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Kingfishers Home Learning – 22nd June 2018

Thank you for sending in photos of Kingfishers…we will be using them in our learning over the coming weeks.

Spelling: Our focus for spelling at the moment is making sure that we are using Common Exception words correctly when we are writing and looking around the classroom in order to find the correct spellings for different words (eg: on the wall, in a topic book, on a wordmat, etc). Please refer to the list of Common Exception words that I put on our Home Learning page earlier this year. Feel free to create your own spelling lists at home from nature books, especially ones that are linked to our Minibeasts topic.

Forthcoming Ramsey Heights trip: Kingfishers were brilliantly prepared for our expedition on Wednesday and we had a fantastic day out! Please send your child in the same attire, again with insect repellent and sun cream applied. Everyone will need to bring a packed lunch and drinks in their rucksack – school will NOT be providing lunch for this trip.

Maths: Keep logging on to and engaging in Mathletics, I am setting activities on a range of our maths learning. In class we are really enjoying a variety of Maths investigations which are giving us the opportunity to apply our Maths skills in different situations.

Reading: Please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read at home at least four times each week and log this in your child’s reading diary. We are more than happy for your child to log their own reading in their diary, it doesn’t have to be done by a grown-up and it’s a great writing opportunity but please make sure that your child’s reading is initialled by an adult at home. We collect in reading diaries every Thursday so please make sure that you log ALL reading (not just school books); please include magazines, websites, favourite home books…..any reading at all.

Kingfishers Home Learning – 15th June 2018

Have you sent in the 4 photos of your child at different stages in their life? Many thanks to the many of you who have done so!

Please note that we will be working with (cutting and sticking!) these photos so you may wish to send copies.

Spelling: Our focus for spelling at the moment is making sure that we are using Common Exception words correctly when we are writing and looking around the classroom in order to find the correct spellings for different words (eg: on the wall, in a topic book, on a wordmat, etc). It would be useful at home if you could focus on relevant words for our week’s learning minibeast names (feel free to find more and add to this list!):

ladybird  ladies  larva  larvae  meadow  walk  walking  picnic  lunchtime  expedition

Topic: We are really enjoying our minibeast topic and love heading outside to see what we can find. We’ve noticed that we can see different minibeasts in different areas, plus sun and shade makes a difference too! It would be great if you could engage in minibeast hunts when you’re out and about or in your garden.

Maths: We are working hard on number challenges and investigations, and have really enjoyed working out triangle numbers this week. Ask your child what a triangle number challenge is and try some at home? Can your child complete a triangle number challenge at home? Try changing the total that they have to make!

Reading: Please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read at home at least four times each week and log this in your child’s reading diary. We are more than happy for your child to log their own reading in their diary, it doesn’t have to be done by a grown-up and it’s a great writing opportunity but please make sure that your child’s reading is initialled by an adult at home. We collect in reading diaries every Thursday so please make sure that you log ALL reading (not just school books); please include magazines, websites, favourite home books…..any reading at all.

 

 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 8th June 2018

***Over the next few weeks we will be looking at how we have changed since we were babies; I’d appreciate it if you could send in 4 photos of your child at different stages in their life – thank you!***

Please note that we will be working with (cutting and sticking!) these photos so you may wish to send copies.

Spelling: Our focus for spelling at the moment is making sure that we are using Common Exception words correctly when we are writing and looking around the classroom in order to find the correct spellings for different words (eg: on the wall, in a topic book, on a wordmat, etc). It would be useful at home if you could focus on minibeast names (feel free to find more and add to this list!):

dragonfly  dragonflies  damselfly  damselflies  centipede  millipede

Topic: Why not engage in ‘The Great British Bee Count’? There is a free app to download – which includes a fantastic bee identification guide – and you’ll be contributing to ‘real data’…plus, of course helping your child to learn about the different types of bee we have in our local environment.

https://friendsoftheearth.uk/bee-count

Maths: We are working hard on number challenges and investigation, especially using the inverse operation – if we know that 8 + 4 = 12 this helps us to work out what 12 – 8 must be. In the classroom we have been practising writing an addition calculation then using the same numbers to make a subtraction. Can your child do this at home?

Reading: Please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read at home at least four times each week and log this in your child’s reading diary. We are more than happy for your child to log their own reading in their diary, it doesn’t have to be done by a grown-up and it’s a great writing opportunity but please make sure that your child’s reading is initialled by an adult at home. We collect in reading diaries every Thursday so please make sure that you log ALL reading (not just school books); please include magazines, websites, favourite home books…..any reading at all.

 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 24th May 2018

After half term we will be looking at how we have changed since we were babies; I’d appreciate it if you could send in 4 photos of your child at different stages in their life – thank you!

Please note that we will be working with (cutting and sticking!) these photos so you may wish to send copies!

