Cycle 4


Welcome to Year 1 Coral class! I am delighted to be teaching Year 1 this year and cannot wait to see every member of our class learn lots of new things and succeed every day! We are going to have so much fun in a warm, caring and creative environment. I am so happy to be your teacher! We will also have the wonderful Mrs. Richardson and Mrs. Walsh in our class to help us. They say a big warm hello and welcome too! See you soon, Mr. Bannister.

Note to parents:

Each child has been given a reading record for their reading book at home. It is important to date each day and sign your initials to let me know that your child has read with you. Reading books will be changed every Monday. By reading one book over one week, it will allow your child to become secure in their reading application.

Homework is given out on a Friday which will include literacy and numeracy. This must be handed in by the following Wednesday. It is preferred that parents read what the challenges are, with the child then completing the learning independently.

P.E. will be taught on Monday and Friday afternoons. The uniform for P.E. is: white t-shirt, black shorts, black pumps/trainers.


In Phonics, we will review previously taught sounds and practise these, before moving onto learning new sounds. We will apply our phonics skills to reading speed sounds, speed words and tricky words – and not forgetting our alien words! We will also focus on spelling and writing sentences.

In English, we will be reading and exploring two amazing books. The first book, ‘The Snail and the Whale’ will allow the children to sequence and retell the story. The second book, ‘Poems to perform’ will allow the children to create and perform poetry. Handwriting and spelling practise will be in the afternoons.

In Maths, we will be using our clever brains to practise lots of skills to apply in our lessons which will focus on money and time. We will be practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s every afternoon.

In Time for Reading, we will spending time together in small groups, reading a different text each week, answering questions as we focus on applying different reading skills. These small lessons will consist of one group spending time with their teacher each day.

In Science, we will be learning all about everyday materials. We will Identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses. We will also find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.

In History, we will be learning all about castles. As well as visiting a castle, we will learn about significant historical events and use basic historical vocabulary.

In Art, we will be learning to explore and use a variety of drawing skills! Using our learning from our history lessons as a stimulus, we will design, make and evaluate our art work – using artistic skills, terms and vocabulary.

In P.S.H.E., we will be continuing to work with Mrs. Walsh on our journey into Philosophy – asking key questions and learning how to listen to other pupils’ thoughts, and how to think in different ways. This will help our goals of building learning power.

In R.E., we will be learning about scared books, focusing on some of the stories that are used in religion and recognising some ways in which Christians, Muslims and Jewish people treat their sacred books.

In P.E., we will be having a great time learning skills in two different lessons. On Monday, we will be doing Gymnastics and on Friday, we will be doing Physical Literacy. Both of these lessons will help us to become competent and confident movers.




Cycle 4

The children in Nursery have worked extremely hard during Cycle 3. We have just started Cycle 4 and are excited about all of the learning that will take place.

The children have really enjoyed reading Jack and the Beanstalk.  They have even planted their own beans and taken care of them showing a good understanding of growth and changes overtime.  The children can name the roots and know that plants need the sun and water to grow.

In cycle 4 we will be reading Handa’s Surprise and I Will Never Eat a Tomato.  The children will be learning all about different fruits, ways to stay healthy and the need for variety in food.

Things to remember:

Sun cream and Sun Hats

In the summer term the children enjoy spending the majority of their time outdoors.  Please remember to ensure your child has sun cream and a sun hat in school with their name clearly labelled. We ask that you apply sun cream in the morning and we can then reapply in the afternoon.

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 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.  The children really enjoy outdoor water play and accessing the newly replenished sandpit.

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.

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.

Reading Books

Please remember to bring your child’s reading book in school every day.  Books are changed every Tuesday and we aim to try and read with each child every day.

Thank you

Miss Livesey and Mrs Singh







Cycle 4

In Year 5 we want to strive to be the best in everything we do and begin to show that we are year 6 ready. After all, there are only nine school weeks left of being a Year 5 class member.

Not only do we want to create a healthy atmosphere of competition among our friends, we also want to take on personal challenges and continue to better ourselves in all areas of learning. To do this Mrs Clyne will begin to take groups in order to help us become Year 6 ready.



Highwayman by Alfred Noyes




Mini writing tasks




Review of all Year 5 curriculum





Living things/Habitats and Animals including humans





History – Romans





Benchball/Dodgeball with Miss Gorton – Monday afternoon

Rounders with Miss Gorton – Thursday afternoon





Au zoo (The Zoo)






What does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?









Cycle 4

Well done Pearl class for all your hard work throughout cycle 3. We have had a busy term preparing for the Phonics Screening.

Overview of Cycle 4:

English Grandad’s Island

We will be reading Grandad’s Island by Benji Davies. We will be learning all about our own and others families, travel and the seaside. We will be using illustrations to infer characters’ feelings, actions and emotions. To help develop our understanding of the story setting we will be going on a trip to the seaside in New Brighton. We will also be developing our storytelling skills through ‘Helicopter Stories.’


