Happy New Year

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Posted by vsimpson | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 07-01-2018

I hope you have enjoyed the break with your lovely little ones and are having a great New Year so far.

Can I start off by saying a massive thank you for the lovely cards and gifts that you so kindly sent in before the holidays. They were gratefully received and enjoyed over the festive period!

We only had 3 days in the first week back but as always we packed lots into them.

In English we have been exploring the text: The Robot and the Bluebird by David Lucas. We have inferred the character’s feelings and made comparisons between robots and human beings.

 

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In mathematics we have been measuring length to the nearest half cm and m. The children have then used these skills to answer practise SATs questions.

 

Our new topic this half term is London’s Burning. We will be finding out all about the Great Fire of London and the impact it has had on our lives today.

To supplement our leaning we will be visiting Staircase House in Stockport to learn more about this fascinating event. Please can all slips be signed and returned to school. If you need another letter we will provide one for you. The trip takes place on Monday 29th January. Helpers are still needed, please let me know if you are interested.

I have found a great  game for your children to play on line that will help introduce them to the facts. Please use the link below to try it.

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Our Learning Hero this week was Charles for fantastic progress in reading, well done.

 

Please don’t forget to encourage your children to visit the abacus website for a wealth of books, games and activities especially targeted for them.

 

Attendance really improved for our class towards the end of last term, I’m hoping we can get some 100% weeks this half term so the children can earn their class treat.

Kind regards

 

Mrs Simpson and Mrs Hunter

11.12.17

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Posted by vsimpson | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 11-12-2017

What a fantastically busy and productive week. The show is coming along nicely now, the children have all worked really hard to learn their lines and can’t wait to share it with you on Wednesday.

We also had our Christmas making afternoon on Thursday. A huge thank you to all those who came along and helped out. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

During English we have been reading a non fiction text about the moon, in preparation for writing a factfile at the end of this week. The planetarium really supported our learning in this area, the children were so excited when it came to visit and loved feeling like they were in space.

In maths the children have been adding and subtracting multiples of ten. They will be completing their post assessment this week.

In history, they have compared the lives of Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong using a Venn diagram.

In geography they have leant the 4 points of a compass and even come up with their own little tricks to help them temper them e.g

 

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Eat

Soggy

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Our learning Hero this week was Noah. Great reciprocity shown during rehearsals. Well done!

This week is set to be one of our busiest yet, with 4 performances, to put on for our school friends and family. We can’t  wait to see you there.

 

DATES FOR THE DIARY

Friday 15th December: Christmas dinner and Christmas jumper day

Wednesday 20th December: last day. Christmas party day (children can wear their own clothes)

Wednesday 3rd January: return to school .

Mrs Simpson and Mrs Hunter

Back up and running!

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Posted by vsimpson | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 04-12-2017

Hi,

 

At long last we are up and running… so long paper blogs!

Last week was, as usual a busy week. Play rehearsals are well and truly underway and we’ve even been practising on the stage in the junior hall. It’s looking and sounding great, however we really need to work on the end section, so if your child has lines towards the end of the play, we would be grateful if you could practise with them and help them out with cues. You should have received a letter by now too letting you know if your child needs to bring a costume in for the performance. You can start to send them in now , please make sure they are clearly labelled.

Maths was great last week. Revisiting place value, the children were really confident in this area and it was great to see the progress made. We are looking at place value in 2 and 3 digit numbers through the use of coins and addition and subtraction of multiples of 10.

Unfortunately the children didn’t get chance to visit  the planetarium as planned on Friday due to the provider being ill. However, they will get chance to visit on Wednesday this week instead (watch out for pictures on twitter).

We are really looking forward to welcoming our parents/carers into school Thursday afternoon this week to help us make our Christmas crafts. Please come and join us if you can, there will be tea/coffee and mince pies!

In topic this week we are looking  at  using simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) and locational and directional language to describe routes on a map. We will continue to investigate the significance of Christopher Columbus and compare and contrast his life with that of Neil Armstrong.

