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 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