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Term 1 Sept - Oct

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 2ndOctober 2019

Warburtons sandwich making workshop

Thursday 24th October 2019

Pupil of the Term Assembly

End of Term 1

Friday 25th October 2019

Inset Day

 

18th October 2019

We made it! We reached the end of our first term in year two, and what an incredible start to the year it was. We have been very busy getting to know our new classroom and classmates, learning all about the Circle of Life, going on a trip to the Wild Place Project, learning about healthy eating with our Warburtons experience, designing and creating our own animal masks, writing stories, riddles, book reviews and fact files, carving pumpkins, not to mention practising our addition, multiplication, division, measuring and mental arithmetic skills in Maths. We have certainly earned a little relaxation after all of that! 

 

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 will also happen in term two, on Tuesday 12th November and Thursday 14th November. If you haven't already signed up, please do so on the board outside of our classroom. If these dates are difficult for you, please speak to me and I will happily arrange another time for us to meet and discuss your child's progress and development. 

 

Celebrations!

Congratulations to:

Pupil of the Term – Romany

Times Table Rock Star Legend – Hannah

 

Special congratulations to Tiger class for being the class with the highest number of children reading at least 3 times a week... AGAIN!! Go Tigers!
82% - well done!

 

We hope you have a very relaxing and enjoyable half term break - I will be spending time with my family, soaking up snuggles and cuddles with my puppy, and beginning some Christmas shopping!

 

See you on the 4th November,

Mrs Haywood-Pope and Mrs Collins

18th October 2019

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 pulp and created a face for our pumpkins. What a lovely activity to finish off our week!

 

Celebrations!

Congratulations to:

Pupil of the Week – Lucas

Times Table Rock Star Legend – Romany

 

Special congratulations to Tiger class for being the class with the highest number of children reading at least 3 times a week!
82% - well done!
Mrs Daniel will bring us a special treat to congratulate us!

 

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 Looks Like’ (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,

 

Mrs Haywood-Pope and Mrs Collins

Spellings to be tested on 24/10/19

11th October 2019

 

This week we completed our animal fact files and animal riddles, with every child performing them to the whole class - Mrs Haywood-Pope and Mrs Collins were absolutely blown away by the confidence and clarity each child demonstrated when proudly sharing their incredible writing. As such, we invited our Head Teacher Mrs Williams and Deputy Head Miss Drake to experience this awesome display too! 

 

Celebrations!

Congratulations to:

Pupil of the Week - Romany
 Times Table Rock Star Legend - Amelia

 

A special congratulations 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 will be practising their grammar skills of using 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, 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 animals masks on Friday, explaining our choices of materials prior to creating them next week. We will also be exploring Music from around the world, particularly African, in support of our Circle of Life theme.   

 

Please remember on Friday each child needs to bring in a small pumpkin for our Forest School session.

Children will also need to wear a warm coat and wellies.

Children are welcome to bring a complete change of clothes if you wish.  

 

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,

Mrs Haywood-Pope and Mrs Collins

Spellings to be tested on 18/10/19

4th October 2019

 

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 Wheel. The children developed their knowledge of proteins, carbohydrates, fats and dairies to understand the importance of a healthy, balanced meal. They thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, especially making their own sandwiches and taking home some free gifts! 

 

Celebrations!

Congratulations to our Pupil of the Week and our Times Table Rock Star Legend - Serena! 

 

Please note that we WILL be swimming this week!

 

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 position and direction. We will be taking our lessons outside as much as possible this week! 

 

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 great weekend,

Mrs Haywood-Pope and Mrs Collins

Spellings to be tested on 11/10/19

27th September 2019

 

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! Thank you very much to our parent helpers for all your help on the day. 

 

Celebrations!

Congratulations to our Pupil of the Week - Eva, and our Times Table Rock Star Legend - Amos! 

 

Warburtons Visit (Tuesday)

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 Tuesday 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 maths, 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 great weekend,

Mrs Haywood-Pope and Mrs Collins

Spellings to be tested on 4/10/19

13th September 2019

 

Well, our first full week is complete! What a busy one it's been.

 

In English, we've explored our story Meerkat Mail, developing understanding of adjectives to write a setting description, as well as 'hot seating' the characters to embed the children's understanding of the story. 

 

In Maths, we've been focusing on greater than, less than, and equal to using the symbols <, >, = to solve problems and compare quantities. 

 

In Science, we have explored habitats and microhabitats around the world, including a nature walk to find microhabitats and the living things within. 

 

Next Friday (20th) is Jeans 4 Genes day!
Children are welcome to wear jeans for a £1 donation. 

 

Polite Reminders:

Reading books will only be changed on Fridays when our reading assistant is in. Please make sure both reading books and yellow reading diary 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. The children feel so proud when they receive their raffle tickets for reading 3 times; please support them in achieving this reward. 

 

Spellings are also tested and changed on a Friday - please make sure your child brings in their red spelling book on Fridays so that we can stick in their new spellings for the week. You can also find a copy of these on our class page and on the classroom window parents' noticeboard. Again, the children love receiving raffle tickets for achieving 100% in their spelling tests; please support them in earning these rewards by practising spellings regularly throughout the week. 

 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please approach me at the door, or send me an email. 

 

Have a great weekend,

Mrs Haywood-Pope and Mrs Collins 

 

Spellings to be tested on 20/09/19

6th September 2019 - Our First Week!

 

We made it! Our first week in year two is complete, and what a fabulous one it was. We are really impressed with how the children have settled into their new routines, and how much they have remembered over the summer holidays! We are excited to see how they will progress over the year.

 

Next week is our first full week and we will start reading our text 'Meerkat Mail' in English, continue our Place Value focus in Maths, and develop our 'Circle of Life' topic through Science. We're also hoping to get outside for Forest School on Friday - weather permitting! 

 

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

 

New reading books also went home on Friday. These will be changed every Friday and we 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 starts on Tuesday and PE is on Thursday. Please remember children must wear PE kits to school on PE days. 

 

Polite reminder: all children should have their book bags in school every day. We often hand out lots of important letters, and the children's reading books should be with them each day so they are able to read with adults in school at any time. 

 

Well done Tigers on a fantastic start to the school year. Enjoy a restful weekend and we'll see you bright and breezy Monday morning!

 

Mrs Haywood-Pope and Mrs Collins

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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