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

Year 2

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:

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. 


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




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Tree shaking!

Still image for this video

Forest School

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. 





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   


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 


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.






Forest School

Forest School rota