Year 3 – Cycle 2

Autumn 2

English Dictionary and Thesaurus skills

Instructional text

Play scripts

Maths Units of measure
Science Forces and magnets
History Iron age to stone age
Design and Technology Moving cart
RE What means to be a Christian in Britain today
PE Gymnastics
PSHE Safe and healthy at home, school and locally
Music Pantomime performance song
Languages Les couleurs et les nombres
Computing We are programmers

Dear all,

Firstly, a massive thank you for all your help and support in cycle 1. The children have made a fantastic start to Year 3 and I am excited to see what this cycle will bring. As you may know we have some exciting events coming up including; a trip to The Lowry, Christmas fair, a trip to the pantomime and not forgetting our pantomime performance.

Our PE lessons are on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Children must have their full PE kits in school to participate in the lesson therefore, I encourage children to bring in their PE at the start of the new half term and leave it in school until the holidays when the teachers will remind children to take it home to be washed. Please can I remind parents that PE should consist of black shorts and a white t-shirt with black pumps.

Homework and spellings will continue to be sent out on a Friday and should be completed and returned by the following Wednesday. If children do not complete their homework or if they need support to complete their homework they can come to homework club on a Thursday lunchtime. Can all parents / careers please ensure they read with the child every night and sign the reading record which should be brought to school with their reading book daily.

If you have any questions please come and ask.

Mrs Thompson


Year 4 Cycle 2

Year 4 Turquoise class page

Cycle 2

English Story with a historical setting

Newspapers and journalistic recounts


Maths 2-step word problems

inverse operation

dividing by 10 and 100

Science States of Matter
History Anglo-Saxons and Vikings
Art Illuminated letters
RE What we can learn from other religions
PE Dance
PSHE Growing up
Music Brass instruments Tuition
Languages La sale de classe
Computing We are software developers

Our PE lesson will be on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. Children must have their full PE kits in school on a Tuesday and Wednesday. I encourage children to bring their PE kits at the start of the new term and leave it in school until the holidays when teachers will remind children to take it home to be washed. Please could I remind parents that PE kits should consist of black shorts and a white t-shirt with black pumps.

Homework and spellings will be sent out on a Friday and should be completed and returned by the following Wednesday. If children do not complete their homework or if they need support, they can join homework club on a Thursday lunchtime.

As always, if you ever have any questions please do not hesitate and come and ask.

Thank you for your co-operation. I look forward to this exciting year ahead.

Mr Davies

Year 2 – Excitement for Cycle 2

We have begun our new topics for Cycle 2, these are:

  • History – Space
  • Science – Animals including Humans
  • Design and Technology – Creating Rockets
  • Religious Education – Where is a special place for Sikhs?
We also have an exciting visit to look forward to, from the Wonderdome team!
During Cycle 2, we will be reading ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’ by Jill Tomlinson. We are ensuring a focus on reading at Brentnall, so that the children are confident, competent readers who enjoy reading for pleasure; In Year 2, we have daily ‘Time for Reading’ sessions, where the children develop reading and comprehension skills in a group, we read our class novel, daily, and we have 10 minutes of ‘Drop Everything and Read’ time after lunch, where the children can read their reading book, an exciting text or book from the classroom. Please ensure your child is reading every night, please comment, date and sign in your child’s Reading Record also.
Thank you for your continued support, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Miss Gilmore, Mrs Jackson, Mrs Roberts and Mrs Langowski

Cycle 1 Fun!

Year 2 have worked very hard and settled in to Year 2 well during Cycle 1. We have:

  • Had a visit from Miss Morreal’s Albino Frogs
  • Visited The Blue Planet aquarium
  • Enjoyed our new Reading Bus
  • Read at lunchtimes to our Book Worms
  • Designed and created fruit kebabs
  • Hosted an Afternoon Tea Party for the Queen
  • Taken part in Boogie Bounce
  • Enjoyed a Scootfit experience
  • Performed our dance in assembly





As well as all of this fun, we have learnt lots!

