Year 2 – Madan


So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through Faith

Galatians 3 vs 26

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to Madan’s homepage. Our class teacher is Mrs Walsh and our TA is Miss Lulu. Our LSAs are Miss Kerri and Mr Liberos.

Please check the blog on Fridays for regular updates on what we have been doing and upcoming events.

You can email Mrs Walsh on with any questions or concerns.


Class updates

Friday 25th November

Dear Parents and Carers,

Nativity rehearsals are in full swing and it’s going to be fantastic! We did the first full run through yesterday and there are still a few children who don’t know all their lines. It would be great if you could run through their lines over the weekend. They should also know the line before theirs so they know when to come in. The nativity will be performed on Thursday 8th December at 9.30am and 2pm so make sure you clear your diaries now!

In English, the children wrote a description of a meteor shower using adjectives, exciting verbs, expanded noun phrases (adjective, adjective noun), adverbs and some of them even included a metaphor. They showed lots of creative flare and imagination with their ideas.

In Maths, we continued to practice subtraction crossing ten. My class have been working very hard on presentation and have demonstrated how diligent and meticulous they can be when there is the potential for dojo points and Pokemon stickers.

In computing, the children have learnt how to programme a Bee-Bot using an algorithm. They have become familiar with terms including input, output, quarter turn clockwise and quarter turn anti-clockwise.

In DT, Mrs Hardy has been teaching the children about stability and what makes an object stable. Today, the children made toy chairs out of straws and pipe cleaners. Then, they had a go at creating a stable chair from cardboard.

Please could you make sure that you have paid for the Lyric ticket on ParentMail by Monday morning at the latest. We are officially in the Christmas season!

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Walsh

Friday 18th November

Dear Parents and Carers,

We’re back from a second hugely successful art workshop at Bute House. One pupil said to me as we were clearing up, ‘I don’t want this to end!’ which I hope sums up how much the children enjoyed themselves.

In English, we started a new book called Look Up! by Nathan Bryon. On Monday, we read the book together and then the children worked in pairs to sequence and retell the story in their own words. Later in the week, we learnt about metaphors and the children had a go at thinking of a metaphor for the book’s female protagonist Rocket. I particularly liked: ‘Rocket’s blood is full of shooting stars!’

In Maths, we learnt how to subtract crossing ten which means the children had to learn how to exchange one ten for ten ones.

In History, the children pretended to be living in London in September 1666 and wrote a letter to a friend telling them all about the Great Fire of London.

In Science, we discussed the importance of exercise and the role it plays in keeping us fit and heathy.

In RE, we talked about our experience of light and darkness. Then, we used these ideas to understand why Christians often refer to Jesus as the ‘light of the world’.

A little bit of admin.

We still need one more parent volunteer to come with us to the National Gallery. We will be taking the tube and we need a child to adult ratio of 4:1 so please let me know if you can accompany us.

Mrs Pereira has asked that you remind the children to bring their library books on Monday. They are so disappointed when they aren’t able to take out a book!

Finally, we need cardboard for Art on Friday so please send in any old cereal packets and loo rolls etc.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Walsh

Friday 11th November

Dear Parents and Carers,

I really enjoyed talking to lots of you at Parents’ Evening. I’m aware that several conversations were cut short because we ran out of time so please do email me if you would like to chat further.

A few of you asked for some reading suggestions. Here is link to The Book Trust with lots of age appropriate ideas.

A massive thank you to Mr Vessey who invited Year 2 to Bute House for an Art Workshop. We took the first group this morning and they had a fantastic time. After learning to use a saw, a heat gun and a mallet, the children all came back to school with a beautiful dream catcher. The second group will go next Friday.

We still have one more ticket left for the Lyric if anyone would like to come with us on Tuesday 29th November. It’s a morning trip and we’ll be back at school in time for lunch.

