Grade 2J Newsletter


Week 7 Easter Term Monday 29th February - Friday 4th March 2016

Sports Day!

Grade 2 and 3 displayed confidence, enthusiasm and cooperation at Wednesday's tribal-themed Sports Day. The Grade 1 and 2J children showcased their important skills learned in PE since the beginning of the school year and every child thoroughly enjoyed themselves. It was great to see so many parents there to support and cheer on their children and their houses. We would like to thank all the parents who helped lead the groups. We could not have done it without your help!


This week our students had a great time measuring and recording the decay of chalk in a range of fluids. This fair test allowed students to witness what some of the liquids we consume can actually do to our bodies and our teeth. The experiment also provided students with the opportunity to draw conclusions from the results.

Next week we will finish learning about teeth and focus on how the food we eat gets turned into energy in the digestive system. We will also look at the heart and how it pumps blood around the body.

To finish our learning about teeth we will be asking that students bring in a toothbrush next week. If you would like to send in a particular toothpaste for your child to use please do so. The school will also provide toothpaste on the day. Students will be using disclosing tablets to colour their teeth before brushing. If your child has any allergies or is not able to use a disclosing tablet for any reason please let your child's teacher know.

If you have not informed you child's teacher if you are not attending the Science Centre field trip on the 17th of March please do so as soon as possible.

Please ensure all Science Centre trip letters and money are returned by 9th March. Thank you.

Language Arts

In Language Arts, students began an author study. The author they are studying in depth is Oliver Jeffers. Students watched an excellent video clip where Oliver Jeffers talked about how he gets his ideas and how he writes. It was really interesting to observe the children's reaction to seeing a 'real life' and 'cool' author talk about his books.

We then read 'Stuck' as a class. You could perhaps hear the laughter at your homes; the children really engaged with the story of Floyd and his kite. The children are now in the process of writing their own version of Stuck. We have used the Writer’s Workshop sessions to go through the process of trying out, editing and re-thinking ideas, just like Oliver Jeffers. In the meantime we are reading other books in Oliver Jeffers' collection. Our author study on Oliver Jeffers continues next week when students will focus on the text 'The Day the Crayons Quit'.

In CAFE strategy lessons, we are focusing on the C of Comprehension - this fits well with our writing unit. We continue to emphasize the importance of understanding what we read. We are also modelling that in order to improve comprehension skills, good readers ask questions.

If students have any Oliver Jeffers books of their own at home we encourage them to bring them into school so that they can share them with the rest of their class.

Maths - Addition to 1000 and Time

We had a great TIME in Maths Week!

We started this week by finishing off our Addition to 1000 chapter and completed our assessment. The children showed how much they have learned throughout this unit and were very successful in their tests. All children will take their test home on Monday for parents to look and discuss with their children. All test folders should be returned to school by Friday 11th March.

Grade 2J had lots of fun learning about time this week. We started by making our own clocks, playing maths games to practice counting in 5s and learning about what a minute was by counting how many times we could bounce a ball or how many addition questions we could answer. We learned how to read and write o'clock, quarter past, half past and quarter to times and discussed what we did at those times in the day.

Next week we will continue to learn about time. We will:

- tell the time to 5 minutes

- determine the time 1 hour and half an hour earlier and later

- use am and pm correctly when telling the time

Please encourage your child to wear a watch (analogue, if possible) and discuss the times shown of different clocks, phones, computers etc at different points of the day.

CAT 4 Assessments

Next week Grade 2 Jan students will be having their CAT4 Assessment during class time.

CAT stands for Cognitive Ability Test and it is completed on the computer. Children can not study for this assessment.

We ask that parents ensure the children have a calm and restful weekend and week next week - with many good night sleepzzzz!

Home Learning

Week 8 - due Friday 11th March 2016

Please visit our VLE for this homework.

Maths: Please complete the TIME pages provided to you, please complete in pencil.

Spelling: Please complete the spelling sheet and remember to complete one spelling activity on Thursday. Please do this in your Home Learning book and remember to write and underline the title.

Handwriting: Please see your child's Home Learning Notebook for the joined up letters practice page using pencil.

Reading: Remember to read with an adult for 10-20 minutes each night. Practise re-telling the main points in the text.

Remember to record all reading books in the reading log found in the back of your organiser.

An excellent example of Home Learning

We are working on our orderliness, responsibility and excellence to ensure our work is neat, tidy and completed to our best abilities. Here is an example of a great piece of Home Learning. Please encourage your child to strive to achieve their best, making sure their work is neat and tidy and titles are underlined using a ruler.
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Dates for your diary...

Thursday 10th-Friday 11th March - Science book fair in school.

Thursday 17th March - Science Centre Trip. Children should come to school in PE kit and should take a disposable snack for this day.

Friday 18th March - End of Easter Term. Normal dismissal time.

Monday 4th April - Start of Summer Term

Tuesday 5th April - Celebration of Learning in the classroom 8.00-8.30am