Welcome back, we hope you all had a lovely week off. Going into the colder weather can we please just remind everyone to ensure children are sent with warm coats and winter wear.
This term our topic is ‘Blast off’. We will be learning all about the planets and space. We are looking forward to learning lots of interesting facts.
In Literacy this term, we will be reading ‘The man on the moon’ by Simon Bartram. We be learning about Bob’s new job on the moon and going on our very own space journey in class. We will be focusing on recounting events in order and discussing our favorite parts of the story. Are there really aliens on the moon?
Our second book in literacy for the term will be ‘Whatever next’ by Jill Murphy. We will be describing fictional locations and events, expanding our adjectives vocabulary.
In Maths this term we will be focusing on shape, securing our skills with addition and subtraction, sequencing events and number facts. With our Year 1’s we are pushing them to refine their number formation and recognition of mathematical symbols. Our Year 2’s will continue with their times tables and any practice they can do on these at home is much appreciated as their times tables really help them with all the math work they then do in the classroom.
Welcome to Class 2! This term our topic is ‘Jungle Explorers’. We will be learning all about the plants and animals that live in the jungle. We are looking forward to creating lots of lovely paintings and art work as part of our topic work for this term.
In Literacy this term, we will be reading ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ by Lynne Cherry. We will be discussing our favorite words and phrases in this story, as well as looking at the message of the story. The Year 2’s in our class will be writing their own stories about a habitat in danger and will also create their own leaflets to encourage us to save the rain forest. Year 1’s will be researching different animals that live in the jungle and writing sentences about them. They will also create posters to encourage others to be environmentally friendly.
In Maths this term we will be focusing on Number, place value and addition. Children will develop confidence in their understanding of 2 digit numbers and will be learning to develop fluency when counting forwards and back to 100. Children will learn some practical and pictorial methods to support their addition of 2 and even 3 numbers or amounts. They will become more confident in remembering addition facts. The children will also begin to recognise and use language relating to dates e.g. days of the week and months. They will learn to sequence events in chronological order. In Year 2, the children will also begin to look at shape, including the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.
You can listen to this term’s story by clicking on the link below:
School will be CLOSED all day on Friday 2nd March due to freezing weather conditions.
See you all on Monday for business as usual!
Our School Council’s initiative this term was to adopt one of the WWT otters.
After some fundraising, we raised enough money to pay for one year’s adoption.
Last week, the School Council members went to the WWT to test out some brand new educational resources and at the same time, purchased the adoption pack. They were very excited – especially about the cuddly otter toy we got as well – another welcome addition to our school!
As a school, we feel really supported by the WWT who are always very generous when we visit them for class trips. The school council felt that we ought to ‘pay it forward’ and support our local environment by adopting one of their many animals. The whole school are interested in adopting a bird from the WWT in the new year, so fundraising will no doubt begin again – but this time with a brand new school council.
Today, Class 2 were very excited to meet Sophie from The Wilson Gallery, who would be teaching us about a famous Antarctic explorer from Cheltenham. She brought so many things for us to see and explore. We learned all about Edward Wilson an explorer and artist, who went on two expeditions to the Antarctic to study wildlife there. Did you know, that when he travelled there in 1910, it took 6 months to sail to the Antarctic and then another 2 months to walk the 900 miles from where they docked on the edge of the Antarctic to the centre of the Antarctic!
Unfortunately, we learned that on his way back after successfully reaching the centre of Antarctica, he and his team all died, due to food and fuel shortage, in a terrible blizzard. Luckily all his paintings, photos and diary entries were found intact and we so enjoyed looking through them all. Most of all we loved dressing up as Victorian Antarctic explorers!
We wanted to say a huge thank you to Sophie and The Wilson Gallery and Art Museum for such a wonderful day and to all our parents who made it possible with their voluntary contributions.