Update 18th June 2020
We really enjoyed speaking to the children learning at home this week! As some questions have popped up regarding transition, we wanted to clarify some things here.
Transition arrangements both in terms of saying goodbye to Owls class as well as starting at Junior School are being put in place at the moment. As soon as these are finalised we will update you regarding these. In the meantime, we will continue to upload home learning including parent guidance sheets and supplementary videos to the class pages. The activities uploaded are all of the activities we are completing in school to enable all children to have the same level of provision.
Our Zoom meetings on a Friday will start this week and take place every week until the end of term. This way, the children will be able to see some of their friends both at home and at school and get an opportunity to recreate a classroom setting. We look forward to seeing you all there!
I hope you are all well - stay safe!
Phonics Learning Videos - Read Write Inc
If your child normally attends daily phonics lessons, the daily phonics videos Year 1 teachers are uploading are a great resource to keep phonics sessions going at home. You can find them here on their class pages.
If you have any questions regarding this please feel free to contact the school so I can get back to you as soon as possible!
Update for Parents - 31st May 2020
As you may know, this week some schools will reopen to more children. In line with government guidance we are welcoming back children of key workers, vulnerable children and Year R children first. School will be looking different as we aim to make the return for some children as safe as possible.
As we will be teaching full time again, home learning will change slightly. We have taken your feedback regarding the home learning on board and will continue to provide weekly Writing and Maths learning tasks ‘chunked’ into suggested daily tasks. To support with this, we are creating some targeted learning videos explaining learning strategies to help you teach your children in the same way that teachers at school are teaching the children attending school again. At times, we will also be including adult guidance sheets to support home learning. As well as this, we are starting to upload to the Foxhills Learning YouTube at least one story read by one of the Year 2 teachers weekly. These stories will match the weekly topics we will be teaching in school and will be put up throughout the week. We will also be uploading further Topic and Reading based activities that children at school will be working through. As we are aiming to get the children ready for Year 3 these activities will rely on adult support, and we hope the targeted learning videos and guidance sheets will help with this!
However, the most important thing is the well-being of your children. As Mrs Howe stated in her letter, formal education for all children will resume when all children are back at school and so the activities uploaded are in no way compulsory and should be adapted for each child to best suit what they need at the moment. If your child wishes to send in any work to be displayed here on the class pages, feel free to email the Admin Office.
I wish all the Owls still at home the best and hope you stay safe!
Happy Half Term!
We hope the Owls and their families will make the most of the sunny weather this half term! Afterwards, some eligible Year 2 children will return to school while most children will continue to learn from home. We will soon update this page with further guidance and some learning videos to support parents at home and provide them with the resources to give children the same provision children at school will receive.
To say happy half term and to show the children that we have been thinking about them, the staff at Foxhills have prepared a video for the children to watch! We are looking forward to seeing some of you again soon!
Update - Transition and Home Learning
I hope you are all keeping well and enjoyed the sunshine over the weekend. You should have all now received a letter explaining how we are beginning to make transition arrangements. Thank you for all the replies we have had to date. If you haven't yet replied, then please do talk to your child about their preferences so that we can begin working with the Year 3 team to put together classes.
Thank you for your commitment to the home learning. If there is anything additional that you need, then please contact the office who will pass any messages on. Thank you for your continued support.
Update 20th April 2020
Although we're sure it has been different to previous years, we hope you have had a restful and enjoyable Easter break! From this week we are again adding weekly learning activities for your children to complete at home. We hope you find them useful.
As mentioned in the newsletter, we will be phoning the children one by one over the coming weeks to check in with them and let them know that we are thinking about them. We can't wait to talk to everybody!
Tomorrow marks the first official day of the Easter holidays and with that, the Year 2 team are wishing you and your family a lovely Easter break! We have made available for you some Easter-themed fun music activities under the 'Additional Activities - Topic' tab if you do wish to do any learning over the two week break. Regular weekly key-learning tasks will resume after Easter.
Thank you everybody for doing your bit to help stop the spread of Coronavirus by staying at home and only sending your children to school if you absolutely have to.
Update 27th March 2020
Last week the Year 2 team said a reluctant goodbye to the children as the school closed to the majority of our pupils. Not knowing when we will be welcoming them back has been difficult for children as well as adults. To support you at home, we will continue to upload weekly optional tasks for Maths and Literacy as well as making available a further range of ideas to parents. However, it is most important that you and your families stay well and active where possible. We appreciate what a tricky time it is and reiterate that the priority for all of us is our children's health and wellbeing. Spending time outside where possible and doing a range of family activities as well as some educational activities will help provide routine and mental as well as physical wellbeing at this time.
We wish you all the best and hope to be reunited soon. Stay safe!
Update Reading 20th March 2020:
In order to keep your children reading at home as much as possible the children who have been in school this last week have brought home 5 Library books. We would like to thank Mrs Miell for sorting this out for the children. We thought it would also be useful to share with you all that World Book Online have just made their fabulous collection of over 3,000 e-books and audio books available for free for all children to access at home. They have e-books suitable for all ages. Click on the link below to access them.
School Closure Information
As many of you are aware, schools across the UK will be closing from Friday 20th March to the majority of children to contain the outbreak of the disease Covid-19 caused by coronavirus.
If both parents or, in a single parent household, one parent are key workers (the exact definition of key workers will be laid out by the government shortly but to name some examples this will be NHS workers, delivery workers, or police staff) the children of these parents may be entitled to care from the school during school closures to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. Please contact the school immediately if all adults will remain at work and are unable to provide care for children affected by school closures. If you are a key worker and there will be no other adult in your household to care for your children, please let the school know by Friday 20th March as you will have to send your child in to be looked after by school staff in the following weeks.
During closure time, we are providing at home learning tasks that are to be completed on a voluntary basis. None of these activities are mandatory, although it would greatly help your child to continue their education at home during times of school closure. Going forward, we will provide one key learning task for both Writing and Maths per week. This will encompass an activity that can be completed either over one day or over a range of days, occasionally in a range of contexts. As well as these two key tasks, we highly encourage you to read with your children daily. The aim of this is to provide structure to any learning you are doing at home with your children. These tasks do not need to be printed out and can be completed on any kind of paper at home. If you do not have access to paper and pencils, please contact the school. Additionally to this, there will be a wide range of ideas and suggested resources should you choose to go beyond the weekly learning task for Writing and Maths. These are more broad and some of them do require printing. We are also working on providing a suggested timetable should you wish to provide a learning-led routine for your children throughout the week in a similar vein to what school would provide and would like some additional guidance for timings of this.
The Year 2 team wishes you all a safe and happy time at home and we are looking forward to welcoming you back in accordance with government timelines when these are released.
Time has been flying past these last few weeks! The Great Fire of London workshop was an absolute blast and all the children have been enjoying the variety of learning and activities that we have been doing in class in theme with the Great Fire of London. By now, we know pretty well how the fire started, why it spread so quickly, and also how London changed after the fire! We are now giving our Foxhills Historians a break as they turn into scientists to investigate a range of materials and their uses.
As a response to the outbreak of Coronavirus, a growing number of children and adults are having to self-isolate at home and as a result are unable to come to school. To enable you to keep up the fantastic learning at home we have started putting together At Home - Learning packs that can be accessed and printed out from the class pages so you can keep up to date with what we are doing in class. For now, these are not additional to school-based learning as most of them are activities we are working through in class but rather 'instead of' packs for those having to self-isolate. As a result of this, not all of the activities are accessible to all children independently and we appreciate the grown-ups' help at home with this. They are also not designed to be completed in one sitting. If you do complete some of the work or choose to create your own learning activities in line with our current Learning Objectives, please do bring any written work in upon return of your child. Some parents like to annotate their children's work to give the teacher a better idea of their children's learning and level of independence with certain tasks - this is also greatly appreciated.
Current Learning Objectives:
Writing: To use the range of writing skills learned over the course of the past two terms by creating a non-fiction booklet about the Great Fire of London.
The sections of the booklet are as follows: Introduction, The Night the Fire Began, During the Fire, After The Fire, Ways of Fighting the Fire, King Charles II's Commands.
The skills and knowledge we are applying are as follows: capital letters to demarcate sentence boundaries; punctuation, including full stops, question marks, exclamation marks, commas in lists (apples, bananas and pears), apostrophes for contractions (you're, couldn't, don't) and possession (Thomas's, the king's); cursive, joined up handwriting; using coordinating (and, or, but, so) and subordinating (when, if, that, because) conjunctions; using a range of sentence starters including time-connectives (first, then, next), adverbial (Sadly, Unfortunately...), prepositional (Along the Thames, Inside the house...); keeping tense consistent and accurate throughout writing (past and present tense verbs); editing and proofreading our own writing; spelling words with suffixes (-less, -ful, -ly, -ment) correctly and spelling common exception words correctly.
Maths: To recall and use multiplication facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables. To calculate mathematical statements for multiplication (4 x 5 = 20) and use this to solve problems in context (If there are 10 people and they each need three sheets of paper, how many sheets of paper do they need altogether?). The children have been taught to solve multiplication problems using pictorial grouping, repeated addition, arrays and concrete apparatus. We will be moving on to division shortly, where similar strategies will be applied.
Science: To recognise that all objects are made from materials. That materials have different properties and uses. That some hard materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting etc.
Reading: To understand the books they read by answering and asking questions, making inferences on the basis of what is being said and done. To read accurately quickly and accurately. To read unfamiliar words by blending the sounds in words. Asking your child to read to you daily and asking them questions - both questions where the answer is stated literally in the text and questions that require the child to make inferences - will strengthen their reading comprehension. As the children are working through some practice 'challenges' at school (SATs papers), we are providing previous years' papers for you to practise at home.
We hope you and your families continue to have a safe, happy half term!
As always, please feel free to talk to me at the classroom door if you have any questions or concerns. Our next Topic will be the Great Fire of London and we are positive the children will take to this with excitement as well!
Merry Christmas everybody!
After a very successful run of our I'm Gonna Shine performances last week we have been enjoying preparing all of the crafts and decorations for our Winter Fayre. Needless to say, the first ever Foxhills Infants School Winter Fayre was a resounding success!
Over the Christmas holidays, there are some optional homework activities to complete. These can be worked on throughout the next half term as well as during the holidays and your children will be able to collect some monster points for successful completion of all or some of the activities.
We hope you all have a restful and festive Winter Break and we are looking forward to seeing you again in the New Year - we are back at school on the 6th January and will be assigning parent evening slots to be handed out around then as well.
What a lovely week it has been!
The Year 2 children acted as fantastic tour guides to some parents on Monday on our Open Day. Showing the adults and their little ones around was a big task but we were very impressed with how responsibly they told them all about wonderful Foxhills!
On Tuesday we really enjoyed seeing all the children in colourful clothes for non-uniform day and we really appreciate all of the donations that we had coming in throughout the week.
Tomorrow there is an exciting dodgeball taster session happening for Key Stage 1 after which there will be a Dodgeball club starting on Thursdays at 4:30pm.
The spellings for this week ready for Friday can now also be found at the bottom of this page.
As always please don't hesitate to talk to your child's teacher with any concerns or questions.
Happy New Half-Term!
Welcome back to all the wonderful Owls. This term, our Topic is 'To The Rescue!' which was introduced through our fantastic dress up day. The children all had a lot of fun coming as their historical and everyday heroes. We had Albert Einstein, Florence Nightingale, Amelia Earhart, Queen Elizabeth II, astronauts, teachers, vets, nurses, doctors, soldiers, athletes and many more coming through the door.
This term, the children will learn more about Florence Nightingale and Grace Darling as we discover the different ways in which bravery and perseverance can help you achieve your dreams.
We have already received some completed homework and are looking forward to more (bit by bit - like we wrote in the letter, we are more than happy for the children to keep working on this throughout the term) coming in so we can award some much-deserved monster points!
As always please feel free to come talk to me at the door with any questions or concerns.
Welcome to Owls Class!
Dear children and parents, welcome to Year 2! We hope you all had a great summer break and are looking forward to seeing you all again after the Transition Days. This year, you will be working with myself (Miss Ukena), Mrs Chiverton (Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays), Miss Poole (Thursdays and Fridays) and Mrs Bennett!
If there are any questions or concerns please feel free to come see me either before or after school or ring the school office for an appointment if you would rather we meet in a more formal setting.