Grange Valley Primary School & Nursery

Inspire to guide, challenge and achieve

Heyes Avenue, Haydock, St Helens, Merseyside WA11 0XQ

grangevalley@sthelens.org.uk

01744 678300

welcome to mrs mavers' year 2 blog

 

Week beginning 5th February

This week the children have been using their FANTASTICs and their BOOMTASTICs to write a character description of their favorite cartoon character. We have been thinking of the characters personalities including good and bad qualities. The children are starting to see the importance of reading their writing back and are beginning to edit their work which is an important skill for being a fantastic writer. 

In Maths we have been looking at 2d shapes. we have been looking at the properties such as how many sides and vertices. We have also discovered what polygon shapes are and we have been identifying lines of symmetry in different shapes and images. To support this at home, ask the children to locate different shapes around the home and talk about the properties. Can you find me a triangle? How many sides does a pentagon have? 

In PE this week the children have been making balances and looking at different ways they can travel along the apparatus. The children were looking at making tall, wide and small shapes. I saw some excellent balances, well done Year 2!

In Science the children have been looking at different micro habitats around the school grounds. They have been looking at the conditions of the habitats and discussed what animals they might find there.  In Computing, we have been talking about how we can stay safe online. The children were all able to identify rules when using the internet in a sensible manner.  

Attendance - 98%

Reminders

Valentines Disco-     Our PTFA Valentine Disco, this year, will be held during school time due to the building work taking place.  As you know our PTFA organise events and subsidise these events across the school year.  All money is put back into school and used to benefit all our children.  Children will need to bring party clothes with them on the day of the disco, so that they can get changed at school.  Children will need to be collected at their usual time 3.25pm.  FS / KS1   Contribution of £3 per child to include the disco, a hot dog late afternoon, refreshments and sweets. Money should be brought into school on the day of the disco, handed in to class teachers

 World Book Day  - We are celebrating World Book Day on Friday 2nd March 2018. Children are welcome to come into school in their pyjamas with their favourite book and bear!  Parents are invited to join children in classes at 2:30pm to enjoy a book with their children. You are welcome to bring your own favourite children's books!

Reception—Monday 26th Feb

Year 1 and Year 2—Tuesday 27th Feb

Year 3 and Year 4—Wednesday 28th Feb

Year 5 and Year 6—Thursday 1st March

 

 Have a lovely half term!

Mrs Mavers

Week beginning 29th January

This week the children have all blown me away with their writing. The children wrote their own version of the story 'The Crow's Tale'. We had 'The Swan's Tale', 'The Butterfly's Tale' and lots more. The children have really enjoyed this book looking at the wonderful vocabulary and sentence structures. they have used these tools when writing their own story. Take a look at some of our proud writers. I can't wait to read them all!

In Maths the children have been solving word problems involving money. We have been looking at the different language used in word problems and using these to help use decide what calculation we need to use to solve the problem. We have even discovered that in order to solve some word problems we need to do 2 things.  Keep practising you addition and subtractions at home. There are lots of activities on abacus, education city and times table Rock Stars.

This week we have continued to find out about India. The children have been discussing what they think school is like for children in India and comparing to our school. The children are very excited to share their thoughts and questions with our link school very soon! 

Attendance - 97.33%

Reminders

Valentines Disco-     Our PTFA Valentine Disco, this year, will be held during school time due to the building work taking place.  As you know our PTFA organise events and subsidise these events across the school year.  All money is put back into school and used to benefit all our children.  Children will need to bring party clothes with them on the day of the disco, so that they can get changed at school.  Children will need to be collected at their usual time 3.25pm.  FS / KS1   Contribution of £3 per child to include the disco, a hot dog late afternoon, refreshments and sweets. Money should be brought into school on the day of the disco, handed in to class teachers

 

Mrs Mavers

Week beginning 22nd january 2018

This week we have continued to look at the story 'The Crow's Tale'. The children have been comparing the crow's beautifully coloured feather to that of Josephs amazing technicolour dreamcoat. We listened to the song about the dreamcoat listening for effective adjectives that we could use to describe the crow's feathers. Here are some ideas the children thought of.  

The crows's feathers- beautiful, glamorous and bold.

His feathers were as green as a beautiful emerald. 

I am handsome, I am brave thought the crow.

