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Term 3 (Jan - Feb)

Key dates for Term 3

Monday 6th January 2020

Inset day

Tuesday 7th January 2020

Term 3 begins

Wednesday 8th January 2020

Fit 4 Kids 9:45 – 10:25

 

Please send your children to school in their PE kits.

Tuesday 14th January 2020

Infant Agility 9:15 – 10:15

 

Please send your children to school in their PE kits.

Monday 27th January 2020

Throwing and Catching Festival

 

More information to follow.

Monday 3rd February 2020

Test Week

 

(Spelling, Grammar, Reading, Arithmetic, Math Reasoning, Phonics)

Friday 14th February 2020

Pupil of the Term Assembly – 2:45pm

 

End of Term

 

Week ending: 14.02.20

Can you believe that we are already half way through this academic year? The children have made so much progress this past term, and I look forward to discussing and sharing their achievements with you during our upcoming parents' evenings next term. 

 

This week we 'buddied up' with Alligator class (Year 3) to complete some measurement and shape activities. The children were split into two groups. For one half of the session, the children went outside. They used metre sticks and trundle wheels to draw shapes, using chalk, to specific measurements. During the other half of the session, the children completed symmetrical Disney themed pictures and tried to create the perfectly shaped heart. The children all worked extremely well with their Year 3 buddies. Well done Lions! 

 

This week also saw the termly intra-competition against Tiger Class. These competitions usually get very heated between Mrs Haywood-Pope and I. However, the children played brilliantly and showed great sportpersonship. We played 3 rounds of dodgeball, and I am very pleased to say that Lions won 3 - 1. What a great team effort! Lions supported and cheered on their class extremely well and VERY loudly!!

 

Celebrations

Congratulations to:

 

Times Table Rock Star Legend – Isabella

 

Learning Gem Legend - Taegan

 

Pupil of the Week - Lewis

 

Pupil of the Term - Quaid

 

Wishing you all a very lovely half term break. We shall see you on Monday 24th February to begin term 4.

 

 Mr Filer and Mrs Selway

Spellings to be tested on 14/02/20

Week ending: 31.01.20

Didn’t this week just fly by? This term is going so quickly and the children are making huge amounts of progress in their learning. I am very proud of each one of them! I cannot wait to see how well they do in our termly test week, next week.

 

This week saw a few special events take place. At the beginning of the week, some children from across Year 2 represented the school by taking part in the annual Throwing and Catching Festival at Mangotsfield School, and did amazingly well! On Wednesday, we learnt about tally charts in maths and went outside to count and record the different coloured cars in the staff car park onto our tally charts. We then used this information to answer questions and compare the results. On Thursday, we had a very inspiring Young Carers Day Assembly. Finally, on Friday, we had a visit from Rob (one of the project developers in charge of the Brabazon site (old Filton Airfield). He came and spoke to the children about all of the different things that go into designing a thriving new modern neighbourhood for Bristol. We will continue with this work next term.

 

Celebrations

Congratulations to:

 

Times Table Rock Star Legend – Frankie

 

Huge congratulations to the children who took part in the Throwing and Catching Festival at Mangotsfield Secondary School on Monday evening. Our team competed against 11 other schools in the local authority and we were all crowd winners. The children also took home their own tennis ball as a thank you from the led coach.

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

 

Next week’s learning

As earlier mentioned, during our normal maths and English lessons the children will be completing the following practise SATs papers:

- Arithmetic Paper

- Reasoning Paper

- Reading Paper 1

- Reading Paper 2

- Grammar Paper

- Spelling Test

 

In Topic next week, we will revisit our work on the suffragette movement and produce a newspaper report, using a template on Microsoft Word.

 

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.

 

 We hope you have a restful weekend,

 Mr Filer and Mrs Selway

Spellings to be tested on 07/02/20

World Book Day

Thursday 5th March

“Bring Back the Bedtime Story”

To celebrate World Book Day we are asking all children to come to school dressed in their PJ’s or Onesie and bring a favourite book or story to share. During the day classes will be taking part in Buddy Reading activities to share the idea of reading stories together, especially at bedtime.