In English, we’ve been continuing with our poetry theme. This week, we have been thinking about rhythm and repetition and we based our work around the song London’s Burning. We spent the first part of the week analysing the structure of the song and then on Thursday, the children wrote their own version. I asked them to include a progressive verb in line one, an imperative verb in line two and/or four and repetition in line three. They also had to think about the rhythm and make sure they could sing their lyrics to the tune.

In Maths, we have moved on to subtraction. I am very proud of my Maths class who have all mastered the art of exchanging. It’s not an easy concept and they have all worked hard to achieve this. Please keep practicing with them at home!

In Science, we talked about the importance of eating a balanced diet in order to stay healthy. We learnt about the different food groups discussing which ones we should eat the most of and which one we should try to resist!

Miss Whiting has asked me to remind you that the children need to learn their lines for the Nativity. It makes rehearsing much more fun if the children can scrap the script and focus on their acting!

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Walsh

Friday 4th November

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back. I hope you all had a lovely and restful half term.

St Stephen’s has introduced a brilliant new spelling scheme called Spelling Shed. You will have been sent an email explaining how it works and I’ve spent some time this week going through the changes with the children. The idea is that the children are introduced to their spelling words before they get sent home and that we spend some time in class discussing the week’s spelling rule and the meaning of the spelling words as well as how to use them in a sentence. This should, in theory, make their homework much easier. Please do feed back your thoughts.

We have a number of trips planned for this half term. The first is to Bute House on Friday 18th for an art workshop curtsey of Philip Vessey – many thanks, we are very excited. The second is to the Lyric for its Christmas show on Tuesday 29th November. We have two spare tickets for this if anyone would like to accompany us – although I’m afraid they cost £15 each as we could only secure 7 free adult tickets and we have 7 adults in Year 2! Finally, we will be going to the National Portrait Gallery on the last day of term (Friday 16th December) and we will need some adult helpers so please let me know if you would like to come.

We’ve been very busy as usual. Our English topic for the week was Autumn Poetry and we have been learning and incorporating lots of new vocabulary with a particular focus on adjectives and progressive verbs (ending in –ing).  We read lots of different autumn poems, learnt and performed a poem called I’m a Tree by Tony Bradman and then wrote our own poem using his to help us with the structure. Next week, we will be writing our own versions of London’s Burning.

In Maths, within our addition topic, we learnt to exchange. The children are brilliant and have picked up this quite difficult concept very quickly.

In History, we are learning about the Great Fire of London. We will be working towards our final lesson in the sequence where the children will make model houses out of match sticks, lollipop sticks and paper. We will place the houses very close together (as they were in the Stuart era) in the playground. I will then set fire to one of the houses and the children will watch as the flames spread and the model houses are all burnt down. The objective is for the children to think about the differences between houses in 1666 and houses today. In the past, this topic, and in particular this lesson, has been a favourite!

Miss Lulu has asked me to remind you to sign the children’s reading records when you send them back in with their reading books. Please also remember library books for Monday.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Walsh

Friday 21st October

Dear Parents and Carers,

We’ve had a fabulous time celebrating Black Voices Week. Our English this week was based on a beautiful book called Black is a Rainbow Colour by Angela Joy. On Monday, we listened to the book being read online by Angela Joy. I asked the children what they liked about the book and they picked out the illustrations and the rhyme. Then, the children drew their own interpretation of a rainbow which included the colour black. On Tuesday, we discussed the meaning of the book which is full of history. We talked about the meaning of the word culture and then focused in particular on the reference to Martin Luther King. We learnt a little bit about him and  I read them parts of his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. The children then wrote their own speeches about their dreams for a better world. On Thursday, we looked at rhyme and then on Friday the children wrote a poem in the style of Black is a Rainbow Colour. I read some wonderful speeches and poems!

Today, we wore red in support of the anti-racism charity Show Racism the Red Card. There was an assembly for Key Stage 1 explaining racism in very simple terms and focusing on how racist behaviour makes people feel. Later in the day, we talked about how we are all different and then we looked at some specific examples of racist behaviour explaining why that behaviour is unacceptable and how it affects people.

In Maths, we have moved on to addition and subtraction and the focus this week has been number bonds to 10, to 20 and for some to 100.