We’re certainly all ready for a break in Kingfishers! It’s been a busy half term (as always) and I’m aware that lots of people are off on a break next week. If you’re going away you can always keep skills ticking over by:

*collecting and reading leaflets/maps;

*checking weather forecasts and comparing different days;

*working out how much different treats in a shop cost;

*making a scrapbook/diary using tickets, postcards, leaflets and writing;

*write and send a postcard to school!

At home, half term is a great opportunity to use skills in an everyday context:

*following a recipe together;

*making patterns out of objects;

*playing games or doing jigsaws together;

*going for minbeast hunts and looking for birds;

*using nature guides to look for wild flowers…there are some great ‘spotter’ type books about!

We are lucky enough to live near some great nature reserves and parks so why not have a look at the websites of WWT Welney, RSPB, Paxton Pits and Hinchingbrooke Park to see what half term activities are going on?

Monday (BBC2, 8pm) sees the return of Springwatch – Kingfishers are incredibly interested in the natural world and I’m sure that there’ll be plenty things on the programmes to interest them.

Reading: Please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read at home at least four times each week and log this in your child’s reading diary. We are more than happy for your child to log their own reading in their diary, it doesn’t have to be done by a grown-up and it’s a great writing opportunity but please make sure that your child’s reading is initialled by an adult at home. We collect in reading diaries every Thursday so please make sure that you log ALL reading (not just school books); please include magazines, websites, favourite home books…..any reading at all.

 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 18th May 2018

We’ve had a really busy week in Kingfishers and the whole class have been absolute stars, showing great determination all week. I’m keeping this week’s spelling words the same as last week as we are continuing to learn and write about spiders. Please feel free to add in some extra spidery words of your own, eg: graceful, darkness, scuttle. A great opportunity to practise changing word endings and to hunt for suitable adjectives!

Spelling Focus: Topic and this week’s learning words

Here is a selection of words that we are using in our learning this week:

spider  cobweb  spin  spinning  spun  corners  Autumn  Winter  Spring  Summer

It’s been super to see how many Kingfishers are practising their writing at home, they’ve been bringing some great work into school. We are extremely proud of our presentation and handwriting - we can tell you all about ascenders, descenders and half-size letters; using lined paper at home is a great way to practise the sizing of our writing. Capital letters and ascenders should just about reach the line above whilst descenders need to loop under the line. Kingfishers love the opportunity to critique my handwriting!

Maths: Next week we will be looking at repeating patterns – can your child make patterns and describe them at home? You can use anything that you have in the house; we like to see if a partner can guess what our pattern is!

Reading: Please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read at home at least four times each week and log this in your child’s reading diary. We are more than happy for your child to log their own reading in their diary, it doesn’t have to be done by a grown-up and it’s a great writing opportunity but please make sure that your child’s reading is initialled by an adult at home. We collect in reading diaries every Thursday so please make sure that you log ALL reading (not just school books); please include magazines, websites, favourite home books…..any reading at all.

 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 10th May 2018

Spelling Focus: Topic and this week’s learning words

Here is a selection of words that we are using in our learning this week:

spider  cobweb  spin  spinning  spun  corners   Autumn  Winter  Spring  Summer

Our handwriting is looking fantastic at the moment – we’ve worked so hard and are continuing to focus on the formation and size of our letters. We can tell you all about ascenders, descenders and half-size letters; using lined paper at home is a great way to practise the sizing of our writing. Capital letters and ascenders should just about reach the line above whilst descenders need to loop under the line.

Topic: Next week we will be learning about spiders and arachnids that live in the UK – thank you to those of you who have sent in information in the form of notes, printouts and books. It would be great if you could look for information together either online or in books and send it in – thank you!

Maths: This week we’ve continued to fine tune our calculation skills…can your child explain to you how to use jottings in order to multiply, subtract, divide and add? We’ve looked at varied, mixed up number sentences so it’s a good idea to make sure that your child reads the number sentence through before attempting to calculate. We work with numbers totalling no more than 100 and multiply/divide by 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10.

Reading: Please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read at home at least four times each week and log this in your child’s reading diary. We are more than happy for your child to log their own reading in their diary, it doesn’t have to be done by a grown-up and it’s a great writing opportunity but please make sure that your child’s reading is initialled by an adult at home. We collect in reading diaries every Thursday so please make sure that you log ALL reading (not just school books); please include magazines, websites, favourite home books…..any reading at all.

Kingfishers Home Learning – 3rd May 2018

Spelling Focus: Topic and this week’s learning words

Here is a selection of words that we are using in our learning this week:

blue   purple   any   many   clothes   pretty   money   parents   dark   pale

We are continuing to work hard on our handwriting, especially the formation and size of our letters. Your child will know about ascenders, descenders and half-size letters; are their letters the correct size when they write (it’s best to do so on lined paper)? Capital letters and ascenders should just about reach the line above whilst descenders need to loop under the line.

