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Chiddingstone Church of England School

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

Year 2

Class email: year2@chiddingstone.kent.sch.uk

TERM 4 - WEEK 2 - FINAL WEEK OF REMOTE LEARNING

 

WELL DONE CLASS 2, you have made it to the final week of remote learning *cheer* yes heart

 

I hope you have all enjoyed the sunshine this weekend and are ready for the final week of remote learning. We so enjoyed seeing the amazing art by some of you last week. You really do astound me with such creativity and my jaw was quite often on the floor when I saw the emails of your work coming in. Well done, do take a look at the slideshow below. Also, myself and Mr Haysom really enjoyed reading such informative and impressive factfiles of the different plants. Thank you for working so hard both with the activities set each week but also on zoom.  

 

This week, I have signed the class up to a Science show by Sevenoaks school. We would normally go to one of these events as they are so brilliant. I really didn't want the class to miss out so on Monday (between 8:30-12:30 BUT it is only 50mins long!), the children can watch the, KS1 - Bubbles and Balloons Show. I will send the password out to you once I know it so you can access the video but please go to this link intially: https://outreach.sevenoaksschool.org/index.php?id=2361&no_cache=1 

 

Just as a quick reminder as always: 

 

RED work – MUST DO. RED WORK is compulsory and MUST be submitted for marking via the class email.

Green work – MUST DO. GREEN WORK  is compulsory but should not be submitted. (Feedback will either be verbal in Zoom lessons or answer sheets will be provided to mark at home).

Blue work – RECOMMENDED. BLUE WORK is recommended. (If time is limited because of work commitments, then we understand if these do not get done).

 

Thank you for being prompt with the zoom calls and for your attentiveness on the call too, please do keep it up for the final week. Can we remind you that the zooms do have a register taken at them and we have noticed a few missing, especially on a Friday. Please can you notify us if you cannot attend, otherwise we do expect to see you all there. 

 

Lastly, for our final Monday whole class zoom, I thought what better way to round off the remote learning with some more origami. (No groans please! wink) Please can you ensure you have a coloured piece of square paper to make a tulip origami flower.  

 

Looking forward to seeing you all then.

 

Many thanks for your continued support,

 

Mrs Ralph and Mr Haysom laugh

A creative start to Term 4: volume experiments, art pictures, nature walks

TERM 4 Week 1 

 

Dear Class 2

 

Welcome back to Term 4.  I hope you have had all had a good week off from school and that you are feeling refreshed and ready for our new topic... THE SCENTED GARDEN! This term we will be learning all about plants and how they shape the environment around us. As we have all been trapped inside for so long now, we are keen for you all to get outside as much as possible and document the changes as we travel from Winter to Spring! Hopefully, as we go through the term, you may even be able to show us some of the plants that you have grown at home. 

 

However, you must be careful as you explore the astounding world of the scented garden for there are some wild and dangerous plants out there that do incredible things. Some of the plants in the garden can be deadly! Don't touch them.

 

The work for this week follows the same structure that we had in Term 3. Just as a quick reminder: 

 

RED work – MUST DO. RED WORK is compulsory and MUST be submitted for marking via the class email.

Green work – MUST DO. GREEN WORK  is compulsory but should not be submitted. (Feedback will either be verbal in Zoom lessons or answer sheets will be provided to mark at home).

Blue work – RECOMMENDED. BLUE WORK is recommended. (If time is limited because of work commitments, then we understand if these do not get done).

 

Throughout Term 3, we were so pleased with everyone's punctuality and attendance in the class Zoom calls - thank you. Please do keep it up. So that we may all get the most out of these sessions, the timetable, below, will detail the work that needs to be completed and when this should be done by. 

 

Mrs Ralph and I can really see the splendid effort that you have all been putting in at home. We ask that you keep up this great work and continue to send in the best work that you possibly can!

 

Lastly, I just wanted to remind you all about our KS1 Book Club which will be held at 3.45 on Tuesday. We will be discussing both the original Flat Stanley story, as well as Flat Stanley The Big Mountain Adventure. It doesn't matter if you've only read one of these titles though as you will still have plenty to contribute. To log in, you will need my (Mr Haysom) Zoom login details and password. I hope to see plenty of you there.

 

Looking forward to seeing you all on Zoom  

 

Many thanks,

 

Mr Haysom and Mrs Ralph laugh

 

Term 4 Week 1 Timetable

WELL DONE YEAR 2, you have made it to the end of Term 3! wink

 

What marvelous effort you have put into all your work this term, we have been incredibly impressed. It has been a complete joy for us to see you all get so engaged with the remote learning. Without any doubt, our favourite part is seeing your faces on zoom. You are all superstars and should give yourselves a huge pat on the back.

