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Class 2R

Welcome to Class 2R


This page will be updated during the year to share details of class news, pictures of our learning and useful links. We will also update our class blog so you can read all about our exciting learning opportunities.

We work hard but have lots of fun in Class 2R and look forward to sharing our photographs with you.


Meet our team in class 2R 



Class Teacher: Mrs Rawlinson


Teaching Assistants

Picture 1 Mrs Webster
Picture 2 Mrs Sumner

Our Class governor is Mrs Heather Holden

Important things to know

PE Days Year 2 Homework and spellings Book changing day Homework due back in
Year 2  PE is Tuesdays and Fridays.

New homework and spellings go home each Friday.

Weekly spelling quiz Wednesdays

Home/guided reading daily

Your child will be in a reading group.

They will have their books changed once per week - see front of reading diary for their specific day.

We kindly ask parents to comment in the home reading diary and sign to say that the books have been read.



Homework and spellings are due back in on Tuesdays.


We came in to school on Monday morning to find that the elves had decorated school with all our Christmas decorations which look beautiful! We have been preparing and getting ready for Jesus’ birth in RE and writing about how we can be more like Jesus as a strong friend and bringer of Peace and made lanterns to show that he is the light of the world. We have also learned about the Annunciation when the angel Gabriel told Mary that she was going to have a baby and we made angels for our Christmas trees at home. In maths we have been working on division, sharing and grouping items and looking at odd and even numbers. We have written our own information books about arctic animals in literacy and a non chronological report about different types of animals. In Geography we have looked at climates around the world and sorted animals into hot and cold places. We have enjoyed sketching and drawing penguins in art using different pencils and chalks. We loved performing our ‘Christmas spectacular’ for friends and family and hope you did too! What a busy week, we’re looking forward to weekend now! Enjoy.


In maths this week we have been reading and drawing arrays for given multiplication sentences e.g. 3 x 2 = and 2 x 3 =

We have played lots of games to become more fluent with the multiplication and division facts for the 2’s, 3’s. 5’s and 10 times tables. We have set up a year 2 battle for boys v girls to act as an incentive to learn rapid recall of the facts. We encourage you to access this at home on TT Rockstars. The login details are in the front of the homework books.

In literacy we have been learning about the details of non- chronological reports. We know they need a heading, sub-heading, paragraph, labels, pictures, captions and ‘Did you know?’ interesting facts. We have cut up and ordered reports about animals identifying these features and researched our own report about animals which links to our homework this weekend. Our guided reading has helped to consolidate this knowledge exploring non-fiction texts.

In RE we have learned about the advent wreath. We now know why it is a circle, why it is green and what the candles represent. We have been preparing for our Christmas spectacular and making decorations for the corridor. We’ve enjoyed writing and sharing our experience of the travelling crib and we’re looking forward to opening our advent calendars!

Have a lovely weekend.

Working with arrays

Working with arrays 1
Working with arrays 2
Working with arrays 3
Working with arrays 4

Preparing for Christmas

Preparing for Christmas 1
Preparing for Christmas 2
Preparing for Christmas 3
Preparing for Christmas 4
Preparing for Christmas 5
Preparing for Christmas 6

Looking at and sorting the features of non-chronological reports

Looking at and sorting the features of non-chronological reports 1
Looking at and sorting the features of non-chronological reports 2
Looking at and sorting the features of non-chronological reports 3


In maths this week we have been recognising equal and unequal groups and making equal groups. We have then used repeated addition to add the equal groups together.

We have accessed literacy through cross curricular activities this week. We have focused on science classifying animals into fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. We have then categorised animals into carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. The children have loved looking through non fiction books to find facts and learn what characteristics make a bird a bird etc. This has been a means of gathering information in order to learn about non-chronological reports in literacy next week and write our own reports about types of animals, how they move and what they eat etc. We have also had fun practising for our Christmas spectacular which is coming along very well. We have started our new RE topic about Advent; preparing and waiting for Christmas.


This week we have enjoyed sequencing the story of ‘Lost and Found’ and making a story map so we know it really well. Then we enjoyed changing the story and making our own new version with a different animal and setting. In maths we have been applying what we learned in addition and subtraction to word problems using reasoning and problem solving and we have been adding three one digit numbers. We loved coming into school in our odd socks and listened to songs and stories about them. We talked about respect, being different and being kind to our friends. We have enjoyed learning about the Islam faith and Mrs Hussain came in and showed us prayer mats and beads. We had chance to dress up in lots of Muslim clothing and looked at the special Qur'an. Mariya also helped us to understand her religion a little better and we acted out some of their prayers and designed our own prayer mat. We’ve learned different ways of travelling in gymnastics and have used dribbling skills in our games session. We are continuing to learn our Christmas songs.

