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Class 2  

Welcome back everyone.  I hope you had a great half term break.

The children have had a short but very busy week.  They are loving the new topic

and I've had loads of books and amazing facts coming in from home which is great.

This week we have been watching an animation about a whaling trip that the children

were able to retell in their own words and act out.  We had some strong opinions shared about

the rights and wrongs of whaling.  We watched the Inupiat in their tiny rowing boats following

the mighty bowhead whales who migrate there once the ice begins to melt.  I don't think any

of us fancied being in such a tiny boat, taking on a bowhead.  I'm hoping to publish some of

our writing once it is completed on Pobble next week so watch this space.

In Maths we have been working on addition and learning tables facts.  Jack Hartman on you tube continues

to be an all time favourite and his clip on number bonds to ten using the part part whole really helps

children with the concept of addition.  Check out smart movers on the bbc web site for songs to support

the children with learning tables facts.  We are launching a new approach to learning tables called times tables

rock stars.  We sent out passwords etc this week.  Please log on to the web site and take a look.  Children can

play games, compete with other children and earn coins to create their own avatar.

We will continue our science work on ice  today with an investigation on how temperature affects our senses.

I hope to get some photographs uploaded so you can see what the children have been up to.

Enjoy the weekend.

What a beautiful day to end the term.  We've had a lovely morning reading comics, children's newspapers and magazines.

We decorated our bows whch mysteriously reappeared in class this morning.  The goblin has been at work again.

Its been a lovely term.  Your children have settled and worked really hard.

I hope you have a lovely break and look forward to seeing you all after half term.


1st - 5th October






















What a smelly week it has been this week!  

The children loved dissecting the mackerel and then printing with some on Monday as part of our science work on animals. I think Mr Bromley

enjoyed it even more than the children. The sardines I bought were a little too 'mushy' for the job so the class was very fragrant Mrs Russell tells me.

We've been enjoying a range of Native American activities this week from making jewellery, to table top tee pees to making medicine 

in the wild area.  The whole school reeks of garlic as a result.  We've decided its a good antiseptic and will help kill of the cold bugs that

have been plaguing is all.  Mr Bromley is going to be making bow and arrows with the children this morning which I think he is very excited about.

We have been retelling the folk tale of the coyote and the rattle snake this week and some of the writing the children have produced is amazing.

Pobble winners will be announced on Monday at assembly.

In maths we continue number and place value.  The Year 1 children have been astounding us with their understanding of tens and ones in two

digit numbers.  Fantastic work!  Year 2 children have been estimating the position of numbers on a number line.  This activity is a great way of establishing children's understanding of number.  It is quite challenging, especially on an unmarked number line.  They have done brilliantly.

I apologise for having to postpone parent consultations until next week.  Please check the sign up sheet in school.  I hope to have my normal voice

back next week.  Thanks to Finn and Jake for the wonderful elderberry cordial.  I think you should market it as Cornish cough medicine and throat soother.

It is wonderful.

Have a lovely weekend.

Sept 24th - 28th 














What wonderful weather!  The children are loving being outside in the sunshine. We've been taking our learning outside whenever possible. We've got been making twig number lines, painting spelling words, riding our ponies and digging for treasure. 

We had a visit from Mr Smith from Pobble this week and wrote a brilliant travel back in time story. The prospect of having their writing published online has been very motivating.  We will choose two writing stars each week, who will be published online if parents give their consent. Each Friday we will log in and read the work on line and check for comments and views. It's all quite exciting. 

In maths we have been ordering, comparing and representing numbers in lots of different ways.  Keep practising counting to 100 at home and work out the numbers before and after. There are loads of good YouTube links for counting songs. We enjoy Jack Hartman counting and getting fit! 

We were looking at classifying animals this week.  We talked about fish, birds, amphibians, mammals and reptiles. I'm hoping to dissect a trout next week if I can get my hands on one. 

As always, if you have any concerns or queries don't hesitate to get in touch but I hope to see you next week at meet the teacher. Enjoy the weather this weekend. 


Sept 17th - 21st 



















We have had a good week and have been enjoying the outside space in the windy weather.

We started our Wild West topic this week and have been learning about native Americans.

We have been reading about tribes from the north west, south west and mid west.  We watched

a film about the life-cycle of salmon, a staple for tribes in the north west of the USA.  They also

enjoyed galloping around the outside space on their makeshift ponies.  We began portrait work looking at old 

photographs of Native Americans and cowboys.

This week we did some writing based on books we have been reading in class.  Year Two

children loved reading 'The Tunnel 'by Anthony Browne.  Year One have based reading and writing

activities on 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'.  Next week, we will base our writing around a non-fiction book

called 'Imagine a Cowboy".

In maths we continue working on place value and number.  I'm loving their enthusiasm for maths.

Take a look at Numberblocks BBC iplayer.

Its a new resource we are using in school to support learning in maths.  Year 1 children have been counting on from any number and enjoyed singing the 100 song on Youtube today.  It is always a favourite as it goes up to trillions which the children found .  

Year 2 children have been representing numbers to 100 in lots of different ways including number lines.  We dance the numbers, draw them and write in numerals and words.

I hope the storm is going to blow itself out before the weekend.


Sept 10th - 14th 



















Class 2 have had a great first full week. The Year 1 children have settled back particularly well.  It feels as if they have been with us for ages.  Year 2 children have been working hard and enjoying the role of coaching the younger children.

We have been learning about the different parts of the human body this week and have enjoyed reading and writing about 'Five Minutes Peace'.  We read 'The Magic Finger' today to celebrate Roald Dahl day.  We made magic fingers, did some word art and writing.  

