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Week ending Friday 17th January 

Posted: 17/01/2020
Helen Fenton

Our new topic is 'Did Pirates have speed boats?'
This week we have been drawing pirate maps, using different techniques in art to create ships and learning songs about pirates.
In science, we have carried out an experiment based around floating and sinking, so that by the end of the topic, the children will be able to design and make a small pirate ship, using materials that they think are suitable.
In maths, we have been carrying out activities involving measuring weight and length, so that they will be able to measure accurately, the materials that they use.

We have recently purchased some new guided reading books for the children to use in school, together with some new individual reading books for the children to take home. The home reading books are closely matched to the children's ability, so that even children who are just beginning to read will be able to read most or even all of the words in the book. They are designed for the children to practice what they already know.

Things to remember for next week:

*Forest school clothes need to be in school for Thursday afternoon.

* Show and tell will be free choice for Y1 children again. There were a number of children who didn't get a turn today for their show and tell because we had a very bust afternoon. I promised those children that it would be their turn first next week.

*P.E kits will be needed for Wednesday  afternoon.

*Reading books and reading records need to be put in the book box every morning. Karate bands are coming soon!

*Homework books have been given out today. The same activity grid can be used as there are plenty more activities to continue with. There are also some extra activities that can be done as well.

*Please read the events diary on this website for dates 

           

 


Week ending Friday 20th December 

Posted: 16/12/2019
Helen Fenton



*After school clubs have now finished- they will resume w/c 13th January*

Last week, the children completed some amazing stories based on 'The Snowman' by Raymond Briggs. 

They have also created some lovely polar bear pictures in art, and have been learning some new songs to support their learning in other areas of the curriculum.

In maths, Year 2 children have completed solving problems involving multiplication and division. Year 1 children have completed their work on addition and subtraction.

Don’t forget… we will be performing our Nativity on Monday 16th December at 2pm and 6pm. As this is a whole school performance, we would like all children to return to school for the evening performance between 5.30 and 5.40pm.

*Christmas dinner on Wednesday. We will be having a Christmas mufti day too, so children can wear Christmas clothes, Christmas jumpers etc to school all day, please remember to bring in your £1 donation. Don't worry if your child doesn't have a Christmas jumper. Any mufti clothes will be fine.

We shall be having our class party on Thursday morning and would be grateful if a food contribution could be made. A small plate of party food would be fantastic such as biscuits, crisps, cakes etc. Children can wear party clothes if they wish. They will still need forest school clothes for Thursday afternoon.

*Friday- children can bring in games on this day if they wish to do so. Please do not bring in any electronics such as iPads, phones, consoles etc.

 *Homework books will remain in school now, as new spelling lists/activities will be stuck in over the holidays.

*Please read the events diary on this website for dates

 


Week ending Friday 6th December 

Posted: 04/12/2019
Helen Fenton

This week, the children have enjoyed carrying out a another science experiment, in which they were able to predict and find out how effective materials were for insulating. They are become much more accurate at reading and recording temperatures.

In English this week, we have been learning the story of 'The Snowman' by Raymond Briggs. We will be writing our own version of the story next week, now that we have chosen some interesting vocabulary to use. The children have answered questions about the story and sequenced the events in the right order.

In maths, Year 2 children have been multiplying by 2, 5 and 10. Please can they practice some X table facts at home. The following website is good to use for practice:
www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Year 1 children can also use the same website to practice number bonds to 10 and 20.

Please be aware that next week is the final week for gymnastics.

Don't Forget:
*PE kits should be in school every day. 
*Forest school clothes are needed every THURSDAY.
*Please read regularly with your child and record in reading records any comments you may have.

*Please read the events diary on this website for dates.
*Bring Show and Tell on Friday - please can Year 2 children bring in something or a picture of something that they have had to build.

 


Week ending Friday 29th November 

Posted: 30/11/2019
Helen Fenton


The children seemed to have a wonderful time at the performance of 'The Nativity' on Thursday. It was a great performance and a really good experience for the children.

In our topic work this week, we have been learning about Isambard Kingdom Brunel. We have been building bridges and completing line drawings of the Tamar railway bridge.

