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I am Mrs Sanderson, class teacher of this incredibly friendly, hard working class of Year 2 children!

Keep checking back on our page to see what we have been learning!

Good afternoon Wallabies!


How are you all? I hope that you have been making the most of the sunshine while it lasts! I'm working in the garden today watching the boys play in their paddling pool! We've had a rather relaxed week with it being half term, but Alfie is going back to school next week and he is REALLY not looking forward to it! He says that I'm a better teacher??? Why don't I believe him?


I have been watching the blogs, but no-one has added anything new this week! It would be lovely to see some more of what you've been up to. Try to persuade some of your friends that haven't yet done a blog to try it! 

I haven't managed to get one uploaded yet this week, but I'll do it as soon as I can for you all.


I have added next weeks learning activities for you all (W/B June 1st). Don't feel like you need to print it, how you complete it and what it looks like is completely up to you. Can you post a blog about one of the activities? I'm rather sad that you won't becoming to school yet, although if you are in our Key Worker group you may see me working in the office from next week.


I hope that you are all keeping yourselves safe and enjoying your time at home.


Speak soon


Mrs Sanderson xxx

Hi Wallabies!


How are you all??? It feels like such a long time ago since we were all together! I have really enjoyed reading your blogs this week, many of you have been completing your home learning and putting photographs on to blogs as well as telling us what you have been up to! Also, well done to those of you who tried blogging for the first time! 


I am currently trying to hide from Arthur, who wants me to play that game where you flush the toilet and the water squirts out, as well as sat at my laptop while stirring a big pan of homemade tomato chutney! (I know, who'd have thought that I could make chutney! I don't even like it! Do you?) -I'll post a picture as part of my blog so that you can see how it turns out!


I think its normally at this point I should ask how your bean is coming along? Well??? Unfortunately, this week we had a bit of an issue with my bean. It died! So, I'm sorry that I can't post a picture! Please blog yours though so that I can see!

I have posted your home learning for this week. I have posted it as a document so that if you can, and would like to, you can print it.


Keep blogging! - remember you can post on each others blogs, as well as mine, just the same as I can :) 


Take Care, Keep working hard and I'll hopefully see you soon!


Mrs Sanderson xxx

Good morning Wallabies!


Another week and we're still not back together! Hopefully we'll see you all again soon!

I look forward so much to seeing all of your blogs! I have loved reading them all this week! You have all been learning lots! It's also lovely to see that you've been managing to get outside while the sun was out!


How are you beans coming along? Mine is getting a really good root! Look! Could you write a blog showing your bean?


Did anyone get to see the lovely gentleman from the Hippodrome reading Jack in the Beanstalk? He was fantastic! 


I have attached this week's home learning as a file that you can print if you want to - there's a letter template in there that you may like to use (but its up to you!)


I'll blog later on today with what we have all been up to this week! 


Missing you all lots!


Mrs Sanderson


Home Learning - Week 3 (Jack and the Beanstalk)

Hi Everyone!


Can you believe that it is May already??? The weather last week certainly didn't make it feel like it, although it's much nicer this week! We managed to get out for a walk along the river at the weekend. It was lovely! We even saw 2 herons fishing!

Anyway, how it your bean doing? This is what mine looks like now!

Alfie and I measured the root! It was 3cm long! This is important because the seed needs water, warmth and sunlight to allow it to grow! What does yours look like? Could you post a picture of it on our class blog so we can all see!



Try your very best to complete one activity each day from each section again this week. So one piece of English, reading every day, one phonics activity each day, one maths activity each day and  just one Science activity for the week but remember to look after your beans!



Task 1

Did you know that there are lots of different versions of Jack and the Beanstalk? I have found this version! It's brilliant!


Questions to answer

  1. What is the title of this book?
  2. Which characters can you see on the front cover? 
  3. Who might the little boy be?
  4. What might the boy be doing?
  5. What sort of book might it be?
  6. Who is the author?
  7. Who is the illustrator?
  8. Who might like this book?


Task 2

Watch and listen to Mrs Roberts reading the story here!


How is it similar to Jack and the Beanstalk? How is it different? Record your answers in a table like this one.



Jack and the Beanstalk

Jim and the Beanstalk




















Task 3: What is at the start and end of a question?


Write down every question word you hear in this song! -


Which question words are tricky to spell? Can you spell them all correctly? Ask someone at home to test you!


What is Jim thinking in this illustration from the story? Can you punctuate his questions correctly?


What questions might the giant be asking here? Can you make sure that you punctuate your questions correctly?

