Year 2 Miss Hall

Class 10 / Year 2 

 

Summer 1 2018

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What will we be learning during this term?

English - Power of Reading

Once we have completed our 'The Dark' sequence, we will move onto a new sequence. I will keep this under wraps for now so that the introduction of the book remains a surprise for the children!

The overall aims of the sequence are: 

  • To talk confidently about books and responses individual to them
  • To explore important themes of courage, perseverance and compassion
  • To explore the story through a variety of teaching approaches including drama and role-play
  • To write in role from more than one perspective
  • To reflect on reading through keeping a reading journal

Spellings -

See the list further down for the Year 2 common exception words (tricky words!). This page also has some good games to play - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/words-and-spelling

Reading -

Here is the web-page which I signposted many of you to during Parent Consultations: https://www.theschoolrun.com/reading-learn-how-get-most-reading-your-children

Phonics - 

Some of our children will be retaking the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check (You will already be aware if this is the case). Here is a link to a Read Write Inc. webpage which will help you with home support - http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/

Maths: Fractions - 

We are learning to: 

  • Recognise, find, name and write fractions 1/3 , 1/4 , 2/4 and 3/4 of a length, shape, set of objects or quantity
  • Write simple fractions, for example 1/2 of 6 = 3 and recognise the equivalence of 2/4 and 1/2

Here are some learner guides - 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/z3rbg82

Here are some games - 

http://www.snappymaths.com/counting/fractions/interactive/halfquartersimm/halfquartersimm.htm     

http://www.softschools.com/math/fractions/games/

Maths: Statistics - 

We are learning to: 

  • Interpret and construct simple pictograms, tally charts, block diagrams and tables
  • Ask and answer simple questions by counting the number of objects in each category and sorting the categories by quantity
  • Ask-and-answer questions about totalling and comparing categorical data

Here is a link which will give you more information, and perhaps some ideas for your own data collection!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zkf34wx

Here are some games - 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/data-handling

Times Tables -
From years 2 to 6 children take part in the weekly (every Friday for Year 2) times tables tracker programme. This works on developing fluency and speed when recalling multiplication and division facts. The times table tracker involves 40 questions being answered in 4 minutes, the questions are based around different multiplication and division facts. When a child has completed a level a certificate will be awarded and then they will move onto the next level.

This link shows you where you can practice the questions - 

http://www.mrspteach.com/2016/09/times-tables-tracker.html

Science - Living things and their habitats

We are learning to ...

  • Explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead, and things that have never been alive
  • Identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other
  • Identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including microhabitats
  • Describe how animals obtain their food from plants and other animals, using the idea of a simple food chain, and identify and name different sources of food

Geography - Location and place knowledge

We are learning to ...

  • name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans
  • name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas
  • understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom, and of a small area in a contrasting non-European country

 

Spring 1/ Spring 2 2018

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What will we be learning during this term?

English - Power of Reading

We have now moved onto our new teaching sequence; The Dark by Lemony Snicket.

The overall aims of this sequence are: 

• To talk confidently about picture books and responses individual to them
• To explore the story through a variety of teaching approaches including drama and role-play
• To write a recount in role as a fictional character
• To reflect on reading through keeping a reading journal
• To write a story based on a known narrative
• to compose poetry in response to visual imagery, story and known poems

 

We are continuing the teaching sequence 'The Lonely Beast' by Chris Judge.

The overall aims of this sequence are:

  • To discuss themes and issues that arise in this touching story, making connections with their own lives
  • To explore and develop ideas through talk and to listen to each other’s responses
  • To develop creative responses to the text through drama, play and artwork
  • To write in role in order to explore characters and events
  • To compose and perform own poetry
  • To write a newspaper article in role as a fictional character
  • To write a short story following a known narrative
  • To reflect on reading through keeping a reading journal

Spellings -

See the list further down for the Year 2 common exception words (tricky words!). This page also has some good games to play - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/english-games/5-7-years/words-and-spelling

Reading - 

Here is the web-page which I signposted many of you to during Parent Consultations: https://www.theschoolrun.com/reading-learn-how-get-most-reading-your-children 

 

Maths - Number: Multiplication and Division

We are learning to ... 

  • recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables, including recognising odd and even numbers
  • calculate mathematical statements for multiplication and division within the multiplication tables and write them using the multiplication (×), division (÷) and equals (=) signs
  • show that multiplication of two numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and division of one number by another cannot
  • solve problems involving multiplication and division, using materials, arrays, repeated addition, mental methods, and multiplication and division facts, including problems in contexts.

There are many good games online, just search for Year 2 Multiplication and Division. Here is one website which has several good games - https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/multiplication-and-division

Maths - Number: Addition and Subtraction

We are learning to ...

  • solve problems with addition and subtraction
  • use concrete objects and pictorial representations, including those involving numbers, quantities and measures
  • apply our increasing knowledge of mental and written methods
  • recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently, and derive and use related facts up to 100
  • add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally, including: a two-digit number and 1S, a two-digit number and 10s, 2 two-digit numbers, adding 3 one-digit numbers
  • show that addition of 2 numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and subtraction of 1 number from another cannot
  • recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and solve missing number problems

There are a range of games online which will support your children's learning so please do search and find ones which interest and engage your children; search for 'Key Stage 1 addition and subtraction'.

As discussed with you during Parents' Evening, please additionally focus on word problems, quick recall for number bonds, and making links from what they already know, i.e. 'if I know that 1 + 8 = 9, then I also know that 10 + 80 = 90'.