 

We will keep you posted about the plans for next term but for now, put those feet up, enjoy the snow and gobble up a few treats…especially pancakes!

Thank you also, to you the parents, for being such an incredible support to not just your children, but to us too. It has made our life a lot easier having your engagement and positivity on board. So from all of us on the Year 2 Team, thank you and have a relaxing break over half term too.

 

See you on the other side…!

 

Mrs Ralph, Mr Haysom and Mrs Woodhouse   laugh

Final week in photos - 3D shape models, beach pictures and updates on the science experiment.

We are so nearly there everyone! we have been so proud of you all for the exceptionally hard work that you have done this term. Mrs Ralph, Mrs Woodhouse and I have loved seeing all of your fantastic beach huts,  thank you messages to Colin and your 3D shape creations. I am always so impressed to see how creative this Year 2 bunch can be. 

 

We appreciate how exhausted you must all be after working so hard for the past six weeks - but the end is in sight! Next week you will have plenty of time to relax and recharge so we just ask that you keep up the amazing effort until Friday. 

 

Please see, below, the timetable for Week 6 home learning. This update is just a reminder as there are no substantial changes to the schedule. However, do not forget your square bit of paper for our origami, on Monday's zoom session.

It is Safer Internet Day, on Tuesday 9th February, so please see some related activities under the blue work. We would really recommend talking to your children about staying safe online and using the PowerPoint (under the blue section) to aid this or this website: https://www.internetmatters.org/safer-internet-day/

 

RED work – MUST DO. RED WORK is compulsory and MUST be submitted for marking via the class email.

Green work – MUST DO. GREEN WORK  is compulsory but should not be submitted. (Feedback will either be verbal in Zoom lessons or answer sheets will be provided to mark at home).

Blue work – RECOMMENDED. BLUE WORK is recommended. (If time is limited because of work commitments, then we understand if these do not get done)

The Zoom timetable is the same as last week. Although, as before, we both have new Zoom passwords for the week. These should have already been sent out to you by the office email address. 

 

Monday – 9:50am (Mrs Ralph)

Tuesday GPS – Group A 11 – 11:40 and Group B 11:50-12:30 (both groups split smaller with either Mrs R or Mr H )

Wednesday MATHS  - Group A 11 – 11:40 and Group B 11:50-12:30 (both groups split smaller with either Mrs R or Mr H )

Thursday READING - Group A 11 – 11:40 and Group B 11:50-12:30 (Mr Haysom)

Friday – 9:50am (Mr Haysom)

 

If you have any issues or questions with the Zoom calls, please can we ask you to email the office rather than the class email as we often don't see these until it's too late! Also, just a reminder to try to complete the work set before the subject zooms. Please see the suggested timetable of when to do these.

 

Looking forward to seeing you all on zoom  

 

Many thanks,

 

Mr Haysom and Mrs Ralph laugh

John Kanaka Sea Shanty

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Week 5: 3D shapes, thank you to the RNLI, Pearls and beach huts

Term 3, Week 5
1st - 5th February

 

Well I must say your creativity as a class has been absolutely AMAZING! We have been so impressed by all the art work that has been completed from week 4, so do take a look at the slideshows and videos below. If we were in class, you'd all be receiving a lot of Golden Time! Well done too for the quality of your writing. It has been a real pleasure to mark and see improvements as the remote learning continues. Keep it up Year 2!

 

Welcome to the fun of Week 5 wink We are kicking it off with a presentation from our special guest, Colin, from the RNLI. Before our zoom on Monday morning (usual time of 9:50 but won't finish until 10:40), please could you think of any questions you would like to ask him. We will not have our usual times tables test during this zoom. I will be asking for you to complete this in your own time. Please find the X tables sheet which we would have done attached to the class page.   

 

Please see, below, the timetable for Week 5 home learning. This update is just a reminder as there are no substantial changes to the schedule.

 

RED work – MUST DO. RED WORK is compulsory and MUST be submitted for marking via the class email.

Green work – MUST DO. GREEN WORK  is compulsory but should not be submitted. (Feedback will either be verbal in Zoom lessons or answer sheets will be provided to mark at home).

Blue work – RECOMMENDED. BLUE WORK is recommended. (If time is limited because of work commitments, then we understand if these do not get done).

