Welcome to the Year 2 Adamson

Week commencing 06/07/2018

This week year 2 have been visited by Mini First Aid. The children met Freddie who not only knows how to ring 999 but also knows his address when mummy is poorly. We all received a special certificate for taking part.

We also took part in sports day this week where we represented our houses. Our teachers are very proud of how we all tried our best and our fantastic sportsmanship.

On Thursday we watched ‘The Snowballs’, our Year 2 cheerleading group, perform a routine. We are very proud of how hard they have worked on the routine and how confident they were when performing to the school. Well done!

Week Commencing 18/06/18

 This week Year 2 have been learning about 1940s fashion in topic – we found out that men wore suits, high waisted trousers, used handkerchiefs and they wore Fedora hats.  Women wore dresses that went in at the waist and had quite big shoulders. Children dressed very similar to their parents.

 In Maths we have been recapping how to tell the time – O clock, half past, quarter past and to and to five minutes.

 In English, we designed a floating transport to help a harbour mouse called Harry get across the water quickly!


Richard and Daniella



Isha Ceesay

 Week Commencing 11/06/2018

This week Year 2 have been working on their own stories based on the book Flotsam.  We had stories about aliens loosing sonic screwdrivers, wires, batteries, pods and even go pros so their space ship wouldn’t work and they couldn’t fly home!

In Maths, we have been using words to do with movement and turns such as right, left, clockwise, anti clockwise, rotate, quarter, half and whole turns.  We also completed some tricky number sequences – can you work out what comes next in this sequence?  1, 2, 4, 7, ?, ?  If you can’t, ask a Year 2!

We started a new History topic all about fashion and transport in the 1940s and in Science we have been learning about forces and movement.

In Computing,  we have started on some simple coding using a web based program: http://lightbot.com/hour-of-code.html

VIPS this week were:

Alham Rassool

Candise Magwaza

Week Commencing 04/06/18

This week in English we have been looking at the book Flotsam by David Wiesner. We found that this book is very different, to the books we usually read, as it has no words in it. We have enjoyed sharing ideas about what we think is happening in the story by looking at the clues in the pictures.

In Maths we have been exploring position and direction. We have been using keywords such as forwards, backwards, left, right, quarter turn and half turn.

In History we have started our new topic 1940’s Transport and Fashion by researching fashion and technology today.

We are looking forward to our class assembly and stay and read on Thursday 14th June.


Week commencing 14th/05/2018

This week Year 2 have been recapping how to tell the time, solving problems with 2D shapes and making different combinations of money.

In English we have been working on using an apostrophe for contracted words and putting commas in a list.

As it is the Royal Wedding this weekend, we designed a carriage fit for a Princess and wrote explanations of how it worked.

In Science we learnt about food chains and used the words predator, prey, producer, omnivore, herbivore and carnivore.


Week commencing 30th/04/ 2018

This week in English we have been writing our own versions of Goldilocks and the three bears. In Maths we have been using the inverse calculations to work out missing number problems. In History we sorted out true/false statements about Queen Victoria.

Week commencing 23rd/04/ 2018

This week we started reading Goldilocks and the three bears. We read different versions of the story and then wrote a character description and a diary entry.

Week commencing 16th/04/2018

In History we have started to look at Queen Victoria. Our enquiry question is ‘What did Queen Victoria do for us?’ In Maths we have been looking at addition and subtraction.

Week commencing 9th/04/2018

This week we started learning about Judaism in RE. We thought about what we already know about the religion and what we would like to find out.

Monday 19th/03/2018

This week we visited the church for the Easter experience.

Week commencing 5th/03/2018

We celebrated world Maths day this week by exploring numbers. We took part in challenges and problem solving games.


Week Commencing 27th/11/2017

This week in English we have been planning to write our own versions of Jack and the beanstalk. In maths we have continued our work on multiplication and have been using arrays to help us solve problems.

We have also been looking at different types of puppets as part of our toys topic and have designed our own.

Week Commencing 20th/11/2017

This week we found leaves around our classroom and received an email from a boy called Jack. He apologised for the mess and gave us a book- Jack and the beanstalk. We began reading it and have thought of actions to help us retell the story. Can you remember the story?

In maths we have been exploring multiplication, We have been making equal groups and adding them together. We have also been continuing to practise our 2X, 5X, 3X and 10X tables.

We also received a letter from a toy bear who wanted to sail around the world. We had to design and make a boat for him. We worked in teams to test different materials to see if they were waterproof and if they would float.

