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Kingfishers Home Learning – 21st April 2017

Spelling : This week's spellings ( test on Friday 28th April) :

 beginning, dropping, humming, sitting, stopping, sobbing, travelling, planned, rubbed, slipped

( Double the consonant when adding ed and ing to words ending in a single consonant after a single vowel)

Maths : We have been working on telling the time and units of time. Practise telling the time at home, using half past, quarter past, quarter to and to nearest 5 minutes. Can you also try to find out how long things take, seconds, minutes or hours?     

Reading :  Well done to all those children who achieved the target of reading 5 or more times over the holidays; we had some super stars, reading over 10 times! Please continue to read at least 3 times a week and have your diaries with you on Thursday. 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 31st March 2017

Spelling : I have sent home with the children a list of the common exception words for year 2 and I have asked the children to choose 5 of the highlighted words to learn over the Easter holiday.

Reading :  Continue to enjoy sharing and reading books over Easter, our target is to read at least 5 times. We shall look forward to hearing about books you have enjoyed after the break. 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 24th March 2017

Spelling : This week's spellings ( test on Friday 31st March) :

baked, closed, smiled, used, braver, larger, latest, widest, shiny, icy

(adding ed, er, est and y to words ending in e with a consonant before it, drop the e before adding the suffix)

Maths : We have been practising dividing and finding fractions this week. Practise your dividing skills at home, try sharing lego pieces, cars, pizza, sweets, anything you can find at home into equal groups and come and share what you found out in school next week. 

Reading :  Well done to all those children who have read 3 or more times this week.Please continue to read at least 3 times a week and have your diaries with you on Thursday. 

 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 17th March 2017

Spelling : This week's spellings ( test on Friday 24th March) :

having, making, using, loving, changing, cycling, hiking, scoring, skiing, taxiing,

(adding ing to words ending in 'e', take the e off before adding ing and words ending in 'i' just add ing)

Maths : We have continued to practise multiplying and dividing and our timestables, by counting in steps of, 2,3,5 and 10, carry on practising these at home so you can work out any facts for these tables.  ( E. g. What is 7 x5 ? Count the steps-  5,5,5,5,5,5,5 ) practise continuing the sequence count in steps together than ask what would be the next 3 numbers  e.g. 25,30,35,40,45, _,_,_  

Reading :  Please continue to read at least 3 times a week and have your diaries with you on Thursday. 

 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 10th March 2017

Spelling : This week's spellings ( test on Friday 17th March) :

trying, hurrying, carrying, buying, enjoying, crying, copying, dying, tying, lying.

(adding ing to words ending in y, root word stays the same and adding ing to words ending in ie, change the ie for y before adding ing)

Maths : We have begun looking at multiplication and next week we will link this to division. As part of this we have been practising our timestables, by counting in steps of, 2,3,5 and 10 , carry on practising these at home so you can work out any facts for these tables.  ( E. g. What is 7 x5 ? Count the steps-  5,5,5,5,5,5,5 ) 

Reading : We have really enjoyed sharing the new books from the school library service this week, we already have our favourites. The children have been working hard on their reading skills,  we are focussing on retrieving information from the text. When reading with your child this week it would help if you could discuss and ask questions about their reading so they can identify answers from the text. Please continue to read at least 3 times a week and have your diaries with you on Thursday. 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 3rd March 2017

Spelling : This week's spellings ( test on Friday 10th March) :

happier, angrier, busier, heavier, hungrier, happiest, heaviest, tidiest, laziest, noisiest

(the y is changed i before adding er or est to these words)

Maths : This week we have begun to solve problems involving money. Choose a total, find different ways to make it or challenge yourself to only use so many coins  e.g 57p using 4 coins or 57p using 6 coins. Also play shops and practise giving change. 

Reading : Next week we are looking forward to sharing new books brought into school for us by Richard Young from the School Library service. The  whole school are going to read and vote on their favourite as part of the Read it Again Competition. They are all new authors publishing their first books.  Please continue to read at least 3 times a week and have your diaries with you on Thursday. 

