Sumdog competition runs until Thursday evening 8pm.
This is a busy week for us. On Monday we will be visiting the Friendship club to sing our production songs. On Tuesday we have a full dress rehearsal which KS2 and our nursery children will watch. On Wednesday it is our Christmas dinner day. On Thursday and Friday afternoons it will be production time. We will try to keep our reading, writing and maths lessons focused and on track despite the additional festivities. Please keep hearing your child read, practise spelling the word lists in their homework books, counting in different steps and recalling pairs of numbers that make 10 (and then multiples of these numbers that make 100). Friday is Christmas jumper day, which is optional.
This week we continue to work on adding and subtracting numbers to solve problems. There are many children who are still struggling with basic number bonds (If I need a total of 10 and have 6 already, how many more do I need?). Please practise this as often as you can at home using whatever objects you can find, such as lego bricks. I have uploaded a task we have done in class 'Checking calculations using inverses' (homework page) which you might like to practise again at home (this is not something you need to bring in to show the teacher). In English the children will continue to write instructions and are now much better at using 'good' imperative verbs, adverbs and time conjunctions! This week we will continue to do RE and some Christmas art with Mrs Wood. Costumes for the production need to be in school by Friday 7th December in order that we can check we have what we need before our dress rehearsal for the rest of the school on the following Tuesday! All parents/ grandparents are welcome to come to 'Messy Christingle' on Wednesday from 11 to 11.30am. See school bulletin for more details.
There is a Eucharist service on Tuesday which parents are welcome to come along to, starting at 10.30am.
In English we will be deciding what makes a set of instructions easy to follow. We will be reading, following and writing a range of instructions. In maths we will continue to add and subtract numbers using our place value knowledge. We will be working out calculations where there is a missing number and knowledge of inverse operations are needed. In the afternoons we will be starting to rehearse with Y1 in the hall and learning when to come on and off the stage! We will continue our games in PE with Mr Sanderson on Wednesday afternoon. We will be creative in RE with Mrs Wood when looking at (and making) some Christian symbols focusing on this season. The children will continue to receive clues on what their next topic is going to be!
The children will continue working on addition and subtraction this week (and coming weeks). Quite a lot of children are still struggling to count in steps of 2, 3, 5 and 10. I have therefore uploaded a worksheet in the homework file if you would like to practise this at home. Children cannot have a secure understanding of multiplication and division if they cannot count in these steps first. In English the children will start a new unit of work on instructions. If the opportunity arises it would be useful to model how to follow instructions at home (in real life!), for example in the form of a recipe, putting together furniture, learning how to play a game, assembling lego etc.
Most children have already learnt their lines for the Christmas production and this week they will start to learn their cues and words to the songs. Some children have said that they already have sorted their costumes. It is not too early to send these in. Please make sure they are in a named bag.
Friday 23rd November 9-10.15am you are welcome to come to school with your child. Please see school bulletin for more details or speak to Mrs Jensen or Mrs Wood at the end of the school day.
Some photos of Nurse Gregson's visit can now be seen on the photo page. The children are coming to the end of their topic on real life superheroes and after all their learning about Florence Nightingale, Edith Cavell and Mary Seacole they can now write factually about how the role of nurses and hospitals have changed over the last 100 years. In maths children will be solving problems using their knowledge of addition and subtraction.
Children have been given their scripts and will start rehearsing for our Christmas production of 'Ralph the reindeer'. Please see Mrs Jensen or Mrs Wood if you are unable to provide the costume your child will need (letters went home Tues 6th Nov). It is friendship week so please read school bulletin for information regarding activities that will be happening throughout the week, also arrangements for Children in Need on Friday 16th.