Our learning Hero last week was Zoe. She was chosen for her resilience in reading and writing. Well done Zoe!

 

I’ve added a new game to ‘Active learn’ to help them practise this week’s place value work: Sea-Shack smash.

 

I’ve also added some phonics games to help pupils: ‘-j,-dge,-ge’ and ‘-il,- al, -el, -le’. I’ve also added a conjunctions game.

I will update this blog weekly so check us out for latest news and resources.

 

Mrs Simpson and Mrs Hunter

 

15.05.17

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Posted by Miss Bennett | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 21-05-2017

I want to say a massive well done to all the year 2’s for their hard work over the last 2 weeks. They have showed so much resilience and determination during their SATs week- One more left tomorrow!

This week we started our new English project.. Fishy Feast! We are creating instructions for the perfect meal for our penguin in peril. Apparently his favorite food is a fish finger sandwich. We have been busy  sampling different sauces and finding the key features in  a set of instructions. On Friday we planned our own, thinking about what we will need and how we are going to make it.This week we will be writing up the instructions and making the sandwiches on Thursday.

The children have been learning about different habitats and the animals that live there. We have researched the food they eat and how the animals are adapted to their surroundings. We have discovered that all animals eat different things and can be grouped into herbivores, carnivores and omnivores.

This week we had Sophie and Quincy make it onto the extraordinary zone for their ignite your write. They independently used resources around them to make their writing the best it could be.

Our star of the week went to Zac for his enthusiasm to reading both inside and outside school. He has brought his book in every day this week. Well done :)

Letters for Blackpool went out on Friday- can they be returned asap please.

See you all tomorrow!

02.05.17

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Posted by Miss Bennett | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 07-05-2017

What a short and snappy week it has been but the children have been FAB!

In maths we have continued with telling the time, focusing on o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to with some children moving onto 5 past and 10 past etc. Telling the time is something we need to practice all the time and as much as possible. So any spare time at home get testing 🙂

The children have loved the story ‘Penguin in Peril’ that we have been reading during our English lessons. This week the penguins have escaped the police and we have been creating our own wanted posters to try and find them. We have spent lessons building up a description of the cats, thinking about their personality and appearance. The descriptions have been so good! Blown away with some of the vocabulary that has been included.

During the afternoons we have been doing RE and looking at what makes a good leader. The children have come up with their TOP trait they think a leader must have.

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Over the next 3 weeks the children will be sitting their SATs – if anyone had any questions please come and speak to someone on the year 2 team and we can hopefully help.

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A letter has been sent out about bring an adult to school day (fathers day special) for the actives we need newspaper and LOTS of it! Please can the children start to bring some in.

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I hope you have all had a lovely weekend- see you all tomorrow!

20.03.17

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Posted by Miss Bennett | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 25-03-2017

Another busy week in year 2! 

Thank you to all the parents that came in on Wednesday afternoon, it was lovely seeing so many faces. Hope the things they made got home in once piece.

We have finished our subtraction project. Hopefully the children feel more confident in this area and more able to tackle different subtract style questions and problems.

What we have spent lots of time focusing on this week is our Elmer descriptions. We wrote a rough version then spent time editing what we had wrote. During this we wanted the children to peer assess and look for spelling mistakes and punctuation errors. We then wrote out our final piece. What had been produced has been fantastic!!

As we are coming up to Easter we have been looking and retelling the Easter story. This week we retold Palm Sunday. The children did some fantastic acting. Next week we are going be looking at The Last Supper. ‘Why do we have special meals?’ ‘What might we be celebrating?’

We all designed our own batik art pattern and hopefully will be producing the final pieces this week.

Well done to Youssef this week for being our STAR OF THE WEEK.

The children have obviously been working really hard as we had 3 championship winners in our class. Jodie, Callum and Nikiyia!

