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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

Happy New Year!!!

 

I am sure you will agree that the children did exceptionally well with their Christmas concert "Everyone Loves a Baby".  They worked very had during our rehearsals and I am very proud of their fantastic performance!  I hope you enjoyed watching the show as much as they did performing it. 

 

The last few weeks have also been an assessment focus for us and again I am very proud of how well the children managed to cope with the excitement of everything 'Christmas' and still try their very best in all of the assessments.  It was lovely to meet most of you on Parents Evening where I was able to share your child's progress with you.  If you were unable to attend please feel free to request a meeting at another time. 

 

We are very excited about our Spring topic, which is based on the book 'The Moonshine Dragon' and is all about knights, castles and dragons.  We will be using the book as a basis for reading comprehension as well as writing opportunities and other topic work. 

 

In addition to this we are very much looking forward to welcoming Ling Peng back to Dovedale.  Ling is a local artist and musician, and for the last 3 years she has worked with Year 2 children on the approach to Chinese New Year.  During her visits she will be teaching the children about Chinese culture and how Chinese New Year is celebrated.  The children will learn a traditional Chinese song and dance and will have the opportunity to perform this at a Chinese New Year celebration at Parklands school.  Look out for a letter in the first week of term explaining more about this lovely event. 

 

Many thanks, 

Mrs Ganguly

 

Key diary dates:

Monday 6th January - return to school

Tuesday 7th January - Ling Peng visiting Year 2

Tuesday 14th January - Ling Peng visiting Year 2

Thursday 23rd January - Chinese New Year event at Parklands School 

Friday 14th February - break up for half term

 

 

 

CONTACT INFORMATION 

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

sganguly@dovedale.derbyshire.sch.uk. Alternatively, you can also contact me on classdojo or you can also catch me at the end of the day for a chat about any concern or query.

 

 

 

 

Our topic this term is:

 

What can the Moon bring to life?

 

This term our topic is focused around our class book, The Moonshine Dragon by Cornelia Funke.  In literacy children will be developing story-writing skills to retell the text including a range of writing features.  In history and geography we will be learning about castles, including when and where they were built, who lived in them and the features and functions of castles.  The children will also be learning about the legend of St George and the Dragon.

 

Our class book is: 

 

The Moonshine Dragon

by Cornelia Funke

 

Patrick is trying to get to sleep, but the silvery moonlight coming in

through his bedroom curtains is keeping him awake. 

 

Suddenly he hears a rustling noise and notices the pages of his

Dragons and Castles book move, as if an invisible hand was 

turning them...

 

Patrick finds himself in a world of dragons and knights and becomes

part of a thrilling adventure, thanks to Moonlight Magic!

 

Useful information about our timetable:

We do PE on Wednesdays (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:

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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