Primary School

College Square, Bristol BS1 5TS

0117 353 2052

PE this term (Term 4) will be MONDAY MORNINGS at Failands- please wear your PE kit to school! There will be NO PE on Weds or Fri this term. Thank you

Year 2

Mrs Pill

9/3/2020 - 13/3/2020

Song of the Week: Amazing Grace - Ladysmith Black Mambazo

We have had such a busy, productive but very fun week at CPS! We kicked of our week with another visit to Failand on Monday to keep working on our football and netball skills. We are getting very confident at our passing skills in football and we have been working on our chest passes in netball, ask the children to show you what they need to do to do a chest pass. On Tuesday we had a visit from the fantastic author Sean Taylor who shared stories and riddles with us in a whole school assembly and then helped us create our own class poem during a workshop in the afternoon. 

On Friday we raised money for Sport Relief by wearing our favourite outfit to do sports in and taking part in a whole school challenge - the cha cha slide plank! It was great fun and we were very impressed with how much the children challenged themselves to keep going! 

In English this week we have been writing our own non-chronological reports all about dragons. We researched the features of a report before planning what we would need to record for our own reports. We thought about formal language we might need to use to share information about our dragons before writing them using subheadings. 

In Maths this week we have begun learning all about time. We reminded ourselves how to tell the time to half past and o'clock before learning about quarter past. Please use the helpful posters given out at parents evening to help us remember which side of the clock is 'purple past' and which side of the clock is 'turquoise to.' 

Finally a HUGE well done to Jazz class this week who were awarded the Ace Attendance bear for having the most children arrive to school on time this week - great work Jazz class!!

What a brilliant week we've had in Year 2. On Monday morning we went to Failand for our first outside PE lessons. In our first session we practiced throwing and catching - the beginnings of netball! In our second session, Mr Baynton helped us with our partner work and dribbling a football.  It was lots of fun and we particularly enjoyed the excitement of going there on a big coach. 

In Maths, we continued to look at fractions and have become confident using the PIZZA method to find fractions of a number! Ask your child how they would solve 1/2 of 16. You'll be amazed at their amazing Maths. We also looked at written fractions and understanding that 1/2 is the same as 2/4. 

In Topic, we compared London in the present day and in 1666. We noticed lots of changes but there are still some similarities to the London we know today. 

In English we drew our own dragons and then wrote fantastic descriptions of them. On Thursday, we celebrated World Book Day! We loved all the costumes - check out some of them below! We are excited for more World Book Day celebrations next week, including a visit from the book author Sean Taylor. 

3/2/2020 - 7/2/2020

Song of the Week: David Bowie - Space Oddity

What a week we've had in Year 2! In English, we wrote the middle and endings of our Beegu stories and they are brilliant. We've focused on making sure ALL of our sentences start with a capital letter and end with a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark. Even though we can confidently use adjectives, cursive writing, adverbs, contractions and conjunctions - they are two things we seem to be forgetting.

In Maths, we have continued to look at division and how we can solve questions by grouping (check it out below). 

In topic, we designed and made our own rockets! The brief was to build a rocket that could safely transport a small (toy) astronaut. We worked in pairs and had lots of fun! We launched them off the balcony to see if the astronaut would stay aboard. We then evaluated our designs thinking about what went well and what could have gone even better. 

27/1/2020 - 31/1/2020

Song of the Week: Laura Izibor - Shine

After successfully completing our second mission another letter from NASA made its way to us this week. This week's mission was to name the planets of our solar system. We learnt a useful way of remembering the names and the order of our planets - see if you can remember it at home!

In maths this week we have been using our knowledge of counting in groups of 2, 3, 5 and 10 to help us understand the operation division. We worked together to share into equal groups, using objects, then pictures and finally by using bar models to help us. We have used these methods to help us solve word problems and we will be continuing to use these methods in our learning next week. Keep up all the counting practice at home - it is certainly helping!

