Burgundy class

 Burgundy Class Year Two

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Welcome to Burgundy Class!

 

 

We are a class of thirty amazing children and two fabulous teachers: Ms Katy Kowalska and Ms Beth McGreer, and a super cool Teaching Asssistant. Mr Simon Howlett.  The best way to find out about our class is to ask the children, but as they cannot be here right now… read on!

 

Alongside our core learning in English and Maths, in the Autumn term we are working on topics with a History and Science focus.

We started the Autumn term with the Plague of 1665 (not literally, thank goodness!), devised our own plague cures (which ranged from the delicious to the disgusting), and about the far-reaching impact of the Fire of London of 1666.  Events at that time have shaped our capital city’s skyline as well as being the starting point for our modern fire brigades.  We wrote our own versions of events, but you can find out more about Samuel Pepys’ version at: http://www.magd.cam.ac.uk/pepys/ His diary is now kept in Pepys’ Library in Magdalene College, Cambridge.

We got stuck into the topic by making our own bread, to help out a certain Thomas Farynor, who appeared to have burnt his rolls!  We made fire engines with ladders, hoses and working wheels during our Design and Technology Day focusing on developing our designing, making and evaluating skills.  A highlight of the first half of the Autumn term has to be climbing the 311 steps of the Monument in London and the amazing view at the top (not to mention the return climb back down those same 311 steps!) – and we have the Certificate to prove it!

Why not check your learning at this website Fire designed by the Museum of London?

http://www.fireoflondon.org.uk/game

Please be aware that these are external websites and not associated with Morley Memorial Primary School.

After Half Term, as the nights grow longer, we will be looking skywards into the night to learn about flight and space through fiction and non-fiction texts, writing explanations and stories.  We will be learning about some of the great explorers of the skies such as the Wright Brothers, Amy Johnson, Neil Armstrong.  A visit to Duxford Imperial War Museum will give us the opportunity to get close to some of the great machines of the skies.  For more details on the history of aviation have a look at these web pages:

http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/k-12/UEET/StudentSite/index.html

http://teacher.scholastic.com/space/friendship7/index.htm

http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/research/history-of-aviation-timeline/interactive-aviation-timeline.aspx

You can even have a go at piloting the 1903 Wright Brothers’ Flyer at this webpage:  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/space/pilot-wright-brothers-flyer.html 

 

November sees us participating in Anti-Bullying Week, which complements our PSHE unit of work on the same theme.  This year we are a working on the theme of  ‘All Different, All Equal’.  Following on from our work on Harvest festival in RE, we will be learning about some of the different religious festivals that take place in the autumn and winter: Hannukah and Diwali and of course, getting ready for Christmas with a visit to our local church to learn about how some Christians prepare for Christmas during Advent.   Most importantly we will be celebrating Christmas with the traditional Morley Christmas performance at the end of term!

Why not try these flight-themed games?

http://www.ictgames.com/helipad%20hops7.html

http://www.ictgames.com/chuteShuffle/index.html

http://www.ictgames.com/rhymingRockets.html

http://www.ictgames.com/cluster.html

Please be aware that these are external websites and not associated with Morley Memorial Primary School.

General Information

Book-bags should be brought into school every day: we encourage children to be as independent as possible and to remember their book-bag for themselves.  We hear children read in weekly Guided Reading sessions, and individually at other times.  Children are expected to change their books regularly for themselves from the selection available in class.

PE lesson pic

Our PE days are on Wednesdays (outdoor) and Fridays (indoor).  Our PE kit consists of: T-shirt, shorts, long sleeved top and jogging bottoms, spare socks, trainers or plimsolls.  Long hair must be tied back and no jewellery please.  Please leave PE kits in school (unless it needs washing of course!) so that we can be flexible with our timetable if we need to be.  If your child does not have the correct PE Kit they will not be able to participate actively in that session, so please help by ensuring the kit is in school.  We do send a reminder slip home if your child does not have the correct PE kit, as verbal messages via child-mail often don’t get through!

water bottle

Parents must provide children with a named water bottle which should be brought into school daily; it will be returned daily for cleaning.  This should be filled every morning in school.  The class tap is drinking water.

 

Children visit the school library most weeks. Our Library Day is Thursday.  Children are given the opportunity to choose and borrow a book in addition to the class readers.  Children can change their library book weekly or keep a book for a little longer.  We want all the children to have access to school library books so if library books are not returned we ask for a contribution towards its replacement.bookshelf

Homework will usually be sent home on a Thursday and should be returned by the following Tuesday.  There will be a curriculum related task and some handwriting to practise.  We also send home details about the spelling pattern or grammar rule which we are learning using the No-Nonsense Spelling Programme: this is for home practice, as, while we do assess spelling regularly, we do not have formal weekly spelling tests.  There will be times when homework is a research task, learning a poem or other practical task.  Please record a note in the homework book giving an indicator of how your child found the homework.  More detailed information is available in the Home Learning Policy which can be found in the ‘Our School’ section of the website.  If you have any further questions or concerns about the homework, please come in and talk to us.

As a school, we do not give out sweets or cakes on the event of a child’s birthday, so please do not bring them in.  If you did want to send in a treat, you may wish to consider a book, game or fruit alternative to sugary snacks.  Please remember there is no obligation or requirement to send in birthday treats of any kind!

Do you have time to spare or skills to share? We love extra help in class!

We welcome volunteers either regularly or as a one-off visit connected with the curriculum.  You may like to come and help in class with group work, regular reading, or on days when we need extra adult help such as Design and Technology Days.  We also need parent/carers to help when we go out of school on class trips, locally or further afield.   Please contact us if you are able to offer some of your time.  Regular volunteers are required to have a DBS check (child safeguarding) and a brief induction with Mrs Kerry Darby, our Deputy Head Teacher and Safeguarding Designated Person.

 

KS1 SATS

Currently (September 2017) we are expecting children to take the SATs (Standard Assessment Tests) in May 2018, however government policies do change, so should we hear differently we will let you know!  The Year Two team will provide you with more information on how we deliver the tests nearer the time, however, in the meantime you might like to watch this short clip by Micheal Tidd (Deputy Headteacher from Nottinghamshire & blogger on Primary Assessment) which covers information about the SATS from May 2017.

KS1 SATS video