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Helen Skelton – Year 2

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Our current topic for terms 3 and 4 is well underway and we have discovered lots about our home town of Swanley by coming up with some interesting questions. 


Q. Where did the name Swanley come from?

A. Swan comes from swine and ley means clearing in the woods. So Swanley started out as a clearing in the woods where you could perhaps find wild pigs or where farmers kept their pigs!

Q. How old is Whiteoaks Leisure Centre?

A. It was opened to the public in 1968 so it is 50 years old this year!


Q. How many people live in Swanley?

A. Nearly 17, 000.


'Show us what you know' tasks for Home and Away:


1. Come up with some questions about Swanley and research the answers.

2. Find a town or village in another country that is not in Europe that you think would be interesting to learn about for the 'away' section of this topic. Write a short letter to the Year 2 teachers saying why you think this place would be interesting to learn about and compare with Swanley.

3. Make a picture or map of some of the places in Swanley - be creative!

4. Research and compare the cost of everyday items in the local supermarkets and shops.

5. Design a leaflet welcoming new families to Swanley which tells them about the interesting things to see and do.

Fun in the Snow!

Fun in the Snow! 1
Fun in the Snow! 2
Class Newsletter - Term 1 and 2

Homework Ethos:


At Horizon Primary Academy we believe that homework encourages and enhances children’s learning as well as providing an opportunity for parents and children to work together to enjoy new learning experiences. 




By the end of Year 2 the children should know their 2, 5 and 10 times tables as well as the related division facts. Please support your child to learn these in a fun, practical way on a regular basis. 5 minutes a day can make a big difference to their recall.


All children from Reception to Year 6 have an online Mathletics account whereby they need to complete set tasks and practice their times tables before they can play maths related games.




We recommend that all children read independently or are read to by parents or carers on a daily basis either before or after school for 15 – 20 minutes. Books from our levelled reading scheme, Accelerated Reader scheme, Swanley Link, or books from home are all suitable.




Please practise the spellings that will be sent home  weekly from the RWI spelling programme.


'Show us what you know' tasks for 'Fire Fire!'


1.       Create a collage of a fire

2.       Create a list of 5 facts about the Great Fire of London

3.       Find out 5 materials that burn easily and 5 materials that don’t.

4.       Make a poster of 10 adjectives which describe fire- be creative!

5.       Research our capital city – London



Great Fire of London Workshop:

Making houses from London in 1666

Baking bread in Pudding Lane!

Building boats to sail across the River Thames!

Fairy Day!