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.

Maths

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.

Books

Some texts we will be covering this term include:

Reminders

  • 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

 

Fractions

 

Addition and Subtraction

 

Multiplication and Division

 

Time

 

Position and Direction

 

Measures

 

Statistics

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

Punctuality

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

Homework

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.

Reading

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.

PE

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!

Attendance/Punctuality:

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.

Uniform:

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

Homework:

 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:

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

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

 

Cycle 3

Great work Year 3 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 gone back in time and researched Stone Age to Iron Age, attracted knowledge through our Science topic of Magnets and forces and continued to amaze us as Mathematicians.

Reminders

  • 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).
 

English

Biography of Anthony Browne

 

Tin Forest by Helen Ward

 

Maths

Shape

Measure

Angles

Statistics

 

Science

 

Animals including Humans

 

 

Topic

 

Geography – European Holiday

 

 

PE

 

AthleticsWednesday afternoon

Bench BallThursday afternoon

 

 

French

 

 

Mon anniversaire (My birthday)

 

RE

 

 

Why do people pray?

 

Art/DT

 

 

A Taste of Europe

 

 

Cycle 3

Cycle 3

Year 6 are on the final stretch leading up to SATs now and they are working so hard! Keep it up!

This term we will be continuing with our booster sessions at 8:00am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, (week commencing 4thMarch). Your child will be invited to these so keep an eye out! These, along with our day of learning, will help your child get ready for the End of Key Stage 2 Assessments.

P.E. – Please make sure your child has their P.E. kit in for the whole week as P.E slots differ from week to week.

Homework – We will still be sending homework out on a Friday and this will be due back in on Wednesday. Please encourage your child to complete this over the weekend so if they have any issues they can speak to me about it on Monday.

Diaries– Children need to bring their diaries in every day, signed from yourselves at home to say they have read to someone at home. They win a dojo point if they read each night and have their diaries in school signed!

Topic– During Geography, we are studying Mountains, Volcanoes and Earthquakes and children have been set a research task about Volcanoes to be completed as an additional homework task, to aid their writing around this.

Uniform– Please ensure your child comes to school with the correct uniform which in Year 6 consists of:

White Shirt

Blazer

Black trousers/skirt

Black school shoes

Tie

Jumper

Hair tied back

As always, please come and see me if you have any questions.

Miss Smail 🙂

 

Cycle 3

Cycle 3

Teacher: Miss Wills

Teaching Assistant: Mrs. Singh

The children will be continuing to take part in short focused sessions on the carpet. These sessions are: Phonics, Maths and Communication and Language. George the bear helps the children to remember the listening rules during these sessions

 

 

 

 

Phonics: We have now started the Read Write Inc programme and have learnt lots of sounds already. (See ‘Rhymes for letter formation document’)

Communication and Language: During this cycle the children will be listening to and joining in with the stories ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and ‘The Gruffalo’. We will be having a fun Teddy Bear’s picnic.

We have a very exciting visit planned for this term. We will be hatching chicks in our classroom!! The children will experience life cycles and growth and development. The experience encourages social interaction and promotes caring and nurturing skills.

We will also be learning about Easter in our sessions.

Maths: We are continuing to practise recognising numbers up to 10. We are also learning to count objects by placing them in a line and touching each object. We will continue to sing number songs and rhymes.

Reading

I hope you are all enjoying sharing books at home with your child, talking to them about the pictures and asking questions.

Please remember to fill in their reading record book so that we know the children are sharing their book with you at home. Some children will start to bring home ‘pink’ books which have words in them.

Fine motor skills:

Fine motor skills is the coordination of small muscle movements – usually involving small, precise thumb, finger, hand, and wrist movements. In the Early Years we provide opportunities that are fun and interactive for the children. Developing fine motor skills in early childhood education helps build the foundation for important future skills like writing and self-care.

