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.
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.