 

The Zoom timetable is the same as last week. Although, as before, we both have new Zoom passwords for the week. These should have already been sent out to you by the office email address. 

 

Monday – 9:50am (Mrs Ralph)

Tuesday GPS – Group A 11 – 11:40 and Group B 11:50-12:30 (both groups split smaller with either Mrs R or Mr H )

Wednesday MATHS  - Group A 11 – 11:40 and Group B 11:50-12:30 (both groups split smaller with either Mrs R or Mr H )

Thursday READING - Group A 11 – 11:40 and Group B 11:50-12:30 (Mr Haysom)

Friday – 9:50am (Mr Haysom)

 

If you have any issues or questions with the Zoom calls, please can we ask you to email the office rather than the class email as we often don't see these until it's too late! Also, just a reminder to try to complete the work set before the subject zooms. Please see the suggested timetable of when to do these.

 

Looking forward to seeing you all on zoom  laugh

 

Many thanks,

Mrs Ralph and Mr Haysom

Y2 Week 5 suggested timetable

Previously read by Mrs Ralph

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This is for the writing task for Week 5

FRENCH

 

Dear Class 2

 

This week I thought you might to revise your days of the week in French.  This is a fun game you can play at home.  Can you remember our song?

 

www.educandy.com/site/html5/bin/main.php?activity=multiple_pairs&quizid=37920

 

 

Mrs Glover

Week 4 - symmetry, RE candles, materials experiment & storm cat artwork

JR 5x table practice

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JW Big Ben art exhibition (Wk 4)

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As promised, please find attached the answers for this week's GPS activity. 

Term 3, Week 4

 

We hope that you have had an amazing weekend and managed to get outside and play in the (brief) snow!

 

Well done for all of your fantastic work up to this point. Mrs Ralph and I have been so pleased with the outstanding quality of work that you are all producing - especially in Literacy.  It is so nice to see that you are taking note of our feedback and are making improvements every week. 

 

Also, thank you so much for sending in the wonderful pictures of your origami creations - it looks like they went on some incredible adventures. We shall definitely have to petition Mrs Ralph to do more of these origami sessions! 

 

Please see, below, the timetable for Week 4 home learning. This update is just a reminder as there are no substantial changes to the schedule.

 

RED work – MUST DO. RED WORK is compulsory and MUST be submitted for marking via the class email.

Green work – MUST DO. GREEN WORK  is compulsory but should not be submitted. (Feedback will either be verbal in Zoom lessons or answer sheets will be provided to mark at home).

Blue work – RECOMMENDED. BLUE WORK is recommended. (If time is limited because of work commitments, then we understand if these do not get done).

 

The Zoom timetable is the same as last week. Although, as before, we both have new Zoom passwords for the week. These should have already been sent out to you by the office email address. 

 

Monday – 9:50am (Mrs Ralph)

Tuesday GPS – Group A 11 – 11:40 and Group B 11:50-12:30 (both groups split smaller with either Mrs R or Mr H )

Wednesday MATHS  - Group A 11 – 11:40 and Group B 11:50-12:30 (both groups split smaller with either Mrs R or Mr H )

Thursday READING - Group A 11 – 11:40 and Group B 11:50-12:30 (Mr Haysom)

Friday – 9:50am (Mr Haysom)

 

If you have any issues or questions with the Zoom calls, please can we ask you to email the office rather than the class email as we often don't see these until it's too late!

 

Finally, you do not have to wait until the Wednesday deadline to submit the RED work. In fact, Mrs Ralph and I appreciate this being sent in at your earliest convenience. 

 

Mr Haysom and Mrs Ralph smiley

 

French - revise your fruit and veg

More pictures of Week 3 - origami doves, boats and 2D maths shapes

Josh testing his boat in a puddle

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Good afternoon all, 

 

Three weeks down! Well done everyone laugh

 

Firstly, please do accept my apologies regarding the Zoom call this morning. As I am sure many of you have gathered, it didn't go exactly to plan. Whilst Chiddingstone is a beautiful place to live, it is not famed for its rapid broadband speeds. In the future, I will try to make sure that I have an internet connection before I attempt to host the class calls... A big thank you to Mrs Woodhouse for kindly taking over hosting duties. 

 

As I was cut off before I could go through the riddles, I have attached the document below this message. To reveal the clues, you must drag down the blue boxes. The answers should be at the bottom of the page. If the children should like to have a go a creating their own riddles, please send in their ideas to the class email address (above). I shall definitely try to make some time to read out the best ones during a call next week. 

