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Term 3 Jan - Feb

Monday 6th January 2020

Inset day

Tuesday 7th January 2020

Term 3 begins

Wednesday 8th January 2020

Fit 4 Kids 10.30 - 11.10


Please send your children to school in their PE kits.

Tuesday 14th January 2020

Infant Agility


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

Miss Delbridge's last week


End of Term!


Friday 14th February 2020 - Happy Half Term!


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 Giraffe class (Year 6) to complete some measurement and shape activities. The children were split into two groups, each with a mix of Year 2 and Year 6 children. For one half of the session, the children went to bake Valentine's cookies. They were very careful in measuring and weighing ingredients, working as a team to follow the recipe - and of course, the best bit, lick the spoon! During the other half of the session, the children played Maths games devised by the Year 6 children themselves. The children all worked extremely well with their Year 6 buddies and everyone had a brilliant time! Fabulous effort Tigers!


This week also saw the termly intra-competition against Lion Class. These competitions usually get very heated between Mr Filer and Mrs H-P (he's not a fan of playing by the rules and as PE Coordinator, Mrs H-P struggles with the sportsmanship issues here... wink) However, the children played brilliantly and showed great sporting skills and etiquette. I was very proud to see all the children supporting and cheering on their class extremely well and VERY loudly!!



Congratulations to:


Times Table Rock Star Legend – Abigail


Learning Gem Legend - Safiya


Pupil of the Term - Thomas


Wishing you all a very lovely half term break. We shall see you on Monday 24th February to begin term 4! Please look at the key dates - it's a short term but a very busy one!!


Mrs Haywood-Pope and Mrs Collins


Spellings to be tested 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.



Congratulations to:


Times Table Rock Star Legend – Safiya!


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 lead 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,

 Mrs Haywood-Pope, Miss Delbridge and Mrs Collins

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.



Congratulations to:


Pupil of the Week – Lucas

Times Table Rock Star Legend - Dimitar


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,

Mrs Haywood-Pope, Miss Delbridge and Mrs Collins

Spellings to be tested on 31/01/20

Spellings to be tested on 24/01/20

Spellings to be tested on 17/01/20

Happy New Year!

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.


This week’s learning - 7th January 2020

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 a go 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.  

Spellings to be tested on 10/01/20

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  • Barley Close, Mangotsfield, Bristol
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