Task 4


Oh No! The giant wrote this letter to Jim in the story! Please can you be the teacher and correct it for me!


Task 5


Read this letter from Jack that he sent to the mysterious man who gave him the magic beans.



20 Beanstalk Road

Giant Town

Fairytale Land



Tuesday 12th February 2019

Dear Mysterious Man,

A few days ago I sold you my cow at the market. I am now writing to ask if I could buy my cow, Daisy, back off you. 

At the time my mother and I were very poor and I had no choice but to sell Daisy, even though we loved her very much. Do you have a pet you love very much?  

In exchange for the cow you gave me some beans, which you told me were magic. My mother didn’t believe me at first and threw them out of the window. However, overnight they grew and grew into a gigantic beanstalk that had a greedy, rich giant living at the top! Did you know this would happen? 

The giant tried to eat me but I escaped with some gold and I am now very rich myself. Please let me know how much you want for my cow, I miss her very much. 


Yours sincerely,



What features (special things) should a letter have? Use this checklist to help you find them all!




Click on the website below and choose one book to read from these other versions of Jack and the Beanstalk each day. When you have finished each book, complete a quiz on it on Accelerated Reader. 


 The Accelerated Reader quiz code is underneath each book just type that into our Accelerated Reader as normal.


Accelerated Reader website:


Your log in for Accelerated Reader is the same as the one you use at school.


AR Quiz Number 207004

AR Quiz Number  212649

AR Quiz Number 224357




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Complete one activity each day from week 3




Complete one lesson each day from Summer Term Week 3




Print off this Bean Diary or you can use it to create your own! Complete page 2, put the date, write a paragraph to explain what has happened o your bean since last week and include a drawing or a photograph of what it looks like now.



When we eventually do get back to school, which is now looking like it could be soon, we will be using Jack and the Beanstalk, as well as our growing beans to support our learning!


Don't forget to keep blogging! I keep checking and love to see what you have all been up to! And, you can see the adventures of Alfie and Arthur (and me)!


Enjoy this weeks tasks, and I'll check in with you soon with a blog.


​​​​​​​Keep Safe


​​​​​​​Mrs Sanderson xxx ​​​​​​​ 

Good afternoon Wallabies!


I hope that you are all well! I'm not sure about you, but I had a really strange delivery through the post this week! A magic bean??? Alfie and Arthur were very excited and surprised by this. So, we decided to follow the instructions carefully and see what happened! Here is a picture of our bean so far!

Did you get a bean? What's it like? Could you blog about it? You could also blog me a picture of your story map work! I'd love to see how you presented your story and the pictures that you used to try and help you remember the story!


This week, the Year 2 teachers would like you to try and complete one activity from each section every day. e.g. one piece of English, Reading, Phonics and Maths. There is also a piece of Topic work for you to complete this week to help you to record the changes happening with your bean! 




Task 1 -

Look carefully at the picture above


Answer these questions in full sentences. Don't forget to use your finger spaces, capital letters and full stops, use your common exception word mat to help you with any spellings that you need.

  1. Has the giant seen Jack?
  2. How do you think Jack is feeling at this moment?
  3. Would you rather be the giant of Jack? Why?
  4. Would you rather be a giant in a land of humans or a human in a land of giants?
  5. What/who else lives in the land of giants?
  6. Why do giants live apart from humans?


Task 2-

Draw a picture of a room in the giant’s house, draw Jack in the room as well so that we can see how big the giant’s things are.


Task 3-

Use the story map that you drew last week to help you complete the story I have started!


Jack had been climbing for most of the morning. Step after slippery step, he had made his way up to the top of the beanstalk. Several times, when the wind picked up, he had feared he might lose his footing and fall to his death. He had dared to look down on one occasion, seeing that his house was the size of an ant far below.

Now that he had finally reached his goal and clambered up to the land of the giants, Jack had no idea what to do next.

‘FEE, FI, FO, FUM…” a voice as loud as a foghorn boomed out from high above him. Jack took a deep breath...


Task 4 -


‘Big’ and ‘small’ are adjectives to describe the giant and Jack. Can you think of synonyms (words that have the same or similar meaning) for ‘big’ and ‘small’? You could use this thesaurus to help you make a list!

Can you write a sentence to describe Jack and the giant, using some of your synonyms?


Task 5 -


We asked Mr Roberts to write some sentences about Jack and the beanstalk, but they are not very good! Can you help him by improving them?


1.Jack climbed the beanstalk.

