Holly Berries

Welcome to Holly Berries
Holly Berries is home to a wonderful class of 15 year 2 children, our class teacher- Mrs Richards and our two teaching assistants- Miss Bailey and Mrs Taylor.
Throughout the week we also have lots of other adults supporting our learning including Miss Pearson (afternoon teacher), Mrs Cox (afternoon teacher), Mrs McGoldrick (Friday teacher) Miss Goodall, Miss Worgan and Mrs James (teaching assistants).
On Wednesday afternoons children have P.E lessons with our fantastic sports coach.
On Thursday we enjoy a fun afternoon at Forest School with Miss Worgan.
What are Holly Berries reading this term?
Stories by author Jill Murphy
National Poetry Day
To find out what's been going on in school, follow us on twitter @Littledeansch 
It is updated regularly so don't miss out - follow us! 
Get in touch on our class email: hollyberries@littledean.gloucs.sch.uk
Please read with your child at least 3 times a week. 
Reading is a great way to spend time together and helps children with all areas of their learning.
Please recap all words that your child finds tricky when you have time.
If you would like more things to do at home to help with your child's learning then take a look at the bottom of this page for lots of ideas!
Spring Term Learning Overview
Below is a link to our learning overview for the Spring term which shows what we are learning in each area of the curriculum. 

Our PE day is Wednesday. We ask that children come to school dressed in appropriate PE kit:

  • Black shorts/track suit bottoms
  • T-shirt in your house colour (red, green, blue, yellow) - no logos please
  • School jumper/cardigan 
  • Trainers/daps which must remain in school
  • Hair should be tied up and earrings should be removed or covered.

Earrings and watches MUST be REMOVED for all PE lessons.

Forest Schools

We spend Thursday afternoon at Forest Schools. We ask that children come to school dressed in appropriate clothing:

  • Old clothes with long sleeves and long trousers which you do not mind getting dirty.
  • Water proof jacket and trousers (if you have them - we have a selection in school if not).
  • Wellies (if you have them - we have a selection in school if not)
  • A spare pair of socks is always useful.
  • As it gets (hopefully!) warmer, can you make sure your child has long sleeves and long trousers to wear. 
We follow the ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds’ phonics scheme.  This program is used to support the children in developing their reading and writing skills. 
If you would like more information, including watching some videos explaining how to pronounce each sound, please click on the link below.
If you would like some help reinforcing your child's recognition and recall of the Phase 3 Phonic Sounds, there are some useful videos and games for each of the phonemes on BBC Bitesize. 
The Year 2 children will also be learning the spelling patterns from Phase 6 Letters and Sounds. A useful link to some videos and games to support them with this, can be found at...
If you want a game to help improve your child's spelling of these common exception words, click the link below and choose your year group!
In Holly Berries, the children are learning either the Year 1 or Year 2 Common Exception  words or often called tricky words. These are words that cannot be read or written phonetically. 
Below are the Common Exception word lists for both Year 1 and Year 2, which the children should be able to read and write by the end of their year.
Currently most of the children will be receiving these as some of their weekly spellings.
The document below shows the types of learning the Year 2 children will cover in their SPAG [Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar] lessons.
A glossary of words and phrases used in SPAG lessons, can also be useful when talking to your child about what they have been learning.
The children in Holly Berries are practising their handwriting using the cursive style which has both lead-ins and lead-outs, so that all letters join, and so that this continuous flow of handwriting will enable them to write faster. If you would like to help them with this, the image below shows how each letter should be formed.
There are lots of fun Maths games that your child can do, on the internet. Please click on some of the links below.
Below are some more useful websites for Maths.
Click below for a Glossary of words and phrases used in KS1 Maths lessons.