Autumn Term 2

We have been having a fantastic time this half term reading the book 'George's marvellous medicine'.

We have done lots of reading activities linked to the story, exploring new words.

The first 2 week block looked at instruction writing where we designed and made our own potion and then wrote instructions.

The second 2 week block we explored rhyming words and alliteration and then wrote rhyming couplet poetry to go with our potion.

This next 2 week block we have been exploring the character of Granny in the book and at the end of next week we will have created our very own gruesome Granny and have written a character description for her.

The children have also been working very hard in maths looking at different methods to add and subtract numbers and a variety of problem solving activities.

We are obviously racing towards the Christmas break. The last three days before we break up will be fun with Christmas craft morning on the Monday, a pantomime, Christmas lunch and a Christmas party on the Wednesday to finish it all off.

Please continue to read with your children at home and log on to DB Primary and rockstars for the children to access maths activities.

Any questions or queries please feel free to ask myself and Mrs Ward.


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We made it to half term!!

The first half term has flown by!!

The children have thoroughly enjoyed the topic 'Where the wild things are'

and have produced some fantastic work.

It was great to see so many of you at the harvest festival last week. Didn't they do a great job!

It was also lovely to be able to speak to so many of you this week at parents evening. I hope you are all very proud of your children and how well they have settled in to year 2.

The first week back starts on the Tuesday 30th October. And we will reveal our exciting new topic to the children later in that week!

We wish you all a very happy half term!

See you all soon.

Miss Healy and Mrs Ward

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Sea life Centre Trip

A fantastic week this week with us going on our school trip to the sea life centre in Southend. The children were very well behaved and a credit to the school.

They all enjoyed it and we saw lots of exciting creatures including sharks and stingrays. We had a rock pool experience and the children were able to touch a star fish which they (mostly) all enjoyed.

We will be doing more work on sea creatures and the ocean as a habitat next week and it will be feeding into our literacy work.

In maths we have been looking at counting in 3's. The children have been very good at using their tables to do some problem solving and they all now know the finger trick when counting in 3's (ask them!!)

We are practising for our Harvest assembly which is being held next Thursday and we hope to see lots of you there. We will all be singing and some of the children will be reading out acrostic poems.

Parents evening slots have now been sent out. So please fill out what times suit you. Again, it will be lovely to see as many of you as possible that week. Any problems with appointments then please do see one of us.

Enjoy the weekend, Miss Healy and Mrs Ward

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The first full week!

A successful first full week in the Elephants class!

In literacy we introduced the book 'Where the wild things are'. The children were left clues to try and work out what the book might be. They went on a monster hunt in the copse and had a great time sharing their ideas. We then moved on to describing the wild things using expanded noun phrases and today have written a character description of themselves.

In maths we have been focussing on place value and ordering numbers correctly onto number lines.

We began introducing our maths meetings which will happen first thing after lunch 3 times per week.

This half term we are recapping phase 5 phonics so that we can fill any gaps and just revise what we may have forgotten over the summer.

All in all a great week!

The children are doing so well logging into accelerated reader and quizzing independently. Amazing scores so soon in the term as well!

Enjoy the weekend!

Miss Healy and Mrs Ward

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Welcome back!

Welcome back!!

We hope you have all had a fantastic summer!

 We have had a great first few days back.

The children have all come in happy and keen to learn!

PE days have changed slightly from what we originally said...they are now Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Can I remind you that we cannot assist the children with taking earrings out. If they have ears pierced then please remove them before school or ensure that they are able to remove them themselves.

Please ensure they have a PE kit in school by next Wednesday.

We encourage the children to read at home at least 4 times per week. Once they have finished the book they are then able to come in and use an IPAD to quiz on the book. Some of the children will have been doing this since last year but I know that for some this will be quite new. If you have any queries about this please speak to one of us at the door. Once they get used to what they are doing they do really enjoy quizzing.

This week we have been writing holiday news in literacy and looking at place value and numbers to 100 in maths.

We are looking forward to our first topic which is largely based around the book 'Where the wild things are.' This will start next week.

If there are any problems or queries then please feel free to ask any questions at the door!

Enjoy the weekend, Miss Healy and Mrs Ward.

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A taste of India

We have had a very busy half term finding out all about India. The children have really enjoyed this topic and have produced some fantastic work. This week we have made Raita dip and Mango cream...both Indian recipes. The children were brave and tried both of them. They then had to write up instructions using bossy verbs, time connectives and adverbs.

We have had a busy few weeks in maths, looking at money and now multiplication. The children have done really well in both. It would help if the children are able to explore money at home or when out at the shops. Can they pay for something or count the coins in your purse? We have been looking at 10, 2 and 5 times tables and we are practising tables daily using the 'rockstars' website. The children all have log in details in their yellow reading diaries so that they can access it at home. It is a fun way to practice times tables.

