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Our teacher is Mrs Cresswell, and our Teaching Partner is Mrs Lako.


Each term there will be a short presentation for each year group to help explain what your children will be learning this term, share the class timetable, discuss homework and answer any questions you may have. The presentation will last no more than 20 minutes and will be straight after school in your child's classroom on 23rd April and 4th June. 


Rowling Class have Forest School on Wednesdays and PE on Friday.

Bring in your Forest School clothes on Wednesdays, and keep your PE kit (white t-shirt, black shorts, leggings or jogging bottoms, plimsolls) in a named bag at school.


Monday 1st April

Well done to the brave recorder players who stood up in assembly today and played songs in front of the whole school! Some of them have only been learning for 5 weeks, so well done for showing our value of courage.



The rest of our assembly was about World Autism Awareness week. Rowling class thought carefully about how everyone sees the world differently, and some children might be very anxious about different things, like friendships, noises or new tastes. We learned about worry dolls from Guatemala, and read Anthony Browne's story "Silly Billy", about a boy who learns to manage his anxieties. We then made our own worry dolls with sticks and fabric.

Our new maths topic is measuring - we have enjoyed using rulers and metre sticks!

Our new maths topic is measuring - we have enjoyed using rulers and metre sticks! 1
Our new maths topic is measuring - we have enjoyed using rulers and metre sticks! 2
Our new maths topic is measuring - we have enjoyed using rulers and metre sticks! 3
Our new maths topic is measuring - we have enjoyed using rulers and metre sticks! 4
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Our new maths topic is measuring - we have enjoyed using rulers and metre sticks! 6
Our new maths topic is measuring - we have enjoyed using rulers and metre sticks! 7

Tuesday 19th March


Today we looked carefully at the dwarf sunflowers we planted two weeks ago. We compared the plants that had had water, sun, both or neither and discovered that plants need both water and sun to grow well. Here are our results:

The sunflower grown in the dark was twisted, thin, pale and shorter than the one in the light.




We have been working hard on our maths topic of fractions. We are learning to recognise the fractions half, quarter, third and three quarters. Harry kindly brought in cakes for Mrs Cresswell's birthday, and we had fun cutting them into quarters so we could share them!


 1 whole cake

  6 whole cakes

 Half a cake (2 equal pieces)

 Quarter of a cake (4 equal pieces)

Finding fractions of numbers by sharing

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Thursday 7th March - World Book Day!

Wow, thank you so much for coming into school in amazing costumes! We loved looking at the books that had inspired you, including Isadora Moon, the Cat in the Hat, Horrid Henry, Zog and the Flying Doctors, Little Red Riding Hood, Alice in Wonderland, the Famous Five and the Little Mermaid. In assembly this morning we read the story of the Incredible Book-Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers, and decided that it is probably better to read books than eat them, and this afternoon Mr Smart visited us and read us the story of Jake and his dog.


We have also been busy continuing to learn about plants, seeds and life cycles. We have planted sunflower seeds, and will be testing under which conditions they grow best.


Tuesday 5th March - 3D Shape building

Friday 1st March

Today we had a visit from Julie Bellingham, who is a professional garden designer. She was kind enough to speak to all of Year 2 about how she collects ideas and transforms them into 2D designs to plan new gardens out. She told us about the textures, shapes and colours she thinks about, and showed us mood boards and colour wheels to give us ideas for our own gardens. We enjoyed planning our own gardens, that we will be making over the next few weeks from junk modelling materials. 


In Golden Time, Rowling class used watercolour paints and practised their colour mixing to paint pictures of different types of flowers.


Tuesday 26th February

To start our science topic about how plants grow, we had a walk around school trying to see as many different plants as possible. We found ivy, grass, daffodils, trees, bushes, lilies, moss and snowdrops, and enjoyed looking different flowers up in a book to try and identify them. We learned the words root, stem, petal, pollen, trunk and branch and drew diagrams of the plants we had seen.


Monday 25th February

Welcome back! It was great to see everyone again today, and we had a fun start to our new topic, thinking about where our food comes from. We are looking forward to reading Jack and the Beanstalk this week, and finding out more about plants.


