St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Thame

Inspired to be our best.....

Thursday 21st July 2022

And that’s a wrap! We’ve reached the end of Year 2, and our final week has been an unusual one! Thankfully, we still managed to go to Whipsnade Zoo and see lots of animal that we have been learning about – except for tigers! We were also very lucky to have a warm day that wasn’t too warm.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our parents for their support this year and also for our lovely end of term gifts and kind wishes. Have a great summer everybody, have fun and stay safe.

From the Year 2 Team

Friday 15th July 2022

It’s our last full week in Year 2 and we’ve been as busy as ever. In our English we’ve been working on creating our own information booklet about an animal of our choice. This has linked into our Topic work where we’ve been thinking about wild animals’ diets and how we can categorise them depending on what they eat. In Phonics we’ve been learning about using ‘wr’ to make the ‘r’ sound. For Maths we’ve been comparing and measuring mass and volume. Due to the heat we’ve been staying inside for P.E. and taking part in some cooler and calming yoga. We were also very excited to visit our church, where we went to see some of the important things we would expect to find in our church, as well as discovering other important things and symbols that we hadn’t seen before. Lastly we all enjoyed watching Year 6 in the dress rehearsal for their performance A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Friday 8th July 2022

Another sporty week in Year 2, which of course started with Sports Day. Everybody did their absolute best and enjoyed the event. As well as this, we’ve been trying to describe our favourite animal’s habitats to help us write a short story about them. In Maths we’re coming to the end of our work on time, which is a really tricky concept to understand, but we’ve all put real effort into our work. In P.E we’ve continued to work on our batting skills and athletics, in R.E we’ve been learning about the story of St Paul and his conversion. Lastly, in our topic work we’ve been creating a pet presentation on the iPads, as well as doing some animal pattern printing.

Friday 1st July 2022

This week, we’ve been busy participating in lots of different activities for Sports Week. We started off on Monday with Skipping, where we learnt different ways to skip, as well as enjoying all the different skipping tricks the teacher could do. On Tuesday we took part in Box Fit, where we had to go round various stations and try different boxing-related fitness tasks. Wednesday saw us taking part in athletics, which was not only great fun, but also good practice for Sports Day next Monday. And on the final day, we took part in big dance. We learnt lots of moves to some songs from Grease and not even the rain could stop using dancing and having fun.

Friday 24th June 2022

Another busy week in Year 2.  In Maths we’ve begun to look at telling the time, and have made our own clocks to help us with this.  In English we’ve been discussing and writing about having different views, and used zoos as our focal point.  We thought about what might be good things about zoos, as well as any less-good things.

In our R.E we have been learning about all the different things we might find inside the building of a Catholic Church and explaining their purpose. In P.E we have been sharpening our sports days skills and looking ahead to Sport Week, which is next week.  Lastly, in our topic work about living things and animals, we have started working on our ‘Pet Presentations’, where in groups we have to explain all the things someone might need to know about getting a pet.

Friday 17th June 2022

We’ve been back to normal this week in Year 2 after last week’s Jubilee celebrations. We hope you enjoyed the day and all things we made for the day itself.  This week in our writing we’ve been working on character descriptions of The Twits.  In our Maths we’ve finished off our work on length and are now thinking about movement and direction – which we practised ourselves in our outside space.  In R.E we looked at the Pentecost, and have also been giving thanks for the creation of the world around us.  In our Topic work we’ve begun our new topic – Going Wild!  Which is all about living things and wild animals.  Lastly, in P.E we’ve started to look towards sports day and worked on our running and how we run, as well as practising striking skills.

Friday 27th May 2022

It’s our last week of term and we’ve been working really hard at finishing off our special work. As well as this we’ve been thinking about writing about characters and what makes them so. We’ve been finishing off our work on fractions in Maths by solving fraction problems and counting fractions. In our Topic work we’ve been learning a pirate song, as well as starting to think about the Queen’s Platinum jubilee by finding out about her long life and the line of succession.

In RE we were excited to have a visit from Father David who spoke to us about Mary. We’ve also learnt about why Mary is so important, and have written a prayer to her. In P.E we’ve been doing more ball skills work as well as enjoying another session with Ignite Sports.

We hope you enjoy your well-earned break.

