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Year 2 – Brunel Class

On Tuesday 5th October we had a wonderful day visiting  the SS Great Britain.  We took part in a special workshop where we imagined we were time travellers and went back in time to the launch of the ship.  We  handled resources to make rivets for the ship, then dressed as different characters and went out to perform the launch ceremony.  During the day we got to see exactly what it was like to travel like a passenger on board as well as learn about the fascinating design of the ship.  In the afternoon, we stopped by the suspension bridge and walked across it, for many of us this was our first time walking across the high bridge.  We couldn’t believe how hard it must have been to build the bridge across the gorge.  Well done Brunel class for such a fantastic day out!

2021 Snail race! Well it got off to a slow start but eventually we had a winner!

We have made a mini me! We have the Brentry school mission on our uniform.

We are going snail crazy in Brunel class! We have drawn snails, written about snails and made snails out of plasticine!

Which is your favourite Julia Donaldson book? We have been reading a lot!

Welcome to Year 2 smiley

 

We hope you have all had a lovely summer and are looking forward to welcoming the children to Year 2.

 

Please find below a welcome letter as well as our curriculum overview to help you gain an insight as to what to expect over the next few weeks.

 

I am sure you are already aware that we are a job share.  Mrs Moore teaches the class on Mon, Tues and Mrs Ford teaches on a Thurs and Fri.  We take it in turns to teach alternate Wednesdays.  This week it will be Mrs Moore - Tues, Wed and Mrs Ford Thurs, Fri.  Then next week Mrs Ford will teach on Wednesday 15th September and Mrs Moore the following Wednesday etc.  The children get used to the routine very quickly!  After 5 years working as a job share together we work really well together and we've surprisingly never both turned up to teach on a Wednesday!

 

We will be hosting a virtual 'back to school' meeting via zoom on Tuesday 14th September at 4 pm.  This will give you us an opportunity to talk through year 2 expectations as well for you to ask us any questions about the year ahead.  We have emailed you the details to join our zoom meeting.

 

Good luck getting ready in the mornings and here's to a great year together!

 

Mrs Moore & Mrs Ford

Year 2 Sports day!

Term 6

We hope you had an enjoyable half term break in the sunshine! It is now the final term of Year 2! The children have been working so hard and we have an exciting term ahead! We will be reading books by Roald Dahl and finding out about his life. We will read 'The Twits' and 'Fantastic Mr Fox'. In maths we will soon be starting to tell the time. Please help your child to do this at home by finding some digital and analogue clocks in your house to look at.

Please see our updated curriculum overview and spelling lists for this term.

 

Mrs Ford and Mrs Moore

 

                             

End of Term 5 - Pirate day

Pirate Day! What an amazing class of pirates! The children had some fantastic pirate outfits on. We made pirate crafts, danced and had lots of fun!

18th May - A fun filled week!

Pirate crazy! Look at this bunch of scary pirates! We will be reading 'Night Pirates' and 'The Pirates Next Door' over the next few weeks.

In RE this term we are finding out 'Who is a Muslim and what do they believe?' The Holy book the Qu'ran is written in Arabic. We read some words in Arabic and the children had a try at writing some arabic letters.

In Maths Brunel class are learning all about fractions. We are finding fractions of an amount and of shapes. We are learning to find halves, quarters and thirds.

Learning to paint in the style of Lowry. Brunel class have been mixing colours and painting seascapes.

21st April 2021 - Summer Term 1

 

Welcome back!  We hope you had a lovely Easter break.  It is so wonderful to enjoy the sunshine smiley

Another jam packed, fun filled term ahead of us in Brunel class.  This week we are starting our new topics.  Please have a look at our curriculum overview for this term so you can become more familiar with our new topics as well as the knowledge organisers which give you a real insight into our science and art topics this term.

Yesterday, we sent home examples of our 30 club (which can also be found on our homework page).  We will be completing this every Tuesday.  The children will be given 5 minutes to complete related questions to their 2, 5 and 10 timetables facts.  Once they have received full marks twice they then progress onto the next level.  The children were very excited to start this challenge yes

Please could you continue to read regularly at home with your child.  Your child will receive a prize for reading 15 times at home.

Claire Moore & Laura Ford

 

 

African art! We used pastels to draw some African pictures and made African necklaces.

 

24th March

 

We have had a busy few weeks back in school.  The children have been working so hard.  In maths we have been learning all about 2D and 3D shapes.  This week we are practising our 2, 5 and 10 timestables ready to start completing our 30 club after the Easter holidays.  We have been learning all about Africa and have really enjoyed reading the 'Anna Hibiscus' stories as well as finding out about all of the amazing animals you would see on safari in Africa.

April brought in her kalimba to share and play to us - what a great talent!

Isla kindly brought us in matzos to try as part of the passover celebration - yummy!

Please take a look at our photo gallery below to see all the fun we are having.

Claire Moore & Laura Ford

 

 

Red Nose day 2021!

10th March 2021

 

Welcome back.  We were delighted to see so many smiling faces on Monday morning.  We've had a busy few days celebrating British science week.  We have learned all about mini-beasts, hunted for them in our outdoor classroom as well as made models using play dough.  What a lot of fun - check out our photo gallery below.  All of the children have new reading books.  Please can you read regularly at home with them and write in their reading record in order for them to gain a tick (once they children have received 15 ticks they receive a prize!)

