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Year 2 - Llama & Polar Bear

Week Commencing 1.3.21

This is the last week of home-learning.  School reopens for all pupils on Monday 8th March.  It has felt rather a long term since Christmas, with cold, dark days and having to stay at home.  However, there is light at the end of the tunnel, and I think we can all look forward to brighter days ahead.

I expect lots of you are really looking forward to returning to the classroom, and seeing all your friends.  I am certainly looking forward to having everyone back in class.  However, some of you may also be feeling a little nervous about the prospect of returning to school.  Please be assured, you are probably not the only one feeling like this. However, we are all here to help, and you can always send your teacher an email before Monday if there is something you want to ask. 

 

Week Commencing 22.2.21

Welcome back to your home-learning activities after our half-term break.  I hope you had an enjoyable week, and were able to get outside for some fresh air.  What a difference in our weather, this weekend!  It doesn't seem possible that just over a week ago we were building snowmen.  Now it feels as if Spring has definitely sprung.

We are starting some new topics this term.  Literacy will focus on Roald Dahl's story 'The Twits'.  You may know this story already and you may have read some of Roald Dahl's other books, too.  However, I think you are going to enjoy the activities planned for you.  This week, you are going to be thinking about character descriptions.

Our History topic focusses on a real-life character, who was born just over 200 years ago.  Her name was Florence Nightingale, and it was her name which was given to the names of the hospitals which were set up across the United Kingdom, last year.  You are going to find out about why she became so famous.

Don't forget that there are also some activities for you on 'Purple Mash'.  Your teachers enjoy seeing the work you are doing at home, so do send us pictures of your work via your class email.

Week Commencing 8.2.21

We have almost made it to half-term.  Just one more week before we can have a short break.  I think we are all ready to take a breather, and fingers-crossed for better weather over the next few weeks.

For this final week of Term 3, we will be finishing our work using the 'Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig' story.  We have really enjoyed reading your innovated stories, as your ideas for characters and house materials have shown great imagination.  

This Friday also marks Chinese New Year.  Therefore, we have some activities relating to this festival, planned for Thursday and Friday.

We hope you enjoy the activities planned for this week.  You will find the timetable below. Just click on the subject links to find the tasks.

Week Commencing 1.2.21

Welcome to Week 5 of our home-learning timetable.  We are continuing with our Literacy work based on the book, 'The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig'.  This week you are going to plan and write a story of your own using some of the ideas from the original story.  We are really looking forward to reading your stories, and we will be looking out for your use of conjunctions in your sentences, too.

You are also going to continue with some more multiplication and division work this week.  We have seen some excellent ways of making arrays using items you have at home, including pieces of dried pasta, Lego bricks and even poker chips.  You have certainly been very creative, and it is all helping you to remember those important times tables.

Don't forget it is also really important to stay active, and try to fit in as much exercise as possible into your daily routine.  A walk in the countryside or along the beach can make us all feel happier, and wake up our brains as well as our bodies.  

Keep up the good work everybody, and we look forward to seeing what you are doing at home via our class emails, and also on Purple Mash.

Best wishes,

Mrs Parker-Gorman and Mrs Carter.

 

Week Commencing 25.1.21

Welcome to Week 4 of our home-learning timetable.  I hope you have enjoyed finding out about 'The Great Fire of London'.  I must say, I have been very impressed with the super pictures and writing which I have seen via email, and also on Purple Mash.  Lots of you did some baking last week, and your creations looked delicious.  I hope they tasted as good as they looked!

This week, we are going to start a different topic in Literacy, using the book 'The 3 Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig'.  I am sure you are familiar with the story, 'The 3 Little Pigs'.  Just in case you have forgotten the story, you will be reading the traditional story in Monday's literacy work.  Then you will have fun reading the 'Three Little Wolves' story, and think about the similarities and differences between the two stories.

Don't forget to share your work with your teacher, via email or through Purple Mash.  We really enjoy seeing what you are doing.

Best wishes,

Mrs Parker-Gorman and Mrs Carter.

 

Week Commencing 18.1.21

Welcome to another week of home-learning, for most pupils.  Mrs Carter and I have been most impressed with the work which you did last week.  It was so nice to receive some emails showing us your work, and lots of you have completed Purple Mash tasks.  So, well done!

This week there is a new timetable, which will give you the headings for your learning each day.  Once again, you will find the instructions, videos and worksheets under the subject stars.  Click on the star to reveal the work for that subject.  

Maths this week is all about multiplication.  There are some super videos to accompany the worksheets, so do have a go.  Don't forget, you don't need to print out the worksheet if you don't want to, you can write down your answers on paper, instead.  

This week is our last week learning about 'The Great Fire of London'.  We are going to think about being bakers, just like Thomas Farriner. Hopefully, you will be able to do some baking, yourselves, at home, as we would like you to follow and write your own recipe.  Lots of you have said how much you have enjoyed this topic, but I am sure you will also enjoy the book we will be studying next week, too.  

