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The Beacon C of E (VA) Primary School

'Living life in all its fullness' (John 10:10)


1 Beacon Place, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 2SR

01395 264300


Year 2 2023 - 2024


Your teaching team is Mr Edmunds (Class Teacher) , Miss Green and Miss McCormack.

Miss McDonald (PPA cover) will be teaching RE and PSHE on Monday Afternoons. 

Miss Brunwin teaches music on Wednesday afternoons.  

PE is on Tuesday with Mr Edmunds and Friday afternoons with Mr Troman, so please arrive in school PE uniform on this day. 


Contact email: 

Other useful information can be found below...


Home Learning due to severe weather school closure:

English: The Disgusting sandwich

Watch the video of the Disgusting Sandwich (various You Tube clips available)

Draw a story map of the story & retell it to someone else.


Maths: 2-digit addition

Complete the worksheet (if you cannot print please complete on paper) - link below


Science: The Body

Draw a body outline & label the following parts:

hair, ears, eyes, nose, mouth, shoulders, hands, elbows, knees, leg, feet, toes


History: Florence Nightingale

Watch this video

Use your senses to imagine what it was like to be there in the hospital before and after Florence Nightingale came.

What can you see?

What can you hear?

What can you smell?

What can you feel?

What can you taste?

Record your ideas on paper.


Reading: Read your book at home

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In between these key lessons, there will be movement and active breaks, activities and continuous provision (choosing and learning through play)



Our Topic is...


Florence Nightingale | Statue by Arthur George Walker, 1915 | English  Heritage | English Heritage

 This project teaches children about historically significant people who have had a major impact on the world. We will investigate the amazing lives of Mary Aniing, Neil Armstrong, Florence Nightingale, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks and many many more historically significant people from the local area and around the globe.

The children will learn to use timelines, stories and historical sources to find out about the people featured and use historical models to explore their significance. They will reflect upon how their actions and words changed the way we live and the impact these changes have on their own lives.


Companion Projects:

  • Science: We will look at both Animal and Human survival. Thinking about habitats, food chains and classifying if things are living, once living or never living. We will also investigate health and hygine and look at the significance Florence Nightingale had on the NHS.
  • Geography: Inspired by the travels of Amelia Earhart, we will explore distant localities and learn use maps and other geographical skills.
  • Art: We will look at significant artists including Van Gogh. We will look at how these artists expressed themselves with colour.


Class Learning:

Here you will be able to read about some of our most recent learning...



The week Year 2 have blasted off to the Moon in their learning. We completed several activities including building the Eagle, Apollo 11, Lunar Rover and Command Module; setting off a bottle rocket (apologies to Mr Hughes as it is now stuck on the kitchen roof); made a lunar surface and investigated craters.


We were inspired by the incredible feats of Neil Armstrong who was the first man to walk on the Moon. The children have been inspired by his bravery, determination and commitment! 

10    9    8    7    6    5    4    3    2    1    BLAST OFF ! ! ! !

We will soon be looking at writing some biographical text of the explorers we have studied!


Captain James Cook

Year 2 learnt about the incredible journey of Captain James Cook on the Endevour. We learned that he discovered new lands including Australia. We built our own Endevour in the hall and sailed to Tahiti, the Cook Islands, New Zealand and Australia.

Who is Captain Cook? - Twinkl

We also enjoyed watching a video of the New Zealand Haka, imagining what it might have been like to be on that voyage all of those years ago...


How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth

Our new text is inspired by the book "How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth" by Michelle Robinson. The children have enjoyed imagining our class has a pet mammoth we need to look after. We have already looked at lists and using commas to punctuate them. You can find the story map below...

How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth eBook by Michelle Robinson, Kate Hindley |  Official Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster AU

Amelia Earhart

This week we learned about the amazing Amelia Earhart. We thought about what she would have seen up in her yellow aeroplane "Canary" and learnt about the Continents and Oceans she flew over...

New breakthrough in search for Amelia Earhart found by forensic  anthropologist - Mirror Online

Can you name the continents and Oceans here:

Click here for a game

Click on the picture to go to Google Earth... Can you spot the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean? Can you find Kansas where Amelia Earhart was from?

