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Welcome back everyone, I hope you had a lovely half term break!

Just a quick message to let you know that after reviewing the first half term's spelling arrangements, I have decided to change them slightly in order to make it more manageable for everyone.

 

Spellings will now be handed out on a Monday in the purple spelling books and need to be handed back in by Friday.

I will then mark them and stick in new spellings ready for Monday.

The children will also be tested on Monday.

 

I have put a new sticker in the books for your reference.

 

I hope this works better and I will review how it all goes this half term!

 

Miss Newns

Monday 21st October 2019

 

We had a fantastic time at the forest on Friday, particularly as the rain seemed to hold off! We enjoyed looking at the beautiful Autumn scenery and looking for chestnuts on the floor. We hid them and challenged ourselves to find them later in the day! We had a long "stomp" through the forest and had a real sense of achievement when we reached the top of the really steep hill! Finally, we made some little hedgehogs out of clay found in the forest.

I have attached a few pictures of our day below.

 

Year 2 have been working really hard this half term and have really enjoyed their topic of space. I have been really impressed with all the additional investigating they have done to learn more and the pieces of home learning that have come in too.

This week, we are going to be writing our own version of 'The First Hippo on the Moon', which has been our book in English. We will also be testing ourselves to see how we are doing with our place value and times tables.

 

The children have also been working very hard learning some songs and poems for our Harvest celebration, which will be at the Baptist Church at 9:30am on Wednesday. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Finally, I also look forward to meeting as many of you as I can at parents evening on Wednesday or Thursday this week. I really have been very impressed with all of Year 2 so far this half term and I look forward to sharing their achievements with you and setting some challenges for them to work on!

 

Miss Newns

 

Ashdown Forest

Thursday 26th September 2019

 

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The children have been working hard this week and we are getting used to life in Year 2!

We have been very excited by the alien space ship crash landing in our outdoor area and we have received two letters from him! The children were all keen to help him rebuild his spaceship to get him home to his home planet! So that is what we are going to do next week!

 

Please may I ask that the children bring in a cardboard tube for next Tuesday 1st October. This could be a Pringles tube (or equivalent crisp brand!), a kitchen roll or wrapping paper roll cut down to a smaller size. The children will be following instructions to make the alien a new space rocket and then learning how to write instructions afterwards.

 

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Thank you for your help.

 

Miss Newns

Thursday 19th September 2019

Thank you to those who were able to attend our Year 1/2 coffee morning yesterday, it was lovely to meet you.

Hopefully, you can now access the PowerPoint presentation that was used yesterday via this web page. There were a couple of questions at the coffee morning regarding spellings so I thought I would just put the information on here for clarity.

Spellings will be handed out on a Friday and stuck in to the purple home learning book. These can then be learnt at home and returned to school by the following Wednesday. This gives me enough time to stick in the new spellings and mark the previous ones. The children will then be tested on the Friday and new spellings handed out for the process to repeat.

 

I was also made aware that the maths website on the home learning grid requires you to subscribe after answering a certain number of questions. This has been introduced since we discovered the website and so I would advise another good website to use is this one:

 

https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/index.html

 

Miss Carter has asked in her capacity as English coordinator, that I upload a useful website and document for recommendations for reading books. The website is as follows and the document has been uploaded below:

 

https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/reading-lists-for-ks1-school-pupils/suggested-reading-list-year-2-pupils-ks1-age-6-7/

 

These first couple of weeks in Year 2 are a big transition for the children so it is my aim to get these procedures set up but please don't worry at the moment if things are forgotten as we are all still getting used to our new routines...including me! There is a little more ownership and responsibility assigned to the children in Year 2 but it will take time for this to become secure, so please don't worry. Should there be any further queries of concerns do feel free to contact me via the email link.

 

Having said that, so far the children have shown an amazing approach to their learning and a generally keen attitude in all areas. 

This week in particular has been rather exciting and unusual due to the alien crash landing in our outside area! The children were very keen to investigate the scene and help the alien who might be scared and alone on a strange planet! Today, we received a letter from him and have written him a reply to reassure him!

 

Please find below the coffee morning PowerPoint, the reading book recommendations document and our crash landing photos.

 

Miss Newns

 

 

Power point from year 1/2 coffee morning

Reading List

Alien Crash Landing!

Parent Letter, Home Learning and Topic Web

Welcome!

 

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Hello and welcome back!

It seems like it was only yesterday I was waving everybody off on their summer holidays...and now we are back! I hope you have all had an enjoyable break, whether it was fun filled or relaxing and peaceful.

I am really excited to be in Year 2 this year and have lots of creative and fun ideas, which I hope the children enjoy and benefit from. The first day of term has been fantastic and the children have shown how keen they are to learn and share their ideas! It has been a lovely first day for me in Year 2 and I look forward to the rest of the year.

 

There will be a letter coming home next week with further housekeeping details for you information, a home learning sheet for the children to work through and a topic web (which outlines what curriculum areas we will be covering). Finally, there will be an opportunity for you to come in and meet the teachers for a coffee morning in a few weeks time.

 

If there is anything you wish to discuss, please feel free to email me using the form below or pop in to the office to arrange a meeting face to face.

 

Many thanks

 

Miss Newns

 

 

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