Welcome to Finches!
We are a Year 2 class
Our class teachers are Miss Smith and Mrs Leonard
Our learning support assistant is Mrs Sharp
Welcome to Finches class page, we will be updating this page weekly to show you all the lovely things we do in Finches.
Remember, the newest posts are at the top of the page so don’t forget to scroll down so you don’t miss anything 🙂
Parent information for the new routine in year 2, including changes relating to Covid-19 are at the bottom of the page.
End of Week Newsletters
Just to remind you, homework is being set as a portfolio activity on Class Dojo each week moving forward.
Homework set weekly on a Friday needs to be completed by the following Tuesday.
If you have any questions about the homework, please message Miss Smith or Mrs Leonard using the message function on Class Dojo.
If you have any other enquiries, please contact the school office as normal.
Fun With Phonics
FREE Parent & Carers Webinar – Thursday 11th March 2021
This first session aims to help you:
-develop your understanding of how phonics helps children read and spell words
-understand the importance phonics has in early reading
-respond to your child’s growing understanding of phonics when they read
encourage accurate sentence writing
This free webinar includes practical ‘take away’ activities and solutions to support your primary school child with phonics.
Zoom Access Link:
Good Morning Finches!
We will have to take turns exploring our new books to make sure we all remain safe. You can write book reviews to add to our file and there are some sound buttons for you to press to hear the characters in our favorite stories!
Do you recognize some of the characters?
Our new topic for the next few weeks is called We are Britain.
Wc 15.2.21 – 22.2.21
Our new topic for the next few weeks is all about Plastic, Problems and Solutions.
Wc 25.1.21- 8.2.21
Our new topic for the next few weeks is all about Castles.
For the next 2 weeks our topic is going to be all about Africa.
We will be posting daily lessons and resources to Class Dojo so make sure you log in each day and complete as much work as you can.
Remember to just do what you can when you can.
Upload a picture of your daily reading log at the end of the week so we can keep track of all the lovely reading you are doing at home.
Don’t forget to use Bug club and have a look at your to do list on Purple Mash.
Hello Finches 🐦
Your work has been so fantastic this week we have put some of it up on our Finches board in school!
Here is a photograph so you can see. Keep up the good work!
I hope you are all well.
It has been so nice to see all the lovely work you have been completing at home you have been working hard!
I have loved looking at pictures of your drawings and writing. I am so excited to see more, keep up the great work!
Below is some information for your grownups at home about your reading.
During the current school closure we will be monitoring how much reading you are doing.
In this document there is also a list of useful websites that provide a wide range of e-books for you to explore.
Remember there are lots of books on Bug Club for you to read as well.
You can access Bug Club here https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0
Usually at this time of year the children watch a pantomime in school. Despite the current difficulties, Take Away Theatre Company have produced an online version of ‘Robin Hood and His Socially Distanced Men’ and we are able to offer this to all children at school or working from home.
The children in school will be watching the pantomime online today but those families at home have until Friday 29 January to watch it at a convenient time.
Take Away Theatre Company have requested that the link and password are not shared with anyone outside of our school.
Details of how to log in to the show have been posted to our class page on dojo. There are also some ideas of follow up activities that you could complete at home.
We hope you enjoy watching this as a family after a challenging start to the year.
Support for English lessons
The children will be completing dictionary work over the next couple of weeks, you can access this online one for free by following this link https://kids.britannica.com/kids/browse/dictionary if you do not have one at home to use.
Using X box or PlayStation to access remote learning
If you are having problems accessing online/ remote learning and have an X box or PlayStation you can click on the link below. This will help you get online and help you access the remote learning set by school if you do not have a suitable device such as tablet or laptop.
Remote Learning via PlayStation 4 or Xbox One
Welcome back Finches! We hope you had a lovely Christmas.
This weeks topic is Banksy
As you are aware schools must provide remote learning during the school closure. This must reflect as closely as possible what would be being taught in school in both time and content. We understand that everyone’s circumstances are different, many of you will be juggling working from home as well as home schooling your child/children so we ask that children complete the home learning at a time that works best for you and your family. Some days your child may complete all of the tasks, other days only some or even none at all, please just do what you can, when you can.
