Welcome to Class II's home page. We will be filling this page with exciting class news, pictures of things we have been doing and lots more.
Thursday 21st June.
Bond English Books have come home for homework as we have completed all spelling lists for this year.
We had worked on a couple of tests (11 and 12) in our sessions before assembly and Mrs Gordon and I had hoped to mark all of these before sending them home for the next test (14) is done for homework.
Unfortunately, circumstances prevented this from happening so some children's books have come home unmarked. Please encourage them to complete Test 14 and I will endeavour to catch up with marking when they have completed the homework task.
As we have finished our spelling tasks for the year, Mrs Gordon will use their Thursday lesson to support the work on space and the solar system that we are focussing on in our Science lessons.
We have also finished our times tables books so will have a short open-ended maths challenge each Monday morning until the end of term. There is no particular focus for these but keeping up with times tables practice is always advisable.
Well done everyone for a fantastic performance of JABBERWOCKY at the Sevenoaks Festival yesterday.
Mrs Birtwell was so impressed that she has asked if we can recreate our performance at the Parent/Governors evening tomorrow (Tuesday) at 6pm.
Several of us will be there already performing with the Lower School Choir and I managed to speak to a few of you after school today who confirmed that they would be attending. I have therefore accepted her invitation and I know that the children who performed at the weekend would like a chance to perform again.
We will not need to wear our black clothes however as everyone else will be in their school uniform already and some of us are staying in homework club rather than going home before the event.
Monday 11th June
Apologies that there are no Tables Test books coming home with the children and just a change of reading book rather than the usual one to one session.
We enjoyed a visit from Hartley Owls this morning so missed reading and had to complete half of our tables test this afternoon.
I will send the marked books home tomorrow.
We have all been rehearsing hard for our Jabberwocky performance on Sunday.
I have suggested that all the children wear plain dark clothes (black if possible) so that they will be able to move comfortably and the audience will be able to concentrate on the quality of their acting without distractions.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Friday 25th May
We have finished our testing this week and are looking forward to getting back to our normal routine after half term.
Thank-you for helping collect all the wildflower information ready for creating our databases. We were unable to use the ICT suite last week due to Classes 4,5 and 6 testing and this week as we were testing ourselves so will put all the information gathered to good use after half term. If anyone wishes to continue preparation during the holiday they could photograph any of the flowers on their list that they find and store their images on a USB for use back in school.
Half Term homework will be spelling as usual and maths tables plus problems of shape, area and perimeter.
They need to remember how many sides, corners, right angles in 2D shapes and how many faces, edges and vertices of 3D shapes plus the shape of the faces. Area by multiplying the length by the width and perimeter by adding up the length of the sides.
The children will be bringing home a prepared map outline which they will use to create their own map of an imaginary island home. They will also have a list of features that they must include based on what they have learnt about Coll in the Inner Hebrides but may add as many extra features as they wish as long as they remember to include them in a key.
Hope you all have a restful half term.
Friday 11th May
We are now well practiced with our country dances and looking forward to performing at the Fawkham and Hartley Church Fete tomorrow. As last year the children need to be in school summer uniform and bring two white handkerchiefs. If you forget them please don't panic, several of us have spares.
If anyone is ill on the day please send a message with another parent so that we can rearrange the formations if possible or at least forewarn their partner that they will need to dance on their own.
The children will dance facing up hill so make sure you find a spectator spot at the top side of the arena.
The Reverend Fletcher expects us to be dancing at around 1.30pm so we will congregate next to the performance arena at 1.15pm.
Fingers crossed for good weather! See you there.
Homework this weekend is to find lines of symmetry on flags. They need to be drawn as a dotted line on each flag and must pay attention to the colour scheme as well as shape. A small hand mirror may be useful to check before drawing mirror lines.
I have also sent them home with their wildflower sheets where they are collecting information for their database ICT work. We use Kidrex search engine for safety and have to find out the information on the grid. The categories were all suggested by the children and they may use books as well as the internet to find out what they need to know. They have until next Friday to find out information about at least 4 and at the most 8 wildflowers from their list. Happy hunting!
Thank you all so much for coming to our assembly this morning.
The children performed brilliantly. There was a calmness and competence throughout the whole performance which enabled the audience to get a real understanding of the story.
