Birkbeck Primary School

Hazel Class

Welcome to Year 2 Hazel Class . Please see the PowerPoint presentation below which outlines what we will be covering in the Autumn term. 



Blog Entry 20/09/2023

We have had a brilliant start to Year 2 and have enjoyed getting to know all of the children and watching them settle in. The children have been working hard in all of our subjects.


In our Maths lessons, we have been thinking about the place value of numbers up to 100. The children have used concrete materials to help develop their understanding. They have learnt about place value charts and how to use them to support their understanding of the value of each digit within numbers. They have worked hard to read and write numbers to 100 in numerals and words.


In English, we have been writing a narrative based on the story ‘Because Claudette’.  We have been using a range of writing lenses to develop the content of our writing. 



The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning all about The Great Fire of London. We have been looking in detail at the houses built and the materials used at the time and thought carefully about why this contributed to the spread of the fire.


Blog entry 31/10/2023

We have had a great start the new academic year and have reached the end of the first half of our Autumn term. Hazel class have worked extremely hard over the past six weeks. 

We visited the Tower of London to support our understanding and build upon the learning in History based on the Great Fire of London. The children took part in a workshop led by a candle stick maker and were challenged to travel back to 1666 and think about what they would have done to flee to safety during the Great Fire. We then walked to Pudding Lane where the fire began. Our trip to the Tower of London was thoroughly enjoyed by all.  


In Art, the children have been studying sculptures and mixed media. Using inspiration from Leo Baxendale's art work, the children created colourful sculptures using wire and modelling clay. 


Blog entry 20/11/23

The children have already had a great start back this half term and settled quickly back into our class routines.

In our Maths lessons, we have been practising our adding and subtracting skills. The children have used base 10 to develop their understanding of addition and subtraction and extend this to crossing over the 10s. We have also learnt how to identify key information from a word problem to help us figure out whether we need to add or subtract.

In English, we have been writing instructions with a focus on imperative verbs. We practised writing instructions on how to get from school to Sidcup leisure centre. Then we used the same features to write instructions on how to get to school from our house. 

Over the next few weeks, we will be writing a recount based on a short video called Something Fishy. Our writing will focus on writing in the past tense and chronological order. The children have thought carefully about each of the main events and have created a story map showing each of the plot points. 

The children have been enjoying our DT topic about structures. We have been identifying which structures are man made and which ones are natural. We carried out a stability experiment to find out what shapes are the most and least stable and why. We also analysed different chairs for baby bear and can't wait to design and make our own chairs.

In Science, we are continuing to learn more about materials and why they are used. Last week, the children had lots of fun testing the elasticity of different objects and finding out which one was the stretchiest.