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Year 2 - Pine

Welcome to Year 2 - Pine

Our teacher is Miss Nicholson and our teaching assistant is Mr Olszynski.  We are also supported by Mrs Smith and Mrs Masters.  Mrs Lerigo teaches us on Tuesday mornings.


There are 30 children in our class – 13 boys and 17 girls. 

Class Codes

  • Keep your hands and feet to yourself.

  • Respect everyone and everything.

  • Be a good listener and try your best.

  • Be proud to be in the Victoria team.

  • Show good manners.

British Values   

As part of our British Values in Year 2, we will be learning about democracy by encouraging the children to make decisions together.  One of the ways we will be doing this is by holding class votes.  We vote for our School Council representatives and also vote for our Behaviour Ambassador each half term.


Mutual respect and tolerance of each other are part of the values underpinned in Year 2, and the importance of accepting, respecting and valuing the feelings and views of others is embedded in the day to day learning.  We will be learning about similarities and differences, and how these should be celebrated.  Children are always encouraged to develop their self-confidence and self-esteem, and to express their needs and opinions. 


The children are taught the importance of having rules and routines in place within the school and classroom, and how they contribute to making our school a safe and happy environment.  They are always encouraged to think about their actions and make good choices.  Our Behaviour Ambassador will choose a weekly 'Behaviour Star' to celebrate this.


We will work together to help one another and to make Year 2 Pine a great class!


Class Representatives


We have been voting for who we want to represent the class this year!


Our School Council Representatives are Abdul and Momina.

Our Computing SmartBots are Qasim and Ruqayyah. 

Our Sports Ambassadors are Yusuf and Keita.

This half-term's Behaviour Ambassador is Mia.  She will choose the 'Behaviour Star' every Monday!

This Week's Superstars!


Our 'Star of the Week' is Qasim. 

Our 'Reader of the Week' is Aisha.

Our 'Magnificent Mathematician of the Week' is Mia. 

Our Good Behaviour Award this week goes to Noor-Fatima.

Our 'Creative Cobra' award goes to Simona.


Well done to everybody who was awarded with a certificate in Monday's assembly.  Keep up the good work!

Our Class Timetable


This is the class' timetable for the year.



8.55 – 9.15

9.15 – 9.35

9.35 – 10.30

10.30 10.45

11 - 12

1 – 1.15

1.15 – 2.15

2.15 – 2.50

2.55 – 3.15


Registration / Wake Up, Shake Up

Guided Reading


English Writing









P.E. (Hall)


Creative Curriculum

2.50 - Victoria Assembly


Registration / Wake Up, Shake Up

Guided Reading


English Writing















Registration / Wake Up, Shake Up

Guided Reading


English Writing




Maths (Computing)















Story Telling Assembly


Registration / Wake Up, Shake Up

Shared Reading


English Writing











P.E. (Gym)


Registration / Wake Up, Shake Up

Shared Reading


English Writing















2.50 - Good Work Assembly


Homework is given out on Friday and is due back on Tuesday.  This links with learning carried out during the week and is chosen so that children can practise more at home and share their work with you.  Children who do not complete their homework will be expected to finish it at school, usually during playtime.  Please see Miss Nicholson or Mr Olszynski if you have any questions.  During holidays, children are asked to research information for their new theme work.


P.E. - Children need to keep their P.E. kit in school.  Please make sure they have black pumps.  Earrings should be removed (before school if children are unable to remove them by themselves), for health and safety reasons.  We do P.E. on Mondays and Thursdays.

Creative Curriculum Themes

Our themes enable us to develop and apply knowledge and skills in different areas of the curriculum, such as history, geography and art.  These lessons take place during the afternoon.  We do link our theme work with our English learning through stories, poems and drama.  Where possible, we go on educational visits or invite visitors in, so that we develop our learning and understanding more.


These are our themes for this year:

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2


Around the World


80 Days




The Titanic

How does your

garden grow?



Welcome Leaflet

Home School Agreement



Every half-term we have targets for reading, writing and maths.  Here are our targets for the autumn 2 half-term;




  • I can tell a friend what different characters are like in stories. 
  • I can talk about my favourite characters and books and given reasons why I like them. 
  • I can say why a character behaved in a certain way using the clues from the text to help me. 




  • I can write simple sentences by myself using capital letters and full stops correctly.
  • I can write simple sentences and join clauses using 'and', 'but' and 'because'. 
  • I can join some clauses using 'because', 'if', 'when', 'or', 'and' and 'but'. 




  • I know my number bonds to 10.
  • I know my number bonds to 20.
  • I know my number bonds to 50. 

Class Helpers


The children are all very keen to help with any jobs.  We help everyday to tidy up our lovely classroom and people often help to give out books and other resources.


Special thanks though goes to Aleeza who changes our visual timetable everyday!  She never forgets, so well done! 

Aaryan helps to fill up our water bottles on Monday mornings.  

Nazia also helps to clean our water bottle lids every Friday.  Thanks for your help! smiley

Our 'Wow' Work Board


We have a special display board in our classroom where we put up work that is particularly amazing!  We all try hard to get our work on there and when we do our name goes in the 'Bee Good' when we can win a prize!


Our Book Corner


We are really enjoying our book corner in the classroom that is a pirate's ship.  We also have lots of new books to read and some comfortable seats.  We remember our readers' rights by looking at the poster!


Our Author of the Half-Term


Each half-term we are focusing on a different author.  These authors are one of the authors who have written the 'story time' books.  We have story time every day after lunchtime and we are really enjoying them!  This half-term's author is Emily Gravett. 


Fairground Day - October 2018


The class had a great time on Fairground Day!  The children went to different classrooms throughout the day and took part in various activities.  They made models, played different fairground games, made puppets and lots of other things!  


National Poetry Day - October 2018

The class had a wonderful time on National Poetry Day!  Firstly, we watched poets performing their own poems and discussed how to do this well.  Then we learnt a poem called 'Caterpillar' by Christina Rossetti;


Brown and furry
Caterpillar in a hurry,
Take your walk
To the shady leaf, or stalk,
Or what not,
Which may be the chosen spot.
No toad spy you,
Hovering bird of prey pass by you;
Spin and die,
To live again a butterfly.


We then learnt the signs and performed the poem to the school.  We did a fantastic job!

Reading Open Session - Autumn 2018

The parents were invited into the classroom to learn more about how we teach reading at school.  We looked at the new reading journals and discussed how to complete them.  Afterwards, we read one of our reading spine books called 'Gorilla' by Anthony Browne.  We then had a go at completing the narrative summary pyramid altogether.  We gave some fantastic responses! no


Summary Pyramid (narrative)




One word - character’s name



______________ ______________

Two words to describe the character



______________ _______________ _______________

Three words to portray the setting



_____________ _____________ _____________ ___________

Four words to explain the problem


Commemorative Week - November 2018

Year 2 Pine will be learning about the National Health Service (N.H.S.) after half-term to celebrate its 70th birthday on 5th July earlier this year.  Watch this space to see what we did!

Cursive Letter Formation


This is how we form our letters in Year 2 using cursive letter formation.