Welcome to Athelstan Community Primary School

Welcome to Mrs Hayton's Year 2 Class Page


We do PE on: Monday and Thursdays

We test spellings on: Friday

We practise our times tables: Daily

Our daily homework is to read to an adult at home and practise our spellings in order to ensure we make the best possible progress during our time in Year 2. Children are also expected to access TTrockstars every week to rehearse times tables. If you do not have access to TTrockstars at home you can ask for printed versions so children don't miss out.

Additional homework will be set occasionally throughout the year. This will usually be linked to our topic.

This term our topic is 'Castles and Dragons'. pdfClick here to find out about the exciting things we have planned.



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Today we visited Skipton Castle as part of our castles and dragons topic. It was a long journey but when we arrived we got to see the beautiful castle and its surroundings. Each class had a guided tour around the castle. We learnt about each room and what it would have been used for when the castle was first built. We visited the dungeon and got to see what life would have been like as a prisoner in the castle. The guide turned the light off and everybody screamed! The day was packed full of facts and after lunch we had an activity booklet to complete based on what we had learnt. The favourite part of most children's day was seeing the garderobe (medieval toilet). It was lots of fun!

During the cycle workshop, the class split into two groups and each child had the opportunity to bring their bike or scooter in from home and participate in a range of exciting cycling activities. The children practised cycling in a circuit, at different speeds and with ramps and other obstacles. 


The theme for our maths investigation day was pizza. KS1 split into equal groups and mixed together between the four classes. Each teacher did a different activity with their group: designing pizza boxes, creating a menu and adding prices together, working out pizza toppings and making pizzas! Each group had lots of fun doing each activity. All the activities contained an element of maths problem solving and the children had to use a variety of different problem solving and reasoning skills.

At the end of the day, children from every group explained what they had done and then we tasted the pizza (this was by far the best part of the day).


The theme this year for science week was bees. We were very buzzzzy learning all sorts of things about bees and carrying out lots of practical activities. We enjoyed learning the waggle dance: this is a special dance that bees do to show other bees where they have found a good source of nectar. We searched the school grounds for suitable homes for bees and we made bees out of clay after researching the different parts of the bee.

We also had a special visitor to tell us all about bees and honey. We learnt about the queen bee, other types of bee and what is inside a bee hive. We also learnt lots more interesting facts for example: why bees swarm, what they make, how they transport pollen, how queen bees and royal jelly are made. The children had the opportunity to see real bees in a bee observation hive, try on bee suits and taste honey. It was very informative and lots of fun!

To launch out topic on Castles and Dragons we dressed as lords, ladies and servants from medieval times. We spent the morning preparing for a special banquet. Activities included:  making shields, designing place mats, creating crowns, writing a medieval banquet menu, making soup, learning old English and learning a medieval dance. In the afternoon, all of KS1 got together in the hall to perform their dance and eat their soup. It was a fantastic day!


As part of World Book Week we had a special day of activities and the children dressed up as their favourite explorer. In Year 2, we read the story 'Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the really big adventure' and we found a letter hidden inside the book... The letter was from Sir Charlie asking us to make a book about how to survive an adventure. In groups, the children made books containing maps, instructions on how to make sandwiches, a contents page, a song to scare away beasties and lots more. The children shared their reasons about why they chose their costume and each class swapped their teacher for half an hour to listen to an exciting story! It was an action packed day!

We were also very lucky to have a visit from an author: Antony Wootten. He read a story to the children and answered lots of questions. 

The Junior Road Safety Officers came to visit our class this week to talk to us about road safety. They had prepared a special presentation with video clips and photographs. The children discussed how we can stay safe on the roads and what we should look out for when in the car. The video warned us what could happen if we don't wear seatbelts and that it is dangerous to distract the driver.

As part of Sport Relief, the children took part in a 'Sport to the Beat' workshop with a professional dancer and PE teacher. This involved carrying out lots of different sporting activities to music. Some of the activities included: tennis, golf, football, jumping and boxing. The children also learnt some street dance moves. It was lots of fun!


