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Week ending: 19/07/19

What a great week we have had this past week. From making s’mores during forest schools, to free time in the swimming pool and not forgetting the amazing Year 6 leavers production we were treated to.

 

This coming week will see us spend our last two days together as Lion Class 2018/19. I have planned, (what will hopefully be) some fantastic activities to help us beat the heat and keep us going until Tuesday @3.15pm. On Monday we will have our leavers assembly, watch a film and play some outdoor games. On Tuesday we will have a class quiz, say our goodbyes to Cookie, have a water fight and eat ice cream!!

 

Water fight – Tuesday PM

Please can your child bring some spare clothes and a water gun/spray into school on Tuesday PM for our class water fight.

 

Beating the heat

As we will be going outside on both Monday and Tuesday afternoons, please ensure that your child has their water bottle with them all week and that sun cream is applied before school.

 

What a wonderful year!

I cannot thank the staff, children and yourselves (the amazing parents of Lion Class 2018/19) for an incredible first year here at Barley Close. It has been a privilege to get to know yourselves and your children throughout the year and I wish you all very well for the future. Please do come by next year and let me know how you are getting on.

 

I hope you all have a wonderful summer holiday. Please get some well-deserved rest, relax and have fun! 

 

See you tomorrow,

 

Mr Filer

Week ending: 12/07/19

What another extremely busy week! This week it was maths week and the children got to buddy up with a variety of different classes from across the school. We completed several activities together. We did forest schools with Year 5 Elephants on Monday afternoon, cooked with Year 6 Giraffes on Tuesday morning, made potions with Year 4 Iguanas on Thursday morning and last but not least, target board throwing with Year 1 Panther class on Friday. Also, let's not forget our amazing forest school session with Mrs Lines on Wednesday morning - where we made clay monsters from the book, ‘The Minpins’. There was also our maths with parents afternoon (see pictures below), as well as Future Friday. It was definitely a full on week!!!

 

I hope you have all had a chance to read your child's report with your child and shared with them all of the lovely comments I have made about them. They are a very special class and I will certainly miss them greatly come September.

 

Forest Schools

Please can your child bring some old clothes into school on Wednesday for our very exciting forest school session led by Mrs Lines.

 

Strong bag

Please can your child bring a strong bag on or before the last day of term so they can bring home all of their books from this year.

 

Move up days

Next week there are two move up days where your child will spend these days with their new teacher, Miss Bryant. Miss Bryant has asked for your child to wear their PE kits to school on Friday this week, instead of Thursday.

 

Additionally, as your child will be going into a different classroom, you will need to drop off and pick up at a new classroom. Please see the table below that has this information on.

 

Drop off at…

Pick up at…

Thursday

Lion Classroom

Crocodile Classroom

(opposite Lion Class)

Friday

Crocodile Classroom

(opposite Lion Class)

Crocodile Classroom

(opposite Lion Class)

 

Key dates for this term

Wednesday 17th July 2019

Forest Schools (AM)

Thursday 18th July and

Friday 19th July 2019

Move up days

Friday 19th July 2019

Pupil of the Term Assembly

Tuesday 23rd July 2019

End of Term 6

 

Next week’s learning

Next week we will finish off our brief unit of work on sex and relationship education and also complete some end of year/ transition activities in preparation for Thursday and Friday.

 

As always, please do come and talk to me about anything listed above or if you have any concerns/worries about your child. I am always happy to help and will support you and your child in any way possible.

 

See you Monday,

 

Mr Filer

Maths with parents afternoon

Week ending: 05/07/19

WOW! That was a hot, busy and fun sports week! The children thoroughly enjoyed the week and not one child got disappointed if they didn’t win but knew that it is all about the taking part that counts, as well as having fun.

 

During the week, we took part in a mile a day, wake and shake, played hockey and football against Tiger class, took part in a carousel of relay games and competed in races during sports day. We were even lucky enough to have the lovely Alex (from CSET) come in and teach us a new sport – Quidditch. The children quickly picked up the new game rules and worked in their houses extremely well to try to win the team game. What a manic week it was!  

 

Forest Schools

(10th July/ 17th July)

Please can your child bring some old clothes into school on the above dates for our very exciting forest school sessions led by Mrs Lines.

 

Maths week

Next week, it is maths week. Once again, we will be completing many activities outside. Please can I ask that you ensure that your child brings in their water bottle and hat every day. If necessary, please apply sun block before school, as we are not allowed to do so in school.

 

You are invited into school on Thursday afternoon to complete some maths activities with your child.

 

Key dates for this term

Monday 8th July – Friday 12th July 2019

Maths week

Wednesday 10th July 2019

Forest Schools (AM)

Thursday 11th July 2019

Maths afternoon for parents 2.15pm

Friday 12th July 2019

Future Friday

Reports go home

Wednesday 17th July 2019

Forest Schools (AM)

Thursday 18th July and

Friday 19th July 2019

Move up days

Tuesday 23rd July 2019

End of Term 6

 

Next week’s learning

In math this week, we will be completing many fun activities from making potions with Year 4 to cooking with Year 6. Please ask your child what we did each day, so they can fill you in with what the activities involved.  

 

In English, we will continue with our writing about what we think life will be like when we are older.

 

We didn’t have time to complete our brief unit of work on sex and relationship education this week so we will carry this over to next week.

 

As always, please do come and talk to me about anything listed above or if you have any concerns/worries about your child. I am always happy to help and will support you and your child in any way possible.

 

See you tomorrow,

 

Mr Filer

Quidditch

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INTER CLASS COMPETITION NEWS! 

 

Lions and Tigers battled it out on the hockey and football pitch on a hot Friday afternoon. 

 

The scores were: 

 

Football 

Match 1 

Tigers 1  Lions 0 

 

Match 2 

Tigers 3 Lions 1 

 

Hockey

Match 1 

Tigers 3 Lions 0

 

Match 2

Tigers 0 Lions 1 

 

Both classes played well and gave the sports their best efforts. 

So they are both winners to us! 

 

Miss Cripps and Mr Filer 

Week ending: 28/06/19

What a lovely week we have had! We began the week with a visit from Warburtons. The session leaders taught us about the entire process of manufacturing bread in their factories. We also learnt how we should wash our hands properly and how to hold bakers hands. After that, we got to make our own bread rolls, which we shaped into our favourite designs. Then, we learnt about the eat well plate and how to minimise food wastage. Finally, we got to take home a certificate, workbook, our bread rolls and some of Warburton’s thins. What a great day had by all!  

 

This past Wednesday it was move up morning, where we met our new Year 3 teacher, Miss Bryant. We had a great time and we enjoyed finding out all about her and the Year 3 routines. We will be spending a further two full days with Miss Bryant on the 18th and 19th July.

 

Sports week

Next week, it is sports week. Your child is allowed to wear their PE kit all week. As we will be going outside a lot more than usual and the weather is becoming warmer, please ensure that your child has their water bottle with them all week. This is for ease, as otherwise, your child will need to keep walking to/from the water fountain to get a drink and we wouldn’t want them to miss out on any of the exciting activities that we have planned. Additionally, if necessary please apply sun block before school and provide your child with a hat. Finally, please check to see which house your child is in for sports day (displayed on the classroom window) and provide your child with a coloured t-shirt reflecting which house they are in. If you are unable to find a t-shirt I can provide a coloured sticker instead.

 

Swimming

Unfortunately, we had to miss swimming this week because there was an accident in the pool and it needed to be cleaned.

Next week, we will be swapping our swimming lesson with Tiger Class so therefore our swimming session will be on Friday morning instead. Please make sure that your child brings in their swimming kit on this day. This week we will have a fun lesson J.

 

 

Key dates for this term

Monday 1st July – Friday 5th July 2019

Sports week – wear PE kit all week

Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Sports day

Year 2 races (9:15 – 10am)

Monday 8th July – Friday 12th July 2019

Maths week

Wednesday 10th July 2019

Forest Schools (AM)

Thursday 11th July 2019

Maths afternoon 2.15pm

Friday 12th July 2019

Future Friday

Reports go home

Wednesday 17th July 2019

Forest Schools (AM)

Thursday 18th July and

Friday 19th July 2019

Move up days

Tuesday 23rd July 2019

End of Term 6

 

Next week’s learning

In math this week, we will be looking at addition and subtraction in the context of empty box questions. Also, we will be playing some math sports related games.

 

In English, we will begin to prepare for Futuristic Friday by writing about what we think life will be like when we are older and reflect on this in a narrative.

 

In PSHE, we will begin our brief unit of work on sex and relationship education.

 

As always, please do come and talk to me about anything listed above or if you have any concerns/worries about your child. I am always happy to help and will support you and your child in any way possible.

 

See you on tomorrow,

 

Mr Filer

Bread designs

Bread designs 1

Week ending: 20/06/19

This term is really flying by! We only have 22 days left together L.

The children did extremely well at the MaD Olympiad on Thursday, and their behaviour was exceptional. Huge congratulations to Sariah and Lola who both came joint 2nd place in the long jump.  

 

Spellings

There are no spellings to learn this week. This will resume next week.

 

Key dates for this term

Monday 24th June 2019

Warburtons visit

Wednesday 26th June 2019

Move up morning (9 – 11am)

Monday 1st July – Friday 5th July 2019

Sports week – wear PE kit all week

Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Sports day

Year 2 races (9:15 – 10am)

Monday 8th July – Friday 12th July 2019

Maths week

Wednesday 10th July 2019

Forest Schools (AM)

Thursday 11th July 2019

Maths afternoon 2.15pm

Friday 12th July 2019

Future Friday

Reports go home

Wednesday 17th July 2019

Forest Schools (AM)

Thursday 18th July and

Friday 19th July 2019

Move up days

Tuesday 23rd July 2019

End of Term 6

 

Next week’s learning

In math next week, we will be looking at position, direction and movement. We will also be filling gaps from the year 2 maths curriculum.

 

In English, we will begin reading our final book, The Minpins by Roald Dahl.

 

As always, please do come and talk to me about anything listed above or if you have any concerns/worries about your child. I am always happy to help and will support you and your child in any way possible.

 

It was so lovely to see so many of you at Barley Bounce today. I hope you have a relaxing weekend.

 

See you on Monday,

 

Mr Filer

Week ending: 14/06/19

Wow! What was a very busy and long week that was! The children were  absolutely amazing during our class assembly and I am sure you will agree with me, in saying how proud they made you feel! We were also very lucky with the weather during our visit to Bristol Zoo. The children thoroughly enjoyed their time there and learnt lots about different African animals. During our education session, we were able to touch and hold mealworms, a tortoise and even a rat!  

 

MaD Olympiad

The MaD Olympiad will be taking place this Thursday, (20th June). Children will need to come to school in their PE kits for 8:15am. We will be leaving the school site at 8:30am to walk to Pomphrey Hill. Parents are more than welcome to come and watch. If any parents are able to assist us in walking the children up to Pomphrey Hill please do let me know.  

