Laira Green Primary School

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Year 2 Mr Bright – Butterflies 2015/16

Term 6

Year 2 at Paignton Zoo July 2016

We had a wonderful day at the zoo despite the rain.  We saw dozens of wonderful animals and learned a lot about them.

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A Visit to Pizza Express!

On the 5th of July, Year 2 visited the Pizza Express restaurant.  We had a wonderful time, learning about the restaurant, the recipes and making our own pizza.  

Music in Year 2

The Year 2 video is their rendition of Simply B…. they are the year 2 woodwind section.

Investigating Shapes June 2016

This week, children learned about the properties of 3D shapes.  We compared prisms and pyramids and found many different ways that we could make nets of the shapes.

Term 5

Spring Science -April 2016

This term we discovered how people use plants in different ways.  One highlight was cooking a tasty curry by using herbs and spices to flavour the vegetables.  We learned about herbs and spices by smelling and even tasting some of them.

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Making Healthy Snacks – April 2016

Butterflies had a great time making our healthy snacks.  

We learned about nutrition, tested ingredients and then designed and made our own snacks.

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Year 2 Summer Spellings

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Term 3

PE in Year 2 – Jan 2016

This term PE we are focusing on the core skills of agility, balance and coordination (ABC). The children enjoyed the different activities and were keen to do their best. They have been working collaboratively, collecting scores for their team partner and encouraging their partner to succeed. Some activities involve house point team challenges and the children have been excited and motivated to do their best at these for their team. The children are also completing a timed running challenge each week where they aim to show improved fitness and stamina. These photos show some of the balance and coordination activities we have been doing.


Home Learning Year 2

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Year 2 Spring Term Spellings

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Butterflies 2015

Term 2

Science in Year 2 December 2015

These photos are from our science and technology lessons, learning about materials and their properties and tents.

Term 1

Butterflies Homework Project

Many of the Butterflies have worked hard this term to create wonderful homework projects- based either on Lowry’s paintings of industrial buildings or on space ships for our alien visitor!
Aren’t they wonderful!  Well done Butterflies.

Maths in Butterflies Class

This week we have been building on the children’s learning about counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.

We have been solving multiplication problems using arrays.

The children have learnt that multiplication problems are commutative.

This means that 3×4=12 and 4×3=12.

The children have enjoyed making arrays out of counters, objects, rubber rings as well as sweets and biscuits.  

Butterflies Class Cloakroom Monitors

Our new cloakroom monitors mean business!


Butterflies Class – Weaving

As part of our science work on materials, the children learned about how fabrics are made.  They had a go at weaving using paper.  It was tricky to remember which strand to go over and under each time but by the end of the lesson, they were well on their way to becoming weaving experts!

Year 2 Forest School – Week 1

With the new Forest School procedures now in place the Year 2 children made their inaugural trips of the term. This would see two groups go on alternating weeks for the first seven weeks. The idea is to build upon the things they learn to help them recall and make use of these skills in years to come, especially as they go on up to KS2 and have more sessions in the woods in Y6. As Mr Blake’s Forest School work is assessed and passed back by his assessors, a handbook about what we do in Forest School will soon be available to view on the website.

During the first weeks the groups made adventure sticks! These were not any old sticks though, we talked about which sticks we could use so as not to irreparably harm trees. We used loppers (having a good tool talk beforehand) to cut the branches from some overgrown Sycamore specimens we know of and then used secateurs to trim them carefully. The children then had the opportunity to search their area of woodland to find things to tie onto their stick, be it a pine cone, a fern frond, an interesting leaf or a beech nut husk. This made each and every stick individual and many of the children showed great skill and perseverance to independently attach the items using either string or other means. Some sticks were hidden in the woodland den and others ended up making a den!

We finished the first session by showing the children how to put up the large shelter in case of bad weather. We talked about how it was good practice to put it up every session to become familiar with the knots needed and so that if and when we did need it ( and we almost certainly will!), we could get it up fast!

Overall it was a great first week for both groups of the Year 2 children, they showed a fantastic level of responsibility and maturity using the tools and long may that continue into the coming weeks.