Examples of activities that can be provided at home or school are:

  • Threading beads, pasta etc
  • Playing with playdough
  • Cutting/snipping paper
  • Building with lego and blocks
  • Dressing dolls
  • Puzzles
  • Sorting pom poms/objects with play tweezers

Things to remember:

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.  The children really enjoy outdoor water play and accessing the 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.

Uniform

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 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 familyswimming lessonsThe 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.

 

 

Cycle 3

Once again, Year 5 have worked extremely hard during Cycle 2. Of course, we have continued to win the attendance trophy!

Please remember that children must read daily and their diary must be signed by an adult.

PE:

PE lessons are on Wednesdays and Fridays; please make sure PE kits are in school.

Uniform:

Mr. Thompson has recently sent a letter out regarding uniform; children must wear the correct uniform at all times. Please see this letter if you are unsure of the correct uniform attire which your child should be wearing.

Weekly reminders:

Monday  
Tuesday  
Wednesday PE session

Homework should be handed in

Thursday  
Friday Spelling test

Homework will be sent home

Take PE kit home to be washed

PE session

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

 

An Overview of Cycle 3:

English The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes

Newspaper Report

Film Synopsis

Diary Entry

Modern Retell

Mathematics Place Value

Addition and Subtraction

Multiplication and Division

Fractions

Measure

Science Living Things and Habitats

 

Topic UK and London

 

PE Tennis

Athletics

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

 

Art and Design Fruit and Vegetables

 

Computing Internet Research and Web Page Designer

 

PSHE Being Strong

 

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

Miss Gilmore

 

Cycle 3

Your Year 4 teachers this year are Mrs Mendham, Miss Savage and Mrs Richardson.

Uniform

We would just like to remind you to put your child’s name in all items of their uniform, including coats.

PE:

PE lessons will now be on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Tuesday we will have indoor PE as normal and on Thursdays we will be going swimming. We suggest your child brings their kit in at the beginning of the half term and then take it home at the end of each half term to be washed. You may choose to wash your child’s PE kit more frequently.

Music

We will have Mr Garbutt, our music teacher, coming in to teach us Music on Wednesday afternoons. The children will be allocated a brass instrument and will need to be kept at home to allow the children to practice and they will need to bring it in every Wednesday for the lesson.

Homework 

Homework is given out each Friday and needs to be returned by the following Wednesday. This will include a piece of Maths homework and spellings to learn weekly. If for any reason the homework is not handed in by a Thursday morning, there will be a lunchtime club on that day where the children will have to complete any missing work.

An Overview of Cycle 3:

English Power of Reading book- The Lost Happy Endings

Setting description

Character description

Narrative

Diary Entry

Non-Chronological Report

Maths Place Value

Addition

Subtraction

Multiplication

Division

Problem Solving

Time

Data Handling

Science Electricity
Geography South America
RE Why are festivals important for religious communities?
PSHE Who are these people?
PE Dodgeball

Swimming

Computing Animation and Photo Stories
Music Brass Instruments
French Quelle heure est-il?
Design and Technology A taste of South America

Weekly Reminders

Monday  

 

Tuesday Indoor PE

 

Wednesday Music with Mr Garbutt

 

Homework due in

Thursday Swimming

 

Friday Homework handed out

 

We are very much looking forward to working with you and your child, for what we’re sure will be a very exciting year.

If you’ve got any questions, please do not hesitate to come and ask.

Mrs Mendham

Cycle 2

During our last learning cycle we had lots of fun in Year 3. 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!

Reminders

  • 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).
 

English

Gorilla by Anthony Browne

 

Into the Forest by Anthony Browne

 

Maths

Division

Measure

Money

Time

Shape

 

Science

 

Forces and Magnets

 

 

Topic

 

History – Stone Age to Iron Age

 

 

PE

 

GymnasticsTuesday afternoon

Tag RugbyThursday afternoon

 

 

French

 

 

Les couleurs et les nombres (colours and numbers)

 

RE

 

 

What do different people believe about God?

 

Art/DT

 

 

Clay models