Thursday 29th March 2018

This week we have had a fun, busy week! In English we enjoyed The Jolly Pocket Postman book and doing work related to the story. In Maths, we looked at time. We recapped O’Clock and Half Past and then went onto Quarter To as well as 5 minutes past and to. Please continue to focus on this at home as it will really help them to secure this skill. On Wednesday, we had ‘Upside Down’ day. The children loved writing in lots of different ways; they even wrote on the windows (with permission)!! They loved their Easter Egg Hunt organised by our Sixth Form students and we want to say a massive thank you to them!

Homework

Just to clarify, homework is the Explore Learning Writing Competition. They have a booklet to complete and an envelope came with this. Please continue to read different genres as well as their school book. We want the children to enjoy reading.

Next Term

Our topic will be ‘Jungles’ and we will be exploring this topic throughout all of our lessons. First week back will be Art Week. We will be doing our Literacy based on our art work.

Have a lovely Easter break. Rest up and see you back on Monday 16th April.

 

Friday 23rd March 2018

English

This week we have linked our English to our trip to Windsor castle. We wrote invitations to Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding in our neatest handwriting and following our trip to Windsor we wrote a magnificent informative recount of our trip. We even edited these and have published them to make a display!

Maths

This week we have done some work on tally charts and bar charts as well as positional and directional language.

Windsor Castle

We had such a fantastic trip to Windsor on Wednesday. I am sure the children have told you all about our exciting trip. We started with a lovely lunch (thank you providing the children with these) and then we went to the state apartments and really enjoyed seeing Queen Mary’s Dolls house. It was also great to see St George’s chapel and hear about how they are getting ready for the royal wedding! Their packs are currently on their way to us being delivered by the royal postman (the shop didn’t do their Maths learning this week and counted to 30 not 60!)

Church Trip

On Thursday afternoon we went down the church led by Mrs Saunders and Mrs Southall to learn more about the Easter story. We enjoyed learning about this in a practical and interactive way. Ask your children about this!

Next week

In English next week we will be looking at the book The Jolly Pocket Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. As we have had such a busy week time will be rolled over to next week which also links nicely with our English text. On Wednesday we will be doing an upside down day we will tell you more about what we got up to next week.

Remember

On Thursday next week we finish at 12:00pm.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Friday 16th March 2018

English

Thi week we have focused on writing instructions and following instructions. We started the week learning about imperative verbs and adverbs of time to prepare for us for writing our own set of instructions.

Maths

This week we have been learning about mass. We have been weighing accurately and learning that weight is measured in grams and kilograms. This linked deliberately with our bread making as the children had to weigh out all the ingredients.

Bread Making

All children enjoyed the opportunity  to mix, knead, make and shape their bread roll. Thank you to Mrs Saunders for giving up her time and expertise to give the children this opportunity.  Please see the recipe below and we look forward to you sharing pictures and bread with us next week.

Ingredients:

250g strong flour

1x teaspoon of salt

1 sachet of quick acting dried yeast

150ml warm water

1x 15ml sunflower oil

1x teaspoon of sugar

Egg, milk, seeds to glaze and top

Method

  1. Sieve flour into bowl. Add salt and sugar
  2. Add dried yeast
  3. Place warm water in a jug and add oil
  4. Add gradually to the flour until a soft dough is formed
  5. Mix with a spoon or knife and then bring together with your hand
  6. When in a ball place onto a floured surface
  7. Knead firmly for 10 minutes- the mixture will become stretchy.
  8. Cut the dough into 6 or 8 equal pieces. Shape
  9. Place into a tin or on a baking tray
  10. Glaze with egg/ milk, add seeds if using
  11. Place in a cold oven and then immediately turn temperature up to Gas 8 or 220c.
  12. Remove from oven after 20? Minutes and cool
  13. Test to see if cooked by tapping the bottom of the rolls and this should sound hollow

Next week

In English next week we will be doing work about Windsor castle, including writing an invitation to the royal wedding and writing a recount about our trip. In Maths we will be looking at bar graphs and time.

