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Chiddingstone Church of England School

Educating for life in all its fullness - John 10:10

Year 2

Forest School Rota Term 5

Week 3 - Friday 7th May

 

Dear Parents, 

 

The children are making great ground with their topic work at the moment. They have moved onto the 'Innovate' stage of the project which has allowed the children to delve deeper into an inspirational person of their choice. Children have started to research using Ipads and information packs, please see the photos below. 

 

DATE FOR THE DIARY: On Tuesday 18th May, 2:15pm, we will  have a zoom presentation to you all on our topic. The children will need to come into school dressed as a Mover/Shaker (inspirational person of choice) and then complete a short presentation on that individual. Zoom details will be sent nearer to the time.   

 

In Numeracy, we have continued our understanding of fractions by understanding quarters and thirds. Time to get that pizza takeaway and test your children!

 

In Literacy, the children have been making posters as supporters of Rosa Parks, using their understanding of different types of sentences: command, exclamation, question and statement. The children used some super slogans including, 'Equal rights for all' and 'Stand up and make a change.' The children were really fascinated and some of their posters have gone on our topic display. 

 

Spellings this week are: want, watch, wander, quantity, squash. Challenge Words: quality, squabble

Times tables continue to be revising the 2x/5x/10x tables using the grid format. An example is attached further down this website page. 

 

Finally, thank you for coming to the consultations over the last two weeks. We have so enjoyed discussing how your child is doing and making progress. We continue to have an 'open door' policy here, even in these virtual times, so if there is anything that you would like to discuss then we are always at the end of an email/phone call!

 

Have a great weekend. 

Mrs Ralph and Mr Haysom laugh

 

  

 

 

Innovate stage of the topic

Friday 30/4/21

May we begin my saying how much we enjoyed catching up with many parents at the family meetings with week and updating you on how well your children are progressing now that we are all back in the classroom. We shall look forward to our second sessions next week.

We have begun our new class text - Mr Majeka by Humphrey Carpenter. This book is an old favourite that Mr Haysom enjoyed when he was a pupil in Year 2 at Chiddingstone. Here is a little bit about it for those of you who aren't already familiar:

 Mr Majeika can behave just like any ordinary teacher if he wants to, but sometimes magic is the best way to sort out little problems in class – but problems arise when he forgets how to reverse some of his spells.

We felt that this funny and engaging book would be absolutely perfect for Class 2. There are plenty of other books in the series if anyone would like to read about his further adventures and escapades! I can definitely recommend Mr Majeka and the School Trip. 

We have also used literacy lessons to revise and increase our understanding of subordinate conjunctions (eg We couldn't go to the theme park because it was closed.) and recapped expanded noun phrases ready to use in our writing.

If you want to go over expanded noun phrases again at home, then this clip is quite fun:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zwwp8mn/articles/z3nfw6f

Mr Rowland has been joining us for some of our maths lessons, where we have focused on recognising equal portions and halves.

We hope that you all enjoy your bank holiday weekend and look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

Mr Haysom and Mrs Ralph

 

Homework

Please keep reading going. Do enjoy a variety of texts - they don't all need to be ones from the reading scheme. We have, of course, a subscription to ebooks on the Oxford Owl website and many of the titles available also have audio options that you might want tp check out if you haven't done so already. Do remember to make a note of what you're reading in your diaries as we like to know what you've been up to!

Spellings: key, donkey, monkey, trolley, chimney. Challenge words: valley, trolley. Remember to use joined handwriting when you are practising these words at home. Perhaps you might like to practise one or two of them in sentences using either expanded noun phrases or subordinate conjunctions?

 

 

 

Week 2 - practising past tense and topic/RE working walls

smileyWELCOME BACK smiley

Friday 23rd April - Week 1

 

We do hope you had a wonderful Easter break and managed to enjoy the sunshine and some lockdown restrictions being lifted. 

Many thanks to those that brought in their homework this week, if you haven't already done so, please send in by Monday 26th April. 

 

This week, we have been getting stuck into our topic of Movers and Shakers by looking at the life of Prince Philip. The children have read about his life and then created mini-biographies on his life. The children really enjoyed thinking about what they would like to be when they grow up. I have loved the suggestions: from astronauts to popstars! In Literacy this week, we have enjoyed exploring the features of biographies: both the content and the way it is written. It has tied in really nicely to our topic work and the children already seem enthused. 

