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Monkshouse Primary School

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Miss Burnham Year 2 - Skylarks

Welcome to Skylarks


Teacher- Miss L Burnham


Teaching Assistants- Mrs L Smith, Mrs A Webster and Mrs A Fisher


Welcome to Year 2 Skylarks!

In our classroom we share our smiles, respect each other and always try our best.



Our Classroom

Week 2 - Simile poetry

This week in English, we have been amazing!

We have been reading a poem written by Miss Burnham, all about the colours of the rainbow. It is a special poem, because it has similes in it. We know that similes use the words 'like' or 'as'.


Once we had read and performed Miss Burnham's poem, we decided we could do an even better job.

Which poem do you like best?!

Term 3 - Extreme Habitats

Off on our travels around the world we go again! This time we will be visiting the extreme climates of the world, flying to the North and South Poles and along the Equator to compare and contrast the hot and cold environments. There we will discover the animals who call these extreme locations home. We will look at how they have adapted to their habitats and how they manage to survive in these harsh climates. We will look at famous explorers, Captain Scott and the local explorer Matthew Flinders, who have travelled to these continents.

Our English will focus the story of Climate Change by Catherine Barr and the books Lost and Found and Tin Forest. We will be writing narratives linked to extreme habitats and climates as well as writing poems with similes.

In maths we will begin the term by looking at shape and its properties before moving onto solving multiplication and division calculations and recalling the 2s, 5s and 10 times tables. They will also be recognising coins of different denominations and adding and subtracting amounts of money.

Week 6 - St John the Baptist Church

The children thoroughly enjoyed visiting the Church this week. They had remembered their learning about Advent wreaths, talking with confidence about the four candles representing hope, peace, joy and love.

The children worked in groups to explore various features of the Church, such as the altar, communion, baptism, organ and the beautiful stained glass windows. They had so many good questions to ask the Reverends, and one of their favourite things was finding all the hidden wooden mice!

Week 5 - The Maasai Tribe

Today we learned all about the Maasai tribe, and noticed that they wore bright colours. We followed instructions and created our own Maasai necklaces.

Week 4 - Pedestrian Safety

Today we listened carefully and learned how to cross roads safely. We wore high visibility jackets so that the motorists could see us as we practised.

Week 3 - Creating fruit kebabs

It has been a tasty term! Today, we created fruit kebabs and practised our cutting skills using the claw and bridge techniques to slice safely.

Week 3 - Food tasting from around the world

There were mixed reactions to our food tasting from around the world this week - just look at our faces when we tried sweet potato!

We absolutely devoured French brioche, even sweeping up the crumbs.

Feta was not a favourite, and neither were olives!

Week 2 - Science Day!

We had so much fun investigating during Science day. We explored static electricity using balloons and saw if we could make our hair stand on end!

We also made helicopters with paper, and edited and adapted our designs to try to make them fly faster.

Week 1 - poetry

We have been amazing at learning the poem ‘Pleasant Sounds’ by local poet John Clare. We really hope you enjoy watching us perform it.


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Do you know the seven continents of the world? We do! Test your knowledge by watching this video: Seven Continents Song - YouTube

We can also talk about the 5 oceans, and there is a helpful video to help us to remember found here: Five Oceans Song - YouTube

This week in Skylarks, we have been learning all about Christianity and we have explored different churches and what they look like.


Year 2 Term 2 - World on a Plate


What’s on your dinner plate? Do you know where your food has come from? This term we will be flying around the world, over the seven continents and 5 oceans to find out where our food comes from. We will stopping off in Kenya to compare this African country to England: looking at food grown on the land, climate and clothing.

English – We will read the stories of Lila and the Secret of Rain, The Enchanted Wood and a variety of traditional tales. We will write instructions and look at the poetry of a local poet – John Clare.

Maths – We will add and subtract numbers using objects and pictures and will solve missing number problems using inverse. We will also explore the properties of 2D and 3D shapes by classifying them in different ways and creating patterns.

Working Drawbridges

This week we used our joining skills to create castle curtain walls, towers and a working drawbridge.

Clay Motte and Bailey castles

We really enjoyed exploring the clay and using it to build our own Motte and Bailey castle models.


Lincoln Castle visit!

As you can see, we had an incredible time exploring Lincoln Castle. We found out how a banquet would be served, made our own shields and bravely walked the wall!


Year 2 Term 1 - Raise the drawbridge!


See the castle ahead? Get ready to invade its mighty walls! Shoot a projectile with an archer’s aim! Head across the drawbridge, over the moat and up to the top of the tower… Then meet the lord and lady in the Great Hall of the keep! And finally…meet knights and unconventional princesses who rescue princes and fight dragons! Maps and photographs will help us learn about our local area and also show us where we could still find a castle in our home county of Lincolnshire. This topic will develop the children’s understanding of castles through the ages, different features of medieval castles and the people who lived and worked in the castles. Would you have wanted to be a gong farmer?

English – We’ll learn the stories of The Egg, The Paper Bag Princess and The Boy Who Grew Dragons. We will write poetry about dragons, recounts of our visit to Lincoln Castle and write alternative endings to well-known stories.

Maths – Children will start the term by reading, writing and ordering numbers and partitioning 2 digit numbers. They will be developing their addition and subtraction skills and understanding the difference between the 2 operations, as well as learning about inverse operations. The children will be practising their times tables, counting in 2s, 5s and 10s