Grangetown Primary School

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Welcome to Miss Donaldson's Class

Year 2D 

Welcome to Year 2! On this page you will be able to find out what fun and exciting activities the children have been up to in class. You can also find some important dates for your diaries. 


Important Dates for your Diary:

  • Every Tuesday and Thursday Miss Martinez will be reading with the children individually so they need a reading book and their home school diary. 
  • Every Tuesday and Thursday the children can bring in money for toast if they wish. This is 10p per slice.
  • Every Friday break time there is a tuck shop. The children may bring 40p to get a snack and drink of their choice.
  • Every Monday, the children will have PE.  They will need indoor P.E. kits which includes plain shorts, plan t-shirt and plain black plimsolls or trainers.
  • Homework will be set every Friday and needs to be returned on the following Thursday.
  • Spellings will be set every Monday for the children to practise and learn and then they will be tested on the following Monday.
  • Every Friday the children in Year 2 can take part in a lunchtime football session with Arj. The children will need to have shorts, a t-shirt and suitable footwear for playing outside on the field.


Coast to Coast

As part of our new topic, Year 2 took a trip down to Hendon beach. While there, we looked around our coastline and compared this to some beaches in Australia. We also had a lot of fun looking for sea glass and exploring the rocks on the beach. The children then came back to school and wrote a diary entry all about their day, as well as completed pictograms in Maths showing what they saw at the beach.  

The Royal Baby

In English, the children are currently enjoying writing about the wonderful news of the new royal baby. The class have read a range of newspaper articles that have been written to gather all of the important information. We will then use these facts to write our very own newspaper articles all about Prince Louis.


Once upon a Twisted Tale...

As part of our most recent topic, the year 2 children have enjoyed reading a range of traditional stories. We have looked at these closely, before writing our own versions 'with a twist.' Also, at the beginning of this term, we have a shocking visitor in school. Goldilocks broke into our staff room and ate some of the teacher's porridge! The children had a fantastic time gathering up the evidence to use in their own writing. 



Year 2 African Day

To find out more about our ‘Sunderland to Safari’ topic, the Year 2 children took part in an exciting African day. This was a whole day all about Africa to help the children to learn more about this amazing place. This began with a treasure hunt, finding facts about the Maasai Tribe, who live in the African Savannah. We then had lots of fun creating our own traditional African jewellery. To end the day, the children took part in an African music workshop where they learnt how to play the djembe drums and used these to perform some traditional African music. Well done Year 2 on a fantastic day!


Sunderland to Safari

We have started this year with a brand new topic 'Sunderland to Safari.' Throughout this topic, we will be learning all about Africa and compare this part of the world to our hometown of Sunderland. The children have enjoyed learning about a range of animals that live in the African Savannah. They have created their own information leaflet all about an elephant and have also written about a lion hunting for its prey. To help us to learn about a range of African animals, we have been reading the story 'One Day on our Blue Planet.' The children have particularly enjoyed playing the parts of some of these animals.


Oliver Jeffers 

This half term, the Year 2 children have thoroughly enjoyed learning all about the author ‘Oliver Jeffers.’ To start this topic, we read the story ‘The Way Back Home’ and the children wrote their own versions. We then read ‘How to Catch a Star’ and created our very own artwork taking inspiration from the books illustrations. We are now reading our third Oliver Jeffer’s book ‘Lost and Found’ and are enjoying creating story boards of this to prepare for writing our own endings. Excellent work Year 2!

Time Travellers

This half term our topic is Time Travellers. We have been having lots of fun learning about what life was like in this past. We have looked at old houses, clothes and jobs and we even used the iPads to create pictures of what we would look like in the past. We then used the App ‘Chatterpix’ to turn our images into videos to record our voices talking about what jobs we may have had in the olden days. In English, we have been reading Oliver Twist and the class have really enjoyed completing lots of drama activities around the story ready to write a diary entry in the role of Oliver himself.

Old pictures



As part of our Time Traveller’s topic, Year 2 enjoyed a trip to Beamish. During this, the children were fully immersed in what life was like during the Victorian times. We walked around the town and got to go inside some of the old shops. The children particularly enjoyed visiting the sweet shop. We then went to the village and looked at a range of old Victorian houses and some children even got to sit on an old toilet! Lastly, we took a trip down an old mine and found out how dark it was down there. The children behaved excellently during the trip and were a credit to Grangetown. Well done Year 2!