Welcome to Panthers class page!
Mr Askew (Class Teacher)
Mrs Taylor (HLTA)
Our Topic this Term is
The Great Fire of London!
Children will be immersed in the topic of the Great Fire of London.
The children will be thinking and learning about Samuel Pepys and his diaries.
We will also be thinking about possible alternative events that could have led to the start of the fire.
Term 6 Week 5 - Captain Flinn and the pirate dinosaurs
This is fabulous Panthers. Well done. Much better than the last couple of weeks.
We also won 3rd place across the whole school so we get to keep the third placed trophy for the week.
Lets keep it above 96% for the rest of Year 2.
Star of the Week
Simona is our Star of the Week this week for her fantastic attitude towards school and her willingness to learn. Throughout the year Simona has become more and more confident and now enjoys celebrating her fantastic work.
Well done Simona!
This week in writing we have started to learn about a pirate portal story.
The story we have started to learn about is: Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs!
We started by writing a pirate adventure story all on our own without even reading the story before. This is so can we compare our brilliant stories at the end of the year to the ones we did at the beginning of this week.
Some of the stories had some lovely description in them but I know we can make them much much better over the next couple of weeks.
We then were visited by a REAL LIFE pirate and we were able to ask him lots of wonderful questions and listened to all of the fantastic and interesting answers. The pirate told us lots of stories about his dangerous adventures and we even joined in with a pirate song that he sings with his crew mates.
We finished the week by using our brilliant adjectives to describe the pirate and the pirate's ship that we are going to use in our very own pirate story in a couple of weeks.
Well done Panthers, a brilliant pirate week.
Through Maths this week we have been learning about SMARTIES all week long!
We each had a box of Smarties and used these to learn about data.
We created a tally chart and bar chart by grouping and counting all of the different colours in our box.
We then answered challenging questions like:
What is the difference between blue and red?
What is the total of green, pink and brown?
We then used our Smarties to learn about fractions by answering questions like:
I have 24 Smarties in my box. 1/4 of them are yellow. How many of my Smarties are yellow?
Panther worked extremely hard this week through Maths and tries really really REALLY hard not to eat any of the Smarties when nobody was looking.....
End of Term
Please remember that the last day of term is THURSDAY 22nd JULY.
School is closed on Friday 23rd July.
Term 6 Week 4
This is far to low Panthers. Lets try to get it back up to 96% next week.
Star of the Week
Deimante is Panthers Star of the Week this week because of her fantastic attitude to learning, always making the right choice and continuing to apply her learning across all subjects.
Well done Deimante! You have been great all year!
In Literacy this week we have been writing Kennings poems.
Kennings poems give short clues for you to guess the subject of the poem.
The children wrote fantastic Kennings poems about dinosaurs, spiders or fairies.
They were brilliantly descriptive.
Can you guess what this Kennings poem is about:
What am I?
This week in Maths we have been making bread, it has been very exciting!
We started by researching a recipe and recording all of the things we might need. We then needed to double and half some of the recipes to make sure we had enough for all children in the class. Finally we then went over to the canteen to measure out, mix and cook our bread. It was brilliant fun and throughout children had lots of opportunity to practice; counting, doubling, halving and measuring.
The bread was brilliant. Well done Panthers!
Through Science this week we have been planning a new experiment.
We have been thinking about how we could answer the question:
Does a seed need soil, water, light and air to grow?
First we explored these four things and understood how a seed uses all four of these things.
Then we decided that we would plant five different seeds.
1 with - all of the soil, water, light and air
1 with - all of them but no soil
1 with - all of them but no water
1 with - all of them but no light
1 with - all of them but no air
We had great fun planting these seeds in different conditions and we will check on them weekly and measure if they have grown and by how much.
Learning together afternoon was a huge success this week.
Thank you to all of you that were able to make it in to work alongside the Year 2 children.
We all really enjoyed making buildings from The Great Fire of London era and hopefully we will be able to use them to have our own little Great Fire of London in a couple of weeks.
Term 6 Week 3 – Writing a Diary
90.0% - Even lower than last week. Really not good Panthers.
Let’s try better next week.
Star of the Week
Samuel is our Star of the Week this week as he is trying incredibly hard with his positive behaviors both inside and outside the classroom. It’s a joy to see Samuel so happy and with a positive attitude towards his learning. Keep it up Samuel!
Through English this week we have moved onto writing diaries and through this we have been writing in first person.
We have written a diary as if we were in London during The great Fire of London trying to escape from the blazing blames and engulfing smoke.
We then wrote a diary entry as if we were ‘Tom the Baker’ who was the owner of the bakery on Pudding Lane. We wrote about putting the loaf of bread in the open oven before popping upstairs for a quick rest and then being woken up by a thick black smoke coming up through the floorboards.
Excellent first person writing Panthers.
In Maths this week we begun by learning about how to use the inverse to work out the missing number. Here are some of the problems we worked hard at:
?? – 15 = 27
15 + 27 = 42
42 – 15 = 27
?? – 13 = 25
13 + 25 = 38
38 – 13 = 25
We then moved onto completing extremely difficult multiplication problems, like:
Which has more apples?
6 bags with 5 apples in each
4 bags with 10 in each?
Sports Day was a fantastic day and an amazing achievement for all.
Thank you to everyone who came out to support and cheer on the children.
Have a look at the pictures below:
Term 6 Week 2 - Innovating our story
91.9% - This is far too low Panthers
Thank you and well done to all of you that have made it in every day this week. It's brilliant to see so many of you making it to school all day every day.
Lets try to get back up to 96% next week.
Star of the Week
Sandra is our Star of the Week this week for her fantastic attitude and enthusiasm towards her learning. She is always making the right choices and attempts every task with 100% effort and with a huge smile. Her writing especially is progressing fantastically!
Well done Sandra!
Through English this week we have been innovating our story of How to Catch a Dragon.
