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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

 On Friday 5th January the  year 2 children will have a spelling test, using a selection of the words that have been sent home to learn this term. Please look back through your child's diary to help them to revise their spellings. Every week, the spelling lists are uploaded to this page so can be downloaded if you are missing any. 

December 10th

The children have been so busy rehearsing their Christmas production - 'Light, camel. action' and are looking forward to showing it to you! Check the newsletter for the performance times this coming week. 

As we will be at the pantomime on Thursday the times tables tests for the year 2 children will be on Friday.

December 3rd

Rehearsals are going for our KS1 play, 'Lights, Camel, Action'! Please check the newsletter for the dates and times of the performances to parents. Your child has brought home a slip of paper to let  you which role they are playing and to let you know if they need to bring in a costume. Please ensure that all costumes are sent in (in a clearly named carrier bag) by Wednesday at the latest - thank you.

November 26th

 This week we have been learning about how people from different countries celebrate their birthday, and we have been planning a birthday party for our class favourite, Plop the barn owl.

Thank you to everyone who has helped their child to complete the homework task on celebrations and traditions. I would love to have a piece of work from every child so that we can discuss important events within our own families.

It was lovely to see so many of you at  the Christmas Fair today and hope you bought the Christmas Stocking that your child made in class

As next Friday is an Occasional Day, the spelling test for Year 2 children will take place on Thursday instead. The spellings have been uploaded into the homework section below.

November 19th

The children brought home a sheet about festivals and celebrations in their families - thanks for the responses I have received. Please look at this with your child and help them to complete it.


A huge thanks to Daisy, Brooke and Naite who responded to my appeal for more book for our Reading Area and brought some of their that they had finished with.


With the weather getting colder, please ensure that your child has some jogging bottoms in their P.E. bag and that they wear a long-sleeved top to school that can be used for Outdoor Games sessions.

November 11th

I hope you all enjoyed our class assembly on Friday morning - weren't the children just wonderful! They have worked so hard and were so excited about sharing their learning with you.

How lovely to see so many of you at our Book at Bedtime evening this week and to see how many bedtime stories had been read at home and I've enjoyed hearing the children talking about all the different books.

The Year 2 children have been given their 380 test results. I was very pleased with the results they achieved and it sounds like they have been working hard to practise quick recall of basic maths.

Next week we will be starting a new topic called, Festivals and Celebrations. I always love to hear about how different families celebrate events that are important to them. If your child has any pictures, books or objects that they would like to bring in to school that would be lovely to see and hopefully they will want to talk to the class about important festivals or celebrations for their family.

November 5th

We hope you have enjoyed some firework displays over the weekend - on Friday the children were writing information posters about Firework Safety - ask them what they included.


CLASS ASSEMBLY - this will be in the school hall at 9.15am this coming Friday November 10th - we look forward to seeing you there to show and tell you all about our topic - Magical Wonderlands.

The children, unless you already have done so, need to bring in some clothes to change into for our assembly - something smart - so, no football kits or princess dresses please! Also, some children have some lines to learn so please help them. All children have brought home the words for 2 songs and a poem for our assembly - again please help them to learn them - they know the tunes.


Next week is Book at Bedtime. The children are bringing home a 'cheque book' to record the bedtime stories they have listened to. Please read a bedtime story with your child every night, write the details on one of the cheques, and return to school to be entered into the prize draw.

The main event next week is on Wednesday evening at 6pm. Please come along to listen to some stories with your child and enjoy some delicious hot chocolate! There will be plenty of stories to choose from and the children are welcome to come in their pyjamas. This is always a lovely evening and a wonderful opportunity to share some stories.


October 25th

I hope that you are all enjoying half term - the children have been working so well and have really enjoyed their learning. They particularly enjoyed writing a mnemonic for remembering the names of planets as they are lined up from the sun. We did this one together My Very Easy Method Just Speeds Up Naming Planets - Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto (Pluto is not now officially a planet, but we included it!)


The children have brought home their PE Kits and pencil cases. Please check they still have everything they need and that their trainers fit comfortably. Pencil cases should contain: 2 good quality writing pencils; a green ballpoint pen; a ruler; a pencil sharpener and a glue stick.

The spellings for Year 2 children for the week after half term are already uploaded to this page if you would like to get a head start. There will be another 380 test for the Year 2 children during the first week back so please support and encourage your child to practise over half term. 

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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