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22.10.20 Swallows Class Blog, by Miss Gillam

Date: 22nd Oct 2020 @ 9:53pm

Hello everyone!

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We have reached the end of the half term and our lovely little Swallows have absolutely smashed it! Thank you all for your hard work and determination so far this academic year. Swallows are the most fantastic team and Mrs Elson and I could not be prouder of our fun, creative and determined super learners.

We hope the children all have a lovely rest over half term as they have worked so hard over the past 8 weeks.

 

As you are aware, Swallows class have been learning to play the ukulele during their music lessons this half term. We wanted to create a video to showcase their outstanding learning. Here is a link to our very own YouTube video. We hope you enjoy listening to us play. 

https://youtu.be/S2PaNbQbKzA 

As we look ahead to the first week back after the holidays, we will be continuing to focus our writing on the fantastic story ‘Troll Swap’. We will be writing our own diary entries as Tabitha, writing letters to Timothy from the trolls and using drama to consider what the characters could be thinking and saying about each other.

In Maths we will continue to focus on using our knowledge of place value to add and subtract 2 digit numbers. Swallows loved using column addition to solve problems this week and particularly liked the speed and simplicity of the written method.

Swallows will enter new Read Write Inc groups after the half term. Please watch out for a sticker in your child’s diary informing you of their new group and Read Write Inc teacher.

Home Reading

Thank you to everyone who has been reading at home this week. We have had lots of diaries signed and consequently the children have been given raffle tickets for our special reading raffle. We have enjoyed a consolidation week in our Read Write Inc lessons this week and will be bringing home two new reading books tomorrow. Please remember the importance of rereading texts for fluency.

 

Spellings

Thank you so much for taking the time to learn your spellings at home this half term. We have attached a breakdown of personalised spellings in your reading diary this week. Please continue to learn any highlighted words from the list over the next week weeks. Here are some fun ways of making learning spellings more fun at home.

Cloud Writing

Say a target spelling word and then your child has to write the word in the air whilst saying each letter aloud. The movements can be as big and as exaggerated as he or she wants. The bigger the movements, the more fun they’ll have!

Lily Pad Spellings

 A fun and physical way to reinforce target spellings. Write all the letters of the alphabet on pieces of paper or sticky notes and lay them out (in any order) on the floor like lily pads on a pond. Say a word for your child to spell and they then have to step from one letter to the next spelling out the word correctly. If he or she gets a letter wrong, pause at the incorrect letter and remind him or her of what letter should come next. Then, start again from the beginning of the word. This can be made into a game by giving a point every time a word is spelt correctly or a time limit within which he or she has to spell the word, i.e. 30 seconds. Alternatively, allow your child to hold the spelling words and test you to see if you spell them correctly. This will help your child to think of the letters sequentially as they check if you are stepping on the correct letters in the correct order.

 

Chalk Words

Use chalk to write your spelling words on your driveway or on an area of outside paving. With our typical British climate, it isn’t long until the words will be washed away by the rain ready to start again. Children love this activity as it allows them to write where they wouldn’t normally be allowed to!

Words on your Back!

A fun and sometimes ‘tickly’ way to learn words. Sit with your back facing your child and ask them to write one of his or her spelling words on your back. If spelt correctly, he or she gets a point. If spelt incorrectly, provide the spelling on paper or say each letter aloud so your child can write it on your back correctly. Allow your child to check if you can spell the word correctly too by swapping roles.

 

Spell-Leader

Pretend to be a cheerleader and spell out the words by saying the letters individually and then the word altogether. Use a high cheer for tall letters (like t, l, h, etc.), put hands on hips for letters that sit within the line (a, e, n, c, etc.) and a low cheer for letters that drop below the line (y, g, j, etc.). You could even buy or make pom-poms to make it really authentic!

 

Spell Text

Many children love to use phones and tablet computers so why not let them practise their spellings on them? Ask your child to write all their spellings in a text or as message and send it back to yourself or another phone owner within the household. Check the spellings once sent. Encourage them to re-send any that they get wrong. Alternatively, you could ask your child to text or message a silly story with their target spelling words in. They often love the opportunity to engage with technology and write nonsense stories!

 

When we return to school, you will receive an email asking you to book a parent-teaching phone call using School Spider. Swallows phone calls will take place on Tuesday 10th November. Our appointments will be 10 minutes long and will take place between 8:30am and 5:45pm. Please don’t worry about booking your slot yet, you will receive more information about this when we return to school after the half term.

 

Unfortunately one of our lovely Swallows lost a PE hoodie during our lesson with Mr Ault last Friday afternoon. It would help enormously if you could all double check to ensure that your child has the correct hoodie at home. Thank you for your help with this. 

 

Wishing everyone a happy, healthy half term break.  We can’t wait to see you smiling faces ready for another half term of laughs and learning.

Lots of love from

Miss Gillam & Mrs Elson

15.10.20 Swallows Class Blog, by Miss Gillam

Date: 15th Oct 2020 @ 9:45pm

Hello everyone,

Yet again, we have had another brilliant week of learning in Swallows class this week. Can you believe we are looking ahead to the final week of this half term already? The children have made a super start in Year 2 and have made Mrs Elson and I very proud with both the work that they have produced and their super attitudes towards their learning.

 

Some highlights from the week include writing our own space diaries, uncovering our brand new story ‘Troll Swap’ and spending lots of extra time running around our golden mile track. We also had lots of fun using Lego to represent key events from our Bible story this week.

 

Next week we will be describing characters, writing letters and completing lots of role-play activities focusing on character during our writing lessons. Our Maths lessons will continue to focus on using addition and subtraction number facts to check calculations. We will experiment with making number bonds to 100 and finding 10 more and 10 less than any number up to 100.

 

It has been lovely to see so many children complete their 100 square as part of their homework this week. Please continue to focus on reading, writing and ordering number to 100 at home next week. I have attached a selection of missing number problems in your child’s diary this week. Please encourage them to count forwards and backwards to find the missing numbers. If you notice any number reversal, it would help if you could model the correct formation of each number, allowing your child to ‘fix’ their own work.

 

Read Write Inc

We have enjoyed an exciting non-fiction focus during our Read Write Inc session’s this week. Can your Swallow teach you the difference between a fiction and non-fiction text? If you are unsure, use this video to help you. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z2yycdm/articles/zty8xfr

 

Throughout the week we have been assessing the children’s phonic knowledge. Next week you will find a sticker in your homework diary informing you of your new Read Write Inc group. We will begin working in these groups after the half term break.

When reading at home, please encourage your Swallow to continue to take note of the punctuation when reading. Try and match your reading pace and tone to reflect each punctuation mark. For example, pause for a comma. For a full stop, pause a little while longer or take a big breath before you start the next sentence. If there is an exclamation mark, make sure you shift to a quicker and more imperative/louder tone. For a question mark, raise your tone on the word just prior so it sounds like you are asking a question.

Challenge: Can you undress a sentence?

Write down a sentence from a book your child is reading but take out all the punctuation marks. Ask them to try and punctuate the sentence, then compare with the sentence in the book. You can then read over the punctuated sentence with them, making sure to pause and inflect different tones to account for each punctuation mark. This could be evidenced in your homework diary or attached on a post-it or scrap of paper.

 

New Sounds and Spellings

Red Group

Jam

Grey Group

A job for Jordan

Yellow Group

In the park

Pink Group

Jay’s clay pot

Blue Group

On your bike

wh – whisk whisk

ph- take a photo

ck – tick tock clock

 

 

er – a better letter

oa – goat in a boat

ai – snail in the rain

ow – brown cow

 

ea- cup of tea

oi- spoil the boy

a-e make a cake

 

Or - shut the door

ou – shout it out

ar – start the car

oy – toy to enjoy

air – that’s not fair

u-e - huge brute

aw – yawn at dawn

are – care and share

 

 

Spellings

Next week the children will complete a spelling quiz to see which of our Year One Common Exception Words they are still finding tricky to spell. We will then begin learning our Year Two Common Exception words after the half term break. Please use the links below and the attached spelling list to focus your home learning for this week.

http://www.ictgames.com/littleBirdSpelling/

http://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/spookySpellings/index.html

https://www.spellzone.com/word_lists/games-259517.htm

 Home Reading

Thank you to everyone who has been reading at home this week. I am loving giving out more raffle tickets than ever at the moment! Please remember that the children are allowed to record their own reading but it must be signed by an adult to count towards our reading challenge.  Read Write Inc books are changed each Friday and bedtime story books are changed each Tuesday and Thursday. Reading your own/library books still counts towards your three reads so please let us know of any additional reading that you are completing throughout the week.

