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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



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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?