Last week of term.

What a lovely first half term we have had in Elephants class. The children have settled into year 2 really well. It is quite different to year 1 in some ways so they have coped brilliantly.

This week we are coming to the end of our mini topic on harvest and farming and will be visiting Tesco for a 'farm to fork workshop'.

Our Harvest Festival is on Thursday afternoon at 2.30pm. We hope to see as many of you there as possible. If parents are unable to come feel free to send along other family members.

Thank you for your support with reading at home and homework. We wont send any homework home over half term. The children will bring a reading book home.

The week after half term we have parents evenings Monday to Thursday. If you haven't yet asked for a timeslot then please do.

Like always if you have any problems or queries then please see one of us.

Happy Half Term!!

Miss Healy and Mrs Westwood

 

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Muddy fun!!!

Thank you for sending the children in with their outdoor learning clothing! As you saw on Thursday the children had a very wet and muddy time in the copse! They absolutely loved it! Can I remind you that this will take place every Thursday morning. It may be an idea to send in clean socks with their uniform just in case they get wet, muddy feet!

This week we have been looking at Michael Rosen poems. Poetry can be quite tricky for children to understand sometimes but they did a great job. We also had a go at changing the words to some of his poems. This task has also been set as homework. The children should be able to explain what to do. The words can be silly so don't worry if it doesn't make too much sense.

In maths we have been looking at more than, less than and equal to and putting bigger numbers in the correct order. I have set mathletics tasks if you would like to have a go at home.

Thank you to everyone for reading at home. This really does make a huge difference to your child's progress in reading. We hope to have them all on accelerated reader by the end next week.

School photos are next Thursday so send the children in their school uniform with their outdoor learning clothes in a bag for them to change into.

Enjoy the weekend,

Miss Healy and Mrs Westwood

 

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Week 2!

A lovely week here in Elephants class.

This week we focussed on one Michael Rosen book in particular 'Dear Mother Goose'. The children had to think of a problem that a nursery rhyme character might have and then write a letter to Mother Goose asking for some advice. They had some fantastic ideas and produced some brilliant writing.

We have been doing more work on place value and tens and units in maths. The children have been working really well and have been using their knowledge to solve some problems.

Thank you to everyone for completing this weeks homework task. Another piece will be sent home in the children's homework books. I have also set some mathletics homework. Their log in information should be inside the front cover of their reading diaries. Any problems then please ask.

The children loved their outdoor learning session this morning with Miss Brown. As the weather is getting colder can they please have a warm jumper or coat sent in that you don't mind getting dirty. Wellies would be great too to save them getting wet and muddy feet, but if they don't have wellies then old trainers.

We are trying to get the children into new routines. In year 2 we try to encourage even more independence. In the mornings we ask that they put their reading books in the box marked 'I have read' if they have read with an adult at home. Mrs Barrett then checks to see if they have been heard at home and then moves them up the pieces of string that hang in the window. If they read at home 4 or more times in a week and reach the top piece of string they get awarded 5 hive points  and a sticker.

Mrs Barrett then asks them to change their books if they have finished them. If they do not put them in this box then we don't know that they need changing. We do remind them all in the morning and at the end of each day but if you could also remind them of this before they come in to class in the morning it would help.

We alternate reading skills lessons and quiet reading each week. So we aim to hear each child at least once each fortnight. Next week we have quiet reading so if any children have not yet been heard by an adult in school they will be heard next week. Please continue to read with them at home as this is so beneficial to their developing reading.

Thank you very much for your support so far this term.

Miss Healy and Mrs Westwood

 

 

 

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Welcome back!!

Welcome back to Elephants class.

We hope you all had a fantastic summer!!

This week has been a settling back in week. Our topic is the author 'Michael Rosen' and this week we have looked at two of his books and then written a book review on one of them.

In maths we have been looking at tens and units and place value.

The children have been brilliant!!

Hopefully everyone now has the correct reading book at home. In the next few weeks we hope to get all children on accelerated reader, however first we need to assess them and then get them started on the correct colour band. The colours differ to the usual reading scheme that you have been used to.

Homework went home today. Each homework book has instructions inside. We are hoping this will be a much easier way of sending homework home.

I have not set any mathletics homework yet but I will do so next week.

Some children bought home a coloured paper folder with some common exception words in. If you could practice these with your children at home once they can read the words confidently they will be given new ones to learn.

PE days are Monday and Friday. Well done to everyone for having kit in school! We got our first PE award!

Outdoor learning will be every Thursday morning. So please send children in wearing old clothes and appropriate footwear with their uniform in a carrier bag.

If you have any questions about anything at all then please see one of us.