Download Google Earth For Free | Geology Page


Is a Snail Alive?

Today we used MRS GREN questions to prove that the snails we observed were alive. We recorded videos of ourselves explaining how they moved, had eggs, felt the world around them, grew, breathed, excreted waste and what they ate.

How Do Snails Get Their Shells? | HowStuffWorks


Coconut Ordering

Inspired by coconut brought in for show and tell, we played this game to practise ordering numbers...

Have a go at home, recognising numbers which are less or greater...

Can you order the numbers quickly? We use numbers to 100 

Coconut Ordering


Story Mapping

WOW! What an amazing job Class 2 have done editing our story map to make it our own. We have re-written "Red" to instead be about a cat called Luna in New York City. The children have all been enthusiastic in their ideas for swapping characters, descriptions, locations and verbs in the story! Please take a look at our new story map below... (maybe your child can remember and read you our very own version of Little Red Riding hood? 


Here is the Key Text we are using in English lessons...



Mary Anning (58) (Little People, BIG DREAMS) : Sanchez Vegara, Maria  Isabel, Matigot, Popy: Books

To start our Topic learning off, Year 2 learned about the amazing life of Mary Aniing and her curious discoveries. Mary Aniing was a Scientist that live in Lyme Regis. Her discoveries changed the way people thought about the world and where we come from, but she never got the recognition she deserved - all because she was a woman. You can see some of Mary Annings fossil disoveries on show in Lyme Regis and the Natural History Museum in London. 



Useful Information:

Class Letters:



Reading books need to be in school every day. We will change books when needed. Your child will bring home 1 reading books which match their reading ability. They may also bring home a book to enjoy with an adult (not at correct level). We suggest children are heard read at least 5 times a week - little and often is very effective. Please comment in the accompanying yellow reading journal each time your child has read at home to an adult. 

Children Book designs, themes, templates and downloadable graphic elements  on Dribbble

In Year 2 we do a Rocket Reading challenge. For every 10 reads completed, children move their rocket to the next planet  on our class display and receive a certificate in celebration worship. We would like to emphasise the importance of reading a book more than once, three times ideally. The first read should be to decode the words using their phonic knowledge; the second should be to increase their reading fluency, and the third time to develop their understanding of the story further. When reading in school, we always love spending time talking about the story with the children, this discussion is vital for developing comprehension skills.


We will also be sending home a log in to the parent portal of our new phonics scheme 'FFT Success for all', where you will be able to electronically access the shared reader text used in class that week. More details to follow......


Home Learning:

Home learning will be given each Friday. This will consist of both a spelling/handwriting activity and a mathematics activity. It is also expected that children practice their times table facts and Common Exception Word spellings using the website links below:

<< Additionall there is a list of home project ideas in the curriculum blog to the left side of this page. This is not a requirement, but may be a way you can support and make links to your child's school learning to home... <<

PE Days:

Tuesday - Mr Edmunds: Playground games, rules, communication and cooperation (outdoors) - children will also be completing outdoor learning on a Tuesday and therefore should dress appropriately for this.

Friday - Mr Troman: Invasion Games - Rugby and ball skills. Wear PE kit to school (yellow t-shirt, blue shorts, jogging bottoms/leggings when cold & suitable footwear) for all PE sessions.

Outdoor Learning:

Outdoor learning will take place every Tuesday afternoon, weather permitting. Please wear suitable shoes, coat and trousers/shorts to school and bring wellies in a bag if wet.  Also, please wear a hat and sun cream in the hot weather. Please let the office know if you can help.

Cartoon Beach Clip Art, PNG, 1024x768px, Cartoon, Animation, Beach, Calm,  Cloud Download Free







 Please use these links to support your child's learning at home...

Hit the Button - Maths facts

I Did Some Hit The Button!


Stick and Split - Number Facts

Spelling and Phonics activities

Phonics Play


Spelling Play  



X-Tables are extremely important in all aspects of maths learning and understanding. The children are encouraged to play TT-Rockstars regularly and we ask that you support this by giving them opportunities to practise at home. 


Gallery of Learning:

Below is a our Year 2 Gallery...


Our fabulous Year 2 children were inspired their learning in class. Take a look at all their amazing Neil Armstrong Moon Landing projects.