Welcome to Finches!
We are a Year 2 class
Our class teachers are Miss Smith and Mrs Leonard
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
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.
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: https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/finch-family/
Bug Club: All children have been allocated books on bug club to read. Their individual log in details will be placed in the front of their reading record books.
Purple Mash: Children will have their personal log in details put into their reading record book for purple mash. The children all know how to navigate purple mash and there are lots of learning resources available. We encourage children to practice logging on and off Purple Mash independently. They should all know their log in details from memory by now.
Oddizzi: Oddizzi is an e-learning resource and community that immerses children in the real world. There are lots of geography resources available for the children to access at home. Their log in details are in the front of their reading record books.
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.