 Week 2

For the second part of their Forest School experience, the children got a bit more hands on. We spent some time in the classroom tying knots where there was lots of practice using the visualiser to help everyone see all the steps. The knot in question was a clove hitch:


We would go on to use this to secure the seat for our rope swings in the woods! Upon walking to the valley we discussed rules for making swings in trees. We came up with the following guidelines:

  1. Find a strong tree with a strong branch that can take your weight.
  2. Get some strong rope.
  3. Make sure the ground is relatively clear and flat underneath the swing.
  4. Use a heavy stick weight to help get the rope up into the tree.
  5. Take turns when swinging.
  6. Don’t push each other off.
  7. Make sure the rest of the group stand clear.

Having come up with these rules the Year 2s were split into two groups and Jason and Mr Blake went off with them to find a site. The children tied the clove hitch for the seat, tried to throw the rope up into the tree and pulled it up nice and safely. One of the central ideas about our Forest School work is that we leave no trace, so we tied the swing up in a way that we would be able to take it down again. Everyone had a turn, even the children who were wary initially, very brave

Following the swing construction it was time for a bit of an explore to find a good site for a den! The children scoured their area of the valley to find a good tree or trees for a prop and good sticks and branches from the ground to use as walls and roofs. There was some great team work on show as the Year 2s hunted for the right length sticks. The looked for those which had a fork in the end to use a rest or indeed even some leaves from the ground to decorate the outside. Many of the dens were really successful and went to show that the more effort and imagination put in, the better the result. The children that persevered and worked together to pull the bigger and sturdier sticks had the stronger dens. Their creations made a fantastic end to another great week in the woods!


Week 3 

Upon arriving in the Valley the children put up the large tarpaulin shelter, they’re getting quite quick at doing it too! We then had a fairly in depth ‘tool talk’. This week marked a big step in responsibility for the children. The tasks for this week mostly involved tools and their uses, safety rules and the all important ‘blood bubble’. Whenever we use a bladed tool in Forest School the children know to follow the ‘blood bubble’ procedure which is:  

Make sure that the person/persons not using the tool are at least 1 metre, if not more, away from the person using it. This is to prevent injury to observers in case of the tool operator falling or slipping and the tool coming out of their hands.

This week we continued to use secateurs and loppers in a woodland identification activity. The children worked with Jason to identify and locate Sycamore and Ash saplings and suckers in the woods that we could harvest in an environmentally friendly way for our use. Jason reviewed the tool safety rules, the different parts and their uses and which tool we could use for which job.

The children also had the opportunity to use a bow saw. They learnt about its parts and different techniques needed to make a good cut. The children worked with Mr Blake to saw through pieces of wood that were up to as thick as their arms! We learnt about about cutting different types of wood and the children persevered through some wet and rotting wood before finding drier specimens.

Next week is the beginning of the end at Forest School for these Year 2’s. The final weeks will see them be able to use the skills they have learnt and get a glimpse of what they can access in years to come!

Week 4 Final Week November 2015

The last week of Forest School was a fantastic experience! Nearly everybody took part in a whole host of activities. The main focus of the session was on looking forward into the skills they would learn in Y3. A large part of this was on safe and responsible fire lighting, safety rules and above all on leaving no trace. This is a major motto of ours in Forest School, nothing synthetic is left in the valley (for example we take down our carefully constructed rope swings upon leaving) and we try wherever possible to leave the valley as we found it (often tidier!).

As we have practised through the weekly sessions, the first task was to raise the shelter in case of rain. There was a real possibility we might actually need it this week! As a group we then built the fire and when it was lit and a safe area established around it, the children were given a free choice of activities. They could: stay with an adult and safely keep the fire stoked, using the method laying sticks from the bottom so as to minimise the risk of burning hands; help to construct another rope swing, trying to remember knots and find a safe site; build a den using scavenged wood; explore!

Luckily there was only a smattering of rain and the shelter was not needed! The session culminated in the children cooking marshmallows over the dying embers of the fire before helping restore the seated area to the way it was when we arrived. Leave no trace!

Overall this has been a brilliant start to the new direction Forest School has taken at Laira Green. For the most part the Y2 children have outdone themselves in the way they tackled risks, made the most out of learning opportunities and supported each other through discovering new skills. My thanks go out to the teachers and teaching assistants that have supported Jason and myself in the sessions this term, your help is greatly appreciated!

Mr Blake


Click on the link to read and print the spellings for Autumn Term in Year 2


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Click on the link to read the Year 2 Parents Letter:


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Butterflies Class – Weaving

As part of our science work on materials, the children learned about how fabrics are made.  They had a go at weaving using paper.  It was tricky to remember which strand to go over and under each time but by the end of the lesson, they were well on their way to becoming weaving experts!

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