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“I am the Good Shepherd; I know my own and my own know me”. John 10:14"

Year 2 - St Bernadette

Week 3 - Tuesday 20th  - Friday 23rd September

We had a very busy week this week, take a look at everything we have been up to!

Science: We had a very interesting lesson this week all about the digestive system! We learned about some of the parts of our body which help us to digest our food. Ask us about it at home! 

RE: This week we had a story from the New Testament during Holy Story time. We listened to the story of when Jesus calmed the storm. James taught us  about the key message of the story, which was to have trust and faith in God. We then told James about another story we knew from the Old Testament where Abraham and Sarah had to have trust and faith in God.

Guided Reading: This week we followed our VIPERS for guided reading and focused on V, for vocabulary! We read our class text -'The Night Pirates' by Peter Harris and spoke about the meaning of key words such as pirate, treasure, crew and captain. We then made our very own pirate vocabulary mats which will help us writing pirate stories later on this term in English! 

If you would like to read our story 'The Night Pirates' by Peter Harris I've left a link below!

Have a lovely week everyone, 

Miss O'Leary 

The Night Pirates - Storytime Book Reading

Tom is a little boy, Tom is a little boy about to go on a fantastic adventure!

Week 2 - Monday 12th September - Friday 16th  September

We have had a very busy week here in Year 2! Take a look at everything we have been doing!

Art: In Art we are exploring colour and focused our lesson on colour mixing. We revised the primary colours which we learnt about in Year 1 and learnt more about the secondary colours. We created the famous 'Kadinsky circles' by mixing two primary colours to create different secondary colours. 

Geography: We are cartographers! This week we drew our own maps of our school! We had to use compasses to ensure we had each building in the correct position. 

RE: During Holy Story time this week we learnt about the story of the Wedding Feast at Cana. This is known to be the first ever miracle that Jesus performed! James our catechist had lots of questions for us and thought us about the important Commandment which is to honor thy mother and father. 

Maths: We are continuing to learn more about place value and partitioning. This week we have focused on the different models that can be used to show how a number can be partitioned. We also received our Mathletic log in cards which was really exciting! 

There's a link below if you need help finding the website!

Looking forward to the next week ahead, 

Have a lovely weekend everyone, 

Miss O'Leary 

Week 1 - Monday 5th - Friday 9th September

It has been a very important first week in Year 2 for all of our wonderful pupils but sadly we also mourn the great loss of  Queen Elizabeth II. In honor of the Queen's incredible life and service to her country we celebrated her life on Friday with a day filled of prayer, history and reflections.

We first gathered together as a whole school in assembly lead by Mrs Lavelle. We looked back on some key events in the Queen's life and remembered some of our favourite moments to date - including her afternoon tea with Paddington bear.

We will remember our Queen dearly for the incredible impact she has had on the world in which we live today.

 

Here's a look at everything else we have been up to during our first week:

English: Ahoy matey's and welcome to our topic all about pirates! This week we were introduced to our class story 'The Night Pirates' by Peter Harris. We have been using our prediction skills to make our own predictions about the characters, plot and setting of the story based on the illustrations. 

Maths: We have started our first topic which is place value and number. This week we have been focusing on using concrete resources like Dienes blocks to represent tens and ones. We also practiced using part whole models and place value charts. 

Phonics: This week's focus sound has been the digraph ay. We worked in groups to think of words that had the -ay diagraph. We also found lots of words which have alternative spellings for the -ay sound! (rain, plane, crane, train)

Religion: We started our lessons by learning about our class Saint, Saint Bernadette. We learnt about why she became a Saint and how Our Lady appeared to her in Lourdes, France.

PE: We had lots of fun in PE this week, practicing our locomotion skills! Miss O'Leary and Nadia created really fun and engaging stations for us to practice our skills. It was really fun to use the climbing equipment too!

Stay tuned to see some pictures of everything we got up to!

Miss O'Leary 

 

HM Queen Elizabeth II

1926-2022

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.

 May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. 

Amen.

Long term Curriculum Map

Our first day in Year 2! 

 

We had a fantastic day today! Take a look at everything we did!

  • Maths: In Maths we are learning about place value. We practiced counting the tens and units to form two digit numbers. Check out the place value game below to practice some more at home!
  • PSHRE: Today we covered a very important lessons about the PANTS rule. We learnt that our private parts are private and that we should always tell a grown up if someone asks to see them. Check out the Pantasorus song in the link below!
  • English: Today we did some personal writing all about our first day in Year 2. Miss O'Leary and Nadia laminated our work to keep for when we grow up and want to remember all of our favourite things when we were in Year 2! 
  • Music: Finally we also had our first music lesson with Miss Howard. It was really nice to practice our listening and responding skills together as a class again!

 

Key dates for the future: Thursday 15th September curriculum evening, check out our newsletter for more information on Parentmail!

We have also booked a class trip to the Tower of London, to support our learning about the Great Fire of London in the Autumn 2 term! More details and dates to follow! 

 

 

Looking forward to a very exciting week ahead!

Miss O'Leary 

Talk PANTS with Pantosaurus and his PANTS song #TalkPANTS

Meet Pantosaurus - our pant-wearing Dino! He wants every child to stay safe and strong, just like him, and he's on a mission to share an important message. We're currently trying to create a brand new PANTS storybook so we can reach more children.

Welcome to Year 2! 

Hello everyone! I would just like to say I am very excited to welcome you all to school tomorrow!

I cannot wait to see the wonderous things you will do in Year 2.

 

In the morning, you can come straight to the Year 2 classroom door to start the day. It would be a good idea to bring your book bag and perhaps a light raincoat tomorrow incase of any rain showers during playtimes! 

 

See you all tomorrow, 

Miss O'Leary

Introduction to coding

Year 1 spent the afternoon learning how to create basic sequences of code to move different sprites around and solve problems!

When we were cooking with Etain we used our senses to explore the food while we developed our cooking skills.

This autumn term our art topic is Structures.

We have had an amazing opportunity of having weekly sessions at our local art studio, Kite Studios where we worked in an art studio with a specialist art teacher.   

We then showcased our fantastic work to our parents and teachers.

Black History Month

Welcome to Year 1!

 

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2020 - 2021 ARCHIVE

 

Sports Day 2021

We managed to avoid the rain and have some fun at Sports Day!

FUN ON THE FARM

On Wednesday we took a coach to Bocketts Farm Park, a working sheep farm in Fetcham.  We had a wonderful outdoor learning experience, seeing first-hand how a working farm operates and having the opportunity to get close to and touch and feed a range of farm animals and their young.  It was lovely to be in the countryside.  We climbed to the top of a hill on our tractor ride, fields, trees and animals all around us and saw London far away on the horizon!

 

 

 

Land of the dinosaurs

The children have loved this half term's topic.  They are now using really quite complex language to explain what they know about dinosaurs.  Ask them to explain the difference between carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and how their teeth and jaws differ as a result of the food they eat; they will tell you!  They've learned the words predator and prey and know about the features some dinosaurs have to protect themselves. 

 

           

 

                                 

 

                  

 

We've recreated primordial swamps in the garden and used props to pretend to be dinosaurs hunting for food.  With a little guidance, the children made a lovely new play dough with coffee grounds which was great for taking prints of the fossils and ammonites we have in our classroom.  It was also good for making impressions of our toy dinosaurs' feet and seeing their three toes!  Some children went further and used the dough to make nests and eggs and pretended to hatch baby dinosaurs, showing understanding that dinosaurs were just like all other egg-laying reptiles such as snakes and crocodiles.  

 

 

The children have produced some great independent writing, too.  The regular phonics work that your children did during Lockdown is really paying off in terms of greater confidence for writing and reading for the majority of them.

 

 

 

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING WITH BEE-BOTS!

 

Bee-Bot’s simple and child friendly layout is a perfect starting point for Reception children to begin basis coding.  Mr Davis, our Head of Maths and IT, is spending time with the children on Friday mornings, teaching them control, directional language (prepositions) and basic computer programming. 

