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Puriton Primary School

Puriton Primary School


Amber Class


We are a class of Year 2 pupils. Our teachers are Mrs Brown for four days and Mrs Williams on a Wednesday. Miss James is the teaching assistant in our class.

Click here for Amber Class Routines. This will provide you with information about PE, homework, reading and more!

Contact Amber Class staff by email using this address: amberclass@puritonprimaryschool.org.uk 


 Useful links for parents 

For phonics practise, click here.

For a range of online learning games, check out TOPMARKS.

Hit the Button is a great game for practising maths facts.

Online Safety for Parents      

Covid 19 Worry book

These are great if children are feeling a little anxious or need to practise some calming activities...

Dinosaur yoga

Spring time Yoga

Bedtime Yoga

For livelier yoga, try Cosmic Kids on YouTube!



When we use our brilliant ideas to write, it is important that people can read them. Here are some photos to remind you about letter formation to ensure your work is neat and clear.





Click the link to find out the spelling and grammar being used in Year 2

English Mats


Why not try this sports themed advent calendar? One exercise for each day in December!

Advent calendar


On Tuesday 15th December, the children will be completing the Phonics Screening Test that they missed during the Summer Term of Year 1. This is a Government assessment and results will be reported. The children will read 40 words. There are a mix of real and nonsense (alien) words. Even if your child is a fluent reader, it is worth encouraging your child to segment then blend the word so they don’t misread a nonsense word.  All the words use the phonemes learnt in phase 2-5. If your child does not meet the required standard, they will complete another one in the Summer Term when the current Year 1 cohort do theirs. The children will NOT be told about this. They will just be doing some reading with their teacher to show me what they know. It is a short, relaxed task!

To help prepare, it is best to practise little and often. In light of this, homework will be slightly different for the next two weeks. I have made a grid full of activities. I would like the children to choose an activity each day to practise at home. Please tick them off and date them when they are done. You can add a comment if you wish. Have fun!

Mrs Brown😊

Activity grid            Speed read slides (Powerpoint)  Speed Read (PDF)    Word cards to read       

Snakes and Ladders        Phase 3 phoneme mat              Phase 5 phoneme mat


Watch Indie reading some words to remind you about segmenting then blending words:

Watch the video to remind you how to play SPLAT.


Home Learning 

Spring Term 

Important notice: There will be a whole class TEAMS meeting every Monday at 10.30am and Friday at 11:30am. This will allow us to catch up and check everyone is ok. Please try to get your child to logon at these times using the same details that were emailed to you before. (You may want to check you can login before Friday!)

NOTE: For this Friday's TEAMS meeting (15th), could the children wear a prop. E.g. bright top, hat, scarf, headband, fairy wings, glasses etc. It can be as little/much as they want and no pressure if they don't want to. We are just going to play a little fun game to end the week. :)

Week 2

Hello everyone and welcome to week 2. New to this week is the launch of our online reading Bug Club! I hope you all enjoy using it. Adults, please read the notes attached to the top of today's plans. :) 

Click here for the PLANS for Thursday and Friday

Friday 15th January

We are at the end of week two. You have all been incredible! Keep the hard work. Don't forget our TEAMS meeting at 11.30am today. (See the note above.) You all really impressed me with your maths today. I have planned something very similar for today to consolidate your skills. Make sure you watch the videos again if you need help. Use the White Rose sheet if you want more of a challenge. If you are using Bug Club, you need to answer the questions fully. Some of you have been typing letters in  to the answer box and not actual words or sentences. Enjoy the creative task this afternoon!

Maths sheet - exchanging practise           Maths sheet - more just column addition

White Rose sheet - harder                      White Rose sheet answers

Maths task with no exchanging   

Traction Man - onomatopoeia sheet        Still life Images          Drawing skills sheet

Thursday 14th January

Good morning! I hope you enjoyed the story time yesterday. I know Miss Williams did. I have recorded lessons today so please watch carefully. You will need to decide which method and tasks are right for you.  (Sorry about the video. I recorded on my phone which was in a tripod but think the camera must keep trying to focus itself. I will play about with the settings for next time. Bear with me today sorry!)

Maths Video - introduction         Maths video part 1 - making and drawing 

Maths video part 2 - column addition     

Maths questions - main task                   Maths questions - Harder column method.       

