GSO Test


Year 2: Giraffe Class 2020/21

Class Team : Sarah Dainton - Teacher, Evie Ryan-Smith - Teaching Assistant, Terri Lewis - Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Dear Parent/Carers,

Hello everyone and welcome to Giraffe Class web page.

I will be writing on here every week to keep you up to date on our learning in class. So far the children seem really settled and are now used to the routines and changes that we have made in the school/classroom.

As the weather changes please send your child into school with named coats, scarves and gloves.

Many thanks.

w/b 9 November  or IX/XI/XX

We are moving!!!

This is the last week we shall be using class pages to offer information and learning on line.

We are moving over to Google Classroom.

You should all have received a sheet of paper on Friday giving you instructions on how to log in and locate any work. 

Hi everyone,

I hope you all had a great half term week and safely enjoyed Hallowe'en and Fireworks night.

We have been learning about Guy Fawkes and his attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament.

Watch this to remind yourself of the Gunpowder Plot.

 and read and answer these questions.


In maths we have been looking at place value. We have partitioned numbers into tens and ones. So 46 is 40 and 6.

Try counting in tens and ones here and there are loads of on line games here.....take your pick.

In phonics we have been looking at the igh sound. 

There are lots of different ways of making 'igh' including ie, i-e, i and y.

Have a go at reading all these words. 

This week we will be looking at the different ways of making the 'oa' sound. Here are all the ways to make the oa sound: oa, ow, o, o-e and oe.

Have a go at these 2 activities all about the different ways of spelling and sounding out oa.

spelling and sounding out oa.

This week in Science we will be starting to look at the ways of classifying animals including humans. Click on this link to start you off on your learning.


Now click on google classrooms - follow the instructions on the sheet that came home on Friday and see if you can find some learning on there from me.

Good luck.

See you on Google classroom.

Ms Dainton.



w/b 19th October XIX.X.XX

Hello everyone. Just a week to go until half term. Once again I'd like to praise all the children in Giraffe Class for settling so well and really coping with all the changes due to the Corona virus and being in a new year group with a new teacher and TA. 

Just a reminder books are changed on Monday and new homework given out as well. Please send the homework back to school. I can look at it after 72 hours. 

Many thanks for your support with all the changes.


Try 5 challenges this week found here. One for each day. 

Click here to see the daily challenges.

Monday number 5

Tuesday number 8

Wednesday number 9

Thursday number 10

Friday number 11


This week we are looking at Croc and Bird by Alexis Deacon. We will be focussing on the illustrations and characters. 


We have looked at alternative spellings for :-

ai/ay sound

oi/oy sound

This week we will be looking at :

ur/ir/er sound

and igh/ie/y/ie sound.

Play with a partner...choose a colour pencil each. Roll a dice say the word and cross it out. 4 in a row wins!! 

Click here for igh activity sheets.


Science Learning about micro habitats.

A habitat doesn’t always have to be something big like a rainforest, a desert, a field or a pond. A habitat can also be a very small area, such as underneath a log or between two rocks. These small habitats are known as micro-habitats.

watch the power-point all about minibeast habitats.


Enjoy your half term. 


w/b 12th October or XII.X.XX

Another week begins and I am hoping we have a rain free week. Last week the children had 2 great PE sessions. One outside using bats and balls and an apparatus lesson inside.

We completed our poem called Out and About. The children came up with all the ideas for this poem.

Out and about by Giraffe Class

Walking with my puppy

Sitting in my pergola

Riding on my scooter

Breathing in the fresh air.


Collecting silly sticks

Looking out for rainbows

Jumping on my trampoline

Breathing in the fresh air.


Riding bikes to the river

Running super-fast

Collecting big rocks

Breathing in the fresh air.


Swimming in a glitter pool

Green grass and squirrels

Paddling in my pool

Breathing in the fresh air.


Going to the castle tunnel

Balloons flying in the sky

Duck ponds and family slides

Breathing in the fresh air.



