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Transition Booklet

If you are new to starting Year 2, look at the Transition booklet below for some information of your teachers, the organisation and the school. We hope you settle in well. Please contact the class teachers, Mrs Harper and Mrs Ainsworth if you need any further support. 

Jubilee celebrations 


We all enjoyed a day of crafting and decoration making for the Queens platinum jubilee, followed by a whole school tea party. We even sang God Save the Queen. Follow the link below to see πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ πŸ‘ΈπŸ» 

Summer 2022

This term, we will investigate minibeasts and creatures within our local area to support in answering the essential question:


What do living things need to survive? 


We are hoping for a school trip where we can go investigate and explore nature with further fieldwork looking at what is living in nature. 




In English we have learnt the story Jack and the Beanstalk. So far, we have shared our class version of the story which we can  retell using actions. 


We completed a conscience corridor sharing our ideas of how Jack and his Mum might have felt waking up to see a beanstalk. You can see here...

Here are pictures of us completing our tasks and learning and our ideas.

Now we have imitated this and created our own Beanstalk stories. We have recorded ourselves reading these aloud. Check them out on the class video page or follow the link below! 

Finally, before half term we hope to write our own versions of a monster defeat story. Could we have a monster, giant, hulk character? What might they sell as they are poor - dog, car, house? What might they get in return? Seeds, plants, bulbs?


Come back later this week to find out what we have decided...


Maths - Time

We have begun to look at time. First we used clocks to find o’clock and then we have started to recognise half past and also quarter past and to. 

Maths - Position and Direction

We are learning to control Beebots using the language:






quarter turn right

quarter turn left


We have created instructions and are following each other’s routes. We are very good at finding right and left and directing each other as well as coding the beebots to move and travel. 

Maths - Measures

In Maths we have begun to investigate measures. We are able to compare lengths using the vocabulary: longer than, taller than, shorter than, smaller than. 


Rulers, meter sticks and measure tapes have been used to measure in millimetres (m), centimetres (cm) and metres (m)

DT - Food and Nutrition

Darren from Roots to Food came in this week to teach us about the importance of nutritious food and how to make a healthy meal. We prepared the ingredients ourself using the claw to prevent our fingers getting hurt cutting, we folded, stirred and mixed the ingredients especially when marinading our protein (chicken or quorn) and finally how to steam and cook.

The jambalaya we made was so delicious and tasty!

RE - Thankfulness 

What a fantastic day we have had! We have explored Hinduism and the festival of Holi. We began with a story then completed lots of activities. We: 

* tasted some Indian foods and designed a banquet meal 

* created Rangoli patterns and pictures 

* designed clothing and Mehndi-henna tattoos

* danced and learnt Bollywood moves 


We really enjoyed spending the day with Year 2 from Denton and sharing how other religions celebrate and are thankful for others. 

Art - Pointillism 

We are studying a range of artists that use the technique pointillism. So far, we have looked at the work by George Seurat, Vincent Van Gogh and Emily Kame. We have tried using a range of media to express our images. We really enjoyed the paints and cotton buds to help with our self portraits! Emily Kame uses her fingers to paint her aboriginal style pointillism for, that we found to be so much fun!! 

Music - Mrs B

We are very much enjoying Mrs B teaching us how to sing and play a range of instruments this term. We are hosting a concert shortly to showcase all we have learnt. But, in the meantime, here is a sneaky peek!

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Spring 2022


Where could an adventure

take you? 

This term we will discover some famous explorers who have travelled around the world. We will look at the continents, equator and location to the North and South Pole. Robert Falcon Scott is a British explorer that we will study and look at his adventures to Antarctica.


Before the end of term, we will go for a hike, like these famous explorers. We will need to be prepared for the weather and what we might need to take. What fun we will have!


Where has an adventure taken us?

We have been very lucky today with the weather for our school trip. Before we set off, the children prepared their bags and brought what they needed for an adventure, just like those explorers we have been studying! 


As you can see, a packed lunch was essential as was a drink! We were unsure of clothing as it was chilly but warm. We were glad to take a coat to be safe! 


Some of us brought teddies to keep us happy and feel safe and we even managed to get some time to colour and read a book! We all had a great day and are excited for further adventures in our local area!


We have all worked incredibly hard to improve our skills this term. Our gymnastics has been great fun and we can now perform much better forward rolls, move along a balance beam and behave like gymnasts. 


We loved taking part in the Easter Cup this week. Everyone worked incredibly hard for their house. We wonder which house scored the largest total throughout the school? 


Today we were lucky to have some time in the snow before it melted. We used the school value of synergize when building snowmen and pulling each other on the sledge!


Our first unit this term was to multiply and divide. We are learning to share equally and use the divide symbol!

Next, we learnt to create a tally, read and interpret pictograms and block diagrams. We used our knowledge of the 2, 5 and 10 times tables to help us read scales!

Our current unit is looking at shape! We are learning about 2D (flat shapes) and 3D (solid shapes). So far, we have named shapes including square, pentagon and quadrilateral, we have discussed features including edge, side, corner and vertices and now are looking at vertical lines of symmetry. 

English - Talk for Writing 
This term we have learnt to describe a setting. Using The Tin Forest as our starting point, where we imagined we were in a forest setting with magnificent animals and sights. We added adverbs to add detail. For our independent phase, we created setting descriptions in locations such as the beach, a haunted house and even outer space. How creative!

