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 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