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Welcome to Russia Class 

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Welcome to our class page!

 

We are a Year 2 class and our teachers are Mrs Ganguly. Mrs. White and Miss Austen are our teaching assistants who help us in the classroom.

Hello everyone,

 

Thank you so much for all of your support with your child’s learning at home.  Although it feels very strange not to be at school, it has been lovely seeing your photos and hearing about what you have been doing!

 

Please see below for the activities planned for this week.  Please get in touch if you need further clarification with anything.

 

A few of you have been in touch to say that your child doesn’t have the paper copy of the SATs 2019 Reading Paper 2. Please don’t worry about this.  I have included another reading activity that can be either completed instead, or shared together.  It is a lovely positive poem about our current situation that I hope your child will enjoy reading and discussing.

 

I am very pleased to announce that we have now got the Year 2 children set up with Times Tables Rockstars and Numbots!  If you have older children at school then you will probably be familiar with Times Tables Rockstars already.  If not, it is an online resource where children can practise and test their times tables knowledge, challenging themselves to beat their fastest times and become a rockstar!  Numbots works in a similar way but is focussed on addition and subtraction.  Please see below for further information of how to get set up and in the meantime, check your dojo messages for your child’s login details which will be sent soon.

 

The Spelling List for Summer 1 spellings is now available and can be found under the ‘Spellings’ heading.  Spelling Shed will be set up ready for children to practise these words.

 

Please say a big “well done” to your children for all their hard work.  I am very much looking forward to seeing them again and returning to normality!

 

In the meantime, I hope everyone is staying safe and enjoying your family time at home and in the garden!

 

Best wishes

Mrs Ganguly

 

 

 

 

 

Times Tables Rock Stars and Numbots 

How to log on:

Go to: www.ttrockstars.com or www.play.numbots.com, or download the app.

Click on ‘Log In’  then ‘School’ then ‘Student’.  Enter the school postcode: NG103HU to bring up Dovedale Primary School. 

You can then log on using your child’s login.  

Please begin with games on ‘Studio’ mode as we have not yet assigned any tasks for ‘Garage’ mode.

 

Further information about TT Rock Stars and Numbots can be found here, or on their websites

Home Learning 

Each week we will provide activities consisting of:

  • English activities – one of which will be reading comprehension, one SPAG.com, one hand-writing and two writing tasks.
  • Maths activities – one of which will be My Maths, one times tables activity and three place value / number tasks.
  • Other curriculum areas – five tasks in total per week, across Science, History, Geography, Art/DT and PE.

 

We have tried to match these activities as closely as possible to what we would be doing in school. Please note that resources provided are intended for viewing online and do not need to be printed off.

 

We also ask that the children continue to:

  • Read as often as possible – please update their reading diary as usual when this takes place.
  • Practise spellings on Spelling Shed.
  • Lexia – if this is applicable to your child.

 

Other online resources to try:  

  • Phonics Play – if your child did not reach the pass mark in the Year 1 Screening Check, then this is an excellent resource to practise with at home. If you are not sure of this applies to your child, please message me and I will be able to let you know and also provide further information regarding which specific resources are applicable for your child.

Home Learning for w/c 30.03.20

Please find below an overview of activities that we hope the children will be able to enjoy. 

English activities

Reading Comprehension – If your child has a hard copy of the SATs 2019 KS1 Reading Paper 2, then please complete this task using the SATs 2019 KS1 Paper 2  Reading booklet attached below. The booklet doesn’t need printing off.

If you don’t have the facility to do this, or your child is finding it hard to read the text from the screen (or would just prefer to do a different activity!) please find an alternative reading activity below: The Time we Spring-Cleaned the World.  This is a lovely poem for you to share and discuss.

Creative writing – Using the picture and question stimulus below, write about where you would like to go and why.  Make sure to use lots of interesting words to describe your chosen place.

Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar - SPAG.com task (see overview)

Non-Fiction writing – Write a letter to someone you know who is living on their own or perhaps feeling unwell.  Cheer them up with a letter full of kind thoughts.

Handwriting – use the resource for guidance on the cursive joins.  Practise 2 lines of these before writing our each word 5 times in your green book.

Please see further resources below to support these activities:

Maths activities

As we have already covered all of the Year 2 objectives for maths, the activities have been chosen to practise skills and deepen understanding.

Fractions, Multiplication & Division and 2 Digit Addition and Subtraction – please begin each activity with a title so we know which one you are doing, and write your answers in the green book.   We would like all children to attempt the ‘Mastery’ tasks, and those that would like to challenge themselves can then answer the ‘Mastery with Greater Depth’.

Answers for these tasks are also included below. 

Times Tables and My Maths activities are detailed in the overview.

The children are used to working in maths books with squared paper – if they would like to draw some vertical lines on their pages to help with presentation then please feel free to do so.

Other curriculum areas

Please use your judgement as to what to put in the book as it may not always be necessary / appropriate. Remember you can email photos to us, which would be lovely to share with the children and look back on when we are back at school and celebrating all their hard work!

For the Aztec Sun Stone activity - the actual task is the document entitled History - DT Aztec Sundial.  I have included some extra information about Sun Stones that you might wish to use to help explain what they are and  how they relate to Aztec culture. 

Home Learning for w/c 23.03.20

Please find an overview of all activities for this week below.

English activities

Reading Comprehension: Your child should have a paper copy the SATs 2019 Reading Paper 1 to complete this week. 

Creative writing – Easter acrostic poem: Please use the green book for this activity.  An example is available to help with ideas.

Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar - SPAG.com task (see overview)

Instruction writing – Linking to our chocolate topic, why not do some baking together?  Children can then write up the recipe or instructions in their green book.  If this is not possible, could they write instructions of how to make a paper aeroplane or fortune teller?  Or anything else?

Handwriting – use the resource for guidance on the cursive joins.  Practise 2 lines of these before writing our each word 5 times in your green book.

Please see further resources below to support these activities. 

 

Maths activities

As we have already covered all of the Year 2 objectives for maths, the activities have been chosen to practise skills and deepen understanding.

Number Activity, Place Value Activity and Simple Addition and Subtraction – please begin each activity with a title so we know which one you are doing, and write your answers in the green book.   We would like all children to attempt the ‘Mastery’ tasks, and those that would like to challenge themselves can then answer the ‘Mastery with Greater Depth’.

Times Tables and My Maths activities are detailed in the overview.

Other curriculum areas

Our topic for spring term 2 is:

How can we make our own  Chocolate Factory?

 

Our delicious topic will include learning about where chocolate comes from, where cacao beans are grown and the manufacturing process.  We will learn about the ancient civilization of the Aztecs, and how important chocolate was in their culture. In science we will focus on how chocolate can change its form and how this can be achieved. Our literacy work this half term will focus on information texts and instructions. 

 

Our class book is: 

 

 

 

Our class book is 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 Mondays (indoor) and Fridays (outdoor).

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.

 

Russia Class timetable

Homework

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

MyMaths - Set fortnightly. 

Please support your child with

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

Spelling - Please see above for the spellings for this half term. Children can also practise their spellings using the Spelling Shed games, which can be accessed either via the website www.spellingshed.com or on the Spelling Shed app.

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 had such a fun, muddy time at Forest School!  We loved exploring our outdoor space, playing games, making and following trails for each other. Thank you to Miss Barratt for organising such great activities for us! 
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The children had a great time at their Christmas party.

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We have been learning about Apollo 11 and in DT we are making our own rockets.  In science we made our own 'rocket explosion' by adding some mints to Coca-Cola.  We loved the result!
We went to West Park to explore how it has changed over the years.
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Our classroom is full of wonderful time-machines that are ready to zoom back into the past or into the future!  We loved showing and talking about our creations.

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