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Year 2 - Pine

Welcome to Year 2 - Pine

Our teacher is Miss Mewisn and our teaching assistant is Mrs Bick. 

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 Eman.  She will choose the 'Behaviour Star' every Monday!

This Week's Superstars!


Our 'Reader of the Week' is Summaiyah.

Our 'Magnificent Mathematician of the Week' is Laura. 

Our Good Behaviour Award this week goes to Yusef.

Our 'Have-a-go-Hippo' award goes to Aaryan.


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 maths.  The reading and writing targets are ongoing and displayed in the children's books.  Here are our targets for the summer 1 half-term;




These targets will be personalised to meet the needs of the children. 




These targets will be personalised to meet the needs of the children. 




  • I know the names of and can identify at least six 2D shapes. 
  • I know the names of, can identify and draw at least six 2D shapes. 
  • I know the names of, can identify and explain the properties of at least six 2D shapes. 

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 Helen Cooper. 


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 learnt about the National Health Service (N.H.S.) after half-term to celebrate its 70th birthday on 5th July earlier this year.  The children enjoyed learning about doctors, nurses, dentists and paramedics.  They learnt how to brush their teeth correctly and even got a new toothbrush to take home!  The children thoroughly enjoyed making the poppies too that have been displayed around the school's grounds. 


Author Visit - November 2018


On Friday 23rd November the school was lucky enough to have a visit from a real author, George Rosling.  He has written some books based upon four children called 'The Four'.  The children enjoyed watching the cartoon  version of the first book, 'Friends for Life'.  They thought of some really interesting questions to ask to find out more about the life of an author.  Well done!


MoneySense Workshop - November 2018


Year 2 were visited by two lovely ladies from NatWest Bank and they had a workshop called 'How we use money'.  We watched a video, learnt about 'needs' and 'wants' and took part in some activities.  We are now money'wiser'! 

Reading Open Session - Spring 2019


On Wednesday 6th February we held our reading open sessions.  This time the focus was on 'questioning'.  We read a text called 'Super Penguin' and discussed the meanings of any unknown words.  Afterwards, we answered some inference questions about the text.  The children gave some really good answers!


Thinktank Trip to Birmingham - February 2019

Safer Internet Day - February 2019


Safer Internet Day was celebrated around the world on Tuesday 5th February.  Each year has a different theme and this year's was, 'Together for a better internet'.  This year's event was bigger than ever with thousands of schools and other organisations taking part.  Everyone discussed how to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.  Year 2 Pine discussed how to keep safe online and produced their own posters.  


Image result for internet safety day 2019


The class enjoy using the ThinkuKnow website to learn about internet safety.  Check out the website at home too!



Burton Library Visit - May 2019


On Thursday 2nd May, Year 2 went on a visit to Burton Library.  We met Liz when we got there and she taught us some interesting facts about bees.  The children then decorated either a bag, fridge magnet or plant pot with flowers and a bee.  Unfortunately, there was a storm whilst we walked back but we still had a great time!



Health, Fitness and Safety Week - July 2019

Cursive Letter Formation


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