Larch 2

Welcome to Larch 2!
2020 - 2021
Mrs Clarke/Mrs Bayliss - Class Teachers
Mrs Faultless - Teaching Assistant
Summer 1
Land Ahoy!
Come back soon to see our outstanding learning in Summer 1.

Home Learning – Year 2 - Summer 1

English and Maths

-If you are absent from school, please follow the link below to complete your daily lessons.

-Always begin the daily lessons from ‘Monday’, no matter which day your first day of absence falls on. This will ensure the lessons are taught in sequence and you understand what is being taught.


Additional Lessons to Support Year 2 Learning – Summer 1


- Practise your Phonics on

Our school login details are:

Username: admin2619

Password: angel



-       What is a material?

-       What are objects made from?

-       How can I describe an object?

-       Which materials float and sink?

-       Which materials are absorbent?

-       Which material is best for different objects?



-       What is an ocean?

-       Where are the world’s oceans?

-       What are maps?



-       Who was Christopher Columbus?


Design Technology

-       To explore a range of sliders and levers.

-       To explore and evaluate products with moving parts.

-       To investigate properties of everyday materials.

-       To explore a range of materials to help make design decisions.

-       To explore a range of users and purposes.

-       To investigate and evaluate cards that include a variety of mechanisms and moving parts.

-       To generate design ideas of congratulations card.

-       To use skills from art and design to decorate your congratulations card.

-       Apply a choose mechanism to your celebration card.

-       To evaluate your congratulations card.



-       An introduction to drawing.

-       Why is colour important in art?

-       Exploring shadows and tone.

-       How can we bring our drawings to life?

-       Observational drawing.



-       What is an algorithm?

-       What is a code?

-       What are computer bugs?

-       How do you program a robot?

-       How do computer games work?

Spring 2
Bright Lights, Big City
We celebrated the end of our theme by going to a Royal Tea   Party with Paddington Bear. Paddington was able to travel in style on a red bus made during our DT moving vehicles project. We wore our finest outfits and enjoyed cake along with Paddington’s marmalade on toast. We were also honoured to welcome a special visitor, Sergeant Harrison, who explained what life was life as a soldier guarding the Queen at Buckingham Palace and the crown jewels at the Tower of London!
Silly old Paddington Bear…he packed his bags for his tea party invitation and spilt marmalade all over his invite…we had to help him using our inference skills by working out where he was going and who he was visiting.
In Year 2 we have been busy ‘visiting’ landmarks in London. We used a green screen app and chose our favourite landmarks to add our photographs.

Home Learning – Year 2 - Spring 2

Daily Lessons for Absent Pupils

- If you are absent from school, please follow the link below to complete your daily lessons.

-Always begin the daily lessons from ‘Monday’, no matter which day your first day of absence falls on. This will ensure the lessons are taught in sequence and you understand what is being taught.

Additional Lessons to Support Year 2 Learning – Spring 2


- Practise your Phonics on

Our school login details are:

Username: admin2619

Password: angel


- What was life like in the 17th Century?

- How did London begin?

- What was London like at the time of the fire?

- How did The Great Fire of London start?

- How was The Great Fire of London put out?

- What was the impact of The Great Fire of London?

- What changes were made as a result of The Great Fire of London?

- To create a timeline of events of The Great Fire of London.

- How do you know about The Great Fire of London?

- To learn about other instances of destructive fires in London and other major cities around the world.


- What is the United Kingdom?

- What can you find in the United Kingdom?

- What is the history of London?

- How do people move around in London?

- What are the landmarks in London?


-       Which material do we use?

-       Heating and cooling materials.


- Rhythm and Pulse.

- Rhythms

- Rhythm Symbols and Patterns

- Notating Songs

- Reading and Writing Rhythms

- Improvising Rhythms

Art and Design

-       Using textured materials to create a landscape collage

Winter Wish Lists - Reading for Pleasure

At Birchwood, we have been working extremely hard to promote the power and enjoyment of reading for our children, as we know that being a successful reader is one of the key indicators to future success in life.

We pride ourselves on nurturing skilful and enthusiastic readers within school, providing children with memorable experiences such as exciting activities. Although we work diligently to promote reading within school, we value your support greatly in creating a positive reading culture at home; it is vital that children are encouraged to read high quality texts.

At the moment, we know that many of us are spending more time indoors than we normally would, providing our children with even more opportunities to read for pleasure in the comfort of their own home. For this reason, we have compiled a list of inspiring, excellent books for both you and your child to enjoy – both independently and as a shared reading book. On this list you will find some children’s classics, as well as some new bestselling books, and some award winning texts which have been celebrated widely within the reading community. We have selected these books to cater for a variety of reading tastes, and we have included books ranging from wild adventure stories, spooky ghost tales, books which celebrate diversity and difference, and those which promote kindness and emotional wellbeing.

