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Drighlington Primary School

Nurturing, supporting, believing, achieving!

Moorland Road, Bradford
West Yorkshire, BD11 1JY

01132853000

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Headteacher: Mrs Sue Jackson

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Another busy week.

Welcome to Year 2 - Greece

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Welcome to Year 2 and Greece class. 

The children have already started to get use to their new classroom, the new routines and lessons and have settled very quickly. What a fantastic start! 

P.E will be on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday afternoons. Please make sure you have a named P.E kit in a small pump bag. This term we will be doing gymnastics and multiskills. 

If your child would like to have milk in the morning, please make sure that you visit www.coolmilk.com and set it up for the year. 

Maths homework will be sent home on a Tuesday and needs to be return for Friday. English homework will be sent home on a Friday and needs to be returned by Wednesday. 

We will send Learning log homework home on Friday 22nd September as a project for your child to complete and hand in after October half-term. It does not need to be kept to one page. Remember to be creative! 

In English this half-term we will be focusing on the story 'The lighthouse keepers lunch'. The children will retell the story, write shopping lists and rewrite the story using different characters. We will have a key focus on handwriting, ensuring that children practice the cursive joins daily. 

In Maths, children will focus on number including 2x, 3x, 5x and 10x tables, place value, subtraction and addition. 

In Science, we will be learning about micro-habitats and sorting living and non-living objects. 

In Geography, we will be learning about our wonderful world. We will use atlases to find oceans and continents in our world. 

In R.E, we will be learning about Christian rights of passage, including baptisms. 

Please ask myself or Mrs Webster if you have any questions at all about Year 2. 

Thank you for your support, 

Mrs McEvoy 

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Seaside visitor.

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We had a lovely surprise visit from the seaside man this morning.

He came to teach us all about Seasides in the past. We learnt all about the games they used to play at the seaside, how people got to the seaside, what they ate and we even sang some songs they used to sing!

We then spent the rest of the morning 'Hot seating', where one of us had to be a person from the past visiting the seaside and we were asked lots of questions. 

It was a lovely ending to the seaside topic and our time together in Year 2. 

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Sealife Center

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The children had a fantastic day, despite the rain visiting the sealife center. We all learnt so much about where and how different sea creatures live and we even got to touch some sea anemones. 

Due to the bad weather on our trip we had an ice-cream in school the day after to make up for missing out on one at the seaside. We had chocolate or strawberry! 

I would like to say a big - WELL DONE to all the children on the trip who behaved extremely well and listened to our guide all the way around. Look out for some of our recounts on Pobble. 

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Tadpoles promise and explanation texts.

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We could not believe the ending to the story tadpoles' promise - It was such a surprise. The frog ate the butterfly! 

This week we have found facts about how frogs change to put into a explanation booklet. The idea is that it explains top other people how they change. Have a look on pobble at some of our work. 

We have talked a lot about Jo Cox this week as it has been her birthday and we have linked it to what is different about ourselves. Some photographs are on the headteachers blog linked to our learning about this. 

Next week we will be going to Scarborough. Please ensure you bring a rucksack with a water bottle and your packed lunch (unless you are getting one from school). Also you must come in school uniform that day as normal. 

Thursday 29th June is a dress down day to raise funds for the Drighlington Gala. 

Next week in English we are starting our book - The flotsam linked to the seaside. 

Image result for flotsam It is a picture book with lots of interesting things to discover and write about. 

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Tadpole's promise!

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It is lovely to see everyone back after the half-term holidays. We hope you all and a lovely break and enjoyed the sunshine.

P.E will now be back to Tuesdays and Wednesday - please ensure that you bring your named kit on these days. 

This week we are basing our English work around the book - Tadpole's promise. 

Image result for tadpoles promise

For the first day we just looked at the front cover and discussed what it could be about, developing our prediction skills. We are now looking at the verbs, adverbs and contracted words used in the book to rewrite some of the dialogue. Look out on Pobble for our fantastic work this week. 

In Maths we are working with money and working out how to find change from 10p, 50p, £1.00 and £2.00 coins. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/money has some good games to support learning about giving change. 

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Chinese food tasting!

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This week we tried Chinese food to finish off our Chinese topic. The children really enjoyed tasting the sweet and sour chicken with rice. The best bit was the prawn crackers. 

Have a lovely half-term and keep safe. 

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Letter writing

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This week in English, we are writing letters. We are looking at different types of letters including; formal, informal and invitations. We are looking at the different types of language used in these letters and we will be writing some of our own letters.