Those children that are attending school will be completing tasks/lessons closely matched to those set for home learning.
If you have any questions, please message your child’s class teacher via Class DoJo and they will get back to you as soon as they are able too.
Below is a suggested timetable to help you with your home learning next week .
From Monday 11th January a daily lesson plan and resources needed for each lesson for that day will be added to dojo each morning by either myself or another member of the year 2 team.
We hope this is helpful and thank you for all the hard work you have been doing
What a busy week we have had in school. Well done for working so hard learning all of your lines/dances/songs for the Christmas show. We hope you have a lovely break over Christmas and we will see you very soon in the new year.
Merry Christmas Everybody!
A Magical Christmas by Finches
Please find your link to the class performance of ‘A Magical Christmas’.
The password will be sent out in a separate email and also via message on Class Dojo.
Please remember that images and videos of the performance should not be shared on social media or anywhere else online.
We hope that you enjoy watching the show together as a family.
We have had such a fantastic morning so far!
We visited Santa’s reindeer Disco and Honey and found out lots of information about them from Santa’s Elves.
Then we were able to visit Santa who gave us a bag full of presents to open when we were back in class!
What another great week in school! You have all worked so hard learning about the Great Fire of London.
Next week our topic changes to Celebrations!
On Monday we are having our special visit from the reindeer and will be visiting Santa’s school Grotto. Remember you can wear your Christmas jumpers on Monday if you bring £1 into school.
The money collected is being donated to the local food Bank to help them over Christmas.
If your jumper is already in school for the show, you can put it on when you get to school and then leave it in school at the end of the day before you leave to go home.
We hope you have a lovely weekend and see you all Monday
Well done for all of your hard work again this week!
We have been learning about the Great Fire of London, creating beautiful art work using water colours, singing in two groups as a round and focusing on verbs and nouns in our literacy lessons.
There are also so many excited children in our class for Elf Day on Monday, we have lots of fun things planned! As you know you can wear your own clothes on Monday. If you do not have an Elf costume please don’t worry!
You can wear any red or green clothes you may have at home. Alternatively you can wear your red PE kits for the day!
Costumes for the Christmas show need to be in as soon as possible. Tuesday is the deadline.
We are unable to practise any dress rehearsals without costumes so if you could, please remember to bring these in on Monday or Tuesday.
We hope you have a lovely weekend and see all you little Elves on Monday!
Well done for all of your hard work this week. We have been so impressed with the amount of children who have already memorised their lines for the Christmas show.
Also a huge well done to the dancers, singers and chime players who have worked hard with their music.
Elf School Day Monday 30th November
We will be having a special Elf School Day to start off the Christmas celebrations. Children can come into school wearing elf costumes or any red and green clothes. alternatively they can wear their red PE kits for the day. Healthy snacks can also be sent in.
New Topic next week – Fire! Fire!
Well done to all of you for your fantastic efforts in our beat the goal keeper competition today, it was so much fun! Mr Francis might have a few bruises after all of those fantastic penalties you took. We have raised £554 for Children in Need so far.
Thank you for all the £1’s you brought into school which contributed to the total.
Also a huge thank you to the amazingly kind children in Finches who wanted to bring more than £1 in to school for Children in need. This was very thoughtful and generous we are extremely proud of you!
This week you have all been given a maths worksheet to complete for homework. Remember, please do not bring the sheet back to school. Upload a picture of your worksheet like I showed you today onto your dojo profiles.
Have a lovely weekend and we will see you all Monday.
Notifications for this week:
Monday – on Monday there will be individual photos being taken of the children. Unfortunately due to the current situation, there will not be sibling photos taken.
Wednesday – on Wednesday at 11am we will be holding a 2 minute silence for Remembrance Day. This will be carried out in class where the children will be able to watch a child friendly video.
Friday – on Friday we will be holding a beat the goal keeper competition to help raise money for Children in Need.
The children are able to attend school in their football kits or their active wear if they do not have kits but must bring £1 to school. Alternatively they can wear their PE kits.
This week is ‘Walk to School Week’, when we encourage as many people as possible to walk to and from school or park a little further away than usual and walk the last part of the journey. Please see letter for more information.