Panthers have had the opportunity to change the main character in the story as well as the equipment needed to catch the new chosen creature.
Some children chose a:
Panthers used lots of amazing adjectives to describe the new creature in there story and used wonderful story telling to take us on a magical adventure.
Well done Panthers, they were brilliant!
In Maths this week we have covered; division, fractions and estimating.
We started the week by looking at division in word problems, such as:
Max, Tom and Sam found 18 pine cones in the forest and shared them fairly. How many did they get each?
We even challenged ourselves to complete division problems with remainders, such as:
Five friends collected 22 football cards between them and shared them out fairly. How many did they get each?
Then we moved onto learning about fractions of shapes and amounts.
We learnt about 1/2, 1/3, 2/3, 1/4, 2/4 and 3/4
We even moved onto comparing fractions I problems like:
which is bigger?
2/4 of 22 or 1/3 of 30
Can you solve this problem at home?
In PE this week we have been practicing lots of different Sports Day events such as running, throwing, catching and relay races. Please see below for Sports Day dates and some other important dates for your diary. But most of all, please, please, PLEASE come along to support your child and all of the children at Drapers Mills Primary Academy. We know they would love to see you there.
Dates for Your Diary:
Wednesday 22nd June - No School for Children
Thursday (AM) 23rd June - Sports Day for KS1
Thursday (PM) 23rd June - Sports Day for KS2
Thursday 30th June - Year 2 Learning Together Afternoon: 2pm - 3pm
Saturday 16th July - Summer Fair
Thursday 21st July - Last day of Term 6: END OF YEAR 2
Term 6 Week 1 - Imitating our new story
Welcome back everyone!
We hope you had a lovely and active half term with your family and friends and are now ready for some more exciting learning.
We came 3rd across the whole school. This is brilliant Panthers!
We are regularly coming in the top 3 places in the whole school which we are all very proud of.
Keep it up Panthers!
Star of the Week
Our Star of the Week this week is Brooklyn because he always tries exceptionally hard to include suffixes, conjunctions and contractions in his writing so the content is amazing.
Also Brooklyn is trying extremely hard with his handwriting.
Well done Brooklyn!
This week in English we have been exploring our new story - How to Catch a Dragon.
We have chosen this story because we think that maybe a dragon flew over London and started The Great Fire of London ..........
We started the week by reading the story and then drew a story map and made actions for each sentence in the story.
By the end of the week we were then ready to write the whole story as we learnt it. The results were amazing and included plenty of adjectives for description. Next week we will move onto changing a part of the story.
This week in Maths we have been problem solving. To do this we have had to re-visit prior learning and applying or knowledge in tricky situations.
These are the kinds of problems we have been solving:
Ann odd number plus and odd number plus an odd number always equals an odd number? True or false? How do you know?
Tom had 14 friends that were boys and 15 friends that were girls. How many friends did he have all together?
A bakery made 15 loaves on Monday and 17 loaves on Tuesday. On Wednesday the bakery sold 19 loaves. How many did the bakery have left over?
These were extremely challenging problems but Panthers showed great endeavour and completed all of them in the end.
Term 5 Week 7 - innovating our story
This is good Panthers but it's not above 96% which is what we are aiming for.
A good effort Panthers, keep it up and lets try to get above 96% for the first week back after half term.
Star of the Week
The Whole of Panthers
This week the whole of Panthers class is the Star of the Week for there amazingly hard work while completing the end of Key Stage 1 tests. Although tests aren't the nicest of things, all Panthers tried extremely hard and applied all of their learning from the whole year.
Well done Panthers! You did great!
This week in writing we have been innovating our story of The Great Kapok Tree.
This has included us first of all thinking of a new setting for our story. As a class we could have chosen from any environment we wanted, we explored many of these though films, books and food but we finally agreed on the coral reef. So our new story is now called: The Great Coral Reef.
We then created a new story may to fit our new setting by drawing pictures to represent each new sentence. We then learnt new actions to help us re-tell our new story. Finally we wrote our new story over three days.
The final stories are excellent and all of Panthers have applied their learning by including plenty of; adjectives, conjunctions, prefixes, suffixes, WOW words, contractions and different sentence types.
Well done Panthers.
This week in Panthers class we have been challenging ourselves by completing many problem solving activities.
Just take a look below at the tricky problems we have been solving.
Can you solve any of these at home Panthers???
Term 5 Week 6 - re-telling the story
Brilliant brilliant brilliant Panthers!
We won second prize across the whole school AGAIN!
Well done Panthers. Keep it up.
Star of the Week
Panthers Star of the Week this week is Heidi.
Heidi is our Star of the Week this week because of her fantastic progress in writing!
Heidi is trying extremely hard to include all of the different sentence types and suffixes that we have recently been learning about which has meant that her writing is always improving.
Well done Heidi.
This week in writing we have begun to write in detail about our new story - The Great Kapok Tree.
We begun the week by thinking about and describing the main character and the setting which is the rain forest. Throughout we recapped on what our writing should include, such as a;
suffixes - _____ly _____ful _____less
prefixes - un_____
punctuation - . ! ? ,
conjunctions - and but because when if so
We then finished the week by fantastically re-writing the story as we have learnt it.
The children completed some fantastic pieces of writing re-telling the story and we can see huge amounts of progress and recent learning throughout. Brilliant writing Panthers!
This week in reading we have also been learning about our new story - The Great Kapok Tree.
We have been thinking a lot about 'inference'. This is tricky because the words we need aren't actually in the story so instead we need to think about what is meant by certain words or sentences.
We have though about the morality of destroying the rainforest and why the main character in our story changed his mind.
We also though about why the rainforest is magical to the many animals of the rainforest in the story.
This week in Maths we have worked extremely hard to learn about 'number'.
We have learnt about lots of different things this week, including; partitioning, number-bonds, estimating and the inverse of number sentences.
