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Year 2 Cormorants

Cormorants are medium sized coastal birds who thrive in their environment by working in teams, just like one of our school values, teamwork. Cormorants can often be found diving in to the water simultaneously. Just like the bird, in Cormorants class we can be found diving into our learning together and using our skills in teamwork to thrive successfully together.

This term we are focusing on the wider world around us and what it means to be a hero. We will be creating our own heroes and discussing what makes each and everyone one of us a hero. We will also be looking at the News and at the amazing people making a change across the globe. Finally we will be learning about space and the first astronauts to go to the moon.



The class teacher for this year is Miss Daisyann Restorick and the LSAs who work in this class are; Mrs Astin and Mrs Burgess. 


P.E. days: Wednesday and Thursday

Our PE days in Cormorants are Monday and Wednesday, please make sure children's PE kit are available at all times. We will ensure they are sent home at the end of every half term.  


Home Learning: 

Handed out on a Friday and in on a Wednesday. This will give you the opportunity to explore your child's learning if you wish.


Team Leader:

Year 1 and 2 Teaching and Learning Lead: Alison Dowdeswell 

Key Stage 1 Lead: Sarah Jarrett. 


If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to come in and see the teacher or contact

drestorick@white-rock-primary.torbay.sch.uk or alternatively a team leader:




Upcoming Events

Wednesday 17th January- Riverford Farm visit

Wendnesday 24th January- Surfers Against Sewage visit 

Tuesday 20th February - Year 2 Eden Project trip TBC

Thursday 29th March- White Rock Learning Celebration at the Riviera International Conference Centre

Academic Year 2017-2018

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Sharing stories with Year One - Friday 2nd February

This week Cormorants have been preparing stories for Year One, last week we asked them what they would like to read about and we used our writing sessions this week to make them into books! Have a look at our pictures below of Cormorants sharing their stories with Buntings. 

Riverford Farms visit White Rock- Wednesday 17th January 
This week we were very lucky to have Riverford Farms visit to teach us all about the benefits of eating healthily. They challenged the class to make a rainbow with different fruits and vegetables using a variety of cutting tools. Have a look at what we got up to below!

Animal visitors! - Friday 12th January 2018

We had a pet tortoise come and visit us today. We were able to look at their movement and feel fur and shell! We had a great time seeing the animal and listing adjectives that we can now use in our writing on Monday.

Waterproof Materials Experiment - Thursday 4th January 2018

Today Cormorants looked at different materials and their properties. We wanted to investigate which of the materials would be waterproof. We used a pipette to drop a small amount of water on each material and recorded our findings. We then explored how to make our paper waterproof. We did this by adding wax crayon onto a piece of water and then adding water. We observed that it stayed dry! Check out our experiment below.

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Straw and Order - Y2 Christmas Performance - Tuesday 12th December 2017


​​​​​​Year 2 would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parent and carers for their help and costume designs for our production of 'Straw and Order'. Year 2 were incredible in their singing and acting abilities. Have a look below at our incredible show.

Year 2 Visit Dartmoor - Thursday 30th November 2017


This week Cormorants visited Bonehill Rocks on Dartmoor. We braved the weather and the children had an amazing time ‘weaselling’. We learnt that this is scrambling over, under and through rocks. Have a look at our pictures below.

3D Shape Investigation! - Tuesday 28th November 2017


Today Cormorants have been investigating the properties of 3D shapes, mainly looking at cubes and cuboids. We found these shapes have the same properties, however, they looked different! We discovered that this is due to their different faces. A cube has 6 squares faces whereas a cuboid has 2 square faces and 4 oblong ones. We then made our own 3D shapes below.

Hot Seating People from the Christmas Story! Wednesday 22nd November 2017


Today we have been hot seating the people named in the Bible! The children pretended to be Mary, Joseph, The Wise Men and even the donkey! We discussed how they might have felt during this time and found out loads of new information about each person! Have a look below at our acting in action!