Every week we have a Giraffe of the Week responsible for lots of jobs such as checking everyone has soap and hand sanitiser, leading the line etc..... So far there have been 4 excellent Giraffes of the week.



Apologies if these pictures are on the side!!


This week:

For Phonics we are looking at:

  • ay and ai . Same sound but different spelling. Look at these!  ay and ai 
  • oi and oy. Same sound but different spelling  Oi and oy activity. Look for the oi and oy phonemes in the text.


We shall carry on our number bonds from last week and:

  • Find double numbers to double 15,
  • Use patterns in number bonds,
  • Use number bonds to solve more difficult additions.



We shall continue and finish Here we are by Oliver Jeffers. We will link the care for animals in the book with looking at animal habitats in Science.

The children will set questions and answer others about the facts/illustrations from the book.



We will be linking this with our Literacy work but mainly looking at all the different animal habitats such as seaside, rainforest, arctic, desert etc....


This month our value is HONESTY. We have reflected on what is a lie and read the story of the boy who cried wolf.


Please remember to return homework and books on Monday, new homework and books will be available on Monday. 

Any problems/questions please email me on


w/b 5th October or V.X.XX

Well the weather has certainly changed! I hope you have all had a lovely weekend and avoided all the showers.

Please practise the phonics that were sent home (they were on the back of the poem to learn). They are also here:

Phonics covered in Year 2.


This week in maths we are going to:

  • revise number bonds to 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10; 
  • know number bonds to 10 and begin to learn related subtraction facts;
  • know multiple of 10 number bonds to 100,
  • learn bonds to 20,
  • rehearse number bonds to 10 and 20 using stories


A number bond is a simple addition of two numbers that add up to give the sum. Using number bonds, one can instantly tell the answer without the need for the actual calculation.

Number Bonds

Multiple of 10 number bonds to 100 : 0 and 100, 10 and 90, 20 and 80, 30 and 70, 40 and 60 etc....

Ordering numbers game.

Number bonds to 10 game.

Number bonds to 10 and 20 game.


We continue to read 'Here we are' by Oliver Jeffers and our learning this week focusses on information writing about caring for ourselves, others and living things, keeping healthy  and belonging to a community. 


We will be looking at living and non living things and animals habitats. 


w/b 28th September or XXVIII.IX.XX

In Maths this week we are working on place value.

Place Value is value of each digit in a number. For example, the 5 in 53 represents 5 tens, or 50 - it is important that children understand that whilst a digit can be the same, its value depends on where it is in the number. 

Our learning this week includes finding how to:-

Estimate and count a number of objects up to 100.

Locate numbers on 0-100 beaded lines and 1-100 squares.

Compare pairs of numbers and find a number in between.

Order three 2-digit numbers.


Ordering games

Caterpillar ordering game

Coconut ordering game

Find the number and find the number in between game.

Copy/print the squares and fill in the missing numbers.

1 - 100 or

100 - 200.


 In Literacy we are continuing to read 'Here we are' by Oliver Jeffers.

We have been looking at 'Our Wonderful World'.

Click here    


We have made up our own poem of the song 'It's a Wonderful World'


Watch our performance here.


Please click here for out Autumn Term class letter (press the Ctrl and left click on mouse/touch pad together)

I will be putting maths games on the abacus website. Click here  to see your new games.  I will send a copy of your child's log-in details home so you can access this link.

Apologies for the incorrect PE days on the letter sent by email. The PE days this half term are Thursday and Friday. Please be aware that no PE kits are allowed in school so on these days the children can wear their PE clothes into school. 

High Frequency words to read and spell.



Some additional links that might be useful. These continue to be free at the moment.

 Username: march20   Password: home


 Books Trust stories on line.

 Sooper books - harder stories to read on line


Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.


The children have settled really well with all the changes.

Thank you for all your help in helping with this smooth transition.


Please email me if you have any concerns or questions.

Best wishes,

Sarah Dainton and the Year 2 team.