 

Reminders

  • Please ensure that your child has a labelled jumper and coat in school each day. They each have a labelled tray where they can store their belongings safely.
  • Please ensure that lip balm is only sent into school for medicinal purposes. As we are trying to encourage the children to keep their hands away from their mouths as much as they can, lip balm can often cause problems in the classroom.

Finally, thank you all for your continued support, please e-mail or phone the school office if you would like to contact us. Please remember that although we are not able to talk on the gate, we are always here if you need us.

Miss Gillam & Mrs Elson

 

8.10.20 Swallows Class Blog, by Miss Gillam

Date: 8th Oct 2020 @ 10:48pm

Hello everyone,

What has made you smile this week?

We have had another fun, creative and challenging week of learning in Swallows class this week. Some highlights from the week include helping 'Discovery Dog' to create his own teabag during our science lesson, creating our own gratitude jars and teaching Teddy how to count in multiples of three.

Next week we will be introducing a brand new story ‘Troll Swap’ during our writing lessons. Our Maths lessons will focus on using addition and subtraction number facts to check calculations. We will then use this knowledge to help us to compare number facts. Our History and Geography learning will focus on understanding how planes and cruise ships changed the way we travel today.

 

Read Write Inc

In Read Write Inc we have continued to focus on using ‘Fred in our head’ to help us to read at speed. When reading at home, please encourage your Swallow to take note of the punctuation when reading. Try and match your reading pace and tone to reflect each punctuation mark. For example, pause for a comma. For a full stop, pause a little while longer or take a big breath before you start the next sentence. If there is an exclamation mark, make sure you shift to a quicker and more imperative/louder tone. For a question mark, raise your tone on the word just prior so it sounds like you are asking a question.

Challenge: Can you undress a sentence?

Write down a sentence from a book your child is reading but take out all the punctuation marks. Ask them to try and punctuate the sentence, then compare with the sentence in the book. You can then read over the punctuated sentence with them, making sure to pause and inflect different tones to account for each punctuation mark. This could be evidenced in your homework diary or attached on a post-it or scrap of paper.

Next week will be our special non-fiction focus week during our Read Write Inc sessions.

New Sounds and Spellings

Red Group

Book: A cat in a pot

Grey Group

Book: Looking after a hamster

Yellow Group

Book: Robin Hood

Pink Group

Book: The greedy gremlin

Blue Group

 Book: King of the birds

Sh Slither down the snake, then down the horse’s head to the hooves and over his back.

th Down the tower, across the tower, then down the horse’s head to the hooves and over his back
 

ch Curl around the caterpillar, then down the horse’s head to the hooves and over his back.

Spellings:

  • I
  • To
  • The
  • My

 

u-e huge brute

aw Yawn at dawn

are – Care and share

ur Curse with a purse

Spellings:

  • Mother
  • Come
  • Other
  • Mr
  • Mrs
  • friend

 

or Shut the door

ou Shout it out

Ow Brown Cow

Spellings:

  • So
  • Tall
  • Who
  • Are
  • want

Or Shut the door

Air That’s not fair

ir Whirl and twirl

ou Shout it out

Spellings:

  • The
  • To
  • My
  • Has
  • here

 

a-e Make a cake

o-e Phone home

i-e Nice smile

Spellings:

  • Water
  • There
  • Their
  • Would
  • Some
  • Today

Please remember that we complete a spelling quiz each Friday during our Read Write Inc session. In order to meet the expected standard in Year Two, the children need to be able to both read and spell these words. 

Well done to so many of you who are reading at home regularly. We have given out more raffle tickets than ever this week. Keep it up!  Please continue to support your child to read at home. This can be a mixture of them reading independently, reading to you and you reading to them. Mrs Elson and I are loving reading your comments and really appreciate the effort that is being put in to support your child with their reading at home.

Maths Homework

Can you create your own 100 square at home? Using your hundred square to help you, can you find one more and one less than a range of numbers up to 100?

Eg. 1 more than 70 = ?   1 less than 90 = ?

Counting both forwards and backwards regularly is a vital part of our Maths learning in school at the moment. We want the children to be able to read, write and order numbers to 100 with ease. The more the children count, the more familiar these numbers will become. Please remember than counting backwards is not trickier, we just tend to do it less.

  • Can you count forwards from 34?  (34  35  36....)
  • Can you count backwards from 72? (72  71  70 ...)
  • Can you count on from 48?
  • Can you could back from 26? 

http://ictgames.com/rangeArranger/

Here is a lovely game where you can order number blocks from the smallest to the largest. Can your Swallow explain how they know which is the largest/smallest number using their knowledge of place value to help them? How many tens and how many ones?

Reminders

  • Please ensure that your child has a jumper and coat in school each day. They each have a labelled peg and tray where they can store their belongings safely.
  • Please ensure that lip balm is only sent into school for medicinal purposes. As we are trying to encourage the children to keep their hands away from their mouths as much as they can, lip balm can often cause problems in the classroom.
  • If you haven’t yet done so, please return the Teddy permission slip or e-mail the school office to give your permission for your child to spend time with Teddy when he is in school.

 

Finally, thank you all for your continued support, please e-mail or phone the school office if you would like to contact us.

Miss Gillam & Mrs Elson

 

1.10.20 Swallows Class Blog, by Miss Gillam

Date: 1st Oct 2020 @ 9:56pm

Swallows have had a wonderful week and continue to make Mrs Elson and I proud each and every day. Swallows have enjoyed having some extra time with Mr Ault this week and appreciate him taking the time to provide us with some extra active breaks. We enjoyed being historians this week, learning about Neil Armstrong, Mae Jemison and space missions of the future. I wonder if your Swallow can tell you what makes both Neil Armstrong and Mae Jemison such inspirational figures?

Swallows loved having a poetry focus this week and have read, performed and written a range of poems. We loved changing the tense of the poem ‘IT’ from the present to the past tense. We also loved performing a lovely poem about autumn leaves. Swallows really noticed the autumn leaves in our Maths lessons this week when we took our learning outside and created our own tens and ones using natural materials. We then used the greater than, less than and equal to symbols to compare two digit numbers to 100.

 

Next week we will be exploring different Bible stories and discussing how God is represented in each one. We will use playdough to re-enact stories and praise God through the use of sign language and hymns. In Writing the children will continue with diary writing using conjunctions and the plural noun suffixes –s and –es. In Maths we will be ordering and comparing 2 digit numbers. We will also focus on counting in multiples of 2,5,10 and 3. This will naturally then lead us into starting to learn our times tables. Watch this space for more details on how we aim to learn Timetables at home in Year Two.

 

Home Reading

Thank you once again to the children who have been reading at home. We already have lots of raffle tickets in our jar! Please continue to read at least three times each week.  Re-reading books in important for the children as it allows them the opportunity to use ‘Fred in their head’ and develop fluency. To help your Swallow to develop fluency when reading, it would help if they could have a go at playing the game linked below which focuses on reading and spelling some of our Year Two Common Exception words.

http://www.ictgames.com/littleBirdSpelling/

 

This Friday 2nd October will our first spelling quiz in Year Two. Learning how to spell ‘red words’ will really help your child to write sentences quickly and independently without the need to ‘Fred Talk’ every word. This impacts massively on pace, stamina and confidence. Please remember to check the blog each week for the relevant words for your RWI group. Remember, some of the words will repeat. This is because these are the words that we want your child to be really secure in before moving on to new spellings.

 

Read Write Inc

Grey Group

This week we have been reading the brilliant story ‘I dare you’. We have enjoyed using expression to make the story more exciting. Why not have a go at our special one minute challenge at home this week? How many words can you read in one minute? Can you read your story book quicker the second time you read it? Please do ensure that the listener understands what you are reading and that you take note of the punctuation.

Spellings: should   through   does   many   who   could

Blue Group

This week we have been reading the hilarious story ‘Hairy Fairy’. We have enjoyed sequencing events from the story and using expression to engage the listener. Why not have a go at our special one minute challenge at home this week? How many words can you read in one minute? Please do ensure that the listener understands what you are reading and that you take note of the punctuation.

Spellings: could   I’m  any  ball  watch  other

Yellow Group

This week we have been reading the brilliant story ‘The gingerbread man’. We have enjoyed referring to the text when answering comprehension questions this week. This has been a super text for supporting us with the skill as it is a story that we were all familiar with already. Can you Swallow refer to the text when answering the questions at the back of the book at home?

Why not have a go at our special one minute challenge at home this week? How many words can you read in one minute? Please do ensure that the listener understands what you are reading and that you take note of the punctuation.

Spellings: their   small   school    were  do  they

 

Pink Group

Pink group have loved reading a story all about being off school poorly this week. It had us all feeling very thankful that we are feeling so fit and healthy. This week we continued to focus on Fred Talking unfamiliar words. Please encourage your Swallow to spot the ‘special friends’, ‘Fred Talk’ and say the word. I hope you enjoy reading ‘Sanjay stays in bed’ at home as much as you did in school.

Spellings: of   are  put  I’ve  call  your  want

 

Thank you once again for another wonderful week in Swallows class.

Miss Gillam and Mrs Elson

Swallows Class Blog - 24.9.2020, by Miss Gillam

Date: 24th Sep 2020 @ 5:26pm

Hello everyone,

It was so lovely to speak to so many parents this week during our phone calls. I'm sorry if I missed you! I will be continuing to telephone parents tomorrow but if you do wish to discuss anything urgently, please do not hesitate to email or phone the school office to arrange this. 

We have had another fantastic week in Swallows Class.

The children have been working extremely hard and I am very proud of their positive attitudes and work ethic.

 

In our English lessons we have been writing our own space poems, recounts and sentences to describe the night sky. Next week we will be using quotes to help us to understand Mae Jemison’s thoughts and feelings. We will consider how her achievements make us feel and create a feelings grid to help us to write sentences. We will then write a diary describing Mae’s space flight.

 

In Maths we have been representing 2 digit numbers using tens and ones. We also represented numbers on a place value grid. Next week we will be comparing and ordering numbers to 100 using our knowledge of place value to help us. To help your Swallow with their mental maths learning next week, it would help if you could practice counting in 2s, 5s and 10s at home.

                                                 

Swallows have enjoyed our first science lesson focusing on materials this week. They have been sorting objects in different ways and using scientific vocabulary to spot the ‘odd one out’. Next week we will identify which materials are appropriate for certain objects and which are not base on their properties.

 

In our Religion work, we have been reading the story of the Good Samaritan this week. Next week we will be using role play to act out the story and we will be considering how Christian’s care for one another.

 

Read Write Inc

Pink Group – Miss Gillam

This week we have been reading the wonderful story ‘Tab the cat’. We focused on using ‘Fred in our head’ to help us to become more fluent, accurate readers.

Our new sounds the week were –ow (blow the snow), oo (poo at the zoo) and oo. (look at a book).

Next week we will be completing our first spelling quiz. Please learn the spellings below at home.

  • All
  • My
  • The
  • Like
  • To
  • He
  • She

 

Grey Group – Miss Gillam

This week we have been reading the wonderful story ‘The lion’s paw’. We focused on reading with speed. Please remind your Swallow to take note of the punctuation in the text. This tells them when to pause and take a breath.

Our new sounds the week were -i-e (nice smile), o-e (phone home) and u-e (huge brute). We continued to focus on spelling each sound.

Next week we will be completing our first spelling quiz. Please learn the spellings below at home.

  • Should
  • Were
  • Call
  • There
  • Want
  • Come

Yellow  Group – Mrs Elson

This week we have been reading the brilliant story ‘Off Sick’. We focused on applying our knowledge of ‘Special friends’ when reading books. We played ‘jump in’ to develop pace and fluency when reading.

Our new sounds the week were –oy (toy to enjoy), -ir (whirl and twirl) and -ou (shout it out).

Next week we will be completing our first spelling quiz. Please learn the spellings below at home.

  • Me
  • Was
  • To
  • You
  • All
  • Said
  • want

 

Blue Group – Mrs Elson

This week we have been reading the brilliant story ‘The poor goose’. We focused on We focused on applying our knowledge of ‘Special friends’ when reading books. We played ‘jump in’ to develop pace and fluency when reading.

Our new sounds this week were – are (care and share), ur (nurse with a purse) and -oa (goat in a boat).

Next week we will be completing our first spelling quiz. Please learn the spellings below at home.

  • Any
  • Other
  • Two
  • All
  • There
  • Said

 

As we will be changing reading books tomorrow, please ensure that your child has all of their books in school. If you do find any old Read Write Inc books at home, please return ASAP. 

 

I have also attached the ‘Year Two Common Exception Word’ list so that you can see which spellings the children need to learn by the end of this year.

 

We look forward to another lovely week together and will be back in touch in next week’s blog.

Miss Gillam & Mrs Elson  :) 

 

Swallows Class Blog - 17.9.20, by Miss Gillam

Date: 17th Sep 2020 @ 9:30pm

Welcome to Swallows Class Blog. We will be in touch weekly to keep you updated with all that is happening in our class. It has been fantastic having everyone back in school and welcoming back our brand new, sparkly Swallows! Mrs Elson and I are thrilled to be back in school with our wonderful class. They have been brilliant and we are so proud of how well the children have settled into our new classroom.

Thank you to all of you for your continued support during lockdown and since we have returned to school. It is strange not to be able to talk to you each morning and evening but I am always here at the end of the phone or via the admin email address if you need me. 

We are working on our whole school topic ‘All Together Now’ celebrating being back together as a class and reflecting on past experiences through art work, mindfulness, circle time and other nurturing activities.

In Maths we are working on Place value, being able to read and write numbers to 100. We are learning how to represent numbers in different ways and how to partition two digit numbers into tens and ones. We are also revisiting counting forwards and backwards from different points up to 100.  

In English we are using the book ‘Look up!’ as a stimulus for our writing. We have loved learning about Mae Jemison and have been thinking carefully about our own hopes and dreams for the future. Next week we will be writing space themed poems, writing recounts and using drama to help us to describe a flight into space.

In RE we are currently reading the story of ‘Moses and the burning bush’.  We will be exploring the Christian value of ‘Thankfulness’

In Science, we will begin our new topic – materials. We will be exploring materials and considering the scientific vocabulary that we can use to describe what a material looks and feels like.

 

In Music, we will be learning how to play the ukelele this half term. We have had two fantastic sessions with Dan so far where we learnt about the different parts of the Ukelele and how to play along with the brilliant song 'Get Funky'. 

Home Reading

Swallows are excited to be bringing home their first Read Write Inc books this Friday 18th September. The children will bring home their Read Write Inc story book, as well as a book bag book. Swallows have enjoyed their first week of Read Write Inc phonic lessons and have really impressed us with their love of reading.

Read Write Inc - Blue Group

This week we have been reading the exciting story ‘Barker’. We have been focusing on ‘Fred Talking’ unfamiliar words. We have to remember to spot if there are any special friends, ‘Fred Talk’ and then say the word. Please remember to answer the comprehension questions at the back of the book.

New sounds: ea – Cup of tea, oi – Spoil the boy, a-e – Make a cake, i-e – Nice smile

 

Read Write Inc - Yellow Group

This week we have been reading the beautiful story ‘The Duckchick’. We have been focusing on ‘Fred Talking’ unfamiliar words. We have to remember to spot if there are any special friends, ‘Fred Talk’ and then say the word. Please remember to answer the comprehension questions at the back of the book.

New sounds: ay - May I play, ee - what can you see, igh - fly high, ow - blow the snow

 

Read Write Inc – Grey Group

This week we have been reading the lovely story ‘Rex to the rescue’. We have been focusing on ‘Fred Talking’ unfamiliar words. We have to remember to spot if there are any special friends, ‘Fred Talk’ and then say the word. We also thought carefully about spelling our new sounds this week. We applied our knowledge of the suffixes –s, es, ed and ing. Please remember to answer the comprehension questions at the back of the book when reading at home.

New sounds: ea – Cup of tea, oi – Spoil the boy, a-e – Make a cake, i-e – Nice smile

 

Read Write Inc – Pink Group

This week we have been reading the lovely story ‘Scruffy Ted’. We have been focusing on ‘Fred Talking’ unfamiliar words. We have to remember to spot if there are any special friends, ‘Fred Talk’ and then say the word. Please remember to answer the comprehension questions at the back of the book when reading at home. To develop fluency, it would help your Swallow if they were to reread familiar texts. We want them to develop their sight vocabulary and to begin to read with increasing speed.

New sounds: ay - May I play, ee - what can you see, igh - fly high, ow - blow the snow

 

Read Write Inc – Red Group

This week we have been reading the lovely story ‘Pin it on’. We have been working on being able to Fred Talk unfamiliar words independently and understating what we are reading.

New sounds: m, a, s, d, t

 

Please continue to write in your Swallow’s reading diaries as a record of reading completed at home. The children can still earn a raffle ticket for three reads or more and comments in their diary. I am currently unable to write in the diaries however a green stamp lets you know that I have read your comment. If you write me a note in there that requires feedback from me, I will call you to discuss any little problems or concerns that you may have. 

 

Here is a selection of recommended reads for Year 2.

  • The Cat Who Lost His Purr- Michelle Coxon
  • Frightened Fred- Peta Coplans
  • Friends- Kim Lewis
  • Mog Stories - Judith Kerr
  • Mr Wolf’s Pancakes- Jan Fearnley
  • Frog is Frog - Max Velthuijis
  • Cat and Mouse Story - Michael Rosen
  • The Snow Lady - Shirley Hughes
  • Grace and Family - Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch
  • The Adventures of Captain Underpants - Dav Pilkey
  • The Diary of a Killer Cat - Anne Fine
  • Little Wolf’s Book of Badness - Ian Whybrow
  • The Magic Finger - Roald Dahl
  • Mrs Wobble the Waitress - Allan Alhberg
  • Pirate School: Just a Bit of Wind - Jeremy Strong
  • George’s Marvellous Medicine - Roald Dahl
  • The Giraffe, Pelly and Me - Roald Dahl
  • The Guard Dog - Dick King-Smith
  • Emily’s Legs - Dick King-Smith

Our PE day is Friday so please send your child to school wearing their PE kit on that day. 

Water Bottles - Just a reminder to send your child with a named water bottle (with water and not juice) which they have access to throughout the day.

As always, if you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact the office who will arrange a phone call with myself.

Once again, your children have been amazing and it is just magical to be all back together again as Year Two Swallows. 

Have a wonderful weekend.

Miss Gillam and Mrs Elson

 

Y2 16.07.20, by Mrs Rice

Date: 15th Jul 2020 @ 10:59pm

Buenas Dias Swallows Class

Our final blog! This has been such a great way of me talking to you during our time apart, I'm going to miss it over the summer! Don't worry though, I'll be ready and waiting to welcome you all back in September when we start our journey together as Robins. 

Today has been a happy but sad day for me as my William left his gorgeous primary school . I have cried lots, that won't surprise you! His teachers were crying too as for us, it has been such a difficult time being apart from our children. All teachers have really missed their classes. I am one of the lucky ones who gets to keep their fabulous children! 

I have loved our short time together in Y2 and am so excited to have many more adventures in Year 3. Thank you for being such a gorgeous class of children. I hope that you know how special you are to me. 

I am so proud of how hard you have worked at home. It was just amazing for Mrs Elson and I to spend time with you this week, we absolutely loved seeing your smiles and hearing your giggles again. How we have missed that!

Please have a wonderful summer with your families. Thank you for my lovely cards and presents, you are very kind! William,Thomas and their Dad say thank you too as they have been munching some of MY choccies!

A final message from Mrs Powell

It is hard to think we break up from school today. I cannot tell you enough times just how amazing you have been since we were all last together, I am so proud of how you have managed, learnt and kept smiling. All the staff can’t wait for September until we are back again but missing some very special Year 6 pupils who are going onto new adventures. When I was looking for a worship on how to end the year I found this, I hope you like it!

All of us will have preferred ways to say goodbye. However, the actual word ‘goodbye’ means, ‘God be with you.’ Christians believe that God is always with us. It is good to remember that when people leave us, they are not left on their own. Whether it is just over the holidays, or as some of you move to a new school, we all wish you the very best and, as we say goodbye, we pray that God will be with you wherever you go.

May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.” —Winnie the Pooh

Have a wonderful summer!

Let's say our class prayer together Swallows:

 Father in heaven I come to say

Thank you God for school today

Thank you for my family

And all the friends you give to me

Guard me in the dark of night

And in the morning, send you light

Amen. 

 

God bless you all.

Love from Mrs Rice and Mrs Elson xxxxx

Y2 14.07.20, by Mrs Rice

Date: 13th Jul 2020 @ 9:18pm

Buenas Dias Swallows Class

Thank you for coming to school yesterday, what a fun afternoon we had! I have waited since March to read you all stories, it was worth the wait! I loved watching you all playing together happily on the field. 

In Maths, let's continue to look at measures, Kilograms this time. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z3qk3j6

 

In Reading, we will explore how to summarise what has happened and predict what will happen next.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zmp2mfr

Don't forget that you have lots of activities to do in your home learning packs as well.

 

Here is the link the the next part of our Twitts story. I wonder who is reading today?

The Twits Part 3- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLDe3vLAD80&t=13s

A message from Mrs Powell

Sometimes people make us sad. When it comes to being hurt, the bravest, happiest, strongest thing we can do is to forgive. Forgiving is not to hold onto the hurt and to let it go. Jesus said to forgive not 7 times but 77 times. What can we do today to love someone else more?

Jesus instructs us to forgive others over and over again just like he does for us. He clearly teaches his disciples in this story that they are to forgive “seventy seven times” or over and over again

Just like his forgiveness doesn’t run out, neither should our own. Use this story to share with your child that we should forgive others just as he forgives us. Jesus provided the way and the model for humility and forgiveness. His example is one we can follow daily because parents, siblings, teachers, friends and loved ones will make mistakes that affect us. “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

 

Have a terrific Tuesday children. 

Love from Mrs Rice and Mrs Elson

xxx

Y2 13.07.20, by Mrs Rice

Date: 12th Jul 2020 @ 9:13pm

Buenas Dias Swallows Class

Welcome to the final week in school. I can't believe the end of the school year is almost here. Hopefully I will be seeing you all later this afternoon for some fun and games together on the field. The last time together as Swallows, before we all become Robins in September! 

This final week, let's look at measures in Maths. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zcdrsk7 Today we will explore how to measure mass in grams. I have attached 2 activiies for you to complete. 

Let's focus on Reading this week. Today, we will read Funnybones by Janet and Alan Alhberg. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zfmtpg8

 

Our Twitts story continues , I wobder who is reading to us today?

 The Twits Part 2- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRnox40nSLo&t=18s

A message from Mrs Powell

Never judge anyone by the way they look.

Once upon a time, in a desert far away, there was a rose who was so proud of her beautiful looks. Her only complaint was growing next to an ugly cactus.

Every day, the beautiful rose would insult and mock the cactus on his looks, all while the cactus remained quiet. All the other plants nearby tried to make the rose see sense, but she was too swayed by her own looks.