Well done for working so hard whilst isolating this week.
We have been looking at some fantastic hats in school and it has made it very difficult to choose a hat to win the hat competition.
You have all worked so hard on your hats and should be very proud!
There have also been some lovely fireworks lighting up the sky this week, have you seen some too?
You have all worked extremely hard this half term and we are very proud of you. You have shown persistence and have excellent attitudes towards school and work. We are so sorry you have had to miss party day and have to isolate over half term, but we look forward to you returning to school after half term to carry out our party hat competition.
Here are some pictures of the scarecrow festival that has been taking place in St Helens this week. You can see more of them if you click on this link:
Which one is your favourite?
Hello Fabulous Finches!
You have all worked extremely hard this half term and we are very proud of you. We are so sorry you had to miss your last day of term, you have shown resilience, persistence and have excellent attitudes towards school and work. We look forward to you returning to school after half term to carry out our party hat competition.
Keep practicing your phonics and reading and we hope you have a lovely half term!
New Topic after half term
Well done everyone for completing your homework!
You have took to using Class Dojo really well and we have had a brilliant response. Look on Dojo again for this weeks homework.
Please remember if you do not submit your homework by the allocated deadline date, you will not be able to submit it. You are given 10 days to be able to complete your work. The next piece of homework is about food chains, there is a timer on this task but if it runs out please don’t worry just try your best.
New Topic Alert : Inventors and Inventions
Here is an overview of our new topic “Inventors and Inventions”. You can see some of the things we will be learning.
This week we have been looking at properties of shapes in Maths, speech marks in English, how trains have impacted our lives in History and created our own codes in Computers. We have also been looking at how to log onto our Class Dojo. We created a post together so that when we go home we can look for it on our class page.
Please use this link to add yourself to our class.
Once the parent account has been set up you can link your child to your account.
This week we have been celebrating Roald Dahls birthday!!
We spent time looking at the different books he wrote and we held a creative writing competition in school with a book prize for the most imaginative entry!
Well done to our winner who created a very descriptive piece of writing about a smelly, slimy worm with no friends… until one day, he met a kind black bird! It was fantastic reading the children’s stories, they all worked so hard!
This week we have been learning all about lots of different things. In Geography we looked at the 7 continents of the world, in Science we looked at minibeasts and their habitats and in History we learned about Isambard Kingdom Brunel and what a fantastic engineer he was.
Here is the video we watched in class for you to enjoy at home.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806 – 1859). Employed by the Great Western Railway as an engineer he was responsible for the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Saltash Bridge over the Tamar. He also designed the Atlantic steamships, the ‘Great Britain’ and the ‘Great Eastern’ in the front of whose chains he is sitting.
We have also been learning about coding and algorithms in our computing lessons this week. There are “to do” challenges on Purple Mash to help consolidate the learning with this that we can do at home.
New Topic: Over and Under Ground
Here is an overview of our new topic “Over and Under Ground”. You can see some of the things we will be learning.
Well done to all of the children who have been in school this week, it has been very different to normal and they have all started to settle into the new routine very well and have adapted to changed brilliantly.
This week we have been assessing the children’s reading levels and have started to send reading books home. We have been so pleased with the progress the children have made even after having 6 months away from school! They have done so well and we hope they keep up the good work.
Moving forward, the children will now have 5-6 books allocated to them on Bug Club to run along side the reading book they will take home and bring in each day. Please ensure they log onto Bug Club and read these.
We will be challenging the children with more difficult books so please work with us to help them to develop their reading skills. Learning to read is one of the most important skills children can learn. When reading with the children, it is important to keep in mind the five essential components of reading that every child needs in order to grow into a confident and fluent reader, these are:
- Phonemic Awareness
- Reading Comprehension
These are the skills we work on with the children in school and what you can also work on at home.
New Topic : Marvellous Mistakes
Here is an overview of our new topic “Marvellous Mistakes”. You can see some of the things we will be learning.
One of the main significant people we have been learning about during this topic is Alexander Fleming and we talked about what he discovered. Here is the video we watched in school to help us.