 

Forest Schools

(19th June/ 10th July/ 17th July)

Please can your child bring some old clothes into school on the above dates for our very exciting forest school sessions led by Mrs Lines.

 

Spellings

There are no spellings to learn this week as we are not here on Friday and we are not in class on Thursday.

 

Swimming

Swimming will resume as normal for the rest of the term, every Tuesday.

 

Reading Books

As there is an INSET day this Friday, reading books will be changed on Thursday this week.

 

Key dates for this term

Wednesday 19th June 2019

Forest Schools (AM)

Thursday 20th June 2019

MAD Olympiad (AM only)

Friday 21st June 2019

Inset day

Saturday 22nd June 2019

Barley Bounce (Summer Fayre)

12-4pm

Monday 24th June 2019

Warburtons visit

Wednesday 26th June 2019

Move up morning

Monday 1st July – Friday 5th July 2019

Sports week – wear PE kit all week

Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Sports day

Monday 8th July – Friday 12th July 2019

Maths week

Wednesday 10th July 2019

Forest Schools (AM)

Friday 12th July 2019

Future Friday

Reports go home

Wednesday 17th July 2019

Forest Schools (AM)

Thursday 18th July and

Friday 19th July 2019

Move up days

Tuesday 23rd July 2019

End of Term 6

 

Next week’s learning

In math this week, we will be looking at data handling, as well as completing some work on position, direction and movement.

 

In English, we will complete our recounts of our zoo trip.

 

As always, please do come and talk to me about anything listed above or if you have any concerns/worries about your child. I am always happy to help and will support you and your child in any way possible.

 

See you tomorrow.

 

Mr Filer

Class assembly song links and lyrics

Spellings to be tested on 14/06/19

Week ending: 07/06/19

What a great start back to the new term! Along with our normal lessons, we have been practising our class assembly. The children now know which part they will play in the class assembly and the costume list is up on the parents’ noticeboard. Please do look at this and let me know if there are any issues regarding costumes. We will need all class assembly costumes in by Thursday 13th June for our dress rehearsal.

 

Pupil of the week

Corey is our pupil of the week this week. Corey is new to our class and has settled in extremely well. Well done Corey. We are all so proud of you!

 

Next week

Next week is a busy one. I will not be in class on Tuesday afternoon so if you have any questions about the school trip please ask me before then.

 

As I am not in class on Tuesday afternoon, there will be NO swimming lesson this week. Apologies.

 

Reading Books

Please make sure your child brings their reading books and reading record into school every day. Our book change day has now changed and will be on Fridays.

 

Key dates for this term

Wednesday 12th June 2019

Bristol Zoo trip

Friday 14th June 2019

Class assembly @ 2.30pm

Wednesday 19th June 2019

Forest Schools (AM)

Thursday 20th June 2019

MAD Olympiad (AM only)

Friday 21st June 2019

Inset day

Saturday 22nd June 2019

Barley Bounce (Summer Fayre)

12-4pm

Monday 24th June 2019

Warburtons visit

Wednesday 26th June 2019

Move up morning

Monday 1st July – Friday 5th July 2019

Sports week – wear PE kit all week

Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Sports day

Monday 8th July – Friday 12th July 2019

Maths week

Wednesday 10th July 2019

Forest Schools (AM)

Friday 12th July 2019

Future Friday

Reports go home

Wednesday 17th July 2019

Forest Schools (AM)

Thursday 18th July and

Friday 19th July 2019

Move up days

Tuesday 23rd July 2019

End of Term 6

 

Next week’s learning

In math this week, we will continue to revise some areas of math and ensure children are secure in these areas. The areas we will be covering are:

  • Money – using different coins to make the same amount, word problems to include change
  • Shape – identifying the properties of a variety of 2D and 3D shapes, to include lines of symmetry

 

In English, we will start by writing a book review of the story, ‘Little Red’. Then, after our trip to Bristol Zoo we will write a recount of our trip.

 

There will be no extended write this week.

 

As always, please do come and talk to me about anything listed above or if you have any concerns/worries about your child. I am always happy to help and will support you and your child in any way possible.

 

See you tomorrow,

 

Mr Filer

Welcome back Lions! I hope you all had a wonderful half term break and are looking forward to our last term together. Term 6 is always a busy term and this year it is no different. With this in mind, please keep an eye out on here, the school newsletter and the Lion class parents’ noticeboard for updates and information about all of the events taking place this term.

 

PE this term

Swimming will continue to be on Tuesdays and outdoor PE will continue on Thursdays. We will also have a couple of forest schools lessons – please see the dates below.

 

Reading Books

Please make sure your child brings their reading books and reading record into school every day. Our book change day has now changed and will be on Fridays.

 

Key dates for this term

Monday 3rd June 2019

Term 6 begins

Wednesday 12th June 2019

Bristol Zoo trip

Friday 14th June 2019

Class assembly @ 2.30pm

Wednesday 19th June 2019

Forest Schools (AM)

Thursday 20th June 2019

MAD Olympiad (AM only)

Friday 21st June 2019

Inset day

Saturday 22nd June 2019

Barley Bounce (Summer Fayre)

12-4pm

Monday 24th June 2019

Warburtons visit

Wednesday 26th June 2019

Move up morning

Monday 1st July – Friday 5th July 2019

Sports week – wear PE kit all week

Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Sports day

Monday 8th July – Friday 12th July 2019

Maths week

Wednesday 10th July 2019

Forest Schools (AM)

Friday 12th July 2019

Future Friday

Reports go home

Wednesday 17th July 2019

Forest Schools (AM)

Thursday 18th July and

Friday 19th July 2019

Move up days

Tuesday 23rd July 2019

End of Term 6

 

This week’s learning

In math this week, we will continue to revise all areas of math and ensure children are secure in all of these areas. The areas we will be covering are:

  • Money – using different coins to make the same amount
  • Shape – identifying the properties of a variety of 2D and 3D shapes, to include lines of symmetry
  • Recall multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables and use these to solve problems
  • Identifying fractions of shapes and amounts and know that all parts must be equal parts of the whole
  • Adding and subtractions 2 two-digit numbers

 

In English, we will continue with the story ‘Little Red’ for the first two weeks of term before moving on to Roald Dahl’s Mini Pins. This week we will be writing letters from the Big Bad Wolf to Little Red.

 

Our Extended Write for this week will be writing a book review about the story ‘Little Red’. Any talk at home about our book would be most beneficial.

 

We will use our talk topic sessions to:

•       Think about what book reviews are and what they tell the reader.

•       Recap the features of a book review

•       Discuss what our subheadings could be and why

•       Read, look at and unpick what a good one looks like

•       Plan and model writing up our own version

 

As always, please do come and talk to me about anything listed above or if you have any concerns/worries about your child. I am always happy to help and will support you and your child in any way possible.

 

See you tomorrow.

 

Mr Filer

 

Spellings to be tested on 07/06/19

Week ending: 24/05/19

What a fantastic term we have had in Lion Class. The children have worked extremely hard and I am pleased to announce that the SATs are now over! You will receive their results, along with their end of year school reports, later next term. Additionally, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the ice cream party. The children had a wonderful time and enjoyed their ice cream cones and sundaes.

 

Next term promises to be another fun and hardworking term.

I know some children have been asking who their teacher will be next year and if classes will be mixed up again. We will find this out together next term.

 

It is a true honour to teach your children. The class are incredible and a delight to teach. Thank you for all of our hard work at home with reading, learning spellings and timetables, it is really paying off!

 

Pupil of the term

Meadow is our pupil of the term for this term. She has worked extremely hard all year, in all subject areas. Meadow consistently tries her best and always puts in 100% effort into each lesson. Well done Meadow. We are all so proud of you!

 

Value Badge winners for this term

Respect – Alana

Resilence – Benjamin

Explore – Ryley

Pride – Kalishia

Aspire - Julia

 

Next Term

Swimming will continue to be on Tuesdays and outdoor PE will continue on Thursdays. We will also have a couple of forest schools lessons – please see the dates below.

 

Key dates for Term 6

Monday 3rd June 2019

Term 6 begins

Wednesday 12th June 2019

Bristol Zoo trip

Friday 14th June 2019

Class assembly @ 2.30pm

Wednesday 19th June 2019

Forest Schools (AM)

Thursday 20th June 2019

MAD Olympiad (AM only)

Friday 21st June 2019

Inset day

Saturday 22nd June 2019

Barley Bounce (Summer Fayre)

12-4pm

Monday 24th June 2019

Warburtons visit

Wednesday 26th June 2019

Move up morning

Monday 1st July – Friday 5th July 2019

Sports week – wear PE kit all week

Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Sports day

Monday 8th July – Friday 12th July 2019

Maths week

Wednesday 10th July 2019

Forest Schools (AM)

Friday 12th July 2019

Future Friday

Reports go home

Wednesday 17th July 2019

Forest Schools (AM)

Thursday 18th July and

Friday 19th July 2019

Move up days

Tuesday 23rd July 2019

End of Term 6

 

I wish you all a wonderful half term. I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday 3rd June for our final term together.

 

Stay safe and have fun.

 

Mr Filer

Spelling rules to learn for the upcoming SATs tests

Week ending: 17/05/19

WOW! We are almost at the end of another term already! How quickly is time flying? It won’t be long until it is the summer holidays. However, we have a whole lot more learning and fun to be had before then and a class assembly to put together.

 

Once again, the children have all worked extremely hard during their SATs tests this week. We have now completed both math and reading papers. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to fit in the English, grammar, punctuation and spelling tests so that will be completed during the first half of next week.

 

Class party

I am sure your child has already informed you, but to celebrate the class having already reached well over 30 class points and to mark the end of SATs we will be having an ice cream party this coming Friday. Typically, when I checked the weather forecast the other day, it was going to be dry and cloudy. Now it is saying it will be raining. We will hold the party inside if the weather isn’t nice enough to go outside.

 

Cookie the class hamster

In other news, Cookie, our cheeky class hamster, has a new cage! The new, upgraded cage features a hamster wheel and some tubing that Cookie can climb through. Cookie is still available to have during the May half term. If you are interested please come and speak to me during drop off or dismissal. 

 

I will be putting up a sheet of all the dates/weekends you can take cookie home next term. This will be your final opportunity to take Cookie home.

 

Swimming

Please make sure your child has their swimming kits in school every Tuesday, from now until the end of the school year. Children will need to take out their earrings to be able to enter the pool.

 

Reading Books

Please make sure your child brings their reading books and reading record into school every day. Our book change has now changed and will be on Fridays.

 

Next week’s learning

In math next week, we will continue to revise all areas of math to ensure children are secure in all of these areas.

 

In English, we will revise all areas of English, grammar, punctuation and spelling before undertaking the SATs tests. After that, we will begin to write our own fact files about wolves.  