 

Times Tables -

From years 2 to 6 children take part in the weekly (every Friday for Year 2) times tables tracker programme. This works on developing fluency and speed when recalling multiplication and division facts. The times table tracker involves 40 questions being answered in 4 minutes, the questions are based around different multiplication and division facts. When a child has completed a level a certificate will be awarded and then they will move onto the next level.

This link shows you where you can practice the questions

http://www.mrspteach.com/2016/09/times-tables-tracker.htm

 

Science - How can we stay healthy?

We are learning to ...

  • notice that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults
  • find out about and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air)
  • describe the importance for humans of exercise, eating the right amounts of different types of food, and hygiene.

 

History - Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole

We are learning about ...

  • the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements.

 

Art and Design - Portraits

We are learning to ...

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to our own work
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination

 

Computing - We are researchers

We are learning to ...

  • understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
  • create and debug simple programs
  • use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
  • use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
  • recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
  • use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.

 

Personal, Social and Health Education - Financial Capability: Money

We will use an interactive storybook to ...

  • explore being part of a family and the individual's contribution to the running of the household
  • explore needs and wants, including basic human needs
  • explore how we might make, save and spend money, set goals for spending and create staged plans to reach goals

 

RE - 

This half term, Mrs Purkiss is teaching Year 2 about Judaism. 

 

PE - Football

We are learning to ...

  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending

PE - Dance

We are learning to ...

  • master basic movements including developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • perform dances using simple movement patterns

 

Spellings, reading and homework - 

Reading Books -
Your children should aim to read with an adult or an older sibling every day. Reading regularly helps to build fluency, comprehension and understanding; it is therefore beneficial to return to and read the same book over time. The reading books your children will bring home will have ideas inside of other ways to use the book, for instance, making up a new story to go with the illustrations, or looking for words with certain phonemes/graphemes (for instance: ai, ee, igh). Your children can change their books as often as they like providing their reading records have been signed to confirm they have finished their current book.

PLEASE ENSURE THAT READING BOOKS AND DIARIES ARE IN SCHOOL EVERY DAY

Our library slot  is on Wednesdays. Your children will choose their own reading for pleasure book to bring home. Please ensure they bring it back in on the following Wednesday so that they can choose a new one (our library computer system will only allow one book to be checked out per child).

Homework -
Various homework; usually maths, spellings and a reading task, will be set every Friday and is expected back in by the following Friday. 

PLEASE DO TRY TO ENSURE THAT HOMEWORK IS COMPLETED AND HANDED IN ON TIME AS IT REALLY IS BENEFICIAL TO YOUR CHILDREN'S LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT.

 

 Weekly News and Information

Week beginning 26th February 2018:

Apologies for the lack of updates during the past few weeks, but hopefully your children have been keeping you up to date with their learning.

In English, we have begun our new book; The Dark. The children were very excited to go into a dark room to listen to parts of the story whilst thinking of our own descriptions of 'the dark'. 

In Maths, we have now moved onto multiplication and division. We have focused on linking stem sentences to repeated addition and multiplication sentences, i.e. six equal groups with 3 in each group = 6 x 3 = 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3.

Thank you to those of you who were able to make it along to Parent Consultations last week. I hope you found it, along with a copy of the report, useful and informative. 

 

Week beginning 8th January 2018: 

We have certainly got straight back into the swing of school-life this week!

In English, the children learned about news broadcasts, and went on to script and act out their own broadcasts. They worked in groups of three with each child taking on the roles of news anchor, interviewer and interviewee (Beast). To introduce this work we watched the daily edition of Newsround. The children were extremely engaged with the show, so perhaps they could watch this at home too (available online at http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround). It really is a fantastic way of providing the children with knowledge of the world around them. There are also fabulous topics on there such as 'How does a black hole burp?' - I'm sure you'll agree that the children really do appreciate a little 'toilet humour'! You could read them the title first to discuss thoughts and ideas before clicking on the link to read the article for the actual facts ... It would be great if the children could come in and share their new knowledge with the rest of the class. 

Thank you to those of you who were able to make our Curriculum Day Session this morning. We all became Pablo Picasso and created cubism portraits using shapes and oil pastels - PLEASE SEE PHOTOS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE). The finished works of art really did look very impressive! Don't worry if you were not able to come - I will try to ensure that your child shows their portrait during our next class assembly (dates to follow soon). 

Continuing with portraits, we are very excited to have local artist, Chris Newson, coming into run an art workshop with us on Thursday morning. Chris very kindly offered to do this on a voluntary basis as he is a huge advocate; as are we, of fostering and nurturing creativity in our children. He has a studio next to the film theatre in Leiston, and is known mostly as an oil painter working closely with Maggi Hambling who mentors him and his work. We can't wait to learn from him and create more masterpieces!

HOMEWORK - Mr Bosher and I noticed that the children really enjoyed completing their Christmas Holiday homework packs. We have therefore decided to give them more of the same! These are the green folders which the children brought home this week. On the front page, you will find a grid of six reading journal activities. Your child can choose a different one each week to complete, meaning that all of them should be done by the end of this half term. Following on from that, there are some various sheets, which we will add to each week. Please ensure that these folders and the reading journals are returned to school each Friday to allow for new work to be added. I am expecting the children to be independent in taking their work out of their bags and putting it in the homework tray. 

READING - Please ensure that your child brings their reading book and diary in every day. The children are expected to be independent at changing their books as and when needed. There are opportunities to do this, and they are aware that they can also ask me if are unsure of a good time to do this. 

SPELLINGS - These will be sent home within the green homework folder. The little red spelling books are now being kept in school to ensure they are here to use with our daily spelling programme and practise. 

Autumn 2 2017

What will we be learning during this half term?