We received a letter from a dragon today! He wanted to know all about our country and he told us some information about himself. Did you know they only come out when no-one is around? 

In Maths we are learning all about time. This is quite a hard concept and can be difficult to remember all the times on the clock. The children are focusing on quarter to, quarter past and 5 minute intervals. Please support them by talking about key times in the day and making times on clocks. This is a fun website with lots of time games on which may help with learning about clocks.. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=17 

Next week the children will sit their SATs papers in English and Maths. There will be a paper a day and the children will be given plenty of time to complete their paper. The results are used to inform our own assessments, which have been on-going all year. Please do not hesitate to ask us any questions about them but we will make the process as relaxed as possible for everyone. 

Thank you for your support. 

Mrs McEvoy 

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Plants

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In Science, we are currently planting dwarf, teddy bear sunflowers and Anemone bulbs. We are going to watch and measure how much they grow over the next few weeks. We are carrying out an experiment over the next few weeks to find out what happens to the seeds without water, light or both. What do you think will happen? Can you predict? 

In Maths, we are working on one and two step word problems with addition and subtraction. Children are choosing to use the column method to work out the answers.

We are writing our non-chronological reports about China this week. Mrs Stirk visited last week and answered a lot of our questions about China. It was really interesting.

Thank you for your support.

Mrs McEvoy   

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Rugby fun!

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This week we have had our rugby coach in - Callum. He comes from Leeds Rhinos club. He will be coming every Tuesday morning this term to teach the children rugby skills. The children really enjoyed it today and were very tired after the lesson. 

In R.E the children are looking at creation and our planet. Please could you talk to them about what they find interesting in the world and why. What do they think it is made from? How do they think it is made? It may be a country, an animal or a landmark. 

In English, we are carrying on researching about China. Today we have used the iPads to find facts to write under our chosen sub-headings such as; culture, food, transport and animals. Look out on Pobble for some of our amazing work that will go on this week.  

In Maths, we are learning all about the inverse (opposite). The children will be given an addition number sentence and they need to use subtraction to find the inverse. For example; 19 + 3 = 22 therefore 22 - 3 = 19 or 22 - 19 = 3.

Next week P.E will be Monday afternoons and Tuesday mornings, instead of Wednesdays as we have another sports coach on Mondays teaching athletics.

Thank you for your support.  

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All about China.

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It is lovely to see everyone back after the Easter holidays. The children are very excited to share what they have experienced over the break. 

Image result for chinese flag

This week the children are learning all about China, in their English and Geography work. We are asking questions about what we want to find out about in China and using non-fiction sources to answer them. This website has some fantastic facts about China; http://www.kids-world-travel-guide.com/china-facts.html The children will use the information they collect to write a non-chronological report. 

We are learning all about measuring in Maths. We are using rulers to measure different objects. We will be discussing how we would measure larger and smaller objects. We are comparing sizes, lengths and amounts by using < and > signs. We will also be reading scales and measuring liquids. You can play measuring games on http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=17 (Topmarks measuring games) to support your learning. 

In Science this term, we will be learning all about plants and how they grow. We will be planting seeds and bulbs and measuring their growth. 

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Poetry

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This week we are reading and writing a variety of poetry, including acrostic poems, riddles and fast poems. We are looking at the poem Easter by Oscar Wilde and discussing the language used within the poem. 

Image result for oscar wilde easter day

We will be discussing different types of poetry and our opinions on it. 

In Maths children are using the column method to work out subtraction of two, two digit numbers. Please encourage children to use the SATs maths books to practice subtraction. 

We will be sending handwriting formation sheets home for children to practice over the holidays, to help improve their formation. We will also be including comprehension questions in the back of the children's reading records, that you could use as a reference to promote the understanding of the text. 

Please continue to use the SATs practice books over the holidays. 

After the holidays in P.E, we will be having a rugby coach on a Tuesday morning. Please ensure children bring in an outdoor P.E kit, including jogging bottoms and trainers. 

Thank you for your support. 

Mrs McEvoy 

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Red nose day!

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What a fantastic Red nose day we have had. We have heard some fantastic jokes; "What do you call a donkey with 3 legs?  A wonky donkey!".

We have had some super cakes. Thank you to those who baked. We guessed how many sweets were in the jar and had a brilliant talent show. 

We hope we have raised lots of money for comic relief. 

Have a lovely weekend. 

