Monday, 23 January 2017


We have already produced some very descriptive fire and ice poems.
 
 
 
We have looked at the artwork of Martin Bulinya an African artist, and produced our own versions using his style.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

January 2017

Happy New Year


Dear Parents,

 

We hope you have all enjoyed a lovely Christmas break and welcome to the start of the spring term. We have been really impressed with how hard your children are working already and we are looking forward to the term ahead.

This term we have one main topic which is ‘Fire and Ice.’ This is an exciting topic which incorporates a wide range of activities. As part of this topic children will learn about hot and cold countries of the world including climates, animals and habitats. We will compare these to our own locality.

 

For your information a brief outline of coverage across the whole curriculum for this term is included below.

 

English
In addition to daily practice of handwriting, spelling and grammar we will be focusing on the following text types
  • Narrative
  • Poetry
  • Information texts
Mathematics
In addition to regular practice of number bonds, problem solving and calculation we will be focusing specifically on the following areas:
·         Place value of two digit numbers
  • Addition and subtraction of two digit numbers
  • Charts and graphs
  • Recognition of coins and problem solving with money.
  • 2D and 3D shapes
Science
 
 
This term in Science we will be looking at animals and their habitats including food chains.
RE
This term in RE we will be exploring why some people are leaders, why was Jesus a leader and how did he instruct people to behave.
 
PSHCE
In PSHCE we will be exploring relationships
·         Kindness and anti-bullying
·         Mindfulness
·         Our strengths, goals and achievements
PE
Our PE sessions will be on Mondays with Jon, the PE coach. These sessions will focus on building skills for team games.
 
Art and Design
In art and design the children will be exploring a range of techniques, including observational drawing and watercolour. We will be looking at and responding to African artwork and applying the same techniques to create our own paintings.
 
ICT
In ICT we will be using the internet to research endangered animals and will write our own information texts in Microsoft Word.
 


 

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

"Royal" Mail

Today, Year Two made a trip to the Post Office to post some very special letters to Buckingham Palace. 

Each one has been carefully hand written by the children and they contain some interesting and thoughtful questions for the Queen.  

Have a look on the display board outside our classroom next week to see copies. You'll be impressed by how hard we have worked!





We can't wait to see if we get a reply!

Summer Term Communication Letter




22nd April 2016

Year 2 Communication Letter – Summer 2016

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the start of the summer term. It’s hard to believe that we only have one term left. The children continue to work incredibly hard and are making great progress towards becoming Year 3 in the Autumn.  

This term we have two shorter topics. In the first half term our topic is The Queen’s Knickers. This is a really fun topic which coincides with the Queen’s 90th birthday. As part of this topic children will learn about important events in the life of the Queen and will consider how life has changed since 1952. We will be using the story The Queen’s Knickers by Nicholas Allan and children will even have the chance to design their own knickers for the queen. The topic will end with a tea party assembly for Year Two parents where children will share their work. This will take place at 9.10 on Friday 27th May and we hope to see many of you there. After the half term our topic will be Up, Up and Away. In this topic children will learn about the first aeroplane flight and the journey of Amy Johnson, the first British lady to fly solo from Britain to Australia.

For your information a brief outline of coverage across the whole curriculum for this term is included below.

English
In addition to regular practice of handwriting, spelling and grammar we will be focusing on the following text types
  • Letter writing
  • Narrative
  • Poetry
  • Information texts
Mathematics
In addition to regular practice of number bonds, problem solving and calculation we will be focusing specifically on the following areas:
  • Securing number facts
  • Counting, partitioning and calculating
  • Understanding Shape
  • Handling data and measures
RE
This term in RE we will be exploring what makes a good leader. We will learn the story of the first disciples and will consider what special qualities we have to make us a good leader.   
PSHCE
In PSHCE we will be exploring:
·       Kindness and anti-bullying
·       Mindfulness
·       Our strengths, goals and achievements
·       Keeping safe
·       Moving on to Key Stage Two
PE
For the first ½ term our PE will be on Monday with Mrs Thomas and on Thursday with our sports coach John. After the half term holidays we will continue to have PE on a Thursday, but will also be swimming on a regular basis. More information will follow about swimming later in the term.
Art and Design
In art and design the children will be exploring a range of techniques, including textiles, clay, observational drawing and watercolour.  
ICT
In ICT we will be learning how to use word processing and presentation software. We will use the internet to research the life of the Queen and will write our own information texts in Microsoft Word. The children will also use the Paint software to design a pair of knickers for the Queen. Watch out for these on our Blog later in the term.

