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Year 2 - Holly

Dear Holly Class,

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

1. General information

2. Curriculum information with website links to support learning at home

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


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.

What have we been up to?

Monday 6th September 2021

Welcome to Holly class! It was great to meet all of the children today. Everyone was sent home with an introductory letter this afternoon with lots of information on about how things work in Year 2. You will find a copy of this on the ‘letters’ tab but please let me know if you have any questions.

Tuesday 7th September 2021

We have been revisiting counting in our 2s, 5s and 10s. By the end of Year 2, all children should be able to answer multiplication calculations for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables, both in order and mixed up. Once they can do this, they will earn a Bronze certificate and have the opportunity to move onto other times tables and get a head start on Year 3! Therefore, we are keen to get our times tables knowledge flowing as quick as possible so please have a look at TTRockstars below which will help! The children’s logins are on the inside of their reading records.

Wednesday 8th September 2021

This week, the whole school have been reading and completing activities to do with the book, ‘The Word Collector.’ I have linked a YouTube video below of someone reading it, if you want to listen to it at home. Alongside this, we have been practising our alphabet and beginning to think about using alphabetical order to arrange words and then use this knowledge to use dictionaries and thesauruses! We love the alphabet song below.

Thursday 9th September

We were very lucky this afternoon to listen to a Gigs4Kids concert with Year 3. We were introduced to lots of instruments (clarinet, saxophone, keyboard, trumpet and a flute) and listened to some famous pieces.

Concert Video 1

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Concert Video 2

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Wednesday 22nd September

As part of our RE lesson today, we had a visit from 2 people! One was a nurse called Sue (Miss Inskip’s Mum) and one was training to be a nurse called Zoe (Miss Inskip’s sister)! We spoke about showing care for other people and how nurses do this. We also discussed how important it is to care for ourselves and how we can do this well. Some of us got to try on a nurse’s shirt and some of us shared our experiences of hospital, nurses and doctors.

Friday 1st October

We looked at our new book in English and tried on some dragon masks for display!

Thursday 7th October

In Science, we investigated how the weight of a projectile affects the damage of a jenga block wall! The water bottle weighed the most... which one do you think knocked the most blocks off?

Monday 18th October

Take a look at our finished clay castles! 🏰

Tuesday 19th October

Over the last few weeks in Music, we have been rehearsing how to play a tune on the xylophones and metallophones. Have a listen to this below! We have also listened to a range of Music and learnt about improvisation and composition which we are looking forward to having a go at.

Hands, Feet, Heart

Wednesday 3rd November

Miss O’Connor held an assembly this morning where we learnt all about Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night safety. This linked in well with our learning in English so far this week too. Miss Jennings reminded us of the song below to help us remember the date!

The 5th of November Guy Fawkes Song

Monday 8th-Thursday 11th November

TTRockStars – England Rocks 2021

We are taking part in a huge competition against schools from all over England. All you need to do is play on TTRockStars and get as many questions right as you can!

  • The competition runs from 7.30am on Monday 8th November, to 7.30pm on Thursday 11th November.
  • To take part, login into TTRockStars as normal.
  • Every correct answer will earn your class a point.
  • You can play in any game mode.
  • There is a 1-hour time limit per person, per day.  This means that your points will only count for the first hour that you play.  (You do not have to play for 1-hour all in one go, you can split it up into smaller bits.)
  • Winning classes in the school and in the country will get a prize!

This is a great way to practise your times tables and also to see just how good your class, and Balliol can be, against schools all over England.  Good luck!

Tuesday 9th November

Our new unit in Computing is called ‘We Are Games Testers.’ We enjoyed playing the games below on Scratch and finding out the algorithms.

Thursday 11th November 2021

We have been learning about the 7 continents and 5 oceans. We have explored some different facts about them, identified them and stuck them onto blue balloons! Have a look at our favourite continents and oceans songs below, the world map and the PowerPoint we explored.

Seven Continents Song

Five Oceans Song


Friday 12th November

🥳🎉 We have achieved 100% attendance this week in Holly class and are looking forward to our treat from Mrs Youngman next week! Well done to all the class for being in every day, keep it up! 🎉🥳


We have also had lots of fun this morning with Maths Morning! We have had a giant starburst times tables challenge down the corridor, explored some addition and subtraction word problems and finished off with a final push on the TTRS competition. Well done to everyone who has tried really hard with this all week, I am very proud of you competing against children up to Year 6!