In our English lessons this week, we have started our new topic of 'Stories with familiar settings'. We have so far, been using suitable adjectives to describe settings.

In maths and science, we have been measuring temperature and investigating how quickly hot water can cool and ice can melt, in different conditions. This has linked with the arctic explorer aspect of our topic.

Don't Forget:
*PE kits should be in school every day. 
*Forest school clothes are needed every THURSDAY.
*Please read regularly with your child and record in reading records any comments you may have. 
*Please read the events diary on this website for dates.
*Bring Show and Tell on Friday - please can Year 1 children bring in something or a picture of something that they have had to build.

 


Week ending Friday 22nd November 

Posted: 23/11/2019
Helen Fenton


It was lovely to see all those who booked a parents evening time this week. I always love finding out more about the children from you. I hope that you found it useful too.
A number of people asked about apps that are helpful for learning times tables or spellings, so here are a few that we have tried and tested:
* 10 minutes a day times tables by DK (focus on 2, 5 and 10X tables first)
* Maths Champions lite
* Spellosaur (This is ideal for inputting 5 spellings from the Y1/2 common exception word list that is in homework books).
* Zat phonics read write (There is a charge for the higher levels which are more suitable for most of class 2)

This week in art, we have been drawing Brunel's           railway bridge over the river Tamar.

In English, we have completed our Non-Chronological reports about Pumas, inspired by our topic work all about David Attenborough.

In maths, Year 2 have been learning about multiplication and Year 1 have been continuing to make numbers between 11 and 20.


Don't Forget:
*PE kits should be in school every day. 
*Forest school clothes are needed every THURSDAY.
*Please read regularly with your child and record in reading records any comments you may have. 
*Please read the events diary on this website for dates.
*Bring Show and Tell on Friday - please can Year 2 children bring in something related to a hobby or interest that they have.





 


Week Ending Friday 15th November 

Posted: 17/11/2019
Helen Fenton


This week the children have been busy working on their topic and have been looking at the polar explorer of Ernest Shackleton. Next week, they will be finding out about Sir David Attenborough and there will be some extra outdoor learning relating to topic work.

In English, we have been using the new David Attenborough series 'seven worlds, seven continents' as a stimulus for writing their non-chronological reports which they will complete next week.

In maths, Year 1 children have been working practically to represent teen numbers. Year 2's have been working on their understanding of multiplication.
 
*Thank you to those parents who have made an appointment for our parent consultations - please see Mrs Trevaskis at the office if you haven't already. I am looking forward to seeing you all there on Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday.
*PE kits should be in school every day please. 
*Forest school clothes are needed every THURSDAY.
*Please read regularly with your child and record in reading records any comments you may have. 
*Please read the events diary on this website for dates.
*Bring Show and Tell on Friday 22nd November - please can Year 1 children bring in something related to a hobby or interest that they have.

 


Week ending Friday 8th November 

Posted: 08/11/2019
Helen Fenton































This week we would like to welcome Mrs Forbes to the school. She will teach class 2 every Monday all day and every Wednesday afternoon. She has been teaching the children all about famous people this week, and has been finding out from the children what they would like to learn.
Well done to the Year 1 children, who had researched information about their favourite famous person for their show and tell. They brought in pictures and told us some interesting facts about their chosen person. 

In Maths this week we have all been solving problems involving money, learning to recognise coins and notes and the Year 2 children have been using empty number lines to give change.

For our English work, we have been reading information texts and finding features such as headings, sub-headings, captions and labels. Next week the children will be writing their own information texts all about animals.

Things to remember for next week:
*PE kits in school every day please. PE is now every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.
*FROM THE WEEK BEGINNING 11TH NOVEMBER, FOREST SCHOOL WILL TAKE PLACE FOR CLASS 2 EVERY THURSDAY. 
*Keep reading and enjoying books with your children as often as possible.
*Please read the events diary on this website for dates
 *Show and tell on Friday is for Year 2. Please can children bring in a picture of their favourite famous person? This could be a singer, musician, sportsperson, author etc. 