 

In Numeracy, we have been looking at pictographs and exploring what Year 2's favourite country/colour/animal/pet/sport. It has been great to see the children working together on this and has generated a lot of teamwork. I have mentioned to the class about practising their arithmetic at home to keep it in top shape! This is very much a suggestion and not compulsory but may help the children to gain confidence in their mental calculations. Many bookstores or online shops have great arithmetic books that you can get. Please note, 10-15 minutes a day is all that is needed - little and often is key.
 

Times tables have changed slightly for this term. Whilst we will still be revisiting 2x/5x/10x table, we will be doing it in a slightly different format. It will be in the form of a grid and I have attached the grid we will be using below in case you'd like to practice at home. For those that find this easy, they can aim for speed! 

 

Spellings for Week 2: other, nothing, mother, Monday, cover, brother, money

 

Finally, we have had a great time making Holy Spirit pictures in RE this week. The Holy Spirit is normally shown through wind or fire in the Bible so we used our own wind - breath - and straws to create fire pictures. Please see the photos below. 

 

Thanks as always for your support,

Mrs Ralph and Mr Haysom laugh

 

31/3/21 The Easter Holidays

Well, Year 2, here we are at the end of Term 4 and following this afternoon's Easter celebrations we are now at the beginning of a lovely break of over a fortnight.

You've worked so hard and settled back in so well; Mrs Ralph and I are terribly proud of you all.

We have put a photocopy of your latest piece of totally independent writing (an alternative ending to the much-loved tale of Jack and the Beanstalk) in your book bags so that you can take these home and show your families what you have been getting up to and how well you're coming along. We had great fun marking these and absolutely loved your wonderful and original ideas.

Even though this term is only just coming to its finish, we are already looking forward to your return and next term our topic will be Movers and Shakers. This project teaches children about historically significant people who have had a major impact on the world. We will learn to use timelines, stories and historical sources to find out about the people featured and use historical models to explore their significance. Sounds interesting, doesn't it?

In the meantime, we wish you and your families a very happy Easter.

Mr Haysom and Mrs Ralph

Homework

Hopefully you all still have your logins for The Oxford Owl ebook library which were sent out during lockdown, and so we thought, in preparation for next term, you might like to have a look at Meet a Genius. This non-fiction book is all about three geniuses of maths, science and music who have made a difference to people's lives through their work: Amadeus Mozart, Marie Curie and Srinivasa Ramanujan.

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/api/interactives/33253.html

Perhaps you would like to choose one of these fascinating people and write a few sentences in your best handwriting on the one that you find the most interesting. You could always add an illustration to accompany it too - if you felt like it. Please bring this to school for the start of next term.

Please also continue to enjoy a variety of books over the break, be they story books, fact books, audio books, comics - whatever takes your fancy! 

 

 

 

We have already gone through this together with the class today, but this will certainly be useful for parents too!

 

To help inspire you all with your egg creations for Monday, please watch this short clip:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjHeWTqPgT8

 

We cannot wait to see all of your fabulous ideas laugh 

 

 

Spellings:

all

ball

call

wall

talk

 

Challenge Words: 

always

small

 

 

 

 

Friday 27th March

 

Well done to all the children who have worked so hard on their assessments this week. It has been a busy week and we have tried not to go cross-eyed! The children have learnt about Palm Sunday in RE time and we have enjoyed observing how our sunflowers and cress are growing. The warm staffroom is helping! Please do see the photos attached at the bottom of this page. 

 

We have started to really practise our Easter song for the service next week. It is called Easter Jubilation and I would be grateful if you could practise with your child at home. The link is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yx1VV2DrN1Q 

 

Dates for the diary: 

 

MONDAY 29TH MARCH 
We have our laughEASTER EGG ROLLING COMPETITIONlaugh 

A zoom invitation will be sent to you via email.

The children need to bring in a decorated (hard boiled) egg as well as their Easter Garden. Please see letter that was sent last week, attached at the bottom of this website entry.   

 

WEDNESDAY 31ST MARCH

The school will have their socially distanced Easter service 1:30pm followed by the Easter Bonnet Parade. So remember to bring in bonnets then!

 

Times tables will be the 2x table

 

Spellings for next week are: all, ball, call, walk, talk, always, small. 