We will complete reading assessments tomorrow so children should have new reading diaries, sounds to learn and books on Monday.  We read for at least half an hour every day in class but practising reading skills at home is essential.  We are asking for comics and magazines for our reading corner.  

In maths we are working on number and place value.  The Year One children have been enjoying Number blocks and revisiting numbers to 10. Year Two children have started partitioning 2 digit numbers.  Please practise counting on and back from any number and Year 2 children make sure you can count confidently in tens.  We will need that next week for partitioning work.

We are starting our 'Wild West' topic next week and will be learning about Native Americans, the pioneers, cowboys and wildlife.  I'm hoping to have a horse visit school and to get some broom handles so we can make our own horses for the outside play area.  If anyone has any old brooms that are past their sell by date then we will gladly saddle them up and re-use them.

We will be making cornbread this week but hope to have a proper cowboy camp fire cook up at the end of the topic.  If anyone has any objections to their child trying beans and corn bread this week please let me know.

It has been beautiful today and the children loved getting outside in the sun this afternoon.  We are hoping to get a mud kitchen up and running soon and to empty one of the planters for a sand pit.  A couple of mums have approached with with offers of old equipment so if you have anything you think we may find useful then please get in touch.  

Enjoy the weekend with your lovely children.



What a fantastic start to the new school year.  The children have come in happy and have settled so well.  I'm delighted with the way they have coped.  

I'm attaching the welcome letter sent home yesterday in case some didn't quite make their way home. (below)

I'll send out more information next week so check your child's book bag or school bag daily.  We are focussing on reading this year across the school.  The children will get book bags and information about the words and sounds they should practise at home next week.  Reading every day with your child is vital.  We are looking forward to inviting lots of 'guest readers' into Class Two as the year progresses.  If you would like to come in and share your favourite book or help out with reading in general, please get in touch for more details.

As always, please get in touch with any concerns or questions.  Have a lovely weekend.

Introductory Letter


26th - 29th March




A huge thank you for your support of our cream tea fundraiser yesterday. After a brief panic around clotted cream supplies I think everything went well! We raised £130 which will pay for the portable enclosure for The guinea pigs’ weekend breaks and good for the foreseeable future. There was a lovely atmosphere yesterday so thank you all! 
We have had an enjoyable week but are all ready for our Easter break. I hope the sun shines and you all have a relaxing and fun holiday. See you next term. 

19th - 23rd Mar





























What a short week but productive week.  Class 2 have been super busy preparing for the cream tea on Wednesday of next week.  We have made bunting and posters and are working on decorating bottles for vases today.

I have sent home 2 tickets each and hope that if you can't make it you would be able to buy the tickets to help us raise the money we need to pay for Rosie and Lola's food and board!  I have extra tickets if anyone would like some.


This is assessment week for the Year 2 children.  I can see improvements across all area for all children.  Keep reading lots and practising spelling little and often.  I'll be sharing the children's writing with other schools on Monday.  


In maths we have been looking at pictograms and answering questions.  Year 2 continued with fractions yesterday looking at non unit fractions.  I'm attaching some of their work.  The children are embracing the need to explain their understanding which is wonderful.  If you can explain it you really understand it!


Its lovely to see the blue skies and sunshine this morning so I hope it continues into part of the weekend.  


5th - 9th Mar


















What a welcome change in the weather.  Last week we were snowed in and this week the children were basking in the spring sunshine.  Wonderful.

Another busy week has flown in.  Class 2 have been looking at poetry about a Sleepy Giant and finished reading the Twits.  We continue to work on art projects relating the the story.  We wrote our character descriptions, using list sentences and loads of great vocabulary.  

In maths we started work on fractions and have been finding a half and a quarter of shapes, lengths and quantities.  We concentrated on 3D shape for our whole school maths day on Wednesday.  The children were looking at the properties of a cube, cuboid, pyramid, sphere, cylinder and cone.  Flora and Harley discovered a 'parallelepipe' and if you want to find out more try the video link below.  There was lots of creativity in evidence which we are trying to encourage in maths.  Its all about having a go and exploring.

The guinea pigs are settling in well.  On the advice of 'Pets at Home' staff Rosie and Layla will remain in class for a month before going home at weekends. Layla is definitely the dominant one and is very friendly but Rosie is gaining in confidence.  We are surprised by the quantity of hay they are consuming on a daily basis - its quite something.  As the weather improves we have an outside run and hutch for them but again have been advised to wait for a few weeks and to take care about the positioning of the hutch.  We will upload photos next week. 

Watch out for invitations in the book bags next week.  We are planning a pop up cafe in the last week of term as an enterprise project to raise some money for the upkeep of the guinea pigs.  We have used the funds we raised at our cake sale on the housing, food and runs so it is important for the children appreciate that the costs involved in having a class pet are ongoing.  The children will be baking, making sandwiches and dealing with all of the marketing of the event so watch this space! 

I hope to do some investigations around decomposing food next week so am asking for glass jars to be sent into school.  I have a few but if we are going to set up controls we need a few spare jars.  All will be revealed next week.

I hope this lovely sunny weather continues over the weekend and remind you that we are celebrating World Book Day next week so get the pirate costumes at the ready!

19th - 23rd Feb


























Welcome back to a new term.

Your children have been brilliant this week.  It has been a pleasure teaching them.  We've had a few lightbulb moments with children suddenly clicking and I think Bradley Ledden has been like a yo-yo going back and forth from Class 2 to Mr Wilson's office for head teacher stickers.  You have worked so hard this week Bradley - keep it up!

We have started our new topic which is based around the Twits by Roald Dahl.  The vocabulary and book talk this week has been impressive.  I'm attaching a collection of adjectives all elicited from the children on Thursday.  Art work is progressing and we are hoping to create a 3D lifesize Mr Twit at book day next week.

I aplogise to parents who have had their children return with whiteboard pen marks on their shirts.  We've had a talk about appropriate use of whiteboard pens so hopefully this will improve next week.

In maths we continue to add and subtract and build on our tables knowledge.  The children are rising to the challenge of some really tricky reasoning problems.  

Our guinea pigs arrive on Monday with a member of the Camborne Pets at Home team coming in to set things up for us.  We need to organise a 'home visit' rota.  Would anyone prepared to take the guinea pigs home over weekends or holidays please get in touch.  You would be provided with a portable enclosure and run.  I'm sure the children at any rate, would love it.

Have a lovely weekend.


Feb 5th - 9th 










It has been a very special week in Class 2. The snow of course was the highlight. It was great seeing the excitement and being outside with the children in the first snow many of them had ever seen. It was wonderful!

We had an Islam day on Monday with Daya telling us all about the belief and traditions.
We did some role play, made chapatis and ate together. The children were a credit to you all. They listenened intently and everyone tried the potato curry and chapatis. Good team work was in evidence too with groups of children kneading, rolling, baking and buttering.

It was science day on Wednesday. We learned all about the planets and stars in the planetarium. In class we spent the day learning about monarch butterflies - their lifecycle, anatomy and migration. Going to Mexico to see them arrive is definitely something on my bucket list!

We are all really looking forward to the break. I hope you have a great time and the sun shines on you.


Class 2 are having a cake sale on Friday 9th February at 3.15 p.m. to raise funds to purchase a class guinea pig. We are baking in Class 2 on Friday but donations of cakes and or goodies for the cake sale would be most appreciated.


Please come along to Class 2 Cake Sale on Friday.

Thank you.

The children have been showcasing their maths skills this week.  Yesterday we had a visit from Shelley Beckerleg a maths specialist from Cornwall and Devon maths hub.  She came in to Class 2 to observe a lesson on addition of tens.  I could not have been more proud of the children.  She described their attitude to learning maths as 'sparky' and 'full of enthusiasm'.  She thought their positive attitude and eagerness to talk about their maths and how they work things out as a 'delight'.  They do work so  hard in maths and should feel very proud of themselves.  

In English we have been reading lots and write a non chronological report about Queen Elizabeth II.  Year 2 have been learning about adverbs.  Please ask them about their understanding of nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs.  We have an action for each.  See if they remember them.  We played the silly walk game where they tell someone to walk + 'adverb'.  Louis S enjoyed his role as the 'clown'.

Morwenna brought in a horrible histories book about the vile Victorians and we have watched clips about strange names.  I hope to explore more about the Victorians next week.  

Have a lovely weekend.


Class 2 have had a good week.  

In English we have been working on proper nouns and using capital letters to punctuate sentences.

Today we started our non chronological report on Queen Elizabeth II.  We have been reading facts about her and choosing the important points we want to write about.  Year 1 and 2 continue to learn the spelling of common exception words.  I will send a word mat home containing all of the words they need to be able to read and spell by the end of the year.  Practising little and often is so valuable.  We do handwriting and spelling every morning for about 10 - 15 minutes and I'm really beginning to see progress. 

Year 2 in guided reading are being encouraged to build up their reading stamina.  Extending the amount of time they spend reading is key to their progress in Year 2.  It is wonderful to hear the children enthusing about books.   Josh is a real fan of Dirty Bertie and Pip Street books and Flora has just finished the Philosopher's Stone.  Children read at lots of different rates at lots of different levels so It doesn't actually matter what the children are reading so long as they are reading!  

In maths we have been working on double and halving numbers as well as multiplying and dividing.  We want the children to be able to recall double and half facts to 10 then 20.  Year 2 are working on applying what they know to numbers within 100. Next week we are going to look at place value again and then do a block of work on addition and subtraction before half term.  Our work on doubling has reinforced the need for children to be secure in their understanding of place value and the value of digits according to their position in the number.

e.g.  52  =  5 tens and 2 ones.  

The next step is for children to be able to partition the number in different ways.

e.g.  52  =  42  + 10      or     52  =  32  +  20          or       52  =  11  +  41    etc.


Please look at the maths page on the web site.  Our calculation policy is on there which explains how we teach addition, subtraction, multiplication nd division from reception to Year 6.  If you have any queries about how you can help your child please don't hesitate to get in touch.


Double numbers:
I wrote this one for my early elementary classes- it teaches and reviews the addition of double numbers 1-10 (lyrics below) Purchase the song on iTunes: ...


Even Numbers - splitting equally
this song reviews the concepts of even numbers (and helps teach the fact that all even numbers can be 'split in half')- pause the video to ask students if the ...
The big news this week is that as part of our science work on living things is that we are going to be getting a class pet, well two actually.


You may have already been told!  We are researching what we need to keep them healthy and hope to visit Pets at home to find out more about it.  We hope to purchase 2 guinea pigs after half term.  Watch this space!  If anyone has any unwanted equipment then please let me know.

Despite the wild weather this week I do have the feeling that winter may be losing its grip.  I saw some snowdrops and daffodils over the weekend so fingers crossed!  Enjoy your weekend.

The theme of our classroom this week continues to be around the evil Queen Demelza.  We have been doing lots of vocabulary work this week.  The children really do love words and the range of adjectives to describe Queen Demelza , the evil knight  and dragon they have been writing about is impressive.   Year 2 children have written openings with interesting noun phrases.  The Year 2 children published their independent writing about the evil knight using handwriting pens today so they will be displayed next to our art work.