Topic: Next week we will be learning about spiders and arachnids that live in the UK. It would be great if you could look for information together either online or in books and send it in – thank you!

Maths: This week we’ve been fine tuning our calculation skills…can your child explain to you how to use jottings in order to multiply, divide and add? We work with numbers totalling no more than 100 and multiply/divide by 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10.

Reading: Please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read at home at least four times each week and log this in your child’s reading diary. We are more than happy for your child to log their own reading in their diray, it doesn’t have to be done by a grown-up and it’s a great writing opportunity! We collect in reading diaries every Thursday so please make sure that you log ALL reading (not just school books); please include magazines, websites, favourite home books…..any reading at all.

Beat Mrs Grant challenge update – 5 Kingfishers beat or equalled my 5 reads (a read counts as each day so the maximum is 7) this week. Can you do beat me next week?

 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 27th April 2018

Spelling Focus: Topic and this week’s learning words

Here is a selection of words that we are using in our learning this week:

sugar   nectar   antennae   wings   flies   there   they're   their   you're   your

Changing ‘y’ to ‘ies’ eg: butterlfly – butterflies: we’re forgetting to do this when we’re writing so it would be great to remind and practise at home (fly, dragonfly, hoverfly, beefly). Also a great opportunity to find as many minibeast names as possible that end in ‘fly’!

We are continuing to work hard on our handwriting, especially the formation and size of our letters. Your child will know about ascenders, descenders and half-size letters; are their letters the correct size when they write (it’s best to do so on lined paper)? Capital letters and ascenders should just about reach the line above whilst descenders need to loop under the line.

Topic: The week after next we will be learning about spiders and arachnids that live in the UK. It would be great if you could look for information together either online or in books and send it in – thank you!

Maths: We’ve continued to work hard on fractions although have moved on to finding fractions of numbers, so 1/2, 1/4, 1/3, 3/4, 2/3; we use jottings to calculate, exactly the same as we do when dividing. Ask your child to find 1/2 of 16 – can they show you how do share out equally using jottings? Remember to log on to Mathletics, Kingfishers were delighted to tell me about the fraction work they’d been doing on it over the last week and how well they’d done.

Reading: Please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read at home at least four times each week and log this in your child’s reading diary. We are more than happy for your child to log their own reading in their diray, it doesn’t have to be done by a grown-up and it’s a great writing opportunity! We collect in reading diaries every Thursday so please make sure that you log ALL reading (not just school books); please include magazines, websites, favourite home books…..any reading at all. I keep my own reading diary so we have a ‘Beat Mrs Grant’ challenge – only 3 Kingfisher beat my 4 reads (a read counts as each day so the maximum is 7) this week so can you do better?

**There was a programme on BBC2 this week called ‘Super Fast Falcon’…I haven’t watched yet but have a feeling that it may appeal to our Kingfishers!

 

**Please ensure that your child has a fresh bottle of water plus sun cream (or has applied ‘once a day’ sun cream at home)every day**

Kingfishers Home Learning – 20th April 2018

This term’s topic is ‘Minibeasts’ which refers to small animals – we’ve started to learn about insects, spiders and other small creatures. This is a great topic and very easy to learn about at home. You could start by doing a minibeast hunt in your garden and making a list! If you have any suitable topic books at home that we could use in school for our topic we would love to borrow them - please ensure your child's name is inside the cover and feel free to bring it into school.

We of course still love finding out about birds; Kingfishers are on the look out for the first swallows, house martins and swifts.

Spelling Focus: Topic and this week’s learning words

Here is a selection of words that we are using in our learning this week:

half  quarter  third  shade  shading  share  fly  flies  insect  crawl

We are continuing to work hard on our handwriting, especially the formation and size of our letters. Your child will know about ascenders, descenders and half-size letters; are their letters the correct size when they write (it’s best to do so on lined paper)? Capital letters and ascenders should just about reach the line above whilst descenders need to loop under the line.

Maths: We’ve been working hard on fractions this week and have been busy working out halves, quarters and thirds of shapes; fractions of shapes must also be equal. We’ve also learned that 2/4 is the same as 1/2. At home why not have a go a dividing up pizzas, cake, fruit into equal fractions? Keep using Mathletics…..there will be a fraction activity ready for this week’s home learning.

Reading:It’s time to get back into good reading habits after the Easter Holiday - please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read at home at least four times each week and log this in your child’s reading diary. We are continuing to collect in reading diaries every Thursday so please make sure that you log ALL reading (not just school books); please include magazines, websites, favourite home books…..any reading at all. I keep my own reading diary so we have a ‘Beat Mrs Grant’ challenge – who in Kingfishers can read more often than me this week?!

 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 29th March

It was lovely to have the opportunity to chat with many of you at Parent’s Evening this week, to share learning and progress over Year 2. I am delighted that Kingfishers are a bunch of avid birdwatchers and we are already looking forward to next term’s topic of ‘Minibeasts’.