In English this week we have been planning our own stories to become book authors. We have used our story 'Beegu' to inspire our own stories about being lost in space. We have worked hard on the planning of our story and sequencing to make sure it makes sense. We have started writing the beginning of our stories and we will be editing and completing them next week! 

20/1/2020 - 24/1/2020

Song of the Week:Natasha Bedingfield - Pocket Full of Sunshine

This week another mysterious letter from NASA arrived to set us a second mission. Our mission this week was to find out what life is like on the International Space Station. First we did some research to find out what the International Space Station is, then we watched some videos of a famous Canadian astronaut called Chris Hadfield who told us and showed us what life is like on the space station. Click here if you would like to watch some more at home! Chris showed us what they might have for lunch in space so we had a go at recreating a space sandwich and wrote instructions to help other people know how to make them too! 

This week we have continued to develop our understanding of multiplication and we have used our knowledge of counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10 to solve multiplication equations and word problems. The children have really begun to understand what multiplication means and how much we might need to use this maths skill in everyday life! 

7/1/2020 - 17/1/2020

Song of the Week: Constellations - Jack Johnson / Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles

What a busy first 2 weeks back we have had in Jazz class! We started the term with a very mysterious incident... a spaceship crash that had landed by the bike shed! Year 2 were first on the scene to investigate and try and solve this phenomenon. We discovered that the spaceship belonged to an alien called Beegu so we read her story in our English lessons. We tried to work out what she might have said when she first landed on Earth and even created our own chalk drawings of her unusual planet. This week we imagined what Beegu might have written in her diary all about her day on Earth!

In Maths, we started to look at multiplication. We started by focusing on making equal and unequal groups as this will help us in the weeks to come. Have a look at the sort of challenges we've been working on below. we've continued to look at multiplication and have focused on groups of 2 (2 times table). Please follow this link to see how we teach this in class. Please follow this link to see how we teach this in class. Scroll down once you've followed the link to find the Multiplication video. Please follow this link to see how we teach this in class. Scroll down once you've followed the link to find the Multiplication video.

We have really been enjoying our new topic 'To Infinity and Beyond', we kicked it off by studying the artwork of Vincent Van Gogh. In particular, we looked at 'The Starry Night' and used oil pastels to try out his unique technique. The results are out of this world! Have a look on the Cathedral Primary School Art Instagram to see them too (@cathedralprimaryschoolart).

Then we received an urgent letter from NASA. It said that they had found out that we were learning about space and wondered if we wanted to train to start our astronaut training! Our first mission was to find how astronauts can stay healthy and why it is important for them to do so. The children decided that you have to keep your body and brain healthy and you can do this by exercising, eating a balanced diet, being happy and mindful. We can't wait to see what other missions we might get from NASA!

A big well done for those of you who have already started their reading challenge. The children have been so excited to show my their reading records that show the four times that they have read for 15 minutes in the week. Keep it up!

25/11/2019 - 29/11/2019

Songs of the Week: our nativity songs!

 Year 2 Take to the Skies! 

It feels like we're flying through this term! In our topic lesson we looked at the incredible Wright Brothers who designed and built the first successful aeroplane. We created fact files about their incredible invention and how it changed the world of travel!

In English we have entered the world of journalism. We planned our own newspaper reports based on the story Going Places. The children created amazing headlines such as 'Is it a bird? Is it a plane?' and 'Flying Go-cart wins race!'. On Thursday we published our articles and they'll be coming to a newsagent near you soon! In Maths, we have looked at known facts (for example 4 + 5) and we have used them to solve more challenging calculations such as 14 + 5. 

18/11/2019 - 22/11/2019

We've had another fun filled week in Year 2! In topic, we looked at different materials and decided which ones would be good to make a boat out of. We held an experiment and tested metal, plastic, paper and fabric to see whether they would float and were waterproof. 

In Maths, we have continued to practise our addition and subtraction. This week we looked at add 1 (1 more) and subtract 1 (1 less). In English, we used our book 'Going Places' and came up with creative adjectives to use to describe the characters. 


