Mackintosh Class

WB 15.10.18

Monday, 15th October, 5:07 PM

Please remember to bring in your coats, as the weather is starting to cool down and it is quite chilly at break time. Also remember to bring in a water bottle to fill at school.  It is really important to stay hydrated.

English Writing: 

We are starting our new mission this week!! Max finds a mysterious silver box.  We will be using our punctuation skills as we learn to write questions with a question mark. 

English Reading:

Well done to those of you who are reading as much as you can in the week! Even if it is just a few pages a night - it is great practise!  Please remember if you are reading chapter books it is fine to just record the pages or chapters you have read, you do not have to wait until you are finished reading the whole book before you hand in your reading record book.

Phonics: 

This week we are learning the alternative spellings for the sound ‘aw’.  So now we know that we can spell the sound ‘aw’ as ‘a’ – (walk along the wall) or as ‘ar’ – (it’s warm on the ward) and as ‘ore’ – (explore the shore). 

Maths:

In Maths this week, we are learning how to subtract with larger numbers.  We know that we can use equipment in the classroom to help us, or we can draw tens and ones to help us.  Once we are confident with subtracting a 1 digit number from any 2 digit number (eg. 57 - 5) we will learn how to take a 2 digit number away from a larger 2 digit number (eg. 56 - 32).  Something else we will have to tackle is crossing/bridging the tens when we don't have enough ones to take away from.  So if we have 32 - 5, even though we have enough to take away five, we don't have enough ones to do this, so we have to subtract to 30 and then to 27.  we will use a number line to do this, and also learn how to exchange a ten for ones so that we do have enough ones.  This leads into 'borrowing' when using the column method in Year 3.    

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 using our scientific knowledge to sort and classify different types of materials.  We will be using venn diagrams to present our understanding.  At home you can help your child by naming every day objects and saying what material they are made of.  Then describe the material.  For example; the window is made from glass and it is transparent.  Are there any other objects in your home that are transparent?  Are they made from glass too?  Are they made from another material?  This will help us next term as we find out why some materials are better than others for certain uses.  We already know that glass is not a good material to make Lego bricks out of! 

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

 


Year 2 Parents

Thursday, 11th October, 11:48 AM

Please remember to bring in your coats, as the weather is starting to cool down and it is quite chilly at break time. Also remember to bring in a water bottle to fill at school.  It is really important to stay hydrated.

English Writing: 

We are learning to think about using VCOP everytime we write.  VCOP stands for:  V – Vocabulary (have you used WOW words?)  C – Connectives/Conjunctions (joining words like; and, but, or, so, because, also, with, if) O – Openers (Starting each sentence with a stunning opener like; All of a sudden, …) P – Punctuation (. ! ? … , ‘)  the colours for VCOP are red for V, green for C, blue for O and yellow for P.  The children will use these colour pencils to show us where they have used VCOP in their work. 

English Reading:

Well done to those of you who are reading as much as you can in the week! Even if it is just a few pages a night - it is great practise!  Please remember if you are reading chapter books it is fine to just record the pages or chapters you have read, you do not have to wait until you are finished reading the whole book before you hand in your reading record book.

Phonics: 

This week we are learning the alternative spellings for the sound ‘l’.  So now we know that we can spell the sound ‘l’ as ‘le’ – (tiny little bubble) or as ‘el’ – (Travel on a camel) and as ‘al’ – (pedal for a medal). 

Maths:

In Maths this week, we are consolidating everything we have learnt so far this term.  We are also writing a mini assessment to see if we can solve problems using our new skills. 

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.  

RE:

Please remember we are visiting our local church this week to celebrate Harvest.  We are very proud of all the effort the children have put into learning and retelling the story of, ‘The Enormous Turnip’. 

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

 


Dear Year 2 Parents

Monday, 1st October, 4:41 PM

Please remember to bring in your coats, as the weather is starting to cool down and it is quite chilly at break time. Also remember to bring in a water bottle to fill at school.  It is really important to stay hydrated.

English Writing: 

We are almost ready to write our own letters.  We have practised using our ‘formal’ voice when writing as well as starting and ending our letters in the correct way.  If you have any post at home that the children can look please chat to them about where the addresses are and what the purpose of the letter is for.   

English Reading:

Well done to those of you who are reading as much as you can in the week! Even if it is just a few pages a night - it is great practise!  We are hoping to visit the library soon so that the children can bring home a picture book as well as their colour book.  Remember to record ANY reading in your reading record book, it doesn’t have to only be your colour book.

Phonics: 

This week we are learning the alternative spellings for the sound ‘n’.  So now we know that we can spell the sound’ n’ with a silent ‘k’ – ‘kn’ (knobbly knees) or with a silent ‘g’ – ‘gn’ (gnat on a gnome) and as a double ‘nn’ – (dinner with granny). 

Maths:

In Maths this week, we are recalling our number bonds to 10 and then using this fact to reason about number bonds to 20 and 100.  Later on in the week we will start our addition and subtraction sequence of work.  We will be covering how to add a one-digit number to a 2-digit number, moving onto adding 2 two-digit numbers.  We will repeat this for subtraction. 

