Rosa Parks

In Pearl class, we have been learning about Black History Month. This is a time where we learn, honour, and celebrate the achievements of black men and women throughout history.


In particular, we learnt about a very special lady called Rosa Parks.

We read the story If a Bus Could Talk’ by Faith Ringgold and watched a video to learn more about her life. Click here to watch the video clip.


From reading the book, watching the video and then researching about her using the laptops and iPads, we found out the following information.

  • Rosa Parks was born on the 4th February 1913 and she died on 24th October 2005, aged 92.
  • She was African-American.
  • During the 1950s in America, there was a civil rights movement which meant that people with the same coloured skin were not allowed to mix with people with different coloured skin.
  • On 1st December 1955, Rosa was sat on a bus and she was arrested for not giving up her seat on the bus to a white passenger.
  • She was ordered to pay a fine of $10 but she refused as she believed that the law was wrong.
  • She continued to fight for equality and rights for all African-Americans and has become a symbol of equality and freedom to many.
  • She wrote an autobiography called Rosa Parks: My Story in 1992.


We spent time in class discussing how upsetting that must have been for Rosa, to have been discriminated against just because the colour of her skin.

In Pearl class, there are a lot of different skin colours and we have children with different ethnicity but we treat everyone the same. It would be unfair to treat someone differently if they didn’t have the right shoes on or if they had different colour of hair.

Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and deserves to be treated the same.

Have a look at some of the learning that we have completed in class about Rosa Parks.

How to continue the learning at home:

  • Learn about other African-Americans and learn why they are important. E.g. Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela
  • Talk to your child about equality and treating everyone with respect, regardless of their skin colour, ethnicity or background.

Mathematician of the Week

Congratulations to our Mathematician of the Week in Pearl Class.

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You have tried really hard with your regrouping in maths, answering problems and word problems using column addition.

You even had a go at doing your own sums at home.

Who will be the mathematician of the week after the holidays?

Mathematician of the Week

What a superstar we have in Pearl class this week! Our new Mathematician of the Week.


You have tried hard this week and have shown great perseverance to complete all our your work to an extremely high standard. Even though we have been looking at column method, you didn’t let that phase you and completed all our questions correctly with clear working out as well.

Road Safety in Pearl Class

Today we had a special visitor in school today to help us to learn all about road safety, especially since it is starting to get dark earlier.


We watched a short video about a hedgehog to help us to stay safe on the road. Click here to watch the clip on Youtube.

We learnt that you need to dress in bright clothes to make sure that you are seen on dark night by other pedestrians. and motorists on the road. We also learnt that we need to cross the road where it is safe to do so by using a zebra crossing or a pelican crossing.


We then got to have a go at using a pretend zebra crossing and pelican crossing in the classroom to make sure that we knew exactly what to do the next time we cross the road.

We are going to the library tomorrow so we will be able to cross the road safely and remember the 5 rules to help us to cross the road.

  1. Stop on the pavement
  2. Look right, left, right, left and right again
  3. Listen for the traffic
  4. Hold hands with an adult or a partner
  5. Walk sensibly across the road if it is safe to do so

How you can help your child at home:

  • Talk to your child about how to cross the road safely.
  • Make sure that your child holds your hand walking across the road.
  • Discuss where the safest place to cross the road would be.
  • Click here to play games about road safety.

Staying Safe on the Internet

In ICT, Pearl class have learning how to stay safe whilst using the computers, iPads and the internet.

We have already signed our acceptable use policies (AUPs) and we have included a rule on our class charter that says we need to treat the laptops and iPads with respect and keep our passwords secret.

First, we thought about what ‘personal information‘ was. We decided as a class that this included our full names, our address, where we go to school, our phone number, our email addresses and our birthdays.

Then we made a list of people that it would be okay to share this information with and all of the adults that we are able to trust. These included: mums, dads and other members of our family; teachers in school; doctors; police and other emergency services.

We already know that we do not talk to strangers in the street, but what happened if someone we didn’t know tried to talk to us whilst we were online? What if they asked us to share our personal information with them?

We watched a short video that highlights the importance of staying safe on the internet called Hector’s World. Click here to watch the videos at home with your child.


