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Great Totham Primary School

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Headteacher: Miss S Vass

Welcome to Year 2 2016-2017

Phase Leader Miss Stacy Paul 
 Year 2 Teachers Teaching assistants  

Miss Emma Herron (2EH)

Mrs Catherine Haley (2CH)

Mrs Michele McTaggart

Mrs Vanessa Robertson

Curriculum information
Curriculum Jigsaw (whole year overview)     Useful resources or information
Autumn term curriculum
overview (Autumn 2016)

Spring term curriculum overview (Spring 2017)

 Summer term curriculum overview (Summer 2017)


Wheels and Axles Project

 Over the last few weeks the children have been busy designing, making and evaluating their own vehicles that could be used on a farm. The process involved cutting, sticking and gluing together cardboard boxes to make the bodies of combine harvesters, tractors and crop dusters. The children then added their own design features such as number plates and windscreens. The final part of the making process involved sawing dowelling and choosing the material for their wheels. 

Please take a look at a selection of some of the final products below.

Mini-beast poetry performances

Last week the children were asked to choose a poem about mini-beasts to learn and recite with their own actions. They really got stuck into this challenge and it provided some good inspiration and ideas for them to be able to create their own mini-beast poems later on.

Well done Year 2!

Outdoor Learning

On Thursday 20th April Year 2 participated in an Outdoor Learning day. The children spent half of their session learning about how different fruits and vegetables grow. They explored a variety of fruits that are grown in different countries and compared the size and amount of seeds each one had. They then had the opportunity to pot a plant of their choice, and the children will be observing these plants to see how they grow. 

The second session of the day involved exploring the school grounds using maps and compasses. In small groups the children had to locate various checkpoints. At each of these was another activity involving maps or plants. For example, in one activity the children counted the rings at the end of a tree trunk to give them an idea of how old the tree was. 

The children really enjoyed their day, and are looking forward to using their new knowledge during the course of the term.

Year 2 Cooking

This week the children worked in small groups to prepare vegetables for a stir fry. They practised how to use a knife safely and carefully, chopping up onions, peppers, cabbage and broccoli. The children then took their prepared vegetables home to cook their own stir fry. The children have told us that their stir fries were delicious, and they can't wait to make it again!

World Book Day

On Thursday 2nd March the whole school celebrated World Book Day. In Year 2 our theme was 'Where The Wild Things Are'. The children made a brilliant effort with their costumes and enjoyed showing them off during our Year 2 fashion show. We had themed Maths and English activities, book quizzes, and we finished the afternoon by designing our own 'wild things'!

Thank you for a fantastic day, Year 2!

Chinese Puppets

Over the course of this half term the children have been learning about puppets, and have designed and made their own Chinese puppets. The process included drawing, cutting and then sewing the felt together.

China Day

On Friday 27th January Year 2 participated in 'China Day'. The children spent the morning enjoying 6 different activities related to China. These included: noodle tasting, making money envelopes with Chinese writing on, exploring tangrams, and making Chinese lanterns.

The children thoroughly enjoyed their morning. We hope you enjoy looking at some of the pictures.



Well done to all of KS1 for two fantastic performances of 'Manger Mouse' this week. All the children worked incredibly hard to prepare for this performance, and should be very proud of themselves.

Miss Herron and Mrs Haley

Firework Poems

Year 2 have been busy making their own firework poems, starting with the line 'If I were a firework...'. At the end of the week the children performed the favourite line from their poems. All the groups tried really hard to make their poems exciting and engaging, and created actions for the final performance.

Here are 2 videos of the performances. 

A learner at Great Totham

Here are some of the things we got up to on our team day:

Completing maths challenge in our teams.  We had to work hard to solve the problems and we had to remember to persevere when it got tricky.

In our teams, we were set the challenge of building bridges out of just 6 pieces of newspaper, 4 elastic bands and some masking tape. We had to work together to make the strongest bridge possible!

Finally, we went outside to try the hula hoop tangle challenge! We had to learn from our mistakes and use our problem solving skills to move the hoop around the circle without letting go of each other's hands. 


Hedingham Castle Trip

On Tuesday 27th September, Year 2 visited Hedingham Castle to gain an understanding of life during Norman times. They were lucky enough to meet lots of different people who lived and worked at the castle, including the Lady of the house, the knight, the archer, the musicians and the servants. The children participated in various activities throughout the day. They particularly enjoyed the jousting competition and learning a medieval dance. A wonderful day was had by all, and the children were a credit to the school. Well done Year 2!

Mrs Haley and Miss Herron