Year 2KW: Blog items

Vlad and the Great Fire of London

Date: 17th Jan 2020 @ 8:57am

We made our own puppets for the story of Vlad and the Great Fire of London.

Mine was called Daisy - Faith

Mine was called Monkey Cat - Aaron

Mine was called Rapunsey - Tiwan

Mine was called Stella - Harrison

Mine was called Snowflake - Maisy 

Mine was called Lifer - Lacey

Mine was called Rosie - Kendra

We performed the story of Vlad and the Great Fire of London with our puppets.

Have you read the story? If not, ask one of the children from 2CC to tell you what happens. It's a brilliant story based on something that really happened!



London's burning!

Date: 13th Nov 2019 @ 9:29am

Yesterday we thought about what it would be like to be in London when the great fire was happening.

We acted out how we thought people would be responding during the time of the fire. 


Talitha - I was feeling sad because six people died.

Tiwan - I was feeling upset because people were homeless.

Noah - I was sad because the city was burning down. 

Aaron - we were running to get buckets of water to try and stop the fire.

Lacey - we got some gunpowder to try and make a firebreak! 

Rahman - we made a firebreak to try and stop the fire from spreading.

Annabelle - a firebreak is a gap between the houses to try and stop the fire.

Daniel - we were rowing a boat because we needed to get out of London

Millie - we pulled down houses using a firehook.

Payton - a fire hook is a big pole that was used to pull down houses.


Samuel Pepys

Date: 11th Nov 2019 @ 8:16pm

This week we are learning all about Samuel Pepys and why he is an important person to remember when we are thinking about the Great Fire of London. 

We are going to write our own diary entries, imagining that we were there. We will need to think about what we could see, smell, touch, taste and hear and also describe how we would be feeling. To do this we are going to be doing some role play!

Here are some examples of a diary entry we have written so far ... 

Wake up! Wake up! Dad shook me awake in my bed. He had some terrifying news! London is on fire and 300 houses have already burned down. We raced out of the house into the street because the fire was spreading to our house. 


One dark night my mum woke me up in my bed. She said that London is on fire and we need to leave our house! We raced to the bakery so the baker could explain what happened. The baker explained that he had started the fire. My mum was crying because she was so worried! 


What a fabulous start to our diary writing! I cannot wait to read some more! 

Keep up the hard work everybody



Great Fire of London Glossary

Date: 11th Nov 2019 @ 8:08pm

This week in our English lessons we have been learning how to write a glossary using Great Fire of London terminology.

Do you know what a fire hook is and what it was used for during the Great Fire of London? Or what a monument is and why it was built? If not then be sure to visit our classroom to read all about it!


Date: 18th Jun 2019 @ 4:54pm

Today we had a wonderful science morning with Mrs Ranyard (Y6) who was very impressed with our scientific knowledge and understanding of how plants grow. We spent some time outside observing lots of the different plants, flowers and trees that grow in our playground. We had lots of fun observing and sketching leaves and flowers as well as naming and measuring the plants we found. WE ARE SUPER SCENTISTS! 

Click on the images and video below to see what we got up to!


Summer 2 Spellings

Date: 3rd Jun 2019 @ 6:33pm

Spelling in Year 2

Children have five spellings to learn for each week of this half term. Please take time each week to help your child learn their spellings. The impact of learning their spellings can be seen in their reading and writing throughout the curriculum and is so important.  

Children will still be tested each Monday on the spellings listed for that week by writing them in dictated sentences.

We appreciate your help with their learning.

Week 1

Tested on

 10th June

lorries  jellies

replies  parties


Week 2

Tested on

17th June

careful  playful


hopeless  careless

Week 3

Tested on

24th June

station  nation

fiction  fraction


Week 4

Tested on

1st July

copying  copied


funniest  messiest

Week 5

Tested on

8th July


kindness  silliness



Week 6

Tested on

15th July

metal  pedal

capital  hospital


Summer 1 Spellings

Date: 23rd Apr 2019 @ 8:21am

Welcome back to school!

Keep working hard on these spellings every week. Tests will be on Monday.

