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Welcome back everyone, I really wish I could welcome you back by seeing you all in the classroom rather than welcoming you virtually. I am really missing you but it was lovely to talk to you and your families on the phone over the last few weeks.

This is your last half term in year 2 and in Key Stage 1. Exciting times!!!!

Mrs Patel and I have got lots of learning activities and fun planned for this half term.


To make it easier for everyone to find the learning resources, you now need to click on the Torrisholme badge above and it will then take you to each week.


Remember to send your work to year2@torrisholme.lancs.sch.uk


I look forward to seeing everyone's amazing work and photographs.


Mrs Dowker

                Serial Mash has been added to Purple Mash

Serial mash is an online reading resource. Diamonds are the Key Stage 1 books and they are in chapters. Each chapter has learning activities for comprehension, spelling and grammar, and has links to writing activites on purple mash. There is a large library of books already there. Each half term a new book is started with a new chapter released each Monday.


Happy reading,

Mrs Dowker


                                Gaming on Purple Mash

I am loving playing the games you have created in 2DIY on purple mash. Well Purple Mash must have heard how amazing you are because they have launched a competiton that you might want to enter. I have put the details below as a pdf and a screenshot of where the details are on the home page of Purple Mash.


Happy programming and gaming,

Mrs Dowker

Tuesday 12th May - International Nurses' Day! 

Today is another very special day and one I would like us all to remember, especially in the time we find ourselves in. International Nurses' Day is celebrated around the world each year on the 12th May as it is the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. Many of you took up the challenge of learning about Florence Nightingale and making some wonderful fact files about  'the lady with the lamp'. 2020 is a particularly special time for Florence as it marks 200 years since her birth. Her name has been very much in the news at the moment as it was chosen as the name for the huge hospital created to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Every year there is a big church service in Westminster Abbey to celebrate Florence’s work, although this year it has had to be postponed. You can find lots of information about Florence such as special exhibitions in museums, memorials to Florence, all of which I have added links for below. Did you know there was even a Florence Nightingale Barbie Doll made in her memory?

Challenge: So, today, I would like you to think about what makes Florence Nightingale so special and what makes our nurses of today so special. How should we remember Florence Nightingale’s special birthday this year? How should we remember our nurses for all the amazing work they are doing, more so during Covid-19. You may choose to make a memorial for Florence out of junk modelling and design a poster for International Nurses' Day for our wonderful nurses today. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

P.S. At 8:30 pm this evening, people everywhere have been asked to shine a light from their window in memory of Florence and to show gratitude to all our nurses everywhere. I'm sure you will agree that this is a beautiful way to remember 'the lady with the lamp' and our nurses.

Monday 4th May


May the force be with you!!


Hi everyone, I am loving hearing from all of you on our email year2@torrisholme.lancs.sch.uk 

Your photographs and information about what you have been doing makes me so happy and smiley.

You can see what everyone has been doing below in our photos.


Lots of you have been intouch about reading theory so we have decided to post some reading and comprehension that the children are use to in school, below. Click on the book to access it. It is password protected so you need to email us for the password. Happy reading.


There is also a READY, STEADY ... COOK !!!! CHALLENGE  for you. 


Enjoy, Keep safe, Be Kind and bye for now,

Mrs Dowker

Hello everyone in 2D, your family and friends.

Tuesday 28th April 2020

It seems like ages since we all saw each other.

I am loving all your videos and photographs that you send to me. Keep them coming by emailing me on year2@torrisholme.lancs.sch.uk

I save the photos and film clips and have been putting them on this page. Just scroll down and enjoy.


Lots of you are enjoying Mathletics and some people have already got their bronze certificate. I email the certificates to you and upload them on the Mathletics calculator just below.

I have assigned everyone new tasks and challenges and I look forward to seeing your amazing achievements and progress and sending out your certificates.