Nursery Update

Our topic this term is ‘Transport’. Your topic homework is to make a vehicle that can do something special using things you have at home, such as cardboard boxes, tubes, bottles, milk tops etc. It may be a ‘flying bus’, a ‘robot boat’ or a ‘dinosaur car’. Talk to your child about what they are learning and discuss what special vehicle they might like to create. Please bring your finished model clearly labelled with your name into school on Monday 21st November to show Miss Harvey, Mrs Singh and the other children. We can’t wait to see all of your fantastic creations!

pic-1 pic-2 pic-3






Communication and Language

In our Communication and Language groups we have been learning all about different types of ‘Transport’. We have been exploring the story ‘The Naughty Bus’. One day we had a surprise delivery, it was a present for us to unwrap. It was our very own ‘Naughty Bus’, he has been getting up to all sorts of mischief in the classroom, we have found the Naughty Bus in lots of weird and wonderful places.


In maths we are working on reciting numbers in order, recognising numerals and 1:1 counting.


In phonics we have been going on listening walks in our school environment to tune into sounds all around us. We have been learning to play different musical instruments and have been exploring different ways to play them. We have enjoyed learning an African chant ‘Kye Kye Kule’ along with actions.

Things to remember:

Spare clothes

Please ensure your child has spare clothes with them in school at all times, including underwear and socks. It is very important that we are able to change your child and make them comfortable if any toileting accidents occur and especially now as we’re approaching the winter months.

As the weather is getting colder, please ensure children wear suitable clothing, i.e. a warm coat, hat, scarf and gloves. Please ensure children’s items are clearly labelled.

We operate an open door policy, therefore please feel free to come in and speak to me about any worries or concerns you may have about your child or your child’s learning. If you would like a more in depth discussion, we can arrange a mutually convenient time and date.

Thank you for your support

Miss Harvey and the Nursery team.


Cycle 2

During our last learning cycle we had lots of fun in Year 5, from dancing to Justin Beiber in PE, to debating whether or not junk food should be banned! We have worked extremely hard in all our subjects, and our aim is to keep up the hard working atmosphere we have created. I hope that this cycle we can be successful learners once again!


  • Homework is sent out on a Thursday and should be returned to school on a Tuesday.


  • Spelling test every Friday.


  • Diaries need to be signed and returned the next day to show your child has read at home (15-20 minutes).


Continuing Poetic Style

Story by a significant children’s author

Biographies and Autobiographies



Continuing fractions

Decimal numbers

Roman Numerals

Rounding numbers

Multiples and factors




Earth and Space





History – Romans




Gymnastics with Miss Gorton – Monday afternoon

Rounders with Mr Braithwaite – Friday afternoon

PE is part of our uniform and we ask it to be a white t-shirt and black shorts, pumps or trainers. For cultural or religious reasons girls may wear white long sleeved t-shirts and black leggings.

French Quelle heure est-il? (What time is it?)


RE If God is everywhere, why go to a place of worship?


DT Jupiter Rover (links with Science)



Autumn Term Update

The children have had a fabulous time learning about Transport over the past few weeks. They have learnt lots about transport on the ground, in the air and on water, including pirates and space travel. The children really enjoyed the visit we had from the local fire brigade when they got a chance to squirt water from the hose.


The children have made some fantastic models at home of different types of transport. We displayed them in class and the children told everyone what they had made.

Our new topic

This term in Reception our topic is ‘Special books’. We will be doing lots of work based on The Stick Man story and then The Christmas Story. After Christmas we will be listening to and reading Traditional Tales, such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Little Pigs.


We are working very hard in RWI learning to recognise sounds, segment and blend to read words and write sounds.


In Maths we are working very hard on being able to count objects to 20 and recognise numbers up to 20. Some of the children have been learning about 1 more and 1 less. We have also been learning about 2D and 3D shapes.


Your child will continue to bring homework home every Friday. Please try and complete the homework over the weekend and bring it back to school on Monday. It is important to sit with your child and support their learning. However please let your child complete the homework using their own ideas and sounding out words themselves, using their own spellings.

Please continue to listen to your child read their reading book every night plus help them to practise the highlighted words on the sheet at the front, every night.

Snack Money
We ask that the children bring in 50p every week, on a Monday, to contribute towards the cost of providing the children with a range of healthy snacks.


Please be reminded that the school doors open at 8:50am and maths lessons commence at 9am prompt.  It is important your child arrives to school on time to ensure valuable learning is not missed.


Please ensure your child has spare clothes and underwear.  as the weather changes there may be times when your child gets wet during outdoor play.


Please ensure all clothing is labelled clearly with your child’s name. We are still noticing a number of jumpers and cardigans with no name.