It is our class assembly next Wednesday afternoon at 2.30pm. The children all have lines to say aloud and these have been sent home. If they could practice these at home it would be a great help. They don't have to learn them off by heart but if they could practice reading them aloud  it will help with their fluency. If you could encourage a loud voice that would be a help too.

We hope to see as many of you there as possible. If you are unable to attend then please feel free to send another family member or friend. It is always nice if the children have someone in the audience.

We hope you have all been getting on with the homework ok. As little or as much as you can do is fine. There are a few bits on DB primary that the children can have a look at whilst at home if they want to. If you can send the books back in next week then we can mark the homework and set some more for the following term.

Please continue reading with your children at home as regularly as possible. Every child in the class has made great progress with reading so thank you for your support at home it really does make a difference. 

Miss Healy and Mrs Westwood

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Happy New Year!

Welcome back! We hope everyone had a fantastic Christmas.

We have started our new topic for this half term which is India. We kick started with an Indian safari. The children had to find as many Indian animals as they could. They then researched the animals and have made a class set of top trumps cards.

We have located India on the map and have looked at the world as a whole and the children have answered questions about the world and India and have done a little bit of research on the Himalayas, the Taj Mahal and New Delhi (which is the capital of India).

In maths last week we looked at missing numbers in a calculation and methods to find the answer and this week we have been working with money. Looking at different coins and notes, adding them together and making different amounts in different ways.

Homework for this half term is slightly different to what it has been. Your child should have a sheet stuck in their homework book with a choice of activities on it. You can choose to do as many or as few as you like. It would be nice if each child could do at least one task at home. Keep the books at home until the last week of term and then we will ask for them in. I haven't as yet set the DB Primary tasks. But I will do this week. As an additional homework the children can also email myself on DB primary and I will email them back.

Please continue to read as regularly as you can.

We have a class assembly coming up on Wednesday 7th February at 2.30pm. We hope as many of you as possible will be able to join us. If parents are unable to attend then please feel free to send a family member/ friend in your place. It is always nice for the children to have someone in the audience.

Thanks for your continued support. Miss Healy and Mrs Westwood

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Christmas is coming!!

Christmas is coming and we have been busy in class writing letters to Santa. We walked down to the post box on Friday morning and all of the children posted their letters. The children should all receive a letter through the post from Santa in response to their letter.

We have started our Christmas crafts this week which the children have all enjoyed. We have been busy decorating jars for our class stall at the Christmas fayre. We are playing Festive Pong. Please come along and have a go!

In maths we have been looking at subtraction and using different methods to solve subtraction problems. The children have all done a great job. The idea is that we teach them the different methods and they then choose which ones they prefer to use.

In ICT we are looking at coding which means looking at giving instructions.

The children are carrying on with their French on a Tuesday morning and learning words for items around the classroom.

RE this term has focussed on special words and stories and over the next two weeks we will of course be looking at the Christmas story and writing our own version of it.

Homework will be sent home this evening as usual but it will be the last homework we send home before Christmas.

Keep reading at home with the children. They are loving accelerated reader. If you look through the window into the book corner you will see some laminated shelves on the wall. Each child has a book with their name on and they move their book to different shelves depending on what they score on the quiz. The second from top shelf is for scores of 100%, the next one down for 90%, the next one down for 80% and the next one down is for all other scores.

Thanks for your continued support.

Miss Healy and Mrs Westwood


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week 5 already!

The children have been busy learning all about The Great Fire of London.

They have found out about Samuel Pepys and written a biography about him as well as writing their own diary entry. They have produced some fantastic art work so far as well.

In maths we have been focussed on addition and have been using number lines and column addition to help us to work out answers to calculations. The children have been working so hard!

This half term our RE focus is special words and stories. We have talked about special words that we use within school, school and class rules and bee values. Last week we compared prayers in Islam and Christianity and we looked closely at the language used in the Lords prayer.

In PSHE we are thinking about friendships and what makes a good friend and have done some circle time sessions on this.

This is our last week of The Great Fire of London before we move on to Christmas!!

I would very much appreciate it if you could save any glass jars that you have in the next couple of weeks. We need them for our enterprise stall at the Christmas fair. If you could send them in washed with the label removed that would be fantastic. Many Thanks.

Miss Healy and Mrs Westwood.

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Welcome back!!

The children have come back after half term with a great attitude to their learning.

It was lovely to see so many of you at parents evening last week. I spoke to many of you about the homework that we are sending home this term. The children will receive weekly spellings that they have been practising in class and also a reading comprehension task. They can also access mathletics if they want to.

The reading comprehension task will benefit them greatly when it comes to them sitting their SATS reading paper in May.

We are getting fantastic accelerated reader scores! Well done and thank you to everyone for reading at home. It really is so important!


Out topic this half term is The Great Fire of London. The children are finding it very interesting and we have already had some lovely writing from them.

In maths we have been looking at adding two 2 digit numbers together using number lines. This can be quite tricky but the children have done really well so far!

Outdoor learning has now finished.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Healy and Mrs Westwood



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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 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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