We already use Hector in school on the laptops to help to keep us safe.

Tiana – We click on Hector if we see something that we shouldn’t.

Harrison – Then we tell a teacher to come and help us. 


We have an E-Safety blog at school that is full of help and advice if you want to know more. Click here to view the blog.

Look at some of the work that we have been completing in our topic books.

How to help your child at home:

  • Talk to your child about the importance of staying safe online.
  • Do you know what your child is doing online? Make sure that your child is playing age appropriate games online and are not being exposed to things that are too old for them.
  • It is against the law for a child under the age of 13 to have social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • Devices such as iPhones, Android phone, Playstations, Xboxes, PSPs are all internet enabled – Do you have the correct parental restrictions on them to keep your child safe?
  • Ask your child to tell you what to do if a stranger tries to talk to them online.

National Poetry Day 2016


This week, we celebrated National Poetry Day in class and we loved it.

Our favourite poem is called:

Jump or Jiggle by Evelyn Beyer

Frogs jump
Caterpillars hump

Worms wiggle
Bugs jiggle

Rabbits hop
Horses clop

Snakes slide
Sea gulls glide

Mice creep
Deer leap

Puppies bounce
Kittens pounce

Lions stalk
But–I walk!

We worked in groups to learn the poem and then recited back to each other in small groups.

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After that, Miss Varley told us about a very special competition that we could be a part of with Young Writers.

We have to submit a poem that we have written by ourselves about an animal and if we win, we will get published and be part of the Yorkshire and Humberside book.

We can’t wait to see if we are going to be famous!

We have started to write some riddles about animals, remembering to use expanded noun phrases (adjective, adjective noun) and similes (using like or as) to help us to describe the animals, real, wild or imaginary.

Let us know what you think about our riddles in the comment box below.

How you can help your child at home:

  • Read poems with your child.
  • Think of different words that rhyme.
  • Have a go at writing a riddle of your own at home.
  • Put actions of your own to the poem Jump or Jiggle.

Mathematician of the Week

Congratulations to our Mathematician of the Week.

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As you can see from his beautiful presentation, he has been able to set out his work perfectly when we have been learning about column addition this week, based on our previous work when we used the Dienes to partition 2-digit numbers into tens and ones. Fantastic work! 🙂

Maths, maths, maths…

We have really been trying extra hard with our maths since we came back to school in September.

We have been using concrete objects to help us to be able to find our answers like Numicon and Dienes.

First we started to look at how to partition 2-digit numbers into tens and ones and answering word problems to look at the symbols greater than (>) and less than (<).

We had a go at matching numbers to Dienes to the number words.

Click here to build a two-digit number using Dienes (tens and ones)

Next we started to show our working out in our maths books. We added a two-digit number to a one-digit number and then we added 10.

After that, we added a two-digit number to a two-digit number, showing our working out with the Dienes.

Today we started to look at how to set out column method. It was tricky at first but we soon got the hang of it.

Look at how neat it is!

We are very proud of our work.

Miss Varley is very proud of our work as well!  🙂

What you could do at home to support your child:

  • Complete the weekly homework that is linked to what your child has been doing at home.
  • Ask your child to say how many tens and ones a two-digit number has.
  • Practise adding two-digit numbers to one and two-digit numbers.
  • Speak to Miss Varley if you would like more help in being able to support your child.



In Year 2, phonics still plays a massive part in our everyday writing and we are always looking at how we can improve it.

In class, we might decide to use a phoneme strip or a sentence hand to help us with our writing. Some of us will robot talk the words to make sure that we have sounded out each sound of the word.

We are practising how to begin to read our work back and edit it so that we can improve it.


You can use Phonics Play at home to help you to practise as well.

Login details are:

Username: PRINCE2

Password: EDWARD

If you are working at Phase 6, you can play Past Tense Penguin to help you get better at adding the suffix -ed to verbs to turn them into the past tense or Tumbling Tumbleweed to help you to practise adding the suffix -ing to verbs to turn them into the present tense.

If you are working at Phase 5, there are lots of games that you can play like Picnic on Pluto, Buried Treasure or Dragon’s Den to help you to recognise real and nonsense words.

Ask Miss Varley if you need some help.