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Dear All,

It is hard to know what to write at this time - I just know that I feel devastated that I will not be teaching your children for quite some time. I will miss their smiles and their enthusiasm for learning.  Your children are amazing and I hope amongst all this madness you enjoy learning with your child/children. 

I know how challenging young children can be - especially when they don't have their routines.  Have fun....bake, play board games, play shops, make up dances or shows together.  Your children are very clever and I know they will have some wonderful ideas to keep themselves busy.  

I pray that I will be able to open those doors to you all very soon and see those smiling faces.  In the meantime, please do keep in contact and tell me about all the wonderful things you have been doing at home (send emails through the school) and I will send one back to you. 

Stay safe and keep loving each other.

 

Please keep coming back to the Woodpecker Class page for ideas for home learning.  

 

Lots of Love,

Mrs Llewellyn

  live tomorrow or recording available later

The Duchess of Cambridge to lead an online assembly on mental wellbeing among children

Tomorrow, the Duchess of Cambridge will lead an online assembly for the Oak National Academy during which she will speak about the importance of mental wellbeing among children. The theme of the Duchess’ assembly is ‘spread a little kindness’ and is based on a lesson plan which is available on the Mentally Healthy Schools platform. This platform was developed in collaboration with children’s mental health charity Place2Be and encourages children to explore ways in which they can show kindness and recognise the benefits of kindness to others.

The Mentally Healthy Schools platform can be accessed here:

https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/

The assembly will be live on the Oak National Academy website at 11am on Thursday 18 June and can be accessed here:

https://classroom.thenational.academy/assemblies/

A recording of the assembly will be available to view on the Oak National Academy website following the event.

 

16th June 2020

 

Dear Woodpeckers,

I understand that it may be a worrying time for you at the moment, especially seeing some children returning to school and some not. It is normal to feel worried about things we do not understand, but we can do something about it. Remember to talk to your mum or dad or even an older sibling about how you are feeling. I promise it will help you.  Here is a book about worries:

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I will be returning to school on Monday 22nd June, to teach some of the children who are returning to school. I am still here for you, but it may take me a little longer to get back to you.

Always thinking of you,

Mrs Llewellyn  x

8th June 2020

Hello Woodpeckers,

Check out the next chapter of 'Slime' on the video resources section of the School Website.  

I had a lovely email from Henry, who sent me a video game that he had designed on 'Scratch'.  Here is the link to Henry's video game - have fun! 

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/401297034 

Mrs Llewellyn

 

4th June 2020

Dear Woodpeckers,

I hope you are all well and still smiling. I can not quite believe how long it has been since we were in school together. I love receiving emails from you, showing me how well you are doing with your home learning. Home learning is not just about reading, writing and maths (although important). I have seen pictures of children building things, baking, playing, camping, creating games, drawing and so much more. All are an important part of you growing and developing, so do not be afraid to be creative with your learning - it is all valuable. 

I want you to know that I am still here for you.  You are important to us all at South Petherton Infants and we are proud of you.  

Take care lovely Year 2's,

Mrs Llewellyn

I love this image of the lifecycle of a strawberry. We often see the lifecycle of a frog or a butterfly, but we don't often think about the cycle fruit goes through.

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1st June 2020

Please see the following information regarding RWInc. lesson. They are also launching 'Hold a Sentence'.  Your children are used to this way of learning, as it is part of their daily phonics lesson. 

LESSONS UPDATE

From 1st June:

All lessons will be available at 9.30 am.

Set 1, 2 and 3 Speed Sounds lessons will restart.

Set 2 and 3 Speed Sounds lessons will include new words for reading and spelling.

New daily films:

- Read longer words

- Read Red Words 1

- Read Red Words 2

- Read and Hold a Sentence 1 (from 15th June)

- Read and Hold a Sentence 2 (from 15th June)

For an updated schedule and further information on the new films, head to www.ruthmiskin.com.