A lot of our learning in Maths this week has required the children to complete mental calculations. This was extremely challenging at the beginning of the week but all Panthers showed great endeavour and by the end of the week we were able to complete some extremely challenging problems.
Date For Your Diary
The school photos will be re-taken!
These will now take place on Friday 27th May - Last day of term
We apologise for any inconvenience.
Photos from the week
Term 5 Week 5 - Our big Write and intro to a new story
This is amazing again Panthers. Well done to all of you! Fantastic attendance!
So good in fact that we won 2nd prize for attendance across the whole school.
Keep it up. Lets try to win first prize next week.
Star of the Week
Panthers Star of the Week this week is Brooklyn!
Brooklyn is our Star of the Week because of his fantastic attitude towards his learning as well as being a caring and responsible member of Panthers class.
He most of all shows our school value of 'Endeavour' as he never gives up even when he is faced with some extremely challenging tasks.
Well done Brooklyn. All of Panthers would agree that it is an absolute pleasure to have him in our class.
Term 5 Week 4 – Invent
This is worse than last week! Let’s try and do much better next week please Panthers. Every minute counts in school, we can’t afford to waste any learning time.
Remember as a school we aim for 97%. We were close this week but we need to do a little bit better next. Keep trying to come in as often as you can Panthers.
Star of the Week
Zaneta is our Star of the Week this week for her continuous and fabulous attitude to learning. Zaneta is also always a fantastic role model to all children at Drapers mills and helps others to make the right choices and with their learning.
Well done Zaneta!
We have continued to learn about our non-chronological text this week in English. However this week we have moved onto the ‘Invent’ section of our writing. This means that the children were asked to invent a new aspect for their writing. The children worked extremely hard and enjoyed inventing their own African animal to be the main focus of the piece of writing. To do this the children thought about the features of many African animals, such as;
The giraffe’s long neck
The rhino’s sharps horns
The lion’s mane
The cheetah’s spotty fur
The vulture’s wings
The children selected different features to create their own invented animal to write about in their text. We thought about how we can use lots of fabulous describing words and punctuation to make our writing about this invented animal as exciting as possible.
Next week we will be writing our full non-chronological report about our invented animal.
This week in Maths we begun by learning about doubling and halving.
When learning about doubling we learnt that this means ‘the same again’ and used jottings to help us find the answer.
When learning about halving we learnt that this means ‘to share fairly’ and again used jottings to share between two people to find the answer.
We then moved onto learning about thirds. When learning about this we learnt that this means we must share the number fairly between three people.
We learnt that 1 third means that we need to count the total of 1 group.
Also that 2 thirds means that we need to count the total of 2 groups.
Term 5 Week 3 - Edit and Improve
After coming first out of the whole school for the last two weeks - unfortunately we didn't come first, second or third this week. This means our attendance hasn't been as good this week.
Remember as a school we aim for 97%. We were close this week but we need to do a little bit better next. Keep trying to come in as often as you can Panthers.
Star of the Week
Aslan is star of the week this week for showing all of our school values but mainly our value 'Enjoyment'. He shows 'Enjoyment' through all aspects of his learning but especially maths. Aslan enjoys learning and challenging himself in this subject and because of this his progress has been enormous.
Well done Aslan!
This week in English we have continued to look at the 'innovate' aspect of our story writing. Last week we wrote an innovated version of our non-chronological text; changing the cheetah to an elephant. This week we have looked at our own main piece of writing from last week and this week we have focussed on 'editing and improving' this piece of writing. To do this we have focussed on our letter formation, ensuring we are writing on the line, using a range of conjunctions, using suffixes and prefixes and trying to include plenty of tricky and WOW words. After editing last weeks main piece of writing we then re-wrote it by including all of the changes and improvements. The new pieces of writing are fabulous and we can see huge improvements from last week. Well done!
This week in Maths we have again been focussing on 'number' but this week we have moved onto missing numbers.
12 + _____ = 38
32 - _____ = 16
_____ X 5 = 35
These are just some of the challenging questions that we completed this week by using jottings to help us.
We even challenged ourselves to complete some missing number sentences such as this:
51 - 48 X _____ = 18
Term 5 Week 2 - Innovating our story
WE WON 1ST PRIZE AGAIN!!! Fantastic Panthers!
Now we have won first prize of attendance across the whole school for two weeks in a row. This really shows how dedicated you all are to coming into school everyday and not missing a minute of valuable learning time. We are all very proud! Lets try and make it three weeks in a row...
Star of the Week
Julia has won Star of the Week this week for always showing all of our school values but most noticeably Leadership. By always making the right choices and always giving every challenge her best shot she leads her peers in the right direction. Well done Julia.
This week in English we have continued to learn about our Non-chronological text about cheetahs but now we have moved onto innovating it. This means we have started to change aspects of the text to make it our own. As a class we decided to change the animal that the text was about. We changed it to an elephant. This meant first if all we needed to learn lots of amazing facts about elephants and then re-draw our story-map and learn new actions to fit our new text. The children then wrote in length again their own non-chronological report about elephants. They were all amazing and again we all worked really hard to work towards reaching our writing targets.
This week in Maths we have re-visited learning about number. We have been completing 'test style' questions in preparation for the up-coming test during May. We re-visited and continued to learn about; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Later in the week we even attempted some two-step number problems...
41 - 37 X 6 = _____
This week in Topic we have been learning about endangered animals. First of all we learnt about what the word 'endangered' means and how this happens. Then we wrote some amazing persuasive letters to Mr Manclark about why he should donate money to charities in Africa to help these endangered animals. The children produced some fabulous pieces of writing by capturing the meaning and endangered and using plenty of persuasive words and phrases.
Term 5 Week 1 - Non-chronological reports
First of all we would like to welcome you back to another fun filled and exciting Term. Term 5 already, wow this year is flying by! We hope you had a lovely break with family and friends and are ready for plenty more fun and learning through our new topic of Africa.
