Non-uniform day this Friday 20th May, please bring something in for the class hamper. / We have places available in some year groups! Please contact us for more details.

Year 2 Mrs Herring

Badger Class 2020

Dear Badger Class 2020

Well that was a very strange year for all of us! BUT you have all done incredibly well - staying home to keep safe and to stop the virus from spreading.  You have helped at home and learned new skills - baking, knitting, hoovering, cleaning your room, washing up and lots more to help keep your home running smoothly. You have played with your brothers and sisters or entertained yourselves whilst your grown ups have been busy working hard from home too, something none of us could have imagined a few months ago. As well as doing your home learning pack and keeping up with your reading! Which is why we are so PROUD of each and every one of you!

We had some great times together in class - making chocolate crispy cakes, our epic trip to Rand Farm Park, your fantastic Christmas Production, baking bread and making sandwiches, our fun Christmas party with a visit from Santa, weaving, painting and of course LOADS of English and Maths!

You have been a SUPERB Badger Class - We have missed you all loads since March 23rd, but I know Miss Morris is really excited about having you all in her Y3 class.  We will visit you in your new room as soon as we can, to say hello and see how you are all doing.

Have a lovely summer.

Lots of love Mrs Herring & Mrs Orrey xxxxxxxx


21/7/2020 - Complete the BBC Bitesize maths lesson for today then try this - which standard unit of measure would you use for each? metres/cm, kilograms/g, litres/ml?

17/7/2020 Try to make a witches potion - you have to make sure you have the correct number of legs in each potion. Which of the ingredients will you choose so the potion works?

14/7/2020 Kailan has completed 269.56 miles on his bike in 8 weeks and his team managed to cover a massive 1491.59 miles - smashing their target! Well done to all those who took part!

13/7/2020 These links, Power points and games are to support the pack that you can collect on Monday 13th July.

10/9/2020 Try these WhiteRose maths problems. How many can you get right? To start the slide show WITHOUT answers go to the bar at the top and click on 'slide show' then click 'from the beginning' (otherwise you may see the answers before you have had a chance to work them out!)

8/7/2020 As you are getting towards the end of this home learning pack I thought it would be nice for you to do a Pirate story 'book' review. You can watch any of the pirate story videos from the web site or use one of your own pirate stories. I have attached a book review sheet to help but you could make your own!

6/7/2020 Watch today's BBC Bitesize maths lesson on standard units of measure then try these problems. Write your answers/working out next to each problem. You can try the reading scale - capacity game too.

3/7/2020 Kailan used a torch and a cut glass trophy to make rainbows of light. You can see the spectrum on the photos his mum took!

3/7/2020 Try the BBC Bitesize maths problems for today then try this- Always, sometimes, never. Read each statement carefully, then ask yourself is it ALWAYS true, SOMETIMES true or NEVER true. Decide on your answer and then sort the statements onto the ASN grid.

3/7/2020 LIlli has been working on her handwriting - she has worked SO hard and now looks all ready for Y3. Well done Lilli.

3/7/2020 Leighton has written a super pirate poem using his senses, found out about how animals have adapted to their environments and completed some work on money. Well done Leighton!

30/6/2020 Floating and sinking update. I used 5p coins on my boat/rafts. I only got 2 coins on the skewer raft and 3 coins on the straw raft BUT 36 coins in my tinfoil boat!

30/6/2020 Kailan completed the investigation, he managed to get four 2p coins on his raft.


Try out this cool floating and sinking investigation from Empiribox.

Watch the video and test out your predictions for whether your chosen objects will float or sink (there is a sheet attached for you to write your results on).

THEN - make your different boats and rafts and test out how many of the SAME coins each one will hold before it sinks!

I will let you know later how many coins mine held. I am going to use 5p coins - I just need to empty my piggy bank first!!

Floating and sinking grid - record the material your objects are made from, predict whether they will float or sink then test out your ideas.

These are my three boats/rafts - ready to put coins on.

The following links are to support the home learning pack that can be collected from school on

Monday 29th June.

 Our topics in this pack are: Habitats and food chains, Pirate poetry, Maths puzzles and problems and a 'Talk for writing' project called Rainow, rainbows everywhere!


29/6/2020 Hattie has made a mini beast hotel (I wonder who came to stay?) and a beautiful 'garden on a plate'.

26/6/2020 An update on Kailan's bug hotel - Kailan' s mum had to relocate the bugs in the hotel as it was starting to get a bit smelly. But check out the pictures of the cool bugs who came to visit/stay!

26/6/2020 Henson completed the 24/7 writing challenge. I love his pictures.


