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.





Cycle 3


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 Robot and the Bluebird will allow the children to sequence and retell a story set in a fantasy world. The second book, ‘The Snail and the Whale’ will allow the children to create a recount. Handwriting and spelling practise will be at the beginning of each lesson.

In Maths, we will be using our clever brains to practise lots of skills to apply in our lessons which will focus first on addition and subtraction and revisiting place value and using higher number. 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 plants. We will observe and record our very own planted beans and describe how they grow. Then we will find out and describe how plants need water, light and a suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy.

In Geography, we will be learning all about Australia. We will name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans and understand geographical similarities and differences. Then we will be using world maps, atlases and globes to identify the country and surrounding oceans.

In Art, we will be learning to design and create our very own aboriginal paintings as well as a digeridoo! Using our learning from our Geography lessons, 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 Jewish people and their beliefs, focusing on important and special items found in a Jewish house. Then we will learn about important and sacred activities undertaken throughout the week and year.

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 2

Cycle 2

Year 6 had a fantastic first cycle to our year of learning. The children are more than ready to tackle all aspects of learning in Cycle 2.

Booster Sessions

As you aware booster sessions have started in our class. Your child will be invited to these sessions on a weekly basis, this will be in their diaries on a Friday afternoon. Booster sessions begin at 8am in the Year 6 classroom, your child will be provided with toast and juice after the session. The children will be selected according to what they need extra help with.

PiXL Interventions

Your child may have come home and spoken about an extra lesson they are having in the afternoons. This is an intervention programme for our children to make sure they are more than ready for their End of Key Stage 2 Tests. This will focus on small therapies at a time which last around 30 minutes. The children are really enjoying these, and I can see their confidence grow daily.

Mr. Nattan

Mr. Nattan is a student teacher from Manchester Metropolitan University. He will be with our class until the beginning of February. He will be developing his skills as a teacher week by week, the children have been extremely welcoming J


  • Children must read every night and their diaries need to be signed by whoever the children have read with.
  • Homework – your child will be given their homework on a Friday, this is then due back into school on Wednesday. If your child is struggling with their homework, please encourage them to come and speak to a teacher.
  • E – P.E will be on a Thursday and a Friday. The children will need to be in full P.E kit, this is a white t-shirt and black shorts.

Cycle 2 Overview

English We will be finishing off Goodnight Mister Tom – the children have extremely enjoyed this book and have loved completing activities around this book.


We will then be moving on to Pig Heart Boy. With this book we will work on:

·       Notes and scripts for debates

·       Scripts for short plays and book trailers

·       Persuasive texts Letters (both formal and informal)

·       Poetry

·       Emails

Maths ·       Read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10,000,000 and determine the value of each digit.

·       Round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy.

·       Use negative numbers in context, and calculate intervals across zero.

·       Solve number and practical problems that involve place value, rounding, and negative numbers.

·       Solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why.

·       Solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.



Science ·       Electricity
PSHE ·       Relationships and reproduction
R.E ·       What difference does it make to believe in ahimsa, grace and /or Ummah?
P.E ·       Dodgeball Swimming / Cricket
Art ·       William Morris

We are looking forward to the year ahead of us, the children have made great progress already. You should be extremely proud of them just as much as we are J

Miss Stephens and Mrs.Woolley