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

Chestnut Class Year 2 (2019-2020)

Miss Cheetham- Class Teacher

Mr Tatham - Intervention Teacher

Ms Taplin - Teaching Assistant

Welcome to Chestnut class!

In Chestnut Class we have Miss Cheetham, Mr Tatham and Ms 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 Wednesday. 

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 every night 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 Friday.


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. - Children can log in and practise their set times tables. 

Welcome back everyone!

We are beginning our new year with a new topic:

Famous for More Than Five Minutes (Inventors and Explorers)

Please read our knowledge organiser for more information :) 


Glorious Glockenspiels! 

We have started our music lessons with Mrs Kendrick this term and we are really excited because we are learning how to play the glockenspiel! It is very tricky but we absolutely love it!


Books, books and more books!

We have been looking at the features of fiction and non-fiction texts in our literacy lessons this week!


We have been writing some amazing poems and riddles in Literacy this week. Take a look at our beautiful work!

Christmas Crafts Afternoon

We had so much fun at our Christmas crafts session yesterday. Thank you to all the parents and carers who came along: we had so much fun with you!

Party time!

We had so much fun at our Christmas party! We danced, sang, played party games and had lots of yummy food too!

We even had a very special guest...can you guess who it was?

Image result for christmas tree clipart Beamish Trip Image result for christmas tree clipart

Year 2 had a fantastic time at Beamish Museum visiting Santa! We even got the opportunity to see Santa's reindeers and feed them! It was also a chance for us to recap our topic 'Changes' we covered in Autumn 1 term. We looked at how different it was in the past.

We love Accelerated Reader!

We invited our parents and carers in to see how we use Accelerated Reader in school. They helped us to quiz on our latest books and we showed them how it works. Thanks everyone!

In maths, we work in cooperative pairs to help achieve our goals.

KS1 Indoor athletics festival

A massive well done to the Year 2 children who represented the school for indoor athletics. The children were amazing athletes and a credit to their school! Great job!

Friday 18th October 2019 - Maths 

Cooperative Learning in Maths. Encouraging and helping your partner to succeed!

Previous Year 2018-2019

Jolly Jet Balloons!

In Science we have been learning about forces. We carried out an experiment looking at air resistance where we made predictions and introduced variables. 

Well done to our year 2 golfers who took part in the Tr-Golf tournament at Cardinal Hume. We definitely have some golf stars of the future here at Brandling! Watch out Tiger Woods!!

Philosophy for children

This week in PSHE we have been applying Philosophy for children. Year 2 have been excellent philosophers using critical thinking and coming up with fantastic thinking questions about our book "My Princess Boy" by Cheryl Kilodavis. At the end of the lesson children wrote down what they have learnt during the lesson and presented it to the class before clipping it to our thinking tree.

This week we have been comparing a South African climate to our own. We have measured temperature and rainfall and even made our own traditional South African Musical Instruments! Here we are making a thunderstorm crescendo with our finished instruments.

World Book Day! 

We had a fantastic world book day in Year Two and some of the costumes were amazing! Which characters can you spot in the photograph?

In week two we have looked at both Arid and Polar regions. We also imagined being a tree and experiencing the changing seasons of the year...

We are poets - The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear - performed by Chestnut Class

We are explorers! 

This week we have been using role play to help us understand the incredible journeys made my Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus. 

We planned our journeys and completed a risk assessment. 

After that we selected materials and built replicas of the Saturn V and Santa Maria. 

Finally we presented our models before posing for a photo!


In Science this half term we are focusing on materials. We will start by learning about man made and natural materials. 



Hey Ewe! 

This year our Key Stage One Christmas performance was 'Hey Eye'. 

Of all the sheep in the flock, the smallest, youngest ewe is the most inquisitive. She is always busy getting under the shepherds' feet, asking questions and, to the irritation of the rest of the flock, demanding to know exactly what is going on. One night, however, while all the other sheep are trying to sleep, some extraordinary events unfold that excite her curiosity more than ever before! 

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.