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Nightingale Academy

Minster Church of England Primary School

Nurturing Foundations, Flourishing With God


Year 2

2022 - 2023

This week year 2 have been looking at the text 'A House for a Hermit Crab'. With this they have all had a go at making their own home for a sea creature using clay. As you can see, they have all thought carefully about the intricate details and made some fantastic homes/shells. 🐚🦀

As part of this term's work on tunnels, our year 2s enjoyed creating tunnels out of natural materials in our forest school area.

Year 2 are having great fun exploring 2D shapes. We were investigating vertices and using geoboards and an interactive game to create different shapes with 3,4 and 5 vertices.

Towers, Turrets and Tunnels

Year 2 started off their new topic with a trip to Leeds Castle. They took a guided tour around the castle learning all about the history of the place. We had lunch with some unexpected friends and took part in a 'Swan Princess' acting workshop. The children loved their day out and came back excited for the learning ahead.

Term 2 - Land Ahoy

Ahoy me hearties! What a fun filled day we have had in Year 2. We have learnt to talk like a pirate, write like a pirate using ink and sticks. We've sung pirate songs and learnt a pirate dance, told pirate jokes and heard a pirate story. We've made maps using a key and finished our day with a treasure hunt. We shall all sleep well tonight!

Term 1 - Muck, Mess & Mixtures

Year 2 Athletics Competition

The team did really well and were close to being top. The behaviour was superb and there was good sportsmanship shown by all, 2 of our players even volunteered to play for Monkton as they only had 5. Well done to all of those that took part. 

On Friday afternoon, Year 2 had a great time creating art in the style of Jackson Pollock. I am sure you will agree they created some fantastic masterpieces! (with some spotty faces too!)

Year 2 have thrown themselves into the start of the year with lots of wonderful learning. This topic allows the children to settle back into the school routine with lots of fun and practical activities. Muck, Mess & Mixtures is predominantly science based so it allows the children to explore different scientific skills. They loved getting messy on our memorable experience morning where we kick started the topic. The children showed off their knowledge of primary colours by painting their colour monsters to explore how many different colours they could make. We have been learning all about place value and showing how we can use manipulatives to help us.

2021 - 2022

Wriggle and Crawl

So far this term Year 2 have loved their outdoor learning. They have enjoyed going on minibeast hunts, looking for different bugs that they could see and observing their habitat. The children were very excited to go pond dipping to see what they could find between the pond weed. They have also had the chance to sit and do some observational drawings of plants and outdoor environments.

Towers, Turrets and Tunnels

Easter Bonnet Competition

Making our castles

Making 3D shapes


Blue Class have thoroughly enjoyed their first couple of weeks on our topic of Towers, Turrets and Tunnels. It was a fantastic experience to visit Leeds Castle as a hook to our learning and then follow this up in a number of ways in the classroom. We have investigated different balls in science as a projectile to see which will be the most effective at destroying a tower. We have used computers to create designs of castles to include the key features, looked at the history of castles and created a timeline to show the chronology and researched all things castles for our gold book non-fiction write. A fabulous start!

Our trip to Leeds Castle. The children were able to explore and learn about the history of the castle. They also took part in acting out the story of the Swan Princess.

World Book Day

Street Detectives

Blue Class have had a great time this term finding out all about the geography and history of our village - Minster. We went on a field trip to see the different shops and services, following a map and completing a traffic survey. We have compared maps from today to maps from the past and have also created maps of brand-new localities - using a key to show different features. We have  made our own shops and community buildings and created a large-scale aerial map for them to be part of.  

Year 2 enjoyed time spent in the ICT suite today. They designed their own backgrounds and computer 'sprites' to get ready to start programming them next week. 

Land Ahoy!

Pirate Day! Ahoy me hearties. What a fabulous day we have had learning all things pirate. We have learnt to talk, dance and act like a pirate. We have made treasure maps using a key and drawn pirate ships using bamboo sticks and ink. We have listened to pirate stories and jokes. What is a pirate's favourite letter of the alphabet? Arrrrggggghhh.

We have started off our 'Land Ahoy' topic with lots of role play. The children have loved getting into character. We have looked at different explorers over time.

Term 1

Last week, Year 2 read a book called 'The Disgusting Sandwich' and we began thinking of all the disgusting things that could go into a sandwich. We went collecting our disgusting ingredients; mossy twigs, pondweed, crunchy leaves, gloopy mud, plus things from our classroom such as glitter, sand and paint. We decided on our ingredients before making our own sandwich. We then wrote our recipe for our disgusting sandwiches and published them in best into our Gold Books! 

Grandma's potion


Last week as part of an English lesson, Year 2 followed a recipe for a potion for evil Grandma! The ingredients were rather disgusting - troll's dribble and gruesome snot...... there was a rather whizz popping ending when we followed the recipe correctly!

Year 2 have been learning about the artist - Guiseppe Arcimboldo. We were fascinated that he made his portraits from fruits and vegetables. We then wanted a go ourselves and are so pleased with our gallery of finished portraits.

If you're wondering why Year 2 came out a bit paint splattered on Thursday then this is why! We had great fun creating artwork in the style of Jackson Pollock! I am sure you will agree they look amazing!

Muck, Mess and Mixtures

We have really enjoyed our experiments getting messy with our mixtures...

We have enjoyed our first unit of Maths. We have been using lots of manipulatives to help us...

In Year 2 we have been enjoying our music lessons - singing, dancing and playing instruments to a song about Hands, Feet and Heart! It was lots of fun getting out the instruments!

Blue Class have had a great week so far; becoming aspirational artists, independent mathematicians and engaged muck and mess makers!

2020 -2021

Yellow Class had lots of fun in their Maths lesson yesterday. We drew chalk circles to find out the capacity of our containers by pouring the contents out into them.

Year 2 really enjoyed the challenge of making seagull finger puppets yesterday. We followed instructions, used a pattern and tracing paper to transfer the pattern and had to use our best cutting out. They look amazing and the children were thrilled with them.

Blue Class have had a fabulous arty afternoon, learning how to sculpt clay to replicate shells that we have found whilst beachcombing. They have also learnt how to use chalk pastels to blend colours and create line and tone.

Yellow Class children enjoyed learning how to sculpt natural forms found by the coast using clay and clay tools. There were some lovely creatures made and shells too.

We have so enjoyed making our healthy snack for Healthy Bodies Week.  We have designed our own pizza, learnt how to prepare food by chopping and grating and then evaluated our product. We did this by checking through the Healthy Eating Plate and looking for healthy options, and of course by tasting and eating our pizza as well!