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Class Newsletter 28.11.14

Another action packed week for us this week! We hope you are all having a lovely weekend. Class 2 newsletter 12
Posted On 29 Nov 2014
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Frosty days in the forest

It was frosty out in the forest today and we made a little piece of ‘ice art’ but we’ve popped it in the freezer to finish it off. We talked about animal homes and made some with leaves, branches and anything we could find on the forest floor. Do you know which British animals...
Posted On 25 Nov 2014
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Weekly Newsletter

Sorry for the delay in this going up… Class 2 newsletter 11
Posted On 24 Nov 2014
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Weekly Newsletter

Time flies when you are having fun! I can’t believe that it is time for the Newsletter again! This week has been full of exciting things including pyjamas, visitors and Gruffalos! I realised that there has been so much going on that I forgot to mention the fantastic...
Posted On 14 Nov 2014
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A little bit more about Forest Schools this week

We had lots of fun in Forest Schools this week. We went to explore first of all and then stopped when we heard our call ‘One, two, three where are you?’ The children replied, ‘One, two, three, we’re here!’ We sat down in our log circle and talked about how the environment is...
Posted On 14 Nov 2014
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Building habitats

Reception children were working outside in forest schools this afternoon. They used wool to weave around sticks and twigs. They looked very colourful on such a grey day! In the outdoor classroom, we did lots of mark making activities. We also had dinosaurs, road workers and even...
Posted On 11 Nov 2014
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Newsletter 9 – 7th November

First of all my apologies for the paper copy of the Newsletter not making it into the book bags today; we encountered a slight technical hitch! Never fear they will be on their way home on Monday. Class 2 newsletter 9 Miss Bird
Posted On 07 Nov 2014
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Fantastic work

What a fabulous week Class 2 have had! You have all been working very hard and created some lovely ‘land art’ during our art lesson on Wednesday. We were looking at work by the artist Andy Goldsworthy (he uses natural materials to create sculptures etc). The whole...
Posted On 07 Nov 2014
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A busy first week back!

Wow! What a busy first week back we have had! I have only just found time to do this blog post now! We have been so impressed by everyone’s eagerness to jump straight back in to working super hard and always trying their best.  The Year 1s have been learning lots of new...
Posted On 06 Nov 2014
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Forest Schools with the Reception children

We were outside in the forest again this afternoon. Sage wasn’t there. I wonder where she gets to? We had ‘Spotter’s’ sheets to complete and we did spot lots of things like cobwebs and leaf skeletons. One or two children were sure they’d seen badgers! Hummm!?
Posted On 04 Nov 2014
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Newsletter 8 – 23rd October

The next newsletter installment – Newsletter 8 Have a lovely half term break everyone!  
Posted On 23 Oct 2014
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Beautiful books

All the Reception children received a beautiful book from Park Grove PTA today. Every book had their name and a welcome message printed inside the front cover. What a lovely gesture. The children were quite overwhelmed and delighted with their gift. Thank you very much to all at...
Posted On 21 Oct 2014
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A Child Friendly Search Engine

Hi again everyone, I have come across a child friendly search engine for the Year 1 children to use (and of course the Reception children as they develop.) It doesn’t let children search for silly words and still retains a very intuitive design. This is definitely one to...
Posted On 17 Oct 2014
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Beebot Extension Activities

There were lots of children who were really getting into working with the Beebot over the last week. I have found some good games on line which help you to practise the same skills in creating very simple algorithms. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/bee-bot/id500131639?mt=8 This...
Posted On 17 Oct 2014
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Newsletter 7 Friday 17th October

Hi all, Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Here’s the latest newsletter, hot off the press. Many thanks, Mr Hodge. 🙂 Newsletter 7
Posted On 17 Oct 2014
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Newsletter 6 Friday 10th October 2014

Hello again everyone, Please find enclosed our latest newsletter hot off the press. Yours sincerely, Mr Hodge 🙂 Newsletter 6
Posted On 11 Oct 2014
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Maths games to try at home!

