20.7.17 - Thank you and Goodbye!
A massive thank you for your very generous gifts. They really were much appreciated.
We really have loved getting to know your children - they are a fantastic bunch!
We hope you have a fantastic summer, and we look forward to seeing the children in September, as they enter into their Year 3 journey!
Mrs Conroy, Miss Levenson and Mrs Scher
Please ensure that children return their reading books by Friday.
The children have been sent home with handwriting booklets as many of them would benefit from practising, or perfecting, their cursive writing. As outlined in the attached letter, do not feel that they must complete the booklet.
A number of children have been given pencil grips to experiment with over the holidays, as we feel that they would benefit from finding a more comfortable grip, which would impact on their writing. (There are a few other children who we tried it out with, but it didn't seem to suit them).
We have shown the children how to use the grip, but they will need reminding (see attached photos). Play around with it - they may need some time to get used to it. If your child finds that it helps them, please send it back into school with them in September.
Spelling Lists for Year 2
If you wish to revise the spelling rules that the children have learnt in Year 2, you can find the rules, with sample words, on pages 7-10 of the National Curriculum.
Anti - Bullying week
We have had a fantastic week, focusing on individuality, friendships and bullying.
We have read stories, been taught by Year 6, participated in class discussions, been part of a Streetwise workshop, been visited by celebrities and buddied up with Year 4!
Ask the children to tell you about what they have learnt.
We will be continuing this theme during PSHE this half term.
Homework - 9.6.17
Your child should have brought home their new Homework Books yesterday. The letter at the front explains how the school is now setting Homework. This is a way of also recording when you have heard your child read, and spellings / mental maths practice. Hopefully it is self-explanatory, but if you have any queries, of course we are happy to answer them.
What a fabulous week we've had during Art week!
We hope that many of you are able to come along to the exhibition after school today to see the fantastic work that your children have created.
Photos to follow!
Over the holidays, please practise telling the time with the children on an analogue clock. We would like them to be secure on telling the time to 15 minutes (quarter past, half past, o'clock, quarter to) and to 5 minutes, if they are able to. If they are secure on this, you can practise asking them questions related to time in your everyday activities, such as: How long until the train leaves?
Please also read daily and practise times tables. We would like them to be secure on x2, x5 and x10. If they are able to do this, please focus on x3, x4 and x8, or beyond! Hit the button is a great website to help with learning tables.
Other than that, we think the children deserve a good rest! If they are inspired to do further Art work, we'd love to see photos.
We are looking forward to welcoming back Mrs Scher after half term, who will be joining the Year 2 team on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Have a lovely break.
Mrs Conroy and Miss Levenson
We have a great week in Year 2!
The children have really embraced their Minibeasts topic, and confidently presented some facts that they have learnt about bees, before producing some terrific non-chronological reports.
We even had a fantastic song about ants, written and performed by Samuel!
I will try to post their presentations on the website next week.
The class enjoyed reading the story 'The Day The Crayons Quit', and we had an interesting discussion about how we can all be whoever we want to be, and do whatever we set our minds to.
Further discussion about thinking positively led to some fantastic quotes from the children that we wanted to share with you.
Rafi - Even if you make lots of mistakes, you are just learning.
Daisy - If you get something wrong, cross it out and then write it again and never give up.
Meytal - Try. Never give up. Try, try again!
India - Even if you make a mistake, you're learning.
Ruby F - Keep on trying and don't stop until you get it and don't give up.
Samuel - If my brain can't do it right now, I will train my brain.
Jessie - I am gonna go for that goal!
Evie - If you think you can't do it, still give it a go.
And there were lots more!
Mrs Scher will be spending a session in class on Wednesday, to begin getting to know the pupils. She is really looking forward to meeting them all properly.
Have a lovely weekend,
Mrs Conroy and Mrs Levenson.
Please check your child's pencil case to ensure that they have everything they need, and that it is clearly labelled.
Many children are coming to school without the correct equipment. In particular, black and blue biros, pencils, rulers and glue sticks.
In preparation for some Art we will be doing next week, please build a cardboard table top easel with your child!
Please ensure that they bring in their Art aprons every day, so they are in school when needed.
We feel the children would all benefit from further work on developing their skills of inference (using clues in the text to work out what is implied, rather than overtly stated). Please look through the Inference activities that they will be sent home with. Choose pictures or descriptions that are most suitable for your child, and discuss them together. There is no need to record anything for this.
Over the next couple of weeks, please look back at the Common Exception Words for Years 1 and 2 with your children. It is the expectation that they should be able to spell them all by the end of the year, however if they are not strong spellers, please focus on the Year 1 spellings only.
If your child is very competent with all of these words, take a look at the Common Exception Words for Years 3 and 4 and see how they get on with these.
The children do not need to record anything for this.
Please encourage the children to have a go at the Comprehensions that they have been sent home with. It's great if they can have a go at them independently, but please also discuss the answers with them, encouraging them to look carefully at the text to find the answers.
Pupils have been sent home a few fractions problems for them to have a go at, to reinforce what we have been working on in school this week.
Please ask pupils to learn spellings and write sentences with their spellings words, as usual. Other activity ideas are also included on the spelling sheet.
Please keep the spelling sheet at home in their spellings folders, for their future reference.
Please encourage pupils to present their work neatly and stick in loose sheets. (Don't worry too much about old sheets).
Please help your child to collect some leaves, small sticks and small stones for a Science experiment we will be carrying out on Wednesday. They will need to keep the different materials separate from each other.
Thank you, and Shabbat Shalom,
Mrs Conroy and Miss Levenson
P.E - Tuesdays and Fridays.
Homework and Spellings due in on Wednesdays.
Reading books, and reading records, to be brought in every day. At the moment, pupils will have an opportunity to change books on a Wednesday, but this may change.
The children showed off their creativity as t-shirt designers! We were really impressed with their designs, and the care that they all took over their t-shirts.
We have begun our non-chronological report writing about spiders. See if the children can remember features of a non-chronological report, or any facts that they have learnt about spiders this week.
At the moment, a big focus of our basic skills work is to ensure that punctuation is used correctly. The pupils will be bringing home a worksheet to reinforce this.
This week, we have been revising strategies for multiplication and division, and solving related problems. The pupils will be coming home with some word problems to solve. They only need to answer one set of problems. If they want a challenge, please ask them to answer 5 of the 'medium' problems before moving on to 'hot'.
Next week, we will be looking at comparative and superlative adjectives. The main spelling sheets contain some of the spelling words (and rules) that we will be focusing on. Children in the Phonics group have received different spellings. This group will be restarting next week, during our Phonics learning time, at the start of the day.
We are in the process of checking reading levels of the children, and ensuring that the books they have are at an appropriate level for them. This is taking some time. Once we have done them all, we will let you know the new procedures for book changing. In the meantime, if the children are ready for a new book, please ask them to let us know. Please send in reading books and reading records daily.
Thank you for your patience with this.
Have a lovely weekend, and Shabbat Shalom.
Mrs Conroy and Miss Levenson