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!

Cycle 3

Well done Pearl class on a very successful cycle 2. We have lots more exciting learning to look forward to as we approach cycle 3.

Overview of Cycle 3:

English The Robot and the Bluebird by David Lucas 

We will be learning to use illustrations to infer characters’ feelings, actions and emotions. We will be developing our use of adjectives and using story maps to retell the story from different points of view.

Bedtime for Monsters by Ed Vere

We will be developing our use of adjectives through character descriptions and using our phonic knowledge to create labels, lists and captions.

Maths Place value


Addition and Subtraction


Number bonds


Sharing, halving and doubling


One more and one less

Science Plants
Art Environmental Art
History Toys
Geography Our Local Area
DT A Taste of Britain
PHSE Building Learning Power
RE What is a special place for Sikhs?
PE Gymnastics

Agility and ball skills


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 Monday and Tuesday. Indoor PE on Monday and outdoor PE on Tuesday. Your child must be in full kit every week. PE kit is; black shorts, white polo shirt and black pumps. For outdoor PE as the weather is getting colder; black jogging bottoms, black zip up jacket, 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










Year 3 Sapphire Class are excited to start the new topics in Cycle 3. As we move into Spring, we are looking forward to the lighter morning and evenings and noticing the changes to our environment!


As all children are now wearing our lovely 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. In addition to this, we have a reward system around filling a bucket full of pom-poms. In order to fill the bucket, children have to be making good choices and being kind to one another. If the bucket is filled then the children are rewarded with something they have chosen. E.g. decorating biscuits, making rice krispie cakes.

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.


We will do PE on a Wednesday and Friday. Children will need to bring a PE kit consisting of white top, black shorts and pumps or trainers. Our Friday PE slot is outside, therefore you may wish to send in additional clothing as we move into Autumn and Winter.

An Overview of Cycle 3


Maths-    Fractions

Place Value


Science– Animals Including Humans

Topic- Europe

P.E.-  Athletics and Benchball


French- Bonjour

Religious Education- 

PSHE- Building Learning Power- Reflectiveness

Art –

I look forward to our third cycle this year and I’m sure the progress will continue!

Miss Jackson

Cycle 3

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

The children have really flourished and it has been lovely to see them become independent learners.  Every child has their own resources in their tray to access during group work and they are well on their way with writing their names in the morning, well done everyone.

During this cycle we will be having some special visitors in Early Years. We will be receiving a set of eggs which we will be able to see hatch into ducklings. Very exciting! The children will learn about the life cycle of a duckling.  They will have the opportunity to draw and write about them and maybe even hold one!

In cycle 3, we will also be reading some traditional tales including The Ugly Duckling and Jack and the Beanstalk.  These traditional tales tie in with our topic on Understanding the World as we develop an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time.

The children are working hard to learn the set 1 sounds in Read Write Inc and I would like to thank you for your continued support in reading with your child.  The feedback on the home reading books has been very positive and I look forward to welcoming you all to a reading morning in the near future.  More details to follow.

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 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.

Thank you

Miss Livesey and Mrs Singh







Cycle 3

Great work Year 5 we are nearly half way through the school year! Time flies when you’re having fun and this has definitely been the case in Cycle 2! We have sky rocketed into Space, researched the French capital (Paris) to write an information leaflet for Mr Thompson and continued to amaze me as Mathematicians.


  • Homework is sent out on a Friday and should be returned to school on a Wednesday, with a spelling test being held every Friday.
  • Diaries must to be signed and returned the next day to show your child has read at home (15-20 minutes).
  • 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. For the next cycle PE will be outside (MUFC Football) therefore children are allowed to wear and tracksuit and trainers.


Skellig by David Almond

Diary entry



Write from an object’s perspective



Multiples and factors

Prime numbers

Interpreting graphs


Metric and imperial units of measurement









Geography – UK and London





MUFC Football (girls) – Tuesday afternoon

MUFC Football (boys) – Thursday afternoon






Bon Appétit (Enjoy your meal)





Why is Jesus inspiring to some people?