 

Thanks for your continued support at home, 

 

Mrs Ralph and Mr Haysom 

 

Week 5 - Palm crosses

Friday 19th March

Well, we're at the end of our second week back, Year 2, and we're all still very much enjoying being together again.

To start the week, we developed our understanding of how plants grow and had great fun planting cress seeds in eggshells. The good thing about cress, for those of us who aren't terribly patient, is that it doesn't take too long to grow. Egg and cress sandwich anyone?

 We have shared a startlingly original and beautifully illustrated picture book by Linda Sarah and Fiona Lumbers The Secret Sky Garden, which has worked very well with this term's topic. It is all about a little girl who creates a garden on a disused car park rooftop. I have found a reading of it on YouTube for any of you who fancy listening to it again this weekend:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2b340yOQfI

Elsewhere in literacy, we have begun to look at fables with Mrs Ralph and also started to successfully use subordination in our writing.

In maths, we have finished our topic on mass and have now moved to measuring temperature. We will learn how to read a thermometer as well as recognise the difference between hot and cold temperatures. Hopefully, with spring approaching fast, we will see the mercury begin to rise!

Mr Haysom and Mrs Ralph

Homework

Reading, as usual. Maybe see if you can spot any subordinating conjunctions in your reading books or anything that you're having read to you. This week we looked at when, because and if.

Spellings: 

patting

patted

humming

hummed

dropping

Challenge words: 

sadder

saddest

Times tables: 5x

 

 

Week 4 - Forest School Crosses, Water Transportation and Sunflower Paintings

yesWELCOME BACK yes

Friday 12th March

 

It has been SO wonderful to see the children again - what a noticeable difference to their height and length of their hair! It has been a really successful week welcoming them back and they have coped so well with the adjustment from remote learning to school learning. 

 

We have got gently back into the swing of things this week:-

 

- In Numeracy, we have continued our theme of Measures but looked at Mass this week. The children enjoyed feeling different weights (and realising how heavy 1kg is!) before then estimating and measuring different classroom objects. Their times tables have been amazing, I have really noticed an improvement so well done home school yes

- In Literacy, we have dived into the world of Fables and explored a well known one, The Hare and The Tortoise. The children, again, have impressed me with their stamina for writing. They all managed to retell the fable in their own words. My Haysom has enjoyed using drama for his work with The Enormous Turnip story.  

- In Topic, we have enjoyed exploring our senses and what plants have a smell. The children have enjoyed making scented playdough and Mother's Day Cards with a topic-related design. Hopefully, you mums will be impressed!wink The children also enjoyed finding what seeds could have been picked up from their wellies at a super Forest school session, led by Mrs Woodhouse.

- In RE, the children have enjoyed using drama to look at the different parts of the Easter story. 

 

Times tables will be 5x next week - please practise them mixed for both x and /

 

Overall, it has been a really successful week and has felt like welcoming back family. We are so grateful for our lovely bottles of fizz too - you know us well! Thank you so much for all your support. 

 

Have a great weekend, albeit with some very tired children I expect!

 

Mrs Ralph and Mrs Haysom laugh

Week 3 (on site): Bubbles, prayer tulips, Reenacting The Easter Story and exploring Mass

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laughEND OF TERM laugh

 

WELL DONE Class 2, you have made it to the end of term and finishing on such a high too. I hope you enjoyed watching the Nativity - the children did so well. Having to act out in the freezing cold, with microphones, following stage directions at only the age of 6/7 is a massive achievement. Their hard work has paid off!

 

This week has been full of Christmas fun, from Nativity themed Christmas cards to peppermint creams, the children have enjoyed it. 

 

Over the holidays, please could the children complete either a Book Review or a Film Review. I imagine films will be a popular choice! 

Otherwise, do recap the 10x and 2x table in fun ways - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Thank you to you all for your support for the school and all the learning.

Have a very well deserved rest over the holidays and see you in 2021!

Mrs Ralph and Mr Haysom smiley 

Nativity 2020

Ellie Chapman - our winning cover for the Nativity programme

Class 2 Christmas cards and Acrostic Poems

Friday 11th December 2020

Almost there, Year 2 - only three and a half days to go until the end of term. Goodness, you've all worked so hard this term!

We have continued the preparations for next Wednesday's nativity and will be keeping our fingers crossed for favourable weather.

In the classroom, we have worked on how to make a plan before writing and then used this to produce some very polite letters to Santa.   

