Taj Mahal Class
Welcome to our class page!
Messages from Mrs Potter & Mrs Tomlinson:
Happy New Year! We hope you all had a lovely Christmas break. We are looking forward to an exciting Spring term, with our new topic based on the book, The Moonshine Dragon by Cornelia Funke. We have lots of wonderful castles, dragons, pictures and stories that the children have obviously spent a lot of time working on at home over the break. Thank you so much for your support with this.
We will be sending a letter home this week which explains about a new homework activity we will be setting. SPAG.com is an online resource, similar to My Maths, which supports your child’s spelling, punctuation and grammar. We will be setting a new activity every fortnight, which will be on alternate weeks to My Maths. Login details and further information is included in the letter. If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to ask us.
We also sent home the new Spelling List for the Spring 1 at the end of last term. If you need another copy please let us know. This is the list of words that we will test up until half term. Please discard any Autumn Spelling Lists you have.
Mrs Potter and Mrs Tomlinson
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 (indoor) and Wednesdays (outdoor).
Spelling tests are on Wednesday.
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.
Key diary dates:
Thursday 4 January – Return to school
Thursday 1 February – Class assembly
Friday 16 February – break up for half term
Look at what we have been doing:
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!