17/5/19

We have had a very busy couple of weeks!  Our special quizzes (otherwise known as SATS!!) are all completed and will form just part of our teacher assessments for the end of the key stage.  The children who have been absent this week will complete them at some point during  next week.  

We have finished our work on George’s Marvellous Medicine and compared Grandma’s character to that of Mrs Twit. The children have designed a new medicine to improve Mrs Twit and have written some amusing descriptions about the effect that the medicine has.

We have also started our Castles topic this week and have looked at the physical features of land to decide where would be the best place to build and why.  The children have also been learning about what a ‘motte and bailey’ castle is and have drawn detailed pictures.

In maths we have been looking at how to solve a two step problem and exploring the strategies needed. 

Next week we will be continuing with our Castles topic and will be finding out about how a castle could defend and protect itself.

Please could you make sure that your child brings a drinks bottle to school each day? We have noticed that some children haven’t had one this week.

Sports Day

It will be sports day on the Wednesday after half term and next week we will be deciding the races that children will take part in.  We would like each child to wear a t-shirt for the colour of their house if possible: red for Red Admiral, green for Brimstone, yellow for Swallowtail and blue for Tortoiseshell.

5/4/19

This week we have continued with learning about meerkats.  We have carried out research, have grouped similar sentences together and have learnt how to organise a non-chronological report.  Today, we have started to write our own reports and will be having another look at them on Monday to do some editing and redrafting. We have been encouraging the children to use punctuation such as commas, possessive apostrophes, apostrophes for contractions, question marks and of course capital letters and full stops in the right place! 

In phonics we have looked at the difference between there and their and encouraging correct use of this in their writing. 

In maths we have been reinforcing the strategies that we have taught this year to calculate number problems.  We will be continuing with this next week.

In English next week we will be looking at how we can edit and improve our writing. We will also be looking at the story Lost and Found and will be hopefully be writing our own version of the story.

Home activities

We have sent home a maths activity today.

We would also like the children to learn to spell the words that are in the front of their green reading record book.

29/3/19

This week we have enjoyed reading ‘Meerkat Mail’ and have found out where meerkats live. We have looked at how postcards are written and have written our own.  We will continue with this story next week and will be finding out facts about meerkats with the focus of writing a non-chronological report.  

In maths we have continued to look at shape – naming and describing the properties of 3d shapes.  We have also been reinforcing our skills in addition, multiplication, division and subtraction.

We have used the ipads to research facts about continents and oceans.  

A maths activity has been sent home today which reinforces our learning over the past few weeks.  

We have asked the children to try and find out 5 interesting facts about meerkats to bring to school next week to share with everyone. 

8/3/19

We all enjoyed World Book Day yesterday – we painted colourful pictures of foxes, made origami fox heads and used the percussion instruments to accompany a rhyme from Fantastic Mr Fox.  These were shared in a celebration assembly at the end of the day.  The book fair is at school until next Tuesday.

We have started our new topic this week called “Where in the world are different stories set?”  This topic has started with us looking at locating and naming the different continents and oceans as well as reading The Three Billy Goats Gruff which originates from Norway.  We will continue into next week with locating the continents and oceans on maps and labelling them.

We have also started to look at the use of the possessive apostrophe in English and will be reinforcing this, and other forms of punctuation in our writing.

In maths we have continued to work with money and have been learning how to give change from £1.  The majority of children have successfully added coins to make a total but are finding the concept of giving change tricky. It would be a great help if you could help your child with this at home.  We are also trying to reinforce instant recall of number bonds to 10 and 100( 4+6 = 10, so 24 + 6 = 30, and 40+60 = 100).

Next week in maths we will be moving on to telling the time. In Year 1 the children will have learned how to tell the time to both the hour and half hour. We will spend a short period of time reinforcing this before moving onto looking at quarter to, quarter past and telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes. 

Your child has been given a maths homework sheet today which reinforces what we have been learning in the past few weeks.

Lost Property – we still have a large amount of unnamed clothes in or mobile. These will be taken to the lost property box in the main playground on Monday.  Please check that your child has their name in their jumpers.

15/2/19

We have had another busy week in Year 2 in our run up to half term!

In English we have thought about how we can make sentences better by using words such as if, so, when and because.  We have then used these words to extend our sentences when writing a letter to King Charles with our ideas about how he could rebuild London after the fire.

In maths we have continued to work with fractions and have been finding a third and two thirds of an amount.

Phonics this week has included looking at words with a ‘ful’ suffix.

After half term we have our final week of work on The Great Fire where we will be learning about Samuel Pepys. We are looking forward to him visiting us on 1st March.

We have today sent home a maths home activity with revision of what we have done this half term as well as our future learning such as money.  We have also given the children a picture stimulus for them to write about in order to practise what we have learned in writing.

8/2/19

Thank you to all of you for your support and discussions during parents’ evenings this week.  It was nice to have such positive feedback from you all.

Throughout this week we have been building up to writing an imaginary recount about the Great Fire.  We have read the book ‘Toby and The Great Fire’ and have considered the thoughts and feelings that Toby might have had as he looked out over the streets of London.  We have explored lots of super vocabulary and we hope that the children have included this in their writing today!  In music we sang London’s Burning and have had a go at writing some new verses.  We may try adding percussion instruments to our verses next week!

