Reception has really enjoyed their learning during cycle 2 and have had lots of fun in doing so.

The children are becoming more confident in all aspects of their learning and during Cycle 3, we will be developing their knowledge and understanding of the world with the arrival of some very special eggs in the forthcoming weeks.  The children will learn about the lifecycle of a chick leading onto Easter Celebrations and different ways that people celebrate around the world.

In recent weeks, we have been discussing healthy eating and we will be inviting parents and carers to come and enjoy a healthy breakfast with your child. Keep your eyes peeled for an invitation!

Our Focus

During this cycle, we will be focusing on writing and encouraging children to apply their phonics knowledge to write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others.

Our phonics programme provides children with the strategies they need in order to read and write. With this in mind, it is important that children are in school every day and arrive on time ready to start lessons at 9am prompt.


The children will be developing their language of size, ordering items by length and height.

We will be looking at ‘flat’ 2D and ‘solid’ 3D shapes and using mathematical names to describe them.


Some texts we will be covering this term include:


  • Please ensure your child’s uniform is clearly labelled with their name. We are finding many jumpers/cardigans around the classroom with no names on them.
  • Snack money is 50p per week. Thank you to those who have paid for the full term. Your contributions help to pay for additional snacks and experiences for the children, such as, pancakes during our Shrove Tuesday celebrations.
  • Home reading books need to be in school every day.Please ensure you read with your child every night and sign the reading record so we know they have read with you. Home reading books are changed in school on a Thursday.

Spare Clothes Donations

We are running extremely low on spare clothes in school and would be very grateful for any donations.  If you have any old clothes, underwear or socks that would fit children in Nursery or Reception, please could you bring them into school?

Stay and Play Workshops

I will be running both a Maths and Reading workshop during this cycle and hope you can all make it.  The children love sharing their learning and this is a good way to see your child’s progress.  I will provide more details on dates during parents evening.



Cycle 3

Year 2 Topaz Class

What a wonderful second cycle of learning we have had in year 2. Here is what we have to look forward to this cycle…

An Overview of Cycle 3:

English Man on the Moon

The Story Machine

Mathematics Place value




Addition and Subtraction


Multiplication and Division




Position and Direction





Science Plants- Stem or Seed?
Art Fabricate
Geography Our Wonderful Weather
Computing Computer Art and Presentation Skills
PE Tuesday – Gymnastics

Wednesday – Team Games

RE Sikhism
PSHE Our Healthy Bodies


To ensure the best possible learning in school your child needs to arrive on time (8.50am) and attend school every day.


Homework will be sent home on a Friday and should be returned the following Wednesday. Please ensure your child tries their best with this homework and do offer guidance and support when needed, whilst still allowing your child to work out answers for themselves.


Please read with your child every day and record this in his/her reading record. It is important to question your child’s understanding of what they have read. The reading record is to be signed and returned the next day to show your child has read at home (15-20 minutes).Your child’s book will be changed every Monday.


This cycle PE is on a Tuesday and a Wednesday. Your child must be in full kit every week. PE kit is; black shorts, white polo shirt and black pumps. The Wednesday lesson will be outdoors, therefore if you wish (as the weather changes) your child can wear black tracksuit bottoms/jacket and trainers.

We look forward to our exciting term ahead. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Miss Harvey and Mrs. Roberts



Cycle 3

Dear Parents/ Careers,

Welcome back to a brand new half term at Brentnall! Year 2 are working very hard in the run up to our SATs tests! We are excited to prove how much we have learnt over the year so far!


As it is such an important time for Year 2, we all know the importance of being in school on time every day to maximise our learning. As the doors open each day at 8.50am, children are greeted with a different anthem to get them awake and ready for the day ahead. On Fridays, we can let our hair loose with our Friday Anthem, which can include anything from the conga to the limbo! As a team, we are currently the attendance champions of the school! We are aiming to win the trophy every week and we appreciate your support to enable this to happen.


Mr. Thompson has recently sent out a letter regarding uniform. Please see this letter if you are unsure of the correct uniform attire. Children should also be practising tying shoe laces and buttoning up their own shirts.

Weekly reminders:

Monday Reading books changed




Reading books and logs to be taken home, filled in and brought back everyday.

Tuesday PE – indoor
Wednesday Homework to be handed in


Thursday PE – outdoor
Friday Spelling test/ Times Table Challenge

Homework to be given out


 The homework sent home each week is vital to your child’s learning as they need to apply their skills that they have learnt during the week. Please encourage your child to complete their homework carefully and neatly,ensuring that they work independently. Then sit with them to look back at their work to check it.

Homework will be given on a Friday:

  • Spellings – to be practised each week, for our spelling test.
  • Lined paper – to write a sentence for each spelling word
  • Times table practise – to be practised each week for the Times Table Challenge.
  • Maths homework – to be completed weekly.

Homework needs to come back to school on a Wednesday.

If your child needs extra support with the homework or fails to return it to school they will be asked to complete this during Thursday lunchtime.


Reading is such an important skill in your child’s development and we are aiming to listen to children read every day. Children should read to you every night to develop their confidence, fluency and expression. Please add a small comment in their reading record to say how they have read. It is important to question your child’s understanding of what they have read. Pupils who read regularly at home tend to make the most significant progress.

Reading books need to come to school every daywith a small comment in the reading records. Reading books will be changed every Monday morning.


PE lessons are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We suggest that your child brings their kit in at the beginning of term and leaves it in school until the end of term to ensure that they do not forget it. Please refer back to the uniform letter to see the correct PE attire.

Times Tables:

It is expected that by the end of Year 2 pupils know, recite and understand the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables. We will cover this in class but please practise at home as well. The children know some songs to practise.

Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Mrs. Woolley and Mrs. Jackson