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Year 2 - Holly

Dear Holly Class,

Thank you for visiting our class page! You will find:

1. General class information

2. Website links to support learning at home

3. A class diary, showing what we have been up to


If you think of anything that you would like to have on our page then please let me know.


If you would like to contact me, please use the class email below (this is for both parents and children). I love to see what you have been getting up to! 😊


Love from Miss Inskip



PS Remember your e-safety rules before clicking on any of the internet links on this page. For more information on how to stay safe, please visit the e-safety page.


Parents Section

General Class Information

  • Class Teacher – Miss Inskip
  • Teaching Assistant – Mrs Palmer
  • PE - Monday and Wednesday afternoons. When we have PE, children should attend school in their PE kit so we do not need to change.
  • Please ensure your child has a bottle of water in school.
  • Please provide your child with a named pair of wellies that can stay at school as our play area can get quite muddy!
  • All children will be provided with a snack at break (fruit or vegetable) so do not need to bring one from home.



  • CGP books
    • Children have a Maths and a Grammar homework book. 1 of these will be given out each Monday and the pages that children need to do are listed on the inside of the front cover. These books must be returned to school on the following Monday.
  • Reading
    • Children will have 2 books. They will take home 1 on a Friday for daily reading and then return this to school on the following Friday. They will also have another book which will stay at school in their tray and this is what they will read in school.
    • Weekly phonics information sent out at the start of the Autumn term. Encourage children to recall their sounds, play games using these sounds and read real and nonsense words containing the sounds.
  • Maths
    • Optional tasks are set on MyMaths weekly and login details were sent home in a letter on the first day.
    • Children are working towards their Bronze times tables award (2s, 5s and 10s) and should frequently use TTRockstars to help them. TTRockstars logins were sent home in the letter and the use of TTRockstars at home will be checked online.
  • Spellings
    • Children should practise their Year 1 and Year 2 common exception words regularly. These are shown below and were included in the letter sent home on the first day.
    • Regular weekly spellings will be reviewed in line with Covid-19 guidelines and sent home at a later date.


Year 1 Common Exception Words


Year 2 Common Exception Words



Autumn 1 Topic - Castles

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What have we been up to?


Week beginning 7th September 2020

We have enjoyed getting to know eachother and the teachers in Holly class. This week, we have been reading the book 'While We Can't Hug' and exploring this through a range of different lessons. You can watch it using the link below.

Week beginning 21st September 2020

We have been working particularly hard in our phonics lessons, remembering the work we did on our sounds in Year 1. Please see the link below to the letter sent home and other links to support your child's phonics learning at home.

Week beginning 28th September 2020

Please see the link below to the letter and resources sent out regarding supporting your child's phase 3 phonics.

Week beginning 5th October 2020

Please see the link below to the letter and resources sent out regarding supporting your child's phase 4 phonics.

Tuesday 6th October 2020

We had a visit from a nurse this afternoon who spoke to us about how they show care for others. We discussed how we can show care around school and how it feels when someone does not show us care. We were able to ask lots of questions about nurses and what they do. We found out that the nurse is Miss Inskip's Mum! Remember, if you complete the 'caring challenge' at home you will get 2 stickers on your rainbow! 🌈

Thursday 8th October 2020

We have been enjoying some movement breaks using Go Noodle. Holly class' favourites are below if you would like to have a go at home! 🕺

Go Noodle - Believer

Go Noodle - Dance Monkey


Please can you ensure that your child has a named pair of wellies that can stay in school. Our play area is getting very muddy and we want to make sure we can still go outside! If you do not have wellies, then please bring in a pair of shoes that you don't mind your child getting muddy! Thank you.

Week beginning 12th October 2020

Please see the link below to the letter and resources sent out regarding supporting your child's phase 5 phonics.

Wednesday 14th October

We have worked really hard on our reading and Miss Inskip has been busy testing us to see if we can move up onto different books. Lots of us have moved onto different coloured books now and many of us have made progress in our Accelerated Reader points! Well done everyone! 👏

Friday 16th October

We have been learning about the 4 types of sentences:

1. Statement e.g. We are in Holly class.

2. Command e.g. Eat the cake.

3. Question e.g. What is your name?

4. Exclamation e.g. You look lovely!


Have a look at this catchy song below that we have been learning to help us remember.