2.The giant stood at the top.

3.Jack was scared.

4.The giant was really big.



Click on the link below and choose one book to read from here each day or choose another book that you have at home that you would like to read.



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Complete one activity each day from week 2 -



Complete the daily activities (one each day) from Summer Term - Week 2 -




Print off, or make your own version of this worksheet -


I hope that you all have a lovely week, even if the weather is going to take a turn for the worst!

Please, remember to blog as often as you can to show off your work, what you've been up to! And, I'll try to do the same thing (although, mine is mostly what Alfie and Arthur have been up to and how I have had to stop them destroying my house!) Remember, if you clock the name of the blog, you can comment on each others (and mine) blogs! so if you have any questions, or just want to say hi... please keep me company!


Take care all of you! I miss you lots!


Mrs Sanderson xxx

Hello again!


I hope that you are all well and have at least been enjoying a little bit of this beautiful sunshine! Normally, I'd show you what we have been up to and give you some links so that you can join in at home. But, with the Government suggesting that we might actually get back to school before the Summer holidays, the Year 2 teachers thought that we'd get you started on our new Spring topic. So, here is some work to get you started, before we come back together again, so that we can get our teeth into our fantastic topic straight away! You should try to complete at least one activity each day :)



1. Go to the video centre on our school website and watch Mrs Roberts read a version of Jack and the Beanstalk.


2. Visit this website and watch a different version of Jack and the Beanstalk, use the cards on the same website to put the events in the right order.




3. Draw a story map of Mrs Roberts’ version of Jack and the Beanstalk and then use your story map to retell the story to someone in your house, include as much detail as you can! Do you remember the story map we drew when we read Rapunzel? Here is an example to remind you of how to draw one. Keep this safe, you’ll need it next week!



4. Try your very best to read each day, there are lots of links to help you on the English section of our school website.


Look out for the postman this week, they will be delivering something to your house for you! Can you blog what he brings?


Hello again Wallabies!


I hope that you've all had another fab week, whatever you've been doing! I thought I'd update you with some of what we've been up to and how you can join in at home too...




My budding chef and I made Jam Tarts and Cornflake Cakes. Alfie carefully measured out all of the ingredients, beginning to learn how to read the scales. He found it tricky to use the rolling pin as he has to push down and roll at the same time. It took a bit of practise, but we got there in the end. They were delicious!



Arthur helped to make Easter chocolate nests. This was his first real attempt at cooking. As you can imagine, there were bits of chocolate and Shredded Wheat everywhere! I think he enjoyed licking the spoon the best!


Recipes we have used this week:

Easter Chocolate Nests:

Jam Tarts -

Cornflake Tarts -


English and Phonics


Alfie has been continuing his English and Phonics learning at home. This week he had to watch the Easter story (see link) and write the beginning, middle and end. He used a word mat (like the ones I gave you in your home learning packs) to help him spell accurately and a phonics mat to help him choose the correct sounds to build his own words! Could you write your own version of the Easter Story?




The Easter Story:

Easter Word Mat: (Code: CVDTWINKLHELPS)

Mr Mc Phonics:

Phonics Play:




Alfie loves maths! He has learnt how to use a variety of manipulative to help him solve simple calculations. But, you'd breeze through these! Could you solve 2-digit and 2-digit additions and subtractions? Begin to look at multiplication and division. Do you know your 2, 5 and 10 x table off by heart? I'll be testing you once we get back into the classroom!




Some websites that you might like to use to help keep your skills going!


BBC Bitesize:

Maths is Fun:


Easter Egg Competition


Like were doing at Harrowgate Hill, Alfies Primary school are also having a decorated egg competition! This was also one of his homework tasks. Have you made a decorated egg? What would you make? What materials would you need? Could you write the instructions so that we know how to make it again?




Other Activities!




Investigating light and dark. What can we see when it is light? What can we see when it is dark? Why? Do you know?

Alfie investigated shadows. We used the internet to find out why we have a shadow, why it disappears in the dark, and why it gets longer and moves throughout the day! Do you know the answers? Can you find out and write an explanation for us?


BBC Light and Dark:




I think that's enough activities to share for now. I hope that you all have a fantastic Easter and stay safe!


Mrs Sanderson x

Hi Wallabies!


Wow, has that really been more than a week since we were last at school??? I love seeing what you have all been up to on the school Facebook page, so please keep posting your pictures of what you've been doing and learning! I must say, I'd much rather be at school teaching you all than be working from home and trying to teach Alfie and Arthur. Alfie has been working really hard learning new digraphs and using them to build his own words and sentences, while Arthur.... well, he's just being Arthur. I thought I'd show you a little bit of what we've been up to with some links so that you can join in too!



