Welcome to Asters Class
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
What an exciting time we are having in Asters class!
Thank you to everyone who was able to come and support our Chinese New Year event on Thursday. We are sure you will agree that the children sounded fantastic and did such a great job with learning their Chinese song. Please scroll down to see photos! We are very grateful to Ling Peng for all of the time she has spent with the children in preparation for the event. They have thoroughly loved learning all about Chinese culture, and discovering how New Year is celebrated by the Chinese. Don't forget that the children's Chinese artwork is still on display at the ReVive shop in Long Eaton!
The children are really enjoying our topic, and in literacy they have been busy planning and re-telling the story of The Moonshine Dragon. In history, they have been researching into the life of St. George and the legend of George and the Dragon. In maths, we have just completed a block on telling the time, and will move onto position and direction next week.
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.
If you have any queries about this (or anything else) please do come and speak to us in person at the end of the day - we will be happy to help.
Key diary dates:
Monday 7th January - Return to school
Friday 15th February - Break up for half term
Monday 25th February - Return to school
Thursday 7th March - World Book Day
If you wish to speak to me about anything regarding your child please contact me on
What is coming up next....
The BBC have launched their 500 Words competition and as usual we will be promoting this in school.
Children's entries need to be electronically uploaded to the BBC website (they need to do this at home), and then if they send / give a copy of their writing to me, I we will enter them into our own 'Dovedale 500 Words' competition.
Please find attached a BBC 500 Words poster and the 'Dovedale 500 Words' competition.
Key dates / things to remember
- Entries have to be typed not handwritten
- Entries must be 500 words or fewer
- Deadline for the BBC 500 Words entries is Friday 8th March (they haven't confirmed when the winners will be announced)
- Deadline for our entries is Friday 1st March - our winners will be announced at the World Book Day assembly on Thursday 7th March.
Our topic this term is:
What can the Moon bring to life?
This half term our topic is based on ‘The Moonshine Dragon’ by Cornelia Funke. This is a magical story in which a dragon and knight emerge from a book in Patrick’s bedroom. As Patrick experiences the moonlight magic, they have an unforgettable adventure.
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.
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
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/
Information about Year 2 Spellings:
In Year 2, most children will be practising spelling words which are taken from the statutory list of words that they are expected to be able to spell by the end of the year. We have broken this list down into half term lists of 30 words, 10 of which are selected each week at random for our spelling test. Although this list may seem overwhelming at first, please bear in mind that there are fewer words to learn throughout the half term (compared to 10 new words a week in Year 1), meaning that there are lots of opportunities for children to practise and be tested on each word.
We don’t expect children to learn all of them at once! We suggest you choose 5 words each week and practise them thoroughly (ideas are included in the Spelling List booklet). While it is unlikely that those 5 words will come up in the next test, what we will hopefully begin to see is an improvement in spelling test scores over the half term, and more importantly, children will be remembering to use correct spelling in their work! If you require further information please do not hesitate to ask us.
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.
What we did last term!!!
We had a very exciting time getting ready for Christmas in Asters class! We worked really hard on our Christmas concert - The Inn-spectors - and we hope you enjoyed watching it as much as we enjoyed performing in it! We had a lovely time visiting St Mary's Church for the 'Experience Christmas' event, and thank you to all of the helpers at St Mary's who made our day so enjoyable. We loved making lots of Christmas crafts and of course, watching the Snow Queen panto!
Look at what we have been doing:
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.