Week beginning 19th October 2020

Please see the link below to the letter and resources sent out to support your child's phonics at home. This week we are focusing on using everything we have learnt to read alien/nonsense words.

Tuesday 20th October

We are coming to the end of our cycle of work in English on the author Anthony Browne. We have read lots of his books and enjoyed finding the quirky parts in the stories.


The books we have read are:

  • Piggybook
  • Willy the Dreamer
  • Willy the Wimp
  • Silly Billy
  • The Tunnel


We voted on our working wall for our favourite book and thought about why.


Today, we started reading 'Through The Magic Mirror' and stopped before the boy entered the magic mirror! We thought about what he might see through the mirror and created our own magical worlds with our partner, then verbally describing what you might find, using our 5 senses.

Wednesday 21st October

We are coming to the end of our topic on castles. We have enjoyed learning about different types of castles and comparing the similarities and differences between castles in the past and present, and in different countries. We have looked at who lives and works in a castle and also the features of a castle such as the drawbridge, moat and portcullis. In Geography, we loved using Google Earth to zoom in on places we know and then found out about the castle that used to be in Bedford! As a result of all of our hard work, we have designed a castle, thinking about what it should look like to protect it from enemies and then enjoyed making, painting and decorating them. Have a look at our castles below!

Thursday 22nd October

Today, we investigated how the weight of a projectile impacted the damage of a castle wall. We tested 4 projectiles (paper, tissue, playdoh and a glue stick) and here are our results. We all made our own predictions about how many bricks would fall (out of 21). We looked at the weight of the items and concluded that the glue knocked the most blocks over because it was heaviest. Some of us discussed how the playdoh result was an anomaly because it was lighter than the paper but knocked off more blocks. We spoke about how this could be because of how the item was thrown or how well Spencer made the playdoh into a firm ball!


Autumn 2 Topic - Muck, Mess and Mixtures

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What have we been up to?


Tuesday 3rd November

We have been revisiting our alphabet. We sometimes find it tricky to say the letters 'l, m, n, o, p' as separate letters so we have been having a go learning it in British Sign Language! Have a look at the video below if you would like to practise at home.

Today, we also started our new topic called 'Muck, Mess and Mixtures!' We started this by exploring a range of messy materials and thinking about which one was our favourite and why. We also used our senses to describe them. Have a look at some of the materials we explored below...

Monday 9th November

We have been having a go at learning a song - the words and the sign language - for a special surprise for the parents at Christmas. I have put the lyrics below and the signing videos for the first half of the song if you would like a go at home but shhh, it's a surprise for the parents! 🤫

6 days of Christmas signing video.mp4

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We have also started reading our new book 'Traction Man' in English. Have a look at it below!

Wednesday 11th November

In Science this afternoon, we investigated...

💭 Which soap product makes the best bubbles?

We thought about our prediction and then the result. Some of us begun to think about how to make this a fair test, e.g. ensuring the same person made the bubbles for the same amount of time and putting the same amount of soap in each tray. The result was that the washing up liquid made the best bubbles!

Thursday 12th November

In Geography, we have been learning about the 7 continents and 5 oceans. We listened to some catchy songs to remember the names and then labelled, cut up and stuck the world map to a blue balloon to remind ourselves that the Earth is spherical and the water is all around!

Monday 16th November

We have had such a fun afternoon! We have been embedding our knowledge of the different continents on the world map by trying foods from different continents. We labelled where the food was from on the world map and spoke about which ones we liked and why. Most of us chose the Tim Tam chocolate biscuits as our favourite from Australia, whilst the most disliked were the olives!

Tuesday 17th November

In Computing, we have been learning and having a go at how to log into Microsoft Teams just incase we need this in the future for home learning. Today, we practised joining a video meeting, writing comments on the front page and having a go at answering and uploading assessments. I have attached the 'how to' guide below if you would like to have a go at home. You all have a login email and password and if you do not know this, you can email me to ask.


Please remember, if you are posting messages on the first page to eachother, they should be kind and follow the e-safety rules. Any unkind comments will lead to consequences.

9 Days of Christmas Signing

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Wednesday 18th November

We are in the process of planning our own Traction Man story! Today, we created our own settings as a group, have a look below!

