Kingstone And Thruxton Primary School


Kingstone, Hereford, Herefordshire HR2 9HJ



Welcome to the Year 2 Blog!

Welcome to Year 2!

Year 2 is a wonderful class of 27 eager children who try their best in all they do! Please use our Class Blog to follow our day-to-day activities and find information about the class and the school.

You can find out about the following things on our blog:

We will update our blog every week to ensure that you can see what we have been getting up to and find information about any upcoming events.



Mrs Gemmell






Summer 2

Going For Gold!

WB 27.6.22 

This week the children were delighted to take part in a circus skills workshop, pushing themselves to learn new skills and challenging themselves to improve in a short space of time. In forest school the children were challenged to make a scaled down shelter in response to work in RE on the festival of Sukkot. They also collected leaves and sorted them by characteristic as they answered the question - are all leaves the same?

WB 20.6.22 

This week the children took inspiration from the flowers they saw at church and made their own 3d representations of flowers. In RE the children heard the story of David and Goliath as part of their RE enquiry question - who is a Jew and how do they live their life. In RSE we were learning about how we change as we move from childhood to adult hood.

WB 13.6.22 

Year 2  used art work by the Jewish artist Alex Levin as inspiration to paint still life pictures of the flowers in the school grounds. Many of Alex's paintings include flowers and bold colours. In geography the children also used compasses to find where North is, they then drew compass points onto the playground in chalk. In PE the children continued developing their throwing skill and impressed Mrs Gemmell with the distances that they threw!

WB 6.6.22

This week we have been finding out about Grace Darling, who was determined to save stranded sailors even though it was dangerous for her to do so. We used drama to recreate parts of her life. Next week we will be writing her biography.

Summer 1

Far Far Away 

Jubilee Celebrations

WB 16.5.22

I think you will agree that the children have produced some very lifelike portraits this week.

Class book this week:

WB 9.5.22 

In maths we have been measuring to the nearest millilitre. In RE we learnt about  artefacts linked to the Jewish faith. In science we carried out research on different animals and shared our findings with the rest of the class.

WB 2.5.22

In computing we have been learning to use i-pads to take photographs. We were looking for signs of spring. In art we have been painting in the style of William Turner. We used pastels, paints and charcoal.

WB 25.4.22

We are learning the names of the world's oceans and continents. We have used these videos to help.

Spring 2

Ready Steady Grow!

WB 4.4.22

We are so proud to see our Fire of London Display up in the cloakroom. We have worked hard to create diary entries depicting the fire from the point of view of a rat. We mixed our own colours to represent fire and we painted houses in the style of 1666.

WB 28.3.22

 In science this week we have been thinking about how exercise effects our bodies, we concluded that running and the fitness trail made our hearts work hardest as it pumped blood around our body. We had 10 children in Year 2 that wanted to become a member of the school parliament and they all gave very impressive speeches, outlining why they should be chosen. In Drama we acted out scenes from the Great Fire of London, to help with our diary writing.   We were lucky enough to have 2 high school students helping in  class this week. On Friday we made some healthy swaps as we made cornflakes cakes rather than making sponge cake with butter and sugar.

Class Book this week:

WB 21.03.22

We have been learning about the events that led to the Great Fire of London in 1666. We also learnt to sing London's burning in a round and played tuned instruments. In art we used the 3 primary colours red, yellow and blue to make other colours. In literacy we have been studying texts about the fire and began writing a diary through the eyes of a rat during the 'Great Fire.' In science we researched animal senses and shared our finding with the class 

Class book this week 

WB 14.3.22

There has been lots of creativity in Year 2 this week with the children finding out how to use their sketching pencils to add tone to drawings. In music the children used chime bars and percussion instruments to add depth to our class song 'zootime' As part of our ready steady grow topic we had a visit from Mrs OJ and baby Wesley to find out how he has changed over the 5 months since he was born.

This week's class book:

WB 7.3.22

This week Year 2 completed their model cars as part of their Design Technology work. In ICT the children worked together to collect data and produce pictograms. In RE the children went on a'Treasure Hunt' to find parts of the Easter Story. 

This week's class book:

WB 28.2.22

What a wonderful first week back at school! We have had pancake races with Year 1 and R. We had a visit from the 'minibeast man' who showed us a whole host of amazing artefacts in his mobile natural history museum. On Thursday we celebrated world book day and had a delivery of a brand new class book - The day the crayons quit. We were also introduced to our whole school value - Peace.

Spring 1

Beneath My Feet

WB 7.2.22

Year 2 enjoyed a great day at Queenswood country park identifying trees, following maps, identifying human and physical geographical features, playing trust games and building dens.

Using hacksaws to cut the axles for our wheeled vehicles


WB 31.1.22

Year 2 started the week with a very interesting walk around the village. They followed a route on a map and were able to identify features both human and physical. They spotted buildings that have changed their use over time such as Little acorns that was once a doctor's surgery, a house that used to be a Methodist chapel and another house that used to be a police house. In PE the children were exploring balances and jumps on the apparatus. In music the children worked on groups to produce a piece of music using sets of 4 beats which they performed to the rest of the class.