One scorching summer, the desert became dry, and there was no water left for the plants. The rose quickly began to wilt. Her beautiful petals dried up, losing their lush colour.

Looking to the cactus, she saw a sparrow dip his beak into the cactus to drink some water. Though ashamed, the rose asked the cactus if she could have some water. The kind cactus readily agreed, helping them both through the tough summer, as friends.

What have you done for a friend? The cactus and the rose look very different but we are all unique and have special gifts.

The things that make me different are the things that make me, me.” —Piglet

 

Have a great day children, we are  really looking forward to seeing you this afternoon. 

Love from Mrs Rice and Mrs Elson xxx

Y2 10.07.20, by Mrs Rice

Date: 10th Jul 2020 @ 8:12am

Buenas Dias Swallows Class

 

The day has arrived where we can all be together again and Mrs Elson and I are SO excited. I'll see you at 1.40pm, please remember your water bottle and a carrier bags for your books. 

We have decided to resad a whole story book to you during the last few days of this year. We have chosen The Twits by Roald Dahl. It is such a funny story, I hope you enjoy it. 

Here is part one:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ne7IT8w_9M&t=42s

 

Here is the link to some great FridayMaths Challenges https://wrm-13b48.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Family-Challenge-Friday-15th.pdf

Challenges 1 and 2 are the best for you but your family or older siblings may like to try the others. 

Here is a message from Mrs Powell

Another famous person from the near by city of Manchester is Lowry.

L. S. Lowry (Laurence Stephen Lowry) was born on 1st November 1887 in Stretford, Lancashire.

· Lowry had an unhappy childhood. He wasn’t very popular at school, didn’t have a very close relationship with his parents, and he had few friends.

· The Lowry family moved to the industrial town of Pendlebury in 1909. The landscape was dominated by textile mills and the chimneys of factories, and this imagery left its mark on the young L. S. Lowry.

· Lowry had taken art classes as a child and he went to the Manchester School of Art and then Salford Royal Technical College.

· In 1932, Lowry’s father died and he looked after to his mother. After his mother fell alseep, Lowry started to paint, often finishing at 3 a.m.

· Lowry’s paintings often featured industrial Pendlebury and they captured scenes of life in industrial England. His landscapes are often populated by stylised ‘matchstick men’ figures.

· Lowry didn’t complete many paintings of London. However, his 1960 painting of Piccadilly Circus sold for more than £5 million in 2011.

· Some of his most famous works include: Industrial Landscape, Going to the Match and Coming from the Mill, The Viaduct and The Football Match.

· Lowry became an official war artist in 1943 and he was the Official Artist of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.

· Lowry was a massive fan of Manchester City Football Club just like Mr A

 

Have a great morning and I will see you this afternoon.

Love from Mrs Rice and Mrs Elson xxx

 

Y2 09.07.20, by Mrs Rice

Date: 9th Jul 2020 @ 8:19am

Buenas Dias Swallows Class

What a miserabe, rainy day! Who has been singing? wink I know that you will all manage to have a great day despite the weather.

Our story today is brought to you by Mrs Southern reading- A duck so small. This is the perfect day to cosy up with a story. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6n9-ufbARY

Our Maths lesson today can be found under https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/.

We are adding and subtracting ones. 

 

In Writing, we will look at an axtract from the fabulous story, George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl and learning how to summarise the main points. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zfqsm39

A message from Mrs Powell

 

Gillian Ayres

In the 1970s, she became the first woman ever to run an art department in a British Art School! When she was older, she moved to North Wales. In Wales, she started to use oil paint again rather than acrylic paint to make her artwork. Oil paint is really thick and sometimes she would apply the paint so it would be inches thick! While she lived in Wales her artwork became even bolder and more joyful.

Gillian Ayres wanted people to be happy when they looked at her art and the world around them. Does her art make you feel happy? What other emotions do you feel?

Gillian Ayres was obsessed with painting. She is one of the most famous British abstract painters. Being an abstract painter meant you didn't care about artworks looking like real things, like people or buildings, but you care about shapes, colours and emotions. Someone asked her once what her artwork was about, and she just listed random things like ice cream, cakes, seaweed, shells and hats!

 

I will see you all tomorrow, I am really excited, we can't wait to see you all together again as a class. 

Love from Mrs Rice and Mrs Elson xxx

Y2 08.07.20, by Mrs Rice

Date: 8th Jul 2020 @ 7:49am

Buenas Dias Swallows Class

It was so lovely to see lots of you yesterday. Thank you for coming out and braving the rain. Don't forget to come in for PE on Friday with Mr A, myself and Mrs Elson who can not wait to see you all. You have your new home learning packs to be getting on with, there are more in school if you didn't manage to pop in yesterday. 

Our story today is brought to you by....... ME! Please listen to this one! 

" And Tango makes Three"- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d50xjPmHgvM&t=21s

Our Maths leson today is all about related facts in addition and subtraction. Lessons are under the 4th May tab. 

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/

 

In Writing, we explore and revise how to put things into alphabetical order.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zsv6wnb

 

A message from Mrs Powell

Stephen Hawking - Another incredible person

Arguably one of the world's most famous scientists, Stephen Hawking is known for his contributions Stephen made many important contributions to the world of science. He developed theories about how the world began and furthered our understanding of black holes, stars and the universe. Stephen was always keen for his work to be accessible to everyone, not just scientists. He wrote books that explained his theories in simple terms for everyone to understand, including a children’s book. His most famous book, A Brief History of Time, sold more than 10 million copies! In 1985, Stephen developed a life-threatening infection. He had an emergency operation that saved his life but left him unable to talk. He was given a special computer that talked for him, which he controlled by moving a muscle in his cheek – clever! Stephen received many awards for his work including the 1979 Albert Einstein Medal, the Order of the British Empire (Commander) in 1982 and the 1988 Wolf Prize in Physics.

Stephen is remembered as an inspiration to many people. He had an amazing mind, incredible determination and didn’t let his illness stand in his way.

 

Have a wonderful Wednesday and I will see you all on Friday.

Love from Mrs Rice and Mrs Elson xxx

Y2 07.07.20, by Mrs Rice

Date: 7th Jul 2020 @ 6:36am

Buenas Dias Swallows Children

Hopefully I can see lots of you today in the car park. The sky looks a little dark and grey though so fingers crossed the rain stays away for us...

Our story today is read by our Magic Fairy, the lovely Mrs Elson, reading Silly Billy. This is all about worries and how we can make them go away. It is a gorgeous story. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnUdvdAfS_k

 

In Maths, we are looking at the more than and less than signs when we compare two numbers <  >. The lessons this week are underneath the 4th May tab https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/. We have looked at these signs a few times, so you should be an expert!

 

In Writing, we are looking at how to use exclamation marks. We have two main ways of using these, commands when you are being bossy and giving an instruction eg "Get down from there now!" Or an exclamantion sentence that starts with what or how eg What a kind person you are! How sunny it is today! Again, this is revision for you. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z8cn2v4

 

I've also added a game and video lesson about Dinosaurs! There is a little boy in my Year One bubble who ,oves dinosaurs and he said that you would enjoy this! https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z8cm8hv

A message from Mrs Powell

Good morning! This week, we are going to find out about amazing people who have done amazing things. As you read the stories, just imagine what you will do when you are older… all these amazing people once sat in a classroom just like you!

Beatrice Shilling

Born in 1909, in Hampshire, Beatrice - universally known as Tilly - was obsessed with engines from early childhood.

"As a child I played with Meccano," she recalled in an interview with Woman Engineer magazine. "I spent my pocket money on penknives, an adjustable spanner, a glue pot and other simple hand tools."

"From a child she was pulling engines apart. Her real passion was mechanical engineering."

Beatrice saved countless lives by inventing a gadget that stopped planes stalling in mid-air and crashing. Beatrice was a brilliant scientist and engineer.

