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Together We Aim High, Believe and Achieve

2021-2022 Year 2 Badgers

Welcome to our Class Page! We hope you enjoy looking at our learning journey.

Mrs. Risdale (Monday - Wednesday) and Mrs. Winstone (Wednesday PM - Friday).

Welcome to our Class Page! Here you will find all of the termly homework and newsletters for Badgers Class as well as information about all off the exciting activities that we have going on within school smiley .


Children will be given spelling every Friday and Maths homework will be uploaded to Seesaw on a weekly basis. We also ask parents to hear their children read  at least 4 times a week, as we see the best progress in those children who read regularly at home with an adult.


Thank you for all of your help and support.


Mrs. Winstone and Mrs. Risdale.


Adults in our classroom.


Mrs. Risdale and Mrs. Winstone - Class Teacher.


Miss. Dwyer - 1:1 Teaching Assistant.

Term 5

What time is it?


This term, we have been learning to tell the time.  We have been recapping how to tell the time to the o'clock and the half past!  We know that the long minute hand needs to point to the 12 when it is o'clock, and that the minute hand needs to point to the six when it is half past the hour.  We also need to remember that when telling the time to the half past, the short hour hand is between the numbers and we must look back at the smallest number!  We have also been learning to tell the time to the nearest 15 minutes.  We are all doing a super job!

What an Occasion!


Today, we were introduced to our new ‘Model of Excellence’ – a letter to the Queen telling her all about our jubilee party. We looked at the features of our letter and picked them out with a partners. We then picked out our 5 new golden words and sorted the definitions with the new words.  We can't wait for our jubilee party at the end of term!



Today we started our new topic on regrouping for addition. The children started by thinking about tens and ones and thinking about how many ones we are allowed in our ones column. They  know that they are only allowed nine ones in the ones column and when we have more (10)  we need to exchange them for a ten. We needed to think really hard and remember to exchange the ones for a different ten, not for one of the tens we have already! 



Term 5 has started with a bag, literally! As part of our 'BIG BANG' English learning, we made balloon rockets.  We had lots of ups and downs along the way, with some of them working and some not.  However, after reading the book ' Rosie Revere, Engineer', we discovered that lots of inventors and engineers have problems with their inventions and designs and that it is okay for things not to work as we can learn from them.  We went on to discuss how our rockets could be improved and what we could do differently. 

Term 4

Topic Leaning and Food Tasting.


This term, we have been learning about the seven continents of the world and looking at where our food comes from.  As part of this topic, we made a snack bar containing different foods from around the world.  We used our DT skills to chop, dice and cut the different ingredients and add them to our mixture.  We used chocolate from South America, maple syrup from North America, cherries from Europe, rice puffs from Asia and marshmellows from Africa. It really was a delicious snack!


Plan and Record......


Today, as part of our English unit, we looked at how we could plan and record our ideas ready to write! We all became detectives and went outside into our outside area.  Once outside the classroom, we discovered lots and lots of clues about Mr. Wolf, including what he looks like and where he lives.  We used white boards and jotters to take notes.  Once inside, we transferred these 'clues' onto our recording sheet, ready for us to start our writing!  Did you know wolves live in packs and a baby wolf is called a puppy?!

Amazing Atlas Work!


Wow! What a busy lesson!  In our topic learning, the children have been exploring maps and atlases. They used an atlas to try and spot the seven continents of the world and talk about the different foods that they think might be grown there.  After, they looked different countries and had to identify the continent.  They all showed fabulous map skills!

Fantastic 3D Shapes!


The children have been exploring 3D shape!  They have been looking closely at the shapes and thinking hard about their properties.  The children have learned lots of new vocabulary; edges, faces and vertices!  They all had a fabulous time exploring the shape faces and using these new words in a sentence. It was 3D shape-tastic!

Reading with Year 5.


We were very lucky today to welcome some of our Year 5 children in to our class!  The children picked a 'reading buddy' and our Badgers read beautifully to them.  The Year 5 children listened really well and asked lots of amazing questions to promote their reading skills. This is going to become a regular occurrence in our class and happen every week.  We can't wait to to see the 'big' children in our class again soon.

