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Class 2 Archive

World Book Day

What a fantastic world book day we had this week! Children and teachers came dressed in all sorts of fabulous costumes from their favourite books and took part in a variety of stimulating reading activities throughout the day. We spent a lot of time talking to each other about significant books in our lives and inspiring each other to read. We ended the day with a lovely, calm paired reading session with children in Class 1.

African Art

Children have been producing some amazing African art in class this week! Come and see our display in the hall.


In science children have been exploring their existing conceptions and misconceptions about how flowering plants reproduce as part of our work on Living Things and Their Habitats. Here is Year 5 and 6 dissecting some daffodils and snowdrops taken from Mrs Hume and Mrs Harper's gardens.

Litter Pick

Class two have been doing their bit for the local community this week, helping out on a village litter pick. We adorned ourselves in rubber gloves and raincoats for a very wet, but very enjoyable afternoon, using special grabbers to collect litter to tidy up our local environment.


We have been asking some BIG maths questions about Africa this week, tackling concepts such as distance, temperature, tourism statistics and animal sizes. 

Great Danes

A great day for Great Danes! Children in Class Two organised a fantastic 'Great Dane Bake Off' to raise money for their chosen charity 'The Great Dane Adoption Society' as part of their Archie Bishop project. The children made their own wonderful selection of homemade cakes and biscuits, and sold them to parents at the end of the day, raising an admirable £96.11 for the charity.


We have had a fantastic week of football themed learning this week in Class 2! As part of our African topic we have been exploring the significance of football to people in Africa and writing about the power of football to bring people together. In DT we experimented with different techniques to make an African-style football out of plastic bags and waste materials and tested out their effectiveness in the playground. Check out our photos of Darcy attempting to kick their group's ball (nick named Big Barbara!) across the playground. The winner was Owen and his sleek, aerodynamic design which he even managed to make bounce!

As part of the Archie Bishop project, children also wrote to major English football teams asking for donations of football shirts to send out with Marion and her charity to Gambia. Most children got replies from the clubs, and we already have a donation of a shirt from Manchester City.

Life Mapping

Our class of deep philosophical thinkers have been pondering over some big life questions this week. We looked at a map of emotions and experiences and decided where we felt we were and where we hoped to travel to. We created little boats out of paper and plotted our course through the troubled and calm waters of life!


So what's inside your head? Class Two have been revealing their inner most thoughts and studying the fine art of metacognition - thinking about thinking.



Autumn Term Two


Class 2 have thoroughly enjoyed exploring picture books in literacy this term. We have discovered that not only do they really inspire our thoughts and ideas, but they make us write better too!
‘The Red Tree’ by Shaun Tan inspired lots of evocative pieces of writing about our feelings. We learnt how to read a picture just like a text and explore some of the hidden meanings below the surface. We concentrated a lot on ‘audience’ and experimented with different ways to affect our reader.





The book ‘Tuesday’ by David Wiesner inspired us in a very different way, and led us on to write several non-fiction pieces such forensic reports and news articles about pesky flying frogs!





Mrs Hume felt very popular this week when she opened up her ‘Purple Mash’ mail box! Ever since the children in Class 2 were allocated their own personal email address, they have been emailing Mrs Hume with all kinds of pieces of homework. The children are loving the scope of this excellent program, which has also been an wonderful learning tool for our news report writing this week. Keep mashing children!




From the very first pages of this challenging and mystical book, children in Class 2 have been thoroughly gripped! It’s not an easy read at times – Skellig does some pretty revolting things – but with our ‘text detective’ hats on, we’ve been able to dissect the text and take part in some rather deep and philosophical discussions. Watch this space for examples of our Skellig inspired writing.



It might only be the first week back, but children in class 2 have already been challenged with some very high expectations. We have been learning all about how we learn and what conditions we need to help us learn more effectively. We’ve also talked a lot about mastery, and what it feels like to really know something inside out and upside down. We’ve already had some super mathematicians achieving mastery status in their understanding of place value and counting. Watch this space for our aspiring Yodas!



The children in class 2 have set up a Help Desk in their classroom for anyone who needs a little helping hand in their learning. On the Help Desk children can find a range of different resources to assist them with their learning such as word mats, dictionaries, spelling and visual stimuli. They can even go there if they’re feeling a bit stressed out and take comfort in a stress ball!


Grammar Police

Mrs Hume has recruited some young Grammar Police to patrol the classroom on writing days. They will be looking out for terrible grammar crimes such as missing capital letters and full stops (a non-negotiable in our class), and armed with an editing pen they will be using the hand of the law to gently enforce orderly sentences. We have an open crime scene investigation board in class, so if anyone has spotted any offenders, please call the grammar police on !!!. 

Life as a Muslim

Posted 1/6/2015

Mrs Jafar came into school to talk to the children about her life as a Muslim. The children enjoyed learning about her faith and they listened to her music as they tried on traditional clothes.

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Posted 24/3/2015

The children in Year 5 had a fantastic three days away at Robinwood.

Cross Country

Posted 17/11/2014

On Wednesday 12th November Lucy C, Lucy S, Rebecca and Scarlet represented our school at the area cross country semi-finals at Knayton.  Although the fields were very muddy they all tried their hardest and Scarlet successfully managed to qualify for the area finals to be held in March 2015.

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Dance and drama workshop

Posted 17/11/2014

On Thursday 6th November our year 4 children travelled to North and South Cowton School to take part in a dance and drama workshop.  They joined children from other small schools in performing a dance routine which incorporated anti-bullying drama pieces designed by the children themselves.

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Football tournament

Posted 17/11/2014

On Wednesday 5th November, seven of the Junior children represented our school in the year 5 and 6 football tournament at the Allertonshire.  The accompanying adults commented how they worked fantastically as a team and put in maximum effort in every match.

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Junior Cluster Cross Country Event

Posted 24/10/2014

We had a fantastic time at the Allertonshire today competing in the cluster cross country races, with all the Juniors trying really hard and doing their very best.  A few children did so well that they have made it through to the area finals in a few weeks.  A special well done goes to Scarlet who came first in the Year 3/4 girls race, winning by a significant margin.

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Design and technology day

Posted 3/10/2014

On Tuesday 30th September Lucy visited the Allertonshire School to join children from other schools for a design and technology day.  She joined children from Croft and Appleton Wiske schools to make beautiful cards in textiles, design their own phone app in ICT as well as construct their very own dancing jitterbug!

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Latin in Literacy

Posted 30/9/2014


During our Literacy lessons we are learning the poem 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' by Wilfred Owen.  We are using actions to help us learn the text as part of our Talk For Writing...the Latin words are still tricky though!

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Circus Skills

Posted 12/5/2014


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World Book Day Maths

Posted 6/3/2014

We have been honing our skills with coordinates by being 'Library Raiders' for World Book Day.

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