Mrs McEvoy 

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Fractions and micro-habitats

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This week we are learning about fractions. We are learning to find fractions of shapes, numbers and capacity. We have used fruit to help us this week; 

The maths homework this week focuses on finding quarters of amounts and then using this to find three quarters. You can also use this website to support knowledge of fractions; http://www.iboard.co.uk/activity/Fraction-of-Shapes-Shading-Blocks-332 The children have used this game this week on the ipads. 

In Science the children have been around school to find micro-habitats and to see what lives in each habitat. The children have been using descriptive language to explain habitats.

 

Mrs Sowden is now running a lunch time homework club. It will be on a Monday for those children who have had busy weeks and not had an opportunity to do their homework. 

Thank you for your support. 

Mrs McEvoy 

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Horrid Henry

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This week we are using Horrid Henry books to support our English work. We are describing Horrid Henry's room through expanded noun phrases; i.e The dirty, smelly teddy bear on his bed. 

Here is a picture of Horrid Henry's room, see if you can have a go at describing it; 

Horrid Henry Screenshot

We are going to be talking about his good and bad traits and moving on to creating our own characters. 

In Maths we are working hard on division and multiplication word problems. We are reading the problems and deciding which method to use. The children have brought some home for homework to practice. 

All the children now have new spelling books with fantastic different ways to practice them. Please support them to do so especially when writing sentences with them in. 

It was lovely to see so many of you at parents evening. 

Thank you for your support. 

Mrs McEvoy 

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Hockey

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This term in P.E we are doing invasion games. We have started with Hockey and the children are learning how to control the ball and pass to a partner. It's harder than it looks! 

 

This week in English, we are continuing with 'The Twits'. We are using metaphors and similes in our writing to compare characters. We are also having a debate about whether monkeys should be kept in cages or not. What do you think?

In Maths we are continuing with multiplication and moving on to division. Maths homework this week is linked to 2x, 5x and 10x tables. Remember to keep using the Rockstar times tables and see if you can beat your times. 

It is World book day this week and children will be able to buy a book from a stall run by other children in school to read at home. They can also take part in a readathon, where they can be sponsored and read as many books as they can this term. Good luck everyone! 

Please remember its parents evening next week, so please ask me for a time if you do not already have one. 

Thank you for your support. 

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The Twits

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This week we are reading the Roald Dahl story - The Twits. The children have been really captured by the characters and what they look like. We have written adjectives which we are then using to create expanded noun phrases and similes for example; Mr Twit has a dirty, spiky beard on his face. The beard is as smelly as a dustbin. Show your child a picture of the Twits and ask them to describe them to you, using noun phrases.....

 Thetwits

In Maths we are learning all about multiplication. We are sorting objects practically into groups and moving on to create arrays to work out our multiplication facts. 

    

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End of another term.

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This week is the end to our half-term. It has been a fantastic and busy half-term with some very exciting new activities for the children including, times tables rock stars and pobble. These seem to have been excellent motivators for the children to become Maths Maddison's and Writing Wrigley's this term. Children's growth mindset seems to have really grown this half-term, with more children willing to tackle harder activities and persevering for longer - Well Done Greece.  

This week in DT children have created their own dips by mixing different ingredients together that they have designed. They got to dip bread sticks in and try their own and others dips. We have some fantastic chefs in the making. 

Children have grouped animals in science based on whether they are carnivores, herbivores or omnivorous this week and had some great in-depth discussions about it. 

Children's learning log homework for half-term is based on recounts, which they have worked on this half term. They can choose to write about their whole week or just an event that happened in the week. Ask your child if they can use noun phrases or even paragraphs. 

Have a lovely half-term break and we look forward to seeing you back on Monday 20th February. 

Thank you, 

Mrs McEvoy 

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Tackling inequality.

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This week in History, we are learning about Rosa Parks and how she helped to tackle inequality in America. The children have also learn't about Mary Seacole and the significant impact she had on dealing with racism. The children had some interesting discussions about how people used to treat others and why and how unfair this was. 

In English children have linked their recount work to Mary Seacole and written recounts about her life, remembering to put them in chronological order. 

P.E has got more challenging this week, with children having to jump further over hurdles and obstacles. 

Children are working really hard on their Spelling, punctuation and grammar. They are learning a lot of new vocabulary all the time and this is beginning to come through in their writing and reading. 

Children have been receiving our new superhero stickers for working super hard to be one of our superheroes. Please ask them what they got their stickers for. 

Thank you for your support. 

Mrs McEvoy 

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Jumping!