In maths we have been working on division by sharing and finding groups.  The children use bead strings and counters before moving on to drawing different representations of the division they are working on.  I am loving the way they can now use the bar and part part whole in their own reasoning to explain how they are working things out.  We always do some sort of active maths in our lessons to start us off and this week we have moved on to double numbers.  Here are some links for very catchy and annoying songs to help your children learn their double numbers.  

Double Number Song (adding doubles 1-10)

Doubles Doubles (I Can Add Doubles!) (song for kids about adding doubles 1-5)

Doubles Doubles (I Can Add Doubles!) (6-10 Version)

Year 2 children have been applying their knowledge of double numbers to 20 to larger numbers.  I love it when we get light bulb moments in maths.  Today Karl independently used his knowledge to double 60, 70, 80. 90 and so on. Fantastic. 

We designed double number posters ! 


We had a brilliant PE session this week in the hall doing lots of fitness tied in with our topic.  The children were absolutely brilliant.  We pushed them hard and there was not one moan about being tired or wanting to stop.  Great stamina Class 2.  Mrs Russell and I both joined in.  Harry gave me a hula hooping lesson when he saw my pathetic efforts and Mrs Russell was so enthusiastic about the bench step ups she has been hobbling around with thigh ache since.

I hope we get a break in this wild and wet weather and you have an enjoyable weekend.






Happy New Year!  What a busy start to the year! The children have come back full of enthusiasm and gusto!  We have started our new topic of 'Queens' with storytelling about Demelza the evil queen.  It still amazes me how quickly children can memorise a story.  We've been learning it with actions and hope to perform it for another class soon. 

In science we have been learning about life-cycles and watched a chick develop inside its egg over 21 days on Monday.  If anyone has an incubator and fertile eggs please get in touch. 

In maths we are continuing with multiplication.  This week we revisited using arrays and multiplying using a number line.  Please check the calculation policy on the web site if you want more information about how we teach maths.  I'm hoping that by the end of the year we have lots of film clips of the children demonstrating their learning in maths  to give you a clearer picture.  Next week we start division.  Please practise counting on in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s at home. 

Our art work linked to the topic is beginning to look great.  We are working on a display this week and next.  The weather has been lovely the past few days so we have enjoyed getting out into that winter sunshine.  I hope it continues over the weekend.  Again, if you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Week 5th - 8th Dec








Class 2 have been practising the Christmas play every morning and it is coming together.  We have sent out letters for any children who need to provide costumes. If your child is not going to attend either performance could you please let me know so we can organise a 'stand in'.  

We have been talking about reading for enjoyment this week and I'd like children to bring in a book or books from home that they enjoy reading. We will be sharing and reading them in class.  Place make sure they are named.

In maths we have been looking at multiplication looking at arrays.  We continue to practise counting on in 2s, 10s, 5s and 3s so ask your child to show you the dance we use to help us.

The weather is looking very blustery for the weekend and many of the children are hopeful for snow.  Its making me feel quite homesick!  Enjoy your weekend.

6th - 10th Nov


































We are really looking forward to our science day tomorrow.  Lots of the children have been enthusing about the new Blue Planet series on BBC1 so we decided to focus on living things for our science morning.  I know how difficult it is to get time off work to attend school events during the day so I will try to take as many photos as I can to put on the class blog next week.  

The activities we are planning are as follows:

8.45 - 9.00  Play activities on carpet

9.00 - Register 

9.05 - 9.20 - Blue Planet II - the deep. 

Talk about the creatures we see, their body parts, habitat and adaptations that enable them to survive in such extreme conditions.


SCIENCE LO:  to identify the different parts of a fish's body 

Create a fantastical fish - the more colourful the better.  

Choice of collage materials.  The focus is on creativity with children 

describing the body parts and how they have made them.


SCIENCE LO - to understand what animals need in a habitat to survive 

Children to design a marine habitat .  They must features which will allow their sea creature

to take shelter from predators, find a safe place to lay their eggs and of course find food.


SCIENCE LO:  to carry out an investigation 

Children to investigate the effects of different materials on melting of ice. 

The children will make a hypothesis, draw what they did and decide on a conclusion. 


SCIENCE LO: to understand how animals adapt to suit their habitat 

Make a 3D creature to live in the frozen seas.  Using sponges, cotton wool balls, pom poms, cocktail sticks and beads the children will create a creature that has adapted to life in the frozen seas.  They will have to think about how the creature moves, catches its prey, eats and protects itself from predators. 

Each activity should take about 20 - 25 minutes - with 5 minutes to tidy up between times. 

Activty 1 -  9.30 - 10am 

Activity 2 - 10.05 - 10.30 

10.35 - 10.45  Story - Break time. 

11am -  Blue planet II 

Activity 3 - 11.15 - 11.40 - 

Activity 4 - 11.45 - 12.05

9th - 13th October















I cannot believe we are one week from half term.  It has gone so quickly.  The children have had a great week.  They have been learning about verbs and writing instructions for making hot chocolate.  We will all be making and sampling some this afternoon to celebrate our fantastic writing.  We are planning to have a fire and to drink the hot chocolate outside but I am not sure about the weather.  Photos will feature next week.

In maths we have begun our work on addition.  We have been learning number bonds songs with Jack Hartman.  (Check him out on Youtube)  He is good because he sings about the part and the whole which is our approach to teaching addition and subtraction in school.  Please practise recalling number bonds to 5, 10 and 20 at home.  We work on number fluency every day but practising a little and often at home really helps the children progress. 

We learned about the water cycle this week with the children creating collages in Year 1 and labelled diagrams in Year 2.  We used lego and scrap paper to create rain shelters.  Louis S made on out of scrap paper  that looked like a Roman temple!  Many of the children have already brought in their thunder and lightning homework which we are sharing today in class.  Thank you for your hard work at home!


