Cycle 2

Thank you for all of your support during cycle 1! The children have settled in nicely to year 4 and I look forward to spending the rest of the school year teaching them. I am sure they will continue to work hard and enjoy their learning. Please read on to discover the topics that will be covered during this cycle.

Cycle 2


We will be studying The Green Ship by Quentin Blake.

Character Description

Diary Entry




  • Division
  • Fractions
  • Money
  • Time
  • Shape


States of matter





Sports coach session


What can we learn from religions about deciding what is right and wrong?


Mind to be kind


Illuminated letters


E-safety – time online and friends

Word processing


L’ecole/ Quelle heure est-il?


Brass instruments with Mr. Garbutt

I am always happy to arrange a meeting to discuss any issues or concerns.

Thank you.

Mr. Evans.



Cycle 2

Welcome to Reception’s class page for Cycle 2

We had lots of fun in cycle 1 and established our school day routine, now in cycle 2 we will continue to develop our attitude to learning; exploring different books, resources and activities to develop our imaginations and vocabularies in order to extend our capabilities and learning.

Continuous Provision

Learning through play is still the main focus for Reception. Activities that are available for the children to choose during provision time will be based around the book we are learning, the topic we are covering in maths and also the children’s interests. These activities will be practical and will aim to extend the learning that has taken place in lessons. Continuous Provision activities will be updated and changed on a regular basis to ensure the children remain engaged and keen to learn.


Phonics lessons continue to be delivered in small groups. This cycle, we will further explore the blending of sounds to create words with the aim to apply this phonics knowledge in English lessons and writing activities during continuous provision.


English lesson this cycle will be based around two books; ‘Biscuit Bear’ by Mini Grey and ‘I Will Not Ever Eat a Tomato’ by Lauren Child. We will also carry out lots of Christmas based activities as the holiday draws near.


Maths lessons are taught in groups and this cycle we will be exploring lots of 2D and 3D shapes and exploring more measuring concepts. We will keep focusing on numbers, particularly counting and will introduce addition and counting on to find 1 more than a given number.

Christmas Performance

Our Christmas Nativity performance – ‘The Sleepy Shepherd’ will take place on Wednesday 18th December and we will be working hard to prepare for this; learning our songs, getting in role and rehearsing our routine.


Books will be changed and as many children as possible will have reading time with the teacher on Wednesdays. Please ensure your children’s book are in school on Wednesdays and we encourage parents to listen to children read their school books at home to further develop their reading skills.

We remind you that now our children are becoming more independent, we ask that you kindly leave them at the reception door in the morning and allow them to hang their own coat up. Miss Harrison will be available at the door for any messages or questions, but if a longer conversation is needed, an appointment can be made to facilitate this.

Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Harrison, Mrs Bagnall and Mrs Wroe

Cycle 2

Year 6 – Aquamarine

Cycle 2

The children have had a fantastic start to Year 6 and we look forward to learning about more exciting things during Cycle 2.


In Year 6, the uniform consists of the school’s blazer, jumper, tie, a white shirt, black trousers or skirt and black school shoes. Please ensure that your child wears the correct uniform each day for school and that their name is clearly labelled on each of the items.

For P.E., pupils are required to wear a white t-shirt, black shirts and black pumps or black trainers.


Maths and Spelling homework will continue to be given out every Friday and should be completed and handed back to the Year 6 teachers by the following Wednesday. Pupils will be provided with a weekly spelling list which they are required to learn by end of the week, in preparation for a spelling test every Friday.


The children will continue to have the opportunity to select a reading book from the class library, which they are then required to read to you each night for approximately 15-20 minutes. Just a reminder to please sign your child’s diary each evening to confirm that you have listened to them read.


Pupils are expected to demonstrate exemplary behaviour and act as role models for the rest of the school. Dojo points will be awarded to pupils for behaviour which demonstrates the school’s values of ‘Learn, Respect and Succeed’. Should pupils earn 35 Dojo points by the end of the week, they will be rewarded with Dojo Treat on a Friday afternoon.

P.E. and Swimming

Your children will have P.E. on a Wednesday, in addition to swimming lessons on a Thursday during the Autumn Term. This year, we have sports coaches who are coming into the school to teach the children a variety of new skills during P.E. lessons! Please ensure that your child has their full P.E. kit with them for these lessons. For swimming, the children will need to bring a swimming costume or swimming trunks, along with a towel and swimming cap to keep their hair dry.

An Overview of Cycle 2


  • ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ by Michelle Magorian.


  • Fractions
  • Place value
  • Geometry


  • Evolution and Inheritance


  • The Industrial Revolution


  • Sports Coach – Basketball / Tag Rugby
  • Swimming / Dance


  • Conversational skills

Religious Education

  • What difference does it make to believe in ahimsa, grace and/or Ummah?

Design and Technology

  • William Morris


  • Spreadsheets


  • A Mind to be Kind


  • Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker

If you have any questions regarding the above, please get in touch.


Cycle 2

Diamond Class (Nursery) 2019-20

Cycle 2

Teacher: Miss Wills

Teaching assistant: Mrs Singh/Mrs Wroe

We have had a very busy and exciting first cycle in Nursery. The teachers have and are continuing to enjoy getting to know the children and helping them to reach their full potential.


