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Posted: 24/01/2020
Celia Campbell

Literacy

This week in Literacy we have been learning what a biography is and writing one for Florence Nightingale.


Maths

We have been focusing on division this week and using counters to help us find equal groups. We then moved on to using arrays to help us solve division questions.


In the wider curriculum...

Some of our Year 2 children have focused on Geography this week, looking at hot countries and producing African Safari pictures.


The other Year 2 group have been learning about world habitats, researching about them in non-fiction books and iPads and producing some fact sheets with information they have found out. We also looked at how animals and plants depend on each other within their habitat.

Homework

Please make sure you read with your child every day.

Please practise the common exception words with your child.

Have a look at the mathletics activity that has been set.

Other information

We have PE with Mr Jones every Monday. Please come to school dressed in your PE kit (jogging bottoms recommended) but still wearing your school jumper.

Year 2 will be doing show and tell on the last Friday of this half term (14th February). You child can bring in something interesting to show if they wish. Please make sure they rehearse what they would like to say to the class about their object. The class will then ask them questions.


 


 

Posted: 15/01/2020
Celia Campbell

Literacy

This week in Literacy we have been learning how to use colons, sequenced pictures from our trip to ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’ and started to write our recount.

Maths

This week we have been using arrays to work out multiplication problems for the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables. It would really help our learning if you could practice the 2, 5 10 and 3 times tables at home so the children know them off by heart.

The wider curriculum…

In Science this week, the children have been searching for habitats outside and drawing and labelling what they found. We have also been discussing what makes a habitat suitable for those that live within it.

In Geography, the children have been looking at atlases and globes. We have been naming the 7 continents and 5 oceans.

Homework

*Please make sure you read with your child every day.

*Practise spelling the Year 2 common exception words.

*See work set on mathletics (will be set on Friday).

Important information:

We have PE with Mr Jones every Monday. Please come to school dressed in your PE kit (jogging bottoms recommended) but still wearing your school jumper.

Year 2 will be doing show and tell on the last Friday of this half term (14th February). You child can bring in something interesting to show if they wish. Please make sure they rehearse what they would like to say to the class about their object. The class will then ask them questions.

 


 

Posted: 09/01/2020
Celia Campbell

Literacy

This week in Literacy we have been learning about time adverbials, prepositional phrases and adverbial phrases. This learning will be helping us to write a recount of our trip to ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’ next week!

Maths

This week we have been learning about multiplication. We have explored how to add equal groups, write multiplication questions (drawing images to help us work out the problems) and using bar models to problem solve.

It would really help our learning if you could practise the 2, 5 10 and 3 times tables at home so the children know them off by heart.

The wider curriculum…

Our learning adventure question this term is "What would the world be like without colour?".
We've discussed our thoughts and ideas to the conclusion that the world would be very different were in agreement and we wouldn't feel as happy if there was no colour! Some of us thought that everything would just be in black and white yet others thought that everything would just become invisible!
It has led us to think about how it would change the lives of animals and why the colours in nature change throughout the year. 

In Science the children have been learning about ‘life processes’ and how that determines if something is living, dead or never been alive. We learned the acronym MRS GREN to help us remember the life processes (movement, respiration, sensitivity, growth, reproduce, excrete, nutrition).

In Art, we have started looking and recreating the work of Kandinsky. He thought that colour was so important as he believed that colours had souls. We discussed this idea and spoke about how different colours make us feel.

In Geography, the children have been looking at atlases and globes and naming the 7 continents.


Homework

*Please make sure you read with your child every day.

*Practise spelling the Year 2 common exception words.

*See work set on mathletics (will be set on Friday).

Important dates:

Monday 13th trip to ‘Elves and the Shoemaker’. Please make sure your child is on time for this trip as the bus will not be able to wait.

There will be no P.E this Monday.

 


Christmas! 

Posted: 20/12/2019
Laura Chapman

We have all had a very busy half term. The children have made leaps in their learning and deserve a restful Christmas break to share with family and friends.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and cooperation this term. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year. 

Please continue to listen to your child read over the holidays. 

From  
KS1 Team 

 


 

Posted: 13/12/2019
Celia Campbell


Maths

This week we have been learning how to use tally charts to collect different information. We then compared our results and discussed our findings.

Literacy

This week we have been writing a letter to ‘Joe’ as if we were a child miner. We had to talk about what it was like for us working in the mines. During this activity we have learned how to format a letter and write ‘informally’ to a recipient.

