Welcome to St Bernadette’s Class Page. Mrs Churchill is the Class Teacher and Mrs Nurse is the Teaching Assistant.
PE is on a Friday and children require full PE kit (t-shirt, shorts and pumps/trainers). Children are not permitted to wear school uniform or school shoes for PE. Earrings must be removed or covered before coming to school.
Children will be reading in a guided reading group once a week with the class teacher or TA. The day of the reading group may vary due to teaching capacity so children’s books will not be changed on a set day, although it will be weekly. Therefore it is important that their book bag, book and home reading record are bought into school every day. Book bags are also useful to store any letters that are sent home so please ensure you check your child’s book bag daily so no important letters are missed.
Spring 1 week 3
In English this week, the children have innovated the Traction Man character, we now have Traction Dog! They created a character description plan ready to write about their own character next week. They also learnt about similes and the range of sentence types they can use in their writing: statements, commands, questions and exclamative sentences.
In maths, we continued to work with money, focusing on comparing amounts and finding a total. We will finish this unit next week and begin to learn about multiplication.
In RE, the children learnt about the Sacrament of the sick, and discussed why people may wish to be anointed. They also heard gospel accounts of three of Jesus’ miracles and recorded information about them.
During our science lesson we had a look at our bread, it is starting to look rather mouldy! The children also learnt about the stages of human life, ordering and writing about them. In history, the children learnt about Mary Seacole and compared her to Florence Nightingale.
Spring 1 week 2
This week has passed very quickly as we have had so much to do. This week the children began to rehearse the story mapped character description of Traction Man. They practised writing lists of three for description, using adjectives to describe superheros and wrote their imitated character description.
In maths, the children did some practise SAT’s papers at the start of the week and then made the same amount of money in a variety of different ways. In RE, the children heard the parable of the talents. They wrote prayers thanking God for their talents and retold the story, thinking about what the parable is teaching them and how this can influence how they behave.
On Friday we had a day learning about Chinese New Year. The children took part in craft activities and even made up a Chinese New Year dance based on the theme of cooking in PE.
Next Monday (20th) we are holding SAT’s information sessions for parents. Please attend one of the two sessions if you are able to, preferably without children. There is one session at 2.30 – 3.00pm and one at 5.30 – 6.00pm.
Spring 1 week 1
Welcome back to a new half term. The children have made me so proud this week. They have come back to school with mature attitudes and they have set straight back to work. Our topic this half term is To The Rescue. As part of this topic, our focus text in English is Traction Man. We will use the character Traction Man to write a character description. The children have today begun to think about his character traits and appearance and used adjectives to describe him. In PE, we started to create a dance based on the story.
In maths, our new unit of work on money has begun. The children have amazed me with their understanding. To further support your child, please allow them to pay for things if you are out shopping, or play shops at home. Discuss with them which coins/notes they are using, ask how many other ways they could pay for the same item, ask how much change they will get etc.
In RE, we finished the unit of work on Christmas, describing the difficulties the wise men faced on their journey to Bethlehem. We also began a new unit on Parables and Miracles. The children heard the story of the Prodigal Son and reflected on how this story can help us to live our lives today.
It has been RSE week and the children have thought about how to look after themselves through exercise, a healthy diet, the importance of managing their emotions and how to be a good friend. We also carried out a germ experiment, whereby pieces of bread have been touched by a gloved hand, many ungloved hands (theirs!) and rubbed on the floor. The children had to predict which will contain the most germs. We will monitor the bread over the next few weeks and look forward to finding out if the predictions made are correct.
Finally, PE for St Bernadette class has changed to a Friday for the next term. Please ensure full PE kit is in school, which includes pumps or trainers. Children are not allowed to do PE in their school shoes. Also, earrings must be removed or covered before coming to school.
Autumn 2 week 7
We have finally finished what has been a very busy half term in Year 2. The children have worked so hard and I am very proud of their effort and achievements. This week the children have been thinking about the importance of the Christmas story in RE. They wrote from the perspective of Mary and Joseph and thought about the difficulties they faced on their journey to Bethlehem.
The rest of the week has been spent doing art lessons, where the children have been busy creating lovely Christmas things to share with you.
From myself, Mrs Nurse and all of St Bernadette class, we wish you a very happy Christmas. I look forward to seeing the children in 2020.
A few photographs from our amazing trip to the Snowdome!
Autumn 2 week 6
What a fantastic week it has been with the children performing A Midwife Crisis for KS2 and for parents/carers. The children were brilliant and I am so proud of each and every one of them. Thank you for coming to see them, practising their lines and sending in costumes.
Even though we have been busy with the play, the children have still been subtracting 2 digit numbers using the column method in maths, they learnt about a town called Churchill, Canada, and designed an information poster to entice visitors to the town, in Geography, and learnt about St John the Baptist in RE.
To end our week we had a magical day at the Snowdome. The children were very well behaved, they took part in all the activities and it was lovely to see them thoroughly enjoying themselves in the snow. Buddy the St Bernadette class elf also managed to join us as he snuck into my rucksack! Photographs from the trip will be uploaded this week.
Autumn 2 week 5
We have had a busy week again with rehearsals for our Christmas production. We had our final rehearsal today and it is looking fantastic! We cannot wait to share it with you all next week.
Due to rehearsals we have not completed as much recorded work as normal, however the children did begin to write their own independent short story in English using a picture stimulus. Their ideas are wonderful and I look forward to reading their finished stories next week, In maths, the children subtracted a 2 or 3 digit number and tens. We will be finishing our subtraction work next week ready for a new unit of work to begin in January.
In RE, the children heard the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth. They compared their feelings both before and after the angel had visited and role played the story. They also learnt more about the Advent wreath and what the candles represent. In geography, the children learnt all about scale and distance, using a map and google earth. We had great fun finding our school using google earth. In science, the children looked at the changes to cornflour when it is mixed with different amounts of water. They had to describe what the changes were and whether they were reversible or irreversible.
Autumn 2 week 4
What a fantastic way to start our week with our class mass. I was very proud of all of the children in St Bernadette class for their lovely readings and singing. We have spent a lot of time this week practising for the Christmas play. Please continue to practise if your child is still unsure of their lines. Please also send in any remaining narrator costumes (plain black t-shirt or top, black leggings or trousers) on Monday 2nd December.
In English, the children planned and began to write their invented story. They will be continuing with this next week. In maths, the children used a number line to subtract a 2 digit number from a 2 digit number.
In RE, the children learnt more about the importance of the saints, and they could name many different saints. They created a fact file about our class saint, St Bernadette. In geography, the children have compared the Arctic and Antarctic, thinking about why these two places are similar and different. In science, the children learnt more about reversible and irreversible changes. We heated water to see what happens to it and heated bread, and talked about our findings.
Autumn 2 week 3
We have been very busy this week practising for our school play. If possible, narrator costumes need to be in on Monday. Please encourage your child to practise at home if they have a speaking part. If lines have been mislaid we can send home some new ones if we are informed.
In English this week, the children finished off writing their innovated stories. They also edited them and began thinking about what they will write next week for their invented story, where they will be writing from the viewpoint of one of the characters.
In maths, the children subtracted a two digit number from a 1 digit number by bridging 10, using a number line, and they subtracted a 2 digit number from a 2 digit number using the partitioning method.
In science, the children carried out an experiment to see how quickly ice melts under different conditions and in geography they learnt about the continents and oceans.
It is St Bernadette’s class mass on Monday (25th) and we have also practised the readings and songs this week. We hope you can join us at our mass.
Autumn 2 week 2
Thank you to all parents who attended our whole school parent consultations this week. It is always lovely to share your children’s work and achievements with you. As always, if you have any questions or concerns at any time, please come and see me.
In English this week, the children began to plan their innovated story. We shared ideas about different settings that Mary and Joseph could travel to instead of Bethlehem and thought about how they would get there and what they would take and why. It is lovely to hear their imaginative ideas but a firm favourite with the children is Mary and Joseph travelling to the North Pole and baby Jesus being born in an igloo! The children began writing their innovated story too and will finish them next week. In guided reading our focus text has been The Day the Crayons Quit. This is a very funny children’s book which they are all enjoying hearing and reading.
In maths, the children were adding two 2 digit numbers using the column method. This was a little tricky at first but after another recap the children all understood the concept. They also added three or more 1 digit numbers and answered word problems using their knowledge of addition. Next week we will be moving on to subtraction.
In RE, the children continued work on the mysteries of the Rosary, and chose some mysteries to write about.
In Science, we began to look at reversible and irreversible changes and what this means and why. We discussed whether toasting bread, freezing water and melting chocolate are reversible or irreversible and why. We will be doing some exciting experiments to test changes over the next few weeks.
St Bernadette’s class mass is on Monday 25th November. Invitations will be sent home next week.
Autumn 2 week 1
The children have settled back in to the school routine and this week has passed by very quickly. We have begun to learn the songs for our Christmas performance and parts and lines have been given out. Costume letters will follow. If your child has a speaking part, please encourage them to practise as much as possible. We are all very excited about this production!
In English, the children have heard the nativity story and we have used this as our model text. The children have been practising the story using a story map, they have written sentences using coordinating and subordinating conjunctions and temporal connectives and they began to write their imitated version of the story.
In maths, the unit of work on addition and subtraction has continued, with the children adding two digit numbers and tens and two digit numbers and ones, using a number line and the column method.
In RE, the children learnt about the Rosary in more detail, and we discussed the mysteries of the rosary and the stories that relate to them.
Autumn 1 week 8
The end of our first half term in Year 2 is here and the children definitely deserve a rest! The children have planned and written their invented stories this week in English, used related facts to add and subtract and added and subtracted ones in maths and evaluated the making of their moon buggies in science. In RE, the children heard and role played the story of The Wedding Feast at Cana. They also heard the story of Mary at the cross and thought about how, as Jesus’ Mother, she would have felt seeing him on the cross. They wrote a diary entry from Mary’s perspective.
I have sent home over the holiday the KS1 common exception words for the children to practise, along with an example of what cursive letters should look like. If you have some time over the holiday, please get your child to practise reading and spelling the common exception words. If they write them out on the handwriting paper I sent they will also be practising their handwriting as well as their spelling. Books are available to read on Bug Club as always.
Have a restful half term and I look forward to seeing the children on the 4th November.
Autumn 1 week 7
We began our week with our awards assembly. It is always lovely to celebrate the children’s successes and I know they enjoy having their hard work rewarded. In English this week, the children have created a new story map by innovating last weeks story. They practised writing sentences using adjectives to describe a story setting and similes to describe a character. They then wrote their innovated stories and edited them with the purple pens. In maths, the children have learnt about the inverse operation. Ask them to tell you the rhyme that they learnt to help them to remember which operation to do. They used the inverse operation to check their calculations and to solve missing number problems.
In RE, the children wrote a letter to their family, in the role of Mary. They explained how Mary felt when she and Joseph had to travel to Egypt with baby Jesus. In Science, the children made their moon buggies and next week they will write up their evaluation of the design and making process. In History, the children finished writing their non-fiction report about Neil Armstrong.
Please ensure lunch forms are handed in by next Thursday (24th October) as this is our last day of this half term. Children are not in school on Friday 25th October.
Autumn 1 week 6
What a lovely start we had to the week with a mass led by Year 3. After mass we began the first of the weeks prayers for the canonization of Blessed John Henry Newman, which takes place on Sunday 13th October. We prayed a decade of the Rosary and the children were very respectful during this time of prayer and reflection.
On Wednesday, the whole school joined in with a live broadcast from St Chads Cathedral. Bishop Longley led the service and prayed the rosary which we joined in with as a school. The children also listened to readings and joined in with familiar hymns.
In English this week, the children began to learn a new imitated story about space. They rehearsed the story and wrote it. They also practised editing a piece of writing and writing sentences, ensuring that capital letters and full stops were included in the correct places. In maths, they began a new unit of work on addition and subtraction. This included revising number bonds to 10 and thinking about their associated facts, completing bar models using clues to identify missing numbers and comparing calculations using the <, > and = symbols.
In RE, the children heard the story of the Prophet Daniel. They completed a character profile, thinking about the kind of man that Daniel was. In science, the children designed their moon buggy, ready for making it next week. In history, the children began writing a fact file about Neil Armstrong.
We finished off the week with a jump rope session this morning. The children always enjoy the sessions when Jump Rope UK come to school, and so do the adults! They practised their skipping skills and learnt some new tricks. The children all agreed that skipping is hard work and very good for their fitness.
Autumn 1 week 5
In English this week, the children have written their own invented setting description. We shared ideas as a class and then the children picked their own setting to write about. These varied from a school, a zoo, a football stadium, an airport, a candy shop, the beach and many more. I am looking forward to reading their finished work. In maths, we finished our unit of work on place value and the children were counting in tens, forwards and backwards from any number and counting in threes, forwards and backwards from 0. They then completed a place value assessment to identify any misconceptions. The scores made me very proud of all of their hard work since beginning year 2. Next week we begin a new unit of work on addition and subtraction.
In RE, the children heard the story of David and Goliath. They reflected upon David’s defeat and how he felt brave because of his strong faith and belief in God.
Handwriting is very important in year 2 as children need to form letters correctly in order to achieve end of year expectations in writing. We are really trying hard in St Bernadette class to ensure lower case and capital letters are formed correctly, and sentences are correctly punctuated. As well as handwriting practise in school, lots of the children have been bringing in special notebooks from home to show me how much they have been practising their handwriting. Thank you to all of the parents who are supporting the children with this, it really makes a difference.
Today we began the ‘Novena with Newman’, which is 9 days of prayer to prepare for the canonization of Blessed John Henry Newman, which takes place on Sunday 13th October. We prayed a decade of the Rosary and the children were very respectful during this time of prayer and reflection.
Autumn 1 week 4
We began our week with a lovely mass led by Year 4. The children all sat and listened very well and were able to reflect on the mass when we went back to the classroom. Following mass, we had an RE lesson and the children heard the story of Jonah and the whale. They thought about Jonah’s feelings during different parts of the story. They wrote a summary of the story and thought about a time when they have had to do something that they did not want to do.
In English, the children innovated the story map that we have been learning, based on the man on the moon story. We changed parts of the story, including writing about the sun and not the moon, and they wrote their innovated setting description. We have also introduced purple editing pens which enable the children to look back though their work and correct any errors, such as missing capital letters, full stops or key spellings. During our maths lessons this week, the children have ordered numbers from smallest to largest, using their knowledge of place value and counted in twos, five and tens. They have particularly enjoyed the smart movers dance routines that help them to learn their times tables, we love to be active in St Bernadette class!
In science, the children tested materials to see if they would float, were waterproof or would roll. They then recorded their findings.
A reminder that next Tuesday (1st October) is non-uniform day. Please encourage children to wear something bright and bring in £1. We would be very grateful for any donations of cakes to sell at the CAFOD fair. Children can also bring in some money to spend at the CAFOD fair but please ensure it is in a named envelope/purse/wallet and not loose.
Autumn 1 week 3
In English this week, the children have written their imitated setting description and learnt how to use coordinating and subordinating conjunctions. In maths, they have used a place value chart and compared objects and numbers using the greater than, less then and equals symbols. Ask your child to sing you the alligator song that they learnt to help them remember when to use each symbol.
In RE, the children heard the story of Abraham and Isaac, and how God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son in order to test his faith in him. They thought about the feelings of the two and what conversation they may have had on the way back down the mountain. In PE, the children continued to learn how to play tag rugby. The children completed a timeline in history and sorted and described materials in science.
Please complete and return any outstanding times tables rock stars forms if you would like your child to be able to access this resource at home.
Autumn 1 week 2
We have had a very busy week in year 2 beginning with a lovely mass led by KS2. In our RE lessons this week, the children have learnt the story of Noah’s ark. They sequenced and summarised the events of the story and thought about what the story teaches us about God.
In English, the children began to imitate a setting description, based on the story The Man on the Moon. To do this we use story maps, whereby the children learn a text using a story map and putting actions to the words. The actions help the children to remember the text, meaning they can confidently write about it. In maths, we have continued the unit of work on place value and the children have been representing numbers to 100 using bead strings, representing numbers using a number line and partitioning numbers into their tens and ones. Rapid recall is a firm favourite with the children and they are all eager to beat their score and move up a step. Letters have been sent home today to Year 2 children about times tables rock stars. Please sign and return these so your children can begin to use this excellent resource to practise their times tables.
Autumn 1 week 1
Welcome back to a new school year. The children have settled in really well to Year 2 and have been working hard. In English, they have written a cold write, an independent piece of writing, describing a beach setting using adjectives. In Maths, we have begun our unit of work on place value. The children have used numicon and diennes to make two and three digit numbers using their knowledge of place value. They have also written numbers up to 100 in numerals and words. In PE, the children began to learn the rules of tag rugby. Today, the children learnt about Neil Armstrong and why he is important, and we watched a short video clip of the moon landing.