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Welcome to 2D's page! Here you can see all the fantastic things we get up to throughout the year! We're so excited to get started and can't wait for you to see all the things we achieve as we grow.  


"Just think of all the things you can do, to make yourself better before the year's through!"


Home Learning - 07.07.21

Now that we are self-isolating, we need to be taking part in our home learning sessions. This can take 2 forms: 

- Log onto Microsoft Teams using your login information found in your Reading Records

- Complete a paper pack of learning which can be collected from the school office. 


Below is a timetable of the online learning. Lessons will be three times a day at 9:00am, 11:00am and 1:00pm. If you are having any issues accessing the lessons, please contact me on or contact the school directly. 

The Summer Reading Challenge launches 10th July

Gateshead Library


#SummerReadingChallenge #WildWorldHeroes


Children across Gateshead are being encouraged to go wild for reading this summer by joining the hugely popular annual Summer Reading Challenge, taking place at all Gateshead Council libraries from 10 July until 4 September.

The Reading Agency have teamed up with the WWF in developing the theme for this year's challenge, which is 'Wild World Heroes', featuring illustration by award-winning children's author and illustrator Heath McKenzie. It is aimed at encouraging children to engage in fun reading activities focused on real world environmental issues, such as climate change, wildlife decline, plastic pollution, and deforestation.

To join the excitement all children need to do is visit any library across Gateshead at least three times throughout the summer holidays and borrow at least two books. Each time they will be rewarded with a free prize:

Aged 5 to 11 years:

  • First visit - Wild World Heroes themed collectors' cards and stickers 
  • Second visit - A book and pencil
  • Third visit - A certificate of completion.


Aged Under 5 years:

  • First visit - Wild World Heroes themed collectors' cards and stickers
  • Second visit - A book and additional stickers
  • Third visit - More stickers and a certificate of completion

Pupil of the week (wb: 07/06/21)

Callum and Murat are both Pupil of the week. They have been superstars this week. Callum has been super in English and is showing what fantastic progress he has made this year. Murat has also been showing off the great progress he has made this year by doing some excellent writing and using his knowledge of phonics to build words.

Virtual Author Session (wb: 07/06/21)

This week, we had a virtual lesson with the author Dapo Adeola. He told us all about his new book 'Hey You!' and he shared it with us. He even showed us how he did some of the illustrations in his book. It was very inspiring and we had lots of fun! 

Pupil of the Week (wb: 17/05/21)

Jasmine and Ava are our super stars this week. They were both AMAZING during our Geography lessons this week and have shown a great work ethic. Great work girls!

Virtual author (Wb: 17.5.21)

The children were very lucky this week to have a virtual author session with Swapna Haddow (author) and Dapo Adeola (illustrator). They read their book called ‘My Dad is a grizzly bear’ and then they talked about the process it took to write and illustrate the pictures. It was a very fun and interactive session!  

Pupil of the Week (wb: 10/05/21)

This week Maylee and Layton are our Pupils of the week. Layton has written a great non-chronological report about our learning in Geography. Maylee has shown a fantastic attitude towards her learning this week and is making a great progress. Keep up the great work you two!

Maths (wb:10/05/21)

In Maths today we have been playing shop! We are starting to look at money so we got all the different coins out and worked out what we could afford to buy from our friend's shop. Some of us even managed to work out change!

Pupil of the week (wb:03/05/21)

In Year 2 this week, Georgia and Jake are our superstars! They have both worked really hard to learn their lines for our Year 2 production. What great actors they are!

NSPCC Number Day (wb:03/05/21)

Today has been NSPCC number day. We have taken part in lots of different activities related to number. We even went into the the playground, armed with chalk, and challenged ourselves to see if we could fill the play ground with as many number facts as we could think of.

Pupil of the week (wb: 26/04/21)

Our superstars this week are Jennifer and Noah. Jennifer has being doing some great work building sentences and Noah has shown great perseverance this week when learning about time. Keep up the great work you two!

In Science this week, we have been learning all about germination. To see this is action we have planted our own seeds and are going to observe them closely over the next few weeks.

Pupil of the Week (wb: 19/04/21)

What a great start to the Summer term these two have had! Callum has been AMAZING at telling the time in Maths and has had an outstanding work ethic in all other subjects as well. Mimi has also worked really hard this week and produced an excellent piece of writing this morning. She thought really carefully about how to make it her best piece of work. I'm so proud of you both, keep up the great work!

Science - Plants (wb:19/04/21)

In Science this week, we have started our new topic: Plants. We started by looking at different seeds, bulbs and shoots. We tried to find some similarities and differences. Then we learnt about germination. We're looking forward to finding out more!