 

Key dates for this term

Friday 24th May 2019

End of Term 5

Pupil of the term assembly @ 2.30pm

Ice cream party

 

Next Term

Swimming will continue to be on Tuesdays and outdoor PE will continue on Thursdays. We will also have a couple of forest schools lessons towards the end of the term. I will let you know when these will be.

 

Key dates for Term 6

Monday 3rd June 2019

Term 6 begins

Wednesday 12th June 2019

Bristol Zoo trip

Friday 14th June 2019

Class assembly @ 2.30pm

Thursday 20th June 2019

MAD Olympiad (AM only)

Friday 21st June 2019

Inset day

Saturday 22nd June 2019

Barley Bounce (Summer Fayre)

12-4pm

Monday 24th June 2019

Warburtons visit

Wednesday 26th June 2019

Move up morning

Monday 1st July – Friday 5th July 2019

Sports week

Wednesday 3rd July 2019

Sports day

Monday 8th July – Friday 12th July 2019

Maths week

Friday 12th July 2019

Future Friday

Thursday 18th July and

Friday 19th July 2019

Move up days

Tuesday 23rd July 2019

End of Term 6

 

As always, please do come and talk to me about anything listed above or if you have any concerns/worries about your child. I am always happy to help and will support you and your child in any way possible.

 

Have a lovely weekend.

 

Mr Filer

Spelling rules to learn for the upcoming SATs tests

Week ending: 10/05/19

What a lovely week we have had in Lion class! The children have yet again been showing off all that they have learnt this year in our SATs test. This past week, we completed reading paper 1 and begun the oral section of math paper 2.

 

Next week we see us complete math paper 2, start and finish reading paper 2 and undertake the English, grammar, punctuation and spelling tests. We hope to have all of the tests done by the end of this coming week.

 

In other news, Cookie, our cheeky class hamster, has a new cage! The new, upgraded cage features a hamster wheel and some tubing that Cookie can climb through. Cookie is still available to have during the May half term. If you are interested, please come and speak to me during drop off or dismissal.  

 

Pupils of the week

Lily and Siarah are our pupils of the week for this week. Lily has really impressed Mrs Collins and I in all subject areas so far this term. Siarah has written some fantastic pieces of writing this term. She has even included some speech in her writing, using speech marks correctly. Well done Lily and Siarah. We are all so proud of you both!

 

Swimming

Please make sure your child has their swimming kits in school every Tuesday, from now until the end of academic year. Children will need to take out their earrings to be able to enter the pool.

 

Reading Books

Please make sure your child brings their reading books and reading record into school every day. Our book change has now changed and will be on Fridays.

 

Next week’s learning

In math next week, we will continue to revise all aspects of math in preparation for the SATS math paper 2 test, taking place later on in the week.

 

In English, we will be finishing off our innovated stories (started this past week) based on our class book ‘Little Red’.

 

Our Extended Write for this week will be writing a fact file about Big Bad Wolves, from various fairytale stories. Any talk at home wolves that feature in fairytale stories and what they have in common with one another would be most beneficial.

 

We will use our talk topic sessions to:

•       Think about what we already know about Big Bad Wolves and what they have in common throughout various fairytale stories e.g. The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, Peter and the Wolf etc.

•       Recap the features of a fact file

•       Discuss what our subheadings could be and why

•       Read, look at and unpick what a good one looks like

•       Plan and model writing up our own version

 

Key dates for Term 5

Thursday 16th May 2019

CAN Meeting

Friday 24th May 2019

End of Term 5

 

As always, please do come and talk to me about anything listed above or if you have any concerns/worries about your child. I am always happy to help and will support you and your child in any way possible.

 

Have a lovely weekend.

 

Mr Filer

Spellings to be tested on 10/05/19

Week beginning: 06/05/19

This past week marked the beginning of statutory testing for our Year 2 children. So far, the children have completed their math paper 1 test in arithmetic. The children have all worked extremely hard with this and I have told them to just ‘show off’ and let everyone know how fantastic they are at learning. This week we will be completing the math paper 2 test in reasoning and reading paper 1. I will break the tests up into small chunks so that the children see different sections of the test after having a break or on a different day.

 

As always, we had a fantastic week last week as the children in Lion class are a delight to teach and always try their best. Way to go Lions! J    

 

Reading Books

Please make sure your child brings their reading books and reading record into school every day. Our book change day has now changed and will now be on Fridays.

 

Sports achievements

Huge congratulations to those children from across Year 2 who came and represented us in the recent Multi-skills and SAQ festivals.

We came 3rd in the Multi-skills event out of 7 other schools and we came 2nd in the SAQ event out of 11 other schools.

Thank you to those parents who came to these events to cheer on the children on and who helped with walking us to and from the venues.

 

This week’s learning

In math this week, we will be revising all aspects of our math learning in preparation for the SATS math paper 2 test, taking place later on in the week.

 

In English, we will be innovating our own stories based on our class book ‘Little Red’. We will be making changes to the original version to include a new villain, a new Little (insert new colour), new drink etc.  This piece of work will take place over two weeks as we are creating our own villain, making changes and rewriting the entire story. Therefore, there will be no extended write for this week.

 

Key dates for Term 5

Thursday 16th May 2019

CAN Meeting

Friday 24th May 2019

End of Term 5

 

As always, please do come and talk to me about anything listed above or if you have any concerns/worries about your child. I am always happy to help and will support you and your child in any way possible.

 

See you tomorrow.

 

Mr Filer

Spellings to be tested on 03/05/19

Welcome back Lions! I hope you all had a fantastic Easter break and are looking forward to a very short but busy term ahead.

As always, please keep an eye out on here, the school newsletter and the Lion class parents’ noticeboard for updates and information about all of the events taking place this term.

 

Please remember that we will be swimming once again on Tuesday afternoons from 30th April. Please ensure your child has their swimming kits in school on Tuesdays.

 

Week ending: 26/04/19

What a super first week back. Lions have been very busy with their learning this week; although this past week was very short, we managed to cram in a lot of learning.

 

Next week’s learning

In math next week, we will be revising how to add and subtract by regrouping. The children are mostly there with this method but we need to keep revising this so they are secure with how to do this. We will also begin our math SATs later this week.

 

In English next week, we will reread our new book for the term, ‘Little Red’. This book is a funny reworking of Little Red Riding Hood, with a boy, ginger beer and a big burp. It is a great story and very funny. This past week we wrote instructions for making ginger beer and this week the children will write a retell of the story.

 

Our Extended Write for this week will be writing a wanted poster for the wolf.

Any talk at home about this would be most beneficial.

 

We will use our talk topic sessions to:

•       Recap the features of a wanted poster

•       Discuss what our subheadings could be and why

•       Read, look at and unpick what a good one looks like

•       Plan and model writing up our own version

 

Key dates for Term 5

Monday 6th May 2019

Bank Holiday

Thursday 16th May 2019

CAN Meeting

Friday 24th May 2019

End of Term 5

 

As always, please do come and talk to me about anything listed above or if you have any concerns/worries about your child. I am always happy to help and will support you and your child in any way possible.

 

See you tomorrow.

 

Mr Filer

Week ending: 05/04/19

What a fantastic term we have had! The children are true asset to you all and it is a pleasure to teach them. Thank you J

 

Just a few reminders about next term…

 

Swimming

We will be swimming once again on Tuesday afternoons, from next term, until the end of the academic year. Please ensure that your child has their swimming kit in school every Tuesday. Your child will need to come into school dressed in school uniform. Swimming will replace Outdoor Adventures.

PE lesson

PE will continue to take place on Thursdays and therefore your children will need to come into school in their PE kits on Thursdays only. This needs to be the school PE kit, which is either a plain white or blue t-shirt, navy or black shorts/tracksuit/jogging bottoms and trainers. They will also need a school jumper/fleece to keep warm.  

Key dates for Term 5

Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Inset Day

Wednesday 24th April 2019

Term 5 begins

Friday 26th April 2019

FoBC Easter Egg Hunt

Monday 6th May 2019

May Day

Thursday 16th May 2019

CAN Meeting

Friday 24th May 2019

End of Term 5

 

I wish you all a relaxing and restful Easter break and looking forward to seeing you again on Wednesday 24th April.

 

Mr Filer

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Week ending: 29/03/19

How quickly is this year going? We are almost at the end of Term 4 already!

 

What another delightful week in Lion Class! Thank you to those of you who could come along to our Purple Power Project showcase on Wednesday afternoon. It was lovely to see so many of you there.

On Friday afternoon, we read out each other’s comments and answered any questions we had about one another’s projects. The children were very proud of their projects, so a big thank you to everyone for participating. They looked amazing!

 

Next week’s learning

In math next week, we will be learning about measure and shape. We will start the week with measure. We will begin by measuring the length of a line to the nearest centimeter and then draw a line to a certain length in centimeters. Next, we will recap our work on scales: how to read them and how to work out what the scale is counting in. In shape, we will first look at the properties of 2D and 3D shapes before looking at how many lines of symmetry each shape has.

 

In English next week, we will be writing a set of instructions for Easter nests. For our first English lesson we will be cooking. The children will learn how to follow and read a recipe. Then, we will use pictures and key vocabulary to write our own set of instructions for making Easter nests.

 

Key dates for this term

Wednesday 3rd April 2019

Wear your onesie to school for autism awareness day

 

SATs meeting

Friday 5th April 2019

Lion Class Easter Egg Hunt

End of Term 4

 

Next Term

Swimming

We will be swimming once again on Tuesday afternoons, from next term, until the end of the academic year. Please ensure that your child has their swimming kits in school every Tuesday. Your child will need to come into school dressed in school uniform. Swimming will replace Outdoor Adventures.

PE lesson

PE will continue to take place on Thursdays and therefore your children will need to come into school in their PE kits on Thursdays only. This needs to be the school PE kit, which is either a plain white or blue t-shirt, navy or black shorts/tracksuit/jogging bottoms and trainers. They will also need a school jumper/fleece to keep warm.  

 

Key dates for Term 5

Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Inset Day

Wednesday 24th April 2019

Term 5 begins

Friday 26th April 2019

FoBC Easter Egg Hunt

Monday 6th May 2019

May Day

Thursday 16th May 2019

CAN Meeting

Friday 24th May 2019

End of Term 5

 

As always, please do come and talk to me about anything listed above or if you have any concerns/worries about your child. I am always happy to help and will support you and your child in any way possible.

 

See you tomorrow.

 

Mr Filer

Purple Power Project Showcase

 

Thank you to those of you who could make it to our Purple Power Project showcase this afternoon. All of the projects looked absolutely amazing! Thank you for spending the time on making and supporting your child with their projects.

 

We will discuss all of the lovely comments you and your child made about each other's projects on Friday, and we will ask and intend to answer any questions anyone had about each other's projects then as well.

 

Thank you again,

 

Mr Filer

 

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Week ending: 22/03/19

That was another busy week! We had class photos taken, scooter training, a fantastic show and tell from Jasper and his grandparents, as well as making traditional Great Fire of London bread in the pizza oven this afternoon.

