Welcome to 2C
Grown ups - Mrs Crawford, Miss Williamson
Class teddy - Mr Tiggs
Class Venus fly trap - Mr Tibbles
Class Worry Monster - Senor Worry
On our class page, you will find copies of our letters and photos of the fun things we get up to in Year 2.
Class Letters - 2021 to 2022
Haydn's first Diversity Day was a wonderful time! We celebrated everyone's differences, wore our own clothes and read some beautiful books about different types of family and different types of love. We had such a lovely time learning that love is love.
As part of our geography topic, "Ahoy There!", we visited Nottingham Castle. Later in the term, we'll be able to compare the inner city things we saw to the lush wildlife of rural Jamaica. We had an excellent time and learnt lots about Robin Hood, too! We even went down into the caves.
This afternoon, we improved our paper aeroplane designs and had a good go at flying them in the yard. Some of them were In. Cred. I. Ble.
As far as Mays go, we've had a pretty busy one. We've done a couple of quizzes and completed an independent write using lots of subordinating conjunctions (because, when, if) and historically accurate facts. We're only 7. To rest our brains (a little), we have mapped our playground from a bird's eye view. We had to think about what objects would look like from above and try to draw things to scale, so the giant trees weren't drawfing the wonky house. Here we are being ready, responsible, resourceful and resilient.
This half term, our topic was called Aviation. We learnt about famous people from history, including Bessie Coleman, Amy Johnson, the Wright brothers and Albert Ball. We also learnt about Spitfire aeroplanes. We wrote a non-chronological report, in the shape of a plane (of course), to share facts about these inspiring people. We also dressed up as Amelia Earhart. Don't we look funny!
The US Open trophy comes to Haydn! We were very lucky to be chosen as one of the TWO schools in all of England to welcome back the grand slam tennis trophy on it's first few days back in this country for 44 years! We enjoyed a whole school assembly (with tear jerking-ly beautiful singing), tennis fun and got to have a photo with the cup itself. Carefully, watched over by its two bodyguards! We spent some time learning about Emma Raducanu and why her "growth mindset" helped her with her success. She sounds like she uses the Haydn 5Rs, all the time!
Alongside our history Aviation topic, we have been learning about materials and their properties in science. We have learnt some fancy vocabulary (with actions!) like, opaque, translucent and transparent. We have looked for objects made of brick, fabric and glass and considered why walls need to be opaque! Most recently, we have explored what natural and manmade means. Here we are having sorted objects, with our pals, into categories.
We had some great news the other day: Fatimah came dressed as Elton John! She came in her sparkly, pink and yellow sunglasses and reminded the grown ups of the musical icon. So, naturally, our Cosmic Yoga was replaced by a boogie to "I'm still standing". What a day!
Eid Mubarak! Many of our children have celebrated Eid this week. Some of them came in to school in their beautiful celebration clothes and explained what Eid means to them and their families. The girls also had wonderfully intricate mehndi patterns on their hands. What a happy time!
With the invasion of Ukraine being unavoidable in the news, we had some grown up conversations about what was happening. We tried to understand words like solidarity, refugee and political. We then spent some time painting sunflowers, a symbol of hope, and thinking how very lucky we are to be together.
In Science, we have been learning about animals, including humans. We have learnt that animals change from babies to adults and what animals need to survive. As a rite of passage for any Nottingham child, we went on a trip to White Post Farm. The weather Gods were very kind to us and we had an excellent time holding rabbits, stroking snakes and feeding sheep! Luckily, no one was eaten by a goat and we all had a great time!
We love a challenge in Year 2, so over the last few days we have been designing, building and then evaluating our own marble runs. We used cardboard, plastic bottles and loo rolls to make loads of cool designs. Have a look at a few!
In Year 2, we're always reading fun books and most recently we have read You're A Bad Man, Mr Gum by Andy Stanton. We've used it to learn about similies, onomatopoeia and general silliness. We're going to write a book review about it. THE TRUTH IS A LEMON MERINGUE!
As well as Venus fly traps, we've been learning about another cool, well-adapted plant: the saguaro cactus. These ENORMOUS plants live in North America and can weigh the same as 6 cars! Their leaves roll to make super spikey spikes to reduce water loss and also to protect them from hungry animals. These plants are so well protected that clever little elf owls sometimes make their homes in them. We planted our own cactus in a bottle and, with a bit of luck, one day we'll all have a beautiful flowering cactus.
We have been learning about Venus fly traps. These cool, carnivorous plants come from South Carolina, in America. We actually have one in class and it's called Mr Tibbles. Only 5% of their diet is from flies and they have been known to eat mice! We put all of our facts on to a massive poster and used glitter with the motto, "More is more".
To celebrate Chinese New Year on the 1st February, we listened to the story of the Chinese zodiac told to us by a person from actual China (over Zoom)! We're so lucky to have links with the University of Nottingham. We also made tigers out of loo rolls and learnt some cool tiger facts! Did you know that a tiger's stripes are unique?
