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News from Key Stage Two
Two- Autumn Term 2 -2014
Welcome back!
We hope you have enjoyed a lovely week
week-long holiday. We all deserved a rest after a busy first half term of eight
weeks! Your children made us proud of the way they settled quickly into their new classes. Their approach to
learning is admirable. The support and
nd encouragement you give them makes a world of difference.
Please be
assured that simply
imply practising basic skills such as reading and times tables builds their confidence. Taking an interest
in the topics they are covering in class helps them to understand their learning in more depth.
depth If you discuss and
take part inthe homework tasks, the children know that they are an important thing to do and will complete them
to a high standard.
We look forward to another fulfilling half term. Please ask to see myself or the class teachers if you have any queries
at any time.
Best wishes,
Jo Hollands
Assistant Head teacher
Key upcoming events
Readathon –We
We are having an extra special focus on reading
over the next three weeks. If you could encourage your child
to get into a reading routine, the hope is that this will
continue when the event is over. We want the children to
read anything that interests them. This may include comics/
magazines/ newspapers. We are creating a display
displ in the KS2
foyer, of the children reading in unusual/ cosy/ interesting
places, so if you send in a picture, it will be added to the wall.
A prize will be given for the most interesting - to be decided
by the school council.
Please give sponsor money to the class teacher by Friday 28th
Our newly designed website is amazing! Check it
out for factual information about the school,
upcoming events, curriculum details, class
lass news,
photographs and lots more!
School Uniform
Please help us to maintain our high standards of
dress by ensuring your child is wearing correct
school uniform, which includes shoes and PE kit.
Lost Property
Please help us to avoid the usual build-up
up of lost
property by naming your child’s clothing and
We have very limited space in the cloakrooms so
if your child wants to bring a bag to school, please
could you ensure it is a small one.
Children in Need -dress
dress as a super hero!(14
hero! th November)
Anti –bullying week – 17th- 21st November
Parents evenings – 25th and 26th November
Tree Planting – three new trees will be planted on the KS2
yard on 28thNovember.
Carol singing –children
children from Y5 will sing at the cathedral.
Christmas show –KS2
2 concert on 18th December.
End of term –19th December
Breakfast Club
Debbie and Tracey run the club, which starts at 8.15am until 8.40am.This
.This is a great opportunity for your child to
start the day with a healthy FREE breakfast and adults can enjoy one too, for the small charge of 50p.Please
that, for safety reasons, no child is allowed to leave breakfast club before 8.30am, unless they are accompanied
by a parent/ carer.
Punctuality & Attendance
School starts at 8:45
School finishes 3:15
Remember if your child is not in school they cannot learn. To reinforce this we record punctuality and
attendance and present an attendance award for the best class each week. If children are off school please
inform us of the reason for their absence by p
phone (01142552501)) or a short note (which must be given
to the office rather than the class teacher so they can record it on the registers.)
Children must only miss school if they are too ill to attend.
Children will be marked as late if they arrive in class after 8:50 Curriculum Areas
Please support your child by continuing to encourage them to read every day if possible and
assisting them with their spellings, times tables and homework tasks.
Here are the main areas of learning for each year group in KS2.
Year 3
Year 4
This half term Year 3 will be learning about different types
of rocks and soils in Science as well as making our own
explosive volcanoes! We will be writing stories that are set
in familiar places, as well as writing our own plays.
In History, we will be learning about the Stone Age and
comparing it to modern times.
In P.E we will be moving to music and linking this to our
previous Science topic of forces.
We will also continue to learn French together and use
every opportunity to practise our new skills.
In Music we will be busy learning our songs for the
Christmas play.
We really enjoyed our work on Mexico last term and we
are delighted with the hard work of all our children.
Here are the main areas of learning for this half term:
Literacy: Fables and play scripts
Maths: Main focus on multiplication, division, fractions,
time and data handling
Science: Exploring sound
History: The Mayan civilization (Mexico 2000BC to
Art and design: Looking at architectural design and
creating Mayan sculptures and carvings.
Computing: Animation – linked to work on Fables
French: Family, numbers, gender and games
Music: Explore arrangements and identify pitch.
PSHE: Friendship and road safety
PE : Mayan dance and swimming
RE: The journey of life and death (continued)
Staff: Mr Green, Miss Whittington, Mr Akram
Staff: S.Cotton, J Hollands,T.Kay
Year 5
Year 6
In Y5 this half term we are going to be visiting the
Victorian Classroom at Springfield school. This will form
the basis of our learning throughout the rest of the half
term. Outstanding slips and money (£10.50) for this would
be appreciated as soon as possible. Continuing the
Victorian theme, children will be creating and decorating
their own Victorian House.
In literacy we will be focussing on writing recounts and a
mystery story linked to the Victorians.
In Numeracy we will be learning about graphs and data,
shape, measures and fractions.
Y5 will continue to learn the cornets in music.
PE this half term is gymnastics. For Y5EA PE is Monday
and for Y5KR PE is Wednesday. Please ensure children
have the PE kits in school on the correct day.
Literacy: We will be exploring literacy through fiction and
non-fiction texts, concentrating on Science-fiction,
diaries & journals, mystery stories and poetry
Maths: We will be learning more about averages,
fractions, decimals and percentages, weights and
measures and properties of numbers
Science: We will be continuing to study Changing
History: The Ancient Egyptians, focussing on history,
culture and beliefs
Art and design: Researching and creating Canopic Jars
from clay
Computing: Staying safe online
French: Family, numbers, gender and games
Music: Explore arrangements and identify pitch.
PSHE: Getting on and falling out
PE : Gymnastics
RE: Religion, family and community
The SATs tests are fast approaching so to help your
children at home, please encourage them to read a little
each day and complete their homework to the best of
their ability.
Staff: K.Rudd, E. Apsa, A.Bennett
Staff: Mr Dowson, Miss Rafiq, Miss Montgomery,
Mr Rauf
Important note: The wearing of earrings for school is not encouraged, however if they are worn, they should be
simple studs.
CHILDREN CANNOT WEAR EARRINGS FOR PE, therefore if you are planning to have your child’s ears pierced, please
arrange for this to be done in the six weeks holiday. Your cooperation in this matter is very much appreciated.
If you have any questions about the above please feel free to ask the class teacher.