Teacher: Mr D Stevens
Trainee: Mr T Gooch
LSA: Mrs S Jeggo
Welcome to our Hornbeam Class page.
It’s hard to believe we are now starting the final term of this academic year. This year has really flown!
It will be a busy and exciting term as the children sit their KS1 SATs in May and we explore the life and work of children’s author Roald Dahl.
It is an important time but one which will be sprinkled with lots of fun and laughter. We are confident that your child will look back on their time with us in year 2 with great fondness.
Our topic for the Summer term is ‘Roald Dahl’ we will be covering lots of exciting things.
Our topic web will be available here soon.
Before Easter the children completed a second set of mock SATs tests, this has enabled us to identify gaps in the children’s knowledge and produce the following medium term plans, we hope you will find them useful in assisting and extending with their learning at home. You should have received a breakdown of your child’s results.
Summer One : Week One
This week we will be exploring time and subtraction word problems in numeracy as well as revising multiplication and division.
Here is a short video to help with telling the time and here are some word problems you may like to have a go at with your child at home.
Elke’s mum shared these times tables videos with us last half term. They may be useful in helping your child remember some of the more tricky ones. Check out the full playlist here.
In literacy we will be reading the book ‘The Twits’ and writing our own trick for Mrs Twit to play on Mr Twit.
Spring Two : Week Six
The term ended with a fantastic easter egg hunt organised by the FOPK.
Have a relaxing Easter, rest lots and we’ll see you in the summer term.
Spring Two : Week Five
We had our class assembly this week, we shared with the rest of the school and our parents the story of ‘Hornbeam and the Dragon’ and explained all the strange events that have taken place in our classroom this half term. We also did a second round of mock SATs tests, results will be sent home next week.
Spring Two : Week Four
This week started with a bang! We turned up at School on Monday morning to discover our classroom had been destroyed the missing Norwegian Ridgeback Dragon. The dragon had broken in and made a news for her egg in the pond area.
Mr Allison witnessed these shocking events so we interviewed him to find out what he saw and how he felt. We now have all the elements for writing a recount.
Spring Two : Week Three
We have had a really exciting week in Hornbeam class. On Wednesday it was ‘World maths Day’ the children got to explore a variety of maths challenges around the school and then decode a hidden maths word using their answers. They really enjoyed it and learnt lots.
But the most exciting news of this week happened on Thursday evening when Mr Stevens received a FaceTime call from our good friend Elroy. He has informed us that the mother dragon who produced our dragon egg has broken free. He is worried that it may be on the way to come and retrieve its lost egg. Keep an eye out this weekend for the Norwegian Ridgeback.
Luckily Mr Stevens managed to record his conversation with Elroy, you can watch it here.
We are very much looking forward to seeing you at parents evening next week and discussing your child’s learning and their next steps, if you haven’t booked an appointment yet, please use the online service here or contact the office ASAP.
Mr Stevens & Mr Gooch
Spring Two : Week Two
What a strange week!
On Monday and Tuesday we started to learn a newspaper report using a story map and in numeracy we began exploring data handling…. but then the snow came!
Sadly school was shut from Wednesday to Friday however that doesn’t stop Hornbeam from learning and on Seesaw we ran a snowman making competition. We will decide the winner this week and let you know. Here are a few of them.
Looking forward to getting back to normal next week.
Spring Two : Week One
This week we have started our new literacy unit on ‘recount writing’. We watched this short video and wrote our cold tasks about it.
In numeracy we have been looking at division, we have used lots of concrete resources to help us.
We have also designed a dragon and explored inference in guided reading. Also check out our SeeSaw blog here to watch us perform our French unit of work on ‘Cher Zoo’.
On Friday we also had a surprise package from our good friend Elroy, he sent us a dragon egg to look after. We’ve written some instruction texts to explain how to do it.
Spring One : Week Five
It was a busy final week to the half term. In numeracy we have been exploring money, the children have had the opportunity to earn money throughout the week and then on Friday they got to spend it in our class shop. They really enjoyed it and learnt a lot.
In literacy we have been looking at poetry, particularly using similes.
Have a great week and we look forward to seeing you next half term.