Spelling Focus: Common Exception Words

Please click on the link to access a list of Year 1 and 2 Common Exception words – these are words that children are expected to know and are not necessarily phonically decodable. This is the ideal time to revise these common words and check that your child knows how to spell them all:

Year 1 and 2 Common Exception Words

Handwriting: Encourage your child to write for different reasons at home (lists, menus, diaries, scrapbooks, etc). When they are writing are their letters the correct size? Ascenders (tall) and capital letters need to reach the top of the line whilst half size letters need to be consistently half the size. Are descenders hanging below the line?

Reading: Keep reading over the holidays! As always, please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read at home at least four times each week and log this in your child’s reading diary. We are continuing to collect in reading diaries every Thursday so please make sure that you log ALL reading (not just school books); please include magazines, websites, favourite home books…..any reading at all. I keep my own reading diary so we have a ‘Beat Mrs Grant’ challenge – who in Kingfishers can read more often than me this week?!

Please keep skills ‘ticking over’ throughout the holidays but look for ways to do this in a fun way: make a tally of the birds that appear in your garden, cook together and play some board games. I’ve also asked Kingfishers to keep their eyes to the skies and see if they can spot a swallow journeying back from Africa…..what a great opportunity to look at a map or atlas and track their journeys! Other birds on the move are ospreys, cuckoos, montagu’s harriers plus house martins. Have a great Easter break and I look forward to seeing you all fully refreshed in a couple of weeks.

This week's Home Learning:

Kingfishers Home Learning – 23rd March 2018

Spelling Focus: Adding –er or –est to words that have a root word ending in ‘y’

Here is a selection of words that we’ve looked at this week; we don’t have a test at school but I know that many of you like to use them at home:

crazy crazier craziest angry angrier chilly chillier dirty dirtiest healthy healthier

We are continuing to work hard on our handwriting and joins…..I’m encouraging children to ensure their handwriting is neat at ALL times, not just during handwriting lessons!

Maths: We’ve continued to work on some methods and our number fluency this week, we’ve also had been using our reasoning skills to solve problems – applying and using our number knowledge is quite a tricky skill to master! At home, it would be useful if you could looks for ways to measure practically – using rulers, tape measures, weighing ingredients, etc. Also, look for ways for your child to use their number skills to solve a problem – taking away sweets, buttons or adding two sets of numbers together using objects.

Reading: Please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read at home at least four times each week and log this in your child’s reading diary. We are continuing to collect in reading diaries every Thursday so please make sure that you log ALL reading (not just school books); please include magazines, websites, favourite home books…..any reading at all. I keep my own reading diary so we have a ‘Beat Mrs Grant’ challenge – who in Kingfishers can read more often than me this week?!

 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 16th March 2018

Spelling Focus: Adding –er or –est to words that have a root word ending in ‘y’

Here is a selection of words that we’ve looked at this week; we don’t have a test at school but I know that many of you like to use them at home;

hungry  hungriest  lazy  lazier  noisy  noisiest  funny  funnier  happy  happier  happiest

We are continuing to work hard on our handwriting and joins…..I’m encouraging children to ensure their handwriting is neat at ALL times, not just during handwriting lessons!

Maths: This week we’ve been working on our subtraction skills and have been using number lines as jottings to help us calculate when subtracting a 2-digit number from another 2-digit number. Please don’t teach your child the vertical subtraction method (the way most of us were taught at school where you ‘borrow’ from the Tens’ column) as it’s important that they have a good understanding of place value prior to learning formal methods in KS2. Keep logging on to and using Mathletics…..it’s great to see so many children collecting certificates each week.

Reading: Please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read at home at least four times each week and log this in your child’s reading diary. We are continuing to collect in reading diaries every Thursday so please make sure that you log ALL reading (not just school books); please include magazines, websites, favourite home books…..any reading at all. I keep my own reading diary so we have a ‘Beat Mrs Grant’ challenge – who in Kingfishers can read more often than me this week?!

 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 9th March 2018

Spelling Focus: Adding –ed or –ing to words that have a root word ending in ‘y’

Here is a selection of words that we’ve looked at this week; we don’t have a test at school but I know that many of you like to use them at home;

trying  tried  marrying  married  frying  fried  worrying  worried  tidying  tidied

We’ve been thinking about past and present tense when we’ve looked at these words – can your child tell you what the difference between past and present tense is? Can they tell you whether a sentence/story is written in the past or present tense? We are continuing to work hard on our handwriting and joins…..I’m encouraging children to ensure their handwriting is neat at ALL times, not just during handwriting lessons!

Poetry: We’ll be returning to our learning about poetry next week after a week of to find out about the Wright Brothers; it’s been great to have some members of Kingfishers sharing poems and even learning some by heart.

