Matisse Class

w.b. 22.04.19

Monday, 22nd April, 10:47 AM

Year 2 Parents/Carers 

We hope you have had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed the fabulous sunshine.  

As the weather warms up, most of our PE lessons will take place outside on the field.  Please make sure your child has an appropriate PE kit at school with comfortable, well-fitting plimsolls or trainers.  Please do not send in lace up trainers if your child is unable to do them up him/herself.  

Please also send in your child's water bottle.  Now that the sun is out more, we take our water bottles with us everywhere; out to break, out to lunch, out to PE.  We can't carry cups around the school with us, so water bottles are essential at school.  

This week we are starting our new topic; Secret Agent Training off with a bang!  - Although the children might tell you they didn't do anything at school - they are 'undercover' afterall ... shhh!  Top secret learning taking place!  The children will be revising all they have learnt so far in Maths, Reading and GPS (grammar, punctuation and spelling) to ensure they are ready for their special tasks in May.  Please remember to come in and chat to us if you have any questions or concerns.  

In Writing, we are starting our new Power of Reading text - 'Rapunzel' by Bethan Woollvin.  This retelling of the classic fairytale has a surprise twist at the end and we know the children are going to enjoy this text very much.  

Please continue to read with your child everyday at home and practise their Year 1 and Year 2 spellings.  

Kind regards

Mrs Collar (Mackintosh) and Miss Spoard (Matisse) 




WB 01.04.19

Monday, 25th March, 3:53 PM

WOW! Where has this term gone!  Easter already!  We hope you have a wonderful time resting and playing these Easter holidays.  Your children have been super stars and worked so hard, please treat them to loads of fun and time to relax.  

English Writing: 

This week in English we are using the story maps we created last week to write our own story.  We will either write from the perspective of the robot or the bluebird.  We are hoping the children will use all the writing tools we have learnt about this year so far in Year 2.  

At home, you could help your child by asking them to tell you the story of, 'The Robot and the Bluebird' in the correct order.  Ask them how the robot felt all alone on the scrap heap or how the bird felt when the robot finally arrived safely in the warm, sunny garden.  

English Reading:

We are going through the reading papers that the children have practised last week.  We will be focusing on how to use our yellow highlighters to find key words in the question and text to help us answer questions.  

At home, you could help your child by practising the comprehension task sent home for the holidays.

Phonics: 

We have sent home some word lists to support your child as they become aware of different spelling patterns and families.  There is a list of the Year 1 and Year 2 words that children in Year 2 should be able to spell correctly MOST of the time in any piece of writing.  There is also a list of words and common suffixes we learn about in Year 2.  These include;  -ful, -ment, -ly,  -ness and -ed (for past tense).

At home, you could help your child by reading through the words on the list together and talking about how to use some of the words in simple sentences.

Maths:

In Maths this week, we are learning all about measure.  This includes; measuring time, measuring volume (capacity), measuring length and measuring with money (eg. finding change).  In Year 2 we need to be able to tell the time using words like; o'clock, half past, quarter past, quarter to, hour and minute.  please use any opportunity to talk to your child about the time and look at any clock face you can as they often look very different.  The children also need to be able to read a scale.  For example, on a kitchen scale.  What a wonderful opportunity to cook or bake with your child and show them how a kitchen scale works!! Measure anything you can and talk about grams, kilograms, heavy, light etc.  We are also measuring using capacity.  This is where we measure liquids using millilitres and litres.  Take this opportunity to look at what different milk containers, water/juice bottles measure etc.  Put a bucket of water outside with a few jugs and let your child play - measuring different amounts of water in different sized containers.  It's never been so easy to understand measure than when you have fun and play! 

P.E.

For this week we are continuing having fun completing circuits that help our heart rate to increase.  We know this helps to make us more fit and therefore more healthy.  Please encourage your child to spend at least 20 minutes a day playing and being active.  This is so important for their healthy development.  If you would like any more information or ideas on healthy lifestyle, please take a look at the NHS website:

https://www.nhs.uk/change4life 

Science:

In Science this week, we are creating posters to inform and encourage our readers to adopt a healthy lifestyle.  We will be able to talk about what a healthy diet looks like, how to make exercise fun and how to keep ourselves healthy by being hygienic.  

As it is Easter Holidays, please remember that Friday is a half day, finishing at 1:30pm.  The children will be bringing home their water bottles for a good clean and their P.E. kits for a good wash.  This is a good time to check if their trainers or plimsolls still fit your child correctly as some children are really growing quite fast.  

So now for the most important bit ... homework!  It is super important that this holiday is all about having fun and spending time with your child!  Visit the park, jump in a muddy puddle, eat gooey cake and snuggle under a fluffy blanket watching a family favourite movie.  We look forward to seeing you all next term!  Thank-you again for all your hard work and support.  

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

 




WB 18.3.19

Monday, 18th March, 4:09 PM

English Writing: 

We have started our new text ‘The Robot and The Bluebird’ by David Lucas. This week the children are coming up with new words to describe the robot’s dance and it’s emotional journey throughout the story. We are working towards retelling the story from the point of view of the robot or the bluebird.

