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Year 2 - Owls

My name is Miss Gratton and I am the Owls class teacher.  Mrs Golden is the Teaching Assistant in our class. We work closely together to provide an engaging and safe learning environment. In the Owls class we try really hard to encourage and develop, mutual respect, tolerance and an independent working style.  ​


What's happening this term in Owls?

This term our topic is 'Go Wild!' We will be having loads of fun now that we have finished our SATs. What a busy term we have! We've got lots of exciting trips and visits planned. We're going to White Hall for an adventurous activities day, we're off to the Goyt Valley for another fun day and we've also got the Derbyshire Wild Life Trust coming in to work with us. They will be taking us down to Fairfield Allotments, where we're going to look at animal's life cycles, the water cycle and also have a go at pond dipping! We are also going to be practicing for sports day which will take place on Monday 15th July.  


We'll also be doing lots of different transition activities with the Junior School. We'll have chance to meet our new teachers and look round our new school. A letter about specific transitions events and dates will follow. 

End of Year Assembly 

This is something you will not want to miss! We're going to be workign really hard this term learning lines, dances, songs and creating things for our end of year show. We are going to do two performances for parents this year, they will be on Thursday 11th July at 9.15am and 2.00pm. Save the date. We are not ticketing the event, so please feel free to just come along. 


For more information on our topic and the fun at home activities you can do, please read our class newsletter below. If you want to see what your child will be doing specififcally in Maths and English please see the Medium term planning attched below. 

Class News Letter and Homework

Planning for this term - Summer 2 

Who works in the Owls class

Who works in the Owls class 1 Miss Gratton - Class Teacher
Who works in the Owls class 2 Mrs Golden-Teaching Assistant

Our Classroom

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All the children had a fabulous time at Whitehall. They worked well in their teams taking part bouldering, orienteering, caving and the zip wire. We were really lucky with the weather and were able to stay outside all day. 

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust 

A lady from the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust came in to talk to us all about the water cycle. We did a water audit of our school, looking at how we use water in different ways. We also came up with some good solutions for how we could save water in our day to day lives. Have you tried any at home yet? 

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We went to the park!

As a special treat for working really hard on our SATs we went to the park and had lollies. We pushed Mrs Gratton really high on the basket swing and we accidentally knocked Mrs Golden off the balancing wheel. We had loads of fun! 

Programming the Beebots on the Ipads 

We looked at how we could programme our Beebots to follow certain paths. It was tricky but we persevered.    


What a fun time we all had at ‘Fairfest’, even the rain didn’t stop the fun. A huge thank you to all the parents that came and an even bigger thank you to those that joined in. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. 
What a fantastic time we had at the Making Space dance festival. The children practiced and performed at the Opera house where seats were sold out. They performed brilliantly and were very excited to be involved in the festival. A huge thank you to all the parents who were able to join us. 

Here are some websites that you can use to support your child's learning at home 

Doubles Championship!

Last term we held a doubles competition to see who was the doubles champion. The children had 1 minute to solve as many doubles questions as they could. A very well done to our winner Maisie Wicks.

This terms championship will be on multiplication facts. 

Click on the title or the picture to practice at home. See how many you can do! 


This is a healthy competition in a supportive environment to support children with their mental maths fluency and rapid recall of number facts.  





Meet Arnie - Our class pet

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Arnie is a fluffy owl who perches next to Miss Gratton's whiteboard all week watching to see which child he wants to go home with for the weekend. Every Friday Arnie tells Miss Gratton who he'd like to go home with and what they've done that's made him choose them. He often chooses children who have worked really hard or who have done something fantastic that week. Sometimes he chooses children if they have been a good friend, or someone who has followed the golden rules really well. Arnie loves his adventures and we love to hear about them too. So please feel free to write stories, draw pictures or add photos to Arnie's Adventure book when you take him home.  

A visit from a special guest!

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A member of our class brought in her pet tortoise for us to look at. We really enjoyed learning about what Karly eats. It left us a lovely present on our carpet!  

Healthy Living Week

We've done loads of different activities for Healthy Living Week. We've done extra forest school sessions, had visits and talks by the Fire service and the PDSA, we've had a day of Zumba finished with a danceathon. We've taken part in cross country and learnt how to play rugby and finally we've baked a healthy apply crumble. Yum, Yum!

Wow what a busy week!  

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Forest School 

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Show and Tell 

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We had a very special treat this week, when a member of our class brought his bird into class for show and tell. We had a great time asking questions about the bird, which was called Batman! 

We have show and tell every Friday afternoon, so if there is anything your child would like to bring in please feel free to let them bring it. 

Being Eager Explorers 

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We have had  lots of fun in our topic afternoons, looking at the world map. We've been finding different countries and labelling the seven different continents. 

Art from around the world 

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We have had a go at different styles of art from different continents. Here we are having ago at African art, Aboriginal art and Japanese art. 

Exploring what is living, dead and has never been alive in Science!

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Keeping Safe in Our Community

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We had two PCSO Officers come and talk to us about how to stay safe in our community. We discussed what we might see on the floor as we walk to and from school and what we should do about it.