Maths: This week we’ve been working on our addition skills and have been using ‘sticks and dots’ (Tens and Units!) as jottings to help us calculate. Please don’t teach your child the vertical addition method (the way most of us were taught at school where you carry into the Tens’ column) as it’s important that they have a good understanding of place value prior to learning formal methods in KS2. We can add 2-digit numbers together up to 100 although find ‘crossing a 10’ a little trickier! Can your child calculate – and explain to you with jottings – a number sentence such as 23 + 34? How about 25 + 38? Keep logging on to and using Mathletics.

Reading: Please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read at home at least four times each week and log this in your child’s reading diary. We are continuing to collect in reading diaries every Thursday so please make sure that you log ALL reading (not just school books); please include magazines, websites, favourite home books…..any reading at all. I’m starting to keep my own reading diary so we have started a ‘Beat Mrs Grant’ challenge – who in Kingfishers can read more often than me this week?!

 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 23rd February 2018

English: This week we’ve been learning about and enjoying poetry.  At home it would be great if you could find and enjoy some poems together – there is a wealth of poetry out there and it takes many different forms.  Please don’t let children fall into the trap of thinking that poems always have to rhyme; some do but many don’t.  We’ve been looking at poems as a means of describing and next week are set to become poets ourselves.  It’s been great this week to see some children bringing in their own poetry and writing that they’ve been busy doing at home – a special writing book and coloured pens really help to enthuse our young writers!

Maths: We’ve been learning about 3-D shapes this week and have been identifying 2-D shapes as faces of 3-D shapes (for instance, a cylinder has 2 circular faces).  Can you go on a shape hunt at home to see what 3-D shapes you have around the house? Can your child make a list of the different 3-D shapes they’ve found? Some shape names are quite tricky so your child may need a little help with naming them; however they should be able to count faces, edges and vertices (corners). Keep logging on to Mathletics - I set new activities based on our learning in school each week and there are plenty of activities for you to enjoy at home too.

Reading: Our school Readathon finishes next Wednesday so please continue to log any additional reading that your child does at home on their tracking sheet. I have a sheet up at the cloakroom door that logs any additional reading we’ve done in school.

Shuttleworth Trip Preparation: We’ll be looking at a timeline of different aircraft so to help your child understand the chronology/number of years old could you talk together, look at photos of family members back to great grandparents? This will really help the children to get a grasp of the age of different aircraft!

We’re expecting our trip to be cold (we’ll be indoors for much of the time but in hangars!) so please make sure your child has warm clothing – school uniform sweatshirt with jeans/trousers and comfy warm shoes.  Lunch, snack and drink (plus any extra layers) should be in a rucksack that can be carried by your child.

Kingfishers Home Learning – 9th February 2018

**After half term we are going to be busy making various things so watch this space in order to know about items I may be requesting! Straight after the half term break, could your child please bring in a plastic bag or two and a length of ribbon please?

This half term has gone by in a flash! Kingfishers have worked so hard over the last six weeks and we are so proud of much of the learning that has gone on in and around our classroom. Rather than do my usual ‘breakdown’ of home learning this week I’m just going to suggest a few activities that will help Kingfishers with their learning and with their independent skills.

*Follow a recipe together (and print out a photo to show me the end results!); we ‘ve been learning about instructions this week and following a recipe is a great practical application.  In particular we’ve looked at using numbers to show the order, bossy (imperative) verbs to start each instruction and the use of a ‘command’ sentence.

*Learn to tie shoelaces on a variety of pairs of shoes!

*Can your child do up zips and buttons on clothing, particularly those they wear for or bring to school?

*Look at different locations on Google Earth….find where family live, where you’ve been on holidays, visit big cities and take the little man for a walk!

*Look for different 2-D shapes when you’re out and about – we did a shape hunt around school on Monday and found nearly 50 different shapes.

Maths: Log on to Mathletics, enjoy the activity I’ve set then do some games.  A little each day will help keep maths skills ticking over.

Reading: Read, read, read! Don’t forget to log any extra minutes on your child’s Readathon tracker.

**I am keeping a running record of additional reading done in school by Kingfishers on the cloakroom door – feel free to have a look and add this to your child’s record.  I will send a copy of this home to everyone at the end of the Readathon.**

Kingfishers Home Learning – 5th February 2018

Spelling Focus:  using apostrophes in place of missing letters

We’ve been looking at words that are shortened using an apostrophe; the apostrophe takes the place of missing letters. Here are some more words that we’ve looked at:

I’m  I’ll  wasn’t  isn’t  didn’t  she’ll  could’ve  wouldn’t  isn’t  aren’t 

Can your child tell you what each one of these is shortened from (ie: I’m is short for I am)? We’ve talked about how using words with apostrophes makes words smaller and your writing quicker. We are continuing to work hard on our handwriting and joins…..I’m encouraging children to ensure their handwriting is neat at ALL times, not just during handwriting lessons!