WE WON 1ST PRIZE! This means we had the highest percentage across the whole school and importantly was over 96%. WELL DONE PANTHERS! Lets keep it up and try to win 1st prize again next week.
Star of the Week
Alex is a new arrival into Panthers and has settled into his new class brilliantly. Alex has won Star of the Week this week for showing our school value of endeavour. At the beginning of the week it must have been a little bit scary starting in a new school but as the week has gone on Alex has not given up and he is now flourishing and making excellent contributions to our class learning. Well done Alex.
This week during English we have started to look at our new text for the Term. This is Non-fiction and a Non-chronological report; and exciting report all about cheetahs. The children firstly really enjoyed learning all of the amazing and interesting facts. Then we learnt the text by drawing story-maps and re-telling it with actions. Finally at the end of the week we wrote the Non-chronological report as we had learnt it. The children wrote brilliant reports and reached may of their personal writing targets.
This week through Maths we have been learning about 'time'. The children learnt about the names of the hands and the positions they need to be in for it to be 'o clock', 'half past', 'quarter past' and 'quarter to'. We even extended ourselves by ordering time and adding on time.
Our New Learning Environment
Have a look below at our fantastic new learning environment all about Africa...
Term 4 Week 4 – Designing our section of the story
A little below what we are aiming for. Lets try and get it back up to 96% next week.
This week in Literacy the children have further developed their story of ‘Lila and the Secret of Rain’ by individually choosing their own way that Lila could make it rain. Previously we chose a way Lila could make it rain as a whole group and all used the same way but this week the children had an opportunity to individualize their story by picking their own way. We had some excellent ideas about how to make it rain such as making a bubbling steaming potion, building a huge net to catch clouds and discovering a magical forest flower. This lead to some amazing descriptive writing. Again the children drew their individual story-map and then re-wrote a different section of the story each day.
A farmer grew many carrots in rows. He had 7 rows and 5 in each row. How many carrots did the farmer grow?
This week in Math’s these are the types of challenges and problems Panthers overcame. The children needed to draw upon their knowledge of multiplication and division and apply these to the word problems posed.
A boy had 9 jars and 2 sweets in each jar but he ate 2. How many sweets did he have left?
The children then challenged themselves to complete problems such as the ones above. These are two step problems. To do this the children were required to carry out a multiplication or division and then an addition or subtraction. This really challenged Panthers but we enjoyed working hard to complete them.
Seasons and Weather:
This week Panthers class were extremely interested in learning about the different seasons in our year and the weather that we can expect to experience in each of them. We even challenged ourselves to think about why we have different seasons and weathers. We thought about the Earth travelling around the sun, how long it takes for the Earth to complete one whole circle around the sun as well as how the Earth rotating has an effect on our seasons and weather.
Sports Relief Day:
On Friday Panthers class took part in Sports Relief. We dressed up as our favorite sporting person and we had some excellent outfits. During the day we took part in a 45minute sports session that was split into three fun and exciting activities. After this the children completed activities linking to sports and the activities we took part in. We all had a great day!
Term 4 Week 3 – innovating our story
Star of the Week
Ismail - Ismail is always an enthusiastic learner and consistently displays all of our school values. Ismail is always happy and positive and tries his very hardest in everything he does at school.
Well done Ismail.
Fantastic! Exactly what we are aiming for! Well done all of you.
This week in Literacy the children have continued to learn about our new story for this term ‘Lila and the Secret of Rain’. This week we moved onto ‘innovating’ the story. This means that the children changed an element of the story. We decided to change the way that Lila made it rain. In the original story Lila made it rain by telling the sky the saddest thing she knew. But we changed this to Lila making a colorful and beautiful dress and performing a rain dance. The children drew their story-map again with the changed pictures and then re-wrote a different section of the story each day. The children created some fantastic innovated stories with lots of imaginative and creative language. Brilliant innovated stories Panthers.
This week in Math’s the children have learnt about rounding, estimating and missing number problems. First of all the children learnt about how to round, the rules of rounding and rounding up and down to the closest Ten within 100. The children then learnt about estimating the product of number sentences before checking if their estimation was correct. The children did this by using their knowledge of adding and subtracting Tens to predict the size of the answer. Following this the children worked really hard to complete missing number problems in addition and subtraction by counting on or counting back to the given total. This was tricky at first but Panthers showed great endeavor and completed some extremely challenging questions at the end of this week.
Take one Island Day
We had a fantastic day on Friday learning about History during our 'Take one Island Day'. We had a great time walking down to Dane Park in the morning observing historical features before returning to school in the afternoon to complete some brilliant activities based on what we had seen at the park.
Have a look at the pictures below to see what we got up to...
Term 4 Week 2 – re-telling our story
Star of the Week
Laila – Laila always has an extremely positive attitude to her education and school life. She is inquisitive and asks brilliant questions. Laila is also a great role model as she offers to help and support others in their learning.
Well done Laila!
This is OK Panthers but only OK. Much better than last week but as a school we are aiming for 96%. We can do it. Let’s try and get to 96% next week. A huge thank you and well done to all of you that achieved 100% attendance this week.
This week in Literacy the children have continued to learn about our new story for this term ‘Lila and the Secret of Rain’. This week we moved onto writing the story as we know it. The children begun by drawing a story-map of the whole story. This includes a box for each sentence in the book with a picture in each box that’s represents the sentence. The children then used their own story-map to re-write the whole story across the week. The children really enjoyed using their own pictures to bring their sentences to life. Well done panthers. Next week we will move onto ‘innovating’ the story.
This week in Math’s the children have been learning about and re-capping all four operations. At times the children previously found it difficult to jump from one operation to another in the same lesson and become confused with the best way to tackle the number sentence. Therefore this week we completed a lot of work on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division on each day. By the end of the week the children were extremely confident with the meaning of each symbol and the actions they needed to take to solve the problems.
Topic has changed…..
As we are quickly approaching the end of KS1 SATS we are now completing an additional Maths lesson in the afternoons. These afternoon Maths lessons will cover the measurement and exploration side of Mathematics.
This week in afternoon Maths the children learnt about measuring temperature. The children really enjoyed using thermometers to measure the temperature of different containers of water and read the temperature on various thermometers.
Term 4 Week 1 – Lila and the Secret of Rain
Welcome back everyone to another fun-filled and exciting term that will be full of amazing learning opportunities. We hope you had a relaxing break, had lots of fun with your family and our now ready for another 5 weeks of learning.
Star of the Week
Zaneta – Zaneta is an outstanding role model to all and always shows all of our school values. Zaneta has played an extremely important role in being a School Council member by taking on board all of Panthers thoughts and opinions.
Well done Zaneta!
This really isn't good enough Panthers. Thank you to everyone who has made it into school everyday this week. Lets try to do better next week. We have an extremely busy timetable at school and so we cant afford for any children to miss out on any learning time at all.
This week in Literacy the children have been begun to learn about our new story for this term ‘Lila and the Secret of Rain’. The children have really enjoyed discussing and describing the burning sun at the beginning of the story and the gently rain at the end of the story. The children were then extremely excited to learn and re-tell the whole story by using actions and pictures to help them. Our new story is all about a girl called Lila who had a wish so the children then ended the week by considering what features a good wishing story must include.
This week in Math’s the children have been learning about measuring length for the first time in Year 2. The children have really enjoyed learning how to measure accurately using both cm’s and meters. Once the children were confident with measuring accurately they then moved onto estimating, ordering lengths, comparing lengths and even challenged themselves to find the difference between two lengths.
Next week we will be moving onto re-capping the four operations:
addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
In topic this week the children were extremely lucky to be working with our specialist Art teacher. The children again learnt about our story for the term ‘Lila and the Secret of Rain’ through which they had the opportunity to create the backgrounds from the story. The children were able to cut and use various malleable materials to create different and interesting effects focusing on the burning sun and the tallest mountain.
Parents Consultation Evenings
Please see the dates below for this terms Parents Consultation Evening:
07.03.16 – Parents’ Consultation Evening
08.03.16 – Parents’ Consultation Evening
Please be sure to respond to respond to your Parents’ Consultation Evenings letter promptly upon receiving it.
Term 3 Week 6 – Last Week of Term 3
The following children have achieved 100% attendance for the whole of Year 2:
This is absolutely fantastic. These children are great role models for everyone at Drapers Mills Primary School. This week these children have been rewarded with a movie lunch time with popcorn and sweets. Well done all of you! Not only this but this also means that these children haven’t missed any valuable learning time and means that they have given themselves a fantastic opportunity to make expected progress this academic year.
Star of the Week
This week’s Star of the Week is Simona. She always shows fantastic endeavour and a brilliant positive attitude towards learning across the curriculum. Simona has also made brilliant progress this Year and is always showing improvements in her learning. Well done Simona!
This week in Maths we have moved onto learning about fractions. We worked really hard to learn about ½ and ¼ . We started by halving and quartering shapes and fruits before moving onto numbers. Halving and quartering numbers was challenging at first but we showed great endeavour and applied our knowledge to problem solving at the end of the week. We are very proud of you Panthers. We will be revisiting halves and quarters soon.
This week in our writing we have been exploring some different end exciting topics. Monday we learnt about the Chinese New Year. We learnt and re-wrote the story and really enjoyed acting out the story with masks and dressing-up costumes. Tuesday we had an extremely exciting day learning and writing about Online Safety. The children created fantastic poster about lots of helpful ways to keep ourselves safe online. Wednesday we re-capped on a variety of Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar test style questions to prepare ourselves for the next assessment week. Finally on Thursday we took part in the whole school ‘Take one Artist Day’. We learnt all about Van Gough and specifically about his painting ‘One Starry Night’. The children found this fascinating and we replicated his famous painting with our very own mosaic version. The end results were truly amazing and we were all incredibly impressed. Some of them even made it up onto display outside the Head teacher’s office. Well done Panthers!
Last Week of term 3
We have come to the end of another fantastic Term in Year 2. We are all extremely proud of all of the amazing achievements the children have made. We hope you have a relaxing break and come back at the beginning of Term 4 ready for many more exciting learning opportunities.
Term 3 Week 5 - ASSESSMENT WEEK!
Star of the Week
Our star of the week this week is Luke. Luke has applied his knowledge from across the curriculum fantastically in his assessment s this Term and we have seen a huge amount of progress. Luke is also a fantastic role model to all and always shows beautiful manners to both children and adults.
96% - This is fantastic! As a school we aim for 96% at a minimum. Well done Panthers!
Children have shown fantastic endeavor and leadership skills this week during their assessment week!
All children have worked hard to complete a Reading, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar and Math’s assessment. These assessments gave the children the opportunity to show-case their skills that they have learnt throughout the whole of Year 2. These assessments have shown a huge amount of progress this term and we are all extremely proud of all of them. It is so amazing to look over the assessments and see how far they have all came. A huge well done to everyone!
We have continued with SpaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) lessons as we do every week. Our focus this week has been writing in the past tense. So we have been using language such as; ate rather than eating, brought rather than buying, saw rather than see, flew rather than flying and sat rather than sitting. Can you use any of these correctly in some interesting sentences?
Next week is our last week of Term 3 before we have a week’s break. Please remember that the last day for children is: Thursday 11th February.
ARCHERY THIS WEEK!
Term 3 – Week 4
Our attendance will now be top of the list every weekly update.
Our attendance this week was: 93.5%
We are aiming for 96% at a minimum.
Thank you to all of you that do make it into school every single day. We often have some of you parents commenting that your child is feeling a bit under the weather but still wanted to bring them in, that is brilliant, thank you! A high level of attendance is imperative to ensure your child does not miss out on any important learning opportunities.
