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Week Ending 18th June 

Hello Class 2,

We hope you have had a lovely weekend. Weren't we lucky with the weather!

This week we have been continuing with our new topic 'What is so important about the weather?'. When labelling different weather symbols we learnt lots of different topic vocabulary words that we will be using this term. We discussed what our favourite type of weather is and why. We had lots of interesting responses including "I like sunny weather so I can play in my paddling pool and eat ice cream", "I enjoy the snow so I can have snow ball fights and make snow angels" and "I like rainy weather so I can put my welly boots on and jump in puddles." Next week we will be transforming into weather forecasters to create our own weather forecasts.

In English we have been continuing with recounts and have read the story 'Duffy's Lucky Escape' by Ellie Jackson; we will use this for writing the recount next week. In RE we have learnt about Jewish artefacts and the children enjoyed sharing their special objects with the class.

In our Forest School session we played a memory game where we all had to find one natural object and place it in the circle. Different objects were then taken away and we had to identify which ones were missing. Mrs Forbes and Mrs Harper were both very impressed with how well we could remember the objects!


Reminders for this coming week:

 *Please wear trainers for PE on Thursday. We no longer have ARENA for our PE sessions, but we will make sure that the children enjoy a PE session every Thursday afternoon..
*If you haven't already, please send in a named sunhat which can be kept in school for the rest of this term.
*Please ensure that children have sun cream applied each day before school. Thank you. 
*Please make sure that children bring a water bottle each day.
*Remember to 'WEAR IT WILD' on Wednesday in order to raise money for the whole school to adopt an animal - everyone is very excited at this great idea from Class 3 and the school council to support the work of the World Wildlife Foundation. We will still have our Forest School session on this day so please take this into consideration when picking your outfit!

We hope you have a fantastic week and can't wait to have a class full of wild animals on Wednesday!

Mrs Fenton, Mrs Forbes and Mrs Harper 
 


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Week Ending Friday 11th june 


Hello Everyone!

We hope you are enjoying the lovely weather this weekend.

This week, our learning began with the start of our new topic, 'What's so important about the weather?'. We will be looking at climate change, the G7 summit, and how we can help our environment. We will be reading all of the Ellie Jackson books, which focus on this area of our topic.

In English this week, we have been reading recounts of events and next week, we will be using Ellie Jackson's books, to help us to write a recount, as one of the animal characters from the stories. 

In RE this week, we began to learn about Jewish people and their beliefs. The children made some skull caps, or kippah's, and learnt about some of the objects and places that are special to Jewish people. Please can the children email a picture of a special object or place, so that we can discuss why objects or places can be special to different people? I always find that, giving children opportunities to talk about their own special things and their own ideas, is a lovely way to introduce how ideas and beliefs of other people can be different.

Homework:
Please can children log into their mathletics and Spelling Shed accounts for their homework this week. I apologise for the technical problems that we have had. Homework books will be given out again on Friday 18th June. 
Year 1 spellings: rain, wind, gale, snow, sleet, sunny, sunshine, showers
Year 2 spellings: weather, forecast, windy, sunny, hurricane, climate, showers, tornado

Reminders for this coming week: 
 *Please wear trainers for PE on Thursday. We no longer have ARENA for our PE sessions, but we will make sure that the children enjoy a PE session every Thursday afternoon.
*Please email a picture of a special object or place.
*If you haven't already, please send in a named sunhat which can be kept in school for the rest of this term.
*Please ensure that children have sun cream applied each day before school.
*Please make sure that children bring a water bottle each day.
* Please wear forest school clothes to school on Wednesday.

Thank you!
Mrs Fenton, Mrs Forbes and Mrs Harper





 


Week Ending Friday 21st May  






This week in Maths Year 2 continued measuring in metres and had a competition to see who could jump the furthest. We have also been revising adding 2 digit numbers. Year 1 have started to look at finding halves and making a whole. 

In English, we have been reading fantasy stories such as Peter Pan and Alice and Wonderland. We have been finding examples of fantasy story features, such as magical objects and fantastical characters. Next week, we will be writing our own fantasy story which will include all of these features/ingredients. 