Maths has involved solving word problems using multiplication facts from the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. E.g. There are 5 toy cars. Each toy car has four wheels. How many wheels are there all together? 

 

Homework

Do keep reading at home and recording in your reading diaries.
 
Spellings:

Week 6: silent 'w' words write, written, wrote, wrap and wrong.
 
Challenge word: gold​

 

Mr Haysom and Mrs Ralph

 

Forest School

YEAR 2 KARATE PUNCTUATION (08.12.20)

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Karate punctuation is even more fun in Christmas jumpers!

Friday 4th December

 

Year 2 have continued to practise the Nativity....outside! Their learning of lines is evident so thank you for all your support at home. We have been exploring the 2, 5, 10 times tables in Numeracy this week, using arrays to help us picture them. Do see photos below as well as on our school instagram page. The children really enjoyed this and you can do it easily at home e.g. baking cakes in a 3x4 cupcake tin, egg boxes, ice trays and so on.

 

In Literacy, we have started to look at settings in our class book, The Hodgeheg. As mentioned, this is a book that we enjoy as much as the children! We have also been really thinking about the punctuation in a sentence, especially noticing the difference between when we use a full stop and when we use an exclammation mark. Not as easy as we think!

 

Finally, the children enjoyed a super panto on The Wizard of Oz at the beginning of the week which was then followed by our own pianists in class. Please see photos below.  

 

Spellings: rice    ice    sell   city  fancy   challenge word: Christmas

Times Tables:  2x table. Please make sure children practise the division as well as the multiplication element. 

 

Dates for you to know...

Wednesday 9th December - dress rehearsal for Nativity

Wednesday 16th December - recorded performance (outside so please ensure children have vests on!)

 

Thanks for all your support, 

Mrs Ralph and Mr Haysom laugh 

Monday's performance: a panto and Year 2 pianists

Spelling Practice in a kinesthetic way

Forest School

Friday 27th November

In Literacy this week we have worked on making sure we know exactly where we should be placing a full stop in our writing. Voicing sentences aloud before putting them down on paper really helps with this and if you fancy doing a little extra practice of this at home it would certainly be useful. We have also worked on predicting what come next in a text from the details stated and implied. We used our class book The Hodgheg - a story that I, for one, am very much enjoying!

Maths - we have covered multiplication as repeated addition. This week, we have been focusing on using this for our two times tables. Furthermore, we have also learned that there is more than one way of grouping our times tables. E.g. 5 x 2 is that same is 2 x 5.

Finally, as part of our topic, we have been learning about Queen Victoria and the impact of her reign. 

Spellings:

jacket

jar

jog

join

adjust

Challenge word: after.

Do keep reading at home and letting us know what you've read and how you're getting on by completing your reading diaries.

Keep going over your 2x table facts making sure that you know them both ways 3 x 2 =6 so 2 x 3 =6.

Thank you

Mr Haysom and Mrs Ralph

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Queens

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Queen Elizabeth

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Autumn accessories

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Eggs

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Friday 20th November 2020

 

Another successful week by Year 2 with craft and drama thrown in! The children are really doing well with their 10 times tables, not only are they quicker but they are managing to do the inverse (opposite) more successfully. We will be doing this for another week to really secure our knowledge of them. Next week there will be a few challenge questions (word problems) as this will allow them to go into a 'mastery' level of their Maths. i.e. where they have to show not only secure understanding but secure reasoning too. 

 

In Literacy, we are regularly incorporating editing and proof reading into lesson time. This is a vital skill as ensures they read through what they have written and, more importantly, correct it for grammatical or spelling errors. The children do love the purple pens! They have also explored predicting what happens next in a book and creating their own ending to a story. 'Horrid Henry meets the Queen' was a good book choice to engage the class. We have some very funny endings of what happens to 'Perfect Peter' when he meets the queen. 

 

In RE, we have had a fun week understanding the characters and exploring the emotions they felt. Please see the photos attached of the character they chose to make out of playdough, before then using drama to 'hot seat' the characters emotions. 

In Topic, we are using our ICT skills to research facts about the different royal residences in the UK. Over the next couple of weeks, we will start to make a leaflet on a chosen residence. 