Topic theme for this half term - 'Extraordinary Explorers'. End goal - 'Presentation from around the World'.

 

English - Power of Reading

For the next two weeks we will continue with the reading sequence for 'Man on the Moon - A Day in the Life of Bob'.

Our learning from English lessons will be highlighted within our weekly news section below.

The overall aims of our current teaching sequence are:

  • To explore, interpret and respond to a picture book
  • To explore characters and draw inferences to aid our understanding of them
  • To broaden understanding and use of appropriate vocabulary
  • To write for different purpose about fictional personal experiences
  • To sequence events to write a short narrative based on a known model

We have now begun our new teaching sequence; The Lonely Beast by Chris Judge. 

The overall aims of this sequence are: 

  • To discuss themes and issues that arise in this touching story, making connections with their own lives
  • To explore and develop ideas through talk and to listen to each other’s responses
  • To develop creative responses to the text through drama, play and artwork
  • To write in role in order to explore characters and events 
  • To compose and perform own poetry
  • To write a newspaper article in role as a fictional character
  • To write a short story following a known narrative
  • To reflect on reading through keeping a reading journal

 

Maths - Number: Addition and Subtraction

We are learning to ...

  • solve problems with addition and subtraction
  • use concrete objects and pictorial representations, including those involving numbers, quantities and measures
  • apply our increasing knowledge of mental and written methods
  • recall and use addition and subtraction facts to 20 fluently, and derive and use related facts up to 100
  • add and subtract numbers using concrete objects, pictorial representations, and mentally, including: a two-digit number and 1S, a two-digit number and 10s, 2 two-digit numbers, adding 3 one-digit numbers
  • show that addition of 2 numbers can be done in any order (commutative) and subtraction of 1 number from another cannot
  • recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and solve missing number problems

There are a range of games online which will support your children's learning so please do search and find ones which interest and engage your children; search for 'Key Stage 1 addition and subtraction'.

As discussed with you during Parents' Evening, please additionally focus on word problems, quick recall for number bonds, and making links from what they already know, i.e. 'if I know that 1 + 8 = 9, then I also know that 10 + 80 = 90'. 

Times Tables -

From years 2 to 6 children take part in the weekly (every Friday for Year 2) times tables tracker programme. This works on developing fluency and speed when recalling multiplication and division facts. The times table tracker involves 40 questions being answered in 4 minutes, the questions are based around different multiplication and division facts. When a child has completed a level a certificate will be awarded and then they will move onto the next level.

This link shows you where you can practice the questions

http://www.mrspteach.com/2016/09/times-tables-tracker.htm

 

Science - Plants

To tie in with our topic for this half term, we will be investigating why different plants grow in different parts of the World. 

We are learning to ...

  • observe and describe how seeds and bulbs grow into mature plants
  • find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.

 

Geography - Where in the World can we visit?

We are learning to ...

  • name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans
  • name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas

 

Design and Technology -

We will be designing and making cross-stitch Christmas cards.

We are learning to ...

  • Design purposeful, functional, appealing products for ourselves and other users based on design criteria
  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication
    technology
  • select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing] 
  • select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics
  • evaluate our ideas and products against design criteria

 

Art and Design - 3D

We will be recreating the 'Seven Wonders of the World'.

We are learning ...

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to our own work



Computing - 'We are Astronauts'

We are learning to ...

  • understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
  • create and debug simple programs
  • use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs

 

Music - Hands, Feet, Heart

The first unit from our Charanga Musical School Programme is called 'Hands, Feet, Heart', and focuses on South African music.

We are learning to:

  • use our voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • play tuned instruments musically
  • listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music

 

Personal, Social and Health Education - Financial Capability: Money 

We will use an interactive storybook to ...

  • explore being part of a family and the individual's contribution to the running of the household
  • explore needs and wants, including basic human needs
  • explore how we might make, save and spend money, set goals for spending and create staged plans to reach goals

 

PE - Gymnastics

We are learning to ...

  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • perform dances using simple movement patterns

 

Spellings, Reading and Homework - Please see headings under Autumn 1 below for information on these. 

 

Trips - 

Wednesday 1st November: Gymnastics session at Pipers Vale Gymnastics Club in Ipswich. We will be heading off after lunch and we will return for home time. Please ensure that PE kits and plimsolls are in school.

 

Weekly news and information - 

Week beginning 4th December 2017

What a week! We are certainly feeling like Christmas is upon us! We have been extremely busy practising for our nativity play; making Christmas decorations and 'elfing ourselves' during glitter and glue day. In addition, we have also been busy with enterprise week, planning and getting our biscuit decorating stall ready for the fair. We had a visit from Tesco and found out all about stock control. We were also very lucky to have a visit from Mrs Manthorpe and Toby Edwards from Friday Street Butchery (See our photo gallery below). The children thoroughly enjoyed learning how award-winning sausage are made, and really loved tasting them! They also got to make beefburgers using a burger press. We finished the week with the Christmas Fair, and are hoping that we made some money to improve our book corner. 

Next week: 

Wednesday and Thursday will see our fantastic Nativity performances, Christmas with the Aliens. The children have been working very hard in rehearsals - You are in for a real treat!

Tuesday is Christmas Jumper Day. 

Week beginning 27th November 2017

This week in English, the children have written diary entries in the role of Beast. They focused on using adverbial phrases which tell us when an event happened, i.e. 'Finally, I made it to the ocean'. 

Later on in the week; continuing our Lonely Beast work, the children imagined they were jellyfish moving around in the ocean. They used water colours  to draw their movement and used descriptive language to describe the jellyfish. Following on from this, the children wrote their own similes to compare the jellyfish to other objects, such as: the jellyfish is as pink as cotton candy. We will be working together more next week to join our similes together to write poetry. 