The HOME LEARNING satchel, (scroll down), has links to different pages and activities for you to use and complete. Please send any photographs or work to me on the email: year2@torrisholme.lancs.sch.uk


Purple Mash has loads of activities for all of the Curriculum subjects. Each week I am setting spellings as a 2do and other activities. I have just set a History challenged linked to work in the Time Travellers page, find it in the HOME LEARNING SATCHEL, (scroll down), to find it.



On Torrisholme TV, I have been sharing some stories, challenges for Art, Geography and History, (others to follow), Maths strategies and Mrs Patel and I are reading The Twits by Roald Dahl. You can find Torrisholme TV by clicking on the 'children' sign on the school's home page.


I look forward to hearing from you all,

Bye for now,

Mrs Dowker





Click on the satchel icon to get to our different home learning challenges and activities. There is something for everyone. Enjoy and send us any photographs or work to year2@torrisholme.lancs.sch.uk

Have you tried the Live section on mathletics. You can play against the class, school, country and the world. Have a go and let me know what you think. Pictures below to help you know how to get on.

Mathletics also have workbooks that cover different strands of the Curriculum. Have a look and let us know what you think.

Year 2 Home Learning Newsletter. This is the letter sent home on Friday 20.3.2020 with ideas for your child whilst they are not in school. Have fun and we are thinking of all of you.

Collins Big Cat have given us online access to their reading scheme books. There are reading books to support those of you reading book band colours up to Lime. Also read the books under the 'progress books' tab for further reading material in your colour band.

If you are reading Grey books, please choose wisely from other online and paper book selections you can access. Keep up the reading miles! 


Details to access the website:

Go to https://connect.collins.co.uk/school/Portal.aspx

Click on the Teacher portal and enter

Username: parents@harpercollins.co.uk

Password: Parents20!

Click Login

Collins Big Cat online reading books

Adaptation to the toile roll challenge by adding a balloon for a great effect!

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An amazing obstacle in the sun.

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Musical Talents

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Photos from the challenge of designing and making a rocket or space buggy which can move.

Flying Rocket!!!! Challenge completed.

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On Monday 6th April Year 2 were challenged to design and make a space rocket or space buggy. There was an additional challenge of making it move.

One of Class 2D and his brother successfully planning and building a chain reaction for the challenge Mrs Scholey set. Well done.

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Welcome to Class 2D and our class webpage. Your class teacher is Mrs Dowker and Mrs Davies is our teaching assistant who will be in class to support you with your learning. On Wednesday morning, Mrs Baker is in 2D teaching whilst Mrs Dowker has her time out of class. Our topic for the second half of the spring term is Incredible India.

Mrs Dowker and Mrs Davies


2oth March 2020

To all the amazing children and their families in 2D at this time, I am thinking of all of you and will keep in touch with you as much as I can via our class page. I have added a satchel image for the home learning links. Click on this and it takes you to links to lots of different pages where I have put weblinks, video clips and some learning activities that you can print off. I have put the times table songs and the internet link for the Maths games into the home learning pages as well as there pictures that you are use to clicking on below.

Keep reading and I am looking forward to hearing what books you are enjoying at home and any new authors you have discovered that you can share with me.

Most importantly, look after each other, be kind and helpful to your grown-ups, brothers, sisters and other people in your family.

I will see you all as soon as this all gets sorted and we are back together.

Bye in person but I will be in touch.

Mrs Dowker  smiley

Thank you to everyone who came to the Year 2 Curriculum evening, it was lovely to see you. If you couldn't make it, don't worry the slides shown can be seen on the link below as a pdf. On Friday 20th September we sent home the Year 1 and 2 common exception words and the 100 High frequency words that we talked about.

At Torrisholme, we are continuously striving to develop ways to encourage our children to read for pleasure. We have created a ‘HOT BOOKS’ list of 30 up-to-date, age-appropriate texts, compiled from a range of suggested reading lists. This is not an exhaustive list of fabulous year group appropriate books but is more a fun challenge list for our children to explore texts written in a wide range of styles by a selection of current and popular children’s authors.


How many can your child read or share with you?


On your marks…

          get set…

                                and READ!

Once Upon A Storytime in Year 2