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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!

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.