Picture 1 Odd sock day, rap and colouring
Picture 2 Odd sock day, rap and colouring
Picture 3 Odd sock day, rap and colouring
Picture 4 Odd sock day, rap and colouring

Homework - Subtraction - Picture method

This maths video shows how we teach subtraction using the picture method in Key Stage 1 using the jotting method. Please note the video refers to 'units' but we call them 'ones'.

This week we have been learning,,,,



This week we enjoyed exploring an old suitcase, a rubber duck, a torch, a map of the arctic, a flask, a sandwich and lots of fish. These were to help us predict what our new story ‘Lost and Found’ might be about. We enjoyed making predictions, asking questions, looking at characters and describing pictures before finally reading the story. In maths we have continued with subtraction; 2 digits take away 1 digit numbers and 2 digits take away 2 digit numbers (both crossing 10 and not crossing 10). In guided reading we have been looking for suffixes which we have been using in our writing eg. –ed, -ing, -er, -ful, -less. In RE we have been busy finishing our topic on Baptism and practising for our assembly which we hope you enjoyed this morning. Our Collective Worship theme this week has been Remembrance and we enjoyed making our poppies and think they look great on the school railings. We have started out new creative topic on Penguins, Possums and Pigs and in science we have been exploring which animals lay eggs. In Geography we have been naming and finding the seven continents and five oceans. What another busy week!

This week we have been learning....



This week we have had a lovely refreshing start to our half term. We have enjoyed reading and watching Oliver Jeffers ‘The way back home’ and had super experiences imagining we were in space and making predictions about the story. In maths we have been adding two digit and one digit numbers (crossing 10) and also adding two digit and two digit numbers (not crossing 10). We have used jottings to help out calculations. We have been doing lots of work on Baptism in readiness for our class assembly next Friday (we hope you can join us!) and we’ve been exploring Harvest in our Collective Worships. We braved the cold and played some invasion games in our outdoor games session and we will be working on 'My Personal Best' empathy skills this half term. We enjoyed talking and writing about our Halloween evening and in guided reading we have been giving our own opinions about the books we have read. What a busy first week back!



We’ve had a lovely busy week to end the half term. In maths we have still been solving addition and subtraction problems including problems with missing numbers! In Literacy we followed a pattern of adjective, noun, verb to create some stunning autumn poems e.g. spiky hedgehogs hibernating etc. We had a lovely afternoon collecting leaves, acorns, conkers etc for our Autumn crafts and fingerpainted Autumn trees. On Tuesday we followed maps to King George V park and looked at human and geographical features on the way. We enjoyed playing on the playground before returning to school. We have been developing our understanding of Baptism and shared some photographs of our special day when we were baptised and we each acted out a baptism with parents, Godparents, white garment, water, oil and candle. We had fun one afternoon playing old playground games from the past and had a go with a May pole, marbles, ring games, clapping games, pegs and ball and hopscotch. We have been busy entering Christmas card and Bonfire safety competitions and we performed our dance which we had learned in PE to Miss Stokes’ reception class. What a busy week! We need half term to have a rest so have a lovely holiday.

Games from the past

Our walk to King George V park

Our Autumn crafts

This week we have been learning...…



This week we have been working on addition and subtraction facts using numbers bonds to 10, 20 and 100! We have been using addition and subtraction facts to check calculations finding three facts for the price of one!

e.g. if we know that     8 + 2 = 10 then we also know

                        2 + 8 = 10

                        10 – 2 = 8

                        10 – 8 = 2

In English we have loved using exclamation marks for our Wallace and Gromit stories and we had fun changing the room in the house that the robot helps in. We wrote about different things that could go wrong e.g. the shower head squirting water everywhere in the bathroom and had lots of laughs!

In RE we have started out new topic on signs and symbols which will then relate to Baptism. This week we have been looking at signs around us e.g. road and traffic signs and shop signs etc. We also explored symbols showing love e.g. hugs and kisses, rings etc. In art we have collaged some lovely houses and used different pencils and charcoal to sketch our own houses. We have also explored maps again in Geography looking at Digimaps for our local area and drawing our own maps for local, national and international areas. We had our last multi-skills session with the South Ribble coaches and we have continued our dance work.



This week in maths we have been counting in 2’s, 3’s, 5’s and 10’s looking at patterns and finding missing numbers. We have had great fun reading ‘Wallace and Gromit and the autochef’ in English and we have worked on identifying, selecting and using verbs effectively. We have also been learning how to use exclamation marks in our writing and in guided reading we have asking and answering questions about non fiction texts.