Maths alternative questions for those struggling (no exchanging)

English Video                        Images from shape poem video

Reading Task - Traction Man adjectives

Spelling- handwriting          Spelling-wordsearch    Use these words to play Hangman.

Science Man made or natural? - powerpoint          Science optional sorting sheet


Wednesday 13th January

Good morning Amber Class!  Please click on the following link for a quick video to tell you what's happening today.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uRWpjk0dIA 

All of the planning and resources can be found by clicking on the links below.  Remember, if you are free at 2:15pm today, I will be sharing a story via Microsoft Teams.  You should all find the links in your calendars.  I hope to see you later.  Miss Williams :)

Plan for the Day       Maths Task       Maths Challenge        Handwriting Sheet  

Technology Around Us (PowerPoint)       Technology Around Us (PDF version)

Technology Town Map      Technology Around Us Task (Word)      Techonology Around Us Task (PDF)

I loved these fabulous monsters from Alfie and Sammy.  Sammy added an extra rhyming couplet to give his monster arms. He also practised his ball control skills. He used both feet! Well done boys!


Click here for lesson plans for Monday and Tuesday

Tuesday 12th January

It was lovely to see you all yesterday. It looks like lots of you enjoyed your walk. Fantastic work all round. If you haven't yet tried Big Club, can you do so today as I may be able to set up some online reading sessions with Ms James and I. Have a great day today!

 Maths Questions              Maths Video               Spelling activity    

Note: when spelling this week, use the words from the word list at the end of yesterday's Powerpoint.         

Rhyming poem (Powerpoint with sound.)          Rhyming poem (PDF no sound)

Traction Man scene                                        Traction Man reading activity

Inspired by yesterday's learning, Riley wrote his own shape poem based on an online game. Olivia phoned members of her family to collect data about their favourite food. She presented the information in a tally chart. What great extra learning!


Monday 11th January 

Tally sheet (easier)                  Tally sheet (harder)        Maths answers (harder)

Spelling powerpoint                  Spelling as a PDF          

Spelling booklet(Only for those who need it.)  

Shape poems (powerpoint)       Shape poems (PDF)

Materials hunt sheet                Material hunt photos (If you are unable to go for a walk) 


Week 1


Friday 8th January

Good morning! Don't forget to click the above link for the plans. Also, there is a TEAMS meeting at 11:30am today. It would be good if you can all log on to see how we are getting on so far and I can share some exciting news! It should be in your calendar. If not, you should be able to join at that time tomorrow or let me know and I will hopefully be able to add you in by calling at the start. Here are today's resources. Thank you for all your emails. Can I remind everyone that you need to be sending in the children's work if you haven't already.

Maths worksheet (to complete alongside the video.)        Maths answers 

Maths -True or False question               English powerpoint (with audio)            

English (as a PDF, no sound)                English activities to choose from

Reading task                                        Traction Man text

Science material hunt                          Science photo cards   

Thursday 7th January

Hello Amber Class! Well done for a super day of learning. I hope you are ready for anther great day today. Above are the plans for Thursday and Friday. I will attach resources as needed. I hope you are all ok. I will endeavour to answer emails as soon as possible but obviously I am in school teaching too. I will try to get back to you before 5pm or during the following day. 

Maths Video                   Maths questions

English Powerpoint          English (as a PDF if you can't open powerpoint- no sound)     

English worksheet (easiest)  English worksheet (medium)   English worksheet (hardest)

Traction Man Story Video       Reading task        

Wednesday 6th January

Good morning Amber Class!  I hope that you had a good day of home learning yesterday.  School was very quiet without you!  I've recorded a little message which you can see if you click on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfr0oMDPEtE  Hopefully, it will let you know some of the things we have planned for today.  I'm looking forward to seeing what you all get up to. 

All of the learning is outlined in the overview below.  Any documents needed are also linked.  If you come across any problems or need any help, please send me an email at amber@puritonprimaryschool.org.uk and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.  Please send all home learning to this address too!

