Purple Class News
What a lovely week we have had on our farm topic already :)
If you would like to do some farm related homework over the next couple of weeks, here are a few ideas for you.
Visit a farm!
When you are there, have a think about our geography learning - is it an arable farm or a pastoral farm, or maybe a mixture of both. Perhaps this farm is one that is set up for visitors and is not a working farm. See what you can find out. Who is in charge of the farm and what do they have to do for their job?
Find out about your meal
See if you can work out how many different places the ingredients for your meal have come from. You might have to read the packaging closely or do a little research. I think you might be surprised. If you would like to, you could then find the different places on a map.
Make some popcorn
Our class story features a fair amount of popcorn. Can you follow the same steps as the crow to make a delicious treat? Of course you will need help from an adult (not like the crow who had to do it all by himself!). Try some different flavours too.
The maths objectives and spelling activity is still available on the previous homework sheet.
Have fun. Miss Kuriger :)
Well done on a fantastic end to last term. Your dance at the dance festival was just amazing and I was very proud at how well you watched and applauded everyone else's dances - we had to wait until almost the end for our performance! But, it was worth waiting for. Also, your singing at the Easter coffee morning was so beautiful, so well done.
I hope that you have a lovely Easter break and come back to school refreshed and ready to go. When we come back to school, our new topic will be 'Pirates'. If you would like to get researching, maybe you could find out about any real pirates back in history. You can let us know what you find out on the first day back.
I've been thinking about which learning we need to do next and I've thought of a couple of things that will help you get ahead next term:
- When you are reading, ask grown ups to get you to predict the next part of the story, using clues from what you have already read to help make it a sensible prediction. Then you can read the next bit and see if you are correct!
- Keep reminding yourself about how to tell the time. The national curriculum for year 2 requires that we learn how to tell the time in 5 minute intervals on an analogue clock. So if you can tell the time in all 4 quarters of the clock (e.g. quarter past, quarter to...), then ask a grown up to help you with learning 5 minutes intervals (e.g. 10 past, 25 past, 25 to, 10 to...).
- Practise using a calculation fact within 10 to work out calculation facts within 20 and beyond! e.g. If you know 7+2=9, then you know: 2+7=9, 9-2=7, 17+2=19, 19-12=7, 27+2=29, 17+12=29, 70+20=90 - there are so many! Use your knowledge of place value to make lots of new maths facts.
Thank you, and see you all very soon!
Miss Kuriger, Peggy and Albert (currently snoozing no doubt at my house while I'm in school!)
Hello Purple Class,
I hope you are all having a good week so far. We did so much learning for our Best Books and Christianity topics last half term, that I bet you were in much need of a good rest. I loved our visit to the cathedral, and your writing about it at the end of last week showed me that you did too!
I know some of you are away this week - I hope you have some good weather, although it's nice and sunny at school here at the moment anyway. The guineas are both fine at my house, enjoying a lie in as usual and very loud when it gets close to supper time. Nothing new there then.
I am busy getting some learning ready for next term for you all. We are going to have a new history topic for the afternoons - the Anglo Saxons. I'm sure you'll find it fascinating. If you would like to do a little bit of research, then the BBC website has some good information as a starting point - https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/articles/zq2m6sg
Keep up the reading and mental maths facts - halves and doubles to double 20 and knowing the multiplication and division facts for the 2s, 5s, and 10s tables is a good place to start.
See you all soon,
Miss K (Peggy and Bertie) :)
Hello Purple Class,
I just wanted to say well done for the fantastic book afternoon you hosted for Red Class today. You were able to share your stories, help the younger children develop new skills and of course have fun!
Our next topic will be Christianity and we look forward to learning stories, beliefs and practices. If you would like to do some homework over the next couple of weeks, you could do some research to find out more about this religion or perhaps visit a Christian place of worship yourself to see just what it is like.
Please continue to practise your reading and mental maths facts. Doubles and halves to double 20 and counting on and back in 3s would be a great place to start.