Remember

On Wednesday we will be going to Windsor castle. The children need to have a packed lunch (no nuts please and in plastic throw away bags). Please ensure they are in their uniform and they have a coat with them for the day.  Also next Friday is non-uniform day for sports relief.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Friday 9th March 2018

English

This week we have finished our unit on non-chronological reports We have edited our work, focusing on our spellings this week and have published our work ready to put together as a book. Please continue to practise our common exception word lists and look at the homework that’s all about spellings this week too!

Maths

This week we have been learning about pictograms . We have looked at the different types of scales we could have (1 picture could represent 2,5, 10 people/items!). We have answered some questions to do with pictograms but we have also drawn our own which we had to collect the information for by ourselves.

Science

Deers went to look at different habitats round our school groups this week and Foxes will be doing this next week. They loved being outside, looking at the weird and wonderful creatures.

DEAR Event

It was lovely to see so many parents at our “Drop Everything And Read” event! We hope you enjoyed sitting with your children, listening to them read a book of their choice. Please continue to read as much as you can at home because it really supports them in school.

Big Band

We went over to watch the Big Band play this afternoon. There were some familiar songs and others that our adults could appreciate. It was lovely to see the children clapping along and enjoying the music created by our older students at Simon Balle All-through!

Gymnastics

We would like to congratulate the gymnastics team who represented our school at Wodson Park on Monday. They came 5th and were fantastic!

Next week

In English next week we are moving onto instructions and in Maths we are looking at mass and the mass of different objects using kg and g.

IMPORTANT: We will be making bread next week as part of our English and Maths. We would really appreciate a voluntary contribution of 50p towards the ingredients. I’m sure the children will have lots of fun making and eating their bread. If your child has any allergies and you are concerned, please speak to us.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

 

Friday 2nd March 2018

English

This week we have continued with non-chronological reports. We have learnt how to make notes using non-fiction books. We also wrote some comparative sentences on the topic of sharks.

Maths

This week we have been learning about capacity. We have learnt key terminology when using capacity and have learnt what we measure capacity in. Please look at home for any bottles or measuring jugs that have ml and L on them. This links nicely with their homework!

Science

This week we looked at different animals’ habitats. We were given a picture of an animal and we had to match it to its correct habitat.

World Book Day

We had a super day! We made comic strips, read about the history of comics and superheroes and gave our teachers super powers and a new name! We all had lots of fun!

Next week

In English we will be carrying on looking at non-fiction books but will be creating our own books and will learn to edit and publish our work. In Maths we will be looking at temperature and time. Please reinforce time at home as this would really help; show them clocks (analogue and digital) and ask them frequently what the time is.

Let’s hope for warmer weather next week!

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Friday 23rd February 2018

English

This week we have been looking at non-fiction books. We have learnt about the features of these, for example, glossary, contents page, diagrams etc

We have enjoyed learning about sharks and different kinds of fish. Ask us about this!

Maths

This week we have been learning about measurement. We have looked in particular at length. We’ve measured each other’s hands, feet, head size and fingers as well as objects around the classroom.

Ask your children what we can measure in.

Science

This week we looked at thing that are living, non-living and never lived. We had some interesting discussions about some objects such as a fossil and paper.

Topic

Location, location, location is our new topic and we have started looking at castles around the world. Thank your children again for their amazing castles that they made for their homework. The standard was very high!

Next week

In English we will be carrying on looking at non-fiction books and in Maths carrying on with measurements. In topic, we will be revisiting the continents and looking much deeper into maps and how to use them. Remember World Book Day is next Thursday. Come dressed as your favourite superhero!

 

Friday 9th February 2018

English 

We’ve continued to look at Mufaro’s daughters this week. We have focused on using adverbs (-ly words) and contracting words using apostrophes for omission.

Maths 

This week we have continued our topic of fractions but instead of fractions of shape, we have looked at working out fractions of amounts. We made our own marshmallow kebabs, working out what fraction we had to split our marshmallows into. What a yummy lesson!

On Tuesday we learnt about how to keep safe online.  We designed logos and leaflets to share this important information.  Please ask the children about this.

We hope you all have a great half term. We look forward to seeing the children’s 2D and 3D castles.  Please remember to continue to read over the break too!

 

Friday 2nd February 2018

Our guest editors this week are; Holly W, Samar, Jenson, Daisy and Isabella.

