Welcome to Class 5
Just a few little reminders -
P.E Days - We have P.E on a Tuesday and a Friday, please make sure P.E kits come into school on a Monday and then they will go home on a Friday. If any trainers or P.E kits are needed during the week then please feel free to pop in for them or remind your child to bring them home.
If your child has their ears pierced, please ensure they are removed on PE days.
Reading books - Reading books will be changed on a Monday and a Thursday, please aim to read with your child every night. Remember, now we are in Year 2 there is a lot more emphasis on comprehension, therefore, your child may be asked to read their book more than once. We will start to send reading books home on Monday 9th September. Please ensure reading books/diaries are in school every day as we hear your child read at different points during the week.
Homework - We will continue our Learning Logs in year two and they will be sent home on a Friday each week and need to be returned on a Thursday.
Daily reading is expected and also Spellodrome. In regard to Spellodrome, if your child gets 1000+ points in a week then they will be awarded a DoJo and a MASSIVE smile from Mrs Marten! If they get between 500-999 points they will get a BIG smile. If they get less than 500 DoJos then unfortunately they will lose a DoJo! We are currently setting up the new Spellodrome classes so don't worry, your child cannot complete it just yet!
Forest Schools - Fortnightly - please see school website for timetable, our first session is on Wednesday 18th September! Children can come to school in forest school clothes, please send your child's uniform into school that day in a bag! Please remember a clean pair of shoes too!
As in year 1, the children will have a 'continuous snack' time, this means that they can have their snack during any part of the morning when they would like it. Unless your child has paid to have school fruit this half term, please send them into school each day with a piece of fruit to eat for their snack.. Please label all snack containers.
Water bottles - Children will need a water bottle to have in their classrooms, please make sure it has their name on. We will fill them with fresh water each morning and send them home on a Friday. Please return bottles to school the following Monday.
Hot days - please ensure your child is sent to school wearing suncream and that they bring in a hat with their name on! Likewise on colder days a warm coat and hat is recommended!
Clothing - Please could you ensure all clothes are labelled clearly.
This year at Ewloe Green, we are trialling a new cursive handwriting scheme. The document below shows the formation animals we will be using and rhymes that we will use to assist the children to learn and remember the correct letter formation. We will be teaching the children a letter a week in the order of the letters on the document. This half term we will begin by working through the 'ladder' family.
Thank you for all your continued support! Please remember to ring, email or catch me at the door with any concern/comment no matter how big or small.
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Week beginning 11th November 2019
This week we are continuing our theme of Parliament and we have been debating whether children should HAVE to go to school! Take a look at our videos below to check out our ideas.
We have been thinking about Remembrance Day and have been reading the story 'Remembering - the story of a soldier'. We have created poppy wreathes using our handprints and have been counting in 5's. We have also been creating some wonderful acrostic remembrance poems. We have also created our own medals for soldiers!
In maths we have been looking at halving and dividing by 2 and also recapping our work on counting in 2's. 5's and 10's!
We have explored Sir Isaac Newton and the work he did and have explored colour when making our own Newton wheel. We have explored transport in the past and present and discussed how transport technologies have evolved and developed.
In music we have explored the composer Tchaikovsky and enjoyed 1812 Overture, reflecting on how the music makes us feel!
Star of the Week - 8th November 2019
This week Leo is our champion boy yet again! Leo is always so well behaved and is such a kind boy! He always completes his homework challenges and is the most amazing listener! Mrs Marten is delighted to hear that Leo isn't just trying really hard at school but at home too!
Thank you Leo for being so wonderful, you really are a credit to your school and family!
Week beginning 4th November - Forest schools on Wednesday but please could we have wellies in school all week!
This week we are really enjoying our Parliament Week and have enjoyed learning all about the story of Guy Fawkes and how he tried to kill King James I!
We have enjoyed exploring the construction of the Houses of Parliament and have also created our own group Big Ben's in our outdoor environment.
In maths this week we have been cracking codes and using our thinking to solve picture and addition problems. We have also been working in our groups and have been solving problems to create bonfire pictures.
We have really developed our writing this week with a real focus on punctuation. We have retold the story of the Gunpowder plot and also created some wanted posters looking for Guy!
We have explored the equipment Guy Fawkes may have used when he was alive and compared equipment which we use today!
We are really looking forward to our visit from the Food Standards agency - please see below for a trailer link! We are also really excited for our Techniquest trip on Friday too!
We have really enjoyed helping Mr Price create a bonfire during forest schools. We enjoyed eating toasted marshmallows too! Yum!
Friday 25th October 2019
Wow - we have had a triple dojo champion kind of day! Today three children have got the same amount of DoJos. Harri, Cora and Leo are all in the lead and they are all so super, we cannot choose one as our champion!
As a class we have made the decision to 'roll over' our DoJo points to our first week back after half term. So let the race commence...