Claire Moore & Laura Ford

Spring Term 2

 

A huge thank you for your support over the past few weeks.  You have done a fantastic job, the work we have seen has been an absolute pleasure to mark and it has been lovely to see the children via zoom.  We can’t wait to get back into the classroom and see all the children.  Please look at our updated homework and curriculum areas of our class web page to see what we are covering this term.

Our first week back we will be celebrating British Science Week.  During this week, we are focusing on making improvements to our outdoor classroom.  It would be helpful if the children could bring in their wellies on Monday and keep them in school all week.

Just as a reminder, our PE days are Monday and Friday.  The children will need to come into school in their PE kits during these days.  This week as a one off session, on Wednesday (10th), the children will be taking part in forest schools so it would be helpful for the children to wear old clothes in order to save their uniforms!

Enjoy that very peaceful cup of tea on Monday morning – you deserve it!

Claire Moore & Laura Ford

 

 

 

Competition Time!

 

Can you guess which member of the Brentry staff team is behind each mask?

Fill in the entry form below and email it back to  lochiltree@brentryprimaryschool.org.uk

for a chance to win a prize.

The Masked Reader Competition

5th January 2021

Happy New Year

 

We hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year although this is not the start we had hoped for! We are currently in the process of putting together a timetable for home learning.  We know this will be a daunting process for many of you so we hope to make it as smooth and easy to manage as possible.  Please feel free to contact either of us and we'd be more than happy to lend an ear and provide you with support during this tricky time.

cmoore@brentryprimaryschool.org.uk

lford@brentryprimaryschool.org.uk

Please send our love to the children and tell them we can't wait to hear all of their christmas news very soon!

Claire Moore & Laura Ford

Chirstmas jumper day! Friday 11th December - what a lot of lovely Christmas jumpers! Thank you for all your donations!

11th December - We finished making our advent wreaths and learnt about why Christmas is special for Christians.

We created Pudding Lane in 1666!

Wednesday 9th December

 

We are extremely busy this week in school.  On Tuesday we filmed our christmas play, we are so excited for you all to see it and are very proud of all of the class for working so hard.  It will be posted on our facebook site next week.  Don't forget to buy a copy of the Bristol Post on the 16th to see us in our snazzy costumes.

 Friday 27th November

Thanks to Isla who found a fantastic song about the Fire of London that we have been singing all week!

Here is the link if you want to hear it! On You Tube  - Go Kid music -

Al Start - Fire of London

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5eVlKWSHAA

 

We have been busy painting our Fire of London scenes and making houses from 1666. We will line them all up in the hall next week to re create Pudding Lane.

Wednesday 25th November

 

We've had a very fun and busy few weeks in Brunel class.  We are really enjoying our Paddington theme in literacy.  We have written letters to Aunt Lucy and yesterday wrote a diary pretending to be Paddington.  The children were very good at thinking of what mischief Paddington could get up to during his birthday party!  Last week we baked yummy Paddington biscuits (photos below).

In maths we have started to look at money and recognise our coins/pounds and notes.  Maybe you could set up a shop at home and use real money to buy items and receive change? 

During our science lesson we have compared suitability of materials and designed our own parachutes.  We also talked about air resistance to help us to create the best possible designs.  Take a look at our photos below - some of the designs were so good they even managed to help an egg float safely to the ground - eggcellent!

Thank you all for using your phonics packs at home, don't forget to visit the phonics websites (linked on our homework page) as well as continuing to support your child's reading/spellings.

Claire Moore & Laura Ford

Testing suitability of materials

Friday 6th November

We have a new member of the class ... Paddington Bear! He has enjoyed spending time in Brunel class this week. We have found out all about his long journey from Peru and his love for marmalade sandwiches! We made our own Paddington bears pictures too! We will be reading about his adventures and writing our own Paddington adventures in class.

 

 

                                                         

Our Paddington bear creations! Paddington has been keeping an eye on us doing our work!

Izzy got a reply to a letter she wrote to Greenpeace asking them about Blue whales! She read it out to class.

Autumn Term 2

 

We hope you've had a fantastic, soggy half term holiday.  The children have returned to us with recharged batteries and have a very fun term ahead of them.  We have included this term's curriculum overview in our curriculum documents section as well as an updated spelling list for this term in our homework section. 

 

This week we have focused on fireworks.  We have created our own firework pictures, descriptive poems and learnt all about Guy Fawkes.  In maths we continue to solve tricky two-digit additions which the children are tackling really well.  We start our new 'Great Fire of London' topic and continue with our materials theme in science.  We have also started weekly yoga sessions on a Monday afternoon.

 

A massive well done to Isla who during half term holiday cut her beautiful hair and donated it to the Princes Trust - we are so proud of you!  

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Claire Moore & Laura Ford

Firework Pictures

Friday 16th October.

Another busy week in Brunel class! We have been reading 'Dear Greenpeace' and have written our own letters to Greenpeace. We told them about an unusual animal we found in our pond or garden.

We have been subtracting in maths and testing a suitable material for an umbrella in science.

Thank you to Eliza who brought her book in called 'Emily's surprising voyage'. We have started reading it in class. It is about a girl who travels on the SS Great Britain with her family to Australia.

                                       

Brunel class have made under the sea pictures!

 

This week we are writing all about whales. We have read lots of information books and found out the differences between different types of whales.

 

Science - Brunel class have enjoyed making people out of different materials.

9th October - We have been thinking about the question - How should we care for others and the world? We read the Christian story of 'The Creation' in RE and tried to answer some BIG questions. How did the world get here? How was it made? How can we look after it and why does it matter? We acted out the Creation story and read 'Wonderful Earth' by Nick Butterworth.

