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Week ending: 25.10.19

We have finally made it to the end of our first term together! Hurray! It has been, by far, one of the longest terms in a school year but we have squeezed in so many different learning experiences for the children that it seems to have gone by too quickly! The children have responded extremely well to the challenges of Year 2 and have confidently settled into the new classroom routines. Can I please say what a pleasure and privilege it has been getting to know yourselves and your children over these last eight weeks. I look forward to discussing how your child has settled into Year 2 further during our upcoming parents’ evening.

 

Celebrations

Congratulations to:

Pupil of the Term – Phoebe

Times Table Rock Star Legend – Finley

 

Next term

Next term will be another jam-packed, fun-filled term as we lead up to Christmas! (Only 10 weeks to go!) We will be holding auditions in the first couple of weeks to allocate roles for our Christmas Performance - more information to follow soon. We will also be learning about and celebrating different Family Festivals across the globe, writing information leaflets for a safe bonfire night, baking mince pies, watching a Circus performance, creating our own snowmen socks, and of course, writing - and posting - our very important letters to Father Christmas. I'm exhausted just thinking about all the fun we will have!

 

Parents’ Evening

As mentioned earlier, parents’ evening will take place on Tuesday 12th November and Thursday 14th November. If you haven't already signed up, please do so asap. The sign-up sheets are on the classroom windows. If these dates are not convenient for you, please do let me know so I can arrange to meet with you at an alternative time.

 

We hope you all have a restful and enjoyable half term break. Take care and stay safe!

 

See you on November 4th.

 

Mr Filer and Mrs Selway

Week ending: 18.10.19

I cannot believe we are already coming to the end of our first term together – only 4 days to go until half term (as we break up on Thursday)!

 

This week saw the children complete their first practise SAT tests. The children showed great resilience towards the tests and all of the children tried their very best. As a huge well done to the children for doing extremely well with the tests, we ended the week with two fun activities. The first of these fun activities involved us budding up with the Year 1 children to complete a 2D and 3D shape hunt around school. The second activity involved the pumpkins that you kindly provided your children with. Unfortunately, as it was very wet and muddy, we didn’t make it outside but we did carve and scoop out all of the pumpkin’s inners and created a face for our pumpkins. What a lovely activity to finish off our week!

 

Celebrations

Congratulations to:

Pupil of the Week – Georgii

Times Table Rock Star Legend – James A

 

Next week’s learning

In English, we will continue our work around the non-fiction text, 'One Day on our Blue Planet in the Savannah'. The children will look at ‘What A Good One Look Likes’ (WAGOLL) diary entry and will then pick out the key vocabulary and features from the text. Next, they will plan and then write their own diary entries from the point of view of a lion cub. 

 

In maths, our focus this coming week is position and direction. We hope to get outside as much as possible this week!

 

In Topic, our focus will be Geography. We will be learning about fair trade and how we can support fair trade. Please do ask your children about this after our initial lesson on Monday.

 

As always, please do come and talk to me if you have any questions about anything listed above or 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.

 

Have a fantastic weekend,

 

Mr Filer and Mrs Selway

Spellings to be tested on 24/10/19

Week ending: 11.10.19

What a super week that was! The children thoroughly impressed with their work in many subject areas. Beginning with maths, the children were quick to learn how to read scales in divisions of ones, twos, fives and tens and were able to apply this to our work on volume and capacity. In reading, the children recited and recorded or composed their own animal riddles, using rhyming couplets. Finally, in writing, the children completed the unit of work by writing a fact file about their chosen animal, using questions for their subheadings. Incredible work all round! Way to go Lions!

 

Forest Schools - Friday 18th October

Please can your child bring in one small pumpkin and a warm coat/ wellies or some old clothes/ footwear for our Forest School session on the above date.

 

Celebrations

Congratulations to:

Pupil of the Week – James A

Times Table Rock Star Legend – Oliver

 

A special congratulation to the children who took part in our Sports Festival at Mangotsfield School on Monday evening. Our team competed against 11 other schools in the local authority and we are very proud of our 5th position!

Well done to all involved, and a special thank you to their parents for supporting this event.

 

 

Next week’s learning

In English, we will be reading the non-fiction text, 'One Day on our Blue Planet in the Savannah'. The children are already familiar with the book, as they have already written a prediction as to what they think the book could be about. This week will see the children continue to practise the following grammar skills: commas in a list, expanding noun phrases and writing in the past tense to write a diary entry from the point of view of a lion cub. 

 

In maths, we are revising and assessing our learning so far this term and we will be buddying up with Year 1 for some fun-filled maths activities!

 

In Topic, our focus will be Art and Design! We designed our own animal masks on Friday, explaining our choices of materials prior to creating them this coming week. We will also be exploring music from around the world, particularly African, in support of our Circle of Life theme.  

 

As always, please do come and talk to me if you have any questions about anything listed above or 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.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Mr Filer and Mrs Selway

Spellings to be tested on 18/10/19

Week ending: 04.10.19

This week we welcomed our visitors from Warburtons, who came in to deliver a healthy eating workshop in our classroom, teaching the children the healthy elements of a sandwich, focusing on the Eat Well Plate. The children developed their knowledge of proteins, carbohydrates, fats and dairies to understand the importance of a healthy, balanced diet. They thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, especially making their own sandwiches and taking home some free gifts! 