Hi everyone, Here are some great maths games to try at home. Be selective over the year group for the games you are playing. http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/3-5-years/counting http://www.maths-games.org/counting-games.html http://www.mathschamps.co.uk/games5-7?...
Posted On 08 Oct 2014
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Forest Schools with Reception children in Class 2

Last week was very special in Forest Schools. We celebrated the change in the season and the children enjoyed performing our ‘leaf storm’ as we shook our parachute and made some wind! We’re really get the hang of Forest Schools now. We reply to the call ‘One, two, three, where...
Posted On 04 Oct 2014
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Newsletter 5 Friday 3rd October

Hi everyone, Here is the latest weekly newsletter hot off the press! Mr Hodge. 🙂 Newsletter 5
Posted On 03 Oct 2014
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Phonics Play

Hi again, Here’s a link to the Phonics Play website. There are lots of games on here to support the children’s phonics lessons. If you are unsure of which phonics phase your child is at, please don’t hesitate to speak to me. The Reception children are all...
Posted On 26 Sep 2014
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Newsletter 4 Friday 26th September

Hi all, Here’s the latest newsletter all about Class 2. I hope you enjoyed the monthly one which came out recently too? Many thanks, Mr Hodge. Newsletter 4
Posted On 26 Sep 2014
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Splat Square Maths!

Hi everybody! Can you practise your counting at home by splatting the numbers in order? Count out loud as you splat! Make sure your Mummys and Daddys can hear your counting! Happy Splatting! Mr Hodge. P.S. Why not try the pirate counting game at home too?! Both links are below:...
Posted On 21 Sep 2014
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Class 2 Newsletter 19th September

Hi everyone, Here’s our latest Class 2 Newsletter! We have had lots of fun this week. I’m really looking forward to finding all about Bike-It! next week! Yours sincerely, Mr Hodge. Newsletter 3
Posted On 17 Sep 2014
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Arty Giraffes!

I came into school today to find some very colourful giraffes! What an arty class I have! Well done! Mr Hodge.
Posted On 17 Sep 2014
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Class 2 Newsletter Number 2!

Hello everybody! We’re at the end of another busy week. Please find the enclosed newsletter sent home today. Yours sincerely, Mr Hodge 🙂 Newsletter 2
Posted On 12 Sep 2014
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Walking to assembly and back

I was very very impressed with all of you today children! You walked to assembly and back out really well! You were quiet and kept in a straight line all of the time! I think we are definitely achieving Miss Sawyer’s target! Well done! Next time we all go to assembly make...
Posted On 10 Sep 2014
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Class 2 newsletter 5th September

Hello everybody! Here is an electronic copy of the newsletter sent home on 5th September. A computer glitch caused the delay. Many thanks, Mr Hodge. 🙂 Newsletter 1
Posted On 10 Sep 2014
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Science today!

What fun we had in Science today! All of the Year Ones spent lots of time thinking about how to write different body parts. We drew around Matthew and then labelled his head, armpits, ankles and lots more! It was really funny to see you all adding labels to your models! The...
Posted On 09 Sep 2014
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First week back!

Wowee! What a wonderful first week back after the holidays! It has been so lovely to meet you all! I am very pleased that all of the Reception children have settled in so well and are happily playing. The Year one children have also spent a lot of time writing lists this week,...
Posted On 05 Sep 2014
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Favourite memory

We have had a busy week in Class 2, with Sports Day, finishing boats and lots of singing. We have done so many things as a class throughout the year. What has been your favourite memory from Class 2? I have lots, but one of them is definitely watching you all singing and...
Posted On 19 Jul 2014
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Sports Day

You all did brilliantly at Sports Day, Class 2. We are very proud of you! I really enjoyed running speed bounce and I loved the running races. What was your favourite event?
Posted On 15 Jul 2014
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Class 2 newsletter

