2HJ 2019 - 2020

Mrs Harrop

Ms Jones

Welcome to Year 2! 2019-20

Our topic is now China!

This is the book that we will be basing our literacy on during the first half term...

and we will follow on after half term with this text...




Remember that you have 2 teachers in 2HJ - Mrs Harrop for Monday and Tuesday and Mrs Jones for the rest of the week. 

If you have any questions or concerns, no matter how big or small, come and see one of us after school. (If it is really quick then mornings are fine but we are usually busy rushing around then and can spend more time with you after school!)

Our timetable is mostly the same each week although we will swap and change sometimes. To keep it easy for you at home, PE is ALWAYS going to be on a Monday and Friday afternoon so please ensure PE kits are in school BOTH of these days. (Just leave it all term if you can!)

Please name ALL clothes - yes even socks - you would be surprised  where socks can end up! 

Remember a water bottle everyday, and  a snack or snack money if you wish, but we always have a bowl of fruit on offer too for playtime so please don't worry!

Science Week

Once again we will be hosting Science week in school. This event allows our pupils to get involved with hands on experiments and listen to science and engineering professionals. We want to engage pupils in jobs for the future and this is a great insight for them, so please come and share your skills and passion for science and engineering. Examples of previous helpers:

• Structural engineers doing a hands on experiment teaching how to make structures out of spaghetti and paper

• Nurse – teaching children first aid

• Forensic team - setting up a crime scene and getting the children to solve the crime

These are just a few of the ideas that we have had in previous years, so if you know anyone who could spare half a day or even an hour, then we would love to hear from you. Please call the school office on 01270 685355 to express your interest or email admin@offleyprimaryacademy.co.uk or see Miss Allan or Mrs Till.

Science week is Monday 9th March – Friday 13th March 2020


Mrs Harrop

I have worked at Offley for about 15 years. I have mainly been in Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3, but have had the opportunity to teach in all year groups for a couple of terms too.  I live  in Scholar Green with my husband, 2 little girls and our Lhasa Apso dog called Harley who is always up to mischief and taking himself on little adventures!  We designed and built our own house and it is an ongoing project that we are very excited about and enjoy doing. We love to go out for walks, especially love visiting the seaside for days out  and spending time with our famiy and friends. 


Mrs Jones

I have been teaching now for 10 years. I have been at Offley for 4 years. I have mainly taught years 1 and 2, but have also done Year 4. I live in Congleton with my husband and my two little boys (Jack and Tyler). We also have a dog called Barney so our house is a very busy household! In my spare time I take part in Amateur Dramatic shows down at the Daneside Theatre in Congleton. I also enjoy going skiing with my family and spending time with family and friends. 




This week we have been learning about different sentence types. We began the week by looking at exclamation sentences. We learnt that exclamation sentences begin with the words ‘What’ or ‘How’ and end with and exclamation mark.

We wrote sentences such as ‘What a mess the dragons have made!’

We then went on to learning about command sentences. We learnt that command sentences often start with a verb to tell someone what to do. We wrote command sentences for how to take care of a dragon such as ‘Keep your dragon away from sweet shops’. We then used our knowledge of command sentences to create a leaflet for ‘How to take care of a dragon’.



This week we have been learning the suffix ‘less’ and how this changes base words to mean without something. Such as – power becomes powerless. We then added the suffix ‘ly’ which then changes the meaning again to an adverb. Such as: powerlessly.




In Maths this week we have continued working on our addition and subtraction skills. We started with 10 more or 10 less from any two digit number. We then went on to doing this with multiples of ten.

We learnt the STEM:

‘When adding multiples of 10 the tens digit changes and the ones digit stays the same’.

With that we also used number facts we know. Such as:

If 5 and 3 makes 8 then 5 tens and 3 tens makes 8 tens. So then we write it as a number sentence: 50 + 30 = 80.

From this we can then work out 55 + 30 =

by adding the tens first and then the ones.



In Science this week we learnt some new vocabulary:

Offspring and Reproduce.

The children learnt that all animals including humans have offspring and that they grow into adults. We learnt the names of the young such as a baby goat is called a Kid, a baby horse is a foal and a cow is a calf.

We then learnt that mammals such as humans carry their babies in the womb. Birds and reptiles lay eggs on land and amphibians and fish lay their eggs in the water.

When we visit Chester Zoo next week, we shall investigate other animals and whether they are mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians or fish.


In Geography, we recapped our knowledge from last week of the world’s continents. We then looked at the oceans of the world, where they are and their names. We found out some interesting facts about each ocean.



On Monday we used an image where the artist had used both hot and cold colours. We identified the colours used and the effects that this had on the picture. We then looked at which colours contrasted and created our own hot and cold colours using the theme of Chinese Dragons.



In PBL this week we recapped the story of the Chinese New Year. We then learnt that this year is the year of the Rat. We learnt the characteristics a person may have if they are born in the year of the rat. If you were born in the year of the rat, you are said to be ‘sweet natured’, ‘companionable’, ‘industrious’ and ‘intelligent’.



In RE we carried on learning about Buddhism. We looked at the three symbols of Buddhism: the Lotus Flower, the Buddha and the Wheel of Life. We then thought about what is important to us and created our own symbols based on the Buddhism symbols.



This week we have learnt about how words can affect how we feel. We used apples to explore this. We were shown two apples, both the same size, shape and colour. One apple we called horrible names, the other apple we said nice things to. We then cut open the apple and discovered that the apple we called horrible names was bruised on the inside. We realised that words can stick with us and hurt us on the inside even if we appear to be ok on the outside. 


In Music, we have started our new topic ‘Music from around the world’. We have explored Chinese music and described what we could hear. We thought about the pulse and the rhythm of each piece of music we listened to and compared them in terms of speed, pitch and volume.

We then learnt a Chinese song: Kong Hei Fatt Choy.




Have a lovely weekend!

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