Fingers crossed for good weather we are finally burning our houses to great our very own Great Fire of London. Would be brill if anyone can come to help out.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend and lets have a fab last week in school before our holidays.

13.03.17

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Posted by Miss Bennett | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 19-03-2017

Thank you to all the parents who came to our class assembly. The children did so well and were so excited to see you all 🙂

In maths we have done another week of subtraction, securing our knowledge of using a number line. This week we are applying our skills to answering word and reasoning problems.

In English we have started a new topic, using the story of Elma the Elephant! We are using this to writing character descriptions, story settings and also instructions to create our own batik piece of art.

We have mostly finished our Great Fire of London topic so in the afternoons we are focusing on RE, ICT and Art.

Approaching SATs we are hoping to do a number of papers so that the children become familiar  with what to expect. I don’t want them to feel worried or panicky! I spoke to some parents on parents evening about sending the papers home- if you don’t want this to happen just let me know!

Hope you have all had a lovely weekend. See you on Monday!

30th January 2017

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Posted by Miss Bennett | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 05-02-2017

What another busy week!

Staircase House on Monday was brilliant we discovered so much! Well done to all the children and a massive thank you to the parents who came and helped 🙂

In maths we have continued looking at fractions and focused on finding fractions of different amounts. We used different resources in the classroom, such as crayons, money, counters and discovered ways to share them equally.

In English we started writing up our diaries from the Great Fire of London! I have been blown away by some of the writing that I have read this week. We have spent lots of time reading over our sentences and thinking of how to make them better as well as reading each others and helping improve our friends. Lots of children are achieving their moving targets which is fab!

Our star of the week goes to Taira! We have been practicing our handwriting so much in class and Taira has been trying super hard to join her handwriting. I have been very impressed.

Our championship winners this week are Ethan and Jodie and our team winners and Team Respect and Team Honesty. 

The children are very excited about burning their houses on Monday 6th, it would be brilliant to see as many parents as possible.

Hope you have a lovely weekend 🙂

 

23rd- 27th January

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Posted by Miss Bennett | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 28-01-2017

This week we started a new exciting project in maths- ‘ The Baker was fired from this job after causing the Great Fire of London. Can we replace him and make the tastiest bread ever tasted!’ After making the bread we want to invite parents in to share what we have made using our fraction knowledge.

In English we are preparing to write up our own diaries imagining we were at the great Fire of London. We have used thesauruses to find exciting vocabulary to include when writing next week.

The children have loved learning all about the plague this week and the different illnesses along with the weird and wonderful cures around in 1666. We have looked at how they are different to 2017.

Thank you to everyone who has helped create houses for our  very own Great Fire! They all look absolutely amazing!!

Just a quick reminder: Please can homework books be in no later than Wednesday and we are trying to encourage as much reading as possible, It is really important that the children are bringing their reading books into school so that they can be changed as regulatory as possible.

Monday 30th is our school trip to staircase house- please can all the children be at school for 9.00am and be in full school uniform. 

14th November

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Posted by Miss Bennett | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 20-11-2016

Well it has started… Christmas! This week we introduced the children to our Nativity play and auditioned for parts. Very excitied to get started!!

In maths we finished our multiplication project and the children created our their very own array city, which looks amazing!

In English we have started to write up our own version of the book ‘The Way Back Home’. What I have read so far sounds super and some great imagination has been used. I can not wait for you all to read them.

We are currently in the middle of our art project, creating a space picture. The children have tried lots of different mediums and are now at the stage of designing their own and deciding what they are going to use in their final piece.

Next week:

We will continue to write our narrative stories. In maths we are looking at division in more detail and practicing the ‘sharing’ model.

Tuesday 22nd November- Bring an adult to school day! During this afternoon lots of arts and crafts will be going on based around our topic, explorers! Would be great to see as many adults as possible there 🙂 Lots of painting will be going on so if you want, send in an old t-shit for the children to wear over their uniform.

Hope you have had a nice weekend!

Miss Bennett