This week, Year 2 have had an interesting week with many adventures. We visited Hertford Castle and were very fortunate as we had a visitor from Junior Sharks, who taught us how to play tag rugby. It was very muddy but lots of fun!

English

This week in English we have been learning about a book, called Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters.  It’s a very lovely book about one good sister and the other sister is mean. We enjoyed this because it had a lovely ending where the good daughter married a king. We also concentrated on speech marks which we found out are also known as inverted commas.

Maths

We have been learning about fractions, which helps us with our maths problems. It shows and teaches us to split things and shapes into equal parts. We learnt about halves, quarters and three quarters and how to find these in different sized shapes.

Topic

This week we have been learning about castles, there are three types of castles; a Motte and Bailey, A Stone Keep Castle and Concentric Castles. We were very lucky because we got to go to Hertford Castle and explore the grounds; we saw a gate house, a motte, arrow loops and battlements.

Next week

We will be continuing Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters and finding fractions of amounts.  Keep practising sharing over the weekend.  Don’t forget INSET day next Friday and Non-Uniform day on Thursday.  Please bring in newspapers for a collage project that we will be completing next week.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Friday 26th January 2018

English

This week in English we have been editing our Rapunzel recounts and using a variety of writing techniques including adjectives, adverbs of time, expanded noun phrases and conjunctions. We loved reading the children’s traditional tales that they did for their homework. Please continue to write at this standard at home it just shows how much they are enjoying and improving their writing.

Maths

We have learning about division. How to make equal groups and share things fairly! Please continue this at home. We also looked at how this is the inverse of multiplication.

Science

This week we designed and engineered our own bridges in groups. They had limited supplies and had to be resourceful. We then tested these to see if a car would be able to go across it.

Topic

This week we have painted castle pictures inspired by Paul Klee’s Castles in the Sun. We used 2D shapes and watercolours. We also learnt about the features of castles.

Next week

Next week on Tuesday the children will be taking part in some tag rugby. Please make sure your child has their trainers with them. On Wednesday we will be walking to Hertford castle in the afternoon. Let’s hope for a sunny day! In English we will be learning an African tale and in Maths we will be going on to fractions.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Friday 19th January 2018

This is the second blog of 2018 which has been typed and published by Year 2.

The guest editors from Year 2 this week are: Dylan, Erin, Simba and Ethan.

English

This week we have been writing our own Rapunzel sentences using noun phrases and conjunctions. Ask us what this means at home.

We enjoyed this because we learnt lots of fun ways to make our writing more exciting.

Maths

This week we have been learning about how to subtract. It is called the formal method.

We enjoyed this because we like taking away different amount using resources from our maths pack and trying a new way of doing subtraction.

Science

This week we investigated different bridges. We found out what material would be the best to build a bridge.

Friday afternoon

Today we said goodbye to Lexie. We had a lovely afternoon altogether going for a walk to say goodbye to her. We wish her luck in her new school.

Next week

In Maths we will be learning about division so get sharing and in English we will finish off Rapunzel and start Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters. This is an African traditional tale. On Wednesday 31st January at 1-3 we will be walking to Hertford Castle to link with our castles topic. If you are free and can volunteer to walk with us please could you email us or let us know next week.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

 

Friday 12th January 2018

This is the first blog of 2018 which has been typed and published by Year 2.

The guest editors from Year 2 this week are: Xavian Pettengell, Chloe Dutton and Leo Gugerly.

English

This week we have been looking at two different versions of the story of Rapunzel.

We enjoyed this because it was really fun acting out the story and we got to learn the different versions. In one she was brave and fearless and stood up to the witch!

Maths

This week we have been learning about money.

We enjoyed this because we got to make our own shop and buy lots of things with Mrs Southall’s birthday money. We even had to work out change.

Science

This week we have been learning about John Dunlop, Charles MacIntosh and John McAdam. We looked at the useful materials they have developed.

We enjoyed this because we learnt lots of interesting facts.

Next week

Next week in Maths we will be focusing on word problems. Please keep going over money with your children and get them to add up prices in a shop as well as working out how much change they should get and checking it when they get change. In English we will continue to focus on two different versions of Rapunzel and will focus on lots of grammar points in the stories. We will be building up to writing our own stories. We will also continue with our topic work on castles. Please if you have any boxes of any sort at home can the children bring them in in preparation for them making their own castles.

Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday 20th December 2017

Friday 15th December 2017

We have to start with the play!  The children exceeded our expectations and did a marvellous job.  Thank you again for their super costumes and for helping them to learn their lines and songs.   Can’t wait to see what they perform next year as KS2!

The children thoroughly enjoyed the pantomime, “oh yes they did!”  Special highlights included the whole audience singing to Miss Riddle and Mr Mead’s debut on stage as a dog.  Please ask your children about this.

In preparation for a very exciting Design and Technology day on Monday 18th December, we have designed and created different Christmas crafts, using a variety of materials.  On Monday, we will be visiting the D&T workshops to create our very own toy.   The children will be using tools and learning new techniques from the Master Toymaker.  We would greatly appreciate a voluntary contribution of £1.50 in order to cover the costs of the materials used.  This will be payable on parent pay.

Enjoy the weekend!

Friday 8th December 2017

WOW! What a week!  We are sure that you have heard all about it and also now know many of the songs off by heart.  We just wanted to say a big thank you for getting the great costumes in on time.  We really appreciate it.

We will be writing a blog which will go on the main school website page all about the mysterious happenings this week…….

Next week, we will do Christmas activities, Christmas play and theatre trip.  For a festive homework, could you please research symmetrical and repeating pattern Christmas cards.

Can’t wait to see you at the event of the year, Tuesday 5:45pm!  Please ensure that the actors are in school by 5:25pm.

Have a lovely weekend and keep well!

Friday 1st December 2017

Due to Elf activity and Christmas play rehearsals the editors have had too much on their plates and so Miss Riddle and Mrs Southall have had the pleasure of writing again!

The different classes have focused on either English or Maths this week.  Deers have been counting and identifying money and they loved using real coins.  Please allow them to use real coins to buy things or practise counting what is in your purse/wallet.

The Foxes have enjoyed reading a story from Malawi about a boy who makes his own wire truck.  They described the character Kondi and created their own plan for a similar story.

We have spent a lot of time rehearsing the play and are delighted with how well the children have performed so far.  PLEASE practise this weekend, both the songs and their lines.  A gentle reminder that costumes need to be in by Wednesday 6th December.  Please speak to us if this is an issue; it does not have to be bought and can be made.

Next week, we will continue our play rehearsals and other Christmas themed activities.

See you at the Frost Fair tomorrow!

Thursday 23rd November 2017

Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to have our guest editors this week as practicing for the Christmas play took over.

English

This week we have been writing our stories based on the story ‘That Rabbit belongs to Emily Brown.’ The children loved writing their stories and we were amazed at what they are using in their story writing: adverbs, adjectives, adverbs of time and a range of punctuation. We have also looked at the story ‘Jolly Tall’ by Jane Hissey. The children really enjoyed listening to the stories and pretending to be different characters in the story.

Maths

In Maths we have been focusing on the 10 times table. We also moved on to looking at the 2,5 and 10s together and what patterns we could see. Some of us tried some tricky word problems where we had to work out what multiplication sum we needed to do!

Topic and other

This week we learnt about old and new teddy bears. We learnt about what teddy bears in the olden days looked like and explored how they have changed today.

We thoroughly enjoyed working with some Year 11 children this week looking at the synagogues they had made. We could tell them about what we had learnt in PRE and they could tell us all about what they had.

Next week

Next week in English the children will be looking at the story ‘Galimoto’. This story is linked to our toys topic. In Maths we will be focusing on money. We will also be in full swing for our rehearsals for our Christmas play. The children’s homework this week is to learn the songs for the play. These will be in their book bags on a separate sheet.

We hope you have a lovely long weekend!

Friday 17th November 2017

Due to our exciting trip to Hertford Museum Takeover Day, we ran out of time to write the blog and so we reluctantly allowed Miss Riddle and Mrs Southall to write it for us again.

 

In English we have been enjoying the book, “That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown”.  We loved writing a persuasive letter to Emily Brown , pretending to be Queen Gloriana.    On Wednesday we really enjoyed having a visit from Alice Hemmings, a local author.  We especially enjoyed listening to her talking about how she plans a story, which we will be trialling next week.

