Taj Mahal Class
Welcome to our class page!
Messages from Mrs Potter & Mrs Tomlinson:
As usual, we have been very busy in Taj Mahal class! The children have been researching and creating their own information booklets about plants in literacy. We continue to focus on developing and practising comprehension skills in reading, including a range of fiction and non-fiction texts. In maths we have been revisiting specific aspects to improve and deepen understanding. The children are working very hard and continue to impress us!
As you are probably aware, we are approaching the time of year when SATs will be taking place. We have been doing lots of practise for these already and we are confident that the children will be used to the format and assessment conditions and will approach them with their usual positive attitude! Obviously, if you would like further information about SATs please do not hesitate to ask us.
We had a lovely afternoon with grandparents on Tuesday. The children had prepared questions to ask our visitors about what life was like when they were at school, and loved hearing about their childhood experiences and adventures! Thank you very much to the grandparents for giving us their time and sharing their stories with us!
Thank you for your continued support,
Mrs Potter & Mrs Tomlinson
Our topic this term is:
If you were a plant, which one would you be?
Our class books this half term are ‘Plants’ and ‘Seed to Plant’ from the National Geographic Kids range. These non-fiction books will be used to research into different types of plants, so that we will have lots of fascinating facts to include in our information booklets that we will be creating!
Useful information about our timetable:
We do PE on Tuesdays (indoor) and Wednesdays (outdoor).
Spelling tests are on Wednesday.
Reading – please read at home with your child as often as you can.
MyMaths / SPAG.com homework is set on alternate weeks.
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.
Key diary dates:
Tuesday 8 May - Grandparents afternoon
Friday 25 May - INSET day - school closed to pupils
Friday 25 May - Break up for half term
Monday 4 June - Return to school
Look at what we have been doing:
As part of our history work, we have been learning about what life was like for our grandparents when they were little. We invited our grandparents into school and asked them about the similarities and differences between their childhood experiences and ours. We all learnt lots of interesting facts! Thank you very much to all the grandparents who were part of our special afternoon.
The sun was shining brightly for our visit to West Park this week! We met Richard Windsor, who is in charge of managing West Park and he told us all about the plants and trees that are there. We also learnt lots about how the park is looked after, and how important it is that we respect and look after our beautiful local park as well. Although there was a lot of walking on such a warm day, we still managed to find a bit of extra energy for a few minutes on the play park!
In PHSE we have been talking about safe and unsafe situations, and learning about 'Stranger Danger'. PC Constantine came into school to talk to us about what to do if we feel unsafe, and which 'safe strangers' can help us. We learnt lots about working for the police, and some of us even got to pretend to be police officers!
As part of our maths and PHSE work we had a visit from Natwest Money Sense Team. They delivered a workshop style lesson which involved thinking about if we really want to buy something or if we actually need it! We had great fun whilst learning whether we should save, spend or donate. We really liked our goody bags too!
The Easter Bonnet Parade was a huge success across the school. We all enjoyed seeing everyone's creations and parading around the playground, and thankfully the weather was nice! Our class winner was Pearl with her cotton wool lamb hat! Well done to all of those who took part and received a small chocolate egg.
We had a lovely visit from Jon from Asda, who came in to tell us all about how chocolate is made, and the journey that it goes on before it reaches their stores. He brought lots of different types of chocolate for us to try and to compare – it was delicious fun!
We had a visit from Hannah from the Long Eaton fire station. She works with the community and visits schools to promote fire safety. She told us lots about how fires can start, how to prevent fires and what to do if there is a fire. The Dexter the Dog cartoon showed us how to stay low to the ground if there is smoke as the smoke rises and we all learnt to 'Stop, Drop and Roll' if ever we are to catch fire ourselves.
We have been investigating into the quickest way to melt chocolate! We had lots of different ideas of how we could do it! Which method do you think would be the quickest?
We all had a lovely time visiting St.Marys Church for our Easter Experience. We listened to the Easter story and some of us even got to join in. We sang an Easter song and made an Easter picture. Thank you to all of the parents who helped to walk the children. It was very much appreciated.
We walked into Long Eaton to visit the Revive shop and see our work on display! We were very proud to see our lanterns, drawings and clay models in the window. Happy Chinese New Year!
We have really enjoyed our workshops with Ling Peng! Ling has been teaching us a Chinese New Year song, as well as telling us all about Chinese culture. We loved listening to her play her Chinese instrument and hearing about traditional legends.
We have had lots of fun with the Green Screen in Computing this week! We found photos of our favourite
castles on Google images, and then used the Green Screen app to combine them with photos of us! It looks like we were really there!
We all had a lovely time visiting St.Marys Church for the Christmas Experience.
We listened to the Christmas story and some of us even got chance to take part in acting it out. We sang songs and made our own Nativity stable craft. Thank you to all of the parents helpers for making sure we got there and back safely and thank you to all of the people at the church for making it possible.
We had a great Creativity and Innovation week, where we focussed on the work of Roger Hargreaves. The children created their own ‘Little Miss’ character: Little Miss Bookworm, together with an illustration of the character, and a story. Each child wrote a line from the class story and drew their own illustration to accompany it – all on their pillowcases! They looked fantastic when they lined up and retold the story together.
A big Thank You to Ava's mum who came in to talk to us about the job of a nurse. We loved hearing about her work, and comparing it to how life was over 160 years ago for Florence Nightingale. Ava's mum told us that nurses today are still inspired by Florence Nightingale's wonderful work and kindness.
More Forest School Fun making tree faces out of clay and natural materials, using potato peelers to shave and carve sticks plus the usual hide and seek games.
Thanks again for sending in the forest school clothes for your child every Friday. We have 2 more sessions to enjoy then our Forest schools finishes at October half term.
Thank you for all of the recyclable materials you have sent in. We have loved designing and creating our own rockets to send Neil Armstrong to the moon! We are looking forward to continuing our creations and adding finishing touches over the next couple of weeks.
We have loved using watercolour paints to recreate Quentin Blake's illustrations from The BFG!
Forest School Fun!
Playing games in the trees, creating artwork out of natural materials and even making our on trails to follow. We all had such a great time!
We have loved sharing our Time Machines with our class! We have had some great ideas and have made models, drawn pictures and written about our machines and where we would like to travel in them. Thank you to mums and dads for all of your help!