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Set 2 Lesson is now available on YouTube

https://youtu.be/5ISWQ0OTGCY

Set 2 Spelling will be available at 10.15am

https://youtu.be/6-furKpAodc

Lessons will be available for 24 hours.

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Set 1 is now looping.

Speed Sounds lesson will NOT match Word Time Reading and Spelling - these will be for extra practice only.

All Sets will restart on 1st June.

#PhonicswithFred - All Set 1 links are available in this post

Set 1 Lesson is now available on YouTube

https://youtu.be/u366lspDI7c

Set 1 Word Time Reading will be available at 9.45

https://youtu.be/U1SR4PhwsdY

Set 1 Spelling will be available at 10.00

https://youtu.be/eXcauErHT8g

Lessons will be available for 24 hours.

 

 

Set 3 Lesson is now available on YouTube

https://youtu.be/Q3jgDOgmkAg

Set 3 Spelling will be available at 10.45am

https://youtu.be/TV3OBPveOgo

Lessons are available for 24 hours.

21st May 2020

Dear Year 2's,

I hope you have had a lovely week and enjoyed some of the activities.  As it is half term next week I will be posting some fun ideas to keep you busy. Please do get in touch through the school email. I do love hearing about all the wonderful things you have been doing.

Mrs Llewellyn and all the staff are very proud of you and we think about you all the time. Life is not the same without you all.

Take care and have a good week.

Mrs Llewellyn

 

Look at these beautiful pictures, created from things found outside. Why not have a go!

Fun Activities for Half Term (if you click on some of the images, they will take you to the link).

Maths Challenge - Week 25th May

13th May 2020

Dear Woodpeckers,

I hope you are having a good week and keeping busy.  The Llewellyn's have been watching the tadpoles grow - have you seen any tadpoles on your travels?  Do you know how long it takes a tadpole to grow into a frog?

A couple of things for you to look at this week are:

For a daily dose of creativity and fun, check out our '10 Minute Challenges', which are set by bestselling authors and illustrators - we add a new challenge to this page every single day! For more author videos and free resources, check out our 'classroom' page.  https://authorfy.com/10minutechallenges/

Learning Challenge

I also have a learning challenge that your whole family can get involved with. I would like you to create a cafe role play at home. In your cafe I want you to label everything, using adjectives to describe the items e.g. a delicious strawberry cake.  You can add prices and use real money. Why not bake something to sell in your cafe or make some salt dough items.  I am so excited to see all your ideas....have fun!! 

Mrs Llewellyn

7th May 2020

Dear Woodpeckers,

I hope you have had a good week and enjoyed some of the activities.  

This year, the early May bank holiday has been switched from its usual position on the first Monday of the month to Friday 8 May.  The intention was the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the end of the Second World War in Europe.  Nationwide plans had been drawn up to mark the anniversary of Victory in Europe day at the end of World War Two – but they have had to be scrapped because of the coronavirus lockdown.  I have attached a PowerPoint and some fun activities for you to use - so you can celebrate with your family.

Have Fun!

Mrs Llewellyn

Dear Woodpeckers,

I hope you have all had a good week. Thank you to all those children that sent me emails of the work they have been doing. I really do love seeing what you have been up to.

 

Parents and carers, looking for 20 minutes a day to sit down and enjoy an audiobook with your children?

Every day at 11am you can listen to the next free audio installment of Fing with Elevenses from the World Of David Walliams.  You can also catch up on any chapters you have missed 🎧👇
worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/

 

Sally Nicholls - Writer and author and artist Viviane Schwarz have put together a new book all about Staying Home which can be downloaded for free from BookTrust 📚👇

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Here is a little idea to do at home - creating shadow puppet:

 

 

 

 

23rd April 2020

Hello Woodpeckers,

It has been a strange week - Mr Llewellyn has been busy decorating the bathroom. Millie and Jacob have been back to their studies.  I am still struggling to support Millie with her maths.  