Star of the Week
Panther’s star of the week this week is Rene! Rene is new to Panthers class and has settled in brilliantly as well as being a great friend to all. But the main reason Rene is our star of the week is because of his attendance, 100% this week. WELL DONE RENE! Being at school every day has meant that he has made a huge amount of progress in his learning.
This week in English we can continued to write our innovated stories. As you will remember from last week we began by creating a story-map of our new story as well as writing the opening and build-up sections of our story. This week we have moved onto writing the problem, resolution and ending of the story. The children have worked extremely hard to add as much detail and description into their story. Lots of children have even tried to use speech, similes and thought provoking questions throughout their stories. Remember children took the story of Man on the Moon and innovated it to make it their own by changing the main character, the setting and the problem. Now the children have written all of the separate elements of their story we will soon be ready to put it all together into one big fantastic story written all on their own. Watch this space…
In Maths this week we have been learning about multiplication. We began by learning all of the different language such as; multiply, lots of, times and groups of. We then moved onto using practical objects to physically make the multiplications by grouping pasta shells. Once we had understood the physical representation we then moved onto written multiplication in our workbooks and drawing the different groups to help us. We did so well at this that we even moved onto missing number multiplications,
like; ___ X 4 = 20. To complete these difficult questions the children were required to keep adding groups of 4 until the total had been reached and then count the amount of groups they had used. Tricky stuff but Panthers were brilliant and showed great endeavour!
Term 3 Week 3
A Quick Note
Our Reading Rocket has yet again drawn attention from very influential people. This week Dominic Herrington from the Department of Education has come to visit. He over sees all schools in the South East of England and was absolutely amazed by Panthers Reading Rocket.
Who will be next to come and visit out Reading Rocket???
Star of the Week
Alan Mitko was our Star of the Week this week for his astonishing Maths work. He has applied his knowledge of addition to be able to complete various missing number problems.
Alan is always a superb positive role model to all Panthers. WELL DONE ALAN!!!
This week in Literacy we have continued learning about our text ‘Man on the Moon’. But this week we have moved onto ‘innovating’ the story. This means the children have had the opportunity to change aspects of the story to make it their own. The children have really enjoyed changing the character, the setting and the problem. We started by mapping our innovated story and writing in depth different sections of the story. The children have created some fantastically detailed and enjoyable sections of their story. We will continue to innovate our story next week.
This week in Math’s we have been learning about missing numbers. The children have worked extremely hard to use their addition knowledge to fill-in blanks in addition number sentences. We did so well that we even moved onto completing word problems with missing numbers and completing a problem solving activity through which we had to apply all of our addition and subtraction knowledge learnt so far.
In topic this week the children have continued to learn about our solar system. We have been learning many important and interesting facts, created a planet fact file, designed our own fantasy planet and even had the opportunity to present our own knowledge of space to our classmates.
Term 3 Week 2
A Quick Note...
Our learning environment is so amazing that it has drawn attention from far and wide... As far as Parliament in Westminster... We have had the Member of Parliament Sir Roger Gale come to read in Panthers Reading Rocket.
In Literacy this week we began by using adjectives to describe Bob's appearance. The children worked extremely hard to up-level their vocabulary and use more exciting adjectives. We then moved on to creating a poster about why people should keep the moon clean. Through this we explored the words ‘respect’, ‘fairness’ and ‘pollution’. The children worked creatively and imaginatively to produce posters with very positive messages. Finally we moved onto using speech marks in our writing. We continued working with our text ‘Man on the Moon’, thought about different characters feeling at different points of the story and added speech for the various characters. The children found this challenging at first but showed great endeavor and produced some amazing pieces of writing.
This week in Maths we have been completing additions and subtractions by using jottings. Previously we have completed additions and subtractions by using 100squares or number-lines. But we have got so good at this that we now don’t need to use these. We have now moved onto drawing jottings to help us. This means we can complete complex additions and subtractions without needing anything to help us. This was tricky at first but we persevered and we were able to complete some extremely challenging additions and subtractions by the end of the week. We will be challenging ourselves even more next week by moving onto missing number problems.
We have continued to have lots of fun exploring the planets in our solar system and space travel. We have looked inside a space shuttle, designed our own, created fantasy planets and completed a quiz to see if we could name the planet being described! We also started to explore and create our very own fantasy planets. The children used their fantastic imagination to describe good points, bad points and magical powers of their fantasy planet.
Year 6 Reading
This Term we have continued to collaborate with our Year 6 peers for our paired reading. The children once again enjoyed this immensely and can’t wait to read with them again. Have a look below at our Year 6 paired reading.
Star of the Week
The star of the week this week was Laila Hopper for her fantastic positive attitude to learning and being a great role model to all of the children in Panthers class. This positive attitude has meant that her learning in both Literacy and Maths has progressed hugely. WELL DONE LAILA.
Term 3 Week 1
Welcome Back…Welcome back everyone! We hope you all had a fantastic Christmas break. We have heard lots of lovely stories and it sounds like you all had a brilliant time. It is brilliant to see everyone rested, ready and so enthusiastic about the learning ahead.
Our new topic is… SPACE!
Yes out new topic is Space. The children are extremely excited about our new topic and have many wonderful questions about Space that we will exploring across all subjects throughout Terms 3&4. Have a look below at our lovely new classroom environment that has been inspired by our new topic…
A huge thank you and well done to all of you that were able to complete the Space topic homework over the Christmas break. They all look great and are up on display in our classroom environment to enhance our learning. WELL DONE!
Read Every Day Talk Every Day. Please please please remember and try to make time to read with your child every night. This doesn’t have to be the whole book, just 5 minutes, it really does a huge difference.
We have now even had a child reach the 100reads make ALREADY! Well Done Heidi! This meant that Heidi was able to go to the head teacher’s office and choose a book to keep forever. Remember 50reads will earn your child a RED TED and 100reads will earn them a book of their choice. Keep going, lots of you are already nearly there.