Everybody in school congratulated them and said how much they enjoyed it. When we got back to the classroom the children said that they had enjoyed it so much that they wanted to do it again!!!Mrs Eyre's contribution with our song at the end was very much appreciated.
A big WELL DONE from me to them all!
Class Two have started rehearsing for their assembly on Thursday 10th May between 9.05 am and 9.25 am in the school hall.
They have prepared a retelling of a traditional tale and will be acting the story out so need to memorise their lines by Tuesday. Scripts have been brought home so that they can practice their lines over the Bank Holiday.
Please do not buy anything special for costumes. They are peasants, tradespeople and soldiers so only need trousers/shorts or skirts with a shirt, t-shirt or blouse. As long as they are plain and without brand names across them so that they look old fashioned that will be fine. I will find sashes or something similar for the soldiers to identify them. Narrators are also villagers so need the same.
In the most part, the costumes that they wore for our Christmas play will be suitable if they still have them.
Enjoy the good weather and I look forward to seeing you on Thursday.
Welcome back to the Summer Term everybody.
I have attached the Summer Term curriculum for you although as I suggested previously we are just finishing off last terms topics as we got a little behind due to the shorter term and snow week.
We will finish our traditional tales work this week then move on to look at explanations and reports. The spelling focus is on suffixes then plurals.
I will continue to give mixed times tables tests this term including a timed section and worded problems. I will make the word problems money related to reflect the work we are doing in class.
The children are adding up prices to give a total cost and working out change. They need to know the value of our coins and how many of one type you would need to make a certain total. For example that five 20p pieces make a pound or twenty 10p pieces make two pounds.
They will follow this with 2D and 3D shape work and symmetry.
We have completed our work on Tocuaro although we are continuing with making Mexicam Masks in art lessons. In DT we will make objects move using pulleys and find time to finish Joseph’s Coat. Our Geography work will focus on the Isle of Struay, a fictional place from the Katie Morag books and Coll and Tiree in the Inner Hebrides.
During ICT lessons we will use search engines to gather information and then use database software to create cards that can be used to identify flowers and minibeasts. This links nicely to our Science work on plants, insects and the environment which will start this week.
Mrs Gordon has taken over Mrs Broadbent’s Thursday afternoon teaching and will teach Spelling and RE which will focus on stories Jesus told and the lives of famous Christians.
The children are all really looking forward to our trip to Leeds Castle on Thursday. We hope the weather stays fine!!!
Tuesday 17th April
The children have watched an electrical safety powerpoint today as part of their on going Science work.
For homework I have asked them to make a poster sharing what they have learnt about electrical safety.
They have until Friday to complete this and it can be done in which ever way they want.
Tuesday 27th March
Atlas Activity homework. Collect a Country (please do Mexico) page 30-31 no hurry for this, over the Easter break if you wish.
Monday 26th March.
Maths homework today is to do corrections from our test. We also did a timed test to check the speed of recall and will do this again after the Easter break. Please practice quick recall of all times tables facts learnt so far this year. (184.108.40.206.9.10 and 11)
Easter holiday homework will be Bond English Papers 6 and 7, Bond Maths Papers 4 and 5.
Friday 23rd March
Some of the English scores may look a bit strange today. Apologies but I thought the marks were out of 25, getting confused with the maths test book. Some of the children were delighted to find that they got 22 out of 20 even when they got 3 wrong!!!!
We have completed our poetry work on Monsters and Aliens and I hope you will be impressed with our classroom display when you come in on Tuesday.
As this term is slightly shorter and we lost time due to the recent weather I will be saving 2D/3D shape work from the maths curriculum until the beginning of next term.
We will continue practicing adding and subtracting 3 digit numbers, weight and data handling with Mrs Broadbent and length and problem solving with myself until the end of this term.
The children are enjoying learning about Mexico and Tocuaro and their English focus on Traditional Tales from other cultures has started with stories from Mexico.
We will also be continuing with our Science work on electricity including the dangers attached to it's use, and in ICT, online dictionaries. We are beginning to explore the use of search engines so anything you can do at home to help them search for information on the topics covered in school, aiding them in selecting child friendly websites, would be useful.
We had been looking at The Synagogue and comparing the internal features with our local church of St Mary's but will now need to shift our focus to the Christian celebration of Easter, returning to The Synagogue briefly at the beginning of next term before looking at Parables and stories that Jesus told.
Looking forward to seeing you all next week.
Tuesday 6th March.
Please do the prefix homework on the sheet provided. No need to copy the words out!!!
Monday 5th March.
Thank you so much for all your efforts with the snow days homework. I will do my best to work through it as quickly as possible.
Apologies but as I had to attend a meeting today I did not have enough time to mark the tables tests so will send these home tomorrow.
Next weeks tests will be mixed times tables again and the worded problems will reflect the measurement work taking place in school. Metres, centimetres and millimetres with myself and kilograms and grams with Mrs Broadbent. The children need to know how many cm and mm in a metre and the ways they can write this (see snow homework) and how many grams in a kilogram and the ways to record weight. They know that 100 cm equal a metre so can write 275 cm = 2.75m = 2m 75cm.
Wednesday 28th February
Class Two Maths
Answers may be written in their homework books.
You will need a calendar to answer these questions.
Firstly choose any month from 2018.
1. What month is shown on the calendar?
2. On which day does the month a) start b) finish?
3. How many days are in the month?
4. What day of the week is the a) 3rd b) 14th c)25th?
Now use a calendar for the whole year.
5. Write the names of the months with a) 31 days b) 30 days.
6. a) What month is missing? b) How many days does it have?
English work can be continued so that all 3 pages in their homework books are completed.
Attached is the Science task that we would have been attempting in school. I am happy for them to complete this at home either indoors with a toy car or outdoors where they could use a flat bottomed vehicle (boat perhaps) and cover the ramp (plank of wood maybe) with snow so that the vehicle slides down the ramp. The results charts would be suitable whichever way they choose to complete the task.
Tuesday 27th February
Good morning everyone.
I expect many of you noticed that I gave the children their homework books a day early this week in anticipation of a snow closure.
There are three pages of English related activities to complete. I would normally have just sent one but thought it best to be prepared. They must do at least one today.
They may also have some maths test questions to finish or correct. The printed clock faces should not be altered and calculation corrections should be done in the column that is clear for working out next to the printed problem.
In some books I have shown them where to do this and I have reminded everyone that original answers should never be rubbed out and replaced.
Corrections in test books should be done in the space to the right of the problem whereas in their exercise books at school corrections are done at the end of the piece of work.
Please enjoy the snow today. We would have been looking at moving objects and friction in science today so moving objects through snow (sledging!) could be a useful learning experience!
Friday 23rd February
There were some lovely performances of poems in Class Two this week so thank-you for all your efforts preparing the children over half term.
Finalists will be selected next week by all classes on Tuesday.
I have set a booklet making task for homework which gives the children the opportunity to show what they have learnt about Pocahontas.
They allhave paper, card and several information sheets in their wallets in their book bags. I have suggested that they use the folded card however they wish but they need to present interesting facts and include printed pictures as well as hand drawn diagrams. Some facts could be printed but hand written parts are expected.
They can have until Thursday to complete this task.
Their focus from next week onward in Geography lessons will be "Tocuaro" a Mexican village.
SCHOOL POETRY COMPETITION
I know that many of you are giving some thought to the school poetry competition after half term so this is just a reminder that each child needs to memorise and then perform a 12 to 16 line poem for the first week back so that we can choose three finalists for the competition on the 1st of March.
We will be continuing with our focus on "Monster and Alien" Poetry for one more week in school so it would be brilliant if the poems that the children recite could also have that theme. I will send some examples of poems that could be used home with the children for you to read and enjoy over half term.
We are coming to the end of our work on famous carers and people of local interest.
The children are full of facts about Pocahontas so if you haven't already done so and you have time, the Pocahontas statue at St Georges Church in Gravesend is worth a visit.
Today was Science Day!!!
We had a fantastic time working in teams to create the tallest tower possible.
Well done everyone and thank-you to all those who came in to see us in action.
Friday 26th January
Friday homework supports our English and maths curriculum.
I have sent home instructions for games with dice which the children need to follow careful and learn well enough to enable them to teach someone else at least one of the games next week.
We have been looking at telling the time, digital and analogue, and will continue with this next week.
Our English focus shifts from instructions to poetry.
Monday 22nd January
We did our maths doubles/halves/word problems test last lesson today.
I will mark these after school so that the children can bring them home tomorrow.
Next week's test will be doubles, halves, four times and quarters up to twenty.
Word problems involving all of the above.
I have asked Class Two to make an A4 Information leaflet about Florence Nightingale over the weekend and the following few days to be completed by Wednesday at the latest.
This can be portrait or landscape, contain two or three images and approximately six good facts about Florence Nightingale.
I have given all of them a piece of white card and a sheet with two pictures on that they are welcome to cut out and use. The map shows The Crimea but not Scutari so they may like to show this and label it on the map. They have read, watched and listened to lots of information so could probably choose six facts that they wanted to include without any extra research but if anyone wants to add extra interesting facts or images of their own that is fine.
Some children came back to school after the holiday without pencils, rulers or sharpeners.
I do hold spare items for lending but not as many as were needed this week.
Please could you check that the children have all their equipment this week to ensure lessons run smoothly.
Friday 12th January
Science homework set on Friday can be completed in which ever way he children choose. A labelled diagram or written explanation would be acceptable as the task is asking the children to reflect on what they learnt in class and find examples of forces at work around the home.
Maths tests this week will assess topics covered this year so far after which I will set revision for tables tests for the following Monday. There will be a return to worded problems as part of the test and it is also likely that doubling and halving up to double 20 will be part of that. (doubling/halving multiples of ten for those feeling confident)
Happy New Year Everyone! I hope that you all had a lovely Christmas holiday.
Thank-you all so much for your gifts and good wishes, they were much appreciated.
I have added this term's curriculum overview after this posting for your information.
As this week is not a full week there may be some slight changes to the timetable but English and maths activities, reading and homework should not be effected.
I will be in London on Friday at an ISA Art Coordinators meeting and the class will be taught by Mrs Gordon who they now know quite well. I am hoping to teach PE earlier in the week so that Mrs Gordon can cover, English, maths and science instead on Friday.
Friday 15th December
I will be sending home a Basic Skills English book and a Mental Arithmetic book for Christmas Holiday homework. There are no spellings to learn and for tables tests, doubles and halves can continue to be practiced.
The children normally work through these books at their own pace in the mornings on arrival at school but as a rough guide I would have expected them to have finished the whole of section one in maths and the complete book in English by the beginning of next term. Some children will have corrections to do but I will leave it up to you to decide what is reasonable.
I will not expect anyone to be spending too much time on school homework! It is a holiday and they deserve a break so that they can come back refreshed in January.
Children who went home straight from the church will bring their books home today as they are already packed in their book bags.
Happy Christmas everyone.
Tuesday 112th December
Just to clarify homework tasks for this week.
I will not send tables, sentences or spellings as I will be sending mental maths and basic English skills workbooks home for the holidays.
I was unable to mark everyone's tables yesterday as we performed our play to the school in the afternoon. I will send these and holiday homework to you with the children on Wednesday as I am on a safeguarding course today and Mrs Gordon is with the children this morning.
STEEPHILL'S GOT TALENT
There were a few children who didn't bring what they needed on Friday for the heats of the competition so I intend looking at their performances on Monday and make my selections for the Final (on Friday) by the end of the day.
Friday 8th December
Homework this weekend is a short creative writing task. This should show good descriptive sentences using adjectives as practiced this term and careful checking that there are capital letters in the right places and correct punctuation.
Friday 1st December
Apologies that I won't be posting much today. I have managed to catch whatever is going around at school.
Homework is in their blue books (two pages) and their play lines need practice. In particular knowing when to speak. In most cases they know their own lines but not who says what before they speak so there are too many long silences at the moment.
Our dress rehearsal to the school is on Monday 11th December so costumes need to be in school by then.
Friday 24th November.
Christmas is coming!!! Weekend homework is to learn lines for our Christmas play so that next week when we rehearse no-one will be looking at their scripts. The play is set in Victorian England and the majority of the class are playing poor children and street sellers so need to be dressed to represent the poor in those times.
Girls in any of these.. pinafores, petticoats, blouse and skirt, shawl, bare feet. Anything that can be made to look scruffy.