 

One of my favourite educators is a gentleman called Pie Corbett.  Pie Corbett is an English educational trainer, writer, author and poet who has written more than two hundred books. He is now best known for creating the Talk for Writing approach to learning, which is widely used within UK primary schools.

You can listen to Pie Corbett and other authors on Radioblogging. RadioBlogging.Net is a daily radio programme that teaches literacy and is aimed at families and schools. It is interactive so that children write and their work is published during and after the show. Each day there are spelling, grammar and vocabulary games, followed by creative writing and responding to reading. The show features a poet of the day and author of the week. All posts are moderated and there is a team of teachers that respond to the children’s writing. It is an innovative project combining education radio and blogging to enhance and support continuous learning provision at this critical time.

https://radioblogging.net/fbclid=IwAR1GkXUypKaJS5kTGz2fKxibaEC45XEcpAFwFH0rQMurIVtJ6nLIFjoIen8 

I hope you have enjoyed this weeks activities. 

Love from,

Mrs Llewellyn

20th April 2020

Dear Parents,

As you have probably seen over the weekend the government have released a statement with regards to supporting schools and children's home learning. Starting today, Oak National Academy will be relaeasing weekly lessons for all ages.  

'Oak National Academy is due to launch on Monday 20 April. This brand-new enterprise has been created by 40 teachers from some of the leading schools across England, backed by government grant funding. It will provide 180 video lessons each week, across a broad range of subjects from maths to art to languages, for every year group from Reception through to Year 10.'

https://www.thenational.academy/

 

Stay safe,

Mrs Llewellyn

17th April

Update:

Please do check out the RWInc page on 'Home Learning', lots of resources and updates. There is also this happening from the 20th April:

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Storytime with Nick

From Monday 20th April, we are releasing Storytime with Nick; films of well-loved stories read by Nick Cannon, a trained actor, teacher and trainer and a wonderful storyteller. See him in action here.
 
A new story will be added to our YouTube channel at 2pm on MondayWednesday and Friday each week. They are ideal for Nursery, Reception and KS1 children.

Storytime includes books by Tom Percival, Cressida Cowell, David Melling, Jeanne Willis, Judith Kerr, Oliver Jeffers and David Walliams.

Most films will be available for the period of school closure.

16th April 2020

Good afternoon Woodpeckers,

I hope you have had a wonderful Easter and enjoying the wonderful weather we have been having. Did you complete any of the Easter activities?  I hope you didn't eat too many Easter eggs!

I have been busy making some things myself. I have made some Easter decorations and draw string bags for NHS workers, so they can put their uniform straight in the wash when they get home.

I have now uploaded next weeks activities for you to complete in your own time. 

Your maths focus this week is 'Time'.  Look around your house to see how many different clocks you have and different ways to tell the time.  Have fun and I look forward to receiving your messages.

Love,

Mrs Llewellyn

2nd April 2020

Good Morning Woodpeckers,

What a beautiful day it is.  smiley  I will be putting some lovely Easter activities on the 'Home Learning' page for you tomorrow.  These are for you to do if you would like - to keep you busy.  Here is the email address for school, so you can keep in touch:  SCH.307@educ.somerset.gov.uk

Here are some resources you might like to check out:

https://www.roalddahl.com/create-and-learn/teach/teach-the-stories 

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Just a reminder - White Rose do a fabulous lessons daily. We use White Rose maths in school, so the children will be familiar with the teaching.

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/ 

 

Stay safe,

Mrs Llewellyn x

Tuesday 31st March

Wow, the last day of March and it really is feeling like Spring.  Have you been out for your daily exercise or been in the garden to look for signs of Spring.  Have a go at drawing/painting a Spring picture.  I would love to see them.  I know how much Woodpeckers love singing, so here is a great resource for you.....perhaps you could put on a show for your family.