 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 24th February 2017

Spelling : This week's spellings ( test on Friday 3rd March) :

carries, copies, cries, flies, marries, replies, tries, carried, copied, cried

(the y is changed i before adding es or ed to these verbs)

Maths : This week we have been measuring the length in centimetres and metres, the weight in grams and kilograms and capacity in millilitres and litres. Can you find some things in your home to measure to help practise reading scales and to develop your understanding further. What does a kg feel like? How long is a metre? Which containers hold a litre?

Reading : Wow we had some avid readers over half term reading, fantastic. If you didn't manage to read over half term please try to get back to reading at least 3 times a week as this really helps with fluency and confidence.We will continue to monitor this on Thursdays so please have your reading diaries in school.When you are reading see if you can find any other words that use the same spelling rule that we are focussing on this week y - ies, y - ied.

 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 10th February 2017

Spelling: There are no spellings to learn over half term.

Maths : We have continued to investigate 2d and 3d shapes. We have also begun data handling using the information we are collecting from our RSPB School Bird Watch. Why don't you make a tally chart or bar graph of the birds you spot in your garden over half term.

Reading : Contiune to enjoy sharing and reading books over half term, we shall look forward to hearing about them after the break.

Topic : We have been labelling the 7 continents of the world and finding mega structures in each continent, can you find any more interesting structures around the world?

Kingfishers Home Learning – 3rd February 2017

Spelling: This week’s spellings ( test on Friday 10th February):

cry, dry, fly, try, reply, July, babies, families, hobbies, lorries

( the igh sound spelt y, most common end for this sound at the end of words)

Maths : This week we have been looking at 2d and 3d shapes and their properties.Why not have shape hunt around your house and see which shapes you can find. Which are the most common shapes to find, which are the hardest to find? Continue practsisng counting forwards and backwards in 2's, 5's and 10's.

Reading : Well done to all those who managed to read at least 3 times at home this week,we will continue to monitor this on Thursdays so please have your reading diaries in school. If you could continue to enjoy sharing books together, and listen to your child read regularly,this will help build their confidence and enjoyment of books.

Topic : Thank you for bringing in all the lovely photos of visits to churches and mega structure pictures we have enjoyed sharing them. This week we will be focusing on the Schools Birdwatch so if you have any books to help us identify different birds please bring them in this week. Thank you.

 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 27th January 2017

Spelling: This week’s spellings ( back to normal day - Friday 3rd February):

evil, pupil, until, Brazil, fossil, gerbil, lentil, nostril, stencil, pencil

(There are not many words with this ending.)

Maths : This week we have continued to practise different mental calcualtion strategies to help us add, we have used our number bonds, doubles, biggest number first and adding 10 and adjusting but also we have used partitioning. If you could practise number bonds to 20, addition and subtraction facts, this would help the children be confident in recognising and using these facts. 

Reading : Just a reminder we monitor reading diaries on a Thursday, if you could continue to enjoy sharing books together, not just their school reading book, and listen to your child read regularly,this will help build their confidence and enjoyment of books.

Topic - We are continuing to look at megastructures, the children have brought in some great pictures to share, which really helped with the building of their own and some lovely photos  of Churches which have prompted lots of discussion. As well as continuing with these we are going to participte in the Schools Bird Watch, if you have a spare hour over the weekend why not take part at home too and join in with ‘The Big Garden Birdwatch’ from 28th-30th January. https://www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch

Kingfishers Home Learning – 20th January 2017

Spelling: This week’s spellings (test on Thursday 26th January):

oval, royal, medal, final, total, arrival, factual, general, normal, virtual

(Not many nouns end in -al, but many adjectives do)

Maths : This week we have been practising different mental calcualtion strategies to help us add, we have used our number bonds, doubles, biggest number first and adding 10 and adjusting. It would help if you could practise at home counting on in 10's from different starting numbers going forwards and backwards, you can use a 100 square/ numberline to help.

Reading : In our story writing this week, we’ve been thinking about where to use different punctuation marks, we have used commas, question marks, exclmation marks and even used some inverted commas/speech marks. When reading can you spot the different punctuation marks and look at why have they been used?

