Welcome to Year 2 - Tennyson

Welcome to Year 2 Tennyson Class!

Hello! My name is Miss Murphy and welcome to our class page! The amazing Teaching Assistants who make up the team are Mrs O'Connor and Miss Nason.

This term our topic is The Great Fire of London. We have already made a list of questions that we want to find out the answer to and we are looking forward to learning together. So far we have enjoyed watching an animated video of Pudding Lane. From the video we were able to infer what the living conditions were like.

Coming up this half term...

  • Trip to the Pantomime
  • Christmas dinner day
  • KS1 Nativity

Our class name

Tennyson class is named after Alfred Tennyson.

Alfred Tennyson was born in 1809. He is considered one of England's most popular poets. Queen Victoria admired his poetry, writing in her diary that she was 'soothed' by reading some of his work.


Week beginning 13th November

This week we have been learning about data collection. We have learnt that bar charts show information and written our own questions about data.

Here is some of our amazing work...

Times tables

By the end of Year 2, we are aiming to have a solid understanding of the 2x, 3x, 5x and 10x tables.


Week beginning 13th November

Our learning has linked to autumn celebrations. We kick started our week with performance poetry. We had lots of fun thinking about how to perform the firework poems and showcasing our ideas. In our writing we focussed on using onomatopoeia in our firework shape poems. Take a look at some of our super work...


During the autumn term we are concentrating on learning how to spell common exception words.


We will learn...

  • what we need to survive (water, food, air)
  • the importance of a healthy diet
  • to sort healthy and unhealthy food
  • to design healthy meals
  • the importance of exercise to keep healthy
  • the changes as we grow from babies to adults (baby, toddler, child, teenager, adult, elderly person)


Computing is one of our favourite lessons in the week. So far this year we have learnt how to use the internet as a research tool. We copied images from Google and pasted them into a Word document.

Last week we started to explore PowerPoint. We've had lots of fun using different animations and transitions.


This term PE will take place on a Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. Please ensure your child has a PE kit in school so they can join in with the sessions. Most of our PE sessions will take place in the Sports hall. Children can wear jogging bottoms if they wish.

We have been busy perfecting our football skils.

We have learnt;

  • how to stop the ball using one foot
  • how to kick the ball with the side of our foot
  • to look up to check where we are sending the ball
  • to find space

If we keep working hard Gemma (football coach) has suggested a football competition against Wordsworth.


Reading is a top priority for all children as it underpins all the curriculum areas. Reading at home will make a HUGE difference to your child's learning. By the end of year 2 the national expectation is that children are reading Gold book band books. We as a team want every child to reach this level. But we can't do this on our own, we need your support!

Top tips:

  • Make reading part of your child's everyday routine - reading for just 10 minutes a day will be a massive benefit to your child.
  • Record the reads in your child's reading diary. This helps the adults in school to know how familiar a book is when your child reads.
  • Remember to share different reading material. It could be comics, recipe books, library books or websites. Any reading counts so make sure you record this reads in your child's diary.

Important information

  • Please ensure your child brings their home school diary and reading book into school every day.
  • Please label your child's belongings to prevent them getting lost.

As a team we are always happy to chat. If you have any queries or want to discuss anything, please come and chat to a member of staff. If however, you would like a longer session to discuss your child's needs please make an appointment. The year 2 team can then discuss your child without it feeling rushed.

If you need any information please do not hesitate to ask. We look forward to a successful year ahead in Year 2.

This Week

The Great Fire of London

Children in Need


Please support us at home by:

  • Reading at least 3 times a week and recording this in reading diaries
  • Practise the 2, 5, 10 and 3 times tables - it would be great if you could do this on a regular basis!
  • Please complete any other given homework

Thank you!

February 2018


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