Mackintosh Class

Dear Year 2 Parents and Carers

Monday, 11th February, 10:18 PM

Thank-you for sending your children into school with warm hats, scarves, gloves and coats.  May we remind you though that all items should be clearly named.  We are also reminding the children to take pride in their appearance at school and wear the proper school uniform everyday, with hair neatly tied back if it is long.  Please also note that hair clips, bows and bands should be small and in the school colour - dark green.  Please keep Jo-Jo bows and rainbow glitter bands for the weekends.  

As it is half-term this Friday, water bottles and school P.E. bags will be sent home as usual for a good clean.  If you find you are missing any P.E. bits or seem to have gained more than you expected, please let us know so we can return/find any lost items.  Half-term is also a good time to check if your child's P.E. kit and plimsolls still fit.  A lot of children are finding their plimsolls a bit of a squeeze now to put on.  When buying new trainers or plimsolls, please remember that we are unable to help your child at school to tie their laces as we have to set up/set down equipment before and after the lesson.  If your child has laces, please make sure they know how to tie them and untie them independently before sending them into school.  Thank-you for your help with this.  

This week is looking to be a busy, but also fun week as we come to the end of our class story book, 'Leaf'.  To celebrate all we have learnt this term in writing, the children will be given the opportunity to choose to write about anything they wished linked to our Arctic topic.  Some of the choices we have decided on are; a letter, a story, a poem or a fact file on an Arctic animal we have already researched.  The children are very excited to be able to show off all their writing skills and we look forward to seeing what they can produce.  Please remember to pop in any afternoon straight after school if you would like to look at your child's work.  We are sure they would love to read some of their writing to you.  

Thank-you too for the support you giving us by helping your child learn their tricky word spellings sent home each Monday.  Spelling is a very important writing tool and it is vital that as young authors, our children are able to spell age appropriate words correctly, without hesitation.  

In Maths this week we are completing our second set of practice SATs papers.  We want the children to be well-prepared for when we write our actual SATs tests in May.  On this note, please be aware that holidays will not be allowed during the month of May when the children are expected to be at school to write their tests.  If you have any questions regarding this, please do come in and see us, or make an appointment with Mrs Elledge to discuss this further.  We will be holding a SATs meeting for all Year 2 parents and carers soon after half-term, so please keep a look out for a parentmail regarding day and time.  

On Wednesday afternoon, Year One and Year Two will be taking part in a fun teddy bear's picnic at school.  Please could we ask you to send your child into school with a small/medium sized teddy for the day.  They can also wear their home clothes on Wednesday as part of their reward.  Please make sure that their home clothes are sensible and warm as we will still be going outside for break and lunch.  

If you have not already returned your allergy awareness form to the office, please could we ask you to do that as soon as possible so that we can provide the best, safest care for your child at school.  If you have lost your form, please ask at the office for a spare copy.  

Please note that Friday is the last day of this term, and school finishes at the normal time of 3:10pm.  Please also remember that Monday 25th February is an INSET day so the children return to school on Tuesday 26th February.

Kind regards

Mrs Collar (Mackintosh Class) and Miss Spoard (Matisse Class) 




WB 4.2.19

Monday, 4th February, 4:18 PM

As it is getting colder, please make sure your child has a coat, and also a warm layer to wear in PE such as a hoodie. This term they should also be wearing black tracksuit bottoms/leggings in outside PE.

English Writing: 

This week, we are writing a persuasive speech! We are pretending to be a character from the book ‘Leaf’, and writing a speech to persuade the other animals to be kind to the polar bear.

English Reading:

We are starting a new programme in KS1 where children below turquoise will be reading in a small group every morning. The children turquoise and above, will stay in their class and be learning about how to answer comprehension style questions.

Maths:

In Maths this week, we are practising what we have learnt since September, to ensure we can use these strategies quickly and efficiently. Some of us are practising to add and subtract two 2-digit numbers, while some of us are practising to partition numbers into tens and ones, for example, 42 is 40+2.

