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Year 2 - Term 3 Update

Over the last few weeks we have been learning about money. The children have been learning to make amounts in different ways, exchange coins and calculate totals.

On Thursday the children baked treats in the afternoon, then they had to work out the total cost of two items from the price list using column addition. Once they had worked out the totals, they had to make the amount in coins and buy the items from Mrs Goodburn and Miss Lloyd-Prest.


We have also been revising our knowledge of the world. We labelled the 7 continents and 5 oceans, then used atlases to locate up to 5 countries in each continent.


Check out our favourite song about the continents and oceans here:

In PE we have been learning to play basketball in a competitive situation. The children have been learning to pass, shoot, move in to space and mark opponents.


Term 2 & 3 in Madagascar


In maths we have been learning about money! We have been recognising the different coins and notes & adding them together to make different amounts in pounds and pence. This week we will be problem solving to find different ways of making the same amounts and baking food, then budgeting and buying from the ‘class shop’.

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In English we have been learning the tale ‘The Papaya That Spoke’. We have role played the original story and added in description to improve it. Over the next two weeks we will be adapting it to create our own versions and then writing/ following instructions to make fruit salads.

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Art & DT

We have been focusing on weaving in our art lessons and have used different materials throughout the term including paper, card, felt and wool. The children have had to show great determination to complete each task and have produced some wonderful artwork in doing so.

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In DT we designed and made gingerbread houses from scratch! First we weighed and mixed together the ingredients to make the gingerbread, then we built the houses and decorated them to sell at the school fayre. We worked very hard over 2 days and managed to include learning from across many subjects including maths, English, science and DT.



In PE we will be looking at Multi Skills and Basketball as well as taking part in the Inter-House Basketball competition at lunchtimes to represent our house teams. Multi skills helps us to focus on our basic skills like speed, agility, balance, power, aiming and catching which we can then use in sports such as basketball!

Last term we were lucky enough to be able to take all of Year 2 to the Marsh Academy to take part in the Multi Skills Competition. We took 3rd place out of 12 teams from across the district – well done, Team Dymchurch!


Last Term's Nativity Performance

In Madagascar Class, we were also lucky enough to receive a phone call from Santa! We wrote questions and asked them, then we performed the 12 Days of Christmas (with the actions) as a Christmas treat for him.

Thank you to all the parents who came along to our Christmas performance at the end of last term. The children were fantastic and all spoke & sang clearly to fill up the church. Their dance at the end of the show proved just what talented dancers and sportsmen we have in our class – Well done, Madagascar Class!


Term 1 in Year 2 - Pt 2

English & Topic

This term we have been learning lots of new skills including using apostrophes for possession, different types of sentences, using exclamation marks in exclamation sentences and story planning/writing.

We also used drama to explore our topic of The Great Fire of London in great depth which resulted in some wonderful writing.

We learnt how to put the events of the fire in chronological order and used hockey sticks as fire hooks to pull down the houses & passed buckets from the River Thames up to the burning buildings.

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Harvest Festival

As usual, Year 2 were keen to put on a performance for the rest of the school and their parents. The children put together their own moves and created a dance to 'Burn', spelling out HARVEST with their partners.

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Thank you to everyone who came and supported us!

Maths Week

During maths week, we learnt to tackle problems in pairs and small groups using manipulatives and by sharing ideas.

The children used tens and ones to find the missing numbers and moved counters to find all the different number bonds.

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Term 1 in Year 2


This term we have been looking at 'everyday materials and their uses' in science. We started by finding different materials around the school and discussing why certain materials had been used in this way.

We then learnt how to conduct a fair test in order to collect accurate results.

We tested materials to find out whether they would be suitable to use for our school roof - they needed to be strong and waterproof!


After that, we discussed transparent, translucent and opaque materials; then we tested the materials to find out which would be suitable to use as a window. They needed to be strong, transparent and easy to clean!


We also tested the properties of different materials and discussed why certain materials had to be able to move (or not!) in specific ways.


Next term we will be continuing this topic and discussing the importance of recycling & finding out which materials float or sink!



In our PE lessons we have been learning how to play the game handball including the skills of passing, catching, shooting, marking and moving in to space! 25 children from our class have also signed up for Inter-House Handball and have greatly improved their skills in the last 3 weeks from playing fun and competitive games.


We have also been fortunate enough to receive gymnastics coaching from a specialist gymnastics coach thanks to our sports premium funding. The children have been learning to perform different jumps, balances, rolls and stands in their lessons which we will be continuing next term.


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Term 2 Homework Grid

Learn a tongue twister

Go to our class webpage to find the class tongue twisters or you can look up your own.

Choose one or two tongue twisters, then read them over and over again to learn them.

When you have learnt them, tell Miss Lloyd-Prest or Mrs Goodburn and you can perform them to us or to the whole class!

Get outside!

Spend a weekend going outside with your family.

 You could go for a walk – what will you find on your walk?

Go for a bike ride or out on your scooter/ skateboard if you have one.

Play games outside (football, running, tag) or go to the park.