 

I agree with Mrs Powell, you are all amazing and have made us so proud during our time away from school. I have been busy getting our new Robins classroom ready.

I am really looking forward to seeing you later and for our PE lesson on Friday.

Love from Mrs Rice xxx

Y2 06.07.20, by Mrs Rice

Date: 5th Jul 2020 @ 10:17pm

Buenas Dias Swallows Class

I hope that you have all had a great weekend. Are you coming to see me tomorrow in the car park to say hello and to get our final home learning pack? I'll be there between 9.30 and 11.30 am and then again in the afternoon, 1-2pm. It would be great to see you all, I'm sure Teddy will be there to say hello. 

This is an exciting week as we also have our PE lesson with Mr Ault, Mrs Elson and me on Friday at 1.30pm until 2.30pm. This is going to be a great opportunity for us all to be together again as a class. I can't wait to see you all. Maybe even Teddy will come and say hello! smiley

 

Our story today is brought to you by Mrs O’Marah reading "The Tiger who cameTea."  An oldie but a goodie! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-0xCovsrKA

 

Our Maths lessons today are recapping number facts within 20. The lesons are under Summer Term, Week 3, 4th May. It is really important to keep these facts ticking over as these facts help when we calculate with larger numbers. 

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/

 

In Writing today, we will look at how to write questions. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zg2cf82

 

I have found an introduction to German lesson for you, which will be great to take a look at as that is the language that we learn in Key Stage Two. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z3py6g8

 

Have a marvellous Monday Swallows. I hope you are all full of smiles.

Love Mrs Rice xxx

Y2 03.07.20, by Mrs Rice

Date: 2nd Jul 2020 @ 5:00pm

Buenas Dias Swallows Class

I hope that you are all well and full of smiles. It is Friday and very nearly the weekend. smiley

Are you enjoying listening to all of the stories that we are recording for you? Today, Mrs Powell is reading a story about a very important person in our History, Marie Curie. Follow this link to find out all about her. 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VEISPlRks4

Mrs Powell is busy today! Here she is again reading a stroy linked to Save Our Seas.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLqBBeLFnYs&feature=youtu.be

I have attached some Family Maths Challenges for you to have a go at. You will enjoy these. 

Have a super weekend. Remember to come and see me in the car park next Tuesday to pick your packs up. 

Love from Mrs Rice and Mrs Elson xxx

Y2 02.07.20, by Mrs Rice

Date: 1st Jul 2020 @ 10:04pm

Buenas Dias Swallows Class

I have some very exciting news! We have planned some opportunities for you to come back into school to spend time together as a class before the summer holidays and I CAN NOT wait to see you all. We are even having a PE lesson together back in school with Mr Ault! It is going to be amazing to see you all together again after all of this time apart. I might be a bit teary, you know what I'm like! I have missed you all more than words can say and so to know that we are going to have a couple of sessions together again as Y2 is fantastic. The information has gone out on the newsletter.

Visits to school for Years 2, 3, 4 and 5

 Tuesday 7th July;    Please pop into school sometime between 9:30am-11:30am or 1pm-2pm.

We would also like to invite the children in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5 to come into school on Friday 10th July for an outdoor PE lesson led by Mr Ault alongside their current class teacher . Your child will just need their water bottle and can wear their own clothes, please make sure that any trainers they wear can be done up independently. 

Swallows Year 2 – 1:30pm-2:30pm

We also plan for the children in these year groups to spend either the morning or afternoon with their current class teacher to end the year together. Swallows  Year 2 – 13th July 1pm-3pm 

 

Our story today is read by Mrs Ahern reading The Everywhere Bear

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4Lm3RA0pFg

 

Our Save Our Seas story is brought to you by Miss Beattie who has chosen to read Listen to Big Blue Whale: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjS9AT2HrsQ&feature=youtu.be

Daniel's family have all made a pledge (a promise) to make one change to try and help the plastics in our oceans problem. Like his Mummy, I am going to try and buy loose fruit at the shops where I can, instead of fruit inside a plastic container. I wonder what you and your family could try and change to reduce the amount of unnecessary plastic that we all use? 

We continue our length lessons today, this time with some problem solving!

Summer Term Wk 2 27th April https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/

 

I saw a gorgeous idea today on line and so I have attached the photograph to show you. Maybe you could make one and fill it with flowers? Please always ask an adult before you pick any flowers. 

 

A message from Mrs Powell

Georgia’s Story

Georgie is 21. She’s a scuba diver and underwater photographer.

Introduced to fishing by her dad, Georgie made her hobby into a career when she followed her obsession with the ocean all the way to the sea bed.

Georgie’s dad is a keen pike fisherman and introduced her to wildlife conservation at a young age. As she grew up she became more and more fascinated with the ocean.

Wanting to improve her diving and marine identification skills, Georgie joined a project called Seasearch which encourages divers and snorkelers to record the marine life they see during their underwater adventures. Their findings are used by the Marine Conservation Society to make important management decisions.

The ocean covers around 71% of the world’s surface, so knowing what’s going on beneath the waves is just as important as knowing what’s going on above ground. And that’s where marine conservationists come in.

Marine conservationists play a crucial role in keeping our oceans healthy. Through monitoring marine life and underwater ecosystems, they can help us make better environmental choices. They can highlight the impact of plastics on the ocean, for instance, or identify which beaches are and aren’t safe to swim at.

Their findings can help protect endangered species or habitats.

How could you help our oceans? Could this be your job? What could you do now? How could you make a change?

Prayer Thank you, Lord, that you created such a beautiful place for us to live. We pray, Lord, that we may live out the trust you put in us to look after your world for you. Help us to love and care for those around us both near and distant. Amen

Have a great day my lovely Swallows class. Pop on over to our discussions page to let me know what you would like to do in PE with Mr Ault .  I will see you very soon! smiley

Love Mrs Rice and Mrs Elson xxx

 

 

Y2 01.07.20, by Mrs Rice

Date: 30th Jun 2020 @ 9:21pm

Buenas Dias Swallows Children

Happy 1st of July. smiley I have two more stories for you to enjoy.

Today's story is brought to you by the lovely Miss Gillam reading How to catch a star. I will show my Starlings bubble this video of their teacher. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_lDCNQfwBo

Our "Save Our Seas" story today is read by Miss Thwaites who reads  A Sea Turtle Story withttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IOIi1kFHSU&feature=youtu.be

I have attached our ideas sheet again for you, there are lots of brilliant website links and ideas for you to choose from. Maybe you could hop onto our discussions page and tell your friends what you have learnt about at home in this mini Save Our Seas project, or which activity you have enjoyed doing. There is also a  recipe to make a salt dough star fish attached! 

Today's Maths lesson looks at the 4 operations with length. SummerTerm Wk 2 27th April

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/

A message from Mrs Powell

At the age of 11, Tom Gregory became the youngest person ever to swim the English Channel.

It was 05:00 on 6 September 1988 and Tom Gregory stood on the tip of France. Behind him was his coach, John Bullet. In front of him was the vast, black, English Channel. Tom, in swimming trunks, faced the water. Out there, somewhere, was home. On the water, a light appeared in the dark. A small boat came to shore. Tom put on his cap and goggles, and walked into the Channel. He followed the boat, and, when it got too deep, he started to swim. He didn't stop for 12 hours.

Tom was 11 years old, this record has never been broken!

Wow! What do you think he saw? How do you think he felt? What would have been his biggest challenges?

 

I hope that you have a wonderful Wednesday. I miss every single one of you lots and lots.

Mrs Elson and I talk about you often and we can't wait to welcome you back into school. 

Love from Mrs Rice and Mrs Elson xxx

 

 

Y2 30.06.20, by Mrs Rice

Date: 29th Jun 2020 @ 10:55pm

Buenas Dias Swallows Class

Today is Terrific Tuesday! I hope that we all have a terrific day. 

