So sorry to be off sick last week.
I will be back tomorrow and will run parent evening this week at the same times - let me know if that is a problem for you and we can arrange a new time.
Welcome to Term 2
Tigers have made a great start to term 2! Well done guys!
We are really talking a lot in class about what the children can take responsibility for in their learning and they are using their gem powers to get more independent in their learning. They have completed some brilliant work this week and impressed me a lot.
We have had some changes to the way we do maths, Try it, Use it and Prove it - the children are really helping me to remember what to do and getting stuck into the new challenges! We are also doing daily arithmetic sessions. These are proving a real challenge for some children and showing that their basics skills of number bonds to 10 and 20 and basic adding and taking away are not solid. If your child asks to practise at home please support them. Top Marks is a great FREE website with maths games on the tablet or computer, this would be an easy way for them to practise and quickly gain more confidence.
Spellings start next week so spellings will go home tomorrow. We will also start times tables rock stars this term, again lots of home learning really helps with this one!
Just a few house keeping bits:
Christmas preparation has also started and we are very excited about our Christmas show. Apologies for starting so early and I have already been told off at home for singing Christmas songs - sorry :-)
Parents evening next week - Tuesday and Thursday, but let me know if you can't make these days as we can find a time to talk on another day or I can phone you etc It's really important that we work together for the children so please do come along.
Almost forgot, next weeks talk topic is writing instructions on "how to catch a star". There are lots of stories on you tube about this and a lovely picture book. Talk about ways you could catch a star, what you might need, look at recipes for what instructions look like and practise your bossy verbs (get that, put that down) to help them at home.
Please remember that you can always come and see me to talk about your child if there are any problems or concerns or if you need ideas to help support learning at home.
It looks like a great term ahead!
A busy week!
What a busy week!
We had our Roald Dahl assembly which was amazing. The story teller had performed all over the world and was very good as the BFG. His feet were huge, I couldn't take my eyes off them!
The story was brilliant and the whizz popping had us all in fits of giggles. The children were very well behaved and Tiger Class have the most answers and clearly know the story really well. Well Done Tigers!
We had a good week in maths with lots of brilliant multiplication going on, division this week coming up and lots of practical sharing. I am sure it would help at home if you did some sharing with sweets or other treats! Its a really nice way of getting some maths in at home. We are going to start Times Tables in class this week but we are doing it nice and slow before we start Times Tables Rock Stars next term.
In our writing we are starting to really focus on spellings in our work and have lots of conversations about using what is in the class room to help us. Any work on spellings at home is really fantastic and supports learning in class.
We have got some lovely parent helpers from Lion class who are also reading with Tiger Class each week you might see their comments in the Yellow Reading Record book, If you do have a spare morning or afternoon or a Grandparent would like to come in and hear readers please let me know. We can always use an extra pair of ears!
This week we are learning in class about diary entry writing. Our job on Friday is to write a diary entry from one of the Crayons from The Day the Crayons Quit or The Day the Crayons came home. Practise the idea of pretending to be the crayon and saying what you have done in the past tense. Try to use different ways of starting (openers) the sentence such as today, then, after that, next etc. We are also doing work in class on the conjunctions because, if, so and when, if the children can have a go at saying these it really helps them to write them. It was cold and rainy outside so we stayed in. I love eating pizza because it so cheesy. etc.
The children are all starting to get tired as it is a long term - 2 weeks to go. They are then being a bit more emotional with each other so we have been talking about this and how to take care of ourselves, such as getting early to bed, eating well, drinking plenty of water and being able to say that we are feeling tired. We had circle time on this and will continue to do so to support the children as the term continues. They have worked really hard and come a long way to being year 2 learners in a short time so please do let them know how well they are doing if they are feeling down, I am really proud of them all.
PS Spellings for this week attached and they continue to match our writing focus for the week with Year 2 common exception words included. Also the Year 2 Overview of books and topics, this normally is on another page of the website to but here again in case.
Great start to October
We have had an even better week! All of Tigers are more settled and really showing me how ready they are to learn. We have had a lovely week and its has been a pleasure to be with Tigers.
We are flying through our maths and feeling very confident with our methods. In writing we have found our feet a bit more with the help of our text map and we have all used question marks and got the layout of a letter sorted! We have moved round the tables again while we all work out what suits us. I try to involve the children in this as much as possible so they feel the ownership of the classroom and their learning, it does take a bit longer to get organised but the children are at the heart of this process so we will see how we feel with the new layout this week and change again if we think of a better way. It worked well for English with most children thinking they were in a better spot for their learning and feeling comfortable.
Next week - we have multiplication in maths. We will look at arrays and use theses as our starting point for times tables work and we also look at repeated addition. Ask your children lots of questions and ask them to show you what they have done. You could start to do times tables at home, starting with the 10's if your child is keen, please don't feel you have to. We are not ready quiet yet and the children need to feel excited and keen as they start this journey.
In English we are going to think about what other things in our classroom might not be happy with how we treat them and want to quit! Just like the crayons in our story and like our very upset glue stick last week. I am sure the children will enjoy creating these letters.
Talk Topic - We have a visit from the Roald Dahl story teller on Tuesday, our writing on Friday will be a recount of what the children did and saw. Please ask lots of question about the visit and discuss why the children liked or disliked aspects of the day. We are building on using because, if and or in our writing so practise saying these in sentences that are in context - this really helps the children in their writing. Also think about past tense and using "ed" to send words back into the pass. This really helps the children so thank you for your support.
The children were so keen to write on Friday - it was amazing the best class I have had for this so far! They really wanted to get started on their postcards and had lots of ideas. We love our Friday Tiger Write - as we call it!
Spellings for the week ahead are matched to our writing topic to support the children and feature some that we have already had. This is because the children are not spelling them correctly in their work but might get them right in the "test" so we are going again to get the spellings embedded. We are also going to do them each day in class so we get that extra practise in.
Please do come and see me if you have any concerns or problems, sorry the door can sometimes be busy but I am happy to meet up if anyone needs a longer chat etc.
I can't wait for another brilliant week!
PS Monster Mash (School Disco) Please check the poster and its on the news section of the school website as the disco format has changed this year. Tickets are in advance so please have a look. I did mention to lots of you the other day as I know its a change and we all have so much to do that sometimes we miss these things. :-)
Way to Go Tigers!
We have had a brilliant week - it has been lovely.
The children are really starting to fully settle in and with the help of our Smarty Pants challenge they are focused and getting to grips with the learning we need to do. It has been quiet in class with lots of brilliant work going on. We have had beautiful maths that was neat and looked so good someone thought it was year 4 work! Well done Tigers. I have been really proud of you all this week.
Next week we move on to subtraction in maths and writing letters in English.
The spellings for testing on Friday are in the document and will be on the door as normal in case of any lost spellings.
Our talk topic for next week is 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 you tube. 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.
Can't wait for another amazing week, we are at 15 class points too so only another 5 before we can celebrate our fantastic start to the term.
As always please do let me know any problems or concerns (or good things!) so that we can work together to support the children.
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.
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:
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.
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!
TRIP TO SS GREAT BRITAIN
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.