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This week in P.E we have been jumping! We have been learning to jump in different ways, using 1 foot or 2 feet to jump off spring boards and over hurdles. This was an excellent lesson for the children's growth mindset. A lot of the children saw the jumping as a big challenge and put out of their comfort zone but they persevered and by the end of the session they felt much more confident and at the top of the growth mindset mountain.

The children have been extremely excited by Pobble over the last couple of weeks and we have already had ten published authors on the site. There has been an increase in Writing wrigleys this week with children having a go and not worrying about mistakes. We have used it as a great resources to look at excellent Non-Chronological reports which we could use as an example for our own writing and we are now looking at recounts. Watch this space for the authors of the week. 

This week in Maths children will be learning all about statistics and data. They will create their own pictograms from collecting data on favourite fruit, animals and colours. Topmarks website has some challenging games on pictograms http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=18 for children to try at home. 

Maths homework this week is to use the times tables website;  https://ttrockstars.com/  This was launched in the assembly last week and children seem enthusiastic about making their own rock star character. Remember to continue to use this website throughout the year and see if the children can beat their last scores. 

It is very cold this week so please remember to stay safe on the ice and wrap up warm. 

Mrs McEvoy 

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Happy New Year.

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Welcome back and a Happy New Year to you all. 

The children have had a brilliant week back at school and have coped very well with the change over of teachers. It is lovely for me to be back with the class and to see how much progress they have all made since Reception. 

There will be a lot of exciting things for the children to learn this half-term.

In English we will be exploring and writing Non-Chronological reports based on Animals. They children so far have found out many interesting facts/statements about tigers, elephants, pandas and Gorillas. The children will learn new vocabulary and text including; sub-headings and formal language, third person. Please remember to look at our Pobble site to see the children's writing. 

During phonics and grammar sessions Children will focus on key sounds and words that they are unsure of as well as types of sentences, contracted words and conjunctions. 

In Maths we will be finding different fractions of numbers, shapes and length. These will include 1/2, 1/3 and 1/4 but also non-standard fractions 2/4, 3/4 and 2/3 etc. We will also find and use statistics to plot onto graphs. Please remember maths homework will go out on a Tuesday and please return it for the following week. 

In Science we will be learning all about animals and humans. We will on how they grow and what they need to grow healthily. 

In History children will learn about inequalities. How people were treated in the past due to their race or gender and who has helped change attitudes in History. 

In DT children will look at Dips and Dippers. They will try a selection of dips and write reviews about them, as well as make their own dips. 

In PE children will take part in games and indoor circuits and athletics. 

Please can you remind children to bring their reading books to school daily to read. 

If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to talk to me on the door. 

It is going to be a fantastic half-term!

Mrs McEvoy 

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Handwriting

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Handwriting

The school has just introduced a new handwriting scheme which ensures that each letter can be joined. Over the last three weeks, all the children in Greece have been trying really hard to use joined up handwriting and I’m delighted with the progress that everyone is making. Big thumbs up to everyone. Keep up the good work.

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Assessment week

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Next week is assessment week in school. The children will complete a variety of tests, some simple and some slightly harder. The aim of each test is to find out how well the children are doing and what we need to do to help them to achieve even further. These tests are nothing for the children to worry about, all we ask if that they try their best.

In Maths you may like to help your child with telling the time, clocks, multiplication (2, 5 and 10 times tables) and adding numbers to 100.

In English you may like to help your child with using the correct punctuation, including questions marks and exclamation marks, and in encouraging them to check their work for mistakes.

Remember that each child can only do their best so we will celebrate and be proud of everyone’s achievements.

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Reading

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Reading is one of the most important things you can do to help your child. If a child reads for 10 minutes each day, the impact can be enormous. Asking the children questions about the book and what they think about certain aspects of the story are all important learning points. It is equally important to read to your child. Not only is this a nice parent /child moment but you are also showing them how to read.

Much of the latest research suggests encouraging children to read the same text or book two or three times. This has been shown to improve a child’s ability to read by developing their word knowledge, recognition of words, fluency, expression and understanding of the text. Please do not be offended if we ask your child to read the book again, as in the long term, it will benefit them enormously.

Reading is great but if you’re at all concerned please do pop into see us.

Thanks

Mrs Howe

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Remembrance

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This week we have been learning about Remembrance Day and why we have a Cenotaph in Drighlington. We made a poppy wreath with messages to the fallen soldiers on the poppies. On Friday we visited the Cenotaph at Drighlington to lay our wreaths and pay our respects to the soldiers. 

We were joined by lots of parents and a special visitor who played us the last post on his brass instrument. Many thanks for all the people who helped us with this special visit. 

