Friday 7th May
And just like that week 4 has ended. What a week it has been!…
The children are working so unbelievably hard with their Knowledge Checkers at the moment. I can see such a difference already. I am really pleased with their progression, whatever you’re doing at home grown-ups keep it up!
I am so sorry that we didn’t have awards today, it has been really manic with Miss B being out of class yesterday PM and me being out the class today on training (AM only). All awards will be given on Monday.
We have got more reading and book awards, and our very first Maths ones for their times tables passports (Bronze).
We are really going in hard with these now so please ensure your children are on TTRockstars as often as they can. If you are having issues; please try and use the website rather than the app or vice versa or try logging into it from the Melling website. Go to: Class pages > home learning > TT Rockstars. If issues still continue please let me know as soon as possible.
In class we have started our new topic in Science; we are now looking at plants. If anyone has any small plant pots they no longer need or have spare could we please have them? I am looking for Year 2 to grow their own flowers; so they can measure them and watch them grow and develop.
Please look at some images of them starting the topic. It has been good fun getting outside and avoiding all the rain.
Few little reminders;
-Pease ensure that all nail varnish is completely removed before school.
-Homework books are returned on a Monday (each week).
-Children are not to bring items in from home (toys, etc).
Reading: If you child is an avid reader we can only count one read per day, any more in their records we can’t count sorry. But it is wonderful all the reading that is going on!
Well done Halsall!!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone.
Love Mrs G xx
Friday 30th April – end of week 3
(start of the bank holiday weekend)
It has been another fun week in class.
The children have created their very own Kennings Poem’s for a writing competition that we have taken part in, in school. They worked really hard coming up with lots of descriptive words to describe their chosen Safari animal and then we looked at how we could describe them using a noun and a verb i.e. a tall building… could be described as... a sky-scraper.
They really enjoyed doing this, in parts it was really tricky (even for me) but we all helped each other out. I cannot wait for Ms Ainsworth brown to read them, some children did make theirs quite tricky.
See if your child can remember what they wrote.
‘Knowledge Checkers’ (KC)
As of Tuesday we started back up with completing the KC’s in class. As you know we don’t associate them with their real name when in KS1.
I can see such a difference in the children from when we first did the 2016 papers back in November and December time. They have all come a long way with their learning and I cannot wait to see their results.
Please help you child in anyway you can at home to help with reading/ understanding, arithmetic and reasoning (maths). Any books you may have bought for them starting Year 2 would be really good.
We know they are not completing the official KC for this year, due to everything that has gone, but we are trying to keep it as formal and in the same routine as we can.
All children have their logins and I would greatly appreciate that all children are accessing this on a regular basis to help with their times tables.
Awards will be given to those accessing regularly.
It is quick as it is timed but this is essential for their quick recall. It builds their speed up for the times table passports they are completing in class (started looking at our 10s, 2s and 5s). As well as, for in KS2 when they are required to complete their tables in a time limit.
The more practise they have the more confident they will become at doing them.
If you do not have online access then please practise with them daily on paper or mentally. We are aiming to complete the passports 3 times a week.
If you find what tables you child is completing is too easy or they have learnt additional tables please tell me. I can change their profile to add in others.
We are still looking at money so please keep getting your child to play around with some at home, making values, deducting values etc…
The BIG ASK
During the week you will have received a message in regards to the BIG ASK form the Children’s Commissioner, if you can complete the link online that would be wonderful. The children had some fantastic ambitions and goals for their future, as well as what they would change if they could (I will upload a photo when we are back in school), I would love for their thoughts to be heard by the people that matter. Please take a look …
Firstly, well done to this wonderful girl for winning the courtesy cup this week. Her manners really do shine through.
Isla M for achieving her Platinum reading award!!
Harry R for achieving his Bronze 2 reading award!!!
Massive well done guys!!
Well done Tatlock!!! We finally have the blue ribbon on the cup in class, yey!!!
And on that note have a lovely long weekend everyone, see you Tuesday!
Love Mrs G x
Friday 23rd April - end of week 2
Well what can I say about this week? The children have been phenomenal! Their attitude to learning has been outstanding!!
So many awards have been given out this week! They definitely deserve a good rest this weekend after all their hard work.
If you haven't seen the letter already in regards to their homework it is on here too. Homework back to regular Wednesday slot and to be brought back on Monday's ready for their spelling test. Their scores will come home in their homework books.
In our Maths lessons we are looking at money, so any spare change you have at home please get them to be looking at it, adding it up (random amounts using both notes and coins) and subtracting amounts too. You could create a shopping list and get them to calculate what it would cost, or if they go shopping with you see if they can add up / take away some items. Sadly, we don't have play money in class to be able to do this (I am trying to get hold of some) but in the mean time I have paper versions... not the same though
We have finished our Habitats topic so please ask them questions about what they have learnt.
I am excited to be starting our new topic with them soon.
Photograph day Tuesday 27th. Please make sure your child is in their full school uniform (black shoes and school coloured bows/ bobbles/ ribbons/ headbands). I know it has been warm over the last few days but please send your child in with their school jumper / cardigan for the photos.
Bronze 2 goes to Yvie, well done!
Platinum goes to Nancie, Harry V, Macie and Olivia, well done!!!
Molyneux - 100
Halsall - 77
Bootle - 71
Tatlock - 70
Have a great weekend everyone, look forward to seeing you all Monday!
Love Mrs G x
Friday 16th April - end of week 1
What an amazing first week back. That 2 weeks off, away from work has really made a world of difference to the children. They have come back so focused and ready to learn. I know I have only been with them 2 days but what a wonderful 2 days it has been! Keep it up guys!!!!
If you haven't seen already, your child has come home with homework this week. For the time being I am setting the work on a Thursday as this is when I am in class with them. I am asking for the books to be returned no later than Wednesday of next week. This is to allow enough time for me to mark the work and Miss B to get the new homework glued in ready for going back out on the Thursday.
If your child has not already returned their homework book from before Christmas can you please send it in with them on Monday. If you cannot locate it please email Y2 so we can sort a new one out.
I am now sending your child home with spellings (weekly) so please make sure they practice daily. For the time being the test will take place on a Friday.
Please keep reading with your child minimum 3 reads per week. Any more is a bonus!!! I look forward to giving out lots more reading awards this term!!
Molyneux 25 Well Done!!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
Love Mrs G x
End of Spring 2 term 26.3.21
Where has this term gone? It has flown bye in the blink of an eye!
We cannot wait to have a full term and get back to some form of normality with you all in the new Summer term.
Have a wonderful Easter break, I know I cannot wait to eat lots of choccy, I hope you do too.
Molyneux 60 Well done!!!!!
Emily M received her Bronze reading award today - Well done!!
Jack S received his Gold reading award today - Well done!!
