Year 2

Welcome to Year 2 
  • Why are we unique?
Term 2
This term, we are learning about different special occasions and celebrations. This started with the Gun Powder Plot and understanding why we celebrate Bonfire night. The children re-told the story and then made amazing firework pictures (see below).  Last week, we learnt about Remembrance Day and the importance of remembering heroes from the past. We also learnt about the story of Rama and Sita and the celebration of Diwali. This included; learning a new song, retelling the story using puppets and writing about it. We even made some Rangoli art on the floor using 2D shapes. 
We were super lucky to have the Great Western Air Ambulance Service visit us and talk to us about the great job they do. They showed us what their helicopter looks like and how it works. We also discussed the heroes  that help save lives. Then we met their most important employee... Charlie Bear who was hiding in our cupboard. 
Have you seen Beegu?
Last week, a spaceship was seen flying over Banwell. When we arrived at school on Monday morning, we found that it had crashed in the playground. We investigated the scene and asked great questions to find out more. We then wrote instructions using imperative verbs to help others look after the alien. 
We then found out that the alien was Beegu so we made missing posters. We also received a letter from her so wrote a reply.  This week we are creating a friend for Beegu and then writing our own stories about them. Keep checking back for updates! 
Well Being
Mental well being is at the forefront of everything we do at Banwell and it is essential that the children understand the importance of it too! Below are some links that you might like to access at home that are good for the well being areas we use at school which are; keep active, keep learning, connect, be creative, and take notice. 
Keep Active
Joe Wicks – The Body Coach TV
Fitness and movement tutorials for all ages and fitness levels. PE with Joe sessions are live at 9am every week day but are available to catch up later in the day.
Cosmic Kids Yoga 

Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation activities designed specifically for children.


This is a website and app that offers movement, yoga and mindfulness videos. We do lots of these at school and they are lots of fun.

Keep Learning - Reading

World Book Day website

Links to audio books and also a range of activities that can be downloaded.

Libraries for Schools

This site offers a wealth of activities and resources. You can listen to books read by their authors, join in with draw-a-long sessions with book illustrators and find links to other book activities. It is definitely worth taking a bit of time to explore all the links.

Audible UK

This site offers a range of stories and rhymes to listen to. Click on the tabs on the discovery page to find suitable books.

Keep Learning - Maths


We use this app at school so all children have an account. You can find your child’s login details in their reading record or in their home learning pack.

The Maths Factor

This is quite a new website which offers video tutorials and games to support Maths learning. At the moment, it is free but you may need to subscribe to join (free) to access some of the content. Click on the Course Topic tab and try the activities in the Explorer section. The Parent Zone and Games and Fun tabs are definitely worth exploring.

TT Rock Stars

Are you ready for a times table challenge? Are you ready to be a rock star? Use your Numbots login details to play this game.

Take Notice

Virtual Museum and Art Gallery Tours

Natural History Museum, London

Your chance to look around the exhibits of the Natural History museum without all those other visitors!

Edinburgh Zoo

Check out these webcams to view Pandas, Koalas, Penguins and Tigers.

Great Fire of London

This is a great website to find out more about the Great Fire of London. There are interactive games, stories and artefacts that can be explored.

Click on the picture link to take you to the games.
We learn new phonics and spellings rules every week and do lots of different activities to make sure we can apply them when we are writing.
Log in to Spelling Shed to practise the words. It only takes 5 minutes to play a game so why not try and play as often as you can.
Can you make it on to the leaderboard?
Click on the picture below to take you to the World Book Day website.
Here, you will find all sorts of books that you can listen to.
Which one is your favourite?
Click on the link below to take you to the National Online Safety website.
Here you can download parent guides about popular apps and games.
Click on the picture to take you to the game. 
Make sure you choose a level that will challenge your brain!
We need to know the number bonds for numbers up to 20.
Play these games to help you learn them.
Games to practise Place Value and Number Ordering skills.