Last weeks!

Hi everyone,

Today we said goodbye to our friend Tessa. We are very sad to see her leave and will miss her smile a lot!

Next week we will work on subtracting 2 digit numbers, measuring, multiplication and telling the time.

For literacy we will continue working on the Grace and family book but also write receipt for ice lollies and of course make them! On Tuesday we are going to watch the play from year 6 and the rest of the week will be a normal week.

We will see most of you for the parents meetings next week.

Enjoy your weekend!

Frances and Monique


Library, books and fun!

Hello everyone,

This was the last week that we have been to the library. There are a few books missing, could you have a look at home to see if you have any books that are from the school library? The children can still take normal reading books home for one more week. All these reading books need to be back at school on Wednesday the 5th of July.

This Friday we will give out the last spelling words of the year (yay!).

For numeracy we have been working on telling the time. We have been working on 5 past, 5 to, 10 past and 10 to. Feel free to practice this at home :). They are very excited about telling the time and tell me all day what time it is! We are also working on partitioning to add two 2-digit numbers; finding the difference between two 2-digit numbers; multiplying two numbers using counting in steps of 2, 3, 5 and 10; solving division problems by counting in steps of 2, 3, 5 and 10.

For literacy we are continuing working on the Grace and Family book and IPC is still about volcanoes and earthquakes. We are designing survival kits and new protective clothing.

Have a lovely week!

Frances and Monique


Hello everyone,

Monday is sports day! fun! Sports day will take place on Monday (19th June). The children will need to be at the Sprint Sports Club (Doctor Schaepmanlaan 4, 4837 BW Breda) at 8.40am and picked up from there at 2.15pm. The children need to wear their school PE kit and take their lunch and snack with them. Please make sure your child is wearing sunscreen and has a water bottle because it is going to be very warm!

Wednesday there is a football tournament for the children that are in the football club (they know about this ). Don’t worry if you are not in the football club, we will do fun things that day and of course go and support the ISB team!

Literacy: we will be working on Grace and family and will do our reading and writing assessments.

Numeracy: count back in 10s and 1s to solve subtraction (not crossing 10s) and check subtraction using addition, beginning to understand that addition undoes subtraction and vice versa; add three or more small numbers using number facts; record amounts of money using £·p notation including amounts with no 10s or 1s; find more than one way to solve a money problem.

IPC:  We are going to be talking about plate tectonics and earthquakes. We are going to make a seismograph and talk about Richter scale.

We will make a new list for the reading parents so we will come looking for our lovely volunteers on Tuesday :).

Have a lovely weekend!

Frances and Monique

Short week!

Hi everyone,

Only a two day week this week! That means no spelling test and no PE this week. We will continue working on our own game that we are making. We are working in teams of 6 children and two children are the programmers, two are responsible for marketing and two for art and design.

For numeracy we will be working on comparing numbers, using < and >, finding numbers on a number line and counting in steps of 100. For literacy we will continue reading our book about the Gorilla, predict the story and write in role.

We will see you all tomorrow,

Frances and Monique

May holiday homework activity

Hello everyone,

In our school we all speak out against bullying.

Speak to your family about what this means to you.
Your home activity is to make something which shows this; this could be a poster, drawing, a poem, song or even a role play. It is up to you how you will to do this. Be prepared to bring in or talk about your home activity on the week beginning Monday 6th May, during our Anti-Bullying Week.

We do of course understand it if you are busy, it is a holiday after all :). So please don’t worry about taking it to school on Monday. Any day that week would be fine.

On Monday we all wear blue to school for the start on anti bullying week.

Have a lovely holiday and we will see you in two weeks!

Frances and Monique

last week before the May holiday!

Hello everyone,

This week we have the university days and King’s day. So no literacy, numeracy, PE, SEAL or phonics. The children are very excited about that ;).

The children have chosen different courses that teachers and other professionals will teach over the next three days. Some examples of courses are making a silent movie, mindcraft, mosaic, bee keeping and much more. On Friday we celebrate King’s day and we will have a day full of Dutch games and fun. We have been practicing de Okido in class and you can find the lyrics in your child’s bookbag. If you want to see the song and dance, have a look here:

We will sing (and dance!) de Okido on King’s day with the whole school. If your child wants to practice at home, they can but they do not have to.

Every morning we will spend 15 minutes on reading before the courses start so the children do need their bookbags this week. On Friday there will be no spelling test since it is King’s day. The spelling words we have given out are for the spelling test after the holiday. So a lot of time to practice!

We hope to see all of you on Wednesday of Thursday evening,

Frances and Monique

Next week

Hello everyone,

Next week our spelling test will be on Thursday because it is good Friday on Friday. On Thursday we will also do an easter egg hunt! Fun fun fun!

Today we made a really cool jungle display for our new book “Gorilla”. We will work on that book next week and discuss the pictures. What do the children like about the pictures? Is there anything they dislike? What questions do they have about the story? We will encourage the children to expand on their first thoughts and give reasons for their wonderings, predictions and initial responses. We will read a few pages of the book and see if our predictions were correct. We will work in pairs to role-play a conversation between two characters and will record feelings from the characters.

Numeracy: Tell the time to the nearest quarter of an hour using analogue and digital clocks; understand the relationship between seconds, minutes and hours and use a tally chart; interpret and complete a pictogram or block graph where one block or symbol represents one or two things.

IPC: Digital Gaming! we will research our favourite games. What is the setting? How do you win or lose points? Who is the main character? What is the country of origin? We will also play some games to introduce the topic. We will only play games that are appropriate and children will play for a short amount of time (5 minutes per game). We will discuss what they liked about the games and use a tally chart to see which game was most popular.

Have a great weekend!

Frances and Monique

Next week

Hello everyone,

Next week we have our IPC celebration on Monday from 14:00 until 14:30.

On Tuesday we have our trip to the Springplank. Please make sure you drop your child at the Springplank at 9:00 and pick them up at 13:30. When we get back to the ISB you are more than welcome to stay with us an join in with some outdoor games.

Alban’s mum takes Duarte
Dorian’s mum takes Aleksander
Dorian’s mum returns with Aleksander, Juliette and Aaditi
Sofie’s mum takes Aanya and Sara
Leo’s mum takes Nathan and Conner
Sarah’s mum takes Mauro and Jakub
Chloe’s mum takes Yara and Josefa

Could Aaditi’s mum and Juliette’s mum please arrange car seats?

For IPC we are going to start with our new topic Digital Gaming! In this unit we will learn about some applications of ICT and computing in different jobs and work situations. We will learn about some applications and implications of ICT and computing in everyday life. We will learn about how ICT and computing affects people’s lives. We are going to learn how to search effectively, using and evaluating information from a variety of sources. We are going to work with a range of programs or apps to support and present learning in other subjects.

Bedirhan’s mum came in to speak to us about her job for our last IPC topic. This was a very successful day and the children loved asking her questions. If you are working in the ICT or gaming sector and you would like to come in one day to speak to us, please let me know. The children get really excited when we have visitors and they learn a lot from this.

For numeracy we will continue working on the topics we worked on last weeks. Times tables (2, 5 and 10), fractions and finding half of odd and even numbers.

For literacy we will start a new book called Gorilla by Anthony Browne. Over the next few weeks we are going to look at illustrations as well as the text in order to discover how picture books work, how stories are told through the illustrations, through the words and through the relationship between both. We will learn how a picture can bring about an emotional response and provide a visual narrative.

Have a nice long weekend!

Frances and Monique


A fun week coming up!

Hello everyone,

We have a fun week coming up!

Wednesday we have the Schiphol trip. We would like to remind you that we meet at 8:45 at the main ticket office at Breda Station. The children take their normal bag with their water bottle, snack and lunch with them. They do not need their bookbag.

Thursday is Mother Tongue day. Everyone can come to school dressed in clothes that represent their culture/native language (e.g. T-shirt, face paint, costume). You can find more information in the March newsletter.

Friday: Inset day so no school.

Spelling: we have given the children their new spelling words today but the spelling test will be on the 7th of April. This is because of our trip, mother tongue day and the inset day. So two weeks to practice these spelling words!

Have a good weekend,

Frances and Monique

Please come to our IPC celebration!

Hello everyone,

We have been learning about airplanes and airports for a few weeks and we would love to show all of you what we have been doing. We would like to show you all our work on Monday the 3th of April. You are welcome in the year 2 classroom between 14:00 and 14:30.

The children would love it if you could come and see what we made. A welcome Jakub to the Netherlands video, designs for flight attendant uniforms, our own airport maps, trainings videos for people that work at an airport and much more!

Tomorrow you will receive a proper (handmade) invitation so please try to act surprised  :)!

Frances and Monique