Maths: We’ve continued to work on statistics and this week have learned about pictograms, using words such as ‘least and most popular’ to explain what we have found out. We used data that was sent in by children and staff to draw our own pictograms about the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch. 

Don’t forget to log on to and use Mathletics – this week’s activity is about pictograms.

Reading: Please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read at home at least four times each week and log this in your child’s reading diary. We will be collecting in reading diaries every Thursday so please make sure that you log ALL reading (not just school books).  The 1st February sees the start of our school Readathon…..don’t forget to log any additional reading that your child does at home on their tracking sheet. I will keep a record of additional Readathon minutes that we accumulate in the classroom and put it up on the cloakroom door for you to have a look at and add to your child's tracking sheet.

Kingfishers Home Learning – 26th January 2018

Spelling Focus:  adding ‘es’ to nouns and verbs ending in ‘y’

We’ve continued to learned about adding ‘es’ to a word ending in ‘y’ (you take off the ‘y’ and change it to ‘ie’).  Here are some more words that we’ve looked at:

fairy  fairies  party  parties  lady  ladies  spy  spies  story stories

Can your child spell these when they’re writing? Can they explain to you about the ‘y’ changing to ‘ie’? We are also focusing on our handwriting and are practising joining our letters – this week we’ve worked on joining to the letter ‘a’ (diagonal join) and to a letter ‘o’ (horizontal join).

Maths: This week we have been working on statistics – we have used tally marks to collect information about a question (eg: what is your favourite sport?).  This weekend it is the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch; it would be brilliant if you could take part in this national survey and send your results into school too.  Please send your results (just as a tally chart or list) into school on MONDAY. We’re really enjoying learning about birds as part of our topic so we’d love to know what birds are out and about in our area. The website to take part is:

https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/

I’ll look forward to hearing about your birdwatching next week!

Don’t forget to log on to and use Mathletics – this week’s activity is about tally marks.

Reading: Please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read at home at least four times each week and log this in your child’s reading diary. We will be collecting in reading diaries every Thursday so please make sure that you log ALL reading (not just school books).  

 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 19th January 2018

Spelling Focus:  adding ‘es’ to nouns and verbs ending in ‘y’

We’ve learned that when you add ‘es’ to a word ending in ‘y’ you take off the ‘y’ and change it to ‘ie’ before adding the 's'.  Here are some words that we’ve looked at:

fly  flies  baby  babies  reply  replies  try  tries  copy copies

Don’t forget to look out for these words when you’re reading together!

Maths: This week we have been working on division – Kingfishers have loved dividing and have done a fantastic job throughout the week.  We have used jottings to divide (sharing into equal groups) and I’m sure that the children will be explain to you how they divide; we’ll also look forward to sharing our Maths books with you in this half term’s Open Afternoon.   We have been working really hard on our counting, doing so confidently in 2s, 5s and 10s; we’re also working hard to learn our 3s count. At home, look for opportunities to share objects into equal groups, we’ve chatted about how different things can be shared between members of our families!

Don’t forget to log on to and use Mathletics – this week’s activity is about division.

Reading: Please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read at home at least four times each week and log this in your child’s reading diary. 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 12th January 2018

Spelling Focus:  ‘al’ ‘el’ and ‘il’ at the end of words

Following on from last week’s ‘le’ at the end of words, we have been looking this week at words that have ‘al’ el’ and ‘il’ at the end of words:

animal  final  pedal  squirrel  tunnel  travel  towel  nostril  fossil  pencil

The children are getting really good at spotting words with these patterns when we are reading so have a look and see what you can see when you’re reading together!

Don’t forget to look at the Year 1 and 2 Common Exception Words (I provided a link just before the end of term) – can your child read these words; can they spell them correctly when they’re writing?

Maths: This week we have continued our work on multiplication and have moved on to division, which we will continue with next week.  We will be learning about division as sharing into equal groups and will use jottings to calculate and record.  At home you could practise sharing a number of objects into equal groups. It's been great to see that two thirds of the class have logged on to Mathletics and completed the activity I set last week - well done all of you!

Reading: Please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read at home at least four times each week and log this in your child’s reading diary. 

 Kingfishers Home Learning – 5th January 2018

Spelling Focus:  ‘le’ as a common ending for words

This week we will be looking at ‘le’ at the end of words (eg; middle, dazzle, table) and have also recapped on the spelling of ‘all’ as a word on its own but also to help spell rhyming words (ball, call, wall, etc).  I will not be giving a formal spelling test to the children but will be looking for them to spell these words correctly during lessons and in their own writing; however I appreciate that some children and parents enjoy the challenge of a ‘test’ at home so am happy to provide a weekly word list:

table  apple  bottle  little  middle  able  wobble  multiple  dazzle  riddle

Don’t forget to look at the Year 1 and 2 Common Exception Words (I provided a link just before the end of term) – can your child read these words; can they spell them correctly when they’re writing?