Spring One : Week Four
It has been another exciting week in Hornbeam class. We started the week by composing and performing our own simple rhythms using a variety of instruments. Check out seesaw for some videos. In Literacy this week we have been writing our own stories from another culture. We looked at a variety of artefacts from different cultures to help inspire us in our work. We have also been exploring fractions of shapes and learning how to stay safe online. Next week we will be learning about money and poetry. This coming Tuesday there is a KS1 SATs meeting after school in Redwood Class.
Spring One : Week Three
We’ve had another brilliant week in Hornbeam class. In numeracy we have been finding fractions of amounts using our good friends Numerator Ned and Denominator Dave.
In literacy we have written up our innovated story maps, ready for our own independent stories next week.
On Friday we had a surprise letter delivered by Miss Davis from a dragon trainer who wanted us to write to him to describe the dragon eggs we are making as he wants to turn them in to real dragons. It was very exciting!
Next week we will be exploring fractions of shapes and the properties of shapes in numeracy, we will be focussing on characterisation and setting in literacy and will be doing some planting of seeds and bulbs in Science.
Spring One : Week Two
We’ve had a great week this week. The children all completed their first round of mock SATs tests. This will enable us to identify gaps and focus our teaching to ensure all children are fully equipped and prepared for the real tests later this May. All of the children showed real resilience and have a very positive attitude towards the tests. I am sure they will do us all proud later this year.
If you wish to view the tests your child completed they are available here
Maths Paper One – Arithmetic
Maths Paper Two – Reasoning
Reading Paper One – Questions and Text
Reading Paper Two – Text
Reading Paper Two – Questions
It has also been great to have Mr Gooch teach the children for some of this week, we are really enjoying having him with us.
In art we have been continuing our Faberge dragon eggs, in geography we have been exploring the continents of the world and in PE we have been playing team games with Mr Powell. In literacy we have also innovated ‘The Magic Paintbrush’ story which we will be writing up this coming week.
Spring One : Week One
This week we have been exploring adding using a number line. A lot of the children found this tricky, here is a short video that may help you feel confident with this method if you are trying to revisit this at home.
We also learnt the story of ‘The Magic Paintbrush’ here are the first few sections of our story map. Ask your child to show you the story, if they get stuck visit seesaw for some short videos.
Spring One : First few days
The first few days back were spent settling in to our usual class routine. We welcomed Mr Gooch who will be joining us this half term. We also had great fun creating our own BIG dragons which we have put up around our classroom. This is going to be a really exciting half term as we explore our new topic of ‘Dragons and Castles’.
Autumn Two : Week Seven
Our final few days of the Autumn term were spent doing Christmas activities and enjoying the festive season together.
May I wish you all a peace filled and restful Christmas.
Autumn Two : Week Six
This week has been great fun, with our trip to the Pantomime in Colchester, Christmas jumper and dinner day and our class party. We have also managed to fit in some hat and card making. Two more days to go!
Autumn Two : Week Five
This week we have been busy creating ornaments for our school Christmas tree as well as for our Class Christmas hoop. We have been continuing to explore the link between multiplication and division and in Literacy we have planned and written our own instruction texts. In the afternoons we have also designed and made finger puppets based on Fairy tale characters using felt and our sewing skills. We also managed to get Pascal the punctuality panther for the second week on the row!
Autumn Two : Week Four
This week we have been exploring division and making the link to multiplication. We have also written our own set of instructions on how to trap the big bad wolf. We also started our Christmas decorations for the class hoop and school Christmas tree. On Friday we were joined by Mr Gooch who is a trainee teacher who will be working with us after Christmas for the first half of the Spring term.
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.
Autumn One : Week Seven
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.
Autumn One : Week Six
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.
Autumn One : Week Five
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!
Autumn One : Week Four
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’.
Autumn One : Week Three
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.
Autumn One : Week Two
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!
Autumn One : Week One
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).
Encourage your child to keep a journal, they only have to write a sentence a day if they wish here are some starting sentences for them to complete.
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….
Let your child help with your shopping list, let them add to it anything they like as long as it is preceded by an adjective.
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.