Beech Grove


Welcome to seals

We are a Year 2 class and our teacher is Miss Danielle Devine  

Summer 1 Class News

What a busy 5 weeks we have had! This half term, Seals class have enjoyed many hands-on activities to provide them with memorable and real-life experiences. We kicked off the term with a science week focusing on the sustainability of our planet. Throughout the week we had many visitors such as a yoga instructor, the RSPCA, Somerset Waste Partnership and Nissan.  

As historians, we have studied events beyond and within living memory. We have compared the lives of the significant historical figures: Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong. The children have learnt how to place events on a timeline and about reliable historical sources. We were lucky enough to interview a member of staff who was alive when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon! 

As scientists, we have been learning about everyday materials. We have been naming different types of materials and considering how their properties make them suitable for different uses. During this unit we have explored materials within our school environment and tested which materials are waterproof. 

As designers, we have begun our textiles project where we are learning how to join fabric in different ways. Our final product that we are working towards is making a hand puppet for imaginary play. We have investigated a range of puppets so far and have explored different joining techniques.

The children also made us incredibly proud when they completed their Year 2 SATs. They showed great resilience and gave their best effort! We look forward to spending the final term with the children. 


Spring 2 Class News

Seals class have had a fun and busy spring half term. 

As mathematicians, we built on our understanding of division and applied it to fractions. We have been learning to recognise and find a half, quarter, third, two quarters and three quarters. We amazed our teachers with our understanding around the equivalence of a half and two quarters. We have now begun learning about 2D and 3D shapes and enjoyed going on a shape hunt around the school!

As geographers we have been learning about 'Our surrounding environment'. During this unit we looked at the structure of an address, the process of sending a letter, different routes on a map and physical and human features within our surrounding environment. We impressed our teachers with our understanding of the words 'street', 'town', 'county' and 'country'. 

Our art unit has linked well to our autumn term unit. We have continued to experiment with mark making and spirals with a different media and have been experimenting with pastels. We looked at the artist Wassily Kandinsky and his famous concentric circles. 

Finally, in RE we have been learning about the Easter Story. Our key question was 'Why was Jesus treated like a King or celebrity?'. We began the unit by looking at how the Queen is welcomed at important events and compared it to Jesus' welcome into Jerusalem. We enjoyed re-enacting Palm Sunday with our own palm leaves. 

Spring 1 Class News

Seals have had a fantastic half term and have been working incredibly hard in all lessons. 

As historians, they have thoroughly enjoyed learning about Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington. We have had the opportunity to explore his main achievements and why he is important to society today. We decided that his most impressive achievement was that he led the British Army to fight Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and won. We have loved finding out about how many different places in Wellington are named after him but we were most surprised to find out that even the Wellington boot is named after him! 

Our Design and Technology unit has also linked to our history learning as we have been exploring and designing our own free-standing structures similar to the Wellington Monument. We had great fun experimenting with different joining techniques and chose some to incorporate into our designs. 

Our science learning has been very hands on this term. As scientists we have enjoyed learning all about plants and what they need to stay healthy. We have planted a variety of seeds and bulbs and enjoyed watching them grow.

As mathematicians, we have been working hard to understand multiplication and division. We have used a range of strategies and practical equipment to help us understand these concepts. We are now also confident to use the inverse to help us answer a range of questions.  

Lastly, in PE we have been working on static and dynamic balance. This term we have been focusing on the 'cognitive' cog which involves us explaining what we can do well, how well someone else is performing and begin to identify areas for improvement.

We can't wait for another fun term of learning!


Autumn 2 Class News

Seals have had such a busy but exciting term and have really enjoyed all of our learning. In writing, we have been looking at a finding tale called 'The Magic Porridge Pot'. We loved creating our own innovated stories and came up with some very imaginative ideas of different cookers and what they could make, such as, 'The magic Barbeque'. 

In maths we have been learning about addition and subtraction. We amazed Miss Devine with our understanding of the column method to help us answer some tricky calculations!

As scientists, we have been building on our knowledge of 'Living things and their habitats'. Many of our science lessons have involved us going outside to explore different microhabitats and what it is like there. We really enjoyed observing the most popular habitat for woodlice. 

In geography, our topic has been 'Our School'. As part of this, we have been using maps and compasses to investigate places in and around our school. We used this knowledge to create some aerial view maps of the school and Wellington and then moved on to look at different map symbols. We loved looking at some examples of maps of our surrounding area and we managed to spot Wellington on the maps! 

In art, we have been experimenting with charcoal. Our learning has been around an artist called 'Caroline Denovaud'. She uses her whole body to create her art work so we had a go at this to create some spirals. 

We have also been working incredibly hard on our Christmas performance. We loved being able to perform on the stage; we hope you enjoy it! 


Autumn 1 Class News

We have had a fantastic and very exciting start to the year. We have been incredibly busy starting all of our core learning as well our wider curriculum topics.

In English we have been learning how to write a 'Defeat the Monster' story, using The Three Little Pigs as our modelled text. For our WOW experience we built houses for the 3 little pigs using a range of materials such as straws, Lego and cubes. We have been learning how to use adjectives, adverbs, list of 3 and similes to describe our characters and are now beginning to write some fantastic innovated stories!

We have also been busy in maths, learning about place value up to 100. We have used a range of practical resources to support our learning such as dienes, bead strings and place value counters. We have been learning how to recognise and make numbers to 100, partition, compare and order numbers.

As scientists, we have been learning about animals including humans. We particularly enjoyed the lesson when we had a mum and baby visit us to help us investigate whether offspring grow into adults. We then had to put pictures of Miss Devine into a life cycle. We have also had a very special delivery - chick eggs! We will be observing the chicks in school and watching them grow.

We have also enjoyed starting our history topic - Toys and how they have changed through time. We brought in our favourite toys and discussed similarities and difference between them. We will then be looking at older toys and how they are different to now. 

As designers, we will be creating our own moving pictures using sliders and levers. We have made some prototypes and are now looking forward to making the final product.  


Remote Learning

If your child is self-isolating because they are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or they have tested positive for COVID-19, they can still access their learning from home, if they are well enough to do so. All remote learning will be emailed directly to you (it will no longer be uploaded on to the school website). 
We appreciate that some children may be feeling unwell, and will therefore not be able to continue with their learning at home.    
We hope you find your child's remote learning enjoyable and easy to follow. If you have any problems at all in accessing this learning, please do not hesitate to email your child’s class teacher; we are here to support and guide you. Please photograph and email your child's work to the class email address which is: