Weekly Note 8.12.17

8.12.17

Dear Parents,

Christmas with the Aliens Concert – The children have been working really hard for their Christmas concert next week and we look forward to welcoming you to watch it on Wednesday 13th December at 2 o’clock in the school hall.  Please remember to bring your two tickets.

Church Visit – Our Year 2 children will be going to St Martin’s church on Wednesday 13th at 11 o’clock (until approx. 12 o’clock) to watch the Year 5’s Christmas service dress rehearsal.  We need lots of adults to accompany the children to the church so please let us know if you are able to come with us.

 

Infant Christmas Party – Please remember to send in some food for the Christmas party on Thursday 14th December.  The children can wear party clothes but will need footwear suitable for running around in.

Mrs Ash’s Class – Small cakes, chocolate biscuits

Mrs Ashworth’s Class- Sausage rolls, cocktail sausages, cheese rolls  etc

Mrs Page’s Class – Sandwiches

(Please remember no nuts)

 

Last Day of Term – On the last day of term (Tuesday 19 December) children can wear a Christmas jumper / Christmas accessories / or anything Christmassy for a donation of 50p which will go to LEPRA.

School finishes at 1 o’clock on this day so the children will not need lunch but can bring in a larger mid-morning snack.

Phonics Homework  – Due to timetable disruptions this week there will be no spellings homework today.  The children will get their last list of the year next week.

 

Thank you for all your help and support this term.

We hope you have a really lovely Christmas.

Mrs Ash, Mrs Ashworth and Mrs Page

Weekly note- 4th December 2017

1.12.17

Dear Parents/Carers,

Maths
Next week we shall be naming 3d shapes and exploring their properties using mathematical language such as ‘faces’ ‘vertices’ ‘flat’ and ‘curved.’ To help your child with this, you could challenge your child to look for and describe 3d shapes in everyday objects which you may have around the home. We shall also be thinking about measuring weight, using weighing scales and introducing weight measurement terms such as ‘gram’ and ‘kilogram’ and finding objects that are heavier and lighter than these units of weight.

Christmas Fayre
The PTA Christmas Fayre is on Thursday 7th December from 1.30 – 4.00. You can collect your child from their class at 2.15 to take them to the fayre.
If possible, the PTA are asking Year 2 families to provide items of food with a use by date which is later than the 8th December to make up hampers which will then be used as raffle prizes.

Christmas Concert
Just a reminder that your child should have come home with two tickets for the Year 2 Christmas Concert (‘Christmas with the Aliens’) today. The rehearsals for the concert are going brilliantly and the children are doing a fantastic job. If your child has come home with lines to learn, please could they continue to practise saying them in a loud, clear voice. Thank you for all your help with this!

Colouring Books
We have had lots of wet playtimes recently and there are still some children without a colouring book to colour. Please could you ensure your child has a colouring book that they can keep in their tray for rainy days – thank you.

Nut Allergy- Mrs Page’s Class
Just a reminder that we have someone with a severe nut allergy in Mrs Page’s class. Please could you ensure that all packed lunches are nut-free. Many thanks.

Thank you for your continued support,
The Year 2 team

Weekly Note 24.11.17

Dear Parents / Carers,

Thank you very much for helping your child with the dinosaur literacy homework, the children will be using this next week to write their own reports.

Christmas Concert-
You are most welcome to come and watch our Christmas concert ‘Christmas with the Aliens’ on Wednesday 13th December in the school hall at 2pm.
Your child may have brought home some lines to learn today (printed on yellow card) for the concert. Please help your child to know when to come-in with their lines and to learn these off by heart in a loud, clear and expressive voice.

Two Tickets for the concert will be coming home with your child on Friday 1st December. We have a very large year group and for health and safety reasons are limited to just 2 seats per family. We would also be very grateful if alternative arrangements could be made for preschoolers where possible.
Tickets will be collected at the hall door on the 13th.

We are working on costumes at school at the moment, we may need some help with costumes but unless you hear otherwise (next week) we will source a costume for your child.

Christmas Fayre
The PTA Christmas Fayre is on Thursday 7th December from 1.30 – 4.00. You can collect your child from their class at 2.05 to take them to the fayre.

Christmas party
The children will have an all day(!) party on Thursday 14th December. More information about this day will follow.