I cannot believe it is nearing the end of term… 2 weeks to go until the Easter break.

Time flies when you're having fun!

 

Pupil of the week

Ruby is our pupil of the week for this week. Ruby invented her own amazing adventure story and even shared it with Mrs Williams and the class. Well done Ruby. We are all so proud of you!

 

Reading Books

Please make sure your child brings their reading books and reading record into school every day. Our book change over day is currently on Thursdays.

 

Next week’s learning

We will be completing our Rising Stars tests next week in reading, grammar, spelling, arithmetic and math. These will be across the week. I am sure the children we do very well, as usual.

 

In math next week, we will be learning about fractions. We will start the week by recapping our knowledge and understanding of fractions of shapes. Next, we will look at fractions of a set of objects before moving on to fractions of amounts.

 

In English next week, we will be writing a fact file about the Thing from the story, ‘Emily Brown and the Thing’. We will begin our work on this by sorting facts into subjects before planning and writing up our own fact files. Then, we will edit and possibly redraft some of our sections to make them even better.

 

Our Extended Write for this week will be writing a fact file about Stanley / rabbits in general. Any talk at home about this would be most beneficial.

 

We will use our talk topic sessions to:

  • Recap the features of a fact file
  • Discuss what our subheadings could be and why
  • Look at and unpick what a good one looks like
  • Model writing up our own version

 

Key dates for this term

Wednesday 3rd April 2019

Wear your onesie to school for autism awareness day

 

SATs meeting

Friday 5th April 2019

Lion Class Easter Egg Hunt

End of Term 4

 

As always, please do come and talk to me about anything listed above or if you have any concerns/worries about your child. I am always happy to help and will support you and your child in any way possible.

 

See you on Monday,

 

Mr Filer

Spellings to be tested on 29/03/19

Scooter training afternoon

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Well done to all the children that took part in the scooter training afternoon. Our trainer, Roz, was very impressed with how many children used their brake to stop, rather than just putting their foot on the floor.

 

The afternoon compromised of a short theory session where everyone took part and therefore received a certificate, followed by two half an hour practical sessions on the playground.

 

The children enjoyed racing each other, as well as having to scoot around the cones.

 

A huge thank you to Roz for providing/ organising these sessions :).

Spellings to be tested on 22/03/19

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Week ending: 15/03/19

What a busy week we have had…from the KS1 SAQ festival to the Explorer Dome and not forgetting Red Nose Day! Once again, you all made a huge effort with providing your child with an incredible outfit/ hairstyle for this remarkable day. Thank you all for all your donations and time spent organising outfits and hair for this amazing cause!

 

Scooter training - this Monday

Just a reminder that if your child is taking part in the scooter training this Monday afternoon, they will need to bring a helmet and scooter into school on Monday morning.

Scooters and helmets will be kept in the classroom until the training begins and will then be taken home at the end of the day.

 

Warburton’s visit

Unfortunately, Warburton’s cancelled our bread making workshop, last minute, this past Thursday morning. I have rescheduled the workshop to Monday 24th June – which was their next available slot.

 

Reading Books

Please make sure your child brings their reading books and reading record into school every day. Our book change over day is currently on Thursday.

 

Bookmarks

As discussed at parents’ evening I will be sending home bookmarks this coming week. On the bookmark, there will be sentence openers that you can use to ask your child questions about the book/s they are currently reading. The questions are broken down into specific areas:

  • Vocabulary choices
  • Fact retrieval
  • Sequencing (put these events in order…)
  • Inference (why do you think…)
  • Prediction (what could happen…)

 

Next week’s learning

In math next week, we will be learning about time and money. For time, we will begin by recapping how to tell the time to o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to. Then, we will start telling the time in 5-minute intervals e.g. 5 past one, 10 past one etc. In money, we will begin by making a specific amount of money in multiple ways. For example, to make 50p I could use five 10p coins or I could have one 20p coin and three 10p coins. Next, we will look at word problems that involve money.

 

In English next week, we will be inventing our own adventure story from our story, ‘Emily Brown and The Thing’. We will start the week by discussing/ planning our ideas about what changes we could make to the original story. We will be changing the characters this week and will be using our teddy bear/ toys from last week to include in our stories this week. Then, we will write up and edit our invented adventure stories. We will focus on making sure our work makes sense and try to include an –ly word.

 

Our Extended Write for this week will be writing a letter to Emily Brown from the Thing. Any talk at home about this would be most beneficial.

 

We will use our talk topic sessions to:

  • Recap the features of a letter
  • Think/ discuss why the Thing could be writing to Emily Brown and what would he be saying?
  • Look and unpick what a good one looks like
  • Model writing up what a good one looks like.

 

Key dates for this term

Monday 18th March 2019

Class photos

Scooter training PM only

Thursday 21st March 2019

CAN meeting

Wednesday 3rd April 2019

Wear your onesie to school for autism awareness day

 

SATs meeting

Friday 5th April 2019

Lion Class Easter Egg Hunt

End of Term 4

 

As always, please do come and talk to me about anything listed above or if you have any concerns/worries about your child. I am always happy to help and will support you and your child in any way possible.

 

See you tomorrow,

Mr Filer

Spellings to be tested on 15/03/19

Week ending: 08/03/19

What another brilliant week we had in Lion Class! All of the children looked magnificent in their World Book Day outfits. Thank you to you all, for your support with this fantastic day.

 

Parents’ Evening

I would also like to thank you all for coming along to parents’ evening this week and once again my apologies for running behind…there are always too many positive things to say!

I hope to have all resources/logins (that we discussed during our meetings), to you by the end of this coming week.

 

Next week’s learning

In math next week, we will be looking at multiplication and division. We will begin by reminding ourselves on our previous work on arrays. We will then use the arrays to help us work out all of the related multiplication and division facts, for the array, as well as the two repeated additions.

 

For example, array 1 -

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Multiplications for the above array are: 3 x 5 = 15 or 5 x 3 = 15

Division calculations: 15 ÷ 5 = 3 or 15 ÷ 3 = 5

Repeated additions: 5 + 5 + 5 = 15 or 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 = 15

 

We will also look at how we can work out the scale of, for example a jug, by counting in 2s, 5s or 10s. We will end the week by look at word problems using our knowledge of the 2s, 5s and 10 times tables.

 

In English this week, we will be writing an innovated adventure section from our story, ‘Emily Brown and The Thing’. We will begin by discussing our ideas about what changes we could make to the original story before boxing up our own innovated adventure section story. Then, we will write up our innovated adventure sections neatly into our books.

 

Our Extended Write for this week will be writing a wanted poster for our own teddy bear or toy.

Please can you make sure your child has a teddy bear or toy in school with them on Friday to write a character description for.

Any talk at home about this would be most beneficial.

 

We will use our talk topic sessions to:

  • Recap the features of a wanted poster
  • Describe what Mr Filer’s teddy bear looks like / personality.
  • Model writing up what a good one looks likes.

 

This Term

PE kits

As previously mentioned, your child will now need to come into school in their PE kits on Thursdays only. This needs to be the school PE kit, which is either a plain white or blue t-shirt, navy or black shorts/tracksuit/jogging bottoms and trainers. They will also need a school jumper/fleece to keep warm.  

Forest School / Outdoor Adventures

For our second PE slot next term, we will be doing Outdoor Adventures. This will take place every Friday afternoon. Your child will need to come into school in school uniform for this day and will then need to change into a pair of wellies/older pair of shoes that you do not mind them getting muddy.

I did originally say a change of clothes but as long as footwear is changed this shouldn’t be a problem.  

Warburton’s visit

As a part of our Great Fire of London Topic, I have organised a visit from Warburton’s to teach us how to make bread. The bread will be baked in school and your child will be able to take it home. The Warburton’s workshop will visit Lion class on Thursday 14th March. 

Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day will be taking place on Friday 15th March. Your child can come to school dressed in red clothes, as well as styling their hair in a funny way. We would appreciate it if you could donate £1 for this charitable event. We have decided that for our ‘doing something funny for money’ will be putting paper plates full of squirty cream into each other’s faces. The children can choose who…including adults! Any donations of wet wipes, paper plates or squirty cream would be greatly appreciated.

Scooter training

Please return all scooter training reply slips ASAP.

 

 

Key dates for this term

Monday 11th March 2019

KS1 SAQ Festival

Wednesday 13th March 2019

Explorer Dome workshop

Thursday 14th March 2019

Warburton’s visit –

Bread making workshop!

Friday 15th March 2019

Red Nose Day

Monday 18th March 2019

Class photos

Scooter training PM only

Thursday 21st March 2019

CAN meeting

Monday 1st April 2019

Wear your onesie to school for autism awareness day

Wednesday 3rd April 2019

SATs meeting

Friday 5th April 2019

End of Term 4

 

As always, please do come and talk to me about anything listed above or if you have any concerns/worries about your child. I am always happy to help and will support you and your child in any way possible.

 

See you tomorrow,

 

Mr Filer

Spellings to be tested on 08/03/19

Week ending: 01/03/19

What a fantastic week back Lions! The children have settled back into their learning very well. Also, well done to all of you parents for remembering to send your child into school in their PE kits on Thursday. As next week is World Book Day on Thursday, I have checked with Mrs Williams and she has said that the children can wear their World Book Day costumes for PE. However, if you would like your child to change out of their World Book Day costumes for PE, then please send your child into school with their PE kits in a bag to change into later in the day.

 

Pupils of the week

Meadow and Tiago are our pupils of the week. Meadow was chosen as she is always determined to do well and continuously uses her emerald and sapphire powers. Tiago was chosen for his great improvement with his handwriting. Way to go Tiago!

We are very proud of you both!

 

Next week’s learning

In math next week, we will be looking at subtraction. We will begin by subtracting a two–digit number from another two-digit number by regrouping. For example, 64 – 18 = to do this we will first draw 6 tens and 4 ones. We will then cross out the one ten from the number 18. Next, we will cross off another ten as we know that we cannot take 8 ones away from 4 ones. Then, we add ten ones (as we have taken away one ten stick). Then we can take 8 ones away from 14 ones and then find the total we have left. We will also recap money and change.

 

In English this week, we will be writing a retell of the story, ‘Emily Brown and The Thing’. We will begin by drawing a text map and orally rehearsing the story. Next, we will model the first section of the story before writing this up independently in our books. We will use this format to complete the retell. 

 

Our Extended Write for this week will be writing a setting description for the ‘Dark and Scary Wood’ from our class text.

Any talk at home about this would be most beneficial. I have attached the pictures of the setting that the children will need to describe (below).

 

 

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We will use our talk topic sessions to:

  • Verbally discuss and describe the setting

  • Model writing up what a good one looks likes.

  • Make a word mat of WOW words that we would like to include in our own versions.