 

Please note that we WILL be swimming again this week!

 

Celebrations

Congratulations to our Pupil of the Week – Taegan, and our Times Table Rock Star Legend – Phoebe!

 

Next week’s learning

In English, we will be continuing to look at animal fact files. The children have researched their animals and identified features of a fact file. We will now consolidate this understanding into planning and writing their own fact files, before presenting them to the class.

 

In maths, our focus this coming week is capacity and volume. This week will be a very practical and ‘hands on’ learning experience. We will start by looking at how we measure temperature – thinking about how we can do this and what equipment we will need. After that, we will begin to read scales in order to record or show the volume that different containers can hold.

 

In topic, our focus will be comparing the similarities and differences between Kenya and Bristol, looking at climates, living conditions, and daily life for a child in each country. 

 

As always, please do come and talk to me if you have any questions about anything listed above or 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.

 

Have a lovely weekend,

 

Mr Filer and Mrs Selway

Spellings to be tested on 11/10/19

Week ending: 27.09.19

This week saw our first school trip of the year, to Wild Project Place. Luckily, the rain was kept at bay and we were able to view all of the different types of animals the park had to offer. During our education session, we were able to stroke an African snail, developed our knowledge and understanding of animal habitats and find out how living things rely on one another for survival. It was a fantastic day out enjoyed by all!

 

Warburtons Visit (Tuesday/ Wednesday)

This coming week, Warburtons will be coming into school to deliver a sandwich-making workshop. This experience is a part of our topic work where we will be learning about the importance, for humans, of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene. The children will be bringing their sandwiches home on Wednesday afternoon. I have already submitted allergy information to Warburtons, so rest assured that no allergens will be present during the workshop.

 

Please note that there will be no swimming lesson this week due to the Warburtons visits.

 

Next week’s learning

In English, we will be looking at animal fact files. The children will first identify the features of a fact file, before creating their own questions (which will form the subtitles in their own animal fact files). They will then research and write responses to their own questions.  

 

In math, our focus this coming week is multiplication and division. In multiplication, we will be reviewing our knowledge of repeated addition and arrays and in division; we will be reviewing the methods we can use for sharing objects practically and learn how to do this by drawing hoops and dots.

 

In topic, our focus will coincide with the Warburtons visit, as we will be studying the eatwell plate and will discuss what a healthy lifestyle is. Additionally, we will be studying what the basic needs are for a human's survival. 

 

As always, please do come and talk to me if you have any questions about anything listed above or 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.

 

Have a relaxing weekend,

 

Mr Filer and Mrs Selway

Spellings to be tested on 04/10/19

Week ending: 20.09.19

 

What another great week in Lion Class! The children completed their first Times Tables Rock Stars sessions whereby they have 1 minute to complete a maximum of 20 questions from the 10 times tables. Many children excelled themselves during these sessions and were already finished before the 1-minute timer buzzed. Next week, they will have 3 minutes to complete the full 60 questions in 3 minutes.

 

My maths

As mentioned during the parents meeting with Mrs Williams, your child will have now received their ‘my maths’ logins (these were handed out on Friday). I have assigned some place value and number games/ activities for the children to complete. Over the coming weeks, I will add some more units of work, which will reflect the work we will be covering in class too. I thank you in advance with your support with this. If your child has lost their login details or you have any questions about ‘my maths’ please do come and speak to me. I am always more than happy to help.

 

Wild Project Place Trip – Tuesday 24th September

Just a reminder that next Tuesday is our school trip. Please make sure that your child is in school by 9am, as we will be leaving by 9:15. As the weather outlook is set to be wet, your child will need a waterproof coat, appropriate trousers and suitable footwear, such as wellies or trainers. If you haven’t already preordered a packed lunch from school please ensure that your child has a packed lunch and bottled drink. A backpack will be useful for storing their lunch and drinks in whilst exploring Wild Project Place.

 

Next week’s learning

In English, we will be writing a recount of our school trip. The children will plan and organise their ideas before writing their recounts. We will also be encouraging children to use a comma in a list to tell the reader about all of the different animals they will see at Wild Project Place.

 

In math, we will be focusing on addition and subtraction. We will be reviewing our knowledge of number bonds to 10 and 20, as well as looking at reverse calculations and fact families.

 

In topic, we will learning about food chains. We will be identifying the producers, consumers/predators and prey in a variety of different food chains from different habitats.

 

 

As always, please do come and talk to me if you have any questions about anything listed above or 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.

 

Have a great weekend,

 

Mr Filer and Mrs Selway

Spellings to be tested on 27/09/19

Week ending: 13.09.19

 

What a fantastic first full week we have had together. The children truly are amazing and an asset to you all.

