Welcome to a new year in Chestnut! We hope you enjoy looking at our class page and all of the fun things we do! 

Year 2

Mr Hodgson - Class Teacher

Mr Tatham - Intervention Teacher

Miss Taplin - Teaching Assistant


Welcome to Chestnut class!

We hope everyone has had a wonderful summer holiday! 

In Chestnut Class we have Mr Hodgson, Mr Tatham and Miss Taplin! We hope you enjoy looking at our class page and seeing all of the fun things we do in school! 


Some general reminders: 

Homework - will be given every Friday, alternating weekly between Literacy and Numeracy. Please can homework be returned on a Monday. 

Reading Books - Each child will be heard in school at least twice per week. Reading books will be sent home every night. Please try and hear your child read as often as possible and sign the reading record.  

PE - is on a Wednesday afternoon. A PE kit will be supplied by school but please ensure your child brings trainers/plimsolls to school for PE.

Spellings - spellings will be sent home on a Friday to be learnt in preparation for a test the following Wednesday.


Here are some useful links to websites for your children:   - Various interactive maths and literacy games in the Key Stage One Section.   - Different games and resources for all ages  - Bugclub - your child's log in details can be found at the front of their reading record. - Children can log in to play a huge range of maths games. Your child's log in details can be found at the front of their reading record.


TT Rockstars!!!!!!

This year we have introduced Times Tables Rockstars across the school. In Year 2 we are currently focusing on our 2, 5 and 10 x tables. Can you be a rock hero and answer your times tables calculations in under 1 second???? 


Congratulations to Dylan and Ria who have already mastered their 2, 5 and 10 x tables and are working on their 3 x table now! 

Accelerated Reader - Can you get into the 85% club?

Everyone in Year 2 takes part in accelerated reading every day in class. Our class target was to get 85% of comprehensions correct. We have now got an average of 90%! 19 out 22 are in the 85% club - by Christmas can you all be there? 


Congratulations to Tamilore who is top of the table with an incredible average of 97%! 

Building Circuits with Year 2

This term our Science topic was building circuits. Children have built and de-bugged circuits as well as creating their own electrical safety posters. We have had a great time experimenting with the equipment and learning how electrical circuits work!

Oceans and Seas

We have been learning about Oceans and Seas in topic lessons this term. We can now locate the different oceans on a map and name the different layers of the ocean! As part of this we created a collage showing the different layers and the creatures that live there. Children have used many skills such as cutting, sticking and sewing. The collages will be used as our calendars for the coming year so be sure to clear a space on your fridges!

Roald Dahl

In Year Two our class author is Roald Dahl. Over the course of the year we will study lots of different stories he has written. The first book we looked at was The BFG. The children produced some fantastic writing for the beginning of Year 2. 

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 We have more recently read the story of Fantastic Mr Fox! We created some fantastic character descriptions of those three mean farmers! 

Boggis, Bunce and Bean

One fat, one short, one lean!

Those horrible crooks

So different in looks

Are nonetheless equally mean! 


We began the year we a STEM fortnight and our class focus was bridges. We visited the discovery museum and made a variety of different bridges with different materials. We tested the bridges and compared their uses. We also had a parents afternoon where the children and parents each competed in a challenge to make a bridge. 

Chestnut Class 2017-2018


Year Two had an amazing visit to Davenports Chocolate factory on Wednesday 23rd May. After reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory we wanted to see exactly how chocolate is made. At the factory we all tasted different chocolates, we learn't how different chocolates are made and we observed how the chocolatier makes all kinds of wonderful chocolate treats! 

Carnival of the animals! 

Our topic this half term has been Carnival of the animals. As part of the topic we have looked at a wide variety of different subjects including: 

  • Life cycles - butterflies and frogs
  • Habitats - of different animals and creating our very own animal and habitat
  • Zoos - reasons for and against
  • How to look after pets
  • Healthy living   

We have also spent time improving our sketching; drawing elephants and flamingos!


We hope you enjoy looking at some of our fantastic work! 


Reading Champion! 

It was very close at the top of our reading league table for Spring term! We have been really pleased with the effort shown by everyone to read more often at home. Our overall champion was Owen, who has consistently read at least five times a week at home since September. Fantastic Owen! 

Who will be our Summer reading champion? Why not try reading out in the summer sunshine? 

Safer Internet Day 2018


The 6th of February was Safer Internet Day! We spoke about ways people can Year 2 created pictures using teamwork and friendship skills needed to be a good online friend. They then left "comments" on each others work using post-it notes. We practiced leaving positive comments and using technology responsibly!

Happy New Year! 

Welcome back to school, we hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you a very happy 2018! 

Our topic this half term is Famous for more than Five Minutes! We will be looking closely at famous British Monarchs and the great Florence Nightingale! 

Lights Camel Action! 

Years 1 and 2 performed a spectacular nativity this year. The theme was Strictly Come Dancing and the show was titled 'Lights, Camel, Action!' The traditional nativity was told through a series of songs and dances. Each and every child was superb and thoroughly enjoyed the show. We hope you all did too! 

Christmas at Bowes Museum!

What a fantastic day all of Year One and Year Two had at Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle. We took part in a range of Christmas activities, met Santa and did a trail around the museum. 

PE in Year Two

We have had so much fun in PE this year! We did Karate in the first half term and this half term we have been working on balancing, climbing, moving and jumping on the big apparatus!  


The North East

Our topic this half term has been 'We are Britain' and we have focused on the North East. This has involved looking closely at a range of North East Landmarks. We have found out so many facts about a range of landmarks including:

The Angel of the North

The Sage

The seven major bridges over the River Tyne

St James Park

Grey's Momument

Fenwick Window

The Sage

The Baltic


The highlight of this topic was our visit to Gateshead and Newcastle to see a whole range of landmarks at first hand. 


Indoor Athletics

Ten children from Year Two  took part in an indoor athletics festival  ran by the Gateshead School Sports Partnership at Gateshead Leisure Centre!  There were 10 different activities to do and everyone had so much fun! 

Healthy Humans!

In Science this half term we have been looking at healthy humans! We have be learning about the human body and the important job the heart does. We have labelled a human skeleton and looked at the role of muscles.

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We have discussed what makes a healthy packed lunch. Is your dinner healthy?