Please remember to record all the lovely reading that you are doing at home in your child’s reading diary; write in the title of the book and a brief comment with your initials. There is an expectation that children will read five times a week, at home.
Our Sports Afternoon will be every Tuesday. The children will need to have a pair of trainers in school on that day.
Children need to have a waterproof coat in school each day and school tracksuit bottoms for wet and cold days (these should be in the PE bag).
Please bring your costume for the Christmas performance in a named bag by Thursday 5th (Barn Owls) and Friday 6th December. (Tawny Owls and Snowy Owls)
Our Tudor Christmas banquet is on Wednesday 18th December. The Tudor outfit doesn’t need to be too elaborate! Princess costume dresses or shirts and shorts can be adapted. It might be worth asking around as we have done this in previous years.
If you can help with Tudor sewing, please let your class teacher know.
Please return the Combined Carol Concert permission slips by Friday 6th December.
The Combined Christmas Carol service involving the 3 schools in Horsell is on the evening of Monday 16th December at 6.30pm. All are welcome to attend this popular service, in the church.
This month, we will be continuing with our learning focus, ‘The Tudors’ and completing Tudor carriages to help King Henry get to the Christmas banquet on time! (Hopefully without any wheels falling off!) We will be completing portraits of ourselves as Tudors; combining the techniques of Hans Holbein and Lauren Child. We will also be starting to sew Tudor calendar samplers.
We will be writing non-chronological reports using our Tudor knowledge; creating headings and organising our facts. We will then focus on the story of ‘The Nativity’ using interesting vocabulary to describe the setting and main events and exploring how the use of an embedded clause can provide additional information for the reader.
Our phonic and spelling focus will be:
High Frequency Words: I, had, mum, children, made, of, my, one, time
Common Exception Words: pretty, beautiful, after, fast, last, past
We will continue with our learning about multiplication and division, carrying out practical activities and learning about the relationship between the two operations.
Things to do at home
Read at least five times a week and record this in your Reading Diary.
The children all have Purple Mash logins so please log on and have a go at the activities.
Practise counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s – group objects and look at everyday equipment that are organised in arrays. E.g. Egg boxes, muffin trays etc.
Practise dividing amounts using sharing.
Practise using a range of adjectives to describe everyday nouns to create expanded noun phrases e.g. I love eating red, juicy apples.
Practise the spellings in the centre of the Reading Diary. Your child should be able to spell all of these words correctly.
A typical day in Year 2
Start of the day
At 8.45am we arrive at school, find our name card or peg in. Hang up our book bags and have the chance to go to the book corner and change our reading book. We find the table where our group are working, sit down and quietly begin our task.
An important part of our learning takes place outside and all children have the opportunity to work in the outside classroom during the morning session.
We all spend some time learning together on the carpet.
Reading & Handwriting
We love to read and we practise our handwriting every day. We are also are thinking hard about leaving finger spaces between words and about capital letters and full stops.
After lunch we return to the classroom and sit quietly on the carpet ready for the afternoon. We begin the afternoon with guided reading, handwriting and phonics. We follow this by the final session of the day which may consist of Art, History, Science or PE.
Ready steady go time
At 9.15am we tidy away our morning activity and go to the carpet area to reflect on the previous day, share news and think about the day ahead.
We begin our first session, which will usually be English or Maths. We begin our lesson with a whole class session on the carpet area, then work in small groups or independently.
Half way through the morning session, we meet together on the carpet for milk and fruit. During milk and fruit we share our learning, then listen to a story or play a game.
We stop for lunch at 12 noon. We either have packed lunches or hot school dinners.
At around 2.40pm we tidy away and gather together on the carpet for a story and celebrate our stars of the day. At 3pm we gather up our jumpers, cardigans, our coats, book bags and any letters, then we line up to go home.