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Weekly Update (Week ending 14.02.20)


I hope you all have a lovely half term break.

There is no homework over the half term, apart from reading and times table  rockstars but we have our book week challenge that the children can take part in if they want to.

Children can make a book character out of a potato. If you google 'potato book character' there are lots of examples.

I would also appreciate a picture of the children 'caught' reading somewhere.

During the 2nd week back children will get the opportunity to meet with 2 authors. Their book order forms have been emailed out if you would like to order one signed by the author please bring these in by Wednesday 26th February. 


Inline with our new topic If any grandparents would be willing to come in and talk about what life was like when they were children and show some items they may still have from their childhood please let me know. 


Have a lovely half term.

This week...

Another great week in Brackendene! 


In English we have been using well known traditional tales to complete some longer writing tasks. On Monday the children wrote a recount of 'The Gingerbread Man' showing off their skills in using different punctuation. On Tuesday the children created acrostic poems with the word POLAR BEAR. On Wednesday they became the wold and wrote a sorry letter to the three little pigs. On Thursday they wrote a diary account being Goldilocks and on Friday the children created a fact file on polar bears. They have amazed me with the amount of writing they have produced this week. Well done!


In Maths Year 2 have been using the bar  model to support them when working out word problems.






In Year 1 the children have been continuing our work with place value by using our knowledge of it to answer place value questions. We also continued to develop our confidence in numbers to 40 by answering more and less questions, e.g. what is 4 more than 30, what is 3 less than 31. We have also been looking at 100 squares and practising how to read them accurately

In topic we concluded our term with writing a diary account either being Neil Armstrong, Captain Scott or Christopher Columbus.


In Phonics we have been looking at how 'ea' makes the 'e' sound


Thank you to those of you who signed up / downloaded Marvellous Me! I hope it is helping and you are enjoying hearing about our time in class!


Additionally, MPL now has its own twitter account - this is another great way to keep up to date with what is going on in school.




Next Week



Next week in English we will be looking at 'Bedtime Monsters' by Ed Vere to describe settings and feeling of characters.



In maths we will look at addition and subtraction word problems.



Our new topic will be 'I've got no strings' .



In science we will be looking animals - including humans.


If home learning books could be brought in by Wednesday that would be fantastic so we have time to look at them before returning them on Friday. 



P.E - Monday and Thursday. Please ensure children have the correct P.E kit in school and that girls do not wear earings on these days. If they need to then can they please be taped up.


Library - Thursday


Changing reading books - Wednesdays and Thursday, please ensure they are in school everyday.


Thank You

Mrs Quickenden








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