In Maths, the children have been learning to add and subtract using a number line. 

Thank you to those of you who made it along to our assembly, and then to class to look at our learning on Thursday. The children did a fantastic job of presenting their learning, and of course the fabulous Monster Mash dance! 

Next week - 

Monday is glitter and glue day (postponed from last Friday). 

We will be working on enterprise week, which will result in an activity for our stall at the Christmas Fair on Friday. We have been loaned £5 which we will use to try and make a profit - of which we can keep to spend on our book corner. Mrs Geater has promised to double the profit of the class who make the most money!

We would like to hold a snowman biscuit decorating stall, however the items needed will cost more than £5. I have emailed Co-op to ask if they would be prepared to provide us with some of the items. We would be very grateful if you had any of these items spare (although please don't go and buy them especially), or any other ideas or suggestions as to businesses who might be prepared to donate them. We will need rich tea biscuits, icing sugar, marshmallows, orange icing, smarties and chocolate icing tubes. 

As you are aware, we had our Ofsted inspection on Thursday and Friday. Whilst we do not yet have the outcome, I would just like to say how proud I am of your children - they demonstrated what wonderful learners they are, and behaved impeccably (which is not unusual!)

I look forward to seeing you at the Christmas Fair on Friday!  

 

Week beginning 20th November 2017

Thank you to those of you who were able to make one of our Year 2 Assessment Information Sessions this week. I have given the children some information to pass onto those of you who didn't make it. 

We have begun rehearsing for our play; Christmas with the Aliens. Please remind your children to bring their script/song words into school every day as we will be trying to fit as much practise in as possible!

Unfortunately, the children are still being very inconsistent in returning their completed homework and spelling books in time for new work to be given out on Wednesday afternoons. It has therefore been explained to all Year 2 children that should homework and spelling not be completed by Wednesday, they will be able to stay in for a short while during lunchtime to complete it ready for the next piece. I'm sure that you will all appreciate, following our Assessment Information Session, that spellings, reading, and reading comprehension are very important elements of our assessments. The more they can practise the better, so thank you for your support and understanding with this. 

NEXT WEEK: 

We are looking forward to welcoming Miss Gissing, who will start her new TA role with us on Wednesday. Miss Gissing will be supporting across both Class 9 and 10. 

We have our class assembly on Thursday; the children are looking forward to sharing some of their wonderful learning so far this year. 

Friday is 'Glue and Glitter day'. We will be creating 3D Christmas decorations, which will of course be extremely glittery and sparkly! (No doubt we will also have a few glittery and sparkly children by home time too!)

Week beginning 13th November 2017

This week, we began our new Power of Reading teaching sequence; The Lonely Beast. I wonder if your children can tell you about him and his journey?

This week was Anti-Bullying Week, with a focus on being different yet equal. Many of us wore odd socks for this, and the children all went on to design their own odd socks for a collage picture. It looked fantastic. We compared the collage to ourselves and agreed that despite not matching nor being the same, we all go together to create something wonderful!

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Friday was an extremely busy day. We dressed up for Children in Need Day and also spent the morning having a dance lesson, followed by a competition. The judges found it so difficult to choose the best performance (classes across the Academy), so declared all classes winners! 

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Week beginning 6th November 2017

This week we took a walk to the cinema in Leiston to watch the movie 'Sing'. The children thoroughly enjoyed singing and dancing along! Perhaps they can tell you what the film was about, who their favourite characters were, and the best part of the movie?

In Science we found out about the 'Sensitive plant' and also the 'Venus Flytrap'. The children were fascinated by these, so I think we will explore them even more next week. 

We were pleased to welcome somebody new to our class this week - Mrs Edwards will now be supporting our learning in Class 10 in the mornings as Mrs Golding is providing support in Class 7. Mrs Edwards has been a Teaching Assistant at Leiston Primary for eighteen years, and until Thursday, Class 10 was the only classroom which she hadn't worked in! She said that the children have made her feel very welcome. They did a fantastic job of introducing the person next to them by giving their name and something interesting about them. It was fabulous to see how confident they all were at doing this. 

In addition to the usual reading journals for homework, I have also sent spelling books home with the children. Please ensure that your child practises these and returns all homework ready for new work to be given out each Wednesday. I have been working hard on reminding them that it is their responsibility to bring them in AND take them out of their bags on time. I am also reminding the children regularly that they are also responsible for changing their reading books as and when needed. Promoting children's independence helps them to think for themselves and also frees up time for us to focus on teaching and learning, so thank you for also reinforcing this message to them. 

It was really great to speak with you during Parent's Evening this week. Your support in working with us to ensure the best educational experiences for your children is highly valued. I hope to see you all during our assessment information sessions on the 20th November, when we will be able to discuss in more detail the SATs which will take place in May, and how we can support  each other and of course the children in preparation. 

Several children this past week have told me upon arrival that they have not had time for breakfast. Breakfast is obviously a very important meal, but I do appreciate that we can sometimes run late in the mornings. Please do let me know if this is the case and I shall ensure that your child has a piece of fruit. 

*We Need You!* You may have seen in our newsletter that we, as a school, are asking for people to come in to talk to the children about their jobs during 'Enterprise Week'. We have not yet had an offer of someone coming into Year 2, so please please consider if it is something you can help with, or perhaps you know somebody else? For Enterprise Week, each class will be given £5 to use in order to make a profit (of which we will get to spend on something for our class) during the School Christmas Fair. Therefore, hearing people talk about real-life jobs could be very inspiring for our budding entrepreneurs. Any job is absolutely fine, as we rightly value all different employment opportunities. Please let me know if you can help. 