Here is our weekly newsletter for Reception and Year 1. weekly newsletter 11 july 14 Have a lovely weekend! Mr Baines
Posted On 11 Jul 2014
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Class 2 Jelly Stall

What fantastic work you all put in, Class 2, to get our jelly stall ready. We sold lots of jellies and packets of sweets and hopefully we will sell lots more tomorrow. Well done!
Posted On 07 Jul 2014
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Tour de France

Did you get to see the Tour de France in York this weekend? I watched the cyclists as they rode over Clifton Bridge. It was very exciting as they were also being followed by a helicopter!
Posted On 06 Jul 2014
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Filey

We had a wonderful trip to Filey on Thursday. My favourite moment was making a huge sandcastle on a mountain. What a team effort! What was your favourite moment?
Posted On 05 Jul 2014
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Class 2 newsletters and homework – 4th July

weekly newsletter 4th July Year 1 homework – 7th July 2014 Have a fantastic weekend!
Posted On 05 Jul 2014
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Summer fair

Did you come to the summer fair yesterday? What did you like best? I saw quite a lot of you at super soaker. I got very wet!
Posted On 28 Jun 2014
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Class 2 newsletters – 27th June

weekly newsletter 27th June – Early Years newsletter Year 1 homework – 30th June 2014 Have a lovely weekend!
Posted On 28 Jun 2014
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Class 2 newsletters – 20th June

Year 1 homework – 23rd June 2014 Early Years newsletter – weekly newsletter 20th June Have a lovely weekend!
Posted On 20 Jun 2014
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Dragon’s Den

Class 2, you were brilliant in our Dragon’s Den assembly this morning. You all sang and said your lines so clearly, and I think there will be lots of people wanting to buy our jelly. Well done!
Posted On 20 Jun 2014
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Science day

I hope you all enjoyed our science enrichment day as a much as Mrs Rathmell and I did! You made some super sparkly explosions and we were very impressed with the comments you all made as you worked out what was happening. Are you able to tell a grown up about what you did? There...
Posted On 17 Jun 2014
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Jelly on a plate…

We’d love to have some more of your jelly recipe ideas, Class 2. What interesting flavours and colourful combinations can you think of?
Posted On 14 Jun 2014
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Class newsletters

weekly newsletter 13th June – Early Years Newsletter Year 1 homework – 16th June 2014 Have a super weekend!
Posted On 13 Jun 2014
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The Magic Bed

Next week we will be reading a story by John Burningham called  The Magic Bed. If you had a magic bed that could take you on a journey, where would you go?
Posted On 06 Jun 2014
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Class 2 newsletters – 6th June

Year 1 homework – 9th June 2014 weekly newsletter 6th June – Early Years newsletter Have a lovely weekend!  
Posted On 06 Jun 2014
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Stay and Play

Stay and Play will be running for 4 weeks this half-term, starting this Friday. Please sign up on the sheets outside the classroom if you would like to visit!
Posted On 04 Jun 2014
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Show and Tell

This half-term our Show and Tell topic is ‘When I went on a journey…’ This journey could have been to anywhere, and you could bring in something you got or found on the journey or something that reminds you of it. You could also bring in a photo too!
Posted On 04 Jun 2014
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Book cover

All the parts of our Twelve Princesses book cover, which we created on our art enrichment day, have all now been stuck on. It looks fantastic! Big well done, Class 2. You will be able to show it to your families when all the book covers go up on display!
Posted On 01 Jun 2014
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Journeys

As our topic will be about journeys next half term, I wonder where you are going over the holiday? Perhaps you have been somewhere in York, or maybe you have travelled somewhere further afield? Whatever you do and wherever you go, we hope you have a lovely holiday!
Posted On 25 May 2014
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Class 2 newsletters – 23rd May

weekly newsletter 23rd May Year 1 homework – 23rd May 2014 weekly newsletter 23rd May – Early Years newsletter
Posted On 23 May 2014
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Class 2 newsletters – 16th May

weekly newsletter 16th May – Reception newsletter Year 1 homework – 19th May 2014
Posted On 22 May 2014
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The egg hatches…

