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Year 1/2 - Brackendene

Welcome to Year 1/2


Our Teacher is Mrs. Webster-Smith

Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs. Soares

October 15th

The children are really enjoying our Magical Wonderlands topic where we are now learning about the magical wonderland above our heads in the sky. We looked at Vincent Van Gogh's painting 'Starry Night' and the children used chalks and pastels to recreate it in their own style. Then, on Friday, we watched the moment that Neil Armstrong set foot on the Moon back on July 20th 1969 - do look online and share this wonderful moment with your children.


Brackendene Class Assembly - this will be on Friday November 10th at 9.15am in the school hall when the children will be telling and showing you all about their recent learning.


As half term approaches just a reminder that P.E. kits will be sent home for a wash and for you to check that your child has not outgrown anything!

October 6th


In Science this week, the children have been learning about the different ways seeds are dispersed by plants. Ask your children about this - how are dandelion seeds dispersed? Why do some seed cases have tiny 'hooks' on them? Why does a plant want to disperse the seeds away from the parent plant?


The year 2 children have brought home a note of their times table choice to learn for the first test on  Thursday. (either x2 or x10 bronze) Please come and see me if they have lost their letter. All details of the testing format can be found at the back of the Home Reading Diary.


Talking of reading - I am really pleased to see the amount of daily reading happening as well as the other books the children are reading in addition to their home reader. I will be awarding a certificate each week to the child who has made a real effort to read every day or as much as possible with other family commitments they may have.

October 2nd

We will be learning about seed dispersal in Science. It would be great if the children could bring in any seeds that they find in the garden or at the park, especially sycamore seeds or seeds with burrs (tiny hooks).


This week the children have designed their own Magical Wonderland and written a description of the setting based on what they could see, smell, hear, taste and feel.


At the end of next week, the Year 2  children will be asked to start learning their first times table. The first times table test will be the following Thursday.


It's wonderful to see all the reading that is happening at home being recorded in the diaries. Remember to record the reading every day, even if they're reading the book for a second time. Also, please record any additional books that the children read at home. Thank you.


September 23rd 2017

What a wonderful day we had for our Autumn walk! The children enjoyed walking around the school grounds looking for signs of seasonal changes. They spotted different coloured leaves, conkers, berries, pine cones and some mushrooms growing in the damp grass.

This week we held our Pupil Council elections. Brooke Simmonds has been elected, by the class, to represent Brackendene on the Pupil Council. Congratulations Brooke!

The children will soon have their Mathletics log-in details which will be stuck inside the front cover of their reading diary. Mathletics is a very useful way of practising for the 380 Test for the Year 2 children. Please encourage your child, whether Year 1 or Year 2 to use the website to practise regularly.

We will be learning about seed dispersal in Science. It would be great if the children could bring in any seeds that they find in the garden or at the park, especially sycamore seeds or seeds with burrs (tiny hooks).


September 17th

The children looked wonderful in their costumes for Roald Dahl Day on Friday! We are reading 'Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator' and our English and Maths that day were linked to the story. The children designed and described a different alien that was coming out of the lift in our English lesson. In Maths we looked at 3D shapes and correctly identified the Great Glass Elevator as a cuboid. The children then designed their own elevators and will then cut out the shape, fold and stick it so that it is a cuboid.

The year children tried really hard with their spelling test on Friday. They will write their scores into their Home Reading Diary tomorrow and stick in the new spellings for this week. (These spellings have been uploaded into the documents section at the bottom of this page.

Autumn Walk - the children will be going on an autumn walk around our school grounds on Friday (September 22nd) where we will be observing seasonal changes.  Please could they bring in some wellies or old trainers in a named carrier bag in case the grounds are muddy.


September 10th

What a lovely start to the new school year - the children have settled really well and are a joy to work with!

The children brought home a letter on Friday asking for photos and details about where their parents or grandparents are from. We want to celebrate our diversity with a display in our classroom showing this information and our links to many different countries of the world.

Roald Dahl Day - as you have seen in the newsletter we are celebrating this wonderful day on Friday 15th September! The children are invited to dress up as a character from one of the many Roald Dahl books ready to show the rest of the school at an assembly. We have activities planned for the day and we ask for a donation for the Roald Dahl Children's Charity which supports sick children and their families.

September 4th 2017

I hope you have all had a lovely summer - I am really looking forward to our new school year starting on Wednesday. Here is a reminder of what the children need to remember to bring to school on our first day:

* P.E. kits with all items labelled and trainers rather than plimsolls

* Plain, named pencil cases with all the necessary items from the lists sent home at the end of last term

Our first topic this term is called 'Magical Wonderlands' - please talk to your children about this and ask them what they think it could be about - all will be revealed when we introduce it on Wednesday afternoon!
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