The children have been enjoying exploring this wonderful book. Next week we will continue to use our drama to help us discover how the animals might feel during the sunshine and during the storm. 

Talking of drama....the children had a lovely session with teachers from the Citidel. To begin the session the children shared they names and put actions to them. We had jumps, claps, explosions etc. They then worked in small groups to create freeze frames of different objects such as planes, castles and birds. Great Team work year 2! 

Attendance - 94%

Reminders

2.3.18- 2nd Beeston payment due- please remember to bring in your payment card.

READING

Please keep reading with your child at home. Reading is of great importance and  key to all other aspects of learning. Use the reading bookmark to ask your child questions about what they are reading. Remember to sign your child's reading record. Thank you for your support. 

Week beginning 15th January 2018

Dring English this week we have been reading the beautiful story 'A Crow's Tale'. It is about a group of animals who are all cold in the snowy woodland. One day a beautiful crow went on a terrifying journey to the sun to ask for some warmth. When he got back his feathers were no longer beautiful. The book had a very important message that we discussed as a class. We talked about how it doesn't matter what you look like on the outside its the beauty within that matters. The crow lost his beautiful feather and thought his friends wouldn't like him anymore but he was brave and selfless inside. we have used this book to write sentences about he Crow's journey to the sun using repetition, questions and conjunctions. The children worked wonderfully in small groups to create freeze frames of the animals all huddled together in the snow. In role as different animals they described their inner thoughts. 

In Maths this week we have continued to look at money. The children have been exploring different ways to make the same amount and finding totals of coins to compare. The children have been working hard using their different methods to solve money problems. please continue to support this at home.

In PE the children have been practising their throwing and catching skills. They all enjoyed a mini game of cricket. Great team work Year 2!

In Topic we have been exploring India. We researched different aspects of India including food, clothing, famous landmarks and used this information to write a report. Did you know that India used to be an island? Ask your child what other interesting things they found out.

 

Attendance - 97 %

Reminders

2.3.18- 2nd Beeston payment due- please remember to bring in your payment card.

READING

Please keep reading with your child at home. Reading is of great importance and  key to all other aspects of learning. Use the reading bookmark to ask your child questions about what they are reading. Remember to sign your child's reading record. Thank you for your support. 

Happy New Year to you all!

The children were all very inquisitive and excited when they arrived back at school. An interesting pacel had been left in our classroom addressed to Year 2. We explored the parcel carefully wondering what could be in side and why it might have the label ‘Handle with care’ on it. As we opened the parcel the children couldn’t believe their eyes. Inside was Paddington Bear along with a suitcase, stationary, a diary and some marmalade. Santa had left the children this special gift as he thought the children would look after him. Each week a child will be chosen to take Paddington home. I can’t wait to hear about all the wonderful things he has been up to with you all!

Well, Paddington has given us lots of inspiration for our writing this week. The children thought it would be a nice idea to write a set of instructions for people to be able to make his favourite food…marmalade sandwiches so that Paddington would feel at home. We also used our FANTATSICS and BOOMTASTICS to write a description of Paddington. The children discussed their ideas for their writing thinking of ways they could include alliterations, similes and selecting effective vocabulary for their writing.

In Maths this week we have started to look at Money. We have been talking about the different coins and notes that we use and their values. This led to an interesting discussion about different currencies around the world. We also discussed how people earn, save and budget. The children have been using coins to make different amounts and adding coins to find amounts. Please support your child at home by adding coins and talking about the price of items in the shop. The children have also been given Log in details for Times Table Rock Stars. This alongside education city and Abacus can help your child with their mathematical skills. 

Here are a few pictures from our fantastic week!

Attendance - 98% - 

Reminders

2.3.17 - Beeston 2nd payment due. Please remember to bring in your payment card.

Week beginning 11th December

It has been a fun packed week in Year 2! 

On Tuesday we went to Christ Church to find out about the true story of Christmas. The children always look forward to visiting Christ Church and take part in lots of activities carried out by Sandra and her wonderful helpers.  When we arrived the children all dressed up to create the Nativity Scene. We then sang carols together and then sang some amazing songs from our Nativity 'A King is Born'. The children took part in craft activities including making a sheep and a star that opened up in water. We then moved around the church carefully listening to the Christmas Story.

On Friday the children had their Christmas party! We had lots of party games, dancing and finished off with our Party food. Thank you so much for all your food donations! The children all had a wonderful time! Oh and let's not forget we had a visit from the special person himself....SANTA! 

Here are a few photographs from our spectacular week!

Attendance - 95% - Let's get that 100%

Reminders

20.12.17 - School Closes

8.01.17 - Back to school

Mrs Mavers

Week beginning 4th December

Well the children put on an amazing performance of 'A King is Born'. Fantastic acting skills and super singing. What a lovely way to share the story of the Nativity. The children were so excited to share their performance with you and I think that you would agree that they all did a fabulous job!

Although there are lots of Christmas activities going on in school we have still been busy continue to find out about 'Guy Fawkes'. The children worked together to create a word bank about Guy Fawkes using their FANTASTICs and used this information to write a wanted poster. There were some super descriptions using a range of punctuation and ambitious vocabulary. 

In Maths we have started to look at length. The children have been measuring different objectives and identifying what unit of measure we use. You can support this at home by giving children objects to measure using a ruler or tape measure. You could also ask the children what units we use to measure different objects found around the home e.g cm or m? 

Getting back into the Christmas spirit the children have been finding out how people in India celebrate Christmas. The children were very excited to find out about India because our class have made a link with a School in India, Punjab. After Christmas the children will be working on an exciting project to share with the children in India. Keep checking the blog to find out more after Christmas. 

Year 2 did an amazing job selling their craft this week! Altogether our class managed to raise nearly £50. Thank you for your support!

Attendance - 96%

Reminders

12.12.17 - Year 2 church visit

15.12.17 - KS1 Christmas Party (PM) - please sign up to a food donation if you haven't already done so. On this day it is Christmas jumper day so please send your child into school ready for their party  - children must wear sensible shoes. 

15.12.17   -   Alternative Mad Friday. Christmas Jumpers and Hats and £1 donation for charities

20.12.17 - School Closes

8.01.17 - Back to school

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Mavers

Week beginning 27th November

We have been practising our Nativity- A King is Born this week. The children can't wait to perform for you all. I'm sure you will all be very impressed. Remember we have 2 performances on the Tuesday- one in the morning at 9.30am and one in the afternoon at 2:15pm. 

This week we have also watched a wonderful Pantomime 'Robin Hood'. The children were in awe when watching the performance. There was lots of singing and dancing.

In Science this week, the children carried out an investigation. They looked at the properties of different materials and discussed there uses. They worked well discussing their findings and thought carefully about how they could present the information. 

Although it is busy with the run up to Christmas please continue to read daily with your child. There are also lots of activities on Education City and Abacus to support your child's learning. 

Attendance - 94%

Reminders

5.12.17 - KS1 Christmas performance - morning 9.30am and afternoon 2.15pm

6.12.17 - Christmas Bingo 

8.12.17 - Christmas Dinner

12.12.17 - Year 2 church visit

15.12.17 - KS1 Christmas Party (PM)

15.12.17   -   Alternative Mad Friday. Christmas Jumpers and Hats and £1 donation for charities

20.12.17 - School Closes

8.01.17 - Back to school

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs Mavers

Week beginning 20th November

In Maths the children have continued to apply their mental calculations to solve division and multiplication problems. Every morning they come into school and practise their times times. Through this hard work the children are getting so much better at their recall of the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. As discussed at parents evening please continue to practise these skills at home. Remember there are lots of activities on Education City or Abacus that the children at use at home. 

In English the children have been writing effective sentences for the story 'The Building Boy' we have been exploring alliteration, repetition and similes. The children are all working hard to look at ways they can improve their own writing. Keep up the hard work Year 2!

Well, it's getting that bit closer to Christmas and the children have started to practise their Nativity- 'The King is Born'.  You should have received a letter about your child's part and costume.  The children are trying really hard with their acting skills and i know you will all be very impressed. 

Take a look at the wonderful things we have done this week.....

Attendance - 97%

Reminders

1.12.17 - Non-uniform Day -Please bring in a Bottle or a gift. 

5.12.17 - KS1 Christmas performance - morning 9.30am and afternoon 2.15pm

6.12.17 - Christmas Bingo 

8.12.17 - Christmas Dinner

12.12.17 - Year 2 church visit

15.12.17 - KS1 Christmas Party (PM)

15.12.17   -   Alternative Mad Friday. Christmas Jumpers and Hats and £1 donation for charities

20.12.17 - School Closes

8.01.17 - Back to school

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs Mavers

Week beginning 13th November

This week we have continued to explore multiplication. The children enjoy explaining their methods when solving their multiplication problems. They can use good mathematical language too! We have just started look at division and how we can use multiplication (the inverse) to check our answers. 