Ice Cube Experiment - Wednesday 15th November 2017


This week Year 2 have been investigating different materials and their properties. We decided to explore which material would keep an ice cube cool. We did this by wrapping an ice cube in different materials and observed to see which ice cube was the largest. We then discussed whether or not this was a fair test. Have a look below at our exciting experiment.

Cormorants' Trip to Primley Woods - Thursday 9th November


Today Cormorants went to Primley woods to explore the woodlands! We identified trees and leaves and discussed why lots of leaves were on the floor. We then got to design our own woodland animals linking our knowledge of natural materials. Have a look below at how we got up to!

Reach Outdoors Goodrington Beach trip - Thursday 2nd November 2017


We had a fantastic morning learning about the different types of animals and plants that live in the rock pools at our local beach. We were amazing creature finders and used our 'key mat' to name the animals we found. We also designed and made our very own animals houses using sand and shells! The children really enjoyed the session and are excited for our next trip!

Evil Pumpkin Making - Wednesday 1st November 2017


To follow on from our Halloween Theme, Cormoratns have been creating their own evil pumpkins! We discussed the story of 'Pumpkin Pete' the pumpkin that likes to snack on children! We created our own evil pumpkin before writing about what he would be like if he were alive! 

Wednesday 18th October 2017 - Fire Brigade Talk

We were lucky enough to have a visit from a local hero today... a fire officer! We learnt lots about staying safe in our homes and how to react in an emergency. Mrs Foulkes even had a chance to try the uniform that the officers have to wear - "It's very hot in here!"

Tuesday 17th October 2017 - Dance

In Dance in Year 2, we have been creating a dance around going into space. We created rockets in groups that took off and landed on our own planet. When arriving on the planet, we turned into aliens and then had to use our bodies to hide.

Part, Part, Whole - Monday 16th October 2017


This week in Cormorants we have been using the 'Part, part, whole' method to help us add and subtract two-digit numbers. We have learnt that when we add we always start with the 'parts' to find the 'whole'. However, when we subtract, we start with the whole and only one of the parts! Have a look at our fab investigating skills below. 

Fact or Opinion - Wednesday 11th October 2017


Today we found out lots of facts about dinosaurs. We then came across a sentence that said 'Dinosaurs are scary.' This led to a great discussion on whether a sentence is a fact or an opinion. We then had the challenge of writing our own dinosaurs facts and opinions. 

Eat Cake for MacMillian - Friday 6th October 2017


This term we have been learning about what it means to be a hero. We chose MacMillian as our 'hero' charity as they provide lots of support for people around the country. Year 2 have been busy making cakes, bunting and creating games all in aid of our MacMillian heros! Have a look below at our delicious cakes! A huge thank you to all the parents and carers who came to support our cause!

Phonics - 29th September 2017

This week we have taken our Phonics learning outside. We went on a 'ure' word hunt and drew our 'ear' sounds on the pavement with chalk. Look at our pictures below to see what we got up to. 

Time - Friday 22nd September 2017

This week in Maths we have been learning all about time. We used our team working skills to investigate different intervals and we learnt that there are 52 weeks in a year!

Blubber Gloves! – Thursday 14th September 2017.

In Science we have been looking at how penguins have adapted to their habitat. We made our own ‘blubber gloves’ and put our hands in ice water to see if we could feel the cold. Have a look at our exciting learning below.

Lean in 15 - The Body Coach Fitness Week - Wb Monday 11th September 2017


This week Year 2 will be participating in The Body Coaches 'Fitness Week'. We will be completing a HIIT (High intensity, interval training) throughout the week. We will be discussing why it is important to keep our bodies and mind healthy so we can become our own ultimate heroes. Have a look below at our squats, high knees and burpees!

Representing a number - Thursday 7th September 2017


This week Cormorants have been looking at representing numbers using different resources. We have been focusing on two-digit numbers and using mathematical numbers to explain this. Have a look at our exciting learning below.