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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Events for the week beginning: 08/10/18
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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:
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!
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:
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…
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
I will endeavour to reply to your email as soon as possible.
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 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.
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:
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 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.
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.
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.
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.