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Term 6

This will be the last update of the year- last week saw Ash Class host Year 6 in our Italian Cafe serving sorbet- rasberry, lemon or orange. We had two maitre d's, a host of waiters and waitresses and 'servers'. It was a fantastic occassion which Miss Webb an Year 6 really enjoyed- well done Key Stage 1!!-

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I have also been impressed by all the children's Home Larning- it was fantastic to see such a varied amount of learning. Thank you for all the time that you spend with your child to assist them with their learning.

The children have really enjoyed learning about Italy and our Let's Eat topic. In ICT they made their own Italian menus with delights such as pizza, pasta, lasagne and of course ice cream!

On a personal note I would like to say a huge thank you for all the gifts and cards that I have recieved. I was told that the parents at The Meadows were generous but I didn't know how generous- thank you. This year has been great and I consider it a privaledge to be able to teach your children and help them along their learning journey. I wish you a safe and happy holiday and lookforward to seeing the children again when they are in Year 3!!!


Week 6

This week saw the children develop their writing skills and their understanding of traditional stories. At the beginning of the week we planned a story based on Pinocchio but we changed a couple of things- setting, characters, problem. It was important for the children to still write using the main features of Pinocchio. I was really pleased with their hard work- there were some great stories with lots of story language, connectives and good punctuation- Well done Ash class especially as it has been a little warm this week.

In maths we looked at time and changing the time to fit some questions. Some of the class worked outside with Miss Burt on a large clock face rug- I hear that they did some great learning. We have been using our ICT skills this week and designing some menus and then creating them using Word. They inserted pictures, change the font size and worked with text boxes.

Many thanks to everyone who has brought in bottle tops for next week- please keep them coming as we will need lots more.

Have a safe weekend in the sun I will see you all for our last whole week together in Year 2!!! Jump up afternoon is on Wednesday.

Week 5

In week 5 we extended our learning about Italy by studying an artist from Italy- we looked at Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526 or 1527 – July 11, 1593) he was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of such objects as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, and books – he painted representations of these objects on the canvas arranged in such a way that the whole collection of objects formed a recognisable likeness of the portrait subject. The children were fascinated by the creative pictures.

We also learnt about place value in Maths, looking at what each digit represents- hundreds, tens and units. In Literacy we looked at traditional stories form our class country- Pinocchio.

Last week and this week looks to be really hot so don't forget to 'wrap, splat and hat'!!



Enjoy the good weather!

Week 4

Week 4 saw us really get to grips with learning about Italy, we started the week by making booklets about Italy. The information included- Families, Holidays, Weather and Hobbies. The children were really enthused about all the different aspects of our class country. We then followed up later in the week with Acrostic poems using our new found knowledge of Italy.

We also tried some foods from Italy which helped us to gather some data which enabled us to create a bar graph based on Year 2's favourite Italian food. Our number bonds/times tables learning is progressing well. Please try and practise these at home- it does pay off.

Week 3

That was week 3 and we are zooming through this term!
The children have had a very scientific week with lots of investigating and planning tests on plants- runner beans and cress. There has been a lot of discussion about what a fair test is and how to plan an investigation that changes only one thing- a variable. We have also been focusing on scientific language and trying to use the right words for what we have been doing. Well done Ash Scientists!

The children have also been looking at poetry, again based on plants. There were some great shape poems written, calligrams were a little more tricky. There will be plenty of opportunities in the future to have another go.

Next week we will be travelling to Italy and our learning will have a distinct Italian feel which we will experience through Geography. Come back next week to see what the children have been up to.

Sadly we say goodbye to Miss Britton on Tuesday. She has been a great asset to the class. She has had a great time in Ash class and I know that they will be sorry to see her go.


Week 2

Week 2 saw us become scientists. We looked at fair testing and how to set up an experiment to test a question. The children have various pots around the classroom with different seeds growing- well we hope some of them will be growing but there may well be some reasons why some of them do not grow. Try and ask your child what they did and encourage them to describe their investigations.

It was a shame that Sport Day was cancelled, but we used the unexpected opportunity to do some writing about a character- Mr Grinling. We will be doing more writing next week on 'Night Time'.

Next week we will be looking at poems- shape and calligrams. These will be based on plants and shrubs. Science will also be an important focus, the children will be looking at watering plants with different liquids.

Week 1

Welcome back to the last term of the year- where has the year gone??
Summer has arrived- at last, let's hope that it will be with us for a while. Sports day has been rearranged for Friday 14th June in the morning. The children will need to have a plain T-shirt in the colour of their house.

Our big bang is starting with a whole Key Stage event- making a healthy picnic to share, the weather is looking good and the plan is eat it outside. Many thanks to the parents who kindly assisted with this fun event- without your help and support these events would be very difficult to offer to the children.

Out topic for this term is 'Let's eat', we will be using this theme to learn Geography skills, Science investigative skills, Literacy skills as well as Maths skills. Each year group has adopted a country to focus on, in Year 2 we will be looking at Italy.


Benvenuto andiamo a mangiare!

Welcome, let’s eat!

Our picnic was a great success and the children really enjoyed eating together in the sunshine. This week has been very scientific, the children have been learning about minibeasts and their habitats. Miss Britton led a fantastic session in the Forest Schools area on Thursday morning. The children found a host of different minibeasts. We also talked about the importance of putting them back where we had found them.

The children have written menus for their chosen minibeast- they were extremely imaginative and creative. Our maths learning linked into minibeasts as well.

What a fantastic first week back. Next week we hope to be having Sports Day on Friday- Key Stage 1 in the morning. We will be looking at plants and investigating how they grow and designing a fair test.

....and finally- Issy from Year 2 will be at the Mangotsfield Festival (Cleeve Rugby Club) on Saturday at 1:15pm performing with the Phoenix Allstars Cheerleading group. Pop along and give her a cheer. Good luck!


A reading reminder

Please listen to your child read every night and write a comment in their reading diary.
Please refer back to week 1 in your child's reading diary to their reading target. I would like to say a big thank you to those parents who have added comments relating to their child's target. These comments really help to build up the picture of your child's reading and more importantly their understanding of the text.

Great ideas for things to discuss when you are sharing a book with your child:
  1. Identify the author, illustrator and publisher.
  2. Read the blurb and discuss what characters you might meet and what might happen in the story.
  3. Use the illustrations to predict what might happen on that page.
  4. Identify different types of punctuation and see if you can figure out why they have been used.
  5. Use the content page and index to find out different types of information.
  6. Work out if your text is a fiction or non fiction text.
  7. Discuss what you liked or did not like about the story.
  8. Find labels and titles and look at how they are written (different fonts, different colours etc).

Mr Hamlen

Have you seen the Kids' Zone? Play games, and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites!


Please check book bags for a letter about phonic teaching in Year 1 and Year 2.

Don't forget to come back next week to see what we have all been up to.

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Picture 16 Welcome to our Arabian Nights topic.
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Picture 21 Using Paint program in ICT
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Picture 29 Introducing KS1/EYFS Christmas Play


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Enunciation video for phonics

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