Mrs Ingamell's has asked me to tell you about this year's

Sports Day!

Obviously it will be very different BUT exciting too.

I have attached all the documents you need below to enter the great Hawthorn Tree SOCK Sports Day! Yes you did read that correctly - this year's Sports Day is all about socks!!

Please have a look at the activities, Mrs Ingamells will hopefully be loading some videos of how to do each activity on Monday, but there are explanations on the sheets for each activity.

Once you have completed your activity sheet and filled in your scores you should send that sheet back to school so all the scores can be added together for each team.


Good luck everyone!!  
I would love some photos of you doing any of the challenges (I'm sure Mrs Ingamells would too).




25/6/2020 Imogen has been busy at home - making a tin can robot using a hot glue gun, a pirate hat, a pirate boat that she put in her pool and blew across to the other side, delicious cupcakes and she still had time to do some fraction problem solving! Phew!!

25/6/2020 Catch up with Badgers - Natalia drew an amazing pirate ship at school and Wiktoria is still working really hard!!


24/7 writing challenge

Following the instructions on today's BBC Bitesize English lesson -   

Write a story that has just 24 words in 7 minutes.

Have a go, I would love to read your 24/7 stories and post some of them to our class web-page.

I have posted my story below. You could draw a picture to go with your story too. 

Kailan's 24/7 story.

24/7 Writing challenge.

22/6/2020 Catch up with Badgers - Nicole has done some beautifully neat 'Mindfulness' colouring of her parrot and the pirate ship dot to dot too.

22/6/2020 Verbs - watch today's BBC Bitesize English lesson and then try this work on irregular past tense verbs (not as tricky as is sounds!)

19/6/2020 The following sheet can be used after today's BBC Bitesize maths lesson (Challenge 3). These shape problems will really get you thinking!

19/6/2020 Catch up with Badgers! Lilli has been busy doing her online reading programme and has gained another award! Keep on reading Lilli!

19/6/2020 Leighton has been working hard on his pirate booklet. I love his parrot - very neat and colourful!

18/6/2020 Online geography resources - continents and oceans. Follow the instructions for the Oddizzi site. There are videos, photos and lots of information to read. If you want to do the follow up work you need to print out pages 2, 8, 9 and 10 only.

18/6/2020 Kailan tried several different materials on his boats - the tinfoil one stayed afloat all night! The second picture is HMS Mrs Herring - still afloat too!

18/6/2020 Watch the Whiterose daily maths clips. Can you answer the questions and solve the problems?

3.30pm 17/6/2020 I 'waterproofed' my paper boat with tinfoil. It has been floating for 5 hours - although it is a bit wonky!!

17/6/2020 Making a paper boat (using the video instructions). The first document shows my first two attempts and finally my successful boat! The second document is the booklet to go alongside the science/video unit of work.

16/6/2020 BBC Bitesize maths - follow up activity sheet attached for Odd one out. Circle the odd one out and say WHY it is the odd one out. Ask a grown up or brother or sister. Do they think the same as you? Who is right? Is there more than one answer?


The following are links to support  the English unit of work that can be collected from school on Monday 15th June.

If you have any stories or information books about pirates, they would be very useful too!

Jobs on board a pirate ship Power point.

11/6/2020 Watch today's BBC Bitesize Maths and English lessons, complete the online work then try these sheets.

10/6/2020 Watch today's English (commas in lists) and Maths lessons (finding half) and complete the online activities then try these two worksheets.

9/6/2020 Watch today's BBC Bitesize English programme and complete all the follow up activities THEN try this work on contractions using an apostrophe.

8/6/2020 Watch today's BBC Bitesize maths lesson, complete the online activities then try theses fractions problems.

5/6/2020 Watch today's BBC Bitesize English lesson on the suffix ly. Complete all the online activities then try the ly suffix word search below.

3/6/2020 Leighton has been learning how to French knit!! I bet if he keeps going it will be long enough to go right round his living room!!

3/6/2020 Watch today's BBC Bitesize maths programme and complete the online activities THEN try these division word problems! Remember our old friend the bar model to help you work things out!

3/6/2020 Kailan took part in the record breaking challenge with Rob Biddulph. There were 45, 611 people all doing the same art lesson at the same time!!

2/6/2020 Lilli has been enjoying learning at home - especially reading. Keep up the good work Lilli.

26/5/2020 Leighton has been busy completing his spelling book and Natalia has been recreating pieces of art by Mondrian and Jackson Pollack.

21/5/2020 Nicole has been busy at home but is missing the rest of Badger class.

21/5/2020 Watch the BBC Bitesize maths lesson for today and complete the activities THEN you can try these - 5 x tables word search and some mixed times tables word problems.