Friday 20th May 2022

In Year 2 this week we’ve have been working incredibly hard on our special reading work.  This has also meant that we have had time to do other activities including sound hunts, recording data, a building challenge,  playing rounders and creating pictures using our sketching skills.  In R.E we have been learning about the story of Thomas and what Jesus told him, as well as thinking about Prayer Power in our prayer time.  We also made our own Paschal Candles to decorate our prayer area.  We’ve had some P.E sessions too, including one with Ignite sport where we focussed on throwing and catching.  In our topic work, we have been thinking about sounds and learnt a special poem about pirates that has to be retold in both quiet and loud voices.

Friday 13th May 2022

This week in Year 2 we have been working very hard practising our Special Quizzes. We have all been trying hard and doing our best. As well as this we have been doing P.E, where we have been sharpening our ball rolling skills and playing French Cricket. In our R.E work we have been learning about the Paschal Candle and what the symbols on it mean. We also enjoyed joining in with the Easter Livestream from OneLife Music where we sang about celebrating Jesus’ return. In our Topic work we’ve started thinking about sounds and sources of sounds, starting with going on a sound hunt around the school.  

Friday 6th May 2022


In our slightly shorter week in Year 2, we have been brushing up on our SPAG skills, as well as continuing our work on fractions in Maths - in particular recognising and finding thirds.  We have now finished and floated our boats, as well as evaluating what went well and what didn’t, and thinking about what we might change them if we built one again.  In our prayers/R.E we have been thinking about how we might hear Jesus’ voice in moments of silence, or by meditating.  Lastly, in P.E we have also continued to play target games and with Ignite Sports, we have started to learn some hockey skills too.

Friday 29th April 2022

In Year 2 this week we have been finding out how hard it is to write instructions about something simple – like cleaning our teeth! In Maths we have been looking at fractions and in particular, finding a half and a quarter of something.

In our prayer time we have been learning our Alleluia! song, as well as making posters to proclaim The Resurrection of Jesus in RE.  In PE we have started playing target games, as well as having a session with Ignite Sports.  Lastly, in our Topic work, we have been finding out how a boat actually floats, and seeing if we can design and build one that floats too.  Enjoy your Bank Holiday weekend!

Friday 8th April 2022

Our last week before Easter has been as busy as ever. In English have ben retelling the story of The Watch by Michael Rose, as well as thinking about the past and present tense. We’ve finished off our work on shape in Maths by testing ourselves and drawing 3D shapes ourselves as accurately as possible.  In R.E we’ve been thinking about Jesus’ invitation to walk with him, as well as preparing for Easter by making Easter cards and cakes.  In our Topic work we’ve been drawing pirates using sketching skills as well as starting think about how boats – and other things – move.  Lastly, in our P.E session this week we had a go at using balls and rackets, and trying to keep the balls moving and in the air.

We would also like to wish everyone a restful and happy Easter.

Friday 1st April 2022

We’ve had a very busy week in Year 2.  We have been working really hard at our assessments both English and Maths.  We’ve also been drawing symmetrical shapes accurately as possible.  In our R.E work we acted out some scenes that we wrote about the importance of forgiveness and in our prayers we have been thinking about how God is the light that can guide us home when we are lost.  We also read about pirates and answered questions about them in our topic work, as well as learning the names and locations of the world’s oceans.  Lastly, in P.E we’ve continued to work on balls skills and used them in team games.

Friday 25th March 2022

Hello from Year 2!  This week we have completed writing our poems about conservation and begun working on our reading comprehension, where we learnt some very interesting facts about ladybirds.  We’ve continued our work on shape in Maths, as well as starting to think about halves and quarters.  In P.E we learnt how to play a new game – Bench-ball, and what specific skills we need to play it.  We created some very special cards that we are going to bring home for a special day this weekend.  Finally, we wrote a class prayer all together, based on the phrase ‘Who Is God To Me?’ And then we performed it for you to see!  We hope you enjoy it!

Friday 18th March 2022

This week in Year 2 we have been working hard as ever.  In English, we have been thinking about rhymes and are starting to plan our poem about conservation.  In our Maths, we have been continuing our work with 2D and 3D shapes, as well as looking at symmetry.  In R.E we have been thinking about why forgiveness important and heard the story of Jesus forgiving Peter.  Our prayers have focussed on the question – Who Is God To Me?  In P.E We found different ways to move in a narrow way, as well as practising our ability to throw, catch and move a ball with our hands.  Lastly, our Topic, 'Land Ahoy', saw us learning about continents and countries, as well as creating some amazing Pirate artwork.

