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Year 2 - Pine

Welcome to Year 2 - Pine

Our teacher is Miss Nicholson and our teaching assistants are Mrs Kunsir, Mrs Arif and Mrs Waheed.  


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.

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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 Mahdia and Reyhaan.

Our Computing SmartBots are Irfan Ali and Hana.

Our Sports Ambassadors are Hadi and Fatima.

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

This Week's Superstars!


Our 'Star of the Week' is Nawal for settling into her new school well. 

Our 'Reader of the Week' is Yasin for better comprehension of texts.

Our 'Magnificent Mathematician of the Week' is Sinead for measuring length and height accurately. 

Our Good Behaviour Award this week goes to Liliana.


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 – 9.10

9.10 – 9.30

9.30 – 10.25

10.25 – 10.45

11 - 12

1 – 1.15

1.15 - 2

2 – 2.50

2.50 – 3.15



P.E. (Gym)

10.10 – 10.25 – Individual Reading









P.S.H.E./ Thinking Skills



Victoria Assembly


Registration / Wake Up, Shake Up

Guided Reading










Creative Curriculum






Registration / Wake Up, Shake Up

Guided Reading





11 – 11.25 – Music

11.25 – 12 - Arithmetic







Story Telling Assembly


Registration / Wake Up, Shake Up

Guided Reading











P.E. (Hall)

2.20 – 2.35


Paired Reading

2.35 – 2.50


Class Assembly




Registration / Wake Up, Shake Up

Guided Reading






Maths (Computing)






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 Mrs Waheed 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





Tell me a


What are

things made


Town and







Welcome Leaflet

Home School Agreement



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




  • I can comment on what I like and dislike about a story and link that to my own experiences.
  • I can identify writers' viewpoints and purposes.
  • I can identify the main purpose of the writing and its effect on the reader. 




  • I can write simple sentences and think carefully about the words I use. 
  • I can improve my sentences to make sure they fit the audience and purpose I am writing for. 
  • I can identify the likely audience and consider how this will effect my writing. 




  • I can double and halve numbers up to 10.
  • I can double and halve numbers up to 20.
  • I can double and halve numbers up to 50 (extension 100).

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 Anaya who changes our visual timetable everyday!  She never forgets, so well done!

Aaisha 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 Jill Tomlinson. 


National Poetry Day 2017


On Friday 29th September we celebrated National Poetry Day.  We had lots of fun reading and discussing different poems with the theme 'freedom'  We eventually chose a poem that was called 'Freedom' and performed it to the rest of the school in an assembly at the end of the day.  We made up some fantastic actions!

Reading Open Afternoon - November 2017


On Monday 6th November each class had a 'Reading Open Afternoon'.  Each child was invited to bring somebody along so that they could enjoy sharing books together.  Year 2 held their afternoon in the library at Victoria Road.  Firstly, Miss Nicholson read a story 'Pumpkin Soup' to the children and then we discussed the new vocabulary and content.  We discussed how you should read aloud with expression and intonation to make it sound more interesting!  The children then practised this themselves reading a book aloud.  We had lots of fun!


Aspirations Week 2017


During the last week before half-term the whole school held 'Aspirations Week'.  We had to think about what jobs people have and then have a think about what we would like to be when we're older!  We took part in fun activities pretending we were fitness instructors and chefs!  It was very interesting learning about different careers, especially ones that we hadn't heard of before!

Christmas in Pine Class


We had a great time celebrating Christmas in Pine class!  The highlight was when we did our classroom play, 'Children of the World', with the rest of the Year 1 and 2 children.  Our class were pretending to be children from The United States of America and Australia!  We had lovely singing voices and extremely loud speaking voices.  Well done Pine class!




Visit from the poet Andy Tooze - January 2018


We had such a fun day when we had a visit from a real poet, Andy Tooze!  First of all we listened to some of his fantastic poems in an introductory assembly in the morning.  Then we had a workshop where we had to write our own poems about an animal of our choice.  Aaisha, Hana, Khataab, Muniba, Mahdia and Rayan were chosen by Andy to read their poems in front of some parents at the end of the day.  All the children tried really hard to write their own poem.  Great work everyone! 



Burton Albion's Football Festival 2018


On Thursday 25th January, ten children from Year 2 were selected to go to Burton Albion Football Club to take part in a Football Festival to celebrate the opening of the new Burton Albion Community Building.

The children had a fabulous morning taking part in a variety of football activities and games with Mrs Turner.

There were many opportunities for our children to be involved in the opening celebration such as holding the ribbon as Ben Robinson cut it, radio interviews and appearances on television – 'Midlands Today'.

A big thank you to Burton Albion for giving us this opportunity!


N.S.P.C.C.'s Number Day - 2nd February 2018

MoneySense Workshop


The children in Year 2 had a MoneySense workshop that was organised by NatWest banks.  The workshop was called 'How we use money' and it helped the children to think of ways they can save, spend and donate money.  Three lovely ladies who worked at banks came in to help Miss Nicholson deliver the workshop!  At the end, the children were awarded with a certificate and a free goody bag too!


Safer Internet Day - February 2018

Visit from the Problem-Solving Company - February 2018


Pine class had a great time on Monday 12th February working with the Mathematical Problem-Solving team.

First of all they learnt about coordinates and how to read them using a giant floor grid. Once they understood, the challenge for the whole class was to use the coordinates to find a safe path across the giant grid, without being buzzed! The children took it in turns with a partner to find the route using the letters and numbers on the side of the grid. Subhan and Khataab found the final coordinates to complete the safe path. Some of Pine had brilliant memories and could remember the safe route all the way across the grid!

Problem-Solving Open Day - February 2018

World Book Day 2018


On Friday 9th March we celebrated World Book Day.  Unfortunately it was a few weeks late because of the snow!  We had a great time dressing-up as different characters from the books that we have been reading in story times.  Some of us came dressed as Grace, Flat Stanley, Willa, Emily or as some of the characters from the story Pumpkin Soup.  Well done to everybody who took part!


Burton Library Visit - March 2018

Reading Open Morning - March 2018


Year 2 Pine held another reading open session for the parents on Wednesday 14th March.  The parents who came saw how we teach shared reading and reading as part of our English lessons.  We hope that those who came found it useful!



Reading Open Sessions - Summer Term


On Thursday 7th June, Year 2 held their reading open session.  This time the focus was on individual reading books.  The children read their books, talked about the features of the book, recalled information or retold the story.  The children loved having their parents there!


Trip to Sudbury Hall


On Tuesday 12th June, Year 2 went to Sudbury Hall in Derbyshire.  The children went there to support their creative curriculum theme 'Toys and Puppets'.  They had a fantastic time!  The highlights of the trip were playing with the old-fashioned toys, going up the pretend chimney and being toy detectives for the day!  


Time Travelling Week - June 2018


The class took part in 'Time Travelling Week' in June 2018.  Each class in the school learnt about two significant events from history.  The aim was to complete two pieces of artwork for the new timeline at the Orchard site.  We learnt about Thomas Becket and the first ever F.A. Cup Final which took place in 1872!  We learnt some interesting facts and liked telling Mrs Campion's class all about our topics!


Health, Fitness and Safety Week - July 2018

Cursive Letter Formation


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