Monday 21st October 2019
What a busy last week!! This week we have been exploring multiplication in maths and have been starting to use the x symbol and the term 'sets of'. We have been using our body parts when exploring multiplication, e.g. three children have two ears, 3 sets of 2 = 6, 3 x 2 = 6. We have been looking at the x5, x2 and x10 tables, exploring the patterns of same numbers in each tables. We have used the outdoor learning areas to find number cards and build the x tables - x2, x5 and x10.
In literacy we have been exploring nouns, verbs and adjectives! We have also looked at labelling and have labelled the parts of a dog using words and arrows! We have really enjoyed writing questions to ask our school vet when they visit us for a chat on Thursday!
In topic we are exploring the Hindu festival Diwali and have really enjoyed finding out about how people celebrate Diwali. We have enjoyed making lanterns as part of the festival of light and also followed instructions to make the Diwali treat 'Halwa'.
In preparation for the change in time next weekend we have been talking about how to stay safe at night and have explored which colours we should wear in the dark to ensure that we can be seen.
Star of the week 18th October
This week our amazing star of the week award goes to Leo! Leo has a fabulous 13 dojos for working so super hard!
Leo is our star because he tries his very best in all of his work and he is very kind to all of his friends.
Leo is such a great friend to have because he plays with everyone so nicely and always remembers to listen extra carefully.
We are so pleased that Leo is part of our fantastic class, thank you Leo for all you do!
Week beginning 14th October - Forest Schools this week
This week we are being so super busy as it is our Digital Competency Framework (DCF) focus week and we are really focusing on using I.T in our learning. We have been logging onto hwb and have been emailing each other, creating branch diagrams and also creating bar charts. Feel free to log on at home too and explore the website in any way you wish!
We have also been exploring the song 'Four Seasons' by Vivaldi (see below for you tube link). Feel free to listen to this at home and perhaps draw a picture of how the music makes you feel!
We have been sketching real life looking pets this week - thinking about taking our time and really thinking about line and colour, our creations are just super!
In Maths we have been exploring subtraction, thinking about the various words for subtraction (take away, less than, counting back) and we have been using numicon and number lines to help us.
We have been looking at ways to keep safe online and also talking about the reasons why we keep our personal information private!
On Tuesday we had a special visit from "Pop Project." The children sang along and danced too, especially to the song "walking on sunshine."
Friday 11th October 2019
This week our super duper star of the week is Jac! Well done Jac, as always you have been amazing this week! Jac is always so kind to his friends and teachers. He has tried really hard with his handwriting and is making fabulous progress. Jac always lights up our classroom and his friend's think that his smile is super special. Jac is very helpful around class and has gained a massive 24 DoJos this week. Jac has been very determined to be our DoJo champion this week - well done Jac, we are all so thrilled for you and count our lucky stars we have you in our class!
Week beginning 7th October 2019
This week we are busy exploring money! We have looked at purses with values on up to £1 and found different ways to find amounts. We have also been linking in our money work with our Welsh work on fruits and have been buying fruits in Welsh and finding out how much they cost altogether! We have also enjoyed handling money in our newly created cafe/shop.
In language we have been super story writers and have been making up our own stories using our own pets and settings. We have also been looking at character names and have been creating our own character profiles, using adjectives to describe characters.
We have really been exploring pet care this week and have sorted statements into what we should and shouldn't do! We have also been thinking about how we should keep healthy and happy thinking about what we should eat and our personal hygiene routines.
We have been recapping our work on instruments and have been sorting instruments into sets - percussion, brass, woodwind and string. Our harvest songs have really put us in a happy mood - why not sing them at home using the links below!
We have also been looking at fruits in Welsh and have created our very own word searches this week and have been talking about the fruits we like and dislike in Welsh!
Star of the week - 4th October 2019
Thomas is our super star of the week this week and Mrs Marten is mega proud of him! He is always such an amazing friend and he shares all of the time.
Thomas is very helpful around class and he makes us all laugh and smile. He has worked hard to keep our classroom very tidy!
Thomas has the most beautiful handwriting and he is a super little artist!
Thank you for being such an important part of class 5 Thomas!
Week beginning 30th September 2019
This week we are looking at measure/length! Children have loved exploring the outdoor learning environment and estimated the length of objects. Children talked about whether a ruler, metre stick or trundle wheel were the best things to use to measure. We developed our ICT skills as children then used pic collage to create a learning story of what they measured.
We have really enjoyed developing our French this week, this being an area Mrs Marten is really developing! We have been speaking and writing about pets using...
J’ai….. (I have)
Je voudrais… (I want)
In literacy we have been looking at our super story mountains from Mog and the V-E-T and we have been using these to build our own stories, remembering careful handwriting, punctuation, to use connetives and adjectives and we have really wowed Mrs Marten by using some speech marks too!
In P.E we have been continuing our work on bouncing balls and creating our gymnastic shapes too, perhaps you can show your big and little people at home some of your moves too!
In Science we have been thinking about writing up our investigation, thinking about the materials which would be best used for a pet bed, thinking about absorbency!
We tested -
Please remember to keep reading your lines for our assembly on Friday! Mrs Marten knows you will be just amazing!!!
