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Barn Owls Y2

Happy New Year!

We hope that you have all enjoyed a fabulous Christmas break together.  We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for the generous and thoughtful gifts and cards you gave to us, we were all completely overwhelmed with your kindness and generosity.

 

We look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Thursday 5th January.  P.E and forest school will commence from next week.  This term Barn owl's will have P.E on a Tuesday morning and forest school on a Thursday afternoon.  Children should come to school wearing P.E kits and bring a change of warm clothes, waterproof trousers or suit and a warm hat for their forest school session.  Please can I urge you to label each item too, the children will change into their clothes at lunchtime. We have a box of un-named school jumpers and water bottles in class that the children do not recognise, please see us if you have anything missing.

 

A reminder that on Thursday 5th January and Tuesday 10th January we will hold the postponed parent's evening in our classroom.  Please come to the side door and I will let you in.  I look forward to seeing you all during these appointments and discussing your child's progress and how we will move their learning forward.

 

As always, if you have anything that you would like to bring to our attention or discuss please get in touch via the office@gmilton.org or in person at the end of the school day.

 

We wish you and all of your families and friends a very happy and healthy 2023.

 

Best wishes

 

    Nicola Bennett and the wonderful year 2 team.

 

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Welcome Back to Term 2

 

I hope you have had a wonderful half term break and are ready for new learning in Term 2!

This term our topic will be based around explorers, a topic grid has been included to give you an idea of what we will be covering in our subjects across the curriculum. 

We will start our new whole class guided reading on Monday 7th November, using the book, "The Hodgeheg" by Dick King-Smith. Each child will need to bring their named copies into school by then and keep them in school.

A new home learning grid will be sent home along with some new spellings from the year 1 and year 2 common exception word lists to learn.  

P.E days this term will be on a Tuesday and Thursday-P.E will continue to be taught by our P.E specialist, Tom Sykes.

 

I am so looking forward to a fantastic term of learning with you all.

 

Mrs Bennett

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 Well Done Barn Owls!

 

Our journey together in year 2 has started very well and it has been fantastic getting to know the lovely Barn Owls all over again.

 

They have ALL been working really hard and we have seen some wonderful enthusiasm for learning from everyone along with many other wonderful examples of friendship, inclusivity, perseverance and kindness.

 

We very much look forward to welcoming you into our classroom in early October, as mentioned in our latest school newsletter and showing you around!

 

Our school has recently invested in a new phonics scheme that key stage one will be following daily.  Some information will be added at the bottom of this page and details will follow on a parents meeting about this.  The children have been very engaged with this interactive scheme which is developing their phonics knowledge further.  

 

We will be sending your child with a home learning folder today (16th September). Information will also be included at the bottom of this page.

 

We thank you for your continued support and as always if you have anything you would like to discuss please speak to me or drop me an email via office@gmilton.org.

 

Many Thanks

 

Nicola Bennett

Monster Phonics

Information on Monster Phonics

 

We are delighted to start this academic year with the launch of our new phonics programme, Monster Phonics.

We are now using Monster Phonics as our main scheme for teaching phonics across the school. 

The children are enjoying highly engaging resources and lessons and joining in with the songs. You will be ale to support your children at home by using the free decodable ebooks.  If you have any problems or need some guidance then please let us know.

 

 

Introduction to Monster Phonics

 

We can't wait to see you on Tuesday 6th September and welcome you to your new classroom.  We have been getting lots of things ready for you to explore inside and outside of the classroom! We look forward to hearing all about your summer.

 

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Dear Families,

 

We hope that you have had a wonderful Summer and look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Tuesday 6th September.  More information will follow soon about our year 2 curriculum.

During term one the children will be taking part in P.E with Tom Sykes each Thursday and should come to school wearing their outdoor P.E kits.  In addition the children will also be having Neil, our tennis coach, on a Friday and will require their outdoor sports kit too.

 

Please send your child with a named water bottle each day and an appropriate outdoor coats/sunhats.  Please name all of your child's uniform.

 

We are very excited to inform you that during this academic year we will be welcoming an associate teacher, Lauren Philp, to work with us in Barn Owls. Lauren has a degree in speech therapy and recently has enjoyed working in a specialist school. Lauren has taken the decision to train in Primary Teaching and we are delighted to support her in this journey.  Lauren will be sending three days a week with us in Barn owls with the remaining part of her week receiving training for her PGCE and QTS!

 

We are also delighted to have Nicola Hawksworth working with us each morning and Claire Putt and Michele Harris supporting us too.            

 

Best wishes

 

Nicola Bennett

 Welcome to the Summer Term.

Our topic this term is. . .

The Royal Owls

 

Hello Barn Owls, I hope you all had fun celebrating the

Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
 

This is the very last term of our year 2 journey together. We will be consolidating all we have learnt in preparation for flying off to the Snowy Owl's nest.

 

Barn Owls will continue to arrive at school from 8:45 to 9:00am,  via the main gate. At 3:30pm we will be waiting in the playground for our grown-ups to collect us.

 

Miss Woods will be in Barn Owls on a Wednesday morning. The children will be focusing on spelling and then Miss Woods will teach them music. 

 

This week:

 

Due to the extreme heat forecast over the next 3 days, the children may wear cool, cotton clothes and sandals. Remember to bring in your refillable water bottle

 

Over the next 3 days we will be using needles and thread to create designs on our tye-dye panels we made on Friday and completing our science work. These activities will allow us to stay sat down so that we are not using excessive energy. 

 

To help us keep cool, not only will we have our water bottles readily available but we will also have our sandpit container filled with cold water so that we can paddle our feet to keep us cool. 

 

There will be no PE this week.

 

Useful Information

PE

During this term our PE with Mr Sykes on a Wednesday afternoon (athletics) and a Thursday morning with Mr Northway (throwing, hitting and catching skills). Trainers, jogging bottoms/shorts, T-shirt and a jumper will be needed. The children need to come to school dressed in their PE kits. Please send in another set of clothes if the weather forecast predicts a likelihood of rain. Hopefully the sunshine will reappear so sun hat, sun cream and a water bottle would be essential 

Please make sure that shoulder length hair is tied up, earrings are either taped or taken out and no jewellery is worn.

 

Homework

A piece of English or Maths homework will be given each week along with either a list of spellings or a spelling activity. For the first term, handwriting will be the English homework focus. Sometimes the homework will be connected to our Topic work to incorporate the creative curriculum. Spellings are individual to your child and are chosen by a diagnostic spelling assessment and through their written work. Homework will be sent home on a Friday and should be returned to school by the following Wednesday.

 

For more information about our learning this term, please see the newsletter and topic web above.

 

If you have any questions, please email the office or speak to me at the end of the day.

 

With kind regards

Mrs Green 

and 

Mrs Hawksworth

Grinding the Oats for our Muesli

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Grinding the Wheat to Make Flour

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Our PE lesson

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Making strong movements in time to the beat of the drum.

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Gunpowder Plot, Bonfire Night and Remembrance Day.

Harvest Poems - In my basket I have...

Carroll Diagrams

Useful Websites
Barn Owls Extra Resources

Stay safe at home. Remember, there is always someone to listen if you do not feel safe. Follow this link to the Childline website: 

https://www.childline.org.uk/get-support/contacting-childline/

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