Spellings: gem giant magic giraffe energy. Challenge word: clothes 

Times tables: 10x (both x and /) 

 

Thank you as always for your support at home,

Mrs Ralph and Mr Haysom wink

Friday 13th November 2020
 

The children did well on their first times tables test this week. They had both multiplication and division number sentences. It was very noticeable that the children knew their x but ÷ not quite so well. We will be sticking to the 10x table for next couple of weeks. Please do practise using the inverse (÷) as well as mixed up. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button is great for a quick recall of their times tables facts.

We have also begun to work on column subtraction - we know that if the numbers are too high or too difficult to subtract in our heads, then we should write them down in columns. To help us, we separate the numbers into ones, tens, hundreds and thousands. We then list the numbers in a column and always start with the ones first. We have also begun looking at exchanging eg 36 -19 would mean we would need to take a ten from the tens column and exchange it for ten ones to help us complete the calculation.

In literacy we have worked on where to use both exclamation marks and question marks (look out for both in your reading books this weekend) and have also completed a 'Hodgeheg' (our class book this term) comprehension that required us to develop our information retrieval skills. 

We all enjoyed the topic work, which involved finding out about William the Conqueror. We then sequenced the order of events, putting them in chronological order.

Homework

Keep up the good work with your reading, Class 2.

Spellings: -ge words age, huge, change, charge. The challenge word: village. Challenge is also a -ge word. Did you notice?

Tables: 10x (see above)

Mr Haysom and Mrs Ralph

 

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Poppy jewelry

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Remembrance garden

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Friday 6th November

 

Welcome back!

It has been great to see all the children this week and hear what they have been up to over half term.

This week we have started our RE learning by comparing Christmas cards and if they portray the true meaning of Christmas. We then created crowns with Christian symbols on as we thought about Jesus as a King (please see the photos below). In our topic learning we have started off our topic - Mighty Monarchs. This week we looked at all the royal residences in the UK. We will have to try a virtual tour of Buckingham Palace rather than a school trip for the time being sadly!

 

In Literacy, we have started our class book, 'The Hodgeheg' by Dick king Smith and will use this for some long pieces of writing. We're also going to be making leaflets linking with our topic learning. This will be a great way to extend our understanding of non-fiction texts and their features. In Maths, we are learning about subtraction and the various methods that we can use. 

 

Please note, we will now have a times tables test EVERY TUESDAY. Please could you practise them at home with your child. For next week it is the 10x table. An extra challenge will be to work out the corresponding division number sentence. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button - is a great website to use. 

 

Times Tables: 10x table

Spellings: badge edge bridge dodge fudge. Challenge word: people

 

Many thanks for your continued support,

Mrs Ralph and Mr Haysom smiley

Year 2 RE lesson - comparing Christmas cards and making crowns with Christian symbols

Year 2’s Hodgeheg Creations

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Royal Residence reading

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Friday 16th October

Half term is finally here, Year 2, and you have all worked so hard that you certainly deserve a lovely break. Mrs Ralph and I have really enjoyed catching up with your parents over the last two weeks and telling them of all your successes. 

In literacy this week, we have completed some Fantastic Mr Fox character profiles and also worked on using our inference skills on a text about the beach. Here we looked for clues about what was going on such as where the narrator might be from the setting details e.g. sand, sea, towels etc and how he was feeling about being there without him actually spelling it out for us. Practice of this at home when you’re reading would be useful. In maths, we have worked on column addition and are now carrying across columns. For example, if we were to have the calculation 35 + 16, we would add the 5 and 6 units to make 11 and rename as 10 and 1 to help with the rest of the sum. 

Next term, we are looking forward to our new topic ‘Magnificent Monarchs’ which will teach us all about the English and British monarchy from AD 871 to the present day. Using timelines, information about royal palaces, portraits and other historical sources, we will build up an understanding of the monarchs and also research six of the most significant sovereigns. Sounds great! 

Homework 

Please keep reading over the holidays - it doesn’t always have to be a school book. This is a chance to read some of your own books from home or perhaps visit the library if your local one is open. Do record anything you read in your diaries.

Spellings: ‘oi’ words - choice, coin, noise, spoil, voice. Challenge word: everybody.

We hope that you have a happy and restful break.

Mr Haysom and Mrs Ralph

 

 

 

 

Forest School

Great finds

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Box of smiles

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Year 2 finish off their topic learning with some arty fun (Tuesday 13th October)

Friday 9th October

 

It has been great to meet many of you at our parent consultations this week. We so enjoyed getting the chance to chat about your lovely children. Thank you for attending and we look forward to seeing the rest of you next Wednesday.

