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Friday 7th December

Learning Journey

The Key Stage 1 Performance is coming along well and all the children have learnt their lines. We are now just encouraging them to use a ‘teacher’ voice when performing so all the audience can hear them. Thank you to parents for their costumes and for your patience with the system of booking tickets. Final ticket numbers will be confirmed on Monday but all families will at least have 2 tickets on their preferred day.

Our fabulous finish of the Great Fire of London will take place if weather allows on Friday at 1.30 when the Crowborough Fire Brigade will be helping out with the burning of the model houses. We will take lots of photographs to record the event!

English

This week the children have read different stories about the Great Fire of London including one told by a swan! They are developing their knowledge of the events that happened during the 5 days and we have also discussed fires that have happened in more modern times also such as the Grenfell disaster and the recent Californian wild fires. We have been able to reinforce the skill of identifying verbs and spelling them correctly depending on whether they are in the past or the present tense. They are beginning to recognise the suffix ‘ed’ and learning how to add it on to the root word e.g. walk - walked, chat - chatted.

Maths

This week in maths we have continued learning about shapes and can now identify 2d shaped faces on 3d shapes.

In other maths lessons the children have been linking multiplication sentences to repeated addition and using their knowledge to solve word problems involving multiplication.

A year 2 objective is that the children can spell all their number words correctly and we have assessed them on this during the week. Your children will be bringing home a list of the ones that they are not able to spell and you can support them by practicing these at home. We will assess them again after Christmas but if they can spell them by the end of this term that would be even better! We will be sending home weekly spellings in Term 3 on wards anyhow.

Science

This week we investigated waterproof materials to see which would be the best choice to make a bucket out of. We will talk about fire proof materials too and use fire breaks while burning the houses next week too.

Diary dates for our year group

  • There will be an end of term Church service on 19th December at 9.30 which you are welcome to attend, however the children are dropped at school first.

 

  • Early morning booster groups will be running next term. There will be letters out informing you which children are invited before the end of term.
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Friday 30th  November

Learning Journey

The 1666 model houses that have been made for home learning are absolutely amazing.  The children have spoken about them with much pride and the amount of time and effort has been well worth it!  We are now very sad that we have suggested they will be burnt!  We will obviously give the children the option and have taken a photograph of everyone’s model so that if they do become a pile of ashes, they will have the photograph as a memory.  We are hoping that the fire service will be on hand to support us with our planned Great Fire of London event and then the children will have the added opportunity to see a working fire engine also.

English

This week the children have begun writing short diary entries as if they were there at the time of the Great Fire of London.  They enjoyed watching the events unfold in two clips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Er3GKw8Z3R4  and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VarSSAwiimU  They have practised writing verbs in the past tense and spelling the days of the week correctly.  As this is a Year 1 objective, it would be helpful if you could practise ordering and spelling the days of the week at home also.

Maths

This week the children continued to use addition and subtraction to solve word problems.  We have used bar models and part part whole models to generate number sentences such as:

                         9

        3

                6

 

 

 

6+3=9

3+6=9

9 – 3 = 6

9 – 6 = 3
Science

This week we learnt what is a waterproof material and the properties that this has.  Next week we will be testing materials to see which is the most waterproof.  They have been set the challenge to find the correct material to make a bucket out of instead of the leather buckets that were used to fight the Great Fire of London.

Diary dates for our year group

  • We are well into Christmas rehearsals.  A big well done to those children who have already learnt their lines off by heart and to those who know all the songs!
  • You will be able to book the remaining tickets for any extra family members to come along to the performance on Monday morning.
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Welcome to Year 2’s Weekly newsletter

Friday 23rd November

Learning Journey

The children have enjoyed sharing their model houses that have already come in for home learning; there has been so much hard work put into them, thank you for your support.  They only need to be returned by Wednesday and we will make a display of them, as if it is Pudding Lane before the Great Fire begins!  We have discovered more about the timeline of events for the Great Fire of London, such as how in 1665 there was an epidemic of the Great Plague and that the fire helped to stop this getting any worse.  They asked and answered questions about how the Plague was spread, what the awful symptoms were and why the Plague Doctor’s wore a mask with a beak on it.