 

 

The children are learning that Bee-Bot will not go where they want it to without a well-thought-out, sequential set of instructions.  Bee-Bot can accurately move in steps of 15cm, turn in 90° turns, and remembers up to 40 steps!  The children are enjoying learning to solve problems, for example, how to programme Bee-bot so that it moves smoothly from the garage, along the street and round the corner to the bank!   They are having lots of fun practising and playing as they hone their new skills, learning the symbols for commands like clear, forward, turn left, turn right and go! 

 

 

 

Coding and programming Reception-style

As the first term drew to a close, we were very thankful to have been able to stay at school learning and playing with our friends and remaining safe, well, busy and happy as we got ready for Christmas.  

Christmas jumper fun day and a visit from Santa!

After half term, we began our Starry Starry Night topic and again, we were fortunate to have Lottie's dad come in and talk to us about the Hindu celebration of Divali, also called the Festival of Lights.  Lottie's dad told us how Divali symbolises the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance through the story of Rama and Sita, and Lakshmi, goddess of prosperity.  

 

During that week, the children experimented with 2D shapes, coloured rice and technology to make traditional Rangoli patterns.  They also learned clay techniques of rolling and making pinch pots to create and decorate their own diyas to take home for Christmas.  Lottie and her parents provided us with lovely traditional and colourful, savoury and sweet treats to celebrate with.

 

 

  

In October, to complete our work on our Wonderful Me topic and our focus during Black History Month on Mary Seacole, we were fortunate to have a visit from Mia's mum to talk to us about the wonderful work that nurses do whether on the frontline of a bloody war with few resources like Mary Seacole back in the 1850s or battling Covid in hospitals around the world today.  Parents will have seen some of the work the children completed in their books on this subject.  The children were delighted with the sunglasses Mia's mum brought for them!

 

Learning about the work of a nurse from Mia's mum

     

 

 

BEACH DAY 2020

On Monday 14th September 2020, the whole school put down their pens, pencils and books, threw on their swimming things and had a fabulous day at the beach without leaving the school gates.  No-one enjoyed it more than our Reception class, some of whom had only known the school for just over a week!

 

Take a look at these photos of the fun we had that day!smiley

OUTDOOR LEARNING

Coronavirus has made outside learning more important than ever for primary schools.  We are fortunate that we were able to come into school during lockdown to refresh our early years' garden, reorganise resources, repaint the woodwork and plant new bushes and fruit trees.  We hope that we have created a stimulating, happy place for the children to learn and grow.

 

September's amazing weather has given us the opportunity to be outside a lot.  It's important for developing gross motor skills, fitness and physical confidence.  It also gives the children the chance to take part in scientific investigation first-hand: using weights, buckets and pulleys, the water wall, the mud kitchen, gathering plants and leaves for pretend cooking or using magnifying glasses to get a closer look at spiders, beetles and snails. 

 

Here are some photos of the children exploring these things together in our garden, making friends, devloping their language skills and learning to work together cooperatively. 

 

 

  

OUR ROUTINES

At 11.45am every day, following our phonics session, we wash our hands, sing our lunchtime prayer and take our seats in the hall. The children go up to get their lunch and choose what they want in addition from the salad bar.  The children have music sessions with Mr Cape twice a week, a weekly outdoors multi-sports session and gym in the hall with me. 

 

         

 

 

 

2019 - 2020 ARCHIVE

All Saints Day

We have all returned from half term eager to learn. 

 

Our new topic is Amazing Autumn. 

 

We have had lots of fun with pumpkins this week. 

We used hammers to make holes in the pumpkins with golf tees.  

Pumpkin Fun

Today we made a delicious pumpkin cake together.

Welcome to our Nursery Class Page

 

We will update this page regularly with exciting class news, pictures of things we've done and more.

 

We have been busy for the last three weeks settling in to our routines and making new friends.  

 

We have great fun developing our skills through a balance of play and adult led activities. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Nursery 2019 -2020!

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With Love at the core of all we do at The Good Shepherd we: Learn to Love together, Love to Learn together, pray together and play together. Putting our faith into action. Growing in the Love and Truth of Christ in His Church for the benefit of all.
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