 

This week the children have been learning about using expanded noun phrases to ensure they add detail and 'spice' to their writing. Their Fantastic Mr Fox descriptions have been great and those purple pens have been used to edit those pesky spelling errors or grammatical sentences. We also completed a book review of the text. Some of the children requested the template for this task to take home. Just to make it clear this is an optional activity  - but we were thrilled with their enthusiasm.

In Maths, we have been learning about simple addition as well as number sequences. Using manipulatives, such as the diennes equipment, has really helped their understanding. It was wonderful to see the Y2 baby photos and compare them with baby minibeasts in our topic lesson on Tuesday. Do you know what a baby earwig is called? Ask your child! 

Apologies that the book raffle wasn't pulled today. We will make sure this happens on Monday. Do keep reading!

 

Finally, the children sang so well at the Harvest service on Wednesday. It was such a special and moving service, being able to come together as a school in our socially distanced bubbles. 

 

Spellings: misses, glasses, dresses, classes, foxes, boxes.

Challenge word: predators

 

Many thanks as always for your support,

Mrs Ralph and Mr Haysom laugh

Engineering feats

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Minibeasts Galore!

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Forest School Rota Term 2

Friday 2/10/20

Another successful week, Year 2. We have enjoyed using purple pens to assist with our proof reading and editing skills in our literacy books (see pic below) and have also used clues from a very sweet picture of a mouse (curled up in bed having a bedtime story) to help us write about what the character must be like. This has helped to develop our inference skills, and will be very useful when it comes to tackling reading comprehensions. 

In maths, we have worked on identify sequences and also adding to them e.g. 2, 4, 6, 8 ? ? or 13, 11, 9, 7, ? ? Having a go at a few of these at home would be useful consolidation.

Next week we will begin a class reading raffle. This involves you reading a minimum of five times each week aloud to an adult and asking them to record these sessions in your reading diaries. Everyone who does this, will receive a raffle ticket and be entered into the class draw to win a book. The draw will take place on a Friday so be sure to have your reading diary in school and ready for checking. We will announce the winners on the class page.

Wednesday 7th will be our Harvest Festival. It will be a little bit different this year, of course, as we can’t all be together in St Mary’s as we would normally do. However, we hope that every bubble can gather on the AstroTurf and enjoy the service outside - please keep your fingers crossed for dry weather! 

Homework

Spellings: ‘el’ words cancel, label, model, level, travel, towel. Challenge word: cruel. Please practise the words in sentences (using capital letters and full stops) as this will really help when it comes to class dictation.

Reading: Please aim to read a minimum of five times each week and record this in your reading diaries. Do discuss what is happening in the book to help develop your comprehension skills. See details of reading raffle above. Please continue to enjoy books from home as well as your Oxford Reading Tree Scheme titles - we are very keen for reading to be considered a pleasurable experience.

Mr Haysom and Mrs Ralph

 

 

Forest School

Becoming Editors - perfect purple pens to improve our writing 29.09.20

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Forest School

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Friday 25th September

 

This week, the children have been finishing off their endings to the Superworm. The Wizard Lizard was sent off to space, thrown in a dump, thrown in a volcano and even put in a dungeon. It has been great to see the children's amazing imagination, it has certainly given us a chuckle. Their phonics this week has been going over some sounds and this has helped them create rhyming words, e.g. space and race (a-e split digraph). In Maths, we have started the Maths No Problem teaching and have revisited place value and number. Once this is more secure, we will set up times tables. In RE, we have enjoyed thanking God for Harvest and what that means. The children have created lovely prayers to add to our reflective corner. Finally in topic lessons, we have enjoyed doing some coding! Please see below for the photos of the children sending the bees to the nectar and back to the hive. The class had to work as a team to create a map for the beebot and ensure they had clear instructions. It was great fun as well as good learning on alogrithms!

 

Please do continue to read with your child at home and remind them to put their book in the basket at school. This week the spellings to learn are:

dry, dried

cry, cried

try, tried

fry, fried

challenge word: beautiful

 

Attached to the class page is the detailed summary of all the topics for this year - slightly changed from the original plan sent out at the curriculum meeting. 