Maths: This week we have continued our work on multiplication.  We have used arrays to help us with our calculations.  Give your child 20 buttons/sweets/coins (whatever’s to hand!) and see if they can arrange them into an array. Are they able to write a multiplication statement to go with their array? I have added a Mathletics activity for everyone so please make sure that your child has a chance to log on to the website and compete this.

Reading: Please ensure that your child has the opportunity to read at home (preferably with you!) at least four times each week and log this in your child’s reading diary. I am aware that plenty of Kingfishers are enjoying reading more often than this and often independently…..keep up the good work and keep recording in reading diaries!

 

 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 8th December 2017

It’s that time of year when we are busy preparing for our Christmas assembly; I’m also aware that children have a lot going on outside of school and are getting quite tired, mainly down to excitement! Please try to keep home learning ’ticking over’ by working on key skills:

Spelling: Please look at the list of Year 1 and Year 2 ‘Common Exception words’ that I added last week (scroll down!) – can your child read all the words? Can they use some of them in their writing? Have a word hunt in a variety of books and texts for these key words and see which ones crop up most often.

Maths: Counting in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s are a key skill in Year 2; as well as counting up on these numbers, practise starting on a different number and counting up in 2s, 5s or 10s…..can you start counting in 2s from 8? How about in 5s from 15? What about starting on 12 and counting on in 10s? !00-squares (look online!) are a great resource to help with this! 

Topic: Thank you to everyone who has brought in their research about polar bears and penguins.  If you haven’t had a chance to do this please bring it in by MONDAY.

Reading: Please keep reading at home – aim for at least 4 times every week, more if possible.

Kingfishers Home Learning – 1st December 2017

 

Topic: Please don’t forget to bring in your research about polar bears and penguins (and a smattering of other polar animals if you wish!) on MONDAY.  A few pieces have come in already – thank you! We will be using this information in our writing next week.

Spelling:

Focus: Silent letter ‘w’ before ‘r’ to start words (wriggle, wrap, etc; ‘y’ to end words – this is a common ending!

I have put a link below to a list of Year 1 and Year 2 ‘Common Exception words’; these are high frequency words that tend not to follow a phonic pattern so often can’t be sounded out.  By the end of each year group children should be able to read and spell (independently in their own writing) these words. You may want to print out this document and use it when you’re reading and writing at home.

Year 1 and 2 Common Exception Words

Have a word hunt in a variety of books and texts for these words, how many of our spelling rule words can you find? Silent letters tend to appear on words that are quite old in our language!

Maths: Keep working hard on Mathletics, it’s great to see those certificates appearing each week and to hear how enthusiastic children are at home.  This week we’ve been continuing to work on time, in particular estimating and trying out how much we can do in a certain amount of time.  It’s also important to look for any opportunity to tell the time.

 

 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 24th November 2017

Spelling:

Focus: The sound ‘n’ spelt ‘kn’ and (less frequently) ‘gn’ at the beginning of words

Have a word hunt in a variety of books and texts for these words, how many can you find (eg: gnat, gnome, knit).  ? Which can you find more of- ‘gn’ or ‘kn’? Can you add a suffix to any of these words, for example: changing ‘knit’ to ‘knitting’? We really enjoy looking at the atlases and attempting to read different country names; this has created some discussions about different languages.

Maths: Keep working hard on Mathletics, it’s great to see those certificates appearing each week and to hear how enthusiastic children are at home.  This week we’ve been continuing to work on time, in particular estimating and trying out how much we can do in a certain amount of time.  It’s also important to look for any opportunity to tell the time.

Topic: The week beginning 4th December we will be finding out about the North and South Poles; in preparation for this I am setting some research homework.  I would like you to find information about animals (specifically polar bears and all types of penguins!) in whatever form – books, photocopies, printouts, etc. I do not want this information to be presented in anyway – it really is a research mission – and we’ll be using the information for our own writing. If you would like anything returned (eg: books) please ensure that they are named. Homework should be brought to school towards the end of next week in preparation for Monday 4th. Thank you for your support!

Kingfishers Home Learning – 17th November 2017

Spelling:

Focus: The ‘s’ sound spelt as ‘c’ before e, i and y

At home, what words can you find that follow this rule (eg: race, cycle, city, icicle etc).  Look at a variety of texts – reading books, food packets, library books, recipes, signs etc.

We are not setting any written work; however if your child would like to record their findings then please feel free!

Maths: This week we’ve been working on telling the time; this is an area which children often find quite tricky! We’ve been focusing on o’clock, half, quarter past and quarter to although we have told the time in 5 minute intervals.  In class (not just Maths) we’ve been looking for any opportunity to tell the time – thinking about what time different things happen and how many minutes until a certain event.  It would be great if you could continue with this at home.  Digital clocks have been a discussion point but we don’t teach digital time in Year 2.