Talk about your favourite things (hobbies, food, colours, sports) with your family and friends – why are they your favourite?

Create a map of your street or local area

Think about where you live and the different buildings, features or structures around you. You could look on Google Earth with an adult to help you.

Create a map of your street or local area and label the different features. E.g. Houses, roads, beach, Light Railway, amusements, woodland, school, church.

You could draw it, use a computer to create it or even make a model – it’s up to you!

What is a landmark?

Research famous landmarks of the UK.

(The White Cliffs of Dover, Giant’s Causeway, Jurassic Coast, Big Ben etc).

Are they natural or man-made?

Can you put them on a map of the UK?

Choose one that interests you and find out some interesting facts about it.

You could present this as:

An information poster

A short booklet

A model

Or any other way you would like to present it!

Free Choice

This area is up to you!

Think about something in the world that makes you happy or excited.

It could be a song or a poem that you would like to share with the class.

You could make a video of you doing your hobby to share with us or demonstrate your hobby in school.

You could create a piece of art or build something with some information to go with it.

Create a weaving wonder of art using paper or strips of fabric

Practise your weaving skills and create your own weaving artwork using fabric, strips of paper or anything else you can find.

Can you create a repeating pattern?

Why have you chosen those particular colours in your artwork?

Are they hot or cold colours?

Homework - Tongue Twisters

Start by reading the tongue twisters slowly, then gradually start to read them faster and faster!

Choose your favourite tongue twister to perform to the class or Miss Lloyd-Prest & Mrs Goodburn

Red lorry, Yellow lorry

Red lorry, Yellow lorry

She sells seashells on the seashore

If two witches were watching two watches, which witch would watch which watch?

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck 

If a woodchuck could chuck wood?

As much wood as a woodchuck could chuck,

If a woodchuck could chuck wood.

One-One was a racehorse.
Two-Two was one, too.
When One-One won one race,
Two-Two won one, too.

You can find more tongue twisters on this website: 

Or try to make your own!

Science Week - Materials
KiC Theatre - Gunpowder Plot
Topic - Great Fire of London
Term 2 & 3 - Weaving, Gingerbread Houses, Nativity, Multi Skills, Role Play
Non-Chronological Reports
Measures in Maths!
    Dymchurch Curriculum MapYear 2 - Madagascar
    Full English (Reading and Writing) and Maths curriculum details can be found in the Docs tab above
    Term 1 & 2Term 3 & 4Term 5 & 6
    TOPICExplorersAnimalsTravel and Tourism
    Science  Every day Materials  Every day Materials  Plants
     Animals inc Humans
    Living Things
    Geography Use aerial photographs - use landmarks. Devise simple maps, using symbols in keys. Use simple fieldwork, observational skills to study geography of the school and surrounding environment. Compare similarities and differences with UK and non-European country

    Key physical features, beach, cliff, coast, forest, hill, mountain, sea, ocean, river, soil, valley, vegetation, season and weather.

    Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the UK and its countries and the continents.

     Name, locate and identify characteristics of countries and capital cities of UK and surrounding seas, weather patterns in UK and hot and cold countries.
    History Christopher Columbus, Sir Walter Raleigh, Captain Cook
     Dinosaurs Changes in living memory - train/bike/seaside holidays/transport


    Parables, Good Samaritan, Lost Sheep, Lost Coin, Great Feast, Talents, Two builders





    Church in the community



    Symbols & Celebrations

    Holi day; Diwali



    Believing in one god; Story of main gods and godesses


    Living a Moral Life

    Stories with a moral and examples in everyday life


    Construction - paper packaging

    Taste and talk

    Food - Breading, flouring, mixing, stirring, sieving, sprinkling, understanding healthy food dishes
    Food - shaping, cutting, kneading, rolling, spreading

    Food - breading, flouring, tearing, squashing, mashing

    Textiles - glue fabrics together and decorate fabrics with beads, sequins, cross stitch

    Mechanisms - models with wheels and axles


    Digital - Paint programme

    Textiles - weaving paper and strips of fabric

    Drawing - from experience, line and tone

    3D - clay work using hands

    Printing - hand printing

    Painting - ready mixed, change consistency, using glue, sand, water etc

    Textiles - cross stitch

    PE  Handball & Gymnastics
    Multi Skills & Gymnastics  Basketball & Dance
     Multi Skills inc Hockey & Tag Rugby
    Athletics inc skipping & Mini Tennis
    Athletics & Rounders
    Music Singing / Performing - sing with a sense of melody, perform simple repeating patterns
    Appraising - recognise the different musical elements in isolation and see they can be used to create moods
    Composing - choose and organise sounds, represent sounds with symbols

     Unit 2.1

    Programming on screen

    Unit 2.2

    Exploring how computer games work

     Unit 2.3

    Taking, selecting and editing digital images

    Unit 2.4

    Researching a topic

    Unit 2.5

    Communicating clues

    Unit 2.6

    Recording bug hunt data
    PSHE  New beginnings
     Say no to bullying
     Good to be me
    Getting on & falling out
     Going for goals
     Relationship Changes
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