 

This Term

PE kits

As previously mentioned, your child will now need to come into school in their PE kits on Thursdays only. This needs to be the school PE kit, which is either a plain white or blue t-shirt, navy or black shorts/tracksuit/jogging bottoms and trainers. They will also need a school jumper/fleece to keep warm.

Forest School / Outdoor Adventures

For our second PE slot next term, we will be doing Outdoor Adventures. This will take place every Friday afternoon. Your child will need to come into school in school uniform for this day and will then need to change into a pair of wellies/older pair of shoes that you do not mind them getting muddy. I did originally say that a change of clothes would be required but as long as footwear is changed this shouldn’t be a problem. 

Parents’ Evening

If you still need a parents’ evening slot please come and ask me for the appointment sheet. If you cannot make either of the days/times left then I would be more than happy to arrange another time that is more convenient for you.

World Book Day

We will be celebrating World Book Day next Thursday (7th March). Your child can come to school dressed as their favourite book character. Please note that costumes do not need to be expensive, the homemade ones are amazing and charity shops are always a good place to look for any props. As mentioned above, your child will be able to do their PE lesson in their World Book Day costumes so there will be no need to provide a PE kit as well.

KS1 SAQ Festival

Children who been selected to take part in this sports festival should have brought home a letter regarding this on Friday. This will take place on the afternoon of Monday 11th March at 1:30pm.

Warburton’s visit

As a part of our Great Fire of London Topic, I have organised a visit from Warburton’s to teach us how to make bread. The bread will be baked in school and your child will be able to take it home. The Warburton’s workshop will visit Lion class on Thursday 14th March.

Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day will be taking place on Friday 15th March. Your child can come to school dressed in red clothes, as well as styling their hair in a funny way. We would appreciate it if you could donate £1 for this charitable event. We have decided that for our ‘doing something funny for money’ will be putting paper plates full of squirty cream into each other’s faces. The children can choose who…including adults! Any donations of wet wipes, paper plates or squirty cream would be greatly appreciated.

 

Key dates for Term 4

Tuesday 5th March and

Thursday 7th March 2019

Parents’ Evening

Thursday 7th March 2019

World Book Day

Monday 11th March 2019

KS1 SAQ Festival

Wednesday 13th March 2019

Explorer Dome workshop

Thursday 14th March 2019

Warburton’s visit –

Bread making workshop!

Friday 15th March 2019

Red Nose Day

Monday 18th March 2019

Class photos

Scooter training PM only

Thursday 21st March 2019

CAN meeting

Wednesday 3rd April 2019

SATs meeting

Friday 5th April 2019

End of Term 4

 

As always, please do come and talk to me about anything listed above or if you have any concerns/worries about your child. I am always happy to help and will support you and your child in any way possible.

 

I look forward to discussing your child’s progress with you all during parents’ evening this week.

 

See you tomorrow,

 

Mr Filer

Welcome back Lions! I hope you all had a wonderful half term break and are looking forward to our fourth term together. There are already so many fun things planned for this term...

I think it is going to be our busiest term yet!

As always, please keep an eye out on here, the school newsletter and the Lion class parents’ noticeboard for updates and information about all of the events taking place this term.

 

Please remember that your child will need to come into school in their PE kits every Thursday only.

 

Week beginning: 25/02/19

 

Pupil of the Term and Value Badges (Term 3)

Jihaan was our pupil of the term for Term 3. Jihaan was chosen as she always puts in 100% effort into all she does. Additionally, she is a true mascot for demonstrating her emerald and diamond learning powers. Well done Jihaan!

We are very proud of you!

 

Respect

Resilient

Explore

Pride

Aspire

Shiv

Tiago

Zachary

Arham

Luchia

 

This week’s learning

In math this week, we will be looking at addition. We will begin by adding one and two–digit numbers to another one and two-digit numbers. We will do this by drawing tens and ones and adding these together to find the total. Children are familiar with this process but we sometimes forget the methods. We will also recap how we can bridge ten first when adding numbers, for example, 36 to 47.

 

In English this week, we will be writing a wanted poster for ‘the Thing’ from our new book this term, ‘Emily Brown and The Thing’. We will begin by reading the text and then talking about what ‘the Thing’ looks like and what his personality is like. Then, we will look at what a good one look likes before planning and writing our very own wanted posters.

 

Our Extended Write for this week will be writing yet another wanted poster but this time it is for Stanley (Emily Brown’s rabbit).

Any talk at home about this would be most beneficial. I have attached a link (below) to an audio version of ‘That Rabbit Belongs to Emily’, where we find out more about Stanley the rabbit.

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

 

We will use our talk topic sessions to:

  • look at the format and features of wanted posters

  • Describe what Stanley is like on the inside and the outside (appearance and personality).

  • Model writing one as a class

 

This Term

PE kits

As previously mentioned, your child will now need to come into school in their PE kits on Thursdays only. This needs to be the school PE kit, which is either a plain white or blue t-shirt, navy or black shorts/tracksuit/jogging bottoms and trainers. They will also need a school jumper/fleece to keep warm.

Forest School / Outdoor Adventures

For our second PE slot next term, we will be doing Outdoor Adventures. This will take place every Friday afternoon. Your child will need to come into school in school uniform for this day and will then change into their old clothes/footwear.

Parents’ Evening

Please sign up for a parents' evening slot (on the Lion class parents' noticeboard). If you cannot make either of the days/times left then I would be more than happy to arrange another time that is more convenient for you.

World Book Day

We will be celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 7th March. Your child can come to school dressed as their favourite book character. Please note that costumes do not need to be expensive, the homemade ones are amazing and charity shops are always a good place to look for any props.

Warburton’s visit

As a part of our Great Fire of London Topic, I have organised a visit from Warburton’s to teach us how to make bread. The bread will be baked in school and your child will be able to bring it home. The Warburton’s workshop will visit Lion class on Thursday 14th March.

Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day will be taking place on Friday 15th March. Your child can come to school dressed in red clothes, as well as styling their hair in a funny way. We would appreciate it if you could donate £1 for this charitable event. We have decided that for our ‘doing something funny for money’ will be putting paper plates, full of squirty cream, into each other’s faces. The children can choose who…including adults!

 

Key dates for Term 4

Monday 25th February 2019

Term 4 begins

Tuesday 5th March and

Thursday 7th March 2019

Parents’ Evening

Thursday 7th March 2019

World Book Day

Monday 11th March 2019

KS1 SAQ Festival

Thursday 14th March 2019

Warburton’s visit –

Bread making workshop!

Friday 15th March 2019

Red Nose Day

Monday 18th March 2019

Class photos

Scooter training PM only

Thursday 21st March 2019

CAN meeting

Wednesday 3rd April 2019

SATs meeting

Friday 5th April 2019

End of Term 4

In addition to the above dates and events, we are also in the middle of arranging a visit to a Mosque as a part of our learning on Islam. We will send more information home once this has been confirmed.

 

As always, please do come and talk to me about anything listed above or if you have any concerns/worries about your child. I am always happy to help and will support you and your child in any way possible.

 

See you tomorrow.

 

Mr Filer

Spellings to be tested on 01/03/19

Spellings to be tested on 15/02/19

Week ending: 08/02/19

Half term is finally in sight, hurray! Lions have done very well in their Rising Star Tests this week. They are continually trying their best and give it their all!

 

Pupil of the week

Shiv and Zachary are our pupils of the week for this week. They both produced amazing stories and effectively used their emerald power. Well done boys!

We are very proud of you!

 

Reading at home

Only 8 Lions read at home 3 times or more last week. We must beat Tiger class this week! Please hear your child read at least 3 times (or more) a week at home and record this in their reading records. Children who read at least 3 times or more per week are rewarded with a small treat. I thank you for your on-going support.

 

Next week’s learning

In math next week, we will be looking at measurement. We will begin by looking at time. The children will learn how to read and draw the time for quarter to an hour and quarter past an hour. We will also be measuring objects and drawing lines in centimeters. Finally, we will begin to look at how we can read scales and work out the mass of objects.

 

In English this week, we will be writing an explanation text. Like last week, we will start by planning our explanation and by writing one as a class before the children write one of their own.

 

Our Extended Write for this week will be making a poster about being safe online, so any talk about this would be very helpful. The digital parenting magazine will also be coming home so you could look at that together and discuss what you would do if something went wrong in an online game. We will use our talk topic sessions to:

  • look at the format and features of a poster

  • read/look at ‘What a Good One Looks Like’ (WAGOLL)

  • Model designing one as a class

 

Events for this week

Thursday 14th February 2019

Valentine’s Day Disco

Friday 15th February 2019

Pupil of the term assembly

End of Term 3

 

Next Term

PE kits

As previously mentioned in the newsletter, after half term children will need to come into school in their PE kits on Thursdays only. This needs to be the school PE kit, which is either a plain white or blue t-shirt, navy or black shorts/tracksuit/jogging bottoms and trainers. They will also need a school jumper/fleece to keep warm.

Forest School / Outdoor Adventures

For our second PE slot next term, we are hoping to do Outdoor Adventures. I will confirm the day for this ASAP - we are just checking that the area used for this isn’t already in use when we intend to use it. Your child will need to come into school in school uniform for this day and will then change into their old clothes/footwear.

World Book Day

We will be celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 7th March. Your child can come to school dressed as their favourite book character. Please note that costumes do not need to be expensive, the homemade ones are amazing and charity shops are always a good place to look for any props.

Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day will be take place on Friday 15th March. Your child can come to school dressed in red clothes, as well as styling their hair in a funny way. We would appreciate it if you could donate £1 for this charitable event. We have yet to decide what our ‘doing something funny for money’ will be but I will let you know as soon as we have decided.

 

Key dates for Term 4

Monday 25th February 2019

Term 4 begins

Tuesday 5th March and

Thursday 7th March 2019

Parents’ Evening

Thursday 7th March 2019

World Book Day

Monday 11th March 2019

KS1 SAQ Festival

Thursday 14th March 2019

Warburton’s visit –

Bread making workshop!

Friday 15th March 2019

Red Nose Day

Monday 18th March 2019

Class photos

Thursday 21st March 2019

CAN meeting

Wednesday 3rd April 2019

SATs meeting

Friday 5th April 2019

End of Term 4

 

As always, please do come and talk to me about anything listed above or if you have any concerns/worries about your child. I am always happy to help and will support you and your child in any way possible.

 

See you tomorrow.

 

Mr Filer

 

Spellings to be tested on 08/02/19

 

Week beginning: 04/02/19

What an amazing week we had in writing last week! The children took their time to plan their stories and then wrote and edited them over three consecutive lessons. The stories were truly a pleasure to read! Great job Lions!

 

Pupil of the week

Kaine is our pupil of the week for last week. Kaine innovated a fantastic story based on ‘The Robot and the Bluebird’. Well done Kaine!

