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Year 2 - Owls

My name is Mrs Ellis and I am the Owls class teacher.  Mrs Pilkington and Mrs Rawnsley are the Teaching Assistants 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.  ‚Äč




Help us to win £20,000.00 by collecting the Aldi vouchers.  Every £30 you spend in store gains school a sticker to add to our chart which is displayed opposite Mrs Allin's office.


Hello and welcome back! We hope that everyone had a lovely Christmas and would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year from all the team in Owls.  As we enter the spring term, we are beginning our exciting “Time Travellers” topic where our learning will be focused around the Titanic.  The children will be learning lots of interesting facts about both the ship itself and the events that led to the sinking in 1912.


This half term the children will have Dance on a Tuesday and Gymnastics on a Wednesday, both will be based on the theme of Titanic.  As always, please ensure your child has their full kit (named) in school including pumps that fit them!


The children continue to take responsibility for changing their own reading books and have the opportunity to do this each day. Please ensure that you sign their reading record once you have read with them so that we are able to see when they have read at home and are.  are ready to change.

Below are some of the exciting things that last years Year 2 got up to ...


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.