In our 'Castles and Knights' topic work we have been looking at the different methods used to attack a castle and decided which we thought would be the most effective. We also used our 'Coat of Arms' design from last week to make our own which are now proudly on display in our classroom. 

In our outdoor learning this week we incorporated some of our Geography work on map skills and made our own 'bird's-eye' view maps of the Forest School area. 

There will be no spelling test this week, as we won't be in school on Friday. Please continue to use mathletics and spelling shed for your weekly homework. The spelling shed assignments are games which contain the common words for Key Stage 1. For mathletics, please can Year 1 complete the activities on fractions, and Year 2 can complete some addition and subtraction activities.


Things to remember:

* Please wear forest school clothes, appropriate for the weather, to school on Wednesday.
* Wear trainers to school for PE on Thursday afternoon.
* Please return homework books to school before Thursday.
* Our last day of this half term is Thursday 27th June as the Friday is an INSET day. We will return to school on Monday 7th June. Friday 11th June is an INSET day.




 


Week Ending Friday 14th May  

Hello Everyone,

In Maths this week Year 1 have been looking at doubling and Year 2 have been measuring using centimetres and metres. The children from both year groups have enjoyed working practically, with a range of equipment.

In English, the children have complete their non-fiction writing about knights and castles. Next week, we will be reading fantasy stories.

In our topic work this week we looked at the jobs people would have done in a medieval castle. We all picked a job we would have have liked to have done if we lived in a castle. These included a cook, gardener, candlemaker, marshal, knight, messenger and watchman.
We also looked at why Knights and certain families had their own Coat of Arms. We began to design our own and think of our own mottos ready to make our Coat of Arms next week. 

In Science we have continued to look at animals. This week we identified animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and plotted them onto a Venn diagram. 


 

 

Stamp competition

In school, the children will be designing stamps for the Royal Mail heroes stamp competition. If you would like us to enter your child’s design into the national competition, please return the permission slip your child brought home on Thursday by this Friday coming- 21st May

 


 



Homework:
Please continue to log into spelling shed and mathletics this week for homework and complete one of the activities from the grid in the homework books. Well done to those children who have already received certificates for mathletics. 
Year 1 spellings this week: are, were, was, is, his, has, I, you
Year 2 spellings this week: money, Mr, Mrs, parents, door, floor, poor, because, find, kind

Things to remember:
* Please bring in forest school clothes every Wednesday.
* Please wear trainers to school on Thursday.
* Return homework books to school before Friday.
* Please bring in reading books and reading records every day.





 


Week Ending Friday 7th May 

Hello Everyone!

This week we have been busy writing our information all about castles and knights. We have been very impressed at the improvement in spelling and handwriting from many children, and the effort that they are putting into their writing. Well done everyone!

In maths, we have been practicing using our mathletics accounts so that they are more familiar with this for homework activities. Year 1 children have been continuing to learn about multiplication and division, while Year 2's have been busy working on measuring length.

Again, we have enjoyed our visits from the PE coach from ARENA on Thursday, and the specialist music teacher on Monday. We also enjoyed making the most of the fine weather on Friday, and were able to meet as a whole school on the field, for our weekly celebration assembly with Miss Edwards.

In RE this week, we have enjoyed making our own collage birds for our creation display.

In art, we have been continuing to learn about the artist Paul Klee, and have designed our own castle using paper shapes, which mirror the style of this artist. There are some lovely examples of this from the children.


Homework:

Thank you to those who have returned homework books. I realise that many children may have completed their homework books during the lockdown period, so next week, we will issue new homework books for those children who have not returned them to school. There will also be a topic grid next week. 
This week, please log into your mathletics account.
Both Year 1 and Year 2  children can  complete some number and place value activities. These are at the top of the list of activities.
Log into your spelling shed account and complete the work that has been assigned to you.

Year 2 spellings to learn this week: who, any, many, clothes, whole, busy, people, water, again, half.
Year 1 spellings to learn this week: the, a, do, to, today, of, said, says. 