In Maths we have begun learning about multiplication and have learnt how to use arrays to support our understanding.  We have looked at the 2s and 5 times tables so please reinforce this at home.

We have had the opportunity to play with Victorian toys this week including: quoits, marbles, Jacob’s Ladders, hoops and Jack in the Box.  We loved learning new games with old toys.

Next week, we will be writing our own version of, “That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown” and we will look at the “Old Bear Stories”.  In Maths we will be moving on to the 10 times table.  We will also begin our Christmas  play…..

Friday 10th November 2017

This is the continuing blog which has been typed, edited and published by Year 2.

The guest editors this week are: Raya, Sonny, Edith, James, Jack and Ziva.

 

English

This week we have been learning about apostrophes.

We enjoyed this because we got to shorten words.

 

Maths

This week we have been learning about 3D shapes

We enjoyed this because it was fun and then we got to make them from a net and using lego!

 

Topic

This week we have been learning about toys.

We enjoyed this because we were making spinning tops we even got to use a hammer. We loved learning about old toys.

 

Next week

Next week in English the children will be looking at the story ‘That Rabbits belongs to Emily Brown.’ They will be writing their own stories based on this book and it links really nicely with our toys topic! On Wednesday it is a special day as we have the author Alice Hemming coming into school and she is going to be working with the children. On Wednesday the children can bring in their favourite book! In Maths we are looking at multiplication.

Have a lovely weekend!

Friday 3rd November 2017

This is the blog which has been typed, edited and published by Year 2.

The guest editors this week were: Xavian, Summer and Chloe D from the Foxes and Fletcher, Isabelle and Harry from the Deers.

 

English

This week we have been learning about Guy FAWKES.

We enjoyed this because IT IS INTERESTING.

Maths

This week we have been learning about symmetry.

We enjoyed this because we got to cut out lots of shapes and use mirrors.

Topic

This week we have been learning about toys.

We enjoyed this because we were allowed to bring toys in and find out what they are made from.

Next week

Please note that spellings have changed in how we are going to test the children for the next 4 weeks.  You will find more information in their book bags.

We will be having a grammar focus in English and in maths we will be exploring 3D shapes.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Friday 20th October 2017

Due to having so much fun, our guest editors ran out of time to type today. 

English

This week we have loved learning about Florence Nightingale.  This included learning about adverbs of time and we used these to write a recount about her life.  We also learnt about Mary Seacole which linked with our topic work.  We are sure that the children have shared lots of information about these inspirational women.

Maths

This week we have reviewed our understanding of time and how it is measured.   This has been a practical week and they have thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

After half term, our topic will be Toys.  If you have any old board or playground games that we could teach the children, could you please send them in.   In Science we will be learning about materials which will link with the topic.

Have a lovely half term!

Friday 13th October 2017

This blog has been typed, edited and published by Year 2.

The guest editors this week were:  Elsie, James and Sam from the Deers and Willow Winters, Oliver Fox and Sophia Bloss from the Foxes.

English

This week in English we have learnt adjectives and nouns.

We enjoyed this because a wizard bag came and we got to look through it.  Then we planned our own poems about 10 things in my pocket.

Maths

This week we have been learning are number bonds

We enjoyed this because it fun and it helps us add and takeaway.

We enjoyed this because it is easy and helps me with all my maths.

Science

This week we have been learning about diet.

We enjoyed this because I liked learning about different foods.

 

Next week we will be learning about time, continuing to write poems and also we will be writing a recount about Florence Nightingale.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Friday 6th October 2017

This is the first blog which has been typed, edited and published by Year 2.

The guest editors this week are: Lucia, Rebecca and Jacob (Foxes) Mason, Zachary and Daisy-May (Deers)

English

This week we have learnt about conjunctions and, but and or.

We enjoyed this because it makes our sentences better.

Maths

This week we have been learning the bar method.

We enjoyed this because it helps us to add numbers.

Harvest

On Tuesday we went to the church.

We enjoyed this because we sang songs.

Next week

Next week in English we write our own story using a recurring language pattern and create some poetry.  In  Maths we will be focusing on subtraction.