Boy sellers....cut off trousers, perhaps braces, torn shirts, caps if you wish and bare feet.
Chestnut sellers still need to look poor but could wear longer trousers, old shirt, perhaps a waistcoat or cap. Dickens plays and films are a good source of ideas.
Our Town Crier, Mayor, Mr Jones and Narrator need to look smarter and more wealthy. I have the tricorn hat for the town crier and can make a sash for the Mayor so the boys just need long trousers, a shirt, a waistcoat if they wish and some sort of coat, jacket or cloak. If any of these are difficult to find or convert let me know and I will see what I can find at home that will do.
I have collected a few images that might help!
Friday 17th November
I did set Science food groups homework for the weekend but this was before Mrs Birtwell dropped in to our play rehearsal last lesson to remind us the International Day was on Tuesday.
For this event each child needs to select a country, find out a few interesting facts about it, learn a few words or phrases in their language and then share, initially with the class then in assembly, what they have discovered.
It is entirely up to them how they present their research. Some like to make a poster, others dress up and do a verbal presentation. It really is up to them and anything goes!!!
Please could the children concentrate on their International Day preparation over the next few days and leave the Science work for Tuesday homework time instead. I will not need it to be handed in before Thursday.
I did have to send some sheets home without a plastic wallet as the children had left them at home. Could they please return their work in the wallet next time as it protects what they have worked so hard on and it is sometimes stuck into their exercise books when appropriate.
The children were thrilled during our open morning that they had so many positive comments from visitors about the standard of their work.
" Seriously impressed" was heard from one lady who was in awe of their problem solving skills during our maths lesson.
As you know, we do work at a level that is above that of the National Curriculum and our focus within class will now include problem solving at least once a week.
I think all the worded problem practice in their tables tests has really paid off so the main focus in tests now will be learning the remaining tables and tests will include the inverse division calculation.
We have been practicing this in class as a number pattern so that no calculating or sharing is required.
So, for example, if they know that 6 x 4 is 24, they also know that 4 x 6 is 24, 24 divided by 6 is 4 and 24 divided by 4 is 6. They have played games in class and manipulated the numbers so they can see that they only need to learn the basic times table to be able to answer division questions as well.
Fantastic news from the ISA Autumn Study Conference!
Daniel was declared overall winner in the National Finals Key Stage 1 Digital Art Competition for his picture of the Tiger in a Tropical Storm. Well done, Daniel!
This Friday and Saturday I shall be attending the Independent Schools Association Autumn Study Conference.
Class Two will be taught by Mrs Sally Gordon, a very experienced teacher, who has been Deputy Head at an independent primary school.
Friday 3rd November
In our English lessons we have been looking at the poem Wings by Pie Corbett.
Homework for this weekend is an investigation into verbs that can be used instead of those used in the poem and on the printed sheet.
For example instead of gaze they could use see, observe, spy etc
There will be a small change to our timetable for the rest of the year on Thursday afternoon.
Mrs Broadbent has taken on Mrs Browne's lessons with Class Two and as she is a maths specialist I have asked her to continue teaching the spelling lesson (and tests) and then teach a maths lesson which just means that I will teach RE/ DT on a Thursday morning from now on.
We planned our Joseph's coat design this week so will start to put together our separate sections this week. Thank you so much for collecting such a variety of textured pieces in your child's chosen colour. This coat will stunning when finished I am sure.
We will be working on this for the next 4 weeks in our DT lesson so I know one or two found it difficult to source more than one piece of fabric during the half term holiday but there is still plenty of time to send bits and bobs along, even small sections with lace, beads or buttons would be greatly appreciated and put to good use by the children.
The sewing needles will come out next week so watch this space for updates!
I hope that you have all had a lovely half term holiday and that everyone is looking forward to the busy half term ahead.
We will be going to Cobham instead of Longfield on Thursday morning as part of our ongoing study of settlements and the differences between cities, towns and villages.
Our history work will focus on The Gunpowder Plot and Remembrance Day as well as looking at how toys, homes, clothes and schools have changed in recent history.
We will use our DT sessions to start constructing our class project “Joseph’s Coat of Many Colours” and in Music, Art and indoor PE our focus will very much be upon Christmas and our nativity performances.