Friday 11th March 2022

We are so proud of the way Year 2 have adapted to the different adults who have been in class with them over the last 10 days.  The teachers have been very impressed with how sensible and grown-up they have been.  This week Father David visited to talk to us about Lent and how we can grow closer to Jesus during this special time of the year.  We have continued with our pirate topic including naming the different parts of a galleon.  We have also thought about conservation and taking care of our world this week, using the book '10 Things I Can Do To Help My World'.

Friday 18th February 2022

We’ve reached the last week of this term and Year 2 have been working really hard.  For English, we’ve been working on our punctuation and grammar skills.  As for Maths, we have been learning how to draw and interpret pictograms and block diagrams.  In Topic, we’ve looked at how Spring affects the lives of animals, as well as researching and writing about festivals and special days that happen in Spring.  We’ve been playing dodgeball again in P.E, as well as showing off different ways to move and roll.  In our R.E work we’ve learnt about the Liturgical Year and the Seven Sacraments, as well as hearing St Teresa of Ávila’s ‘Christ Has No Body But Yours’ in our daily prayers. Finally, we’d like to wish everyone a happy and safe half-term.

See you after the break!

Friday 11th February 2022

Year 2 have had another busy week.  The highlight was on Tuesday, when we had a visit from Father David.  We showed him our miracles artwork and he recognised all four miracles.  He also told us about parables, the Mass and also answered some of our questions.  In our Maths work we have been looking at data and recording it using tally charts and pictograms. In our English work we have been focussing on what inference means and finding clues in texts to help us understand what’s going on.  We’ve enjoyed our gym and dodgeball sessions in PE, as well as our Ignite session. Lastly, for our topic work, we are finishing off the term by looking at the season of Spring.  Yesterday we went hunting for signs of Spring and put all our findings into a tally chart.

Friday 4th February 2022

In Year 2 we have been working really hard at understanding division, and using ways such as finding the inverse, to check our answers independently.  For English we are now writing up our Fairy Tales into ‘best’ so that we can display our great writing on our walls. As well as practising all our current sounds in Phonics, we’ve also focussed on the ‘th’ sound and used it in our handwriting practise.

In our Topic work we’ve created information posters and thought about the similarities and differences between hospitals then and now.  In our prayers we have been writing notes to each other to help them to see themselves as Jesus sees them, and in our RE work we’ve been learning about what parables mean and learnt the story of The Prodigal Son.  Lastly, we’ve continued to enjoy our PE session with Ignite, as well as practising our rolls and Dodgeball skills.

Friday 28th January 2022

Year 2’s week has been very busy again.  We’ve been adding problems, resolutions and happy endings to our fairy tales and are now ready to write the up into one long ‘best’ piece.  We also practised our handwriting, writing words with the ‘ur’ sound in them.  For Maths, we’ve been working hard at understand division and sharing things equally.  We have finished our Miracles of Jesus wall display and in our prayers have been thinking about how we can show we are thankful for things, even if sometimes it might look as though there is nothing to be grateful for.  In P.E we have been enjoying our session with Ignite Sport and also finding ways to move using curls and curved shapes.  Lastly, in our topic Medicine Woman – about Elizabeth Blackwell – we have been listening to recordings and trying to understand what other people thought of her, as well as imagining what it would have been like for her to apply for medical school by writing an application letter.

Friday 21st January 2022

This week in Year 2, we’ve been writing openings to a fairy-tale and editing our own work to make it even better, before sharing it with our friends and letting them make suggestions.  In Maths we have been using the 2, 5 and 10 times tables to solve multiplication problems.  In P.E we have been moving on the apparatus in different and incorporating zig-zags into our movements.

For our topic work we have been acting out scenes from various moments in Elizabeth Blackwell’s life (see pictures).  In R.E we have begun planning our wall display to show Jesus’ miracles and in our prayers we have been thinking about where in life we can see God and how we can ask what it is He wants us to do.

Friday 14th January 2022

We’ve been very busy in Year 2 since coming back to school.  In our English we learnt how to write instructions – and then made sandwiches using these instructions.  We are now learning what makes a fairy tale.

In Maths we have been looking at equal groups and arrays and have started to solve multiplication questions.  In P.E we have been doing gymnastics, as well as taking part in activities with Ignite Sport.

In our Topic work we finished off our Zero to Hero work by looking at Walt Disney and are now finding out about Elizabeth Blackwell. Lastly, in our prayers we have been learning all the other names that Jesus is known by, and what we can learn about him from these names.

 Myself, Mrs N and Mrs Adams would also like to say thank you for all our Christmas presents and cards. We hope you all had a great holiday.