Introduction

Mrs Pearce

Class Teacher

Mrs Pearce is now in her 24th year of teaching, having taught in 5 schools of differing sizes since completing her training in 1998. As well as teaching our Year 2 Curlews, Mrs Pearce leads Maths and Geography across the school. She is also Key Stage 1 lead, working closely with Mr Cruse and Mrs Champion, our Key Stage 2 and Early Years leaders. Mrs Pearce is a very keen runner and likes to instill her love of the sport amongst the children.

Curlew Class 2021-2022
 
Mrs Pearce teaches Curlew Class, which comprises of 25 Year 2 children. Mrs Barnicoat and Mrs Barrett share the role of class teaching assistant across the week. 
 
Please see our "Welcome to Curlew Class" transition slides below to gain further information about life in Year 2. 
 
Curlews' Classroom 2021-2022
 
Take a look at our classroom in the photos below. As the year progresses, more images will be added.

Curlews' Class Topic and Science Knowledge Organisers
 
Please find Curlews' knowledge organisers for Topic and Science below. They contain all of the key information children need for the units and are created half-termly.  In school, the children have knowledge organisers in their books and they use them to support their learning. For further curriculum information, please go to Curlews' 'Curriculum' page.
Summer 1  2022
Spring 2  2022
Spring 1  2022
Autumn 2  2021
Autumn 1 2021
Curlew Class Trips, Events and Activities - WOW Experiences! 
 
Pirate's Quest 
 
Well shiver me timbers, what a swashbucklin time we had at Pirate's Quest in Newquay! Calico Jack was our host as we journeyed through the pirate past. He taught us many facts, myths and even a few Cornish words along the way. Dressed as pirates ourselves, we were truly immersed in the experience. 
 
We discovered that there are various myths linked to piracy. For a start, they didn't walk the plank; this was invented in the story 'Treasure Island' which was written many, many years after The Golden Age of Piracy. Also, if they had a peg leg or hook for a hand, pirates would not be onboard ship - instead they became landlubbers. Their eyepatches were not to cover injuries, but used to help the pirates adjust to bright light/darkness. 
Science Week: Monday 14th - Friday 18th March 2022
 
Science Week inspired Curlews on a daily basis and we have many budding scientists in our class as a result. Visits from the space dome, Generation Wild and The Wave Project all helped inject passion for the subject. In the classroom, we initiated planting experiments, created growth-themed posters and wrote Science acrostic poems. A true class highlight was our biscuit dunking investigation. There was great excitement throughout , with some accurate measuring, considered predicting and super team work. Rich Tea came out as the overall winner! 
Trebah Gardens - Tuesday 1st March 2022
 
To launch our Geography-based Plant Hunters topic and our Plants  Science theme, we visited the glorious Trebah Gardens near Mawnan Smith. We spent the day walking the trails, identifying and describing exotic plants as we wound our way around this magical environment. We walked right down onto the beach, which enabled us to appreciate how close the gardens are to the river and sea. This coastal location is part of the reason why Trebah’s exotic species thrive so far from their original home.  Back in the classroom, we focused in on the journeys that the plant hunters would have made in their quest for the likes of the Monkey Puzzle Tree, New Zealand Tree Fern and umbrella-leaved Gunnera. I would like to say a big thank you to the parents who came along to support the day. 
Chick Update - Friday 25th February 2022
 
Darcy sent us a super chick update this morning. They are all 'growing like ferns' and have just been moved into their second box, with more room and air flow. The chicks are beginning to get their first 'proper feathers' and are very fit and healthy, so we must have given them a good start in life!  Have a look at the photos to see how much they have grown!
Anya Comes to Visit Again - Wednesday 16th February 2022
 
As part of our Animals Including Humans Science learning, we are measuring growth over time. Anya last visited our class back in November and she came in again today so that we could measure how much she has grown in height and in weight. Last time, we measured her length as she wasn't yet standing, but this time we measured her height. We also noticed other changes, such as her ability to stand, walk, dance, comprehend and interact with us! Anya is going to visit us again in May and July, so we can further track changes. She had a great time with us!
Trenoweth Quarry Visit - Monday 14th February 2022
 
To round off our Mabe Matters topic, we walked up to visit Trenoweth Quarry. Owner Tim Marsh was our guide and during the afternoon, we were able to see where the granite was extracted, look at  granite processing machines (from a safe distance) and watch the stonemasons at work. We found out what granite can be used for and learnt why granite stonemasonry is a niche profession. Some of us said that we would like to be a stonemason when we are older. Tim very kindly gave us a granite cylinder to take back to school. This will be a great resource for our upcoming Shape theme in Maths. 
 
