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Replies to Messages Summer 2

Tuesday 14th July

Well done to the person who wrote a wonderful description of the tin forest and compared it to the jungle. I loved your choice of words, especially the adjectives. Thank you for sharing this with me.

Friday 10th July

Thank you for the lovely message I saw in our class message box. I'm glad you enjoyed the origami and I'm delighted that you were inspired to make your own boat. I love the idea for the game on Zoom. This week you have two very special Zooms, one on Monday where you will be meeting your new teacher and another where we will be saying goodbye to two special people in our class. Perhaps you could tell your new teacher about your idea. I'm sure she would like it too.

Friday 3rd July

I have just read a fantastic jungle poem in my message box. I am very impressed. Well done. I love your choice of words and the structure you have created in your poem. Thank you for sharing your work with me. I am always delighted to see what you are doing in your home learning.

Thursday 2nd July

I know some of you are worried about the amount of work you should be doing. Each week on our class page you will find Maths, English, Phonics, Reading and Topic work to do. It's really good if you can do all of this work but I know for some of you this can be a lot so just try to do the Maths, English and Reading.


Wednesday 1st July

I am very sorry that you could not access the video on past and present progressive tenses. If you click on the link you will find a short video on the past progressive tense.

Tuesday 23rd June

Following from the grammar work on the Great Fire of London there has been a query about what children need to know about tenses in Year 2. In the National Curriculum it states, 'The children need to know how to use the present and past tense correctly, including the progressive form.'

An example of the present tense is I play, in the progressive form it is I am playing. An example of the past tense is I played, in the progressive form it is I was playing.

The children have been taught about the present tense (when something is happening) and the past tense (when something has happened). They have not been taught the term progressive form. I will add some activities about tenses to the home learning next week. 


Monday 22nd June

During our time of home learning it is important that the children read as much as they can. Sometimes finding books to inspire children to read can be difficult. Click on the link below to find a list of recommended books for Year 2.

Friday 19th June

Well done to those of you who solved the mystery of the broken bucket. The challenges were quite tricky so don't worry if you found them hard. I will add some more work like this into your leaning for next week.

Wednesday 17th June

It is lovely to see all the children at our Zoom meetings and I would like as many children as possible to attend. If your child is uneasy about speaking out in front of the class they can still join the meeting and see their friends. They can either just wave instead of speaking or they can turn off the video and just see and hear everyone else. This will enable them to keep in touch with their class.

If possible it would be helpful if the device which your child uses for the Zoom meeting could have a way of identifying your family. Today in the waiting room I saw i-pad and I was unable to let this person in as I did not know who it was. If this was you perhaps you could let me know then I can let you in next time.

Tuesday 16th June

Children learn formal methods of calculating in KS2.

In KS1 we focus on mental and informal methods so a calculation such as 74 – 27 would be calculated on a number line.

We would start with 74 at the right hand end of an empty number line, jump back 20 (to 54) and then jump back 7 (to 47).

When children are confident with this, they can start to do this mentally i.e. 74 -20 -7 = 47.

We also teach subtraction by finding the difference between two numbers so 74 -27 could be calculated by starting at 27 and counting on to 74. A number line would be used to support this. We would start with 27 at the left hand end of the line, jump on to 30 (+3), then jump from 30 to 70 (+40) and then jump onto 74 (+4), the difference being 47. When children are confident doing this on a number line they can start to do this mentally.

It is important that children are confident with this before they move onto any formal methods.

This link will explain vertical subtraction but as you see this is a KS2 concept.

Monday 15th June

Thank you for the lovely message sent yesterday evening. I am very pleased you are enjoying your home learning.

Friday 12th June

Thank you for the lovely message one of you sent me today. I am glad you are enjoying our Zoom meetings and  your home learning. I am pleased to know that the strawberries were nice. 

Wednesday 10th June

As you know I love to see the work you have been doing in your home learning and I know some of you are very keen show me. If you don't want to put it on Twitter you can always put a message in the class message box and then I will be able to see what you have done. Do you remember I asked you to bring a piece of work to our Zoom meeting on Friday? Not only can you show me, but you can show all of your friends, something which you are proud of.

Tuesday 9th June

I have just read a lovely piece of writing about what would be good and what wouldn't be good about living in the forest like the girl in our new book. I am very impressed. I love the idea about cooking cod on a fire, although I agree I would miss chips. Thank you for sharing your work with me. I am delighted to see what you are doing.

Friday 5th June

I have just read one of your wonderful acrostic poems about the forest. It has some lovely ideas and the writer has thought carefully about his word choices. Thank you for sharing it with me. I love to see the work you have done.

Friday 5th June

I know one of you is interested in the pond in my garden. It's quite small and at the moment it's protected by nets so the herons can't take the fish and to stop the petals from the trees falling in. There are about 20 goldfish which I feed each day with fish flakes. There is also lots of greenery to keep the water clear.

Tuesday 2nd June

The key words for today's spelling test are the key words from last half term which the children were asked to practise for their half term homework. There are quite a lot of words so you might just pick out some of them for the children to spell.

Tuesday 2nd June

Purple Mash can be accessed using your child's Mathletics user name and password. If anyone cannot log on with this information please let me know.

Monday 1st June

Parents and carers, you will notice that the style of the Home Learning is different this half term. We hope this better meets your child’s needs.  Your child may need support to access these activities. There is a structured timetable with daily maths, English, phonics, reading and topic work; as well as time for breaks. Please remember you are the best judge of what your child needs to do each day, each hour and minute. Do as much as you see fit given your personal circumstances at this difficult time. The well being of your child is paramount. Of course, if you wish, you can continue to access BBC Bitesize Home Learning. Also, the familiar Home Learning Pack for the week from Classroom Secrets is available.

A gentle reminder that when your child clicks on a link they should stay on that web page and not wander, to help them stay safe online. It's best if they choose full screen.