In maths, we have continued to look at fractions and have been trying to work out the fraction of an amount. We will be continuing with this next week and will be looking at 1/3, 2/3, 2/4 and 3/4.  We have sent an activity home today for the children to complete which supports this learning.

Next week we will be continuing with our fractions work in maths.  In English, we will looking at how London was rebuilt after the fire.  We might also write a letter to King Charles.

Other information

We have sent home a login for Times Tables Rockstars – the children are very excited about this and many have logged on already!

1/2/19

This week has continued to be a busy week in Year 2!  We have been thinking about how the people of London tried to put out the Great Fire.  We have looked at pictures of leather buckets, water squirts, fire hooks and gunpowder and have considered how effective these were in tackling the fire.  Apologies to some parents in Beech Class who may have been squirted with water from a Calpol syringe! It seemed to be quite a good example to demonstrate how a water squirt worked!

There was a very good programme on Channel 5 last Saturday night called “The Great Fire of London Hour by Hour,” which gave lots of useful information.  We have watched a snippet of it at school. Here is the link if you want to have a look at home.  You may also find it on catch up. https://www.my5.tv/the-great-fire-of-london-hour-by-hour/season-1/the-great-fire-of-london-hour-by-hour

In maths we have continued with our work on Fractions.  The children have been finding the fractions of shapes and know that a fraction is an equal part of a whole. Some children are finding it tricky to know that, for example, 1/4 says “one quarter” and 2/3 says “two thirds.”  We have sent a maths homework sheet home today to try and reinforce this.  Next week we will be moving on to finding the fraction of a number.

Other Information

Please can you, or whoever hears your child read, make sure that your child’s reading journal has been signed every time?  This would be really helpful as we are trying to keep on track of who reads regularly at home and where extra support needs to be put in to place.  

We have a lunch trolley full of clothes without names again.  These will be put into the lost property box in the main playground at the end of today.  Please can you check that your child’s jumpers, hats, scarves and gloves are all named.

11/1/19

Happy New Year!

We have had a busy start to the new term and have been finishing off our topic on Materials.  The children have investigated different materials to decide which would be best to make an emergency tea bag for the teachers!  They made predictions, made the teabags, tested the materials and shared their observations. 


In maths, we have continued working with multiplication and the children are becoming more confident in skip counting, drawing and using arrays as well as developing their speed in answering a question. A useful website for practising immediate recall of multiplication is https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Next week we will be starting our new topic “London’s Burning – Did London really burn down?”

We will also be making the link between multiplication and division in maths.

We still have a few children who have not yet returned their ICT/internet agreement form.  Please could you check your child’s book bag if you know that you haven’t seen it!  The original letter was sent out before Christmas and we have given another out to some children this week as a reminder. 

Reading  – your child is welcome to bring in their own book from home to read during our independent/guided reading times at school but please make sure that their name is written inside.

14/12/18

It has been a very busy week this week! 

In English we have read and discussed the story Buster’s Christmas.  The children have sequenced the events in the story.  Next week we will be writing our own stories from the point of view of Buster the dog.  We have also started our science topic ‘Uses of everyday materials’ and will hopefully be carrying out a science experiment next week where the children will be choosing the best material to make a trampoline for Buster.  

In maths, we have continued with our work on repeated addition and multiplication.  The children have been learning to ‘skip count’ and have also been introduced to arrays. 

All children have had a spelling dictation test today with the words that we emailed a couple of weeks ago.  We will let you know how they got on once they have been marked. 

The children have been working hard to bring together our Christmas Nativity and they are looking forward to performing it to you next week!  At the moment, we estimate that the performances will last about 40 minutes.  The evening performance starts at 6pm and we need the children to be back at school between 5.30 and 5.45pm please.  They will need to be dropped off at the door to the main building and will get ready in the Year 4 classrooms.

We previously asked for children to wear a brightly coloured top or Christmas jumper.  Please could these be brought to school on Monday in a named bag.

We again have a lot of unnamed jumpers, gloves and hats.  We will keep these on the lunch trolley until the end of next week and then put them in the lost property box in the main playground. 

Thank you for your support and we look forward to another busy week next week!

7/12/18

We have continued with our ‘space’ theme this week and have been working with the book ‘Man on The Moon.’  The children have really enjoyed this story and have been eager to try and help Bob (the main character) to advertise visits to the moon! We have explored how we can make people interested in going for a visit and have planned what we could write in our own leaflet.  We will be completing these next week and will hopefully put them on display in our classrooms.

In maths we have started to make the link between repeated addition and multiplication.  We have worked quite practically and will be carrying on with this learning next week.

In our phonics and spelling work we have been learning how to add the ‘er’ and ‘est’ suffix to the end of words and are remembering previously learned rules really well.

Next week

We will be completing our leaflets to advertise trips to the moon! We are then moving onto writing longer narratives and will be using ‘Christmas adverts’ as a visual stimulus.

We will also be starting our Materials topic in Science.

Other notes

On Monday, we will be sending some children home with words to practise for our Christmas assembly.  All children have been given a sheet with song words – please could you help them to practise these? If you don’t know the tune to the song, then just reading the words will be really helpful.

When the children leave school at the end of the day please could all parents/carers make sure that the children are not climbing over the fence into the adventure trail area.  This is not allowed in the school day and we would like to make sure that this is a consistent message between home and school.