Monday 15th November

This afternoon, we tasted food from different continents. Most of us chose TimTam chocolate biscuits as our favourites… these were sent all the way over from Australia by Mrs Smedley’s friend! Thank you! Lots of us didn’t like the guacamole or olives because of the taste or the unusual texture. We had a discussion about where foods come from and how some of them grow or are made.

Tuesday 16th November

We had a go testing another game in Computing today but this time it was in pairs! We had a think about the algorithm and how you restarted the game.

Tuesday 16th November

We explored a range of suffixes today including –ed, -er, -ing, -est, -ness, -ment, -ful, -less and –ly. We thought about different words with these suffixes and what the different suffixes mean. A suffix is a group of letters that can be added to the end of the word to change the meaning. We brainstormed a range of words for each suffix.

Monday 22nd November

We explored colour and painted our own colour wheels today in Art. We looked at primary colours and then mixing these to make different tones for secondary colours. Have a look at our skittles experiments below! 🌈

Tuesday 23rd November

We have been busy rehearsing our parts for our Christmas surprise for our parents.

Friday 26th November

We are really enjoying reading our class reader book, The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher. We had a special, icy cold delivery this week marked ‘Holly Class from The North Pole.’ We have kept it in water and today, Miss Inskip and Mrs Palmer heard a “CRACK-A-BOOM” sound and the egg exploded, just like in the book, spreading beautiful glitter everywhere! We are excited to see what is in the egg, after the weekend.

Wednesday 1st December

We have started reading a new book, ‘A Mouse Called Julian.’ Today we spent lots of time asking and answering questions about the first illustration, recognising how powerful they are.

Thursday 2nd December

The egg hatched! We have our very own Christmasaurus! 🐱‍🐉

Monday 6th December

See details below about our Balliol Christmas reading challenge! There are prizes for the best photos so get reading and get involved!

Friday 10th December

We have started looking at multiplication on Maths and enjoyed going on an array hunt around school with Mr Pope. Can you calculate the multiplication calculation and find the total amount?

Monday 14th December

We have enjoyed making our calendars to take home.

Tuesday 15th December

Today, we have enjoyed listening to Christmas music and making our Christmas cards! We blended watercolours together for the background and then cut out shapes to make our penguin on the front.

Thursday 16th December

Take a look at our Year 1, 2 and 3 Christmas video for parents below!

Great Fire of London Signing Song

Tuesday 11th January

We have been working really hard on our 2s, 5s and 10 times tables and today enjoyed matching up the number cards. We have mastered the 5s and 10s but have started our 2s this week. We have enjoyed chanting them, finding the missing Pacman number cards and playing hit the button. Any extra practise at home would really help to ensure that all children achieve their Bronze award by the end of Year 2!


If you have a go at bowling, see if you can beat the class high score of 183. Make sure you select 2s, 5s and 10s though! Let me know what you get! 🎳


Thursday 13th January

In DT (Design and Technology) we have enjoyed learning about where bread comes from, the ingredients in bread and how to stay hygienic when cooking. Today, we explored dough and how to knead it for 10 minutes! We then had a go making a shape that we might like to make our actual bread into! Check out our shapes below... 🍞🥖

Monday 17th January

Take a look at this exciting new free app from White Rose! It's called 1-Minute Maths and it helps support KS1 children with number confidence and fluency with addition and subtraction. Ask your parents to download it and let me know how you get on!

Thursday 20th January

We enjoyed making our bread today as the end of our DT lessons. We chose to decorate our bread with either garlic butter, chocolate chips, seeds, olives or cheese. Recalling what we had learnt in previous lessons, we watched the bread rise because of the yeast when we left it to prove and also had a go kneading our dough. Later on, we enjoyed tasting our bread.

Tuesday 25th January

In Computing, we had a look at 2 different links to support us with our learning of the Great Fire of London. Have a look at the VR video below and the game.