Star of the Week 27th September
Congratulations to Imogen who is today's star of the week! This week Imogen has been such a super girl in every way! She has read so much at school and home and has really pushed herself, completing so many super challenges!
We are so lucky to have you in our class, thank you for being amazing!
Week beginning 23rd September
What a fabulous week (so far)! We have continued to explore the story 'Mog and the V.E.T and have been matching sentences from the story to pictures! We have also organised these story events into beginning, middle and end and have used a story mountain to show structure. We have also enjoyed acting out the story in our nature garden.
In maths this week we are exploring adding and finding missing numbers to complete a number sentence. We have used numicon to help us. We have linked in French with our data work from last week and have been developing our knowledge of French pets and creating a range of tally and bar charts on our own.
In topic we have been super busy! We have been thinking about absorbent materials and have been planning an investigation to find out the best material to use for a pet bed! We have also been working hard to plan our design for a pet carrier, thinking about the range of materials we could use.
In P.E we have been recapping on our Welsh verbs, e.g. jump/neidio when playing our animal games. We have also been recapping our gymnastic shapes.
Star of the Week - 20th September
Today our star of the week is Amelia!
Amelia is star of the week because she is very helpful. She got 16 DoJos! Cora
Amelia is nice because she shares toys with everyone. Olly
Amelia likes to play with her friends, she is kind and gentle. Emma
Amelia is helpful and always tidies up well. Noah
Amelia always tries her very best and is super at spelling! Harri
Thank you for being such an important part of our class Amelia, you really have sparkled like a star this week!
Week beginning 16th September
We have been super super busy this week! Spellodrome is now ready to rock and roll. Remember as part of your homework you must get 500 points each week - Mrs Marten will check the points on a Monday morning! If you get 1000 points or more you will be awarded with a dojo! Mrs Marten will monitor progress carefully over the next few weeks so may make them trickier if you find them easy!!!
This week we have been focusing on data in maths and have been creating bar, tally and carroll charts/diagrams based on pets. We have also been looking at colours and recapping numbers in French.
In Welsh we have been thinking about the pets we like and dislike.
In literacy we have been reading all about how to care for hamsters and have been answering tricky questions about what we have read. We have also been focusing on nouns and adjectives and been describing animals too! This week we are forming the 't' carefully.
We have been looking at the creation story and have been thinking about how we can make our World more sustainable. We have also been creating our own animals which may help the World we live in.
In P.E we have been rolling balls between two lines and also to a target, developing our numeracy work when adding scores.
On Friday we are having the 'Dog's Trust' visit is so have been thinking about the questions we could ask them. Perhaps check out their website below...
Star of the week - 13th September
Congratulations Harri! This week Harri is our star of the week. Harri has worked consistently hard since his first day in year two and has really impressed his teachers! Harri has been really pushing himself in all areas of learning, especially in Welsh and with his handwriting! He has the most amazing manners and has shown such lovely kindness to all around him! Bendigedig Harri, we are so proud to have you as part of our class.
Week beginning 9th September 2019 - no forest schools this week
This week we are really getting to grips with our work on ‘All things Great and Small’. We are really enjoying exploring animal skeletons and using our problem solving skills to solve which skeleton belongs to which animal.
We have continued to think about the rights of both children and adults in our school environment and have created rules posters to ensure that our school is a happy and safe place. We have also been thinking about why we are special and reasons why our friends are too, also completing some fabulous self portraits.
We have explored alphabetical order, matching letter sounds to names.
In maths we have been reading and writing numbers to 100 and we have also ordered numbers up to 100.
In literacy we have been reading and listening to the story ‘Mog and the V.E.T, thinking about different possible endings to the story. We are beginning to explore Spellodrome in school this week and from Monday we will ask you to complete it as part of your homework too.
In Welsh children have been reading Welsh animal names and matching them to pictures.
In French we are learning our numbers to 10 and in Welsh we are learning the days of the week and also recapping dw i n hoffi.
Star of the week - 6th September
Today our first year two star of the week is Riya! Riya is always such a kind friend and is always so helpful. This week she has really sparkled as she has listened very well at all times and followed instructions so well! She has given 100% in absolutely everything. Thank you and congratulations Riya!
Week beginning 2nd September 2019
Welcome to class 5. Mrs Marten has really been looking forward to calling you 'her class' and finally she can!
This week we are enjoying getting to know each other and have enjoyed sharing our summer stories together! We have been busy writing our holiday news too, remembering full stops, careful spellings and finger spaces. Mrs Marten has also really enjoyed listening to you read and is so proud that you all know your letter sounds so well!
We have talked about our topic this term 'All creatures great and small' with a focus on pets! We have shared our pet stories and have started to describe pets using adjectives. We have thought about what we already know about pets and also thought about some of the things we want to learn!
In maths we have been exploring the numbers on a number square and have been thinking about the numbers which are 1 more/less and 10 more/less!
Mrs Marten is delighted to see the children forming 'i' so nicely in all areas of learning this week, especially in their Welsh writing!