Topic/Art : This week we are beginning to look at buildings which are mega structures, see if you can find any pictures to bring in to share with us and to help us with our art work. 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 13th January 2017

Spelling: This week’s spellings (test on Friday 20th January):

bagel camel cancel cruel  hazel  jewel label  tinsel travel vowel

(less common than le words, used after m,n,r,s,v and w and often after s)

Maths : This week we have been ordering and comparing numbers and have been using the < > and = signs to complete number sentences. We were surprised to see how many numbers we could find around the school. It would be great if you could have a number hunt around your house or when you are out and  about. Can you put them into order or compare them using greater than/less than.

R.E. : This half term in RE the children will be exploring why the church is a special place for Christians.  We would like to start this topic next week by getting the children to think about times in the past when they’ve been to church, for example, for a Christening, a wedding, to Sunday school or with Beavers/Brownies. It would be really helpful if you could send in any photographs you have from a special occasion in church to support our class discussion.  Please send in photographs with your child on Monday.  If you don’t have any photographs, it would be good if you could have a discussion with your child about their experience/s of church instead.  This will help them to contribute in the class discussion.       

Kingfishers Home Learning – 9th December 2016

Thank you for helping your child to learn their performance words at home recently; our rehearsals have been going really well and we're looking forward to performing to you next week.  Kingfishers have been amazing this week, they have impressed me with their determination and thoughtfulness....what a great bunch of Year 2s!

Spelling: I am not setting any new words to learn this week, instead I will be selecting words that have already been in tests over the last half term. Please don’t try to ‘relearn’ all 60 words with your child, I do this to see if the children are able to remember learned words just as I look in their writing to see whether or not they have spelled known words correctly.

Maths: We’ve been continuing to work on 2-D and 3-D shapes, the children have loved the vocabulary and ‘big words’ associated with this area of learning in Maths.

Reading: Please keep reading at home during this busy Christmas period, there are some beautiful Christmas books around, as well as catalogues, leaflets and maps.  I’m looking forward to hearing about the books that Father Christmas decided to leave!

And finally…..thank you for your kind words over the last week…..I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year break.

Kingfishers Home Learning – 2nd December 2016

We are currently busy practising songs for our Christmas assembly; if you would like a copy of the words to help your child learn at home then please click here.

**Please make sure your child brings their script back and forth to school each day as we need them for rehearsals, I will then send them home each afternoon**

Spelling: This week’s spellings (test on Friday 9th December):

war   ward   warm   warn   want   squad   squash   quality   quarrel   quarter

Maths: Next week we’ll be moving on to learn about 2-D and 3-D shape; if you talk about these at home it’s really important to use the correct vocabulary so…..

2-D shapes have corners and sides whilst 3-D shapes have vertices (singular: vertex) and edges. The faces of 3-D shapes are actually a 2-D shape (so a cuboid has 2 square faces and 4 rectangle faces).

It would be great to have a look at home and see what 3-D shapes you can spot – can you find a cube, cuboid, sphere, pyramid (square or triangular-based!) cylinder and cone?

Reading: Please keep reading at home during this busy Christmas preparation period, there are some beautiful Christmas books around, as well as catalogues, leaflets and maps.  There are also plenty of Christmas adverts which tell a story – can your child retell the story or even write it as a story?

And finally…..we’re busy practising our Christmas assembly (no doubt you’ve had impromptu performances of the songs!); your cooperation in learning words at home and providing costumes is much appreciated.  Did you receive a personalised letter about your child’s costume? Whilst we are looking forward to our assembly and the whole Christmas period we are striving to maintain a quiet, calm and conscientious atmosphere within our classroom.

 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 25th November 2016

Spelling: This week’s spellings (test on Friday 2nd December):

when  that  because  while  however  also  besides  despite  after  although

Maths: We’re still busy working on our time-telling skills; as well as learning half past, o’clock, quarter to/past we have been counting around the clock in 5s to help us work out how much time there is between o’clock and half past.  Does your child know how many minutes there are in 1 hour? How about ½ or ¼ of an hour?

Reading: In our reading we’re really enjoying looking out for different punctuation.  This week we’ve been learning about exclamation marks, question marks and have spotted inverted commas/speech marks which help us to know that we need an expressive voice.  We’ve even noticed authors using ellipsis in some stories! Can your child spot different punctuation when reading? Do they know why it is used?

