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Newburn Manor Primary School

Learning together, growing together

Year 2

Welcome to Year 2

Stranger Danger


Two police officers, Darren and Paul, came into school to talk to us today.  They told us about what the police do to keep us safe, stranger danger and what to do if we needed their help.  They showed us different parts of their uniform and we got to sit inside the police car.   

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside


Year 2 children have enjoyed their topic this term.  They have created some fantastic pieces of homework linked to the seaside and these are on display in the classroom.  We also created a lovely whole class seaside scene using different materials.  We have also written recounts about our trip to the Blue Reef Aquarium.

Self Defence


Sensei Lisa visited Newburn Manor Primary School last week to show our class how to use karate for self defence.  Year 2 children enjoyed trying out the different moves. 

Maths Investigations


We have been working hard on lots of mathematical investigations over the last few weeks.  Mrs Gill is impressed how well we work together and help each other when we are stuck. 

Fire Safety Talk


Firefighters from Newcastle Central Community Fire Station came to talk to us about fire safety.  They showed us their protective clothing.  We talked about how fires start and how to stay safe.  We are now Junior Fire Safety Officers for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service!

Art Week

A Roman Triumph by Peter Paul Rubens


This week Year 2 have enjoyed learning about and creating work based on the painting 'A Roman Triumph'.  Pupils made viewfinders early in the week to look closely at the painting.  They then described the sights, sounds and smells.  Year 2 particularly enjoyed thinking about the sounds of the painting and looked at the instruments being played.  They listened to music and thought about the type of sounds you would hear.  Then they designed their own Roman instrument.  Pupils drew designs and labelled them with the materials they would like to use.  We then spent time making the instruments.  We worked well as a team, helping and supporting each other.  After we had finished them, we sketched some of them and used pastels which was lots of fun.  We also posed with the instruments pretending to be the people in the painting.  What a fantastic week!

Marching with our instruments

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Tynemouth Blue Reef Aquarium


We had a fantastic time at Blue Reef Aquarium.  We got to see lots of different creatures that live in the sea.  Particular favourites were the Lionfish,  seahorses and seals.  We even got to touch some interesting creatures including a sea urchin and a starfish.  What a brilliant day!     

R.E. Learning about Judaism



In R.E. we have been learning about Judaism.  Pupils have looked at different Jewish objects and the importance of the Torah scrolls.  We have also looked at the Ten Commandments and then created our own rules which we value at Newburn Manor Primary School. 

Easter Parade


We had lots of fun dancing and showing off our Easter hats, ties and t-shirts to the rest of the school.  

Decorated Eggs


Year 2 worked hard decorating eggs at home which were then displayed in the corridor.  They looked great!  Well done Year 2! 

Easter walk around school: Open the Book


Members of the Church of St Michael and All Angels, Newburn and St Mary's Church, Throckley visited us to guide us through significant Christian events leading up to Easter during Holy Week.  We looked at different parts of the Easter story and some children helped act out the scenes. 

Easter Crafts


Year 2 had a great afternoon on Monday making Easter crafts.  They made collaged Easter eggs, an Easter tie for the Easter Parade and even decorated an Easter biscuit with icing. 

World Book Day


We had great fun on World Book Day.  We dressed up as characters from different stories and read lots of different books together.  We talked about our favourite books and created book reviews to persuade other children to read them.  We created artwork showing the front covers of some books we enjoy reading. 

Seven Stories Workshop


On Monday Seven Stories visited our school.  We listened to a fantastic story about adventures that could be behind a mystery door!  We then thought about our own settings and drew and wrote about what would be behind our door! 

Maths Investigations


We have been working together on some tricky challenges in maths this week.  We have solved addition pyramids and thought about what was happening.  We have also sorted some muddled sequences!

Building Bridges Homework


Year 2 children have created some amazing bridges as part of their homework. Pupils used a variety of designs and created their bridges using different materials.  Mrs Gill was very impressed! 



We have enjoyed dancing with Emma Roberts in our PE lessons this week.  We have been learning about materials in Science and we used this in PE to move like the properties of fabric, metal, etc.

Building Bridges


This week pupils worked in groups to build a bridge out of paper.  It needed to hold the weight of a toy car.  The class worked very hard in their groups.  For homework, pupils are going to build a bridge out of a material of their choice.  Watch this space ...

Addition Game


Year 2 played an addition game in Maths trying to get an addition calculation that was closer to 100 after turning cards randomly.  Children used the skills they have been learning in Maths to help them add the two numbers together.   



Ray came from Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre this week to show us some of his magnificent owls and even a vulture!  We loved learning about them and found out some great facts.  We used the information we had found out to make a poster all about owls. 

Christmas Party


We had a super time at our Christmas party with Year 3.  The time flew by as we danced, played games and enjoyed the tasty party treats that parents/carers had kindly sent in.  Please take a look at our photos.

The Magical Christmas Jigsaw


Years 2, 3 and 4 had a fantastic time performing their Christmas production: The Magical Christmas Jigsaw.

Victorian Super Learning Day

125 Years Celebration for Newburn Manor


Year 2 had a fantastic Super Learning Day all about the Victorians to celebrate the school being 125 years old!  Everyone was given a Victorian name and we all sat in rows in the classroom.  We looked at Victorian artefacts that would have been in homes and schools and thought about what they would have been used for.  We did some drill outside with the rest of Key Stage 1 and we had a Victorian lesson in the hall using slates.  We drew some of our favourite objects and wrote about our day.  It was brilliant! 

Year 2 Class Assembly: The Gunpowder Plot


We had a great time acting out the Gunpowder Plot for our class assembly.  Mrs Gill was very proud! 

Multi-skills in PE


Year 2 children have enjoyed working on their agility, balance and coordination in PE.  They have practised their throwing and catching skills using bean bags, as well as balancing bean bags on different parts of their bodies. 

Road Safety


Elaine came and talked to us about how to stay safe when crossing the road.  She showed us how we can make ourselves more visible when it is dark.



We were very lucky when visitors from the Centre for Life brought their mobile planetarium to our school. We looked at the night sky and spotted stars and constellations.  We even visited the moon!



In Science, Year 2 have been learning about how plants grow.  We looked at sunflowers in our school garden earlier in the year.  Once the flowers had died we looked closely at a flower head and the seeds.      

African Safari


Mrs Forester-Melville, one of our school governors, came into our class to tell us about some of the adventures she had whilst on safari in Africa.  She showed us some photographs and videos of the animals she encountered and also brought in some objects that she had collected in Africa.  It was a really interesting session.



Kenyan Necklaces


We had lots of fun creating Kenyan necklaces from paper plates and then writing instructions to explain how to make them.

Safari Homework


Year 2 had a special safari project to complete for our classroom display.  Every child researched a particular animal that could be found on safari in Kenya.  They used the information to create a poster or leaflet about their animal.  The results were fantastic!  Well done Year 2!


We're going on safari!

This half-term we have started learning about Kenya.  Our homework project is to research an animal that can be found on a safari in Kenya and create a poster or leaflet about our chosen animal.  Our work will then go on display in the classroom.  Watch this space!


Our Aspiration Tree

We thought about what we would like to achieve this year.