In PE the children have been moving around the hall safely in different ways. They have also been finding different ways to balance with a partner. The children all performed their balance to the class and the children identified something good about their balance and how it could be improved. Excellent collaborative learning Year 2!

In Topic this week, the children worked in groups to role play a key part from The Gunpowder Plot. The children used freeze frames to talk about how the characters felt at different parts of the plotting. Excellent acting Year 2!

It was so lovely to see you all at Parents Evening this week. I am sure you are all as impressed with the children as I am. 

Take a look at some of the wonderful things we have been up to this week!

Attendance - 99% We were the attenders winners this week!

Reminders

1.12.17 - Non-uniform Day -Please bring in a Bottle or a gift. 

5.12.17 - KS1 Christmas performance - morning and afternoon

6.12.17 - Christmas Bingo 

8.12.17 - Christmas Dinner

12.12.17 - Year 2 church visit

15.12.17 - KS1 Christmas Party (PM)

20.12.17 - School Closes

8.01.17 - Back to school

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs Mavers

Week beginning 6th November

In Maths this week the children have continued to explore multiplication. We have been learning the 2, 5 and 10 times table. The children are able to write different number sentences to describe an array or picture and have worked hard to recall the times tables. This is something which the children would beifit from regular practise at home. 

This week we have also been finding out about Remembrance Day. The children wrote all about remembrance day and how we celebrate it. We have also been busy creating amazing paintings of poppies. The children started with some observational drawings. We then used ink, oil pastels and paint to create our Poppy pictures. The children were all amazed when I put their work up on display for all to see!

In English this week we have been writing an alternative story to The Three Little Pigs. The children used effective sentences to write a story titled 'The Three Little Wolves'. Within their story the children had to use repetition, onomatopoeia and lots of FANTASTICs. Miss Sheffield and I were very impressed with the children's stories. 

Here are some fabulous pictures of the things we have been up to this week!...

Attendance - 96.7% I'm still waiting for this 100%

Reminders

13.11.17 – Parents Evening week 

Beeston- deposit to be paid by Friday 17th November. If you have any questions about Beeston please don't hesitate to contact me. 

6.12.17 - Christmas Bingo 

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs Mavers

Week beginning 30th October

It looks like the children were busy continuing their learning at home over the half term. They all couldn't wait to share their Guy Fawkes projects. Thank you for supporting your children with this.  This week we have also been talking about Bonfire Night and most importantly how to stay safe. The children have been using the FANTASTICs to write a firework poem. Some beautiful descriptions using lots of adventurous vocabulary. 

In Maths this week we have starting learning our 2 and 5 times table. The children have been making equal groups and finding different ways to record the calculation. We have been using repeated addition and using 'x' to write a multiplication.  I have allocated lots of new activities on abacus for the children to continue practising this at home. Don't forget there are also lots of useful activities on Education City.

Take a look at some of the wonderful things the children have been doing this week.....

Attendance - 97% Im still waiting for this 100%

Reminders

6.11.17 – deadline for Christmas shoe box donations. Please bring in either a toy, toiletry item or stationary item along with 50p.

13.11.17 – Parents Evening week

Beeston- deposit to be paid by Friday 17th November. If you have any questions about Beeston please don't hesitate to contact me. 

Flu Vaccination- Reception , Year 1 and Year 2 - 7th November

 

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs Mavers

Week beginning 16th October

What a lovely half term it has been! The children have all worked so hard and have settled really well into their routines and expectations.

This week the children put on a fantastic assembly along with the Year 1 children all about Diwali. I think you would all agree that they were all amazing!

In English this week the children have all written their own versions of ‘The Way Back Home’. The children discussed their plot points and made sure they used their wonderful vocabulary, punctuation and sentence structures. I thoroughly enjoyed reading them all. The children have been working hard on their handwriting ensuring their letters or consistent in size. Please continue to support this at home.

During half term as part of the children's homework, I have asked them to research 'The Gunpowder Plot'. This will be our Topic when we return to school. The children can present their research as a poem, fact file, poster or through craft. I look forward to seeing what they produce. 

