Beech Grove


We are a Year 2 class and our teacher is Miss Guarraci  

Summer 1 Class News

Rabbits class have had an incredibly busy 5 weeks and we can't believe how much we squeezed in! This half term we have done many hands-on activities to provide the children 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 pirate hand puppet for imaginary play. We have investigated a range of puppets so far and have explored some different joining techniques.

The children also made us incredibly proud when they completed their Year 2 SATS. They showed great resilience and gave 100% effort! We look forward to spending the final term with the children. 

Spring 2 Class News

Rabbits 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 began 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 enjoyed experimenting with pastels. We looked at the artist Wassily Kandinsky and his famous concentric circles and this inspired us to create our own.

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. 

We can't wait for our summer term learning!

Spring 1 Class News

As historians, Rabbits have had an exciting time learning all about Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington. We have had the opportunity to find out so many facts about why he is significant and why he is named after our town. The most impressive achievement is that he led the British army to fight Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and won. We were fascinated to find out that places in Wellington are named after him, for example, 'The Iron Duke' and 'Wellesley cinema' and that Wellington monument was built as a memorial for him.

Our design and technology unit has linked well with this, as we have been exploring and designing our own free-standing structures like the monument. It has been great to learn different techniques to strengthen our designs. 

As mathematicians, we have enjoyed learning about multiplication and division. We have used a range of strategies and maths equipment to help develop our understanding and are now feeling more confident on Timetables Rockstars.

As writers, we have learnt how to write a good set of instructions and created our own versions of 'How to Make Magic Porridge'.

As scientists, we have been very hands on and completed a range of investigations about what plants need to grow. We have been very impressed to see a range of seeds and bulbs growing in our classroom and even got to try some of the cress we had grown - most of us loved it and wanted more! We can't wait for more exciting learning next term!



Autumn 2 Class News

We have had such a busy term in Rabbits class and have really enjoyed ourselves. In our writing sessions, we learnt 'The Magic Porridge Pot' and loved creating our own versions, for example, 'The Magic Kettle', which creates amazing, sweet tea when you ask it to! In maths, we have been working hard on our addition and subtraction skills and learnt many new techniques like the column method to help us answer calculations.

As scientists, we have been building on our knowledge of animals and looking closely at living things and their habitats. It was great to be able to explore the local area to find many different animals living in their micro-habitats. We also loved finding out about why different animals are suited to their habitats and developed our understanding of different food chains.

In geography, our topic has been 'Our School', during this we have been using maps and fieldwork skills to investigate places in and around our school. As geographers, we have used locational and directional language to describe different things in the area, looked at aerial view maps of the school and Wellington, and learnt how symbols are used on maps.

We have particularly loved becoming artists this half term using charcoal. We looked at an artist called 'Caroline Denovaud'. She uses her whole body to create her art work; we had a go at this ourselves, using different techniques with the charcoal.

We have also been working extremely hard to rehearse our Christmas performance of the 'Nativity' - we loved being able to perform on the stage and in front of the camera!

Our key stage one children did an amazing job rehearsing and performing their nativity. We hope you enjoy it: 



Autumn 1 Class News

We have had a very exciting start to the year and have especially enjoyed our science learning. We have been looking into whether all animals, including humans, can have offspring that grow into adults. We have had a mum and baby visit us, have put pictures of Miss Guarraci into her life cycle so far and we have eggs in an incubator which we are hoping will hatch into chicks!  

As historians, we have been learning about toys and how they have changed through time. We brought in our favourite toys and discussed similarities and differences between them. We have also compared new toys to older toys and considered why we think they have changed.

We have been inspired in our Design and Technology topic where we have created our own moving pictures using sliders and levers. We experimented by making slider pictures and are now exploring different techniques in preparation for making our final product. 

In Writing we have learnt the story - The Three Little Pigs. We have developed our understanding of how to build a picture of the characters in the reader's mind. We especially enjoyed making up similes for our characters to bring them to life. 

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: