Welcome to Burgundy Class!
We are a class of thirty awesome children, our Teacher Miss Bell and Teaching Assistants Mrs Priyadarshini and Mr 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 will be working on topics with a History and Science focus.
Who Burnt The Bread?
We will be finding out about the London Plague of 1665 before moving on to answer the question: ‘Who burnt the Bread and what happened because of it?’
As part of our learning about the Great Fire of London in 1666, we will visit London to see the sights and historical locations of the Fire around the Tower of London and the Monument.
We will also be finding out about Samuel Pepys and his famous diary, now kept in Pepys Library in Magdalene College, Cambridge.
We will be writing our own recounts and diary entries as well as following instructions to make our own bread.
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 Montgolfier Brothers, Amy Johnson and Neil Armstrong.
We will be learning about some of the different religious festivals that take place in the autumn and winter: Harvest festival, Sukkot 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 Christmas performance at the end of term!
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 encouraged to change their books regularly for themselves.
Our PE days are on Mondays (outdoor) and Wednesdays (indoor)
A 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.
Children will need to provide a named water bottle which should be brought into school. It will then be returned on Fridays for cleaning. The class tap is drinking water and the children are encourage each morning to fill their bottles.
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.
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 word lists which follow the pattern we are learning in class Phonics lessons, and are for you to practise spelling at home. 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.
Some parents/carers send in sweets or cakes to share on a child’s birthday. Considering our Healthy School status, 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 to send in birthday treats of any kind!
Do you have time to spare or skills to share? Or BOTH?
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 Mrs Ward if you are able to offer some of your time.
Currently we are expecting children to take the SATs (Standard Assessment Tests) in May 2019, 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 (Headteacher from Surrey & blogger on Primary Assessment) which covers information about the SATS from May 2017.