St. John's Community Primary School & Nursery

Year 2 2014-15

Year 2 Residential Photos

Year 2 had an action packed two days at Kingswood Residential Centre in West Runton. These photos are just a small selection of everything they got up to. Ask Year 2 if you would like to know more!

Year 2 Update – w/c 5th May

Children should have brought home spellings and homework on Friday. Due to our residential, children have been given two weeks to complete the work. Copies of these are on the school website.

I have added some photos to the school website this week which show our Cluster Multiskills Festival, our singing performance at the Tea Party, us enjoying our new books from the book fayre and some of our pirate ships. Another busy week!

Obviously the exciting news for next week is our residential! The weather forecast isn’t looking great at the moment but it won’t stop us!

On Tuesday morning please bring everything to the school office. Children will need an overnight bag and a day pack. I will also collect in purses (£5 maximum please) and any medicine.

Day Pack

Lunch (or space to put in a school pack up),
a named water bottle (we will be able to fill them up)
waterproofs (including trousers if you have them)
Overnight Bag

Night clothes
Change of clothes (two sets might be useful if it does rain)
Warm clothes for a camp fire
Change of shoes
Bag for wet/dirty clothes/shoes
Hat/suncream (hopefully we need it!)
Teddy bear and a book.
We are not swimming and I don’t think we will need wellies. Please don’t send children with mobile phones, cameras, MP3 players etc. Children will not have any ‘free time’ so won’t need any games or other activities. I will attempt to add some photos of the residential to the website whilst we are away so you can see what we are up to!

Children were send home with PE kits on Friday in case you needed trainers out of their bags. Children will need PE kits again on Friday so please send them back in later in the week.

My last day at St John’s will be Friday 8th May. Mrs Gittins and myself have met a number of times to discuss every child, routines, planning etc to ensure the children have the smoothest possible transition. Do speak to me later in the week if there is anything you would like to discuss about this. Also on Friday we are having a picnic lunch. Further details have been sent home or see Mrs Steele for more details.

I look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday!

Mr Smith

Year 2 Singing Performance

Year 2 performed two songs we had learnt in our music lessons at a Tea Party held for the local community. Everyone was very impressed with our performance.

Year 2 Pirate Boats

Year 2 made junk model pirate boats as part of our topic. We tested which of our boats could hold hold the greatest mass on water before sinking! In preparation for this we tested different items in water tanks to find out which materials and shapes were best. We are pleased to say every boat we made floated… initially!

Year 2 at the School Book Fayre

Year 2 had the excitement and delight of selecting books for the class library at the School Book Fayre. We had raised £230 as part of the School Readathon which we could spend. It was very difficult to pick which books to have but in the end we made our decisions and we all had a say. Thank you to everyone who sponsored us.

Year 2 photos from the Cluster Multiskills Festival

Year 2 took part in the Cluster Multiskills Festival held at St John’s. The activities including golf, orienteering and athletics, were led by Young Leaders from Broadland High School. The whole class had a lovely morning learning new skills and making new friends from neighbouring schools.

Year 2 Update – w/c 27th April 2015

Thank you to everyone who attended our meeting about the Kingswood residential. For those who were unable to make it you should have received a copy of the presentation and other paperwork. If you have any questions please ask. Please return the consent form and lunch order form by Wednesday to give me time to prepare for the visit.

This week we welcome Annabelle to our class. I’m sure the entire class will make her feel very welcome and help her settle in.

On Monday morning we are taking part in a Cluster Multiskills event. It is going to be held at St John’s and children will need PE kit, a drink, warm top and suitable footwear for this. Children will take part in a range of activities supported by Sports Leaders from Broadland High School.

On Tuesday we welcome Miss Farrow back to work with us. She will be teaching and working with the class over the next couple of months.