Science:

In Science this week we are using scientific vocabulary to describe some of the materials we have investigated around our school.  For example, glass is often smooth, shiny and transparent.  Fleece is soft, fluffy and can bend easily.  We will record this in our books as labelled drawings.

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.  

RE:

This week in RE we are learning all about how we celebrate Harvest in the UK.  This is because we will be visiting our local church to present a short assembly on Harvest with the Year ones.  We are retelling the story of ‘The Enormous Turnip’ as a year 2 group.  We know that no matter how small we are, when we lend a helping hand we can make a big difference to someone else’s life.  As a school we make a big difference every year as we donate food to ‘Open House’ – a charity that provides shelter and hot meals for homeless people in Crawley.  

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


WB 24.9.18

Monday, 24th September, 4:48 PM

 

Please remember to bring in your coats, as the weather is starting to cool down and it is quite chilly at break time!

 

English Writing: 

 

We wrote fabulous setting descriptions last week, and are still practising to write noun phrases where the adjectives are before the noun e.g. ‘the blue, spotty butterfly’ instead of ‘the butterfly is blue and spotty’. This week, we are starting to learn how to write letters. We will be looking at how to structure and plan a letter.

 

English Reading:

 

Well done to those of you who are reading as much as you can in the week! Even if it is just a few pages a night - it is great practise!

 

Phonics: 

 

This week we are learning the sounds ‘ge’ (a huge charge), ‘g’ (giant genie) and ‘dge’ (badger on a bridge).

 

Maths:

 

In Maths this week, we are going back over everything we have learnt over the past three weeks, and seeing what we can remember. This will include: ordering numbers, comparing numbers using < > =, reading numbers up to 100 and representing numbers using practical equipment.

 

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.  

 

Topic:

 

This week in topic, we are researching the famous landmarks in London. We will be reading about them, talking about them with our partner and then writing simple sentences about each landmark. Ask us about some interesting facts we have learnt!

 

Art:

 

In art, we will be making the London Cityscape, painting a sunset background and using black shapes to create the skyline of landmarks and buildings! When these are finished, they will be displayed at the front of the school, by the office, for all to see!

 

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

 

 

 


Year 2

Tuesday, 18th September, 8:39 PM

Well done Mackintosh Class and Matisse Class for settling into Year 2 so well!! We are very proud of you!  

English Writing: 

We have jumped straight into our learning this week and are well into our first Big Writing Adventure with Agent Penny.  We are learning about planning a fun day out in England.  We have learnt all about how we can describe a place using adjectives.  Whenever we use a noun, we try use a super adjective at the same time to 'paint' a picture in our reader's head.  So for example; we could write:  The bird in the tree tweeted sweetly.  Then we could improve it by adding adjectives.  So:  The tiny, blue bird in the huge oak tree tweeted sweetly.  Now our reader knows what type of bird and what type of tree we mean.  We are learning about using connectives (sometimes called conjunctions) to join our ideas together.  We have practised using the connectives; and, but, or, so, because and with.  

English Reading:

Thank-you for supporting your children so well by reading with them nearly every night!  We are blown away by how fantastic you all are!  We have decided to choose 2 tickets from the prize draw on Fridays because we have been so impressed with the children's efforts and just can't bring ourselves to only choose 1 winner. 

Phonics:

Our new sounds from last week are:  ey, y and ie.  We discovered that there are 3 more ways to write/spell the 'ee' sound.  we spell monkey and chimney with an 'ey' at the end, we spell baby and teddy with a 'y' at the end and we spell achieve and believe with an 'ie' when we hear the 'ee' sound.  This week are finding out about new ways to spell 's'.  As in; cycle, city, cheese, please, purse, ace, place, space, case.  We will be sending words home soon for the children to practise at home, but in the meantime, please practise all words from Year One.  The children are super at reading their tricky words, but not so super at spelling them correctly in their writing.  Here is the link to the fabulous 'tricky word song'.  Enjoy the sing along!  Year One Words:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMyssfAUx0   Year Two Words:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R087lYrRpgY  

Maths:

In Maths we have been revising our place value knowledge.  We are using 2 digit numbers to explore how we can make larger numbers with tens and ones.  We have learnt that numbers don't have to always be represented as numerals, but can be pictures or practical equipment as well.  We practised using Tens Base, Numicon, Place Value Counters and Tens Frames.  We have also begun comparing numbers.  We found out about the hungry crocodile that will ONLY eat the bigger number.  So his mouth only opens up to the larger number or amount.  If the numbers we are comparing are the same, he just sits for a while and we see the equal sign.  We are using signs for; greater than, less than, equal to in our work.  You can help your child at home by getting them to practise using these terms when talking about amounts and numbers.  For example; Dad has the bigger slice of cake.  Dad has more cake than me.  I have less cake than Dad.   

