Madan

Year 2 – Madan

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to Madan’s homepage. Our class teacher is Mrs Walsh and our TA is Miss Lulu.

Please check the blog on Fridays for regular updates on what we have been doing and upcoming events.

You can email Mrs Walsh on v.pawsey@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk with any questions or concerns.

 

Class Updates

Friday 13th May

Dear Parents and Carers,

The talk of the town is Cabaret Night. Music is ringing out across the school and Mr Schumm is mainly seen without shoes perfecting an arabesque. There are still tickets left, so if you haven’t already got yours, come and support FOSS and join in the fun (Thursday 19th).

Most of the children have now completed both their SATS English Reading papers. Next week, we will be focusing on Grammar and Maths. We are planning a little party to celebrate all their hard work on the Thursday before half term. More about that next week.

In English, the children wrote a diary entry writing as Juno in the book dear juno. We discussed the features of a diary entry and the children were asked to include a rhetorical question, at least one exclamation and to use conjunctions.

In Maths, we have been revising money; time; and position and direction. In Science, we are continuing our work on habitats and next week, the children will spend an afternoon with our scientist in residence doing some practical work around food chains.

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine.

Mrs Walsh

Friday 5th May

Dear Parents and Carers,

I was so sad to miss Grandparents’ Day and I’m looking forward to hearing all about it from the children next week. I very much hope that all the grandparents enjoyed themselves!

This week we started the English reading SATS papers. Some of the children have done both papers and the rest will be doing them over the next few weeks. They are all doing brilliantly and seem to be enjoying the whole process with lots of them asking to do more!

In English, we’ve been revising word classes (noun, verb, adjective and adverb) and verb tenses using our class book dear juno. Next week, the children will be planning and writing a diary entry – imagining that they are Juno just as he has found out that his grandmother is coming to visit.

In Maths, we have been revising division and doing lots of practice SATS questions. In Science, we are continuing our work on habitats and this week have been looking at seaside habitats and some simple food chains. In RE, we watched a video about worshiping in Mandirs and learnt some of the rituals that Hindus follow when they pray.

One small piece of admin. Miss Annora has asked me to remind you that the money for Swanage is now overdue so if you haven’t already done so, could you please pay using ParentMail. Many thanks to all of you who have paid.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Walsh

Friday 29th April

Dear Parents and Carers,

We had such a lovely time at Phoenix Farm yesterday and the children loved being outside all afternoon. They planted beans, looked at the pond life, talked to the chickens and did a little scavenger hunt. For anyone that would like to take their children back to the farm, it is open on Saturday mornings and you can just turn up. Thank you so much to Geehan, Eden and Louise for accompanying us.

We’ve started our new book in English. It’s called dear juno and it’s about a little boy living in America who writes letters to his grandmother in Korea. However, he grandmother doesn’t speak English and Juno doesn’t speak Korean so they communicate with photos and drawings. At the end of the book, Juno dreams about his grandmother and we’ve been discussing dreams and how to interpret them. It doesn’t tell us in the book whether Juno has met his grandmother before and the children have been thinking about whether they think he has or hasn’t, and then using ideas from the book to back up their opinions.

In Maths, we’re revising for the SATS papers. In my class, we’ve been going over place value. Next week, we’ll move on to addition and subtraction and then towards the end of the week multiplication and division.

In Science, we’ve been learning about habitats and have discovered that habitats need to provide food, water and shelter and that all animals and plants in a habitat are dependent on each other. Hence we shouldn’t mess with them! In Geography, we looked at aerial photographs which are used to draw maps and then we started to create an aerial plan of our classroom. We will finish these next week.

Have a lovely bank holiday weekend and don’t forget there is no school on Monday!

Mrs Walsh

Friday 22nd April

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back! I hope you had a lovely Easter break. All the children look refreshed and ready for school.

We have eased into the term gently with two Relationships and Health lessons in one week. The children are learning about themselves and how to make choices that will keep them healthy and help them learn. In Science, we have started a new topic on Habitats. This week, the children learnt about the characteristics of living things and then we went into the playground to look for things that are alive, things that have died and things that have never been alive. It was lovely to be outside in the sunshine.

In RE, we have returned to our learning on Hinduism. This week, we discussed the Hindu God Brahman and found out that because he has no form, he is symbolised by the syllable Aum (Om). We talked about the syllable and what each part represents and then the children drew their own symbol to represent Brahman thinking about the colours they were using to express the Hindu belief in eternal truth.

In English, the children wrote a recount of their Easter holidays. It was great to hear what they all did! Next week, we will be starting a new book called dear juno by Soyung Pak. It’s about a boy who write letters to his grandmother in Korea. She writes in Korean and Juno writes in drawing but they understand each other perfectly!

In Maths, we practiced some SATS papers. We have now finished the Year 2 syllabus and will start revising some of the more tricky topics from Monday.

We’re going on a trip to the Phoenix Farm on Friday. Please make sure that you’ve given permission via ParentMail. We’ll be leaving after lunch so the children do NOT need a packed lunch. However, we still need two more volunteers to accompany us. Please email me if you can come.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Walsh

Friday 1st April

Dear Parents and Carers,

We had an emotional goodbye party for Harrison this afternoon. He gave us a presentation on America and lots of delicious cookies. We will all miss his loads and wish the whole family well in the next chapter of their lives.

It’s been an incredibly busy week and we have managed to fit in a lot! DT day was a great success and the children made some very study chairs for their teddies. It wasn’t easy!

The Easter Bonnet Parade was unbelievable. Madan class outshone itself and the judges found it almost impossible to choose a winner. Congratulations to those the made the cut!

We did a couple of practice SATS papers, we finished off topics in History, RE, Science and Relationships and Health and we wrote our own silly-named animals into the book You’re Called What?!.

Homework for the holiday is the SATS papers that were sent home yesterday. You should have received a ParentMail about this. There are four papers in total. There is no time limit and they can be done in small chunks. Please do help your child if they are struggling. It is absolutely fine to read the questions aloud in the Maths reasoning paper. In the English papers, the children should ideally read the text and questions themselves but it is absolutely fine to support them with vocabulary they don’t know and helping them to find the relevant information.  The papers are due back on the first day of term (Wednesday 20th April).

Have a lovely Easter. The children all deserve a well-earned break and I look forward to seeing you all in the summer term.

Mrs Walsh

Friday 25th March

Dear Parents and Carers,

It was lovely to talk to you all at Parents’ Evening. If you weren’t able to make it and would like to have a chat then please do email.

DT day for Madan class is on Friday and Year 2 will be making a chair out of paper and cardboard. Could the children all bring in a favourite teddy to use as a model for the chair to help them think about how to make it as stable and study as possible.

