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Expressive painting workshop 

In our expressive painting workshop with artist Laura McKendry, the children explored making gestural and expressive paintings.

The children begun by applying their colour mixing skills and their understanding of expressive painting to create their own abstract artwork. They had fun making marks and moving the paint on the page using a variety of unusual tools, such as cardboard, toothbrushes and chopsticks! They then progressed to making a still life of colour and form. The children chose from a variety of still lifes, such as shapes, animals and natural objects, to draw a  picture and used parts of their abstract paintings to create a collage in the style of Eric Carle. 


Expressive painting workshop with laura mckendry

On Wednesday 31st January we have organised an expressive painting workshop, as part of our Art unit. The workshop will be led by Laura McKendry, a local artist and parent at Hazelwood. The children will explore a variety of expressive painting techniques to create multiple paintings, which they will collate into a collage. We are very grateful to Laura for leading this workshop with the children.

We will be using acrylic paints throughout the workshop, which can permanently stain clothing. Although we will provide children with aprons, we suggest you send your child to school in an old jumper or top, to avoid any damage to their school uniform.

Please read the letter below for more information.

Our first week of Spring term!

The Year 2 children have had an amazing start to the Spring Term. In English, they were immersed in the story ‘How to find Gold’ by Viviane Schwarz. After sequencing the story on a story mountain and drawing a story map, they began innovating the sea monsters in the story and came up with their own unique monsters.
The children were also introduced to their new Maths unit, Money - they identified the value of British bank notes and coins and used them to make different amounts.
In History, the children learned about some famous pioneers, such as Marie Curie, Sir Isaac Newton, Ibn Battutah and Emmeline Pankhurst. They worked in their groups to create information posters about them and why they were pioneers in their fields. In Computing, the children were introduced to the concept of binary trees as a way of organising information and answering questions. 
In Art, Year 2 have explored the work of expressive artists Charlie French Michaels and Marela Zacarias. The children discussed how the tools, colours and techniques they used affect the impression they make on them as viewers and recorded their thought in their sketchbooks using visual notes.

Things to look forward to in spring 2024!

Class Assemblies

The children will be sharing all their amazing learning in their class assemblies which will take place on week commencing 22nd January 2024. Dates and locations are as follows:

 2R – Tuesday 23rd January (in Rowan Hall)

 2O - Wednesday 24th January 2024 (in Oak Hall)

 2M - Thursday 25th January 2024 (in Rowan Hall)

All assemblies will start promptly at 9:10.

Expressive painting workshop with Laura McKendry

The children will use a variety of tools and practise expressive painting techniques to create multiple paintings, which they will collate into a collage. 

Trip to the Natural History Museum (March)
The children will consolidate their Science learning on animals including humans on this very exciting educational visit. We will visit the cocoon interactive gallery, explore the animal habitats and see all the amazing animal models exhibited at the museum.

Forest schools (Spring 2)

The children will explore our Forest School area and participate in a variety of exciting activities.

Year 2 Victorian day

The Year 2 children dressed up and travelled back in time on our Victorian Day! They were absolutely amazing actors, followed the rules of the Victorian school and even wore the Dunce’s hat. They enjoyed participating in all the activities of the day, such as using fabric and wool to make their own peg dolls, collating vintage pictures to make a scrapbook and carefully observing objects and creating charcoal life drawings.


The children had a blast on their educational visit to the Transport Museum. They demonstrated responsibility and respect when walking to Palmers Green station and on the train. They were thrilled to learn about and board a variety of types of transport at the museum, from the 1800s Omnibus to the steam train and old double-decker buses. We observed the differences and similarities of different types of transport, such as the horse drawn bus and tram and discussed how Victorian inventions, such as the steam engine, helped to change the way people travelled over the years and the impact they had on their lives. The children also learned how the underground system was built and had a go at using a simulator to navigate a tube train in the dark tunnel. At the museum's interactive areas, the children learned about all the different jobs and responsibilities of TfL staff, such as driving buses, repairing and maintaining them at the local depot, mapping out the transport links that span across the city and creating posters to promote public transport.


