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Week Ending Friday 14th January 

Hello everyone!

This week we began our class topic ‘Why do some people become famous?’ The children loved dressing up as famous people. Some of them seemed to be in role all day.

We began by finding out about our Queen and compared her to Queen Victoria. The children have designed a crown complete with glitter, read an information text and answered questions about both Queens, and completed a Venn diagram which sorted facts about both Queens. Next week we will write and send a letter to Queen Elizabeth, and we will also learn about Florence Nightingale.

In art art this week, we found out about Vincent Van Gogh. We studied some of his art work and have recreated a section of his painting, ‘Starry Night’. We have been using paint and pastels, to try to imitate his style.

Homework:
Please continue to log into spelling shed and mathletics so that your child can practice the skills that they are learning in class.
New homework grids are now stuck into books. Books will go out on Monday. 

Remember:
Forest school clothes need to be worn on Wednesday.
Those who have ukuleles, please bring them on Wednesday.
Please make sure PE kits are in school. PE is now on a Thursday.

Have a lovely weekend!
Mrs Fenton
hfenton@pelyntprimary.co.uk

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Week ending Friday 7th January 


Welcome back everyone!
We hope you have had a wonderful Christmas break.
It was lovely to see the children returning to school, happy to see each other. Many of them, who hadn’t seen each other for a long time, due to covid.

The children were also keen to welcome our 3 new class members; Rita, Racer and Rosie. AKA 3 baby rats, who are now our class pets. The children have named the rats themselves.


This week, all our learning has been linked to finding out how to care for pet rats.
In science, we have researched which kinds of foods rats eat and should not eat. We found out about the needs of animals, using the RSPCA website, so that we can care for the rats in the best way that we can. 

In English, we have written instructions for how to look after rats and we have also written facts about rats. We will also be writing a thank you letter to the RSPCA, who provided us with our pets, and have rescued them. 

In maths this week, we have been subtracting 2 digit numbers, using apparatus and drawing on our knowledge of place value. 

In RE, we have been learning about epiphany, when the wise men visited Jesus. We used character models from a nativity set to retell this section of the story.

Our PE this week was delivered by ‘ARENA’. This will continue every Tuesday afternoon for the remainder of this half term. 

Homework books will will remain in school until next Friday. Please return any homework books that may still be at home. Next week, we will stick in a new homework grid for our topic, which will be ‘Why do some people become famous?’ Please continue to check your mathletics and spelling shed accounts every week and complete any work that is assigned to you. 

* Please can the children come dressed as a famous person on Friday. Please ask if you need to borrow a costume from the class dressing up box. 
* Please can the children keep their PE kits in school, to be used every Tuesday afternoon? 
* Please can children wear forest school clothes to school on Wednesday.

Have a lovely week.

Mrs Fenton, Mrs Harper and Miss Milford

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Week ending Friday 3rd December 

Hello everyone!

December is already here!

This week, we have had an RE focus, and have been looking at what Christmas means for Christians. The children have looked at the events of the Christmas story and have been asking me some challenging questions. It shows that they have been really thinking about what the events mean and it has been lovely to hear their thoughts and ideas.

In English this week, we have been sequencing the story of ‘The Snowman’ by Raymond Briggs. We have also generated some interesting vocabulary, ready to use in our own stories next week. 

After a shared class reading session this week, which happened to be an information book about pets, we discussed the possibility of having a class pet. First we ruled out suggestions such as; dinosaurs, crocodiles, sloths and whales, (yes, the children really did suggest these). We eventually came up with either a stick insect or a dumbo rat. Please don’t panic, as no one will need to look after our class pet, unless you absolutely want to, but watch this space. Please let us know if you have any ideas or objections, and also, if anyone has a spare cage for either of these lovely creatures, please also let us know.

