Hello and welcome to Nessa class.
We are a year 2 class and our teacher is Mrs Earley.
We are lucky to have Mrs Duke as our teaching assistant.
Our PE day is Monday morning taught by Go Active. We ask that PE kit is in school on Monday morning, and kept in school all week.
We have no homework books this year, but we ask that you practice your times tables weekly. For year 2 these are x2, x3, x5, and x10 tables, these will also be practiced in 99 club in school. We ask that children read 5 times a week with an adult at home. Please make sure reading diaries and books are in school daily. There will be spellings, and a weekly test.
Watch this space, as topic based homework for the half-term, along with spellings will be on a half termly newsletter.
This half term, our topic is the Inventing Room and our text is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Week commencing 10th December 2018
What an exhausting and thrilling week all in one.
We are so very proud of all the children who took part in the nativity play. They sang and said their lines to perfection. Thank you also for supporting with costumes, learning lines and coming to watch.
Thursday came, and what weather, we were all sad that we could not make the park. We will try and go next week, but I won't promise as next week is even busier than this week.
Friday saw Christmas dinner day, everyone had a great lunch and fun with all the crackers.
Please make sure you look in your child's book bag as we have parties, visit to Geevor and other lovely activities going on in school next week.
Monday will be your last chance to get those raffle tickets. Thank you for your support in providing raffles.
Week Commencing 3rd December 2018
Christmas has well and truly come to Nessa Class. The tree is up, we are rehearsing our carols for the Geevor concert, and we have been very busy putting the final touches to our nativity. If you have not bought your tickets yet, there are a few left to purchase on parent pay.
Although the nativity has kept us busy, that hasn't stopped writing acrostic poems all about the sea this week. The children have really impressed me by their use of language, and their confidence in reading their poetry out loud. Next week we will continue to write more poems, with the focus on the ocean.
Math has seen us start a new learning block. We are looking at money. How to add, making the same amount with different coins and being able to give change. While out and about Christmas shopping it would be great if you could help the children recognise coins and notes we use.
Week Commencing 26th November 2018
We can't believe that we will be in December this week, which means the nativity play is around the corner. Thank you all for bringing costumes in, we are now able to see all the little extras we need to make in class. Book your tickets by Parent Pay and then send in your slip, and as soon as payment is received, tickets will be sent home via your child. Please check book bags daily.
We have sadly come to the end of our story writing about the 'Lighthouse', the children were disappointed when we made it to the final sentence. I am looking forward to reading them over the weekend, and then being able to share some on Pobble and eventually to our topic wall display outside our classroom.
Math has been a challenging week .We have had two groups this week, some children brushing up on their number bond skills as these are really important for our fluency across all area of math. The other group have learnt the magic trick of how to add to 100, this helped us to complete a challenge set by Miss Sweet when she popped in on Friday morning.
We have spent most of our afternoons rehearsing the nativity. Not giving too much away, you may need your tissues as they are amazing.
The children were super excited to see the advent calendar appear today, and as they are getting to know their dates in the months they were able to say that Saturday is the day they can start having chocolate for breakfast.
We will be having a post box this year for Christmas cards please put yr2 on the envelope as we have several children with the same name in school.
Week Commencing 19th November 2018
We have had a great week in Nessa this week. We have come to the end of our column addition and subtraction block, and we are more confident with exchanging and crossing ten. This has been a real tricky skill to master, and the children have shown great determination and perseverance in understanding this.
'The Lighthouse' film continues to be our stimulus for our writing. We have started writing the story, and we are really focusing on our choice of words. So far the children have begun to produce some fabulous work, even blowing the socks off Peswara when we shared our stories.
Nessa were surprised when we had a visitor to school. Brian came in from the RNLI and explained all about our local lifeboats and the work they do. Some of the children were able to dress up as lifeguards, and we learnt all about beach safety.
Who knew we have 11 light houses in Cornwall, well Nessa do know, and we were amazed at how many were just off or on our cliffs in our local area.
Please watch out for forthcoming letters regarding ticket sales for the nativity. Please can I remind parents that all costumes need to be in school in a labelled bag by next Wednesday 28th November.
It is really important that children read daily at home. Well done to those children who are reading daily and moving up the reading bands. Daily reading has a huge impact on not only children's ability to read, but gives them interesting vocab in their writing across all subjects, and supports their math as well.
Week Commencing 12th November 2018
We have had a fun packed week in Nessa. We have continued to look at both column subtraction and addition, although we are finding it tricky, we are certainly showing our determination and perseverance.
English has seen the write of our diary entries. They were amazing, we are now looking at a short film 'The Light House', and this will be our inspiration as we write over the next two weeks.