In RE, we talked about pilgrimage and learnt specifically about the Kumbh Mela festival which takes place every 12 years in India where the Ganges and the River Yamuna meet.

Art was fun but messy. I have just escaped for a few minutes to write the blog while the children squeeze soapy wax out of the felt that they are making.

Finally, I’m very sorry but some of the children lost money that was meant for snap bands. It is very difficult to monitor money with Year 2 so I suggest that in future you buy the merchandise for them before school rather than giving them the money. There were a few tears!

There is no homework over half-term. The children have worked very hard during the last few weeks and deserve a break. However, I have sent home the scripts for the Nativity and it would be fantastic if they could learn their lines.

Have a wonderful and restful break and see you in a week.

Mrs Walsh

Friday 14th October

Dear Parents and Carers,

Next week, we are celebrating Black Voices Week and we are going to be basing our work on a beautifully illustrated book called Black is a Rainbow Colour by Angela Joy.

On Friday, the children can come to school wearing red as part of an annual charity fundraiser and national awareness day for Show Racism the Red Card. They should bring a £1 donation which will go towards raising funds for anti-racism education for young people and adults.

A little bit of admin. Mrs Pereira has asked me to remind you about bringing library books back to school on Mondays. More than half the class has forgotten to return books which is upsetting for the children as they then aren’t allowed to take out a new book. Please could you help them to remember!

In English, we have come to the end of our topic on the King’s Guard which has focused on commands. The children wrote some fabulous instructions explaining how to make a King’s Guard as well as a list of items they would need. They have learnt to use imperative verbs and time connectives and have recapped on commas in a list. After half-term, we will be looking at autumn poetry.

In Maths, we have finished Place Value and the children will be doing a little test on Monday. We will then be moving on to addition and subtraction.

In RE, we learnt about how and why Hindus use the five senses during prayer. In computing, the children were introduced to the word algorithm which has been explained to them as a set of instructions for computers. In Geography, we discussed the seasons. Meanwhile, in Science, we looked at food groups and discussed what we like to eat and what we need to eat to stay healthy. More than three quarters of the class claimed that fruit and vegetables are their favourite foods with just four children admitting a love of sweets, chocolate and McDonalds. I’m not quite sure I believe them but maybe times have changed!

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Walsh

Friday 7th October

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have had a lot of fun this week. Wednesday’s football tournament was a massive success and it was fantastic to see all the children in action on the pitch. We’ve got some very talented players who clearly play out of school but what impressed me most was the level of enthusiasm. Everyone joined in and had a go!

On Thursday, Saumya’s mum, Priyanka, came into class to teach us about Hindu Gods. She chose seven Gods to talk about and explained how Hindus choose which Gods to worship. The girls were very impressed that there is a Goddess of girl power – so we nearly put on some Spice Girls! Thank you Priyanka.

Today was Hispanic Day and we welcomed our second mum of the week into Madan class. Lily’s mum, Carrie, came to read us a book called El Monsuro de Colores by Anna LLenas. The children loved listening and then discussing the colours of emotions. Then, they bombarded Carrie with questions about Guatemala where she lived and worked. Again- thank you Carrie.

We spent the day learning about Mexico and the artist Frida Kahlo. At lunch, the children had a wonderful Spanish feast and just before pick up, we were treated to a live Mariachi band and a few of Mr Schumm’s best Mariachi moves. Who could ask for more?!

In English, we have been learning about the King’s Guard. The topic’s learning is based on instructional text. As well as finding out lots of facts, the children have been introduced to imperative verbs (bossy verbs) which are used when we give or write instructions. We also learnt how to use time connectives. Next week, the children will be making a King’s Guard and then writing instructions for their partner to follow.

In Maths, the children have started to count in 3s and have been learning to recongnise patterns in numbers. Is the pattern going forwards or backwards and how many steps is it counting in?

In Art, we talked about using exaggerated features to create expression. The children had a go at tracing some illustrations from the Big Friendly Giant and then exaggerated some of the facial features to enhance or change the expression.

