Welcome to Kennedy Class!
We have 27 wonderful students this year, with the support of four lovely TA's throughout the week! Mrs. Webb and Mrs. Edmonds support Kennedy Class in the mornings (Mrs. Webb is with us Monday-Thursday). In the afternoon, we have Mrs. Williams supporting our class and on Fridays all day is Mrs. Godfrey. We are so lucky to have such wonderful support!
I am sure there may be questions that will arise throughout the school year and I strongly believe in parent communication. There is a parent communication book in front of my classroom (Class 2) that you may leave any comments or concerns in. You may also speak to me first thing in the morning or after school, or email the office and they will forward your letter to me and I will respond as quickly as I can. I will be happy to speak with you, as communication is key to your child's success.
I have high expectations for all students, with an "above and beyond" attitude. I know you will be surprised by the growth you will notice in your child throughout the school year. To create an exceptional student, it takes the home and the school. Please be a part of your child's education as much as you can. Ask questions about their day and what they learned in class (if they say nothing, they are lying!) :) Be a part of their homework assignments. Being involved is the best you can do! Thank you for all of your support and I am so proud of your children!! I love their hugs, smiles and brilliant attitude towards their school work.
Guy Fawkes, broomsticks, tree cookies and lanterns
Forest School has been a hive of activity over the last few weeks. We started off by making a Guy for the village bonfire. We gathered leaves and straw and spent a long time stuffing some old clothes that Mr Atkins had given us. Those that attended the village bonfire on Friday 4th November will have seen him go up in smoke!
The children have also worked together to make besoms for Halloween...or Nimbus 2000's and Firebolts as the children liked to call them! It took a lot of time for them to gather the right sticks and then tie them around a branch - but those that wanted to, did it!
Some of the girls made a bow with Mr Roberts this week - and then went off to practise their archery skills; they had a great time.
Meanwhile, a few children chose to use the bow saw and rotary drill to make poppy 'tree cookies' to hang with homemade lanterns on our remembrance tree.
The weeks have been whizzing by with some children making and creating whilst others have been using their imaginations and playing some fantastic games with dens made in trees!
Whittling, chopping and creating
The children have really settled into Forest School and have become very independent in choosing what they want to do.
After using a lot of willow the previous weeks, the children can now recognise it and talk about why it is good for various jobs. This week, some of the children whittled the willow, measured and cut it with loppers and then put it in a tin in the fire. After a short while, we took it out and saw that it had turned into charcoal - perfect for writing and drawing!
After talking about changes in weather and seasons, some of the children chose to help make a bug hotel using straw, leaves and sticks. We hope that the mini beasts will love snuggling up in there! One of the children even made a sign using our homemade charcoal.
The children give us ideas of snacks that they would like to make on the fire - one of which was fish n chips! So, this week, we cooked fish fingers and fried potatoes on the fire - and every morsel was devoured!!
Foraging, firelighting and fun!
We've had a fab couple of weeks out at Forest School with the Class 2 children really getting stuck in.
During the first week, the children had the chance to explore and see how the site had changed since they were last there. They played on the new slackline, went pond dipping (and met one of our resident frogs), make a range of culinary delights in the mud kitchen and - generally - had fun!
We came together around the fire to cook and eat drop scones - which we served with freshly picked blackberries.
This week, lots of the children were keen to make bows and arrows. They learned to identify willow by the colour of the branches and the leaves, and they cut some using loppers. There was a lot of teamwork and problem solving with this activity.
Other children chose to build a den or have a go at getting a spark using a flint and steel. Some also made leaf prints on flags, and we saw how the wind blew them.
Cooking and eating s'mores proved hugely popular!!
Please have look at the phonics sounds sheet on our class page. This sheet contains all the sounds the children have been learning since foundation. You can help your child by getting them to say the sounds to you and by asking them to read words containing the different sounds. During the phonics screening check children will be asked to read a combination of real and alien words (nonsense words). This is to ensure they are using their phonics to decode words. It will be really helpful if you can ask your children to read a mixture of these words at home. For example, an alien word such as "sploon" would be spilt into the sounds s-p-l-oo-n. I have included a document that is a mixture of alien and real words that you can use for this.
Year 2 Spellings
Please have a look at the Year 2 spelling document to see how you can help your child at home.