This week, in English, we have been focusing on our comprehension skills by practicing some past SATS papers.  In Maths, we have been learning about time and on Thursday, the children made a clock to help consolidate their learning.

In Science, we cut up fruit to count seeds. In RE, we learnt about the significance of water in the Easter Story. In Humanities, we looked at pictures of Scutari Hospital in Turkey. We examined the pictures before and after Florence Nightingale arrived there and thought about the huge positive impact her changes made.

A couple of bits of admin. Please could you make sure that your child’s library book is returned to school on Monday, if it hasn’t been already, so that you don’t incur a fine.

Finally…….TWITTER @StStephensLBHF

Do you follow the school Twitter account? If not, then why not give it a go; you’ll see lots of events that children from across the school have taken part in as well as photos, films and links celebrating these and forthcoming FOSS events too. Used to showcase the school’s achievements it’s also a way for you to ‘like’ <, share and comment too. We never mention children’s name and all is GDPR compliant – it’s a great way to keep in touch.

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Have a lovely weekend.

Vanessa

Friday 18th March

Dear Parents and Carers,

The children were amazing in their class assembly on Thursday and they were all Stars of the Week today. They worked so hard and I can’t believe they remembered all those lines. I really wasn’t sure that was going to happen so thank you for making it! I hope it wasn’t too hard washing out all the hair spray!

On top of our assembly we have managed to do most of our curriculum lessons this week. In English, we read La Princesa and the Pea – the children had great fun acting out the story earlier in the week and then today we did a comprehension.

In Maths, we have moved on from Measure and have started to look at Time. This is always a challenging topic for the children and it would be brilliant if you could talk to them about it at home. Getting to grips with the terms o’clock, quarter past, half past and quarter to, can be tricky if the children haven’t been introduced to them before.

In Humanities, the children pretended to be Florence Nightingale and wrote a letter to her sister Parthenope about her arduous journey to Scutari hospital in Turkey and the awful condition that she found the hospital to be in on her arrival.

In RE, we discussed the symbolism of the cross in the Easter Story and the children designed their own Salvadoran cross using a dove to represent peace, people to represent community and the sun to represent warmth and love.

In Relationships and Heath, we read a story about a little boy who couldn’t stop interrupting people. His mouth just keep ‘erupting’ and the words just kept ‘flying’ out. We thought about how interrupting others makes them feel and then wrote down some strategies to stop ourselves from ‘erupting’ – such as holding our breath and counting to 10!

I’m so sorry to miss the SATS meeting on Tuesday. I had to take my daughter to an appointment. Hopefully all your questions were answered but please email me if you are unclear about anything.

I heard that the auction was a massive success and raised lots of money for the school which is fantastic. I hope you had fun if you were there!

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Walsh

Friday 11th March

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you enjoyed looking at all the children’s work in the Arts Café. It was so difficult to choose what to put on display but don’t worry, it’s all coming home so you’ll get to see everything!

We’ve got less than a week until our class assembly. Could the children please bring in their costumes on Monday. They need odd shoes, odd socks, bright/fluorescent t-shirts, bright/fluorescent trousers or shorts and crazy hair. I’m going to buy some pink and green hair spray so please let me know if you don’t want your children to have green or pink hair! I will presume you’re fine with it if I don’t hear from you.

Please please can the children know all of their lines and their cues for Monday. The first half of the assembly is brilliant but the second half is not quite there!

In English, the children have been learning to use apostrophes for contraction and there is a sheet in the homework book to help consolidate their learning. They have also rewritten The Pea and the Princess in their own words. Fabulous efforts from them all and I am was so impressed with the level of detail they included!

In Maths, we have finished our work on fractions and the children took a small test which included questions from past SATS papers. Next week, we will be starting Measure.

In RE, we have been talking about the importance of the bread and the wine in the Easter Story. In Science, we learnt about bulbs; in Relationships and Health, we have been thinking about our learning environment and the things we need in order to do our best in school.

A massive thank you to Chris (Tabby’s grandfather) who came into school today to talk to the class about Kenya. He showed us some incredible photos of his time there as a child while his father was working as a forester – and he answered a lot of questions!

Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to seeing you on Thursday at 9am.

Mrs Walsh

Friday 4th March

Dear Parents and Carers,

And so we come to the end of another Arts Week! It’s been busy, creative, messy, fun. What more can I say? Thank you to Sophie (Lizzie’s mum) and Nick (Winston’s dad) for doing a workshop with the children. They really loved your input and were inspired by the tasks – and probably thankful to have a break from my and Miss Lulu’s amateur efforts in comparison!

We have been studying the Turkish artist Fahrelnissa Zied (1901 – 1991) who is best known for her large scale abstract paintings. We will be celebrating Arts Week on Friday 11 March with an Arts Café (there will be cake on sale too) in the main hall after school so please come along and have look. Every child will have something on display and I think you’ll be very impressed with what they’ve done!

World Book Day was lots of fun and the children all looked amazing! We spent the day reading books and plays. We learnt a bit about Shakespeare and read Macbeth. Then the children wrote a recipe for a witch’s potion that would give them powers to make prophesies.

We also read The Dish and the Spoon by Mini Grey, who also wrote our current class book The Pea and the Princess. We talked about what the children liked or didn’t like about the book and then they wrote a book review.

It’s our class assembly very soon – less than two weeks. We will stepping up the rehearsals from next week so please can you help your children learn their lines this weekend. When they don’t know their lines, it’s very hard to practice and we will be not be using the scrips from Monday!

Finally, we’ve made a few changes regarding reading books. Given that the children have had two years of interrupted school, it doesn’t make sense for them to work through every reading level. Children will now be able to miss out levels if we feel that their reading skills are not being challenged. Miss Bell has read with all the children this week and they will be allocated books from their new level next week. Please feel free to email me if you have concerns about their level being too high or too low and I will read with them to reassess.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Walsh

Friday 25th February

Dear Parents and Carers,

The trip to see The Red Balloon at the Barge Theatre today was brilliant. We enjoyed a short walk along the canal to Little Venice in the beautiful sunshine. The barge itself was warm, old fashioned and welcoming, and the staff were really friendly. The children filled the theatre and were instantly immersed in a charming tale of a boy’s friendship with a red balloon. The storytelling was magical and the puppetry was clever and imaginative. The children loved it and were a captive audience – despite being a little bit noisy in their enthusiasm. Thank you to Eden, Charlotte, Amelie and Sophie for accompanying us.

In English, we have started The Princess and the Pea. On Monday, we read the Hans Christian Andersen traditional version and then later in the week we read a modern version by Mini Grey, written from the pea’s perspective and called The Pea and the Princess. We have been focusing on our comprehension skills as well as developing our understanding of sentence structure and recapping on the past tense.