 

This week’s learning

In math this week, we will be looking at fractions. We will begin by building a fractions wall. We will then use this to help us answer questions such as, what fraction is the same as two quarters? Next, we will move on to looking at fractions of quantities and shapes, for example, what is ½ of 46? Or shade ¼ of the square. Finally, we also have our termly Rising Stars and Arithmetic tests to complete.

 

In English this week, we will be inventing our own ‘The Robot and the Bluebird’ stories. We will begin by planning our story before we write them up.

 

Our Extended Write for this week will be writing instructions for how to look after a bluebird. We will use our talk topic sessions to:

  • look at the format and features of instructions

  • read ‘What a Good One Looks Like’ (WAGOLL)

  • Focus on conjunctions to add details

  • Prepare a good opening and closing

  • Model writing an example as a class

 

Key dates for Term 3

Thursday 14th February 2019

CAN meeting

Valentine’s Day Disco

Friday 15th February 2019

End of Term 3

 

As always, please do come and talk to me about anything listed above or if you have any concerns/worries about your child. I am always happy to help and will support you and your child in any way possible.

 

See you tomorrow.

 

Mr Filer

Happy Snow Day!

Happy Snow Day!  1

Snow Day – 1st February 2019

Yay! We have snow! I know that so many children were extremely disappointed that they had to miss school today…I know I was! I hope they all asked you, “do you want to build a snowman?”

 

Furthermore, I know Lion’s love Extended Write on Fridays, so seeing that they missed writing a wanted poster for The Robot (from The Robot and the Bluebird), I thought that they may like to write a wanted poster for Queen Elsa of Arendelle, seeing that she caused this winter storm in the first place. I will reward children who complete this task greatly!

 

This week’s spelling test

Please continue to practise spellings over the weekend, as these will be tested on Monday. New spellings for Friday 8th February will be given out on Monday also.

 

Reading books

Also on Monday, we will change over your child’s reading books so please make sure their reading records and books are in school then.

 

I wish you all a wonderful long weekend. Please stay safe and take great care when travelling. I will update this page again over the weekend with news of this coming week’s learning.

 

See you on Monday,

 

Mr Filer

Reading at home

Reading at Barley Close

 

Further to Mrs Daniels’ letter regarding reading at Barley Close. I would also like to encourage all children to read at home at least three times a week. This is crucial to your child doing well in their SATs, Age Related Expectations (ARE), as well as the Teacher Assessment Framework (TAF).

 

Mrs Daniels (our English lead) will now be monitoring this on a weekly basis and our class percentage (showing us how many children in our class read at home at least 3 times a week) will now be displayed on our classroom window.

 

If your child has read at home 3 or more times a week they will receive a weekly reward and a sticker will go into their reading records to encourage them to keep this achievement up and to thank you for your time spent hearing your child read.

 

If your child has not read at home at least three times a week then a sticker encouraging them to do so will be put into their reading record.

 

Let’s see if we can be the class with the highest percentage of children reading at home at least 3 times a week! Who is ready for the challenge??!!

Come on Lions!

Spellings to be tested on 01/02/19

Week beginning: 28/01/19

What a whirlwind of a week it was last week. In my absence, Mr B took the class and he could not speak more highly of the lovely Lions. Way to go Lions!

 

There are many illnesses going around at the moment so please make sure you child is wrapped up and has a coat in school every day.

 

Pupil of the week

Oz is our pupil of the week for last week. Oz achieved this award, as he is our first Times Table Rock Stars Legend of Lion Class 2018-2019. Well done Oz!

 

This week’s learning

In math this week, we will be looking at money. We will be learning how to find different combinations of coins that equal the same amount of money. For example, I could make 25p by 20p + 5p or 10p + 10p + 2p + 2p + 1p. We will then move onto looking at word problems that involve the addition and subtraction of money, to include receiving change from a purchase.

 

In English this week, we will be innovating our own ‘The Robot and the Bluebird’ stories. We will begin the week by planning the things we want to change in our story before write up own new versions.

 

Our Extended Write for this week will be writing a wanted poster, as our current favourite story character, The Robot, has gone missing! We will use our talk topic sessions to:

  • look at the format and features of a wanted poster

  • read ‘What a Good One Looks Like’ (WAGOLL)

  • Model writing an example as a class

 

Please ask your child to describe and discuss what The Robot is like during the story and what he looks like.

 

Key dates for Term 3

Thursday 14th February 2019

CAN meeting

Valentine’s Day Disco

Friday 15th February 2019

End of Term 3

 

As always, please do come and talk to me about anything listed above or if you have any concerns/worries about your child. I am always happy to help and will support you and your child in any way possible.

 

See you tomorrow.

 

Mr Filer

Spellings to be tested on 25/01/19

Poor Mr Filer is still not feeling very well. Please don't worry the children are still on track and having a great week and impressing Mr Blythe with their behaviour and manners. 

All learning has continued as per Mr Filer's update below. 

If you need to come and talk to me, Miss Cripps, while he is away please do and I will be happy to help. I am sure he will be back with us soon! 

 

 

Week beginning: 21/01/19

What another a lovely week we had last week J. The children have begun to settle back into normal school routines and are already producing amazing work!!

 

Times Table Rock Stars

Our timetable is very full on, as we always have so much to do. The latest addition to our timetable is the Times Table Rock Stars (TTRS) tests. This is where the children have 3 minutes to complete 60 times table questions (2s, 5s and 10s only). Many children have completed all 60 questions within the time and with seconds to spare!! A huge well done to those children. Each week I will be choosing a Times Table Rock Stars Legend. This is someone who has improved the most through the week. I wonder who our first TTRS Legend will be??!!

Results will not be coming home as we will be using these are pieces of evidence for the Teacher Assessment Framework.

 

PE

Please be reminded that PE takes place on:

Wednesdays (inside)

Thursdays (outside)

 

Purple Power Project for Terms 3 and 4

Stay tuned to find out about this term’s Purple Power Projects! It is sure to be a good one!

 

 

This week’s learning

In math this week, we will be looking at multiplication and division. We will be looking at the relationship between multiplication and division, for example, if I know that 10 x 4 = 40 then I know that 40 ÷ 10 = 4 etc. There are four related multiplication and division facts for each multiplication. We also call these related multiplication and division facts, ‘fact families’. To start the week we will work on our fact families. Then, we will move on to multiplication and division word problems. We use the RUCSAC method to help us break down word problems into manageable chunks – see below.

 

In English this week, we will be continuing our work on the story, The Robot and the Bluebird. The children are really enjoying this story and it definitely shows in our writing.

 

Our talk topic for this week will be writing another persuasive letter to Mrs Williams. We will be learning about the importance of recycling. We will be using our persuasive writing techniques to encourage Mrs Williams to allow us to recycle batteries. If at all possible, please talk about the importance of recycling and what items can be recycled with your child at home. This will really help with their extended write on Friday.

 

Key dates for Term 3

Thursday 14th February 2019

CAN meeting

Valentine’s Day Disco

Friday 15th February 2019

End of Term 3

 

Any other announcements of other events happening this term will be added to the webpage as and when.

 

As always, please do come and talk to me about anything listed above or if you have any concerns/worries about your child. I am always happy to help and will support you and your child in any way possible.

 

See you tomorrow.

 

Mr Filer

Spellings to be tested on 18/01/19

We had a great first week back! Lots of great writing and maths - well done Lions! 

 

This week are move on to subtraction in maths. We will start to work out what to do if we don't have enough ones and need to use a ten! Any talk at home will help or using change (or sweets) will help the children to get this tricky concept. 

 

In English we are reading the Robot and the Bluebird and basing our writing on this lovely story. 

Our Extended Write on Friday is a report all about Bluebirds. There are lots of clips and information sheets online that you could look at together and make some research notes at home to bring in on Friday. Also look at features such as headings and how a report is laid out. 

 

Times Table Rockstars! This week we start the tests in class, we are going to send the sheets home this term so you can see how the children have got on. Lots of times tables practise at home will really help. Let me know if you need your log in again. 

 

Spellings are in the document and we are looking at the rule of doubling the last letter, if the one before is a vowel - such a handy rule! 

 

Thanks for your support and we have made a great start to 2019. 

 

Mr Filer

Spellings to be tested on 11/01/19

Week ending: 15/12/18

WOW! That was a busy week...Elf Shelf, Christmas dinner, Art Exhibition, Christmas jumper day and not forgetting the spectacular ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ Christmas play. I am so proud of all of the children in Lion class. They all contributed and performed extremely well. I look forward to our class assembly later this year where I hope we can put together another impressive performance for you all.

 

Events for this week

Tuesday 18th December

Dress like an elf day

Thursday 20th December

Pupil of the Term assembly

Friday 21st December

Class party – afternoon only

End of Term 2

 

This week’s learning

In math this week, we will be looking at shape and measure. In shape, we will recall the names of common 2D and 3D shapes and use mathematical language to describe the appearance of different shapes. Additionally, in measure we will order and compare the length and weights of various objects.

 

In English this week, we will be writing a setting and character description for a Christmas themed picture. Our focus will be at looking at how we uplevel our vocabulary choices so that our writing is more interesting for the reader. Also, we will we writing some Christmas themed acrostic poems throughout the week.

 

Christmas Party

As Lion Class have reached 30 class points we will be having a Christmas class party next Friday afternoon (on the last day of term – hurray!!).

This time we will not be asking for donations of food. However, we will provide a festive cookie/cake for each of the children to have as an afternoon snack.

Your child will be able to bring in a change of clothes to wear during the party and they will be sent home in these.

 

Key dates for Term 3

Monday 7th January 2019

Inset Day

Tuesday 8th January 2019

First day back at school

Wednesday 16th January 2019

Children’s University Assembly 2.30pm – parents are invited to attend

Thursday 14th February 2019

CAN meeting

Valentines Day Disco

Friday 15th February 2019

End of Term 3

 

Thank you all for a wonderful second term at Barley Close. It is a pleasure working with your children and yourselves.

 

I would like to take the time now to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

See you all on Monday,

 

Mr Filer
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Spellings to be tested on 21/12/18

Spellings to be tested on 14/12/18

Week beginning: 03/12/18

What a wonderful week we had last week and I am sure we will have yet another lovely week this week.

 

This week will be a very busy week as we will be trying to fit in lots of rehearsals and dance practise as well as, making sure we are on track with our learning. Additionally, the children will be sitting this term’s Rising Stars tests. I am sure they will do very well J.

 

This week’s learning

In math this week we will be looking at division. We will be halving amounts, quantities, shapes and sets of objects.

 

Our talk topic for this week will be writing a Christmas poem. We will be learning the poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas’ which we will perform to each other. The words are attached (below) and you can google lots of videos and performances of this classic poem. Any practise at home is welcomed as we want the children to write as much as possible into their books during our Friday Writing time. The wording is old fashioned so any talk about what the words mean will help the children to increase their vocabulary and understanding.