In the wider curriculum…

In history, we have been writing acrostic poems to express the importance Florence Nightingale made to modern day nursing.

In Art we have started to make some Christmas decorations!

Next week the children will be making Christingles in RE.


Homework

*Have a go at the mathletics activities that have been set.

*Find time to read every day.

*Practise your common exception words.


For you information…

Monday 16th December - Carols in the Church at 9.30am.

Tuesday 17th December - Christmas Jumper Day. £1 donation.
Christmas Lunch – we have taken all Year 2’s orders.

Monday 13th January trip to ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’.

We have PE with Mr Jones every Monday. Please come to school dressed in your PE kit (jogging bottoms recommended) but still wearing your school jumper.

We are missing a tutu from our Nativity (Seven Swans) - please have a check at home incase your child took it back by mistake. Thank you.

 


 

Posted: 05/12/2019
Celia Campbell


Maths

This week we have been learning how to construct and interpret block graphs. We used our knowledge of measuring to measure our hands and create the bar chart using that information. We then answered questions such as 'what is the difference in cms between the longest and shortest hand?'.

Literacy

This week we have been thinking about what it must have been like working in the mines as a child. We will use this information next week to write a letter as if we were a Victorian child miner.

In the wider curriculum…

We have been learning about Florence Nightingale and the changes she has made to modern nursing. We discussed the differences between hospitals before Florence's influence and afterwards.

We have been learning about human and physical features in Geography.

We used charcoal to create our own self portraits in Art.

Homework

* Have a go at the Mathletics activities that have been set. https://login.mathletics.com/

* Please find time to read every day.

*Practise your common exception spellings.

For your information...

* The KS1 Christmas play will take place on Tuesday 10th December and there will be a performance in the morning for Year 1 parents and one in the afternoon for Year 2 parents. Our dress rehearsal  went very well!

* KS1 do not need to wear their PE kits on Monday (9th Dec) as we will be performing our Christmas play to the school and during the afternoon we will be watching Glee Club’s production. If we do not already have your child’s outfit/costume in school, please make sure it is in school on Monday ready for our first performance.

*Date for your diary: Monday 13th January KS1 trip to ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’. Thank you to all who have returned their slip and paid via Parent Pay. The deadline for this payment is Friday 6th December.       

 


 

Posted: 28/11/2019
Celia Campbell


Maths

This week we have been learning about measuring. We have been weighing objects and using a ruler and metre ruler to find large and small objects in and out of the classroom. We then compared different measurements using the < > = signs and talked about accuracy when measuring.

Literacy

This week we have been writing our new story ‘The Elves and the Baker’. The adults have been so impressed with Year 2’s attitude to writing and the children have produced some creative pieces.

In the wider curriculum…

In Art, children have been drawing their own self-portraits using charcoal. In History, the children have been creating a poster for the ‘Room of Requirement’ of all the facts they have learned about child labour this half term. In Geography, children have been looking closely and the human and physical aspects of Cornwall and London and comparing them.

Homework

* Have a go at the Mathletics activities that have been set. https://login.mathletics.com/

* Please find time to read every day!

*Practise your common exception spellings.

For your information...

* The KS1 Christmas play will take place on Tuesday 10th December and there will be a performance in the morning for Year 1 parents and one in the afternoon for Year 2 parents. If you are having any problems sourcing a costume, please come and let us know and we can help!

We have a dress rehearsal on Friday 6th December. Please make sure costumes are in by this date.

* We have PE with Mr Jones every Monday. Please come to school dressed for PE (jogging bottoms recommended) but still wearing your St Cleer jumper.

*Date for your diary: Monday 13th January KS1 trip to ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’.             

 


Weekly Newsletter 

Posted: 21/11/2019
Laura Chapman
















Maths

This week, Year 2 have been learning how to measure accurately using metres and cms. We have been ordering and comparing length using < > = symbols. We have also learned how to convert metres into centimetres. We found finding ½ and ¼ of a length quite difficult so it would be great if you could practise this at home!

Literacy

This week we finished writing the story of 'The Elves and the Shoemaker'. We then created new characters for when we write our own version of the story next week. We acted out parts of the story in the role of our new characters – we had some budding actors! We then described our new character’s appearance, personality and role in the story. Next week we will be learning about subordinate conjunctions and planning and writing our new story.

We've been reading...