Please note that our Year 2 curriculum talk for parents will be in Rowling class tomorrow, Tuesday 26th February, at 3pm. Also apologies, but the maths talk mentioned on today's letter has been postponed until June, so will not be happening this week.

Term 4 February - April 2019 How Does your Garden Grow?

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Friday 8th February 2019

In Golden Time today, we had the fun of baking Gruffalo Crumble! We were inspired by The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, and wanted to use up our leftover apples and pears from Year 2's fruit time this week. If you want to have a go at making some at home, the recipe is here. We enjoyed learning how to use the peelers and cut safely with a knife, weighing out the dry ingredients and mixing in the butter with our (clean!) hands, and especially getting to taste it at the end of the day.


Thursday 7th February 2019


We have been working really hard on our new maths topic of statistics. We collected data about our class' favourite colours, and today we worked out that if we wanted to show larger numbers we could make each block worth 2, 5 or 10! Rowling class worked really hard applying their knowledge of multiplication to reading pictograms.


We have continued to learn about the continents and countries of the world, using atlases to find out more about the names of the oceans and different continents. We also learned about the different types of habitats found around the world, like the cold Arctic and hot rainforests, and spotted where they were on a globe. We then sorted animals into their different habitats.




Last term, we wrote reviews of author's books and shared the replies we had on twitter. Today, Evie brought in a postcard that author Eileen Browne had sent to her in reply to a letter! We were all very impressed, and we liked the Handa's Hen themed postcard it was written on too!





Don't forget!

For the rest of term, our art lessons will involve making habitats and a clay animal to go inside. If you have any empty cereal or shoe boxes, please bring them in!

Also, please send in your replies for our visit from Farmer Gow's animals - click here for a copy of the letter.

Polystyrene printing and Julia Donaldson mask making

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Wednesday 23rd January

In science this term, we are learning about different habitats! We discussed the variety of habitats found in Britain, including urban, coastal, fields and woods. We drew the habitats we found in Forest School, then played a game to match different animals to the correct habitat.

Snow Excitement

Tuesday 22nd January: Rowling class were very excited to spot snow falling this afternoon! We wrapped up warm and had fun outside, then we looked at the weather forecast and discussed what it means when the temperature falls below zero.


A Squash and a Squeeze - we loved acting out the story!

A Squash and a Squeeze - we loved acting out the story! 1
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A Squash and a Squeeze - we loved acting out the story! 3
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A mystery visitor.....

This morning, Rowling Class found some strange items and animals left in the classroom. They were amazing literary detectives and wrote sentences using expanded noun phrases to describe the clues for the police! Who do you think was in our classroom?






Then we looked at the CCTV cameras......


Friday 11th January


What a great first week back in 2019! Rowling class have loved diving into our new topic, "Is there such a thing as a gruffalo?" with lots of retelling of the story of the Room on the Broom. We enjoyed our coach trip to London to watch it live at the Lyric Theatre, and also enjoyed finding out more about London. Year 2 showed absolutely brilliant road safety skills and followed instructions really well.


Using Google Earth, we mapped our route and compared central London to Didcot, as well as looking at globes and maps. We even had a go at building some famous London landmarks out of paper. In maths, we have continued to work on learning all about multiplication, and we investigated how many ways we could arrange 24 counters. We found 1x 24, 2 x 12, 3 x 8 and 4 x 6, as well as discovering that we could turn the arrays and write them the other way round too!

Don't forget that our parent meeting to let you know all about our new topic and what we are learning this term is on Tuesday next week straight after school.


Term 3 Overview: Is there such a thing as a Gruffalo?

Term 3 Overview: Is there such a thing as a Gruffalo? 1

Friday 21st December

What a great end to a term of hard work - we enjoyed Manor's Got Talent in assembly (well done Beau, Sophie, Alice and everyone else who auditioned!) and played some fun party games today.

I will see you all again on Wednesday the 9th of January! I hope you all have a wonderful holiday.



Christmas Dinner

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19th December 

As part of Christmas jumper day, Mrs Cresswell's literacy group have been solving a Christmas crime! Santa's cookies had been stolen, and we had to solve lots of grammar and spelling clues to find out which reindeer did it! We practised making plurals with s and es, deciding whether sentences were exclamations, questions or statements, find a correct spelling and add suffixes! Luckily they solved the crime and found out that Holly the reindeer did it! Well done!

