This week, we have used a website called Pobble365 to look closely at one of the images as a stimulus for writing and also to develop the reading skill of inference. We started with the image called Hanging on.
What emotions do you think the boy is experiencing?
Who is the man on the platform?
Is he a normal boy or does he have certain powers?
Where do you think the train is going?
Each picture (there is one for each day of the year) has some prompts and questions so this resource could be used to generate discussion and as a resource to practise writing at home.
Living and Learning: Be kind
Today, in Living and Learning, we had a powerful circle time with an important message.
In order to illustrate the effects of saying unkind words, we used two apples (one of which had been bruised).
We gave the first apple a variety of compliments and positive, kind comments as we passed it around the circle.
With the bruised apple, we passed it round and said unkind words and negative comments.
We looked again at both apples, and there was no change; both apples still looked the same. We then cut the apples open. The apple we’d said unkind words to was bruised and all mushy inside.
We talked about what we saw inside the apples. The bruised and mushy apple showed what would be happening inside every one of us if someone uses unkind words.
Living and Learning: manners
Our manners focus this week, in Living and Learning, is all about covering our mouth to prevent the spread of germs.
You’re just about to sneeze or cough but, oh dear, you don’t have a tissue. What should you do? Cover your mouth and nose with your hands? Surely that’s what polite people do.
But hold it! If you sneeze or cough into your hands (and then fail to wash your hands straight away), you’ll only be spreading colds and flu germs on everything you touch.
And that’s because germs (as long as they stay moist) can live for HOURS on hard surfaces such as tables, phones and door handles. And not just on objects – everybody you touch will be contaminated, too.
And of course, vice versa – if somebody else has sneezed or coughed on their hands, they’re leaving a germ-trail for you to pick up.
So what’s it best to do?
Here it is in action.
Today, we enjoyed a session led by Steve from BMMA. Steve leads kick boxing classes every Monday after-school.
As well as learning some kick boxing skills, we learnt about team work, sportsmanship and resilience too.
Please refer to the flyer brought home tonight, if your child is interested in attending the club.
World Book Day themed menu
Catering Agency, our school meal provider, will be running a special themed menu on Thursday 5th March. Please contact the office, in the next few days, if your child would like a school dinner on this day (no action needed if your child normally has a school meal on this day).
All children have recently received their login details for Times Tables Rock Stars.
In Year 2, we learn the two, five and ten times tables and these are the tables that have been assigned to the children on Times Tables Rock Stars, starting with the ten times table.
Occasionally there will be some division questions and as this is something we are beginning to learn, please support your child with these questions until they feel more confident to have a go.
Children will be bringing home some optional Times Tables Rock Stars sheets that can be completed over half term to improve these skills. They can return these to school if they complete them.
Other resources to support time tables and other number facts is Hit the Button. This is a great, fast-paced game and children can choose which times tables or number facts to work on during each game. This game is free to play online.
If you have any further questions regarding the resources mentioned, do not hesitate to contact us.
Thank you for your continued support.
Choosing our own books
It was great to see some of the Year 2 children using our new reading house today. This has been created in the classroom and allows children to browse the books before choosing their next read.
We are very lucky to have lots of new chapter books and these seem very popular.
Following the skipping workshop with Jodi from Skipping School last week and in preparation for an upcoming skipping competition, we do have some skipping ropes available to buy at a subsidised price of £2.
If your child would like to buy a rope to keep learning their new skills at home, please come to the classroom at the end of the day or send £2 in a sealed labelled envelope with your child.
New school dinner menu
The menu has been created in liaison with Catering Leeds to ensure it meets the School Food Standards. We have also incorporated feedback from our school cook, pupils and parents/carers. We will continue to offer a meat free day every week. This will be every Tuesday.
Pupils will continue to make their daily food choices at the start of the day to ensure they receive their first choice of main meal.
If you would like a paper copy of the menu, please ask at the office.
Remember, children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 continue to receive free school meals and we encourage pupils to take up this offer. For families in other year groups, please check if you are eligible to receive free school meals for your child/children.
We welcome feedback on the school dinner menu from pupils and parents/carers.
To finish our science seasons topic this week, we researched about the events of Storm Ciara over the weekend. We’ve been learning about how the weather can change across the seasons and that storms can even happen in summer.
This gave us the opportunity to look at safe internet searching and to consider the websites, images and videos that our search revealed.