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Week commencing 18.3.19

Hi everyone, I hope you are all having lovely weeks. We've had a very exciting week in Year 2 so far. On Monday we completed a real simulation of the Great fire of London using nets of houses that the children designed and made in Maths. We had a great time recreating the conditions and the discussions around safety and how a controlled fire should be conducted. It was a great success and the children thoroughly enjoyed the (very safe) experience.

In Maths and English we've been applying our knowledge of written addition to word based problems and writing a persuasive argument for the causes of the Great Fire of London.

Key Stage 1 assessments will be occurring over the month of May, again this is nothing to worry about and we won't be telling the children they are completing a test. They will be completing their 'Special Agent Training' with a few quizzes along the way. If anybody knows of any days that their child may miss due to an appointment or a holiday please let myself or Miss Ross know as soon as possible so we can make other arrangements. Thank you.

Thank you for your continued support and if there is any issues please come see me or ring the school to book an appointment and I can offer some support.

Kind regards

Mr Locke



Week commencing 25.2.19

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful half term and enjoyed the lovely weather towards the end of the week. Thank you all so much for my very kind and generous gifts for my son Toby. Both me and my wife have been extremely grateful, thank you. We are now half way through the school year (where has that time gone). We have some lovely learning planned over the coming half term, including a very safe recreation of The Great Fire of London.

There are a couple of small changes in timetables for the children, they will now need their PE kits on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Thank you to all those who attended the SATs meeting, if there are any further questions or concerns please don't hesitate to come and ask me.

Thank you for your continued support.

Kind regards

Mr Locke

Monday 4th February

Over the past two weeks 2TL have been thriving in their learning! Having a focus on grammar in our English lessons, we have become experts in using co-ordinating and subordinating conjunctions, past and present tense and the four sentence types (statement, command, question and exclamation). We applied these skills to a piece of writing about the Great Fire of London. We then compared this text type to the leaflets we created informing the reader about the events in 1666.

Our maths lessons have centred around statistics where we learnt to present data in a tally chart, frequency chart, Venn diagram and Carroll diagram. We have discussed which methods of data recording are useful in different everyday situations to link our maths to the wider world. On Arithmetic Friday we used our knowledge of the column method to answer questions on the four operations and complete reasoning problems involving this skill.

As we currently have a Spotlight on Science, we have had a new arrival to our class... a caterpillar! We will be observing the changes this animal makes over time to aid our understanding of the topic Animals Including Humans.

