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Venn (Year 2 and 3)

Welcome to Venn Class (Year 2 and 3)

Teachers: Mrs Sweatman, Mrs Bartlett
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Westwell

Welcome to Venn Class web page. Here is a little peek at what happens in our classroom. Venn Class is taught by two teachers. We work closely together and bring our strengths to the days that we work. We find that the children quickly become familiar with who teaches them on which days but for parents' information, the week is as follows...

Mrs Sweatman teaches the class on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Mrs Bartlett teaches the class on Thursdays and Fridays. We have additional staff supporting us in PE, RE and for some group work.

We are lucky to be supported every morning and two afternoons by Mrs Westwell. 

We also welcome volunteers to our class and have a number of parents, governors and members of the community who come in to help us, particular;y with reading and craft activities.

 

Spring Term 2019 (Click for our curriculum overview)

 Happy New Year to all our families. We are excited to be back at school and ready for the challenges of 2019. 

We will be learning about some fantastic places this term. For the first half of the term, we will be learning about China, focusing particularly on the celebrations of the Chinese New Year. We will be reading stories set in China, learning some Chinese traditions and creating some Chinese art work. We will look at maps and identify some of the great features of this interesting country.

After half term, we will switch continents to learn about Africa. We will compare daily lives in developing areas with our own culture. We will also look in some depth at animals which make their homes in the Safari.

Sadly, we will not be able to visit these continents so we will try to bring a little of the world to the classroom. We would love to share anything that you have at home that can help in these topics.

In science, we will be studying living things and the environments in which they are found. A good opportunity for some nature detective work outdoors!

Thank you for all your help at home with encouraging children in their use of Mathletics and Purple Mash. Technology can be a wonderful tool in the classroom and we are able to use the computers regularly in Venn class. Many of the children have become experts and can be relied upon to sort out problems independently and indeed help others. We will be using Purple Mash to write on a Blog. This will mainly be within school lessons, though children can continue to write to the class at home, should they wish. Purple Mash is a secure and safe environment to learn these skills and all correspondence is approved by one of us before it is shared with the class. Recorder has started well in Venn and we will continue learning on Friday most weeks along with other musical activities.

It is our plan that every child has a reading book in their reading bag to read each day at home. We expect the children to become independent at changing these but will remind them to do so (and check up from time-to-time). Please do pop in if your child is not bringing home a reading book daily. We place a high priority on reading and will carry out reading tasks in class each day. These are not usually recorded in reading journals but we aim to maintain a dialogue with parents when we hear children read individually. It is always useful to see how children are getting on at home. We use various assessments to establish a reading level but feel free to chat with us if you feel your child is having difficulty or is ready for a new challenge.

Spellings will be sent home on a Friday, with an informal test the following week. We will work on the spelling patterns throughout the week. Please help your child to learn the words at home.  Children will also have a bookmark of common exception words, which will be updated each term. These words will be included in spelling tests but we will also be working on them throughout the year. Pupils are expected to be able to read and then spell these words by the end of the year. Please help your child with this.

Homework tasks will relate to work we are doing in class. Sometimes they will require members of the family to work together, sometimes recording will be necessary, at other times it will be more practical. Tell us how your home-learning went by writing in your child's home-school journal. This term we will send another "Variety Pack" for home learning as we feel this went well last term.  In maths, we are now working on times tables facts . In year 2, it is expected that children will know the facts for the 2x,10x and 5x tables initially moving on to 3x,4x,  (Then 6x and 8x in Year 3). They should be able to answer a times tables fact when asked out of order, at random; not just counting up in the pattern (though this is a good start).

We will keep up with running- aiming to reach a GOLDEN MILE at times, so please ensure your child has suitable school shoes. We pop outside regularly, so don't need to be changing shoes for a quick run! 

PE Kit will be needed on Mondays and Wednesdays but should remain in school all week.

We have an open door policy before and after school so do please come in and see us if you have any concerns or require information about something. If we can't help you straight away, we will be happy to make an appointment to see you at a convenient time.

 

 

 

Useful Websites

in Venn

IXL

A brilliant website for practising all the Year 2 and 3 maths and English skills.

It is a subscription site but you can complete 10 English and 10 maths questions a day for free- and that is plenty!

Don't pay- just have a few minutes activity to top up your skills.

 

 

Home

 A child-friendly Internet search engine.

 

SCIENCE:

 Learn about different habitats

 

x-tables

two great game websites

topmarks.co.uk

timestables.co.uk

 

The Chinese Zodiac Calendar Story

 

Play STOP the CLOCK on our 

favourite time website:

Teaching Time

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Log in to Purple Mash with your password here: 

 Log in to  Mathletics  with your password   here:

Mathletics

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WWF Go Wild

Find out about safari animals in Africa. Activities, crafts, factfiles, The Rhino and the Helicopter, safari shoebox challenge

www.natgeokids.com

 

A fantastic website for learning about countries around the world - and much more.

First News Live! - The weekly newspaper for young people

The live, online version of our school newspaper.

Oxford Owl - Help your child's learning

Username: Venn       Password: Nok books

Shape games

test your knowledge of 2D and 3D shapes

Continents and Oceans song

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