And finally…..it’s the Christmas Fayre next Friday 2nd December and I have asked Kingfishers for their help to run a stall. Letters are heading home letting you know the time when they are due to help out – please let me know if there are any problems!  

Kingfishers Home Learning – 18th November 2016

Spelling: This week’s spellings (test on Friday 25th November):

able  apple  ankle  bottle  castle  dazzle  middle  poodle  table  wobble

(‘le’ is the most common spelling of the ‘l’ sound at the end of words)

Maths: I hope you’ve had fun cutting up pizzas and cakes at homeif order to practise fractions! the children have amazed me this week with how well they’ve applied their division skills to finding fractions of numbers; we’ve also been shading in fractions of shapes (not just round cakes and pizzas, how about square or rectangular ones to cut up into fractions?!) – our Year 2 focus is halves, quarters and thirds,(2/4 being equivalent to 1/2; knowing 1/4 and 3/4; 2/3; how many of each fraction make a whole?). We are also getting proficient at telling the time – the clock links nicely to fractions – we are learning half past, o’clock, quarter to/past.

Reading: What a lovely reading week we’ve had – as time marches on I can really see progress in our little readers as they’re becoming more fluent.  We all really enjoy reading and love to hear stories too…..we’ve read a few chapter books which provide great discussion points for the whole class.  Do you enjoy story times together at home too?

And finally…..don’t forget that this coming week you’ll have the opportunity to share your child’s learning at our Parent-Teacher consultations. I look forward to seeing you then!

 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 11th November 2016

Spelling: This week’s spellings (test on Friday 18th November):

gnat  gnaw  knee  knock  know  knight  wrap  write  written  wrong

(silent ‘g’, ‘k’ and ‘w’)

Maths: We’ve been dividing over the last few weeks – we’ve worked on sharing out into groups (eg: I have 20 sweets to share between 4 children, how many sweets will each child get?) – we’ve used jottings…..ask your child to show you how to share using circles and dots! We’re now moving on to fractions and are currently learning about half, quarter and third.  This follows on really well from division as we’ve started sharing our sets of objects into groups of 2, 4 or 3 to find out what a half, quarter or third is.  Lots of the class can relate fractions to their home life, especially when it comes to cutting pizzas and cakes.  It would be great if you could use this language and talk about it at home…..make it practical and have lots of fun!

Reading: We would love children to read daily at home, this definitely helps children to make progress with their reading and it’s better to read ‘little and often’ than make it a long, arduous task. We monitor reading diaries every Thursday. Please read a wide variety of material (it doesn’t have to be your child’s school reading book!) and take the opportunity to read together……read a picture book to your child whilst they follow the words along with you – can they spot any familiar words? it was lovely to see some of our parents at the Reading Information Evening on Tuesday, we’ve been delighted to hear how useful you found this session.

And finally…..now that the weather is colder there are a lot more hats, scarves and gloves coming into school; inevitably many of these end up going AWOL!  I’m ‘training’ Kingfishers to tuck these smaller items inside the sleeve of their coat before their coat is hung on their peg (it’s much easier than storing them in book bags).  I’d really appreciate it if you could help out by showing them this at home too, it’s important that they’re responsible for making sure their own property is well looked after. 

 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 4th November 2016

Spelling: This week’s spellings (test on Friday 11th November):

cycle  bicycle  cyclist  cyclone  icy  juicy  lacy  spicy  fancy  mercy

(soft ‘c’ before ‘y’)

Maths: Keep counting in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s – we’ve been talking about times tables this week and lots of the children have said that they have tables posters or books at home.  Why not use these to spot counting patterns in the answers?

Reading: We would love children to read daily at home, this definitely helps children to make progress with their reading and it’s better to read ‘little and often’ than make it a long, arduous task. We monitor reading diaries every Thursday. Please read a wide variety of material (it doesn’t have to be your child’s school reading book!) and take the opportunity to read together……read a picture book to your child whilst they follow the words along with you – can they spot any familiar words? it was lovely to see some of our parents at the Reading Information Evening on Tuesday, we’ve been delighted to hear how useful you found this session.

And finally…..Kingfishers have had a brilliant start to the half-term! We’ve enjoyed ‘Into the Forest’ by Anthony Browne and have been absorbed by the wonderful illustrations, we’ve lost count of how many fairy tales we’ve spotted. We’ve also learned about the Gunpowder Plot and have discussed how we can stay safe around fireworks.  Have a lovely Fireworks weekend!

