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My name is Miss Pywell and I'm so excited to be teaching in Year 2 for my 2nd year at St Joseph's. I live in Harrogate and in my spare time I enjoy playing tennis, baking and being in the outdoors with my lovely Miniature Schnauzer, Paddy.

I love my job because each day takes us on a different, exciting adventure allowing us to discover surprises and new knowledge. Our year 2 classroom is setup to encourage independence, challenge and develop a love of learning.

I can't wait to enjoy this academic year!

We celebrated all our hard work this term with an Easter Egg hunt outside in the sunshine. Have a wonderful Easter break.

Year 2 Walking for the Good Shepherd!

Year 2’s trip to Mass on Tuesday 2nd April. We all behaved beautifully and our bidding prayers readers did a wonderful job. Well done!  ★

Year 2’s trip to Mass on Tuesday 2nd April. We all behaved beautifully and our bidding prayers readers did a wonderful job. Well done!

Oompa Loompas at work!
This term our topic is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We have been using wonderful descriptive writing to write our own versions of when we found the last golden ticket. In Art & DT we have been working hard for Willy Wonka to design and create our own chocolate bar wrappers as well as creating them using melted chocolate and different moulds. We had so much fun! Willy Wonka said we would all be fit to work in his factory.

Y2 Assembly
Class 2 delivered a wonderful assembly last Friday in anticipation of St Patricks Day. St Patrick is our class saint, we have learnt lots about him throughout the year so thought this was a perfect opportunity to share all our knowledge. We talked about how people celebrate St Patricks Day around the world and practised some Ceilidh dancing!

STEM week 2019
This week is British STEM week, some year 2’s helped to kick-start the week off by delivering an assembly to the whole school. They all read so clearly and confidently, well done!

World Book Day 2019

We had a wonderful day for World Book Day, we all looked fantastic! We enjoyed sharing our favourite books, making bookmarks, writing book reviews and completing a book scavenger hunt.

In Science we have been learning about Animals and Humans. We investigated the affects of exercise on our bodies.

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This half term our topic in Geography is Weather Experts. We have looked at weather in the United Kingdom, talked about how weather affects us, created and presented our own weather forecasts as well as creating some beautiful art work.

This week we had a visit from Space Camp Sam. She came from the Stephan Hawking Foundation to see if we had what it takes to become an Astronaut. We did lots of missions with Sam and learnt lots of information about Stephan Hawking.

We had a Class talent show this afternoon. Well done to all who performed!

During Advent we have been preparing ourselves for Christmas. We set ourselves Advent Promises and hung them on the Christmas Tree.

We discussed the signs and symbols of Advent and made our own Advent Wreaths.

A King is Born!

After 7 weeks rehearsing we put on a fantastic performance of A King is Born. We have worked so hard to learn all of our lines and songs. Our teachers and parents were so proud of us.

Last Friday a special visitor came to school. He came through school with jingle bells, he brought us a present each and we sang Jingle Bells for him. We were so excited!

This half term our Topic is Towers, Tunnels and Turrets. In computing we have been creating our own castles using the iPads and laptops.

In Art and DT we have been designing and building our own castles out of recyclable materials. We are looking forward to painting these this week!

This week in DT we constructed a bridge using only spaghetti and mini marshmallows. We got points for good structure, teamwork and bonus points if our bridge could hold a 1p coin.

We celebrated Mass with Fr Neil.


In English we are reading The Building Boy. The Building Boy is about a boy and his Grandma. His grandma is an architect who teaches the boy how to make buildings. We have been learning about what an architect is. We’ve been creating our own blue prints and designing our buildings/Grandmas(!) out of clay.

This week we had an unexpected visitor in Year 2, he goes by the name of Captain Blackbeard. He stole some of our treasure and left us a ransom note! In geography we followed the clues he left us using a treasure map of our school playground and managed to get our treasure back. In English we have been creating WANTED posters and writing messages in bottles to Blackbeard. We came into school on Thursday to a letter from Blackbeard.

This half term our Topic is 'Land Ahoy'. We have been learning about different types of boats and enjoyed creating our own boats using the construction.

We have had a busy and exciting first week in Year 2. We have loved exploring in our new classroom and finding out about all the exciting things we will get up to this year.