Enjoy the weekend.

We've had a brilliant week learning about tornadoes.  We will get out display outside the classroom completed soon.

The children have been making tornadoes in plastic bottles and Morwenna brought in one from home using a milk frother which was amazing.  It looked just like the real thing!  We have been writing using conjunctions and and because this week and have been loving vocabulary work all based around tornadoes. 

The children have enjoyed 'mixing' investigations in science and were all able to make a hypothesis about what would happen when oil and water then oil, water and washing up liquid were mixed.  They are beginning to be able to describe how to make our tests 'fair'.

We are continuing to work on place value this week representing numbers in different ways.  They are able to describe numbers in tens and ones and to compare numbers using < > symbols.  We continue to count forwards and back in 1s and 10s to 100 so please keep this going at home.  Year 2s keep counting on in 10s from any number - 2, 12, 22, 32 etc as this will support the children's learning in addition and subtraction coming up.  Year 1s keep practising making teen numbers by starting from 10 and counting on 2 more.

How do we make 15?  One ten and five more....

It has been good catching up with many of you at 'meet the teacher' this week but if you haven't seen me please get in touch to arrange an alternative time after school.  Many thanks and have a lovely weekend.

25th - 29th Sept









Our learning this week has been focused on 'extreme weather'.  We've watched films and read about hurricanes.  We made hurricane collages, used sponging, painting and spatter painting to create 'tornadoes' and have written reports.  

In science the children helped to investigate the best dog poop bags.  We were amazed that the strongest bag could withstand a load of 7kg.  

Yesterday the year 2 children worked in pairs to create extreme weather collages.  Unprompted by me they began putting all their pieces of work together and created a massive poster.  It was brilliant watching their co-operation and team work.

I now have to find a space to display their work!

The first day of having us all change into our wet weather gear proved to be quite challenging.  Pippa and Flora, in year 2 are now our new 'dungaree' helpers.  On wet breaks we now finish our read, write inc, lessons 10 minutes early and each group gets changed with their read, write inc teacher.  This should make things more manageable and avoid the inevitable bottle neck.

The children were very good and have loved splashing around in puddles.  I wish I had taken some photographs of some very muddy faces.

We are looking forward to sports at Richard Lander today and hopefully the sun will shine.

18th - 22nd Sept










This week has flown by!  I can't believe it is Friday already.  We are making the most of this lovely autumnal weather and hope to have a fire pit this afternoon.  Mrs Morris has kindly run home to get some kindling! 

The children have been writing about the troll and the big billy goat gruff.  Their descriptive language is brilliant.  We the troll galloping like a demented meerkat, as colossal as an icy polar bear and roaring like a famished dragon.  What stars!

In maths we have been working on counting forwards and backwards from 0-10, 0-20 and 0-100.  Some of us have been learning about big numbers.  We found out a googol is 1 followed by 100 0s.


We are beginning our work on wild weather next week.  The children have obviously been watching the news and could tell me all about hurricanes in America.  We have a news app in class so I'm hoping to keep up with events in class next week.

We now have our wet weather gear but are struggling with storage.  Please make sure your child brings willies as the field is already becoming muddy in patches.  Thanks to all of you who have!  We are hoping to have a wellie store made by a very kind gentleman.  I'll let you know who, once he has agreed!

Enjoy the weekend and I hope the sun shines.


11th - 15th Sept

Billy Goats Gruff Story























The week has flown in and the children have been on great form, despite the high winds and blustery showers.

We have been learning the three Billy Goats Gruff story this week. Have a look at the text attached. Many of our
children have learned the whole story off by heart, with actions. Sunny in Year 1 has amazed me. He has learned
it almost verbatim. We continue to do daily letter formation and handwriting. Year 1 are reinforcing the correct letter formation and Year
2 are learning cursive letters which they will use to join their handwriting this year. It is very important that children are forming their
letters correctly. It makes writing easier and more fluent. If you are unsure how letter formation is taught in school and what you
should be doing with your child at home, please pop into the classroom and see me.

In Maths we are working on number and place value. This week we have looked at counting, number names, place value and sequence.
We encourage the children to show their understanding of number by asking them to show us numbers in lots of ways. They may
use concrete materials such as counters or numicon, do a drawing or write the number symbol or name. This 'variety' creates
lots more hooks and so deepens their understanding. Year 2 children have been doing lots of reasoning problems too. I've included a couple
of examples so you can see the sorts of activities they are doing in class.


12, 13, 40, 15, 16, 71, 81

Louis thinks he is counting on in 4s. Is he correct?

4, 14, 24, 34, 44, 54

The children's art work and writing about the troll in the story has been super this week. We've had trolls eating goats cheese pizzas
and one with runny wax coming out of his ear. Flora remembered 'titanic' as one of the exciting words we used last year instead of boring
'bad'. Great vocabulary all round!

The weather continues to be unpredictable. In Cornwall, like Scotland it seems to be if you want the weather to change, wait five minutes.
Could children please come to school with a waterproof coat every day. Our wet water gear is ordered but has still not arrived. Thank
you for the wellies provided so far. PE lessons are going well and the children are coping well with changing in and out of their uniforms.
Ensuring they return home with school sweat shirts continues to be challenging so please make sure they are all named.

Some of the children have been bringing in their musical instruments this week. It is so lovely for them to share their achievements with
the rest of the class. Any information about interests or achievements outside of school can be shared at achievement assemblies in front of the
whole school or just in class. Have a lovely weekend and hopefully the sun will shine, for a bit anyway.

6th - 8th September

















Welcome back to Class 2

Welcome back to another busy year at Blackwater Primary School. 