  

Kingfishers Home Learning – 21st October 2016

Spelling: This week’s spellings (test on Friday 4th November):

pace  space  since  silence  circus  city  exercise icicle  pencil  scissors

Maths: Counting in 3s is still a really tricky concept, especially when we’ve passed 15. Keep practising (up to 36 at least) as this is invaluable for working out multiplication and division problems, and for helping to learn times tables.

Search for numbers when you’re out and about – are they odd or even?

Reading: Keep reading a variety of texts over half term…..join the library, buy a magazine, read a recipe or instructions for a game.

And finally…..Brampton Wood (free – on the road between Brampton and Grafham village) is brilliant at the moment – a great place to walk, find lots of Autumn treasures and the leaves are beautiful colours. I have a few leaflets in the classrooms so just ask me if you would like a map and a little more information.

The Raptor Foundation is offering a 10% discount plus there’s a ‘Junior Keeper’ day in November – please see their Facebook page for more information.

Have a great half-term!

 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 14th October 2016

Spelling: This week’s spellings (test on Friday 21st October):

I will not be giving any new spelling this week; instead we will have a test on Friday which will consist of a selection of words that we have learned over the half-term.  Feel free to practise learned words at home with your child!

 Words sent home this term:

cage  sage  wage  huge  collage  carriage  plunge  stage  village  voyage

badge  bridge  edge  fridge  fudge  hedge  judge  lodge  porridge

smudge  wedge  gel  gem  gent  giant  magic  tragic  imagine giraffe

Egypt  energy  gym  jab  jam  jaw jail  jaguar  jacket  pyjamas

job  jog  joy  join  joke  banjo  makor  jug  junk  jump

Maths: We are getting increasingly confident when counting in  2s, 5s and 10s; this has been a really useful skill this week as we have been using arrays to work out multiplication statements.  Keep practising:

*counting sets of 2 5 and 10 objects at home so that children are skilled at counting quickly (rather than in 1s);

*counting in 3s – we find this much trickier!

*odd and even number counts – recognising odd and even numbers (by looking at the last digit)  

And finally…….please ensure that your child brings a water bottle to school EVERY day.

PE kits (suitable for indoor and outdoor sessions) must come to school on Monday (our first PE session is on Monday at 9am - we’ve yet to have a Monday morning PE session where everyone has their kit!) and must remain until Friday as we are involved in monthly Friday Sports Afternoons.

  

Kingfishers Home Learning – 7th October 2016

Spelling: This week’s spellings (test on Friday 14th October):

 job  jog  joy  join  joke  banjo  major  jug  junk  jump

Letter ’j’ is never used at the end of words

The children did a great job once again of marking their own spelling words and were pleased with how they did…..keep learning words at home please!

Maths: We’ve been practising our counting skills up to 100 (vital for times tables)…..have a go at practising odd (quiet) and even (loud) counts, counting up in 2s, 5s and 10s (challenge: start on a number other than 0).  Keep talking about and spotting 2-digit numbers – can your child identify the 10s and 1s numbers? This week we’ve been practising multiplication using arrays and good counting skills have really helped when counting in groups of 2, 5 or 10 to find an answer.

Topic: You will have received a postcard home asking for a photo of your child partaking in an activity they enjoy – please ensure that photos are in school by the end of the week (Friday 14th) please.

And finally…….please ensure that your child brings a water bottle to school EVERY day. PE kits (suitable for indoor and outdoor sessions) must come to school on Monday (our first PE session is on Monday at 9am!) and remain until Friday.

 

 

 

Watch out for postcards heading home later in the week - in our PSHCE work we've been thinking about the wide range of activities we enjoy doing outside of school.  Whilst writing our postcards we noticed that many of us find it hard to spell our surname and to write our address......this would be a great task to work on at home (don't worry about the postcode!).  

Kingfishers have really impressed all of us with their positive and determined approach to their weekly spelling test, we are looking for them to remember to use their spelling words in their independent writing.

From this week, I will put Home Learning tasks on this part of the website rather than sending home a printed sheet.


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