Out of the Ark: https://www.outoftheark.co.uk/ootam-at-home/?utm_source=homepage&utm_campaign=ootamathome2&utm_medium=banner 

Thank you to all those that have emailed me so far.  If you haven't yet - please do! smiley

 

Monday 30th March 

Good morning Woodpeckers,

I hope you have had a good weekend and enjoyed some sunshine.  Check out these ideas to develop your science, technology, engineering and maths skills:

 

Try this art activity

Read Write Inc. Live Lessons 

 

Read Write Inc. lessons at home from Monday 23rd March on Facebook and YouTube.

 

Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30am and again at 12.30pm

Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10am and again at 1.00pm

Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30am and again at 1.30pm.

 

Note: films won't be available at other times

Poem - 'Anyone seen my dragon?' Enjoy sharing with your family Woodpeckers.

A Christmas Treat

Still image for this video
Year 2 Cohort singing Child In A Manger Born. Happy Christmas to one and all!

Welcome to Woodpecker Class!

'Embracing the Fullness of Life'

John 10:10 "I am come, that they might have life, and that they might have it abundantly."

 

We are a class of 28 Year 2 children in Woodpecker Class.  Our teacher is Mrs Llewellyn, our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Howes (Monday - Wednesday) and Mrs Ross (Thursday - Friday). We are lucky to have a beautiful classroom in the main building above the hall.  

 

We are encouraged to be as independent as possible, from sorting out our own book bags, changing our own reading books and putting away snacks, to selecting resources to support our own learning.

 

We are very lucky to have caring parents who support us at home with our learning. We have a learning wall in the classroom to celebrate our fantastic work at home and school.  Come and look!

 

Woodpecker classroom is always busy and we love to try new things.  We are looking forward to more exciting learning and adventures this term!  

 

 

WOW! What a week we have had so far.  First, it was a surprise visit from Snow White.  We asked her many questions and found out more about the evil queen and why Snow White loves the dwarfs so much.  Then we had a visit from a parent who could tell us more about koala's and the terrible bush fires in Australia.  What else could possibly happen in Woodpecker Class this week......

Book of the term:

I am not sure who is more in love with this book - me or the children.  'Inside the Villains' is truly beautiful, with so many layers to it. Everyone will want to get their hands on this book to lift the flaps, peek in pockets, and reveal all of these fairy-tale villains' secrets! For a twist on well-known tales, the giant, the wolf, and the witch each have their own interactive flaps, hiding spots, and a personality card. Dig into this book to see the diabolical thoughts inside the villains' heads, what lurks beneath their disguises, or the victims of their last meals (now comfortably settled inside their stomachs!).

A visit from a deep sea diver. Thank you Mrs Keene!

 

Weekly homework will consist of:

  • Reading regularly is crucial to children's progress and outcomes.
  • Spellings - there will be a fun weekly quiz (Friday). New spellings will be given out when the your child is ready. This is not a race - we want them to be secure with their spellings, this includes them spelling the words correctly within their writing. 
  • Book reviews - When you have finished your book, we would like you to complete a book review and place it in the 'Book Review' tray. More information will follow...
  • Mathletics - please access mathletics regularly. I would love to see everyone receive mathletic certificates (see link below).
  • Topic related - occasionally I will ask the children to do some research at home, related to our topic.
  • Finally - play outside, make a den, ride your bike, climb a tree and just be a child!! 

Children are expected to read little and often. Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s educational performance. 

Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.

In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.  Sharing a book with your child should be a pleasurable experience, never force a child to read.....we want them to love reading. Read a book to them, if they are reluctant, let them see you reading for pleasure. The most important thing is you have fun. Some ideas to encourage a love of books:

  • visit the library
  • make up stories
  • get children to tell you a story
  • just look at the pictures in a book and describe what you can see
  • make a tent and read books together
  • let them see you reading 
  • have a special time where you share books

Curriculum overview Year 2

Do you have any ideas for this page? Why not let your teachers know?!

Have you seen the Kids' Zone?  Play games and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites.

Don't forget to use Mathletics...and earn yourself certificates!

Thank you to all our wonderful parents and carers who are supporting the community through this challenging time.
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