Teacher: Mr D Stevens
LSA: Mrs S Jeggo
Welcome to Hornbeam Class. I am sure this term is going to be a busy and exciting one as we launch in to our first topic of the year- Fairy Tales.
We have a varied and exciting curriculum planned for your child this term and we are confident that they will not only enjoy their lessons but make positive steps forward in their learning journeys.
Autumn Topic overview.
Autumn Two : Week Three
It has been great to have the opportunity this week to meet up with so many parents at parents evenings, if you didn’t manage to book a slot please come and see me to arrange a time. This week the children have been learning how to use arrays to multiply (their steps to success is on seesaw if you need them) we have also been creating cartoon strips for our instruction text on ‘How to trap the big bad wolf’. In science we borrowed Mrs Mitchell’s guinea pigs as we began our topic on ‘living things’.
Autumn Two : Week Two
This week we were very fortunate to have some tennis coaches come in to teach us some tennis. We also explored how to multiply and started to look at some of the key features of our instruction text.
Autumn Two : Week One
This week we are learning an instruction text called ‘how to trap the Big Bad Wolf”.
Here is part of our story map. We also wrote a ‘cold task’ on how to make a jam sandwich.
It was a rather quiet end to the half term. We finished writing up our stories in neat and did lots of assessment tests to show off how much we have learnt this term. Have a relaxing half term.
It has been another eventful week in Hornbeam class… we even managed to get the attendance cup for the second week in a row. On Monday we did fruit tasting in French and voted for our favourite fruit. The children have also started to return their creative optional homework projects, they really are amazing. We have also launched our new reading system where children travel around Neverland as they read extra books. The addition of a tee-pee to the book corner has really engaged the children and given them a new place to read in the classroom.
This has been a busy week in Hornbeam Class, we started Forest School on Monday, continued our swimming lessons on Tuesday, started to write our innovated ‘Little Red Riding Hood stories and learnt how to add and subtract using a hundred square. We also managed to get the attendance cup this week. Here are some photos showing our team work and one of the first of our optional creative homework projects which Mia W returned this week… it’s FAB!
For European languages day we found out about Mr Stevens’ walk on the Camino De Santiago and learnt the numbers 1-10 in Spanish.
In literacy we have changed the story of Little Red Riding Hood to ‘Little Black Riding Hat’.
This week in numeracy we have been exploring number bonds to ten and the corresponding addition and subtraction facts we can derive from these. e.g
6 + 4 = 10
4 + 6 = 10
10 – 6 = 4
10 – 4 = 6
This week we also started swimming, the children will need to bring in their swimming kits EVERY TUESDAY (they may also want a dressing gown, as the walk back from the pool to the changing rooms can be a little chilly!)
This year every class is being asked to forge a community link with a local organisation to help give the children in the school a greater appreciation and understanding of the wider community in which they live. This year Hornbeam class will be linking up with Ben who is the community worker from New life Church. He will be coming in to see us at different points in the year and we are looking forward to working together with him. You can find out more about New Life Church by visiting their website here.
This week we have been learning the story of ‘Little red Riding Hood’.
Here is our class story map, ask your child if they can perform it for you, or visit seesaw to see our class performance of it.
In numeracy we have been exploring the ‘greater than’, ‘less than’ and ‘equals to’ symbols.
Our Student Council representatives this year are Kairah and Noah.
We voted for them democratically to help reinforce the British Value democracy. Every child was given one vote each and Kairah and Noah received the most. Well done!
This week we have been settling in to our new classroom routines. In numeracy we have already looked at the difference between ‘teen’ numbers (which begin with a 1) and ‘ty’ numbers (which end in a 0). I am finding that the children are often confusing teen numbers, i.e I ask them to write the number fourteen and they write 41 instead. Lots of practice at home would be great.
General Class Information :
– PE will take place on Thursday’s, however we advise that children have PE kits in at all times. This term we will also be swimming, check the weekly letter home to find out dates.
– This term we will be setting a variety of homework options for you and your child to complete. These will be ongoing creative projects that we would like to see at the end of each half term. You can use Seesaw to keep us updated on the progress of these projects if you wish.
– Spellings will be sent home on a Tuesday and children will be tested the following Monday. There will also be a range of maths activities sent home or set on active learn.
– It is a school expectation that children are heard to read a minimum of five times a week, please use the provided reading logs to record this. Each child will also be heard to read each week in guided reading sessions in school and comments made in their reading logs by either myself or Mrs Jeggo
This year we are trialling a new home communication system called SeeSaw. This allows us to share with you the work the children are completing in class as well as allowing you to share with us the other fantastic things your child achieves outside of school. If you haven’t downloaded the APP please do so as soon as possible.
Our class Seesaw Blog page is online here.
If you need any help at all setting up SeeSaw do please drop in and see me and I can help you get up and running.
Year Two is an exciting and unique year in your child’s academic journey. There are plenty of challenging but enjoyable areas that they will be expected to cover this year, as well as the Key Stage One SATS which will take place next May. My main aim this academic year is to instil in your child a love of learning, a greater interest in the world around them and a growing confidence in their own unique abilities and gifts. This will be a year your child will look back on fondly.
I firmly believe that the best learning takes place when parents and teachers work together to assure the best outcomes for the children. If you have any comments, queries or concerns do please come and see me. You can contact me by calling the school office on 01787 372107 and booking an appointment, emailing me here or dropping me a message on SeeSaw.
Here is the website she refers to in the video that helps you ensure the children are hearing the correct sound.
– Phonics Play
– Phonics Bloom
– ICT Games
– Letters and Sounds
– BBC Words and Pictures
– BBC Phonics Games
– Make any word
– Phonics International
Log in to Bug Club here.
Some writing game ideas
At the very top of the paper, each player writes the name of a male. They might choose a historical figure, a cartoon or nursery rhyme character, a pet, a famous actor or even someone in the room. Each player then folds down the top of their paper to conceal what they’ve written, and passes it to the player on their left. Each player then writes down the name of a female on the paper that’s just been passed to them. Then everyone folds over and passes their paper again.
Continue writing and passing papers in this way until each paper contains the following:
- male character
- female character
- where they met
- he said:
- she said:
- what happened in the end
Once the consequence has been written, everyone unfolds the paper they’re holding and takes turns reading their story aloud (usually accompanied by much giggling).
Today I learnt that….
I am grateful for….
My favourite thing that happened today was…
If today was a colour it would be …. because….
If I had to live today again I would change….
e.g Smelly toothpaste, old potatoes, rotten turnips, purple toilet roll.
This half term we are really focussing on number. Ensuring that ALL the children can form all numbers correctly and can read any number up to 100.
There will be weekly resources added to your child’s active learn account to help them take their maths learning home,
you can log in here.