Maths Addition and Subtraction


Multiplication and Division


Shape, Space and Measures


Science ‘Wood or Metal.’ We will be exploring everyday materials, looking at their properties and their uses.


Art Aboriginal Art


History Toys


Geography Our Local Area


DT Design, Make, Evaluate


PHSE Building Learning Power


Similarities and Differences


RE What can we learn from sacred books?


PE Games




Note for parents:


Reading Record: Please sign and date each day to let me know that your child has read with you. Reading books changed on a Monday.

Homework is given out on a Friday and must be handed in by the following Wednesday.

PE takes place on a Tuesday and Friday. Indoor PE on Tuesday and outdoor PE on Friday. Your child must be in full kit every week. PE kit is; black shorts, white polo shirt and black pumps.


There has been a lot of missed learning in the mornings due to late arrivals. Please ensure you arrive on time, school starts 8:50am prompt and learning begins as soon as your child arrives.


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

Miss Harvey and Mrs Breeze










Cycle 4

During Cycle 3, Year 5 – Kyanite worked extremely hard and have shown excellent progress in their learning already. I have been particularly impressed with the accelerated progress, which children have made in reading. We have completed a Manchester Bee project, where we have created our own stadiums, using materials of our choice and we have produced formal letters, to invite members of the royal family to our event.

We have lots to look forward to in Cycle 4:

An Overview of Cycle 4:

English Skellig by David Almond


The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes

Mathematics Recap of all Year 5 objectives previously taught (including greater depth)
Science Living Things and Their Habitats


Topic Romans


PE Benchball



Music Life is a highway


French Au Zoo


RE What is it like for a Muslim living in Britain today?


Art and Design Greek Design

Art-themed day


Computing Publishing


PSHE Building Learning Power

Moving On



Weekly Reminders

Monday Bring PE kit into school/ PE lesson
Tuesday PE lesson
Wednesday Homework should be handed in
Friday Spelling test

Homework will be sent home

Take PE kit home to be washed

Homework diaries to be signed every night, after reading has taken place.

Please remember to check Twitter and Pobble to have a look at what your child is learning in school.

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

Miss Gilmore


Cycle 4

Wow! What a busy May we had in Year 2! Throughout May all the children did a fantastic job completing their SATS tests, they all worked so hard. Well done!

During this final half term, in English, we will be reading The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl and we will also be looking at some poetry. We will continue to do lots of role play and other activities to support our writing. Recently in English, and this will be continuing, we have been having a big focus on our handwriting. It’s important to make sure all our letters sit correctly on the line and are the correct size.

In Maths we will be covering fractions, addition, shape, measures, subtraction, statistics, multiplication and division. We will be working on using mental methods and solving calculations and problems at a quicker speed.

We have got lots of exciting topics coming up over the next learning cycle. We will be going on a trip to the Gurdwara as part of our learning in RE, looking at castles in History, learning about Aboriginal Art and researching uses of everyday materials in Science.

Homework will continue be sent home on a Friday and should be returned the following Wednesday. Please ensure children complete this as independently as possible and that it is returned to school.

Reading at home is extremely important. Children are asked daily if they have read at home and the reading records are then checked. Please try and read with your child every day and record this in his/her reading record. It is important to also question your child’s understanding of what they have read.  Books will be changed every Monday.

Please remember PE is on Thursday and Friday and your child must be in full kit every week. PE kit is; black shorts, white polo shirt and black pumps. PE on a Friday is outdoor; therefore, children are welcome to bring trainers rather than pumps for this lesson.

As the weather gets warmer over the half term lots of children will be taking jumpers and cardigans off during the day, therefore please ensure your child’s name is clearly visible in all items of clothing.

To ensure the best possible learning in school your child needs to arrive on time (8.50am) and attend school every day. We begin lessons at 8.50am therefore if your child is late, they have already missed some learning for that day. Please inform school immediately of the reason for any pupil absence.

Cycle 4

Year 3 Sapphire Class are excited to start the new topics in Cycle 4. As we move into summer, we will continue to enjoy the lighter morning and evenings and noticing the changes to our environment!


As all children are now wearing some of the summer school uniform, could I remind you to put your child’s name in their uniform so that we are able to identify is easily. This will help reduce children’s uniform getting lost around school.


Homework is given out on a weekly basis. Children will bring home their homework on a Friday to be returned on a Wednesday. This will include a piece of maths work and some spellings that will be our focus in lessons the following week. This means children will be tested on their spellings on the Friday after they are given out. There will be a bookmark with the spellings on sent out in order to practise them at home.


In addition, each term there will be a topic based homework project for the children to enjoy creating with you at home.


Children have all been given a reading record book so that you are able to write in any comments after reading with your child. Reading is an essential part of your child’s learning, therefore we encourage them to read at home every night.



Throughout the school there is a traffic light system to monitor behaviour. Children will all start on green at the start of the school day. Children will receive a warning if they display unacceptable behaviour and then will move down to yellow and then red if this persists. We encourage all children to make the right choices in order to move back to green by the end of the day. If children finish the day on green, they will receive a green stamp. Children are then able to spend the amount of stamps they have earned over time. Children can spend from 10-50 stamps depending on whether they choose to save them up or spend them as they go. The children of Sapphire class have responded well to this new system!

