Good morning everyone. Yes this page looks a little different today. I have had a little tidy up of our page this morning. You should now be able to find everything that you might need in the different sections. The daily timetable now has its own section as does my daily message to you. I am looking forward to seeing some of your Disney challenge pictures when we come back to school.
I want to wish you and your families a Happy Easter and I know it will not be exactly as we would have wished make a real effort to be kind to each other, help each other and keep smiling. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers and don't eat too much chocolate!
Welcome to Year 2
Welcome back to another year. The year has started well and we have had a good first week. I am looking forward to getting to know parents over the next few weeks. Mrs Board and I will be working with your children so they will enjoy the challenges ahead in Year 2. Do talk to the children about what they have been doing and ask if need any further information.
Our topic this term is the Great Fire of London and I am sure the children will enjoy lots of the activities we have planned in lots of different subject areas linked to this. On October 3rd we have "History off the Page" coming in to school to share lots of activities linked to life at the time of the Great Fire. More information will be shared shortly and we will be asking for some parents to help make the day a success.
If you have any queries or concerns about anything please do come and have a chat. It is better to leave it until the end of the day as I will have more time to talk to you.
Home Learning Pack 2
This pack will give children some additional work for another two week period. If you have self isolated before the school closure, you many have already started with pack one then please move onto please continue with Home Learning Pack 2. Remember that the Easter holiday is coming up and we are not sending out any work for this period. Children are not expected to work during this time period, as much as you possibly can, enjoy some family time together. Please encourage children to read whenever possible. I am also including a link to a Lego challenge for 30 days.
What fun we had sharing books and talking about book characters. The children enjoyed the "Alice in Peterlamd" experience in the hall to launch our book day. Think the teachers may have enjoyed the water spraying and pom pom throwing too! We had some fantastic costumes in Year 2, thank you to all the parents who helped. Our story book jars looked fantastic too.
We had a great day looking at the traditional tale of Alice in Wonderland and did some activities to turn ourselves into cats, just like the Cheshire cat. In the afternoon Year 6 came along and read with the Year 2 children. Both classes really enjoyed this experience as it is great to share books.
Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) 2nd March 2020
Encouraging reading in the classroom
DEAR takes place every day straight after lunch. The idea is everyone drops what they are doing and picks up a book and reads. This will last between 10-15 minutes and all you will hear is the turning of pages throughout the school while everyone enjoys their book including teachers!
The children appear to be embracing this time for a quiet read bringing in books from home. It is good to see that they are trying hard to come out of their comfort zone and read a book that is just a little more of a challenge for them. I have to say that I am also enjoying the time to just read a book. I am currently reading a children's book by Andy Shepherd called "The boy who grew dragons". Mrs Board has returned to an old favourite of hers by Thomas Hardy and Mrs Burgess is catching up on some non fiction.
Reading with your child
Reading with your child is so important, not just to help them learn but just to share some time together. I love to read their reading records to see what books you are reading with the children. Don't feel that you just have to tell me what pages they read, feel free to use them to tell me what new words you chatted about, what they thought about the book, which character they liked. The reading record is for us to have a two way conversation to help your child develop their confidence with their reading. You don't just have to record school reading books in their records - anything they read at home is find. Last year I learned when they went out and read road signs, information boards at historical sites for example. I love to hear what they find interesting. Encouraging children to read is helping them with a life long skill.
Any interesting comments can be written in their reading records, it really does help to hear what you have to say and what the children say at home. If you need any help with talking about the books with the children I will shortly be putting some questions at the back of their reading record to help you. If you have any questions about you can help your child further please do not hesitate to contact me or chat to me at the end of the day.
Times Table Rock Stars
Passwords will be give for this program and I will place a sticker with information in both their communication and homework books. It encourages the children to learn their times tables in a quick and fun way. Not only do they learn how to multiply but it also helps them learn the division facts for each table. Most of the children are working on their 2x, 5x and 10x tables. We also work on these in the class by having regular times tables tests - the children are set 60 questions and have to answer as many as they can within the time limit of 3 minutes. The children are challenging themselves and we use the times table rock stars group names to record their scores in class. I will be monitoring their progress and when I feel the time is right, I will then allow them access to additional times tables.
** Our PE this year will be on a Wednesday or Friday. Please can you ensure that your child has a PE kit which incorporates clothing for inside and outside lessons, thank you**