19/5/2020 Badger class word search - can you find all the names of the children in our class?

19/5/2020 Natalia has been flying a kite. It looks great fun.

19/5/2020 Henson is busy working 'from home' and Kailan has been busy raising money for the NHS with The Under 8 Blacks. He has got to do 114 miles in 8 weeks! Good luck Kailan.

18/5/2020 Hattie has been busy making yummy fudge, building a den and having a cinema night.

18/5/2020 Thomas and his sister have been busy reading lots of books at home. He made a message out of some of the books. Don't forget to...

15/5/20 Scientist Natalia has been busy trying to find the cure for the virus.

15/5/20 Leighton has been busy working hard on his learning pack and TTRock stars.

15/5/2020 Watch the maths and English lessons for today on BBC Bitesize and complete all the follow up work/activities. THEN try the extra 'work' attached. Some different types of maths problems to really get you thinking about numbers and a design you own birthday cake sheet! Yum!

14/5/2020 Kailan has been busy again, this time making a tea-stained pirate map and searching for treasure. I hope he found some!!

14/5/2020 Wiktoria says hi to everyone. She has been working really hard on her learning pack.

14/5/2020 Leighton has been busy on TTRock stars - great coin score and I love his avatar. Don't forget to log on every day and practice your times tables too.

13/5/2020 Watch today's BBC Bitesize science lesson, complete the activities and then try this! A Venn diagram - cut and stick to sort the animals in the correct places. CQ: Can you add some more of your own animals to each section of the diagram? There is also a Power Point of grouping animals you could watch/read too!

13/5/2020 BBC Bitesize English lesson - watch and complete the online activities THEN try this v, w, x word search!

Thomas has been practicing his swimming skills in his pool! Well done Thomas.

13/5/2020 Look at Leighton's fantastic work!

11/5/2020 Catch up with Badgers! Kailan has made his rain forest postcard for Henson.

For 11/5/2020 BBC Bitesize English lesson. Watch the videos and complete the online activities. Download/print out the postcard sheet and complete it. You could 'send' the postcard to a friend in our class and then I could add it to the Catch up with Badgers page on the website.

Natalia has been busy baking some delicious looking treats for her family and making some lovely VE day decorations!

Kailan celebrates VE day in his garden (and the garage when it rained), with a barbecue, a water fight and people saying hello as they walked by!

8/5/2020 VE day! Find out about VE Day and why it is celebrated. What is special about the celebrations this year?

7/5/2020 Catch up with Badgers

6/5/2020 Watch the BBC Bitesize lesson on plants. Complete the activities. One of the videos looks at the different ways seeds are dispersed. Look at the poster showing seeds in different fruits. Can you find seeds in some fruits at your home? Draw some of the fruits/seeds you have found. CQ: Look outside/in your garden. Can you spot the seeds in any of the flowers/plants?

5/5/2020 BBC Bitesize maths - watch today's video and complete all the activities THEN can you complete this sheet - more than/less than with money?

4/5/2020 I have attached a downloadable maths booklet which covers lots of elements of maths that we would be teaching in school during this term.

4/5/2020 BBC Bitesize maths. Watch today's maths programme and complete the suggested activities. Next try these bar models and whole-part modes. CQ: Can you make up some of your own bar models and whole part models?

1/5/2020 Kailan has been busy at home using sweets to do division in maths and celebrating his 7th birthday with a barbecue in the garden.

Read Write Inc online learning

We are very excited that Read Write Inc have started doing online lessons on their youtube site (follow the link below). 

Children in year 2 should be recapping on set 2 and 3 sounds. Your child in school would be doing speed sounds, followed by word time reading and then spelling as the phonics element of their English lesson, before they practise reading a book. The RWI youtube channel are doing a new set of lessons each day, which are then available for 24 hours so your child can do them at any point during the day. Watch all three videos in order, your child will just need a pencil and paper to spell some words.

If your child is still not secure in their set 1 sounds (single sounds of the alphabet and the special friends sh, ch, th, qu, ng, nk) then show them the set 1 videos daily. If your child is secure with the set 1 sounds, show them the set 2 videos and if they are secure with these, show them the set 3 videos. Some children may benefit from (and enjoy) doing set 2 and set 3 videos. 

They should really enjoy the routine of doing RWI again, just as we did at school. We hope your child is retaining the sounds we have learnt and enjoying applying them in any reading or writing they are doing. If you have any problems or need guidance on the RWI phonics, please e-mail me on 

30/4/2020 Imogen has been really busy learning all about rain forests. I've included her pictures so you can see her fantastic work.