Spellings for this week - nearly, slowly, gladly, quickly, quietly, sadly, badly, bravely, happily, loudly. 

Next week - 

Anti-bullying week.

Children in Need Day on Friday. 

 

Week beginning 31st October 2017

It was great to see the children happy to return to school after half-term. We started off our new topics with investigating exotic fruit from around the World - thank you so much for your donations of an amazing selection; the children were extremely excited and engaged with finding out where each one is grown, and then going on to taste them and create an information grid on each one. PLEASE SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE TO VIEW OUR GALLERY OF PHOTOGRAPHS. 

Thank you to those of you who were able to attend our 'Book Cafe'. The children each brought home a loaned book, which they will need to return to school by the end of November ready for collection from the library service. I hope they are enjoying reading them!

We went on a trip to Piper's Vale Gymnastics Centre in Ipswich, where the children had a wonderful time balancing, swinging, and throwing themselves into foam-pits! It was a fabulous start to our gymnastics lessons in PE this half-term, and it was great to see how confident the children were! THERE ARE SOME FANTASTIC ACTION PHOTOS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE!

 

 

 

Welcome back to school for the Autumn 1 2017 Term!

 

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Dear Parents and Carers,

My name is Claire Hall and I am Class 10's new teacher. I have moved over to Leiston Primary from Wickham Market Primary, so I am already familiar with Avocet Academy. It might however take a few weeks for me to 'find my feet' at Leiston, so please do bear with me!

As you may be aware, before the holidays I spent two afternoons and the transition day with the new Class 10 children, so I have already made a good start on getting to know them all. I am looking forward to meeting and working with you all over the coming year to ensure that each of your children have an exciting, happy, inspiring and progressive time in Year 2. 

I am aiming to update this page as regularly as possible with various information and links; including what we are learning and how you can support your children at home, so please do keep check on it and encourage your children to access the materials and links aimed at them. 

I shall be in the playground before and after each school day, so please feel free to say hello or pass on any information relevant to that day. You are also always welcome to arrange a time to meet to discuss any worries or concerns that you may have at any point in the school year.

Warm wishes

Claire Hall

 

Dear Class 10,

I hope you have all had a fantastic summer and are looking forward to coming back to school.

Our first week back will focus on settling into our new routines, remembering our rules and enjoying being back with our friends. We will also find out what we will be learning about during the first half term - it's going to be an extremely exciting time!

I look forward to seeing you all 'bright-eyed and bushy-tailed' on Tuesday!

From Miss Hall

 

What will we be learning during this half term?

 

Topic theme for this half term - 'All Aboard: Air, Land and Sea'. Our end goal is to design modes of transport for the future, and present them at an 'expo'.

 

English - Power of Reading

We are extremely pleased to be using the Power of Reading Programme from the Centre for Literacy and Primary Education, which is proven to raise children's literacy attainment. 

Our learning from English lessons will be highlighted within our weekly news section below.

The overall aims of our current teaching sequence are:

  • To explore, interpret and respond to a picture book
  • To explore characters and draw inferences to aid our understanding of them
  • To broaden understanding and use of appropriate vocabulary
  • To write for different purpose about fictional personal experiences
  • To sequence events to write a short narrative based on a known model

Maths - Number and Place Value

We are learning to ...

  • count in steps of 2, 3, and 5 from 0, and in 10s from any number, forward and backward
  • recognise the place value of each digit in a two-digit number (10s, 1s)
  • identify, represent and estimate numbers using different representations, including the number line
  • compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100; use <, > and = signs
  • read and write numbers to at least 100 in numerals and words
  • use place value and number facts to solve problems
Click on these links to play games to help you learn: 

http://www.ictgames.com/placeValue.htm

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/place-value-odd-and-even

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/starship/maths/games/place_the_penguin/big_sound/full.shtml

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks1numeracy.html (two-digit number labelling)

 

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on 'Maths Tens and Ones', to see photos of the children creating tens and ones from multilink cubes, which they then drew onto paper, and wrote the number they had made in words and numerals. 

 

Times Tables -

From years 2 to 6 children take part in the weekly (every Friday for Year 2) times tables tracker programme. This works on developing fluency and speed when recalling multiplication and division facts. The times table tracker involves 40 questions being answered in 4 minutes, the questions are based around different multiplication and division facts. When a child has completed a level a certificate will be awarded and then they will move onto the next level.

This link shows you where you can practice the questions

http://www.mrspteach.com/2016/09/times-tables-tracker.html

 

Science - Uses of everyday materials

To tie in with our topic for this half term, we will be investigating materials which are suitable for the design of our modes of future transport. 

We are learning to ...

  • identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials for different uses, including: wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard
  • compare how things move on different surfaces
  • find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching
Things to do at home to help you learn:

Look around your environment for different materials, think and talk about their properties and what they are used for.

For example: Your bathtub. What material is it made of? Perhaps it is plastic. But why? What would happen if it was made of paper or cardboard? What else in your home is made of plastic? Can their shapes be changed if you squash, bend, twist or stretch them?

 

History - 

Our topic of 'All Aboard: Air, Land and Sea' will see us exploring the history of transport through to the modern day. We will also be looking into the link between steam engines and the Garrett Family of Leiston. 

We are learning about ...

  • events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally
  • the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements 
  • significant historical events, people and places in our own locality

Before starting the topic, Class 10 were given the task of finding out what our topic was by discussing and sorting a variety of clues. See photographs in our 'Gallery' section. 

