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My name is Miss Pywell, I am new to St Joseph's this year and I'm so excited to be teaching at such a wonderful school. 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.

We can't wait to enjoy this academic year!

Sports Day 2018
We all had a wonderful day in the sunshine. Well done everyone! Thank you parents for your support.

Class 2 did such a wonderful job in their SATS. Everyone came to school smiling each day and gave 110%. I am so proud of you all, a very big well done. Thank you parents for all your support. Here are some photos of our post SATS party!

Art & DT
We are currently BFG crazy in Year 2 so we have been making our very own dream jars by mixing paint, glitter, cotton wool and water. We had so much fun!

 Please click on the image to view the photos from the whole school Cross Country Competition.

Please click on the image to view the photos from the whole school Cross Country Competition.

We went to Mass on St Joseph the worker Feast Day.
We enjoyed celebrating this with Fr. Neil.

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BFG
In English this term we have been reading the BFG and re-writing our own versions. We created some dream catchers in DT.

PE
We took advantage of the beautiful weather and
enjoyed playing some rounders in the sunshine.

My Lighthouse ♬ - Rend Collection
A snippet of Class 2 Collective Worship.

Last day of Spring term
We had a well deserved treat afternoon for all the hard work Year 2 have done this term. We enjoyed an Easter egg hunt, a film and some Easter crafts. Happy Easter everyone!

The Great Fire of London
Our Topic this term in History has been The Great Fire of London. We loved going back to 1666 and being news reporters. Enjoy!

Easter Maths Hunt
Recently in Maths we have been multiplying and dividing numbers. To bring the Spring term to a close we spent our Maths lesson outside today, Miss Pywell and Mrs Scarisbrick hid some Easter word problems around the playground and we went on a hunt to find them and enjoyed solving them in the sunshine.

Stations of the Cross
This afternoon Year 2 went to Church and prayed the Stations of the Cross with Mrs Clemerson. We reflected upon Jesus' suffering, death, and resurrection together and we related the story to our everyday life. Here are some of our thoughts.

Poppy - Jesus was very good at forgiving people so I am going to try hard to forgive.
Jan - I felt sad because Jesus was so good and they were horrible to him. He let them crucify him and he still forgave them. That must have been very hard to do.
Hazel - I liked praying the Stations of the Cross because I now understand the Easter story better.

Thank you Mrs Clemerson!

Walking for the Good Shepherd - March 2018
The whole school walked to Killinghall Moor Country Park on Friday in aid of the Good Shepherd. We had great fun walking with our class and singing as we went!

Year 2 Assembly - March 2018
Year 2 delivered a beautiful assembly all about the Mass. We created pieces of art to illustrate our ideas.  We talked about Mass being a celebration, the beginning of Mass being the time to say sorry and ask for forgiveness, the readings and how they teach us to live like Jesus as well as the Offertory and the Consercration.  Well done everyone! 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
This term in English we have been reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We have been writing our own version of when Charlie found the Golden Ticket.

In DT we have been designing our own chocolate bars, we then made our own chocolate treats and made our own packaging!

World Book Day 2018!

Don't we look great?

Poetry
This half term we have been looking at Poetry, we have been focusing on poems about Spring. To bring our poetry unit to a close we recited  'The First Day of Spring' with expression and our own actions. We hope you enjoy watching it.

Class Collective Worship
Today's Gospel was about Jesus sending his disciples on a special mission to spread the word and spread love. We thought of ways we could spread love within school and promised to be 'Good News' people. We took these promises to Jesus and represented this by taking a marble, dropping it into a bowl of water. 

Kaja- 'The marbles represent God's family around the candle.'
Dulcie- 'The candle represents Jesus and the small tealights represent his disciples'
 

Big Cats
We have been writing non-chronological reports on Big Cats so we created some beautiful artwork to go with it. 

Naughty Reindeer!

18.12.17 - We came in to school on Monday morning to find someone or something had been in our classroom over the weekend! It was Year 2's job to investigate the crime scene and collect evidence to solve the crime. We had to wear protective clothing when we entered the crime scene, including gloves and masks. We made notes, collected important evidence and placed it in the evidence bag before filling out our Police report form. We couldn't believe it when Mrs Rouse and Mrs Tinkler-Rose found CCTV footage! We had so much fun solving the crime!

CCTV footage

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A Miracle in Town

15.12.17 - This week we performed our KS1 Advent Presentation after spending many weeks rehearsing. We sang our hearts out and had so much fun telling the story of the very first Christmas.  Thank you to all parents and teachers for their support.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

Advent

As it is Advent now, we have been preparing ourselves for Christmas. We have a 'Kindness Advent Calendar' which we open everyday. We have put up our tree and written our Advent promises. 

DT - Paper Dragons

In DT we have been investigating, designing and planning our own paper dragons to fit with our Focus story in English, George and the Dragon. Our design criteria to fulfill was to make a paper dragon that could move. We hope you enjoy looking at our creations! 
 

Year 2 Assembly

We did our year 2 assembly on our RE topic, Mysteries. We showed our paintings and shared our ideas about where we think God is. 18/11/17 

RE

Our topic in RE this half term is mysteries. We have been talking about what mysteries are and have been thinking of some of our own. This week in RE we enjoyed responding to the mystery question 'Where is God?' through creative paintings and thoughtful discussions. 

We have been looking at the mystery of the Holy Trinity and used lollipop sticks to create a model of the Holy Trinity.

Maths

In Maths this week we have been sorting 2D shapes according to symmetry properties using Venn diagrams. We have been identifying right angles and using our 'angle eaters' to help us find different right angles around the classroom. We also used our knowledge of right angles to sort triangles and shapes with right angles on a Venn diagram. 28/9/17

This week in Maths we have been looking at shapes that tessellate. This means when they fit together without any gaps or overlapping. We did a problem solving style lesson in pairs where we had to make our own shape template that tessellated and used this to make a lot of different shapes that would fit together. We had lots of fun and enjoyed doing a practical lesson. 13/10/17

 

English

In English our new topic is adventure stories. Before we start writing our own stories we had an experience day. We have been reading a story called The Building Boy which is about an architect and his Grandma. We have been architects by designing blue prints and then building Grandma out of clay. (Emily S)