The Creation Story

Friday 9th October  - Hello Yellow Day!

The children wore yellow to support World Mental Health Day. We talked about what to do if we are feeeling worried or lonely. Thank you for all your donations - they are going to the Young Minds charity.

Wednesday 7th October

 

Gosh what wet weather we had over the weekend.  Although it sounds like the children made the most of the weather with lots of splashing in puddles!  Thank you so much for sending us all of your fab photos from home - there is so much wonderful learning continuing at home.  Ilse has been practising using chopsticks, Joey has been getting lost in Julia Donaldson books and Lulu has been hiking in Leigh Woods to see the Suspension bridge (photos are below).

This week we have started our new addition and subtraction unit in maths.  It would be wonderful if you could support your child's learning by practising + and - single digit numbers to/from two digit numbers in preparation for our lessons next week (e.g 23 + 8 = and 14 - 7 =)

We had lots of fun yesterday, using play dough to make sculptures of either the Suspension Bridge or the SS Great Britain - it's not as easy as it looks!

Please remember we are always happy to be contacted via email with any questions:

cmoore@brentryprimaryschool.org.uk

Mrs Moore & Mrs Ford

 

 

Suspension Bridge & SS Great Britain play dough sculptures

Snail race 2020!

Friday 2nd October.

 

Another busy week in Brunel class. Despite the wet weather the children have remained focused and worked hard.

We have been reading all about snails in literacy and have found out some interesting facts. See if you can spot some in your own garden!

We held the annual snail race last week in our classroom. Tickets sold out fast...

Unfortunately they got off to a slow start... but eventually Ben took the lead and finished first!

Mrs Ford and Mrs Moore

Thomas's visit to the Suspension Bridge and SS Great Britain

Wednesday 23rd September

 

We are having a great week in Brunel class.  In maths we have been partitioning two digit numbers into tens and ones and thinking about the different ways we can do this.  In English we have written descriptive postcards pretending to be the snail from 'The Snail and the Whale'.  During our topic lessons, we have learned all about the SS Great Britain - see how much your child can remember. 

It is so wonderful how many of the children are continuing their learning at home.  This week Izzy shared facts from her Grandpa who used to work on the Suspension bridge - she told us that years ago he used to change the light bulbs without a harness - yikes!  Nadia visited the suspension bridge last weekend and gave us a very clear description of what it was like. 

Well done Year 2!

Mrs Moore & Mrs Ford

Nadia and Lulu Visited the Suspension Bridge

Yummy hot dinners are back!

Stickman! We read Stickman by Julia Donaldson this week. The children made their own stick man linked to our topic in science of 'Everyday materials'.

Tuesday 15th September

 

This week we have been enjoying a range of Julia Donaldson's books and finding out all about her.  Today, we have started exploring her book 'The Snail and the Whale' which we will be using lots over the next few weeks to link our writing activities to.  Please if you have any Julia Donaldson books at home it would be lovely for you to send us pictures of your child enjoying them.  Thank you to all of the children who have already sent me some pictures (photos below). 

 

This afternoon, we have learned facts about Brunel.  Why don't you ask your child what they remember all about his life?  It would be fantastic if you had any free time over the next few weeks to walk across the suspension bridge and your child can tell you all about the competition Brunel entered to design it. If you do manage to do this, please send me photos!

 

Tomorrow we will be sending home weekly spellings.  Can you please encourage your child to practice these for their test next Wednesday (23rd).  

 

Thank you for reading so much at home - it is such a fab way to support your child's progress.  Please could you help us to remind your child to bring their book home every night (it will be in their drawer!)

 

cmoore@brentryprimaryschool.org.uk

 

Thank you for your continued support

 

Mrs Moore & Mrs Ford

Julia Donaldson books at home

Wednesday 9th September 2020

 

Wow what a fantastic first few days.  We can't believe how quickly the children have settled back into school life and they have been an absolute pleasure to get to know.  This is going to be a fantastic year!  

 

We have issued every child with a reading book which can be changed on a daily basis (please help us to remind your child to put their book in the box at the front of the classroom).  Your child will get a tick for every time they read at home and when they receive 15 ticks they will then receive a special prize from our dazzling prize box.

 

This afternoon the children are receiving a forest schools sessions run by Shine.  They will have another session in a few weeks time and we will notify you of when this will be so they can wear their old bottoms and bring their wellies along.  I will post some photos later for you all to see the fun they have had!

 

Next Monday we will be starting PE so please remember that your child should wear their PE kit into school on this day (and Friday).  They do not need to bring their uniform to get changed in as they will stay in their PE kit all day.

 

Next Wednesday we will issue spellings to be practised at home (to be tested on the following Wednesday).  Please bare with us whilst we work out what level your child is currently working towards.

 

Thank you for being so friendly and supportive towards us all - phew it was a big step for us all coming back to school smiley

 

Mrs Moore & Mrs Ford

 

Brunel Class 2020 - 2021

 

Welcome to Brunel class.  We are so excited to meet you next week.  We have made you a video to welcome you into your new class.

Year 2 Welcome Movie.mov

Still image for this video

Welcome Letter to Parents 2020 - 2021

Curriculum Overview Autumn Term 1

School Closure & Home Schooling

 

We hope that you are all well.  We have all had to make big adjustments to our family life and the most important thing to us is that you are happy and healthy. 

Every Friday we will be posting a weekly timetable of activities that you may like to try at home.  This timetable can be found on our school closure page alongside a few helpful hints.