12 Days of Christmas Signing

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Friday 4th December

We are coming towards the end of our topic 'Muck, Mess and Mixtures.' Have a look at some of our artwork below.


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Tuesday 15th December

We have really enjoyed reading 'The Christmasaurus' by Tom Fletcher. A few weeks ago, we had a special delivery and we grew our own dinosaur!


Spring 1 Topic – Fire, Fire!

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What have we been up to?

Tuesday 9th February 2021

Today is e-safety day! We have spoken about the rules we need to stick to, to stay safe online.


Spring 2 Topic – The Scented Garden!

What have we been up to?

Monday 8th March 2021

Back to school! Lots of us have been lockdown learning, working our very best through Microsoft Teams whilst others have been in class in the 'Year 2 bubble.' We are so pleased to all be back together in Holly class and have spoke lots about how we feel and what we have been up to. Everyone feels a little bit anxious and we have spoke about how that is completely normal. We will all stick together in our Holly class team to check that everyone is okay. 😊

Tuesday 9th March 2021

As part of our 'Scented Garden' plants topic, we have spoke lots about our senses and how powerful they all are. Today, we looked at 3 herbs:

🍃 Coriander

🍃 Basil

🍃 Parsley


We spoke and wrote about which ones we liked or disliked, based on our senses.

👂 Can we hear them?

👃 What do they smell like?

👄 What do they taste like? Lots of us didn't like the taste!

👀 What do they look like?

✋ What do they feel like?

Monday 22nd March 2021

The children that were in the key worker bubble planted lots of vegetables for us over lockdown. When we all came back to school, we planted our own sunflowers. Look at how much they have grown! 💐🌷🌸🌹🌺🌻🌼🥀🍅🥕

Tuesday 23rd March 2021

It was reflection day today. We spoke lots about how we felt during lockdown and what it felt like this time last year when we went into the first lockdown. Some of us shared the people that we miss or the people that we have lost over the past year. We wore a yellow ribbon to remind us of this past year and reflected during a minute silence and whilst we were colouring in our spring flowers. 💛

Thursday 25th March 2021

We have started to look at equal parts in preparation for our new maths cycle after half term... fractions! We really enjoyed this video!

Fractions! | Mini Math Movies | Scratch Garden


Summer 1 Topic – Wriggle and Crawl (Minibeasts)!

What have we been up to?

Tuesday 13th April 2021

This afternoon, we went on a minibeast hunt! Have a look at some of the minibeasts that we found below.

Thursday 15th April 2021

We had a very special delivery today! We have got 5 caterpillars to look after and watch them transform into butterflies. We voted and named them Colin, Donald, Philip, Fluff and Beasty. We are looking forward to watching them get bigger and transform. 🦋

Friday 16th April 2021

We LOVE dancing and singing along to the song below, every Friday!

It's Friday Then Song

Tuesday 20th April 2021

The caterpillars are growing!

Thursday 22nd April 2021

We went on a minibeast hunt and looked at them using magnifying glasses. We used sketching pencils, learning about how to make different marks to shade. Have a look at them below...

Wednesday 28th April

We had a visit from some small animals! 🦔🐇🐰🐕🐶🐢

Tuesday 4th May 2021

The caterpillars have turned into chrysalides (plural of chrysalis). Chrysalides is the term used for butterflies and cocoon is the term used for moths. The caterpillars crawled to the lid and created their chrysalides there. A few of them have fell so they are on the floor but they should be fine! Over the long bank holiday weekend, the chrysalides have had time to harden so today, we moved them into the net ready for the next stage. Our booklet told us that it'll be 1-2 weeks before the butterflies emerge so we are keeping our eyes peeled. The booklet also said that the chrysalides need a quiet environment so we are trying our very best! 😂

Tuesday 4th May 2021

In DT (Design and Technology), we have designed, made and evaluated our own honey biscuits. We followed a recipe and had the choice of 2 additional ingredients from the list below:

🍪 Lavender

🍪 Lemon

🍪 Chocolate chips

​​​​​​​🍪 Sprinkles​​​​​​​

Wednesday 5th May 2021

Today, we sent out a letter for your support with your child learning their 2, 5 and 10 times tables. All children in Year 2 work towards learning these times tables and achieving their Bronze certificate by the end of Year 2. Multiplication and division was a cycle of Maths which was taught during lockdown so we are due to revisit this but we thought it would be great if the children could be practising at home to help as well. All information can be found on the letter that we sent home, which is attached below. We are due to complete another times tables assessment next week and then children will have another opportunity to achieve the Bronze award in July.

