Thank you for all of your lovely emails. I really enjoy finding out about all of the learning and fun activities that you are doing together at home. Please keep sending them, I’ll always reply, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or are looking for more ideas about activities or resources.
I have updated all of the activities on Spelling Shed, Purple Mash and MyMaths. Please make sure that your child logs in regularly to complete them as they are updated weekly. If you’re having any problems, please let me know. MyMaths allows me to comment on each piece of work so that I can give advice where needed and send the children a message to say well done. Children should access the work on Purple Mash by clicking on the 2do icon, just as they do in school, but are also free to access any activity.
Of course, not all activities are electronic based and I hope that you are enjoying choosing activities from your English and Geography grids or from the topic activity sheets. I have had lots of messages from children and parents who are enjoying the workbook maths and spelling activities too.
Over the next couple of weeks, it would be great if you could build in some practical activities about telling the time on an analogue (not digital) clock. Children need to know which hand tells minutes and which tells the hour. In school, we start by going over o’clock and half past times, then quarter past, followed by quarter to. When they have mastered this, we look at minutes past then minutes to. I will be adding some time activities to MyMaths and Purple Mash next week to help children practise their learning.
I hope that you’re enjoying your time learning at home together. Thank you so much for everything that you are doing. I know that many of you are key workers, working from home or caring for relatives, as well as supporting learning for children of various ages at home. You are doing a great job!
Just a note to say a big well done to everyone for a fantastic start to home learning in Year 2! We hope that you are enjoying using your workbooks and writing in your learning journey.
You have already completed so many online activities and we have added comments to the work completed using Purple Mash and MyMaths. We can’t add comments Spelling Shed, Numbots, TT Rock Stars or Lexia but we do look at your work every day. New tasks will be added each week.
Remember that you can email us at any time and we’ll send you a reply. We would love to hear about your learning or see some photos of the activities that you are doing at home! Thank you to the children and parents who have already done this. Maybe you are joining in with the Joe Wicks P.E. sessions, trying new crafts, building some amazing Lego models, baking delicious treats or practising your drawing skills? There are so many different ways to learn!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Even though we are apart for now, we are all still part of the Year 2 team.
From Mrs Lawson and Mrs Holmes
For the performance tomorrow evening please could your child be back at school for 5:40pm at the latest. Please could your child come to the main school entrance and make their way to their classrooms where staff will be waiting.
Year 1 – Your alien head band and Christmas top/jumper should already be in school from the afternoon performance. Please ensure these are in school by the morning of Tuesday 10th December.
Year 2/3 – Your costumes are in school but please remember any extras you need e.g. tights, trousers, different shoes.
After the performance the children will change in their classrooms and be handed back to parents individually.
Thank you for your continued support.
Let battle commence! Mr Harvey has challenged Year 1 and Year 2 to a battle of their times tables. Who will come out on top? The battle begins at 9.00am on Tuesday 26th November and ends at 3.30pm on Thursday 28th November. Please be part of the team and give some time to practising your tables.
Your child’s account should (or will have already) started in ‘Automatic Training’ mode to give your child appropriate questions to answer. There has been information given previously on the App about this.
The Year 1 and Year 2 Teams
With Automatic Training Mode (ATM) enabled, children will go through our pre-programmed levels when they play in the Garage or Arena. As well as saving you time, ATM will shorten the time it takes for your learner to become a Rock Star!
Over the years, we have accumulated billions of times tables answers from children around the world. From that data, we’ve formed a sophisticated understanding of how pupils internalise each multiplication and division fact and how they begin to understand the underlying concepts. We then deconstructed all the tables up to, and including, the 12s and reassembled them several times, until we created a highly effective sequence to learning the answers.
Learners play in the Garage or the Arena and begin with our first set of questions (1×10 up to 4×10). When they can answer at a rate of 20 per minute, we’ll introduce the next set of questions. As learners progress, ATM brings in commutativity, missing number questions and division facts. So the first 9 levels, look like this:
Level 1 : 1×10 to 4×10
Level 2 : 10×1 to 10×4
Level 3 : A mix of 1 and 2
Level 4 : 10×?=10 to 10×?=40
Level 5 : ?×10=10 to ?×10=40
Level 6 : A mix of 4 and 5
Level 7 : 10÷10 to 40÷10
Level 8 : 10÷1 to 40÷4
Level 9 : A mix of 7 and 8
Then the process repeats for 5×10 to 8×10 and once more for 9×10 to 12×10 before moving onto the next table and starting the process again.
Once they have a few tables under their belt, ATM combines them for a while, to consolidate recall, and then brings in a fresh table. The process repeats – all the while giving plenty of opportunity to revisit prior learning, by interleaving earlier tables and giving due weight to the facts we know learners struggle with the most – until your learner has become a Rock Star at all the tables!
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do learners start?
They start by playing a game called ‘Gig’. Gig games diagnose each learner’s abilities on the tables and then determines which table they need to practise first.
How do you move on a level?
By getting an average speed of 3 seconds or less per question, by answering at least 20 questions correctly a minute (i.e. 20 correct answers in a 1 minute game, 40 in 2 minutes, or 60 in 3 minute games).
If you have any other questions please ask a member of staff.