This week in English the children will be writing a diary entry as Mary Seacole and learning about writing in 'first person'. In maths they will be comparing numbers using sign <, > and =. More interactive activities that the children have used have been added to the homework page and are differentiated so please encourage your child to go online and keep practising their maths! You will need flash player for the interactive games. On Wednesday Mrs Jensen's twin sister is coming into school as she has recently won an NHS award for being a 'hospital hero'. She will bring her award and come in uniform and give the children an insight into how nursing has changed since the Victorian era. Nurse Gregson will also wear her graduation buckle which depicts 'the lamp lady' to illustrate how the work of Florence Nightingale is still respected and remembered by nurses today. The children will ask questions which they will write prior to the visit. And........ The Christmas production preparation will begin! As soon as your child brings their script home please help them learn their lines so we can spend time in school on the acting!!!
In English the children will be watching BBC schools 'life of Mary Seacole'. They will learn about her life and the outcome of this unit of work will be that they are able to write a diary extract in the role of Mary using the correct features, such as past tense. In maths the children will revisit place value, counting and writing numbers. They will be deepening their understanding by carrying out reasoning style tasks. In RE the children will begin to learn about symbols in Christianity. In science they will continue to look at growth and how they have grown. Last term in dance the children listened to superhero theme tunes and created their own movements to accompany each tune. This week the children will use music maker to create their own superhero theme tunes ( https://gridclub.com/activities/music-maker ).
Monday 15th October - trip to Peterborough Museum. Please make sure your child comes to school in uniform and with their own packed lunch and drink.
Parents evening on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.
Thursday - school disco
This week the children will write their own biographies for Florence Nightingale using the notes they made last week. They will continue to be encouraged to join some of their writing and think about good punctuation. In phonics they will be collecting words which contain the spelling patterns (graphemes) they have learnt so far. In maths the children will continue to practise adding and subtracting numbers using their own informal methods. They will learn about fact families and how to find inverse operations (for example 3+7=10, 7+3=10, 10-3=7, 10-7=3). In RE the children have begun to explore the beliefs of Christians and listened to the story of creation. In dance the children have listened to superhero theme tunes (wonder woman, batman) and created their own actions to fit the music. On Thursday Mrs Wood will finish some superhero art.
The children will be making their own notes on the biography of Florence Nightingale. They will be reading a selection of biographies and identifying common features. In maths the children will continue to add and subtract two-digit numbers and multiples of 10. They will reason why some calculations are true and some false. In RE they will talk about why Christians celebrate Harvest Festival. They will continue to improve their handwriting and practise joining up some letters.
This week the children will write their own superhero stories in which they star as the hero! They will learn more handwriting joins and be encouraged to use the joins they have been taught in their writing. In maths the children will start reasoning using what they know about addition and subtraction of two-digit numbers and one-digit numbers. Mrs Wood will continue to explore shape on Thursday. In science children will continue to learn about animals including humans. With Mrs Jensen they will test their sense of smell by carrying out an investigation to see it they can still identify food by its taste if they remove their sense of sight and smell. With Mrs Wood they will be learning about babies. In PE the children will make superhero narratives through movement to the original Batman theme tune with Mrs Jensen and with Mr Sanderson they will made their own games using a football. The children will bring home a rap to learn and some poems in preparation for the Harvest festival next Tuesday. They will also bring home (on Friday) the next 200 high frequency words which they will need to learn to spell in Year 2.
This week in maths the children will be ordering and comparing numbers. They will develop their understanding of how many tens and ones make up a two-digit number. In English the children will be making their own storyboards of a Supertato adventure. They will be consolidating the formation of letters and starting to learn some handwriting joins. The children will start their science unit of work and be thinking about healthy lifestyle choices they can make for themselves. In PE they will be developing their ball skills with Mr Sanderson and start working on Superhero dances with Mrs Jensen.
Our first full week in school this term we are having a whole school well-being week. You will receive more details via e-mail and attached is the Y2 timetable for that week. Y2 will also be kick starting their first topic, which is called 'Superhero, reveal yourself!' On Monday the children can come to school dressed as a superhero (known or imagined) as their first English lesson will revolve around the book 'Rules for Superheroes'