In Maths, we are learning all about fractions. We have been focusing on finding fractions of a whole. The children need to remember that the denominator (the number on the bottom of the fraction) tells them how many equal parts the whole has been split into, and the numerator (the number on top) tells them how many of those parts are included in the fraction.

In Science, we planted sunflower seeds which the children will hopefully bring home as sunflowers at Easter. We learnt that plants need water, sunlight, air and soil in order to grow. We also planted four pots of cress seeds. One will be deprived of water, one will be deprived of sunlight, one will be deprived of both sunlight and water and one has no soil. The children predicted what will happen to each pot of cress seed and we will have a look to see if they are right next week.

In History, we have started learning about Florence Nightingale while in RE, we read the Easter story and talked about symbols for the story and what they mean.

I have sent home the scripts for our Class Assembly. It would be amazing if the children could learn their lines over the weekend. We have to fit rehearsals in around the curriculum which means that the next few weeks are going to be particularly busy. The more they can do at home the better!

Thanks for your ongoing support and have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Walsh

Friday 11th February

Dear Parents and Carers,

We had a fantastic start to the day with a Zoom meeting with our class poet Vikram Madan. He read us two poems including one of our favourites: The Flippy, Floppy Flappers. He answered all the children’s questions and told us that being a poet is the best job in the world and that if we want to be poets, we should read poetry every day. He was very inspiring and we are going to try and follow his advice!

DT Day was a massive success and the children worked so beautifully together to make Ferris wheels. It was really tricky but they persevered and Miss Lulu and I were super impressed with their efforts.

In English, the children wrote a final piece on our class book, How to Find Gold. They wrote a description of being underwater, describing what they could see, hear, taste and touch. They used adjectives, expanded noun phrases and similes.

Our topic in Maths is shape. We have been naming 2D and 3D shapes and learning to describe the properties of shape using the terms vertices, faces, sides and edges. We thought about lines of symmetry and parallel lines and we made some 3D shapes from their nets.

In RE, Geography and Science, we completed our end of unit assessments and the children all pretty much got full marks which was fantastic.

Homework this week is practice SATS papers. Please do not panic, the children are not expected to complete these independently at this stage but we do want to get them used to the format. Please feel free to help them with the papers and please reassure them that the results don’t matter.  There will be some topics in Maths that we haven’t covered yet, such as fractions, and they are not expected to do these questions.

I have also sent home the words for two of the songs that we will be singing in our class assembly on Thursday 17th March (at 9am). Please save the date!

I will send the class reps the backing music to share on WhatsApp so the children can practice with it. If would be amazing if you could help them learn the words as they will enjoy singing the songs so much more if they know them.

Have a lovely half term break and see you in a week!

Mrs Walsh

Friday 4th February

Dear Parents and Carers,

It’s been a very busy week – so busy that we haven’t managed to do DT day yet! Thank you for all the egg boxes, we will be using these to make a Ferris wheel next week.

Today, we’ve been celebrating the Luna New year. Assembly was taken by a parent who has a daughter in Reception. She showed us how the Luna New Year is celebrated with the help of a live performance from Mr Schumm dressed as a lion. A big thankyou to Sanne, who came in this afternoon to show the children some pictures of her family’s New Year celebration and to teach them how to make a zodiac wheel and a Luna New Year dragon.

In English, we’ve been looking at suffixes and tenses as well as learning how to write a persuasive letter. Our work is based on the book ‘How to find Gold’ by Viviane Schwarz.  We will be starting La Princesa and the Pea after half term.

In Maths, we have been studying statistics. This is a topic that both classes love. We’ve made it practical and visual and the children have learnt how to take a tally and then present the information as a bar chart and as a pictogram. We are now moving on to shape, where we will be learning about lines of symmetry and parallel lines.

In Geography, we navigated our way around a map of a Kenyan safari using the four compass points. In Science, we learnt that plastic is made from crude oil and is not degradable. However, because it is cheap, it is widely used despite being terrible for the planet! We made posters warning of the dangers of plastic and providing alternative solutions to recycling. In RE, we looked at the lines, ‘Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us’ in the Lord’s Prayer. We talked about the importance of forgiving and being forgiven.

Thanks so much to everyone who has volunteered to come on the trip. We now have enough helpers and I will email next week to confirm timings.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Walsh

Friday 28th January

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week in English and Maths, we introduced the children to SATS papers. We spent the first part of the week, talking about the format and looking at strategies for answering the questions. Then, the children tried a few papers. Towards the end of the week, we went through the papers together, focusing on the questions that they found hard. Hopefully everyone quite enjoyed the experience knowing that the papers were to help me and Miss Hall and that there was no pressure on the children.

In RE, the children continued their learning on The Lord’s Prayer, this week focusing on the words ‘give us this day our daily bread’. We talked about the difference between ‘needs’ and ‘wants’ and compared this line in the Lord’s Prayer to the Bible story where Moses leads the Israelites out of Egypt into the wilderness and God gives them the food and water they need to live. The children thought about who provides them with the things they need and then, they had to compare the things they want in life with the things that they need to live well.

In Science, we discussed which materials could be moulded into different shapes, thinking in particular about plasticine, rubber, stone, metal and glass. We thought about whether temperature and shape effect the properties of a material and the children were introduced to the word ‘temporarily’ as in ‘bends of twists temporarily’.

In Humanities, we learnt about wild animals in Kenya and the children were asked to do a task identifying where they thought a number of these animals would live based on their habits and what they eat.

Finally, In Relationships and Health, we talked about safe and unsafe situations. The children had to work out how to respond to various scenarios – when should they ‘say no’, when should they ‘ask a trusted adult’ and when should they ‘tell a trusted adult about something’.

We still need three more parent helpers for the trip to the Barge Theatre on Friday 25th February. We will be leaving school around 9.30am and will be back in time for lunch at 1.15pm. Please email me if you can come.

Have a lovely weekend.

Kind regards

Vanessa Walsh

Friday 21st January

Dear Parents and Carers,

I’m delighted to confirm that we have managed to rearrange the theatre trip to the barge. We have been invited to watch a production of The Red Balloon at 10am on Friday 25th February. This will mean leaving school after registration at 9am. Could the original parent volunteers please let me know as soon as possible whether they will be able to accompany us? Crucially, please could you all email me giving consent for your child to attend. My email address is v.pawsey@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

Next Friday it is DT Day. I will be revealing what we are making then, however, in preparation please may you send the children in with any of the following that you have at home (cleaned!):

  • Small yogurt pots
  • Egg boxes

On Friday they are welcome to bring in one toy on wheels if they would like to.

The children wrote their information text on bees this morning. I am very impressed with how much they have learnt about bees over the last few weeks and I am very grateful for all your support with the numerous books and other resources that they have brought in. The challenge today was getting it all down on paper in full sentences with capital letters and full stops! I am looking forward to reading their efforts over the weekend.

