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Summer Term 2021 - Timeline and Overview


This term we will learn information and facts about Castles, Knights and Merry Men to answer the essential question:


Are monarchs better than peasants?


What better way to begin this topic with a celebration of St. George's day on Friday 23rd April. Did you know St George was from Turkey and a valued his beliefs in Christianity? We learnt the factual information as well as the fictional story about a dragon!


On this day, we also investigated materials, we tested paper to see how we could make it strong and stiff to make a shield. We found out if we glued 11 pieces of paper together, we couldn't stab a pencil through, so it could be suitable for a shield. But we would prefer metal like St. George had. 


Along with St. George, we are learning about Robin Hood, knights and monarchs of England. So far we know Henry VIII had many wives! We like this song:

English - Character Writing

In English we have been looking at the story Robin Hood


From this, we used our skills in Talk for Writing to innovate the wanted poster to adapt the model text to from Robin to our merry-man or merry-maid character.  What is your favourite noun phrase you can see in the description?


Our toolkit involves: 

  • Using capital letters and full stops 
  • Use noun phrases (adjective-noun e.g. green tunic, sharp dagger)
  • Use expanded noun phrases (adjective-adjective-noun e.g. short, green tunic, wooden, big bow and arrow)
  • Using a range of similes (as long as a ladder, as white as a cloud)


Finally, we innovates the Robin Hood character to make our own. The teacher model was Ella Hood who captured the horses from the rich. 

Innovation Character Wanted Poster

Spellings to be tested Friday 7th May

Maths - Measurement

In Maths we are learning about Measurement using centimeters (cm) and meters (m). We went outside to use larger rulers and meter sticks along with chalk to measure, draw lines and pictures a certain size. We then had to check each others measurements. 

In Art we have been imitating Picasso’s cubism style art to create a self portrait

Science - Science Week w/c 25.04.21

Year 2 decided to join in with Sunflower Day - Friday 30th April! On this day, we used our knowledge of imperative verbs (put, get, pour, sprinkle) along with adverbials of time (First, Next, Then, Later) to create instructions for planting sunflower seeds.


Once we wrote the instructions, the children followed these to plant the seeds. We only had a couple of mistakes - we added too much water! 

World Book day 2021 - Both home and in school!

Some of our celebrations and Achievements  


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.

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