As you know, we had to make a few changes to how our classrooms look to ensure we remain as safe as possible.
Here is our new classroom 😁
During our first week back at school, we have been exploring our new class bird – The Finch. Finches are small birds with forked or notched tails, moderately pointed wings, rounded or elongated bodies and round heads, with more or less triangular bills. There are many different kinds of Finches.
We like the Strawberry Finch, What is your favorite?
Here is a website that gives you some information on a few of them
Here is a list of phonics websites that may be useful for you to use at home to work on alongside their reading books. Phonics is just one skill involved in reading but makes a huge difference if there are sounds the children do not recognize.
Listen to a special message from your class teachers.
Some information for parents:
Due to the current situation, there will be a lot of changes in September as well as the change in year group.
Drop off and Collection:
Please do not drop off or pick up your child/children if you have any symptoms of Covid-19. If you are unsure please refer to our parent/carer guide or telephone the Parent line on 728-9639.
There can now only be one parent or carer to accompany your child/children to and from school site.
There will be staggered drop off between 8:40 – 8:50 am. Please check the following times to ensure you are aware of what time your child needs dropping off and picking up. We are trying to keep the children as socially distant as possible so please ensure you stick to the times.
Start of day End of day
Surnames A-G 8.40am 3.05pm
Surnames H-N 8.45am 3.10pm
Surnames O-Z 8.50am 3.15pm
Finches will be entering and exiting through the year 2 door, please check the school map if you are unsure as to where this is. Staff will be able to direct children to the correct classroom if they are unsure where to go.
For parents or carers who have children in different year groups, you should drop/collect the youngest first. Unfortunately we are unable to send children to other classes or doors at home time. We appreciate that this is a challenge for childminders and understand that there will need to be a degree of flexibility around collection times for these children.
If you have an issue and need to speak to us (Miss Smith/ Mrs Leonard), please telephone school as all staff are trying to keep face-to-face enquiries to a minimum. Staff will be available as usual to take messages from parents of a morning as normal but will be maintaining social distancing guidance.
Arrangements have been made to minimise the risk of infection to children and staff during lunchtimes.
You can choose to send a packed lunch with your child or to request a school meal (all children are entitled to free school meals). The menu for autumn term is in the Parents section of the website. Each year group will have dedicated time-slot to access the hall for lunch, one class at a time served. Children in Years 1 & 2 will collect their ordered lunch and return to their classroom to eat it. They will sit in their allocated seat. Children in Years 1 and 2 will eat in their classroom. Children in EYFS will eat in class groups in the school hall.
All packed lunches must be in a sealable lunch box. Please do not send packed lunches in carrier bags.Lunch boxes must be clearly labelled with child’s name and class. Packed lunch boxes will be stored in dedicated area for each class. Children will collect their packed lunch box when it is time to eat. Please be advised that staff will be unable to assist with opening items/removing wrapping etc. so all food must be easily accessed by child. All uneaten items/empty wrappers will be returned to the box for disposal at home
Children will also spend time outdoors during the lunch period (weather permitting) in their year group bubble.
Children will need to remember to bring in their PE kits as we will need them in the first week. It is important to have an indoor and outdoor PE kit available to use as we will be trying to ensure PE is completed outdoors as much as possible in wide open spaces.
Finches PE days are Thursday, Friday and Monday. Children will be going home on a Thursday in their PE kits. They will need to bring their kits back in Friday morning for their lesson on Friday. PE kits will then remain in school over the weekend ready for their lesson on Monday.
Please ensure their name is on all of their belongings
They will need to bring their reading books in every day in their book bags (must be school book bags). Due to the unusual situation please bare with us while we assess the children’s reading levels. We will start to send books home as soon as we can.
Children also need a clear water bottle with a sports cap type lid (other types of bottles cannot be used). Bottles should be filled with water at home each day and be clearly marked with your child’s name. We will be unable to return any bottles without names.
If you want your child to have a snack, please ensure this is a healthy snack in a disposable bag with your child’s name clearly marked. DO NOT send sweets, chocolate or nuts into school as children will not be allowed to eat them and will be returned home.
Please do not send any hand sanitiser or hand moisturising cream as these are provided throughout school.