All your hard work at home really makes a big difference!

Chinese New Year

Date: 12th Feb 2019 @ 4:39pm

Children in Year 2 have been celebrating Chinese New Year with some really fun activities. 




Spring 1 Spellings

Date: 8th Jan 2019 @ 12:58pm

Remember to look after your Spring 1 spelling lists that came home yesterday. 

Spelling tests will be every Monday with prizes for those getting 100%.

Remember....practice makes progress!

Christmas Decorating

Date: 11th Dec 2018 @ 1:58pm


The boys were chosen by our Elf Sensi to decorte the tree. They worked really hard and it looks great! 

School Council

Date: 26th Nov 2018 @ 2:17pm

We had so much fun last week electing our new school council representative. The children made campaign posters, made speeches and answered questions from the voters. We enjoyed taking part and were so proud of our new representative. 








Spellings for Autumn 2

Date: 25th Nov 2018 @ 9:53pm

Spelling in Year 2

As part of our school improvement goals to improve spelling at Ravensbury we will be using a new spelling programme called No Nonsense Spelling.

Spelling lists will be sent home at the beginning of each half term. Please practice the five spellings for each week with your child at home using a range of strategies.

Children will still be tested each Monday on the spellings listed for that week.




Week 3

Tested on 19th November

night  knight

there   their


Week 4

Tested on 26th November

some  come

friend  school


Week 5

Tested on 3rd December

here  there

where  our


Week 6

Tested on 10th December

kind  mind

behind  child


Week 7

Tested on 17th December

Christmas  children

most  only


Why Can't we Just Eat Chocolate?

Date: 14th Nov 2018 @ 4:21pm

We asked 'Why Can't we Just Eat Chocolate?' to help the children in Year 2 learn about taking care of their bodies.   

We launhced our topic with chocolate tasting and learning where chocolate came from. 


The children learned about what to eat and comapred the sugar in popular foods. They experimented with exercise and learned about the impact on our bodies. They even made their own fitness videos!


The children learned about keeping themselves rested and clean as part of a healthy lifestyle. We went back in time to learn how Florence Nightingale changed hospitals. 

Making Bread

Date: 14th Nov 2018 @ 3:01pm

We baked bread to launch our Great Fire of London topic.

We asked 'What Happened in Pudding Lane?' and the children learned that a fire in a bakery started the Great Fire of London. 


Science week

Date: 26th Apr 2018 @ 1:42pm

In Year 2 we used our scientific enquiry skills to predict what would happen when we used food coloring in milk to make dancing fireworks. We investigated the impact of the amount of washing up liquid to really get things moving.

Science Week

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:51am

In Year 2 we used our scientific enquiry skills to predict what would happen when we used food coloring in milk to make dancing fireworks. We investigated the impact of the amount of washing up liquid to really get things moving.

The children wrote a hypothesis and then wrote and drew the outcome of their investigation.

Team GB Visit

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:49am

Today we have been really lucky as we met Naomi Otbega, who is a triple jumper for team GB. First we went to a special assembly where she told us all about competing in different countries. Some of us even got to hold her European Bronze medal!

Naomi told us that in order for her to be so successful she has to train extremely hard, but its just as important to believe in yourself and never give up.

Later we went outside where Naomi taught us the long jump technique. We practiced hop,step and jump. We competed in two teams (Rabbits vs Kangaroos) and the winners were…IT WAS A DRAW!

Naomi really inspired us to dream big and now lots of us want to be in team GB too!

Our Diaries

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:48am

Today we completed our independent writing. Miss Dooley was so pleased with how hard we have tried. We had to write diary entries pretending that we were a child caught up in The Great Fire of London.

Here are some pictures of our fantastic writing!

Miss Dooley is very proud.


Diary Writing

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:46am

On Monday, we started our new English topic. We read a diary that belonged to somebody who was writing on Sunday 2nd September 1666. We know that this is the day that The Great Fire of London started. We used this diary to help us perform some drama. We acted in role as children during the Great Fire. We pretended to be asleep and listened to noises of fire. We coughed because we decided there would be lots of smoke.  We then discussed how we would have felt.