WB 17.1.22 

Our text this week is - Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

WB 10.1.22 

We have had a wonderful week. The children have written some very effective pieces of work all about feelings. They have been learning to read maps and completed an orienteering course in the school playground. In gymnastics the children were working hard to improve their balance and in math the children have been exploring number families and recording on a part-part whole model. Our text this week was 'Counting on Katherine'.

WB 3.1.22

In Year 2 this week we are looking at 2 books, the first is, 'In my heart: a book of feelings' by Jo Witek and the second is 'The Snail and the Whale' by Julia Donaldson.

Autumn 2

You Me and Family

WB 6th December

This week we have been completing lots of Christmas crafts as well as looking back at our writing from the past term to pick out our favourite pieces.


WB 29th November 

We have  worked really hard on narrative writing this week and have impressed Mrs Gemmell with our use of adverbs, alliteration and repetition for effect. In science we worked very carefully as we gathered evidence to help answer the question - ' Which material would make the best cloth to mop up spills. We enjoyed making our Christingles and walking to the church for a whole school service.

Our class book for this week
Our class book for this week

WB 22nd November 

Mrs Gemmell was really impressed with our independent writing skills this week, as we wrote instructions for hand washing and also how to make bird feeders. The glorious sound of singing was heard in our class as we learnt songs for the christingle service and for our e-nativity. We loved buying new books at the book sale this week and also choosing our first library book ready to take home for the weekend.

WB 15th November 

What a week! Year 2 were very excited on Tuesday as JOSH GOWLING the manager of Hereford football club came along to join in with their football skills session. He was really impressed with the skill and positive attitude shown by all the children. 

WB: 8th November 2021

Marking Remembrance Day

In dance we explored the Hindu festival of Diwali. Working in pairs and then in groups we made up our own dance routines.

Collecting and exploring the shapes of different leaves then making detailed sketches.

Exploring properties of 2D and 3D shapes

WB 18th October

This week Mrs Gemmell has been really pleased with how well we have been working together as a team and with our partners in maths, english and PE. 

WB 11th October 

In computing this week we learnt how to make up our own algorithms to guide our blindfolded partners around a course, that we designed. In science we dug up flowers from a pot and spent time investigating how many plants parts we could identify. In maths we have been recalling our number bonds to 10 and learning how to jump along a number line to help with the addition of 3 numbers. 

WB 4th October

In forest school this week we learnt how to gather and then whittle our own hazel sticks. We have been continuing our learning about Kenya and wrote our own fact sheets. We used our artistic skills to paint pictures inspired by the Kenyan landscape.  We have had fun sharing our class reading books with  each other.

Our Class story is 'The Magic Faraway Tree' written by Enid Blyton

WB 4th October

This week's text is Fly, Freddy, Fly! Written by Melanie Joyce and illustrated by Julia Seal

WB 27th September

This week some children have been working at school, whilst others have been online learning at home. Mrs Gemmell has been so proud of all the children and how well they have focussed on the tasks set. The children have been thinking about friendships and what they like about their friends. In English the children have bene writing paragraphs for a letter all about themselves; there were some fabulous adjectives used. The gallery this week showcases some of the work children have been doing whilst learning from home.

This week's text is Sharing Shell by Julia Donaldson

WB 20th September

This week the children have been working hard in maths, partitioning and recombining tens and ones to make numbers. They have used a variety of resources to represent 2 digit numbers. In English they have been gathering ideas ready for writing letters next week. In forest school the children cooked their own apples over the campfire.

Working with our Maths Buddy

Collecting and cooking apples in Forest School

WB 13th September 2021

The children have worked really hard this week, learning to be independent in their work.   They have discovered that worms are brown in colour so that they are less likely to be eaten by worms! In Literacy the children have been finding out about the features of a letter, after receiving post from the queen. 


This week we will be reading My Monster and Me by Nadiya Hussain.

It is a touching story about a little boy whose worry monster follows him everywhere he goes. It's there when he gets dressed, when he wants to play with his toys, ..

Over the next 2 weeks we will also be using the book 'This is how we do it', by Matt Lamothe as inspiration for our written work.

In Japan, Kei plays Freeze Tag, while in Uganda, Daphine likes to jump rope. While the way they play may differ, the shared rhythm of their days—and this one world we all share—unites them.

This genuine exchange provides a window into traditions that may be different from our own as well as mirrors reflecting our common experiences. Inspired by his own travels, Matt Lamonthe transports readers across the globe and back with this luminous and thoughtful picture book.


WB 6th September 2021

The children in year 2 have had a wonderful week catching up with friends and settling into a new classroom. They have used the story 'Worrysaurus' as a stimulus to talk about things that may worry them at school and what can be done to help. In science the children explored the school grounds to look for signs of summer turning to autumn. In maths we have looked at days of the week and months of the year and studied our weekly timetable. In Forest School this week the children were challenged to build a den to keep them dry - it was even put to the test when a watering can of water was poured over the top!

The class book this week is : The Worrysaurus by Rachel Bright