Week ending: 24.01.20

What a lovely week we have had in Lion class! This week the children had an assembly from the NSPCC. The ‘Speak out Stay safe’ assembly gave the children the knowledge, understanding and tools/resources they need to stay safe. We even met Buddy, the Speak out Stay safe mascot; he was very friendly and gave us lots of useful information and advice.

 

Celebrations

Congratulations to:

 

Pupil of the Week – Cordelle

Times Table Rock Star Legend - Lewis

 

Next week’s learning

In English, we will be writing a newspaper report about the giant, from our story, ‘Inside the villains’. Continuing from our work last week, we will start the week off by writing a witness account of events from the point of view of Daisy the cow. We will use the vocabulary from the WAGOLL, along with the use of the past tense and coordinating conjunctions to complete this piece of work. Next, we will plan a newspaper report before the children compile their very own.

 

In maths, we will continue with our work on addition for the first part of the week. We will learn how use the inverse to help us solve missing number calculations. In the second part of the week, our focus will be statistics. This is a new area of maths for the children. We will begin by collecting our own data using tally charts and pictograms, before analysing our findings and making observations/ comparisons between the results.  

 

In Topic next week, we will be looking at the Christian story, ‘The Good Samaritan’. We will link this story with the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. We will also be learning the song, ‘We shall be free’.

 

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.

 

We hope you have a fantastic weekend,

Mr Filer and Mrs Selway

Spellings to be tested on 31/01/20

Week ending: 17.01.20

This week we had our infant agility session, ran by the young sports leaders, as well as the lovely Alex from CSET. The children took part in a variety of activities from balancing to sprinting. After the children had completed each activity, they received their results on a results card that they took home the following day. They all did brilliantly! I was also very proud of how well the children motivated and encouraged each other to keep going and to achieve their very best! Well done Lions!

 

Celebrations

Congratulations to:

 

Pupil of the Week – Thomas

Times Table Rock Star Legend - Harry

 

Next week’s learning

In English, we will be writing a newspaper report about one of the villains, from our story, ‘Inside the villains’. As the children have not written a newspaper report before, we will start the week by identifying the features of a newspaper report. Then, we will focus on our grammar skill (for this unit), co-ordinating conjunctions – for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so. After that, the children will write an introduction for their newspaper report. To finish off the week, we will look at ‘What A Good One Look Likes’ (WAGOLL) newspaper report, about one of the villains from our story, and will then pick out the key vocabulary and features of the text.

 

In maths, our focus for next week is addition. We will start the week by reviewing our work on addition from last term. We will recap how to add:

  • a 1-digit number to a 2-digit number
  • a tens number to a 2-digit number
  • a 2-digit number to another 2-digit number

In addition to this, we will also use the tens and ones method to begin to learn how to add a 2-digit number to another 2-digit number by regrouping. For example, 48 + 29 =, to do this we will first draw 4 tens and 8 ones. We will then draw a plus symbol and then draw 2 tens and 9 ones to represent the second number. Next, we will count and draw how many tens we have altogether. Then, we will do the same for our ones. If our ones bridge 10 we will cross off ten ones and draw an extra tens stick. Finally, we will count our total and record this amount.

 

In Topic next week, we will be studying the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement. To begin, we will sequence the key events from Martin Luther King’s (MLK) life. Then, we will compare MLK’s experience of the bus boycott with that of Rosa Park’s experience.

 

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.

 

 We hope you have a wonderful weekend,

 Mr Filer and Mrs Selway

Spellings to be tested on 24/01/20

Week ending: 10.01.20

What an amazing start to 2020 we have had in Lion class. The children have settled back into the school routines extremely well, and have really impressed me with their enthusiasm for their learning, especially that of our new topic ‘We have a dream’! The children have already been outraged that women didn’t have equal rights to that of men. I have also noticed considerable improvements in the children’s efforts to use the working walls and make sure that their spelling is not just phonetically plausible but accurate and correct. Way to go Lions and thank you for a positive and most fantastic start to the new decade!

 

Celebrations

Congratulations to:

Pupil of the Week – Alfie

 

Infant Agility

Please ensure that your child comes to school in their PE kits this Tuesday for a PE workshop delivered by CSET Sport.

