Dear Parents,

Welcome to another school year and to all Class 2 pupils hoping you all had a lovely summer break. A very special welcome to the new Year 3 children to the juniors and to key stage 2. There is a lot of hard work ahead for all of us but I know, with lots of effort, we will have another enjoyable and successful year.

Our creative topic this term is focussing on ‘Reach for the Stars’. We will be using this wonderful theme across our curriculum.

Homework
This will be given out every Friday online with my maths. Homework should be completed within one week online (paper copies available and please remember to call in if any concerns). In addition, I would ask that all children read at least 3 times a week. Children are free to change their books when necessary, although this is usually done on Fridays. Certain children who need extra help with reading will be heard every week and we try to record this in planners. Whatever stage your child is at in reading please encourage reading for enjoyment and understanding and also to help them to develop research skills. Times tables tests and practise will also
continue in addition to the above and children will be regularly tested in class.

In Literacy Class 2 will continue to look at grammar, punctuation, spellings and sentence work in addition to: Creating Images in Poetry, Information texts and Fables and moving on to Syllabic Poems after half term and a wonderful text called ‘Dear Father Christmas’ and letter writing in time for the festive period. As always I will continue to place a strong emphasis on handwriting and presentation. Every child will practise school cursive handwriting and be encouraged to take pride in their work.

In Numeracy we will be working hard again in all areas of basic maths, focusing on addition/ subtraction, multiplication/ division, fractions, time, areas and shape. Children will be working towards securing and applying basic skills and applying their knowledge to mental maths and challenges. I would encourage all children to practise times tables and extend their knowledge
to corresponding division facts. Your support at home with homework or extra work is always appreciated.

Every child will be asked to complete a project at home on a given topic. This term the children will focus their project on ‘Inspirational People’ and will be given a date in which to present their topic to the class over the next few weeks. Year 4 will be given a person to focus their project on. This can be done in any chosen way and does not have to be by PowerPoint. Sketches,
handmade artefacts, posters or fact sheets are welcomed. The purpose of the project is to give the children a chance to extend their own learning and present their work back to the class, thereby encouraging their speaking and listening skill.

In R.E we will be looking at ‘Rules for Living’ and ‘God With Us’. We will also continue to follow our class worship themes each week. PHSE will focus on Emotional health and well-being and being different.

In Art this term we will be looking closely at developing drawing skills and patterns. Art will also now be covered in fantastic Friday.

Design and technology will be covered in fantastic Friday and each year group will have the opportunity to work with Mrs Banbury to design and construct with Lego and complete Stem Challenges. We will be also be looking at healthy life styles and foods in DT with Miss Davison.

Our ICT will begin with Internet Safety and class theme of ‘Space sisters’, exploring computers and instructions then investigating hardware after half term.

P.E this term will be on Thursday and we will continue to follow Lancashire plans for Gymnastics and Games.

This term we will continue to study French as part of our Modern Foreign Languages using Light bulb French and addressing; greetings, family and numbers. Music will be taught by Miss Dolphin following our music programme. Children also have the opportunity to have lessons in guitar and singing with outside agency teachers.

Our humanities focus is History this term, where we will be travelling back in time looking closely at the ‘Stone Age’ and then a fantastic unit for Geography focussing on Earthquakes and Volcanoes.

In Science we will become experts in Animals and humans, looking closely at skeletons and the muscles in our bodies. After half term an exciting topic on Electricity, making circuits and exploring switches.

Another exciting and fun term to look forward to. Once again thank you for all your support and I look forward to another successful year in Class 2.

If you do have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Many Thanks

Mrs Millward