Wednesday was amazing, we had a visit from the Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition. Delia and Ann carried out workshops, where we were beach detectives - looking at what we can find on our local beaches, then followed by role playing as marine creatures, and finally making flotsam characters from beach plastic parts.
Children in Need so us take part in the Great Pendeen Bake Off. We had lots of entries, which were all very tasty. Thank you to all the parents who supported their children in making cakes. Check the newsletter for the total raised.
Week Commencing 5th November
A fantastic week in Nessa this week, we have started our diary entry from Mrs G point of view. We were wowed by their sentences, and their level of description.I am really looking forward to reading their end product.
Math has proved tricky this week, and we have shown our determination in exchanging in addition. We shall continue with this next week and then move onto subtraction.
Science was great this week, we have started looking at climate change, and how we as people are contributing to this. Next week Delia is in looking at plastic pollution with a morning of different activities.
We have started to look at where we live, and what it means to live in this beautiful part of the world. DT has seen the start of our lighthouse making. We have completed our design process, so we will begin to make them next week.
The disco was a big hit with lots of singing and dancing.
Please make sure that your child has a coat in daily, as we are playing and learning in all weathers.You can also provide joggers and a warm jumper for PE, as we are going outside.
Week Commencing 30th October 2018
Welcome back after what seemed a very quick week. The children have settled really well back into routine and have taken every challenge this week head on.
In math we have been using addition and subtraction in the column method. We were very impressed when the children took their prior learning of number bonds, and were able to complete their addition and subtraction calculations. We are continuing with our daily times table challenge, and we continue to have a least one mover each week in 99 club. We have now reached 55 club!!!
English has seen the start of our new class read. We are really enjoying the Light House Keeper's Rescue, and are almost ready to start our diary entry. Don't forget to look at Pobble each week where one member of Nessa will have their work published, but it is also a great way of seeing how fab all our writers are at Pendeen.
Science this week started off with a visit to the recycling bins and how we recycle at Pendeen. All the children were really shocked at the impact that plastic is having on our planet, and are keen at school to continue the Eco Clubs plastic free school status.
We would love next week for each child to make their own junk modelling light house, presently we do not have enough for each child, so if you have any kitchen tubes, Pringle tubes or yogurt pots we would love to have them by Wednesday please.
Don't forget school disco next Friday, we ask that all costumes and clothes are brought in a named bag, and are the responsibility of the children.
Autumn term 2: The Light House
This half term our class read is The Light House Keeper's Rescue. This is part of a series of books and it would be great if you could share some of them with your child.
We will be looking at where we live, understanding what is a harbor, port, town city etc through our topic lessons. We are lucky enough to have Delia Webb in from the Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition, to run a workshop on the dangers of plastic in our seas. This links to our science, where we will continue to learn about materials and what affect they have on us and our planet.
Math will see us adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers, understanding money, using our 2, 5 and 10 times tables in both multiplication and division. Please practice these with your child at home weekly. We will continue to do our 99 club and daily times table challenge.
English will see a letter written back to the inspectors from our class read. We will write a diary entry about a day in the life of a light house keeper, and we will look at poetry using the sea as our inspiration.
In PE there will be days when we will be going outside, so you are more than welcome to put joggers and a warm jumper in their PE kit.
Please keep an eye on the newsletter and letters sent home by myself and Miss Curnow as we begin preparations for the KS1 nativity
If you have not had a look already at Spelling Shed please do. I have uploaded this half terms spellings, and these will be released on the site weekly for the children to practice ahead of the spelling test each Friday.
During the parent consultations, I talked to parents who were not recording anything in the reading diary, as they thought it had to be the school reading book. This is not the case, if you read anything with your child even the weekly shopping list, it still counts as a read.It is very important to read with your child 5 times a week,and for those children who read weekly it is having an impact on their writing and their progress.
We are all looking forward to a very busy half term in Nessa, but we always have time for a chat if you need anything.
Week Commencing 15th October
What an exciting end to the half term. On Monday, we were very concerned when we realised how much chocolate we eat, and the thought of the Oompa Loompas leaving the chocolate factory was enough for Nessa class to know that was not going to happen! The children have produced some great persuasive writing, and we knew their hard work had paid off when the Oompa Loompas wrote a letter to say they were staying.
Maths this week has linked to the half term’s learning with children using what they already know and applying this to new concepts. Friday brought a whole class challenge, and it is safe to say, the sheep are in the correct fields.
We were very excited when a lighthouse appeared in the class, this was a big clue to next term’s learning. The children are already wondering what we might be learning about...
Enjoy the half term break and we will see you back in class on Tuesday 30th October.