 

Design and Technology - 

We will use these lessons to design and create our future modes of transport (with wheels and axis) for presentation at an 'expo'. 

We are learning to ...

  • design purposeful, functional, appealing products
  • select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks
  • evaluate our ideas and products against design criteria
  • build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable
  • explore and use mechanisms in our products 

 

Computing -

'We are Games Testers'

We are learning to ...

  • understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
  • create and debug simple programs
  • use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programmes

 

Music - Hands, Feet, Heart

The first unit from our Charanga Musical School Programme is called 'Hands, Feet, Heart', and focuses on South African music.

We are learning to: 

  • use our voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • play tuned instruments musically
  • listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  • experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the interrelated dimensions of music

 At home or in the car ... you can listen to lots of different types of music and try singing along. You could also try clapping the rhythm in time.

Did you know that you can download and stream hundreds of thousands of songs for free if you are a Suffolk Libraries member? See this link for more information - https://www.suffolklibraries.co.uk/elibrary/

 

Art and Design - Collage and Mosaics

We will be exploring the work of the famous artist, Antoni Gaudi and creating some of our own masterpieces.

We are learning ...

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to our own work 

 

For 'Love your Library Day', the children chose a book from our school library and recreated the front covers using collage. Please scroll to the bottom of the page and click on 'Art - collage book covers' to see photographs of the finished articles. 

 

RE - Judaism 

The focus for this half term is 'believing' and what families believe about God, the natural world, human beings and significant figures. 

Please see our RE ethos at Leiston Primary School page ... http://www.leistonprimary.org.uk/curriculum/r-e/

 

Personal, Social and Health Education - New Beginnings

This half term, our focus is 'citizenship'. We will be discussing and working on:

  • codes of behaviour in the classroom and beyond and accepting responsibility
  • managing friendships and coping with break-ups
  • being actively involved in local issues at home, school and the local community

 Scroll down to the bottom of the page to see photos of our Learning Councillor elections.

PE - Handball

We are learning to ...

  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending

Please ensure that your full PE kit is in school every day.

 

Spellings -

Please ensure that you can read and spell all of the Year 1 common exception words (tricky words) which you are unsure of. Here is a full list:

common exc

Here is a game you can play too:

http://www.ictgames.com/dinosaursEggs/

 

Here is a list of the Year 2 common exception (tricky) words which you should be learning; it would be best to focus on around six per week. 

Year 2 tricky words

 

Reading Books -

Your children should aim to read with an adult or an older sibling every day. Reading regularly helps to build fluency, comprehension and understanding; it is therefore beneficial to return to and read the same book over time. The reading books your children will bring home will have ideas inside of other ways to use the book, for instance, making up a new story to go with the illustrations, or looking for words with certain phonemes/graphemes (for instance: ai, ee, igh). Your children can change their books as often as they like providing their reading records have been signed to confirm they have finished their current book.

PLEASE ENSURE THAT READING BOOKS AND DIARIES ARE IN SCHOOL EVERY DAY

Our library slot is on Wednesdays. Your children will choose their own reading for pleasure book to bring home. Please ensure they bring it back in on the following Wednesday so that they can choose a new one (our library computer system will only allow one book to be checked out per child). 

 

Homework - 

Reading journals have now been sent home. Here is the letter which accompanied them:

Dear Parents and Carers,
A reading task linked to your child’s reading book will be set every Wednesday and is expected back in on the following Monday.
In addition, please keep up to date by visiting our class page on the school website where you will find links to learning, including weekly times-table practise and spelling lists – it is expected that your child will access these on a regular basis to support his or her learning at school.
If I feel that your child is struggling with a particular concept, then I may send home an extra piece of work to help reinforce learning.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to talk to me in the playground before or after school.
Thank you for your continued support.
Miss Hall

PLEASE DO TRY TO ENSURE THAT HOMEWORK IS COMPLETED AND HANDED IN ON TIME AS IT REALLY IS BENEFICIAL TO YOUR CHILDREN'S LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT.

Trips - 

On Wednesday 27th September we will be heading out on a local walk to visit the David Silver Honda Motorcycle Museum. We will only be out for the morning and will return in time for lunch, so nothing extra will be needed (a waterproof coat might be a good idea just in case ...) 

We have chosen this visit to maintain local community links. and also because it ties in wonderfully with our current themes of transport and materials. It is hoped that the children will find useful ideas to improve their own transport models! We will incorporate a 'material hunt' during our leisurely walk there and back, so the children should be distracted and occupied enough to cope with the distance. 

 

On Tuesday the 17th of October, we are going on a Year 2 trip to the East Anglia Transport Museum in Carlton Colville.

"Here at Carlton Colville you will find a museum unique to the last detail, for this is the only place in the British Isles where visitors can not only view, but also ride on all three principal forms of public transport from the earlier part of the 20th Century. Once inside the museum there is so much to see and do that you'll want to stay all day.

Whether you take a ride on the Woodland Tramway or experience the silence and comfort of the trolleybus service, there is a new discovery to be made every minute. Or why not soak up the atmosphere of the museum with a walk through our street scene - complete with authentic street furniture. There is also ample opportunity to view the many vehicles in the museum collection and see how these are restored to their former glory. Hear the swish of trolleypoles, the purr of the diesel engine or the rhythmic hiss of steam, making this a real trip back in time."

More details will be sent home with the children next week.

 

1st November 2017: Gymnastics trip - More information to follow

 

Weekly news, information and homework - 

Week beginning 16th October 2017

It has been a fantastic end to our first half term; on Friday morning we welcomed you into view the children's exhibition where they displayed their modes of transport which were improved to make them fit for future travel! The children really enjoyed you looking at their models, topic books and photographs - you all seemed to enjoy it too; it is great to have you so involved in your children's learning. Photographs can be found in our gallery at the bottom of the page.

