Bedwell School,
Bedwell Crescent,
Herts, SG1 1NJ

01438 351198


Miss E Shaw

© Bedwell Primary
School, 2018

Squirrels (Year 2)

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  • Reading Week
    We thoroughly enjoyed our Spooktacular Reading Week, which took place in the first place after half-term. We were fortunate enough to be visited by some brilliant authors who come into school to share their stories and ideas with us. We particularly enjoyed meeting James Mayhew, who drew an amazing illustration at the same time as telling a story. During the Week, we also took part in a competition to find out who could read in the most unusual place (check out some of the entries below), and on the Friday we got to come to school in our pyjamas and snuggled down for a Big Read!



  • Christmas Baubles!
    The term ended brilliantly with a dazzling performance our Christmas show, which involved everyone in Years 1 and 2. We worked really hard in the weeks running up to the show to learn all of our lines and stage directions, and it was great to see everyone’s hard work paying off when we got to perform in front of our parents and families. We hope that you all enjoyed the performance and that we have created memories which will last forever!



  • Mini-Olympics
    We were lucky enough to spend an afternoon trying out all sorts of sporting activities at our local leisure centre. We had lots of fun taking part and enjoyed participating in a variety of activities including rugby, cheerleading, stacking cups, gymnastics, curling and cricket. We were exhausted by the time we got back to school!


  • Church Visit
    On the 1st of December we were lucky enough to be invited to the Church of St Andrew and St George, where we learnt more about how Christians celebrate Christmas and they shared their Christmas story with us. The afternoon was packed full of arts and craft opportunities and we all made our own crown and sheep baubles. The visit really helped to get us ready for our own performance of the Christmas story (more of which on the back page!)

    Our trip tied in really well with our work in RE this term, too, which has seen us learning about the Christian tradition of advent. We found out that Advent is the start of the Christian year, counting down to Christmas during the time when Mary and Joseph were believed to have been travelling to Bethlehem - and we had fun making our own advent calendars as well!

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  • Vile Victorians
    For our topic this term we have been researching the Vile Victorians. We have learnt about differences between schools in the past compared to our schools now, the different clothes that Victorian schoolchildren wore and the conditions that poor people had to live in. The lack of technology was also astounding and we had a lot of fun imaging what life would be like without tablets and computers!
  • English
    We began the half-term by completing our work on the Gingerbread Man, using the recipe as inspiration to write our own set of instructions. We were able to think of a list of ingredients to use and wrote numbered, step-by-step instructions to make a witch’s potion.

    After that, we were introduced to a ’Tale of Fear’ - the story of The Papaya That Spoke. Our main focus has been on including speech in our writing, including the correct use of speech marks, whilst also working on general sentence structure (working to using full stops and capital letters with 100% accuracy). Having learnt the model story, we were able to use this as a base for our own writing, producing our own Tales of Fear that was broken into clear sections, with an opening, build up, problem, solution and ending.

    Santa and the Snowman
    The snowman woke up too late to see Father Christmas get up the chimney. The snowman said ‘If I didn’t go to sleep I would have got him by now.’ ‘I know what to do. When he comes down the chimney next I will put the fire on and he will burn his bottom. It will be so funny,’ smiled the snowman. Father Christmas heard everything and decided to go through the front door instead of the chimney. He made a balloon of himself and put that down the chimney instead. He threw the balloon down the chimney and got away from the snowman. Once he had got away the snowman said, ‘I only wanted to be Father Christmas so I could put some presents under the tree.’ Father Christmas heard this and came back. ‘Come on,’ said Father Christmas and they both delivered presents to children. In the morning the children were happy and opened their presents.
    by Sienna Cook

  • Maths
    Over the last half-term we have been developing our strategies for addition and subtraction, working with increasingly large numbers and aiming to move from concrete counting (with objects) to drawings and then finally to mental and written methods.

    We have enjoyed learning about finding the difference using amounts of money and buying items in our class shops. We are counting everyday in 2s, 5s, and 10s, starting from different numbers and challenging ourselves to count forwards and backwards using these multiples. We are also working hard to learn our first times tables, and are beginning to earn our bronze, silver and gold certificates, showing how well we understand and can recall our 2x, 5x and 10x tables facts.







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Samuel Street & Ruby Barr

Our Summer Term Topic:
Greatest Explorers

We will begin the term by exploring recounts, using the diaries of famous explorers to inspire us and introduce us to our new topic. We will use this as an opportunity to explore the difference between past and present tense, before writing recounts of our own. Following this, we will be focussing on ‘wishing tales’, learning the story of The Three Wishes by heart and then using this as a basis for our own writing. Throughout the term, we will be learning to spell words containing suffixes, as well as continuing to develop our phonic knowledge in our daily Read Write Inc sessions. We will also continue to practise our joined handwriting across all areas of the curriculum.

Our targets will focus on learning, understanding and using written methods for addition and subtraction. Over the course of the term, we will be looking at a variety of methods including partitioning, jumping on a number line and formal column addition. We will also be using and applying our maths skills, using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to solve problems in real life contexts involving money and measures. We will also continue to work towards our Tables Star Awards, practicing our 2, 5 and 10 times tables every day, with some of us moving beyond to work on our Superstar Award and the 3, 4 and 6 times tables.

Next half-term, we will be looking at a range of different animals and discovering how their offspring grow into adults. We will then be investigating the basic needs of all animals, such as water, food and air. Finally, we will be learning about the importance of staying healthy, maintaining good personal hygiene and eating a balanced diet.

We will be looking at life-cycles, identifying changes that take place in many species (including humans) as youngsters grow into adults. We will then explore the basic needs of all animals such as water, food and air. Finally we will be learning about the importance of staying healthy, maintaining good personal hygiene and eating a balanced diet.

The Arts
Linked to our topic work on exploration and discovery, we will be looking closely at some of the animals that our explorers would have seen for the first time on their travels. We will then learn to create images of these creatures using a range of media, including collage and water colours, as well as making animal masks in DT.

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