This week in literacy we have started by exploring the book 'Man on the Moon'. This is a fantastic and fun story which is about an astronaut called Bob who travels to the moon every day to entertain tourists, clean and tidy the surroundings and check to make sure there are no aliens. This week we have started by retelling the story and ordering events. The children have worked really hard to then use adjectives and similes to describe the moon and Bob’s house.
This week in maths we have been exploring 3D shapes. We are now able to name them, discuss their properties and have even started to count faces, vertices and edges. At first children found this rather difficult but they showed great endeavor and even created their own 3D Shape Fact File at the end of the week to help other children learn about them.
This term in topic we are exploring the planets, our solar system and significant people that have travelled to space. We have been finding out facts about the different planets within the solar system and have been improving our knowledge and understanding. We have our solar system hanging in our classroom in the correct order and have created a poster to help other children remember the correct order. We used this method to help us...
My - Mercury
Very - Venus
Easy - Earth
Method - Mars
Just - Jupiter
Speeds - Saturn
Up - Uranus
Naming - Neptune
Planets - Pluto
Week 7 – Last week of Term 2
We have had an extremely festive week this week. We have been completing lots of different practical activities that have been linked to previous learning and of course to Christmas! Children especially enjoyed writing Christmas presents lists using catalogues and adding up the prices. Then labelled the items before setting up shops to buy and sell them using our knowledge of money. The children also really enjoyed creating their own Christmas cards!
Our Christmas Nativity
A huge Thank you to all of you that were able to attend our Christmas nativity. It was a huge success and it was all down to the children’s hard work and perseverance to create an amazing show by working together. Again a massive thank you to all of you that were able to attend and all of your support at home with our nativity. The children could not have been happier!
This week we were also very lucky to be able to watch lots of the other Year group’s dress rehearsals of their nativities. This made us extremely proud of our older and younger peers and gave us a chance to reflect on our own nativity.
This week we had our school Christmas Fayre! There were lots of exciting things and activities going on and I saw lots of you in there having a huge amount of festive fun! I hope some of you were lucky and won some prizes!!!
End of Term 2
Well this is the end of Term 2. It has been a hugely successful and productive Term for all of the children again filled with a great deal of progress and learning. We, as always, are extremely proud to see all children happy and excited each morning and leaving school each day with an enthusiasm to continue their learning outside of school.
Thank you for all of your continued support this term.
We all hope you have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.
Finally, we look forward to seeing you all ready for lots more exciting and challenging learning in Term 3.
This week we started Ninja Maths. This is a mental Maths test that allows children to move up the board in different colours. Children complete 20 questions in 4 minutes and are allowed to get a maximum of 2 wrong in order to pass the test. If children pass the test they will move up to the next colour band the next time we complete a ninja Maths test. We will be doing ninja Maths 2-3 times each week.
We are very proud of all of the children in Panthers class for trying extremely hard in Ninja Maths and we have even had some children already move up the colour bands. When children move up they will receive a colour badge of the test they have completed.
We will keep you up to date weekly of the children that have completed new badges.
This week in Maths we have continued to learn about Money. We have really enjoyed using interactive white board resources and games to replicate being shop owners and customers. Through this we have brought and sold items and concentrated on paying for items with the fewest amount of coins and as well as giving change with the fewest amount of coins. Over the last couple of weeks Panthers class have made huge progress in learning about money and we are all very proud of them.
This week in Literacy we have started exploring instructions. We have had lots of fun giving and recieving instructions and have gone onto begin to write our own. We started by thinking of different instructions we have seen before or different times we have used them. We concentrated on giving clear instructions to our peers before beautifully writing them.
The children really enjoyed watching a marmite sandwich being made. While this was being made children wrote precise and exact instructions on how to make the sandwich. The children focused on the key information and using ‘imperative verbs’. Can you complete the instructions below for how to make a ham sandwich, remember your imperative verbs?
First place the soft bread on the plate.
Then pick up the sharp knife.
After that …
Race for Life
This week we took part in a Race for Life at school.
While doing this we focused on the question – ‘Do tall girls run faster than shorter girls’?
To answer the question we completed the following:
Measured all of the girls to find the tallest all the way down to the shortest.
All completed one running lap of the field to get a time for everyone.
Compared the running times to the heights of the different girls.
The children really enjoyed taking part in this research and it was a very practical and active day of mathematical learning. Panther’s class showed lots of endeavour to see the research through to the end and finally conclude that:
“It doesn’t matter how tall you are as to how fast you are”. (all children)
“I think it just matters how hard you try and how much effort you put in”. (Zaneta)
WEEK 5 - ASSESSMENT WEEK!
Children have shown fantastic endeavor and leadership skills this week during their assessment week! All children worked hard to complete a Reading, Writing, SPaG and Math’s assessment. These assessments allowed children to show-off the skills they had learnt during the weeks leading up to this week. These assessments have shown a huge amount of progress this term and we are all extremely proud of the children.
This week we have started our daily SPaG lessons which will continue every week. These lessons allow us to focus on punctuation, grammar and spelling that is all extremely important to progress in reading and writing. Our focus this week was using capital letters and full stops correctly. The children really enjoyed using 'punctuation karate' and ensuring that we had capital letters for the start of a sentence, names of places and peoples/characters names.
Here are some dates for your diary:
Year 2 Showcase Afternoon (2.15 - 3pm) - Thursday, 10th December.
Year 2 Christmas Play (2.15 - 3pm) - Tuesday, 15th December.
The children are really looking forward to the above dates and it would be great if you could come along to support them.
Term 2 - Week 4
This week in Literacy we have worked hard to complete our very own 'BIG WRITE'! During this children have had the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding and ability in writing by applying their knowledge in a completely independent piece of writing. This involved creating their very own non-chronological report that we have been learning about over recent weeks. This has given us the opportunity to see some of the brilliant progress that the children have made in both their length of writing and presentation of handwriting.