On Tuesday we went on our trip to the East Anglia Transport Museum. The children thoroughly enjoyed riding on the bus, tram and train. They also loved exploring the museum and learning about the development of mechanical transport during the last century. The museum is set in grounds with cobbled paving stones, with a street scene of old houses, shops and authentic furniture of bygone days, which really made us feel like we had stepped back in time! Photographs can be found in our gallery at the bottom of the page.

Thank you for your patience this week with reading books - it was extremely difficult to find time to change them as we were so busy! However, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight the importance of reading a text more than once. It is very beneficial for children to read a text several times to build fluency. Comprehension and having a full understanding of texts is also extremely important. I suggest using one reading book in a variety of ways; these steps can be used to do this (not necessarily all on the same day or in this order): 

1. Look at the cover and discuss what is seen. Make predictions on what the book is about. You can ask your child 'what, why, where, who and how' questions to support this discussion. 

2. Cover up the words and make up your own story by using the pictures.

3. You can read the book first to model expression and voice tone.

4. Your child can read the book next, taking care to sound out and blend unfamiliar words.

5. Your child can read one page at a time, pausing at the end to discuss questions such as 'why ...?', 'what if ...?' Encourage your child to also ask you questions, particularly about the meanings of new words.

6. Choose a particular sound (look through the book to see if there is a particular focus), for instance ai. Each time your child comes across a word with ai in it (rain, plain etc) they replace it with a silly word such as 'sausage'.

7. Can your child write a sequel to the book detailing what could happen next?

8. Perhaps  your child could draw their own images to go with the story, using captions or speech bubbles. 

9. Many of the books also have suggestions and ideas for further uses of the book.

Homework - In addition to reading books and reading journals, I have sent some extra homework packs home with the children to help consolidate some of their learning. This includes spellings for 'silent c' words, 10 and 5 times tables practise, and a wordsearch. There are also online games throughout this page which will further consolidate learning. 

I hope you all have a lovely week!

 

Week beginning 9th October 2017

This week has been a continuation of our learning from last week, so please access the home learning ideas suggested under week beginning 2nd October. The children's alien art was used to create a Moon scene outside our classrooms (with the help of our very talented Mrs Pegg!), and our doors are now entrances into rockets! Photos to follow. 

More reading journals were returned this week so thank you. I am reminding the children that they must take them out of their bags and give them to me on Monday, as getting the new tasks stuck in is a rush if they are not given to me until Wednesday. 

On 'Curriculum Day' many of you supported the children to create transport models. We have since been learning about transport through time. We have also been learning about the suitability of different materials. This knowledge and our trip to the Honda museum helped the children to evaluate their models, and consider how they can be improved. We would like to invite you into our 'exhibition' on Friday morning to look at our improved modes of transport. Here is the letter which was sent home on Friday - 

13th October 2017
Dear Parents and Carers,
The children will be busy next week adapting their transport models which you made with them on Curriculum Day. We would love for you to join us to view our adapted modes of transport on Friday 20th October at 9.00 – 9.15 am. There is no need to reply, but please sign in at the office on the day.
With thanks
Miss Hall and Mr Bosher

NEXT WEEK - 

Tuesday - Trip to the Transport Museum. Please ensure that all slips have been returned. 

Friday - 'Expo' in class 10. 

Enjoy the rest of the sunny weekend!

Week beginning 2nd October 2017

Maths - This week we have continued our learning of place value, with a focus on tens and ones, and also writing numbers in numerals and words. Here is an online game to help you practise: 

http://www.snappymaths.com/counting/numberwords/interactive/1to99wordsimm/1to99wordsimm.htm

We have also continued practising our 10 times tables and divisions, and are hoping to be able to move onto 5s very soon - so please keep practising at home too by clicking the link below for a 'hit the button' game (remember to select times tables and also division facts for 10).

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

English - We were extremely pleased to start our new 'Power of Reading' program this week. We have started with the book: The Man on the Moon (A Day in the Life of Bob). The children have been thoroughly enthralled, excited and engaged by this text and their learning based on it. They began by writing a shared letter to 'Bob', asking him lots of interesting questions. Bob replied the very next day with a letter and a book to answer their questions. The children went on to sketch and write a caption for their favourite part of the story. The following day, they imagined they were Moon tourists by gently bouncing around like real astronauts, describing what they could see and feel on the Moon. They went on to write postcards to their families using descriptive language to describe their visit to the Moon! The children finished the week as researchers by using iPads and information books to find facts about the moon to create their own class fact-file. 

Art - We carried our moon theme into our Art lesson and created collage and coloured images of characters from The man on the Moon book, including some of the secret aliens!

 

Scroll down to our gallery to view photos of our various 'Moon' lessons this week.

Homework -

Unfortunately, not all reading journals were returned to school for the addition of this week's homework. Please try to ensure that homework is completed and returned to school every Monday to allow me time to check it and add new work in time for Wednesday. Thank you for your home support; it really does make a difference!

The children were set the following task for homework in their reading journals:

 Bob

4th October 2017
1. Tell someone all about Bob.
2. Write five sentences ordering the sequence of the story.