English

This week the children enjoyed sharing their books at the book look.  In English we have begun looking at the features of diaries to link with the historical source that is Samuel Pepys’ Diary.  Next week they will practice writing verbs in the past tense and have a go at writing a simple diary entry for a fairy tale character.

Maths

This week the children used their skills of addition and subtraction to solve word problems.  We discussed why maths is important in real life and how adults have to solve problems every day, such as buying food, weighing things etc.  Today the children had a go at writing their own word problem too for a friend to solve.  You can help your child by talking about the maths problems that you solve every day using vocabulary such as more than, fewer, how many altogether or how many are left so that they understand when to use an addition or subtraction calculation.

Science

This week we have sorted objects into sets of materials.  We looked at manmade and natural materials and how coal and diamonds are both derived from the same natural element of carbon but have very different properties.  We will begin to talk about fire retardant materials and what we could use as a fire break when we simulate our Great Fire of London investigation.

Diary dates for our year group

  • We have begun rehearsing the Christmas performance – please help those children who have lines to become familiar with them as soon as possible.
  • Don’t forget, its tree planting on the school field tomorrow from 9.30.

 

We loved supporting Children in Need with our spotty own clothes!

We loved supporting Children in Need with our spotty own clothes! 1

Friday 16th  November

Learning Journey

The children have enjoyed learning more about the Great Fire of London and used this to support their writing this week.  They have also discussed what they already know about our science topic of ‘Materials and their Properties’ and many have set questions to research further.  You can support your children’s learning by sharing non-fiction texts about materials or using the internet to find out more.  Please send in any non-fiction books that are relevant to any of their learning this term, children enjoy sharing their findings with the rest of the class.

English

This week we have been completing our work on instructional texts.  They have made use of a plan to sequence instructions before writing them down and they have all engaged enthusiastically in the assessment task of writing their own piece about making a model house.

Maths

This week the children have learnt more about subtraction and have practiced skills such as partitioning into tens and ones, finding one more and one less than a 2-digit number and drawing jumps back on blank number lines.  You can help them subtract a 2-digit number from another 2 digit number using a one-hundred square:  for instance 36 – 14…first subtract ten by simply moving up to the row above and then subtract ones by moving to the left. 

We use https://primarygames.co.uk/pg2/splat/splatsq100.html to support them with this.

Science

This week we have handled objects that are made of different materials and begun to ask what is the difference in the properties of the different materials.  For example, they have looked at different types of spoons: a plastic medicine spoon, a plastic serving spoon, a wooden spoon, a metal spoon and one with a metal mesh for serving vegetables.  Can they describe the differences in material and do they have an idea why they have different uses?

Diary dates for our year group

  • We have begun rehearsing the Christmas performance – please make sure that you use the Parent Pay system to reserve your seats as soon as possible and then we will be able to release any extras.
  • Please speak to your child’s teacher if you have any questions about their costumes.
  • Don’t forget, its a ‘book look’ on Tuesday 20th.  See you there!

 

 

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Friday 9th November

Learning Journey

The children enjoyed their stunning start on Thursday this week when they worked collaboratively on creative tasks outside. They collected natural objects to create their own mini bonfires and enjoyed the role play of lighting it, keeping warm and toasting marshmallows! They also created a large collage of a bonfire and as they were outside they could experiment with mark making using a range of items, large paintbrushes, pots of glitter, ripping paper and squirting bottles of paint. They were very careful not to make too much of a mess and we have some fantastic art to show for it.

English

This week we have continued looking at instructions and procedural texts. They wrote lists about the materials that they needed for the art activity and used time conjunctions to sequence firework safety instructions. You can help your children by sharing examples of instructions that you use at home as they will be writing their set of instruction as an assessed task next week.

