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  • East Bailey,
  • Killingworth,
  • Newcastle-upon-Tyne,
  • Tyne and Wear, NE12 6SQ
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Year 2 KR

Welcome to Y2KR

In Y2KR we try our best and we never give up :)


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Autumn 1

In Autumn 1 our topic was SUPERHEROES! In English, we transformed ourselves into superheroes and wrote about the story 'Traction Man'. We also used T4W to innovate the traditional tale 'The Papaya That Spoke'. In Maths, we have focused on securing our place value knowledge and investigating different methods to add and subtract 1 and 2 digit numbers. We have been using the CPA approach to embed the learning and develop our problem solving skills. Below is an video example to show one of the methods we used when adding and subtracting numbers, this method is adding/subtracting using a empty number line. 


In topic lessons, we focused our learning around the real life superhero that was Florence Nightingale! We wrote about all of the amazing things that Florence achieved and discussed the reasons behind why she was a real life superhero. 


To celebrate our fantastic start to Year 2, we had a superhero day! This included us all taking part in a treasure hunt where we had to crack the codes to receive the prize. We made different superhero art including a cityscape picture and took part in a superhero obstacle course. 


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Autumn 2

In Autumn 2, our topic was FIRE! We investigated what happened on the 6th October 1854. We found out that the Great Fire of Gateshead happened on this day! In topic lessons, we have used our knowledge on the Great Fire of Gateshead to write a diary entry including the various different facts that we know about the Great Fire of Gateshead. 


We were lucky enough to meet Julia Jarman this term, the Author of Class Two at the Zoo. We used T4W to innovate this story and had the opportunity to show Julia Jarman our T4W actions. We created some fantastic pieces of writing to this story. 


We will be visiting the Discovery Museum on the 1st December to build upon our knowledge of the Great Fire of Gateshead. 


Spring Term - 'Islands'


Our topic for Spring term was 'Islands'. We investigated how we would survive on a remote island. In English, we used T4W to innovate the story 'Katie Morag and the Tiresome Ted' and wrote a message in a bottle. We used our survival knowledge to help write our 'message in a bottle' including different survival techniques and strategies we would use to survive on a remote island.


During topic lessons, we have looked at different geographical features of islands by comparing the island of Coll to the island of Bora Bora. We found out that more people attend our school than live on the island of Coll! In History, We used different ways to research Grace Darling and used this knowledge to complete a quiz.


Bear Grylls set us a special challenge to complete in our DT lessons, we had to make a stable structure for Bear Grylls to survive in on a remote island. We worked in groups of 3 to design, evaluate and create our stable structure.


To build upon our topic knowledge, we had the chance to build shelters at the Rising Sun. We worked together and braved the cold, mucky weather. We had lots of fun and loved every minute of our shelter building! We also made rafts for our homework to sail on Killingworth Lake.


Miss Reid set us a bushtucker trail at the end of term, we were challenged to eat mealworms and crickets!

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Follow us at @AmberleyYear2. 


Thank you! 



Division in Year 2

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Subtraction using a number line

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Addition using a number line

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The school uses number lines as part of teaching addition. Here is an example of how we teach the children.