Cycle 3

Cycle 3

English Story with a historical setting

Explanation Text (How Bees Make Honey)

Poems (The Magic Box)

Maths Bar graphs

Line Graphs

Perimeter of shapes

Area of shapes

Science Electricity
Geography South America
Art Moving Parts Books
RE What we can learn from other religions
PE Dance
PSHE Who Are These People
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

We are nearly there, and we CAN do this!

Here is a quick overview of the meeting that was held on Tuesday. We are very close to SATs and your children are doing their best every single day. I have listed a few things you can do at home to help but the main thing is to try and keep everything as normal as possible for them. Please come to me if you are unsure of anything below. We are all in this together and we can’t wait to see how well your children will do after all their hard work. Miss Stephens 🙂

Assessment and Monitoring

  • As of 2014, the ‘old’ national curriculum levels (e.g. level 3, 4, 5) were abolished as set out in government guidelines.
  • The 2014 curriculum is rigorous and sets noticeably higher expectations than previous curricula, which is why all schools have had to work hard to meet and adapt to it since its introduction.
  • Since 2016, test scores have been reported as ‘scaled scores’.

Scaled Scores

What is meant by ‘scaled scores’?

  • It is planned that 100 will always represent the ‘national standard’.
  • Each pupil’s raw test score will therefore be converted into a score on the scale, either at, above or below 100.
  • The scale will have a lower end point somewhere below 100 and an upper end point above 100.
  • A child who achieves the ‘national standard’ (a score of 100) will be judged to have demonstrated sufficient knowledge in the areas assessed by the tests.
  • Each pupil receives:
  • a raw score (number of raw marks awarded);
  • a scaled score in each tested subject;
  • confirmation of whether or not they attained the national standard.

Higher-Attaining Pupils

  • In the past, Key Stage 2 tests were aimed at children achieving levels 3-5 (with a national expectation to reach at least level 4).
  • This meant that additional level 6 tests were produced for children who demonstrated higher than expected attainment (above level 5).
  • Under the new system, there are not any separate tests for the most-able children.
  • Instead, each test will have scope for higher-attaining pupils to show their strengths.
  • This means that some questions towards the end of the tests may be more difficult for many children but they should be encouraged to attempt as much of the test as they are able to.

The Tests

Key Stage 2 SATs take place nationally in the week commencing 8th May 2017

Statutory tests will be administered in the following subjects:

  • Reading (60 minutes)
  • Spelling (approximately 15 minutes)
  • Punctuation, Vocabulary and Grammar (45 minutes)
  • Mathematics

– Paper 1: Arithmetic (30 minutes)

– Paper 2: Reasoning (40 minutes)

– Paper 3: Reasoning (40 minutes)

  • There are no tests to be administered in science this year.
  • All tests are externally marked.
  • As in recent years, writing will be teacher assessed internally.


  • The reading test consists of a single test paper with three unrelated reading texts. Children are given 60 minutes in total, which includes reading the texts and answering the questions.
  • A total of 50 marks are available.
  • Questions are designed to assess the comprehension and understanding of a child’s reading.
  • During the reading paper, a child’s inference and deduction skills are thoroughly tested. They will also be expected to answer questions on authorial choices: explaining why an author has chosen to use particular vocabulary, grammar and text features.
  • Some questions are multiple choice or selected response; others require short answers and some require an extended response or explanation.

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

  • A spelling test is administered containing 20 words, which lasts approximately 15 minutes.
  • A separate test is given on grammar, punctuation and vocabulary.
  • This test lasts for 45 minutes and requires short answer questions including some multiple choice.
  • Marks for these two tests are added together to give a total for grammar, punctuation and spelling.


  • The mathematics tests have undergone the biggest change in recent years.
  • Children will sit three tests: paper 1, paper 2 and paper 3.
  • Paper 1 is for arithmetic lasting for 30 minutes, covering calculation methods for all operations, including use of fractions, percentages and decimals.
  • Questions gradually increase in difficulty. Not all children will be expected to access some of the more difficult questions later in the paper.
  • Papers 2 and 3 cover problem solving and reasoning, each lasting for 40 minutes.
  • Pupils will still require calculation skills but will need to answer questions in context and decide what is required to find a solution.

How to help your child…

  • First and foremost, support and reassure your child that there is nothing to worry about and they should always just try their best. Praise and encourage!
  • Ensure your child has the best possible attendance at school.
  • Support your child with any homework tasks.
  • Reading, spelling and arithmetic (e.g. times tables) are always good to practise.
  • Talk to your child about what they have learnt at school and what book(s) they are reading (the character, the plot, their opinion).
  • Make sure your child has a good sleep and healthy breakfast every morning!

Help & Support at Home

As your child will be completing their SATs tests later this year, it is important for children to be furthering their learning at home; I have attached some advice and support to help at home.


It is very important that your child is reading at home, as often as possible. I understand it can be difficult to find the time, but your child will become more confident with reading if this takes place often. Children could read to a relative or older sibling also.

Your child is given two books every Monday, to read throughout the week. It is important for your child to read the book several times, to be able to read fluently and become more familiar with the book.

Please make sure you are writing a comment in your child’s reading record, with a date and signature. Please ensure your child brings their books and reading record into school EVERYDAY, even if they have not read, as we read our reading books every day in school.

Times Table Practise

Your child needs to know their 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s times tables; this will significantly help them with lots of skills needed for mathematics. Your child can access the following websites at home to help them learn their times tables and practise them:

2 times tables –

3 times tables –

5 times tables –

Practise –


Your child needs to be practicing their spellings as often as possible, including ‘High Frequency Words’ and ‘Year 1 and 2 Spelling Lists’, which I have sent home. It would also be helpful for your child to practise spellings which have been sent home throughout the year.

I am beginning to send home practice test papers for your child to complete, however, there are a significant amount of questions. Therefore, I expect homework to be handed in on a Friday, rather than a Wednesday, to allow more time for your child to complete. I would advise your child to be completing a few questions each night, so that they are becoming familiar with the questions, on a regular basis.

Thank you for your continued support, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Miss Gilmore

Year 2 Teacher

Cycle 3

Spring 2

English Non-chronological reports

Sci-Fi stories

Maths Time

Equivalent fractions

Science Animals including humans
Geography Europe
RE Why do people pray?
PE Dodgeball
PSHE Economic well being
Languages La date
Computing We are presenters


Dear all,

Firstly, a massive thank you for all your help and support so far this year. The children have made great progress and are demonstrating positive attitudes towards their learning.

Our PE lessons are now on Tuesday and Friday 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


Cycle 3 Update

The children in Nursery have worked extremely hard during Cycle 2. We have just started Cycle 3 and are excited about all the learning that will take place.


  • Reception’s Key Text
    Our Key Text for Cycle Three is ‘The Three Little Pigs’. We will be reading the story each week, answering blank level questions, learning about the characters and sequencing the story.
  • This week we will be sending out a letter to invite you into school on Fridays to come in to read with your child. We are looking forward to inviting you in to school to come and spend some time choosing and reading books with your child.
  • Reading at home

Please continue to listen to your child read their reading book every night. Ask your children questions about their book to check their understanding of what they have read.


We are continuing to work hard to write our names in the morning. In RWI lessons we are beginning to learn sounds and we are working hard to write these sounds when writing our names and simple CVC words such as: cat, dog.


In Maths we are working very hard on one to one counting, matching numeral to quantity and one more than. We are beginning to look at capacity, weight and length.


We are busy arranging a trip to Smithills Farm. At the farm the children will get to see all the animals close up. They can even feed them, stroke them and see the cows getting milked. They will have a donkey ride as well as a tractor and trailer ride.


During this cycle we will be having some special visitors in Nursery. We will be receiving a set of eggs which we will be able to see hatch into chicks. Very exciting! The children will learn about the life cycle of a chicken and will have the opportunity to draw and write about the chicks and maybe even hold a chick!

Snack Money

We ask that the children continue to 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 the register 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 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.

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 continued support,

Miss Harvey and the Nursery team.


World Book Day

Year 2 have had lots of fun, celebrating World Book Day! We chose to base our day around ‘Aliens Love Underpants’; we have completed a book review, made alien headbands, taken part in an underpants hunt, decorated aliens cupcakes and even tasted an alien drink!

Cycle 3

During Cycle 3, Year 2 will be learning about:

  • ​Science – Plants
  • RE – Judaism
  • Geography – Australia
  • Art and Design – Aboriginal Art
  • PSHE – Keeping Myself Healthy
We also have two school trips booked:
  • ​Monday 6th March – Heaton Park
  • Monday 27th March – Jewish Museum
We have already celebrated Pancake Day and World Book Day, take a look at our photographs!