Maths

This week the children have learnt how to regroup when adding two 2-digit numbers together using column addition. They have also been shown how other strategies such as counting on a loud using fingers and using a blank number line. They have been spotting 3d shapes on a hunt outside and we will continue naming and describing shapes throughout this term. Please can you support their learning by using the language associated with shapes such as curved, straight, corners, sides, faces, vertices and symmetrical. Just ask if you are unsure how and when to use these terms.

Science

Next week we will be beginning our learning about materials and their properties. The children need to ask questions to support their investigations such as “why are shoes made of leather and not paper?” “Why is glass used for windows?” “Why did the houses burn so fast in the Great Fire of London?” If you have any related non-fiction books at home, please send them in to share with the class.

Diary dates for our year group

  • The Christmas performances will be in the afternoon of Thursday 13th December and the morning of Friday 14th December. Some of the children with the longer speaking parts will have received highlighted parts of the script already. This is so that they begin to be aware of what their lines are. Don’t worry, we don’t expect them to be learnt by Monday!
  • If you and your families are available to come and adopt and/or plant trees on the school field, please come and join the tree planting event on Saturday 24th November from 9.30.

 

Friday 2nd November

Learning Journey

The learning journey this term is “Fire, Fire!” which we will be starting next week with a bang! The learning will include finding out about the Gun Powder plot, the properties of materials and the history of the Great Fire of London.

English

This week we have been identifying the features of instructions and procedural texts. We have looked at how this genre uses titles and subheadings along with other layout features such as paragraphs, bullet points and numbers. Next week we will be writing our own sets of instructions about how to build a model house.

Maths

This week the children have continued addition with two 2-digit numbers without regrouping the tens. Next week they will be learning how to regroup using the column addition layout so you can help your children by practicing partitioning numbers into tens and ones. E.g. 14 = 10 + 4, 26 = 20 +6

They also need to be skilled at counting on. We have been teaching them to start with the largest number, put it in their heads and count on from that using fingers i.e. “12 + 4…..put 12 in your head, show me 4 fingers and count on …13, 14, 15, 16.”

Science

This week we have completed our learning about habitats; thinking about how we can look after our environment and not waste resources or pollute our world. Next week we start our new topic looking at the properties of materials, especially thinking about why the houses burnt so well in the Great Fire of London. Please start saving recycled modelling materials for the building of model houses later in term. We would also be grateful for any washed plastic bottles so that they can create poppies for our WW1 Remembrance Centenary display.

Diary dates for our year group

  • Look out for any painted poppy pebbles around Crowborough during the weekend!
  • Christmas performance will be Thursday 13th December and Friday 14th December.

We have begun to cast parts for the children and they will receive their script if they are having a speaking part next week.

 

 

 

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Friday 19th October

Learning Journey

The learning journey this term has ended with the children enjoying our fabulous finish of all things Scottish! We have danced reels and ‘Stripped the Willow’ in our Ceilidh and tried tasty treats of oat cakes, shortbread and ‘perkins’. Many of the children brought tartan garments to wear and there was a lot of merry singing about taking the highroad!

Next term they will learn about the Gun Powder plot and traditional tales.

English

This week we completed our Katie Morag stories and the children are very proud of them. Many of the children have got spellings to learn for the half term as we are now working on editing and improving our writing in class using purple pens to correct the common exception words that Year 2 children need to know by the end of the year. During half term, you could also them to retell any traditional fairy tales as that is our topic for Term 2.

Maths

This week the children worked hard to spot number bonds to 10 when adding 3 1-digit numbers. We will continue addition and subtraction after half term, so you can help your children by practicing their number bonds to 10, 20 and 100 so that they have quick recall of the facts. E.g.

6 + 4 = 10, 4 + 6 = 10, 10 – 4 = 6, 10 – 6 = 4 or

  1. + 4 = 20, 4 + 16 = 20 etc.. or

60 + 40 = 100, 40 + 60 = 100

Science

  1. week we continued to learn about the habitats of animals around the world. We will continue learning this during Term 2 as they need to understand how animals adapt to their surroundings for instance with camouflage or developing thicker fur for colder climates.