There was great excitement in Class 2 when we returned to the classroom after playtime to find that the dragon egg we had been looking after had hatched! Not only that, but there were large, sandy footprints across the floor leading to the window, which had been opened. The...
Posted On 12 May 2014
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Class 2 newsletters and homework

Early Years newsletter – weekly newsletter 9th May Year 1 homework letter – Year 1 homework – 12th May 2014 Have a lovely weekend from the Class 2 team.
Posted On 10 May 2014
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Class 2 collaging!

You may have noticed the very colourful display of work outside Class 2 today – the results of the children’s work with Mrs Savoia and Mrs Rathmell! I think you’ll agree that they look fantastic, with lots of eye-catching detail and incredible ideas.
Posted On 08 May 2014
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Class 2 newsletters and homework

Please find the Early Years and Year 1 newsletters attached. 2 weekly newsletter 2 May 14Year 1 homework – 5th May 2014 Have a lovely weekend!
Posted On 02 May 2014
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An exciting find!

We are very excited to announce the discovery of a gigantic, turquoise, oval-shaped egg in the wildlife area. Mr Stoner came to tell us about some large footprints (with 3 claws) he had found in the area, but when we got there, we found the egg as well! Mr Stoner was also certain...
Posted On 30 Apr 2014
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Show and tell

Just a reminder that our Show and Tell topic this term is ‘Something I used to do when I was younger.’ Please think about what you would like to bring in and say about this topic. The blue group will be first this week, and the new group lists are up on our class...
Posted On 28 Apr 2014
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Class 2 newsletters 25.04.14

Year 1 homework – 28th April 2014 Early Years newsletter  1 weekly newsletter 25 April 14
Posted On 26 Apr 2014
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Welcome back!

It was fantastic to see you all again today, Class 2. It sounds like you have all had a lovely and restful holiday and are raring to go for the new term! You did some wonderful writing in English this morning, sharing your holiday news. It was also very exciting to see all the...
Posted On 24 Apr 2014
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Holidays

Hello Class 2! I hope you have all been having a very enjoyable and relaxing holiday, and you are all full of energy for the new term. On Wednesday, your first day back, you will be with Mrs Savoia in the morning and then you will be meeting Mrs Farrow for the first time in the...
Posted On 20 Apr 2014
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Class 2 newsletters

weekly newsletter 28 march 31st March 2014 – Year 1 newsletter
Posted On 29 Mar 2014
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Class assembly.

Wow, what an assembly! Everyone was brilliant at speaking up. People at the back of the hall could hear everything you said. You all danced and sang with lots of energy and enthusiasm – the songs were very catchy! Well done to you all. You should be very proud of...
Posted On 25 Mar 2014
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Class 2 newsletter

Newsletter for Year 1. Early Years newsletter to follow! 24th March 2014
Posted On 22 Mar 2014
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Class assembly

In Class 2 we have been very busy preparing for our assembly on Tuesday. The children have thought of some fantastic ideas and we are very much looking forward to sharing them! Some of the children have taken home lines they will be saying in the assembly to share with you and...
Posted On 19 Mar 2014
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Outdoors

Wow, what a busy afternoon in the outdoor classroom today. We’ve had balancing on branches and drainpipes. Trampolining on some spare wood left in the area – thanks Mr Stoner! We even had some ballroom dancing going on. There’s never a dull moment in Early...
Posted On 18 Mar 2014
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Class 2 Year 1 newsletter

17th March 2014
Posted On 16 Mar 2014
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Shaking things up in Class 2

In our Science lesson today we explored how we can change the shape and size of different materials by stretching, twisting, squeezing and bending. We also had a lot of fun making butter, changing double cream into delicious golden butter to spread on our toast! We certainly...
Posted On 13 Mar 2014
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Riddles

