday 22nd September is Jeans for Genes Day. Children can wear jeans to school for a donation of £1.00 which goes towards research into genetic disorders. Some children in class 5 will be doing a presentation about the cause in the Friday afternoon assembly. There will also be a whole school cake sale to raise… Continue Reading

Dates for your Diaries!

Dear Parents, The last few weeks of the academic year are slowly creeping up on us all. There are a number of events scheduled for the last few weeks which may apply to you. These dates are detailed below for your information and are also on our website’s calendar. Monday 12th June – Friday 16th… Continue Reading

Online Safety Update – March 2017

Childnet has a lot of free advice for parents and carers regarding online safety. The downloadable leaflet below give parents and carers advice about how to talk about the important issues such as: CONDUCT – Helping children understand the impact that their online activity has on themselves and others. CONTENT – As parents, carers and teachers,… Continue Reading

Where’s Wally?

On this coming Friday (3rd March) we will be celebrating WORLD BOOK DAY. Don’t forget to dress up as WALLY! Continue Reading

World Jungle African/Caribbean Dance Day

The children had an amazing time with Annet from World Jungle at the end of last term.  She taught them all a fantastic dance which they were able to perform confidently  to the rest of the school.  Here are some pictures from the day…   Continue Reading