We have an exciting term ahead of us. The children have already made a fantastic start to the term and are very enthusiastic about the topic. As always, if children have books, photos or artefacts linked to our topic we would love to see these and they can be brought in for Show and Tell.

Reading
As part of their home-learning children should be reading at home for at least 10-15 minutes per day. Children continue to choose a colour-coded reading book, these do not need to be changed daily but when children are ready. As children progress onto trickier and longer texts they should be encouraged to discuss their reading in order to develop their comprehension. The focus of the reading curriculum shifts at this point and becomes less focused on decoding words and much more focused on children’s understanding. As a result of this, you may find that a larger part of the reading time at home is spent discussing stories and texts and this is absolutely fine.  A list of comprehension question starters is attached to this letter. You may find this list useful when discussing texts with your child.

Spelling
A copy of this term’s Half Termly Spelling list is included with this letter. Children completed a baseline test at the beginning of term and their score is also attached. The children will be re-tested on these words at the end of the half term. In addition to their half termly list, children will also continue to bring home a list of 6 words to be learnt weekly. These will be sent home every Monday and children will be tested on these words, plus two unseen words following the same pattern, the following Monday. These words will help children to learn the spelling pattern, rule or sound that is the focus of our daily phonics and spelling lessons.

Communication books
Communication books should be brought into school each day and will be checked and signed. Please continue to use these books to record your child’s reading, maths games and to send any important messages to and from school.

Maths Games
Children should continue to play the maths games in their Key Stage One maths pack.

PE kit
We will be outside as much as possible on a Monday and Thursday PE session. As the weather improves we will also be using the field much more. If children would like to wear trainers for their outdoor PE sessions this is absolutely fine.

A plea for labelled uniform!
As the weather gets warmer we have a lot of children taking jumpers off during the day. Please could you check that all of your child’s uniform is labelled? This saves us a lot of time at the end of the day when trying to reunite cardigans and jumpers with their owners! Many thanks in advance for this.

SATs
Many parents will be aware that this year children will sit their end of Key Stage One SATs test. These tests are new this year for the new curriculum. The tests can be administered any time during May and are less formal than the Key Stage Two version. Children can sit the test as a whole class, in small groups or 1:1 depending on their need and while there is a guide for the time limit this is not a strict rule. For your information children will be sitting the tests during the last two weeks of this ½ term. We will be keeping the atmosphere as relaxed as possible to ensure that children are completely at ease when taking the tests. If you have any questions about the SATs please  don’t hesitate to come and see me.

Maternity Arrangements 
As many of you know, my baby is due in mid-July. All being well, I am hoping (fingers crossed) that I will be able to be in school until the end of June, unless of course the little one has other ideas! As is always the way with these things you just never know! Mrs Rowe is on stand-by and will be teaching the class for the last few weeks of term after I have left. Mrs Paske will of course keep you up to date with full arrangements for maternity cover as these are confirmed. Thank you for all your kind words and support over the last few months. It is a very exciting time for us!

Wake and Shake
Year Two are in charge of Wake and Shake this half term. I hope you have enjoyed watching them lead the dancing so far. The children have chosen the track and choreographed the moves themselves and I think they are doing a great job. Please feel free to join in with the moves if you would like!

If you have any questions, concerns or comments throughout the term please don’t hesitate to come and see me on the playground or make an appointment for after school.


Kind Regards,

Mrs Thomas 


Monday, 25 January 2016

Northleach Litter Survey

As part of our geography topic this term we have been exploring features of our local area.

We went on a walk around Northleach. While we were walking we looked for things that might spoil our town.

We kept a tally chart as we walked round and put our results into a table.  You can see what we found out below.






Way area is spoilt
Number of times seen

Smashed glass


0

Dog poo


5

Litter


53

Cigarette ends


30

Chewing gum


20

Wobbly pavements


22 places on different pavements

Food on the floor


1

How to make a jam sandwich

This term we have been learning how to write instructions. 

Mrs Thomas gave us instructions for how to make a jam sandwich. The only problem was they were all jumbled up! 

We made our own jam sandwiches and put them back in the right order. 

This is how we did it. 

First, we had to spread the butter on the bread. 


Next, we added the jam on top of the butter. 


Then, we put both pieces of bread together, jammy sides in! 


After that, we cut the sandwich into quarters. 



 We served the sandwich on a plate. 


 Finally, we ate them. 

 They were delicious!