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We are a wonderful Year 2 class and our teacher is Miss Hardaker.


Alongside the 30 lovely children in our class, there is our 'class pet' who we named Charlie!

The lucky 'Star of the Day' who has particularly impressed Miss Hardaker gets to look after him for the night at home.




Our topic question this half term is:



The children will hopefully become plant experts by the end of the half term! Through the different and exciting activities planned they will find out lots of interesting facts about plants. Within literacy they will be doing lots of research and writing their own plant fact books, drawing still life plants in art and even dissecting a seed in science!

This half term Year 2 will even learn to sew...we will see how that goes!


There have been lots of great and creative responses to the homework so far, answering our topic question. Keep checking back and these will be uploaded to the webpage shortly.


Our book for this half term are these non-fiction National Geographic books which we will be dipping in and out of to help us with our research

              and knowledge:                                  We are also continuing Miss Hardaker's
                                                                               childhood favourite, which the children seem to
                                                                                   be enjoying too!



As you are probably aware, we are approaching the time of year when SATs will be taking place (May). We have been doing lots of practise for these already and feel confident that the children will be used to the format and assessment conditions and will approach them with their usual positive attitude. The children should not worry about these - I call them challenges rather than 'tests', and the children actually seem to enjoy them!




P.E - Our Outdoor P.E is on a Friday and our Indoor P.E is on a Thursday.

P.E bags will be sent home at the end of every half term for a wash!4


Homework - MyMaths and SPaG homework will be set fortnightly, alternating between the two each Friday. Children have two weeks to complete each and will receive a merit for each completed.


In addition, please read at home with your child as often as you can and support them with practicing their spellings and times tables charts.


Spellings - Spelling test will take place every Wednesday. This year, 10 spellings are chosen at random from the half-termly given list. Spring 1 spellings can be found below:


Monday 9th April - Return to school - Summer term 1.


Wednesday 11th April - Parent's evening.


*Thursday 12th April - Our class assembly!*




We had a super end to the first half of spring term with our Chinese events to celebrate Chinese New Year. The children have loved creating Chinese themed artwork and learning a song (in Chinese!) with the help of Ling.
Thank you to all that helped on our walk to the ReVive shop to view our art work, and those that brought their children to the showcase on Thursday evening.














This week Buckingham Palace class have been on a magical 'trip' to

10 famous castles!

We independently researched facts about our given castle using the internet and then stopped to pose for pictures outside of it!

Lewis, Lucie and Isaac visited Kenilworth castle.


Ben and Harry visited Tintagel castle.


Alfie, Harriet and Amelia at Bolsover castle.


Esme, Giulia and Alfie at Portchester castle.


Isobel, Tamara and Aanya at Warkworth castle.


Theo, Katie and George at Dunstanburgh castle.


Harley, Connor and Madison visited Carisbrooke castle.


Freddie, Olli and Megan at Middleham castle.


Sophie, Evie and Adam at Beeston castle.


Harry, Sasha and Harry at Dover castle.



I have loved seeing the children’s responses to the castle based homework for our new topic. There have been lots of different outcomes and the children have enjoyed sharing their creations, stories, facts and outings with the rest of Buckingham Palace class. Thank you to all parents for all of your help!


Freddie's story.

Sasha's story.





During the first half of the Autumn term, Buckingham Palace class took part in ‘Forest School’ led by Miss Barratt. As you can see, we really enjoyed it, despite some rain!



Forest school is an inspirational process that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem. They are also entitled to initiate and drive their own learning and development. This is achieved through hands-on learning experiences in an environment or woodland with trees and allows them to experience appropriate risk and challenge.


We loved sharing our Time Machines with our friends. We have had some great ideas and have made models, drawn pictures and written about our machines. Thank you to mums and dads for all of your help!