Miss Williams :) 

Home Learning Overview       Maths Task 1         Maths Task 2       Handwriting        Computing

Tuesday 5th January

Oh dear Amber Class. What a funny start to the term! I am so sorry that you have been asked to stay at home again but I am so glad that I got to see you for one day. We will all be brave and do what we can to stay safe. I will be uploading your learning each day. There is an expectation that you complete it and you need to email regularly so that I know how you are doing. I am in school today, preparing for learning. Here are a couple of tasks to keep you going for today.


Yesterday, we found all the different possible answers when totalling 2 dice. Have a go at this problem today. Read the story first and then click on the problem. Can you draw some different combinations? Does anyone think they can find them all?

STORY                 MATHS PROBLEM


Read a book for 15 minutes. (New online books and activities coming very soon!)


There have been some strange events in the classroom. Have a look at these slides and complete the task.



We would have been starting football today. Practise your dribbling skills or try this workout:



Week 6

Here are lesson and activities for those isolating during week 6. Please keep in contact and we wish you all a speedy recovery.

Monday 7th 

Maths:                  Video with activity

Phonics:                Activity Mat

English/History:      Plan          Powerpoint  1    Powerpoint 2

Reading:              6 key word sheet. Print and colour using the instructions (or draw.)

Please continue to practise the nativity songs.

Week 5 

Here are lesson and activities for those isolating during week 5. I have also emailed independent tasks separately. Please keep in contact and we wish you all a speedy recovery.


Monday 30th        Video       Worksheet    Answers      True or false challenge

Tuesday 1st        Video        Worksheet      Answers      True or false challenge

Wednesday 2nd    Video       Worksheet    Answers       True or false challenge

Thursday 3rd        Video       Worksheet    Answers       True or false challenge

Friday 4th            Video      Worksheet      Answers      True or false challenge


Weekly plan

Monday- Model diary     Features check list  Flashcards with time words

Tuesday  - Adverbials of time lesson

Wednesday - Sentence starters

Friday - match the verbs       irregular verbs


Choose 10 of these words a day to segment and blend. Then complete an activity from the emailed workbook about Year 2 words.          Phonics words 


Monday - Listen to Oh, No George! STORY  Task: Retell the story to someone at home. Think: What ca we learn from this story? What does 'sorry' mean?

Tuesday - Plan some other mistakes/adventures for George? You could draw them or write about them. What else might he do?

Wednesday - 60 second read comprehension - THE STAR

Thursday - 60 second read comprehension- ROAR

Friday - Explore The Book Trust website Find a story/part of a story that you enjoyed. What was it called? What did you like about it?


Choose from:  Cosmic Kids Yoga       Andy's Wild Workouts       Joe Wicks

Design and Technology/History project

D&T plan          D&T bridge information

D&T Bridges from around the World photos     D&T sheets          


Please continue to practise the nativity words and songs as well please.



16/11/20 - Next week, the children will need: 

  • - Ingredients for one of the recipes attached or your own Victorian recipe. (There will be alternative tasks if cooking is not an option for you.)
  • - Soap, washing up liquid, shampoo or bubble bath.                                                   
Top tips:
  • The maths sheets get progressively harder. They change from fluency to reasoning and problem solving. If they get stuck at the end- don't panic! Leave it/write a note/discuss it with them.
  • If you are really struggling to get your child to write, you can scribe for them in Maths or other tasks. (As long as it isn't a writing task.)
  • Use gems! We have a gem jar at school. Children add a gem when they have used good manners, been kind, completed good work, put effort in etc. You could fill a container with anything you have. Maybe set them a target. If you get 20 by the end of XXXX you can have a little treat of XXXX

Welcome to Week 4

Happy Monday everyone! We hope you had a restful weekend and are all well. We are going to look at time this week in Maths. We believe that children learn this best with regular practise at home. It isn't easy to learn quickly but hopefully the lessons this week will give you an insight into some of the skills children need. By the end of Year 2, all children should be able to read O'clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past times on an analogue clock and be able to tell the time to the nearest 5 minutes. Later in the year, we will look at minutes, hours, days, months, years and solving problems involving duration of time. The children are likely to have different confidence levels with this. Therefore, if they haven't mastered time yet, I would recommend following the lessons in order. If you think that your child has fully mastered the concepts already, get them to complete the assessment booklet as independently as possible and send it to me. If they find it easy, I can send them alternative tasks for the week. Hopefully it will be another enjoyable week. Please continue to send work in daily and save it to return to school with your child. I will schedule a TEAMS meeting for Friday so hopefully we will see you all there. Enjoy!