The book fair has also been rearranged for this Tuesday. Children will have a reading session in the morning with our visitors and after school you are invited to visit the fair in the school hall. We will also be spending the money we raised as part of the Readathon. Thank you to everyone for helping with this and I’m very pleased to say we raised the most out of any class. Well done!

On Thursday afternoon there is a tea party organised by the school for the local retired community. Our class will be performing some songs we have learnt in music to them.

In literacy this week we are continuing our work on Anthony Browne. Our maths work will be based around addition and subtraction. We will also be continuing with our pirate topic.

As always please see me with any questions or queries. Thank you for your continued support.

Mr Smith

Year 2 Update – w/c 20th April

We were all delighted to welcome Mrs Miles back into class last week. We have all missed her help and support and the children were really pleased to see her.

This week we are going to start our new topic for the term which is based around ‘Pirates’. On the class page of the school website there is an outline of some of the things we are going to cover this term. As I mentioned on this week’s homework, we are going to attempt to make some pirate boats and rafts so if you have anything at home suitable for junk modelling please send it to school!

In literacy we are going to continue our work based on Anthony Browne and in maths we will cover number, place value and measurement.

PE is planned for Wednesday and Friday. I am hoping to be outside so please check your child has suitable footwear – some children didn’t have anything this week.

Please don’t forget there is a parent meeting at 6.30 this Tuesday (21st April) about our residential. It will be in the Year 2 classroom. If you are unable to attend I will send home a copy of my presentation and I can then answer any questions you have. If your child is not attending the residential they are expected in school as normal and I will talk to relevant parents about the arrangements which have been made.

On Monday 27th April we are going to take part in a Multiskills Festival along with other schools in our cluster. It is going to be held at St John’s during the morning. Students from Broadland High School are going to lead the events. Children will need PE kits and footwear for this. As we have 180 children packing part in this we are asking parents not to come along and spectate on this occasion.

As mentioned on this week’s newsletter the children are going to have SATs during week commencing 11th May. These tests are administered and marked in school and not something for the children to worry about. The results are only used internally to support teacher assessment and help us identify gaps in learning. The majority of children actually enjoy doing the tests! Please encourage early nights that week as it can be tiring! If you have any questions about these please ask.

As always, please see me with any questions, comments or concerns you have.

Kind regards
Mr Smith

Year 2 Update – w/c 13th April

I hope you all had a lovely Easter holiday.

From Monday the children may wear Summer uniform in school if they wish. As always please check everything is named. I have one unclaimed jumper in class if you are missing one – size 6-7 years George jumper.

The children will need their PE kits on Wednesday and Friday. I plan to take the children outside so please ensure they have suitable footwear.

We have a book fayre coming to school this Tuesday afternoon (14th April). Our class will have a reading session with them and we will also spend the money raised as part of the Readathon we held last term. The book fayre will be open to parents and children after school on Tuesday, so please pop along to the hall after school and have a look at the range of books on offer.

We will finish off our topic from before Easter this week before starting our Pirate topic next week. In English we are going to be looking at books by Anthony Browne. If children have any books at home by Anthony Browne they might want to bring them in to use and share. In maths we are going to look at time and place value time. Please encourage your child to tell you the time outside of school.

Spellings and Home work will be sent home again from this coming Friday (17th April) so please look out for this in your child’s bag this week and on our class page on the school website.

Don’t forget we have a meeting for parents about the Kingswood Residential at 6.30pm on Tuesday 21st April.

Thank you for your continued support

Mr Smith

Year 2 update – w/c 23rd March

We have nearly made it to the holidays!

We are going to be looking at shape in maths and writing poems about aliens in English. In topic work we are going to think about habitats.

P.E. this week is going to go back to Wednesday and Friday. The hall is busy with the KS2 production so please can children have outdoor footwear and a warm top as we will either be on the field or playground.

This week I am reviewing book levels so hopefully your child will come home with a new colour.

Especially now it is starting to warm up and children are taking off jumpers, please make sure they are all named.

Kind regards
Mr Smith