Welcome to Maple Class 2017 - 2018
This year our class is a pure Year 2 class; we are enthusiastic, hard working and creative.
Our teacher this year is Mrs Yockney supported by Mrs Cole, and Mrs Bowley-Booth.
PE - PE lessons are on Mondays and Wednesdays. Children wear PE kit to school on a Wednesday. A pair of trainers should be kept in school in case we have an impromptu PE activity on other days.
Homework - two pieces related to our 'We are Astronauts' topic (before half term) and 'How does your garden grow' (after half term) - for details see homework sheet
Spellings - usually given on a Friday for a test the following Friday (there is space in our planners for practice)
Times tables or number bonds - to be practised daily (tested on Fridays)
Reading - everyday is a must! (You can record any books read, whether school or your own, in planners, which will be checked every Monday)
Helpers - We welcome help in Maple Class anytime. Especially for a 10 - 15 minutes at the beginning of each day when we would like to focus on our reading and spelling. If you can help in any way at any time please speak to Mrs Yockney or another member of Maple Class staff.
Any questions or problems, we have an open door policy or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Week ending 16th March:
A big thank you to all parents and friends who came to our assembly on Thursday.
I was very proud of all the children as we had little planning and practice time, we had children who were poorly during the week, some who came back on Thursday and picked up their part in the assembly with no practice, we had children who came in for the assembly and have been off school unwell since.
Monday we began our planning with the children creating a massive alphabetical list of learning in Maple Class, Tuesday I gave them the typed up list and the children took on planning to expand certain areas, Wednesday we had a partial run through with children disappearing for support from Mrs Cole, Mrs Bowley-Booth or myself so Thursday was the first proper run through and our assembly!! My amazing class - I am so so proud of them all.
Currently we are working on revision in readiness for our SATs tests in May.
Our topic 'How does your garden grow?' is progressing well. The children have brought in some super examples of homework giving us extra experiments to work with. We visited Growing 2Gether Thursday 8th March - it was very cold but with Dee and Sharon the children consolidated their learning about plants, planted up some bulbs, played games to extend their knowledge and had a super day. A big thank you to Freddie's mum for driving us and to Cheam for allowing us to have a mini-bus and driver for the day.
We have planted our potatoes (brought them in this weekend due to the amber weather warning), set up experiments to demonstrate the stem transporting water from the roots to the flower - the children have written this experiment up formally to increase their written expertise.
Spelling for the next week are:
Individual My 5's
be bee won one flour flower bear bare blue blew - the children need to work on recognising which homophone is which eg flour is used for cooking, flowers are the pretty part of the plant.
Good morning Maple Class on this very cold and snowy day.
Just a thought for you all -
Have fun in the snow - wrap up warm (be winter ready with your hat, gloves, scarves etc) make a snow angel, a snow man or a snow sculpture (don't forget to bring photos to share) catch a snowflake on your tongue, go sledging and keep safe.
Write a snowy poem or story
Draw or make a snowflake
Paint or collage a snowy picture
Do some cooking
Something to think about ...?
My tap has frozen and I am longing for a cup of tea - how much snow would I need to make a lovely warm mug of tea on this cold morning?
Week ending 19th January:
We spent the week working on 2-D shapes looking at how many sides, angles and vertices they each have. We had fun making pictures using the different shapes - next week we will explore symmetry.
We have been learning all about diary writing. The children have read diary entries, noted the features, written their own based on the story of Dogger, they marked my dreadful attempt and then wrote all about their weekend.
We continued exploring our universe - the children very carefully painted the planets ready to make a mobile. Next we need to carefully cut them out.
We also experimented with the force needed to launch a small rocket made from card. We blew up a balloon, attached it to a straw which was on a string between two uprights and let it go. The children were trying to beat the distance my balloon went - most of them did!
The children have a small game of dominoes with these words plus the words before contracting eg I'll and I will.
Please play with your child - practice in a fun way
Happy New Year to you all and a big thank you for the gifts you kindly gave me for Christmas. I hope you all had a super time with your families and your children have recharged their batteries for the new term.
This half term our topic is 'We are Astronauts' - you should have received a homework sheet detailing expectations for Maple Class (a copy of which is on the website).
We began the term looking at poetry - reading and analysing space poems. We will be writing our own poems next week and learning one by heart to perform to the school and at our class assembly.
Our work so far is based around 2-D shapes, the children have been drawing, identifying and learning the features of squares, triangles, pentagons, hexagons and octagons. They used the shapes to create pictures - some are rockets and are on our topic board in the classroom.
We are Astronauts certainly has captured the children's imagination. We are investigating the space race, learning about the first animals and humans in space. We discovered a new twist on the report of Laika, the Russian dog sent into space. The story ends, not with her demise, but with an alien family taking her home and looking after her.
We have experimented with creating craters- using a dish of flour covered in cocoa powder we then dropped marbles from a height to make them.