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Base 2

Welcome to Base 2!

Hello and welcome to Base 2! We are a mixed Reception and Year 1 class. Our teacher this year is Miss Yeates and our support staff are Miss Collins, Miss Griffiths and Miss Kimberley.


Our focus for the spring term is traditional tales with the question, 'Can you read me a story?' We will be talking about different stories, learning lots of story language and how to describe characters, events and settings. Please share as many traditional tales with your children as possible so they become familiar with them as the term progresses. 



Reading and Homework

The school expectation is that children read at least 4 times a week at home. Please ensure you record your reading in the provided Reading Diaries so we know when your child is ready for a new book. Reading Diaries are checked regularly throughout the week so new books can be issued for you to share at home. Please spend time reading other texts with your child as well to foster a love of books. As of January, we may also be sending home some handwriting practise so children become more fluent with their letter and number formation. 


Any child who reads 4 or more times a week will be entered into a weekly raffle to win a book! 


UPDATE! 16/11/2020 - Our aim is to change books on MONDAY, WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY. Please make sure you have commented in your child's Reading Diary so we know you are ready for a new book.


Year 1

Year 1 children will be receiving spellings as of January to practise at home. Please work with your child on these words as it will help them in their reading and writing. There may also be additional homework such as handwriting and maths problems. Thank you in advance for your continued support. 


P.E. and Little Explorers

Our P.E. days are on Monday and Thursday. Please ensure your child comes to school in appropriate clothing. Please note than P.E. may be inside or outside, so make sure your child also has a warm top they can wear. Please make sure all clothing (including trainers/sports shoes) are clearly named.


Our Little Explorers day is on Friday where we visit the woods in the afternoon. Please make sure that your child comes to school wearing appropriate and named clothing and shoes and with named wellies in a bag. Please also provide a change of clothes in case of poor weather. 



We have had a lovely first half term at school! We have worked hard in Base 2 and made lots of new friends. We have been learning new sounds, number skills as well as focusing on our topic of "Do you want to be friends?" We have all settled back into school well and are looking forward to more learning and fun this year. 

A visit from the Animal Man!

We were very excited to have a visit from the Animal Man today (21/10). He came to show us some of his nocturnal animals. We talked about what the word 'nocturnal' means and thought of some of the different animals that come out at night. We were very lucky to meet Midnight the owl who is 6 years old and is a beautiful male barn owl. We also met some chinchillas who were born in lockdown and have a cuddle with them. Thank you Mo, the Animal Man, for such a lovely visit!

We have had a great week celebrating Bonfire Night. We have learned a little bit about the Gunpowder Plot and found out that Guy Fawkes and his friends would have used 12 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Houses of Parliament! We made some beautiful firework pictures to show how we like to celebrate this special time of year. 


We were very lucky to spend the morning outside in our woods with Rachel. We learned about how to look after ourselves, each other and nature when we are outside. We had a bonfire, toasted marshmallows and made smores and hot chocolate! Thank you Rachel for such a lovely morning and for such yummy treats.

We had a lovely (and a little bit messy) morning making our bread hedgehogs! We looked at the different ingredients we would need and talked about how we thought they might change when we combined them. The dough started off as very sticky and we had to knead it for about 10 minutes to make it soft and pliable. We enjoyed shaping our hedgehogs and then putting them into hibernation for an hour. 


Once they had rested, we used scissors carefully and sensibly and snipped in their spikes. We added some raisin eyes and watched a grown up put them in the oven to bake. After 25 minutes they were ready. Delicious!

Leaf printing at Little Explorers

Another brilliant week at Little Explorers (11/11/20). We went out with Rach and our grown ups to see how the woods have begun to change. We talked about how the leaves are different and how lots of them have fallen off the trees. We read the story of The Leaf Thief and then talked about how we could find our own leaves to create beautiful pictures. We all looked for the leaves we wanted, carefully added the paint and then made our prints. The pictures looked so beautiful and we were very excited to see all the detail that had come out in our pictures!

We have been having a lovely time in Base 2 learning about different celebrations. We talked about Diwali - The Festival of Light, which many people celebrate. We learned about the story of Rama and Sita and the ten-headed demon, Ravana. We had a great time making puppets and acting out the story with our friends. 


We have also been talking a lot about Christmas. We learned about the story of Mary and Joseph on their journey to Bethlehem and talked about how we all celebrate Christmas with our friends and family. We decorated our class Christmas tree and made our own special wish about what we would like for Christmas. We have been working hard on our Christmas production piece, learning our song and its actions. We have filmed it and hope you can enjoy watching it soon! 


All the children and adults in Base 2 wish our grown-ups a very happy Christmas. Enjoy the Christmas break!

School starts at 9am be on time