Please take a look at Poland's blog where you'll find lots of photographs of the trip.

Mrs Howe

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Shapes

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Welcome back. We hope you all had a lovely half term.

This week in maths we have been learning about the properties of 2D shapes. The children have had to identify the sides, faces, vertices and edges of each shape. Next week we will be moving on to 3D shapes. If you have anytime this weekend, how about asking your son or daughter to find some of the shapes in your home? It might keep them busy for a little while!

Have a super weekend

Mrs Howe

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Thank you

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Dear Parents

I would just like to say a huge thank you, to you and your children for a fantastic first half term. I cannot believe what we have all achieved and I am over the moon with the progress that every child has made.

It goes without saying that everybody deserves a fantastic holiday. Put your feet up, play, have a rest and get ready for another busy, next half term.

Happy Holidays

Mrs Howe

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Good old fashioned maths - subtraction.

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After the holidays the children will be learning to do subtraction using the column method. The children will be introduced to exchanging from the tens column, if there are not enough units to do the calculation. This is quite complicated at first but I am sure they will quickly pick it up. If you can help your child over the holidays to practise this method, this would be fab. If you get stuck at all, refer to the red Our School section on our website, then Curriculum, Curriculum Aims, and look for the subtraction guidance on the Mathematics page.

Example

  37                                72

-13                               -24

____                            ____     

 

Good luck and thank you for your help.

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Lots of Addition

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Over the last week we have been very busy learning how to do column addition. Our brains have been working in overdrive and everybody has tried really hard to do these new sums. If you could possibly help at home, with this method of maths, that would be brilliant.

Example

  24                                  28

+13                               +24

___                               ___     

 

Just pop in, if you need any help.

Thanks

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Parents Evening

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Dear Parents
I would just like to say a huge thank you for such a wonderful parents evening. It was so lovely to spend time discussing how well each child has done and it was great to meet some new faces. I expect many parents and children have huge smiles on their faces this evening.
What a wonderful class.
Mrs Howe

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Parents Evening

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Thank you to everybody who has signed up for parents evening. There are still a few slots left on the Wednesday evening if you have not booked to see me yet.

This week we will begin sending home some words for your children to learn to read and spell. If they could practise these at home, this would be brilliant. We will send the words home in a little plastic bag but if you would like to store them in your own little container, please feel free to do so.

In Science, the children are keeping a close eye on the eggs we are trying to hatch. Things are going well so far but watch this space! Hopefully in the next few weeks we may have some little chicks.

Thank you for your continuing support

Mrs Howe

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Our Learning

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There's always lots of learning going on in school so to keep you in the loop, we've listed a few of our topics below.

In our Geography unit - Our Wonderful World, we have been locating the 7 continents and 5 oceans on a map - test your child to see if they can name any of them!

In English we have been focusing on the features of a story including; setting, characters, structure, and character stereotypes. This week we are writing our own stories based on "The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch."

Maths has taken us on a journey through the number system where we are looking at number order, value, place value and numbers as words. We will continue practising the 2, 5 and 10 times tables so please help your child with these at home when you can. We are also focusing on addition and subtraction over the next few weeks.

In PE we are becoming superhero gymnasts and putting together a gymnastic routine with superhero moves. We are instilling resilience into the children and reminding them that mistakes are just first attempts in learning - we can do it, don't give up!

Any help you can provide to your child at home would be brilliant.

Thanks

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Greece Blog!

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Welcome to your new class, Greece. We have had a wonderful first week and the children have started their work with great enthusiasm. Their new uniforms look wonderful, but please remember to name each item so it can be returned if mislaid. P.E. will take place on a Tuesday and Thursday so please ensure your child's kit is in school each day. Please read the Parent section of the website for further details about PE kit and school uniform. You will find the homework policy on the policy section of our website. We hope your child has a wonderful time in year 2 but if you are worried or concerned at all, please come and speak to us.

Mrs Howe and the Greece Team.

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Making Monsters

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It's been a monster week! Yesterday we made our incredibly, scary monsters and a fun afternoon was had by all. The behaviour was excellent, the atmosphere was wonderful and everyone had a great time. We hope your child has enjoyed sharing their monster with you.

This year we will be focusing a lot on reading. As well as hearing your child read individually each week, children also complete many group reading activities. Over the next few weeks, your child may also come home with five to ten new words to learn. It would be great if you could help your child to learn to read and spell these words.


Have a monster weekend and thanks for a great week.
Mrs Howe

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