Curlew Chicks Hatch - Monday 7th February 2022
 
We had the pleasure of incubating eggs and witnessing a grand total of 34 chicks hatch in our classroom. It was a real 'awe and wonder' moment for children and staff alike. We are extremely grateful to Darcy Pascoe for bringing in the  eggs and the incubator, as well as for helping us care for our little feathered friends. On Tuesday, we had the opportunity to hold the chicks, which was so exciting! Potential names include Bob, Oreo, Timothy, Fuzz, Cluckster and Nancy. 
Mini Celebration Cakes - Thursday 9th December
 
We measured, mixed, chopped, poured, lined a tin and decorated our mini celebration cakes. The learning was related to both Design and Technology and Science.  Earlier in the week, we discussed the importance of good hygiene as part of our Animals, including Humans Science theme.  The children had a super time and we were very grateful to Caroline for assisting our baking. 
 Anya Comes to Visit - Monday 8th November 
 
We welcomed my daughter, Anya into school for our Science lesson this afternoon! As part of our 'Animals, Including Humans' theme, we identify and describe the six stages of human growth. At 11 months old, Anya still fits into the baby category. The children planned a series of questions to ask about her stage of development. This ranged from, 'What time does she go to bed?' through to 'Where was she born?' They were able to answer some of their questions by simply observing Anya in the classroom and others by asking me.

We were really lucky because Arthur's mum was able to weigh and measure Anya's length using her official health visitor equipment! We have plotted Anya's measurements on a chart on our Science Working Wall. Anya is going to visit us again in February and hopefully twice more in the Summer Term, so we can track her growth over time. I'd like to say a huge thank you to Hollie for coming in and supporting our lesson.

The children made Anya feel so welcome and she was very happy to be in their company. They predict that she will be walking and talking a little by the time she comes in during February!
A Visit From Dr Wallace -  Tuesday 2nd November
 
We have had a lovely WOW Day today thinking about the human body. In the morning, we worked in groups to create body 'poems'. We drew around one member of our group and then filled the outline with words. It ended up as more of a labelling task, but the children had great fun!

After lunch, the lovely Dr Wallace joined us! She told us about her journey towards becoming a consultant and we were impressed with her dedication of spending 5 years at university, followed by a further 12 years of training.

Dr Wallace brought in models of the human torso, an eye and the heart. She taught us the names of vital organs and we even had a go at putting back the pieces! We were intrigued by the lens in the eye and how the heart works.

During the afternoon, we were also able to complete Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale collages to go on our class display. We started to learn about these brave nurses in yesterday's History lesson and can already recall a few key facts.

Please take a look at the photos to see our day in action!

I would like to say an enormous thank you to Katie for giving up her time to spend with us this afternoon.
Pendennis Castle - Monday 4th October
 
We spent an excellent day at Pendennis Castle, learning about its history and enjoying its spectacular setting! Our day began with an overview of the castle's past, led by our wonderful guide, Jane. She was impressed with the knowledge we had already gained about Pendennis before visiting the site itself. We knew that King Henry VIII ordered the castle to be built and we also knew that its role, alongside its sister castle, St. Mawes, was to defend the inhabitants of Falmouth town against invasion. Well done, Hector for explaining this so well!
 
Jane told us about two of King Henry's wives, Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn. We wore hats and headdresses to represent these key figures from the past. The class divided into two and fired pretend cannons at enemy ships as they passed through Carrick Roads. We loved acting and took our roles most seriously! 
 