At home, you could help your child by looking up adjectives to describe the characters, using a thesaurus (you could do it online if you don’t have one at home).

English Reading:

We are continuing our 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.

At home, you could help your child by practising the comprehension tasks we will be sending home regularly.

Phonics: 

There is a focus in year 2 on how to spell longer words using various strategies. This week we are learning how to use various strategies to help us learn to spell words correctly.  Ask your child to show you what they have learnt.

Our words for the week are: funny, bunny, runny, sunny, key, monkey, money, honey, turkey

At home, you could help your child by practising the strategies they have learnt at school.

Maths:

In Maths this week, we are going to learn about fractions! We are going to learn thirds, and then non-unit fractions e.g. 2/4 3/4 and 2/3.

P.E.

For this term, our PE has been moved to a longer slot on Tuesday afternoon (outside).

Science:

In Science this week, we have written to a pigeon to suggest a new pet! We told him what we think his new pet should be and how to look after it. This was in response to the story ‘A Pigeon Wants a Puppy!’

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

 


Wb 11.3.19

Monday, 11th March, 5:10 PM

English Writing: 

We have started our new text ‘The Robot and The Bluebird’ by David Lucas. This week the children will be continuing their fact page on bluebirds.

At home, you could help your child by researching bluebirds, as they are not native to the UK.

English Reading:

We are continuing our 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.

At home, you could help your child by practising the comprehension tasks we will be sending home regularly.

Phonics: 

There is a focus in year 2 on how to spell longer words using various strategies. This week we are learning how to use various strategies to help us learn to spell words correctly.  Ask your child to show you what they have learnt.

Our words for the week are: should, would, could, shouldn’t, wouldn’t, couldn’t, would’ve, could’ve and should’ve.

At home, you could help your child by practising the strategies they have learnt at school.

Maths:

In Maths this week, we are going to learn about fractions! We are starting with finding halves and quarters of shapes and amounts.

P.E.

For this term, our PE has been moved to a longer slot on Tuesday afternoon (outside).

Science:

In Science this week, we have written about our clay bird and compared it to a living bluebird; talking about what they need to survive (air, water, food and shelter).

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

 


WB 4.3.19

Monday, 4th March, 3:45 PM

Last week we had a SATs information evening for parents (a letter went home before the half term). If you were unable to attend, we have sent home an envelope with a sheet explaining what SATs are in Year 2 and examples of the papers the children will complete in May. If you have any questions, do pop in and ask!

Please remember to bring in your child’s water bottles and PE kits.

English Writing: 

We have started our new text ‘The Robot and The Bluebird’ by David Lucas. This week the children will be writing a fact page on bluebirds.

At home, you could help your child by researching bluebirds, as they are not native to the UK.

English Reading:

We are continuing our 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.

At home, you could help your child by practising the comprehension tasks we will be sending home regularly.

Phonics: 

There is a focus in year 2 on how to spell longer words using various strategies. This week we are learning how to use various strategies  to help us learn to spell words correctly.  Ask your child to show you what they have learnt.

At home, you could help your child by practising the strategies they have learnt at school.

Maths:

In Maths this week, we are going to investigate 2D and 3D shapes and discover their properties, such as sides, faces, edges, vertices and their names.

You can help by finding various 2D and 3D shapes around the house – e.g. a fridge is a cuboid!

P.E.

Our PE days are on Tuesday afternoon and Friday afternoon. 

Science:

In Science this week, we have made a clay bird to match the bluebird character in our Power of Reading text. We will be finding out more about bluebirds this week. Ask us what we have learnt!

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


WB 25.2.19

Tuesday, 26th February, 4:37 PM

Please remember to bring in your child’s water bottles and PE kits.

English Writing: 

We are starting our new text ‘The Robot and The Bluebird’ by David Lucas. The children will start off by answering the question ‘Are humans and robots the same?’ They will have to explain their opinions by using words such as because and also.

At home, you could help your child by talking about robots!   

English Reading:

We are continuing our 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.

At home, you could help your child by practising the comprehension tasks we will be sending home regularly.

Phonics: 

There is a focus in year 2 on how to spell longer words using various strategies. This week we are learning how to use look, say, cover, write, check to help us learn to spell words correctly.  

At home, you could help your child by practising the strategies they have learnt at school.

Maths:

In Maths this week, we are having fun collecting and presenting data as tally charts, pictograms and block graphs.

If you are out in the park, you and your child can have just as much fun by collecting twigs and sticks, and putting them in a tally to find the total.

P.E.

Our PE days are on Tuesday afternoon and Friday afternoon. 

Science:

In Science this week, we are finding information from pictures and books about different animals and how they are adapted to suit their environment. The animals we will be researching are sharks, giraffes, badgers and camels.

Mrs Collar (Mackintosh Class) and Miss Spoard (Matisse 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