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) 

 


WB 19.11.18

Wednesday, 21st November, 6:32 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 is ‘Gap Attack’ week in Writing.  This is where we focus in on a specific grammar skill and practise using it in our writing.  We are learning about using apostrophes for contraction.  We found out that words can be contracted into shorter forms and the apostrophe shows us where the missing letters used to be.  For example, do not = don’t.  The apostrophe here shows us that the ‘o’ is missing in the contracted word; don’t. 

At home you can help your child by playing ‘I spy a contracted word’ when you are reading with them.  Try and expand the word by working out what letters are missing.

English Reading:

We are having our first go at answering questions on a reading paper.  The children have been brilliant and have shown superb resilience. 

Phonics: 

This week we are learning the alternative spellings for the following sounds; ‘o’ (Meet my mother and my brother), ‘a’ (I want a new watch), ‘or’ (worms at work). 

We are also revising the tricky words:  house, people, saw, was, were, there, looked, they. 

Maths:

In Maths this week, we are answering problem solving questions using everything we have learnt about numbers so far in Year 2.  We are also having a go at a Maths paper.  Once again we have been brilliant and we are super proud of the all the children for having a go. 

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 keep these to a minimum.  Any PE time used will be made up when the weather is warmer and the field is dry again.

Topic:

This week in topic, we are learning all about London in 1666.  Ask us all about what London was like in the past and what Tudor houses were made from.   

Our author visit is next week and we are very excited!!  If you have not yet paid the £5 for this experience, please could you do so as soon as possible.  Once again we apologise for the short notice. 

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

 


WB 12.11.18

Wednesday, 14th November, 12:25 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 have started to recap the events during The Gunpowder Plot. We are working towards a big write on Thursday, when we will be writing a recount of the events. Ask me what I know!

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.

When reading at home with me, ask me lots of questions about what I think, what I predict, meanings of words and finding evidence in the text.

Phonics: 

This week we are learning ph (photograph a dolphin), wr (wrestle with your wrapping) and wh (what, where and when).

Maths:

In Maths this week, we are practising writing our numbers 0-20 and making these with practical equipment. We are also learning to add on a number line by making bigger leaps across a ten. E.g. 26 + 9 which will pass 30.

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.  

At home you could help by playing throw and catch with your child.  Or bouncing a ball to eachother.

Science:

In Science this week, we will be writing about our investigation into which material makes the most sturdy house for the three pigs. We are going to write our own version of the story with our house written into it. We will include in our story whether the house blew down or not.

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

 


WB 5.11.18

Monday, 5th November, 5:06 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: 

Tiger doesn’t want to follow the rules about the X watches, so we are going to write a story to show him what could go wrong. We will be learning all about how to write a story this week.

At home you could help your child by retelling simple stories they already know and pinpointing the beginning (introducing the characters), middle (problem) and end (solving the problem).

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.

Phonics: 

This week we are learning alternative spellings for ‘sh’: s (unusual treasure), ti (commotion at the station) and ci (it’s officially delicious).

Maths:

In Maths this week, we are learning new methods to add and subtract ones. This will include using a number line.

At home you can help your child by counting up and down in ones, on a ruler if you have one!

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.  

At home you could help by playing throw and catch with your child.  Or bouncing a ball to eachother.

Science:

In Science this week, we will be investigating what materials make the best, sturdiest house for the three little pigs. The big bad wolf will attempt to blow our houses down!

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

 


WB 15.10.18

Monday, 15th October, 5:08 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, 11:49 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