Our Christmas trip to see The Pied Piper at Cornerstone Arts Centre

Tuesday 11th December Science: Inspirational People

We learned about Rachel Carson, one of the first environmentalists and author of Silent Spring. We use a model of a beach and the sea made from gravel, sand and water to find out what happened when pesticides or fertilisers were used on fields, and how rain could wash them into the ocean. We took samples of the water at different points and compared how they looked.

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Our final Forest School of 2018, with hot chocolate and marshmallows!

Friday 23rd November


As this week was road safety week, we have been finding out about how to cross the road safely, and make sure we can be seen as the nights get darker. We investigated the types of clothing we can wear to be seen in the dark, and had great fun with the torches and reflective tape!



We also continued to learn about famous British inventors. Did you know that waterproof fabric was invented by Charles Macintosh? We thought about the properties of different materials and tested how waterproof they were.


Writing Limericks


Mrs Cresswell's literacy group had a great time reading and writing limericks today! We had to think hard about the syllable and rhyme pattern.


Evie's limerick:

There was a young boy named Fred

Who just couldn't get out bed

He wriggled around

And made a loud sound

So his mother gave him some bread.


Amelia R:


There was a young lady from Margate

Who was always very late

She jumped on a bus

And said "What a fuss"

And now I am late for the fete!


Amelia W:

There once was a pretty young pig,

Who decided to dance a loud jig

She skipped down the road

And put on a great show

While wearing a beautiful wig!

Evie's limerick performance

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We read a variety of different limericks and chose our favourites to perform to each other. We used an app called Chatterpix to animate our recordings!

Alice's limerick

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Harry and Tyler's favourite limerick

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Sophie's favourite limerick

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Friday 16th November


We have been learning about Louis Pasteur and the discovery of how germs spread and make us sick, just in time for our flu immunisations today! We modelled how germs can spread by touching glitter then shaking hands, and were surprised how far the germs could go.



We also spoke about how to stop spreading germs, by staying at home from school when we have a high temperature, sickness or diarrhoea. 


We also started to learn how to code! We used the bee-bots and a program called Rapid Router to give instructions.


We have been making the most of our outdoor learning time at Forest School. We started to use the words litre and millilitre and counted in 100s to make 1000ml. We were surprised to find out that a litre of 'frog's blood' fitted into lots of different shaped litre containers, and enjoyed mixing yellow and blue colouring to make green!



Inside, we have been learning about how to use equipment to represent place value and help us add and subtract. If you know how many tens and ones a number is made of, it is easy to add the ones, then add the tens to find the total. We even tried exchanging tens for ones to help us take away.



Learning about capacity by making magic potions!

Friday 9th November 2018


Thank you so much to all the adults who accompanied Year 2 to our cinema trip yesterday. We all enjoyed watching Mary and the Witch's Flower, which will be inspiring some of our literacy lessons next week. We continued the film theme by learning all about John Williams, the composer of the Harry Potter soundtrack, and finding out about the different parts of the orchestra. We listened to different motifs from the Harry Potter suite, worked out what type of instruments were playing, and learned the words timbre, dynamics and tempo.



Friday 2nd November 2018


What a busy first week back! Rowling class have been practising using tens and ones blocks, number lines and hundred squares to help us add and subtract, and we will continue to practise this next week.


In literacy, we were inspired by Halloween to read lots of stories about witches and magic, including A Magical Muddle and the Little Broomstick. On Friday, we even had a collection of witches and wizards (and even a young JK Rowling!) invade our classroom for our Inspirational People dress up day! 


Also a thank you for making sure the children were wrapped up warm for our outdoor learning day on Thursday. We all enjoyed playing instruments, learning new songs, den-building, team games with the parachute, an autumn nature walk and art. Enjoy the photos below.

This term's topic is Inspirational People

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Friday 19th October


Phew, what an exciting half term! I hope you are all looking forward to the holiday, and will be back refreshed and ready to learn about "Inspirational People" in November. We have continued to talk about new books and authors, and were lucky enough to receive a series of books called Isadora Moon by Harriet Muncaster. We drew names out of a hat to choose who could take the books home first over half term. If you were lucky enough to borrow one, please look after it and write or perform a review of it.