Enjoy your time off
Love Y2 xxx
Red Nose Day 19.3.21
Well we've had a fun packed super hero kind of day today. All the children looked wonderful!!! pictures to follow.
Please remember to donate....
Ewan got his 2nd Gold award!
Arielle got her platinum award!
Massive well done to you both!!!!
Remember last week next week.
Early finish on Friday 26th for Y2 - 1.40.
Have a lovely weekend everyone, hopefully the weather will be kind to us.
Love to you all
12.3.21 - End of the first week back!
We made it!! I think it's fair to say that was a very successful first week back. Well done to everyone!
You all looked so super smart and so super happy to be back (I know we were super happy to have you all back in).
Lots of lovely things to look forward to next week. Don't forget it's Red Nose Day on Friday so something funny or red (please see previous school text messages / parent mail). Remember to donate to Red Nose Day, we will not be selling any of our usual bits this year so please go to ...
if you want to buy any of their merchandise this year or to simply donate.
Few gentle reminders;
-Reading books need to be coming in every day - minimum 3 reads per week (please see red letter that was sent home 11.3.21).
-Please make sure all items of uniform are correctly labelled, including bags. There are 31 children in class so when they all take their jumpers/ cardigans off it can get very confusing when a lot of the clothing are of similar sizes. The last thing we want is items going missing or being picked up incorrectly by someone else.
Molyneux 102 Well Done!!!!!!!!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone, hope you spoil that special someone on Sunday.
GOOGLE CLASSROOM ACCESS
If your child doesn't have access to a portable device, computer or laptop but they have a PlayStation or an X-box, they can access Google Classroom (GC) through them.
Please ensure you are trying to get them on GC as this is the preferred method of learning. As all children need to be accessing and completing all work as per government guidelines.
If you have a file for packs that has been sent home can you please return them on your next collection as we are short of files. These will then be returned to you the following week with the new weeks work in.
Please DO NOT return the previous weeks work. You upload this directly to GC.
Remember to bring your favourite book to school tomorrow.
Can't wait to see your costumes :D
World Book Day - Thursday
Sorry I am late in posting this, but any recyclable items you have can you please collect them for Thursday.
NO GLASS OR METAL.
Ideal items; plastic bottles (any size), cardboard boxes/ tubes (all sizes), news papers, tin foil, cling film, egg boxes etc... This will be needed for in class and at home.
Critical worker children please bring items in a plastic bag to school, this will make it easier when taking home your creation at the end of the day.
Thanks Mrs G xx
New packs are available for next weeks work.
There are still uncollected packs from last week. Please ensure you collect these to make sure your child keeps up to date with all work being set in class.
Friday 26th February
Today the children presented the hamper for 'project smile' to the Horse and Jockey.
Sue, the owner and some of the volunteers met with us. They were over the moon that we chose to do the hamper for them, it definitely brought a smile to their faces! We hope everyone at the Jockey enjoys the little treat after everything they have done for the community
Well done Year 2!!
Love Mrs G xXx
Project Smile hamper - we will be leaving the school at 1.30 on Friday. We aim to be back at the school just after 2pm.
Thanks Mrs G :)
UPDATE to Project Smile 22.2.21
Hi everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful Half Term?! I cannot wait to hear what you have all been up to :D
I have taken all the ideas from the 'Project Smile' and thought about what we can do with our little money pot. I wanted to keep it within the community, and what better way than to give a little back to the ones who have helped our community since the very start of Covid19 - 'The Horse and Jockey'.
They helped feed hundreds of people, old and young, throughout the toughest of times, and they are still working tirelessly to do this. I cannot think of a better way than to say thank you to them for all they have done and to bring a smile to their faces the way they have done for people in Melling and the surrounding areas.
I have seen first hand what their generosity has done for our community and the way in which it has truly helped people. All the staff there have worked so unbelievably hard (volunteers included), especially Sue and Adam in organising absolutely everything.
I am going to put a 'sweet' hamper together for all the staff in the Horse and Jockey. Now, we only have £10 to fund it so I would kindly ask if any of you can donate something no matter how big or small just to help where possible, I would be so grateful. If you can't that is perfectly fine too :D If you are able to donate please have the donations in school by Friday morning 26th February, I would also love if all children can please create a little thank you message, that I can print off or you can drop into school (just pass into the office for Y2). I will attach all the messages onto the hamper.
A document is loaded for the children to write their individual messages on (if they want too). I will let you all know when this will be getting delivered once I know when the Horse and Jockey will free to receive the goodies :D Thanks!
Also, on another note, can I ask that each child (critical worker or not) please save a large plastic bottle for creating a microhabitat (at least 1 litre in size). Please bring this into school for Friday 26th February if you are in, if not you will need this for home. I am hoping to do a live call for this (but this will all depend on the visit to the Horse and Jockey) I will update both this page and the GC with when the call will be. For the guys at home I would ask that you have twigs and leaves already collected. I will update more on this throughout the week
Thanks everyone! :)
Mrs G xx
What a fabulous day the Y2 class have had today!
Our theme for the day was Superheroes. Children in school and at home spent the day exploring their strengths and the ways in which they can summon their superpowers. Children identified the qualities that they look for in a sidekick, whilst recognising that overcoming obstacles can be easier with someone by their side.
Children dressed to express their selves and their feelings - we saw some fabulous outfits showing a great variety of emotions. Children were given the opportunity to listen to Superhero stories and design and create their own Superhero model - the results were pretty impressive. Children were also encouraged to take a break from their daily ritual and hard work and, most importantly, do something that they enjoy.
Well done to all the children that took part - we hope you are feeling positively refreshed!
End of Spring Term 1 - Friday 12th February
What a rollercoaster of a term. One minute you were all here, in class, with your friends laughing and having a great time. Then, in the blink of an eye everything changed.
You have all taken this huge change in your stride (once again).
Going from being in school to home schooling with your families - you are all AMAZING!!! Not just you but your families too. Once again your family home has been changed into the school room and your families are your teachers. You are all just so incredible!!! Give yourselves a huge pat on the back, a massive round of applause and a seal of approval!!
I think it's fair to say this half term is well deserved for all!
Enjoy! Have lots of fun, and most of all relax!!
I have loaded a document of GC, we would love to see what you all get up next week. Create a collage of photos if want to
Love to you all!!!!!!
Paper copy Home Learning packs are ready to be collected for week 6.
Well guys that is me (Mrs Grainger) finishing teaching all you lovely lot full time. I return to my part time hours as of next week when Mrs Hughes returns Monday-Wednesday. I know she is really excited to teach you all.
I am really sad that I wont get to see you all daily but thank you for all the smiles and happiness you have given me since September. You have all worked super duper hard so keep it up. Only one more week till half term when we can all have a well earned rest
I will still be contactable via the email Monday-Wednesday but I will only be able to make calls Thursday's and Friday's when I'm in school.