 

Christmas Show

The class have been split into two halves. Each half have been learning a dance to either Last Christmas or Feliz Navidad. The children should have brought home a letter with some ideas of what they can wear for their part in the school play. The letters are attached (below) in case this has gone missing.

 

If your child has a speaking part please help them to learn their lines and think about their tone of voice and if they need to add in any actions.

 

The children are working very hard with their parts and it has been lovely to see them demonstrate their abilities across the curriculum.  

 

Key dates

Tuesday 4th December 9am

Jack and the Beanstalk Panto

Wednesday 5th December

Flu vaccinations

Friday 7th December

Non uniform day

Christmas Fair 5pm – 7pm

Monday 10th December

Elf Shelf

Tuesday 11th December

Christmas Play 2:15pm and 6pm

Wednesday 12th December

Christmas Dinner

Friday 14th December

Art Exhibition from 3.15pm

Friday 21st December

End of Term 2

 

Finally, as always, please do come and talk to me about anything listed above or if you have any concerns/worries about your child. I am always happy to help and will support you and your child in any way possible.

 

See you all on tomorrow.

 

Mr Filer

Spellings to be tested on 07/12/18

Week beginning: 26.11.18

 

Isn’t this term just flying by? It’s the start of week 4 already! There has already been so many things going on in school and many more to come!

 

Your child should have taken home one of three letters this afternoon:

  1. Song lyrics to our three main Christmas songs

  2. A letter about the Christmas play – to include costume information (these are also up in parents’ noticeboard).

  3. A letter about the school Christmas lunch, taking place on Wednesday 12th December.

 

Purple Power Learning Project

I know it has been ages since we first handed out the Purple Power Projects back in July. However, some of you have been asking when the children will present these. Your child will be able to present their Purple Power Project about Brunel/Bristol this Friday during show and tell.

 

If your child does not have anything to present then please do not worry. There has been some confusion about these, from my side, and I apologize for the misleading information.

 

This week’s learning

In math this week, we will be looking at multiplication. We will be building on our work from our multiplication unit last term. We will start by writing the repeated addition and multiplication calculation for an array. Then will we move on to the ‘Use it!’ section where we will apply our knowledge of arrays to solve missing multiplication calculations and word problems.

 

In English this week, we will be inventing our very own stories based on the Pixar Animation short, ‘La Luna’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kT29xihoCk ). Please discuss these with your children as they have incredible imaginations and their stories are already coming along extremely well.

 

Our talk topic for this week will be writing a fact file about the moon, linked to our class film, ‘La Luna’. We discuss the talk topic in school every day but extra talking at home helps to just focus the children and helps them to feel confident and happy about their writing. The children might enjoy using a computer or tablet to research moon facts, watching videos (BBC Bitesize has lots) or look at some books about the Moon to find out some facts.

 

We have to use the layout of a Fact File with sub headings such as, What is the moon made of? Again any talk about headings when researching is very helpful.

 

We need to vary our openings so not always starting with The moon has... try to think of some other ideas together. Also using because, and, if, so, are really helpful in Year 2 writing.

 

The children also get to draw a picture and write a caption for this, again talk over what they might draw and writing means they are ready to do this in the writing time.

 

Christmas Show

 

This year we are doing something new! The Year 1 and Year 2 teachers have written a show, it's part panto/part musical - we love it!

 

The parts have been cast and the children are working on songs and dances.

 

We need your help:

•We need the children to be in costumes – your child should have received a letter about what they need to bring into school in a named bag today.

•We need the children to learn the song words - these should have also came home today.

•We need children with speaking roles to be learning and working on their lines - all scripts went home last week.

 

Thank you - it’s a big team effort.

Spellings to be tested on 30/11/18

Spellings to be tested on 23/11/18

Parents’ Evening

It was so lovely to see and meet so many of you at parents’ evening this week. I always look forward to, and enjoy these events, to discuss and celebrate your child’s progress and achievements.

 

Please find below some online versions of the handouts you should have received, as well as copies of the Teacher Assessment Framework (TAF) and last year’s SATs papers. Just a reminder that your child will sit:

  • two math papers - one in reasoning and one in arithmetic.

  • a spelling test

  • a grammar test

  • and two reading papers.

 

Thank you for your on-going support.

 

Mr Filer

Spellings to be tested on 16/11/18

Welcome back Lions! I hope you all had a lovely half term break and are looking forward to our second term together. This term is always a busy one, as there is so much going on/ to look forward to. Please keep an eye out on here, the school newsletter and the Lion class parents’ noticeboard for updates and information about all of the wonderful events taking place this term.

 

In math this week, we will be looking at place value and number. We will begin by revising our work on croc (< > =). Croc is always very hungry and will eat the greater number or calculation. Then we will move on to looking at SATs style questions, as well as completing an investigation on odd and even numbers.

 

In English this term, we will be learning about the Pixar Animation short, ‘La Luna’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kT29xihoCk ). We will be innovating and inventing our own ‘La Luna’ style stories. I am sure the children will have fantastic creative writing skills and will really impress Mrs Collins and I with their abilities/creations.

 

Our talk topic for this week will be writing a character description for the boy in La Luna. Please can you discuss with your child the following things: what does the boy looks like, how does he behaves, what is his name and anything else about the short film that they have enjoyed.

 

Update to the weekly timetable

As previously mentioned, swimming does not take place in terms 2, 3 and 4. We will instead be having dance lessons (this term) on Wednesday afternoons from the 7th November.

 

Events this term

Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th November – Parents’ evening. A text should go out soon asking you to sign up to a time slot online. It would be lovely to see you all there and to discuss how your child is getting along in Year 2 so far.

 

Friday 16th November – Children in Need. Please sponsor your child to run around the school field. Additionally, it will be a non-uniform day.

 

Tuesday 11th December – EYFS+KS1 Christmas production at 2:15pm and 6pm. More information regarding this fantastic event will be sent home soon.

 

Wednesday 12th December – Christmas lunch

 

Friday 21st December – End of Term 2

 

There will be more announcements of other events happening this term shortly. I will add them onto the website as soon as possible.

 

Finally, as always, please do come and talk to me about anything listed above or if you have any concerns/worries about your child. I am always happy to help and will support you and your child in any way possible.

 

See you all on Tuesday!

 

Mr Filer

 

 

 

 

Week ending: 26.10.18

 

We have made it through to the end of the first term!! Hurray!! Can I please say what a pleasure and privilege it has been getting to know yourselves and your children over these last eight weeks. The children have responded well to the challenges of Year 2 and have confidently settled into the new classroom routines.

 

This week the children sat the Rising Stars tests in maths, reading, spelling and English, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (EGPS). They all tried their best and did remarkably well.

 

Additionally, in maths we looked at fractions. The children each created their own pretended pizza with the toppings arranged into different fractions. For example, a pizza may have a ½ topped with cheese, ¼ topped with pepperoni and the other ¼ topped with peppers. The children were also able to recall that two halves equal a whole, as well as three thirds and four quarters both equally one whole.

 

In English, we wrote a non-chronological report about the United Kingdom. The children were able to find the features of a report in ‘What a Good One Looks Like’ before applying the same features into their own report. The children included introductions as well as a conclusion.

 

I will post our learning focus for maths and English onto the website in time for our first week back of term 2. However, for now I would like to wish you all a very Happy Halloween and restful half term break.

 

Take care and stay safe!

 

Mr Filer

Spellings to be tested on 26/10/18

Week beginning: 22.10.18

 

Cookie the hamster

If you and your child would like to take Cookie home, for a weekend next term, please sign your child’s name next to the weekend that would be suitable. The signup sheet will be on the parents' notice board first thing tomorrow.

 

Class Party

In recognition of the lovely Lions reaching their ultimate goal of 30 class points this term, we will be having a Halloween themed class party this Friday afternoon. It will include traditional party games with a spooky twist, as well as a short break for a drinks and snacks. Thank you to those of you who have kindly signed up to say you would donate something to the party. It is very much appreciated.

 

End of term/ Next term

The final day of this term will be Friday 26th October. The children return to school on Tuesday 6th November (Monday 5th November is an in-service day).

 

As swimming does not take place in terms 2, 3 and 4. We will instead be having dance lessons on Wednesday afternoons from the 7th November.

 

I wish you all a very safe and restful half term.

 

Mr Filer

 

 

Week ending: 19.10.18

 

It is crazy to think that we have completed our seventh week together and that this time next week, the children would have completed their very first term in Year 2. This term truly has flown by!!

 

Once again we have had a brilliant week in Lion class.

 

In math this week, we have looked at division. We began the week by sharing out counters between set groups. The children really enjoyed these practical sessions and it was beneficial to recap the foundations of division. Next, the children learnt how to write division calculations. Some even moved on to missing number sentences and we began looking at the relationship between multiplication and division, and how the numbers can be switched around in these calculations e.g. 2x5=10 so 10÷2=5 or 10÷5=2. Next week we will be learning about fractions.

 

In English, we wrote two diary entries. The first one we wrote we pretended to be Isambard Kingdom Brunel completing his diary entry on the day that his ship, The SS Great Britain launched from Bristol docks. We used our senses to imagine what Brunel could see, hear, touch, taste and smell on that day…19th July 1843. The second diary entry we wrote was as though we were a crayon, detailing our daily lives living with Duncan from the stories, “The Day the Crayons Quit” and “The Day the Crayons came home”.

 

Our talk topic for next week will be writing a report on the city of Bristol. Please can you discuss with your child any interesting facts or information about the city.

 

I hope you have a fantastic weekend.

 

Mr Filer

Spellings to be tested on 19/10/18

Halloween themed class party proposal

Events for the week beginning: 08/10/18

 

Book fair

This will be held in the small school hall from Monday – Thursday 3:15 – 3:45pm. If you wish to come along then please enter via the school office.

 

Roald Dahl storyteller

On Tuesday we are very fortunate to have a Roald Dahl storyteller coming into school. He will give a performance of the BFG to years 1,2,3,4. If you have not already paid a £1 voluntary contribution towards the cost of this please do so ASAP. Children are also asked to come to school dressed in yellow on Tuesday that day in memory of Roald Dahl.

Spellings to be tested on 12/10/18

Week ending: 05.10.18

Another fantastic week in Lion class! The children really enjoyed learning about the continents of the world. We listened to a couple of songs to help us remember the names of the continents, as well as learning which continent has the greatest landmass through to the smallest landmass (Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe and Australasia). My apologies if they have been coming home singing them to you. However, if you have not yet heard your child sing the continent songs, you may wish to play the link below to recall their memories: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6DSMZ8b3LE

 

In math this week, we have looked at subtraction. We used the chips, peas and tomato ketchup method to enable us to subtract a 1-digit number from a 2-digit number, a ten number from a 2-digit number and a 2-digit number from a larger 2-digit numbers. Next week we will move onto multiplication.