Finally, in Computing we started to tackle online safety. The children commented on their friends’ blogs from last week and we discussed the importance of always being positive and polite and not revealing any personal details.

The children are probably all exhausted so have a lovely and restful weekend. Thankfully, we are back on timetable next week.

Mrs Walsh

Friday 30th September

Dear Parents and Carers,

Another busy week! It was lovely to see some of you at the Family Supper last night. I really enjoyed meeting those of you I haven’t met before!

Today, the second half of the class took part in a Science workshop on ‘Animals in their Habitat’ and will be coming home with beautiful animal masks. I have noticed that this class is particularly arty and all the children love a creative task becoming completely absorbed in their work.

This week in English, the children have been learning all about alliteration. They wrote their own versions of The Lion in the Meadow which included lots of fantastic examples of alliteration as well as some brilliant adjectives.

In Maths, we have been counting forwards and backwards in 2s, 5s and 10s. In my class the children have learnt the meaning of the word multiple and have been comparing multiples of 2, 5 and 10 as well as experimenting with counting in 2s, 5s and 10s with a starting number that isn’t 0.

In RE, we learnt about karma and re-incarnation. The children worked in groups of three to act out concepts of good karma and bad karma, recognising that positive actions have positive consequences whereas negative actions have negative consequences.

In Science, we learnt that all animals (including humans) need water, oxygen and food to survive. In Geography we learn about geographical features and thought about whether these features are found in cities or countryside, or in both.

Next Week

On Wednesday, the children will be taking part in a multi-sports tournament in Hammersmith Park. You will have received a ParentMail about the trip so please make sure that you have given permission for your child to go and that they come into school wearing their PE kit.

Friday is Hispanic Day and we will be learning about Mexico and in particular the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The children should come to school dressed in the colours of the Mexican flag – green, white and red.

Homework is on the blog and is due by Wednesday. Mathletics should be completed by Friday.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Walsh


Friday 23rd September

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week, Year 2 was lucky enough to be chosen as the first year group to work with our St Stephen’s Scientist in Residence. Half the class took part in a workshop this morning and the other half will take part next week. The children learnt about animals in their habitat. They found out lots of interesting facts and then made and decorated an animal mask.

Thank you for sending in all the art objects. The children spent the afternoon experimenting with mark-making to create different textures such as cross hatching, squiggling, stippling and scribbling! They choose two of their objects to draw and then filled the outline with one of the mark-making techniques.

In English, our work has been based on The Lion in the Meadow. We recapped on when to use a question mark as well as how to use commas in a list. It is really important that the children get to grips with their word classes in Year 2 and at the moment we are focusing on nouns and adjectives. This will help them to remember how to use an expanded noun phrase (adjective, adjective noun) which I will be encouraging them to include in all their creative writing.

In Maths, we have continued with our work on partitioning. The children have moved on from partitioning into tens and ones and have been thinking about different ways of partitioning.

In RE, we have been talking about values. We decided that traditional Hindu values such as truth and tolerance are values that we all share. We listed all the values that are important to us and thought about how we can stay true to them.

Homework books have gone home today and are due back on Wednesday. There are spellings, sentences and Maths on the website and a grammar sheet which has been stuck into their books. Mathletics should be completed by Friday. Reading books should have come back today but I’m sure Miss Lulu will still change them if they come back on Monday morning.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Walsh

Friday 16th September

Dear Parents and Carers,

We’ve had a fantastic second week and everyone is settling in really well and getting used to the routines of Year 2.

Reading books were sent home on Wednesday and can be kept until Tuesday when Miss Lulu will change them. From next week onwards reading books should be returned on Friday. Miss Lulu will only change books if the reading record has been signed so please make sure you keep this up to date.

We have sent home the yellow homework books today. Your child’s reading group will be displayed on the inside cover along with their Mathletics login. This week’s homework is on the website. There are spellings, three sentences to write, a little bit of Maths and Mathletics. Please note there is no comprehension or grammar sheet this week.