On her way back from Market one day, Mrs Crawford traded her cow for some wonderful magic beans off a kind old man she'd never seen before. We've planted them and given them everything they need to grow. Fingers crossed they start to germinate!
Over the Christmas holidays, we investigated a country of our choice. It was entirely up to us which country we looked at and what we looked in to. Look at how brilliant they are!
Our new topic is called, "Nonsense". We've been learning about mythical creatures, magic beans and very unusual plants. We've been learning what a plant needs to grow and looked at their life cycle.
Check out 2C looking swish in their Christmas jumpers!
Great news, grown ups! 2C have managed to earn another treat afternoon. We get hundred square points for moving around school sensibly, working quietly, being kind and making sure we always remember the Haydn 5 Rs: Ready, Responsible, Resourceful, Resilient and Reflective. We vote for our treat and then Mrs Crawford nips to Lidl to buy us a delicious snack!
We have been very busy learning the songs for our Christmas performance. We can't wait to show you all of our hard work! Here's a sneak peak of our singing...
We've been busy trying to get our head around time recently. By the end of Year 2, we should be able to tell the time to 15 minutes using vocabulary such as o'clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past. It is a tricky old business but we're using our Haydn 5Rs to have a go!
During our Sustainability Week, we read Fish by Brendan Kearney, Somebody Swallowed Stanley by Sarah Roberts and Alba The Hundred Year Old Fish by Lara Hawthorne. All three books look at the impact of plastic on our oceans. Whilst we don't live near the sea, we still have an important role to play in looking after our marine ecosystems. We created posters explaining why plastic is so useful but also what we can do to use less of it!
We visited the Blackwoods Scout hut on Hucknall Road and the weather gods were really shining down upon us! We had to walk half a mile, crossing lots of busy roads, but we were all super sensible and represented our school brilliantly. We did some bark rubbing, a nature hunt, made collage hedgehogs, drank hot chocolate and even saw a badger's sett! What an awesome morning!
We've been trying our new view finders and showing off our new scientific vocabulary like, "man made" and "natural". See what we found in our school garden.
We have been developing our sketching skills and studying great artists such as Lowry and Claude Aubriet. We've sketched houses, plants and most recently insects. We turned our hands to sculpting and modelled our own spiders, butterflies or leaf insects. Have a look!
In Autumn 2, our topic will be "Into The Woods". This is a science topic where we learn about woodland creatures, build animal homes and develop our sketching skills. Have a look at our incredible homeworks that we made over the October half term. Aren't they brilliant!
We enjoyed visiting our school garden looking for all of the habitats we could find. Afterwards, we sketched a microhabitat (underneath a log) in our science books. We also found lots of signs of autumn!
Welcome to 1W
I have taken some photographs of our new classroom, there are lots of new areas for you to explore! I can't wait to show you all around our new room on Thursday. See you soon!
This week's planning is in two parts. If you were in school last week, please follow the planning in blue print. If you were at home last week please follow the planning in black print.
This is the last week's home learning planning. We will see you all back in school in September.
Have a great summer break everyone!
Return to school
We are looking forward to seeing you all over the next few weeks. We have made a video so that you can see what school looks like. It is still the same happy place as you remember but there are some new things in place to keep us all safe. Do not worry we will explain everything to you when you return to school. We are going to have a lovely time.
See you soon.
Mrs Ward and Mrs Wallace
A message for everyone in FW
I hope you enjoyed reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar story, I think it is a fantastic book. The caterpillar eats my favourite fruit on Thursday. Can you remember what fruit he eats on that day? What day does the caterpillar eat your favourite food?
This week we will be continuing our work on The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I look forward to seeing some of your amazing work on Seesaw and in the emails that you send me.
Have fun and I will see you all on Thursday at our Zoom Party (party clothes are not essential but you can wear them if you would like!) Don't forget to tell your friends, it would be great to see everyone. The party will be a show and tell session, if you have something that you would like all of your friends to see make sure that you have it ready to show.
See you soon,
P.S I am so excited about moving to Year One with you all. I hope you are pleased, it is going to be so much fun!
Our First Zoom Party!
We would like to invite you all to our first Zoom Party. The details are below.
Topic: FW's Zoom Party
Time: Jun 18, 2020 03:50 PM London
Meeting ID: 646 070 0620
We hope to see you all there.
Mrs Ward and Mrs Wallace
Week 12 planning is below - keep scrolling!!
National Best Friends Day
Monday 8th June
In our class we are all best friends! I thought that it would be really nice if we could all write a message to each other. You might want to tell your friends what games you are looking forward to playing with them when you return to school, you could tell your friends about a new skill that you have learnt while you have been at home or you might just want to tell your friends how much you are missing them.
Please write your messages and then email them to me (email@example.com) and I will put them on the website for everyone to see.