Hangman quiz!

Guess what 'I spy,' in my house...   6 letters, 3 letters, 7 letters. Email me your answers. I will add a clue each day.

Alongside their work, can children please practise the words to these songs:

It's Christmas Eve       Squash and a Squeeze    Thanks and Praise    (Click for lyrics)


Story Time

Here are some stories recorded in the last lockdown for my class last year. If you haven't seen them before, or fancy a story, you may want to watch them. I will try do a new one soon.

Dinosaur                         Ravi



 If you found yesterday that your child can already accurately tell the time independently to the nearest 5 minutes, you may wish to skip this week's Maths lessons so I have put up these tasks as an alternative.

Choose 1 a day:

1) Time problems  (to 5 minutes)

2) Choose 4 of these questions to try.  CHALLENGE CARDS

3) Play the Maths Frame online games written on the weekly plan.

4) Maths problem solving

Monday 23rd Resources

Maths warm up - near doubles          Time questions      clock template

Maths time assessment booklet (For those who know how to tell the time)

7 key words ‘Up in the Air’–harder         4 key words –‘Alien’ easier

Compound word slides                          Victorian recipes

Tuesday 24th Resources

Hangman clue - Day 2. 'I spy with my little eye, something in my house. It is something that can move by itself and is smaller than my hand.'

Time worksheet - O'clock        Worksheet answers 

The Whoopsit -easier             The History of the Yo-yo - harder

RE lesson plan                       RE Powerpoint

RE powerpoint as PDF            RE synagogue sheet          Phonics game sheet

Handwriting (Click to watch the video. We have done these joins in class. The video will remind you about the diagonal join and letter sizes. Practise the join in as many ways as possible. Can you write any words with -al or el?)


Wednesday 25th Resources 

Hangman clue 3- I am covered in fur and if I could sing, my favourite song would be, 'I like to move it, move it!'

Time worksheet - quarter to and past    Time worksheet answers

Compound word poster                       Book review

Here is a checklist that children will need to edit their work tomorrow. It is worth looking at it today to think about how they write their poem. They need to also look at the example on the plan. They should try and apply all their learning so far. E.g. powerful verbs, interesting adjectives, expanded noun phrases, to show me what they have learnt. This should be their best work yet!

Poem editing check list

Thursday 26th Resources

Time worksheet - 5 minutes           Worksheet answers

Phonics words to read                    English editing tick list (see yesterday)

Reading picture                           ICT typing challenge

Random acts of kindness ideas                      

From marking work yesterday, children are forgetting their expanded noun phrases. Please look at the examples on the plan and you can try this website to recap:


When writing, don't forget clear ascenders and descenders. This sheet may help.


Here are some finished examples of poems:


By Cassie                                          By Oliver H

Friday 27th Resources

Well done Amber Class - we made it to the end of our two week isolation!

For those still guessing the Hangman. Here are the clues:

I spy it in my house.  It is smaller than my hand and can move by itself. Its favourite song is, 'I like to move it, move it' from Madagascar, it usually is found at school but is currently isolating with Mrs Brown. What (or should I say who) is it?

G _ o _ _ a       _ _ e      _ a _ s _  _ r

You have all been brilliant and should be very proud of your learning. I can't wait to see you all next week. I have really missed you. For those of you who can, join me on TEAMS at 1pm today. If I don't see you, have an awesome weekend. Big thank you to your mums and dads too! :) 

Time workbook (easier)              Time workbook (Y2)      Common exception words

Scavenger Hunt   (not for TEAMS)      Reading comprehension


17/11/20 - I received this video from Ella. I am sure you will agree that it is a fabulous performance of, 'These Old Shoes,' by Tony Mitton. Thank you so much for sharing Ella and family. The file is quite large so we may not be able to keep it on here for long but please enjoy! It is wonderful!

 Chloe and Natasha made bread using a Victorian recipe then cooked and ate a Victorian meal. Excellent learning and teamwork girls and they said it tasted good too!