Instead of our usual PE lesson this week, we put our coats on and went outside into the Outdoor learning area. We took part in an orienteering activity. We had to find the different squares hidden away and see what letters they had on them. We used the letters to crack a secret code. We had lots of fun and after about half an hour of running around, hunting high and low, we eventually found them all!

Pupil of the Week (wb: 22/03/21)

Grace and Silay are Pupil of the Week, this week. Grace has shown great perseverance and improvement with her mental maths skills this week. Silay has made excellent progress with her writing, using lots of our Year 2 targets and some fantastic vocabulary. Keep up the great work girls!

Wow, wow, wow! What an amazing day we have had. Unfortunately, due to COVID we were unable to visit the farm to complement our geography topic this half term; ‘Why does it matter where my food comes from?’ Instead, the farm came to us! We were so lucky to have ‘Farm Boxes’ delivered by The Country Trust with lots of different activities in them about food. We learnt about the flour and how it’s made, then had a go at milling some of our own. After that, we used the flour to make some dough for bread - we made a bit of a mess doing this! Then we tried some different bread and learnt about how different grains made them taste different.

Surprisingly, we were then interrupted by some very cute visitors! Because we have been learning all about farms, Lee our Caretaker, offered to bring some lambs in for the children to feed. We all got the have a cuddle with the young lambs and then feed them. One of them was very noisy!

When they had gone, we looked at what seeds were in different foods we eat and then made some art work out of the seeds.

After lunch, we made our own butter, made bird feeders and tasted some cheese from different farms across the country. What a fantastic day!

Pupil of the Week (wb: 15/03/21)

Our two pupils of the week this week are Amna and Ahmad. Ahmad has shown a fantastic work ethic all week and has been a superstar. Amna has worked her socks off during English this week and has produced a fantastic piece of non-fiction writing. Well done to both of you!

Red Nose Day (wb:15/03/21)

Today, we celebrated Comic Relief by wearing odd socks! There were some very jazzy socks! The children also enjoyed a biscuit at snack time. In the afternoon, they got to design their own red nose day. They all had a great day!

Young Writers Competition (wb: 15/03/21)

Some of our Year 2 children entered a Young writers competition a while ago. The needed to write an adventure story. Today, they received their certificates and bookmarks, letting them know they had been selected for publication in a young writers' anthology. How exciting! Well done Year 2!


It has been so lovely to have all the children back this week. They have all settled so well back in to the school routine and were so excited to see their friends! Once again, a massive thank you to all the parents for your continued support during lockdown and remote learning we really do appreciate it. 

Pupil of the Week (wb:08/03/21)

Maylee and Jake are our superstars this week and just look at their lovely smiles! Jake has shown a HUGE improvement in his handwriting since the beginning of the year and I am amazed by how neat it is now. He has also tried really hard with his work all week. Maylee has earned her certificate for an amazing piece of extended writing this morning, which she has been working towards all week. Like Jake, Maylee has also had a super week of working extremely hard. Its also lovely to see her smiling lots now we're all back in school together. Keep up the good work you two!

Science Experiment (wb: 08/03/21)

This week in Science, the children have been given an investigation to solve. The children were left a message by Lee (our caretaker) as there had been several spillages in the school and he couldn't find the best material to absorb the water. The children had to investigate a variety of materials to find out which one was the most absorbent. They had great fun!
We started off this week's Maths topic of Division by doing some collaborative work with our friends. We were recapping our times table facts and having fun at the same time!

We had so much fun on World Book Day! We came to school in our pyjamas and took part in lots of book related activities including; listening to a story, reading our favourite story to a friend, taking part in a live online session with the Author and Illustrator of the books Look up and Clean up, a book scavenger hunt and making finger puppets and masks of our favourite characters. We were even inspired to make our own miniature books – some of them were great!

RE (wb: 22/02/21)

This week in RE the children have been discussing the OLQ 'What is the Holy Week Story?' and why it is important to Christian followers.  The children discussed the weeks events leading up to Jesus' resurrection and put the events into a timeline. Take a look!

Over the last few days at school, we have been able to get out and enjoy the snow. You can see from these pictures just how much fun we have had making snowmen, sledging and making snow angels! 

PSHE&C (wb:01/02/21)

As a class, we have been focusing on our own mental health to help us support Children's Mental Health Week.  We have taken part in lots of activities where our focus was on ourselves! Take a look at what we have been doing.

PSHE (wb: 25/03/21)

In our PSHE lesson this week, we have been discussing the communities that we belong to. We talked about the different jobs in our communities and the different crimes. We also talked about what makes a good community. We then designed our ideal community.

