18th November 2019

English

This week in English we have continued to look at and create our own made up animals! The children have not only been describing them using adjectives and similes this week but also thinking about where they live, how they move and what they sound like. The children will be writing a character description of their animal as part of their independent writing this week.

Maths

In Mrs Ellis’s maths this week we have been looking at money. We have recapped the different coins and notes and have bee doing lots of activities including…

  • matching coins to the amounts
  • playing shops
  • creating an amount using different coins 
  • playing shops
  • counting in multiplies of 2, 5 and 10

As part of your home learning it would be great if your children could play with real money. Can they make 37p using a range of different coins? You could also ask them worded questions such as…If I go the shop with 50p and spend 26p, how much change will I get? What coins could I get? OR If I buy a pencil for 35p and a rubber for 19p, how much will it cost altogether? What coins could I use to pay for this?

 

In Mrs Prophet’s maths they have been using a range of resources such as Numicon and base ten to add single digits to a 2 digit number. As part of their home learning it would be great to get them to ‘count on’ in their heads. For example- put the number 18 in your head and count on 5. What number do you get to? 

 

Science

In science this week children will be learning about the food chain. What would happen if one animal from the food chain became extinct?

Saying Goodbye

Next week we say goodbye to Mrs Desborough. She has really enjoyed her time here at Garrick Green and we will really miss her! She is moving on to continue her teaching training in a year 5 class. We wish her the best of luck and look forward to her return in the summer term.

 

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Friday 22nd November – trip to Norwich Playhouse to see The Scarecrow’s Wedding

Friday 29th November – non-uniform for Plant a Tree

Friday 6th December – Christmas fair

Thursday 12th December – Christmas Carols 3-4pm (We have been busy rehearsing!)

Friday 13th December – Christmas Jumper day

Monday 16th December – Christmas dinner and Disco 330-5pm

Tuesday 17th December – 915-1130am Parent drop in

Wednesday 18th December – Last day of Autumn term!

11th November 2019

English

This week in English we have been looking at and describing different animals. The children have been using some great adjectives and similes.

Image result for simileWe then looked at some mythical and made up animals and created our own! Mrs Ellis made a swiraffe- a swan like giraffe! The children have been thinking about how these animals move and which habitat they live in. Next week they’ll be independently writing a detailed description about their new animals. 

Maths

In Mrs Ellis’s maths we have been carrying on with addition and subtraction. Next week we will be moving on to money. As part of your home learning you could play shops, play with real coins, ask your child to calculate (add) simple amount, think about how much change you would get at the shop (subtraction). 

For 2 digit subtraction we draw the greatest number into the place value chart. We then subtract the ones. Then we subtract the tens. Finally count what is left to get the answer.

In Mrs Prophet’s maths children have been thinking about relative facts. For example- if we know that 1 + 6 = 7 then we know that 10 + 60 = 70. We have also been recapping number bonds to 10 (2 numbers that total 10 e.g. 2+8=10, 3+7=10).

 

Science

In science this week we carried on thinking about the ocean habitat. We learnt about dangers to the ocean and created posters to encourage people to recycle plastic.

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Friday 15th November – non-uniform day for Children in Need

Friday 22nd November – trip to Norwich Playhouse to see The Scarecrow’s Wedding

Friday 6th December – Christmas fair

Thursday 12th December – Christmas Carols 3-4pm

Friday 13th December – Christmas Jumper day

Monday 16th December – Christmas dinner and Disco 330-5pm

Tuesday 17th December – 915-1130am Parent drop in

Wednesday 18th December – Last day of Autumn term!

4th November 2019

English

This week in English we have been looking at things the children may see, hear and smell at firework displays. The children chose a variety of nouns and wrote some fantastic sentences about each one that included describing words (adjectives), words that sound like the thing they are describing (onomatopoeia) and similes. They then created their own poems.

Maths

In Mrs Ellis’s class the children have been learning to add and subtract 10 from a given number, adding 2 digits and 1 digit numbers together. The children have been using concrete resources and also drawing pictures to help them solve problems.