Please follow the link and complete all the sections for this BBC Bitesize lesson.

There is then a task for you to print out and  complete - cut and stick to match the halves of each sentence using alliteration.

Alliteration cut and stick activity.

Kitchen roll art. I saw this on Maths 4 kids and thought it was a simple way to make a really effective piece of art. Top tip - put some old paper under the kitchen towel before you start using your felt tips or you will spoil your table!

Thomas has been practicing saying his Beavers promise (in his very smart uniform) and making a milk carton lantern! This morning he received a silver Blue Peter badge for his story! Well done Thomas.


I have just discovered a nice set of resources from The Royal Mint.

They have Peter Rabbit interactive games, a competition to design a new 50p coin, some Paddington Bear colouring activities and lots more...

Just an idea that some of the class might enjoy whilst working from home.

Some of the resources are aimed at KS2 so might be of interest to older siblings/family.

Mrs H xx

Money activity/game

On-line school

You may have seen on the news or in the papers that the Oak Academy schools are putting online lessons for all primary age groups on their portal  for FREE. 

I have looked through the current Y2 lessons and feel they are well worth a look. The Maths and English lessons provide a 15-20 minute 'interactive' lesson with a quiz and useful tasks as follow up.

These lessons could easily be used alongside the paper learning packs we have sent home.

As a school we felt it was important for all children to have equal access to the learning we sent home, therefore it was on paper so children with no or limited access to the internet could have the same opportunities.

I will put the link above this message and will also include the BBC Bitesize link which has some great 'mini' lessons often led by well known people in their field of expertise.


Catch up with Badgers. If you would like your picture on our web page just ask a grown up to send me your photos via seesaw and I can upload some of them!

Activities the children might enjoy over Easter!

Monday 30.3.2020

Matchbox challenge

Good afternoon, I was reminded of a challenge my sister and I used to do when we were at primary school (a LONG time ago). It was called the 'matchbox challenge'.

Basically you give each child taking part a small box (must be the same size each) and challenge them to fit as many DIFFERENT objects in the box as they can in an hour.

Some ideas (from my past) - a drawing pin!! a paperclip, a hair, a ring, an elastic band, a tiny piece of string, a button, a Barbie shoe... The list is endless and I'm sure your child will find some very imaginative things to put in it!

They can play against family or as a challenge for themselves- can you find more than 30 things to fit in your box?

I hope they have a go at this, I remember loving it as a child!

Take care Mrs H x


Some of our cotton seeds have started to grow! - Mrs Orrey too k the photo when she was in school yesterday.

Good morning

I have had a request for spellings for the children at home. I will put a copy of all the words that Year 2 children are expected to read and spell by the end of the school year up after this post.  It is up to you if you want to print out the words and use them as flashcards, write a list for your child to practice or make them into mini tests once they have had a period of time to learn them.

I hope everyone is okay. 

Mrs Herring

Wednesday 25th March

Dear Parents,

I hope you are all okay at this very challenging/unusual time.  I will keep adding to this page but am very well aware that most of the 'work' I have put on requires a printer which some of you may not have access to.  This is why I have added lots of website links too.

Please don't feel under any obligation to do all the tasks I have put on here, they are just some ideas for things the children could do without too much support.  I know the majority of the class love TTRock stars hence the addition of all the sheets this morning, but if your child is not one of that group they could just do one sheet a day as practice to keep their skills sharp.

If you need any specific advice please message me through seesaw and I will aim to get back to you as soon as possible.

Take care

Mrs Herring



Fractions - some puzzles and problems to try out at home. Think about how we worked these out in school. Have fun!

TT rock stars. Don't forget to log onto TT rock stars and practice your times tables. I have attached 21 'test' sheets for you to do at home. These are usually completed 3 or 4 times a week. The children have a 3 minute time limit to do as many as they can OR they can just use them for extra practice.

Write a riddle. Print out the sheet and write an animal riddle. Can your family guess your animal?

Football fun activity pack. Just thought some children might enjoy these puzzles.

Lego challenge board - some are aimed at Americans but can be explained if children unsure (NASA etc). Hope this helps our budding builders!

Mrs Graves has signed the school up to Numbots (maths) please read letter carefully and feel free to access all the resources.

A few ideas to keep your child active during school closures.

Good afternoon.

As the Government have announced the closures of schools from Friday I will try to put resources, links to websites that provide good quality learning resources etc. for the children in Badger class whenever possible. Please also check seesaw as this might be more responsive.

The children have a pack of learning resources for the two weeks up to Easter and then they have  a two week break as 'normal'.  The next resources will be for AFTER Easter.

