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Mrs N Bredin

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Mrs Bredin

Miss G Groves

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Ms G Groves

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Mrs T Shuttlewood

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Mrs C Farrugia


Latest Class News


Half Term!

23/05/2019

This half term has flown by , being shorter and having Bank Holidays and Polling Days! The next half term is going to seem much longer but is nicely punctuated with Sports Day, our trip and Space Day and Flat Stan First Aid training and visits to new classes, to name but a few events.

The children have worked very hard and are due a well deserved rest. They seemed to have embraced the Rainforest topic and are learning lots of information.

The year 2s have now finished their SATs tests and in the second week in June it becomes the year1 children's turn (and Year 2s who need to re-sit)  to complete their Phonics Screening checks. Then we can finally get stuck into our topic fully! 

We are very pleased that our 'Readers of the Week' are increasing , this week 5 Dojos go to Coral,Finlay,Finley, Teddy, Freddie,Adam,Dylan, Thalia,Madeline, James, Poppy H and Travis. Well done to those children !

After trialling the Book Swapping and with Cedar Class leading the way , we have decided to start to use the new colour system and free flow selection for reading, a letter should be coming home to explain this new system.

I hope the weather allows us all to get out and about and enjoy some fabulous experiences nearby and in far flung places! ( we do love postcard , if you can!)

Enjoy a lovely Half Term

 

 

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Week Four!

16/05/2019

This week we have continued to keep revising real and fake words including phase 5 sounds , such as ew, ue, er, ir and ur. In the phonics tests children will have to put the sounds together in order to read real words and fake words , so it is important we use both in our practice.

This week's Readers of the Week are Poppy H, Coral, Finley O, James, Travis, and Madeline. Well done children to these children (and parents!).

Year 2s continue to sit their SATs tests and show incredible maturity at having a go and pushing themselves, We have been impressed with their attitudes.

In writing, the year1s have continued to look at poems, this week the focus has been shape poems where the carefully chosen describing words fit the shape of the rainforest creature.

Homework buffet sheets are being stuck in children's books but will now go out with your children if they haven't yet brought theirs into school. Can we urge parents to keep all spelling books, reading records and Homework buffet books in their school bags and bring them to school daily as this really helps when they are using these for their work in class.

In maths we have been looking at rotation by half, quarter and three quarter turns, following on from dividing shapes and numbers into halves and quarters. We have been using the game on 'Nrich' called 'Turning Man'.

We look forward to seeing you at the Fundraising event if you can make it and we are sure the children will enjoy their sponsored walk in the sunshine! We are hoping to raise much needed funds towards a great Space day and some invaluable First aid training for the children.

 

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Week 3!

09/05/2019

This week we have been working hard on revising all of our phonics, which we will continue to do until the end of term.The children find air/ear/ure particularly difficult to remember. 

We have also been loooking at plurals (addind s and es ). In writing , the year 1s have started writing poetry, with acrostic poems about their chosen rainforest animals, they have come up with some lovely descriptions.

Year 2s have begun sitting their real SATs tests, beginning with the comprehension papers ( there are 2 , paper 1 being easier and paper 2 being much harder). Children need to be confident in their vocabulary knowledge and able to find answers to questions to achieve the expected level for their age. Teachers already have a good idea who will cope with this and all have been rewarded for trying .

In maths we have been looking at fractions , just halves , quarters and three quarters. We have been playing 'Halves and Quarters Interactive Mad Maths' game on Snappy Maths ,folding shapes and  playing dice games where the children shade fractions of shapes. We will soon move on to halves and quarters of numbers.

Well done to Emily O, Finley,Finlay,Adam and Coral who are our Readers Of The Week. They read 5 or more times and earned 5 Dojos each !

 

 

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Two weeks in!

02/05/2019

This week the weather has been somewhat changeable after a warm Easter! Please remember to send in a light jacket as well as jumpers and cardigans as the wind can be very chilly at times. It is the season where the children tend to take off items which often get left in the playground so please, please remember to label your child's clothing clearly with washable pen/sewn in/iron on/stamped or whatever permanent naming tool as we are finding biro or pen used is quickly washed out and indistinguishable!

All this month, the year 2s will be popping out in various groups to do their SATs practice or real papers. So far they have tried hard and found their levels quite quickly, in  particular their maths work has put them in good stead to know their facts and use them quickly !

In phonics we are learning ph and wh.

As these weeks are short, we are limited with reading and your child may only swap their books each week rather than actually read to an adult. Please continue to  encourage your child to put their books in the swap books if they have been read and their book is signed.

Children reading 5 times per week or more will get Dojos for their efforts!

Well done to Evie, Poppy H and Thalia , who have acheived this so far!

In maths , we are finding 1more/1less, and 10 more/10 less using the 100 square. We are using the game 'Chopper Squad' (Topmarks)to practise these skills. In money the children would benefit from using some change to go shopping and counting 1ps,2ps,5ps and 10ps, and is ready 20p and 50p.

Buffet Homework will come home this week but there is plenty of time to complete this.

Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend !

 

 

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Summer Term

25/04/2019
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This term our topic is Rainforests! We hope the children will be excited to learn about the location,climate, landscape and wildlife of these unusual areas. 

Our Year 1 children will be tested on their phonics during the week beginning 10th June so we will be having plenty of practice before then. Children will be expected to use their sounds to read words accuraltely, whether they make sense or not!

Our year 2 children will be spending the next week getting some experience of previous SATs test papers before starting their real ones in the coming weeks. These tests are not the same as the ones the children sit in Year 6 as they are marked by us and a score is given as part of the teacher's overall judgement of the level your child is working at. These levels are recorded to show how much progress the children have made since starting school and their target at year 6 is set from these. The children are tested on their mental maths, reasoning and arithmatic. They have two pieces of writing to be assessed (including spelling, grammar and puctuation) and  2 reading comprehension tests.

This week in phonics we are learning about split digraphs and how magic e changes the short vowel to long , i.e mad -made

In maths we are looking at patterns in the 100 square, going forwards and backwards in ones and looking down the rows to see what each number begins with and the pattern down the columns where the unit stays the same and the tens number changes.

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