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Autumn adjectives


Homework will be issued on a Monday and is due in the following Monday. You will receive two homework books, one for maths and one for English. 

Maths Homework 4.12.2017

There will be worksheets in the homework tray in the classroom:


Year 1 = shape colouring

Year 2 = doubles colouring / elf suits - problem below


Elf suits

Mrs Claus made four of the workshop elves new suits for Christmas.

Each suit had matching trousers, waistcoat, jacket and hat.

One suit was all red, one was all green, one was all yellow and one was all blue.

The elves were delighted with their suit presents, but decided it would be fun to wear a different outfit every day for as many days as possible. So they agreed to swap around parts of their suits until they ran out of new combinations.


How many days did their fun last?




English Homework 27.11.2017

We have been learning about seasons through our science work. It will soon be winter. What do you like about winter? Can you write a poem about winter using your senses to help? Each line could start Winter is . . .  or I can taste. . .

There is an example below. Your poem can be as long or as short as you would like. 

Winter is  (taste) . . .

Winter is (smell) . . .

Winter is (feel) . .. 

Winter is (hear) . .. 

Winter is (sight)


I can taste

I can smell

I can feel

I can hear

I can see

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Maths Homework 20.11.2017

Secret Number

This is a game for two players and a simple calculator. 

Annie and Ben are playing. Annie puts her secret number into the calculator without showing Ben. 

Annie then asks Ben, "What do you want to add?"

Ben tells Annie the number he wants to add. "I want to add four."

Annie presses the 'add' button and then the four button. The calculator now shows '4'. Annie gives the calculator to Ben. 

calculator showing the number 4

Ben presses the 'equals' button and the calculator gives the answer '10'.

calculator showing the number 10

What was Annie's secret number? 
How do you know?

Play the game taking it in turns to ask what would you like to add? 


Parent guide - It may help to get counters of the final number (10 in the example above) and explain to children if you were asked to add 4 and the answer is 10, then take the 4 away (that you added) to see how many they started with. This answer will be the secret number. We reverse the sum, also called the inverse and opposite. 

YEAR 2 EXTENSION: multiplication version of the game:

Charlie puts in a secret number and asks Dana, "What do you want to multiply it by?" 

Dana replies, "Multiply it by 5." 

Charlie puts in 'times' and '5' and hands the calculator to Dana. 

When Dana presses the 'equals' button the calculator shows '35'. 

two calculators, one showing 5 and one showing 35

Dana now has to work out Charlie's secret number. What was it?
How do you know?

Parent guide - use practical objects (counters/dry pasta) to share the answer on the calculator into groups - the number given. In the example above you would share 35 counters equally into 5 groups. If you can draw 5 groups out, or get 5 bowls to practically put the counters in 1 by 1 sharing them equally then this may help. The secret answer will be the number of counters in each group/bowl. It is important children understand how to work the answer out. 


English Homework 13.11.2017

Today is international kindness day.


Please write a kind letter, in your English homework book,  to someone from home or school telling them why you have chosen to write a letter to them.



Maths Homework 6.11.2017 - Printed copies are available in the yellow tray in Class 2.

Why do this?

This problem addresses a difficulty that many children experience with the numbers from ten to twenty. The "teens" often cause more trouble than other decades up to 100 .

"Fourteen" can so easily be muddled with "forty" so that many children will write "41 " instead of "14 ". By focusing on creating the numbers between 11 and 19 using 10 and adding a single digit number, the problem gives an opportunity to practice building these numbers from one ten and different numbers of units(or as we now call them - ones).


Look at the butterflies and the numbers they have. The flowers also have numbers.
Can you find 2 butterflies to go on each flower so that the numbers on each pair of butterflies adds to the same number as the one on the flower?

Butterflies and Flowers

Which pair of butterflies has no flower to go to?

Which flower cannot have a pair of butterflies on it?


Useful approach:

Ask your child about the numbers on the butterflies: are any of them the same?

Can they separate them into two groups?

Using a butterfly from each group, can they make the numbers on the flowers? You could start by discussing how a number, for example, fifteen is made up from 10 and 5 .


Challenge: If the butterflies had 20 on instead of 10 could you take a number away to make a number on a flower?



English Homework 9.10.2017

The nights are becoming darker and fallen leaves are crisp underfoot – it must be Autumn, which means it is poetry competition time!

Cold Aston, Longborough and Swell CofE Schools are holding their Autumn poetry completion. We will be holding further competitions over the school year; one at Swell and one at Longborough.

Each year group will be involved in the competition; Reception will learn and recite a group poem. Years 1 to 6 will be writing and performing individual poems. Heats will be held in individual schools and one finalist from year groups 1 – 6 will go through to the finals at Cold Aston on Friday 10th November (details will be sent to finalists). Reception children from the host school (Cold Aston) perform at the final, others at their individual schools.


