Monday morning assembly – Woodland Trust

This morning, we started to get excited as a school about the impending arrival of 200 saplings from the Woodland Trust, which are due to be delivered during November.

We listened to the story of the ‘Man who planted trees’ and talked about the importance of trees and how we, as individuals, can make a difference to the world.

During November, we will be creating our own school woodland area on a section of the school field and the children, with the help of adults from the community, will have the opportunity to plant trees which we hope will be around for generations to come.

We are also excited to be working towards the ‘Green Tree Schools Award’ this year and have our sights set firmly on achieving platinum status!

 

Week 3 done and dusted!

I can’t believe we have already done three weeks in Year 2: it is flying by already! This week has been another busy one! We have been working hard on our place value knowledge and writing numbers to 100 in Maths and have been focusing on our sentence structure and punctuation in English. We have looked at the four countries that make up the UK in Geography and started our materials topic in Science. Perhaps our messiest lesson this week was our Art lesson, where we explored hot and cold colours – getting most of the paint on our hands by the looks of the pictures!

 

Searching for Different Materials

Year 2 started off their new Science topic today by searching for different materials, in and outside the classroom. They looked at different objects, the materials they were made from and considered reasons why this material suited its job. Here they are in action!

Whole School Mass

Thank you to all of the children who volunteered to take a more active role in our first whole school mass of the year by offering readings, bidding prayers, presenting the offertory and altar serving.

It was a lovely way of celebrating the beginning of our new academic year together as one.

Thank you to all of our familes who were able to attend this morning. We hope you enjoyed the beautiful singing as much as we did.

Fire!

Year 2 enjoyed a jam packed day of activities today for the launch of our new topic: fire. We learnt that fire can be useful but also dangerous, and that we must learn to protect ourselves against its dangers to stay safe. We practised a fire drill, completed some flames artwork and enjoyed a visit from the fire brigade. We hope you like our head bands that we made for the occasion!

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Stone Soup

Year 2 have had a great day of chopping, frying, blending and blitzing to make their very own Stone (Vegetable) Soup. Well done to all children for trying out new skills and having a taste! They’ve all promised to give parents a hand in the kitchen this weekend with their new cooking skills!

 

Year 2’s Marvellous Medicine

Year 2 have borrowed an idea from a favourite book of ours this week. In George’s Marvellous Medicine, George creates a medicine to deal with his terrifying grandmother. Our medicines have been to give super-speed, fire breath or transformation powers depending on the blend each child made.

Children planned out a potion, choosing from exotic ingredients. We estimated how much liquid would fit into our containers, before carefully measuring each ingredient out. We poured, sloshed, dribbled and strained our way through the day before ending up with a delicious array of medicines. Reports back on the taste mentioned “cupcakes”, “popcorn”, “strawberries”, “a sizzling taste” and “fizzing blackcurrant mix”.

After our creations, Year 2 noted down a set of instructions so that should we ever wish to create these amazing concoctions again, we simply have to follow our own recipe.

Well done on a great day Year 2!

Thursday 24th May – Year 2 Assembly

Year 2 are having a busy day on Thursday! Children are invited to come into school dressed in pyjamas to help raise money for Cancer Research. Children can wear pyjamas, dressing gowns or onesies in return for bringing in £1 to raise funds.

Parents are also invited into the school through the hall doors at 9.15am to learn a little of the story of Buddhism at the Year 2 class assembly.

Looking forward to seeing you in the morning,

 

Mr Rolison

As you will be aware, children in Years 2 and 6 are required to take end of Key Stage statutory assessments in English and Mathematics.  For children in Year 6, these test will take place during the week commencing 14th May – as is the case for all Year 6 children across the country.  These assessments – in reading, spelling, grammar and punctuation, and mathematics – are completed in school and marked by external organisations, the results of which are used to determine each child’s end of Key Stage attainment.  In addition, children’s writing is not determined by an assessment, but by rigorous teacher assessment of the work they have completed throughout the year.

Testing in KS1 is carried out slightly different in that there is no strict timetable for the assessments, although they must be administered before the end of May.  Assessments for Year 2 children are marked by school staff and the results used, alongside evidence already gathered by the class teacher, to determine the end of Key Stage attainment for these children.  We do not publish an exact timetable for when each of the KS1 assessments will take place as we do not wish for children to become anxious about them – and feel like, as much as possible, they shouldn’t really consider themselves to be taking ‘tests’.

The Department for Education have produced a leaflet at videos for parents to explain these assessments in further details, which we strongly recommend that, if your child is in either Year 2 or 6, you familiarise yourself with.  The leaflet can be downloaded here and the videos watched by following the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/key-stage-1-and-2-national-curriculum-tests-information-for-parents

Assessments are statutory and all children must complete them and so maintaining good attendance during this period is vital.  Children shouldn’t be worried or stressed about the tests – although whilst we tell them this, we know that they do worry!

Before the end of the academic year, parents of children in Year 2 and 6 will receive a full breakdown of their child’s attainment, which includes the test scores, the teacher assessments and how they have performed in relation to what is expected for children of their age.  Please note that whilst the assessments are completed in May, it is not until the end of June that teacher assessments are reported to the Local Authority and the 10th July when KS2 test results are returned to school.  You will therefore receive this breakdown with your child’s end of year report, which we hope to send out on 13th July.

Please be reassured that, whilst in some schools and areas, there is a huge hype around SATs, in the main there is no need for parents or children to be unduly worried or concerned about them.  We very much understand the need and importance of statutory assessments, but know that theses are mainly used to measure school performance and tell us very little that we, and indeed yourselves, don’t already know about our children.

With this in mind, we don’t hold information evenings or such like for parents.  That said, should you have any questions or concerns that you would like to discuss that you can’t find the answers to here, don’t hesitate to come and see myself, Mrs Quinn or the Year 2/6 class teachers.

Kind regards,

Mr Cooke