Massive well done to you all for getting on your phonics calls too, Miss B is really impressed. Keep it up! I can't wait to find out how you all have been getting on with them when I come in on Thursday.
On Google Classroom I have changed the Sub-Headings so you know which are my lessons and which are Mrs Hughes' lessons.
Have a lovely weekend everyone
Mrs G x
26.1.21 story calls updates!
Tuesday's story call at 2.45 as of next week will no longer happen. Pre-recorded only.
These calls will no longer take place due to the phonics calls taking place daily.
On Friday's call we will do an activity on alternative weeks as well as a story. Please note time change when we are doing an activity.
Friday 29th Jan- 1pm call for activity and story
Friday 5th Jan- 1.15pm call for story only
Friday 12th Jan- 1pm call for activity and story
For the children receiving 'Home Learning' packs they are available to collect from school.
Remember to bring your empty file back.
It has been uploaded with lots of Phonics, Grammar, Comprehension, Word Groups, Multiplication/Division, Money, Grouping and Addition and Subtraction.
I have just added these games/ activities to keep you actively using your skills you have gained so far.
I really do not expect these to be completed all at once but I would love you to have a go at maybe some of the activities you might not be as confident with compared to another topic.
It does seem a lot that I have added but everyone is working at different levels in their work so I wanted to make sure there was broad range to suit all needs.
Please complete at least 3 games per day to keep you tables going since we cannot do passports in class. I am keeping an eye on who is going on and who isn't ....
If you do need your account updating (adding new tables) then please get a grown up to email me so I can sort this for you.
If you are unsure on your 2, 5 and 10 then the activities on Education City will help.
If you are confident then you need to start working on your 3s and 4s
End of Week 2 Home Learning: Friday 15th January
Wow! And just like that the second week of Lockdown 3.0 is over.
Thank you to everyone who has been joining in with the calls; morning/ afternoon/ reading… It has been lovely to see your faces each day.
Thank you as well for all your hard work and getting it completed. I cannot imagine what this has been like for you all. I am just really happy that we are all staying as positive as we can be. We have to be there for each other and help one another where possible.
Massive thank you to yourselves or your grown-ups for returning the completed work, whether it’s been via email or directly on GC.
I won’t get chance to mark all your work or return them as I am setting between 5-7 pieces of work a day, times 31. If your grown-ups are sending a message directly on your work, I may not see it, please make sure they email the Y2 email address with any queries. Just ask them to say which piece they are talking about and I will help where possible.
Message for the grown-ups:
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I understand how hard it is for parents to home school while you are still working yourselves. I know I am setting deadline dates but that is so I know when I need to have the next piece rolling out (as the home learning work runs alongside the school work). Even if the date runs over please still get your child to complete the work (when they are able too) and submit it once complete. I would rather have the work handed in late than not at all.
Everything that is being set is so beneficial to your child’s learning and development skills.
Message for the children:
Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your super, fantastic hard work guys!!!! I take my hat off to you all!!!! You are all absolute superstars!!! Keep up the amazing hard work! :D
Morning calls will still happen at 9.15am daily. These are just to make sure everyone is happy with the work for the day, you can ask any questions there or tell me any news. Once I have spoken to you, you are free to go and enjoy your day :D
The afternoon calls at 1pm will no longer take place. This has been rolled out across the infants. I will upload pre-recorded book readings by myself or audio readings from YouTube. These will go live at 2.30 on the days I am not reading live.
As of now I am still aiming to read live on a Tuesday and a Friday. On Tuesday’s the reading will be at 2.45 (to allow time for the critical worker children to get ready for home time). On a Friday I will do the reading calls at 1.15pm (unless I have an activity planned, in which case the call will be at 1). This is just to allow all children to have the chance to have ‘creative’ time. On the weeks I plan an activity I will update on here and on the GC stream so you know when they will be.
Please keep reading as regular as possible. Anything read counts! Document everything in your records and make sure your grown-ups sign and date it. If your record runs out please do not throw it out as we will need them to count up all your reads from during Lockdown. I cannot wait to award lots of lovely reading awards when we return.
Online reading access for GetEpic and Oxford Owl is available for you all to access. Please ask a grown-up to use the log in information under the ‘Class Information’ section on the class page. Oxford Owl runs similar to your reading books in school. Follow the colour bands inside your reading book and choose one from that section to read.
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
As of next week, this will be going back to the normal ‘Daily Edits’ that you are all used too, no more of the SPaG mats to complete at home.
Please only complete daily (on the sheet- no need to type out a separate document), do not fill the whole sheet in on one day. Then submit to me on the Friday. I have used a story about wolves to adapt and change. Follow the guidance on the sheet. If you want to highlight the incorrect spellings you can but please do not make this difficult on yourself. Simply write the correction in full in the space below the error.
The Maths work set through White Rose Maths goes live, Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s. The idea is to allow the correct time for taking part during the video and starting 1 or 2 questions. The following day allows for the rest of the video as well as finishing the worksheets. This is how it is happening in school. I am trying to keep it as similar as I can for you all.
As we cannot do our passports in school please keep practising your number-bonds to 10, 20, 50 and 100 if you are not 100% confident on them. You can do this by just getting a grown up to write down ten questions and then time you 60 seconds. The more confident you get the quicker you will complete them. See if you can get it down to 45 seconds or even 30 seconds. There is no need to submit this work to me. Practise it mentally too.
TT Rockstars – please be actively going on this to keep up with your multiplications. If you need your account changing because you are learning more tables please get a grown up to inform me so I can update your account.
I will be setting Education City with Maths class work too as of next week.
Live Maths lesson – On Wednesday 20th I will be doing the Maths lesson live after the check in call at 9.15. If you want to join in that is fine but please do not feel you have too. We will look at the Maths video in depth and discuss what it’s about. I would recommend having some small items to hand if possible, to help with concrete use. We have been using counters in school. If you have Lego pieces this would work great!
Please bear with me on this as I have never presented live before so it could be a little bit rocky to begin with. You know me, I am terrible with technology in class If it goes well, I will try to aim to do another one.
After we have finished learning the story of Wilf orally, we will be staring to look at ‘locality’ in Geography. As well as creating a plague charm through History and Art and Design.
I will upload a more detailed insight into these new topics when we start to move over to them.
For now, we have a few more pieces on wolf work to continue with 😊
Well, I think I have said enough for now, any changes I will update on here and GC. Please keep an eye out.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone, you all deserve a good rest!
Stay safe guys, missing you all so much!!
Mrs G x X x
This gives your children the opportunity to keep up with their reading as it closely follows the reading scheme in school.
They will have full access to the RWI reading scheme we have in school, as we are not sending out any school books at the moment for children who are home learning.
Please look at the document under the 'Class information' Section for further details.