This means that, sadly, we have come to the end of our topic on bees and next week we will be starting a new book called La Princesa and the Pea. It’s a South American version of the classic tale – but with a twist. It’s written by American author Susan Middleton Elya with illustrations by Peruvian artist Juana Martinez-Neal. I think the children will love it!

In Maths, we have come to the end of our work on division and next week the children will be moving on to Statistics.

In Geography, we continue to learn about Kenya, this week focusing on climate. We talked about the equator and then used this imaginary line to predict weather patterns in African and Europe. In Science, we sorted material into groups depending on whether they were manmade or natural. In RE, we discussed the Kingdom of Heaven and thought about how it differs from earth. We looked at the words ‘Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven’ from the Lord’s Prayer and thought about what they mean for Christians. Finally, the children drew a picture of Heaven inspired by their own ideas of a better world.

Next week, we will be giving the children some practice SATS papers to do. They should not worry about this in any way – the purpose is to help Miss Hall and I work out which areas we need to focus on as well as to get the children used to the format.

St Stephen’s will be allowing parent helpers back into the school from next week so please do let me know if you can spare some time between 9am and 9.30am (any day except Friday). It is hugely helpful and enormously appreciated.

Have a lovely weekend.

Vanessa Walsh

Friday 14th January

Dear Parents and Carers,

We’ve just come out of a brilliant workshop on the Great Fire of London. Mr Chandler took the children on a whirlwind tour of London between 1665 and 1666. He told the story through the diary of Samuel Pepys while the children dressed up and performed to the rest of the class. They were cast in every role imaginable from Samuel Pepys himself to the Black Death and the Great Fire. The children were captivated. He even set fire to some dust particles to show how easily things can burn. Amid the fun, they were asked to recall some of the key facts from last term and they did really well! Please do ask them to tell you all about it.

In English, we’ve been learning how to answer questions on an information text about honeybees. The children have learnt how to recognise headings, sub-headings and paragraphs and how to use these features to find the information they need. In their writing they have been focusing on using apostrophes for possession (Mrs Walsh’s coat) and conjunctions (and, but, so, when and although) to make their sentences longer.

In Maths, we have come to the end of multiplication and the children all did a little test today to show that they can write and answer multiplication sums to express equal groups of numbers, arrays and to answer simple word problems. Next week, we will start looking at division.

In RE, we talked about the importance of prayer and the significance of the Lord’s Prayer for Christians. We thought about why the Lord’s Prayer starts with ‘Our Father’ and how that reflects a Christian’s vision of God. The children created mind maps with the names of people in society who care for them, the characteristics these people have and the things they do to look after them.

In Science, we grouped materials using different properties such as rough and smooth, rigid and flexible and hard and soft. In Geography, we started learning about Kenya. We used continents and oceans to label a map of the world and thought about how we would get from the UK to Kenya.

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to come in and read with the children. It’s so been so helpful so please do continue (or offer anew). We are also inviting parents to come in and share their knowledge and experience with the children. Our curriculum map is on the website – just below the link to homework – so have a look and if you have a particular interest in, or good knowledge of, any of the topics please let me know. Alternatively, if you would like to deliver a standalone lesson or workshop on something topical that would also be fab so again please get in touch.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Walsh

Art Spring 1

The children have now started a new series of art lessons designed by professionals called Kapow Primary. This half term the children will be exploring the formal elements of art: pattern, texture and tone; children will create printed patterns using everyday objects; take rubbings using different media and learn how to make their drawings three dimensional. Email Miss Hall if you have any questions regarding Art at St Stephens. f.hall@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

Friday 7th January

Dear Parents and Carers,

Happy New Year and welcome back! I hope you have all had a lovely break.

We’ve got a very busy schedule planned for the term with lots of exciting opportunities for the children. Next week, we kick off with a workshop on the Great Fire of London and a remote visit from the Life Bus where the children will explore the topic of friendship, looking at both its positive and life-affirming attributes as well as the issues it can present and ways to tackle them! If you want to find out more, see the blog post below this one.

Our English topic this half term is Honey Bees and the children will be working towards planning and writing an information report as well as thinking about the critical role that bees play in our ecosystem and all things we can do to protect them.

In Maths, we are moving on to multiplication and division. In RE, we will be looking in depth at the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer. In Geography, we will be learning about Kenya and in Science, we will be studying the properties of different materials.

As ever, please do get in contact with any questions you have. Homework resumes today and the children have been asked to do a short comprehension as well as learn their spelling words.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Walsh

Relationships and Health Lifebus Session: January 11th

Dear parents and carers,

The Coram Life Education & SCARF team will be visiting our school virtually this term with their SCARF Live Online workshops.

The children’s charity Coram Life Education provides Health and Wellbeing Education support to schools. Workshops are delivered by skilled educators and the SCARF resource is the framework of our PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) education curriculum.

Workshops – Live Online

The fun, interactive and age-appropriate workshops help children to understand the importance of physical and emotional health; they learn vital life-skills that are also known to help their overall achievement.

· Early Years and Key Stage 1: children learn about keeping their bodies healthy, managing feelings, and being a good friend.

· Key Stage 2: children explore emotional needs, choices that can affect health and wellbeing, qualities of friendship and also learn strategies for looking after their emotional needs.

Wider PSHE education and SCARF

Over 45,000 teachers across the UK are now subscribers – here are some reasons why our school has chosen this resource:

· SCARF provides a whole-school approach to building the essential foundations for children to achieve their best, academically and socially

· Supports learning across all ages

· Timetabled lessons to support mental health & wellbeing

· Covers all the new DfE statutory requirements for Relationships and Health Education

· Regularly updated online curriculum

· Supports our school in meeting Ofsted’s expectations

· UK’s leading charity provider – not for profit

To find out more about Coram Life Education and SCARF visit their website: www.coramlifeeducation.org.uk

Friday 17th December

Dear Parents and Carers

Miss Lulu and I would like to say a massive thank you for the very generous gifts and all the lovely cards. In the chaos at the end of the day, I forgot to hand out my cards so please wish all the children a very happy Christmas from me. Although, I think they were considerably more excited about the party bags which thankfully did get handed out!

We managed to squeeze in quite a lot this week. In English, we came to the end of the work we are doing on the book Look Up! We finished by re-writing the story from Rocket’s brother Jamal’s perspective. It wasn’t an easy task but they did it brilliantly showing how much they have progressed since September.

In Maths, we focused on money. We learnt the value of all the coins and some of the notes and we thought about different ways to make various amounts of money. We will revisit money in the summer term so it would be great if you could encourage the children to take an interest in money at home and think about what coins they would use when buying items in a shop.