 

In English, we innovated our own letters to Year 2 or Lion class from a very unhappy Mr/Mrs Glue Stick, who were complaining of not being looked after very well/cared for by the children. This week the children will continue to make links with our text (The Day the Crayons Quit) by thinking of another classroom object that they use regularly and how it may be feeling because of the way it is being used/treated.

 

Our talk topic for next week will be writing a recount about Roald Dahl day (this Tuesday). Please can you discuss with your child how we have celebrated Roald Dahl day at school this week. We will be looking to add some fantastic vocabulary and openers to our recount. Additionally, we have started reading one of Roald Dahl’s book, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ during story time. The children were asked to choose between one of three Roald Dahl’s stories. I wonder why they chose this one? Ummm...

 

Wishing you all a very safe and happy weekend,

 

Mr Filer

Spellings to be tested on 5/10/18

Week ending: 28.09.18

 

Wow! What an amazing week we have had in Lion class! The children are really starting to settle into Year 2 now and know my expectations of them. We even had a special visit from Mrs Drake ,who was very impressed by our learning as well as our transitions to and from the carpet. Mrs King also commented on the lovely classroom atmosphere. I could not be prouder of the lovely Lions.

 

This week we have looked at addition in maths. We have used the chips and peas method to enable us to add 2-digit numbers to a 1-digit number, 2-digit numbers to tens and 2-digit numbers to another 2-digit number. Next week we will move onto subtraction.

 

In English, we innovated our own letters to Duncan (from the story The Day the Crayons Quit). We pretended to be one of the unhappy crayons in the pack. I was very impressed by the quality of the children’s ideas and presentation. We will continue to look at letters this coming week.

 

Our talk topic for next week will be writing a letter or post card from the next story in the series, The Day the Crayons Came Home. You can find lots of versions of this online and on YouTube. Please try to watch with your child and discuss what crayon could they be writing from, what could they have been doing on holiday, do they want to come home and why. We will be trying to add a question to our work and focusing on using the word because.

 

As always, please do come and talk to me if you have any concerns about your child. I am always happy to help and will support you and your child in any way possible.

 

I wish you all a lovely weekend.

 

Mr Filer

 

Wellies 

The weather has been awful this weekend and so the field may well start to be muddy (although the weather forecast is much better for the week ahead.) This means it will soon be time for the children to have a change of shoes for lunch time in school. These should be wellies or old shoes that can get muddy and dirty. 

Our cloak room is small and is the main route for all children in the school to the toilet at lunch times. So children need to be very carefully when changing shoes at lunch time, if they leave their shoes out on the floor they do get lost as other children are walking past/over them constantly. 

In past years we have found the best way for children to manage this is to have a named bag that they keep their change of shoes in on their peg. They put their school shoes in the bag and hang it back on their pegs, then when they come to get changed they can find everything quickly and easily. Children are given 10 minutes warning at the end of lunch time of changing shoes and are expected to manage this themselves. Muddy shoes should then go back into the bag to reduce the mess inside school. 

You may want to check your child knows what to do and that they have their name in their shoes and know where in their shoes to look for it. 

Children who do not have a change of shoes are not normally allowed on the field. 

 

Talk Topic  Beegu

On Friday 28th we will be writing a character description of Beegu. 

Beegu is a yellow, three-eyed alien who is the main character in our guided reading book. 

We want the children to focus on adding description via adjectives to their sentences, so Beegu would become a bright yellow alien with three round eyes. 

We will be discussing this in class but any verbal practice at home would really help the children. You could look at a picture and describe it, adding in more adjectives. Also thinking about the what character is like on the inside as well as what they look like. 

If you are not familiar with the story you can find a copy online or pictures. The book title is Beegu by Alexis Deacon. The children normally love this story as Beegu is very cute and she is befriended by a group of small ones (school children) who give her a hula hoop  which she takes back to her space ship. 

 

SS Great Britain 

What a brilliant trip! 

The children and all the adults had a brilliant time on the SS Great Britain, it was a bit windy but luckily the rain stayed away. 

We really enjoyed learning about the horrible ships biscuits, including bugs! Seeing the tiny bunks and crowded living conditions in 4th class and the luxury of first class. The children asked lots of good questions to the ships crew and enjoyed thinking about life on board. 

In our workshop we focused on what it would have been like to spend 60 days on board travelling to Australia. We each got to try writing with a fountain pen, playing with shadow theatres, wooden toys and sorting objects from luggage. Some of us dressed up too! 

It was a fantastic part of our Brunel's Bristol topic and a really enjoyable day. 

The children did some lovely writing back in class the next day too. 

Finally a big Thank You to our parent helpers you were fab. 

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Next weeks spellings! 

Here they are just in case those spelling books don't make it home! (you would be surprised where they turn up!) Again this week they match our writing topic in class giving the children lots of extra practise and a chance to use the spellings in our class work. 

Thank you. 

Trip Information Wednesday 19th September 2018

We should have a great day, I know you will hear all about the Talking Toilet! It is a fantastic start to our Topic work about Brunel's Bristol. 

 

Please note the following for the trip on Wednesday: 

  • School uniform should be worn with school shoes and coats if needed for the weather
  • Please bring a packed lunch unless you have booked a school one
  • Please bring water bottle and enough drinks for the day
  • Please use a back pack bag as the children will need to carry their own things and need both hands to get around the ship
  • We will not be visiting the gift shop so they do not need spending money
  • We need to be in school at the normal time of 8:45am and will return for the normal time of 3:15pm (unless we have a traffic issue but the school will up date you via text system if this is the case) 
  • If you have not yet paid please do so, any shortfall comes from our class budget so means we will not have funds later in the year for things such as cooking, further trips etc Sorry to mention but please do pay if you can. 
  • We have medications that are already kept in school - if your child has a condition you have not let us know about please do this asap. 

 

We are taking parting a guided tour, workshop and then have free time for drawing and exploring. Thank you for our volunteers if you come into school with your child and then we can brief you on the day. 

Meet the teacher - the letter is attached along with times table sheet and also the spelling lists for year 1 and 2. A hard copy will come home tomorrow for you with the children. 

 

As mentioned we will make sure the spellings on the website too, just in case the spellings don't make it home! 

Week ending: 07.09.18

 

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to Lion class, and indeed to all parents and staff, who made my first week at Barley Close so enjoyable.

 

The children have made a fantastic start - they have been very well behaved, focused and have lots enthusiasm for their learning. They are ready for Year 2 and all the challenges (and fun) ahead!

 

In Maths, we looked at place value and number: recognising the place value of each digit in a number, comparing and ordering numbers and reading and writing numbers. There are lots of things you can do to help your child with this at home and plenty of online games and resources- if you’re not sure, feel free to come and ask.

 

In English, we read the story "The Day the Crayons Quit" by Oliver Jeffers. We read how Duncan’s crayons got so cross that they ended up leaving him! They were so fed up and let Duncan know via a series of letters. We have begun using this text to get our writing started.

 

Have a good weekend and stay safe!

 

Mr Filer

06.09.18

Wow! What a wonderful week we are having in Lion class. Everybody has settled back into school extremely well, and so far we are having a very enjoyable time. We already have 4 class points!

 

Just a couple of updates/ things to mention:

  1. Spellings will be sent home tomorrow (7th September). Please practise these with your child as often as you can. The children will then be tested on these the following Friday morning. We will then send your child home with a new set. 
  2. Reading books - we have almost completed our reading assessments. Children will take home their first set of books next week.
  3. Swimming will also begin next Tuesday.

 

Many thanks,

Team Lion

 

Welcome back Lions! We hope you have had a wonderful summer break and are ready for the learning adventure that awaits you in Year 2.

We can’t wait to get started!

A little bit about the adults in Lion Class…

Mr Filer

Hello! My name is Mr Filer and this is my first year at Barley Close. I am very excited to be joining the Barley Close team, as much as I am looking forward to being your child’s teacher. This is my first year teaching Year Two, as I have previously taught Year One – so we are all going to be on this learning journey together!

 

I am very passionate about my job and will work extremely hard, alongside yourself and your child, to help them progress and, in turn, achieve their goals throughout the year.

 

Outside of school I like to travel and visit new places, spend time with my friends and family, and of course, to fulfil my love for Disney, and spend as much time as possible at the Disney Parks!

If you have any questions, queries or concerns please do not hesitate to come and see me either before, or after school. If needed, we can arrange a private meeting after school. Alternatively, you can email me, my email address is: mitchell.filer1@barleyclose.org.uk 

I will endeavour to reply to your email as soon as possible.

 

Mrs Collins

Mrs Collins is the teaching assistant in Lion Class and works with us every Monday – Thursday morning. Mrs Collins has been at Barley Close for many years and has a wealth of experience. Some of you may remember Mrs Collins from Reception. Mrs Collins will be a great asset to our class.

 

Mrs Lockwood

Mrs Lockwood is the reading assistant in Lion Class and works with us every afternoon. Mrs Lockwood reads with many children during the year and supports the children with their reading skills.

Important Information

PE

On Thursday afternoons Lion Class will have PE with a sports coach, whilst the Year 2 team plan and prepare lessons for the following week.

For PE lessons children will need to bring in the following:

  • a plain white, royal or yellow polo top or t-shirt
  • shorts or tracksuits
  • either a pair of trainers or plimsolls.

Swimming - starting on Tuesday 11th September 2018

On Tuesday afternoons Lion Class will have swimming lessons (in terms 1, 5 and 6 only). Girls will need a one piece swimming costume and boys will need trunks. Everyone will also need a towel.

Reading

Reading books will be changed every Friday. Please ensure your child’s bookbag is in school on this day. Your child will be given a maximum of three books to read throughout the week. Please encourage your child to read and reread each book as this will help build/ further improve their confidence, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary and word recognition, patterns and rhythm, as well as their confidence.

Reading Prizes

Children who read at home at least 3 or more times per week will be rewarded with additional raffle tickets, giving them a greater chance of winning one of the three weekly prizes.

Talk Topics

Our weekly talk topics will be displayed on the Parents’ Noticeboard. These will be topics connected to our extended write, which takes place every Friday morning. Our first talk topic will be a review of your child’s first week in Year 2.

Cookie the class hamster

In Lion Class we are very lucky to have a class hamster. During the week Cookie stays in school, where the children and adults can play and interact with him. Although, on the weekend, Cookie would like to explore new places. If you and your child would like to take Cookie home, for a weekend, please sign your child’s name next to the weekend/s that would be suitable. The sign up sheet will be on the parents' notice board.

Cookie will come with his own cage, as well as the necessary food and bedding.

Belongings

Please label all belongings clearly with a permanent marker.

Spellings/ Timetables Tests

We will begin to send home weekly spellings and timetables for your child this Friday.

Purple Power Project - Brunel


  • Barley Close Community Primary School
  • Barley Close, Mangotsfield, Bristol
  • United Kingdom, BS16 9DL
  • Tel: 01454 867090
  • Email: enquiries@barleyclose.org.uk
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