Please return homework books to school before Friday. Children will be tested on this words on Friday in school. 


Here are a few reminders about each week: 

• Please wear forest school clothes into school every Wednesday. 

• Wear trainers to school for outdoor PE activities on Thursday afternoon. 

• Please apply sun cream before school each day and bring a hat during sunny weather.

Have a lovely weekend!





 


Week Ending Friday 30th April 


Hello everyone,

We hope you have enjoyed the bank holiday and have been able to relax and have some fun.

This week, we have been continuing our English written work, focussing on information writing and castles. The children have enjoyed finding out about castles using information books, video clips and interactive websites. 

In maths, Year 2 have completed their work on fractions of amounts, while Year 1 children are beginning multiplication and division.

In RE, the children are enjoying creating a display, based on the story of creation. They have listened to different versions of the Christian story of creation.

 As always we have included plenty of play based activities, both inside and outside, based around our topic of 'Knights and Castles'.

Homework: As mentioned in last week's blog, the children have been set some homework this week. Please can all children log into their mathletics and spelling shed accounts. Their usernames and passwords have been sent home in their homework books. We have put these passwords in an envelope for you. This week, the children can familiarise themselves with the website by simply enjoying some games of their choice. Please can the children also learn to spell the following words: Year 1: friend, school, put, push, pull, full, house, our. Year 2: hour, move, prove, improve, sure, sugar, eye, could, would, should. We will be continuing with our spelling tests every Friday.

Here are a few reminders about each week: 

• Please wear forest school clothes into school every Wednesday. 

• Wear trainers to school for outdoor PE activities on Thursday afternoon. 

• Please apply sun cream before school each day and I know some children are already bringing a hat, it may be something that others want to consider, thank you. Obviously if there are gale force winds and torrential rain, ignore the previous comment.

 

 


Week Ending Friday 23rd April 


Hello Everyone!

We hope you have had a lovely Easter and are appreciating being able to be outside in the lovely weather. 

This week we have launched our new topic, 'Castles and Knights'. We discussed what we already know about the topic and some of the things we would like to find out during our learning. These ideas from the children will lead our learning throughout the term. We have also linked our English work with this topic as we have been working towards some information writing about castles. We began by looking at the difference between fiction and non-fiction, and have learnt about the features of information texts.

During our art lesson on Tuesday, the children created some fantastic line drawings of a castle. They worked whilst listening to some quiet classical music and we were amazed at their level of concentration. The results were brilliant! 

In RE this week, we have started to learn about the Christian story of creation. There is already some lovely art work, representing the sun and the stars, that Christians believe God created. 

In our daily maths lessons, Year 1 children have been practicing addition and subtraction by playing games. Year 2 children have been continuing their work on finding fractions of numbers.

Children are still enjoying their weekly music lessons every Monday, with Mrs Butlin.

Next week, we will be returning to our use of homework books and weekly homework. This will include some weekly spellings with the use of the spelling app, a half termly topic grid, and weekly maths work, using our new mathletics website and times tables rock stars. Passwords will be sent home in homework books on Friday.

Things to remember:
* Please bring reading books and reading records in every day. All children read at least once every day, and sometimes this requires their home/school reading book.
* Wear forest school clothes to school on Wednesday.
* Please bring in trainers for our PE lesson Thursday.
* Please can children wear sun cream to school and wear a sun hat if the weather looks like it may be sunny.
* Homework books will go out on Friday and will need to be returned by the following Friday.

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Week Ending Friday 26th March 

Hello Everyone!

It has been another busy week in class 2.

On Monday, the children enjoyed another music lesson, where the children experimented with different sounds and rhythms using everyday objects.

In RE, we have continued to learn about the Easter story, and why Easter is important for Christians. The children asked some very thoughtful questions about the life of Jesus and what happened in the Easter story. They shared each other's ideas and beliefs. They enjoyed acting out the story using stick puppets and also planned and made an Easter garden, which they were able to make in forest school.