First we partition the 24 into tens and ones (2 tens and 4 ones). Then we add the 5 ones. Next we find the total of both columns and add them together. Some children have used pictures like above and others have used resources.
First we partition the 29 into tens and ones (2 tens and 9 ones). Then we add the 6 ones. We have too many ones in the one columns so we have to exchange (swap) some. We know 10 is the magic number so we exchange 10 ones for 1 ten. Finally we find the total of tens and ones and add them together. Again some children have drawn pictures and other have used resources.

In Mrs Prophet’s class the children have been learning 10 more and 10 less of a given number.

Science

This week we have looked at the different animals found in the ocean and which part of the ocean they can be found. For example, did you know that the eel like to live on the seafloor and feed on the dead animals found there?!

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Thursday 7th November – Maths event for RE class 9am

Thursday 7th November – Maths event for HPclass 215pm

Friday 8th November – non-uniform day in return for a tombola prize

Tuesday 12th November – Library van

Friday 15th November – non-uniform day for Children in Need

Friday 22nd November – trip to Norwich Playhouse to see The Scarecrow’s Wedding

Friday 6th December – Christmas fair

Thursday 12th December – Christmas Carols 3-4pm

Friday 13th December – Christmas Jumper day

Monday 16th December – Christmas dinner and Disco 330-5pm

Tuesday 17th December – 915-1130am Parent drop in

Wednesday 18th December – Last day of Autumn term!

Reception Blog 4.11.19

This week the story is ‘Little Red Riding hood’ we will continue to talk about stranger danger plus reminding the children about the language, characters, setting, problem and resolution in the story.

In phonics this week we will be covering: a, b, d, p and qu and the stories will be in the children’s book bags at the end of the week.

Last week we also sent home the first big talk homework – we hope you have all enjoyed discussing the pictures – it is amazing the ideas that the children think of!

In maths we are focussing on counting objects accurately to 10 and even if there are 9 different objects there are still 9 of them – they don’t have to exactly the same to be counted as a group.

We are also going to introduce estimating where the children look at a set of objects and make an informed guess as to how many there are.

We will also look at measuring by comparing the childrens heights and using the comparative height language: tall, taller, tallest.

We will start story scribing this week where the children tell the adult a story and the adult writes what the child says. The more confident the children are with phonics the more writing they will do so when a child is able to hear the sounds in the words they start writing those sounds. At the end of the day the child gets to act their story out.

If there is anything you’d like extra information on then please come and ask.

Have a good week!

28th October 2019

This week is International week and the children have been extremely busy learning all about the Caribbean!

Fact Finding

Year 2 went on an imaginary safari across the Caribbean to spot some animals that live in the wild! The children found out lots of fascinating facts and wrote some wonderful sentences in their fact booklets. Ask them to tell you what they learnt about!

Comparing the UK and the Caribbean

The children have also looked on Google Earth to see where in the world the UK is and the Caribbean, followed by comparing the similarities and differences between both, looking at houses, beaches , fruit and the weather.

Art

The children have learnt all about Mola Folk Art and have designed their own, choosing one of the Caribbean animals they have learnt about. Instead of using traditional Mola art resources, such as fabric, the children used coloured paper and practised mastering their cutting skills using scissors. They have also made headdresses in preparation for Samba dancing!

Layering coloured paper to make Mola Folk Art

Did you know some new Mola art is inspired by comic book characters? Why not try making some Mola art at home using paper and scissors and making this art work?

Samba with Mrs Morgan

The children will be listening to traditional Caribbean music and learning some dance moves with Mrs Morgan later in the week.

Cooking

The children will be writing a traditional Caribbean recipe – Banana muffin cakes, which they will be making and eating. Here is the recipe if you would like to try them at home…

Parent Teacher Interviews

Sign up sheets will be available soon. The dates and times are as follows…

Mrs Ellis

Thursday 31st October 2-330pm

Monday 4th November 8.30-10am

Mrs Prophet

Friday 1st November 830-10am

Letters have come home this week about our trip to the Theatre- please return slips ASAP!

14th October 2019

We can’t believe that we are already at the end of our first half term! We are really proud of how well the children have settled in to Year 2. We have had lots of applications for Team Captain roles and the children have been enjoying their new bib responsibilities at break and lunch time.