This is because some of the website links I have signed up to give parents a free 30 day trial so once you have started it, it has a limited time use.  The children will all bring home an extra reading book tomorrow and I would encourage you to get them to do a book review and character portrait for each one. I will try and upload the formats for this which you can print off at home. The website is very busy as you can imagine, so please be patient.

I'm sending a big hug to all my class at this difficult time. 


Dressing up for World Book Day!!

Today we have been painting in the style of Jackson Pollack - messy but fun!!!!

Well-being workshop - BIG emotions!

Today the children have taken part in our second well-being workshop on emotions.

They talked about different feelings and what made them happy, sad, angry and excited.

The course leaders talked about how to deal with BIG emotions, focusing on anger and what we can do to calm ourselves down.

The children drew round their own hand and wrote 5 things that they do to try and stop themselves from 'exploding' when they feel full of anger.

They had some great ideas: reading, yoga, swimming, playing with friends, talking to someone, walking away form situations, deep breaths, having a snack and loads more.

They were very sensible, listened well and really thought about what they had been asked to do.

Proud winner of our first Head Teacher award - Lilli.

Our delicious healthy sandwiches.

Making butter for our healthy sandwiches. It was hard work shaking the cream to make our delicious butter!!

Party time!!!

Kneading the dough to make our bread rolls.

Today we have been making bread rolls as part of our DT topic.

The children made one large batch of dough then shared it out to shape into a roll.


Party hats and Christmas lunch!!

All dressed up for Children in need day

Children in need

Today we had a special visitor - Pudsey bear.

The children all had a chance for a quick 'meet and greet' session.


Don't forget tomorrow is non-uniform day with a small donation to the Children in need charity.

feeding time

Rand Farm 2019

We had a fantastic trip to Rand Farm Park.

It was our first ever residential trip with Year 2 and they were amazing - polite, hard-working, kind, thoughtful and really supportive of one another.

A real credit to our school.

To follow are SOME of the photos we took - there were lots more on see-saw.

Thank you for your support

Mrs Herring and Mrs Orrey.

Thank you to all parents who were able to attend the Parent's maths open morning today.

The children were great and really enjoyed trying out the maths activities with the adults.



Retelling the story of Moses in RE

Today the children acted out the story of Moses leading the Jewish people away from slavery to freedom (including the parting of the Red Sea) in RE with Mrs Orrey.


This practical activity helps the children remember the story and how the Jewish people might have felt on the long journey.

Next week we will be writing a letter home as if we were on the journey with Moses.


Showing 24 in as many different ways as possible!!

Today we worked in teams to show the number 24 in as many different ways as we could.

We used number sentences, dice, cubes, TU equipment, Numicom, counters and bead strings!!

Mrs Herring, Mrs Orrey and Mrs Taylor thought we had some very inventive ways of showing our number.

See what you think!!

Macmillan cake morning in Badger Class

Well-being workshop - Super heroes

Today Badger Class had a workshop from the Supporting Minds Team.

We talked about self-esteem through the theme of 'super heroes'.

The children discussed what makes super heroes 'super' and how we can relate this to our lives - being kind, helpful, confident, caring, risk-taking, thoughtful and LOADS more ideas.

The children created their own super hero characters and masks. At the end of the session the class wore their masks and struck a super hero pose.

Cake time!! We all enjoyed our crispy cakes at playtime.

Making chocolate crispy cakes (so we can write instructions - AND eat them!!)

Don't forget the meeting for parents/guardians on Monday 16th September at 5.30pm to introduce Kay Waring from Rand Farm and to see in more detail where the children are going and talk about what they will be doing.

We hope to see you there.

If you have any worries or concerns AT ALL about the trip please see me for a chat and I will do my best to answer any questions you have.

Mrs Herring

We retold the story of The Little Red Hen using puppets and then wrote our own version.

Y2 curriculum newsletter Autumn 2019

Badger Class timetable 2019-20

Welcome to Badger Class.

Mrs Orrey  and I are looking forward to welcoming you all back to school.

Here is some important information for Badgers this year:

PE will be on Thursdays - indoor and Fridays outdoor, please make sure you have the correct PE kit in school for these days.

Spelling tests will be on Tuesdays. Your child will bring home a folder with their spellings inside each week. PLEASE encourage your child to practice their spellings as this really boosts their confidence and supports their learning.

We also have 'library' on Tuesdays. Your child will be able to choose a book to bring home - this book is NOT their school reading book, but a book they may want to share with you or their siblings. It may also be a book that they would like you to read to them.  As long as the book is returned each week your child can swap it for a different book to bring home.

If you have any queries or questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Mrs Herring