I am so pleased with the way the children have settled in to class routine. Year 2 children have all grown up and matured over the holidays and they all seem to have got loads taller.  Year 1 children have been stars.  They have loads of changes to contend with and I cannot believe how well they have adjusted.  I am very proud of them all and am really looking forward to working with all of your children this year. 

There are a few little concerns that have come up over the course of the week.

Toileting is one of them!  In Class 2 we only have one toilet for the girls and one urinal and one toilet for the boys. We have 32 children.  We have a system whereby children ask to go to the toilet, they take a toilet pass and return it after going to the toilet.  As a result not everyone can go to the toilet at once.  All children go to the toilet before break and before  lunch time.  At any other time they use the toilet pass.  It works well and children soon get  used to the fact that once they ask, if the toilet pass isn't there they have to wait a few minutes.  If someone is obviously desperate they just go!  

Its important that children are drinking water regularly throughout the day.  We do have a water cooler in class but it would cause serious congestion if all children needed to use it.  Please send in a labelled water bottle so children can have a drink without causing major classroom disruption!   

I hope all of you have received the welcome letter and information about what we are planning this term.  If anyone has any queries then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

I'd much rather hear sooner than later.  As I said in the letter, we are all around in the classroom in the mornings for a quick catch up. 

I hope your children are not too tired after their first week back and that you have a relaxing weekend. 

New Term September 6th - December 20th

10th - 15th July






Class 2 have been learning about chocolate this week - Ms Shuttleworth's specialist subject.  They have been finding out how it is made, planning and carrying out taste investigations, doing data handling with smarties and designing and making packaging.  A fair bit of chocolate tasting has been going on!  The weather has been mixed but they have been outside at every opportunity for movement breaks, game playing and an afternoon of tennis on the field with Mrs Mannion. 



26th - 30th June

A few more photos taken in Class 2. these are not only part of our outdoor activities but also one of our senses. Smell

19th  - 23rd July

















What a glorious week we have had!  The weather has been amazing if a little hot under the collar.  The children have been hard at work despite the heat and the smell emanating from the nearby fields!  30 days wild has continued this week with Year 2 designing and making fans, counting on and drawing chalk number lines.  We have enjoyed regular movement breaks on the apparatus and are generally loving the sunshine.  Please check out the 30 days wild section of our web site or look at the board outside Class 2 to see photographs of what we have been up to.

We have been working on our displays this week to update them to reflect the work going on in Class 2 this term.  Please pop in to have a look.  Mrs Mannion has excelled herself yet again by making a life size 'Hobyah".  It is a wonderful addition to the classroom.

In English we have been looking at non chronological reports. We have read about the physical features, habitat and diet of the Hobyah, deciding on the important information to write as notes.  The children have created their own imaginary 'monsters' and have been drawing and note taking to plan their own non chronological report.  We will get writing next week.

In maths we have been working on division.  We have been using repeated subtraction and number lines to help us calculate.  Year 2 have been doing lots of reasoning problems and work on remainders.  We have been working on our fluency and the recall of tables facts and counting on and back in 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s. We have been dancing along to counting songs to help our learning.

The weather has cooled bit now but I am hoping summer hasn't disappeared completely.  Have a lovely weekend.

 The display boards in class 2 are looking fantastic. our new arrival is The Hobyah.

30-days-wild page









What a busy week!  Class 2 have been loving the Hobyah story.  They have learned it off by heart and can perform it with gusto.

We filmed the whole thing this week and will be watching it today.  The children have changed characters, setting and some of the events to write their own versions which are brilliant.  Some of our more reluctant writers have been really inspired by this story.  Well done everyone.

In maths we have been continuing our work on subtraction with missing number problems and lots of reasoning.  We then progressed to applying their understanding of subtraction and addition to solve one and two step problems.  I have loved the way some of our children have been using concrete materials to help them solve things.  They are all adept at drawing their calculations to explain how they are working things out which I love as it really shows their depth of understanding. Over the last two days we have been looking at the properties of 3D shapes and doing our maths work outside as part of 30 days wild.  What is not to like about doing maths outside in the sunshine!

Our senses work has continued this week.  The children have been making model ears, learning about the structure of the ear and sound waves and doing some sound art.  I have some cheap sun hats in school which we have used this week as it has been pretty bright outside.  Would you mind sending the children in with a sun hat next week please as the outside learning will continue for the rest of the term.  

Have a great weekend in that lovely Cornish sunshine.

26th May 











We've had a busy and productive last week of term.  The Year 2 SATS have all been completed.  We sat the maths arithmetic and reasoning paper this week.  The children did a brilliant job of calculating, reasoning and using all the strategies we have been using in class to solve problems. 

We had two headteachers visiting on Tuesday to observe a maths lesson. They commented on the children's motivation, engagement and independence in maths.  They  were especially impressed with the children's ability to explain how they worked things out.

Layla's explanation of how we use the bar model to work out fractions particularly impressed one of them.  So well done Layla!

I am very proud of all of them.

We are planning a picnic tomorrow afternoon with games to celebrate the end of term.  Year 2 children have requested a  balance of healthy and unhealthy snacks.

I hope you all have a lovely half term in the sunshine and look forward to welcoming the children back in June.


New Art Work in Class 2's Cloakroom 

Class 2 children have been working hard to recreate the story - We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. Their story is called - We're Going on a Monster Plant Hunt - to fit in with the class topic this half term. Please visit the cloakroom if you have time.


