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Welcome to our class page!

 

We are a Year 2 class and our teachers are Mrs Ganguly (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday) and Mrs Norton (Thursday). Mrs. White also helps us in the classroom sometimes.

Messages from Mrs Ganguly

 

As usual, there's a lot happening in Asters class! 

 

The children enjoyed the Robinhood themed week and took part in different activities.

 

The Church trip was also enjoyed by all children and thank you to all the parents for helping out with the trip.

 

After Easter, our new topic will be about plants, with our learning question: If you were a plant, which one would you be?  We will be sending home an Easter homework activity this week so that children can begin the new term with lots of ideas!

 

The next half term is also when our KS1 SATs will take place.  Please be assured we have spent a lot of time preparing the children for these and we are sure they will be able to take it all in their stride and remember to try their best.  If you have any questions about SATs please don't hesitate to ask us. 

 

We are now using Class Dojo as a method of communicating with parents.  If you haven't yet signed up for it, please do so, as we will be using it to let you know about homework and other important information. 

 

Many thanks for your support,

Mrs Ganguly

 

Key diary dates:

 

Monday 25th February - Return to school 

Thursday 28th February - Money Sense workshop

Thursday 7th March - World Book Day

Monday 11th March - Visit from Jon at Asda

Friday 12th April - Easter Experience at St Mary's Church

 

CONTACT INFORMATION 

If you wish to speak to me about anything regarding your child please contact me on

sganguly@dovedale.derbyshire.sch.uk

 

 

 

 

What is coming up next....

 

Our trip to the Church on the 12th of April, 2019 for an 'Easter experience'.

We will be going in 3 groups.

1st group of 10 with Poppy class -9:30-10:30 at the church.

2nd group of 10 with  Bluebell class- 10:45-11:45 at the church.

3rd group of 10 with  Sweetpeas class- 1:30-2:30 at the church.

 

Thank you to all the parents who have volunteered to help out. We still need some more helpers and I will really appreciate your help .

 

Our topic this term is:

 

How can we make our own Chocolate Factory?

 

This half term our topic is based on our class book  The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling. When chocolate crazy John Midas is given a magical gift, he thinks his dreams have come true! But he soon discovers that sometimes you can have too much of a good thing…

Useful information about our timetable:

We do PE on Tuesdays (outdoor) and Thursdays (indoor).

Spelling tests are on Wednesday.

New Spellings format

We are starting a new spellings format in the next term. Please see the Spring 2 spelling list below.

 

Many thanks for your support with our introduction of Spelling Shed - we can see that there are lots of children who have been playing the spelling games at home.  Next week we will be sending home a new spelling list for the next half term.  This will be in a new format, with a list of 10 words focusing on a specific 'spelling rule'.  This will match our Spelling Rules teaching, and will also tie in with the Spelling Shed games, as we will set up the games with each week's word list.  We are hoping this will be easier to support at home, and will also give children the opportunity to learn each spelling rule in greater depth.

 

 

Regarding Spelling Shed rewards:

 

Playing the games at home = 1 merit (per week)

Top scorer in the class for that week = 1 extra merit

Year group challenge - at the end of every half term - extra playtime for the class with the highest score. 

 

If you have any questions regarding this, please feel free to contact me.

 

Asters Class timetable

TIMETABLE 

Homework Spring term

Reading – please read at home with your child as often as you can.

MyMaths homework is set fortnightly.

Please support your child with Spelling practise and learning Times Tables.

Use the following link to help with your Times tables https://www.timestables.co.uk/

READING

Children will be heard read on a 1:1 basis at least once every two weeks and once a week in a guided group with an adult. 

If the children have read their book twice then they need to do a quiz on the 'Accelerated Reader' before changing their books.Reading remains an important part of the children’s learning and we do ask that children read as often as is possible at home. Children that read 3 or more times each week will have their names moved up the chart which gives them a merit. 

Look at what we have been doing:

 

As part of the robinhood week we took part in lots of different activities. 

We really enjoyed the medieval banquet.

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We had an exciting lesson on medieval dancing...
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And on Wednesday we learnt Archery skills - just like Robin Hood himself!

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We have been doing lots of amazing things as part of our Robin Hood themed week!  On Tuesday we were visited by some Birds of Prey who made themselves very much at home in our hall...

 

 

 

 

We have been learning all about the Aztecs and how clever they were with technology. We went back in time to the 16th century and made sunstones just like the Aztecs. Then we tested it outside and tried to see if we could read the time.

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We had a lovely World Book Day and enjoyed getting dressed as book characters or in our PJ's for our Key Stage 1 Story-time! 

 

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Jon from Asda come into school to tell us all about where chocolate comes from and how it gets into their stores.  He brought different types of chocolate for us to try and also brought some real cocoa beans as well! 
We had some visitors from Nat West bank, who came into school to talk to us about money.  We learnt about how money is used and how important it is to manage money properly.

What we did last term!!!

 

  • We had lots of fun performing our Chinese song to the school on Wednesday, and to our families on Thursday!  Ling accompanied our class with her beautiful Chinese music, and we really enjoyed watching Poopy perform  the dragon dance!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We have loved having the Chinese artist, Ling Peng, in school with us!  We have had lots of fun learning  about how Chinese New Year is celebrated.  Look at these brilliant dragon puppets that we made today!

  • The children really enjoy their forest school sessions every Thursday. They enjoyed playing hide and seek games to warm up then being a detective to find the hidden animal discs. They work in small groups/pairs to to lots of activities using all of the natural materials.

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The children all loved their first forest school session in Year 2. They enjoyed playing hide and seek games to warm up then being a detective to find the hidden animal discs. Next they got to work in small groups/pairs to build a home for a soft toy animal using all of the natural materials they could find plus make a pipe cleaner/flour trail to help the animal find its home.
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