See you on Monday - with all your hats, scarves and gloves labelled with your names! :)
From Miss K, Peggy and Bertie (both currently eyeing me up with their feet on the bowl waiting for supper)
Hello Purple Class...we are now in 2019, although I wonder how long it will take me not to put 2018 on the board...you'll have to help me out!
I really hope you have had a great break so far. Thank you so much for your wonderful and generous gifts for Christmas. Miss Arscott, Mrs Moran and I are very grateful, so thank you.
Peggy and Bertie were very pleased with their carrots as an early treat and on Christmas day opened their pine cone garland (it's been munched a bit), their sunflower seed gingerbread man (only one leg was left by lunchtime) and their tasty hay (a big hit too). I have sent the card you made to the rescue centre where we got Bertie from and I'm sure they will be very pleased to hear how he is getting on. The guineas have developed a new bad habit - tipping the bowl upside down. I have tried explaining to them that it's not a good plan as they then can't get to the food, but they didn't seem to take that in. They haven't done it today...yet.
When I see you all on Monday, we will begin our topic of 'Best Books'. Please have a think about what your favourite book is and if you have it, bring it in to show. You'll need to be able to explain a little bit about the book and what makes it your 'best book'. I'm sure we'll have a good variety. I've got some of my favourites to share too. Peggy and Bertie have their favourite book at school already - they're trying to get top marks - teacher's pets :)
See you soon.
Miss Kuriger, Peggy (currently munching nuggets) and Bertie (currently munching hay)
Hello Purple Class,
I hope you are all well and have had a lovely week's break from school. You were so brilliant in your class assembly on the last day of term, I'm sure you've had a well deserved rest.
When we come back to school, we are going to learn about Bonfire Night and Remembrance Day as these are both happening in the first week. So if you'd like to do some homework next week, perhaps you could find out if there are any stories to tell about the World Wars in your family. Maybe there was a relative that took part. Maybe you have a few photos. You can share what you find out in class.
The following week we will start our 'Special Places' topic and I'll be planning lots of different home learning opportunities for you.
See you on Monday
Miss K, Mabel and Peggy :)
Your child will bring a trip letter home today but in addition to the information on the letter:
- If your child would like to come dressed up as a Victorian for the trip, they are most welcome to but they will still need to wear sensible shoes and have a waterproof coat.
- Please can all children (including those who are having a Blackwell Kitchen dinner) bring a small rucksack so that they can carry their lunch, snack and drink with them during the day.
Hello Purple Class,
I just wanted to write you a little well done letter as you all did brilliantly settling in to the new classroom and new lessons. I was particularly impressed with your history learning this week and you interpreted many different historical sources to find out what life was like back in the Victorian era. It won't be long before mums, dads and visitors will get a little look at your fabulous learning on Open Evening.
Don't forget the Victorian visit later this term too. I have been to have a sneaky look and plan some great learning for you and I think you'll love it. It would be really lovely if we could travel back in time and dress up as real Victorians too. It will make the day even more exciting. Have a think about a simple costume you might wear. Perhaps you could do a little bit of research with a grown up to find out more.
On Friday you will have brought home a class newsletter and homework sheet. I wrote the Forest School days on there and lots of other helpful information too. Why not have a try at a homework activity this weekend? You can hand in your green homework book on Monday.
That's all for now,
Miss Kuriger, Mabel and Peggy
Well Purple Class...now Yellow Class,
Thank you so much for a lovely end of term with really thoughtful cards, wishes and gifts. You have all been very generous and we appreciate your thanks.
You have all been a super class, full of kind and caring people who work hard and will do well. Have a lovely summer holiday and don't forget to speak to us in September when the thought of Purple Class is far behind you!
Thank you again,
Miss Kuriger and Mrs Moran x
So the match has just finished and we're through to the semi finals! Later on we will find out who our opponents will be.
Let's take this chance to extend our geography learning. This week we have investigated where our food comes from, using food packaging to learn more.
If you'd like to do some homework, try and find out more about the countries that are still in the world cup - England, France, Belgium, Russia and Croatia (at the moment) and learn about their climates. Then you can predict what sort of foods are grown there. Perhaps you can research on the internet too.
Let us know what you find out!