 

It would be wonderful to see all of your hard work from home or I would be more than happy for you to contact me regarding any questions about home school learning:

cmoore@brentryprimaryschool.org.uk

(please be aware that my reply may not be instant due to my own home schooling efforts with my own children!)

 

Stay safe heart

 

Claire Moore & Laura Ford

Wednesday 11th March

 

We had a fantastic English week last week.  We visited our school and local library, dressed as a book character, enjoyed a bedtime story and welcomed our parents for a family read as well as to see us in action during a reading lesson (photos below).

Thank you for all of your hard work creating your habitat boxes - they are fab!  This term we have set a new challenge of making an Easter hat in time for our spring festival (details can be found on our homework page).

We are busy creating our mother's day bag as part of our class enterprise activity.  The bags cost £2.50 and any profit we make will be spent on a classroom resource as chosen by the children.

Please keep reading regularly with your child and don't forget to encourage them to log onto timestable rockstars for a fun way to enhance their multiplication skills.

Thank you for your continued support.

Claire Moore & Laura Ford

English Week, Mother's Day Bags & Pirate PE Dance

All Stars cricket coach came to lead a cricket lesson in school. A letter went home if you are intereseted in your child joining the club.

Pirates! We followed instructions to make paper pirate hats. We have started reading and finding out all about pirates!

Wednesday 26th February - Spring Term 2

 

Welcome back, we hope you have had a lovely half term and haven't got too blown away in the stormy weather!  We have another fantastic term, jam packed full of interesting new topics.  Make sure you check out our spring term 2 curriculum overview to gain a better understanding of the curriculum we will be covering.  

Over the past few days, we have been continuing our shapes unit in numeracy focusing on 3D shapes.  Today we have made 3D shapes and counted the faces, edges and vertices.  You could spot which 3D shapes you have around your home.  In our English lessons, we have been reading all about Shrove Tuesday.  With Mrs Tucker's help, we cooked our own pancakes on Tuesday and today will be writing a set of instructions as to how we have made them - yum!  Our new spellings overview can be found in the homework section, this week we have been focusing on the homophones:  they're, there and their -  see whether your child can explain the different meanings to these words which all sound the same.  

Thank you for all of the homework habitat projects that have been handed in - they look fantastic and you have chosen really interesting habitats.

Next week is our English week - it will be a fun filled week with lots of enriching activities: 

Tues - Come along and listen to your child read first thing in the morning. 

Wed - Library visit and bedtime story.

Thurs - Dress as your favourite book character and book swap event.

Fri - Come along to watch a a reading lesson.

Thank you for your continued support.

Claire Moore & Laura Ford

Wednesday 5th February

 

We had a fantastic day yesterday in Bristol Zoo.  This trip links with our current science topic 'Living Things and their Habitats'.  We explored the zoo in our groups and found out all about the different animals - ask your child which animals they saw and whether they can remember any facts about them.  We then had a fab education session where we learnt about some of the different habitats and why the animals lived there.  Some of the children were really brave and held cockroaches, stroked a gecko and a rat!  Next was time for our yummy packed lunches.  Finally we had one last tour of the zoo with the all important visit to the shop to spend our £3.  It was a really great day and the children were fantastically behaved.

 

Well done to all of those children who have achieved the bronze and silver 30 club.  We have been really impressed with their determination and hard work.  Your child was given their own log in details and password in order to go on 'Timestable Rockstars' website: https://ttrockstars.com/  This is a great resource to help enhance your child's understanding of multiplication whilst playing really fun games.

 

Thank you for your continued support and don't forget to pop in if you have any questions.

Claire Moore & Laura Ford

 

Open class reading morning! Come in every Friday 8:45 - 9:05 to read with your child in class. Great to see so many parents coming in!

Wednesday 22nd January

We've had a very fun, busy week.  This week we have been learning all about Emperor penguins.  We have read facts about how they look after their eggs, we painted pictures and pretended to be penguins in the hall!

On Tuesday, we went to the outdoor classroom and explored the micro-habitats.  We found baby toads, worms, lots of woodlice and grubs.

This afternoon, we had Madame Harvey who delivered us a French lesson.  We have practiced greeting one another in French as well as counting to ten.

Don't forget to complete permission slips for your child to attend our class visit to Bristol Zoo on Tuesday 4th February.

Thank you for your continued support.

Claire Moore & Laura Ford

Pretending to be Emperor Penguins, Micro-habitat Hunt & French Lesson

Y2 have been finding out where places are in the world. We used globes and atlases to find out where Kenya in Africa is. We will be comparing where we live to what it is like in Africa.

Happy New Year!

 

We hope you had a wonderful break.  Today, the children told us all about their fantastic gifts from Father Christmas and the fun they had throughout their holiday.

 

Spring term 2 is upon us.  We are starting exciting new topics this term.  We will be spending time exploring different habitats which will link to our science, geography and literacy work.  We will be finding out about animals which live in hot/cold and temperate climates.  On 4th February, we have planned a visit to Bristol Zoo.  This will be a great day which will enable the children to learn even more about a wide range of animals and their habitats.  During this day we be taking part in a special workshop where the brave amongst us might even hold some of the creatures within the zoo!

 

During our maths sessions, we will be continuing to practice our 2, 5 and 10 timestable facts as well as learning all about their related division facts.  On a Monday afternoon we will be starting our 30 club (examples on our homework page).  Please could you support your child at home by learning the 2, 5, 10 timestable facts of by heart.