'Thomas and the Tinners’ during History to help us understand what it was like for children working in the mines in Victorian times.

In the wider curriculum...

In geography this week, Year 2 learnt about the capital cities in each of the countries that make up the UK. How many can you remember?
In RE, KS1 are thinking about the question 'How do Christians celebrate Christmas?'. Last week, we were thinking about different Christmas traditions. This week, the children learnt about what each different decoration on a Christmas tree resembles. Did you know that Christians believe a bauble can represent the world, the star on top can represent the 'Star of Bethlehem' and a candy cane can represent a shepherd's crook?

Homework

* Have a go at the Mathletics activities that have been set. https://login.mathletics.com/

* Please find time to read every day!

*Practise your common exception spellings. For your information...

* The KS1 Christmas play will take place on Tuesday 10th December and there will be a performance in the morning for Year 1 parents and one in the afternoon for Year 2 parents. If you are having any problems sourcing a costume, please come and let us know and we can help!

* We have PE with Mr Jones every Monday.

*Date for your diary: Monday 13th January KS1 trip to ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’. Letter to come.             

 


Weekly Newsletter 

Posted: 13/11/2019
Celia Campbell















Maths

This week we have been subtracting two 2-digit numbers crossing a 10. E.g. 24-15. We have been learning to exchange one ten for ten ones to help us solve the number sentences. We did this first using practical resources (dienes) and then we drew our workings. It has been very tricky!

Literacy

We have been writing the story of ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’ remembering to include a story opener, writing in the third person and using fronted time adverbials. Next week we will be reinventing the story with some new characters!

In the wider curriculum…

Children have been reading the story ‘Thomas and the Tinners’ and researching mining on the iPads to understand what it must have been like for Victorian children working in the mines. In art we started to sketch a portrait of Queen Victoria. We sectioned the picture and our paper into 6 parts and worked on each section at a time, focusing on the outline. Next week, we will add shading and detail to our pictures. It was great to apply our sketching skills and use our knowledge of the different types of sketching pencil. We have also had circle time focusing on friendships and being kind to link in with ‘Anti-Bullying Week’. We have started to practice the KS1 Nativity ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’. The children are very eager to practise the songs and dances – we have some very enthusiastic singers! Please let us know if you are having any trouble trying to source costumes.

P.E is every other Monday with Mr Jones. On the weeks we don’t have Mr Jones, Year 2 will have P.E on a Friday with Mrs Chapman and Mrs Campbell. Please make sure P.E kits are in school on Mondays and Fridays.

Homework

Please have a look at the set activities on mathletics. If you have lost your login (and let us know) we are trying to get mathletics to issue you a new login ASAP.

Please practise spelling the Year 2 common exception words and read with your child every day for 5-10 minutes.


We hope you have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Chapman, Mrs Nute and Mrs Campbell
            

 


Weekly Newsletter 

Posted: 08/11/2019
Celia Campbell


            

Maths

This week, Year 2 have been learning how to add and subtract two 2-digit numbers. We used dienes to work out the answer then pushed ourselves further by drawing the apparatus and finally used the written method.


Literacy

This week we have started to learn the story of the 'Elves and the Shoemaker'. We sequenced the story, learned how to expand the noun phrase using adjectives and used fronted time adverbials.

Next week we will be writing the story of 'The Elves and the Shoemaker'.

In the wider curriculum...

We have continued to experiment with black and white images. This week, the children had to use a range of different sketching pencils to draw a picture. There are so many shades of grey in black and white images and we've tried to recreate many of them by thinking about the marks and lines we make with our pencils, how much force we apply and through the use of blending. The children have also been thinking about Remembrance and learned about why many people choose to wear poppies. The children in KS1 were keen to learn about flags and find out what each of the four UK flags look like.


Homework

Have a look go at the Mathletics activities that have been set. Please find time to read every day and practice the Year 2 common exception words.

For you information...

The KS1 Christmas play is called 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'. It will take place on Tuesday 10th December and there will be a performance in the morning and one in the afternoon. Next week you will receive information about what part your child will play and the costume they will need. If you are having any problems sourcing a costume, please come and let us know and we can help!

We have PE with Mr Jones every other Monday. On weeks when we don't have Mr Jones, it will happen on Friday. Please make sure you are always prepared by having your kit in school every Monday and Friday.

We hope you have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Chapman, Mrs Nute and Mrs Campbell



 


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