Finally, thank you for encouraging your child to practise their lines for the nativity. It is coming together beautifully! 

11/11/2019 - 15/11/2019

Song of the Week: Mumford and Sons - Winter Winds

We have had a jam packed week this week! On Monday we had a special lesson all about Remembrance Day, where I was so impressed with the thoughtful and sensitive discussion we had about why it is such an important day. On Tuesday we had a brilliant trip to the Watershed for the Into Film Festival, where we watched the beautiful film 'Songs of the Sea.' This also sparked a thoughtful conversation about emotions and feelings back at school. We also talked about why we were all wearing odd socks for anti-bulling week and listened to this years odd sock song, click here to listen at home! We really enjoyed a special assembly on Friday from Unique Voices that helped us to remember what we should do if we are being bullied or see someone else being bullied. 

In English this week the children have loved the challenge of writing 'complex sentences using subordinating and coordinating conjunctions!' This simply means joining simple sentences using words such as because, when, that, if, and, or and but. We have been so impressed with how well children have put this into their writing and challenging themselves to use as many as they can. 

In Maths we have continued to find the difference between two amounts - we looked at how we can use this strategy for space and shape, not just number to think about what finding the difference actually means. 

Finally in our topic learning this week we looked at different transport through time and how different transport has developed. We created timelines with transport from as far back as 2000 BC - can you guess what it was? 

5/11/2019 - 8/11/2019

Song of the week: Van Morrison - Days Like This

We have had a super first week back in Jazz class. We are all very excited about our new topic 'Travel Back in Time,' where we are going to be learning all about different types of transport and how it has changed throughout history. We came up with some questions we would like to answer this term like 'who invented the aeroplane?' 'What was the worst accident someone had when inventing something?' 'How do engines work?' 'How did people travel in the past?' We are going to do some investigating this term and see how many of our questions we can answer!

In English this week we have immersing ourselves in our new book 'Going Places.' We have enjoyed using our reading skills to make predictions about the story and use our detective inference skills to help us. We have thought about what we like and dislike in the story and looked carefully for patterns and puzzles in our book. 

We have even managed to squeeze in some nativity practise this week! We have begun learning the songs we will be singing and Miss Lloyd and I will be allocating parts very soon so keep your eyes peeled! 

14/10/2019 - 18/10/2019

Song of the Week: Chinese Festival music

 This week we found out lots about the continent 'Asia.' We are lucky to have our Japan expert in school, Miss Lloyd and we loved hearing all about her time in Japan and seeing some of her traditional souvenirs. She told us all about the beautiful cherry blossom trees, or sakura as it is known in Japan. We then created our own using paints and tissue paper. 

In English this week we have been learning about different types of sentences; statements, questions, commands and exclamations. We had a go at writing our own and recognising them in writing. We were particularly good at those bossy command sentences! 

7/10/2019 - 11/10/2019

Song of the Week: Ladysith Black Mambazo - Ikhaya Lamaqhawe (Home Of The Heroes)

This week we have enjoyed learning about the incredible continent of Africa. We studied some traditional masks and found out about the way they were decorated. We then used paper plates, brightly coloured paint and string to create our own African masks. We also found out lots of interesting facts about the continent of Africa and created fact sheets about it - did you know it is the hottest continent? 

In English this week we have been innovating our story 'Blown Away,' by changing the main character and the setting to plan our own versions. We used the same story sequence and we have begun writing our stories using a storyboard with images to go with our story. In maths we have continued to work on our number facts with a focus on partitioning two digit numbers into tens and ones. 

We had a fantastic morning this week at the Cathedral, taking part in the Big Arts Trail. The theme for our artwork was 'Up, Up and Away,' where we recreated Van Gogh's 'The Starry Night' and used mirrors and binoculars to draw the details and design from the cathedral roof, amongst many other art activities! 