Friday 20th November

Place value workbook (easier)    Place value workbook year 2

Common exception word sheet   Reading picture task      Board game 

Don't worry about the quiz at the start of science. They can guess or you can talk about it or if you are really keen you can look at lesson before but they aren't expected to know it. Also, the first part of the lesson recaps about particles. Again, they study this later in school so do not need to know it. They can skip past or watch the previous lesson if they are super keen! You can start from the MELTING section.

Ideas for spelling:

  • Spelling Puzzle: Make a home-made puzzle by writing each word in large letters and then having the child cut each card apart.The fun is in putting the puzzle back together!
  • Stairsteps: Write the words as if they are stairs, adding one letter at a time.






  • Tic-Tac-Toe: There are a ton of cool ways to play with this old game! Create a larger-sized board and play tic-tac-toe where each player uses a spelling word.OR, have each player use an ‘X’ or ‘O’ but in order to place a mark on the board,  they have to spell a word correctly.
  • Window Writing: All you need is special window-safe crayons to use or write in the steam on the shower door. 
  • WORDO!: Kind of like Bingo but with letter or words. 
  • Rainbow Write: Flip a word card and have your child go through the rainbow, painting or writing each word in rainbow colours.Make the first word red, second orange, third yellow, etc. OR write each letter in a colour of the rainbow.
  • Water Paint: Use water and a paintbrush to water paint the spelling words on the pavement/patio.
  • Chalk
  • Hangman
  • Anagrams- mix up the spelling words for children to unscramble.
  • Quick write- how many times can you write the word in 1 minute?
  • Type it Out: Open up a Word document and have your child type the spelling words on the screen as you call them out. Enlarge the font, make it a cool colour, and he’ll have a ball.
  • Write on each other's backs - can they guess the word?
  • Make the word from playdough
  • Make up a rhyme to remember the spelling.

Thursday 19th November

Maths diving deeper sheets       Maths heavier/lighter      Reading picture task

Bingo cards

Wednesday 18th November

Maths Powerpoint            Maths worksheet          Maths answers  Maths challenge

Spelling sheet                wordsearch                  Reading booklet

History slides                ICT online safety slides  ICT task

ICT websites

Picture map example


Tuesday 17th November 2020

Good morning. Thank you to everyone who sent work in. I do need to tick off who has completed the work and record an assessment of how they got on (as much as I can.) so please send work daily. 

Tuesday 17th November PLAN

Maths worksheet              Maths answers           Maths challenge

Phase 5 phoneme mat      Shoe photos            adjective mat

60 second read -Victorians (harder)    60 second read -Home Alone (easier)                 

Handwriting             How to hold a pencil

Top tip for Tuesday: 

If you are counting in 10s or adding multiples of 10, use sticks of something to represent it and build it. I have maths equipment here but you can use straws etc or draw. They could also choose the practical task and practise weighing with scales. The last problem is a real challenge so not all will be able to manage. Please don't worry!


Here are videos for with a hello and a phonics game...


Monday 16th November 2020

Good morning everyone! We are so sad that we will be apart for 2 weeks but we know you will do some amazing work and we cannot wait to see it. We will put your learning here each day. If anyone has any questions, please email me at: amber@puritonprimaryschool.org.uk

Monday 16th November PLAN

Maths warm up       Maths worksheet         Maths answers      True or false challenge

Spelling slides          Poem                          Reading - 6 word comprehension

Reading - 3 word comprehension              Victorian kitchen slides

Victorian Kitchen image                            Victorian kitchen objects to sort if needed

Victorian kitchen talking points for PARENTS   

 Here is the video for ENGLISH. I am so sorry, I had signal issues so near the start the sound cut out. It was meant to say: A section/group of lines in a poem is called a VERSE. The poem has 11 VERSES. I have attached the poem anyway so please use that to read from. 


Amber Class Learning

Welcome to the Spring Term!

We hope you have all had a lovely Christmas break despite the restrictions. We can't wait to hear what you have all been up to. We have an exciting term ahead of us with lots of Science related learning. We will continue to keep ourselves safe with staggered drop offs (8.40am) and pick ups (3.10pm),  masks, space and regular hand washing. PE will be on Tuesday and Thursday. Children MUST have a full PE kit, T shirt, shorts, jogging bottoms, jumper (no zips or hoods), trainers/daps. They must also bring a coat and water bottle each day.

