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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.

Messages from Mrs Ganguly

Welcome to our class page!  

Can't believe we are already in our second term! The children have settled in really well. This is going to be a very busy term and we have planned some exciting events for the children. We are very much looking forward to our Christmas production and we will soon start practising for the show.


Our time machine will zoom off again and will now be in 1666, during The Great Fire Of London. We will be exploring London then and now and what caused the fire.  



In maths the children are continuing to focus on place value, including placing numbers on a number line, using a number line to add numbers together, column addition and column subtraction. We have also started our multiplication and division and are now looking at the commutative law.  


Many thanks for your support, 

Mrs Ganguly


Key diary dates:

Thursday 24th October - break up for half term

Friday 25th October - INSET day - school closed to pupils

Monday 4th November - return to school

Monday 11th November - individual photos 

Friday 15th November - Children in Need - wear PJ's

Wednesday 27th Nov - Tuesday 3rd December - Book Fair 

Friday 6th December - 'The Real Christmas' visit to St Mary's Church

Friday 13th December - Christmas jumper day and Panto

Tuesday 17th December - Key Stage 1 Christmas Concert pm

Wednesday 18th December - Key Stage 1 Christmas Concert pm 

Thursday 19th December - Key Stage 1 Christmas Concert am

Thursday 19th December - Key Stage 1 Christmas party pm.




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









Our topic this term is:



Who will we meet in our Time Machine?


Our topic will begin with learning about our local history and researching into familiar places such as West Park and other Long Eaton locations.  We will then focus on significant historical people and events, including Florence Nightingale, Roald Dahl, Samuel Pepys, the Moon Landing, the Gunpowder Plot and the Great Fire of London.  Our topics will be woven throughout our literacy, history and geography work, and will also link to our maths and science where possible. 



Our class book is: 


Tilly and the Time Machine

by Adrian Edmondson


Tilly is seven and a half, and is about to make history!


When Tilly's dad builds a time machine in the shed, there's only

one place she really wants to go - back to her sixth birthday party.


But then something goes wrong! Tilly's dad gets stuck in the past and

only she can save him... Will they make it back in time for tea?


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.


Russia Class timetable



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

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 or on the Spelling Shed app.


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 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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