 


Week ending Friday 1st November 

Posted: 02/11/2019
Helen Fenton

This week, we have had an exciting 'book week,' where we have been learning about different authors and characters. 
The children have enjoyed designing and making a dragon, based on the Julia Donaldson story, 'Zog.' We have replicated some of the sketches from Emily Gravett's stories about wolves. We have also written instructions for how to make a medicine, for Roald Dahl's 'George's Marvellous Medicine. However, the children particularly enjoyed creating a new character for the books by David Walliams; 'The World's Worst Children,' and 'The World's Worst Teachers.'

Our new topic; 'What makes people famous?' will begin next week. We will be looking at significant famous people from the past and present, the challenges they faced and the contributions that they have made to society.
As stated in this week's letter, Mrs Forbes will join us on Monday. She will be teaching alongside Mrs Fenton all day on Monday and on Wednesday afternoon. From next week, she will be teaching the class on these days every week.

Things to remember for next week:
*PE kits in school every day please. PE is now every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon
*Forest school clothes are needed on MONDAY for this week but PLEASE NOTE THAT FROM THE WEEK BEGINNING 11TH NOVEMBER, FOREST SCHOOL WILL TAKE PLACE FOR OUR CLASS EVERY THURSDAY. 
*Keep reading and enjoying books with your children as often as possible.
*Please read the events diary on this website for dates
 *Show and tell on Friday is for Year 1. Please can children bring in a picture of their favourite famous person? This could be a singer, musician, sportsperson, author etc. 




 


Week ending Friday 18th October 

Posted: 20/10/2019
Helen Fenton


Thank you all for your continued support, in helping children to either settle into a new class, or to transition from Year1 to Year 2. I feel the children work very well together and although they may be tired at the end of this half term, they have definitely enjoyed their learning. Their enthusiasm for our topic has been amazing.

This week our maths has involved constructing bar charts, venn diagrams and tally charts to collect information about dinosaurs.

In science, we have been looking at the different features of dinosaurs and finding ways to sort them. We have continued to look at fossils in order to make models of dinosaurs, using different construction materials.

We have been lucky to have had a huge range of both fiction and non-fiction books relating to our topic, and it has been wonderful to see children enjoy these books so much.

On Wednesday we created some super Christmas cards for the FOPs card sale- watch out for your child’s creations for you to purchase once they have been printed!

Have a lovely half term!



Things to remember:

*PE kits need to be in school every day. Children will now have 2 PE sessions in school most weeks, which will take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays. These will be delivered by ARENA and Looe Academy.
*Forest school clothes need to be in school for Monday afternoon.
*
Homework books have not been handed out over half term. Next half term we will continue with the same spellings and activity grid, as there are still so many activities to complete.
*Reading books and reading records need to be put in the book box every morning.
*Please read the events diary on this website for dates. 

**Monday 28th October is an INSET day. Children return to school on Tuesday 29th October

**Individual and sibling photographs on the day we return: Tuesday 28th October

**Clubs will begin again on week commencing 4th November


 


Week ending Friday 11th October 

Posted: 14/10/2019
Helen Fenton


We have had a busy week this week practicing for our Harvest service on Monday. The children have worked very hard and it has been lovely to hear so much singing in the classroom.

In literacy we will continue to work on instruction writing. We will be writing instructions for 'Andy', who features in the cbeebies series; 'Andy's Dinosaur Adventures'. Our instructions will tell Andy how to travel back in time and how to collect an object for the museum.

In maths, we will continue to solve problems involving addition and subtraction. Much of the learning in maths involves games and practical activities which the children enjoy.

We have seen some fantastic spelling homework in books recently and children have been rewarded with stickers and certificates, for using their spellings in their own writing.

On Wednesday we had a visit from a PE teacher from Looe Academy. The teacher will return after half term to work with the children on games related activities.

Things to remember for next week:
* Please have PE kits in school every day.
* Please return homework books before every Friday.
                                                                                                                                                             * Please read as often as you can with your child and 
                                                                                                                                                               return home reading books every day.

                                                                                                                                                             * Forest school is every Monday afternoon and is    
                                                                                                                                                                taken by Mrs Peterman and Mrs Harper.


Show and tell this week is for Year 2. Please bring in something, or a picture of something that you have made.

 


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