Today, amid great excitement, we burnt the model houses the children had made. The idea was for them to see how easily houses made from wood and paper catch fire, and how quickly the fire spreads when the houses are really close together. It worked perfectly thanks to exactly the right amount of wind!

We’ve been so busy and have packed in so much this term. I was told that teachers have a particularly special relationship with their first ever class. I think that’s true but I would say, in this case, it is because the children are all so amazing.   They have worked so hard and they definitely deserve a rest. There is no homework to do over the holidays.

Have a lovely Christmas and a very happy New Year and I look forward to seeing you all in 2022.

Mrs Walsh

Friday 10th December

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you all enjoyed the Year 2 Nativity, The Inn-Spectors on Thursday. The children worked incredibly hard and were so excited (and a little bit nervous) to finally perform in front of so many people. However, even those children with stage fright managed to overcome their fear and I was very proud of them all. We didn’t have a Star of the Week assembly today but if we had, the whole class would have been stars.

This week, we have been taking some end of topic tests. In Maths, we are moving on to learn about money. For homework, we have asked the children to familiarise themselves with coins and to think about the value of each one. Can they order five different coins according to value?

In Humanities, we are coming to the end of our work on the Great Fire of London. Next week, we will be making replica medieval houses out of paper and lollypop sticks. We will then put these houses very close together in the playground and set fire to them so that the children can see how easily wooden houses catch fire, particularly when there are lots of them squashed into a small area.

On Thursday, we have our school trip to see the puppet show in Little Venice. We will be leaving school at around 11.40am and will be back by 3.30pm. For those of you coming with us, I will be sending you an email early next week with more details.

Finally, we will be having a little Christmas party on Friday and I have promised the children that we will watch a film: Title yet to be agreed!

I hope to see some of you at the St Stephen’s Christmas Fair tomorrow. Please do stop by for a home-made muffin. We baked them today and I can confirm that they are super healthy, nut-free, sugar-free and most importantly delicious!

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Walsh

Please find a message about the Daunt Books Children’s Short Story Competition from Mrs Pereira below.

Dear Parents/ Carers,

Last year, many of the children at St Stephen’s entered the Daunt Books Children’s Short Story Competition. Indeed we even had some winners from our school over the past few years. What an honour to have four published authors in our own school. This year, I would like to encourage any other keen writers from St Stephens to enter, as it is a wonderful opportunity to write a story for pleasure and potentially see it in print!

The competition is open to all children aged four to fifteen. The story must be all your child’s own work and must be between 300 and 1500 words.

How do I submit? You should email your story as an attachment to l.pereira@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk by Friday 21st January. Please put your child’s name, age and class as the email title and on the story attached.

Eg: Sally-  Y4 Rosen (Age 9)

Please make sure that the stories are typed, double-spaced and single sided. We will then forward all St Stephen’s entries to Daunt bookshop by the closing date. A copy of the children’s stories will be kept in a special folder in the Library for all to read.

Results will be announced in April 2022 and winning stories will be published in during summer term. A copy of all entries will be kept in the school Library as a keepsake for the children to read.

Good luck and I look forward to reading your children’s stories!

Yours faithfully,

Lia Pereira

Friday 3rd December

Dear Parents and Carers,

Just six more sleeps until the Nativity! We’ve been practicing every day and I’m very proud of the hard work they have put in: The finale in particular is fabulous and their energy is infectious. One more push over the weekend and I think we will be ready to perform! I look forward to seeing you at 9.30am or 2pm on Thursday.

In English, we have been learning how to answer comprehension questions. The children have been thinking about the difference between retrieval questions, where the answers can be found in the text, and inference questions, where they have to work out the answer using clues from the text. The children had to answer a number of questions about Look Up! and where necessary explain their answer. Then, then had to make up their own questions for their partner.

In Maths, we have been thinking about strategies to add three numbers. We have been using our knowledge of number bonds and doubling numbers to make it easier.

In RE, we have been learning about the importance of light in Christianity. The children thought about darkness and how it makes them feel. Then, they thought about the contrast of light and the effect that light has on darkness. By explaining that Christians see Jesus as the light of the world, the children were asked to think about how Jesus might make Christians feel.

A  reminder about labelling clothes: There are a considerable number of jumpers and cardigans left in the classroom and the playground everyday which are unnamed.  These items are impossible to return to their rightful owner and end up in lost property. Please can you make sure that everything is named. You don’t need to buy labels – a Sharpie pen will do!

Finally, we have changed the format of the homework slightly. Children will need to write just two sentences every week and they will be asked to write in a particular context, for example, how to behave during the Nativity or a letter to Father Christmas. There will be house points given to the children who manage to use the most number of spelling words in a sentence. Please remind them that the sentences must make sense!

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Walsh

Friday 26th November

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week we have been focusing on the Nativity and…… we are definitely getting there! Most of the children now know their lines but many of them don’t know their cues. Could you please spend a few moments this weekend helping them to become more confident about knowing when to say their lines. They need to know who speaks before them and what they say.  There is also a bit of hesitation in songs particularly at the start of a new verse – again it would be amazing if you could help the children imbed their knowledge of the lyrics. This is an ambitious production and the children have so much potential – with a little bit of a push, we can do it justice!

In English, the children have been learning all about adverbs. They wrote a beautiful description of a meteor shower bringing together everything they have learnt this term about adjectives, adverbs, alliteration, expanded noun phrases and metaphors! There was a lot to think about and I was very impressed with their ideas.

In Maths, the children used their knowledge of the inverse to check the answers to some addition sums. In my class, the children became the teacher and had to mark the work of ‘Bob’ our imaginary student by ticking or crossing his answers. Later in the week, we looked at estimation. We discussed how we use estimation in everyday life and then thought of strategies to help us estimate the number of given objects in a picture.

On Wednesday, the children’s author and illustrator Fiona Lumbers, came into school to read to the children and to teach them how to draw some of the characters from her books. There were some fabulous crabs from the book Clem and Crab which hopefully the children have shown you! After lunch, Mr Ben took the children on an adventure through time which ended up in the jungle. Some of the children were then invited on stage to dress up and star in the second half.

Thank you so much to all the parents who have kindly offered to accompany us on our trip to Little Venice to see the puppet show on the 16th December. We now have enough volunteers so I’m happy to confirm that it will go ahead!

The Nativity will take place on 9th December. There will be two performances, the first at 9.30am and the second at 2pm.

Have a lovely weekend and thank you for your continued help and support.

Mrs Walsh

Friday 19th November

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to come with us on our Christmas trip to the puppet show in Little Venice. We still need at least one more parent helper so do please let me know if you would like to come.

School life is picking up pace as we approach Christmas. The Nativity is currently centre stage and we would be very grateful if you could make sure your children know all of their lines, as well as where their lines fit in to the play. This will make the rehearsals much more fun (and Miss Whiting’s job a little bit easier).

