Weekly Round-up

It is hard to believe that we are at the end of term 1 already! It has been a busy term, settling in, getting used to new routines and teachers! The children have settled well and it was good to have those conversations with you this week for Parents Evening.  

In Maths a big part of our learning is reasoning and problem solving; this gives children the opportunity to apply the concepts they have been taught. We encourage the children to use sentences like: ‘I know that because…’ ‘It can’t be…because…’ ‘I think…’ We continue to do this as part of our daily Maths lessons for both Year 1 and Year 2 children.

This week we have continued to look at fact families in Year 2. In Year 1 we have been looking at ordering numbers, including ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd…) and using the number line.

In English we have continued to look at sentence structure; what a sentence is and how it can be improved with good word choices. The Year 2s have looked at using different conjunctions to develop their sentence structure. The children have been writing their drafts for their non-chronological report and published them (written them in ‘best’).

Keep up with the Oxford Owl reading, as well as reading other texts. We have just started reading our new Class text ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’ by Roald Dahl. Please remember to write in your child’s reading diary when you hear them read.

Year 1 are revisiting Phase 3 and the texts suggested on their homework in their red books are:

Phase 3 Set 11 ‘Bang the Gong’

Phase 3 Set 11 ‘Dick and his cat’

We have also sent home a Snakes and Ladders game with the Year 1s to reinforce the sounds and tricky words from Phase 3.

Year 2, please continue revisiting Phase 5 texts as well as reading a variety of other texts.

As part of our Science topic on animals and habitats we looked at ‘Microhabitats’ and created our own using potatoes! We chose places around the school grounds that we thought would be good to create our own microhabitat. We left the potatoes and then went back to see if we could see any signs of life!

During art this week we painted our animal sculptures. We found out how fragile the clay can be and also the importance of joining materials carefully.

HANDWRITING

We will leave this information here each week for easy access.

Please remember to reinforce the correct pencil grip at home; the correct letter and number formation.

This video shows how the children are taught in Foundation using the Read Write Inc scheme but please note that we use a ‘curly’ k and the ‘f’ has a longer tail that carries on below the line.

REMINDERS

Term 2 begins on TUESDAY 3rd NOVEMBER

Please can we remind you about the importance of earrings either being covered with micropore tape (or similar) or being removed on PE days (Tuesdays and Thursdays). Long hair should be tied back and children should be in an appropriate PE kit, which includes the school PE t-shirt and appropriate bottoms.

Year 2 homework should be returned on a Wednesday.

Year 1 homework/phonics books should be returned on a Thursday.

BOOKBAGS-Please check your child’s bookbag daily and only leave in there what needs to be in there-their reading books, homework on days it needs to be returned and any letters/documents that need to be returned.

Thank you for your support this term. We hope that you have a relaxing half term and look forward to seeing you for the start of term 2.

Mrs Cotter and Miss Batram

Weekly Round-Up

It has been a busy week which began with the fabulous Cross-country event on Tuesday. The children participated well and at the end of the day all came together (socially distanced) to see Mr Davis presented with the ‘Mr Pearson Positive Contribution’ award. Well done.

In Maths we have all been looking at comparing numbers using the ‘greater than, less than’ and ‘equals to’ signs (> < =); ordering numbers and developing our mathematical vocabulary. The Year 2s have also been looking at ‘Fact families’ using addition and subtraction

In English we have continued to look at sentence structure; what a sentence is and how it can be improved with good word choices. The Year 2s have also looked at how we can use bullet points to make notes and have created a plan for their non-chronological reports that they will be writing next week.

Keep up with the Oxford Owl reading, as well as reading other texts. We have just finished reading our Class text ‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine De Saint-Exupery and look forward to starting our next text. Please remember to write in your child’s reading diary when you hear them read.

Year 1 are revisiting Phase 3 and the texts suggested on their homework in their red books are:

Phase 3 Set 11 ‘The Rocket Flight’

Phase 3 Set 11 ‘Bat facts’

Year 2, please continue revisiting Phase 5 texts.

During art this week we made our animal sculptures. We had to think carefully about how the clay was joined and we are keeping our fingers crossed that they are still in one piece when they dry out!

Mrs MacIntyre has spoken to the children about ‘Street Tag’ set up by Oxfordshire Schools Games- ‘For communities, Street Tag is exceptional at bringing together families, neighbours, and communities to get out more, by turning streets and green spaces into a virtual playground, to increase families’ outdoor experience in walking, running, and cycling more to earn rewards.’ More information to follow.