If you are happy for me to share the review online, bring it in after half term (or email me a photo or video to The author would love to see them!


Wednesday 17th October


We are all looking forward to seeing our parents or grandparents at the tea party tomorrow afternoon!

Don't forget it is school photos on Friday so smart school uniform please.


Rowling Class have been doing so much reading at home, I am very impressed! We earned a free book from a publisher, "Nice Work for the Cat and the King" by Nick Sharratt, and children are taking it in turns to borrow it and write reviews. Evie's is published here . Alice even drew a picture for her review! Mrs Cresswell sent a message to Nick Sharratt, the author and illustrator, and he replied to our class!




Friday 12th October 2018

All of Year 2 have been having fun preparing for our tea party. Yesterday, we started making decorations and learned all about tie-dying. We tied up t-shirts with rubber bands, then dipped them in purple or orange dye to make a costume to wear next week! It was great fun this morning opening them up to see what patterns had been made, then writing instructions about how we did it.

We had to be careful! Mrs Cresswell mixed up the dye.


Monday 8th October Forest School (Bread making)

Friday 5th October 2018

Mrs Cresswell and Miss Ashton's phonics groups learned about suffixes today; an ending for a root word which changes its meaning, like happy to happiness or sing to singing. We read a poem about a teacher and were inspired to write our own! Can you spot all the suffixes we used?

Year 2’s Recipe to make a Teacher


You will need:

Two bags of happiness.

Ten bars of chocolate to make her happy.

A big spoonful of madness.

Twenty bags of tea for break-time.

Ten bags of kindness and a pinch of angriness.

Four buckets of playfulness.

One big spoonful of kindness.

A cup of strength.

One cup a day of smiliness.

Thirty cups of joyfulness.


Friday 5th October 2018


Rowling class enjoyed a fun dance lesson with Alice's mum, who taught us a routine to Twist and Shout by the Beatles, ready to perform at our tea party on Thursday 18th October. The children wrote beautiful invitations today, using all the features of letters we have been learning this week. 

Our tea party will be held on Thursday 18th October in the Infant Hall. Please come to the Infant gate in Manor Road, which will be unlocked at the times below:


Dahl Class     1.05 – 1.35pm (Gate open at 1pm)

Rowling Class 1.45- 2.15 pm (Gate open 1.35 – 1.45)

Vivaldi Class 2.25 – 2.55 pm (Gate open 2.15  - 2.25)


Ben chose to invite Mrs Robinson and Rupert! He even used his purple pen to add commas in a list.


We have also enjoyed learning about healthy eating this week, and created plates with a balanced meal on them. We learned about different food groups, and how much we should eat of each type.


In art and topic, we learned about Bridget Riley, a British artist who was been working since the 1960s and helped to invent Op Art. We had a go at making our own Op Art patterns to decorate 1960s style clothes!



Rowling class also enjoyed our first week about addition and subtraction. We used a balance scale to find out which equations were equal to each other, by making them with cubes and seeing if they balanced. We can now write equations like 7 + 7 = 15 - 1 . We also enjoyed practising our number bonds to 10 by solving a problem where we had to match up the sides of triangles that added up to 10. We were excited to have our solution published on the nrich website! 



Friday 28th September 2018


We have had a great week in the sunshine! Rowling class started off on Monday with a fantastic Forest School session, where everyone enjoyed taking turns and working with their friends in creative play. See the photos below! In maths, we did well starting to learn the 2,5, 10 and three times tables. We used hundred squares to help us count in 2s, 5s and 3s and compared the patterns, and used our knowledge of place value to create other sequences. 


On Tuesday, we all received First Aid training.

We learned about how to deal with choking and burns,

and practised putting each other into the recovery position.


We have continued to learn about Pop Art in America in the 1960s and 1970s, and on Thursday we printed flower patterns using a cut pepper, then painted them with watercolours, inspired by Andy Warhol's Flower paintings. We were all very proud of the results. We were also fascinated to find out about the moon landing in 1969, and wrote descriptive sentences about what it would be like to be Neil Armstrong stepping out onto the moon.


Thank you for your amazing Roald Dahl props!