On here is where you can then search under 'colour bands' and find what matches your child's current level.
Whatever they read (school or none school book) please add to their reading record as this will be counted towards rewards.
Home Learning Packs:
If you have had a folder from school (Green/ yellow one) can I ask when you next collect you child's pack, can you please return them as we are running short and cannot keep giving them out. We do not need the work, this stays home. Just take pictures and upload it on GC.
11.1.21 - change and update
Thank you to all who logged in today for the calls. Hopefully tomorrow things will run a little smoother. Sorry if my sound quality is not the best.
On the calls can I please ask that your microphones are muted until I come to speak to the children. As it is very difficult to hear whoever I am speaking too when there is background noise.
Once I have spoken to you, you are free to go and get on with your work if you do not want to stay on the call.
The live lessons will be happening next week once I have planned which ones to do live.
Some of the 'Reading' calls at the end of the day may be pre-recorded.
I will do a live book reading tomorrow but please have the mics on mute.
On a Monday there will be no reading as Mr Millington covers my PPA (when I am not in school during lockdown). He will be taking the key worker children out for PE at this time. I didn't know this at the time the schedule was created - sorry if anyone logged in. I uploaded a message but I know it was late
See you all at 9.15 tomorrow morning!
Week 2 - Home Learning - WC: 11th January
Hi everyone, hope your first week has gone well at home.
I know it was all very sudden and we hadn't even settled back in on the Monday, but I know you are all as safe as can be.
Can I just say a huge thank you to you all for bearing with me while I have been uploading/ setting the work for 'key worker' children in class, setting it on Google Classroom for home learning as well as printing packs for the ones who needed them.
I know this is a really trying time at the moment and I am grateful for your patience.
Work is being set daily so please ensure this is completed and submitted back to me by the end of the day (unless the work has a specified date i.e it has a longer return date).
Children of key workers will need to ensure work is completed on the days they are absent from school. This is crucial to your child's education.
I am trying to figure out which lessons we can do live together over the coming weeks so again please be patient. I will inform you all once I know.
I have scheduled work on Education City that needs completing so this will be classed as their homework for now. I will continue to add work throughout the coming weeks. There is no set order it needs to be completed in. Just please stick to what I have set and don't complete work that has been searched for.
Please also practise your times tables* daily on TT Rockstars. If anyone needs their accounts updating (increasing tables or need their log ins- if not already in the reading records) please let me know via email and I will sort that as soon as possible.
*It is really important to keep up with your times tables why you are not in school as we cannot complete the passports. There are other sites you can use if you are awaiting your log in details. Hit the Button is one of them or if not there are lots of maths games on the Melling Primary School website.
I have now created Y2 a class page for Oxford Owl reading (the scheme the school follows for the books). The login and access information can be found under the 'Year 2 Class information' Section just above this message. It is a word document and I have included step by step instructions for you to access it.
Pleas follow the colour banding in your child's current book to know where they are. The books will not be exactly the same but they will be of a similar level.
You can even access the RWI scheme too. This helps with their phonics.
The Get Epic account is also available too. The information for this log in can be found in the same place as Oxford Owl - 'Class Information'.
Make sure you write down what books are being read in the reading records. Date, name of book and leave a comment. All reads will be counted when we return. I can imagine I will be giving all kinds of reading awards out.
On a Monday, Mr Millington will be completing Maths Skills in the afternoon as this is when I am not in class. I will be setting the same questions he will be covering there on GC. These will only be up once a week.
Sadly, Pro Skills are not in school at the moment so Mr Millington will be covering the PE lessons after lunch on a Monday. For the ones home schooling I have added PE lessons and Yoga on GC that you can access or simply get outside and be active. Play football, netball, basketball, catch, make a simple training circuit for yourselves. Just as long as you are keeping active I don't mind what you do.
For the Creativity Work I have loaded on GC i.e 30 day Lego challenge or the Scavenger hunts, please take photos and send them to me under your child's profile. I would love to see what you have been up too.
For the ones who are emailing the work to me, thank you I have received the work and set up G.Drive accounts for those individual children. What I would ask, if you haven't done so already, is please look at the detailed video at the top of this page showing you how to attach work to your child's profile. This makes it far easier when marking the work as it's all in the one place and I can mark and send back to show you.
If an email is sent out of hours (after 5PM weekdays or at weekends) I will check them all during the working week. As I cannot contact anyone once I am home.
*Some of you will have noticed this week I have emailed some of you back. During this very busy time in school it is the quickest method for me as I cannot always make phone calls during the working day. Obviously if it is important I will contact you when I am available.
Please bear with me while I am marking your child's work. It takes longer online than what it does in their books. If it's not returned on the day you will get it back in the week.
When I mark your child's work on GC I return it back just so you can see. You do not need to re-submit unless I have left a comment asking for you to check the answers and send back.
I will be making phone calls this week for anyone I have not had the chance to speak with as some calls went to voicemail.
If anyone is having issues with access or anything else please tell me then so your child keeps on top of their work.
If anyone / child would like me to speak to them please drop me an email so I can schedule a time to suit. I am more than happy to speak to individuals if you do not want to talk over GC.
Daily GC phone calls:
Please make sure you are logged on tomorrow and each day for our virtual registration in the Morning at 9.15am** and after lunch at 1PM.
The story calls will be read by myself live on a Tuesday and Friday at 2.45 (or as close to - any changes I will drop a message on the live steam on GC). On a Wednesday and Thursday they will be either pre-recorded or a video story on YouTube.
**updated since timetable.
Any changes I will post on her so please keep checking this regularly.
Stay safe everyone!
Remember to always be the best that you can be!!
Love to you all
Mrs G xx
Work update 6.1.21:
Any work that has been set is compulsory and must be completed by date given on Goggle Classrooms.
If you are writing the work out it must be uploaded via Google Classrooms or sent via email to the Y2 account if unable to access GC.
Please submit this as soon as possible. The History and Maths (grouping work) should be submitted as soon as possible please.
The Phonics work is to be completed daily.
The Maths 10 minute weekly workouts are to be completed daily.
Once they are all completed online then submit the document for completion.
If completing on paper please upload daily.
I am currently ringing parents throughout the day so if you are having issues please let me know when I speak with you.
Work as of next week will need to be completed daily for certain pieces. We are following government guidelines and any child who is not a key worker (in school) must complete all work that is being set.
I understand this may seem a lot but it's so vital for your child's development. I know a lot of you will be continuing to work from home or actually going to work and may find it hard to complete, but that is why (for this week) I have extended some of the return dates to allow for settling in. Next week some pieces will be required to be submitted by the end of the day to allow time after you have finished work.
I am doing all that I can to make it as easy to access and the work to be as best explained as I can.
I know this will be a real test for us all. But we are all in it together ❤
Hopefully next week I will be doing video calls with the children who are home learning as well as doing some live teaching too.
