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Term 1

‘There’s no place like home’
The children in Ash class have really enjoyed their start to Year 2. They particularly enjoyed the walk around Bitton village and the model 3D map making in the afternoon. This inspired the children to create 2D maps of Bitton, the UK and the World with keys and symbols, and paintings of their homes.
We have studied a contrasting locality in South America (Mexico and Mexico City). We have compared traditional tales with stories from Mexico, practised our Spanish on European Languages day and with help from Mrs Kuperman, and studied a famous Mexican artist (Frido Kahlo de Reviera) to produce self-portraits. Mexican music and dance to come next!

I’d like to congratulate the winners of the ‘star of the week’ and ‘ruby power’ awards, weekly behaviour ‘raffle’ and ‘house points’ prizes so far this term. Well done! You have made yourself, house and class proud!  

I’d also like to thank all the adults that have helped out so far this term. This has enriched the children’s learning and it is appreciated. Having said that, I would welcome other parents to come in and help us out, particularly with reading and cooking (bread making in weeks beginning 13th and 20th October). This can be arranged with me in the playground at 8:50.

Reading and home learning (Letters and Sounds)
I’d like to thank all of you that have supported Reading and ‘Letters and Sounds’ home learning with your child. It is crucial that your child practise these skills regularly if they are to make good progress this year. Letters and Sounds home learning sheets are available below along with this term’s overview. More home learning details to follow soon…
Please hear your child read every day, recording comments and ‘wow’ words or phrases that you have discussed. I do not allow children to change their book without evidence that they have read it to an adult first.

I'd like to take this chance to introduce myself. My name is Alex West and I am a student teacher currently doing a PGCE course at UWE. I will be working in Year 2 from now until the Christmas holidays, only on Thursdays and Fridays to start off with, which will build up to all week from 24th November onwards. I look forward to working with Mr Wichard to help the children attain their potential over the coming months and would like to thank everyone involved with the school for a very welcoming first couple of weeks.

Next week (week beginning 6th October)
Next week the children will be starting a two-week block of poetry writing, studying time in Maths (know the relationships between seconds, minutes, hours and days, and read the time to the quarter hour) and studying history through ‘How life has changed in living memory’ and ‘Changes and inventions’ in Science (electricity).  More details are outlined in the document ‘KS1 curriculum overview Term 1’ below. Term 2 details to follow soon…
If you have a historical object of interest to next week’s learning (old toys, an old mobile or dialling phone, an old computer/ games console, a bicycle or even a car!) please see me urgently! I’m on the playground every morning at 8:50. 

Next week (week beginning 13th October)
Next week the children will look at Hinduism, the Rama and Sita story and the ‘Divali’ festival of lights. We will start two weeks of bread making; naan bread this week and a ‘harvest loaf’ the week after (a Design and Technology project with a Science/ changing materials focus).
If you’re available to help out with cooking (we’ll be cooking every morning) please see me. All help is appreciated!
We will also look at Rangoli patterns linking to shape work in Mathematics (2D shapes and symmetry). We will also look at measurements we need to use for cooking (grams, kilograms, millilitres and litres).