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Asters

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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

We can't quite believe this half term is almost over already!

 

The children are really enjoying our plants topic, and are busy working on their own information booklets about their chosen plant, as well as carrying out investigations about plants in science and making plant pots in DT.  

 

As you will be aware, we have started our KS1 SATs and are very proud at how hard the children are working and remembering to try their best - we just have two more papers to go next week. 

  

We had a great time at our Grandparents Afternoon on Wednesday, which is part of our history work. The children prepared questions to ask our visitors, which focussed on technology and how different things were before we had all our gadgets to help us! 

 

Our topic for our last half term will be 'Where in the world can my passport take me?'  and will cover learning about different countries, cultures and travel. Look out for the homework activity which will be sent home this week.  Spelling lists for next half term will also be sent home next week, but you can also find the link to them below. 

 

Many thanks for your support,

Mrs Ganguly

 

Key diary dates:

Monday 3rd June - Return to school

Tuesday 25th June - KS1 trip - details to follow

Wednesday 26th June- Class Assembly

Wednesday 3rd July - Whole School Picnic

Thursday 4th July - Dovedale's got Talent

Friday 5th July - KS1 Sports Day (am)

 

 

CONTACT INFORMATION 

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

sganguly@dovedale.derbyshire.sch.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our topic this term is:

 

Where in the world can my Passport take me?

 

Our class book is The Travel Book published by the Lonely Planet.  This is a fantastic book, packed with information about every country in the world.  We will be inviting each child in the class to choose a country from the book for us to read and find out about this half term.  

 

 

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:

We were really busy during health week. We did yoga, skip2bfit, smoothie bikes and a KS1 house competition. We also enjoyed making yummy fruit kebabs.

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Look at what we did last term

 

Lots of us have been busy over the Easter break, thinking about which plant we would be!  Our homework creations range from pictures to fact sheets, models to stories!

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We had a great time at West Park learning about some of the different trees that grow there! Thank you to Richard who took time to meet us and share lots of fun facts!

 

 

 

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.

 

 

  • 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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