 

Many thanks for your continued support.
Mrs Ashworth, Mrs Ash and Mrs Page

Weekly Note – week commencing 20.11.17

Dear Parents/Carers

Fire Station Visit

We had a great trip to the Fire Station on Thursday where alongside learning about fire safety the children had a lot of fun putting out a fire and exploring the fire engines. The firefighter leading the visit talked to the children about smoke detectors and the importance of knowing their address. She also set them a home task of looking for the smoke detectors in their house and  learning their address!

Maths

Next week we shall be continuing our work on multiplication and in particular looking at how multiplication can be represented as an array.  The children might like to look for arrays at home, for example, a chocolate bar or an egg box. They could also make their own arrays using lego or similar. The array below shows 4 rows of 4 or 4 x4

Donuts

Literacy Homework- Dinosaur Research

Thank you for the research sheets that have already come back to school. Please can all completed research sheets be returned to school on Monday 20th November

Uniform

We are building up quite a large pile of lost uniform, snack boxes and water bottles that we are unable to return to the correct owner as they are not named. Please could you check that your child’s uniform etc is clearly named.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Sophie Ash, Jen Ashworth, Sarah Page

Weekly Note – 13.11.17

Dear Parents/Carers

Maths

Next week we shall begin a unit of work on multiplication.  In class we shall be working on the following types of activities:

  • counting in 2’s, 3’s, 5’s and 10’s
  • putting objects into groups of 2, 3, 5 and 10 and then representing this as a repeated addition and then a multiplication number sentence – this helps highlight the link between the two operations.
  • We shall introduce the x sign and related vocabulary such as ‘groups of’, ‘lots of’, ‘sets of’.

Children in Need – 17th November

Next Friday is ‘Children in Need’ day.  The theme this year is spots so the children are invited to make a donation and come into school wearing ‘spotty’ themed clothes and accessories. Children in Need accessories will be on sale in class next Monday and Tuesday at the price of £1 for a wristband and £2.50 for a headband.

School Trip- 16th November

Year 2 will be visiting the Fire Station as part of our Great Fire of London topic on Thursday 16th November. The buses will be leaving at 9.45am and returning just before lunch. If you or another family member would like to accompany us on this trip then please do let your child’s class teacher know. Many thanks.

Literacy Homework- Dinosaur Research

In literacy this week we have been looking at an information text about a Tyrannosaurus  Rex. In particular we have looked at the different sub headings that the author has used to organise their information, the extra detail and description added and the use of technical vocabulary.

During the week beginning 20th November, the children will be writing a similar report based on a dinosaur of their own choosing (other than a T Rex). To help them with this task we would like them to begin thinking about the dinosaur that they wish to write about and to begin collecting some facts (e.g. using library/home books or internet sites) about this dinosaur as a homework activity. Please see the letter and worksheet that your child brought home today for more information on what to do. We thank you for your help with this.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Sophie Ash, Jen Ashworth, Sarah Page

Weekly Note – week commencing 6th November

  Dear Parents/Carers

Swimming

Swimming lessons have now stopped until after Easter and will be replaced by PE or games lessons. PE kit will be needed on the following days;

Mrs Ashworth’s class – Thursday and Friday

Mrs Page’s class – Monday and Friday

Mrs Ash’s class – usually have PE on Wednesday and Friday however due to timetabling constraints they also occasionally have a lesson on a Tuesday. To make this easier to manage we are very happy for children in her class to bring their kit in on a Tuesday and leave it on their peg until Friday.

Sports Commission Fit Club

Starting next Wednesday lunchtime the Guernsey Sports Commission staff will be running a lunchtime Fit Club for Year 2 children. This club is free of charge and will be made up of a variety of active games and skills to ensure that physical activity is fun. The aims of the sessions are to support children in physical activity so that they can find an activity that they enjoy, as well allowing more opportunities for the children to reach the government recommendations of being active for a minimum of one hour a day. The first block of 5 sessions which begins next Wednesday 8th November is being offered to children in Mrs Ashworth’s class. The other classes will have the opportunity to attend in either the Spring or Summer term. If your child wishes to attend please can you return the form, which they have brought home today, to Mrs Ashworth by Tuesday 7th November.

Maths

Next week we will be focusing on finding 10/100 more or less than any 2 or 3 digit numbers. We shall also be working on everyday word problems where the children will have the opportunity to apply their understanding of place value to help them find solutions.