Click here to see an overview for our learning this termTraction Troubles!

Here are key words that the children will be using with the topic and some suggestions of books to support learning at home. Traction Troubles Vocabulary


Welcome to the second half of the Autumn term!

Click here to see an overview for our learning this term: Brilliant Brunel!

Here are key words that the children will be using with the topic and some suggestions of books to support learning at home. Brilliant Brunel Vocabulary.


Week Seven 18/12/20

We made it to the final week of term. Well done everyone! We have had a brilliantly busy week. On Tuesday, we showed how confident we now are with reading all the phonemes. We have made such good progress. We finished our bridges and evaluated them. Mrs Brown is so proud of you for trying new skills like sawing and using glue guns. We made Christmas crackers, cards and calendars to share with our families. We also had great fun watching the Nativity with popcorn and cookies! We hope you enjoy it. Click the CHILDREN tab and then OUR CHILDREN. You will find the nativity there. Merry Christmas everyone. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year. Stay safe!


Week Six 11/12/20

What a busy week! We have been working so hard to present the Christmas story. We can't wait to watch the finished Nativity next week. Look out for it on the website!

We learnt that diaries are written in the 1st person, in the past tense and use time words. We wrote diaries all about a Victorian Christmas Day. We had to use our history knowledge to include Victorian traditions. Did you know that Christmas cards, crackers, decorating trees and presents, all began in the Victorian times? We were amazed to hear that Victorians decorated  their trees with dried fruit and LIT candles!

We have continued adding and subtracting in Maths. 

We designed and built bridges. Some of us designed beam bridges, some chose arch bridges and some chose suspension bridges. We learnt new skills such as sawing wood and using the hot glue guns to join wood. We had to be very careful and ensure our legs were all the same length so our bridges weren't wobbly. We used triangle pieces to make our joints more secure. We will decorate our frames next week. Great work everyone!

Week Five 04/12/20

It was so lovely to have Amber Class back together again this week. We are still missing Miss James but we hope she is back soon and send her our get well wishes!

We have been busy practising for the nativity. I am so impressed with how children have been learning their lines. 

In Maths, we have been learning to find ten more and ten less and then add and subtract multiples of 10. E.g. 27 + 30  and  52 - 20. We knew that we only needed to change the tens digit and not the ones.

In English, we looked at the features of diaries. We practised using pronouns, (I, she, he, they, us, we.) We practised writing in the first person, in the past tense and using time words and phrases to start sentences. We are going to use the skills to write our own diaries next week.

We started to become engineers, just like Brunel. We researched bridges that can be found locally and bridges around the world. We talked about our favourite and decided if they were beam bridges, arch bridges or suspension bridges. We will use them as inspiration for our own designs. 

One of our favourites was the Dragon Bridge in Vietnam. Why not look it up? It breathes real fire!

Week One - 06/11/20

We hope you all had a wonderful half term. Thank you to all parents for cooperating with the recent changes during drop off and pick ups. We appreciate you helping us keep each other safe.

In Maths this week, we have revising number bonds to 10. Then we looked at how we can use those facts to solve calculations with numbers up to 20 and 100. For example,

8 + 2 = 10 so 18 + 2 = 20 

4 + 6 = 10 so 40 + 60 = 100

In English we have learnt to join two clauses with coordinating conjunctions. (and, but or.)

E.g. Lisa like music. She liked painting.

Lisa liked music and she liked painting.

We have also learnt to add detail to a main clause with subordinating conjunctions. e.g. because, when, if, that. 

I will cut the grass.  I will cut the grass if it stops raining.

We will use these to add detail to our writing and use a variety of sentences. (See the linked English mat above for more info.)

On Wednesday, we painted pebbles to remember those who gave their lives during the World Wars. We can't wait to see what our pebble poppy garden looks like! We also learnt the story of Jonah and the Whale and practised our programming skills using, 'Lego Fix the Factory.' 

We ended the week by creating our own sheets of wallpaper. We used block printing techniques just like the Victorian artist William Morris. We built on our skills from Year 1 and managed to successfully print with more than one colour. We had to line up our designs very carefully each time! Here are some of the finished leaf prints...

James reminded us that the Victorians had small gardens so used wallpaper featuring nature prints to make them feel like they were outside! Well done!

