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Reading Challenge for Summer Term


We will be continuing with the reading challenge this term. The books from last term are still on the list, however we have also now added the following books:


The Day the Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers

The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield


The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch

The Lighthouse Keeper's Breakfast

The Lighthouse Keeper's Tea

The Lighthouse Keeper's Cat

The Lighthouse Keeper's Catastrophe

The Lighthouse Keeper's Picnic

The Lighthouse Keeper's Rescue

The Lighthouse Keeper's Christmas


(All by Ronda Armitage)

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Suggested Reading List

On Friday 10th February, we went to Hertford Theatre to see a live production of 'Room on the Broom' by Julia Donaldson. We had a fantastic time and it was great to see one of our favourite books bought to life!
On Tuesday 31st January, Year 2 walked through wet and muddy conditions to visit St John's Church. We have been looking at Special Places in our RE lessons with Mrs Tuitt and were able to spot lots of features as we looked around. Father Rob told us a bit about the history of the church, as well as showing us some very old, very impressive brass figures hidden in the floor of the original part of the church. A big thank you to Father Rob for a lovely morning and to our parent helpers for assisting on the trip.

St John's Church Visit

​ACADEMIC YEAR 2016-2017

Hertford Theatre Letter

Skittle Maths Day 18.11.16


Today we had a Skittles Maths Day. We started the day by counting the number of skittles we had in each colour. We then presented this data in a frequency table and a pictogram. We showed our understanding by answering questions about our pictograms.

Finally, we used our knowledge of 3d shape nets to design and make a new box for our sweets.

On Thursday 20th October, Year 2 were lucky enough to be visited by Blue Watch from Welwyn Garden City Fire Service. We started in the classroom, learning about hazards and fire safety in the home. We practised 'Stop, Drop and Roll' so that we knew what to do if our clothes were on fire.

We then went out onto the playground to have a look at the impressive Fire Engine. We saw how much equipment has to be carried on the vehicle and learnt how the hoses worked. The highlight of the morning was when we all got to use the hose! It was so powerful! Miss Burgon also modelled the fire uniform beautifully!

Thank you to the fire fighters from Blue Watch for giving us such a fantastic morning.

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Clacton Recounts

Come and have a look at the fantastic recounts we designed for our homework following our trip to Clacton-on-Sea!

Well done to Scarlett for writing the winning entry!

'Our Trip to Clacton' by Scarlett Dawson

I woke up very excited about my school trip to Clacton. I was so excited, I rushed in for the register without saying goodbye to my mum!

On the coach on the way there, I sat next to Owen. It took ages to get there but finally we got to Clacton.

When we got off the coach, I sat with Aysha and Ebony on the grass to eat our lunch. There were lots of pretty flower beds and we could see the sea.

After lunch, we got into our groups and Miss Norcott was my group's leader. We walked to the beach and when we got there I took my shoes and socks off. The beach was sandy but there were lines of pebbles. I stepped on some of the pebbles and it hurt my feet but it didn't hurt too much.

I went in to the sea with my bucket. I thought the sea was going to be cold but it wasn't that cold. I was jumping over the waves in the sea. SOme waves were big and some were little. Then I got some water in my bucket and carried it back to the sand. I dug a hole in the sand with my hands and put the water in the hole. I made three sand castles around the hole to make it into a moat. I went back to the sea to get some sea shells. I put water in the bucket so the sea shells would not have sand on them. I put the sea shells on the sand castles for decoration.

After the beach, we went to the ice cream stall. There were lots of different flavours! I had a cookie dough ice cream sandwich and it tasted just like a real cookie!

I then went back to the beach to play football with the boys and Ebony. It was easier running with no shoes on as I could run faster.

It was then time to go home. The coach was waiting for us. It wasn't the same coach as the one we came in. It was a double decker! I sat on the top next to Aysha. Half of the way home, I fell asleep and when I woke up I felt sick! I told MRs Knighton and she told me to go and sit downstairs. I felt better sitting down there.

Ten minutes later, we got to school and Daddy Peter was waiting for me by the gates. I felt very tired and I nearly fell asleep in the car!

I had an excellent day at Clacton with my class and Year 5!

On Thursday 30th June, Years 2 and 5 went to Clacton for the day! Check the website at the end of the week for a recount of our day. There is a competition for the best Year 2 recount to be published on this page!
To finish our work on 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch', we designed and made our own lighthouses, complete with working lights! We ended the day with a Mr Grinling style picnic on the field and were even lucky enough to get some sunshine. A big thank you to everyone who bought in Pringles tubes so that we could make our fantastic lighthouses!

Whipsnade Zoo Trip

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Year 2 Trip to London

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On Monday we went on a walk round the field and wooded area looking for minibeasts and plants. We did manage to see a spider, some ants, some centipedes and some slugs.


Our Trip to Whipsnade Zoo

We had an absolutely brilliant day. The children were amazing and did not complain once with all the walking we did! We were very lucky with the weather too! We started the day with a fantastic workshop on habitats and the children even got to hold a snake. After that we saw lots of African animals including the giraffes, lions, flamingos, hippos and cheetahs. We even had time for a visit to the shop!

Our trip to Whipsnade Zoo

Spring Term 2015

Year 2 thoroughly enjoyed their topic 'On Safari'. We learned all about Africa through our geography lessons. In art and ICT we made our own savannah scenes and African masks. For homework we made our own beautiful African necklaces.

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Autumn Term 2014

We had a busy start to the term with out topics on London and Julia Donaldson. Some of our favourite activities were making moving vehicles, London landmarks and writing stories. We also had the KS1 Christmas production which went brilliantly. The children worked incredibly hard learning all their lines as well as song lyrics.

The Great Fire of London

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Summer Term 2014

On Monday 9th June Year 2 went on a coach to Clacton-on-Sea. First of all, we visited the RNLI’s lifeboat station. Alan talked to us about the history of the RNLI as well as what the RNLI do today. It was really exciting when we went downstairs because we got to sit in one of the lifeboats! We also got the chance to go to the locker room and try on one of their helmets. We then enjoyed our picnic lunches and even better were the ice creams! Finally, we had some time on the beach when the sun really did come out for us. We had fun digging, building sandcastles and getting very wet paddling in the sea. It was such a lovely day; I only wish we could have spent longer there.

The Fire Brigade visit Year 2.


On Monday 14th October 2013 the Fire Brigade came to talk to Year 2. They showed us the clothes and equipment they use. They wear heavy boots and fire proof trousers and gloves, gas masks, oxygen tanks and a hard helmet with a torch on top. 

They showed us all the equipment they use to put out a fire and to rescue people from car accidents.  We talked about the differences between our Fire Brigade now and how they tried to put out the Great Fire of London in 1666.  We had a great afternoon.


Written by Savannah and Jessica

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Year 2 launch day

The Great Fire of London


Have you ever wondered what London was like in 1666? On Monday 9th September 2013, Year 2 experienced what daily life was like around the time of The Great Fire of London. 


We were apprentices for the day in the school house, the barbers, the doctors, the leather makers, the candle makers and the weavers.  We learnt skills to help us make artefacts such as ink, medicine pouches and candles.


We learnt how the Great Fire all started, why it spread so quickly across the city of London and the devastation it caused.


We all had so much fun and learnt so much during our launch day.



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