The Always board chosen by year 3 was rabbits. Our Always rules are:

  • Work as a team
  • Be kind to other children and adults
  • Listen when others are talking
  • Use good manners
  • Try out best
  • Respect our classroom


House points

Children are rewarded with housepoints for good behaviour, work and following the school values. The winning house is announced in celebration assemblies on Fridays. The winning house receives 5 minutes extra break time on a Friday.



We will do PE on a Tuesday and Wednesday. Children will need to bring a PE kit consisting of white top, black shorts and pumps or trainers. Our Wednesday PE slot is outside, therefore you may wish to send in additional clothing in case of rain.


An Overview of Cycle 4

English– The Iron Man – Persuasive letters

Diary entries

Acting in roll




Maths-  Multiplication


Addition and Subtraction

Problem Solving


Science– Plants


Topic- The Mayans


P.E.-  Athletics and Benchball



French- Bonjour

Religious Education- 

PSHE- Building Learning Power- Reflectiveness

Art – Pop Art


I look forward to our fourth and final cycle this year and I’m sure the progress will continue! I look forward to enjoying our last few weeks together in year 3, before they are ready to start on their journey into year 4.


Miss Jackson

Cycle 4

Your Year 4 teacher this year is Miss Smail.

As we approach the end of the year, here is an overview of what exciting learning we will end the year on in Year 4.


We have a lovely new uniform this year at Brentnall and I would just like to remind you to put your child’s name in their uniform. Children can wear their burgundy sweater (with or without school logo, white shirt, black or grey skirt or trousers, black or grey pinafore, white or black tights (no leggings), plain white or black socks and black shoes (no visible logos). Please ensure if your child loses any part of their uniform that I am informed so we can help find it, or a new order is placed as soon as possible. Please also ensure all shirts are tucked in and uniform remains lovely and smart until the end of the year.


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.

In addition to children’s learning in class, a topic based homework has been set for children to have a go at if they wish. This is to make an Ancient Egyptian tomb or pyramid, made from any material that you wish. Examples were given on the letter that was sent out to take inspiration from. This is due in Friday 22nd June 2018.


The children have all got reading books 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 prize for the child who has read the most books within the term.


Throughout the school there is a traffic light system to monitor behaviour. Children will all start on green at the start of the school day. Children will receive a warning if they display unacceptable behaviour and then will move down to amber and then red if this persists. Children do have the chance to work their way back to green if they are on amber when making the right choices within class and around school. If the children finish the day on red then a chat with parents will be required at home time.

Our Always board was carefully chosen by the class and is Minecraft themed. This is to ensure all children are consistently following our 6 Always rules in order to receive an Always badge. The rules we decided as a class are:

  • To listen to the speaker
  • To try your best and never give up
  • Treat others how you want to be treated
  • To listen to the speaker
  • Work together as part of a team
  • Be respectful to those around you

House points

Children will also be rewarded for good behaviour with house points and whichever house wins the most points will be announced each Friday in the Celebration Assembly.


Children will be doing P.E. on Tuesdays so will require their full P.E. kit for this day only. 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. On Thursdays we have swimming so can you ensure your child brings their kit every Thursday. This requires:

  • Swimming costume/trunks
  • Towel
  • Swimming hat
  • Swimming socks (if required)
  • Swimming bag


We have our music teacher coming in to teach Music on Wednesday afternoons. The children will be allocated a brass instrument and will need to take it home Wednesday nights to practice for the week and they will need to bring it back in on the following Wednesday for the lesson.

An Overview of Cycle 4


This cycle we will be developing our writing skills and completing short writing tasks which the children enjoy. We will also be studying a poetry book called ‘Hot Like Fire’ by Valerie Bloom, where we will study features of poetry, create our own and even some performance poetry.


Following our end of year tests, children will be developing their problem solving skills and consolidating all Year 4 knowledge so they are ready for the transition into Year 5.




History- Ancient Egyptians


Hook Question- Can you walk like an Egyptian?




Music– Brass Instruments tuition

French- Quelle heure est-il?

Religious Education-  


Why do some people think

that life is a journey and what

significant experiences mark




Taking more control

BLP- Relationships



Ancient Egyptian head pieces


Computing- Research skills


We are currently organising a trip as part of the Ancient Egyptian topic, to Manchester Museum on 11th June. Please return the permission slips to school as soon as possible. Many Thanks.

I am looking forward to another exciting cycle. If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask. Thankyou. Miss Smail


Cycle 3

We are nearly there, and we CAN do this!

We are very close to our End of Key Stage 2 Tests (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 and Mrs. Woolley 🙂

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 14th May 2017

Statutory tests will be administered in the following subjects:

  • Punctuation, Vocabulary and Grammar (45 minutes)
  • Spelling (approximately 20 minutes)
  • Reading (60 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!