I will be putting the access instructions for the consoles on later on for anyone wanting/ trying to use this method.
Stay safe and look after one another
6.1.21 - Update.
All work for today until the end of the week has been uploaded onto Google Classroom. Please make sure you are accessing this and the work is submitted by the dates given. I have extended some of the dates due to the times in which I was uploading them.
If you are having issues accessing the site you may need the app if you are using a tablet. As long as you can you view the documents it's ok for your child to write the answers out on a piece of paper. Then simply take a photo of their work and send it to me.
Google Classroom Guidance
Under the Home Learning tab on the school website there is a video to show you how to access Google Classroom successfully. Please watch this as it may help with any issues you are having.
This is the preferred method of work as it is all in one place for everyone to access.
Education City has now been updated too. I have set classwork on there to be completed. So please make sure this is being accessed as well. There is no time limit but all the work on there I have put to help bridge gaps from Y1 to Y2. This will be updated every few weeks.
No reading books will be sent home for home learning. Any books that are read will count towards a read. Please document them all in the reading records.
You have full access to the GetEpic website which is full of online books your child can access and read. Some of them even have questions after they finish the book.
The log in details for this are further up the page under 'Y2 Class Information - GetEpic Login'.
I hope you are all keeping safe and well.
Spring Term - first day back!
Happy New Year to you all!!! I hope it was wonderful
The children have been absolutely fantastic today! I know I only teach them until lunch on a Monday but they have been really focused. They have came back after the Christmas break with a fantastic attitude!
We had a lovely discussion about what they have all been up to during their Christmas break. It certainly sounded like Father Christmas needed extra space on his sleigh for all the wonderful presents he delivered.
From our discussion, the children produced 'snapshots' of their Christmas with their families. We have already created a 'Our Christmas holiday snapshot' display, it is looking fantastic.
Tomorrow we will be writing our own resolutions for 2021 ready to go on the next display (pictures to follow).
Awards have been handed out today for the winning house points team, well done Halsall.
Awards also went to the child with 100% attendance (drawn in a raffle) as well as a behavior award (also name drawn in a raffle). Well done to you all!
Remember there is always next time, so keep focused and you never know what will happen in the future.
Homework is due Friday 8th January so please make sure it is all completed; all 5 columns of spellings and the 2 pieces of coding finished.
With the coding, you work out the answer and each answer links to a letter (use the grid above the work sheets). The letter is what you put on the line above the question not the number answer. This will spell out a little Christmas message (if you haven't all ready completed it).
New homework will recommence next Wednesday 13th January.
Reading is crucial so please keep reading as regularly as you can. Whether it is the school book or something from home it all counts. Minimum 3 reads per week.
Pease remember to date, write a comment and sign/ initial for each read. It is important this is done so we know when counting the reads we can see what has been done and we are not needing to stop and ask the child during lesson.
Google Classroom - Absent children
Work will be set by tomorrow evening for all children absent from school due to isolating. Please contact the Y2 email or school if you prefer the work to be paper based as this may take a little longer to organise.
I will be in touch on Tuesday to the individual parents in regards to collection of school work for your child.
Please be advised that I am no longer replying to the Y2 emails. If your email requires a response I will aim to contact you as soon as I am able too. If your matter is urgent you can contact the office at any point.
Any further changes I will update on here.
The Christmas Performance is now live on Google Classroom!
The file was too big to load on here. Please see it under your child's assignments.
Please do not download the file.
I will be uploading all the lovely photos from our Christmas party after school on Friday.
Enjoy watching the video with your little ones
Friday 18th December ... We made it!!!!!
Can I just start by saying thank you so much for the wonderful gifts both Miss Bresnahan and myself have received.
What a crazy, glittery week it has been this week!!!
I think it's fair to say the children have had a lovely time; Christmas jumper day, Christmas performance, Christmas party day, making cards, making calendars, making our own reindeer food, the last day, singing and dancing...but most of all eating lots of goodies in class.
Little homework update:
Homework due back Friday 8th January - all complete.
Please keep reading as much as you can. Remember anything that is read write it in the reading record. It all counts! Date, comment and sign
Please see below some of the pictures from over the week...
Firstly, Cullen Cup Winner this week went to Darcy.
Darcy has been trying so unbelievably hard with her work and it really does show! Well done!!
Secondly, the Star of the Week this week went to the whole class as they did so well in the class performance. Big pat on the back to you all!!
We had a little visit during the night... Santa's little PTFA helpers came and left the children a treat under our Christmas tree as well as a lot of snow all over the floor
Now for the photos of what we have been up to..... enjoy
I have also updated the reading corner for when you all return... I hope you like it
Well that is it from me!
I will see you all in the new year.
Mrs Hughes will be joining us 2 days a week until her full return in February.
The children were very happy to see her on Thursday when she popped in for a little visit with her baby - Benjamin.
So, be good, have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy spending lots of time with your families and eating lots of goodies (I know I will).
love Mrs G xXx
Christmas Performance 15th December
The children performed so amazingly well today!! Even though Mrs Grainger confused everyone by singing the wrong line part way through, but they carried on like true superstars
They were awarded 5 gold stars for each team as the effort they gave was superb!
Ms Ainsworth-Brown was super impressed with their performance too.
I am still currently attempting to edit it as it is a large file. I am hoping to have it online by tomorrow evening. Any issues I will update you on here.
I may re-record the song that went a bit wrong on Thursday, as they will all be in their party clothes. If children want to bring any of their accessories in again they are welcome to do so and if not, that is also fine.
Party Invite for our Christmas Party Day, Thursday 17th
Please make sure you give your child some extra treats or a plate of food for the afternoon. Miss Bresnahan and I have supplied some sweet treats for party day. They are individually wrapped and will be given out wearing gloves.
Please no toys to be brought in... we are lucky enough to have lots of toys in our classroom that the children can play with throughout the day.
Remember it is own clothes day so the children can wear what they want, just no showing me up . The best Christmas outfit will win a prize, two dips from the treat tin. If they have Christmas hats / antlers / diddly boppers etc please bring them in, if not we will be making our own in class .
Even though it is dress down, can all girls have their hair tied back too (not loose) as we will be doing some slightly messy activities. I wouldn't want their hair getting stuff in it.
Give yourselves another pat on the back guys, you did me proud today!!!
Friday 11th December
Quite a busy this week practicing for our Christmas show. They are putting their all into it. We cannot wait for you to see it when we upload at the end of the week.
Star of the Week this week went to Arielle, for being a wonderful friend to others.
Book Award... Harry R has waited so patiently for this book to arrive. Enjoy reading it Harry!!
Reading awards this week go to....... Max and Leo well done boys!!