Wednesday 12th May 2021

Look! 👀 Our chrysalides have turned into butterflies. Unfortunately, 1 of them didn't come out of the chrysalis properly and despite Mr Burraway's best efforts, it didn't survive. However, we have 4 lovely butterflies which are fluttering around the net! 🦋 We have put some twigs and leaves in the net for them to climb on as well as some flowers which we have added some sugary water on. We gave them some juicy oranges yesterday and are hoping they are strong enough to release them at the end of the week.


I didn't quite get my phone out quick enough to catch the start but Miss Walker and I witnessed one of the butterflies coming out of their chrysalis! Have a look at the video below. 

🦋 Video...

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Thursday 13th May 2021

We spoke about the perfect habitat for our butterflies and added some fresh sugary water and leaves into their net. We got one of the butterflies out, we think it was Beasty, and some of us got to hold him whilst he slurped up some sugary water. If you look closely, you will see the long, curly, black tongue slurping up on Miss Inskip's hand. Unfortunately, we didn't all get to hold him because he got so much energy from the sugar, that he started to fly around the room! Luckily, Miss Inskip and Mrs Palmer managed to get him back in the net and we are hoping to release them outside tomorrow.


Friday 14th May 2021

Today, we released our 4 butterflies (Colin, Fluff, Beasty and Donald). Some of the butterflies flew on our hands whilst others flew away! We really enjoyed having these minibeasts and watching them grow and change from caterpillars. 🦋

Friday 21st May 2021

Today we tried our cress that we have been growing. Some of us tried it in egg cress sandwiches! 🥚🍃


Wednesday 26th May 2021

In Design and Technology (DT), we explored, designed, made and evaluated our own moving mechanisms for a book for Poppy and Daisy class!


Summer 2 Topic – Coastline!

What have we been up to?

Tuesday 8th June 2021

Our new topic 'Coastline' has lots of Geography in it! 🌍🌎🌏

We have been revising our knowledge of continents and oceans and have enjoyed listening to and watching the videos. You can find these further up this page! Have a look at the game below to test your knowledge of where the continents and oceans are.

Thursday 10th June 2021

This morning, we had an assembly led by 2 police officers! 👮‍♀️👮‍♂️

They taught us about road safety and we had lots of discussions about how to stay safe. We spoke about traffic lights, crossing the road, speed limits, phone usage, safety when riding bicycles and had the opportunity to ask lots of questions.

Monday 14th June 2021

Miss Inskip went to the beach yesterday and bought some of the beach back with her! We have enjoyed experiencing what sand feels like and have explored some different shells, thinking about what used to live in there, e.g. oysters and mussels. We watched what happened to the colour of the sand as it absorbed the water and then we have set up our own mini beach at the back to remember all of this when learning about our topic 'Coastline.'

Tuesday 15th June 2021

We picked some of our peas and tried them!

Monday 21st June 2021

Today we enjoyed World Music Day! 🎶 We...

🎵 Researched and created posters about The Beatles.

🎵 Listened to and expressed our opinions on Pop music.

🎵 Watched a music concert and learnt about different instruments.

🎵 Composed and performed our own piece of music!


For our compositions, we used graphic representations of sounds to write down our compositions. We had different percussion instruments and thought about what each sound might look like. For example, a cymbal could have been a big circle! We then travelled the beat along the line, experiencing the different layers of music a little bit like a story.


Have a listen to our class music below.

World Music Day Performance!

Tuesday 22nd June 2021

We were lucky to have an athletics session from a sports coach today. We enjoyed playing lots of different games including relay races, bean bag throws, freeze tag and javelins.

Thursday 1st July 2021

We learnt about erosion in Geography and were fascinated by the impact that this has on the coastline. We discovered that erosion is caused as a result of wind and waves and over time and that it can destroy roads and houses, whilst changing the shape of the coast. We thought about the dangers associated with this (over hang of cliffs, falling rocks etc) and explored how sea walls can help to prolong this process.