Yesterday, during morning break, the children were so excited to see the rainbow that appeared. It led to lots of interesting discussions about unicorns, pots of gold and ‘pink isn’t in the rainbow’.

The magic at playtime!

HANDWRITING

We will leave this information here each week for easy access.

Please remember to reinforce the correct pencil grip at home; the correct letter and number formation.

This video shows how the children are taught in Foundation using the Read Write Inc scheme but please note that we use a ‘curly’ k and the ‘f’ has a longer tail that carries on below the line.

REMINDERS

TUESDAY 20th October: Individual photos. It is our PE day so the children need to wear their school sweatshirts/cardigans and white tops but with their PE kit on the bottom half.

HEALTHY SNACKS-These should be a piece of fruit, vegetables or a cereal bar that is nut-free. A healthy snack (fruits/vegetables) is provided by the school for the children in Year 1 and 2.

Please can we remind you about the importance of earrings either being covered with micropore tape (or similar) or being removed on PE days (Tuesdays and Thursdays). Long hair should be tied back and children should be in an appropriate PE kit, which includes the school PE t-shirt and appropriate bottoms.

Year 2 homework should be returned on a Wednesday.

Year 1 homework/phonics books should be returned on a Thursday.

BOOKBAGS-Please check your child’s bookbag daily and only leave in there what needs to be in there-their reading books, homework on days it needs to be returned and any letters/documents that need to be returned.

We hope that you have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you next week.

Mrs Cotter and Miss Batram

Weekly Round-Up-apologies!

The following was scheduled for last Friday but due to technical difficulties it wasn’t published!!!! Also, due to clay fun at the end of the day I didn’t give the children their slips for the parents evening phone calls! They will be given to the children tomorrow.

Apologies again!

We hope that you enjoy the Harvest films that we have put together-you should receive a link today to enable you to watch these.

In Maths we have all been looking at comparing numbers using the ‘greater than, less than’ and ‘equals to’ signs (> < =). We continue to encourage the children to use the correct language and ‘reason’ their answers, which the some of the children have demonstrated really well this week.

Ask children to compare numbers and objects. They can use the signs-write them/show them with their arm actions.

In English we have continued to look at sentence structure; what a sentence is and how it can be improved with good word choices. We have looked at how we can expand our sentences to include more detail. We have also started to look at non-fiction texts, identifying the key features ready for our non-chronological report writing (Year 2) and sentence writing (Year 1)

Sorting books

It has been very promising to see the number of people accessing Oxford Owl Reading ‘Phonics’. The texts on here are a great resource.

Year 1 are revisiting Phase 3 and the texts suggested on their homework in their red books are:

Phase 3 Set 10 ‘Turnip is missing’

Phase 3 Set 11 ‘The lost cow

Year 2, please continue revisiting Phase 5 texts.

As part of our whole class guided reading sessions we used extracts from ‘Tale of a singing zebra.’ If you would like to look at this further please click on this link

During our art session this week we got very dirty experimenting with clay. We looked at different clay techniques in preparation for making clay animal sculptures.

Handwriting

Please remember to reinforce the correct pencil grip at home; the correct letter and number formation.

This video shows how the children are taught in Foundation using the Read Write Inc scheme but please note that we use a ‘curly’ k and the ‘f’ has a longer tail that carries on below the line. Click the link below for a useful handwriting reminder sheet.

Remember, we form our ‘f’ and ‘k’ differently but we hope you find this video useful

REMINDERS

Please can we remind you about the importance of earrings either being covered with micropore tape (or similar) or being removed on PE days (Tuesdays and Thursdays). Long hair should be tied back and children should be in an appropriate PE kit, which includes the school PE t-shirt and appropriate bottoms.

School Cross-Country Event-TUESDAY 13th OCTOBER

After school club with Mr Davis-TUESDAY 13th OCTOBER. Please remember to let us know if your child is NOT staying.

Year 2 homework should be returned on a Wednesday.

Year 1 homework/phonics books should be returned on a Thursday.

BOOKBAGS-Please check your child’s bookbag daily and only leave in there what needs to be in there-their reading books, homework on days it needs to be returned and any letters/documents that need to be returned.

We hope that you have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you next week.

Mrs Cotter and Miss Batram

Weekly Round-up

It has been a busy week preparing for our Harvest film, which has involved learning words, actions and artwork. The children have done a fantastic job, singing outside and ignoring any distractions!