 

Many thanks for your continued support and have a great weekend, 

Mrs Ralph and Mr Haysom laugh

Programming a Bee-Bot

Friday 18/9/20

What splendid fun we had making our Fantasitc Mr Foxes as part of our Roald Dahl celebrations! They turned out extremely well as I’m sure you’ll agree from looking at the photos above.

A good deal of hard work has also gone on in Literacy, where we have written instructions on how to make a Fantastic Mr Fox, and also in Numeracy, where we did a lot of practising of subtraction through ‘finding the difference’  between various items. It would be really beneficial if you would continue having a go with this at home - such as finding the difference between the number of knives and forks on the table and then writing the corresponding calculation eg There are 7 knives and 5 forks and if we count up from 5 to 7 there is a difference of 2, so the calculation would be 7- 5 = 2. This short BBC clip may be helpful:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zrmtfg8

Finally, we eagerly await the results of the head boy and girl voting, which has taken place throughout the school over the last two days, after watching their individual presentations over Zoom. Hopefully we shall know which candidates were successful by the beginning of next week. 

Homework

Please continue to read at home and record this in the reading diaries. We have worked on commas in a list this week, so if you come across any in the reading books, please do use this as an opportunity to discuss their purpose.

Spellings are ‘ow’ words: now, how, brown, down, town

And for those of you who like an extra challenge: crown, frown, flower, crowd.

Mr Haysom and Mrs Ralph

 

 

 

Roald Dahl Day- Fantastic Mr Fox art

Week 2 (7-11th September 2020)

 

It has been great to see the children so engaged in their learning this week. They have slotted into the school routine of the day and have shown great enthusiasm for our topic, Minibeasts! This week, they have enjoyed exploring different minibeasts and their body parts using (Covid-friendly!) plastic minibeasts and a magnify glass. We have learnt new words like, antenna and abdomen. In RE, we have enjoyed making rainbows about ourselves and talking about God's creation. The children have made some lovely sunset/silhouette pictures of creation using coloured paper and black card. We're just sorry you can't see our lovely work in the flesh at the moment, however do see photos on the chiddchatblog instagram page or below. 

 

The children have had a few assessments this week which - well done on completing them Class 2. From next week, usual Numeracy, GPS and Literacy lessons resume using these assessments to inform our planning. 

 

We look forward to our zoom curriculum meeting on Wednesday 16th at 2:15-2:45pm where we can give you an overview of the year. Handouts will be sent out after the meeting. 

 

Please keep up the spelling practice. Week 3 spellings are the tch sound. 

match, 

catch, 

patch 

hatch

watch ( the ‘a’ makes a different sound in this one so ‘watch’ out!)

Do practise writing them in sentences at home (with capital letters at the start and a full stop at the end of the sentence), as this will be very helpful for your dictation.

Please continue to read at home: your school reading scheme book, as well as other books that you enjoy. Do remember to make a note of all that you read in your diaries, as we love to know what you’ve been reading.

 

Thank you for all your support at home,

Mrs Ralph and Mr Haysom smiley   

 

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Tree shaking!

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Forest School

Week 2 in pictures

Friday 4/9/20

So great to have you all back, Year 2 - Mrs Ralph and I both agree that you’re off to a great start so far.

This term our topic is entitled ‘Wriggle and Crawl’ and we will be developing your knowledge of living things and their habitats.

Our forest school session provided us with the opportunity to go on a minibeast hunt and record the different creatures that we encountered (see photo below). Whilst in Literacy, we have worked on giving minibeast alliterative names, such as Colin Caterpillar and Bertie Beetle and also created lists of minibeasts, revising our use of commas in lists. Adding by making ten has been our focus in maths - this involved adding numbers to make ten, and then adding on the remainder e.g. 9+3 is the same as writing 10+2. More practice at home might well be beneficial.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Mr Haysom and Mrs Ralph 

Homework 

Everyone should now have an Oxford Reading Tree reading book, although we are still awaiting the arrival of the new reading diaries. Please do record the reading that you do at home on the post it note that should be affxed to the front, or on a separate piece of paper and send it in with the book every day. The page number and how well you managed with the book would be useful too. 

Spelling are silent k words: knife, knee, knock, knitting, know.

These words will be tested on Wednesday through a mini dictation, so practising them in short sentences using a capital at the start and a full stop at the end would be helpful. E.g. She was knitting.

 

 

 

 

 

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