 

Mrs Hughes - PE Coach

Due to Mr Quirke's inconsistent availability on a Thursday afternoon it has been decided that Mrs Hughes will now be covering PE in Year 2 for this term.

 

Next week’s learning

In English, we will continued with our work on The Big Bad Wolf from ‘Inside the Villains’. Next week we will look at ‘What A Good One Look Likes’ (WAGOLL) character description, and will then pick out the key vocabulary and features from the text. Then, the children will write a description of the wolf’s personality traits before writing their own wanted poster about a villain of their own choice. We have included an additional lesson in this unit for specific time so the children can edit, review and revise their wanted posters.

 

In maths, our focus for next week is subtraction. We will start the week by reviewing our work on subtracting from last term. We will recap how to subtract:

  • a 1-digit number from a 2-digit number
  • a tens numbers from a 2-digit number
  • a 2-digit number from another 2-digit number           

In addition to this, we will also use the tens and ones method to begin to learn how to subtract a 2-digit number from another 2-digit numbers by regrouping. For example, 64 – 18 =  to do this we will first draw 6 tens and 4 ones. We will then cross out the one ten from the number 18. Next, we will cross off another ten, as we know that we cannot take 8 ones away from 4 ones. Then we add ten ones (as we have taken away one ten stick). Then we can take 8 ones away from 14 ones and then find the total we have left.

 

In Topic next week, we will be focussing on the life of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott. We will first discuss the term ‘civil rights’ and look at why Rosa Parks resisted bus segregation on December 1st 1955. Then, we will sequence the key events from Rosa Park’s life and begin to identify similarities and difference between ways of life at different times.

 

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 17/01/20

Happy New Year Lions!

Wishing you and your families a very happy, healthy and prosperous year ahead!

 

Welcome back Lions! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break, and are looking forward to all of the new learning opportunities that 2020 has to await us.

 

Cookie – The Year 2 hamster

Cookie will be back in Lion class this term and will be looking for more homes to go to and explore during the weekend. If you and your child would like to take Cookie home, for a weekend this term, then please do sign up on the sheet, on the classroom window. Thank you in advance.

 

Fit 4 Kids

Please ensure that your child comes to school in their PE kits this Wednesday for a PE workshop delivered by Fit 4 Kids.  

 

 

This week’s learning

In English, we will begin the New Year by reading, ‘Inside the Villains’. There are three very different villains in this book, which we will be learning about over the course of the next four weeks. The interactive book will uncover the villain’s diabolical thoughts, expose what lurks beneath their disguises, and reveal the victims of their last meals (now comfortably settled inside their stomachs!). The personality cards will tell us the villain’s strengths and weaknesses, pastimes, physical characteristics, favourite meals and, of course, their favourite books.

 

This week, we will be introduced to the first villain. We will discuss the villain’s appearance and personality traits, and have ago at ‘hot seating’ – whereby a child pretends to be the villain and the rest of the class ask questions about their character. Then, we will focus on our grammar skill, expanded noun phrases. The children will describe the villain’s appearance using the grammar skill. To finish off the week, we will be writing a wanted poster about the villain applying our work on expanded noun phrases.

 

 

In maths, our focus for this week is number and place value. We will begin the week by partitioning two digit numbers into different combinations of tens and ones. The children will need to explain their thinking verbally, use pictures or use apparatus. For example, they will need to understand that they can split the number 42 into 20 and 22. After that, we will be identifying and estimating numbers on a number line.

 

Our topic for this term is ‘We have a dream’. Over the course of the next 6 weeks, we will be learning about the lives of a few significant individuals, from the past, who have contributed to national and international achievements. To kick-start our topic this week, our focus will be History and Art and Design. We will be learning about Emmeline Pankhurst and the Suffragette movement. We will finish off the week by making our own banners and bollards and march around the school grounds singing the ‘Sisters Suffragette’ song.  

 

As always, we have so many different learning opportunities to look forward to this term we can’t wait to get started!

Enjoy the final days of the holidays!

 

Mr Filer and Mrs Selway

Spellings to be tested on 10/01/20


  • 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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