Mr Stoppard Year 2/3

There are 17 Year 2 and 12 Year 3 children in our class. Mr Stoppard is the class teacher and we are supported by our fantastic teaching assistants Mrs Brown & Mr Jones.

Summer Term 2

This term’s topic has a Geography focus and we will be learning about local and national geography. We will learn about all the counties that surround Bramley Vale and how Derbyshire fits into the United Kingdom. We will look at four different counties within the UK. (Derbyshire, North Yorkshire, Rutland and Cornwall) and look at their similarities and differences. We will also learn about the different countries of the U.K. so we can find and identify them in an atlas.

With reading, can you please ensure that your child has their reading bag with them everyday and I would appreciate it if you could read with your child a couple of times during the week. In maths, we will be learning how to use coins, and completing lots of work on different forms of measuring (mass and volume). In science work, we will be continuing learning all about ‘Light’. This will include work looking at sources of light, mirrors & reflection and shadows.

Away from the classroom, we will continue having lots of fun as have a number of different activities planned throughout the term. Full details of everything else that will be going on will be in our weekly newsletter.

All in all it should be a very busy term.

Best wishes and stay safe, Andy Stoppard

Tough Runner 8th July 2022

Another glorious day for the Tough Runner event on Friday 8th July. The children loved all the exercise and getting wet. Lots of photos to show what a wonderful afternoon it was.

Diversity Day 1st July 2022

To celebrate the diversity in our world and school, we had a day learning about all the different people that we share the world with. To help, everyone had the chance to wear something different for the day to show their diverse fashion sense.

Pleasley Vale Adventures June 2022

What a day! KMX Karts, Bell Boats, Archery and Team Building Games. Climbing was called off due to the extreme heat.

A hot day! A great day! Well done all.

Jubilee Day 26th May 2022

To celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, we had a party day at school. Most people got dressed in red, white and blue. Have a look at the photos from the day.

Potted Sports 13th May 2022

The sun came out for our annual Potted Sports activities when our friends from Bolsover led lots of team building activities on the field. The whole school worked together within their houses and lots of new friendships were made. Have a look at the photos from the day.

Bluebell Woods 6th May 2022

Now the bluebells are out, we had the afternoon in the woods to try our hand at drawing the woodlands.

Barrow Hill Roundhouse – 29th April 2022

To end our topic about the Rainhill Trials, we went on a visit to Barrow Hill Roundhouse. We had a fabulous time finding out all about how life had changed since the beginning of the railways and had time to explore some steam trains and all the exhibits.

Big Read 2022

We have just had our Big Read week. During our reading time, all the house groups came together so that we could read with each other. Have a look how we all read together.

Red Nose Day / Crazy Hair Day 18th March 2022

We had a lovely Crazy Hair Day to raise money for Comic Relief. Have a look at the costumes and mad hair.

Nottingham Visit 2022

On the 20th January we went to Nottingham to visit the National Justice Museum. During our time in the museum we got dressed up as members of a court to see if Robin Hood was guilty of all the crimes that he committed. We had a jury, a judge, solicitors and of course a defendant. We found that Robin Hood was guilty and our own judge sentenced him to life imprisonment.

We also had time to go underneath Nottingham to see how people used to live in the caves under the city.


Following our work on volcanoes, we made our volcano, decorated them and then set them off with some bicarbonate of soda. Watch the reactions!

Violent Volcanoes

Children in Need Week 2021

Eight million steps for the entire school and over £2000 raised. An excellent, healthy week.

Children in Need 2021

Crime & Punishment 2021

A fantastic ‘Crime & Punishment’ day when we finally found out who had stolen the biscuits and eaten them all! Some amazing detective skills and fantastic costumes meant we all had a brilliant day.

Another glorious day for the Tough Runner event on Friday 9th July. The children loved all the exercise and getting wet. Lots of photos to show what a wonderful afternoon it was.

On the 2nd July half of the class went to White Post Farm and half went to the park and had a picnic. Luckily, the weather stayed good and we had a lovely day feeding the animals and had a fun day out. Have a look at the photos below.

On Thursday the 1st of July, the weather stayed good and the sun shone on the first Sports Day for two years. Have a look at the photos below.

On Thursday the 10th June, we had the amazing Potted Sports people visit school. We had a full hour with lots of different activities and the children had a fantastic time. Have a look at the pictures below to see the fun we had.

Potted Sports Day - 10/06/21

Potted Sports Day - 10th June 2021

Thanks to everyone who helped out on our Ancient Greek day and to everyone who helped produce some excellent costumes. On the day, the children came to school in a costume and we had a lovely Greek banquet. We also took part in the Ancient Olympic Games and made our own Greek hats. Have a look at the photos of the day.


Linking in to our ‘Stay Healthy’ theme in science, Derbyshire School Games have produced a variety of information to help.

Derbyshire School Games Football Primary

Derbyshire School Games Golf Primary

Derbyshire School Games Netball Primary

Derbyshire School Games Boccia Primary