 

Meet the teacher

Wednesday evening was the annual ‘meet the teacher’ event. It was lovely to see so many of you there! If you couldn’t make it, most of the information discussed is already on the website or on the parents’ noticeboard. If you would like further information or have any questions or queries, please do come and speak to me before or after school, or drop me an email at: mitchell.filer1@barleyclose.org.uk

 

Jeans 4 Genes – Friday 20th September

Your child is welcome to wear jeans to school for a £1 donation.

 

Wild Project Place Trip – Tuesday 24th September

Our school trip letter was sent out earlier this week via ParentPay. Please can you fill out the form ASAP so we can start organising volunteers, groupings etc.

 

Spellings

Our first weekly spelling test took place today and the children did extremely well – I will let them know there individual scores on Monday. Please make sure that your child’s yellow spelling book comes back into school every Friday so they can stick in their new spellings for the following week. You can also find a copy of these on our class page and on the classroom window. Children who achieve 100% receive additional raffle tickets in the weekly class raffle. Please support them in earning these rewards by practising spellings regularly throughout the week.

 

Reading Books

Please can you also make sure that your child’s reading books and yellow reading records come into school each day, as we have a handful of adults who hear the children read in school regularly.

 

Additionally, reading books will only be changed on a Friday, when our reading assistant is in. Please make sure reading books and yellow reading records are in school on Fridays so that we can change books and reward those who have read at least 3 times a week at home. If your child has already finished the books before the book changing day, please encourage them to reread the books over consecutive evenings to enable them to build up their fluency and understanding of the text – you could even ask some comprehension style questions. I have attached a useful resource (below) to help with this.

 

Swimming/PE

Swimming starts on Tuesday and PE is on Thursday. Please remember children must wear PE kits to school on PE days.

 

Next week’s learning

In English, we will continue to look at our first text this term, ‘Meerkat Mail’. The children have already written superb setting descriptions. This coming week the children will pretend to be Sunny(the main character), writing back home to his family about his current destination.

 

In math, we will be finishing off our work on number and place value for this term. We will be counting forwards, backwards and from random numbers in 2s, 5s and 10s.

 

In topic, we will be exploring and comparing things that are living, dead and have never been alive, as well as identify and classifying living things by particular characteristics. In forest schools, we will be creating our very own bug hotels.

 

Key dates for Term 1

Friday 20th September 2019

Jeans 4 Genes Day - £1 Donation. Children are encouraged to wear jeans to school on this day with their school tops/jumpers.

Tuesday 24th September 2019

Trip to Wild Project Place 

Friday 27th September 2019

Parents Coffee Morning

Tuesday 1st October 2019 / Wednesday 2nd October 2019

Warburtons sandwich making workshop

Thursday 24th October 2019

Pupil of the Term Assembly

End of Term 1

Friday 25th October 2019

Inset Day

 

As always, please do come and talk to me if you have any questions about anything listed above or 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.

 

Have a great weekend.

 

Mr Filer and Mrs Selway

Spellings to be tested on 20/09/19

Week ending: 06.09.19

Wow! What an amazing first week in Year Two. We are very impressed with how quickly the children have settled into their new routines and how much they have remembered over the summer holidays. They are truly a delightful bunch and we are all going to have a magnificent year together! 

 

Next week’s learning

Next week is our first full week and we will starting reading our text ‘Meerkat Mail’ in English. In maths, we will continue with our work on number and place value. We will begin the week, by looking at the value of each digit in a two-digit number and then start to order and compare numbers using the greater than (>), less than (<) and equal to (=) signs. Our topic this term is ‘The Circle of Life’. We have already looked at hot and cold climates, seasons and even did some of our very own weather reporting/presenting. Next week, our focus will be the study of living things and their habitats – to include our first Forest Schools session on Friday afternoon – weather permitting.

 

Spellings

Spellings went home with the children on Friday and their first test will be next Friday (13th September). Please make sure their spelling book comes back into school every Friday so we can give the children their new spellings.

 

Reading Books

New reading books also went home on Friday. These will be changed every Friday and we will be continuing to monitor how often children are read with at home - please continue to read with your child at least 3 times a week and write in their yellow diary - they are rewarded each time this is achieved!

 

Swimming/PE

Swimming starts on Tuesday and PE is on Thursday. Please remember children must wear PE kits to school on PE days.

 

Key dates for Term 1

Monday 2nd September 2019

Inset Day

Tuesday 3rd September 2019

First day back at school

Wednesday 11th September 2019

Meet the teacher

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Friday 20th September 2019

Jeans 4 Genes Day - £1 Donation. Children are encouraged to wear jeans to school on this day with their school tops/jumpers.

Tuesday 24th September 2019

Trip to Wild Project Place – letters will be sent via email to you during the second week back.

Friday 27th September 2019

Parents Coffee Morning

Tuesday 1st October 2019 / Wednesday 2nd October 2019

Warburtons sandwich making workshop

Thursday 24th October 2019

Pupil of the Term Assembly

End of Term 1

Friday 25th October 2019

Inset Day

 

Please do come and talk to me if you have any questions about anything listed above or 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.

 

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

 

Mr Filer and Mrs Selway

 

Spellings to be tested on 13/09/19


  • 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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