WELCOME TO MAPLE TREE CLASS
Teacher: Mrs Doxey and Mrs Smart
Hello and welcome to our Maple Tree Class. There will be lots of photographs and information here to keep you in touch with what we’ve been up to in our class, so please remember to take a look every now and then.
We will be enjoying all sorts of learning indoors and outdoors, as well as fun things and adventures, this will be a great way to share them with your family and friends.
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Mrs Doxey and Mrs Smart
Please remember to bring in a water bottle with your child's name on it every day.
Your child should have their book bag with their reading book and reading diary in school every day. This is so a record can be kept to show your child's improvement in their reading when they have read individually or in a group at school. Reading bags will be collected on a Thursday and kept until Friday as two new books to read will be given for the following week.
Rewards will be given to children who read regularly at home and learn their spellings for the test on Friday's.PE takes place every Tuesday and Friday afternoon.
Homework and Spellings
Homework and a phonics activity will be given out on a Monday. Children will no longer be tested on spellings as on-going assessments in phonics lesson shows where sounds need revisiting and these are used to inform planning, rather than spelling test results that don't always show a true picture of children's understanding of using phonics to spell. There will be suggested activities and games you can do with your children to practise reading and spelling using the sound/s for that week. Homework will be collected on a Friday and marked.
Homework will be based on your child's learning that week. Homework activities will help children consolidate their learning further. It will also give you an idea of what they are doing in class. Please ask if you are unsure of anything linked to homework or phonics.
For help with spellings, this link will show you a video of how to pronounce the sounds of the English language - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwJx1NSineE
Autumn 2 Topic
This half term, we’ll have a messy afternoon to investigate mixtures, from paint and clay to cornflour and shaving foam. We’ll enjoy the story of George’s Marvellous Medicine and write recipes, leaflets, lists and stories of our own. We’ll use our science skills to explore everyday materials, investigate soap products and understand why mixtures freeze and melt. We’ll learn how to measure using scales, measuring jugs and cylinders accurately. We’ll taste a wide variety of foods, learn about healthy eating and follow recipes to make some yummy treats including pizza and ice cream! Our artwork will also rely on our mixing skills. We’ll use marbling inks to make unusual patterns, create food landscapes inspired by Carl Warner, paint with ice cubes, model clay into exciting shapes and use a variety of materials to make mixed media collages.
Literacy This Week... (wb 2.12.19)
In Literacy this week we will continue to learn how to the features of non-fiction texts to write facts dogs. We will be using titles, headings, photographs and diagrams to present a fact file on dogs.
Maths This Week... (wb 2.12.19)
In Maths this week we will be doing maths assessment to check our learning this term. We will be revisiting anything we find hard this week that is shown in our assessments.
Music on a Tuesday!
We are very lucky in Maple class to have Mrs Norton on a Tuesday to teach us about music. So far, we have learnt what a crotchet is, how a rest is taken in music and used these to read a score of music. We have also learnt to play recorders and percussion instruments using the beat of a song. This Tuesday, we made a class composition using a song we have learnt. We discussed how many syllables there were in the words to keep the same beat and rhythm. Keep a look out for videos of our music lessons!
Common Exception Words
Our first job of the day is to learn 5 common exception words each week. These are words that Year Two children should be able to read and spell by the end of the year.
Term - Autumn 2
Week 1 - pass path past
Week 2 - hour hold half
Week 3 - many mind money
Week 4 - steak sugar sure
Week 5 - most move last
Week 6 - every everybody eye
Muck, Mess and Mixtures WOW Day!
On Thursday 7th November, we had fun on our messy afternoon. Take a look at our photographs to show you what we got up to and how much mess we made!! We even helped to clean up the mess!
Our Visit from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue
On Tuesday 26th November, we had a visit from the Derbyshire Fire and Rescue team. We met Larry, who works for them and he told us a story about not playing with matches, not cooking food by ourselves and what to do if we know someone may not be sensible with matches or a lighter. He also told us how to be safe on Bonfire Night and how to use sparklers safely. Larry then showed us how to stop, drop and roll if we were ever on fire so that it squashed the oxygen away. We asked some very sensible questions at the end to find out more about how to keep safe.