P.E.

Our PE days are on Tuesday afternoon and Friday afternoon.  On Tuesday we will have outdoor PE on the playground.  Please make sure your child has warm clothes to wear and trainers for when it gets colder.  On Fridays we will have indoor PE in the hall.  Your child will only need a school PE kit on these days and plimsolls.  

Science:

In Science this week, we are learning about how animals are suited to their habitats.

 

Topic:

In our topic lessons, we are designing our own aircraft, to help Leaf fly away from the Wild Wood to get back home. We will be writing an explanation of how to use it! Ask your child about their design!

 

Mrs Collar (Mackintosh Class) and Miss Spoard (Matisse Class

 


Year 2 Parents and Carers

Monday, 28th January, 11:29 PM

What a fabulous start to this week! The children had a super time meeting The Gruffalo (poisonous spot and all) and  Mrs Twit (such a mean, old grump!)

This week is all about engaging and inspiring the children to read for PLEASURE!  We will be reading a wide variety of texts, such as; picture books, traditional tales, poetry, information books and chapter book extracts - just to name a few.  Each day the children will come home with a little home-learning extension task to complete.  These are just to give you and your child an opportunity to share ideas and talk about what they are learning at school.  We know that often children forget all about the fun they've had at school, but this way you will have something to ask them about.  

We are also having a big push on GPS this week (grammar, punctuation and spelling)  Please don't forget to help your child learn their new spellings for this week (to be sent home on Tuesday - apologies for the slight delay - Mrs Twit forgot!) We are practising adding s or es to words to make them plural and learning the rules that help us.  We are also learning about homophones - where two words sound the same but have different spellings and different meanings.  For example; there, their and they're.  It's important for the children to think about which spelling they need to use depending on the sentence they are writing.  Here are some other common homophones we learn about in Year 2:

here , hear

two , to , too 

where , wear , we're 

This week in Maths we will be revising and assessing all the learning we have covered so far in Year 2.  We will be checking to see if the children can remember all we have learnt about 2-digit numbers, adding, subtracting, multiplication, division, money and using inequality signs for greater than, less than and equal to.  

In Science we are continuing to find out about animals and their habitats by investigating simple food chains.  We will be using the words; producer for plants (land and marine) and consumer for herbivores, omnivores and carnivores.  We will understand that all food chains start with a producer and usually end with a carnivore.  As a challenge, we will explore how some food chains never mix.  For example, a shark and a lion will never naturally share the same food chain.  

Thank-you for all your support at home with reading and spelling

Please don't hesitate to come in and speak to us if you have any questions or concerns

Mrs Collar and Miss Spoard 




WB 14.1.19

Monday, 14th January, 5:21 PM

As it is getting colder, please make sure your child has a coat, and also a warm layer to wear in PE such as a hoodie. This term they should also be wearing black tracksuit bottoms/leggings in outside PE.

Please also ensure your child has a water bottle in school – this is very important as lots of children have not brought them back in after the holidays.

English Writing: 

This week, we are writing poems! We are looking at the first page of ‘Leaf’ (the book we are reading, by Sandra Diekmann), and writing a poem about the illustration. It is a painting of the polar bear drifting on a piece of ice, towards an unknown land (which doesn’t look like his habitat!).

We have brainstormed words to describe how he feels other than sad, and we have learnt the structure of poems.

Ask me about the poem ‘Don’t’ by Michael Rose. I wrote my own version today!

English Reading:

We are starting a new programme in KS1 where children below turquoise will be reading in a small group every morning. The children turquoise and above, will stay in their class and be learning about how to answer comprehension style questions.

Maths:

In Maths this week, we are practising our 2,5 and 10 times tables. We will be thinking about how we can solve the question by drawing groups or arrays, and also learning the multiplication facts e.g. 2 x 5 and 5 x 2 are the same.  

At home you can help your child by playing hit the button – select 2, 3, 5 and10 times tables to practise (https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button). Can they beat their own time?

P.E.