Science:

In Science we are finding out all about different types of materials.  Last week we went on a 'Materials Scavenger Hunt' around the school and found lots of different objects made from lots of different materials.  We are still puzzled over what blu-tak might be made from.  Some of us thought blu-tak was a form of rubber or elastic and a few thought it was a type of glue.  What do you think?  This week are discussing how we know if a material is man-made or natural.  The children will be watching a very interesting clip on how fleece is made!  You might enjoy watching it too.  Here is the link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyF9MxlcItw  Please note that this video is on Youtube and does begin with an advert.  

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.  

Topic:

Our Topic this term is, London - Now and Then.  We are finding out all about England's capital city and all the famous landmarks we can see there.  If you have a photograph of your child at any London landmark or attraction, please could you send it into school so that we could photocopy it for our display.  We are also learning all about the Queen, her family tree and who is next in line for the throne.  It was wonderful to see how many children knew about Prince George, Princess Charlotte and little Prince Louis.  

Thank-you again for all you support at home.  We thoroughly enjoyed meeting the parents who popped in last week to meet us.  Please remember that we have an 'open-door' policy and you can pop into class any day from 3:10 - 3:30pm.  You are welcome to chat to us, have a look around or simply sit with your child and have a look through their books with them.  

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



To Mackintosh Parents

Tuesday, 15th May, 9:05 PM

We have had a very busy week so far, getting ready to write our SATs Reading and Maths papers soon.  Thank-you for all your support at home as you help your children to complete the practise papers.  The children have really worked their socks off and we are extremely proud of them.  

It is really important that the children are well-rested so that they can achieve their very best in their tests.  Please ensure they get to bed early so that they get a good night's sleep and don't forget to make sure they have a good breakfast each morning.  It is very important that children get to school on time over the next two weeks as we start our tests as soon as we can each morning.  

Please note that a parent mail reminder about the SATs has been sent out this week.  

In Writing this week we have started a new mission!  As we are now Big Writing Agents, we help other agents to achieve their missions through our writing.  Today we heard from Ant who explained how he had found a small robot with glowing red eyes in the park.  Ant has asked us to help him write a formal letter to the National Robotics Institute to try find out more about the robot.  We are very excited and hope the scientists at the institute answer our questions quickly.  

Thank-you again for all your support,

Mrs Collar


Dear Mackintosh Parents

Monday, 30th April, 9:19 PM

Hopefully the blustery weather is behind us now and it will start to warm up again.  Just in case it does warm up quickly (and unexpectedly) please make sure your child comes to school with their water bottle (if they don't already have one at school) a hat and suncream applied.  Please note that sunglasses are not allowed at school and children cannot wear them on the playground.

We have been very busy in English and Maths this last week, practising the skills we need to answer questions in the upcoming reading and maths papers.  The children have really grown in confidence and ability and continue to impress me with all their effort.  We have been scoring ourselves on how much we try to answer every question and we have really shown incredible aspiration and resilience this week.  Because of the children's incredible learning and brilliant behaviour, our class jar is full to the brim with root values tokens!!  This is very exciting as we will be having a reward soon!  

In Science, we will be growing our very own plants.  Please could you send in any clean, empty 2l bottles to school as soon as possible.  We don't need the lids as we will be cutting the tops off the bottles anyway.  Your child should come home with their own seed to look after by the end of the week.  We will record how our plants grow at home and at school in our very own bean diaries.  If you are an avid gardener, or have greenfingers, and would like to help us plant our own garden, please let me know.  We also welcome any donations of seedlings for our outside area.  

Home Learning Opportunities:

Take a walk around the neighbourhood or head up to Tilgate Park and try to name some of the plants you see.

Find out some interesting facts about plants around the world to share with the class.  If this is written up it can be displayed on our Science Learning Wall.

Pop in to pick up practise papers for Reading and Maths to support your child as we near SATs.  

Read EVERYDAY!  Every little helps!!  

Practise reading and spelling tricky words from sheets sent home at Easter.

Thank-you for all your support

Mrs Collar  



Dear Parents

Tuesday, 6th March, 6:39 PM

We are loving looking after and writing about our very own bog babies!!  We have written a report all about bog babies and would love you to join us just before the end of the school day on Friday (3pm) to read our work with us.  We are still open till 3:30pm if you can only make it at normal home time.  

Thank-you for all the support you have been giving your child to help them complete their book bingo sheets.  I am looking forward to finding out all about the types of books each child enjoys reading at home.  Please remember to listen to your child read as much as possible, but also to spend time reading more challenging texts to them.  Just because they can't read a longer, challenging book, doesn't mean they can't enjoy listening to them.  Some good choices are;  The BFG, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlotte's Web, The Iron Man.  I'm sure you will recognise some of these titles as ones you enjoyed as a child.  

In Maths we have been learning about fractions, specifically finding halves, quarters and thirds.  Look for the games I have set on Active Learn to help your child practise in a fun way.  We are also trying hard to become more efficient at using 'brain only' strategies when we are adding or subtracting smaller numbers.  A great way to do this is to play jet ski maths, we played it at school and the children really enjoyed the challenge.

Mrs Collar