As we approach our Easter holiday I want to reassure you that I will still be available to answer emails and look at any work or pictures you chose to send me. I have put the timetable on a new page, to stop it getting mislaid with all the other messages, which you can access via the home learning. There is also an internal link button on this page.
The timetable this week has suggestions of activities to do each day but this is more relaxed than the 'normal' time table. There is also a quiz to take up. There will be a winner with a prize waiting for you back at school when we return! The bonus question is pretty tricky and a bit of tie breaker.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you for working so hard to support the children in this hiccough on their educational journey. Your support for me has also meant a lot and I appreciate your kind words.
I would like to put out a plea for Andy Bear. I do not know what he has been doing. Has he done PE with Joe Wicks? Has he painted rainbows to put on the window? Is he working hard on Purple Mash or Times Tables Rock Stars? If he could send a picture or two we can share on here his adventures - which I am sure none of us thought he would be having when you met him in September!
Watch this space for news of video teaching after Easter, daily BBC bitesize, White Rose maths and other subject specific lessons. Also please take advantage of the resource on this page which gives the children focused activities to supplement the ones we have timetabled.
My Easter will be different from the one I had planned. No visit to my brother in Scotland, no Palm cross from church or dawn service with porridge and hot cross buns on Easter morning. But I will be celebrating, albeit in a quiet way.
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!
We are into the second week of the lockdown affecting us all because of the Covid-19 virus. I am enjoying the work that has been completed by the children. The purple mash activities are being completed by nearly all of the children. There are some who have not yet had a go at any of them. Please try to find time to complete the activities - some of them recap skills we have learned in class, some are developing this skills or giving the opportunity to learn new skills. The quizzes are good fun and give me an opportunity to give feedback to the children directly.
I have really appreciated the emails and messages sent by the children and would encourage you to keep doing this. I will also reiterate the message sent by Mrs Brown about weekly contact. It is important for all of us to keep in touch so you know you are being supported and I am aware of any issues you are having with the work set.
The weather is not as sunny as last week so I am sure the days are longer for you as the children are not able to spend as much time outdoors. Mrs Bradley has sent me some lovely pictures of the boys doing a Lego challenge and I will be including this in our weekly timetable.
Stay safe and well,
Hello Class 2!
I hope you are enjoying the sunshine and making the most of being outside. I have enjoyed looking at the work you have been doing on purple mash. I have received by email a lovely postcard from Eva and would love to see other work you have been doing. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
I am also posting a quiz which has been created by Bill Dargue from the Langar 4 Kids website. Let me know how you get on and send in your work.
It has been suggested that the children create their own diary of the events that are happening from their perspective. Something for the time capsule to look back on in years to come!
Keep checking the page for updates, photos and news.
Much (teacher) love to you all
Mrs T xx
I have uploaded the instructions for accessing the blog on Purple Mash. This is like a Whatsapp and has open comments for all the class to see. I am able to answer questions or comments and the rest of the class are able to see these and comment on them too.
To support the children if there is a school closure, we have put together learning packs to help meet some of the children's educational needs. Obviously this isn't ideal but we are all 'Keeping Calm and Carrying on'! Each week we are closed there will be a timetable uploaded to give structure to the day. These are guidelines and follow the National Curriculum in terms of content. They give ideas of what to do at different times of the day. Some of them rely on having access to a computer but some are practical. The children's work will automatically be saved so I can check the progress they are making and give them feedback. The children can also use a private blog to create their own learning journey.
Parents will have the opportunity to create their own accounts giving you the ability to assist your child with logging in, seeing activities set and work shared.
Thank you for your patience and understanding in this trying time.
On Thursday the children will come home with a piece of paper asking about favourite books. This is asking for the books you enjoyed reading as a child. We are comparing the books of different generations and why they are liked. Any information given will be gratefully received and used in our History lessons!
Many thanks for your support in our learning.
Just a quick note of reassurance for parents. The learning to learn homework I have posted is for a range of abilities in both year 1 and year 2. If you chose the written tasks, I do not have expectations that the written work you and your child do will exceed that ability expected for their age group. A report from a year 1 emerging writer will have more pictures and less writing than that of a child who can independently write several sentences. Don't let the writing put you off! Above all - enjoy it.
Also can I remind you all that even when names are in jumpers they can end up in the wrong book bag or on the wrong peg. Please check that you have your own child's jumper. We do our best to ensure that jumpers stay with the correct child but we don't always get it right.
Thanks, as always, for your support.
Mrs Turner and Mrs Lark
Welcome back to the new term!
A warm welcome to all those new to class 2. It seems strange to have a completely different set of children and parents.
The children have had a very settled start and adapted to the new adults in the class remarkably quickly. They are working hard already and producing some amazing work.
Our topic this term is history based and looks at changes within living memory. Look out for lots of questions about what it was like for you and for grandparents when you were young. We also have a new class mascot - 'Andy Bear' who will be coming home with each of the children during the year. He has a diary and would like you to help you child write a little bit about the adventures you have at the weekend. Pictures and photos would be welcome too!
I have attached the autumn term's L2L homework. I would reiterate the advice I gave to the class last year -
Firstly, presentation is very important. Care should be taken so it can be appreciated for the effort and time it has taken. Secondly, I do not expect lots of pieces, but fewer pieces done well. This will help with presentation, but also the pressure to complete every item on the list is removed. Lastly, it is about sharing learning with family and having fun while doing it. Thank you so much for your support in this matter. I know how precious time at home is and appreciate the effort of completing our creative projects at home.