Have a lovely weekend. See you next week,

Miss Healy and Mrs Westwood.

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Our last day together!

We have nearly reached the end of term and of course today we say goodbye to our lovely class. They really have been a very special group of children and all of the adults in the class have enjoyed working with each and every child.

Thank you to all of you for your support this year. Now you have had their report and seen their progress I am sure you will agree that they have come so far.

Thank you so much for your generous gifts today. We wish all of the children lots of luck for next week and of course when they start back in September.

If there is anything that you want to speak to us about before the end of term then please just knock on the door.

A big goodbye from all of us, Miss Healy, Mrs Ward, Mrs Barrett and Mrs Sheldrick.

 

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Nearly there!!

We are already at the end of the fourth week of this half term and time is flying. We only have 2 more weeks in the Elephants class before the children move on to their new class in the final week of term.

This week we have been busy looking at poetry. Reading, discussing and reciting it as well as reviewing it and having a go at writing our own acrostic poem and rhyming couplets. The children have really enjoyed this.

In maths we have been continuing with reasoning problems and problem solving.

Homework this week is maths problems and a poetry review and I have also set some mathletics.

Well done to all of those children who are mananging to access and complete mathletics tasks at home. We understand that for some it is difficult to access so if you cant then don't worry the children have a mathletics session on a Friday.

Thankyou to all of those who came to the lunch on Wednesday. We hope you enjoyed it.

Our class assembly is on Wednesday 12th July in the afternoon. It will be at approximately 2.15/2.30 pm which means that you will then be able to take your children home afterwards. We hope that as many of you as possible can come. It will be a look at and celebration of the work that the children have done throughout the year. If parents are unable to come then please ask grandparents and other family members.

Enjoy the weekend,

Miss Healy and Mrs Ward

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A great start to the final half term.

We have had a lovely couple of weeks here in Elephants class.

Our new topic is pirates and we have been looking in detail at who pirates were and what they used to do. Last week we drew our own pirate and wrote a character description for them and this week we have been writing pirate riddles using the four sentence types, statements, exclamations, commands and questions.

In maths we are doing problem solving and the children have been working in pairs to solve maths problems. They have been working well together.

At the beginning of this week the children carried out a science experiment to investigate what materials are best to make a pirates outfit. The children had great fun carrying out the investigation.

It was lovely to see so many of you at sports day on Wednesday. The children were fantastic and behaved brilliantly. They all did their best and showed great sportsmanship towards their friends. And the sun shone!! So what a lovely morning.

Transition to their new classes will begin in a few weeks. The children will spend 2 mornings with their new teacher and then the final week of term they will move to their new class. Letters will be going out today to let you know who their new teacher is.

As usual if you have any queries or worries then please come and see either myself or Mrs Ward. We are always happy to have a chat!

Enjoy the sunshine!

Miss Healy and Mrs Ward

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Happy half term!!!!

A lovely last week to the term .....we focussed on 'Take one book'.....the children chose a book and then did lots of writing and some lovely artwork linked to it.

 

We did some fun maths this week looking at reasoning skills and patterns.

 

Don't forget that its sports day on Wednesday 7th June in the morning. Weather permitting. We hope many of you can make it. Grandparents  or other family members are welcome if parents are unable to come.

 

No homework for half term.

Enjoy the sunshine!!

See you in a week. Mrs Ward and Miss Healy

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SATS is over!!!!!

A massive well done to all of the children for this week!!!! They have worked so hard and done an amazing job on the SATS!

We are so proud of all of them!

Their inventions that they researched and then designed and made were also fantastic. So all in all a great week!

Homework has gone home as usual and mathletics has been set.

We will be back to a normal routine next week and are not in next Friday. So a short week.

Thank you so much to Mrs Cloughton for an amazing cake for the children....it went down a treat!!

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Healy and Mrs Ward

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Working hard!!!

The children have been working hard again this week. They had to plan and write their own story in literacy based around a magic telephone. Story writing is always challenging but they did an amazing job as usual!

Maths has seen us revising reading measures and telling the time and also looking at missing numbers on  a number line.

We have also done a lot of reading comprehension and we are so pleased to see them making so much progress in their reading comprehension skills.

Maths homework links as usual to what we have been doing in class, there is a maths worksheet and also mathletics has been set. A reading comprehension paper has also been sent home. Apologies to some children for last weeks homework as my photocopying skills were not great and some children were missing part of the reading comprehension sheet. Sorry!

On Tuesday the children are going to be designing and making their own cars for the future. If you could send in any Easter egg size (Small tea bag size) boxes on Tuesday that would be greatly appreciated! It is a whole day Design Technology project so we need the boxes on Tuesday morning please.