Diary dates for our year group

  • Christmas performance will be Thursday 13th December and Friday 14th December.

Further information to follow soon. Have a great half term!

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Welcome to Year 2's Weekly Newsletter

Friday 12th October

Learning Journey

In our learning journey we have been describing the coast line of Britain looking at aerial photographs and watching film clips. You could support your children by talking with them about the features of beaches such as cliffs, harbours, lighthouses, rocks, jetties. Next week we will be drawing a plan perspective of the school grounds and use directional language to describe routes around it.

English

This week we have been continuing to learn the story of Katie Morag and Tiresome Ted using actions to help the children remember the phrases. At the weekend you could ask them to retell it to you although we have deliberately not shared the ending so that they can predict what happens to Tiresome Ted. Katie Morag becomes very angry; how many verbs can they use to describe angry behaviour? e.g. stomping, shouting, flinging, kicking, sulking etc

Maths

This week we have been learning how to add a 1 digit number to a 2 digit number using vertical addition and next week they will practise doing this with two 2 digit numbers without regrouping

e.g. 33

    + 26

   ___59_

Science

This week we looked at micro habitats of animals within the school grounds. The children enjoyed investigating and describing the habitats. Why not investigate the micro habitats of the garden or park with a magnifying glass? Will they find the same animals as they did in the school grounds?

Diary dates for our year group

  • Friday 19th October: Term 1 Fabulous finish – A Scottish Ceilidh. If anyone can play the bagpipes or know someone that does, please let us know! They are welcome to bring an item of tartan clothing with them if they wish but please don't feel that they have to.  The children will be tasting some Scottish food so please let us know if they have any food allergies that are not on a medical form yet.
  • We will begin talking to the children about the Christmas performance soon. There will be two performances for you to choose from to attend Thursday 13th December and Friday 14th December. Further information to follow soon.

 

 

 

Welcome to Year 2's Weekly Newsletter

 

Friday 5th October

 

Learning Journey

This term we are learning about Katie Morag and the children have been learning about the human and physical features in two different places – Crowborough and the fictional Isle of Struay, which is based on the Scottish Isle of Coll.  At the weekend you could explore the local area further to support our learning journey encouraging the children to use the geographical vocabulary to describe the features that you see.                                                                                                          

English

This week we have been learning about Katie Morag and Tiresome Ted.  Next week we will be re-writing the beginning and middle of the story.  At home you could encourage them to retell it or act it out to support your child’s learning.

 

Maths

This week we have been learning how to add a 1-digit number to a 2-digit number using a number line and also a tens and ones frame where we draw the tens and ones to represent the number. Please practice this, and ask them about their learning, as they need to be confident with the skills, especially putting the 2-digit number in their heads and counting on in ones.

 

Science

This week we have been learning about food chains and what the animals of Ashdown Forest and Scotland eat.  Next week we will be looking at the habitats that animals have adapted to throughout the world.  Please encourage the children to explore these habitats in any non-fiction books at home or from the library as well as the internet if they have access. 

 

Diary dates for our year group

  • Friday 19th October: Term 1 Fabulous finish – A Scottish Ceilidh.  If anyone can play the bagpipes or knows someone that does, please let us know!  

 

 

Welcome to Year 2 Weekly newsletter

Friday 28th September

 

In English we have been reading the Katie Morag stories to learn about a contrasting area of the United Kingdom. The children have predicted the endings to Katie Morag delivers the Mail and The Two Grandmothers. We have clarified and discovered lots of new words along the way as well as describing the setting and the characters. Why don't you ask your children about any new vocabulary that they have learnt.

 

In maths we are still working hard on understanding place value for numbers up to 100. We have been partitioning 2-digit numbers in to tens and ones - they have enjoyed playing http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/starship/maths/games/place_the_penguin/big_sound/full.shtml

 

Don't forget that it is Harvest Festival at Church on Wednesday 3rd October and the children have been painting pictures at school to support their RE learning.

 

 

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