St. Ann's Catholic Primary School – Stocksbridge, Deepcar & Penistone

Year 2 Mrs Marshall 2019/2020

Home-school learning links.

You can contact Mrs Marshall on Seesaw ( and share your home learning.

Mrs Marshall will be posting home-school learning everyday on Google Classroom. Check it out!

This site demonstrates how to make the sounds (phonemes) to help your child with phonics.

ELEVENSES WITH THE WORLD OF DAVID WALLIAMS Every day at 11am, you can listen one of David Walliams’ World’s Worst Children stories, so sit down, take a break, and enjoy 20ish minutes of pure fun!

Remember to keep practising your spelling using the ‘Spelling Shed’ website. If you have any questions or need log on details please speak to Mrs Marshall.
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Remember to keep practising your 2, 5 and 10 times tables on TT Rockstars.
If you need your log in details please speak to Mrs Marshall.
Splat ( ) is a fun and interactive 100 square. Can you challenge your child to find a number. I am thinking of a number that is greater than 64, but is less than 80. It is an even number, with 7 groups of ten.

Practice your money skills with this interactive shop

We are part of the RWI Phonics Scheme and they have recently
announced they will be streaming live everyday over the coming
weeks. All children should access these streams, even if your child
has passed the phonic screening test or is already a fluent reader.
This is a fantastic opportunity for your child to stay in touch with
the Speed Sounds and ‘special friends’.
Regular reviewing of the speed sounds will aid your child in
spelling more complex words, reminding them of the different
graphemes (individual or groups of letters) that correspond to
the 44 phonemes (speech sounds) of the English language.
By the end of Year 2 a child working at the expected standard
should be able to –
● Segment spoken words into phonemes and represent these by
graphemes, spelling many of these words correctly and making
phonically-plausible attempts at others.
● Spell many common exception words.
● Read accurately most words of two or more syllables
● Read most words containing common suffixes*
● Read most common exception words.*
Read Write Inc Phonics films will only be available at the times
● Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am and again at 12.30 pm
● Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am and again at 1.00 pm
● Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am and again at 1.30 pm
Note: films are streamed live and won’t be available at other times.
Please contact me via Seesaw if you need further support.
Thank You, Mrs Marshall.

Lots of fun cooking activities can be found on the BBC website –

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Check out these great and easy recipes (including online videos!) from Jamie Oliver

What can children learn through cooking? Cooking with children can provide many beneficial learning experiences. Whilst the kitchen can provide many opportunities for young children to learn, it can be a dangerous place if children are left unsupervised while they cook. Before beginning it is worth remembering a few safety tips.

  • Collect everything you need before hand so you don’t need to leave your child unsupervised.
  • Encourage children to wash their hands before cooking.
  • Use only oven recipes rather the grill or rings on the hob.
  • When teaching your child to cut, use a blunt knife and soft foods. Any cutting requiring a sharp knife should be done by an adult. Explain the dangers of using knives. Restrict the use of sharp kitchen tools such as graters and peelers to older children.
  • Point out heat sources and precautions that you take such as using oven gloves when removing things from the oven. Never use dangerous equipment such as a deep fat fryer.
  • Set up a safe place where your child can work. Pre-schoolers would be best with a work area at a lower height. Only offer a stool if your child is able to balance on one.
  • Remember that raw meat or raw eggs should not be tasted.

CBBC Newsround ( ) has lots of interesting videos about world news, and it’s made especially for kids. Could you make your own news report or summaries an episode? You could write a script and use a mobile phone, tablet or laptop camera to record yourself. Remember; always speak to a grownup before using ICT equipment.

Useful resources from across the curriculum

Free Ebooks to support independent reading and shared reading at home.

Pobble365 ( is an amazing writing prompt site. There are hundreds (probably 365!) images with story starters and questions. Can you have a go at choosing an image and write (or draw) what happens next.
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Children should be active (faster breathing and feeling warmer) for 2 hours each day.  Try and reduce the time spent sitting or lying down and break up long periods of not moving with some activity.   Here is the link to some quick and fun physical activities.
Joe Wick
BBC Super Movers –

In PE have been working on our core strength, balance and coordination. At home practice balancing on one leg.  Make a chart to show the length of time you can balance on your…

  • Right leg
  • Left leg
  • Right leg with your eyes closed
  • Left leg with your eyes closed
  • On a cushion right and left leg

A great video to help children to tie their own shoelaces

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Follow the pictures to help you get dressed all by yourself !!!

Spring (2019/20)

Years 2 big question – Where are we now?
We will be looking at the different continents and oceans of our world, and examining the differences between these and our local environment. In science, we will be examining difference habitats and creatures from around the world.

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In PE we have been practising our aiming and throwing skills.

We have been composing rain forest music!

Look at our amazing mini-beast hotels.

Tuesday 17th March 2020 – Today we used a range of tools and material to make a mini-beast hotel. It was very tricky, but we showed lots of perseverance and made some fabulous creations.