29/9/2019 - 4/10/2019

Song of the week: Lock, Stock and Barrel - Rise Above It 


This week we traveled to the continent of North America. We looked at the diverse habitats that the continents has from tropical islands like Jamaica, to the snowy mountainous areas in Canada to sprawling cities in the U.S.A. In fact, we used these cities to inspire our art. We had a look at sunsets and created our own silhouette paintings that look really effective. 

During our English lessons this week we have dived into the world of poetry in honour of National Poetry Day (3/10/2019). The children have performed Benjamin Zephaniah's 'Everybody's Doing it' and written their own version based on local dishes from different countries. In Maths, we have continued to use the 'Make 10' strategy when adding and have started to look at it when subtracting.

Please click on the link to watch this useful video so you can help your child at home.

23/9/2019 - 27/9/2019

Song of the Week: Earth, Wind and Fire - September 


This week we stayed local with a visit around Europe! We learnt all about the countries that make up the United Kingdom and learnt the names of the capital cities. We were amazed to see how the English, Scottish and Welsh flag came together to make the Union Jack flag. We had a great time on our trip to Pizza Express this week to celebrate the classic Italian dish, PIZZA! Although we were surprised to find out that pizza did not actually come from Italy originally, can you guess where it actually originates from? 

In English this week we have been diving deeper into our story 'Blown Away.' We thought about our likes and dislikes in our story and looked for patterns in the text. We put our story onto a story mountain and thought about the importance of each part of a good story. Finally we learnt to retell our story all together using actions and a story map to help us! 


16/9/2019 - 20/9/2019

Song of the week: Rio - Mas que nada

Our jet setting this week took us all the way to tropical 'South America'. Each day, we watch a Newsround update and the children have expressed an interest in the recent fires in the Amazon rainforest. So this week we have brought the rainforest into our classroom! In topic, the children explored the four layers (emergent, canopy, understory and forest floor). The children then drew their own rainforests and made sure that each layer had the correct plants and animals. 

In English, the children put their adjective skills to use and started writing expanded noun phrases to describe what they could see, smell, hear and even touch in a rainforest! This week all the children continued to add three numbers in Maths and used number facts to support them. For example, 2 + 3 + 5 = 5 + 5 = 10. 

The children also had their first group violin lessons this week! They were all extremely excited and look very professional with the instruments. 

9/9/2019 - 13/9/2019

Song of the Week: Tihore Mai Te Rangi- Contemporary Maori Song

This week we have been learning all about the continent 'Australia.' First we jetted off to New Zealand to find out about the Maori people. We heard one of their traditional stories, the tale of How Maui Tamed the Sun. We worked collaboratively to create our own nets and ropes to see if we could make a net strong enough to lift a large ball. We had to use collaborative skills such as listening, building on the ideas of others and good time management! Next we made our way to Australia where we looked at some of the oldest artwork in the world, Aboriginal art. We created our own using the ends of paintbrushes to make the dots and using earthy colours. 

We have jumped straight back into our learning this week with a full week of maths, English and guided reading! We have been looking at different ways of adding three numbers in maths, using adjectives to describe characters and settings from our new story Blown Away in English and we have read lots of great new stories in guided reading. The children have also all had a go at our new spelling program 'Spelling Shed.' The children have loved learning their spellings in such a fun and interactive way and I am looking forward to seeing how everyone gets on practising at home! We will be sending home each child's login for Spelling Shed in their reading records over the coming days!

4/9/2019 - 6/9/2019

Song of the Week: Bob Marley, One Love

What a fantastic start we have had in Year 2! Although it's only been a short week, we have managed to squeeze lots in. From learning about our new topic 'Let's go Fly a Kite' to learning to sing the classic song of the same name. We have even made our own paper plate globes and started to learn the 7 continents using this fun song. In Art, the children used mirrors and sketching pencils to draw a self portraits. We have also revisited the school rules and values. We considered what rules we follow well and which we want to try and improve this year. We're very excited for all the fun we're going to have in Year 2 this year!