In Science this week we have been learning what 'deciduous' and 'evergreen' trees are and identifying examples of each. We have also been looking at some different types of wild flowers and during our outdoor learning we went on a wild flower hunt to see what wild flowers we have growing on the school grounds. We then examined them and looked at things including the number of petals, the shape of the petals, the shape of the stem and if they had any leaves. 

In Maths, Year 1 have been enjoying working practically to explore weight and mass, while year 2 have been learning about halves and quarters.

In English this week, we have been learning about different types of sentences such as commands, exclamations, questions and statements. We will use our learning next week, when we will be writing poems. There will also be a whole school poetry competition.

Thank you to those who emailed a picture of your child's favourite book for our show and tell session. It was lovely to hear how enthusiastic the children are, about reading their favourite book. They were able to discuss their favourite characters and say why they loved their book.

Next week, we will be enjoying some fun Easter games and an Easter egg hunt, to finish off the week.



Things to remember for next week:

*Wear Forest school clothes into school on Wednesday.
*Bring in decorated egg for competition on Wednesday.
*Wear trainers to school on Thursday for PE.

*Last day of term is Thursday 1st April. We return to school on Monday 19th April. 

 


Week ending Friday 19th March 

Hello Everyone!

The children have had a lovely week this week.

On Tuesday, we enjoyed a music lesson, where we met a visiting music teacher. We used instruments to shake rhythms and enjoyed learning some new songs.

In English, we completed our Jack and the Beanstalk stories. I was impressed at how independent the Year 1 children were, and some Year 2 children joined their handwriting very successfully for the first time. The vocabulary that some children were using to tell their stories, was also very impressive. Well done everyone.

In science with Mrs Forbes, the children have been growing seeds, in order to find out what plants need to grow. Next week, we will find out which conditions were best for these plants, to see if our predictions were right. We have also been looking at the different parts of a plant and what these parts do. We used this learning to create some wonderful art work for our topic display. 

On Thursday, the children enjoyed a PE session with the ARENA coach. The weather was fine and the class were able to use the playground. ALL children were praised yet again for excellent listening skills and behaviour. Well done class 2!

On Friday, we learned about Palm Sunday. We made palm leaves, read a story and acted out this part of the Easter story, waving our homemade palm leaves. Next week will continue with the rest of the Easter story.

Thank you to everyone who donated money to comic relief on Friday. We enjoyed a whole class assembly via TEAMS with Miss Edwards and the children enjoyed seeing each other, and the cheerful clothes that we were all wearing.


Reminders for this week:
Wednesday - wear forest school clothes into school instead of uniform.
Thursday - please wear trainers to school for our Arena PE session.
Friday - our themed show and tell session didn't take place last week. Please can you email a picture of your child reading their favourite book? This could be in a favourite place, or an unusual or a cosy place. Thank you.
Each day - please keep sending reading books and records in every day. 








 


Week ending Friday 12th March 


Welcome back everyone!

It has been such a lovely week in class 2. The children had a wonderful time in forest school on Monday, finding frogspawn, making dens and playing together. They have enjoyed dancing and singing again every morning to supermovers, talking and playing eye spy while they eat their lunch, running and playing at playtimes, building models together, all of the normal everyday things that they were so used to doing together before lockdown. 

On Thursday, they enjoyed their first PE session with arena. Many of the children were praised and rewarded with house points from the Arena teacher for their excellent behaviour and for working well together. We were so proud of them.

We have been continuing with our Jack and the Beanstalk topic in literacy, and have also continued this theme with many of our learning through play activities. We have also been learning some Jack and the Beanstalk songs and have started to grow our own beanstalks, complete with a castle at the top.

We hope you have enjoyed a lovely Mother's Day and have enjoyed your weekend, knowing that the children are coming back to school on Monday.

Reminders for this week:
Wednesday - wear forest school clothes into school instead of uniform.
Each day - please keep sending reading books and records into school every day. We quarantine books before sending them home to another household. 
Thursday - please remember to wear trainers for our Arena PE session.
For Friday - please can the children talk about their favourite book for a show and tell session. If you wish, you can take a picture of your child reading their book, from anywhere at all.  Please email any pictures to: hefenton@pelyntprimary.co.uk

Thank you!




 


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