I hope you all had a lovely half term holiday and welcome back to a busy second half of our Autumn term. The children have quickly settled back to school life and routines.
This half term, our topic is 'Dinosaurs' and for the Working Together activity this week, I would like the children to find some facts out about a dinosaur of their choice, a model, drawing or painting could be made too. Then, the children are going to talk to the rest of the class about their dinosaur. Please return books by Wednesday 13th but if books are returned earlier, we can then start the talks straight away.
In Phonics, we are continuing our work on Phase 6, looking at different conjunctions in our grammar work and in English, our work is based on the short film clip, 'Once in a Lifetime'. In number, we have been looking at addition and subtraction of 2-digit numbers.
The children enjoyed their first cricket session where they worked on their throwing and catching skills. P.E. kits are still needed on a Friday. Please try and hear your child read 4 times a week, using the book marks will help deepen understanding of what has been read.
The children finished our topic work this week by painting their clay Australian animal and saying if it looked like their plan or if it could have been improved and then writing any Australian facts that they remembered. In number, we have continued with our work on addition and subtraction and in literacy, we have been looking at adjectives before and after nouns.
The Working Together activity for over the break is a sheet to fill in when the children have seen something interesting in their reading books such as a great opening sentence or a particular adjective the author has used. This can then be used to help the children with their writing. Please return books by Wednesday 6th November. There is also a letter formation strip and a Year 1 Common Exception Word sheet just as an aid to help remind the children of some of the basic spellings and how to from certain letters.
Spellings will now be assessed on a Wednesday, the first set of spellings are based on words with the 'u' sound spelt with the letter 'o' as in 'other' and 'Monday'. On Thursday afternoons, Mr Borman will be teaching the children some computing skills - the children are very excited about this! I will be going swimming with KS2. We are also very lucky as we will have some cricket coaching on Tuesdays in our P.E. lesson.
Newstead class would like to say a big thank you to the P.T.F.A. for our lovely new maths resources and reading books.
The children were great at our Harvest Festival, remembering and saying their poem well. The children have had a super half term, settling into the new school year and coping well with the challenges of year 2. Thank you for supporting your child with all the activities, spellings and reading. I hope you all have a lovely break and I will see when we come back to school on Monday 4th November.
The children have been learning about adjectives this week and using them in their writing. We have also continued our work in addition and subtraction by thinking about adding and subtracting 1s and then 10s from a number. In our topic work, we recapped the continents and then looked at the world's oceans. The children enjoyed using clay to make a model of an Australian animal.
The spellings next week are based on some of the year 2 common exception words, words that can't be sounded out. Please note that after half term, the spellings will be assessed on a Wednesday.
The Working Together activity this week is based on our work on conjunctions. The parts of the sentence can be cut up and re-arranged to see which of the conjunctions makes the sentence correct. The children can then write them in their books. Please return books by Wednesday 16th.
This week, we have started to look at Australia in more detail. In English, we are looking at traditional Aboriginal stories as well as looking at adding the suffix -ing to words and using commas in lists. We have now started to look at addition and subtraction in number and have been thinking about how we can check calculations and use our knowledge of related facts to work out problems. In our topic work, we are looking at Australia and the world's continents. The Working Together activity will help the children to understand the continents and which countries are where. Please return books by Wednesday 9th, the activity doesn't need to be returned.
The spellings next week are based on the 'j' sound often spelt with a 'g' which comes before 'e', 'i' and 'y' ie gem and giant.
The children are coping well with the weekly spellings, this week they are based on the sound 'j' spelt -dge and -ge at the end of words ie badge and huge. Thank you for your support in learning these. In English, we have been looking at using conjunctions in our writing by using words like 'and', 'so', 'or' or 'but'. We finished looking at 'Not Now Bernard', with the children writing their own versions, using different characters and settings.
In number this week, we have been counting in groups of 2s, 5s, 10s and 3s. The Working Together activity is a Snakes and Ladders game to play to help reinforce this concept. Please return books by Wednesday 2nd October.
We have been mapping our school playground and thinking about the directions North, South, East and West. The children enjoyed decorating buns for the Macmillan coffee morning on Friday - and one for themselves to eat too!
The children have been working hard this week on all their activities. We have continued looking at past and present tenses, looking at nouns and verbs and thinking about how sentences are constructed. The Working Together activity this week is a sheet linked to our work on the tenses. Please return by Wednesday 25th. I have included a sheet to help with all the terms we use in our Literacy work. The children have also been given a book mark with lots of ideas and prompts that can be used to help with developing their reading skills. We have also been continuing with our Place Value work, please keep working on the writing of numbers as words.
The spellings this week are based on the 's' sound spelt 'c' which is before the vowel letters e, i and y such as bicycle, city and face.
The class have enjoyed looking at examples of Aboriginal art work and the work of Georges Seurat and his Pointillism paintings. The children were then challenged to choose an East Markham landmark, such as the Church, and to recreate it in his style. We had some great pieces of work.
This week, we have been recapping some of the sounds in Phase 5 phonics and have been thinking about past and present tenses in our Phase 6 work. We have been looking at the story, 'Not Now Bernard', and the class have enjoyed role-playing the story, sequencing it and making a list of past and present sentences linked to the story.
We have started our topic by walking around the village looking at all the different features, both natural and physical. Afterwards, the children drew some great maps of the route we took. We have also looked at the United Kingdom, naming the countries, capital cities and seas.
In maths, we have been concentrating on Place Value. As one of the objectives in year 2 is to be able to write numerals as words to at least 100, there are 2 sheets based on this for the Working Together activity. This objective is something that can be continually worked on over the next few weeks too. Please return books and sheets by Wednesday 18th.
Welcome back. I hope you all had a good summer holiday and that the children are looking forward to being in year 2.
We have had a great start to the new school year, with the children quickly settling back into school life and routines.
This half term, our topic is looking at East Markham and then comparing it to Australia - we will be going on a walk around the village next week to help start this work. This week, the children have been recapping some Year 1 concepts in both number and English.
P.E. will be on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please send in named water bottles everyday and please let me know if someone different is picking up after school. Could all uniform and P.E. kit be named.
The children will still need to read 4 times a week and will have a piece of homework on a Thursday to be returned the following Wednesday. There is an East Markham fact finding sheet to fill in this week.
The children will also need to work on a set of weekly spellings - please see the homework section. These will be assessed every Thursday. The first set are based on the 'n' sound which can be spelt 'kn' and sometimes 'gn' at the beginning of words ie 'knee', 'gnat'. Please explain the meanings of any words and when your child is confident with the spelling of the word, try writing it in sentences. This set will be assessed on Thursday 12th.
Please note that we are still waiting for reading diaries to be delivered so reading books will be given out when they arrive.
If you have any concerns or queries, please feel free to speak to me either before or after school.
Thank you for your support.