Reading: It’s lovely to see children coming in and enthusiastically changing their books – if they forget to change or bring home a school book, feel free to read and enjoy books or other reading material from home. Over the next week or so you will notice a wider variety of reading books coming home (ie: not just Oxford Reading Tree); in Year 2 we encourage children to become increasingly independent when choosing a book as it is important that they start to make their own choices and recognise their own preferences.  This is also a good skill for when we move on to AR a little later in the year. 

Kingfishers Home Learning – 10th November 2017

Reading: It’s lovely to see children coming in and enthusiastically changing their books – if they forget to change or bring home a school book, feel free to read and enjoy books or other reading material from home. Over the next week or so you will notice a wider variety of reading books coming home (ie: not just Oxford Reading Tree); in Year 2 we encourage children to become increasingly independent when choosing a book as it is important that they start to make their own choices and recognise their own preferences.  This is also a good skill for when we move on to AR a little later in the year.

Spelling:

Focus: The ‘j’ sound spelt as g elsewhere in words before e, i and y

At home, what words can you find that follow this rule (eg: gem, magic, giant, etc).  Look at a variety of texts – reading books, food packets, library books, recipes, signs etc.

We are not setting any written work; however if your child would like to record their findings then please feel free!

Maths: We’re now nearing the end of this term’s work on money; it would be great if you could continue to make amounts and use real money at home.  In these days of card and online payments children rarely see money being used but it is still part of our curriculum and a useful counting tool.

The coming week is National Anti-bullying week and we will be having discussions and activities about being kind, thoughtful and how to deal with tricky situations.

Kingfishers Home Learning – 3rd November 2017

Reading: Children are expected to read at home at least 4 times every week. If they would like to read more often or read different reading material then please encourage them to do so!

Spelling:Focus: The ‘j’ sound spelt as ge and dge at the end of words

At home, what words can you find that follow this rule (eg: badge, edge, etc).  Look at a variety of texts – reading books, food packets, library books, recipes, signs etc.We are not setting any written work; however if your child would like to record their findings then please feel free!

Maths: This week we have been learning about money and using coins to make different amounts.  We’ve looked at amounts up to 50p and £1. Some practise at home using ‘real money’ would be useful.

 

13th -  20th October 2017

Thank you for the lovely posters about Meerkats! The children have been so proud of their work. We will put them up on display and in a class book on Meerkats.

This week, please work with your child to create an A4 poster on the audio book that they have been listening to over the last week (see last week's homework). Help them to create a poster which includes drawings as well as some sentences about what they have enjoyed about it... perhaps about their favourite characters, events or settings. I can't wait to see what they have been listening to! Please hand in by Friday 20th October.

Please give your child the opportunity to use Mathletics this week. It is another opportunity to explore the site and to engage in some of the online games and activities. We will be setting specific Mathletics homework after half term.

Thank you for helping your child to have their reading book and reading diary in school every day. We are reading every day after lunch for 20 minutes and therefore it essential that the children have their books to hand. We will help the children to change their books at this time too. Please continue to read with your child at least 4 times a week at home. Even 10 minutes at a time will help. It has been lovely to see some children making great progress in their reading in school over the last fortnight thanks to the support they are getting at home. Every minute spent sharing a book makes a difference!

We continue to assess the children for spelling which is taking time as we are doing it individually. We will use this information to ensure that the children are given appropriate home learning for spelling after half term.

6th October - 13th October 2017

Work with your child to find out 5 or 6 facts about Meerkats and present them on a poster which they can bring to school and share with the group. We would like them to be able to talk about the facts on their poster. We will put their posters up on display or in a 'class book' for others to share and enjoy. Please bring into school on Friday 13th October

20 minutes reading at least 4 times during the week. This could include you reading your child's reading book aloud to them and them listening and following the text as well as them reading to you.

The children in Kingfishers Class love listening to stories. Alongside your child's reading book I ask that all children in Kingfishers listen to an audio book, preferably with the text in front of them so that they can read along with the book while listening to it. This enables them to access books that may be at a higher reading level, supporting their reading development without the worry of having to read out loud. There are lots of e-books available on YouTube. e.g. Roald Dahl audio books, Dick King Smith audio books, Horrid Henry books etc. Audio books can also be borrowed from public libraries in St Ives and Huntingdon.

For mathematics this week I'd like the children to be really confident in counting in 2,s 5's and 10's up to 100. There is a great resource on Youtube called 'Workout and Count - skip count 2's, 5's and 10's - count backwards' by Jack Hartman. It gets the children to count as well as exercise! It's just 4 minutes long and will get the children active and counting. If they can do it a few times during the week it will help them to get number fluent and confident. It would be great if you could do it with them! The link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_yUC1NCFkE

Thank you for your continued support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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