 

During our PE sesssions we will be taking part in weekly yoga sessions on a Monday afternoon.  Our PSHE sessions will be based upon our dreams and goals.  We have started to make our new year's resolutions and a few of the children have even promised to tidy their bedrooms every week! 

 

Thank you for your continued support.

Claire Moore & Laura Ford

The Nativity Wednesday 11th December

Virtual Museum Tuesday 10th December

Wednesday 27th November

 

'It's the most wonderful time of the year'..... We have a very busy fun filled weeks ahead of us so we thought it would be helpful to remind you of some of the important dates over the next few weeks:

Thursday 5th December - Christmas Fair straight after school

Friday 6th December - Trip to Blaise Museum

Tuesday 10th December - Virtual Museum

(please note that the rest of the school will be inviting parents in on Monday 9th though we will be swimming so we would like to invite you in to see your child's topic work on Tuesday at 2:45)

Tuesday 10th December 9:30 am - Christmas Play 

Wednesday 11th December 2:15 pm - Christmas Play

(Please make sure you have requested tickets for the performance of the year!)

Thursday 12th December - School Closed for Polling

Tuesday 17th December - Whole School Panto

Mrs Moore & Mrs Ford

Odd Socks Day & Our Material Walk

Tuesday 19th November

Last week, we spent our PSHE sessions focusing on activities linked to anti-bullying week.  We explored what it means to be bullied as well as how we can be good friends to one another.  Last Tuesday we enjoyed wearing our odd socks to show that everyone is different.

During our science lessons, we have been identifying different materials.  We enjoyed our very own Brentry material walk and were amazed at how many different materials we spotted!

Thank you to all of you who came along to parents evening last week.  It was great to meet you and talk about your child's progress.  

Christmas is approaching fast (eek!) and we have given the children some words to practice for our Christmas play.  Please could you help to remind them to practice these words as often as possible.  We are very much looking forward to welcoming you along to the performance of the year!

Claire Moore & Laura Ford

 

Fire safety visit - Friday 8th November.

To start our topic about the Great Fire of London... you've guessed it.. the fire brigade turned up on Friday to visit Year 2! They talked to the children about fire safety and what to do if your clothes catch on fire. We all practised 'stop, drop and roll' techniques. They asked the children to check that their smoke alarms were working and that the children knew their address if they had to phone for the fire brigade in an emergency.

In history we have been comparing what the fire brigade was like in 1666 to the present day.

Tuesday 5th November

 

Welcome back - we hope you have had a lovely half term break.  We've loved hearing all about the children's adventures particularly the trick or treating tales! 

This week we are starting our new topics for Autumn term 2 - please take a look at our curriculum overview to find out what these are.  In our literacy lessons, we have been talking about being safe with fireworks as well as writing beautiful firework poems.  In numeracy we have been learning our number bonds to 100.  Swimming lessons are so much fun and already the children are making lots of progress.  On Thursday the children will hopefully be receiving a special visit from a brave team.... all will be revealed soon!

Next week is parents evening, please sign up to a slot tomorrow morning.

Thank you to all of you who supported your child to complete their optional homework tasks.

Mrs Moore & Mrs Ford

 

 

We had a visit at the end of term from Obaa-yaa's mum who talked to us about life growing up in Africa. She brought in some textiles with African prints and some delicious doughnuts! We read Amazing Grace and talked about how some children grow up in different countries and cultures as part of Black History Month.

Sunday 20th October

 

It's our final week of Autumn term 1.  It's hard to believe we only just met the children in September as they have settled in so quickly and the progress they have made has been so pleasing.  Well done Brunel class.

Thank you so much for supporting an absolutely stunning set of class projects.  The children will be receiving their mark-sheets and a little treat this week to say a huge well done.

Swimming starts tomorrow and will continue on Monday afternoons during Autumn term 2.  Please can you make sure that your child has their swim kits with them, any long hair is tied back and that they don't have any jewellery on.  It is also extremely helpful to make sure that all items of uniform are clearly labelled.

Thank you for a great first term in Year 2 and we wish you all a happy, fun filled half term.

Mrs Moore and Mrs Ford

Sunday 13th October

 

Rain rain go away..... gosh we have been having a wet few weeks!  Please remember to make sure your child has a coat in school everyday. 

This week in our maths lessons we will be adding.  We will start by adding single digit numbers then progress onto adding two, two-digit numbers together.  During our literacy sessions we will be continuing to enjoy 'Dear Greenpeace' and write our own facts about whales as well as begin to use conjunctions such as 'because', 'so', 'then' to link our ideas within sentences. 

On Monday 21st October during the afternoon we will have our first swimming session.  This will replace our morning PE session.  Please make sure you have returned the permission slip as well as making sure your child has got their swimming kit.  Tomorrow is the deadline for our class homework project to recreate one of Brunel's structures.  We have already been so impressed with the projects which have already been handed in.  Well done to everyone who has completed one!

Thank you for your continued support and don't forget to pop in to ask us any questions.

Mrs Moore & Mrs Ford

Monday 7th October

 

We had an absolutely fantastic day visiting the SS Great Britain.  First we split into our groups and explored the ship.  We scrubbed the decks, saw inside the ship and enjoyed the first class cabins.  We visited the museum and learnt more about the wonderful work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.  After our yummy packed lunches we spent our money in the shop and then got back onto the coach.  The rain held off and we were able to walk across the Suspension bridge.  Wow it was very high but all of the children were very brave especially our reading mentor Olivia.  Thank you to all of the children for a magical day out extending our learning beyond the classroom.  