Homework:
Please can all children log into mathletics and spelling shed this week. There are new assignments set for you every week. Thank you to those who have already completed a homework task from the grid. Please can all homework books be returned by Friday? Thank you



THINGS TO REMEMBER:
  • PE will be on Tuesday afternoons. Please make sure that PE kits are in school.
  • EACH WEDNESDAY WILL BE FOREST SCHOOL SO THERE WILL BE NO UNIFORM WORN ON THAT DAY. PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILD WEARS OLD COMFORTABLE CLOTHES AND FOOTWEAR TO SCHOOL AND BRINGS A WATERPROOF COAT SUITABLE FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.
  • There will be no specific show and tell now. However, if you have anything interesting to show or tell, we would love to see this at any time.
  • hfenton@pelyntprimary.co.uk


 

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Week ending Friday 26th November 

Hello everyone,

There has been a big focus on geography this week, and the children have been busy learning about the oceans and continents of the world. In forest school, they created a large map of the world, using leaves and other materials found in the outside environment. We also played games which involved solving clues based on the 7 oceans. In geography they have been labelling maps, and looking at atlases. We have also written letters to children in Rwanda. The letters have been sent, and we await our replies.

During our maths lessons this week, we have been playing games to reinforce our knowledge of number pairs that make ten. The children have then used their knowledge of these number facts to solve problems and to calculate answers to problems with bigger numbers.

In English we have been learning about different word classes. Our favourite activity was going on a noun hunt in different areas of school. Next week, we will begin our new learning journey, which will focus on Raymond Briggs’s story of ‘The Snowman’. 


Homework:
Please can all children log into mathletics and spelling shed this week. There are new assignments set for you every week. Thank you to those who have already completed a homework task from the grid. Please can all homework books be returned by Friday? Thank you



THINGS TO REMEMBER:
  • PE will be on Tuesday afternoons. Please make sure that PE kits are in school.
  • EACH WEDNESDAY WILL BE FOREST SCHOOL SO THERE WILL BE NO UNIFORM WORN ON THAT DAY. PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILD WEARS OLD COMFORTABLE CLOTHES AND FOOTWEAR TO SCHOOL AND BRINGS A WATERPROOF COAT SUITABLE FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.
  • There will be no specific show and tell now. However, if you have anything interesting to show or tell, we would love to see this at any time.
  • hfenton@pelyntprimary.co.uk

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Week ending Friday 19th November 


Hello everyone!

This week, class 2 have finished creating their ‘Tinga tinga’ art animals. They have been busy painting, as well as using coloured pencils and felt tips, to create different effects with the same design. They used the style and colours that they noticed, in other examples of art work, in order to give them ideas and inspiration. 

In computing this week, we continued to use the scratch junior app, and this time the children used coding, to tell their characters to dance. In the main picture, Miley has created her own characters and managed to make them dance on a stage background.

In maths this week, the children have been playing games in order to practice adding and subtracting 10 and 1. They have been looking at patterns in number and have used 100 squares to help them to count and complete calculations.

The children have finished their non-chronological reports about giraffes. They include labelled diagrams and the reports are organised into different paragraphs with sub-heading. Well done class 2!

Homework:
Please can all children log into mathletics and spelling shed this week. There are new assignments set for you every week. Thank you to those who have already completed a homework task from the grid. Please can all homework books be returned by Friday? Thank you



THINGS TO REMEMBER:
  • PE will be on Tuesday afternoons. Please make sure that PE kits are in school.
  • EACH WEDNESDAY WILL BE FOREST SCHOOL SO THERE WILL BE NO UNIFORM WORN ON THAT DAY. PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILD WEARS OLD COMFORTABLE CLOTHES AND FOOTWEAR TO SCHOOL AND BRINGS A WATERPROOF COAT SUITABLE FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.
  • There will be no specific show and tell now. However, if you have anything interesting to show or tell, we would love to see this at any time.
  • hfenton@pelyntprimary.co.uk

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Week ending Friday 12th November  

Hello Everyone!

Class 2 have been busy this week, creating poppies for a display in the spar shop. If you are passing, please have a look at our school display. The children have done a great job.

We also learnt about the significance of Remembrance Sunday, and held a 2 minute silence with the whole school on Thursday.

In our topic work this week, we compared an area in Rwanda with Looe. We looked at similarities and differences relating to buildings, the landscape and people. The children created a Venn diagram to record their ideas. We also learnt about the 7 continents of the world, using various jigsaws and maps.

In English, we have been looking at facts about animals in Rwanda, focussing specifically on the giraffe. Next week we will be completing our non-chronological reports about giraffes. 

In maths this week, we have been using what we know about addition facts, to add and subtract multiples of 10. 

On Friday we sent home the new homework grid in our homework books. Please complete at least 1 example from the grid of your choice. Please continue to log into mathletics and spelling shed each week, to complete your weekly homework assignments. We can see a big improvement in children’s ability in spelling, through the use of the spelling shed app.

