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Dear Parents,

Next week we will be moving onto multiplication! We already count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s in class so please could you continue to work on this at home. We will also be working on the 3 and 4 times table. Below are some of the songs we will be using to aid our learning – I thought they may be useful to you! You should be able to view them if you copy and paste the link. (Written in Blue) If you are unable to do this please go onto and type the names of the songs which are written in red on here.


2 Times Table -

2 Times Table Song (Cover of Can’t Stop The Feeling! By Justin Timberlake)


3 Times Table –

Three Times Table Song (Cover of Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars)


3 Times Table Song - Fun & Easy to Learn Multiplication!


4 Times Table –

4 Times Table Song (Cover of I’m Still Standing by Taron Egerton)

It's time to measure!

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**Important from the PTA for the Aviva grant**

Can we ask all parents, family, friends - everyone! To vote for us please:

We've entered the Aviva Community Fund to ask for £10,000 for IT equipment for the school - a class set of Chromebooks and an ActivPanel interactive board.

Voting opens today (Tuesday 23rd) at 9am - if you could spare a few minutes to vote for Cwmlai Primary School IT Improvement on the link below it would be massively appreciated! And if your family, friends, neighbours and anyone you've ever known could too, that would be amazing!
Only the projects with the highest votes go through into the final round of considerations and the school could really do with some new equipment.

Voting closes on 20th November, so don't delay!!


You might have to copy and paste the above address, rather than just clicking on it.

Thank you!
Cwmlai PTA and all Cwmlai Primary Staff

For Harvest, on Friday 27th October, we will be collecting for the Food Bank Rhondda. Please see the info below of what items they need donated :) thank you for your support

Friday 28th April 2017

This week we have been learning about

  • carnivals
  • welsh - anifeilaid anwes
  • art - weaving and making patterns
  • Big Maths
  • learning about the Bible
  • By Xavier and Maisey

Happy Easter everyone. Hope you have a lovely holiday. Mrs John/ Mrs Blandford

Friday 24th March

This week we have been learning about -

adding connectives to our written work

writing postcards in welsh



designing a red nose 


adding 2 digit numbers 

Have a great weekend in the sun 


Year 2 enjoyed dressing up for World book day :-) 

Friday 3rd March

This week we have been learning about-

  • famous welsh people
  • facts about Wales
  • greater/less than
  • Big maths/spelling tests
  • researched facts about 'Kidney Wales' charity.
  • made invitations for our charity event (please check book bags)

We have had a busy week :-)

Year 2



Friday17th February 2017

This week we have been learning about -

  • Picasso
  • good and bad characters
  • we went to the church to see a baptism
  • welsh folk dancing
  • analogue and digital time
  • exploring the JIT on the hwb.

by Xavier and Maisey

We had a great time doing the Cosmic Kids Zen guided relaxation this afternoon. We felt very relaxed after it :-)

Friday 10th February 2017

We have had a great week and finished it off with a lovely school trip to Jolly Jesters.

This week we have learnt:-

- how to plan a report and then used it to write a Newspaper report. 

- pictorial algebra

- invitations for our infant baptism 

- E-safety - we looked at how we can stay safe when online.

-researched Picasso and had a go at drawing our portraits in the style of Picasso. 

- spelling and big maths test

Have a good weekend.

We are having a fun morning at Jolly Jesters. We are keeping fit doing exercise that we enjoy!

Friday 27th January 2017

This week we have been learning about -

  • subtraction using a number line
  • baptism
  • ck sound
  • our 'happy' place in school
  • handwriting
  • colour filters in the outdoors
  • how colours make you feel.

We have had a busy week!

Friday 13th January 2017

This week we have been learning about -

  • an event that made us happy
  • drawing our self portraits
  • clockwise and anticlockwise
  • the book 'Through the Magic Mirror'
  • how to look after a baby and puppy


Xavier and Maisey


Spring Term Homework

Friday 6th January 2017


Happy New Year!!


This week we have been learning about -

  • digital footprints.
  • our new topic is happiness.
  • happy memories.
  • alphabetical order.
  • being safe on the computer.
  • we wrote a profile of ourselves in welsh.