Mr Cavinder came in today to talk to the children about the changes he has seen in his lifetime within technology. The children were very polite and listened beautifully. They were amazed to hear that he did not have a phone or television in his house when he was a child. Mr Cavinder is one of the governors and is nearly 92 years old so they found it very interesting to listen to how different his childhood was.

 

Looking forward to another lovely week next week! Enjoy the bank holiday!

Miss Healy and Mrs Ward 

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Back to the future!!

We hope you all had a lovely bank holiday weekend last weekend.

The children have had a fantastic week designing and making their own car for the future.

They used the internet to research designs of cars and then they had to design it and then make it by measuring and cutting wood and using a glue gun to assemble the pieces together. They attached wheels and used cardboard boxes to make the body of the car. They have loved it!

 

We revised different methods to use when adding two, two digit numbers together. The children then selected their preferred method and used this to answer addition problems. We looked at missing numbers on  a number line again.

We have also been doing a lot of reading comprehension in preparation for the SATS.

Thank you to everyone for the support that you are giving the children with their homework. Reading comprehension and maths should be sent home today. I will also set some mathletics.

Thanks, Miss Healy and Mrs Ward

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Welcome Back

We hope you all had a lovely Easter and an enjoyable break.

Our new topic for this half term is 'Technology- Changes through time'. Thinking about how technology has changed over the years.

In literacy the children wrote a letter to Mr Cavinder one of our governors to ask him about changes that he has seen during his lifetime. The focus of this writing was to use a range of punctuation that has already been taught and to use a range of suffixes (est as in biggest, er as in bigger, ful as in hopeful, ness as in happiness). They all did a fantastic job.

In maths we have been learning about 3 D shapes, Looking at names and properties of 3D shapes.

In their homework you will see that we have sent a shape worksheet home along with reading comprehension.

Mathletics has also been set.

We are really focussing on their comprehension this next few weeks in preparation for the SATS. Please encourage your children to do their reading comprehension homework and when hearing them read ask them questions about the book.

SATS week begins Monday 15th May. Please see one of us if you have any queries or questions.

Thanks for your continued support,

Miss Healy and Mrs Ward

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Happy Easter Holidays!

Another very busy week in Elephants class. The children have been sitting their practice SATS this week and we are so proud of them all!!

They have done a fantastic job and have tried really hard! They sat 2 maths papers and 2 reading papers in preparation for the real thing in a few weeks time. If any of you have any questions about the SATS then please do come and ask one of us.

It was great to see so many of you for parents evenings this week. It was lovely to be able to tell you how well your children are doing in class.

Thank you for continuing to support with homework. The children had a homework treat today if they had completed homework every week this half term.

There will be another treat at the end of next half term. Homework is sent out on  a Friday and as long as its back in by the following Friday they will be ticked on the list as completing it. It really does help with what we are doing in class if the children can complete their homework.

We hope you all have a lovely two week break and a lovely Easter weekend. See you all in a couple of weeks!

Miss Healy and Mrs Ward

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Another busy week!

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Marvellous mathematicians!!!!

Another fantastic week in Elephants class. This week we looked at using the inverse in maths. This means that you can use the opposite calculation to check if answer is right. For example if 6+4= 10 then 10-4=6. The children did a fantastic job checking to see if Mrs Ward had worked her calculations out correctly. We then moved on to missing number problems. For example __+ 4=10   we can work out the answer by using the inverse 10- 4= 6 so the missing number must be 6.  We have sent some homework home which is linked to this so the children should have a good idea of what they need to do.

In literacy we again focussed on using joining words (if, when, that, but ,because, and, or) to make our writing more interesting and also using apostrophes in contractions (words like wouldn't, couldn't, I'll, didn't). We had some fantastic retellings of the story 'The enormous turnip'.

We had a visit from a mad scientist......a fantastic workshop in which the children watched lots of fun science experiments taking place.

More reading comprehension has been sent home. This one is a little simpler and is linked to science week. Thank you  so much for your support with the homework. The reading comprehension really will help improve their confidence during the SATS.

Don't forget that we have an open teach maths lesson this coming Tuesday morning to which you are all invited to. Mrs Ward is looking forward to seeing you all.

Enjoy your weekend, Miss Healy and Mrs Ward.

 

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Brillian Botanists!!

We have had a lovely couple of weeks in Elephant class!

We had a busy week last week firstly celebrating World Book day and then going on our school trip last Friday.

The children all looked fantastic in their costumes last Thursday. We had a whole school story writing focus and the children wrote some brilliant stories inspired by the book 'The mysteries of Harris Burdick'.