Week Seven - 23/10/20

We have been practising spelling words ending in -el and revising all the phase 5 phonemes. We have been practising segmenting nonsense and real words and the blending them back together. We also wrote our own versions of, 'The Black Hat.' Mrs Brown was impressed with the vocabulary we used in our stories. 

In Maths, we have been learning how to add 3 one digit numbers efficiently by spotting facts we know then adding the remaining number. For example,

2 + 6 + 8 

Do: 2 + 8 = 10

Then: 10 + 6 = 16

We then used these skills in a domino investigation and an investigation about Brunel. We had to trial different solutions and be very resilient.

In Science, we thought about personal hygiene. We also reviewed our potato experiment. We were amazed that the potato rubbed in the sink had the least bacteria growing. The soap must have killed the germs. We also considered if there was a place in the World where no germs existed. Here are some of our ideas:

"Antartica because it is cold." (Darcey)                  

"In the air because the air is weak and germs would fall through it." (Riley)

"Inside a spray bottle filled with cleaning liquid." (Cassie)

"In a desert because there aren't many people there." (James)

We also learnt the Jewish Creation story in RE.

We finished the week of with a Halloween yoga session and a fantastic gem party! What a busy but brilliant half term. Have a wonderful week off. Stay rested and safe and we will see you on Tuesday 3rd November. 

Week Six - 16/10/20

We have been practising spelling words ending in -le and using the f, ff, ph and i_e, igh, i, y, ie graphemes. In English, we learnt all about expanded noun phrases. An expanded noun phrase adds detail to the noun using adjectives. 

e.g.  The shiny hat...

        The shiny, black hat...

        The shiny, black hat with a satin sash...

We listened to the story of, 'The Black Hat,' by Maia Walczak.  You can listen to it at home here:

The Black Hat       

It is full of brilliant vocabulary. We used bingo boards to spot key words and discussed what they meant. We will be learning the story and writing our own version next week.  We then thought about what it is like in a forest. We listened to forest sounds, to describe what you hear, we looked at photos to describe what you would see, then went for a walk in the school grounds to see what you can feel and smell. We used our ideas to write descriptive sentences. 

In Maths, we have begun practising addition and subtraction. We learnt that they are in the inverse of each other. We used one fact to find others. 

E.g. 12 + 4 = 16   so 4 + 12 = 16   and   16 - 4 = 12 so 16 - 12 = 4

(Part + part = whole     whole - part = part)

In science, we learnt that exercise is one way of staying healthy. We designed our own exercises, timed how many we could do in one minute and then thought about how our bodies changed/felt after each one.

We continued our art project by using chalk pastels to create leaf patterns. We blended the colours together using our fingers. 

A huge thank you to everyone who managed to make a parents evening appointment. We hope it was useful.

Week Five - 09/10/20

We have been busy writing our factsheets and we can't wait to share them with our parents to teach them all about Brunel. We all remembered lots of facts and produced lots of writing. We extended our sentences with conjunctions such as, 'and,' 'but,' 'because,' and 'so.' We have been practising oi and oy and the floss rule (doubling ss, zz, ll, ff after a short vowel) in phonics and j and g in spelling. 

In Maths, we have compared numbers with greater, less than and equal symbols, we have ordered objects and numbers and place numbers on a variety of number lines. Building numbers helped us compare the size of them.

We learnt about the Victorian artist, William Morris. He used flowers, plants and animals in his artwork. His designs were then printed and used to create wallpaper. Victorians living in cities had little/no garden so it made them feel close to nature. We started to sketch leaves and then learnt how to use watercolour paints to add colour.  We will soon design and create our own prints. Find out more about William Morris here:


Week Four - 02/10/20

In English, we have enjoyed researching facts about Isambard Kingdom Brunel. We also drew our own portraits of the famous engineer. We have learnt how to use question marks and commas in lists, ready to use in our factsheets. We practised words spelt with -dge and -ge, as well as recapped the ou, ow, ng and nk phonemes. 

In Maths we have been representing numbers in different ways. We also partitioned 2 digit numbers using part, part, whole diagrams and place value charts. We also used greater, less than and equal symbols to compare numbers. 

We have continued to develop our word processing skills using the laptops. We also learnt about the Jewish festivals of Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement.) We tried honey and apple and made cards. 