HOMEWORK THIS WEEK:
So, with the children needing to know their lines as well as the songs I am allowing homework to be returned on Wednesday 16th next week. I will then send the Christmas homework on the Thursday 17th (it will only be Key Word spellings and a nice little Christmas activity for over Christmas).
If your child is wearing their Christmas jumper from today please make sure it is in school as of Monday 14th for the dress rehearsal.
All props they have brought in have been labelled (if not done at home) and are here for them to use for the performance. All items will be sent home on Tuesday.
In class we have created a wish tree. The wish tree is what the children have wished for this Christmas. They have wrote them down and they have been 'locked' away in the wish jar and then they hung their wishes up to come true.
Have a lovely weekend everyone.
Remember to keep practicing them lines and to smile when you sing.
Love Mrs G x
*This is now taking place Tuesday 15th December*. Please make sure all items needed for the 'show' are in school this coming Friday 11th for Christmas Jumper Day. We will be recording some parts of it then.
If your child has lines please make sure they try and learn them without using their paper. They are also on Google Classrooms under 'Christmas Performance - Lines for speakers'.
Please remember to send your child in with their Christmas clothing on Friday 11th to ensure we have everything ready to practice again before show day. Make sure they have a labelled bag to put any accessories in to keep safe.
Be as Christmassy as you can be! More the merrier!!!
Award winners as of 7th December (for last week)
Apter cup goes to.....
He is friendly and courteous to all. Well done! Truly deserved. His reaction said it all... proud as punch!
Star of the week went to Harry V for really getting into the Christmas spirit during our Christmas performance practicing. Keep it up for Friday Fabulous loud voice!
Reading awards went to Emily C and Khaya. Well done girls!!!!
Well done to everyone. More awards for the end of the week
Friday 4th December
Well it has been a busy ol' week in Y2. The children have been very busy practicing their singing voices all week in preparation for the Christmas performance on Friday 11th.
This will be videoed in class and uploaded on the class website only.
I have asked all children (as they will already be in their Christmas jumpers) to wear as much Christmas things as they have; hats, lights, tinsel, Santa beards, glasses or anything else they can think off. Christmasier the better!! We will be making masks too just incase. I have also ordered some extra props
Some of the children may have already mentioned things about cards being allowed in class... We have created a Post Office area in the class whereby the children can bring cards for friends (list sent home the other day if required for names) and they will be quarantined before being given out.
Miss Bresnahan has created an amazing display - Post Office opening and closing times included - to allow for quarantining purposes. Please see pictures below.
The last time we can accept cards / gifts for the children will be Monday 14th as we will be handing them out on Friday 18th before finishing.
I am going to put all songs and lyrics on the Google Classroom page incase they lose theirs. They do not need printing.
This will be updated over the weekend too as I am still planning songs for them (nothing complicated - all songs they have picked).
Please keep them practicing at home. Get them to show you the sign language they have been learning for one of the songs too
Moving forward in regards to the class email - if an email is sent from a parent/guardian in regards to your child an acknowledgement will not be sent back. If it requires an answer I will call you as soon as I am able too. If it is important and you have not heard from me please do not hesitate to call the office.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend.
All awards to go ahead on Monday as we have been really busy this week and not had a minute to do much else - sorry.
Love to you all
Mrs G x
Friday 27th November
Cannot believe we are at the end of November nearly
The children have been really busy this week getting through lots of bridging work in their CGP books in class. Working super hard as always. The odd KC has been added to the mix along with being tested on their Key Words.
Overall a very pleasing week
This weeks Star of the Week goes to Ellie, well done Ellie! You have shown fantastic resilience this week and the smile when you won just proved you are proud of yourself too!!
Reading awards this week go to Temi and Ellie. Well done girls!! Keep it up!
Here's the final pieces of work the children have produced over the weeks...
Have a good weekend everyone
Friday 20th November
Cannot believe we are nearly at the end of November already. Doesn't seem that long since we started back and now it's getting closer and closer to Christmas!
Loads of lovely awards this week
Courtesy Cup award this week goes to......
When I awarded the cup this week this lovely happy always smiling little lady didn't even twig on to it being her. Well done!! From the smile I can tell you are super proud of yourself as I know your family will certainly be too!!
Star of the week this week goes to......
Emily C you are always helping me tidy up when you haven't been asked too. Well deserved!
Reading Awards this week go to......
Isla O and Harry V huge well done guys!!!!
Really close this week, keep it up!!
I apologise first and foremost about the reading records not going out. I thought they had been given out earlier in the day, my fault for not checking.
Anything your child reads at home over the weekend write it in their homework books please and we will count it up as normal. That way no child will miss out as I know there are some children really close to getting their next reading award!
Y2 class - remember when doing your homework to do the big jumps of 10 on the number line. Then add the number under the number line and make sure your final jump you have put the number in. This is really important!
Have a good weekend everyone.
More KC to come next week
Stay safe everyone
It has been set paper based (this week) due to it being too difficult for them to access online. It was best it was set in their books.
It is on number lines which we have started today. I have included a step by step instruction sheet to help you with the understanding of what they need to do.
Please make sure they complete this and have it handed in by Monday 23.11.20.
Homework as of 11th November
I just want to clear up a few possible homework issues that have been brought to my attention. I apologise in advance if there has been any misunderstanding in regards to the matter.
The only homework I have ever set all children is the daily reading, spellings and one piece of maths or one piece of writing (set alternative weeks).
The other educational platforms: TTRockstars / Education City / Purple Mash are available to all children to help bridge gaps from Year one. These platforms are not homework based and never have been for Year 2.
The work I have set on there is open ended, your child can visit as often as they like. There is no end date.
The important work I set is what is in blue above.
So moving forward...
This weeks homework 11/11/20 they have had the usual 10 spellings set for them with additional 10 Key Words - they are currently being tested on all Y1 Key Words before they can move onto Y2 words. For them to move onto the next year group I have to see the words being used correctly in their work.
I have also added in a little piece on recycling for them to do - this links in with our 'materials' topic they have not long finished.
As of 18/11/20 any homework I set will be put on Google Classrooms unless you have already contacted me via the Y2 email (email@example.com) or I have spoken with you if you are having issues with it. Please do this before the 18th so we can sort it out before I set it.
For the parents I have spoken with, yours will be as discussed.
Spellings will still be sent home paper based as normal.
Make sure all 5 columns are filled in pencil (not pen). All children who asked for a pencil for their homework have already been given one.
The children will only be tested weekly on the spellings and alternative weeks on the key words. It is still important for them to know these weekly for their work.
I have said if they put the Key words into sentences this will help with the spelling of them.
It is crucial that your child completes all homework that is set by date given either online or by returning the homework book back to school by the following Monday.
If your child is absent from school due to isolation they will need to complete all work that has been set unless there are exceptional circumstances that prevent this. If this is the case please make sure you inform myself or the school in advance please.
