It’s beginning to look a bit like Christmas! We have had a very exciting week. Last year, for our class advent calendar, we opened and read a Christmas book every day. This year we thought that we need Christmas to be extra special as it has been such a strange year. On the first of December we read a story about a little robin who gave his vests away to all the animals to keep them warm. Father Christmas finds him asleep and shivering on Christmas Eve and makes him a special red vest which he will always wear and will make him and other people feel warm when they see him. We painted a robin and every child made a vest for the robin. Day one of our advent calendar was to decorate our classroom, we had an art morning, painting Father Christmas, making vests for our advent robin and some other secret activities! Day two was making cards and writing letters to send to the Old Peoples Home. Day three was a visit by Miss Hill and Tony the pony and Tickety-boo, the children all had a stroke or hug. Day four was the Christmas Fayre, which was lovely. The children had so much fun decorating biscuits, making their own bag of reindeer food, playing Christmas games, taking part in a colouring competition and a chocolate raffle. The children could hardly carry all the goodies they had made or won.
We have finished our chapter on column addition with renaming. We have now started subtraction. We thought of the language involved and when discussing calculations, we try to alter our language such as subtraction, take-away, minus, fewer, less and difference between. We have carried on using our number bonds, double and near doubles to help work out calculations. Generally, the children seem to find subtraction easier than addition so I am hoping we can get this chapter finished before the Christmas holidays.
In English we continued working on the planning for our news reports, working on a heading, introducing themselves, the opening sentences, including the 5 w’s who, what, when, why and where. We will be writing our own news report next week and recording them using green screen technology!
In RE we have looked at incarnation, meaning, “in the flesh.” We discussed the Gospels in more details and listened to some carols and tried to decide if they were representing the Gospel of Matthew or Luke. We revisited the trinity, talking about God the Father, Jesus God’s Son, I asked what the last part was and one child suggested Samuel Peyps!
We will be doing the phonics screening check in a couple of weeks, so if your child came home with a phonics pack please continue to practice, practice, practice.
If you want your child to have milk in the spring term please send the form back by Monday. Check with your child that they really do want milk, as often we have to encourage children to drink it.
Many adults have commented on how Year 2 have matured and their sensible behaviour. Yesterday Mrs Cutler was in the corridor outside our classroom and said she could not believe how every single child was so focused on their work. This is especially pleasing as it is such an exciting time of year when sometimes behaviour can slip.
Remember warm clothes for forest school. Also, as we have to have our room ventilated some children have mentioned they are cold, if this is the case, please put-on extra layers. I am asking Father Christmas for thermals! Other children are sitting in class just in polo shirts. Next terms seating plan may well be based on warm blooded children being nearest the doors and windows!
Have a wonderful weekend.