The Grammar that we have focused on this week is the use of ‘adverbs’. The children have used lots of adverbs beautifully in their writing to add greater detail.
The Pterodactyl flew silently through the night’s sky.
Can you complete this sentence using an adverb?
The Stegosaurus played ……………………………. in the water.
This week in Maths we have continued to learn about subtraction and applying our knowledge and understanding to word problems. This meant the children had to consider which pieces of information in the writing were important and then use our prior knowledge to complete the problem.
After this we then moved onto learning about ‘money’. We began by recognizing coins and their values before moving onto totalling and creating amounts using various different combinations of coins. The children really enjoyed applying there understanding in role-play shops and restaurants
Year 6 Buddy Reading
Our Year 6 buddy reading has continued again this week. The children are always extremely excited by this and it really is improving reading skills across the class. Have a look below at these lovely reading pictures.
Term 2 - Week 3
We have had an excellent week in Literacy this week exploring and using captions and writing informatively about a picture. The children created some brilliant paragraphs using amazing descriptive language. The children then created their very own dinosaur by choosing and mixing together key features from various different dinosaurs. The children created some truly terrifying dinosaurs with features such as; the flesh ripping claw of the Velociraptor, the huge crushing jaw of the T-Rex and the swooping dangerous wings from the Pterodactyl.
In Maths this week the children continued to learn about doubling and halving through varied problem solving activities and then pushed themselves to begin to learn about subtraction. The children used a 100 square to understand the process of taking away the Tens first by jumping up and then taking away the Ones by jumping to the left.
This week in Science the children learnt about the human life cycle. We discussed why we grow up, the differences in each part of the life cycle and the different things we are able and like to do in each part of the life cycle.
Take One Composer Day
On Friday this week we had a brilliant day exploring the music from the film ‘Jurassic Park’. We explored the music, discussed how it made us feel and thought about if and why we liked it.
We have already had one child receive there RED TED – Well done Heidi. We now have a few more children that have almost read 50 times. So keep up the good work and lots more RED TED’s will follow!
Also a special WELL DONE to Zaneta! As you know we have weekly spelling tests and if children correctly spell 4/5 or 5/5 they will move up to the next level. Zaneta has correctly spelt 5/5 every week since the beginning of Year 2 and is now onto a spelling list that is intended for YEAR 4 CHILDREN!!! Well done Zaneta!
Term 2 - Week 2
PANTHERS WON THE ATTENDANCE CUP!!!
This week we won the attendance cup with 99.4%. We won this because we had the highest attendance out of the whole school. The children really enjoyed celebrating in the whole school assembly and again when we got back to our classroom. A huge thank you and well done to all of you for sending your children into school everyday. We will keep the cup in our classroom for the whole of next week. Keep up the fantastic work and lets try and win it again next week.
Children in Need
This week we thought about and collected donations for Children in Need. Another huge thank you to all of you that were able to make a contribution. As we are sure you know it really is a fantastic charity and for you and your children to be a part of this was brilliant to see. This also meant that the children were able to bring in their favourite teddy to help them with their learning.
This week in Panthers class we had our first child to reach the '50' mark on our RED TED board which meant that child was able to collect the first RED TED of the year! This child was the first to collect a RED TED from the whole of KS1. WELL DONE! Keep reading at home, it really does have a huge positive impact on your child's learning and soon you could have your very own RED TED at home too.
In Panthers class we now have our Spelling Wizard's board up an running. Much like our RED TED board, it allows children to move their names up the board. However, this board concentrates on the children's weekly spelling tests results. If children get 4/5 or 5/5 of their spellings correct then they will move their name up a step on the board and take a small prize from the wizard's cauldron. If this happens the children will take home the next level spellings to practice for the following week. If your child gets less than 4/5 correct then they will not move their name up, not collect a small prize and take home the same set of spellings to practice for the following week. So please keep up the hard work of practicing the spellings with your child as it really does have a huge impact on both their reading and writing.
Year 6 Buddy Reading
Panthers have continued our Year 6 buddy reading this week. Once again the children were extremely excited and loved reading to their older peers. Reading Reading Reading!
Term 2 - Week 1
Welcome back everybody! We hope that you all had a brilliant half term and experienced some wonderful things outside of school with friends and family. We also hope that you are ready to come back to school with the great attitude to learning that we finished Term 1 with.
During our first week in Literacy we have been learning about 'Non-chronological reports'. The children have really enjoyed exploring information books to highlight and learn about the different aspects and elements. The children have found and described elements such as; title, heading, information, pictures, facts and page numbers. We have done all of this through our dinosaur topic! Have a look below at our explorative and detective work.
This week in Maths we have been very practical in learning about 'rounding numbers' and 'number bonds'. We have explored numbers in different ways to understand how they can be used in different situations.
Lots More Exciting News
Fire Fighter Visit
We was very lucky this week to have a visit from a real life Fireman! All of the children were extremely excited and interested to learn about how to stay safe during firework displays. We learnt lots of hints and tips to keep ourselves and our families safe. Have a look below at the wonderful learning that took place. One of the adults was even invited to try on a fire fighters uniform... Can you guess who it is???
Year 6 Buddy Reading
This week in Panthers class we have begun our Year 6 buddy reading! This is extremely exciting as it allows every child in Panthers class time to read to a Year 6 child twice a week. The Year 6 children are here to help Panthers with sounding out and blending words and well as comprehension questioning. We absolutely loved reading to our older school friends! This will continue every week, we are very lucky! Take a look at the fabulous reading below...
Finally... Your Dinosaur Homework
We would like to, once again, say a huge thank you to all you of you that were able to complete the Topic Dinosaur homework prior to half term. They all look fantastic and are now up and displayed in our classroom. They are really enhancing and driving the children's learning forward. Here they are...