Week Commencing 8th October 2018
Nessa were very excited this week when they received post. The excitement quickly turned to concern when they learnt that the Oompa Loompas had decided to leave the chocolate factory and return home. As we speak the children are working very hard on persuading the Oompa Loompas to stay.
Math has shown great problem solving with fact families, and deciding which problems Mrs Earley can't get right. We were very proud of our three, 99 Club movers. However, we had six children who were only a couple of questions away. We are very proud of the determination the children have in moving onto the next club. Well Done!
Apparently I am the best teacher ever, but I think it has more to do with our chocolate bar making this week, and then designing and making our very own chocolate bar covers. Watch out next week as the children will be bringing their home made bars home. I can't guarantee that any will be shared.
Please remember that we have our parent consultations next week, and I look forward to seeing you all then.
Stay safe in the blustery weather.
Week commencing 1st October 2018
Another hardworking week in Nessa. Please ask the children about the lickable wall paper they designed this week.
Our science has led us to understand the different properties of materials, which will help next week when we choose the best wrapping material for our chocolate bars.
Math continues to challenge the children but they are tackling it head on. We have been looking at greater than and less than, comparing number and groups of objects.
'Good morning Star Shine, the Earth says hello', this is how Willy Wonka greets the golden ticket winners, and we have been looking at the moment they enter the factory for the first time. This has led to some great expanded noun phrases which will lead on to their recount writing next week.
Please sign up for the parent consultations if you have not already done so.
It has been brought to my attention that some children have had paint on their clothes this week. Could I please ask that you send in an old shirt or large t-shirt that they could keep in class to protect their uniform, as we will be doing a lot of craft lessons over the coming weeks.
I have attached a letter this week regarding next terms project, and your support for some junk modelling.
Week commencing 24th September 2018
This week we have been re-combining our partitioned numbers, and the children have shown great understanding and questioning in their math lessons. It has meant a lot of manipulating concrete objects (Base Ten and Numicon), and completing math sentences by drawing on the tables.The end of the week the children were able to show off what they had learnt and were very proud to show Miss Sweet how to recombine 2 digit numbers. Well done Nessa you have shown great determination and confidence in all your math lessons.
We were really lucky to have a Pobble Day on Wednesday morning where we were able to write some amazing stories 'I am a window and I can see'. We were very impressed by the different settings the children chose. Our other English lessons have focused on our recount of part of the Charlie story, we have learnt all about expanded noun phrases,verbs and subordinating clauses. Both myself and Mrs Duke are looking forward to reading the recounts next week.
Please can I ask that you continue to read with your children daily and you keep practicing those times tables.
Outside Miss Sweet’s office, the sign up sheets are ready to book appointments for parent consultations.
Week Commencing 17th September 2018
As another week goes by myself and Mrs Duke continue to be amazed at how hard the children are working, and showing great determination in all they do. We have spent the week looking at 2 digit numbers and how we can partition these. As we move into next week we will be looking to partition and recombine. It is really important that children understand the value of numbers and where they fit in relation to one another. Can I please ask that you can find some time to practice your times table, we are focusing on the 2's this half term, and knowing these will help with the children's fluency in their math lessons. There are lots of free apps that can support learning of the tables.
Please ask the children about their character descriptions of either Charlie or Augustus. There has been some amazing adjectives for Augustus, 'plump' being my personal favourite. The children have made their own characters and added their writing. Watch this space for some photos once the display is up in class.
We continue to use Charlie as our inspiration in our lessons, with some wonderful art wok on the creatures that lived in Loompaland. We are beginning to look at Roald Dahl and all his wonderous books he wrote.
Don't forget individual photos on Monday and family groups from 8am.
Week commencing 10th September 2018
Another week and it has flown by. Both myself and Mrs Duke have been very impressed by the attitude of the whole class. We are working very hard on using our virtues, with many children showing kindness, determination and perseverance. Please ask them about our class promise.
We have nominated our class school council member, and we are sure they are going to be a great asset to the council.
Do you know your verb from your noun or even your adjective? Well Nessa class do and they have been using some amazing adjectives to describe Charlie and Augustus from our topic. We are looking forward to their completed character description next week.
Math has proven tricky this week, and we have showed great determination and team work to begin to understand place value.
Keep up the good work Nessa you have all been amazing this week.
It was great to be back after the summer break, the children have certainly grown. We have spent the first two days settling into our new classroom and admiring the finished building work throughout the school. The children were very excited to finally use the new trim trail in the playground.
Just a reminder that PE is on a Monday, don't forget your kits next week. Spellings will start from Monday, so we will be having our first test on Friday. If you misplace the newsletter it is available on our class page.
We will start reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory next week, so it would be great if you wanted to share this story at home as well.