Class 2 love riddles, and we’re getting very good at writing them! Today we wrote riddles about our favourite traditional tales characters. The children had some fantastic ideas, using lots of descriptive words. Most important of all, though, everybody remembered not to...
Posted On 11 Mar 2014
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Year 1 homework letter – week beginning 10th March 2014

Apologies for the late posting of this week’s newsletter. 10th March 2014
Posted On 10 Mar 2014
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Stay and play

We’re very much looking forward to seeing you all in your world book day costumes tomorrow! Just a reminder: we have lots of places for stay and play this week and next, so if any parents or family would like to come to visit us in Class 2, you are more than welcome!
Posted On 05 Mar 2014
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What’s cooking in Class 2?

The children have really enjoyed playing in the class cafe this week (a big thank you is due to Mrs Rathmell and Miss Wilson for all their hard work in setting it up!). It has been fantatic to see everyone working together to prepare meals and serve some very hungry customers. We...
Posted On 28 Feb 2014
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Newsletters for Class 2

3rd March 2014
Posted On 28 Feb 2014
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Outdoor classroom

Reception children from Class 1 and 2 had a very busy time in the outdoor classroom yesterday. We were using a large ball to play throw and catch and also as target practise to get the ball in the tyres or crates. Lots of children spent a long time ‘painting’ with...
Posted On 26 Feb 2014
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Riddles

This week we will be writing our own riddles about polar animals. This riddle is not about an animal, but something else to do with winter. Can you work out what the riddle is about? The first correct answer will win a prize! When children build me  they have lots of fun, but I...
Posted On 09 Feb 2014
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Class 2 newsletter

3rd February 2014
Posted On 01 Feb 2014
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Happy Chinese New Year!

We have spent the last two days learning about Chinese New Year and thinking about how it is the same or different to our own celebrations. We made lanterns, tasted Chinese food and found out all about red envelopes. I think my favourite moments were performing a dragon dance...
Posted On 01 Feb 2014
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A “Big Question”

I have realised how much all the children in class 2 like to think about things and share their ideas, so each week I thought it’d be a nice idea to have a “Big Question” to think about over the week, which can help us in our topic and science lessons. So, our...
Posted On 25 Jan 2014
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School council and our new class governor

Class 2, Miss Sawyer and Mr Mastrelli were very impressed by our suggestions for new playground equipment which Rylie and Shamim shared at the school council meeting. They both said how imaginative and exciting your ideas were, but also how sensible your ideas were too, because...
Posted On 23 Jan 2014
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Forest Schools 21st January

We spotted ‘Sage’, our little woodland friend, in the Wildlife Area again this week. She seemed very interested in our activity. We were playing ‘Colour bingo’. We saw lots of green and brown in the vegetation around us but also blue sky and some very pink noses! It was very...
Posted On 23 Jan 2014
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Playground equipment

We have been thinking as a class about what playground equipment we would like to buy with the money raised by the school council. While we cannot buy really big things like a swimming pool or a large climbing frame, there is still enough money to buy some really nice equipment...
Posted On 20 Jan 2014
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Class 2 homework letter – Year 1

  Week beginning 20th January 2014 English We are continuing to work on information books next week. The children have produced some fantastic work on different kinds of polar animal, which I’m sure they would love to share. I think all of use learned something new about at...
Posted On 18 Jan 2014
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Class 2 newsletter – Early Years

  EYFS newsletter 17th January 2014 The children have had another busy week and are still thoroughly enjoying learning about the Polar regions, as well as showing us all their fantastic ideas! This week we’ve labelled polar animals, practiced our fine motor skills by...
Posted On 18 Jan 2014
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Outdoor classroom

In our outdoor session yesterday, reception children enjoyed trying out real tools! We were using hammers and knocking nails into logs. We wore gloves to protect our hands and safety glasses to protect our eyes. Mr Stoner had kindly built us a new structure in the outdoor...
Posted On 15 Jan 2014
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Stay and play