I hope that you have managed to take a look at some of the "Save Our Seas" activities for this week. I have attached some more for you to look at. We are exploring the damage that plastic is causing our oceans and it's sea creatures.Take a look at this website to learn more. 

https://www.skyoceanrescue.com/

Mrs Evans would like to share some information about a Marine Biologist with you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a21-zC2B3I8&feature=youtu.be

Our story is brought to you today by Mrs Judge reading

The Worrysaurus- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odHMuoH6yws 

Our maths lesson today focuses on ordering different lengths.

Visit https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/ Summer Term Wk2 27th April

 

A message from Mrs Powell

The Story of Jesus Calming the Sea of Galilee:

One night after a long day of preaching to the people, Jesus decided to get into a fishing boat with his disciples and go across a sea to the other side. Leaving the crowd behind, Jesus and his friends got into the boat. When they had sailed to the middle of the sea, a storm began to kick up waves. The boat rocked back and forth and up and down over the waves. The storm grew stronger and more furious.

Jesus had fallen asleep almost as soon as the boat left the shore. Even though the sea was tossing the boat around, he was still asleep. But his disciples were beginning to get really afraid. They tried lowering the sail and throwing out the anchor, but nothing worked. They bailed out the water, but still the storm raged. The boat was close to sinking.

Finally, they couldn’t stand it any longer. Jesus was still sound asleep, so they woke him up. They said, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

With that, Jesus stood up in the boat and shouted out, “Quiet! Be still!” The storm died down, the waves grew calm, and the boat Jesus was on stopped sinking.

Jesus looked at his disciples, who were now soaking wet and shaking with fear. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Didn’t you believe that I would take care of you?” The disciples were no longer afraid, but they were amazed. They turned to each other and asked, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

Jesus is the Son of God, creator of the universe. We can count on him to calm the storms in our lives. When a fear seems to take hold of us, we can call out to Jesus in prayer and know that he hears us just as he heard the disciples’ cries for help.

Dear God,

Please accept these gifts.

We know that you can do all things, including taking away our fears.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Have a wonderful day Swallows

Love from Mrs Rice and Mrs Elson xxx

Y2 29.06.20, by Mrs Rice

Date: 28th Jun 2020 @ 9:13pm

Buenas Dias Swallows Class

I hope that you have had a great weekend. William managed to enjoy a super time with his friends in the garden on his birthday and the sun shone so he was a happy bunny. 

This week is a special week in school. We are going to explore the problem that is underneath our seas.... plastic pollution. Our mini topic is called "Save Our Seas".

If you create any work that you would like to share with us, please bring it into school as our Sharing Window is empty again, ready and waiting. The first Sharing Window work has been taken to our special church to be displayed in there for the community to admire. I have attached a document that has lots of useful websites and ideas for you to look at this week. 

Each day there will be an ocean themed story or link on your blog.

Today- find out about the problems in our seas and oceans with Sir David Attenborough   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLx4fVsYdTI

I have attached the children's Newspaper First News for you to read as it is always a fabulous non fiction read however, pages 7 and 10 have some brilliant articles that link beautifully to our Save Our Seas topic. 

Our Maths lessons continue with the measuremenLength.    Summer Term, WK 2, 27th April. 

 https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/

 

Our spellings for this week 

Mrs, Mr, parents, pretty, father. mother, brother, sister, aunty, uncle

Our story today is brought to you by Mrs Esling reading  The Invisible String

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlwgA17RaWw

We have been talking about the invisible string that connects us to our loved ones in the Year One bubble. Do you rememner when we read it in the sensory room? This is a gorgeous story. 

A message from Mrs Powell

This week we are celebrating our wonderful oceans.

The UK is surrounded by the sea, and our waters provide the habitat for over 44,000 different species of sea life, yet often our wonderful beaches are covered in litter.

Point out that scenes like these show us that all is not well in our oceans. Marine scientists have discovered that many plastics that find their way into the world’s oceans are toxic. This means that these plastics can damage the animals and even kill them. Another problem is that wildlife such as seabirds can get entangled in bits of plastic or even become stuck in plastic bottles. Fortunately, scientists, marine conservation societies and the UK government agree that we need to do more to protect our seas and oceans, particularly where the use of plastic is concerned. They suggest that we can all take some action – even if it is something as simple as taking home our rubbish after a day at the beach. We all need to do the following: Invest in a reusable water bottle rather than relying on single-use ones. Take a bag with you when you go to the shops, rather than paying for single-use plastic ones. Look for alternatives to plastic containers.

Time for reflection

Many world faiths believe that we all have a responsibility to look after the world in which we live.

Christians believe that God made the world and wants us all to care for it: this is known as stewardship.

The Bible says, ‘The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it . . . for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.’ Christians believe that this means that we have no right to abuse God’s creation. Instead, we should act responsibly, realizing that we are privileged to have such a wonderful place in which to live.

 Dear God,

Thank you for the beautiful world in which we live. Thank you for the amazing variety of animals and plants. Thank you for the sea and the beaches. Please help us to think carefully about our responsibility in the world. Please help us to care for the environment. Please help us to think before we act.

Amen

Have a wonderful day Swallows, I hope that you enjoy our mini topic.

Love from Mrs Rice and Mrs Elson xxx

Y6 26.06.20, by Mrs Rice

Date: 25th Jun 2020 @ 10:09pm

Buenas Dias Swallows Class

Happy Friday! Today I'm singing Cumplianos Feliz to a very special little (well huge) boy, my William. He is 11 today! I can't believe it. I'm hoping that the rain stays away for him...

How is everybody? Ready for another sporty challenge? Today is the best one yet! Take a look to see why...wink

Tap Up Tennis – Mrs Rice https://youtu.be/aBdxZw1rdr0

Have you got a tennis racquet and ball? If not, what could you use? How many taps could you do? How many did Mrs Rice do? Can you beat her score?

 

Our story time is brought to you today by Mrs Powell reading "The Ugly Five." A rainy, stormy day is the perfect time to snuggle up for a story. 

Our English lesson today is actually a reading one.  The story is The Hedgehog Who Lost His Prickles by Jeanne Willis. Clik the link below to find the activities, you'll be brilliant at them, I know!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z8q83j6

I've attached a Maths challenge for you today. Get you thinking caps on! You might need to use our trial and error strategy with this one. 

Have an amazing weekend Swallows. Keep you fingers and toes crossed that the rain stays away for my Will so that he can have his birthday cake with friends in the garden. 

I'll be back on Monday with an exciting "Save Our Seas" project. 

Bye for now

Love from Mrs Rice and Mrs Elson xxx

Y2 25.06.20, by Mrs Rice

Date: 24th Jun 2020 @ 5:16pm

Buenas Dias Swallows Class

What a fantastic day we had yesterday in the glorious sunshine. I think today is going to be sunny as well. Remember lots of drinks, your sun hats, suncream, your smiles, your giggles, your ice pops and as always, your beautiful manners. Send me some photos of what you get up to. I'd love to see. 

Today's sporting challenge is demonstrated by Miss Thwaites completing the Speed Bounce

https://youtu.be/_p1JP1Fw1j8

This will certainly get your heart racing! How many times can you jump side to side in 10/20/30 seconds? How many people could you challenge to beat your score?

 

Our story today is brought to you by Mrs Campion reading Little Owls first day. What a perfect book for her to read as she will be welcoming lots of new little Owls in September for their first day at school. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRFtO4lZQWg

 

Today's wriitng lesson is a recap on what a verb is. I know that you will be wonderful at using verbs, show off to your family about which interesting verbs you know.

Using Verbs

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/my-lockdown-feelings-73d5ff

In Maths, we will have another look at measuring, this time in bigger units of measure, a meter. 

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/

 

A message from Mrs Powell

Our Wonderful World!

Please enjoy this poem!

Big blue planet, swinging through the universe

Big blue planet, what can it be? What can it be?

It’s the planet earth, it’s the planet earth.

It’s the planet earth, it’s the planet earth.

Big blue planet, swinging through the universe,

Big blue planet, what can we see? What can we see?

The great blue waters and the great green land

The great blue waters and the great green land

Big blue planet, swinging through the universe,

Big blue planet, what can we see? What can we see?