In Maths the Year 2s have continued to look at partitioning numbers into tens and ones, demonstrating their understanding of the value of each digit. They are developing their mathematical vocabulary in order to help them ‘reason’ their ideas. Click on this link for an activity that reinforces this concept using Dienes/Base 10. SHARK NUMBERS

The Year 1s have been looking at counting forwards and backwards; identifying one more and one less. We have also been working on number formation. Click on this link for an interactive game for finding one more/less to 20. CHOPPER SQUAD

Today, we have all started to look at ‘greater’ and ‘less’ than-comparing objects and numbers and will continue with this next week.

In English we have been thinking about our sentence structure; what a sentence is and how it can be improved with good word choices. We have looked at how we can expand our sentences to include more detail.

It has been very promising to see the number of people accessing Oxford Owl Reading ‘Phonics’. The texts on here are a great resource.

Year 1 are revisiting Phase 3 and the texts suggested on their homework in their red books are:

Phase 3 Set 10 ‘Stuck in the mud’

Phase 3 Set 11 ‘Stuck in the storm’

Year 2, please continue revisiting Phase 5 texts.

HANDWRITING

We are focusing on the children’s handwriting and their pencil grip/control and have shown the children a video clip to help them get ready for writing. It is included within the attached PPT, which you will need to view in slide show mode for the clip to work.

We are also reinforcing the position they should be sat in and where their paper/book should be.

REMINDERS

Please can we remind you about the importance of earrings either being covered with micropore tape (or similar) or being removed on PE days (Tuesdays and Thursdays). Long hair should be tied back and children should be in an appropriate PE kit, which includes the school PE t-shirt and appropriate bottoms.

Year 2 homework should be returned on a Wednesday.

Year 1 homework/phonics books should be returned on a Thursday.

We hope that you have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you next week.

Mrs Cotter and Miss Batram

Oxford Owl Reading

Please look in your child ‘s book bag today for information about how you can access Oxford Owl’s eBooks to support your child’s phonics. You will find the username and password on the information provided.

Each week we will direct you to a book that will reinforce the sounds that we are practising that week. We realise that the level of the book may be below or above what your child may be reading but we would like you to use these books to reinforce the sounds we are covering in our phonic sessions. You can also look at the levels below this to reinforce previously taught sounds. 

For Year 2 we will be revisiting previously taught phonics from Year 1 and would like you to select a different text from Phase 5;  record this on the sheet that we have provided in your child’s homework folder. Make sure this sheet is returned in the homework folder each Wednesday.

The texts include guidance on how to use them and comprehension activities.
For Year 1 the suggested book will be included in their red phonics book that they bring home and for Year 2 we will include a suggestion on their homework. 
We hope you enjoy using this resource to help support your child’s learning.

Click on the above image to take you to Oxford Owl. Follow the instructions on the information sheet sent home in your child’s book bag today.

This week’s phonics focus

Year 1: Phase 3 Set 10 The hunt for Ted’

Year 2:Phase 5 (revisiting)-please record on the sheet provided in your child’s homework folder or click on the link below to download it.

Welcome to the Marvellous Meerkats!

Welcome to our Class 2 blog!


We are really pleased with how the children have settled into the new routines, which can be tricky at the best of times, especially for the younger children. We have been so impressed with how they have adapted to the changes since lockdown. We appreciate that this must be difficult for you and appreciate your support with helping us to ensure that transitions in the morning and at hometime can be as smooth as possible.
During our first couple of days back at school the children chose a name for each class. Class 2 chose to become Marvellous Meerkats. We then went on to create a class charter, identify ways of becoming successful learners and thinking about how we are smart.


Our topic this term is  ‘Wild’  which we began with an amazing animal day-lots of interesting costumes were worn on the day and the children enjoyed talking about their favourite animals. The children also created their own animals using card rolls. We have been using the test ‘Wild’ by Emily Hughes as an inspiration for our English and topic work. Ask your child to tell you about the story.


As these are still early days, we are spending time getting to know the children as individuals and as a class group. We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead  with our new classes.

Mrs Cotter and Miss Batram


IMPORTANT PE INFORMATION

Please remember that on the days when your  child has PE they need to come to school in a school PE kit  and appropriate for the weather. Long hair should be tied back and earrings should be removed or covered with micropore tape (or similar).

TUESDAY PE KIT DAYS: TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY

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