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Attendance - 95% This is the lowest it has been so far. Lets get it back up and aim for 100%

Reminders

3.11.17 – Ugly Bug Disco- £3 which includes refreshments and sweets.

3.11.17 deadline for orders for school photographs

7.11.17 – deadline for Christmas shoebox donations. Please bring in either a toy, toiletry item or stationary item along with 50p.

13.11.17 – Parents Evening week

Beeston- deposit to be paid by Friday 17th November. If you have any questions about Beeston please don't hesitate to contact me. 

Flu Vaccination- Reception , Year 1 and Year 2 - 7th November

Hope you all have a wonderful half term and I will see you all on 30th October for another fun filled, exciting half term!

Mrs Mavers

Week beginning 9th October

In Maths this week the children have been exploring different methods that they can use to add and subtract. We have been focusing on adding and subtracting 10's. This is something that the children can practise at home. I have also allocated some activities on Abacus that will support the children wit this important skill. We have also been looking at how e can add 3 numbers together by using our knowledge of doubles and number bonds. In Maths this week the children have been trying hard to explain their methods. 

In English we have been reading 'The Way Back Home' by Oliver Jeffers. The children have been discussing how to make their writing more interesting by including adventurous vocabulary, repetition and  onomatopoeia. Throughout the week I have used some of the children's super sentences to stack, creating a fantastic piece of shared writing. Well done children. I'm looking forward to reading your final piece.

 Here are some photographs of things that we have been up to this week....

Attendance-  98%    We are still waiting for our 100% 

Reminders

Diwali assembly- Year 1 and 2 Thursday 19th October at 2.30pm.

Beeston- deposit to be paid by Friday 17th November. If you have any questions about Beeston please don't hesitate to contact me. 

Flu Vaccination- Reception , Year 1 and Year 2 - 7th November

Ugly Bug Disco 3rd November during school time- £3 per child includes disco,  a hot dog, refreshments and sweets. Please bring clothes into school on the day in a plastic bag with your child's name clearly labelled. Money should also be sent into school in an envelope with your child's name on it. 

Parents Evening- Week beginning 13.11.17

Have a lovely weekend!

Week beginning 2nd October

This week we had a magical door appear in our classroom. The children were all excited discussing who the door might belong to. We closed our eyes and imagined walking through the door. The children told me that behind the door was a tunnel that led them to a secret garden. They used wonderful vocabulary to describe what was in their secret garden. the children all wrote some fantastic descriptions of their Secret Garden. I was so impressed with the quality of the children writing and the progress that they have all made in a short period of time. Well done children!

On Wednesday, we celebrated 'No Pens day'. This was a day when the children put down their pens and picked up their language. The children thoroughly enjoyed this day which was full  activities encouraging speaking and listening skills. They shared excellent team work and cooperation. We had some lovely discussion about famous paintings. The children discussed their favourite painting, describing how it made them feel and why they liked it. We also used musical instruments to create sounds for different emotions. 

Reminders

19th October- Year 1 and 2 Diwali assembly at 2:30pm

Ugly Bug Disco 3rd November during school time- £3 per child includes disco,  a hot dog, refreshments and sweets. Please bring clothes into school on the day in a plastic bag with your child's name clearly labelled. Money should also be sent into school in an envelope with your child's name on it. 

16th July- 1 night residential to Beeston. Please complete your child's permission slip and return to school along with a £25 deposit by 17th November

 

Mrs Mavers

 

Week beginning 25th September 

What a lovely week we have had in Year 2!

This week we had a visit from one of the authors of 'My Magical Garden', Jacqui Gray. The children had a wonderful workshop with Jacqui. As they read the poem they imagined they were in the magical garden. They children used fantastic descriptions when they were visualising during the session. Following this workshop the children used the images to create their own poem about their magical garden.  

My magical garden is sparkly and clam.

There are pretty red poppies that make me feel free

In my garden there is a waterfall that makes me feel peaceful

My magical garden has aquamarine crystal that make me feel brave and strong.

-Year 2

Reminders

Please keep reading at home as much as possible. Children should be reading at home every night

Please continue to practise spellings at home

I have allocated activities on abacus for your child to use at home. The login details are in the front of your child's reading diary along with their education city details. 

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Mavers