Spellings for 24th Nov


Week Commencing 13th/11/2017

This week we went on a mission to the moon where we had to create a new society from scratch! We looked at jobs and thought about the best people to take with us. We also designed and built buildings for our new society using junk modelling. We had a fun day and developed these key skills: problem solving; aiming high; leading; sharing ideas; working in a team; using imagination; staying positive and listening carefully.

In English we have been looking at punctuation and proper nouns. In Maths we have been solving problems involving odd and even numbers.

We discussed ‘all different, all equal’ as part of anti-bullying week and made posters to show what we have learnt.

Spellings for 17th Nov

Week Commencing 10th/11/2017

This week Year 2 have been finding out facts about the moon ready for our ‘Mission to the Moon’  next week.  We used the laptops to research and then wrote non chronological reports.  We found out some fascinating facts that even the adults didn’t know!  Thank you to everyone that completed their homework challenge task last weekend.

In Maths we have been collected data, creating tally charts and then creating bar charts to show the data.  We then asked and answered our own questions about the data.

In topic we have been sorting materials and finding out about their properties.  We have been using some great words to describe the properties like absorbent, stretchy, waterproof and dissolve.

VIP: Rusnee Markeviciute  and  Isha Ceesay

Good work: Kenzie Johnson and Aimee McNab.


Spellings for 10th Nov

Week Commencing 30th/10/2017

This week we have been using adjectives, verb and adverbs to make a poem about Fireworks/Bonfire night.  Some of us also managed to use similes in our poem.

We continued to learn about measuring – comparing the lengths and weights of things.

In topic we looked at toys from different countries and learnt about Russian dolls and how worry dolls are used in Central America to take away our worries.

VIP: Karen Gilbert

Good Work: Teagan Mc

For homework this weekend – instead of learning spellings please can you find out information about the moon.  You can ask people, look at books or find out from the internet.  Write down what you find out and be ready to share with the class on Monday!

There are activities for you to on Education City as well.


Week Commencing 16th/10/2017

This week in English Year 2 have been writing instructions.  We first looked at the features of instructions and then we created a text map to show the correct layout.

In maths we have been working on measurements.  We have been weighing, measuring length and working out which is more or less than a litre.

In topic, we did some research on a toy of our own choice and wrote a non chronological report about it.


Tegan Hulse

Good Work:

Alham Rasool

Holiday homework – if you know your Education City user name and password then there are some maths activities for you to do.  Don’t worry if you don’t, we’ve got new cards ready and waiting for you at school next week.

Spellings for 20th Oct

Week Commencing 9th/10/2017

This week in English we have been writing our own non chronological reports about an animal of our own choice.  First of all we did some research and found lots of facts about the animal, then we create a text map to help us.  Then we wrote our report using headings and sub headings.

In maths we have been using inverse to work out @what’s my number’.  Some of us had some very tricky 2 step problems to solve.

In topic we were looking at the history of the teddy bear.  We found out that teddy bears were actually named after President Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt!


Jayden West

Good Work:

Destiny McArdle

Spellings for 13th Oct

Week commencing 2nd/10/2017

This week we have been working on non chronological reports.  We looked at the different features of reports and read a report about a chameleon. We then made actions and created a text map to help us write our own.

In maths, we have been solving word problems using a part part whole model to help us.

In topic we compared the toys that our grandparents played with to what we play with today and what we may play with in the future.

VIPs this week

Abdoul Sow

Good work certificate went to

Isha Ceesay

Week commencing 25th/09/2017

In year 2 this week we have been using talk for writing to learn the story of ‘Who am I?’ We then retold the story in writing.  Below is the story map we used –  can your child tell you the story?


In maths we have been using base ten to add and subtract one and 2 digit numbers.

On Tuesday we had French day where we enjoyed learning how to say hello, goodbye, thank you, numbers to 10 and a French song! Tres bon!

In topic we have been thinking about the toys our parents and grandparents would have played with when they were children through looking at ‘The toy shop’ by Peter Blake. We put the toys in chronological order and looked at the differences between those toys and the toys we play with now.

Good work: Abdoul Sow
VIP: Connor Gallagher

Spellings/Homework for this week Spellings for WC 2nd October

Week beginning 18th/09/ 2017

We have had a very exciting week in Year 2! We have learnt about how to have a healthy body, mind and spirit through taking part in the POP project. We also watched a theatre performance of the lion, the witch and the wardrobe and have written a recount about the story. In maths we have been making 100 using different multiples of 10 and looking at the relationship between addition and subtraction facts.