When reading a book at home with your child please make sure you are questioning them on what they are reading. comprehension skills are key to them being able to understand what they are reading:-
*Ask them to make a prediction on what they are about to read - get them to explain why they think this. At the end were they right?
*Discuss what has happened throughout what they have read.
*Recall of story or facts.
*Discuss language that is being used.
*Ask true or false questions.
The quantity of the reads is not as important as the quality of the reads. This is a huge push currently in Year 2. They need to be able to pull answers from what they are reading.
I hope this helps and has cleared a lot of things up for you.
There is an orange slip in your child's reading record please make sure you sign and date it when you have read the information above / in the book.
Friday 13th November
Another fantastic week of hard work from all the children!!!
Star of the week this week went to Nieve!! No doubt your family are super proud of your achievements
Reading book awards this week went to Ewan and Jack E. Well done boys!!!
Reading awards this week went to Macie, Arielle and Rocco. Huge well done guys!!!
What a week, Diversity week, Remembrance Day and Children in Need Day.... I hope they have kept you up to date with everything that has been going on. Not had chance to blink for fear of missing something oh and school photos too
So on Monday we had African drumming... ask them if they can remember the song or ask them if they can remember what they are made of?...
From this we then looked at someone who has been influential. We looked at Barack Obama. The children really enjoyed getting into this. They did lots of fact finding on him. From this they answered some questions as well as created individual fact finding posters on him. Ask them to tell you some interesting facts
We then looked at the African artist Oluseye Ogunlesi from Nigeria.
The children looked at how he made his art work and have started to create their own versions...
(Completed images to follow of the end product, hopefully next week.)
We have also been looking at Remembrance Day and what it means to us. The children created a beautiful Poppy Wreath with thank you messages on for our class
They also got to create their own split pin poppys...
We finally got our Great Fire of London paintings finished too
Overall, it has been a lovely week in Y2.
They have been brilliant! They have completed more knowledge checkers.
They only have one more to do but that can wait till end of next week.
They will be doing another practice run with their Phonics Test next week too so please keep practicing the real and alien words with your child at home. Simply type into Google - Phonics Check - You will come across all different types of websites. The GOV website is the best but there are loads of resources you can use on there too. Just make sure they can recognise which is real and which ones are alien. Ensure they can pronounce them correctly too and don't assume it's another word as that's what a lot of them do, they think it says something similar to what they know, and say it wrong.
Have a good weekend everyone!
Mrs G x
Friday 6th November
To say I am proud of Y2 is an understatement... I will come back to this after all the awards this week (which I am also very proud of)...
Our Cullen Cup winner this week goes to...
Her progression in her work and presentation has blown me away in such a short time! Keep up the hard work! No doubt your family will be very proud
Star of the week this week goes to...
Harry R, a massive well done. Your resilience during our 'knowledge checkers' has been outstanding.
Reading awards this week go to...
Isla, Nancie, Olivia and Archer. Well done for your amazing achievements guys!
Right! Back to me being proud...
This week they have had all kinds of 'knowledge checkers (KC)' given to them (still currently marking) and they have all taken it on the chin. A few moments of worry and 'upset tummies' but overall I am so unbelievably pleased at how well they have got on with them all. It is a lot to take on especially at such a young age, as well as with everything that is currently happening, they have been truly wonderful this week.
We will be continuing these 'KC' next week as we have a few more to get through but not as many as this week.
As a treat they have had loads of 'down time' colouring in and even a whole afternoon of Golden Time today which included some sweets and a film.
Homework this week will only be spellings as they are doing a lot of writing and maths in school next week with the 'KC'.
Reading is still expected (3 reads a week minimum at home).
I know not a lot of reading has taken place during school this week due to what we have been doing but that is why it is vital they are reading at home.
We will be aiming to read with them in the afternoons next week, but it is very likely this week as well as last your child will only read once in school.
We cannot afford for them to miss out on the guidance being given if they are reading during the 'KC'.
(Everything will be back to normal the week after that.)
I have promised them all no matter how many times they read from this evening till Monday morning I will given them 2 house points per read that is dated, written in their records correctly and signed. I have said I will count any reads whether it is a school or home book.
The normal counted reads for their reading scheme will remain one read per day to be counted, but I will reward them separately for the additional reads.
Guidance with reading:
I cannot stress enough the importance of them reading and recalling what they have read. It is so vital that they can pull the information from the text and then they are able to discuss it with evidence.
As the months go on they will be getting more and more 'KC' on reading and writing from previous years papers.
Well I think I have rambled on enough for this week I hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Stay safe everyone.
Mrs G x
Autumn Term 2 (week commencing 2nd November)
Hi everyone we hope you all had a lovely half term.
This week I will be assessing the children in class (all week) so I will not be setting any homework/ spellings for those who are in.
Google Classrooms will be uploaded for the children who are isolating or off, please keep an eye on this as class work will go on there as normal.
Books will be changed regularly however not all children will read in class as we do not want them to miss any of the guidance in the assessments.
So please make sure they are reading each night were possible.
There is still some work that is outstanding that has not been submitted on Google Classroom from over half term. Can you please make sure your child has completed everything that has been set and submit.
Autumn Half Term
Hope you are all enjoying being off school
I have uploaded some things the children can do while they are off
There are different scavenger hunts they do inside and outside, as well as brushing up on their spellings of their High Frequency Words and Common Exception Words.
These spellings are not compulsory to do over the half term but all children will be getting tested on them all over the first 2 weeks back in school.
There are loads of books your child can access online through the GetEpic account (log in details under class information section further up the page).
I am looking forward to reading all your Halloween stories too (remember to complete this on Google Classrooms by due date)
See you all Monday.
Wednesday 21st October - end of Autumn Term 1
WOW! WOW! WOW! What a week (a short one at that).
Firstly, thank you for all the food that was provided today, it was really and truly unexpected. But the children had a ball (I hope ). They devoured all sorts today - apologies in advance if they are hypo . Sorry I could not share all food given today. We can only hand out food if it is individually wrapped (I made sure this food went back to the children who brought it in). I really am grateful for you all providing food though.
As it is my last day with them before they break up tomorrow I made sure to do all awards today.
Our Star of the Week this week went to Isaac. The artwork he has produced this week for all things Halloween has been amazing!! Well Done Isaac!!
Well done Molyneux!!
Overall term winners though are............ Bootle with a massive 277 points! Well done to you all!! Each and everyone of you have impressed me so much this term! Keep it up!
So this week we have finished the messy part of our Great Fire of London paintings...take a look below.
When the pictures are finalised they will be uploaded in the new term. I am looking forward to displaying them in the classroom when they are all completed
Have a wonderful half term everyone, I look forward to hearing what you have been up to in November.
Stay safe everyone and remember to keep an eye out for the pumpkins on Halloween.