Creative Quarter Challenges
Keep an eye on the Creative Quarter page ( https://www.haydn.nottingham.sch.uk/creative-quarter/ ) on our website for weekly art challenges that you can all get involved in, inspiring websites and links.
We hope you are all well. Thank you for all of your contibutions on Seesaw and the emails that you have been sending. We love to read them! We are missing you so much. Keep having fun at home (and doing some home learning!)
Mrs Ward and Mrs Wallace
Question of the Week
In what ways are children better than adults?
What do you think FW?
Question of the week
Could you have a sport where everyone is on the same side?
What do you think FW? Could you make one up? Have a go!
We hope you are all okay and still enjoying your time at home with your family.
Thank you for all the kind messages and photos you are sending in and posting on Seesaw, it is so nice to see all the work and activities you have been getting up to. If you haven't got Seesaw yet please e.mail for a link, it is a great way to share our work and fun.
From 4th May we will be using the Letters and Sounds lessons on You Tube as they are very similar to the phonics lessons we have at school. The link is on the planning sheet below. The lessons last about 20 minutes and your child will need a pencil, or pen and paper. They should be able to watch the video unsupported but may need a little encouragement to begin with. Please let us know how they get on.
Take care everyone!
Mrs Ward and Mrs Wallace
A big thank you to the parents
We would just like to say a big thank you to all of the parents for your continued support. We are so impressed with how many children have been completing the work that we have been setting each week. Please do not worry if your child does not complete all of the tasks that we set each week. We understand how challenging this can be if you are having to work from home, or your child is not that keen on doing the work. The main thing is that your child is doing a little bit of school work each day, to accompany all the other wonderful activities that you are providing for your child, while they are learning from home. Once again, THANK YOU.
A massive well done to the children
We are so proud of how well you have all adapted to your new routine. We have loved speaking to you all over the last few weeks. You are all having such wonderful home learning adventures. Please continue to send all of the emails, photos and videos as we love to receive them. We miss you so much and can't wait until we can all return to school and be one big happy class again! Speak again soon.
Mrs Ward and Mrs Wallace
Question of the Week
If pigs are what wolves eat, was the Big Bad Wolf bad?
What do you think FW? Talk about it with your family.
Seesaw is an online platform where children can digitally share the work and activities they have been doing at home and other children in the class can read, like and respond.
To access, either go to https://app.seesaw.me/#/login or download the seesaw app on iOS or Android. Sign up as a student and then enter using the QR code that you have received via email.
Once you are on, go to your inbox and there should be a message waiting for you.
Please have a go and spread the word amongst your friends. I look forward to hearing from you all!
If you have any issues please email me and I will do my best to help you.
Question of the Week
If you dig up buried treasure is it yours?
What do you think FW? Tell your family your thoughts.
Romy's Home Learning Adventure
Behind Romy is a very special 'challenge card' for her to complete while she is working from home.
We would like to wish the following children a 'Happy Birthday'.
We hope that you enjoy your special day.
Please send us a photograph of you celebrating your birthday to:
Question of the week:
Would an elephant make a good pet?
I hope you are all well and being kind to your family. Thank you to those of you who have sent me photos and messages, it is good to hear that you are doing well. I have found some interesting questions which I thought might give you and your family something to talk about so I will put a 'Question of the Week' onto the website, don't argue about them, but listen to everyone's ideas and opinions carefully, there is no right or wrong answer!
Have you been doing some exercise? I've been doing the Joe Wicks workout on You Tube every day, it is hard but every day I can do a bit more! It would be good to know you are doing it at the same time as me!
I hope you have managed to plant the seeds we sent you, It will be great to see what colour all the flowers are. Even when everything changes and there is no school, the flowers keep on growing and the seasons carry on changing, we are heading into spring now, can you see leaves growing on the trees and flowers beginning to grow in the gardens?
During the next two weeks we will be setting work for you to do at home so you can keep some routines going, but do remember to spend some special times as a family too!
Home Learning Pack
Here is another resource to use for ideas if you want to supplement the class home learning packs.
As the school is now closed, we have prepared a pack of resources for you to use with your child at home. We would suggest that children of this age thrive on some structure and routine in their day. Engage your child with cooking, games, crafts, books and stories, schoolwork and physical activity. It is important that your children stay active and keep talking! Having the same structure every day will really help your child and should help you too if you need to spend time working from home.
Each week we will update our class pages on the school website so you can follow a weekly plan of learning activities. We have also provided you with a home learning folder with a variety of tasks, activities and resources. It is clearly indicated on the home learning plan which resources are needed for each activity. As much as possible, we have tried to plan activities which once you have explained to the children, they should be able to complete independently.
Please find below, the attached planning documents and resources for use with your children during weeks 1 and 2 of school closures.
Each week that the school remains closed, we will add subsequent planning.
Please remember that you can email me by emailing
All emails will be forwarded to me
I would LOVE to hear from the children and find out all about their exciting home learning adventures!
Look after yourselves and stay safe