I look forward to seeing you at our 'Meet the Teacher' session and later at the parent/teacher meetings. Look out for photos of your children and what they have been up to in class.
Mrs Turner and Mrs Lark
I am so incredibly proud of Class 2 after the amazing Sharing Assembly today. They shared their favourite piece of work and all were very brave when introducing each section to be presented. I have also really enjoyed looking at the creative homework this term. The memory boxes have been my particular favourite, with the interviews coming a close second. But I have been most impressed with the knowledge the children gain from the experience of doing this at home with you. Thank you for the time and effort you have put into this activity. Your support this morning was also very important as the children love to show off what they have been doing in the class. Such a lot has been achieved in the last two terms by the children.
May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Easter and a restful break leading into the busy summer term.
WORLD BOOK DAY
Thank you so much everyone, for helping your children to enter the competition I set. The standard was very high, with the children really trying to do their best to be in with a chance of winning one of the prizes. All the children were given a pencil and a small chocolate for entering.
The winners were - Year 3; Mollie Crowder, Year 2; Arlen Des Forges and the wild card lucky dip went to Harry Smalley. Well done everyone. Look out for the next competition in the summer term...
A very belated Happy New Year to you all and welcome back to the Spring Term.
The children have bounced into their new topic which is geography based. We are visiting a country in each continent as well as learning lots of valuable skills in geography.
Sarah Outen sent a message to the children asking them to plan a trip around the world for her and you can visit that link here. https://youtu.be/HWNWqFm3l4k
Our learning 2 learn homework is here as well as the copy sent home with the children. Hope you will have lots of fun doing this term's tasks.
A massive thank you to all of you who sent in the bicarb for our project. As you can see from the photos, the children had a tremendous time making these and have produced fabulous bath bombs which will be available at the Christmas Fair. All the ingredients are natural and non-toxic and there is a list on the tag of what they contain.
If you wish to make some of these during the holidays with your child I will be putting the recipe here on our page after the fair.
See you there!
Welcome back after the long-awaited half term. It was lovely to meet with you at the parents' evening consultation and have a chance to talk about your children's progress. Class 2 children work extremely hard and it is a joy to show off their achievements.
The next half term is full of exciting things, the first being Anti-bullying Week starting on Monday. The theme for this year is Choose Respect. Don't forget to get the old socks sorted on Tuesday for Odd Socks Day! The children will be doing lots of activities including Friendship Friday.
Please remember to ask your children about these activities and they will be able to chat to you about how they will Choose Respect.
I am amazed by the work you have been doing at home with your children for their homework. You are stimulating their imagination and increasing their skills and knowledge. Thank you.
We all enjoyed the baking this week. Mrs Petchell was busy working with the year 2s increasing their awareness of what to do with a potato! She also helped the children stew some fruit and produce a healthy pudding. If you want to recreate it the recipe is attached here and the children will tell you how to do it.
Just to remind you that we have sent home two important letters this week.
I have received funding from the PTA which has enabled us to reduce the cost of the trip to just £7.75. Please ensure that you pay on squid as soon as possible. If your child normally has school lunches then they will be provided with a school packed lunch. If they bring in sandwiches then they can either bring one in as normal, preferably in as little packaging as possible, or you can order one through squid. The children will be going into the caves so they really need to be wrapped up warm.
The parents' consultation letter has also been sent home and I am booking appointments already. The timings for your ten minute appointment are in half hour blocks and begin at 1pm until 6pm. The classrooms will be open for you to browse the children's work.
Looking forward to meeting you then.
We are still mislaying jumpers and cardigans. Please can I ask that you, in some way, name your child's clothes. Our classroom gets hot in the afternoon, the children take them off, put them down and forget where they have left them. If you have no names to sew in, why not try sewing in a coloured button or a mark that your child can identify. With so many children in the school with unnamed jumpers and cardigans of similar sizes it is tricky to match the correct piece of clothing with the correct child.
Thanks for your help in this matter.
For those of you who, like me, find pieces of paper have a habit of ending up in the same place as odd socks, I am putting the Learning to Learn home here for future reference.
I spoke to the children about several things to do with completing this homework. Firstly, presentation is very important. Care should be taken so it can be appreciated for the effort and time it has taken. Secondly, I do not expect lots of pieces, but fewer pieces done well. This will help with presentation, but also the pressure to complete every item on the list is removed. Lastly, it is about sharing learning with family and having fun while doing it.
Thank you so much for your support in this matter. I know how precious time at home is and appreciate the effort of completing our creative projects at home.
Our first full week back
It has been an exhausting week packed full of activities. The children really enjoyed tasting the results of our stone age fruit and nut bars. I have put a link to the recipe below. The recipe states pulsing in a blender but not only did stone age people not have blenders, I tried it that way and it wasn't as good!
We were scared as we crawled into caves to see the cave paintings. We found bugs in a bug hunt, worked as a team in PE and ended up the week doing some meditation. My socks were blown off with the children's writing and we have worked incredibly hard in maths.
I have also found a facebook link to developing children's growth mindset that you can try at home.
We are looking forward to our first whole school RE day this year and more exciting adventures.
Look out for news about our topic, our homework, our trip and special occasions we have planned for this term.
Our topic is called Stone Age Boy and we are looking at prehistory and all that it entailed to live back then.
I welcome chats from parents, but please make an appointment for longer discussions. I'm looking forward to meeting you all at the 'Meet Your Teacher' half hour next Tuesday.