  1. Green Group – 6 spellings
  2. Purple Group – 9 spellings
  3. Blue Group – 12 spellings


In English, we have started a new book called The Lion in the Meadow by Margaret Mahy. We have been looking at comprehension and talking about the different types of questions. Some answers can be found in the text, while others require us to look for clues in the book or to give our own opinion. These questions are called inference questions and when we answer them we need to explain our thinking using the word ‘because’. We had a very heated debate about whether the lion in the book is real or imaginary. Does the fact the lion talks make it real or not?!

In Maths, we have been learning about Place Value and the children have been learning to partition numbers in different ways. The challenge this week has been presentation. We are moving away from using sheets and the children are starting to lay out their work in their books. We have been focusing on keeping the part whole model diagram small and neat and remembering to write the two number sums next to it. When using squared paper, the children should try to write one number in each square.

Our RE topic is Hinduism. This week, we have been talking about the role of members of a traditional Hindu family and discussing how these roles apply to the first three ashramas (stages) of Hindu life. We have also been thinking about our own families and the important role each member plays.

In Geography, we learnt all about London landmarks and then did a quiz. The children are now experts!

In Science, we thought about which animals give birth to their babies and which animals lay eggs. The children were introduced to the terms, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

Have a lovely weekend and remember there is no school on Monday.

Mrs Walsh

Friday 9th September

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to Year 2 and welcome to Madan class. I’ve very much enjoyed my first week back at school and I hope the children have too. We’ve spent most of the week getting to know each other and adjusting to the expectations of Year 2. The children are doing brilliantly and I think we’re going to have a fantastic year together.

In English we’ve been learning about our class poet Vikram Madan and studying a poem he wrote called Roller Coaster. The children recited the poem in small groups earlier in the week and then today they adapted the poem to make it their own. On Monday, they will write their own version.

Next week, the children will be split into two groups for Maths. One will be with Miss Whiting and the other will stay with me. We will be telling the children which group they are in on Monday. Both groups will be learning about Place Value.

It’s been a very emotional day here at St Stephen’s. We started the day with a church service to mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II. We watched Newsround and talked about Her Majesty’s seven decades of loyal service and the inspiration she has provided to people all around the globe. Miss Lulu had the brilliant idea of giving all the children a copy of today’s Metro which is devoted to our late Queen and which they can keep as a memento of this moment in history.

A little bit of admin.

Homework will be set on Fridays and can be found on the website. Please click on Madan class on the home page. There will be spellings, a little bit of maths, three sentences to write and either a comprehension or a grammar sheet (this will be stuck in their homework book). The children will be sent home with their homework books on Friday and should complete the homework in the book and return it by the following Wednesday.  Mathletics will also be set on Friday and should be completed by the following Friday. Please don’t let your children get behind with Mathletics. The work set will consolidate their class learning and help ensure it is stored in their long term memory.

Mathletics logins and spelling groups (which are fluid throughout the year) will be on the inside front cover of your child’s homework books. The green group should learn the first 6 spellings, the purple group should learn the first nine spellings and the blue group should learn all 12 spellings. Spelling tests will take place on Friday mornings.

Miss Bell will be reading with all the children next week to determine their current reading level. Reading books will go home on Mondays (next week it will be Tuesday) and are due back on Fridays. Miss Lulu will not be able to change the books if they are not returned.

PE is on Tuesdays and Gymnastics is on Thursdays so please make sure that your children come to school in their PE kits on these days. I have uploaded a copy of our timetable and our class poem to the website.

I will put up curriculum maps next week once they are finalised.

There is no homework this week. Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns. My email address is

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Walsh

Homework: 25th November

Autumn 2 – Week 4

I am really sorry not to have sent the Daffodil bulbs home today but we were in a rush at the end of the day after the Nativity rehearsal and I want to spend a few minutes talking to the children about the project. They will go home on Monday.

Important Information:

Madan Timetable 2022

Year 2 Curriculum Map

Roller Coaster by Vikram Madan