Printing Portraits.


Today, we really put our printing skills to the test!  Using the portraits that we drew last term, we transferred these onto a foam tile in order to print them onto paper.  We used a wide range of skills (and tools) to do this, including tracing, indenting and painting.  We painted our tile and then printed it onto paper.  We were pleasantly surprised how well they all turned out!

Creating prints in RE.


This term, we have been learning about the religion of Islam.  In todays lesson, the children looked in particular at a Mosque and thought about why Muslim people might attend one.  They looked closely at the features and discussed all of the different things that they could see.  The children noticed that the prayer hall is quite empty, but it does have lots of elaborate designs and patterns.  The children noticed that there were many repeated patterns and lots of circles.  We then looked at the different representations of these images and had a go at creating our own using printing!

Term 3

Environmental Week.


We kicked started Environmental Week with a bang!  When the children walked into the classroom on the first morning, they were surprised to see lots and lots of plastic bags dotted about.  After reading our book 'One plastic bag', they were surprised to discover that plastic can cause lots of damage to our world.


As part of our English learning, we designed and made a poster making people realise the damage plastic can cause!  We also learned about the three R's : Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! Later on in the week, the children explored persuasive writing and wrote a letter to Boris Johnson telling him all about plastic pollution.   In Maths, we went litter picking in search of rubbish in our school grounds. We were surprised by how much we found!  We recorded the items we found on a tally chart and created pictograms to represent the data.


The children have also been working hard thinking of ways to reduce the amount of plastic we use and how to recycle it!  They have designed and made a fabulous product made from old plastic bags.  It is amazing what you can make from 'one plastic bag'. 

Crazy Contrasts and Mega Mixing!


The children have been exploring portraits and pop art by Andy Warhol.  The children have been looking closely at contrasting colours using a colour wheel. They used a range of different mediums; colouring pencils, chalks, oil pastels, paint and water colours to create a chart showing these opposite colours. Furthermore, the children have also bee looking at colour mixing and making lighter and darker shades of the same colour.  They used white to make the colour lighter and black to make the colour darker.  They even added different primary colours to make different tints of the same colour!


Working Together.


Children were given the task of working collaboratively to design and make a 'Dreams and Goals' bird and garden.  They had to talk about their shared ideas and discuss what they wanted to put in their garden.  We even talked about the word 'compromise' as we found that some of them needed to find a middle ground and negotiate their ideas.  However, the end result, the desired goal, was outstanding!  

The Dogs Trust


We were lucky enough to have a visit from Helen this term, who is from the Dogs Trust.  She came to talk to us about dogs, how to look after dogs and how to be safe around them.  She told us all about the FIVE golden rules of dog care and about recognising dogs emotions.  We even managed some role play too.  We all had a woof-tastic time!

People Who Love Us!


Out topic this term is 'It's a Wonderful Life'.  We looked closely last week at the Royal family and part of the Royal family tree.  This week, we looked at family and asked 'what makes a family' and 'what does my family look like?'  We discussed and talked lots about this, and we decided that every family is different and what makes a family is love.


We then made our very own 'people who love us tree'.  We popped the oldest people who love us at the very top and the youngest people who love us at the bottom.

Devine Division.

The children have been getting to grips with division.  They used counters and Lego to share the amounts equally between groups of two, three, five and ten.

Becoming Detectives! 


The children were transformed today into detectives!  First, they dressed in their hats, coats and spy glasses and set off!  Whilst undertaking their very important detective work, they found many clues!  Pictures of people were all over the library!  After closer inspection, the children discovered that the people were all part of the Royal family.  Once back in class, we looked at the people in more detail and began to look at part of the Royal family tree.

Term 2

Christmas Fun!

Puppet Making!


This term, the children have been learning about toys.  As part of this topic, the children designed and made puppets.  They used a range of skills to create their fabulous designs and used a wide variety of joining techniques. 

A fun-filled afternoon of Maths!