Friday 27th September - Snail crazy! We have been making sculptures of snails using clay.

Tuesday 24th September

 

The children continue to impress us with their hard-working attitudes.   During our literacy lessons we have enjoyed reading Julia Donaldson's 'The Snail and the Whale'.  We have identified verbs (ask your child to play the verb detective game), written postcards whilst pretending to be the snail and we will be writing letters.  Please come in and see our fantastic writing. 

During our maths sessions, we have been ordering numbers using the crocodile mouth signs (< and >) and counting in 2, 5 and 10's.  By the end of week we will have started counting on and back in 3's.  Help your child to become more familiar with this by counting in the car, whilst washing up or getting ready in the mornings. 

The children love our Brunel topic.  This week we have learnt all about the SS Great Britain and ordered events.  The children were particularly interested in finding out what first class travel would be like!  

This week we set out first homework project.  This is meant to be a fun activity during which your child can learn alongside you.  This term, the children are set the task of recreating one of Brunel's famous structures.  Good luck and don't forget to pop in and ask for any help if needed.

Next Tuesday (1st October) is our school trip to SS Great Britain and the Suspension Bridge.  Please if you haven't already, can you visit school gateway to give permission for your child to go on this trip.

Thank you for your continued support.

Claire Moore & Laura Ford

 

Which is your favourite Julia Donaldson book? We have been reading lots of books written by Julia Donaldson and have been listening carefully to find the words that rhyme.

Representing Numbers

Well done to Brunel Class for a fantastic first full week.  They have all settled in so quickly and we have been delighted by their hard working attitudes.  Thank you to all of the parents who came along to our back to school meeting, it was lovely to meet you all and we hope you gained a better grasp of the year ahead for your child.  We have updated our curriculum page so please take a look at which topics we will be covering this term.  Our homework page has an up-to-date spelling list as well as links to games which can be useful to play at home.  Thank you for your support and please pop in to ask any questions.

Claire Moore & Laura Ford

2019 - 2020

Welcome to Brunel Class

 

Welcome back!  It’s amazing how quickly the holiday flies by but it is good to be back.  All the children have managed to take in the Year 2 rules and routines really quickly which has certainly made our job easier.  We will be having a back to school meeting straight after school on Wednesday (11th), which will be a great opportunity for you to meet us and become more familiar with what the year ahead will be like for your child.  

Staff

Mrs Moore

For those who haven’t already met me, I have been teaching here at Brentry for 15 + years (I suddenly feel very old writing that!) and have taught in both key stages.  I love this school and count myself very lucky to be working in the best year group (I may be a little biased).  I will be teaching on a Monday, Tuesday and alternate Wednesdays.  I have two children, one who has just started school and a very lively nearly 2 year old at home.  Mrs Ford and I have already had lots of planning meetings and will be working in union to deliver the highest quality of teaching to all of the children in the class. 

 

Mrs Ford

I have been teaching for 15 years too and I joined Brentry three years ago. I have three boys of my own which keep me busy on the days I am not teaching. In fact it’s sometimes a relief to be in work! We are a great team and both experienced in teaching Year 2. I am teaching on a Thursday, Friday and alternate Wednesdays.

 

Mrs Tucker is our trusty side-kick; she is the ‘Mary Poppins’ of Year 2. We are delighted that Mrs Tucker will be full time working with us this year.

 

We are a friendly bunch so if we haven’t met you, please pop in and introduce yourself!

 

Reading Books:

We are busy sorting out the reading books, matching appropriate books to the children and all the children should have reading books within the next few days.  The children are expected to read as often as possible.  When they have finished their book they place their reading folder in the tray within the classroom and we change their book for them.  We run a reward system for children, who regularly read at home:  when the children read 15 times at home they receive a prize and move along Bob the Bookworms’ body, when they reach Bob’s head they receive a big prize! Please use your child’s reading record to communicate how your child is coping with their reading book at home.

 

Homework:

The children will have a weekly spelling test on a Wednesday.  The children will need to show that they have practised their spellings by copying the word list three times in their spelling book. There will be new spellings set on 11th September.

 

P.E Kits:

The children have PE on a Monday morning and Friday afternoon.  If the weather is good please could you include outdoor shoes in their kit.         

We hope this has made our year two routines a little clearer. Please if you have any questions come in and ask us.

Mrs Moore and Mrs Ford

 

Wednesday 10th July

 

On Tuesday we had a fun filled morning visiting Blaise park.  The children were brilliant and enjoyed a morning of playground activity with an ice lolly treat!  We used the profit we made from our class enterprise to fund the ice lollies - yum.  Tomorrow we are inviting all of you to come and see our glorious artwork as well as to look inside the children's books to see all of the hard-work they have produced throughout the year.  Next week, they will be meeting their new teacher for Year 3 and will get an insight into what life will be like in KS2.  Don't forget our last day is Wednesday 17th July.  Can we take this opportunity to say thank you for an absolute fantastic year.  We have loved teaching your children and have been super proud of their hard work, eager to please attitudes.  We wish them all the very best for KS2 and hope they pop down to visit us.

Thank you,

Mrs Moore & Mrs Ford

Wednesday 26th June

 

We had a fantastic visit to Avon Valley Country Park last week.  The children were impeccably behaved and even the rain didn't dampen our spirits. 

This week we have been focusing on capacity during our maths sessions.  In literacy the children have been enjoying reading 'The Twits'.  Ask your child all about those naughty characters.