In Science we have been learning about what seeds need in order to germinate. We read the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and the children were shocked that Jack's mother threw the beans out of the window expecting them to grow. We had lots of discussion based around the best way to grow seeds and then the children worked in groups to plan and carry out their own investigations.


Share a Story

As part of World Book Week ten volunteers shared their favourite story with the children. They presented their story during assembly and the children went back to class and decided which one they wanted to listen to. On Monday, each child went to listen to their chosen story and every volunteer made their story special in some way. Michaela (from Time Out) had Elmer shaped cookies for the children to decorate and Mrs Costa had a letter from one of the characters in her story. The children loved being mixed with different year groups and enjoyed listening to a special story. After the session, each volunteer went to hide their book somewhere around school for the children to find...

Book Hunt

During our library slot we hunted for the hidden books around school. Once found, the children took the books back to the classroom and read the books to each other in groups. After reading them they filled in book reviews and some children loved doing it so much that they took some of the book reviews home! It was lots of fun finding the different hiding places and sharing the books again once back in class.



Woodland Workshop

Last week we had a special visitor called Adam who took the children down to the orchard to take part in a woodland workshop. The afternoon involved lots of exciting activties that the children absolutely loved. They made their own clay animals using natural resources found in the orchard and then they made habitats so their animal would have shelter. Adam talked to the children about what living things need in order to surive which links with our science topic 'animals and their habitats'. The children decided that we also needed to give the animals food and water. Adam showed the children how to make a sock filter and the children made their own so they would have clean water for their animal.

Afterwards, the children made dens in groups big enough to provide shelter for themselves. Once they were finished the children went inside their den and Adam tested how waterproof they were...the children loved that part! Afer all that hard work we needed some food and a drink. We sat around a camp fire and had hot chocolate, marshmallows and popcorn. What a lovely end to a fantastic afternoon.

We took part in Parliament Week. We learnt about the role of Parliament and how to debate an issue. We also learnt about the role of The Speaker in the House of Commons. Mr Tucker arranged for a Skype video chat with Mr Speaker so that the children at Athelstan could ask questions about his role. We found out lots of interesting information about his job and what his opinion is about current political issues. When he was younger he wanted to be a tennis player... In class we then took part in a debate about whether or not we should have school uniform.

In art we have been developing our skills in using clay. We learnt how to make a pinch pot and how to join clay. We experimented with creating different textures and patterns and used this to create fossils. We then took our skills further and made dinosaur pots.

Year 2 have been writing their own firework poems during English lessons. We read other firework poems and wrote adjectives and descriptive phrases to describe what you might hear, smell or see during a firework display. We then put all of our ideas together to create two class poems.

Click pdfhere to read one of the class poems.

Click pdfhere to read one of the class poems.

The children then wrote their own poem. These can be seen on a display in school.

Thank you so much to everyone who attended the Year 2 SATs meeting this week. We hope you found it useful. 

Click pdfhere to download the PPT used in the meeting.

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Our topic launch was very exciting. The children arrived at school to find two dinosaur eggs and a big mess in their classroom! We spent the morning discussing how the eggs might have got there and what animals they belonged to. From looking at all the evidence, the children decided that it was obviously a large creature...could it have been a dinosaur? 

The children then used adventurous adjectives to describe the egg and labelled a picture of what they thought the creature might have been.

Today we had a visit from a flamenco dance teacher. This was to celebrate the European day of languages. We were taught a range of new moves linked to a story about a matador. We needed to clap our hands and stamp our feet a lot! At the end of the day we performed our dance to the rest of the school.

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On Wednesday 20th September, children across school were treated to an exciting visit from a Maasai Warrior tribe. We had lots of fun learning about the history of their tribe and culture, as well as learning about what life is like for Maasai tribesmen and women today. The tribe performed a number of songs and dances which were very different to anything we had ever seen before! One of the best parts of the performance was the jumping competition - Mr Tucker was called to the front to try and jump as high as one of the tribesmen. 

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