The great blue waters and the great green land

The great blue waters and the great green land

Big blue planet, swinging through the universe,

Big blue planet, what can we see? What can we see?

The great blue waters and the great green land

The great blue waters and the great green land

Big blue planet, swinging through the universe

God loves the planet

Loves the land and loves the sea

Loves the land and loves the sea

Loves the people, that’s you and me

Loves the people, that’s you and me

We’ll love it too, it’s our planet EARTH

We’ll love it too, it’s our planet EARTH

 

How can you help to keep God’s world a wonderful place? What could you do?

Dear God

Then let the sun come out and fill the sky with rainbows. Let the warmth of the sun heal us wherever we are broken.. Let the warmth and brightness of the sun melt our sadness. And let the light of the sun be so strong that we will see all people as our friends. Let the earth, nourished by rain, bring forth flowers to surround us with beauty. And let the mountains teach our hearts to reach upward to heaven.

Amen

 

Enjoy your day children, what ever you do. Know that I am thinking about you all every single day and want to say a massive well done for all working so hard. Mrs Elson and I are hugely proud of you. 

Love Mrs Rice and our magic fairy xxx

 

Y2 24.06.20, by Mrs Rice

Date: 23rd Jun 2020 @ 10:41pm

Buenas Dias Swallows Class

It was just fabulous to see so many of you yesterday in school. I hope that you enjoyed meeting Teddy. He was extremely tired after you had all gone home after getting so muh attention! Today is going to be very hot. Please put your sun cream on if you are playing outside (without moaning like Will and Thomas do!) and drink lots of water.

Today's sporting challenge is "The Wacky Race" brilliantly demonstrated by Mr Beswick.

 https://youtu.be/i4b7XbRuGiI

Can you create your own Wacky race? Add obstacles, find different ways to move and compete against the clock? Can you beat your time? Please send us photos of your challenges. 

 

Our storytime today is Mrs Hulse reading "Thank You Baked Potato." I'm intreguied about this story, I'm off to lie on my sofa with comfy cushions to settle down to a new story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sipCbCwyu_k

 

Our writing lesson today is all about Describing Words. You are great at using adjectives. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zy8m8hv

 

In Maths, we are going to recap Fractions then start some new learning all about Length (cm)

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/

 

A message from Mrs Powell

Honesty

My Mum used to tell me and my brothers and sister this story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKWktweAZb0

What would you have said to the boy to help him?

Jesus told his disciples a story to teach them about honesty. He told them about a rich man who had a manager, and the manager was using the man's money for himself. When the rich man discovered that the manager was wasting his money, he called him in and fired him. After telling this story, Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much."

If you and I make sure that we are honest in the small things, then we can be sure that we will be honest in the big things. If people know that they can trust us in small things, they will know that they can trust us in the big things too.

Dear God

Please help us to remember what Jesus taught about honesty and help us to be honest in every situation big or small.

Amen.

 

Swallows, have a fabulous day in the glorious sun shine. Please know how proud I am of you and how much I miss you all. We have got many exciting adventures ahead though as Robins.

Love Mrs Rice and Mrs Elson xxxxx

 

Y2 23.06.20, by Mrs Rice

Date: 22nd Jun 2020 @ 3:26pm

Buenas Dias Swallows Class... my new Robins Class heart

Hi, how are you?

I am absolutely delighted to be taking you up into year three with me. I have missed you more than you'll ever know during our time away from school and couldn't say YES quick enough when Mrs Powell asked me if I'd like to be your teacher next year. I think that we, along with your special families make a fantastic team and I can't wait to welcome you all back and spend the year making further gorgeous memories together. I hope that you don't mind putting up with me for another year!! 

I will be in the car park this morning from 9.30am - 11am to hand out new home learning packs, please pop down and see me if you can. I hope that you are enjoying this lovely, sunny weather. Are you ready for another sports challenge? Here is Mrs Evans to show you how it's done...smiley

https://youtu.be/VSgAcyEnoGI

Create your own target game. What could you use? Would you use underarm throw or overarm throw? What is the highest score you could get? How could you improve your throwing?

In our wriitng lesson today, we will focus on correct leter formation with long legtters. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z7q6wnb

We continue with our Fractions work in Maths for the time being , today we are counting in fractions. 

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/

 

Today's story comes from Mrs Simmonds who is reading "Shark in the Park". Try listening to this somewhere different today. Out in the garden, curled up cosily in bed or on the settee with a teddy. 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IL3kIMjXRYk

 

A message from Mrs Powell

Kindness

Mark Twain said "Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."

Kindness is something we can all understand. It generates a great experience as both giver and receiver.

In Greece, kindness towards the elderly is very important; they believe the older you are the wiser and more valuable you become. In Japan, people show their kindness and gratitude by bowing to each other. The younger person bows to the older person. A simple act of kindness can create an endless ripple effect!

How do you show your kindness? What are you going to do today?

 

I hope to see you very soon.

Lots of love from your new year three teacher!! 

Y2 22.06.20, by Mrs Rice

Date: 21st Jun 2020 @ 8:31pm

Buenas Dias my lovely Swallows

Welcome to the start of another week and I believe it will be a sunny, sporty one! smiley

Today's story is read by the super smily Mrs Hoskins. She is reading "Sharing a Shell" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_uXH6K2q58. I hope that you enjoy it. 

This week is Sports Week in England. Each day this week we are going to set you a little challenge, demonstrated by a member of staff. Please have a go and send your photos into school or share on Twitter. It will be fabulous to see everyone getting involved. 

Today's challenge is "Wastepaper Basketball" and is demonstrated by Mrs Simmonds!

Follow this link to watch her demonstration. Have fun. https://youtu.be/jZW56fRpj2M

How far can you shoot a basket from into a bin? Challenge someone to beat your distance and find new ways to throw it in? Can you adapt the challenge to make it more creative or encourage more family members to be involved?

Our Writing lesson is based on Common and Proper Nouns

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zt2x8hv

We countinue finding quarters in Maths. Summer Term Week 1 of White Rose home lessons.

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/

A message from Mrs Powell

Tolerance

Today we are thinking about Tolerance. Look at this video, it made me smile! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2PJ6T7U2eU

Which characters were being intolerant?

How do you think the big bird felt?

Why were the little birds mean to the big bird?

What could the little birds have done to make the big bird feel welcome?

 

Now read this poem, could you make a poster of it for our sharing window?

 

We are all born

In a different way

How we look

And what we say.

From different countries

Around the world

Of different genders:

Boys and girls.

Of many sizes

And colours too,

The things we like

And the things we do.

If everyone Were the same you see

You wouldn’t be you,

And I wouldn’t be me!

 

Have a fabulous day in the sun shine and enjoy your sports challenges this week. I am so proud of each and every one of you.

Love from Mrs Rice and Mrs Elson xxx

Y2 19.06.20, by Mrs Rice

Date: 18th Jun 2020 @ 7:22pm

Buenas Dias Swallows

Hola que tal? Hi how are you? Happy Friday! Today's story is from our lovely head teacher, Mrs Powell. Get comfy and cosy and listen to The Day The Crayons Quit....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IA4fDaafVBU&t=3s

In Wriing today, you are going to be delightful detectives and spot mistakes in writing. You are always quick to find my mistakes!! wink See if you can spot these ones.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z799ydm

In Maths we continue looking at fractions. Today is all about equivalent fractions, finding two fractions that may look different as they have different denominators (the bottom number of the fraction) but actually are the same size. For example, 1/2 = 2/4

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/

This afternoon, let's explore Spanish colours. I have attached some activities for you to do.

Red - Rojo

Blue - Azul

Green - Verde

Yellow - Amarillo

White - Blanco

Black - Negro

Pink - Rosa

Orange - Naranja

Brown - Marron

Purple - Morado

Have a fabulous weekend my lovely Swallows. Happy Father's Day to all the Dads and Grandads out there for Sunday.

We miss you and are so very proud of you all. 

Love Mrs Rice and our Magic Fairy xxx

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