Our PE days are on Tuesday afternoon and Friday afternoon.  On Tuesday we will have outdoor PE on the playground.  Please make sure your child has warm clothes to wear and trainers for when it gets colder.  On Fridays we will have indoor PE in the hall.  Your child will only need a school PE kit on these days and plimsolls.  

Science:

In Science this week, we are learning about other animals who live in the Arctic. We have written down lots questions which we want to find out, and on Wednesday we will be researching the answers!

Mrs Collar (Mackintosh Class) and Miss Spoard (Matisse Class

 


WB 8.1.19

Tuesday, 8th January, 3:48 PM

As it is getting colder, please make sure your child has a coat, and also a warm layer to wear in PE such as a hoodie. This term they should also be wearing black tracksuit bottoms/leggings in outside PE.

Please also ensure your child has a water bottle in school – this is very important as lots of children have not brought them back in after the holidays.

English Writing: 

We are learning about polar bears! In Year 2, we have started a new book called ‘Leaf’ by Sandra Diekmann. We have only read the first page so far, but are very excited to see what happens! The main character is a polar bear, so we have been reading non-fiction texts to find out some facts. This week we will be writing our own leaflets to show what we have learnt.

At home you could help your child by researching more about polar bears!

English Reading:

We are starting a new programme in KS1 where children below turquoise will be reading in a small group every morning. The children turquoise and above, will stay in their class and be learning about how to answer comprehension style questions.

Maths:

In maths this week, we are learning to make and add equal groups. We will also be using this to help us solve multiplication questions.

At home you can help your child by giving them a 1 digit number x 1 digit number question (e.g. 2 x 5) and they can draw it as groups (2 equal groups with 5 in each group).

P.E.

Our PE days are on Tuesday afternoon and Friday afternoon.  On Tuesday we will have outdoor PE on the playground.  Please make sure your child has warm clothes to wear and trainers for when it gets colder.  On Fridays we will have indoor PE in the hall.  Your child will only need a school PE kit on these days and plimsolls.  

Science:

In Science this week, we are looking at animals and their habitats. Ask me what animals live in the ocean, the woodland or the desert!

Mrs Collar (Mackintosh Class) and Miss Spoard (Matisse Class

 


Week Beginning: 10th December

Monday, 10th December, 11:48 PM

Dear Year 2 Parents and Carers

What a busy last week!! Glitter day was amazing and the children have created some really lovely festive themed crafts, which they will bring home to share with you next week.  

This week looks to be just as busy as we finally have our Key Stage 1 Christmas Performances.  We have been rehearsing very hard and can't wait to show off our brilliant acting and singing skills.  Thank-you for all the outfits you have sent in.  We will be returning these (as well as sending home PE kits) on Wednesday evening after our final performance or if necessary on Thursday morning.  Don't forget to bring your child back to school for both evening performances.  We will help them change into their costume in the classroom before they go on stage to dazzle you all!

Besides working hard at rehearsals, it's writing as usual and we are almost ready to publish our Great Fire of London Diary entries.  We are just having a final few sessions to proof-read and edit our draft work before we write up in best.  Ask us about how we up-level our writing in Year 2.  

In Maths, we are learning about British money (specifically UK coins.)  We will be seeing if the children can recognise all the different coins (for a challenge - notes as well) and then make up different amounts of money with different coins.  We will then put our adding and subtracting skills to the test as we solve problems involving shopping and giving/getting change when we pay for something.  If you are doing an online shop at anytime, ask your child to add a few items to your basket and see what happens to the total.  You could empty all your pockets and see how much you have in coins in your house.  Try sort all the coins.  We understand that in this day most shopping is done online or by credit card, but if you do have any opportunity to shop using coins, please involve your child as first hand experiences make the best, most fun learning!  Especially if you're visiting the sweetie shop!  

The children will sit back and relax as part of the audience on Friday morning as we watch our annual Pantomime performance.  This is always one of the highlights of the year and the children are already trying to guess what funny songs we might be treated to this year.  