Have a lovely weekend!

 

Friday 29th September 2017

English

This week we have been studying the book ‘On The Way Home’. The children again enjoyed learning the story through Physical Literacy. In the story the main character Claire has hurt her knee so she sets off home to tell her mum all about it. On the way she meets her friends and tells them how the fall happened. But just how did it happen . . .? Was she dropped by a wolf, a slithering snake, an enormous dragon or a hairy gorilla? The children really enjoyed writing their own page of the story about how Claire had hurt her knee and making up some interesting ideas of their own.

Maths

In Maths the children have been looking at number patterns and number bonds. We were introduced to a new resource called Cuisenaire. The children enjoyed exploring with the new resource and using it to support them to do their Maths work.

European Languages Day

On Tuesday it was European Languages Day. The children loved dressing up and learning about different countries and how to say Hello from these places. As well as it being European Languages Day the children also took part in the fun run which they all really enjoyed but were very tired after.

Next week

Next week in English we will continue to focus on the story ‘On The Way Home’. We are going to plan and write our own versions of the story. In Maths we will be focusing on addition work. Next week is a busy week as on Monday we have the Infant Agility Festival at Wodson Park and on Tuesday we have our Harvest festival at All Saints.

Have a lovely weekend!

Friday 22nd September 2017

English

This week we have been learning about the past tense and how verb endings (suffixes) are added to make this happen.  Ask them to tell you about any rules they have learnt and any rule breakers!  Please encourage your child to spot verbs in the past tense as they read.  We have thoroughly enjoyed reading, planning and writing our own story based on the book, “Ready, steady Mo”.

Maths

In Maths the children have continued to explore problem solving with base 10.  This has included partitioning numbers into different parts, comparing and ordering numbers and they have been introduced to the symbols for more than and less than; < and  >.   Please encourage them to continue using these symbols to compare numbers.

Next week

For the next two weeks in English we will be reading, “On the way home” by Jill Murphy, a different story focusing on recurring language. We will be doing some physical literacy and planning and writing our own versions of the story. In Maths we be looking at how we can use and apply our number bond knowledge to solve problems and to help us with addition.  Please remember that Monday is an INSET and Tuesday is European Languages day when the children can dress up in anything that is linked to a European country; football kits, flamenco dancers or even just the colour of a European flag.

Have a lovely weekend!

Friday 15th September 2017

English

This week we have had great fun learning all about “The Twits”. We wrote descriptions of The Twits using adjectives, we wrote a story about what trick Mrs Twit would play on Mr Twit with her glass eye. We even wrote a horrible recipe like the wormy spaghetti in the story of The Twits and we finished the week by doing some research about Roald Dahl himself. The children have really enjoyed this week and have produced some fantastic work that will be used to create a Roald Dahl display in the corridors.

Maths

In Maths the children have been introduced to a new resource called base 10. The children have loved exploring with base 10 this week. We have been exploring what 24 actually is made up of, for example, it is made up of 20 and 4 not 2 and 4. We called these tens and ones.

Next week

Next week in English we will be focusing on stories with recurring language. We are going to be using a book called “Ready Steady Mo!” This has been written by Mo Farah. We will be doing some physical literacy and planning and writing our own versions of the story. In Maths we will continue our place value work and look at number patterns. In our topic work we are going to explore our houses compared to someone that lives in a different country.

Have a lovely weekend!

Friday 8th September 2017

English

This week we have written a recount about our summer holidays and created lots of questions.  Today the children have written questions to ask their parents/grandparents/uncles and aunts etc. about life when they were 6.  These are on a lined piece of paper in their homework books.   We look forward to comparing how different life is now to how life was in the past.

Maths

We have been carrying out a PE audit and used our estimation and careful counting skills to complete this.  The children really enjoyed estimating how many bean bags there were and then checking the actual amount; 111 in total!  Please continue practising these vital skills at home.

Next week is Dahlicious Week – please remember fancy dress on Wednesday although we think the children have already repeatedly reminded you about this.  Our chosen book is “The Twits,” which we have begun to read and this has caused much laughter.  Please check your spaghetti!  In Maths we will be focusing on counting in 10s and learning about place value.

What a fantastic start to the year!