Setting descriptions using adverbs - Our final draft

We are currently looking at non-chronological posters using Lost and Found as our stimulus. We are helping the boy find the penguin! We created a toolkit of what lost posters would need and have learnt how to use apostrophes for possession (and have looked at contraction too)! 

So far, we have edited Mrs Harper’s poster as it was lacking detail of what the penguin looked like and how he behaved. Now we are moving on and innovating our own animal that might have got lost! 



In computing this term, we have been exploring technology around us at school and beyond. Technology is used so much we have completed some Safer Internet activities to keep us safe online. We know what to do should anything pop up, ask us to click the link, or we don't feel safe. and that is to TELL AN ADULT!


So far, we have:

  • logged on and open and closed programmes and games 
  • Saved and retrieved documents
  • Held video calls in Teams
  • Taken #selfies and created piccolages 
  • learn and understand eBooks and have begun to write our own using Purple Mash!




We are enjoying our music lessons with Mrs B. So far, we have learnt how to play some notes of the recorder. Here we are playing B.


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World Book Day 2022

We have all enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day today. How much fun we have had! We have explored a range of books, completed some tasks including drawing and have enjoyed a visiting speaker from the library. 


We have enjoyed listening and sharing some of our books from the book-wish-list. Thank you for purchasing these to refresh our libraries! 

Autumn 2021 

Nativity 2021
Here is our Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 Nativity called Shine Star Shine




What wonders lie in the

enchanted woods?  

What a fun term we have planned! We will begin looking at the Gruffalo and character descriptions before creating a Wanted poster for a creature that may be found lurking in the woods. We will investigate and learn names of trees and classifications, knowing which trees are evergreen and deciduous. As well as this, in DT we will be conducting market research to find out the most popular sandwich filling in Harlaxton school. We might even get chance to make one!



Weekly Timetable - Here is a guide of our activities set out throughout the week

Our Woodland Exhibition 
wow! Thank you so much for the great participation at the woodland exhibition. The children were so proud to showcase their work to you all. 
I hope you enjoyed looking and learning what we have been up to including:

  • wanted posters for a missing troll with descriptive language 
  • maps of a woodland similar to the Gruffalo story 
  • What we found out from our fieldwork around the village on human and physical geography
  • Our visit to Gunby woods including art work influenced by Andy Goldsworthy
  • The woodland riddles / poems
  • Our market research and making of scrumym sandwiches
  • The science leaflets explaining features of plants and trees found in our local area
  • Plus much more…! 

Harvest Festival 

Recently we visited church to celebrate Harvest.  Thank you for the generous donations of food, this has been greatly received by the food bank.  We sang some beautiful songs including Autumn Days and performed our poem.  Watch the video link below to see our performance!

We have enjoyed exploring art in the style of Andy Goldsworthy


Here we are enjoying creating wanted posters to protect the children in school from the terrifying, ugly and stinky troll that is lurking nearby. So far, we have learnt that a wanted poster needs: 

  • a bold title 
  • an introduction 
  • facts about their looks
  • where they were last seen
  • what they are wanted for 
  • a reward! 


We decided to stain them to make them look old and special!


We are learning to add and subtract 2-digit numbers using our understanding of place value of tens and ones. We are trying to exchange and carry where we swap ten ones for a ten or one ten for ten ones. Using manipulative is helpful! 

Christmas Story time - Dear Santa

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Here are some resources should you wish to further support your child with finding the special  friends in words. We are recapping Set 2 and Set 3 sounds following RWI. 



Online Resources



If you need extra reading materials, use this online platform with many age related books including Biff and Chip and Read Write Inc. books used in school. 


Useraname: harlaxton2

password: harlaxton



Online stories - Daily stories are vital to support a child's development. We love audio books so we can drift into an imaginative land. Enjoy using the link below. 




You have your logins for Purple Mash and Education City (in your homework books) which you can use as you require. There are a range of subjects that can be explored and learning enhanced or consolidated with. Sometimes I will set 2Dos and Cities for your homework task.


Purple Mash - Don't forget to comment on the blog



Education City - lots of games and activities to use



Our School Values - Leader In Me


On a daily basis, the children try to demonstrate our core values within school. As we aim to practise them so often, they become good habits that we can use not only in school but also at home too. 


  • Value 1: Be Proactive (You’re in Charge)
  • Value 2: Begin With the End in Mind (Have a Plan)
  • Value 3: Put First Things First (Work First, Then Play)
  • Value 4: Think Win-Win (Everyone Can Win)
  • Value 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood(Listen Before You Talk)
  • Value 6: Synergise (Together Is Better)
  • Value 7: Sharpen the Saw (Balance Feels Best)


Growth Mindset and Well being 


We are continuing to use Growth Mindset to encourage resilience and perseverance for all our children to support and further their learning. Our Collective Worship this term will support this by focusing on mental wellbeing, healthy life-style and positive relationships which links our seventh value of Sharpen the Saw. Further information can be found by following the link below. There is a story and activity below that can be used to support children that are worried and suffer anxiety as a result of Covid-19. 

British Values

Useful Websites for additional homework ideas.

Documents and Links - click to open