Pandas Class

Welcome to the Pandas’ Class Page!

We are a Year 2 class. Our teacher is Miss Cruse and our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Andrews (Monday to Wednesdays), Mrs Stratford (mornings) and Mrs Hill (Thursdays).


This term’s news:

This term, our topic is the Titanic! We have enjoyed making models of the ship, working in groups to build 1st, 2nd and 3rd class cabins and meeting a very knowledgeable man called George, who told us about a girl called Eileen who lived in Salisbury but died on the Titanic.

Parents: Please feel free to come and view our amazing Titanic models in the hall, after school on Monday 8th July.

Don’t forget, we are going on our school trip to SeaCity in Southampton next Thursday (11th July). The children need to wear school uniform and bring a water bottle.

In our other learning, in English we are looking at poetry and writing poems with lively vocabulary about minibeasts. In Maths, we are learning about different ways to measure mass and capacity. Our TGIF topic is ‘Save the Planet’, please remember to ask the children about what they have learnt.

Also this term we have spent lots of time preparing for our move to the Junior site. We have been on lots of visits to see what playtime and lunchtime are like and have had a tour of the site. If parents would like to look around the juniors, Mr Picton is leading a tour from the Infant site on Monday 8th July at 3pm.

With the weather being so warm at the moment, please make sure all children bring a water bottle to school.

Learners of the week this term:

Lucy – for being especially helpful in Miss Cruse’s first week, and engaging well in all her learning

Yasmine – for being incredibly sensible and thoughtful on our hunt for habitats around our school.

Stephen – for his increased confidence and independence, allowing him to be ready for his learning

Amelia – for excellent maths work both, especially the work she has done with Miss Dymond

Grace T – for putting effort into her learning at home, which proved successful in school!

Ewan – for brilliant determination with the Golden Mile and for being incredibly resilient when Miss Cruse made a mistake on Sports Day!

Lilly – for settling in so well to Greentrees Primary School

Suri – for excellent sewing skills when making a puppet

Patch – for writing a wonderful adventure story and for careful felt cutting

Anna – for brilliant rounders playing, scoring the point her team needed to win


Certificates this term:

Bronze: Chief-Collins

Silver:  Grace B, Oliver F, Amelia

Gold:   Theo M, William, Harry W

Super Gold: Max


New Maths Passports:

Asia:  Max, Chief, Grace B, Ewan


This term in Pandas:

English: We have been reading Gangsta Granny by David Walliams, and early in the term we wrote our own stories based on this. Our characters stole some exciting objects and we used some brilliant expanded noun phrases and conjunction. After that we have been exploring poetry, particularly about minibeasts. We have been exploring how poets chose their vocabulary carefully and have written some of our own poems.

Maths: We began the term looking at position and direction, talking about movements left, right, forwards and backwards, and turns clockwise and anticlockwise. We are now exploring measurements of temperature, mass and capacity and looking at standard units of measure.

Science: This term we have been able to do some lovely science activities, including pond dipping and looking at different types of plants. We have also gathered the final results for our year-long enquiry and made bar charts to represent these before writing conclusions.

RE: This term we are studying Islam.

PSHE: This term we are exploring how our bodies change, through a unit called ‘Changing Me’.

Geography: N/A this term.

Art: N/A this term.

DT: This term we designed and made our own hand puppets, using felt and a running stitch.

PE: We have continued to play rounders this term.

Computing: We have linked our Science and Computing learning this term, by creating our bar charts on the laptops.


Home Learning:

In Year 2, Home Learning books need to be handed into class by Wednesday and homework is generally set on a Thursday. If one week your child does not have home learning it is expected that they will complete tasks from the ‘on-going list’ which is on the home learning policy (see below).

Reading Books – Reading books will be changed on Mondays and Thursdays.

Maths Passports (small plastic folders) – These will be checked by Mrs Mills every other Monday.

Home Maths Packs – for named children only : These are now finished for the year.

There are quite a few apps (Squeebles) and websites (Teaching Tables) you can also try out.

Home Handwriting books – for named children only – These are now finished for the year.

Ongoing (daily):

  • Listening to adults read stories                      
  • Reading (from reading book and other books/own literature – we recommend no more than 10 or 15 minutes). Please record and sign the ‘Reading Record’
  • Reading and spelling from word cards
  • Practise reading and spelling year 2 common exception words
  • Bug Club (once allocated)
  • Mathletics (once allocated)