Keep up the good work, everyone.  Your teachers are really looking forward to receiving your emails showing us your work, and your Purple Mash, this week.

Best wishes,

Mrs Parker-Gorman and Mrs Carter.

 

Week Commencing 11.1.21

We hope you are keeping well, and adjusting to the changes of another national lockdown. 

We have put together a week of home learning tasks to support the children who are staying at home.  For those children who are still attending school, your teachers will be following the same topics, and teaching the same learning objectives.  Therefore, whether you are learning in school or at home, you will be experiencing the same learning journey.  This will also enable those children who are spending some days in school, and some at home, to access continuity with their learning. 

A timetable for your learning is added below.  The work, with explanations, and in some cases teaching videos, can be found by clicking on the subject 'stars'.   There is also some work set on Purple Mash, which you can access with your own Purple Mash login.

If you would like to send work that you have completed, to your teacher, you can do so via your class email.  You can either send an electronic copy, perhaps as a word document, or you could send a photo of your work.  It would be lovely to see what you are doing at home, and we would like to share some of your achievements on this page.  Please let your teacher know when you send in work, if you are happy for it to be shared on our website.

Purple Mash work sends automatically to your teacher (if you remember to click the submit button!), and we have really enjoyed reading your postcards about your hopes for 2021, which some of you sent us last week.  Most of you have said that you hope to be able to return to school soon, and I think that is a sentiment from everyone at the moment.  Hopefully, it won't be too long before we can all be back together again, enjoying our learning in the classroom.

In the mean time, please try to keep positive, and we hope you enjoy the learning activities which we have found for you to do.  Don't forget, you can email your teachers if you have any further questions.

We hope you have a good week.

Best wishes,

Mrs Parker-Gorman and Mrs Carter.

Well done, Ryan!

Ryan has been really busy last week and over the weekend, making his own book about 'The Great Fire of London'. He has sent me some pictures of his book, which he is happy for me to share with you.

Excellent work, Ryan!  I am so pleased you are finding our work about 'The Great Fire of London', so interesting.  

If anyone else has completed some work at home which they would like to share on our website, please email a document or picture to your class teacher.

School Closure for Most Children.

Well, here we are again, with school closed for most children.  However, we know we can work together to help your children continue on their learning journey.  We have done it before, and we can do it again!  Hopefully, with the roll-out of the vaccine, this lockdown will be only a short interlude in the children's education.  But with that in mind, we still want to make the next few weeks a positive learning experience.

The Year 2 teachers have met, (via telephone), and we have decided that we would like to reintroduce 'Purple Mash', as one option for home learning.  Many of you used 'Purple Mash' during the last lockdown when your child was in Year 1, and you may still have your login details to hand.  For those of you who have not used 'Purple Mash' before, don't worry.  We will send everyone login details by email, and explain how to use it.  One reason we, as teachers, like 'Purple Mash' is that we can continue a 'dialogue' with your child.  When your child submits a piece of work, they can send us a comment about how they found the task, and we can send a comment back.  Having that form of communication is important for both the children, and us, your child's teacher.

There will also be additional work tasks placed here on our website.  I have discovered how to scan and upload worksheets, so I shall place some folders of work under subject headings, for you to access.  Mrs Carter and I were looking forward to teaching your children about 'The Great Fire of London', this term.  However, there is a wealth of materials and 'Youtube' clips online, which you can enjoy with your child at home.  Therefore, I will post a sheet of ideas under the 'Literacy' tab for you to access. 

Our Science topic for this term is 'Materials', so once again there are some worksheets available under the Science icon, which will guide you in some suitable learning opportunities, similar to the activities we were intending to do in class.  I am sure you will enjoy carrying out some of the experiments at home.

There will also be some spellings, grammar and reading comprehension work available.  If you are able to print out worksheets, then that is great.  However, your child can also use the worksheets on a screen, and complete the work in a notebook, or on paper. 

Please try to continue reading with your child whilst they are at home.  This is a great opportunity to read books from your child's own bookshelf, and enjoy favourite stories together.

Don't forget, you can contact your child's teacher via the class email address :   llama@whitfield.kent.sch.uk

                  polarbear@whitfield.kent.sch.uk

If you have any questions or concerns, do please get in touch.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Parker-Gorman and Mrs Carter.

Welcome to Year 2!

Welcome back everyone!  We are so looking forward to getting to know you all.  You may be feeling excited about seeing your friends again and meeting your new teachers.  However, you may also be feeling a little bit nervous. Don't worry, we are all here to help you!

Things may be a little bit different from Year 1.  You will, of course, be in a new classroom and have different teachers.  However, you will still have an outside area for playtimes and your learning will continue to build on what you learnt last year.

We've got an exciting term planned and we are really looking forward to the next step in your school journey.  

                                     Mrs Parker-Gorman and Mrs Carter

 

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