Kind regards

Mrs Collar (Mackintosh Class) and Miss Spoard (Matisse Class) 



wb 3.12.18

Monday, 3rd December, 4:26 PM

Please remember to bring in your coats, hats, scarves and gloves, as the weather is starting to drop and it is quite freezing at break time!  Brrrrrr!

A Midwife Crisis…

In regards to the Christmas play, if there are any concerns or questions about costumes, please do pop in to ask the class teachers. Together we will be able to find the right things! Please don’t forget to send in your permission slip for children to come back in for the evening performances.

English Writing: 

We are writing diary entries in the perspective of another character in 1666. We are practising using past tense and 1st person.

English Reading:

We are focusing on inference this week where we give our opinion on a text and then back it up with reasons/evidence from the text. Please remember when you are reading at home, to ask questions to your child so they build an understanding of the text as well as being able to read the words.

Phonics: 

This week we are learning the tricky words: our, are, your, could, should, would, only, most, pretty and beautiful.

Maths:

In Maths this week, we are learning to use different methods to add and subtract two 2-digit numbers.

Science:

Last week in Science we have planned our own Investigation to find out which is the most suitable material to build a bridge that can hold 3 lego people.  The strongest bridge should not bow or fall over.  Our bridge needs to be rigid and sturdy.  This week, we are building the bridge and testing it!

At home you can support your child by discussing what materials are rigid and sturdy, as well as what can be used as an adhesive when we are making our own bridges. 

Friday 7th December is Glitter day, which will be full of crafts and party fun! The Christmas light celebration will be held straight after school. Children can wear festive jumpers/party clothes on this day.

 

Mrs Collar (Mackintosh Class) and Miss Spoard (Matisse Class) 

 


WB 26.11.18

Monday, 26th November, 12:28 PM

Please remember to bring in your coats, hats, scarves and gloves, as the weather is starting to drop and it is quite freezing at break time!  Brrrrrr!

English Writing: 

This week’s writing is all based around the Great Fire of London – 1666.  We thoroughly enjoyed our author visit today and learning about different jobs in the past.   We will be recording a simple timeline of the fire and then using these to write diaries next week.

At home you can help your child by researching the Great Fire of London.  Talk about how there were no cameras in 1666 so the only way can know about that time is through paintings and writings from that time.   

English Reading:

We are going through our reading papers together so we can learn how to answer questions correctly. 

Phonics: 

This week we are learning to read and write words of 2 or more syllables.  For example, we can read longer word like; dolphin by splitting up the syllables to sound out dol-phin  or circle as cir-cle.  This helps us to read more fluently because we are not sounding out each and every individual sound in a word. 

Maths:

In Maths this week, we are using our knowledge of place value when adding.  Soon we will be learning about British money (focusing on coins)

At home, you could help your child by identifying different coins we use and talk about their value.  So they could talk about what is worth more, 1p or £1?   

P.E.

Our PE days are on Tuesday afternoon and Friday afternoon.  On Tuesday we will have outdoor PE on the playground.  Please make sure your child has warm clothes to wear and trainers for when it gets colder.  On Fridays we will have indoor PE in the hall.  Your child will only need a school PE kit on these days and plimsolls.  There are some days we might need to use our PE time to rehearse for our Christmas performance.  We will try keeping these to a minimum.  Any PE time used will be made up when the weather is warmer and the field is dry again.

Science:

This week in Science we will be planning our own Investigation to find out which is the most suitable material to build a bridge that can 3 lego people.  The strongest bridge should not bow or fall over.  Our bridge needs to be rigid and sturdy. 

At home you can support your child by discussing what materials are rigid and sturdy, as well as what can be used as an adhesive when we are making our own bridges. 

Christmas Performance:

Please remember to bring in your costumes/outfits as soon as possible in a named/labelled plastic carrier bag with a coat hanger if possible.  Thank-you!

Mrs Collar (Mackintosh Class) and Miss Spoard (Matisse Class)