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The Busy Bees (Year 2) Miss Askham / Miss Halsey

Welcome to the Busy Bees!
'Busy Bees... a buzz about learning'

We are really looking forward to getting to know your children and learning alongside them. We hope that they will settle quickly and cope with the challenges that Year 2 will bring. We have got an exciting year ahead of us, with many interesting and challenging topics, which we know the children will enjoy.

Topics – Term 1

What do I need to be me?

The children will be investigating what we need to grow and how we can be fit and healthy.  They will be designing and making their own smoothies and of course tasting them! With judges judging in a Strictly Come Dancing style! The discussion around fruit and vegetables will link into our art where they draw still life pictures. During this unit of work the children will also be learning about life cycles and animals.

Term 2

Through the keyhole!

In this topic the children begin sewing. They will learn how to create a running stitch and cross stitch to make a book mark. They will compare old and new toys, clothes and houses and investigate materials used to make them. The materials will be tested according to their properties to help the children understand why they have been chosen for a particular purpose. For example is a chocolate teapot really not useful?

Term 3 - Flying away

Be prepared for some magic as the children create their own flying spell! Staying with the mystical theme we create a chimera in art by looking at a range of mythical winged creatures. It is exciting to see what imaginative creatures can be created in the minds of the children! It is time to fly a kite too, not just making them but also writing instructions for others to follow. We take a visit across the world looking at the North and South Pole and comparing it to the climate near the equator. Our work focus on weather and animals that live there.

Term 4 - Town Mouse Country Mouse

This topic allows us to learn about the world around us by comparing town life to life in the country. The children love designing their own mat for the BeeBots to travel around! We investigate habitats and microhabitats and discover the creatures that live within them. Minibeasts are a firm favourite for the children to learn about! The children will explore food chains and how all animals need food to survive. In Art we learn about the artist Slinkachu and we recreate (age appropriate) work of his using digital cameras.

Term 5 - Sowing and growing and Two Queens

We learn about what plants need to grow and set up experiments to see what happens when certain conditions are taken away. We get to plant a range of seeds and spend the Spring and Summer watching them grow. We also learn how the famous author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, created her famous character Peter Rabbit. As he is well known for stealing carrots from Mr McGregor’s garden, we look at creating our own vegetable patches using a range of art techniques.We end the term on a royal note, learning about the Royal family. The children learn the National Anthem and enjoy recreating the Queen in a multi-coloured ‘Pop Art’ style!

Term 6 - Trading places

This is the term where we trade places with a time and a place. We begin by travelling back to 1666 where we explore what happened during the Great Fire of London. We have the opportunity to be fully immersed in life back then during our in house Great Fire of London day where we work the jobs that people used to have in the morning and become archaeologists in the afternoon. It is also Carnival time! The children are transported to Rio where they learn about what it is like to be both rich and poor there. They design a costume to illustrate their dance move and even learn some Samba! They learn the skill of 'Sgraffito' in art and love being immersed in a different culture. We continue to learn about Islam as our world religion focus this term.


Your children need to make sure they have their P.E kit in school everyday. Please could you make sure they have a suitable tracksuit and trainers for outdoor P.E and that EVERYTHING is named.

Busy Bees have PE on a Wednesday.

Earrings must not be worn for PE so please can your child take them out for PE days. Thank you.

Reading at home

There is a continued expectation in Year 2 that children read at least 5 times a week to an adult, regardless of their ability or stage. We ask that once you have heard your child read you sign their reading diary, noting the page read up to. We also encourage wider reading than just school books, please encourage them to read any text that interests them. Going to the library together is a fun way to share new books with your child.


In Year 2 we expect the children to read every night. They will also receive weekly Maths Challenges. After Christmas, weekly homework will be sent home. This will be either Maths or Reading Comprehension. It will be given on a Friday and needs to be handed in the following week before Friday. On occasions, there may be a small project based on a topic within school to broaden the children’s knowledge and understanding. They will also be given the list of High Frequency Words, for the children to learn to read and write. Additional spellings will come home as appropriate.


Mrs Rigden is the Busy Bees Teaching Assistant.

Reflection area

In our classroom we have a reflection area – this is an area where we can reflect upon the messages we hear from the Bible, explored within RE sessions and our daily acts of Worship.

Picking up your children at the end of the day

Busy Bees: On the small playground by the ramp.

We are available to speak to you at the end of the day if you have any questions or concerns.

Or alternatively you can arrange an appointment with the office.

Miss Askham and Miss Halsey


Updated September 2019