Friday 18th September
Wow!! What a busy week we have had!
Lots going in Y2.
Firstly; Cullen Cup award.
A huge well done to.....
Star of the week this week went to Max for his continued enthusiasm in every single lesson every single day. Amazing young boy!! Never stops smiling and always gives it his all in everything he does! Well Done Max!
House points this week:
Well done Bootle!
Come on guys lets see who will win next week!
In class we have completed our first independent piece of writing on 'Orion and the Dark'. I am really looking forward to reading what the children have been writing about. They are very excited to have their first piece of work going onto the wall (pictures to follow).
They have also completed their first maths paper from Y1 Summer term. We know they didn't make it that far but this is just so we can were the children are up too.
They have completed lots of work in their recovery curriculum books too.
In science we have started looking at materials ready for starting our big topic cover on the 'Great Fire of London'.
The children have been very busy over the last 2 days discussing, finding and describing all the materials that we have inside and outside of the classroom.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
More exciting things to follow next week
Mrs G x
HOMEWORK as of 16.9.20 - Purple Book
Hi everyone, the homework has now been given out to the children (this is now with all children - apologies for the mix up. My fault).
Homework books go home every Wednesday and they need to be returned the following Monday - completed.
Today we have discussed how it should all be completed but I will put it on here too
Spellings: Please complete one column per night. There are 5 columns to take them up till Sunday. The spelling test will take place Monday morning.
Spellings may change depending on the child's ability and strengths.
Literacy/ Maths: This will be sent home alternative weeks.
This week they have been given Maths to complete. I have explained to them all how to do it. They have been doing this within their Maths lessons too.
They either have to write the number that is written, add the word of the number or draw the quantity of the number (please follow the example on the sheet). The whole row should be completed for each one.
I have uploaded lots of activities on Education City for them to go through at their own leisure. This will help fill any gaps from Lockdown. It is mostly Maths at the minute.
I have also included Phonics to help them progress further.
(This will be getting checked weekly so please try and get them to complete one thing a week - any more is a bonus). Eventually I will start adding weekly homework with set dates on here but that will not be for a few weeks yet.
TT Rockstars is already up and running, their logins are already on their reading records. If you are having any issues accessing it please email the Y2 email or add a note in their reading records.
Purple Mash is still accessible for them all. No work will be set on here but they can go on and complete any work they want too. Especially with the likes of computing, there is lots of activities on here they can do which focuses on algorithmns and creating instructions for games.
Please continue reading with your child, we cannot stress how important reading is for them. Minimum 3 reads per week!
In Y2 reading becomes more of a comprehension. Here are some tips to help them become confident in comprehension work (very important for SATs);
- Making predictions at the start of a new book/ chapter. Make sure they are able to explain their answer.
- Getting them to discuss what has just happened. Recall is very important. Remembering names, what has happened, where they are, what they are doing etc...
- General questioning of the vocabulary. The language will start to get tricker so discussing it with them will really help their understanding. Getting them to use a dictionary to look words up is really good too. One they are learning how to use a dictionary correctly (this is a requirement for the curriculum) and two they are learning to do their own research.
I hope this helps. Sorry it is so long I just don't want to leave anything out. If you are having any issues or have any concerns about the work please email Y2.
Many thanks once again.
Friday 11th September
** please see uploaded pictures below
Hi everyone, cannot believe we are at the end of our first full week in school
The children have really settled in well to their new routines.
Letters home this week:
NHS nasal flu vaccination - please fill and return as soon as possible (even if your child is not receiving it, please still complete).
Times Tables Rockstars - this is to stay at home. Your child has a copy of this on their reading record too. This is for their access on their times tables. I will be using this as part of their homework but I will discuss this further next week in regards to their homework.
This week they have made some self portraits and used their wonderful knowledge on adjectives to describe themselves (pictures to follow when the display is up).
They have completed lots of maths in their brand new sparkly recovery curriculum books.
During writing we have been looking at 'Orion and the Dark', it looks at the fears that Orion has. The kids have really enjoyed this book so far. We have incorporated PHSE into this as well. Looking at our own fears. We created 'Our fears and feelings' board were we all wrote down something that scared us and how it made us feel. We then all talked about this and how Orion might overcome it to see if this could help us. From this they made a 'Friendly Fear monster'. Using their oracy skills they had to discuss with their partner how their friendly fear monster would look and what they would be like and how they would support them. They then got to make their very own one (pictures down below).
They have also started decorating their 'calm' boxes in class. If your child hasn't already brought a little comforter in please could you send one in that they can leave in their box. No-one will be touching their comforter this is for their own use only.
During P.E with myself yesterday we did some silly relay racing think it's safe to safe they found it very funny
Few updates/ reminders:
*If we need to contact you we may use our own personal mobiles but the number will be withheld. Just in case you receive a withheld call from either myself or Mrs Bresnahan.
*We have been informed that all water bottles are to go home every night. Apologies for previous messages stating otherwise.
* Reading records from Y1- we are now counting up all reads from the day we closed to end of the Summer term. If you have your child's record could you please send it in so we can calculate their reading rewards. The ones we have in school will automatically be updated.
* If you still have a red maths passport file could you please return that to school. I appreciated these were sent home in error but we need them back so we can carry on with your child's tables records.
* Please send your child into school with their reading book, reading record and a book bag everyday.