 

Next week, things shall largely remain the same. Although, please see the office email for the new Zoom passwords for the week. As always, Mrs Ralph and I will upload the new timetable and the resources before Monday morning. 

 

We hope you all have a lovely and relaxing weekend. 

 

Mr Haysom and Mrs Ralph.

 

 

Y2 Wk3 origami boats, doves and 2D maths shapes

Hi everyone and welcome to Week 3's class page.

 

Thank you for the effort that you have put into the writing and comprehension tasks last week. Once again, Mrs Ralph and I have found the standard of work to be very high. It has made my marking task extremely pleasurable - we are so proud that you are applying all of your knowledge and skills so successfully.

 

As you can see, we have created a suggested timetable for your weekly work which should make it easier for you to plan your week. Please look at the key at the bottom to show you which work is to be handed in and what should be done for each Zoom session. Just to stress though, that this is a suggested timetable only and you may do the work at a time that suits you, as long as it is ready for any stated deadline. You will also note that we have added some extra Zoom meetings. We are offering a 'Drop in' maths and literacy session. You are very welcome to pop into these if you have any questions about your maths or literacy set work and we will endeavour to assist. 

 

As before, the activities below have been colour-coordinated to help you. However, as you shall see, we have made slight adjustments to this. 

 

RED work – MUST DO. RED WORK is compulsory and MUST be submitted for marking via the class email.

Green work – MUST DO. GREEN WORK  is compulsory but should not be submitted. (Feedback will either be verbal in Zoom lessons or answer sheets will be provided to mark at home).

Blue work – RECOMMENDED. BLUE WORK is recommended. (If time is limited because of work commitments, then we understand if these do not get done).

 

Finally, the Zoom timetable is the same as last week. Although, as you should have been made aware already, there have some changes made. For both Mrs Ralph and myself, there shall be new passwords for the sessions- these have been emailed to you. Additionally, for Mr Haysom's calls, the Zoom ID will be different than the previous weeks. Again, please see the email from the office. 

 

Monday – 9:50am (Mrs Ralph)

Tuesday GPS – Group A 11 – 11:40 and Group B 11:50-12:30 (both groups split smaller with either Mrs R or Mr H )

Wednesday MATHS  - Group A 11 – 11:40 and Group B 11:50-12:30 (both groups split smaller with either Mrs R or Mr H )

Thursday READING - Group A 11 – 11:40 and Group B 11:50-12:30 (Mr Haysom)

Friday – 9:50am (Mr Haysom)

 

If you have any issues or questions with the zoom calls, please can we ask you to email the office rather than the class email. 

 

Keep up all of your amazing work. We realise that the novelty may have worn off slightly, but it is so important that we remain positive and keep soldiering on!

 

Mr Haysom and Mrs Ralph laugh

 

 

Y2 timetable w/c Monday 18th January 2021

Y2 Thankfulness Tree (WK2)

Y2 TUNNEL PICTURES WEEK 2

Good morning all, 

 

Thank you so much for all of the hard work and effort that you have put in this week. Mrs Ralph and I have loved looking at your fantastic pieces of writing and comprehension work that you have sent in. Just as a quick reminder, if anyone has not sent in their RED work, please could you do so by the end of the day today (Friday). 

 

Apologies for the abrupt ending to the Zoom call today- I wasn't paying close enough attention to the time limit that we had! As of next week, I shall have a new Zoom account which does not have this limit. This will be sent out to you all shortly. 

 

As promised, I have attached the answers for the GPS work from this week (below). 

 

One final thing- unfortunately, with Zoom timing out, we didn't have a chance to wish Flo a happy birthday! sad. Therefore, we shall have to sing remotely. 

 

Have a lovely weekend. 

 

Mr Haysom and Mrs Ralph smiley

Good afternoon all, 

 

For those of you who have said that they are struggling to email in the work, I am just messaging to point out that most Apple devices have a useful feature that enables you to scan in documents. Whilst everyone is doing a fantastic job so far- this is just a little pro tip that I often use. I have included instructions, below. 

 

  1. Open Notes and select a note or create a new one.
  2. Tap the Camera button, then tap Scan Documents.
  3. Place your document in view of the camera.
  4. If your device is in Auto mode, your document will automatically scan. If you need to manually capture a scan, tap the Shutter button or one of the Volume buttons. Then drag the corners to adjust the scan to fit the page, then tap Keep Scan.
  5. Tap Save or add additional scans to the document.
  6. From here, you may forward the attachments to us via email.