We have been exploring the Judaism faith in RE this week and we made Challah bread and acted out a Shabbat celebration. We also made Havdalah candles and spice boxes and enjoyed learning lots about this faith. In PE we have worked on our aiming and target skills for passing balls effectively. We have been finding out more about schools in the past in history where Mrs Rawlinson became VERY strict and separated the boys from the girls and sat us in rows.

Making and eating Challah bread and making and smelling spice boxes

Making and eating Challah bread and making and smelling spice boxes 1
Making and eating Challah bread and making and smelling spice boxes 2
Making and eating Challah bread and making and smelling spice boxes 3
Making and eating Challah bread and making and smelling spice boxes 4

Victorian afternoon

Victorian afternoon 1
Victorian afternoon 2
Victorian afternoon 3


This week we have been learning...….


This week we have innovated our own story for ‘The smartest giant in town’. The children had fabulous ideas for different items of clothing e.g. vest, waistcoat, coat, braces, hat, bag etc and used them to help different animals. Some children changed their giant’s name and even changed it to a giantess. We then had lots of fun writing our new version of the story and used finger lights and purple pens to help us edit and improve our work looking for conjunctions, noun phrases and punctuation (full stops, capital letters, commas and question marks).

In maths we have been using a number square and base 10 equipment to help us find 1 and 10 more and less than a given number. We have been ordering numbers from 1 to 100 and we have been using crocodile hands where the crocodile eats the biggest numbers so that we understand and can use the signs < > and =

We have completed our RE topic on Beginnings and had a lovely celebration collective worship outside in the sunshine where we could wonder and marvel about God’s wonderful world. We also enjoyed parents, friends and family joining us for our class collective worship about families.

We have improved our ball skills in PE this week practising throwing and catching tennis balls and we have been developing our dance skills. In history we enjoyed looking through old books and maps about Preston and found many differences in homes and schools in the past. We learned about different sources of information from newspapers, museums and libraries to photographs, word of mouth and the internet.


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This week we have been practising partitioning numbers into tens and ones e.g. 16 = 10 and 6 and partitioning in different ways e.g. 42=40+2 or 30 + 12 or 20 + 22 or 10 + 32. We are encouraging the children to then use what they have learned and apply it to problem solving and reasoning. We have also explored number lines with missing numbers counting in 2’s, 5’s or 10’s and estimating where numbers would go on a number line e.g. 35 would be in between 30 and 40. We then progressed onto representing numbers using place value charts.  In literacy

In English we have been working on questions and writing questions to the giant in ‘The smartest giant in town’. All the children have made question hands which they have brought home to be used with their home reading books. Please use them to ask you children about character’s thoughts and feelings at different parts of the story. Year 2 explores inference and deduction when reading so we need to teach the children to ‘read between the lines’ or use point and evidence with their ‘prove it’ finger to answer questions. We have acted in role as George and imagined what he thinks, says and feels at different parts of the story. We have also been busy using subordination ‘when’ and ‘because’ in our writing.

In RE we have written our own prayers and made a class book of prayers. We enjoyed practising throwing and catching skills with the South Ribble sports coach and we have been exploring different maps in Geography and drawing our own. We have looked at 3D and aerial satellite maps of the local area and identified roads where we live. In history we are also looking at maps comparing Penwortham in the past with Penwortham today.

We are looking forward to our collective worship on Tuesday 25th September 09:00hrs and all parents/grandparents are welcome to join us.


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In maths this week we have been working on place value. We have written numbers using numerals and their names e.g. 38 and thirty eight.  We have also partitioned numbers in to tens and ones e.g. 38 = 30 + 8 using the part whole model. We have used counters, straws, numicon, base 10 equipment and objects to represent numbers in different ways. In literacy we are reading 'The smartest giant in town' and we had fun labelling the giants clothing, writing lists and captions and description of the familiar setting. We have been reading and writing about the story of creation in RE and wondering about the beauty in God's wonderful world. In history we have been thinking of Penwortham and where we live and we have written a letter to an interesting person from the past asking them questions about what houses were like a long time ago. 


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Welcome to class 2R.

What a busy first week we have had getting to know each other. We have made lots of lovely displays for our new classroom all about us. We have had a go a Jiu Jitsu to see if we would like to join the club and we had a very special visit from Paul Cookson, an author. Paul came and joined us in class to write and act out some fabulous poems about Autumn. In literacy we learned about nouns and proper nouns and we know that proper nouns start with a capital letter and include names, places, days of the week and months of the year. We also did some super writing about our holidays and started our new RE topic about new beginnings.