Educational Visit - London Transport Museum

On Wednesday 8th and Friday 10th November, the Year 2 children will visit the London Transport Museum, as part of our History learning on Victorian inventions. 2M will visit the museum on Wednesday 8th November. 2O and 2R will visit the museum on Friday 10th November. The children will build on their learning on how Victorians developed transportation with their inventions, from the bone shaker bicycle to the steam powered car and then the petrol car. They will also explore how the public transport we use today was developed, such as the first horse-drawn buses and the railway network.

Key information

  • There is no cost for this visit.

  • We will travel by train and aim to leave school at 9.00.

  • We will aim to be back in time for the 3:15pm pick up but a text message will be sent out to you if we are delayed.

  • All children will require a packed lunch for the day. If your child is eligible for Free School Meals and you wish for your child to have a school packed lunch (it will be a cheese sandwich plus fruit etc). Please indicate on the google form below AND choose the sandwich option on School Grid. If your child is not eligible and your child will be having a packed lunch from home please ensure that you cancel your pre-order on SchoolGrid if you have one. 

  • Please provide your child with a rucksack or bag so they can easily carry their lunch, a snack and a water bottle.

We would love to have parent volunteers accompanying us on this trip. Please let us know, via email to the school office or by completing the Google form below, if you are able to accompany us on the trip. Please fill in the form below to provide permission for your child to attend this visit.

Google form: 

We look forward to taking the children on this exciting educational visit and thank you for your support in advance.

ALExandra park field trip

The children had an amazing morning at Alexandra Park and Palace! They demonstrated responsibility on our train journey, and were very resilient walking up the hill leading to the park. We discussed some of the human and physical features we have learnt about in our Geography lessons, such as the park, the palace and the station and identified more, such as the train bridge, houses and buildings. At the park, we observed many London landmarks; the Shard, the Walkie Talkie building and the offices of Canary Wharf. The children then applied their Art learning on continuous line drawing to draw the London skyline.  


Educational visit - alexandrA park

On Wednesday 11th October, the Year 2 children will visit Alexandra Park, as part of our Geography unit on London. The children will apply their learning on key physical and human features and landmarks of London as they view and identify them from Alexandra Park. They will then have a go at drawing the London skyline and labelling these landmarks.

You can read more about our trip in the letter below. If you haven't done so already, please follow the link below to fill in the permission form:

The Year 2 children visit Palmers Green Mosque

The Year 2 children had a brilliant time on their first trip of the year, visiting Palmers Green Mosque. Showing our school values of Respect and Appreciation and Understanding, the children sat in the prayer hall of the Mosque where they had the opportunity to ask the imam questions and build on their R.E learning on Islam. They learned about the largest mosques of the world, how the imam guides Muslims during prayer and practised greeting each other in Arabic. 

Educational visit - Palmers Green Mosque

On Thursday 21st September, the Year 2 children will visit Palmers Green Mosque, as part of our Religious Education unit on Islam. The children will participate in a tour around the Mosque and learn more about what happens at the Mosque. They will also learn about how and why Muslims pray and develop their understanding of Muslim traditions.

You can read more about our trip in the letter below. If you haven't done so already, please follow the link below to fill in the permission form: .

Welcome back to a new school year! 

The Year 2 children had a fantastic first week back - they were delighted to be back to school, see their friends and get to know their new teachers. In English,  they were inspired by Henri Rousseau’s ‘Surprised’ painting. They used the five senses and ambitious vocabulary to describe it and wrote some amazing tiger-shaped poems. In Maths, the children used manipulatives, such as blocks and dienes, to represent numbers to 100. They then practised using various models, such as a place value chart and part-whole model, to partition numbers. In PSHE, we discussed our value of the term, Respect, and the children shared their ideas on how we show respect to others, our school, our community and ourselves. We also discussed our ideal classroom, what it might look and feel like and what we can do to make that happen. Each child wrote a pledge on a strip of paper, which we put together into a paper chain. In our first Science lesson on the unit of Living things and their Habitats, the children identified what are living things and how they differentiate from things that are dead or those that have never been alive. They applied their learning by sorting pictures of various things into groups and justifying their choice.