Thursday 27th January

This afternoon we had our video call with Thomas Farriner! He was inside his bakery and told us all about his side of the story of the Great Fire of London. We had the opportunity to ask him questions and even saw a rat! Thank you to everyone for their donations, it is very much appreciated.

Friday 28th January

On Tuesday, Mrs Bicknell told us about a fire that happened the night before in the bin in her office! Thankfully no one was hurt and the fire brigade checked it was safe before the children came back to school. We watched a video and went down to explore the fire scene. There was ash and black marks everywhere and some of us could smell a burning smell! We thought about some questions we would like to ask Mrs Bicknell and we video called her so we could write down some statements, a bit like an interview! Today, we wrote our own newspaper report on this Balliol fire to go on our corridor display. Have a look at our writing below…

Tuesday 1st February

We used chalks to make a fire background and then cut out black sugar paper shapes to show our silhouette landscape of London. Also, we have enjoyed singing the 3 part song below, 'Banaha.'

Tuesday 8th February

We celebrated e-safety day today, reminding ourselves of the rules that we must follow when online. We made posters in English to highlight the main rules, watched a ‘Lee and Kim’ information video and then enjoyed playing interland to explore key messages further.

Wednesday 9th February

We have been celebrating children’s mental health week this week with lots of fun activities. We are looking forward to dressing to express ourselves on Friday (please remember your £1 donation) and have enjoyed watching the staff video below.

Monday 21st February

We have started our new topic ‘The Scented Garden’ which is all about plants, parts of plants and how they grow. This afternoon we followed a map to go on a windy walk around the school to find different plants that are growing. We then came back to the classroom to map out our route and use a key to identify where we found plants growing.


🌼 Can you name any of the ones we found below?

Thursday 24th February

We have started our new topic in Maths which is Geometry – 2D and 3D shapes. Today we explored 2D shapes and used mathematical vocabulary including regular and irregular. We enjoyed listening to some songs to help us remember all of the names.

2D Shapes Song

3D Shapes Song

Monday 28th February

Using what we learnt about what plants need to grow, we planted a range of seeds this afternoon. These included peas, spinach and radishes. We are looking forward to watching them grow over the next few weeks!

Thursday 3rd March

We enjoyed celebrating World Book Day and looking at the book ‘The Bear and the Piano.’ 🐻🎹

Tuesday 8th March

In Art today, we have been using magnifying glasses to look closely at details of flowers and cacti. We then sketched these in our sketch books, looking at tone, lines and shading.

Wednesday 16th March

As part of Science week, we made slime and tested how stretchy it could be!

Thursday 24th March

As part of ‘walk and wheel’ week, we had a visit from a smoothie bike! We spoke about the importance of cycling, scootering and walking to school (if possible) and how good cycling is for you. We spoke about how good this is for your mental health, getting out in the fresh air and having more exercise. We picked different fruits, added them to the blender and then used pedal power to mix it up into tasty smoothies (mixed berry or tropical).

Thursday 24th March

This afternoon, we had a visit from Miss Muskett’s Mum who bought a 4 day old baby lamb with her named Betty! We all enjoyed cuddles with it in the sunshine.

Thursday 21st April

We have started our new topic 'Wriggle and Crawl' (minibeasts). In Science this afternoon, we went on a minibeast hunt around the school environment. We used bug pots with magnifying glasses to observe the features of the minibeasts closely. We found lots of different ones...







🐞Other beetles








Monday 25th April

We had a visit from a farm. We saw a hedgehog, some rabbits, some guinea pigs, an owl, a dog and a tortoise.

Wednesday 4th May

We were very lucky as we had a hopping visitor today! Becky (Mrs Kidby) from Dawn til Dusk took her rabbit, Twix, into breakfast and afterschool club to meet the children and wanted to have a place for Twix to be during the day so he wasn’t lonely. So… Twix spent the day with us! He enjoyed hopping around, being fed fruit, dandelions and vegetables and having cuddles.

Friday 6th May

We have won the KS1 competition for reading! Well done to all the children that participated. We are looking forward to choosing our new class book to buy and read. The grand total for the pages read across the school was...


Thursday 19th May

We have been working hard on exploring, designing and making our own moving minibeast page in DT (Design and Technology).