“I felt worried because the fire might come to my street” Lourdes.

“I felt upset because I didn’t want to leave my warm, safe bed.” Logan

“I felt curious, I wanted to know how the fire started”. Emma

“I felt nervous because the fire could burn down my house”. Beatriz

We used this drama to begin to write diaries of our own using our experiences.

Look out for our next blog where we will share our finished Great Fire of London diaries.

Doubling and halving

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:45am

This week in our maths lessons we have been learning about doubles and halves. We have continued our work from Year 1, but now we are in Year 2, we can use our mental strategies. This means we can recall our double and halves facts fluently.

To help improve our fluency we have been playing and online game.

Our best score so far is 23…..can anyone beat this by practicing at home?

Here is the link to play the game:

Good luck!!!!!

The Great Fire of London – Launch day

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:33am

Today we started our new topic. Our topic is called ‘Could The Great Fire of London happen in Clayton’. To get us excited about the topic we pretended to be Thomas Farriner the baker from Pudding Lane. We made bread and it took a long time! To make the bread we used; flour, yeast, sugar, salt water and butter. We had to leave our dough to prove and rise. We all made a bread roll each to take home.

We have made Great Fire of London pictures using strips of tissue paper and we are going to use these for our front covers.

We learned some important facts about The Great Fire of London:

Yinka – “The fire started on a Sunday”

Alexander – “The Great Fire of London happened 351 years ago in 1666”

Asa –  “The people of London used leather buckets filled with water from the river Thames to try and put the fire out.”

Ruby – “Their is a famous statue to remember the people who died”.

Vian – “Samuel Pepys wrote a diary about The Great Fire of London”.

We played a quiz to test our knowledge. We have only been learning about The Great Fire of London for one day but we still did really well!


Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:31am

Today we checked our potatoes. They smelt disgusting (Alfie).They were all mouldy (Hadia). The potato that had been outside was the worst! (Declan). It had mould and juice was all in the bottom of the bag! The potato that had only been touched with clean hands had hardly any mould. Completing this experiment has helped us to learn it is important to keep our hands clean. We looked at our predictions, most people had guessed correctly! Nobody had said that the clean potato would have the most mould.



Spreading Germs!

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:30am

Today we conducted an experiment to see how quickly and easily germs are spread around our classroom. We each wet our hand and got a friend to pour glitter onto it. we shook hands with our friends and gave high fives. Soon there was glitter everywhere! we tried to wipe the glitter off with a paper towel but it didn’t work very well. We had to wash our hands with soap and water to get all the glitter away.

We found out that this exactly how germs are spread even though we cant see them as easily as the glitter. Every time we touch something we are spreading germs. We found out that most of these germs are harmless but some of them can make us sick.

We decided that is important to wash our hands, before we eat, after playing outside and also when we have coughed and sneezed.


Potato update!

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:29am

Monday 2nd October 2017

Today we checked on our potatos. All of them had a little bit of white mould growing around the edges but they all looked quite similar. We will check on them again on Wednesday.

Exciting potato experiment

Date: 15th Mar 2018 @ 9:28am

In our creative curriculum we have been learning how to stay healthy. We read a story about a dirty wolf called Whiffy Wilson. The wolf who never washed. After reading this we have learned that its important to stay clean.

On Friday the 29th of September we decided to do a science experiment to test where the dirtiest place in our school is.

We cut a potato into 4 pieces. The first piece went straight into a bag. This is our clean potato. The second potato was passed around the class. Everyone touched it with their hands. Then we put this potato in a separate bag. Miss Dooley took the third piece outside and rolled it on the floor and in a muddy puddle. We put this potato in a bag.The last potato was wiped around in the girls toilets. Then we put it in a bag.

We predicted which potato would grow mould the quickest. We decided that dirty potatoes would grow the most mould. Whichever potato is the mouldiest will have been in the dirtiest place. We will keep our bags of potato in the same place so it is a fair test. We will check our potatos everyday and see if our predictions are correct.

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