What would Jesus do?






Turner Landscape



Cycle 3

Another very exciting cycle in store for year 4 as we approach Cycle 3.


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).


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.

A topic based homework will be issues this cycle on South America. Children are encouraged to put together a short presentation about all the information they have learnt about South America at the end of this cycle. They will be shared on Friday 4th May. This can be in the style of a poster, picture cards, verbal explanations or PowerPoint presentations on the computer, if bought in on a memory stick.


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 when making the right choices within class and around school.

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 Mondays and Tuesdays so will require their full P.E. kit for these days. 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.


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 3


This cycle we will be reading the book Charlotte’s Web where the children will take part in role play and discussions as well as producing diary entries, discussion based argument writing, character descriptions and classic novel writing.








Geography- South America

Hook Question- Do you want to go on an adventure? Alpaca my bags.




Music– Brass Instruments tuition

French- Quelle heure est-il?

Religious Education-  

Why are festivals important to religious communities?


Who are these people?

Design and Technology- 

South American menu

Computing- Photo-stories (editing images)

We are currently organising a trip as part of the South America topic which you will receive information about nearer to the date of the trip.

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


Cycle 3

We have had a very successful Cycle 2! This cycle, we have focused on becoming resilient, resourceful and independent learners. We have been working tirelessly to focus on reading as our target and have made excellent progress. Our attendance has been fantastic and we have won the attendance trophy several times. During Cycle 2, we have had the opportunity to take part in Greek Day, celebrate Pancake Day and much more – here are some photographs to capture Cycle 2:

Overview of Cycle 3:

English Skellig by David Almond


Diary entry



Mathematics Place value

Addition and subtraction

Multiplication and division



Science Forces


Topic The UK and London


PE Benchball

Football Training with Manchester United



  • PE takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays – please remember the appropriate PE kit (children can bring tracksuit bottoms and a jumper to wear outside for football training)
  • Children must read every night and his/ her diary must be signed
  • Homework is given out on a Friday and must be handed in by Wednesday
  • Children are looking very smart – please ensure your child is wearing his/ her jumper and blazer every day

Don’t forget, our trip to The Houses of Parliament will take place on the first Tuesday back (Tuesday 27th February).

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

Miss Gilmore


Cycle 3

Our fantastic trip to Chester Zoo – February 2018

Cycle 3


Reception’s Key Texts this cycle are Yucky Worms by Vivian French and A Great Big Cuddle by Michael Rosen.


We are very excited to be having the opportunity to hatch ducklings during this cycle. The children will learn all about the life cycle of a duck. We hope this will be an unforgettable experience for the children.

Focus child

We have three focus children per class, per 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 lessons. The photos may be used as prompts for your child to share news with the class or to write about. You will receive a letter when your child is selected as the focus child.


The children are sounding out simple words and then blending the sounds together to read the words, e.g mat, can, ship. Please practise this when reading with your child at home. Most children are beginning to write simple words using the sounds they know. Please encourage them to write at home aswell. Others are beginning to write simple sentences.


In Maths the children will be practising simple addition and subtraction, doubling and halving.

Always Rules

A reminder of the Always rules are:

  • Always have kind hands
  • Always have kind feet
  • Always have a kind mouth
  • Always follow the high five rules


The children in Reception are able to enjoy our outdoor area in all weathers. As the weather is now turning much colder and wetter please ensure your child has appropriate clothing in school including; a hat, gloves and a warm/waterproof coat. Wellies are essential!

  • Please ensure your child has a spare change of clothes at school in their bag at all times.
  • Please ensure your child has their reading book in school every day with a comment in their reading record book about their reading at home. Your child’s class teacher will read with your child at least once a week and change their book.
  • We aim to offer a range of snack options for the children, therefore we ask for a voluntary contribution of 50p per week to enable us to buy this. Please give this to your child’s class teacher every Monday.
  • If you would like to sign up to target tracker please ask your child’s teacher for a consent slip and we can invite you to join online. All you need is an email address! This is a lovely way for you to see comments and pictures about what your child is learning in school.