 

Week beginning 25th September 2017

Maths - This week we have been using maths equipment and balancing scales to make and write balanced equations, such as 4 + 7 = 10 + 1. The children learned that the number sentence on each side of the equal sign must have the same total for the equation to 'balance'. We also started using the < and > symbols to represent 'less than' and 'greater than', for instance, 20 > 10 and 10 < 20 

Here are some games to help reinforce your learning: 

https://gb.education.com/game/less-than-greater-than/     

 http://www.math4children.com/Grade2/games/balancing-equations-plank-game.html 

 

English - The children have been starting to write simple expanded noun phrases. They found out that it's really not as tricky as it sounds, as long as they remember to use a noun, adjective and verb. Here is some more information - An expanded noun phrase adds detail in a way that means a phrase behaves like a noun. This can sometimes be just a few adjectives ('the big yellow bird'), but usually we would use it to refer to a phrase which expands the noun with a more interesting phrase (for example, 'the big yellow bird was eating a worm').

Here is a game to help reinforce your knowledge. Remember that ...

Nouns are 'naming' words.

Adjectives are 'describing' words.

Verbs are 'doing' words

http://www.bigbrownbear.co.uk/demo/rocket.htm

 

Science/History/Design and Technology - 

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We went on a marvelous mini-trip the The David Silver Honda Museum in Leiston. The children really enjoyed looking at the vast collection of motorcycles dating back to the 1940s. The children were given the task of finding out what materials were used for the various parts of the motorcycles and the reasons for their suitability. They found out that the seats were originally made of wood, but foam was later added for comfort!  The children asked Mr Silver some some fantastic questions, after which, Mr Silver started up the roaring engines on two of the motorcycles - old and new so the children could make comparisons. Mr Silver later emailed me to say that his staff and himself were very impressed with the questions asked by the children, and their behaviour whilst at the museum. 

Inspired by their trip and later looking at future transport designs, the children evaluated their own models which you helped with during curriculum day. They have identified how they can further improve them and the materials needed for this. They will get to work on that soon in preparation for presenting their modes of future transport at an 'expo' (their end-goal for this topic).

Scroll down to our 'Gallery' to see photographs from the museum.

 

Week beginning 18th September 2017

We had a fantastic start to the week with the launch of our new curriculum. Many of you were able to join us in making transport models; we ended up with a fantastic collection, including, rockets, monster-trucks and submarines. The children really enjoyed having your support to make their models. The next step is for them to evaluate their modes of transport and identify what materials they can use to improve them to ensure that they are 'futuristic'! They will then get to work on modifying them ready to present at their very own 'expo'. 

Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on 'Curriculum Day' to view more photographs.

Curriculum Day

We held an election in Class 10 this week. We began by hearing from one of last year's Learning Councillors, Tyler, who told us how important the job is. The children then discussed and decided what attributes are needed to be a good Learning Councillor. They decided that the post-holder needed to be confident, kind, fair and helpful. Many of our children decided to campaign for the position and gave very convincing speeches about why they should be chosen. We then held a democratic ballot and waited for the count-up. The results were in ... Niamh and Noah were elected to be our new Learning Councillors! Well done to them both! *More photos in our gallery at the bottom of the page.

Ballot boxElection result

Homework

As detailed above, reading journals have now been sent home in addition to reading books. Please continue to also practise spellings and times tables - we are working on 10s at the moment so please try to help your child by 'firing' questions at them such as: "What is 10 x 8?", "What is 80 ÷ 10?". The aim is for instant recall, so practice really is the key!

Next week

The David Silver Honda Collection Museum - please see the 'Trips' section above.

 

Week beginning 11th September 2017

This week, the Class 10 children have:

  • continued their work on Mrs Armitage on Wheels by writing their own versions of the story, drawing and labelling their own bikes
  • chosen books from the school library for 'Love your Library Day', and created their own collage versions of the front covers
  • attended the first 'Pupil Parliament' session of this academic year
  • written a recount of the 'Tour of Britain' racing through Leiston, focusing on using adjectives and conjunctions
  • created posters about our school rules in PSHE
  • started work on 'materials' in Science
  • refreshed their Maths knowledge from Year 1
  • classified and grouped images in History
Homework

I will send further instructions about specific homework this week. In the meanwhile, please continue to utilise the information on here for spellings and times tables. The children have brought their reading books and diaries home this week. I have chosen the first reading book, but the children will be able to select their own choice from now on. Please ensure that the diary is signed each time the book is read. Please see the section above, 'Reading Books' for more information.

Next week

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Year 2 for our ‘Curriculum Launch Day’ on Monday the 18th September from 9am - 10am. To tie in with our learning this half term, we would like you to help the children to make some transport models … More information will be revealed on Monday morning! We would like to ask you if you could possibly bring in some recycling materials with you, such as boxes, tubes, plastic milk bottle lids – in fact, anything you think would be useful for creating transport models. Please don’t worry if you are not able to join us, we will ensure that all children have an adult to work with.

 

Week beginning 4th September 2017

It has been a fantastic first week; the children have settled back into school life and their new class extremely well. It has also been very busy ... As well as spending time taking part in various activities to settle back in and remind ourselves of learning and behaviour expectations, the children have:

  • discussed important job roles within our class and created posters and badges for these. The children will take weekly turns at being the line leader, lucky last, greengrocer, librarian, stationer, post assistant and substitute worker. Perhaps your children can tell you what responsibilities come with each role
  • written postcards about their summer holiday
  • listened to the story, Mrs Armitage on Wheels by Quentin Blake. They went on to list all of the items that Mrs Armitage added to her bike and the reasons why
  • started their new spelling programme
  • watched the Tour of Britain cyclists race through Leiston - thank you to those of you who were able to help with this.
Homework

This has not been sent home with the children this week, however, it would be fantastic if they could practise the following spellings:

call, fall, hall, wall, small, also, almost, always, already, talk, walk, chalk, stalk

Next week 

Please ensure that full PE kits are in school. PE lessons will be on Tuesdays and Fridays.

 

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