We used potatoes in a science experiment. We kept one untouched, we rubbed one on Albert's hand, one in the sink and one in a muddy puddle. We have put them in bags and we will look at them carefully over the next two weeks to see what happens. We are trying to discover where most germs can be found. 

Week Three - 25/09/20

We had great fun launching our new topic this week. We went on a school trip to a museum! Ava drove the coach around the path and we travelled to the hall. When we arrived, we saw lots of artefacts on the floor. We spent lots of time moving around and looking carefully at them. We soon realised the information labels were missing! We decided to guess what the objects were and write our own labels. We thought one wooden object could have been used as a weapon, a pizza slice or a fan. It turned out to be a carpet beater!

Mrs Brown explained what the objects were really for. We quickly noticed that none of the objects used electricity. We decided they must be from a long time ago, perhaps when electricity wasn't invented or used in homes. We then made a human timeline of key events in History. E.g. Roman invasions, World War 1, dinosaurs roaming the Earth etc. We finally worked out that we will be learning about the Victorians!

We then thought about questions we would like to answer. We also learnt a little bit about a famous engineer named Isambard Kingdom Brunel. We drew his portrait. We can't wait to find out more about him so that we can create factsheets to share with our parents.

You can watch a video about Brunel here: BBC BRUNEL VIDEO

We also practised ball skills, Pokemon Yoga (click here for the link), thought about how we are always connected to those we love by an 'invisible string,' represented numbers to 100 in different ways, looked at features of factsheets and practised being sentence doctors by correcting spelling and punctuation. 




 Week Two - 18/09/20

It is the end of the second week. We have been hit by tiredness and colds but we have carried on with our learning. 

We chose a feeling and filled a jar to represent it- just like the Colour Monster. We took them home to continue to help us manage our feelings. Then we wrote poems to describe feelings. Here is Sammy's...

This is calm,                                                                                                                              It is bright green like grass,                                                                                                         It makes me get a book and sit down and read!

This is happiness,                                                                                                                        It makes me want to outside and play,                                                                                          It shines like Honeydew melon,                                                                                                    It makes me want to ride my bike.

This is sadness,                                                                                                                          Sadness is deep like the ocean.             

Well done Sammy! 

In Maths, we have continued to practise doubles and halves, number bonds and accurate counting.

We really enjoyed practising running in PE and impressed our Coach, Miss Gardener with our enthusiasm. 

To start our Health and Hygiene topic, we thought about the spread of germs in Science. We used glitter to represent the germs and were surprised to see how easily and far they spread! We also realised we had to wash our hands extremely well to get rid of every 'germ.'

Week One - 11/09/20

It has been so lovely seeing all our families and friends arriving at school this week. The children have been amazing and settled in brilliantly! 

We read, 'The Colour Monster,' by Anna Llenas. The monster unpicks his feelings throughout the pop-up book. This helped us discuss how we felt. Most of us agreed we felt nervous or worried (black) before school but by lunchtime we felt happy and excited! (Yellow) We each have a monster feelings fan which we use to show how we feel each day.

We have focussed on the 'long a' sound in our phonics revision and we have learnt that we can spell some words starting with, 'n' by using, 'gn' and 'kn.' 

In Maths, we have recapped some of our learning from Year One. We practised counting backwards and forwards using numbers to 50, finding more and less, doubling and halving and writing number facts using a variety of resources and games.

Outdoor Maths!

We continued thinking about colour by learning about the action artist, Jackson Pollock. We created our own colourful, abstract art by flicking and dripping paint with paintbrushes and by dipping string in paint. 



 We also learnt to be calm, strong and still by learning and inventing some yoga poses!


Welcome Information

 Hello and a very warm welcome to the children and families joining Year 2 in September 2020. Parents, please watch the video underneath. If you have any further questions, please email me at: amber@puritonprimaryschool.org.uk  


Here is an information video for the children. If they have any further questions, don't hesitate to contact me. 


Hello everyone!  We are really looking forward to seeing you on Monday. Children may arrive at 8.50am and be collected at 3.15pm. Check out this video to see what the classroom looks like!


Home Learning Photo Gallery

Look at all the amazing fun we have been having whilst learning at home!