During our science lesson this week, we carried out a fair test to see which would be the most absorbent bedding for a vet.

Don't forget that this Friday is sports day, all of the children will need to come into school wearing their team's colours for a fun filled morning of races.

Mrs Moore & Mrs Ford

Monday 10th June

 

What a fantastic start to the term we have had.  Last week was our science week which focused on why our environment is so important and taught the children ways in which they can help to save it.  We spent a lot of time learning outside. During our maths lessons we measured sticks, played multiplication games with leaves and collecting information about the trees growing around us.  During our topic sessions, we hunted bugs, identified trees as well as went on scavenger hunts.  Many thanks to POM's who provided us with a fab session from Hideaway Forest School, during which we whittled our very own forks out of sticks to use to roast marshmallows - they tasted delicious.  At the end of the week we had an arts day devoted to creating masterpieces all with an environment theme.  Such a great week of fun!

Just to remind you that next Tuesday (18th) is our class trip to Avon Valley Country Park.  Thank you to everyone who has returned permission slips.

Mrs Moore & Mrs Ford

Science Environment Week

Art - year 2 have been looking at the patterns on the shells of sea turtles. We have been drawing symmetrical patterns on turtles and shading with crayons.

Somebody swallowed Stanley!

This week we have been reading 'Somebody swallowed Stanley!' by Sarah Roberts. What a brilliantly clever way to educate children about the dangers of plastic pollution to ocean creatures. It’s a really fun and beautifully illustrated book that doesn’t shy away from sharing a strong environmental message. Plus it’s written by a real wildlife expert.

Science - Plants Topic

Wednesday 22nd May

 

The children have been working incredibly hard over the past few weeks and we are delighted with their progress that they are showing whilst completing their KS1 SAT's.  We're nearly there!  One final math's booklet to complete tomorrow.

During the afternoon sessions, we have been getting creative and having lots of fun.  Yesterday, during science we tasted our cress which lots of the children said they enjoyed the taste.  Then we talked about plants which we eat and the children created their own healthy dish with lots of food which comes from plants.

Things to remember:

  • This Friday we have Mojo Active in school for our fitness Friday, the children will need to come into school in their PE kits.  Please make sure your child has their water bottle in school so they can keep hydrated whilst completing a fun filled day of sports activities.
  • Thank you so much to everyone who has returned and paid for our school trip to Avon Valley on Tuesday 18th June.  If you haven't paid yet, you can do so on school gateway.
  • The first week back is science week (3rd June).  We will be spending a lot of time outside, exploring our environment.  It would be very helpful if the children could bring in some old clothes for the week as we hope to get a bit mucky whilst completing lots of scientific activities outside.

Have a fantastic half term and see you for our final term together (eek!)

Mrs Moore and Mrs Ford

 

                              End of KS1 Assessments

 

Thank you to all of you who attended our Year 2 SAT's information meeting last week.  We hope you found it informative.  The children are working incredibly hard at the moment and we are so proud of their hard working attitudes.  We will be carrying out their Year 2 SAT's over the next two weeks:

Tuesday 14th May -  Reading Paper 1

Thursday 16th May - Reading Paper 2

Tuesday 21st May - Maths Arithmetic 

Thursday 23rd May - Maths Reasoning

 

We know that your child is going to perform to their best ability during these assessments.  

Things which you can do at home to help:

•First and foremost, support and reassure your child that there is nothing to worry about and that they should always just try their best. Praise and encourage!
•Ensure your child has the best possible attendance at school.
•Talk to your child about what they have learnt at school and what book(s) they are reading (the character, the plot, their opinion).
•Make sure your child has a good sleep and healthy breakfast every morning!
•Read regularly at home, asking lots of different questions about what has been read.
•Play times tables games.
•Play mental maths games including counting in different amounts, forwards and backwards.
•Encourage opportunities for telling the time.
•Encourage opportunities for counting coins and money e.g. finding amounts or calculating change when shopping.
•Look for examples of 2D and 3D shapes around the home.
•Identify, weigh or measure quantities and amounts in the kitchen or in recipes.
•Play games involving numbers or logic, such as dominoes, card games,

    draughts or chess.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs Moore and Mrs Ford.

 

Summer Term 1

 

Welcome back.  We hope you've had an 'eggcellent' break and have really enjoyed hearing all about the fun the children have been up to during the holiday.  Another busy but fun filled term ahead of us.  Towards the end of the term the children will be completing their KS1 SAT's in reading and maths.  We are going to be delivering an information session all about these assessments which we hope that lots of you will come along too - more information to follow!

  This term we start a new science topic all about plants.  We enjoyed taking part in our nature walk this afternoon in the glorious sunshine, we found lots of wild plants as well as identified some of the trees living amongst us.  In our maths sessions we are telling the time.  It would be fab if you could support your child by getting them to read an analogue clock at different o'clock, half past and quarter past/to times. 

Just to let you know this term we will be swapping our Tuesday PE session to a Monday pm session as Year 5 need the hall for their cricket sessions.

Thank you for your continued support.

Claire Moore & Laura Ford

 

Nature Walk Summer Term 1

Hand-print Bags £2.50

Wednesday 27th March

 

Thank you so much for all of your support creating the children's Easter bonnets - they are absolutely 'eggcellent'!  We will be showing our bonnets to the rest of the school during this afternoons assembly and we would love to invite you into class next Tuesday (2nd April) at 2:50pm for our very own Easter parade. 