Please click below to view your child's Winter Wish List. 

Autumn 2
Movers and Shakers
Take One Author : Oliver Jeffers
Take One Author : Oliver Jeffers
'Stuck has been my favourite book because it is so funny,'Theo.
'My brain gets filled with words and I get to write them down,' Poppy.
'You can be whoever you want to be when writing,' Vinny.
'Oliver Jeffers makes your imagination grow,' Thea.

Movers and Shakers

'Rosa Parks was so brave! She is amazing!' Jensen.

'Votes for Women! Women should be treated equally!' Karinna.

'I have been to Robert Peel Hospital. Now I know it is named after the man who invented the police,' Rosie.

'I can’t believe women weren’t allowed in the police!' Ava.

'I have loved using the Ipads to do our work on Emmeline Pankhurs,' Jacob.

Autumn 1
Wiggle and Crawl 
Year 2 arrived back at school to find a surprising letter from Paddington Bear asking them to help his rainforest friends.
Year 2 are now on a learning journey with Paddington to find out all about the rainforest, what is going on and how we can help.
'It's really sad the rainforests are being destroyed,'  Billy.
'I love learning about nature,' Stanley.
'I've found lots of things around my house that contain palm oil,' Izabella.
'There's even palm oil in the food I eat at home!' Thea.
Welcome to Hazel 1!
2019 - 2020
Miss Purdy - Class Teacher
Mrs Tucker - Teaching Assistant
  Hi Hazel 1!


We hope that you have had a good week and enjoyed taking part in some more of your home learning activities.


It has been lovely to see you all continue to take part in the activities we have been setting you. 


Underneath this post you should see a new set of activities for the week beginning Monday 13th July. We hope you enjoy completing these and we look forward to seeing some more of your amazing work. Keep it up Hazel 1. We are very proud of you all.


Remember to keep sending photographs of you completing your tasks to which may then go on the 'Staying Connected' page on the website. 


Below are some web site links to help you stay active...

Join Emma and James from Embody every morning with 'Wake Up and Dance' Classes from 9:00 - 9:10am. 

Helping to keep everyone happy, active and energised!


PE with Joe every morning at  9am


Remember to STAY SAFE online too.  Visit 


Have fun joining in with some of the Now Press Play adventures by visiting


Keep smiling!

We will see you all soon.


From Miss Purdy, Mrs Tucker (and Patrick the Panda)

Spring 1
Turrets and Tiaras

After reading ‘The Princess and the Pea, we decided to use the leftover peas and cook pea and mint soup.


‘I love cooking! I will try and make this for my grown ups when I get home,’ Thomas.


‘It was delicious!’ Isaac.



Exploring tints and tones of colour to recreate a fire or ice version of Paul Klee’s ‘Castle and Sun’ painting.


‘I feel like a real artist,’ Thea.


Autumn 2
The Magic Toybox
Autumn 1
Here Come the Aliens!


As part of our ‘Democracy Day’ we first reminded ourselves about British values and our rights and responsibilities.

We then learned about what happens inside the Houses of Parliament and the roles that different members have.

To reflect on what we had learned about democracy and fairness, we decided to hold a vote by secret ballot on which story to have read to us.


We enjoyed cooking pear crumble using pears freshly picked from our very own Birchwood orchard.
We practised our weighing, cutting and mixing skills and the results were delicious.
'I can't wait to do some more cooking. I'm going to help cook at home to get better,' Isaac.
We were very excited to attend our first tea party of the year for achieving our reading target as a whole class.
Mrs Day read us 'Guess How Much I Love You' by Sam McBratney and 'Snow Bears' by Martin Waddell and the delicious cakes were supplied by Mrs Tucker.
Welcome to Chestnut and Acorn!
2018 - 2019
Miss Aston/Mrs Willis and Mrs Stockton - Class Teachers
Mrs Tweed and Mrs Spong - Teaching Assistants
Summer 2

Wonderful World 


Summer 1
Eggciting Eggs
This week we were amazed to receive a letter from our missing dinosaur. After leaving our school he went on a trip to Drayton Manor where he enjoyed going on the rides and visiting the zoo. Dino told us that he had discovered lots of eggs at the zoo and we were delighted to find that he had sent some to our school so that we could find out what was inside them. We kept them in an incubator to keep them warm and by Monday afternoon one of them had hatched. We discovered that there were chicks inside the eggs and we now have 8 special visitors who we are going to be looking after for the next few weeks. 
Spring 2
Romp in the Swamp