New Term
Hey everyone, let me start by saying thank you so much for all your generous and kind gifts from Christmas, I count myself extremely lucky and I'm very thankful. I hope you all had a wonderful two weeks and had a fantastic Christmas. We have got some really exciting things planned for this half term including starting new texts in English and Topic as we begin to learn about the Great Fire of London. We will start our Science topic looking at Animals including humans which covers a variety of areas. As always if there are any issues please let me know and I will do my best to sort it. Thank you for your continued support and I can't wait to see what this term brings.
Thank you as always.
Kind regards
Mr Locke
W.C. 3.12.18
Hi everyone, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everybody that came and supported our Family Learning event on Monday. We had such a lovely time and it was great to see all the brilliant shields and crowns that were made throughout the afternoon. Well done for getting so stuck in and making the most of it.
As I'm sure you already know costumes and board games are due into school on Monday 10th December. Please let myself or Miss Ross know if there are any issues with either of these and we will do our best to support this.
One week today we will hopefully see you at our Christmas production - The INNspectors. The children are hard at work learning lines, stage directions and the songs. We can't wait to share it all with you. Please remember our Y2 showing is in the afternoon at 2pm.
Thank you as always for your continued support.
Kind regards
Mr Locke
Hi everyone we've had some very busy and brilliant weeks. We even had a couple of visits from Merlin himself last week as we brewed our potions. As Christmas approaches there will be lots of notes and messages to be delivered between home and school If you are unsure about of the dates please ask the teacher ASAP and check the website regularly.
Following on from last week's reminder letter home about family learning myself and Miss Ross can't wait to welcome you all in for our family learning day on the 3rd December in the afternoon. If you would like to bring in anything else to help aid your crown/shield creation please feel free.
Thank you for your continued support.
Kind regards
Mr Locke
W/C - 24.9.18
Hi everybody, we are now 4 weeks into our Autumn term and routines and timetables are starting to become more familiar and slicker. This week the children have been trying really hard to improve their pace and stamina in their work, which has been fantastic, great work 2TL.
In English the children have been focusing on a specific part of our King Arthur text where Arthur first meets Merlin in a hidden valley surrounded by trees, bluebells and a stream. They have been writing a setting description, using their five senses to prompt their writing. We even ventured out into the forest school area for a session of immersive writing amongst the trees. Their writing was great and they really enjoyed being able to write as if they were Arthur in the hidden valley.
In Maths this week we have been focusing on the relationship between addition and subtraction and how we can solve an inverse question with our knowledge of the original answer. We have also been exploring number patterns and solving missing number questions to further support our addition and subtraction knowledge.
We seem to have been lucky enough to have been blessed with a resurgence of sunshine, I hope you all make the most of it over the weekend before those dark early nights set it.
As always if there is any query or question you have please come and see me as I am more than happy to answer any concerns you may have.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mr Locke
Spelling update
Hello everyone,
I just wanted to clarify the procedure for our weekly spelling tests, as I know there has been some confusion about our marking system. 
Every Friday the children will be tested on their new words,  which are derived from the Year 2 National Curriculum spelling rules.  
When the tests are marked we of course look at the spelling of those words but we also look at a few other things as well.
We check to see if the word is legible (if we can't read it, we can't mark it), whether ascenders and descenders are written correctly e.g. if a p doesn't have the tail below the line then that would make it a capital or if an ascender sits on the line and is the same size as a regular letter for example if a k is the same size as an a. These may seem like quite small silly little things but they make a big difference.
These are two of the statements that the children must reach by the end of year 2 taken directly from the government's guidance on the assessment framework for what the children must reach by the end of year 2.
form lower-case letters in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the right place
form lower-case letters of the correct size relative to one another
I find if I'm strict now and embed this practice into their weekly tests then they are much more likely to meet this target at the end of the year. Although it may be a shock at the start of the year it very soon becomes habit and we are able to reap the rewards throughout the year. I explained all this to the children and explained that they shouldn't worry about this test as it's a great way to show off their knowledge and handwriting. I also told them that I am not particularly worried about their actual marks while this new process becomes embedded. As I mentioned at Meet the Teacher evening, please do not hesitate to come and see me if you have any concerns or queries and I am sure I will be able to help.
Thank you for your support and I'm sure we are going to have a great year.
Kind regards,
Mr Locke


Hello everyone and welcome to 2TL, I hope that you all had fantastic summers and made the most of the superb weather. I will post on the website throughout the year so please check it regularly for any changes.

Important Information:

Spellings will be given out on a Friday and tested on the following Friday. 

Reading records will be checked and signed on a daily basis please read as much as possible with your child at home and sign their diary to indicate how many pages have been read or if they have finished the book.

Homework will be given out on a Wednesday and will be due in on the following Monday. Homework will alternate between Maths and English each week.

PE is on a Thursday afternoon with Mrs Moores and will be on Friday afternoon with myself. Please can all children bring a named PE kit and suitable footwear. 

As the colder weather approaches please can children bring coats as it can become a little chilly at playtime and lunchtime.

Please don’t hesitate to come to me with any queries or questions that you may have, grab me at the start of the school day or at the end or if you would prefer a more formal lengthier appointment please make one with the office or write it down inside the reading diary.

I can’t wait to get to know your children better and see the progress they make.

Thank you for your support.                                                                                  

Kind regards

Mr Locke