THINGS TO REMEMBER:

  • PE will be on Tuesday afternoons. Please make sure that PE kits are in school.
  • EACH WEDNESDAY WILL BE FOREST SCHOOL SO THERE WILL BE NO UNIFORM WORN ON THAT DAY. PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILD WEARS OLD COMFORTABLE CLOTHES AND FOOTWEAR TO SCHOOL AND BRINGS A WATERPROOF COAT SUITABLE FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.
  • Monday - wear odd socks to school for ‘one kind word’
  • Friday - children in need mufti day. Bring £1 donation if you would like to wear your own clothes.
  • There will be no specific show and tell now. However, if you have anything interesting to show or tell, we would love to see this at any time.
  • hfenton@pelyntprimary.co.uk

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Week ending Friday 5th November 

Welcome back to a new half term!


We are beginning to work on our new topic this week, which we have called; 'What is it like to live in Rwanda?' The children were excited to hear that they will be able to write to some children who live in Rwanda. We are also hoping to be able to contact some Rwandan children via zoom. Several years ago, I taught English to a group of Rwandan children. They have all grown up now and some of them work in Rwandan schools, so we are excited to be able to use these links in our learning this half term.

In art this week, the children have been learning about African 'Tinga Tinga' art. They studied 2 different examples and made sketches of patterns and shapes that they could see in the art work. I was impressed at their skills of observation. In the next few weeks, we will be working towards making an animal design in the style of African 'tinga tinga' art.

Over the next 2 weeks in English, we will be working towards writing a report about an animal that can be found in Rwanda. This week, we looked at some examples of non-chronological reports and learnt to understand the difference between facts and opinions. Please log into your spelling shed account to complete the spelling homework that is set for you. This will help you to improve your English work.

In maths this week, we have been learning about fact families and the relationship between addition and subtraction. We have also been trying to memorise number bonds to 10 and 20. Please log into your mathletics account, to complete the homework tasks that will help you with your maths work in class.




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THINGS TO REMEMBER:

  • PE will be on Tuesday afternoons. Please make sure that PE kits are in school.
  • EACH WEDNESDAY WILL BE FOREST SCHOOL SO THERE WILL BE NO UNIFORM WORN ON THAT DAY. PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILD WEARS OLD COMFORTABLE CLOTHES AND FOOTWEAR TO SCHOOL AND BRINGS A WATERPROOF COAT SUITABLE FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.
  • Show and tell will be on Fridays - this week we are focussing on Autumn. Please send any photos or comments,  to hfenton@pelyntprimary.co.uk




 


Week ending Friday 15th October 


Hello everyone!

First of all, a huge thank you to all of those people who donated tins of food for our Harvest Festival on Monday. It was lovely to visit the church, bring our Harvest gifts and sing a song with class one. We also enjoyed a Harvest story with Rev Richard.

We enjoyed plenty of other Harvest activities on Monday, such as writing a poem and learning about Harvest in other countries around the world.

We have completed our English learning journey of writing instructions this week. The children watched an episode of Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures and wrote some instructions about how to find a dinosaur feather.

In maths, we have been busy counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. We have enjoyed playing games and singing songs to help us with this learning.


Thank you to those who have expressed an interest in joining the Year 2 ukulele club. If you would like to join, then please bring along a ukulele on Wednesday. Unfortunately we don’t have any more spare ukulele’s in school. 

Homework:
Thank you for the lovely examples of homework from the homework grid, that have been sent in this half term. Please return all homework books back to school by Thursday. There are new assignments on spelling shed and mathletics for you to complete this week too.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Fenton and Mrs Harper

THINGS TO REMEMBER:

  • PE will be on Tuesday afternoons. Please make sure that PE kits are in school.
  • EACH WEDNESDAY WILL BE FOREST SCHOOL SO THERE WILL BE NO UNIFORM WORN ON THAT DAY. PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILD WEARS OLD COMFORTABLE CLOTHES AND FOOTWEAR TO SCHOOL AND BRINGS A WATERPROOF COAT SUITABLE FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.
  • Show and tell will be on Fridays - this week we are focussing on Autumn. Please send any photos or comments,  to hfenton@pelyntprimary.co.uk


 


Week ending Friday 8th October 

Hello everyone!

It has been a very productive week in class 2.

