Class Blog for Class 2

Week ending Friday 25th September 

Hello Everyone,

Great fun was had in forest school this week with Mrs Forbes. The children worked together to make mud faces, using different natural materials in forest school. The results were brilliant, and the children were able to use their knowledge of drawing portraits from the previous week. 

In our English topic of 'Little Red Riding Hood', the children have been learning the story, so that next week, they will be able to write their own story versions. They enjoyed retelling the story using the 'scratch junior' ipad coding app which the children had learned to use in the previous week.

In maths this week, class 2 have been learning to represent numbers in different ways, which has helped them to understand place value. Next week, we will be counting in 2's. Please can the Year 2 children practice their 2X table this week? They can do this by counting objects in 2's, singing or chanting their 2X table, or listening to 2X table songs on YouTube kids. 

This week, the Year 1 children will be sent home with a username and password for a computer programme called 'teach your monster to read'. It has proved to be very popular with Year 1 children in the past, and it has been very effective in reinforcing their knowledge of phonics and reading. Please feel free to use this at home to support your child's reading. You shouldn't need to pay for the app, just log into with the username and password. 

Things to remember:
* Come in forest school clothes every Wednesday.
* Please just bring a reading book and record, (if your child has finished their book), a water bottle, lunch, (if needed) and coat every day. (No bags please).
* Practice your reading as often as you can at home.

Have a lovely week!


Week ending Friday 18th September 

 Hello everyone!

This week, class 2 thoroughly enjoyed using our brand new set of ipads that we now have in school. They have been learning the skill of coding, by using a program called 'scratch junior'. As you can see from the picture, they were completely engrossed. They enjoyed programming sets of commands for different characters. Next week, we will use these skills to tell the story of Little Red Riding Hood, which is our literacy unit for the next 2 weeks.

Thank you to those who have sent in wellies in a named carrier bag. Our forest school continues to be on a Wednesday afternoon. Children can come in forest school clothes if they would prefer, as we will not be changing into forest school clothes in school. 

We still do not require PE kits in school. We do not have a set time for PE. Instead children have daily exercise outside whenever the weather is fine. This involves playing with balls, skipping ropes and hoops etc, as well as dancing and running. Thank you for you patience with adjusting to all these new routines.

Things to remember:
* Please read as often as you can with your child at home. Bring back your reading book and reading record whenever they need a new book. (The children read every day in school).                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                             * Please do not bring book bags or bags into school.
                                                                                                                                                             * Children are supplied with a fruit snack every morning.
                                                                                                                                                             * Please bring a water bottle every day.
                                                                                                                                                             * School packed lunches are free for all children in class 2.


week ending Friday 11th September 

A huge well done to all of the children in class 2 this week. The new Year 1 children all came in with a smile on the first day and have been happily learning and playing all week. Some children in Year 2 haven't been in school since March, and came into school, ready to learn and have fun with their friends. We are also so proud of the Year 2 children, who have helped the younger children in such a lovely way. 

We have begun our new topic of 'Here we are' by Oliver Jeffers, by taking part in a lot of art and play based activities which have linked to ideas within the book. We have made paper globe collages, written a ship's log and made star constellations using paper straws.

This week, we have also been helping children to understand different feelings and emotions, through looking at different portraits and expressions. There are some amazing examples of self portraits which the children were very proud of.

In the next few weeks, we are planning on being outside for our learning as much as possible. We are therefore asking if children could bring and leave their wellies in school, starting from this week.
Please bring these wellies/outdoor shoes in a named carrier bag.

Our forest school afternoon is going to be on a Wednesday. Miss Edwards has said that on these days, the children can come into school wearing their forest school clothes, if they wish. This will avoid changing at school and a possible   muddy uniform!

All children have been given a reading book to take home this week. We have asked the children to only bring their books back into school when they have finished reading it, and to please leave their book bag at home. We are trying to reduce the amount of things that are brought in from home and are also doing our best not to handle things that will be taken home. 

We now have fruit snacks in school for all children in class 2. Children do not need to bring a snack from home, but if you wish to do so, you are of course welcome to.

We hope you are adjusting to the new routines and rules. Please email us if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for helping us to make our first week back run smoothly.


Week beginning September 7th 


We hope you have had a lovely holiday.
We would like to welcome all of our new children who will be joining class 2 for the first time. We hope you liked your letters from your new Year 2 friends. They are all so keen to help you to settle into our class. A huge welcome too, to our new Year 2 children, some of you, we haven't seen since March. We are really looking forward to seeing you.

We are going to have lots of fun with our learning this half term. Our new topic is based on the lovely book 'Here we are' by Oliver Jeffers. We will try to be outdoors as often as possible for some of our learning, but please don't worry about bringing any outdoor clothes just yet.

We fully understand that your children may be experiencing mixed feeling about returning to school but please try not to worry. We are as prepared as we can be, and are armed with patience and understanding.

I'm sorry that we have been unable to meet some of you personally. Please ask if there is anything that you are unsure of. We will do our best to help.

Please see our transition and welcome back leaflets in the attachment.

This week, Mrs Fenton will be here on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Mrs Forbes will be here on Tuesday
and Wednesday.

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