Dinosaurs

The children are thoroughly engrossed in our new literacy topic about dinosaurs and are producing some fantastic work.  We have been looking at non-fiction facts and focusing on the details of non-chronological reports (headings, technical vocabulary, describing words etc).  Next week we will be working together to write an information sheet about the Tyrannosaurus Rex. We would then like the children to choose a different dinosaur which they can research in preparation for some independent writing. We shall send home more details of this home task next week.

Pine Cones

If you have any large pine cones in your garden or find any whilst out and about we would be very pleased to receive them in school for an activity planned for later in the term

Wool

We shall soon be starting an art activity for which we need red, yellow and orange wool. If you have any spare wool in these colours we would be very pleased to receive it.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Sophie Ash, Jen Ashworth, Sarah Page

Weekly Note 13.10.17

13.10.17

Dear Parents / Carers,

The children have had a very busy week with flu vaccinations, watching the Year 3 Harvest Service, being thoroughly entertained by the Rhubarb Theatre Company and electing class council representatives as well as trying very hard with their learning!

Next week in maths the children will be doubling numbers mentally,  doubling amounts of money and then doubling by partitioning

E.g. 23 + 23

= 20 + 20 + 3 + 3

= 40 + 6

= 46  .

During literacy lessons the children will be creating characters and then planning and writing their own story in the style of Zog and the Flying Doctors.

As part of our Fire of London topic the children will be learning about fire safety during a trip to the fire station.  If you are able to help and accompany us on this visit on Thursday 16th November (approx. 9.45am – 12.00) please let your child’s teacher know as soon as possible.

We still have  jelly bean challenge packs available if you would like to buy one for 50p.  If you have completed a challenge please do send in a photo so that your child can share it with the class.

Individual pupil photos will be taken by Fitzgeralds on Friday 20th October.

We hope the children have a wonderful half term and look forward to seeing them back at school on Monday 30th October.

We look forward to seeing you next week during parent appointments. If you have not already made an appointment you can do so, up until 5 pm today, by logging into http://parents-booking.co.uk/stmartinsprimary

Many thanks for your continued support

Sophie Ash, Jen Ashworth, Sarah Page

Weekly note- week commencing 9.10.17

6.10.17
Dear Parents/Carers,

Maths

Next week we will be continuing our work on Place Value. We will be finding different ways to represent two and three digit using various equipment such as Numicon, base ten and coins and discussing how many hundreds, tens and units there are in a two or three digit number (please see last week’s blog post on ideas for helping your child with this at home). We will also be using our knowledge of place value to add and subtract multiples of tens/hundreds to/from a number.

Jelly Bean Challenge

Hopefully you will have seen the blog post earlier this week about our new Key Stage One Jelly Bean Challenge! The resources have arrived earlier than expected, and so children are welcome to bring in 50p to get a kit from this Monday 9th October.

Digital Leaders

We are introducing digital leaders across the school. One digital leader will be chosen per class and they will have various responsibilities including being a technical expert within their class and helping their peers to use digital technology. They will also be responsible for ensuring that the ipads are charged and looked after carefully. The digital leaders will be required to attend regular lunchtime meetings with all the other digital leaders where they will learn their responsibilities and be taught how to use apps more confidently as well as learning to use new apps which they can then show their class.

Interested children will be asked to apply for the role by filling in an application form. This process will start to give them awareness of the real world of work and how you have to apply and interview for a job.

The children have had an assembly to introduce them to what being a digital leader will involve and have brought home an application form if they are interested. Please talk about the role with your child and help them to fill in the application form if they would like to apply. It needs to be returned to your child’s teacher by Friday 13th October.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs Bramley.

Parents’ Appointments
The week beginning Monday 16th October is parents’ appointment week. The booking system will be going live from today. Please note that if you would prefer an appointment time before school starts in the morning then this may be possible – please can you email your class teacher if you would like one of these times. We look forward to seeing you all throughout the week.

Swimming – Mrs Ashworth’s class
Next Thursday 12th October we are having a visit from the Rhubarb theatre company. As the performance for Year 2 is at 11 a.m, Mrs Ashworth’s class will not have a swimming session next week.

Many thanks for your continued support.
Mrs Ash, Mrs Ashworth and Mrs Page

Jelly Bean Challenge

This afternoon in assembly we launched an exciting new Key Stage 1 science and technology challenge!

Please see the details on the poster below. Children will be able to give their 50p to their class teacher from Monday to receive a pack.

We look forward to seeing lots of your entries! Good luck!