We were lucky enough to have a fun-filled maths afternoon hosted by Elf Liz and Elf Dan! The children worked together to find out where Santa's sleigh had been hidden by cracking the maths code. They discovered that the sleigh was was hidden in the workshop. 

Tallulah Swirls!


What fun we had!  We welcomed Tallulah Swirls to Abbotswood! Amy showed the children lots and lots of different puppets and even put on a shadow puppet show.  After the show, the children had the opportunity to make their own puppets from cardboard.  They used different coloured acetate to create different designs and add colour to their puppets.  Some even had moving parts!  At the end of the session, the children had the opportunity to preform using the puppets that they made.  We were amazed how stunning and beautiful they looked on the screen, along with the magical background! 




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We were so excited to use some of the shadow puppets!


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Story-telling through the puppets was amazing!


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Look how amazing our own creations were!

A visit from Traction Man!


Today, we had a mystery package arrive at Abbotswood!  When we opened it,  we saw a toy catalogue and a TRACTION MAN action figure! We had a look inside the catalogue and there was a page missing. After lots of detective work, we decided that the advert for TRACTION MAN was missing! We need to help the toy shop by making an advert for Traction Man, but we had to practice using our persuasion skills first! Take a look at what happened......

Let's take a look at the changes we see......


As part of our science learning this year, the children are looking at seasonal changes. We took a seasonal walk to the woods, looking for signs of autumn! The children used their detective eyes to try and spot blackberries, berries, conkers, different coloured leaves on the ground and pine cones.  The children also made their very own leaf kababs! They were able to find an array of different size, shape and coloured leaves to present to the rest of the class.

Getting to grips with subtraction!


The children in Badgers class have been working hard on securing their subtraction skills this term. They have been learning to subtract two-digit numbers from two-digit numbers using a range of different resources.  The children have been using their fabulous place value skills to help support this learning.  They have all done a marvellous job!

Super Sports!


This term, we have been lucky enough to welcome the sports coaches into Badgers class.  The sports coaches have been working along side the class to help progress their football skills!  The children have learned lots of new tactics, including dribbling and passing.  We can't wait to see them play!

Term 1

Fantastic Forest School!


The children in Badgers class this term has had the opportunity to explore the forest school area. The children played some fabulous forest games! They have built dens, dug huge holes, sat in the hammock and made very mucky and disgusting mud pies. I must say, they did look rather horrid……..

Marvellous Maths!


Wow! What a fabulous learning Badgers class have done in maths this term! In The children have been busy exploring their place value skills.  They have been working hard on securing their number knowledge and knowing the value of each digit.  They have progressed this learning by using this knowledge to help their understanding of addition.  The children have been adding Tens and Ones to Ones and Tens and Ones to Tens and Ones! It really has been wonderful.  

Send for a Superhero!


Our quality text this term has been 'Send for a Superhero' written by Michael Rosen. The children discovered that evil forces wanted to take over the world! After close investigation, they discovered that it was Filth and Vacuum! However, all was okay, as Brad 40 and a group of superheroes came to the rescue. PHEW! The children have been working hard to create wonderful pieces of writing based on this story: a diary entry, a letter and a story are just some of the writing genres that they have looked at.  

Vehicle Mayhem! 


This term , we have been learning all about superheroes!  Within the topic, the children have had the opportunity to design and make a vehicle suited for a superhero.  They children used their fabulous DT and maths skills to measure, cut and assemble their vehicles.  Once all vehicles were assembled, the children needed to find out whose vehicle would travel the furthest! We set up a superhero testing station in the hall and using a ramp, we measured the distance they travelled.  We measured the distance in cm and m.  Some vehicles travelled further than 2m! 

Thinking hard in PSHE.


Our theme this term has been 'Being Me in My World'.  At the beginning of the term, we met our new Jigsaw friend, Jo! Jo has been helping us to learn all about the jigsaw charter and has been helping us think about our class rules.  Within our class, we know that EVERONE has the RIGHT to learn and that it is EVERYONES responsibilty to allow everyone in our class to learn. We all agreed to our class rules at the end of term by signing the charter.  What a fantastic class we have!