We stood outside the castle building itself and talked about the significance of its shape. Locryn commented that it was round in order to see potential invading ships coming from all angles! We discussed various defensive features including the ramparts, drawbridge, thick stone walls and portcullis. Ethan spotted mythical gargoyles which were both decorative and played a part in the drainage system. 
 
In the education room, we were able to handle artefacts and replicas from the past. This was such a great experience and we felt privileged to be the first school to take part in the 'Now and Then' workshop since the onset of Covid.  Each group had a 'treasure chest' to explore and our task was to predict the purpose of its contents. The chests contained objects related to eating, medical care, lighting or writing. We were surprised by the materials some of the items were made from and Jane told us that they would have been sourced locally in those days. The candles, for example, were made from beeswax. 
 
After Jane explained the contents of the chests, we were then presented with clothes that  various castle inhabitants would have worn. These included the 'pot boy', the governor, the gunner and the blacksmith. After trying on the garments, most of us decided that we would rather wear our present day clothes and also that we wouldn't have been too keen on living in the castle!
 
After lunch, we explored the inside of the castle itself - an experience that many Curlews thought was 'the best bit!' We looked at the large hearths, marvelled at the size of The Great Hall, imagined what the noise would be like in the cannon room and had a giggle at the 'toilet!' During our walk around the inside of the castle, we were able to  see and feel the castle materials. This helped our Science learning to come alive. The thick stone walls and iron-studded wooden doors were right in front of our eyes!
 
The day flew by so quickly and many of us said that we would like to visit again! Many thanks to Mark, Rebecca and Krystina for helping out on our trip. Such a lovely day of learning!
 
 
At Mabe Primary School, we feel that homework is an important part of each child's learning process. In Year 2, we ask that you support your children with the following activities. Please don’t hesitate to come and see us if you need further clarification.
Reading

Please listen to your child read as frequently as possible. I cannot stress the importance of reading at home enough. We teach the skills at school and whilst we listen to the children read during guided reading sessions, within RWI lessons and on an individual basis where possible, we need your support at home. Daily is naturally ideal, but three times each week is essential. Remember that each daily read counts towards a karate band. Please talk to your child about the storyline, the meaning of words and ask them what might happen next. Book discussions are crucial and remember that literally decoding the words is only part of the reading process. 


Talk for Writing

Help your child to explore and learn the English model texts. At Mabe Primary School, we follow the "Talk for Writing" process, where pupils learn a text by heart (listen and imitate), then insert their own ideas into this framework (innovate) and finally imaginatively move away from the original (invent). Letters are sent home with the text attached and details about its features at the beginning of each unit. The vast majority of our texts are topic-linked. Our Summer 1 genres are quest tales, using "Pirate Pete" as our model text and recounts, using "A Pirate's Life" as our model text.  See below for letters and texts. 

Additional Tasks

At various points throughout the year, we might ask for certain items, such as tuna tins for Christmas cakes. We will send a message via Dojo and make sure it is in the monthly newsletter. We love to see any child-initiated home learning, either related to our school topics or anything else of interest. You are welcome to take photos of your child's learning, which we can show on Dojo or pop it in their book bags for us to share with the class. 
Spellings

Please help your child to learn their spellings, which will either be 5 words related to a sound pattern or 10 words related to a Year 2 spelling pattern. You will receive a half term's worth of spellings on a grid (which will go home in paper form and is available below), so you can reflect on previous words and look ahead to see what is coming. In school, we explore and explain the spellings on a Monday and carry out a range of activities to help them internalise the words before testing them on a Friday.  In line with Key Stage 2, Year 2 pupils have a login to Spelling Shed where they will find games to help them learn their weekly spellings (Account details can be found in the children's yellow reading records). Please encourage your child to engage with this online platform. 
 
Maths

Curlews take part in Times Tables Rock Stars, along with our Key Stage 2 classes. Each child has individual login details, which can be found on the inside cover of their yellow reading records. We would love them to practise quick fire tables skills at home to support our in-school learning. NumBots, the addition and subtraction platform used in Sandpipers,  continues to be available for the children to access, using the same login details. Please see the letter and Parent Guide below for further information.