Newsletter ~ Year 2 Clownfish Summer 2017-2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

This is our last blog of the school year and it is a celebration of all the wonderful things that your children have achieved with us.

Well done to the Year 6 children who showed great resilience and determination during the recent SATs and were rewarded with fantastic results. They were the best results of the last 3 years! From this great starting point, they will continue to make good progress in their secondary schools. We wish them success in all of their future endeavours.

The end of the year is always a time to say goodbye, not only to children who are leaving us but also to members of staff who are moving on to new challenges. This year, we are saying goodbye to Miss Coleman, Miss Whittaker, Miss Dow, Mrs Young, Mrs Piper and Mrs Hawes from Key Stage 1. They have all played a key role in your children’s lives and we wish them well.

We will all be saying a sad goodbye to Mr Charman as he retires but thank him for all of the hard work he has done to keep the school running since he joined us in 2001.

We also wish Mrs Golding good luck as she awaits the arrival of her new baby and welcome Mrs Williams and Miss Birks back after their maternity leave.

September promises to be a new start for us all with new challenges and success waiting for us.

Have a happy and safe holiday, I look forward to seeing everyone in September,

Mrs Zoë Dudley (Head of School)

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Year 2 Summer Term 1

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that everyone had a good Easter break and it has been great to see the children back in school and hearing all about their holidays. The school has been a great place to be this week with the beautiful weather and everyone refreshed after their well needed break.

At the end of last term, we said a sad goodbye to Mrs Brackstone our Home School Link Worker and Mrs White who worked closely with Year 2. We wish them well in their future endeavours. Mrs East has taken on Mrs Brackstone’s role and she will be available during school hours, Monday to Friday, to speak to parents ,either face to face or over the phone. However, we are looking forward to welcoming back Mrs Messem, Mrs Williams and Miss Birks from maternity leave as well later this term.

It was fantastic to celebrate our colours of inclusion on Rainbow day last term and we raised an amazing £375. Thank you for the many cake donations and it was a hard judging decision to pick a winner! The Class Ambassadors are going to decide how we spend the money although we have already voted to donate some of it to the Downs Syndrome Association.

SATs fever is about to hit the school and I hope that Parents will continue to support their children as they go through this time, lots of early nights and plenty of encouragement.

Keep an eye on the blogs for news of other forthcoming parent events.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs Zoë Dudley

Head of School

 

Clownfish News

Before Easter, Clownfish class were visited by the Fire Service. The firefighters taught us how to keep safe and showed us how their uniforms protect them when they are dealing with an emergency. If there is a fire, we should ‘Get out. Stay out. Call 999’ and we learnt that we should check the smoke alarms in our homes once a week. Please make sure that you check your smoke alarms regularly.

 

In Science, we carried out an investigation about what plants need to help them grow. We had 3 daffodil plants. We gave one plant no water, one plant had no light and one plant had no warmth and we checked on them every couple of days to see how they were growing. We measured the plants with rulers and looked carefully to see if the leaves changed. After a couple of weeks we could see the healthiest plant was the one that had been left outside in the cold. It just hadn’t grown very tall.

 

This half term, we will be learning about the life cycles of animals in Science. We are currently observing some young ducklings and chicks that recently hatched out of eggs. We wanted to find out which kind of bird will grow the quickest and biggest. Every day, we are carrying out a ‘Chick Check’ to measure their heights and weights. In Art, we will be learning about a famous artist called Jackson Pollack. He splattered paints on canvases to make some interesting images. We will be creating our own paintings using his style and techniques.

 

Year 2 SATs will be taking place throughout May so please try to ensure that your child does not miss school. The children will be taking two Reading tests, an Arithmetic Maths test and a Reasoning Maths test. We assess their writing through their on-going work in English and writing from across the curriculum. Results from these end of KS1 assessments will be shared with parents in July. It is important that your child completes their homework (which is given out on Fridays and should be returned by the following Wednesday) as we are sending home tasks that will help them feel more prepared for their SATs. If you have any questions or concerns about the KS1 SATs please talk to Miss Stedman.

 

Our PE lessons will be on Wednesdays and Fridays. Please make sure that your child has their PE kit in school as an increasing number of children are regularly borrowing our spare PE kit as they don’t have their own in school. Now that the weather is improving (???!!), please can you check that your child’s PE shoes fit so that they can safely take part in outside PE lessons.

 

Written by Miss Stedman

Year 2 Newsletter Spring 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

After a packed last couple of weeks at school, I hope that you all had a restful and happy Christmas and that your children are looking forward to being back in school and starting the new term with enthusiasm.

The children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 performed fantastically in their nativity show at the end of last term, they all joined together to make a great end to our Autumn term. There was plenty of talent to be seen at the first “Holbrook’s got talent show” too and those who performed did so with enthusiasm. Well done to all of those who took part, you impressed everyone watching.

There is plenty of other talent on show around the school as well; the Year 2 NASA space buggies in the library and the Year 6 clay faces art gallery demonstrate the wide range of talents which your children impress us with on a day to day basis.

This term, we look forward to welcoming another Olympic athlete to inspire the children and some cross School activities with our Federated school, Bedenham. Look out for more details in your child’s Year group blog.

Happy New Year to you!

 

Mrs Zoë Dudley                                                                    Mrs Tracy Potter

Head of School                                                                     Executive Headteacher

 

Last term in Clownfish Class

The children in Year 2 worked hard during the Autumn term and particularly enjoyed their Space topic. We had a fantastic time at INTECH on our school trip. We learnt all about space exploration and the first moon landing in History and enjoyed designing and making some amazing moon buggies in DT. Thank you to all the parents who joined us for our Christmas ‘Stay and Play’ – the resulting Christmas decorations made the classroom look very festive.

 

This Half Term

In the coming half term, Clownfish Class are working on a Geography based topic called ‘Spot the Difference’. We will be comparing aspects of everyday life in Gosport with how people live in some areas of Kenya. In particular, we will be learning about school life in both countries. We will also be finding out more about African culture in general. We will be learning some African folks tales in English and studying weaving from Uganda in Art before we complete some weaving of our own.  Also, our Keystage 1 classes will be joining up across the Federation for a couple of African themed mornings. These will include African drumming workshops led by a visiting Music specialist. Clownfish Class will be able to share all the things we have learnt in our ‘Spot the Difference’ topic in  our class assembly on Friday, 9th February, 2018.

 

Homework

In addition to daily reading at home with an adult and learning weekly spelling words, homework tasks will continue to come home on Fridays and should be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday. Helping and supporting your child with their home learning is really important. The tasks sent home reflect the current learning in class or might be a pre-learning task.

Please feel free to research and find out more about Kenya at home. We would like to share any interesting facts that you find out with the rest of the class.

 

PE

This half term, PE sessions will be on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please make sure that your child has their PE kit in school. They may want to bring in an extra sweatshirt and jogging bottoms for our outdoor sessions now that the weather is cold and wintry. They will need plimsolls or trainers for outdoor PE.

 

Year 2 SATs – End of Keystage 1 Assessments

 

All children in Year 2 in England will be completing SATs assessments in May 2018.These assessments, alongside on-going class work, help teachers to judge if children are working towards the expected standard, at the expected standard or at greater depth. We will be holding a parent workshop before half term to explain more about SATs, how we approach them with the children and we will show you some of the previous SATs papers so that you can see the expectations. We will also explain how parents can support and help their children. Please avoid booking time off from school for your child during May. Further details about the information workshop to follow soon.

Best wishes for 2018.

Miss Stedman

Clownfish Class Teacher