Origami (wb: 18/01/21)

We have had another busy week this week. Our English work has been based on Willy the Dreamer this week and the children have edited, planned and written their own version of the story. I was really impressed with the standard of writing. In maths, we have been focusing on statistics and interpreting pictograms and block graphs. The children found this a little difficult to begin with but then they were much more confident towards the end of the week. In History, we continued to learn about the Great Fire of Gateshead and the children keep continuing to impress me with their knowledge. During golden time, the children did some origami and then we went outside to see how far they could fly. Take a look at some of our amazing planes!

English (wb: 11/01/21)

This week in English, we have been looking at another story by the author Anthony Browne. Last week we read Willy the Wimp and this week we have been reading Willy and the Cloud. We have done lots of work around this narrative including setting and character descriptions. We finished the week by re-writing the story to include our Year 2 targets. We thought carefully about how we could engage the reader. I'm sure you will agree that these are fantastic examples of the work the children produced!

A bit of everything (wb: 04/01/21)

First of all, Happy New Year to everyone. It has not been the start to the year we’d all hope but we are SO proud of what each and every child has achieved this week. Those children who are learning from home, you have blown Miss Dalley and Mrs Treloar’s socks off this week with your AMAZING work ethic and you are now all becoming experts on Teams. For the children who have been in school you have equally blown mine and Miss Greaves' socks off with your attitudes towards learning in such difficult circumstances. A big well done to you all and of course your amazing parents for all the help they have given!


This week, all children have been working on the book ‘Willy the Wimp’ where the children have answered comprehension questions, written character descriptions and wrote their own version of Willy the Wimp. In Maths, the children have been working hard on positional language and how to follow instructions. During R.E, the children compared the Jewish and Christian religions and found out some amazing facts. They released Christians and Jewish people share the same God. In Science, we looked at living things and wrote our own acronym for Mrs Gren. Finally, we also started our History unit ‘How did the great fire of Gateshead change the Quayside?’ and the children looked at photos of Gateshead before and after the incident. What a week we have all had! Take a look at some of our photos!

All aboard the Polar Express! (wb:14/12/20)

All aboard! On our last day of the Autumn term, we’ve had a trip on the Polar Express! After mysteriously receiving our golden tickets last week, today we put our pajamas on, got cozy and brought our tickets to board the Polar express. We even enjoyed some hot chocolate and biscuits. What a lovely way to end the half term. Have a lovely Christmas everyone, stay safe and we’ll see you all in the New Year!

Music Workshop (wb: 14/12/20)

This afternoon we have had our annual music workshop with Mr Parkin and his band! We had so much fun singing, dancing and even playing instruments. Mr Parkin even got some of the teachers up singing and dancing as well!

Today, we have been doing some Christmas crafts that have required our fantastic fine motor skills. We have made some winter hats and some robin decorations.

Seven Stories Mog Workshop (wb: 14/12/20)

Today, we were lucky enough to have an online workshop with Seven Stories. Our workshop was all about Mog the Forgetful Cat by Judith Kerr. We heard some stories, did some singing and even did some arts and crafts. We had such a lovely time!

Year 2 have had so much fun at their party this afternoon! We’ve done lots of dancing, played lots of party games and even had some party food. We then had a surprise visit from Santa who brought us all a present – what a treat!

Friendship Friday (wb: 07/12/20)

Today has been Friendship Friday. We have had a think about what friendship means and then we decided what makes a good friend for us.

We were so excited this morning when we noticed there had been a special delivery! After hunting high and low, we all received a special letter addressed to us. Inside, was a golden ticket and an invitation to board the Polar Express next Friday afternoon! We were so excited that Mrs. Allan even came out her office to see what all the noise was about! We’re still trying to figure out who delivered them but we think it might have been one of Santa’s helpers!

Christmas Song (wb: 07/12/20)

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We have have really missed the usual festivities at this time of year due to COVID but we couldn't let it go by without at least one sing along! Click above to see our AMAZING children singing Underneath the Tree.

Pupil of the Week (wb:30/11/20)

This week we have Alyan and Jasmine as our pupils of the week. Alyan for being such a helpful young man within the classroom and Jasmine for constantly making everyone in the class smile with enthusiasm. Well done you two!!
Today we were lucky enough to have a visit from Richard - That History Bloke.  He came in to do a History workshop about Florence Nightingale. He even brought Florence in to meet us! We had lots of fun, learnt lots and enjoyed looking at all the different Victoria artefacts. What a fun day being Historians!

