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Our Lady and St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

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Year 2

Welcome to the Year Two Blog

Keep an eye on this blog to find out what we have been learning about this half term.
Below you will also find the timetable and homework for this week.

Year 2 Class Blog

Forest School and Homework 27.1.23

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Today was our Big Birdwatch day in Forest School.  Last week we prepared our outdoor areas by making lots of birdfeeders and hanging them all around.  Today, the children carefully counted the number of birds they spotted.  Here are some photos showing the fun they had.

Please show your child these films to help them consolidate the sound work that they have done in school this week:

Miss Dyson's Grey Group

tion (pay attention, it's a celebration)  No video available (practise spelling words with -tion at the end.

ure (sure it's pure) https://schools.ruthmiskin.com/training/view/UwUTSKV7/jxFBaZge

ear (hear with your ear)  https://schools.ruthmiskin.com/training/view/lTeKPpeN/e5tZOIgH

ire (fire, fire) https://schools.ruthmiskin.com/training/view/TkLOEqxS/w5CGmgXd

ew (chew the stew)  https://schools.ruthmiskin.com/training/view/dMePWJLL/kebGd7Tt

Miss Johnson’s  and Mrs Shore’s group

‘aw’ https://schools.ruthmiskin.com/training/view/WmgVuV03/O1yhGQp1

‘are’ https://schools.ruthmiskin.com/training/view/l8Mvn2iU/lJYyTEqK

‘ur’ https://schools.ruthmiskin.com/training/view/kjGMjFsU/7lCK0KnA

‘er’ https://schools.ruthmiskin.com/training/view/FwPGBg45/E49hB4tp

‘ai’ https://schools.ruthmiskin.com/training/view/PQHrNXxJ/nV8QJ7DV

Special friends, Fred talk, read the word:



Please listen to your child read at least 3 times per week.  Ask them questions to check their understanding.  Talk about what they enjoyed and ask them to summarise the text.


Some children are not coming to school with their little, yellow, spelling book.  These books are collected in on Wednesday/Thursday and usually returned on Friday.  I have kept them this week to make a note of which books I have not had.  Those children that are regularly handing their books in to me are now much more confident with the Y1 and Y2 list of common exception words (reading of and spelling).  To get the expected standard in reading and writing, children should be able to read and spell the majority of these words.  Please practise little and often at home and keep the book in their bookbags so that it is available when needed.  Some children are getting upset that they haven't remembered their book when I call them to practise, therefore, keeping it in their bag would make things much easier for them.  Books will be returned on Monday.

Have a great weekend.

Miss Dyson


Fruit Kebabs!

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What a lot of fun we had this afternoon!  

We've been peeling and cutting, threading and munching!  The children were so enthusiastic this afternoon about trying lots of different fruit and were very sensible in the preparation of it.  We had some children saying it was the best day ever and that they never realised that they would enjoy kiwi or mango.  It was lovely to see.

Here are some photos:

We can't wait until we make Welsh Rarebit!

Miss Dyson, Mrs Waller and Miss Jubb


Week Beginning Monday 23.1.23

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Good morning

This week we have a Geography topic lesson on Monday and a DT topic lesson on Tuesday.  We will learn about the country of Wales and its capital Cardiff.  In DT, we will be making fruit kebabs.  We will learn about food hygiene and preparation, and use skills of cutting, peeling and threading to create our delicious snacks.

Here are your Kahoot! quizzes:


Game PIN: 02206916


Game PIN: 06440584

In maths, we are continuing our sequence of lessons on money and in literacy we are learning about the features of information pages, including being able to create a short glossary.  Children have learned so much about leaves over the last few weeks.  Why not ask them about what they know?  Can they tell you some of the important jobs that leaves do?  Can they describe the different kinds of leaves that we have, using adjectives for size, shape, colour and texture?  What is the difference between simple leaves and compound leaves?

This Friday, in forest school, it is the School's Big Bird Watch week for us.  We will be identifying and counting the birds that we see in our school grounds.

I hope you all have a great week!