We have had a busy first week.

Maisey and Xavier

Friday 11th November 2016


We have been very bust this week. we have learnt about

  • autumn and winter
  • meassering
  • Draig birthday party
  • counting in 3's
  • handriting

by Maisey and Xavier and class porffor

4th November 2016

This week we have been learning about -

fact families




favourite flowers pictogram


By Xavier and Maisey



Friday 21st October


This week we've been learning about

  • how to build a den
  • sunflowers
  • the twits
  • story maps
  • seasons
  • Looking after our enviromant

Enjoy your half term.

Maisey and Xavier.

We used natural materials to create habitats! Your homework this week is to create a habitat outdoors and write instructions for it. Please feel free to use ICT to write the instructions!

We discussed the importance of staying safe and created pic collages and posters!

We had a very special visitor today!

Friday 14th October

This week we have been learning about -

  • odd and even numbers
  • fantastic Mr Fox
  • wild flowers
  • adjectives
  • fact families

  by Xavier and Maisey (ICT monitors)

There is no such thing as a Gruffalo!

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Our visit to Caerphilly Mountain Ranch

Friday 7th October 2016

This week we have been learning:

  • Right angles
  • life cycle  of a person
  • tessilating shapes
  • Migration




We went on a trip to Caerphilly mountain ranch and we built dens and found the Gruffalo and we roasted marsh mallows.

By Xavier and Maisey

Year 2! Every week our ICT monitors will update the class page to show everyone what they have been learning in class. Please check this page regularly to keep up to date with our learning and any important information.

Thank you

Mrs John and Mrs Blandford

Individual recitation urdd

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We had a fantastic time in Techniquest. All of the teachers were very impressed with how well behaved the children were and, as you can see from the photos, they all thoroughly enjoyed the day. 


Techniquest trip 11/02/2016

Today we investigated ice, to find the best location to keep it frozen. Four groups choose different locations around the school.

Year 2 are working on making maps. In our outdoor lesson we made maps of the outdoors!

Do taller people jump further? We held an investigation to find out!

Spellings 29th January 2016

Spellings - 15th January 2016

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas.

Our topic this term is Big Wide World. We will be comparing the Antarctica with Wales and how it may have similarities and differences.

Children will be using geographical and research skills.

If you have any resources e.g. atlases, fact books etc we would be very grateful if you could bring them in and please label them with your child's name.


Tuesday - Mrs Blandford/Mrs John

Friday - Miss Easley


Thank you for your support.

Mrs John and Miss Easley


Please can I remind you that next Friday 5th July is sports day. We intend to have some sports practice throughout the week, so please can all children have kit with them everyday next week. Thank you! smiley

As you are aware this week was multi-cultural week and the country we looked at was Uganda. We had a fun week learning about Uganda and comparing the country with Wales. We focused on how we recycled and used energy compared to Uganda. We also had a food tasting session and tasted some typical Ugandan food. 



A huge thank you to all parents and family that attended our charity event this afternoon. It was a huge success and £194.14 was raised for our partner school in Uganda. The children throughly enjoyed the event...yet again they made us proud! 






We were very fortunate to have a visit from a local travel agent. We found out lots of interesting information about booking holidays, different countries and different types of holidays.


Superb attendance in Year 2! 

100 % attendance - Alfie and Shekinah


The National Numeracy, Numerical Reasoning and Reading Tests will be administered between the dates of Tuesday 5th May – Tuesday 12th May.
We have been busy completing lots of past papers and practise papers in class to help prepare for the tests. If you would like to help your child prepare for the tests at home you can download and print off practise papers from:


Numeracy and Numerical Reasoning Practise Papers can be viewed and downloaded here -
Reading Papers can be downloaded here:

Welcome to Purple!

Our topic this half term is Travel Agents. We will be looking at other countries and comparing them to Wales. If you have any unwanted resources such as travel brochures, foreign coins e.t.c we would be extremely grateful of them. 

Just to remind you all our P.E session is on a Wednesday. As it is the summer term I intend to use the outdoors, therefore can all children include trainers in their kit. 

Thank you!