Alfie and Arthur have enjoyed doing PE each morning with Joe Wicks at 9:00! - I just can't keep up with them! You might like to try Jump Start Jonny instead -




As you all know, Alfie loves cooking! We have made dinosaur and train shaped biscuits (Alfie measured out all of the ingredients) and Easter Nests! Have you been baking/ cooking? I wonder what you could make?


Recipe for making biscuits -

Easter Nests -

Making a Sandwich -

Mini Pizzas -

Hot Cross Buns -




And... we made a den. We had to make this inside because it was raining outside! What else could you get up to outside?

How to build your own den -

Making a kite -



One of Alfie's learning tasks was to read a favourite book and draw his favourite characters and settings. He chose 'Funny Bones'

Alfie also loves to read Oliver Jeffers. He has been reading a story each day and publishing it onto his website - 6pm:

David Walliams is also reading some of his stories at 11am each day -



We have made the most of the sunshine while it is out! Alfie is a keen gardener and has made sure that all of my garden plants have what they need to survive -


He also planted some sunflowers -


And, Arthur found a ladybird on our lawn. He watched it for a long time. Then, we did a 'bug hunt' and found lots of insects, including a bee! Our next job is to build a 'bug hotel'. I wonder what you could find if you did a bug hunt? Could you tally the number of animals that you find?


Scavenger Hunt -


Bug Safari Challenge -


Rock Bugs -


How to build a bug hotel -




We took our art learning outside too! Arthur used chalks on the floor to create some pictures and both boys enjoyed painting on a HUGE piece of paper. We then used our painting to create frames and cards which we then posted to friends and family! Who would you make a card for? How do you send it through the post? Could you write them a letter to go inside?


Ideas for Spring/ Easter Cards -

Simple Easter Cards -

Chick Cards -


With Easter weekend fast approaching, we are planning on lots of fun Easter activities:

On Sunday we are going to do an Easter Egg Hunt with a map! -

We are going to decorate some boiled eggs! -



So, keep an eye on our class webpage for photographs of more activities that we have bene up to that you could join in with too!


Keep posting your fabulous learning and I can't wait to see you all again soon!


Love Mrs Sanderson

On Friday 31st January, Wallaby class participated in French Day!

We decorated biscuits to show the Tricolour (French Flag), We sang Frere Jacques as a round and we used pointillism to paint some African animals.

Australiasia Week - Making ANZAC biscuits

Gospel Touch Choir


The children began their day with an assembly, where they listened to the choir sing 'Amazing Grace' and 'Let is shine'. They then spend an hour as a phase, working with the choir learning the song and actions to 'Let it shine' before having a 'sing off' to see who's version was the best! At the end of the day, we had a whole school assembly where the children came together to perform the songs that they had worked on throughout the day to create one HUGE concert! 

'Today was awesome' (William)

'That was fabulous!' (Raysa)

'I loved it when they all sang different parts' (Levi)


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The children in Wallaby raised money for Children in Need by having a non-uniform day!

In star assembly the children learnt about where the money raised is spent and how important it is those receiving it.



This half term, in topic, we are learning about castles! We have learnt the different features of a castle and why they were important. We used this knowledge to begin to build our own model of a castle, using the appropriate features, from junk! Today we began to select what junk we wanted to use and discuss the best materials that we wanted to use.


'We could use this egg box to make the draw bridge because it moves up and down.'





NRM Locomotion, Shildon Visit


On Thursday 24th October 2019, Year 2 visited Locomotion, Shildon as part of their 'Journeys' topic! The children excitedly travelled by coach and were keen learners throughout the day. We took part in a tour of the museum, made our own locomotive and looked at artefacts from the railways. We were able to touch a piece of coal (It was heavy!) and we saw, and got to wear, the hats that the engine drivers would have worn! We had a fantastic day and learnt lots!


Australiasia Mini Topic

As part of our mini topic, we have focussed our learning on New Zealand. We have spent a lot of time looking at where New Zealand is in the world and some of the traditions. We have also researched our class animal - the Wallaby! We found out some fantastic facts before we wrote a non-chronological report about wallabies.

Where is Australasia

Creating our own Haka

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As part of our 'New Zealand' mini topic, we watched the traditional Haka. We then used the main features of this to create our own. Here's one example of what we came up with. What do you think?


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