Year Two


Year 2 is taught by Miss Franklin


Just a quick update to show you some things Year 2 have been doing –

WALT: Order toys by date

Year 1/2 had a look at some toys from the 1950’s all the way up to the 2000’s. They enjoyed finding out when toys had originally been invented and were excited to share their experiences. We then transferred this information onto a timeline.


WALT: Use pencil and crayon to show different tones, patterns and textures

We have been using pencil and colouring pencil to have a go at creating the illusion of light and dark. Year 2 experimented with dots, lines and shading in order to achieve this and we had some fantastic results.

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WALT: Partition 2/3 digit numbers using our knowledge of place value


The children have been working very hard in Maths this week in order to understand place value. We started by using unifix cubes and picture representations of 2 digit numbers and have progressed onto independently partitioning 2 digit numbers into tens and units. We have found it useful to then add up the partitioned numbers to check that we hadn’t made any errors along the way.



WALT: Identify properties of different materials

This week year 2 became ‘material detectives’ and went on a hunt for examples of different materials around Berkeley Primary School. The children were excellent at locating examples of wood, plastic, metal, glass, rock, and fabric, so we moved on to discussing the properties of everday objects. The children then shared their ideas about why certain objects are made from specific materials, for example, the school benches in the playground are made from wood because they need to be strong.

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Autumn Topic: ZOOM BOING POW


Welcome back to the start of an exciting new year! I hope you have all had a fantastic summer; I look forward to hearing all about it from the children.

We will kick off Year 2 with the topic ‘ZOOM BOING POW’; which will be focused around toys, both old and new. As a class we will explore the history of toys, the science of how they are made and even have a go at designing and making our own. This topic could lead to many different learning opportunities and will allow for plenty of creative ideas that will be used in literacy. I look forward to hearing the children’s ideas about the topic and incorporating these into our learning. Please see the curriculum map and home learning grid for more information.

Curriculum Map : Curriculum Overview

There are three members of staff in Year 2. I am the class teacher (Miss Franklin), Mrs Driscoll will be covering my PPA time on a Wednesday and Mrs Nash is the class Teaching Assistant. All of us are passionate about your child’s learning and are happy to talk with you about your child’s needs during the year.

Could you please ensure your child has in school:

Book bag – to store their reading material and any work or letters that need to go home

Water Bottle – to keep them hydrated throughout the day

PE kit – T-shirt, shorts, jogging bottoms, socks, trainers and swimming kit (all labelled)


Home learning

Please don’t feel that all homework on the grid has to be completed (unless they are keen to do so.) It would be fantastic if the children could do at least a few pieces of home learning that they feel enthused by and I look forward to sharing this learning on the following dates:

Friday 19th September

Friday 3rd October

Thursday 23rd October

Home Learning Grid


I look forward to welcoming your children back to school and please feel free to see me if you have any questions about this new school year.

Thank you,

Miss Franklin

Urgent! Please could you bring in…

September 5th, 2017

Evian Natural Mineral Water Bottle Plastic 330ml Ref 01310 [Pack 24]any small sized (around 300ml) plastic drinks bottles with lids and any juice or milk tetrapaks.

If you could bring them to Year 5 on Wednesday and Thursday this week, I would be very grateful.

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Sarah Fowkes

Thank you

July 21st, 2017

Thank you to all of the children and parents in Year 2 this year. I have greatly enjoyed teaching the class and thank you for all the lovely presents and cards that I received. I wish everyone a lovely summer and holiday.

Mr Gresty

WALT: I can run 100 metres and throw items in a straight line.

July 10th, 2017

In today’s PE lesson the children completed different Athletic activities. The children practised running 60 and 100 metres and then they threw a bean bag in a straight line as far as they could.









Community Spirit

July 8th, 2017

BERKELEY PRIMARY loved waving off the amazing cyclists last week for #BSQ2BSQ!  It made it all so real for them after their week of sponsored cycling, where they collectively cycled 340 miles to help raise money and awareness for 3 charities close to the hearts of many in our community, Meningitis Now, CJD and Sue Ryder.

Many of the cyclists and the organisers of #BSQ2BSQ  are coming to school this Monday for a special assembly to share their success story and help our children to further understand the impact they have had on this phenomenal community event.

Thank you all for your support and participation in our part towards this event with Nightrider and On ‘ya Bike week. You have all helped to raise a huge amount for these charities and the children have loved being a part of this incredible community venture! What a wonderful town Berkeley is! These children are the future of Berkeley and they will never forget how much they’ve achieved over the last few weeks!

Well done to everyone involved! 😀

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Black Country Living Museum

July 7th, 2017

Key Stage 1 had a fantastic time at the Black Country Living Museum today.  They saw lots of old houses and shops along with a bakery, school and cinema. All of the children behaved brilliantly and represented Berkeley Primary School very well.




















WALT: Identify Victorian jobs.

July 6th, 2017

In History this week we learned about the different jobs that Victorians completed and the children had to choose their favourite job. We have learned lots of information about the Victorians which will help us on our trip to the Black Country Living Museum tomorrow.










Music Assembly

July 6th, 2017

We have some excellent musicians at Berkeley Primary School. There have been two music assemblies and the children performed brilliantly.




















A little reminder about our trip tomorrow…

July 6th, 2017

We would kindly ask that the children arrive at school for 8.15am so that we can register both classes and leave promptly at 8.30am. Please can all children come to the Year 1 class to be registered. We hope to return back at school by 4.00pm.

  • Your child will need a back pack in which they can carry their lunch.
  • Your child will need to bring a packed lunch with a drink in a screw top bottle and snacks.
  • As many other schools visit The black country museum all children need to wear their school uniform, so we can spot them easily.
  • There is no need for spending money.
  • If your child suffers from travel sickness, please make the teacher aware and give any tablets before entering school.
  • Please ensure your child is wearing suitable clothing, taking weather into consideration.

Please pack sun cream if necessary.

Kind regards,

Miss Bratt and Mr Gresty.

WALT:Explain how others show their feelings.

July 4th, 2017

In this week’s PSHCE lesson the children discussed how people show their feelings.

Harvey: If someone is crying then they are sad.

Toby: If someone has a cross face then they are angry.

Talia: If someone is surprised then they have a surprised face.

Lexxi: Someone with a smile and a surprised face are surprised and happy.

Chloe: If someone is smiling then they are happy and excited.

Jessica: If someone has a sad face then they are upset.

Amber: Sometimes people have a red face and this means they are sad or angry.

Eva: If someone is smiling then they are very happy.

Noah: If someone is crying then they are sad.

Arlen: If someone has a very red face then they might be embarrassed.

Alyssa: If someone is smiling then they are happy. Sometimes people cry when they are happy.

Rupert: If someone is smiling then they might be excited.

William: If someone is crying then they are sad.

Jack: People that have a bored face are bored and people that are crying are scared.

Sebastien- If someone is crying with tears then they are sad.





WALT: Compare the geographical similarities and differences between Berkeley and Tocuaro.

June 30th, 2017

In Geography this week the children compared the geographical similarities and differences between Berkeley and Tocuaro in Mexico. Tocuaro is a village in Mexico that is very different to Berkeley but it does have some similarities. The climate of Tocuaro is warm most of the year but here we have four seasons. In Tocuaro there is a very big lake surrounded by mountains. In Berkeley we can travel by walking, cycling and car but in Tocuaro some people travel by donkey along with walking. Both Berkeley and Tocuaro have a church and a school.





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