Y2 Adamson

Good Work: Levi Haley

VIP: Lamis and Melat 

Week beginning 11th/09/2017

In English this week we have been writing about why we think a mysterious egg has appeared in our playground and thinking about what could be inside the egg.

In Maths we have been learning how to read and write numbers in numerals and words. We have also started looking at the greater than > and less than < signs.

Y2 Adamson

Good work: Lexi Bird

Week Commencing 4th 09/17

We have been really proud how Year 2 have come back and settled in this week.

In maths we have been working on place value – partitioning numbers into tens and ones, ordering numbers from smallest to largest and completing numbers sequences.

In English we started the week by finding out that something mysterious had appeared on the playground! When we investigated we found a large green egg that had been cracked, some footprints, some feathers and some twigs.  We are trying to discover what it is and where it has gone!

In topic, we started our toy topic by examining old toys and finding out what is different to toys from the past and modern toys.

Spellings for Week Commencing 25th September

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Year 2 Adamson 2016

This half term our topic is ‘Our Community’ We looked on Google Earth to find where we live in Blackley. We had so much fun talking about our local community and sharing who our friends and neighbours are. We even saw people we know walking down the street!

We also looked at our local shops and discussed where we go to play, eat and get treated when we’re poorly. The children really enjoyed sharing their home life with the rest of the class and got very excited when they recognised places that they visit, such as Heaton Park.

Peter Pan Theatre Trip

We had such a great time at the theatre. The children were so excited and wrote some amazing recounts of the events of their day and mentioned some of their favourite parts in the play. The children were very well behaved throughout the day and some children were even brave enough to get on stage and sing.

Growth Mindset Week

Throughout the week we looked at different scenarios of how we would respond if we have a growth or fixed mindset. The children worked in groups to discuss the different mindsets and explored why we may develop a fixed mindset and how we can change our own mindsets! We learnt about how our brain works, we made our own neurons which are brain cells.

Year 2 Adamson Class Assembly

Our class assembly was based on the book “How Full is Your Bucket” by Tom Rath. The children worked together to rewrite the story and came up with some of their own ideas of kindness. They sang our favourite class song beautifully at the end. Well done!

Visit to the church

The visit to the church went really well and Eddie, the Vicar was his usually entertaining self! We joined in with some Christmas songs and talked about the true meaning of Christmas.


In maths we’ve been working out repeated addition and multiplication calculations using numicon shapes to help us. We’re getting much better at multiplications and have been giving each other word problems relating to multiplications to help us to understand how we can use it in real life situations.

Parents’ Evening

Parents evening was a great success and we had lots of positive feedback. Many parents requested some guidance and support for the tests that Year 2 undertake in May next year. Please click on the link below for an example of a maths and reading paper and guidance on the tests.


We embarked on our new topic called ‘Frozen’ by going on an icy cold walk (it didn’t snow the first day but nearly snowed the next!)  We thought about different climates and looked at the weather reports.

We carried out an ice experiment in class – working out if hot water or salt melted ice quickly.  It was very messy!

In English, we started the book Penguin in Perl.  This led us to writing newspaper reports about pesky cats – including eye witness statements from Mrs Roughley and Mr Beard!

In Maths we have been learning about money. Making different amounts, adding up prices and giving change.

We have been thinking about setting goals in SEAL and how to be kind and forgive in RE.

Unfortunately we had to say good bye to Miss Flynn, a PGCE student who has been working  in our class since October.  We will really miss her and wish her all the best in her next placements.

Spring Term

Real life History comes to Blackley

A scientist called George Hemmen donated us some wooden boxes that he had taken on an expedition to Antarctica.

Science experiments:

We did a science experiment to see what melted ice the quickest – cold water, warm water or salt.

We also make colour changing in wheels as part of Science day.

Summer Term

During the Summer term we worked on a new topic about the seaside. To start our topic off we had a pretend beach day where we made kites and tried to fly them (although not very successfully!). We played different beach games like volley ball, beach football, Frisbee throwing and French boules.  During our topic lessons we learnt all about the different creatures that live in the seaside habitat. We learnt about the history of the seaside and what is was like in Victorian times. We also designed our own form of beach transport and wrote explanations of how they work.

We finished our topic off by having a trip out to St Anne’s beach – this time it was  a real beach!

Y2 Adamson

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Penny Keen Penny Keen Teacher

My name is Penny Keen, I have been working at E-Act Blackley Academy for nearly 20 years now. Currently I am the year 2 teacher, Key Stage 1 lead and look after students and NQTs. I have taught in many year groups over the years but mainly year 2, 3 and 1. My main areas of expertise are English and Maths in Key Stage 1 and ICT.

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