In English, we are basing our work around the book Look Up! By Nathan Bryon. The book has a strong female protagonist, who is passionate about astronomy and determined to watch the Phoenix Meteor Shower. We have been learning about adverbs and metaphors which will help us write a detailed description of a meteor shower next week.

In Maths, we have been mixing addition and subtraction. (Lots of the children forget which one they are doing so it’s useful to mix it up). We learnt that subtraction is the inverse of addition and vice versa which means that if we think of a number, then add 10 and then subtract 10, we end up with our original number. It sounds obvious but it’s a really important that they understand the concept as we move forward with the curriculum.

In Humanities, we are continuing to learn about The Great Fire of London. The children are creating their own diary of events. In pairs, they had to sequence the events in chronological order and then illustrate each page with their own vision of the story.

In Relationships and Heath, we read a story about the brain to understand why we sometime struggle to control our emotions. In the story, the sponge brain is effected by our senses – mainly what we see, hear and feel. When the sponge brain is absorbing good and happy feelings then it connects to the brilliant brain which we can control. The brilliant brain makes good choices and helps us to be our best selves. However, when the sponge brain is absorbing unhappy feelings then it connects to the dinosaur brain which takes over and stops brilliant brain from making good decisions. Dinosaur brain has a mind of its own but in the story, we can begin to tame dinosaur brain by keeping it on a lead. There are some brilliant illustrations!

Finally, Miss Lulu is away for the next two weeks so please bear with me. I will try to make sure reading books go home on Monday but if not, you will get them on Tuesday!

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Walsh

Nativity homework

The nativity rehearsals are in full swing! This week we have been learning some of the choreography and next week we will be looking at our script work. Before next Wednesday, the children will need to know some of their lines off by heart. The scripts were sent home before half term but if it has been misplaced please contact your class teacher for a new one.

It would be great if you child could go over the choreography they have learnt this week before our next rehearsal on Wednesday. Below is a list of the songs and video links to myself doing the choreography. Your child only needs to go over the choreography for the song they are in.

We’re Going Home!

https://youtube.com/shorts/zhCdACyIgGg?feature=share

Everything Has To Be Perfect!

https://youtube.com/shorts/R-Ll6g-6AiE?feature=share

Ooh, Ooh, Singing the Blues

https://www.youtube.com/shorts/vEeTQC9eLmQ?feature=share

As Wise As Can Possibly Be

https://youtube.com/shorts/lNQ8JtEguy4?feature=share

Fit For A King!

https://youtube.com/shorts/WDjI_gkLXNU?feature=share

Have a great weekend!

Miss Whiting

Friday 12th November

Dear Parents and Carers,

The rehearsals for the Nativity have started and there have been children in and out of the classroom all week! I haven’t seen any of it yet but I’ve heard some of the songs reverberating in the school corridors and it’s sounding pretty good.

In English, we have come to the end of our poetry topic. The children wrote some beautiful poems about autumn leaves and really impressed me with their understanding of rhythm when they wrote their own verses to London’s Burning. The grammar focus has continued to be progressive verbs and we have been learning to recognise past progressive (was running) and present progressive (is running). Next week, we will start the book Look Up! by Nathan Bryon.

In Maths, we have been learning about subtraction and thinking about all the different ways that subtractions questions can be phrased (take away, minus, find the difference).  Miss Hall’s class have been using dienes to subtract two digit numbers while my class have been focusing on drawing their own tens and ones to show their working and then checking their answer by doing the same sum using a number line.

In RE, we listened to The Bible story of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt to the Promised Land and heard that God appeared on the Holy Mountain and gave Moses the Ten Commandments so that the Israelites could live peacefully together in the wilderness. We read the Ten Commandments and thought about which ones are most relevant to us today. We discussed rules and why we need them and finally, we compared the Ten Commandments with Hindu Values.

I really enjoyed talking to you all at Parents’ Evening this week. I’m sorry the time slots are so limiting and please feel free to get in touch if you would like to discuss anything further.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Walsh

Friday 5th November

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back after half-term. I hope everyone is refreshed!

Thanks so much to Gehaan, Jonathan and Amelie for coming on the school trip to the National Gallery. We couldn’t have done it without you! It was a very tiring day and we walked a long way but hopefully the children will think it was worth it. We managed to catch glimpses of the Queen’s Guards during the Changing of the Guard and we heard the Brass Band as we were leaving but unfortunately there were a lot of people with the same idea as us. Luckily, a sympathetic policewoman took pity on us and allowed all 28 children to pat her horse Jasmine. Our guide at the National Gallery was fantastic and told us the story behind two of the paintings. The children were hanging on her every word and I was very proud of their contribution to the discussion and their attention to the detail in the paintings.

In English, we are studying poetry and have been reading poems about autumn. We have been talking about tenses and have been practicing using the progressive tense which has an –ing ending and which we use a lot in poetry to create a picture in the reader’s mind. Later in the week, we talked about the difference between the past and the present tense and practiced using the past tense in an informal letter to a friend telling them about our trip.

We have split the class into two groups for Maths, one stays with me while the other goes to Miss Hall. These groups are fluid and will change as and when we feel that a child will benefit from moving. The two classes are covering the same topics but one will move a little more slowly than the other and will provide more adult support. This week, we have been looking at addition of two digit numbers and thinking about the different ways we can do this.

In Art, we made a class Christmas card which will be available for you to buy soon! We used watercolour paints, white card and black sharpie pens.

I’m sorry to say we did not have time for the spelling test today so will have to that first thing on Monday.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Walsh

Friday 22nd October

Dear Parents and Carers,

It’s been a very busy end to the first half of term. Black Voices Week has been fantastic and the children have loved learning about Bessie Coleman and all the challenges she overcame to become the first African-American woman to hold a pilot license. Please have a look at the video they made about her (which will be on the website after half term).

On Wednesday, it was DT day with a focus on puppets!  We thought about how puppets can tell a story and we watched come clips of Little Amal, the three and a half metre Syrian refugee puppet who walked across Europe during the summer telling the story of young refugees.

Then, we designed our own puppets giving our concept a name, a character and a story. Finally, we used our design to make a puppet. We used a paper cup, coloured tissue paper, a wooded skewer and some pipe cleaners. The children took the puppets home on Wednesday so hopefully you’ve seen their wonderful creations.

Today, we all wore red to mark National Wear Red Day in support of Show Racism the Red Card. We talked about what racism is and how it makes people feel.  Then, we read a book which explained how easy it is to make judgements about people based on how they look and reminded us that these ideas are usually wrong. A lot for little Year 2 minds to think about! We finished our day making a paper-people chain celebrating our own individuality and uniqueness.