We have busily been creating our hand-print bags as part of our class enterprise activity.  This is when Mr Clarke sets us the task of giving us a small budget to buy resources which we then have to come up with a money making idea to make a profit.  This year, we have our 'totes' gorgeous hand-print bags (just in time for Mothers Day) for sale at £2.50.  Any profit we make will be spent during next term on a very exciting pirate party!

Enjoy the sunshine smiley

Mrs Moore and Mrs Ford 

English Week 4th- 8th March.

It's been an exciting and busy week with English week events. The children visited Henbury library on Wednesday and we found lots of stories to read. We even found some pirate books!

After school on Wednesday, lots of children came back in their pyjamas to hear some bedtime stories. We even had some hot chocolate and a biscuit!

Bedtime stories

On Thursday afternoon lots of mums, grans and dads came in to share stories with us in class. They read books to us and heard us read too.

World book day characters!

Visiting the Old School

Tuesday 5th March

 

Thank you for returning your child's swimming permission slip so quickly.  The children were fab during their first swimming session.  It would be really helpful if you could make sure that all of your child's clothes are labelled, particularly on a Monday as we had a little confusion over finding the correct trousers for some of the boys! 

This afternoon we donned our hard hats and headed over to the old school to view the refurbishments.  The builders have been very busy and we were really impressed with how big our new school looks - it's going to be very exciting when it's all painted and ready for us.   

We're really looking forward to our library visit tomorrow afternoon as well as seeing the children in the evening for a bedtime story and some yummy hot chocolate.  Don't forget to come along on Thursday to watch your child at work and join in with our reading open session.

Mrs Moore & Mrs Ford

Wednesday 27th January

 

We hope you have enjoyed a very sunny half term break - the weather has been gorgeous.  This term we start our pirates theme.  In literacy we will be reading ‘The night Pirates’ by Sinead McKay and ‘The Pirates next door’ by Jonny Duddle.  During our geography sessions we will be comparing what it is like to live in the UK in comparison to living in the Caribbean.  In a few weeks time we will be setting our very first homework project linked to our pirate theme!

In numeracy we are exploring 3D shapes and next week will begin a 3 week unit based on fractions (hopefully which will involve sharing out cake!)  

Our science topic this term is focusing on materials and their everyday uses which will result in some very exciting science investigations.

This term we will be going swimming on a Monday afternoon - don't forget to send your child's permission slip back to school asap as well as remembering to pack a swimming kit on Monday morning.

Next week we have lots of fun filled activities as part of our English week.  On Wednesday we will be visiting the library, Thursday we would love for you to come along and join in with a literacy lesson as well as dress as your favourite book character on Friday.

A busy but very fun term ahead of us.  Don't forget to check out the homework section for an up-to-date spelling list as well as our curriculum section to see exactly what we will be covering this term.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs Moore & Mrs Ford

International Week! Dressing up and food tasting!

International week in Year 2 - On Friday the 15th February Money class dressed up in outfits and costumes from different countries. See if you can work out which ones! We tried some unusual foods and flavours in a food tasting session. Thank you to Mylo who brought in some welsh cakes and Amjad who let us taste some Syrian cakes. Delicious!

Wednesday 6th February

 

We had an absolutely fantastic visit to Bristol Zoo yesterday.  The children were so well behaved and incredibly engaged during all our activities.  In the morning we took part in an educational workshop which linked to our science topic 'habitats'.  The children learned about an animals basic needs as well as explore some different habitats such as the rainforest and desert.  Those who were brave enough even had the opportunity to hold a hissing cockroach as well as stroke a gecko and a rat.  During the afternoon we were in our groups and spent time exploring the zoo.  Today we will be writing a recount all about our trip so please pop in and read your child's account of our special day out.

Mrs Moore

 

 

Jack Rutter Sponsored Event

Monday 4th February

 

We hope you all enjoyed the snow last Friday - it's been lovely to hear all about the snowmen/snowball adventures the children had.  Don't forget that it's our class visit to Bristol Zoo tomorrow.  The children will need to wear their school uniform as well as a pair of comfy, waterproof shoes/boots.  The children may bring up to £4 spending money if they wish.  I will pop some photographs from our visit on our class page so watch this space!

Mrs Moore

Wednesday 23rd January 

 

What a busy few weeks we have had to start the new year.  The children are really enjoying our polar region topic.  Last week they wrote fantastic reports all about polar bears.  This week, the children have been finding out all about Emperor penguins - ask your child about the role of the male Emperor penguin! During our PE lesson on Tuesday the children pretended to be penguins and looked after their slightly unusual shaped eggs - photos above.

We enjoyed an explore of our outdoor classroom to discover micro-habitats within our school grounds.  We founds lots of different insects including 4 frogs! 

Well done to all of the children who have successfully achieved their 30 club bronze level and to all of those children who scores have increased - we are so proud of you.  Don't forget to check out our homework page to view copies of each level of the 30 club. 

Finally, thank you to all of you have returned the permission slips for our trip to Bristol Zoo.  Don't forget to visit the school gateway to pay any outstanding fees.

 

Happy New Year

We hope you had a wonderful holiday and have really enjoyed hearing all about what the children got up to during their break.  

This term we have lots to look forward to.  We start our new topics - take a look at our spring term curriculum overview to see which topics we will be covering this term. 

We are very excited to be starting the 30 club - a 5 minutes challenge recalling our 2,5 and 10 multiplication facts.  We will be starting this on Tuesday (14th) January so please help your child to learn these timestables.

Please feel free to pop in to ask any questions.

Mrs Ford and Mrs Moore

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