English

Last week we had a go at writing Goldilocks a letter and she sneaked into the classroom and read them all! She left a trail of porridge and the books were messy but she also left us a letter. The children have been working really hard this week to reply to her letter- answering questions and asking her some questions.

Maths

In Mrs Ellis’s maths group we have been thinking about addition and subtraction. We have looked at number bonds to 100, what happens when you add and subtract ones (e.g. 20+1=21, 20+2=22, 20+3=23), what happens when we add and subtract 10s (e.g. 13+10=23, 13-10=3).

In Mrs Prophet’s maths group they have been thinking about addition and subtraction using fact families within 10 (e.g. 4+6=10, 6+4=10, 10-6=4, 10-4=6).

Here is a great game all children can play at home with counting https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/helicopter-rescue

and also addition and subtraction https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/chopper-squad

Science

This half term our science lessons have been linked to our topic Carnival of the Animals. We have been learning about animal life cycles and starting to explore animal habitats.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Sign up sheets will be available soon. The dates and times are as follows…

Mrs Ellis

Thursday 31st October 2-330pm

Monday 4th November 8.30-10am

Mrs Prophet

Tuesday 29th October 2-330pm

Friday 1st November 830-10am

Disco

The Halloween Disco is Tuesday 29th October from 5-630pm. This will be in the school hall and costs £2 per child.

Norse Taster

The Norse taster is next Wednesday 16th October from 1.45pm.

The last day of half term is Friday 18th October- back to school Monday 28th October.

7th October 2019

English

This week in English we have been reading the traditional tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have also been thinking about letters- why people send them, different types of letters and the features of letters. As part of your home learning you could share any letters you get and teach your child your home address which would be written at the top of a letter! Next week all children will be writing a letter independently.

Maths

In Mrs Prophets maths children have been learning how to count in multiples of 2, 5 and 10 using a range of resources. They have also been learning number bonds to 10- these are 2 numbers that add up to 10 e.g. 9+1=10, 8+2=10. As part of their home learning children could count 2ps, 5ps or 10ps.

In Mrs Ellis’s maths children have begun to think about addition and subtraction. We have recapped number bonds to 10, been learning number bonds to 20, learning how to check calculations (all children got to become the teacher and mark some of Mrs Ellis’s work!) and compare number sentences.

Parent Teacher Interviews

Sign up sheets will be available soon. The dates and times are as follows…

Mrs Ellis

Monday 14th October 4-6pm

Thursday 31st October 2-330pm

Monday 4th November 8.30-10am

Mrs Prophet

Monday 14th October 4-6pm

Tuesday 29th October 2-330pm

Friday 1st November 830-10am

Disco

The Halloween Disco is Tuesday 29th October from 5-630pm. This will be in the school hall and costs £2 per child.

Norse Taster

The Norse taster is next Wednesday 16th October from 1.45pm.

The last day of half term is Friday 18th October- back to school Monday 28th October.

Reception Blog 07.10.19

We are starting to have a weekly story where both classes join together, listen to a story and start to act it out. The theme is traditional tales because we would like to introduce the key elements of a traditional tale like the language, the characters, the setting and the events.The story this week is Little Red Riding Hood.

We are also looking at a number of the week and this week the number is 3 – there is an action to go with each number – ask your child to see if they can remember 1 and 2! This is to get the children to know the numbers really well and instantly recognise them and know what the number means.

We are also carrying on with the art work after designing our christmas cards last week. This week the children will be doing self portraits using paint. We will look carefully at the features on our faces and recreate them in a painting. The children will also use technology for a purpose and take selfies using an iPad.

We are starting dough disco this week to build up the children’s fine motor skills so that their fingers will be stronger to write and draw.

We are continuing to assess the children as we’re not quite finished!

You will get the children’s Christmas card designs this week – please order if you would like to and then send the designs back in. The ordering process is quite straight forward using the online system and the code on the Christmas card forms. All designs need to come back to school as they get entered into a competition regardless of if you have ordered them or not.

We have also started Marvellous Me where a child in the class is chosen and each child says a marvellous thing about them. They get to wear a medal and get to be first in the line. They also get to sit in a special chair!

Have a good week!