Love Miss Dyson, Mrs Waller and Miss Jubb


Week Beginning 16.1.23

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Good morning

We have made a great start to this week with our first lessons on money.  Children have been counting money in pounds and pence and are using their timestables skills to help them do this efficiently.  Here are some timestables songs to help your child become confident with their 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s:

2 Times Table Song (Cover of Can’t Stop The Feeling! By Justin Timberlake) - YouTube

Counting By Threes Song - YouTube

5 Times Table Song | Skip Counting by 5 Rap For Kids - YouTube

Skip Count by 10 Song For Kids | 1st Grade - 2nd Grade Video - YouTube

In literacy, children are becoming experts on the types and functions of leaves.  Their information texts are going to be fantastic!

There are some Kahoot! quizzes in Geography that children have had a go at in yesterday's afternoon lesson.  I'll put the on the blog here shortly.

Last week, the children enjoyed tasting a range of foods from the food groups of the Eatwell Plate.  Here are a few photos:

Thank you to all of you that attended the SATS information meeting.  The PowerPoint can be accessed via the link below.

sats information for parents 2023.pptx

If you have any questions, please contact me on y2@olsj.org.uk

Miss Dyson


Homework Friday 13.1.23

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Good evening Y2 and families of Y2


If your child has a RWI book, please read it at least 3 times per week or until they can read it fluently by themselves.  If your child is now a 'free-reader' they may want to record their book in their reading for pleasure diary.  Some children are in Mrs Waller's comprehension group but should still be bringing home a 'grey' book if they skipped 'grey' group completely.  Some children completed grey group and are simply 'free-readers'.  If you are unsure what book your child should be bringing home, please email me on our class email:  y2@olsj.org.uk

I now have full access to this email once again, therefore I will respond to messages ASAP.

If your child is still part of a RWI group, they should be practising the sounds taught that week via the links below:

Miss Dyson's Grey Group:

a-e (make a cake)  https://schools.ruthmiskin.com/training/view/EyfKBkWH/dHbS12xg

o-e (phone home)  https://schools.ruthmiskin.com/training/view/bbo9X0VP/arZBsg1t

u-e (huge brute)  https://schools.ruthmiskin.com/training/view/YW2VORkp/nUEtC7uP

aw (yawn at dawn)  https://schools.ruthmiskin.com/training/view/tdixpw7D/KjYStA3h

are (care and share)  https://schools.ruthmiskin.com/training/view/5Zg6xg6r/fxYxm2cO

Reading longer words:
ea/ee (2) https://schools.ruthmiskin.com/training/view/nzMWsWxI/PzkwLol6

oy/oi https://schools.ruthmiskin.com/training/view/OLO8Qawz/q9ucKThg

oy/oi (2) https://schools.ruthmiskin.com/training/view/a7sTsBUp/FCav1o8k

Miss Jubb's Purple Group

ar (start the car)  https://schools.ruthmiskin.com/training/view/I0daCY65/pWO4vy3F

oo (look at a book) https://schools.ruthmiskin.com/training/view/Xaipya7b/Txtu6Ynb

oo (poo at the zoo) https://schools.ruthmiskin.com/training/view/CZztVt3P/ZU79KEhE

ow (blow the snow) https://schools.ruthmiskin.com/training/view/FQ0ZNSwr/RiVIgHti

igh (fly high) https://schools.ruthmiskin.com/training/view/pc7qT9Kz/eIyc2Wae

Miss Johnson’s  and Mrs Shore’s group:

‘ew’ https://schools.ruthmiskin.com/training/view/BNdc8WsI/QMvVh1NT

‘ire’ https://schools.ruthmiskin.com/training/view/2GlrwAt4/X6nhguHP

‘ear’ https://schools.ruthmiskin.com/training/view/d6JguIeL/l3NELRfK

‘ure’ https://schools.ruthmiskin.com/training/view/FnzY9oPN/SN7cvPJw

‘ea’ https://schools.ruthmiskin.com/training/view/YySxILpZ/TMZnBHpy

Special friends, Fred talk, read the word:




We have just finished a short block on shape.  Listen to these songs about 2D and 3D shapes with your children.  Can they name some 2D and 3D shapes?  Can they talk to you about sides and vertices (2D), and faces, edges and vertices (3D)?



Have a great weekend

Miss Dyson


Below are useful files and documents you can download to use at home.

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