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Winterbourne EarlsChurch of England Primary School

‘As each one does their part, we grow in love’

Autumn Term 2019

Friday 11th October


We've had a great week of learning in Year 2 this week.  It's certainly been a busy week and as you will be aware, Miss Sealey has been teaching us a couple of times.

In Maths, we have been counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. We've completed independent activities, missing number tasks, looked for patterns and much, much more! Please continue to count at home (if you have a spare moment) - there are many children who can count forwards but not back, and 5s have been a challenge to the majority.

Our phonics sound, as you know, was /n/. We've looked at gn, kn and nn. Today was Phonic Friday, so we decided to have a quiz. We did very well - a big thumbs up from Mrs Baker!

In English, we begun the week looking at diaries. We looked at the features, explored verbs with past tense (ed suffix) and then wrote about our mornings before school. There were some very interesting reads! Next week we will learn a pirate diary and then have a go at writing our own ready to be displayed on our writing wall.

In Science, we have been looking at the 3 things animals need to survive and what we can do to keep our pets healthy. We even had a challenge to make a home for our class parrot.

The class are absolutely loving Hockey on a Tuesday and showed some great passing, control and teamwork. It's nearly time to try a game on the playground.


Have a lovely weekend and see you on Monday.

Monday 30th September


Our first piece of English homework went home today. There have been a few queries so I will try and answer them now.

The time it takes to complete will vary from child to child. The MUST task should not take longer than 20 minutes. The children are given 3 tasks: MUST, SHOULD and COULD. The MUST, must be done but the others are optional depending on time and support given at home. The children can earn a house point for each task completed. The children will not be tested on the words - the homework is for reinforcement and to revise the sounds learned the previous week. Therefore all the words given, are words the children have already seen. It's helpful for children to recognise the words so that's why we ask the child to read them, and then writing the word will show you whether they know how to spell it or whether they might need some more time to learn it. The children do not need to write them five times. Once (or twice) is sufficient although you might choose for your child to write them more times.

Below is an example that was completed Monday night by a child in the class.

Please pop in and see me if you have any more queries.

Homework example

Homework example 1

Monday 23rd September


This week for English,  we wrote our first pieces for the writing wall. They are all up, so feel free to pop in and see them. You can also learn about the parts of the pirate ship when you read them!

Tens and ones has continued to be our focus in maths this week. We have looked at how many tens and ones make up a number and the value of the tens eg.

The number is 37.

It has 3 tens and 7 ones.

30 + 7 = 37

Most of the class are confident with this now so we will be moving on next week.

On Thursday we had a visit from Mrs Johnson. She worked with us to learn The Owl and the Pussy Cat and at the end of the day we performed it to Year 1.

Friday was of course Phonic Friday. It was a shorter session than usual, as we had worship in the morning, however we managed to have lots of fun playing /j/ bingo with our bingo boards we had made during the week.

Monday 16th September


This week we continued our learning on pirates. As authors, we wrote the next part of our book 'The Pirate Cruncher' and looked at the different parts of the pirate ship.

In Maths we continued with our place value. In particular, we are focused on tens and ones and looked at the different ways we can partition a number. For this we used the part-whole model which the children used in Year 1.

Other learning included fact finding, creating treasure maps and learning about adult and baby animals in Science.