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Plans are under way for our taking place next Thurs 4th March. We have a school wide planned following his Sausage Dog tutorial and cannot wait to see a wonderful array of drawings. 📖 ✏️


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As 8th March and the wider opening of schools approaches, some childen and young people may display some puzzling changes in behaviour after so long in lockdown. These may indicate anxiety. Even those keen to return may experience this - some signs to look out for as a parent


Lovely pebbles painted for our positivity path. Hoping to see many more placed on the pathway when the children return.


Look at this fabulous newspaper article on ‘The Iron Man’ written by one of our y4 children. Well done⭐️


Lovely artwork by year 1 celebrating Chinese New Year 🐉


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Sadly thousands of children are struggling with anxiety and loneliness in this lockdown. Childline is here to help, there's advice online from peers, or they can talk to our wonderful counsellors:


These look fab!


Beautiful results from our ice lantern activity we shared yesterday. It’s not too late to try if you haven’t already as we have -3 degrees predicted this evening. 🧊 ❄️ 🧊


Check out this Chinese New Year art competition Hpabe families 😊


Lovely activity for the very cold weather predicted overnight 🥶don’t forget to send in your results to our info@ email.


We are looking forward to seeing the entries for our photography competition 📸 . The online gallery showcasing them will be open after half term. Submit your entries to our info@ email address.


Happy Snowy Tuesday Hpabe families! Did anyone make a snow sculpture?! Send us your pictures ⛄️ and stay warm!!


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🌈 A lockdown friendly stargazing activity for all the family. Help celebrate starry skies and get involved. Count the stars you can see within the constellation of Orion. 🌟⭐️🌟


Check out this fantastic drawing competition with ⁦⁩ MYTHICA Create a Creature Competition. Fantastic prizes to be won. Submit your entries here:


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Looking for nature based activities to do at home or in school? 🌿🎨🌈 Check out these simple, easy ideas that will bring the outdoors in!


Remember that tomorrow we will be celebrating by wearing an outfit/hairstyle/hat to Express Yourself! We can’t wait to see what you choose


Investigating tooth decay in . Children have been replicating the experiment using eggshells and a range of liquids. We can’t wait to see what you find out!


Hi Charlie, ok if we share this in our academy newsletter this week so the children can take part in some mindful colouring during children’s mental health week. We adore your book it is enjoyed throughout our academy.


Mindfulness sessions taking place with Mrs Pizer. It is important to take time out, breathe, be in the moment and be calm. Mindfulness techniques give children the tools to be able to improve focus, calm the mind and manage emotional reactivity ♥️


Some useful tips to support wellbeing while learning online

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Year 2

Mrs Hillier teaches in Squirrel Class and Mrs Pearce teaches in Bat Class.

Year 2 Curriculum

Our children are taught in line with the expectations that are set out in the National Curriculum.  Subjects are taught with a clear progression and links are made with prior learning. 

The  Curriculum has been designed to ensure rigorous learning of knowledge but also to help teachers make all learning exciting, active and meaningful for children.Our curriculum engages children with their learning and gets them interested in the world around them. Our Curriculum takes a global approach by helping children to connect their learning to where they are living now as well as looking at the learning from the perspective of other people in other countries. The curriculum also emphasises the history and culture of Britain and promotes fundamental British values.

PE is taught by a specialist sports coach and Science, Music and Art are taught by specialist teachers.

The overviews for each subject can be found in the table below.


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2



Henry VIII

Great Fire of London

Great Fire of London

Why do we remember 5th November?

Why do we remember 5th November?

Geography Places in the World   Different Landscapes Villages, Towns and Cities What is Kenya like?  
R.E Christianity Festivals Islam Islam Why are some things special? Christianity
Science Materials Humans Materials Plants Animals Living things and their environment
Computing Year 2 e-safety Re-capping algorithms (Bluebots) Creating digital designs (Pages app) Programming - Scratch Stories Publishing Writing (Pages app) Programming - Advanced Scratch! (Scratch Jr)
Art Art appreciation Drawing Painting Collage Sculpture Text Art
DT Design a ship   Bridge building Cook with vegetables Design and make a beach toy  
Music Recorders Recorders Recorders Recorders Recorders Recorders
PE Gymnastics Games Dance Games Gymnastics Athletics
PSHE Relationships Being me in my world Celebrating difference Dreams and goals Healthy Me Changing Me


We use an innovative, focused programme of work, which teaches children mathematical concepts practically first, before moving on to pictorial representations and finally the abstract recording. This is based on the Singapore Maths approach to teaching and aligns well with the focus in the National Curriculum on ‘mastery’.

The key features of our approach to Maths are:

  • Emphasis on problem solving and comprehension, allowing pupils to relate what they learn and to connect knowledge.
  • Careful scaffolding of core concepts through:
    • visualisation, as a platform for comprehension;
    • mental strategies, to develop decision making abilities;
    • pattern recognition, to support the ability to make connections and generalise.
  • Emphasis on the foundations for learning and not on the content itself so pupils learn to think mathematically as opposed to merely reciting formulas or procedures.


Lessons in English are planned carefully to help children continually develop and improve their skills in speaking and listening,  reading and  writing.

We believe that reading is the gateway to learning but should always be pleasurable and fun. Every day starts with reading across the school.  We aim to give children a concrete set of skills to decode and understand text but also enable them to develop a lifelong love of books. At the start of Year 2  most children in Year Two follow our Read Write Inc programme and take part in a daily phonics session. The focus is on children learning different combinations of letters that can make the same sound (e.g. /ay/ /ai/ /a_e/ in play, rain, game) or how the same spelling can be for different sounds (e.g. /oo/ in book and moon). This enables them to read more complicated vocabulary and also to spell words accurately. Mid-way through year 2, most children will move off of our phonics programme  and reading lessons will focus on comprehension skills, using inference and deduction.  Children who are not confident in de-coding will be supported to develop these skills in a 1:1 or in small groups. 

It is essential that you read with your child at home every day. Your child will be given a reading book which is pitched at their specific level.  In addition to this they can select one or more free choice books each week. There is a library in each class room stocked with a range of  books to offer the children a wide range of personal choice alongside the books selected by adults for them. 


 We teach children writing  starting with exploring a wide range of high-quality texts. Children are exposed to different genres, with a focus on exploring a range of models of excellence. The children then use these models to guide the creating and drafting process. In every lesson, there is a high focus on speaking and articulating their ideas. Every sequence of English lessons begins with an immersion stage to help develop creativity, engage the children with the new learning for the week and support them to become more confident with the focused text for that week. The rest of the week is spent in preparing the children for an extended piece of writing, through a range of activities and planning techniques. It is important to note that we not only develop a real enjoyment of writing in English lessons but in all subjects across the curriculum. We expect the highest standards of writing every time a child writes in any subject.

The teaching of grammar and punctuation is embedded in our writing process although sometimes additional grammar lessons may take place. Spellings are given out each week so that children build up their knowledge of spelling rules and can use these with confidence in their writing.

Handwriting lessons take place two or three times each week focusing on letter height, formation and the flow of writing.  We follow a strctured approach to handwriting using the Morrells approach.  We believe that this promotes flow and speed, and supports spelling as the children develop as writers.



The Key Stage 1 SATs happen at the end of the school year (usually in June). The best thing you can do at home to support your child is to read with them every day, complete any home learning and  ensure that your child is in school, and on time, everyday.