Welcome to 2W Class!
I'm Mrs Walters (your child's class teacher) and your teaching assistants are Miss Webb and Miss Palmer. Mrs Perrins teaches you every Friday.
In our story telling lessons, we are now learning a story called the King and the Cockerel. It is a funny tale about a brave, little cockerel who pesters a light-fingered king to get back what belongs to him. The children have loved the story and most children can now tell the tale in full themselves! Over the next few weeks we plan to deepen our learning by doing some drama, some art work and some poetry. Hopefully the children will come up with some crazy ideas of their own during our deepening sessions so that they can write their own stories. Why not ask your child to tell you the story of the Cockerel and the King... I'm sure they'd love to!
This week's star is
Well done Rihanna!
You are such a great little learner. You have a super attitude to all you do and always try your best.
You are also friendly and kind and have beautiful manners. Keep up the good work! Rihanna, you really are a super star!
Swoop is our best behaviour owl. He only goes home with children who have perfect behaviour!
Swoop went home with Riley this weekend.
Riley's behaviour has been wonderful this week and he's worked super hard to improve his reading skills. Keep up the good work Riley!
Thank you to all parents who have been reading at home with their children - it really makes a diffference! We recommend 10 minutes a day if possible. Regular reading truly makes a difference to their attainment and will help to develop a life long love of reading. For those children who are on A.R. readers, we will endeavor to 'quiz' your children on their books as often as possible (usually after a couple of reads at home) but there may be occasions where they slip through the net. If this happens, we will make sure they are quizzed the following day. Please continue to fill in their reading diaries as we generally rely on your comments to let us know they are ready. As always, please feel free to pop in and see me if you would like any guidance on how to support your child's reading skills. Children are also becoming more independent in their reading so we are trying to encourage them to read to themselves if they have some free time - there really is nothing better than a good book!
Children who obtain three 100%s in a row will be moved up a level as long at the level remains within their zone (speak to me if you need more information on how this works). A reward scheme is now in place for children who complete and pass the most quizzes. In addition, the more confident readers are encouraged to read longer books to build up their word count...
News flash - We are STILL top of the key stage as cumulatively we have read an incredible amount of words!
Congratulations everyone... you are fabulous!
Thank you also to those of you who are supporting your children each evening on their weekly spellings. The year 2 spellings are a challenge and your support will ensure that children feel prepared for the Friday tests. You could even extend them by asking them to write the words in sentences as this helps to apply their skills in a more complex context. Please keep it up! In addition, thank you to those of you who are supporting classroom practice by picking up on some of the children's counting gaps. Regular counting, whether it be in 1s, 2s, 5s or 10s will ensure your children grow in confidence with their calculations in year 2. For those that are ready, the chanting of times tables may sound old fashioned but shouldn't be under-estimated. By the end of year 2, it is expected that children know, and can say their 2, 3, 5 & 10 times tables with confidence!
Just a few housekeeping notes: Please ensure coats and jumpers are clearly labelled with your child's name. Book bags and quiz books should be brought into school each day (even if they are not yet ready for a quiz).