Pupil of the Week (wb: 23/11/20)

This week, Layton and Silay are our superstars! Layton was fantastic when we were observing weather patterns in Geography this week. Silay has been doing some fantastic work in English, adding conjunctions to her sentences.
We have been continuing with our DT project this week. We wanted to test how stable different structures were. We tested a triangular prism, a cuboid and a cylinder. We found that the cylinder was the most stable. We will use this to help up with our design for Baby Bear's chair.

PSHE (wb: 23/11/20)

In PSHE this week, we have been thinking about how we can keep ourselves safe online. We made SMART posters to remind us of the most important rules.

Pupil of the Week (wb: 16/11/20)

This week our superstars are Amna and Yongen. Amna has been asking some fantastic questions in our Science lessons. Yongen has been using some amazing descriptive devices in his writing to interest the reader. Keep it up!
In Maths this week, we have started to look at multiplication. We started with a practical lesson and made arrays to show us that multiplication can be done in any order. We are getting good at our 2s, 5s and 10s times tables now!

Pupil of the week (wb:09/11/20)

2D's superstars this week and Grace and Yawer! Grace has been doing some fantastic reasoning in Maths when subtracting. And Yawer has been making fantastic progress with his writing, making a real effort to include his Year 2 targets in his writing. Keep up the good work you two!

Children in Need (wb: 09/11/20)

Children in need has been a bit different than usual this year but we have still had a lovely day and managed to raise money to help those less fortunate. We came to school in our odd socks and took part in lots of activities. Our favourite part was the Pudsey biscuits! Delicious!

Virtual Author Visit (wb: 09/11/20)

As part of the Northern Children's Book Festival, the children had the opportunity to participate in a virtual session with Alan Windram. He is the author of four children's picture books including the 2019 BookBug Picture Book Prize winning One Button Benny. The children listened to both of his books and participated in a range of practical activities. The children all had lots of fun!
Within our RE lesson this week, we were gaining knowledge of the Hindu celebration Diwali.  We looked at the story of Rama and Sita and how special oil lamps are lit to help them find their way home.  We looked at the celebration events, what the Hindu people could wear and tried some of the different foods they could possibly eat. Look what we ate!

DT (wb: 09/11/20)

In DT, we have started our ‘Baby Bear’s Chair’ unit. Before we design and make a chair for baby bear we needed to do some tests. Today we tested which structures and shapes were the most stable. We found those with a flat bottom and that were wider at the bottom were the most stable.

Younger Writers Competition (wb: 09/11/20)

This week, we received a very exciting package in the post. At the beginning of the year, we entered a Young Writers competition where the children had to write an acrostic poem. The children wrote some amazing poems and a lot of the children had their work published for the Young Writers anthology. I was so proud of them. Take a look at their photos with their certificates. 

Pupil of the Week (wb: 02/11/20)

This week Jake and Mimi are our superstars! Jake has been making great progress with his phonics work and has been perservering  even when he has been given some tricky digraphs. Mimi has been showing off her mental maths skills this week but adding 2 digit numbers! Keep up the great work you two!

Remembrance Day Pebbles (wb: 02/11/20)

Today, the children were learning about Remembrance day. We discussed the reason for this memorial day and why we show our respect in remembering all the heroes who died in the line of duty. As a school, we took part in the Nova project where we all painted a Remembrance day pebble. Take a look at ours!

Computing (wb: 02/11/20)

We started our new Computing topic today - Word Processing. After discussing when we might word process things, we started to work on our touch typing skills. We used and the children loved it! They were challenged to type without looking and some of them were so quick!

Pupil of the Week (wb:19/10/20)

This week, Ahmad and Evelyn are our superstars. Ahmad has done an AMAZING piece of writing and Evelyn is such a wonderful friend all of the time!

Black History Month Artwork (wb:19/10/20)

This month during our collective worship time, we have been learning about Black History Month. We have learnt about important figures and they discrimination they have faced. We have focused on Barack Obama in Y2 and have learnt about the amazing things he has achieved. We have created our own artwork based on the infamous ‘Hope’ image which became one of the most widely recognised symbols of Obama's campaign message.

Music Workshop (wb:19/10/20)

Today Mr Parkin came in with his band. We really enjoyed listening to them play and playing some games along to the music.

We have had so much fun this afternoon! It has been our outdoor learning session and we have been up to all sorts! We did a minibeast hunt, some wax crayon rubbings, drilling, hammering and we made toast on the fire. After that, we had some free time to explore our AMAZING outdoor learning area. The weather was perfect for us as well. What a lovely way to spend the afternoon together!
In our Gymnastics lesson this week, we were starting to do some beam work. We started off using the benches and practised balancing. We challenged ourselves to do some turns and then jump off in different ways.

