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Class II

Welcome to Class II!

 

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.

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.

Mrs Saul

Remembrance Day Poppies

Remembrance Day Poppies 1
Class Two have worked hard on their Remembrance Day letters and poppies this week. I will post some photographs as soon as I have uploaded them.

Maths  Update!

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. 

On Monday Class Two had a great time in their games lesson participating in some team games and races.

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! 

Class II enjoying the Autumn sunshine in Cobham

Class II enjoying the Autumn sunshine in Cobham 1

Studying the church and old buildings in The Street

Cobham College Alms Houses

Cobham College Alms Houses 1

Hello everybody.

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.

Class Two enjoying their visit to historic Rochester!

Class Two enjoying their visit to historic Rochester! 1
Next Thursday morning, to support our Topic work on cities, towns and villages, we will be visiting Rochester to hunt for features of a large settlement.

Class Two locating countries of the world on a map.

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. 

Happy Hunting!

Friday 29th October.

Our Henri Rousseau "Tiger in a Tropical Storm" pictures created using the Paint programme.

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.

Hello everyone!

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.

Mrs Saul

Class Two enjoying Thursday's "Mind Missions" Challenges.

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.

Class Two working hard on suggestions for their own set of classroom rules.

The finished article! 

Our classroom rules by Class Two.

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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.

 

 

All this weeks spellings have an "r" sound at the beginning. Thank you for encouraging the children to write each spelling out as many times as possible across the page in their handwriting book. This helps them to memorise the spelling and improves the flow of their handwriting.

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.

Class Two enjoying investigating plant types in the school garden and finding the occasional minibeast!

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.

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