We have really enjoyed singing Harvest songs, together with class 1. On Monday afternoon, we are looking forward to going to the church to sing together again. Please can every child bring a tin of food to school on Monday, to bring to the church for our Harvest festival. Hopefully next year, we will be able to have parents with us too.

In English this week, the children have been following instructions for how to draw a face and how to draw a dinosaur. We have been learning about making instructions clear and precise, bossy verbs and time words. We have also written instruction sentences and are ready to write a full set of instructions on our own next week.

In art, we have also been drawing self portraits, which linked with our instructions In English. There are some lovely results and the children were quite rightly, very pleased with themselves.

In science this week, we have been learning about the differences between carnivores and herbivores, which has linked with our learning question, ‘Can a dinosaur be a pet?’ We have also been learning about food chains, and have used the forest school area to find evidence of creatures that are dependent on each other. 

All of the children joined in with in with the first ukulele club this week. A number of children asked if they could also join the lunchtime club on a Wednesday. There is plenty of space still available, so if you would like your child to join, please let me know and I can give you a form to fill in. 

Thank you you for the lovely examples of homework that we have been receiving. Please continue to log into mathletics and spelling shed to see the homework assignments that have been set for you, and read at home as often as you can. 


This week, we will be giving every child the opportunity to choose a book from the school library. This will be in addition to their reading book that they can read independently. Don’t worry if your child cannot read everything in their library book. We simply want them to have a book that they can enjoy, wether that be by themselves or with an adult or older child. Please return the book whenever you have finished with it. 

THINGS TO REMEMBER: 

  • Please bring in a tin of food for our Harvest festival on Monday.
  • PE will be on Tuesday afternoons. Please make sure that PE kits are in school.
  • EACH WEDNESDAY WILL BE FOREST SCHOOL SO THERE WILL BE NO UNIFORM WORN ON THAT DAY. PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILD WEARS OLD COMFORTABLE CLOTHES AND FOOTWEAR TO SCHOOL AND BRINGS A WATERPROOF COAT SUITABLE FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.
  • Show and tell will be on Fridays - this week we are focussing on Harvest. Please send any photos or comments,  to hfenton@pelyntprimary.co.uk
Have a a lovely weekend and enjoy the warmer weather.

Mrs Fenton and Mrs Harper

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Week Ending Friday 1st October 

Hello everyone!


Thank you for continuing to support your children at home with their learning. It’s so lovely that they come into class 2 with smiles on their faces and ready to learn.

This week we have started a new learning journey in English. We have been learning to read and follow instructions. The children particularly enjoyed following instructions to make dinosaur fossils out of salt dough. We learnt all about how fossils are formed and collect objects in forest school to use as fossil imprints. 

We are continuing to learn about place value in maths this week. Well done to those children who have used mathletics to help with your learning at home this week.

On Friday the children really enjoyed learning about coding in computing. They were all able to create an animal race, by giving each animal instructions about how fast and in which direction they would travel. Some children even decided to draw their own dinosaurs, when they couldn’t find the animals that they were looking for on the app.

Homework:
Please read as often as you can at home. Bring your reading book to school every day, even if you haven’t finished your book.
Please log into mathletics and spelling shed and complete the assignments for this week. If you have any problems with logging in, please let us know.
Please return homework books to school before next Friday, so that we can mark any homework and provide you with log in details. We have stuck all log in details in the front of the pink homework books.


THINGS TO REMEMBER: 

  • Please send in a pair of named wellies which can be kept at school. 
  • PE will be on Tuesday afternoons. Please make sure that PE kits are in school.
  • EACH WEDNESDAY WILL BE FOREST SCHOOL SO THERE WILL BE NO UNIFORM WORN ON THAT DAY. PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CHILD WEARS OLD COMFORTABLE CLOTHES AND FOOTWEAR TO SCHOOL AND BRINGS A WATERPROOF COAT SUITABLE FOR OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES.
  • Show and tell will be on Fridays - this week we are focussing on the value of ‘respect’. We will ask the children to tell us about someone that they respect and why. They do not need to bring anything into school, but if you wish to send any photos or comments,  please email them to hfenton@pelyntprimary.co.uk 
  • Please make sure you have completed the necessary consents for our new school year - we would love to be able to share pictures via the blog each week but can only do so with your permission. If you have any questions, Mrs Trevaskis in the office will be able to help. 


           

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