Pupil of the Week (wb:12/10/20)

This week, Ellie-Mae and Callum have been our superstars! Ellie-Mae has made so much progress over the past few weeks it's been amazing to see! This is all down to her fantastic listening and application skills. Callum has also been making a real effort recently - especially with his writing. Some of the vocabulary and the sentence structure he has been using is amazing. Keep up the good work you two!

Walk to School (wb: 12/10/20)

This week, the children have taken part in the Health and Wellbeing 5 day Walking challenge. If the children walked to school everyday or a further distance than normal, they received a daily sticker. At the end of the week, those who had 5 stickers earned a badge for themselves.

Science (wb:12/10/20)

This afternoon in Science, we have been learning about The Eatwell Plate. We have learned that we need that have a balanced diet by making sure we eat food from all the different food groups. We learnt about which foods belong to which groups.

Speaking and Listening (wb:12/10/20)

In English, over the last few weeks, we have been exploring the story 'Five Minutes Peace' by Jill Murphy. Today, we have been doing some role play of the story. We were focusing on taking on the role of different characters and showing their characteristics. We had some Oscar winning performances - amazing!

Pupil of the Week (wb:05/10/20)

Our superstars this week are Gul and Murat. Even though Murat speaks very little English he has been making such a huge effort with his learning. He is such a lovely character and I have no doubt he is going to make amazing progress. Gul has shown what a lovely, caring young girl she is. She has acted as a translator for Murat since he arrived and has made him feel very welcome. How amazing that she is able to speak two languages so fluently!
After discussing what mental health is and talking about why it is important to look after it, we thought about how we could look after our mental health. We did some independently mindfulness activities, we did some breathing exercises and we thought about why we are special. Finally, we spent some time doing the things we love with our friends.

Music (wb: 05/10/20)

Mr Parkin has been teaching us Music today. We started off by doing some body percussion and then moved onto some of us playing the drums. We're looking forward to him coming back next week!

PSHE (wb: 05/10/20)

In PSHE today, we have been thinking about the different people who help us. We came up with a long list of people including: police officers, lollypop people, teachers, dentists, doctors, nurses, paramedics and firefighters. We then played a game of articulate and tried to guess which people we had on our hats! We had lots of fun!

Pupil of the Week (wb: 28/09/20)

This week's superstars are Alyan and Niamh. Alyan has done some amazing reasoning questions in Maths this week and has been really helpful - he loves a tidy classroom! Niamh has been showing her fantastic imagination in her writing - her work was a pleasure to read and I didn't want it to end!

School Library (wb:28/09/20)

We've had a lovely afternoon in the school library. The children all chose their own books, got comfortable and had a read. It was lovely and relaxing!
Using a paper plate, Year 2 have created their own designs of Clarice Cliffs ‘Circle Tree’ plate, using bright colours to paint circles and finishing by using black paint.

Pupil of the Week (wb: 21/09/20)

Look at this week's superstars! Georgia has made an excellent start to Brighton Avenue. She has shown a great work ethic and is really eager to learn. And Viabhav has the most beautiful handwriting you have ever seen! He has an amazing attitude to learning all the time!

Macmillan Coffee Morning (wb:21/09/20)

To raise money for Macmillan coffee morning we all came into school in non-uniform. Look how grown up everyone looks! We had a lovely time eating cakes and taking part in different activities.

Phonopoly! (wb: 21/09/20)

During one of our phonics sessions we played a game of phonopoly - a phonics twist on monopoly! We had so much fun working our way around the board collecting different sounds and completing the different challenges.

In Maths, we started this week’s learning by doing some practical work. We used a range of concrete resources to represent numbers up to 100.

Pupil of the Week (wb:14/09/20)

Look at our superstars this week! It was so hard to choose as everyone has been amazing in their first two weeks of year 2! Noah has been gorgeous all week and has shown in exemplary attitude to learning already. Jennifer has made amazing progress in just the two weeks we've been back. I can't wait to see what she'll achieve by the end of the year!
During one of our outdoor learning sessions, we went outside and created some artwork in our very own playground. We used water and paint brushes to paint on the ground and also used some chalks.
This afternoon, we have had lots of fun doing some gymnastics. Rosie worked with us to do some different balances and stretches. Our muscles were very tired by the time we have finished!
We've had a lovely time outside this morning creating bird feeders using pipe cleaners and cheerios. We can't wait to see which birds come to feast on them!

Art Project (wb: 07/09/20)

We've started our Art project this week. We chose some words that we think represent us as a class. We are then going to put these all together to create a team flag. 

Team Building (wb:07/09/20)

Today, we've been doing some team building! We used our team work skills to complete different activities. We had lots of fun outside!