We have started to learn the songs for our Christmas Nativity ‘The Sleepy Shepherd’. The children are working hard learning the words and the actions for all of the songs. We hope you will join us in December for our performance.

We have started our short focused sessions on the carpet: Phonics, Maths and Communication and Language. The children will also continue to spend lots of time learning in the different areas of the classroom, for example the creative area, reading area and outside.

Phonics: In our phonics sessions the children will be tuning into sounds, listening and remembering sounds and talking about sounds. The sessions are designed to help the children: listen attentively; enlarge their vocabulary; speak confidently to adults and other children; say the sounds they hear, in order, all through the word and use sound-talk to split words into sounds.

Communication and Language: During these sessions the children will be developing their listening and attention skills and enlarging their vocabulary. We will read the books ‘Tanka Tanka Skunk’ and ‘Naughty Bus’.



Maths: During these sessions the children will learn about number and other aspects of Maths through number songs, rhymes and stories. We have started to recognise numbers up to 10.

We will be practising the one-one principle. This involves the children saying one number name for each object that is being counted. We encourage the children to line up objects and touch each one as they count, saying one number name per object.

Parent mornings: Thank you to those parents who have been coming along. It is great to see you taking part in activities with your child. These will continue to take place every other Monday 9.00-9.40am. You will be reminded by text the Friday before. We hope to see lots of you there.



Things to remember:

Cold weather

As Winter approaches please make sure your child brings a warm coat to school plus a hat, scarf and gloves.

Spare Clothes

Please ensure your child has a bag of 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 or if they get wet from water play. We explore the outdoors in all weathers so children need to be dressed appropriately.

All children require a pair of wellies in school with their name in them.  The children will really enjoy outdoor water play and accessing the outdoor sandpit.

Snack Money

We ask that the children bring in a voluntary contribution of 50p every week, on a Monday, to contribute towards the cost of providing the children with a range of healthy snacks, such as breadsticks, crackers and toast.

Children must be in correct school uniform at all times. This includes appropriate footwear. Please ensure your child’s uniform is clearly labelled with your child’s name.


Focus child

We have three focus children per class, per week. During the week we record additional information on paper to be kept in the child’s folder in the classroom. Parents can contribute to this by bringing in or emailing photos to the Early Years email address. Examples of photos might be: a trip to the park, visiting family, swimming lessonsThe photos may be used as prompts for your child to share news with the class. You will receive a letter when your child is selected as the focus child.


Class Dojo

This year we will be using the online reward system called ‘Class Dojo’. Teachers and other adults around school will be encouraging positive behaviours by giving whole class and individual points. Each child will have their own colourful and exciting character, which should encourage them to collect points on a weekly basis.


Cycle 2


We had a great start to the year in Year 5. In Cycle 2 we will be covering some exciting topics.


We have a lovely uniform at Brentnall and I would just like to remind you to put your child’s name in their uniform. In Year 5, this now consists of a blazer, jumper, white shirt, tie, black trousers or skirt and black school shoes. Please ensure your child has the correct uniform. They win a uniform dojo every day if it is correct.


Homework is given out weekly on a Friday and needs to be returned by the following Wednesday. This will include a piece of Maths homework and spellings to learn weekly. In addition, each term there will be a topic based homework project for the children to enjoy creating with you at home.


The children have all got reading books now and will be bringing them home each night to read with you. Their diary is for you to sign to show your child has read at home for 15-20 minutes per night. There will be a dojo point given for each child who has read that night.


Throughout the school there is a dojo point system. Children really enjoy earning dojo points related to any behaviour related to our school values: Learn, Respect and Succeed. When children earn 28 dojos for the week they will go to the dojo treat on Friday afternoon.


This year we are lucky enough to have sports coaches teach the children different skills in P.E.! Children will be doing P.E. on Wednesdays and Fridays so will require their full P.E. kit for these days which consists of a white t-shirt, black shorts and black pumps.  If your child has taken their P.E. kit home to be washed, we ask that it is returned on Monday and stays in school until Friday. This is in case the sports coach is able to offer an extra session within the week.


Starting from January, we will be going swimming at Broughton Leisure Centre. A letter will be sent out closer to the time. The children will need:

  • A swimming costume/ trunks
  • A towel
  • A swimming hat


An Overview of Cycle 2

  • English– Floodland by Marcus Sedwick


  • Perimeter and Area
  • Fractions
  • Place Value
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Statistics
  • Converting Measures


Earth and Space

History –

Romans -The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain


Sports Coach

Rounders/ Swimming

French- Quelle heure est-il?

Religious Education-

If God is everywhere, why do some people go to a place of worship?


DT- Seasonal Cooking

Computing- Radio Station

I am looking forward to a very exciting year in Year 5. If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask. Thankyou. Miss Smail, Mrs Weston and Mrs Richardson.


Cycle 2

During our last learning cycle we had lots of fun in Emerald class. 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 Friday and should be returned to school on a Wednesday.


  • 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).


The Green Ship by Quentin Blake

Character description

Writing in role – diary extract

List poem – The Storm Persuasion piece

Narrative – innovated version of the story












States of Matter





History – Anglo Saxons and Vikings





Basketball – Wednesday morning (sport coach)

Dodgeball – Thursday afternoon (Miss Gorton)






Quelle heure est-il? (What is the time?)





What can we learn from religions about deciding what is right and wrong?






Illuminated Letters