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Welcome Notes: Autumn 2

First of all, Mrs Roach and I would like to welcome you all back after the Autumn half term break - a well-needed one we think!

This half term our topic is called Superheroes!  We will learn all about what it means to be a superhero - real and fictional.  We will be finding out about how we can look after ourselves so that we stay strong and healthy in Science and topic lessons.  We will also learn about real life superheroes who have helped lots of people in many different ways.  In Science, we will continue to carry out investigations about the weather and seasons. We will be doing interesting scientific investigations using our best science skills such as observing, measuring, comparing, sorting and grouping.  

On our class web page, you can continue to find out lots of information about our class. We'll be putting on weekly spellings and Maths on the 'Home Learning' section and will showing off your lovely work on our 'Blog' page.  Just click on the links to see them.

We will be happy to answer any questions you may have, but as you can appreciate we are often busy welcoming children into school in the morning. However, we are happy to make arrangements to speak with you at another time.

Thank you,

Mrs Smith and Mrs Roach

Please keep an eye out for Parentmail communication from us. Hard copies of spellings and Maths letters are sent home on a Monday; please check your child's drawer if they don't make it back! Feel free to change your child's reading book in the drawers upstairs, near to the Reception base.


 Home Learning

Maths Home Learning week beginning 3.12.18

This week we are learning to subtract a 1 digit number from a 2 digit number. We can count on from the smaller number to the bigger number for smaller differences, and count back when the difference is much larger. For example, with 14 – 9 it is easiest to put the smallest number (9) in your head and count on until 14, putting a finger up to represent each number counted on. For subtractions with a large gap, for example 29 – 2, it is easier to put the larger number in your head (29) and count back two fingers. Try smaller differences for starters, and then move onto larger differences. Keep to numbers under 40 until your child is confident.

Maths Home Learning week beginning 10.12.18

This week we are continuing to subtract a 1 digit number from a 2 digit number. Please carry on with your mental Maths practice of this, e.g.
23 -19 (small gap: count on) and 27 – 5 (large gap: count back); this is particularly relevant to the Y1s.

Some of the Y2s are starting to subtract a 2 digit number from a 2 digit number. To help with this, could you again practise the value of each digit in a two digit number. For example, in 52 there are 5 tens and 2 ones, or units. You could say to your child “How many tens in 76?” or “What is the 6 worth in 76?”. Try to use numbers up to and beyond 100.

Maths Home Learning week beginning 17.12.18

This week in Maths, we are learning about directions, position and movement. We will be using the terms quarter, half, three-quarter and whole turns, clockwise and anti-clockwise. If you would like to support your child in these activities, you could help them apply this knowledge by playing games involving giving them directions to follow around the house or garden. You could hide an object around the house and give directions to locate it.

We will also be reading an analogue clock. This needs lots of practice at home please!

Maths Home Learning week beginning 7.1.19

This week in Maths, we are working on representing multiplication as repeated addition and arrays. An array is a rectangular representation of the calculation i.e. 3 x 5 would be 3 rows of 5 dots. Construction bricks (Lego) are particularly useful for recognising arrays. For example, you could ask your child to find the 4 x 2 brick and then count the studs to find the answer. The children also need to be able to make arrays to find an answer to a multiplication, so you could give them a calculation and ask them to draw or make it (using counters, or the individual round Lego studs).

Y2s – now is the time to start practising your 3 times table at home.

Maths Home Learning week beginning 14.1.19

This week we are learning how to solve division problems practically and record them as number sentences.  If you would like to support your child with this, you could suggest practical sharing activities for them to do.  For example, sharing out a bunch of 18 grapes equally between 2 people and counting how many each person gets, or sharing 20p between 4 people. 

Y2s – don’t forget to keep practising your 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Extend to the 3 times table if you are confident.


Useful Websites

Maths Websites

You can access games linked to learning in maths through this website.

Topmarks website for maths learning.

Literacy Websites

Nonsense Words: Practise reading the 'alien' words with your child (all spelt phonetically).

Nonsense words 1 

Nonsense words 2

Nonsense words 3

Nonsense words 4

Here are some links to games we have been using in phonics:



This STA video gives parents useful information regarding the end of key stage tests in Year 2:



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