Love Mrs G x
P.S Written homework this week/ half term has been set on Google Classroom. Please make sure the spellings are still completed in the books. One column daily. Test on the day we are back.
Halloween in school
On Thursday I have said the children can come into school in a Halloween themed t-shirt under their school jumper/ cardigan. I have said (with permission from parents/ guardians) if they have an old plain t-shirt they could create their own spooktacular t-shirt if they do not have one. I have said it's not a necessity they wear one. So if they don't have one that is perfectly fine.
NO COSTUMES/ NO MASKS/ NO ACCESSORIES.
In class on Wednesday we will be having extra Golden Time in the afternoon, so If your child wants to bring in some extra snacks they can (none to share unless individually packaged). This is my last day with them before we break up as I am on training on the Thursday. Otherwise we would have done this on Thursday.
Friday 16th October
Our Apter Cup winner is....
Huge well done!! No doubt your family are beaming with pride, and so they should be, well deserved.
Star of the week this week went to Leo, for concentrating so unbelievably hard with his handwriting. Well done!!
Book awards this week went to Yvie and Max, really thrilled to give out our first reading book awards in Y2. Enjoy reading your new books guys!
Reading awards this week went to Ewan, Ella and Ava, huge well done!!
Well done Bootle!!
All the children have worked super hard this week!! Really pleased with all the work they have produced!!
I look forward to what next week has in store
Few little reminders:
When reading with your child please make sure you write in their record the date, what they have read (pages/ whole book etc) and then initial/sign it. Every read counts! Maximum reads in one week is 7, the minimum reads are 3. Whether your child reads their own book/magazine for pleasure rather than the school book, document it in their records! They are counted up each week on a Friday.
Please remember to question them on it, their recall on what they have just read is very important. It's the quality not of the reading that counts not the quantity.
At home could you please get your child practicing their A B C's, it is really important they get to know the actual letter names rather than a b c. We have been doing this daily in school but ideally they need to keep practicing on a regular basis at home too.
Enjoy your weekend everyone! It's well deserved!!
Homework - 14.10.20
I apologise I did not give the books out before school ended. This will be rectified for tomorrow
Google classroom - I have updated the Science research page. It is a whole class research project. Each child will do their work under the last. Apologies for any confusion caused. Instructions are on the page now.
Friday 9th October
What a week this week! We have a new member to our pack which I'm sure the children have already told you about. If not please keep a look out for the Newsletter
Star of the week this week went to Joseph! For being really enthusiastic in all lessons especially during our Great Fire of London work. Massive well done Joseph!!
Reading awards this week went to Darcy, Joseph and Nieve. Huge well done guys!!!!
Children have been really busy this week working through our topic work in both Writing and History.
They have made wanted posters today to go with the book we are currently covering 'The Way Home for Wolf'. Please ask them what they have been doing for this.
Please keep up to date with work being loaded on Google Classrooms. All additional work has been added along with a 'for pupil use' doc so they can complete any work that has been uploaded as a PDF or a picture of their workbook. Please make sure it is completed by the end date and submitted in time.
Have a lovely weekend everyone!
Friday 2nd October
Another fantastic week in Year 2!
Our courtesy cup winner today was....
Huge well done!! No doubt your parents are beaming with pride, and so they should.
Star of the week went to Macie, such amazing determination, never gave up once after breaking her arm. Always has a smile on her face and continuously has her hand up. Love it Macie!!
Reading Award this week went to Ellie, such a pleasure giving reading awards out. Amazing Ellie Keep it up!
Well done Halsall!!!
I have seen such a lovely change in class this week, think we have really started to settle and get into our stride now.
We have been up to lots this week however, sadly though we should have been doing lots of scientific experiments with our materials topic in science. But because of current implications we have not been able to get 'hands on' with materials. So the children have been promised, all experiments they miss out on (and they have to listen to me talk more) when we are safe to do so, we are going to spend a week catching up on all experiments. As there is nothing better than getting stuck in to something, especially in science. But by all means ask the children what they have been up too, I'm sure they can show you at home (all safe).
The children have been working exceptionally hard in their GCP books this week too!!
In History and Writing we have been really getting stuck into the Great Fire of London, the children are really enjoying this topic.
Hopefully by the end of next week we will have started creating our own interpretation of the fire and how London would have looked.
They have also been looking at Pepys' diary.
Please ask your child what they have found out.
Any research they have done at home I would love to see!!
Here are some photos from this week...
Enjoy the weekend
Friday 25th September
Hi everyone, what another fantastic week in Year 2!!
STAR OF THE WEEK goes to Isla M for beautiful reading. Her expression and fluency is wonderful. Well done Isla!! Keep it up.
I am so happy to be awarding my first lot of reading awards. I have no doubt I will be handing these out on a regular basis.
Well done too Macie, Ewan and Harry R. Keep it up guys!!
We have been up to lots this week is class. Please ask your children to tell you something they have learnt.
We have started looking at the Great Fire of London in our History topic.
For our writing focus we have been given a lovely book ' The Way Home for Wolf'. The children have been looking at different stories with wolves in. We have looked at how the wolves are portrayed.
During Maths we have been looking at addition and subtraction, the way in which we can work questions out. We have had a big focus on the language that is used as well. As this is really important for their understanding as the weeks/ months go on.
During PE we have still been focusing on movement and travelling. This week we became rainforest animals. We listened to rainforest music. The children had to imagine they were there amongst all the tress and wildlife. They then had to move around the hall as if they were the animal they had imagined.
Please see pictures below of some class work and PE work.
- Please make sure you are updating your child's food menu weekly. This needs to be done the Wednesday before the following week so we have time to order the correct food. If your child doesn't like something on the menu can you please swap it. We don't order in lots of spare food so we may not always be able to swap it if they don't like something. We are also having children who have not had meals ordered and we are then needing to make meals up. There are also children who are bringing in their own lunches but have also got a meal ordered. If your child no longer wants the meal can you please update it so we know what is needed.
Getting the whole school lunches ready is very time consuming for our lunch staff so having the correct meals in place really helps.
-Reading: When reading with your child please make sure you write in their book what they have read and how many pages. We are needing to pull children from lesson time to ask them what they have read and how many pages. This is taking them away from what they are learning as well as stopping the TA from getting the books sorted quicker. Please see previous reading update to know what to be discussing with your child to help with their fluency and understanding.
- Homework is due back on a Monday - completed. Please see class powerpoint and newsletter on this.
- If you know me on any social media platform I would kindly ask that you do not contact me in regards to any school matters. I need to have a work life balance as I have my own children to see too out of school hours.
If you have any queries then please email the Y2 email:
- Please make sure you are keeping up to date with the current Covid-19 guidelines on www.gov.uk. We CANNOT offer any guidance.
Thank you for your continued support during home time, I am still trying to remember faces
Love to you all
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.