* Please just remind your child that any games that are played during playtime in the morning or at lunch they are not having contact with each other. I know this is really tricky and not as much fun but sadly it is the new normal for us all.
Many thanks for your continued support when I am sending your children over to you at the end of the day. Your patience is appreciated while I am still getting to know faces
Have a wonderful weekend everyone
Monday 7th September
Hi everyone, I have sent home some of the children's maths passports (red files) in error on Friday. Could I ask you to please send those back in.
We were not able to change any of the children's books today. Our morning was very busy with teaching and organising work. We hope you can understand that we are still getting to know the children and adjust to our new routines, we will be going through them all this week.
Children will read daily where possible and we will change books on a regular basis. We ask you to please be patient with us during this week while we are getting to know each.
Friday 4th September
Wow! And just like that week 1 is over
The children have settled in so well, albeit it has been very chaotic at times but that's to be expected. We are still trying to find our rhythm and routine and no doubt we'll have this sorted in no time
Can I just say a huge thank you to all the wonderful parents and guardians for helping ease the children back into school life!
And another huge thanks for your patience too. I promise I will start to remember faces for collection times but thankfully Mrs Randall is helping me for the first few weeks.
Few little reminders for next week:
- All children to have a school book bag/ satchel. No rucksacks as they are far too big especially the Smiggle bags. With us needing to keep all bags and coats in class (on chairs and under the tables) these are a dangerous tripping hazard.
- please send your child in with a reusable water bottle. This will stay in class all week and will be sent home for cleaning on a Friday. No disposable bottles as these cannot be binned in school, therefore they would need to be sent home daily and that is not ideal. Unfortunately we do not have the resources during the current climate to give children cups for drinks.
- if your child hasn't brought a pack of tissues in as of yet please can you send some in for next week.
For the calm box that I mentioned in Wednesday's message, we will be starting to design these next week so please send in a small box they can decorate along with a small comforting item if you haven't done so already. Please no toys as children are drawn to these and we don't want them distracted for the wrong reasons.
Also a plastic bag so I can send the rest of the childrens books from Y1 for those who haven't received them already.
I have sent every child home with 2 books for reading. Please make sure whatever your child reads it's documented in their reading records. 3 reads minimum per week. Anything extra is a bonus!
The books maybe repeats as we need to cover any gaps that may have appeared during lockdown.
If you do have any reading books from over lockdown please could you put them in your childs bag so we can reuse them (all books returned will be isolated for 72 hours before going back in circulation. Anyone handling them will wash their hands before and after touching them too)
Nothing has been set as of yet as we are all still settling in. They still have access to their purplemash and education city accounts if they wish to use them.
Homework will commence Wednesday 16th September. I will update what to expect nearer the time.
Remember outdoor PE kit to be worn on Monday - they have Pro Skills in after lunch.
Please remember collection is at 3.10pm on the playground. If there is space please stand on the stars, if not please stand to the side. The children will be brought round and lined up. If you see you child we kindly ask that you don't shout them to come to you or approach them. We will send them over to you one one by one. We also kindly ask that you don't walk around to the class as you are passing other bubbles who may be getting ready to leave. If you do have young children with you please try and not let them run over to your child as they are walking round.
Thank you again for your patience.
Any updates I will post on here so please keep an eye out.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and look forward to seeing your wonderful faces on Monday at 8.50am
Mrs G x
Wednesday 3rd September
Hi everyone, welcome back to the new school year. Mrs. Grainger and Mrs. Bresnahan would like to wish you all a warm welcome back.
The Y2 classroom is all ready for you and we are excited to see your lovely smiling faces tomorrow
Start time: 8:50am at the school gates where you will be met by either Mrs. Grainger or Mrs. Bresnahan. (Mrs.Grainger will be there to see you all tomorrow morning). The children will then be led to the classroom.
Finish time: 3:10pm on the playground. The children will be lead out by Mrs. Grainger Tuesday-Friday and Mrs. Randall on a Monday. Please remember that only ONE adult is to collect your child. If the adult who is collecting is not one who normally collects please inform the school before the end of the day as for safe guarding reasons we will not be able to hand the child over until this has been confirmed.
Please be patient with us as this is new for us as well as your child and not all the staff will know your faces
If your child is bringing a pencil case to school tomorrow please make sure it is a reasonable size as it needs to fit inside their trays. Please make sure it is clearly labelled, this will then stay in school it won't go home with them.
Please do not worry if they do not have one though, I have prepared a pencil case and a pack for all the children.
We would kindly ask that you could please send in a pack of tissues for your child to put in their trays. They can bring in hand gel if they require but hand washing is the best form and this will be carried out throughout the day. Please do not send in any creams/ lip balms.
I will be sending home their work books from Y1 so if your child could bring in a plastic bag this week that would be greatly appreciated.
P.E. days: (NO P.E. 3rd Sept)
Monday and Thursday
Please send your child to school in their full outdoor P.E. kit and a pair of trainers on those days. No football/ sports outfits please.
In class next week will be creating a 'calm box' so if you could please get a small box (with a lid preferably) that they could decorate as well as a small soft toy / comforting item they can put in it. This will be for their use only and it will be down to them to look after it.
We are really looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow. We have lots of lovely things planned to ease you back into school
Lots of love to you all
Here's what the class looks like so the children know what to expect tomorrow.