I have given the children a script for the Christmas Nativity and their lines are marked in yellow. Please encourage them to have a look over half term – particularly if they have several lines to learn.

I have loved getting to know all the children during the last 6 weeks and I’m very much looking forward to the rest of the year.

There is a little bit of homework but it’s not due until the Thursday after half term so no need to think about it now. The children all need a well-earned rest.

Have a lovely week.

Mrs Walsh

Friday 15th October

Dear Parents and Carers,

Hispanic Day has been a great success and the children all looked fabulous dressed in the colours of the Mexican flag. We started our day with an assembly presented by a Flamenco troupe. They talked to us about the history of Flamenco and its multi-cultural roots which include elements of Muslim, Indian, African and Spanish customs. Later, they gave us a Flamenco dance lesson where we learnt a few basis steps and some of the simple rhythms.

Louisa very kindly came in to talk to us about her experience of learning to speak Spanish in Ecuador and to read the children the Mexican version of the Spanish fable The Little Red Ant and the Great Big Crumb. Thank you Louisa – it was lovely to have some of the book read in Spanish.

We then looked at the history and geography of Mexico making a picture timeline which started with Maya civilization and ended with the earthquake in Mexico City in 1985. We finished the day making Frida Kahlo inspired paper flowers.

In English, we are learning to write instructions. We have been talking about the imperative (bossy) verb and learning how to spot it in a text and how to use it in our own writing. We have also been learning to recognise time connectives such as ‘first’ and ‘next’, and discussing how they help us to order instructions.

In Maths, we have been practicing our number bonds to 10, 20 and in some cases 100. Towards the end of the week, we started learning how to add two digit numbers.

We are coming to the end of our topics in RE, Humanities and Science and have been recapping on everything we have learnt ready for an end of topic quiz.

Upcoming Events

Next week is Black Voices Week and we will be focusing our learning around the life of the aviator and civil rights activist Bessie Coleman.

Wednesday is DT Day and we will be making puppets.

Show Racism the Red Card’s annual Wear Red Day is taking place on Friday and the children should all come to school wearing red. I will remind them on Thursday but please could the class reps send a reminder on the What’s App group.

We have booked a class trip to the National Gallery on Wednesday 3rd November – we need two parent volunteers to come with us so please email me if you would like to come.

Finally, Mr Gane has asked me to tell you about his Design a Pelican Crossing Competition. Back in 2017, his Year 5 class successfully wrote to Hammersmith & Fulham Council asking that the speed limit outside the school be reduced to 20mph. Pleased with their victory, they then took the matter further in Year 6 and argued for a pelican crossing outside the school. Hammersmith & Fulham have agreed and it is now down to the school to come up with a design. Full details about how to enter the competition can be found under the homework.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Walsh

Friday 8th October

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week we’ve been talking about friendship and how to be a good friend. We’ve been discussing playtime and how we can make sure everyone is happy when we’re playing competitive games such as table football. We have decided that it’s a good idea to mix up the teams so that everyone gets a chance to play with each other and the same team doesn’t always win!

In Relationships and Heath, we talked about bullying and teasing and identified the difference. The children worked in pairs to discuss a number of scenarios and decide whether the actions were of someone being a good friend or a bad friend. Then we discussed the importance of telling an adult if we see someone being mean in the playground.

In English, we read The Big Bad Mood by Tom Jamieson. We looked at the text and thought about why the author has used techniques such as ellipsis (…) and why he has put certain words in bold. We noticed that by putting a word in capital letters, the author has changed the meaning of the sentence.

In Maths, we have been recapping on our current topic of place value and preparing for a short test, which the children took today. They have all done brilliantly and I’m very proud of them!

In RE, we learnt about pilgrimage looking specifically at the importance of pilgrimage in Hinduism. We talked about the religious significance of the River Ganges and Varanasi and we learnt how bathing in the River Ganges is believed to cleanse the soul in the same way that water can be used to clean clothes. Then we looked at lots of photos of the Kumbh Mela festival in Varanasi.

Miss Lulu has asked me to remind you that there is a grammar focus for homework every week. This links to what the children have been learning during the week and it would be really useful for them to write their sentences with this focus in mind. There is also a short Maths task (on the spelling sheet) relating to our current topic and spending 5 or 10 minutes each week on this will help to consolidate the children’s learning. Thanks, as always, for your help with this.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Walsh

Friday 1st October

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week we had the harvest festival service in church and the children were all absolutely amazing. They sang their hearts out, danced enthusiastically with Mr Schumm and listened attentively to the wise words of Dennis. I was really proud.

In English, the children have written a story based on The Lion in the Meadow. They were asked to follow their plans, use lots of expanded noun phrases and to try to use some alliteration. I can’t wait to read them!

In Maths, the children have been applying their times table knowledge (counting in 2s, 5s, 10s and most recently 3s) to number lines. They have learnt to work out the scale of different number lines in order to fill in missing numbers. Then on Thursday and Friday, they were asked to estimate the position of various numbers in between.

Science was everyone’s favourite lesson this week and the children loved playing ‘Guess the Baby’. It was very tricky – particularly with the new born pictures – and an incorrect guess was the cause of much hilarity. Once the excitement had died down, we talked about the changes that humans go through between birth and the age of 6 of 7 and the children compared the picture of themselves as a baby with one that was taken last week.

There was lots of interest in Hindu worship when the children learnt that Hindu prayer involves all five senses. They particularly liked the idea of burning incense and eating fruits and homemade sweets. In Geography, we talked about geographical features. We learnt some technical vocabulary and then thought about whether these features were found in cities or countryside or in both!

For homework this weekend, the children have got  a comprehension which Miss Lulu has stuck into their books. Please could you encourage them to write their answers in full sentences.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Walsh

Friday 23rd September

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for all the gorgeous photos you’ve sent in. We’ll be using them on Monday in our Science lesson when the children will compare their baby photo with a picture I took of them today. The children are all really excited and I think we’ll start the lesson with a game of ‘Guess the Baby’.

In English, we have been learning about alliteration which is where two consecutive words begin with the same sound, such as fantastic fox or tall tree.  The children are all very good at thinking of phrases that use alliteration and now they just need to start using it in their writing! This week the children have been preparing to write their own story based on The Lion in the Meadow. We talked about why we make a plan before we write a story and why it’s important to think about who our audience is before we start writing. Today we drew a storyboard for our stories making sure that we had a beginning, a middle and an end. We decided we would write our stories for children aged between 2 and 8. Next week we’ll use our storyboards to recount our story to a partner and then we’ll have a go at writing it down.

In Maths, we have been practicing counting forwards and backwards in 2s, 5s and 10s. We have also been talking about how to spot a pattern in a number sequence. There are some excellent mathematicians in the class and by the end of the week, I was running out of challenges!