It’s been a busy and creative start to the week for all the children in Class 2. We have been writing cold and winter poems, creating winter collages and finding out about the life of one polar animal, the penguin. Year 1 have also been learning about where the Arctic and...
Posted On 14 Jan 2014
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Class 2 newsletter – Early Years

Welcome back! What a busy first week we have had. The children have settled back into school life quickly and have come back full of beans! This week we have read a story about Jack Frost and enjoyed creating our own icy cold pictures. The children enjoyed exploring ice and we...
Posted On 11 Jan 2014
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Class 2 newsletter – Year 1

  Week beginning 13th January 2014 English We are continuing with our work on non-fiction texts, with children learning how to use features such as the contents page and index to find out information. Children will practise writing in the style of an ‘information book’, and...
Posted On 11 Jan 2014
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First week

Class 2, it was so good to see how excited you were about all the new things in our classroom. You have been making really good use of the role play area, living in the igloo, making stew and using the sledge. The big blocks in the construction area have also been very popular,...
Posted On 11 Jan 2014
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Happy holidays!

All the class 2 team would like to wish you all a very enjoyable and relaxing holiday. We have had a very busy couple of weeks, with the classroom becoming something of a winter and Christmas craft workshop. There has been a lot of singing, writing of cards and gift tags, and...
Posted On 21 Dec 2013
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The Nativity

Wow!!! Well done everybody for a fantastic show tonight. You were all absolutely brilliant! From a very proud Mrs Rathmell.
Posted On 11 Dec 2013
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Homework for week beginning 9th December 2013

Homework Class 2 – Week beginning 9th December 2013 Maths In maths this week we will be looking at halving and doubling numbers in Year 1 and finding ‘one less’ or ‘one more’ than a given number in Reception. Both groups of children will be using function machines as a way of...
Posted On 07 Dec 2013
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Bronze team are the winners!

Well done to the bronze team, our first weekly winners of the new Class 2 marble challenge! It was very close, though, and we may have new winners next week. Children, can you explain to someone at home what you can do to win marbles? We had a very busy day again in Class 2, with...
Posted On 07 Dec 2013
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“Clap your hands and…”

Class 2, it was so nice to see you all today and to be working with you again. Kites, number bridges and ‘bossy’ words were just some of the topics we dealt with today. We also learned a new class song today in which we make a pattern. We start with ‘Clap your...
Posted On 05 Dec 2013
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Baking!

This week we have all been baking. We made buns and put icing and chocolate button on the top! This is in preparation for our work on instruction texts where we will be writing instructions for baking cakes. The children did a fantastic job, all remembering to wash their hands...
Posted On 04 Dec 2013
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Forest Schools

This week we have been investigating the pond! We talked about what might be living in the pond and the children thoroughly enjoyed making patterns with the water and sticks! Ms Lamb was observing what the children were interested in and this will help with further planning,...
Posted On 04 Dec 2013
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Forest Schools

We had a super time yesterday. We made little garlands or ‘Autumn wands’ with the twigs and leaves we found in the Wildlife Area. We didn’t see any squirrels or frogs this time but we did look very carefully as we went about our business. It was a beautiful afternoon, damp but...
Posted On 27 Nov 2013
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How do you travel to School?

We will be making a pictogram of this data later in the week. Can you help your child blog how they travel to school? I come by car, Thanks Mrs Horner
Posted On 25 Nov 2013
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Websites Games

Here  is a list of suggested websites of games to play at home, copies have gone home in book bags tonight: Internet games • A few activities to try at home with your child. • Phonics Play- Phase 2 and 3 games- Reception Phase 5- Year 1 and recap phase 3 games....
Posted On 25 Nov 2013
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Homework (Reception)

Week beginning Monday 25th November Please see attached sheet for internet games to play at home to support your child’s learning. English In English we will be continuing to talk about ‘Superheroes ‘. The children will be improving their designs of their own superhero and...
Posted On 25 Nov 2013
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