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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. 

Week 3 17th September 2018


Well week 2 flew by! The children are settling in well, it is a big change for them but they can do it! They have already started to learn our routines and are getting to grips with expectations. I know they are going to have an amazing year. Year 2 is very busy but honestly the children will amaze you with how far they come, I am ready to be very proud of them and I can't wait to share their journey. 


In week 3 we continue to build routines and expectations. I am sure we will all feel happier once we have got into the patterns of what happens when. We will make full time table next week and I will add a copy to the website so you can see what we are doing when. 


Reading Books - Friday Book Change Day

These will be changed on Friday from now on. 

All children were assessed and reading levels may have moved up, if your child is finding them tricky then let me know via the yellow reading record and we can look again. They were all very keen to move on in class! 

Spellings - Friday new spellings and test day

We did this for the first time on Friday, we sort of managed! Again we are getting this as an idea so scores are not kept and we are building that routine. Some found it very different and tricky, but we will soon get there. Next weeks spellings in are the documents below. 

Talk Topic - Friday Tiger Write!

On Friday we do a longer piece of writing, we are calling ours Tiger Write (children decided on this as they want to be proud Tigers) This week the writing is a book review of our class book The Day the Crayons Quit. To support at home you could: 

  • Read the story (google if for video versions and a power point of the book) 
  • Discuss our favourite bits
  • Who are the main characters in the story and what are they like
  • Who might like to read it (younger children, children aged 4 - 8 etc) 
  • What rating would you give it? (10 out of 10, 5 stars etc) 
  • What other books is it like? 

On Friday the children will get a chance to write this up and I am hoping we can add to our book corner. We do work on this in class but the more discussion and talk you can do at home the more the children are supported ready to do their best Tiger Writing on Friday.


As before please let me know any problems and see above for trip information. 


Miss Cripps




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! 



Please do let the office or me know asap if you can help on our trip on the 19th September. 


We need at least 3 volunteers so if anyone can help please do let us know. 


Week Two! 

Wow we are already starting our second week together as Tiger Class! 

We had a great first week with lots of settling in, this week we will start to have a more solid time table and explore the wider subjects. 


Talk Topic

Our talk topic this week is "How to use your learning powers" - this is a great chance for the children to tell you about the learning powers we use in school to be the best learners we can be! 

We have agreed some Tiger Class powers that we will use and things we will do to show that we are using them! This is in the document attached, please discuss this with your children and then try to talk over some ideas for how they could write this as instructions. I have added a "good" version so you can use this for ideas. The children will need to write instructions about using their learning powers on Friday. 



We are reading The Day the Crayons Quit in class, it is a fab story about some grumpy crayons. 

Reading books will go home on Tuesday this week, I have heard the children read and matched them to a level that will push their reading on. Please let me know any questions and please do try to read as much as you can at home. Its a fab skill for life. 



We are continuing to look at number and place value for this week and next week. So lots of bigger and smaller, greater than and less than, tens, ones and hundreds. 


PE and Swimming

Tigers have PE on Thursday, please make sure PE kit is in school, it can stay on pegs. Details of kit and expectations for safety are on the school website. 

Tigers have swimming on Friday afternoon, thanks to helpers! They need a kit in school as we cannot loan kit anymore. Being able to swim is a key skill for life, I am a swimming coach outside of school so its like a free swimming lesson - so please try to remember that kit. 

Again check the website or ask if you are not sure of kit requirements. 


We have meet the teacher on Wednesday and our trip coming up - please do let me know if you can help asap! 


As always please grab me at the door if you need to check something, or we can book an appointment. If you don't always get to drop off or pick up then please email the school and I will get back to you. 


Miss Cripps


Fab First Day! 

We have had a great first day in Tiger Class. 

Well done Tigers for coming back to school so well we are going to have a brilliant year! 


See you tomorrow!

Welcome to Tiger class.


I hope you have all had a restful holiday and are looking forward to starting Year 2.


Below is some important information for your parents to help you get organised for the new school year.


On Thursday afternoons both Year 2 teachers will be busy planning and preparing for the next week, so the children will have PE with a sports coach at that time. Tiger Class will also have swimming on Friday please let me know if you can be a swimming helper.


As you know, we want children to be able to read for both purpose and pleasure. By the end of Year 2 children should be able to:


· Read words confidently without obvious blending or rehearsal

· Learn letter patterns so that decoding becomes fluent

· Blend letter sounds, including alternative patterns e.g. Recognising ‘ue’ as the ‘oo’ sound

· Read aloud words which contain more than one syllable

· Recognise common suffixes such as -ing and -less

· Read words which don’t follow phonetic patterns such as ‘one’ and ‘who’


We will be sending books home on a weekly basis so that the children can continue to practise and develop these skills at home. We would also like to invite parents into Year 2 for some end of the day reading sessions with their child- details to follow at a later date.


We will also be starting spellings and times tables homework in the next few weeks - we will keep you updated on these when we are ready to start.


Remember to keep an eye out for details about Talk topics on the windows near the classroom door.


In Maths we will begin the year with a focus on number work: 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 will be reading "The Day the Crayons Quit" by Oliver Jeffers. In this story, Duncan's,  the lead characters crayons get cross and leave! They are fed up and let Duncan via a series of letters. We will be using this to get our writing going.


I look forward to getting to know you all, Please do come and speak to me if you have any concerns or questions. 


Miss Cripps


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  • Barley Close, Mangotsfield, Bristol
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