Our trip last Friday took us to Braintree museum where we looked in more depth at the work of John Ray. The children were impeccably behaved and enjoyed three workshops related to John Ray's work on plants and animals.

Over the past couple of weeks in maths we have been learning about fractions and we are pleased at how the children have grasped the basic concept of 1/2, 1/4, 3/4, 1/3. As a challenge activity the children also looked at 1/8. They learnt how to work out fractions of shape and number .

This week in maths we have been looking at using number lines to help with addition and subtraction. Making jumps along the number line in 100's and 10's and units.

Our literacy focus was using conjunctions (joining words) when, that, if, because, and, or , but. We read the story of 'Jack and the beanstalk' and then rewrote it in our own words using conjunctions and interesting language. The stories were amazing!

We have also done some beautiful artwork, sketching and either painting or using pastels to create pictures of flowers.

The maths homework this week is linked to what we have been learning in class and the reading skills is about St Patricks day which is next week. Some of the words in the reading skills homework may be a little tricky so please free to assist the children with this. Encourage them to look for the answers to the questions in the text and underline key words.

We look forward to seeing many of you at parents evening in a couple of weeks. If you have not yet made an appointment and wish to do so then please speak to one of us at the door and we can arrange a time.

Hope you all enjoy the weekend!

See you next week. Miss Heay and Mrs Ward

 

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Welcome back! Spring term 2!

Welcome back.....we hope you have all had a lovely half term break!

This half term our topic is 'John Ray'. He was a famous botanist who was born in Black Notley in the 1600s. This is a science and history topic.

This week we have found out all about him and his life and we wrote a biography about him. We focussed on using apostrophes for possession in our writing.

In maths we have been looking at fractions. The children have done a fantastic job at grasping fractions.

The children worked really hard before half term on their SATS tests. We are really pleased with them. We will now be sending home reading comprehension every Friday as homework with the view to getting them as SATS ready as possible. They have to sit two reading papers during the SATS so if you can encourage them to read carefully and find the answer within the text then that will be a big help. They need to remember that the answer will always be in the text.

School trip to the museum is next Friday. If you have any questions please come and ask.

The boys won the reading challenge in class last half term. Their treat is to have an outdoor learning session next Tuesday. Please send them in in non-uniform with a their school uniform in a bag for them to change into.

Miss Healy and Mrs Ward.

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Happy half term!!

Happy half term to everyone!!

We have had a lovely half term learning all about Australia! Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to our mini class assembly on Wednesday afternoon. We hope you enjoyed it. The children have learnt lots about Australia and have done some fantastic writing linked to the topic. They have enjoyed some science experiments, some geography and some art. Miss Wilson also did four RE lessons which looked at symbols that are important to us as individuals and symbols that are important to other people. In maths we focussed on telling the time and on multiplication and division and they have learnt lots.

Miss Wilson has now gone back to her main placement school. She said that she has thoroughly enjoyed working with the children in our class.

There is no homework for half term. I have set some mathletics if the children want to have  a go at a game at home.

We hope that everyone has a fantastic half term. See you in a week!

Miss Healy and Miss Ward.

 

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Maths wizards..................

This week we have been looking at multiplication. The children have been brilliant!! We have looked at lots of, using our times tables and also arrays. If you don't know what an array is then give the children a simple multiplication question (3x4=) and ask them to show you......they are brilliant at demonstrating.

We have been looking at new and exciting language in literacy this week. We have been using adjectives and adverbs in our writing to make it more interesting.

Well done to everyone for reading at home. We are doing so well with the accelerated reader quizzes and the children love them! We have set up a competition in class girls against boys. They get a star if they get 80%, 90% or 100%. We want to see who gets the most stars....the girls or the boys? As we only have 9 boys in the class the boys score 2 points for each star they get to even it up a bit!

If your child reads at home please either write in their yellow diary or just initial next to their writing so that we know they have read.

Than you,

Miss Healy and Mrs Ward

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Super scientists...

This week has had a science focus....we have looked at animal habitats, in particular those habitats found in Australia. The children have found out information and looked at what types of animals live in different habitats and why. One of the habitats found in Australia is the desert......we carried out a simple experiment looking at why cacti manage to live in such dry conditions. We found out information about cacti and then performed a simple test to demonstrate how cacti store water. The children worked fantastically in their small groups and were able to ask and answer simple questions.

In literacy we have been looking at 'expanded noun phrases'. An expanded noun phrase is when you make the phrase bigger by adding adjectives, for example 'The dog' becomes 'The big, fierce dog' The children did really well and were able to think of some lovely adjectives to use in their sentences.

In maths we continued looking at and exploring time. They are really grasping this well so please keep practising at home.

Have a lovely weekend, Miss Healy and Mrs Ward

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