In RE, we learnt about Karma and how it affects a Hindu’s life. In Geography, we looked at maps. We learnt how a key works and the children were introduced to a compass rose. We talked about direction and how we use the compass to navigate our way from one place to another. Finally, the children worked in pairs and used a map to navigate between London landmarks. They were encourage to use north, south, east and west rather than up and down, and left and right.

In Art, the children are learning about Roy Lichtenstein and are creating some self-portraits in a pop art style. Finally, in Relationships and Health, we have been talking about our emotions. We have been reading books about worries and talking about how we can recognise and cope with our emotions.

Thank you so much to Catherine, Anna’s mum, who has offered to come in and read once a week with the children. If anyone else has half an hour to spare any day between 9am and 9.30am, could they please email me. Every little bit helps and Miss Lulu and I are keen to keep the children reading as frequently as possible.

Mr Perry has asked me to pass on a message about the Harvest Festival church service on Thursday:

 

It is wonderful that we are getting back to some semblance of normality at St Stephen’s and that we can all meet together to celebrate our church festivals. On that note, you are all invited next Thursday morning at 9pm (September the 30th) to our Harvest Festival where we come together to thank God for our harvest. This will be held in St Stephen’s Church.

Every year we collect non-perishable goods to go towards feeding those in need at a local charity. Like last year, proceeds will go to the ‘Upper Room’. You would have all received a ParentMail with the list of appropriate goods. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Have a lovey weekend.

 

Mrs Walsh

Friday 17th September

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you’ve all had a good week.

We’re electing school council representatives next week so I’ve asked the children who are interested in the role to think about things they would like to do to improve our school. On Monday morning, they’ll get the chance to stand up and tell us their ideas. I’ve also put our class poem up on the website along with the homework. We will be reciting it in assembly before half term so it would be really helpful if you could help the children to learn it off by heart.

In English, we are reading A Lion in the Meadow by Margaret Mahy. We’ve been focusing on comprehension by looking at the characters and discussing what each of them might be feeling at different points in the book. I asked the children whether they thought the lion was real or imaginary and there was a split within the class. We decided that there was no right or wrong answer and that it depends on perspective. Our grammar focus has been commas in a list and the children have a sheet to complete on this in their homework books.

In Maths, the children have been learning to partition numbers in different ways and then to write addition sums to represent their part whole model. They have also learnt the commutative law which states that in addition sums, the numbers can be written in any order and to help them remember this, they have been practicing writing addition sums in different ways.

In RE, we talked about the Hindu values of honesty and tolerance. We learnt the meaning of these words and thought about how they are important in our lives. Then we thought about other values that are important to us. In Science, we learnt to classify animals into those that give birth to their young and those that lay eggs.

Thanks to everyone who has send me a baby picture already and could I ask that the rest of you do this as soon as possible. We will be using them on Wednesday so ideally, I need them by the end of Tuesday.

Just so you know, we are not streaming Maths until after half-term. This gives Miss Hall and I the chance to get to know the children properly and allows the children time to settle into Year 2.

Finally, Mr Schumm has given us the green light for parent helpers. Miss Lulu and I are looking for two parents who would be happy to come into school and read with some of the children during assembly. This would be between 9am and 9.30am Monday to Thursday. Please let me know if you might be able to spare the time. It would be enormously helpful and very much appreciated!

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Walsh

Friday 10th September

Dear Parents and Carers,

I’ve really enjoyed our first week – the children have all been fantastic and it was impossible to decide on just two children for Star of the Week so I ended up giving the certificate to the whole class!

In English, we have been studying a poem by our class poet Vikram Madan called Roller Coaster. We spent a lesson discussing how the poem makes us feel, we looked at some of the vocabulary, we illustrated the poem, we performed the poem and we adapted the poem. Next week, we’ll write our own poems using adjectives.

In Maths, we’re revising place value. I’ve been very impressed with the children’s knowledge of tens and ones and the emphasis this week has been on remembering that the value of a 4 in the tens column is 40 and not 4.

In RE we are revisiting Hinduism. This week we looked at the role that family plays for traditional Hindus and compared this with the role that family plays in our lives.   In Humanities, we are learning about the geography of London, looking at its location on a map and its relevance as the capital of England, as well as of the UK. We looked at key landmarks and played a board game where we had to answers questions about London to proceed!

Finally, in Science our topic is Growth and Survival and we started off with a lesson about the importance of reproduction. The children worked out that if it didn’t have babies, a species would become extinct!

This afternoon, the children listened to House Captain presentations given by Year 6. They were then given the opportunity to vote for their preferred candidate. Results will be announced on Monday!

Homework this week is spellings (including 4 sentences), an arithmetic task using the part whole model with which the children are all familiar and Mathletics. I apologise for naming the groups incorrectly in my email. The groups are in fact Green, Purple and Blue not Green, Red and Blue.

I have sent home a Red Word list and an adjectives Word Bank. Please do encourage the children to use these when writing their sentences.

One piece of admin: Alastair is out on Tuesday and so our PE session will be on Friday instead. This means the children should come to school in PE kits on Thursday and Friday next week. I will email the class reps and ask them to send a WhatsApp on Monday.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Walsh

Friday 3rd September

Dear Parents and Carers,

We’ve had a great start to the term and Miss Lulu and I are really enjoying getting to know all the children. This week we have been talking about how things work in Year 2. Together, we’ve come up with a list of class rules to make lessons run smoothly and to create the best possible environment for learning. The children have all signed a class contract promising to follow the rules so we’ll see how that goes!

The children have written me a letter telling me a bit about themselves and their summer holiday. We have been revising basic punctuation such as capital letters and full stops and reminding ourselves to write in full sentences. We have also been learning about each other’s heritage – talking together about where we were born and where our parents and grandparents were born. We have been locating countries on the map and placing them within continents. Finally, to finish off the week, we learnt about Frida Kahlo. We looked at her Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Humming Bird and talked about how it makes us feel and what we like and dislike about it. We then turned our hand to a little bit of art and had a go at drawing our own self-portraits.

Just a couple of bits of admin. PE is on Tuesday and Gymnastics is on Thursday so the children need to come to school in their PE kits on those days.

I will be sending an email with our timetable and with details about  homework and how and when it will be set and how and when it should be completed – but in short, reading books will go home on Monday and must be returned with a signature confirming that they have been read by Friday. Homework will go home on a Friday and must be completed and handed in by the following Thursday.

I will be sending home a list of Red Words (tricky words) to help with spelling, as well as a word bank of adjectives and adverbs to help with vocabulary. Please could you encourage your children to use them.

There is no formal homework this weekend but we will be studying our class poet Vikram Madan next week so I would like all the children to find out one interesting fact about him to contribute to our discussion on Monday.

Have a lovely weekend and I look forward to meeting you all soon.

Mrs Walsh