19th May 









What a week!  Rainy days and SATS reading tests!  Your children in Year 2 have done you proud. We sat our reading SATS this week and the children engaged really well.  I admired their grit and resilience.  The tests are challenging in that there is limited time to complete tasks and the second paper involves reading a lot of continuous text and answering questions.  They are expected to read between the lines and make inferences.  It is not a straight forward exercise.  I am so proud of them all.  Next week we sit the maths papers.  There is one arithmetic and one reasoning paper.  I expect them all to do well.  They have a great 'can do attitude' to maths which is our aim across the school.

We are keeping the SATS experience 'low key' but are planning a 'tea party' celebration next Friday.  If you would like to contribute some cakes and biscuits it would be appreciated.


Have a lovely weekend.


31st March





































We've had a really enjoyable week in Class 2. The children are excited about their holidays and we have had some really interesting discussions about the Easter story, Scottish stories about 'selkies' and how starlings use flocking to evade predators. (Thank you Flora!)

We've taken a break from French to learning animal names in Scots.

cuddie - horse tod - fox hurcheon - hedgehog
selkie - seal puggie - monkey speug - sparrow
stankie - starling.

We are planning an Easter bonnet fashion show tomorrow so watch this space for the photographs.

The children have been loving maths challenges this week. Our challenge today was

11 is the answer. What could the question be?

Here are some of our questions:
1/4 of 44 Tyler
50 - 39 Aiden
19 + 2 -10 Harley
4 + 2 + 5 Thea
18 + 2 -9 Louis S
100 - 89 Layla
711 - 700 Eloise
1/2 of 22 Ptolomy

We've written acrostic poems and have been summarising the Easter story in English.

I have not set any homework over the Easter holidays but can I encourage all children to read over the holidays. Many do not seem to be reading at home or certainly not recording reading in the reading diaries. We have SATS for the Year 2 children in the summer term and it is essential they build up reading 'stamina' so please encourage your children to read for sustained periods of time.

I started reading rewards last term for Year 2 and would like to extend to Year 1. If children read for 10 minutes and it is signed by an adult in their reading diary they earn '1 read'. If they accrue 4 reads in one school week they earn a golden sticker. If they earn 4 golden stickers they get a reward from the box. Reading diaries will be collected in on a Friday.

I hope you all enjoy the break and that the sun shines on Cornwall.
As the summer term approaches we are working towards transition to Year 2 and Year 3 for our children.
Building independence is an important part of the work we do with children in Class 2. We are therefore
changing school routine to enable children to build more independence. In the mornings children should
now line up in the playground, at Class 2 door rather than coming in through the main door. Children will
then come into school and organise their own coats, lunch boxes, school bags, reading folders and homework.

If you have any issues or concerns you wish to raise with Class 2 staff then we will be available then or of course at the end
of the day.

w/e 24th March 


























This week we have been busy writing poetry for a school wide competition. The winners will be able to make a recording of their poems.  How exciting! We wrote a poem called 'Fire! Fire!'.  The children made use of onomatopoeia, similes and metaphors.  Here are some of my favourite  lines and phrases.

'waving swords of fire'  - Aaron Bell, Year 1

'flames as orange as Nemo' - Mrs Mannion

'windows are monster mouths crying out fire' Eloise Nankervis

' huge buildings crashing, cracking, crumbling like cheesecake' Molly

'eye watering smoke choking the suffocating stars and disturbed  moon'

I don't envy the judges of the competition.

We have been working on the story of Grace Darling and the rocks and shipwreck are now on the wall of the classroom.  We will be adding some of their writing and portraits of Grace Darling over the next few days so come in and have a look. Thank you Mrs Mannion for your hard work erecting the display - despite a sore arm.

In maths we have been continuing our work on fractions.  Mrs Eva the Year 1/2 teacher from Mithian Primary visited us on Tuesday and was impressed by the children's ability to reason things out and explain their answers.  There is always a real buzz in the class during maths lessons, which I love. Well done.  Maths stars one and all!  

Our trips last week were a great success. The children and parent volunteers thoroughly enjoyed their morning at Tolvadden Fire Station. Red Watch were brilliant hosts and so good with the children.  We learned loads about the fire engine, equipment, water quantities and of course how to use the fire hoses.  It was an added bonus to be able to watch some trainees being put through their paces. 

At Richard Lander we kept warm in the freezing wind by participating in a wide range of sports activities.  The children did brilliantly well and despite a few scrapes had a fantastic time. The Richard Lander students did a great job of organising activities, making them fun for all!

I cannot believe Easter is approaching so quickly.  I hope all mums have a lovely day on Sunday and that we begin to see some more lovely Cornish spring weather over the weekend.

I apologise for not updating our blog in several weeks.  Having a flu virus quickly followed by tonsillitis has not helped!

Many of the children have not been well themselves so there have been tears and runny noses all round over the past two weeks.  I think we are all on the mend now.

Our emergency services topic is well underway now.  We had a great afternoon last week with the fire service sniffer dogs.  We learned all about the dog's sense of smell and how they are trained to find the source of the fire.  Both dogs were put through their paces in the playground.  

The RNLI visited afterwards and explained the role their role in rescue around our coastline.  The children demonstrated a good knowledge of the flag system on the beaches and are well aware of the dangers of rip currents.  I was impressed.

In English we have finished writing our instructions based on George's Marvellous Medicine.  Year 2 children innovated on the original text and decided to create a poisonous potion for Mr Wilson.  Their idea!  Nothing to do with me!  We had Mr Wilson turning into a blueberry and shrinking to the size of a pea.  The children had great fun with it and the children's enthusiasm for writing is ensuring they are fully engaged and making good progress.  We wrote stories based on Grace Darling this week.

Year 1s got very carried away with their ideas for describing the ship wreck and the stormy night.  Mrs Mannion told me she thought Pippa was going to lay an egg at one point she was jumping up and down so much. Fantastic work Class 2.  I am very proud of your efforts.