 

Thank you for all the work that has been sent in already. I hope this helps.  

 

Mr Haysom and Mrs Ralph. 

 

 

 

TERM 3 WEEK 2                

Well done to you all for your hard work this week, from carefully written work to great answers on zoom, you have adapted so well. I know this is not an ideal situation but we have been so grateful to have such smiley and happy children on zoom.

Just a reminder that the work is colour coordinated for you, to help show it’s priority:-

 

RED work – MUST DO (please send asap as it will be marked and returned back to you)

AMBER work – MUST DO (it will not be sent back to you but looked at to help inform planning and check children’s progress)

GREEN work – OPTIONAL (topic work and other activities that the children may enjoy but doesn’t need to be sent in)

 

Our recommendation is to send the RED work at your earliest convenience as this gives us time to mark it and give feedback before the end of the week.

You will have seen from an email that all the children will be receiving their Maths No Problem books on Monday. The maths activities this week will continue to be on length, we will start to work on MNP books from week 3. Please DO NOT get your child to complete the worksheets in this book, please find alternative maths games or sheets at home if they are wanting extension tasks.

 

Finally, the zoom rota and  IDs & p/w will remain the same for this week.

 

Monday – 9:50am (Mrs Ralph)

Tuesday GPS – Group A 11 – 11:40 and Group B 11:50-12:30 (both groups split smaller with either Mrs R or Mr H )

Wednesday MATHS  - Group A 11 – 11:40 and Group B 11:50-12:30 (both groups split smaller with either Mrs R or Mr H )

Thursday READING - Group A 11 – 11:40 and Group B 11:50-12:30 (Mr Haysom)

Friday – 9:50am (Mr Haysom)

 

If you have any issues or questions with the zoom calls, please can we ask you to email the office rather than the class email. 

 

Many thanks for your support,

 

Mrs Ralph and Mr Haysom laugh

Mousehole Cat Reading- Pages 9-14 (MR H)

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One more thing! 

 

When setting the comprehension task, I had assumed that most children would prefer to edit the document that was uploaded. However, from the submissions that we have received, it is evident that most are choosing to print off the worksheet, write on it and scan it back to us. Of course, either way, this is absolutely fine.

 

Although, if your child prefers to write out their answers- to make things slightly easier- we have attached a new version which has lines for them to write on. 

 

Thank you for all of your hard work and continued support. We have already had some fantastic work sent to us!

 

Mr Haysom and Mrs Ralph.

 

 

TERM 3 WEEK 1
 

WELCOME BACK....ISH!

We are happy to be welcoming you all back, whether that is in the classroom or via our virtual classroom. We do hope you had a good Christmas break, despite the restrictions. 

 

Hopefully you will have all received the timetable for remote learning, please check through carefully to ensure you know which group your child is in. 

 

Each week, we will be setting work for the class. Some of this will need to be submitted, please see below. 

 

RED work - must be completed and submitted. This work will be returned after marking.

This week this includes a piece of writing and also a comprehension. This is based upon The Mousehole Cat  - a beautiful story that complements our topic very nicely. Both the text and questions are included (plus online reading- see below). This week's questions only relate to pages 1-8.

 

AMBER work - should be completed and (some) submitted.

Please find attached this week's Maths, Topic and R.E. activities. All of these should be completed and returned via the email address. 

 

For the topic task, children will need to watch a short clip, which can be accessed at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ix6oyVgUDbc

 

Following this, the children will need to complete the worksheet on the Island of Struay. 

 

Also attached are the spellings and GPS work. These do not need to be emailed in, as we will test the spellings and mark the nouns and adjectives worksheets in our Friday Zoom call.  

 

 

GREEN work - extension tasks (optional) 

 

To help with learning the new spellings, children may want to use the cursive handwriting worksheet attached. 

 

Finally, as an extra challenge, there is a short anagrams task for anyone who would like to give this a go. If the examples provided are too easy, you may come up with some of your own to test someone in your family!

 

We will, of course, explain more in our zoom sessions but red and amber work will need to be sent to us via the class email, year2@chiddingstone.kent.sch.uk.  

 

Please see below the attachments for this week.

 

Many thanks, 

Mrs Ralph and Mr Haysom laugh

The Mousehole Reading (Mr H)

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Pages 1-8.

French Week 1

Forest School

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

Forest School

Queens

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Queen Elizabeth

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Forest School

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

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

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Becoming Editors - perfect purple pens to improve our writing 29.09.20

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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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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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