In maths we will continue to reinforce our times tables work with missing number questions that encourage the children to know not only that 3 multiplied by 6 is 18 but also that 18 divided by 3 is 6 and also doubling, halves and fractions. We will move from straightforward calculating to data handling, measuring, shape and pattern.
After our very successful fable writing work last half term we will use our English lessons to explore poems, letters and create and follow instructions.
Friday 6th October.
Friday homework is to write definitions for the words that we have been using this week to describe materials then hunt around at home or outside for examples of objects made from these materials and make a list.
There is a short adjectives task in the children's homework books for the weekend which supports the writing fables topic in their English lessons.
They need to find two descriptions for each picture and join them using the word "and" to make a long sentence. They will use these in their writing next week.
PS Don't forget the Harvest Festival on Monday at 9.30am in St Mary's Church.
Can I just take this opportunity to thank so many of you who have found the time to drop in for a quick chat and share with me how pleased you are with how things are progressing at the start of this term in Class II.
Obviously with each new year and teacher there are different methods and routines for the children to get used to so I am delighted to hear that many of you have found that these have had such a positive impact on the children’s ability to organise themselves, focus on their work and most importantly reignite their enthusiasm and curiosity.
Many staff, including Mrs Birtwell, have commented on their excellent behaviour, mature attitude and contribution in both assembly and around school and I have been delighted by their attitude in class. They are a credit to you.
Thank you also to those of you who have been so complementary about my efforts with sharing information and photographs of activities on the school website. I have really appreciated the feedback that you have given which will assist me in making this an area which works well in the future for all of us.
Monday 25th September.
Testing on both 3's and 4's today was too much so we concentrated in class on just three's and vocabulary for multiply and divide.
I will do some mental maths games with fours this week to keep everyone ticking over and test 4x including word problems next Monday.
FRIDAY 22nd September.
Class Two visited the school library today and chose a book to read at home.
I am encouraging them to become more independent and make choices for themselves about reading material. Some may have chosen something that they may not be able to read fluently but they are interested in. Please feel free to read parts to them and encourage them to try some for themselves. They will eventually choose more appropriately as the term progresses.
The children have an opportunity to read out loud on a one to one basis every day of the week except Friday.
I would like it if they could read to you at home every day, if only for five or ten minutes.
A few children had finished their group reading book before today. There is not an opportunity to change books on a Friday so I have suggested to them that they should read some of their library book to you instead this weekend.
We are continuing with our focus on calculating and vocabulary for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in our maths work this week.
If you have an opportunity to ask questions using the words plus, total, increase, sum of, more than, less than, decrease, minus, take away, difference between, times, product of, lots of, shared between and divided by and check that they are choosing the correct operation it would be much appreciated.
Class Two are slowly transforming their classroom into a forest which supports their work on "Mother Nature Designer" in Art and rewriting "Fables" in English lessons.
Could they please collect a variety of Autumn leaves over the weekend in as many bright colours and shapes as possible to create a window display? If they could be flattened, even better!
Revised procedure for spelling tests. Test books have come home.
Could they be returned tomorrow please? New spellings to be completed as a handwriting practice in their purple books as before.
Class Two have been working on their own version of the Henri Rousseau painting "Surprised!" They have used "Paint" on the computer and we will submit their finished pieces to the ISA Digital Art Competition next week.
If anyone would like to work on their picture over the weekend they need to remember to bring a memory stick into school to save their work onto.
The finished article!
Our classroom rules by Class Two.
We have had a great start to the term. Everyone is settling down well.
We have started maths and spelling tests this week.
The maths test will be sent home for you to see progress and the task for the following week will also be written in this book.
The spelling test result can be found in their red books. You will be able to see which spellings were incorrect and the correct spelling is written in green pen. You may then wish to give these extra practice.
Class 2 have spellings to learn today. They all use the "wr" pattern and can be found in their green spelling dictionaries.
They have also taken their handwriting books home and need to copy each spelling three or four times across each line.
Handwriting needs to be finished by Monday and spelling tests will take place on Thursday.
I have created a homework timetable for Class II which saves writing tasks that happen on a regular basis in their contact books. I hope this proves useful.
Anything out of the ordinary may be recorded in their contact books and when specific targets are set these will come home this way as well on a post it note.