We have continued work on fractions this week and the children are becoming adept at using part whole and bar model to  find simple fractions of numbers.  We are becoming more fluent at recalling doubles and halves and are applying our learning to solve problems.  We've finally had some new apps loaded on to the iPads.  If you have 'screens' at home Mathsdoodle is an excellent app to support your child's learning in maths.  Activities are adapted according to your child's ability and the children collect stars as they progress through the different games and levels.  'Hit the button' is another useful app for the quick recall of number facts.

I'm very much looking forward to our Torvadden and Richard Lander trips tomorrow.  Many thanks to parents who have  volunteered to come along and help out.  

Have a great weekend.

24th February














The first week of the term has flown.  The children have settled well.  We have started a new topic this term on the emergency services.  Mrs Knight has kindly arranged a visit to the fire station and for the 'fire dogs' to come and visit us in class.  The RNLI are also visiting to talk about their role in keeping us safe around the coast.  I will let you know dates for the trip once they have been confirmed.  

In English we have been reading George's Marvellous Medicine.  We've done lots of grammar this week looking at adjectives and adverbs.  The children have been identifying them in texts and using them to improve their sentence writing.  Our favourite adverb so far is 'demonically' !  We hope to apply what we have learned this week in our stories about George making his magic medicine.

In Maths we have been working on money.  The children have been recognising coins,  explaining their value and using different combinations of coins to make amounts.  We have also been tackling reasoning problems some of which I have attached below.  Many children need lots of practise making amounts using different coins so raiding the piggy bank at home and using the contents to make amounts of money in different ways would really support your child's learning. is a useful link for tablet friendly activities to support understanding of money.

 I hope storm Doris calms soon and you all have a lovely weekend.
About Toy Shop Money. Toy Shop Money is a game for helping children understand UK money. There are two game modes; the first where children use coins to make up ...


Money Reasoning Examples

1,Ellie thinks when you add 1p to an amount of money the answer is always even. Is she correct ? Draw to explain




When you add 2 silver coins the answer is more than when you add 2 copper coins. Explain…..

10th February












I cannot believe it is the end of term already.  The weeks have flown by.  I am really proud of Class 2 this week.  They have tried their best in English and Maths assessments and have demonstrated real resilience and perseverance.  I am particularly proud of their growing self belief and confidence in Maths.  We have been working on our reasoning and problem solving skills and they can now all draw as a strategy to find solutions.  They have been drawing part part whole diagrams, arrays, number lines, bar models to explain their understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  There have been several light bulb moments this week and their 'can do' attitude is a credit to them. I love the way they are all embracing number, so much so there isn't enough room on the working wall to display their work. Your effort and enthusiasm mean you can all become brilliant mathematicians! 

The ice house has been demolished this week and our work on the Arctic is coming to an end. Thanks to everyone who brought in plastic milk cartons.  Unfortunately we didn't end up with enough to embarks on the construction of an igloo.   Next term we will be finding out about the emergency services.  If anyone has any contacts who would like to come into school to about their work then please let me know.


I hope you all enjoy the holiday and look forward to seeing everyone again after half term.

23rd -27th January














I can't believe we are at the end of another week. The term is flying by.

Can I just say a huge thank you for the wonderful Arctic scenes you all made at home. They are fantastic and all unique. They are on show in the school entrance.

This week the children's writing has really impressed me. We wrote non chronological reports on polar bears. They used headings, sub-headings and information they found themselves in a non fiction text. Excellent effort!

In maths we began multiplication and the children have been making and drawing arrays to build their understanding of what multiplication actually means. I love the fact they are keen to learn and to be challenged in maths. Our approach to teaching maths ensures that each week children are developing their fluency and recall of number facts , reasoning and problem solving skills. We are planning a new display board in class to show what the children have been learning each week in each of these areas. In the meantime please take a look examples of the children's work on the learning wall.

We have been using the lap tops this week to write labels and captions for our cloakroom Arctic display. Children now know how to change font size, type and colour.

I have most slots booked for 'meet the teacher' next week but just a reminder that appointments are available.

Have a great weekend

Dear Parents/Carers

I hope you had a great Christmas and New Year. The holiday has flown by but it was lovely to see all of the children back in class this morning.

Our topic this term is ‘posting and places’. We will be learning about different parts of the world with a focus on the Arctic. I am attaching a mind map showing the learning across the curriculum.

In English we are working on non-fiction reading and writing. We will be writing non chronological reports on our favourite Arctic animals. I have a contact who lives in the Arctic Circle so we will be writing letters to him and finding out about life there. In reading, the children will continue to develop their reading skills in daily Read Write Inc. sessions. In class we will be building on their comprehension skills by answering and asking questions about a text.

In Maths we will continue to work on addition and subtraction with a focus on reasoning and problem solving. This work will progress into multiplication and division, again with a focus on reasoning and problem solving. Children’s topic work will link to measurement and data handling in maths.

Work is already underway on creating an Arctic corner in the classroom. Mrs Mannion, Mrs Russell and the children are putting their creative skills to good use! We have asked the children to bring in well washed 2 litre milk cartons for a construction challenge. It would be ideal if all labels could also be removed. I’ll be posting progress with construction on the weekly update on the school web site.

In ICT the children will be publishing their work and creating movies using the ipads. I hope to have a sharing the learning afternoon towards the end of the term but will finalise dates in the next week or so.

Homework will commence next week. It will be given out on a Friday and is to be returned to school on the following Wednesday. Please make sure your child comes with their reading folder every day.

I’m looking forward to another busy term and wish you all the very best for 2017.


Fiona Shuttleworth