Welcome to St Bernadette’s Class Page. Mrs Churchill is the Class Teacher and Mrs Nurse is the Teaching Assistant.
PE is on a Thursday 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.
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.