Year 1 and 2 Poetry Competition

Your child will need to write an acrostic poem using the word BONFIRE.

An acrostic poem is a type of poetry where the first letters in a line spell out a particular word or phrase.


This is just an example:


Fizzing fireworks,
In the sky,
Roaring rockets,
Everyone stare.

Remember to use exciting adjectives. Think about what you might see, hear and smell on bonfire night. Use these ideas to create your own exciting poem.


Write the letters BONFIRE down your page in your homework book. 


This is homework is due in on Wednesday 1st November. Our school heats will be in the week commencing Wednesday 1st November, so make sure you learn your poem over half term. 


This is also a chance to catch up on any homework you have not completed, practice your spellings or times tables and read a book. 



Maths Homework 2.10.2017

Game 1

Below is the link for a save the whale number bonds to 10 game.

Drag the correct piece of pipe into place.

You can start by counting the missing blocks then see if you can remember which numbers pair to make 10. 


Game 2

Below is the link for number bonds to 100 game. There are 3 options - number bonds to 5, number bonds to 10 and number bonds to 100. Start with number bonds to 10. A number will appear. Put that number in your head, count on by putting 1 finger up each time you say a number until you get to 10. How many fingers do you have up? Type your answer in the box.


Move on to the 100s game. This time you will need to count on to the next ten - in ones, then count up in tens to 100. You may need to write each step down. 


Please pop a note in your homework book to say which game you played. 


English Homework 25.9.2017

This week we are going to Slimbridge Wetland Centre. Can you draw your favourite animal? This can be one that you see at the centre or one you know already. Tell us some facts about your favourite animal and why it is your favourite. 


Maths Homework 18.9.2017

There are 2 homework options this week. Choose either one you would like to have a go at. 

Maths Homework 18.9.2017 


Fill in the blanks:

I have ______ fingers

I have ______ eyes

I have ______ nose

I have ______ legs

I have ______ toes


Draw a picture to show your answers.


Maths Homework 18.9.2017 Challenge

You have been imprisoned at the top of the Tall Tower by the Wicked Magician!

You can get out by climbing down the ladders. As you come down you collect useful spells.

You can go down the ladders and through the doorways into the adjoining room but you cannot go into the same room twice, nor climb up the ladders.

The numbers in the rooms show how many spells there are in each one.

the tall tower - ten rooms each with a certain number of spells in


Which way should you go to collect the most spells?

And which way to collect as few as possible?

Can you find a route that collects exactly 35 spells?



English Homework 11.9.2017

Wednesday 13th September 2017 is Roald Dahl Day.

What is your favourite Roald Dahl book? Why? Who is your favourite character? Can you draw a picture to go with your writing?

If you haven't read any of his books have you seen one of the films based on his books? We really recommend asking a grown up to share his books with you. They are magical!


Please read every night with your child. 


Spellings will be issued on a Monday and tested on a Friday. Within the spellings there will be a focus on one or two sounds a week along with tricky words. 

I hope you all had a wonderful summer break and are excited about the new year in Class 2. Mrs McCombie and Miss Walker continue to teach every morning in the classroom supported by Mrs Bester, Mrs Beckley and Mrs Coleman at different points. Miss Shepherd will be joining us this year teaching Class 2 on a Monday afternoon.

Key points:

  • PE will be on a Tuesday afternoon, please ensure named PE kits are in School at all times. Changing for PE is a skill in itself, it would be extremely helpful if every child has their full PE kit including shorts, joggers, t-shirt, jumper, socks and trainers.
  • Homework will be published on our class page of the website. One week English will be set and the next week will be Maths.
  • Children will be given spellings on a Monday, which they can practice at home and in school. These will be tested on the Friday of the same week.
  • Please read with your child every evening and use the yellow reading record to document this. It is extremely helpful to monitor their reading progression.
  • Creative Curriculum will take place on a Wednesday. Your child may need an apron for cooking or their PE kit for sport. This will change termly, so please do ask if you are unsure what they need.
  • Please may all clothing and personal items (including snack pots) be named.
  • In the morning please allow children to independently enter the class and organise their belongings.
  • Children are not allowed to bring toys to school. 

I am delighted to be accompanied by Mrs McCombie in Class 2 every morning and Miss Shepherd who will be teaching and dismissing Class 2 on a Monday afternoon. Mrs Bester and Mrs Beckley will also continue to help throughout the week in the classroom. 
We are always delighted to welcome volunteers into school, if you would like to join us to help with reading, a club or creative curriculum then please do get in touch.
Finally, you are welcome to come into Class 2 on Friday mornings until 9.00am to look at the displays and discuss your child’s work with them.