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We have been working scientifically this week. .

We wondered what would make the best micro habitat for a woodlouse. We considered what would make a fair test. For our scientific investigation we changed the material (independent variable) and measured the number of woodlice (dependent variable). We made predictions and from the data gathered we formed a conclusion. We now know that woodlice prefer the micro habitat of decay / dead leaves. We think this is because it provides them with a food sauce and safety as they can camouflage in the leaves from predators.

We have been learning about food chains. We know all food chains start with a produce (a plant) and ends with a consumer. We know consumers can be herbivores, carnivores or omnivores.

We love keeping active in Year 2! Follow the links to see some of our favourite super movers active videos.

Today we have been mini first aiders. We know how to keep ourselves safe in an emergency and how to help other people who are in danger or who might be injured.

Year two had an amazing day celebrating World Book Day. We all came dressed as our favourite Julia Donaldson characters. We have been super busy designing a story book character, making silly bookmarks and getting messy by making a scrumptious chocolate witch hat. We even had time to read a few stories.

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We have been investigating our school environment. We have discovered different micro-habitats, and we have identified the creatures that live their. We recorded our data in a bar chart.

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We can name and locate the continents and oceans of the world!

Chinese New Year!

We had an amazing time time celebrating the Chinese new year. We decorated plates, performed a traditional dragon dance and made Chinese drums. We even received a gift of a fortune cookie from SAFFA and a good luck red envelope with chocolate coins in from Mrs Marshall and Mrs Lamb.

We have been doing lots of singing in Year 2 to help us learn the name and location of the 7 continents and 5 oceans.

Maths Day! We had lots of fun exploring numbers.

We can make repeating patterns using cubes.

Can you spot the four stick insects?

Friday 24th January 2020 – ACTIVE MATHS
Today we went on a multiplication and division trail.

What a marvellous mad scientist assembly we had! January 2020

Despite the very wet and cold weather we had lots of fun at the Tropical Butterfly House.
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What’s that hatching from the egg!

We held our adopted snake! It was very wiggly.

Madagascar hissing cockroach.

We thought the tenrec was adorable.

Year 2 will be visiting The Tropical Butterfly House on Tuesday 14th January 2020 ( ). Please sign and return the consent form (a copy can be obtained from the school office). Children will be outside for the majority of the trip, please ensure your child is wearing warm, waterproof clothing and shoes.

Autumn 2 (2019/20)

Merry Christmas Year 2!
This year Mrs Marshall and Mrs Lamb have adopted a snake for your Christmas present.
When we visit the Tropical Butterfly House in January we will be able to see our adopted snake!
If we are lucky we might be able to hold it.
Christmas jumper twins!

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From our class reading book we have learnt a new word – stupendous!
We love listening to Mrs Marshall read ‘The Iron Man’

Year 2 have been learning about Ludwig Van Beethoven. This is year 2 variation of the theme from his 5th symphony.
For reciprocal reading Year 2 will be reading ‘The diary of a killer cat‘ by Anne Fine.

P.E. will be on Tuesday (dance) and Wednesday (gymnastics) during Autumn 2.

Autumn 1 (2019/20)

Friday 11th October 2019 – Today we visited Stocksbridge Museum and Heritage Centre. We discovered lots about the history of Stockbridge and how Samuel Fox changed the community. We handled lots of artefacts from over 200 years ago, including an original paragon umbrella.

At Stocksbridge Museum and Heritage Centre we handled lots of different artefacts and discovered lots about our local history.
On a very wet walk to the Stocksbridge Museum and Heritage Centre we spied the Granddad Fox statue.
We think he is looking ravenous just like in our story. What! Did he just move?
We made our own bread just like Ethel, Stevie and Jenny in ‘Meet me by the Steelmen’. We had lots of fun, but the classroom was very busy afterwards!
In R.E. we have been learning about belonging and the Creation Story. We created a dance in response to Psalm 19: 1-5 to Edvard Grieg: “Peer Gynt – Morning Mood”.

Psalm 19: 1-5 God’s Glory in Creation
We praise you God.
Each day the sun rises high in the sky
to give us light and warmth.
Words not needed to tell us how wonderful you are:
the silent message reaches everyone, everywhere
we are full of joy as each new day begins.
For reciprocal reading year 2 will be reading ‘Meet me by the steelmen‘ by Theresa Tomlinson.

Year 2 have had a fantastic start to the school year! Well done everyone.

The year 2 project for Autumn term is based on the local history of Stocksbridge. We will be considering ‘How did it all begin?’, our key concepts for this project will be class, change, community, and faith. We will be looking at historical sources which will include a visit to the ‘Stocksbridge Museum and Heritage Centre’ to research how Stocksbridge has developed over the last 200 years. We will be focusing on Samuel Fox and how the steel industry has affected Stocksbridge.

Year 2 have had a fantastic start to the school year! Well done everyone.