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 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