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Class 2 Summer Term Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Although we are already well into the summer term, I hope that you all had an enjoyable Easter break. This term we have welcomed Mollie and Aurelia into Year 2 and Esca into Year 3.

We have a busy term ahead with lots of enjoyable learning planned. Our topic for the term will be Ruthless Romans, a great choice with so much Roman history on our doorsteps!

We have already had one trip to Housesteads Roman Fort, which was a great success and inspired many of the children to learn more. They especially enjoyed their centurion training!

We have a number of enjoyable hands-on activities planned throughout the term including a walk along the wall, a visit from a rocks and fossils expert and the return of the residential for years 3 and 4.

Sports Day will take place on Wednesday 15th June, and this year you will be permitted to attend as in the days before Covid!

On Wednesday 8th June, the children will be preparing an afternoon tea for you to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee – more details to follow.

Ruthless Romans

In Class 2 our focus for each subject area will be as follows:

  • Art: designing and creating mosaics using different materials; making model weapons and shields;
  • British Values: liberty;
  • Computing: internet research and presenting findings using text and pictures in Word;
  • D and T: ingredients – tasting, designing and making Italian pizzas;
  • Geography: world map, continents and oceans, maps of Italy and Rome, including using co-ordinates; finding out about volcanoes;
  • History: a study of the Romans – the beginnings of the Roman Empire, the Roman invasion of Britain, Boudicca, daily life in Roman Britain;
  • Music: timbre, tempo and dynamics – songs, instruments, body percussion and actions to describe the weather;
  • PSHE: Health and Wellbeing – Healthy Lifestyles, Keeping Safe and Growing and Changing;
  • PE: football with Rowan on Fridays, cricket with Fraser (first half term) and tennis with Bethan (second half term), sports day;
  • RE: how do Muslims express their faith? Who and where is God? Stories of Creation from Islam and Christianity;
  • Science: use of everyday materials, investigations, changes to materials, rocks and fossils.

Homework

Homework will continue as before – a brief summary below.

Maths and English – the children will have a piece of homework for each subject to complete each week, mostly from the red and green homework books we were using in the autumn term. Maths – given out on Monday, to return by Wednesday; English given out on Wednesday to be returned by Friday. Please check that your child knows what they have to do in order to complete the homework task before they begin and that once completed they have not made any silly mistakes.

Spellings – please continue to practise spellings regularly through the week, (not just on a Thursday night!) and for children in Year 3 and 4 also practise putting words into sentences and writing definitions as these will also be tested.

Times tables – please continue to practise these regularly – we are aiming for instant recall, out of order! Children in year 3 and 4 might also need a bit of help with the vocabulary used in the questions.

The government have decided that Year 4 will have to sit a statutory times tables test for the first time this summer. This means that the expectation will be that they know all of their times tables off by heart up to 12 x 12.

Reading – could I ask that you continue to support your children’s progress in reading by hearing them read regularly through the week? Even if your child is now a fluent reader, it is very important that they continue to share books with you, and even more important that you talk about the book with them asking questions which check their understanding, help develop their inference skills and widen their vocabulary. Children who read regularly with an adult at home make more progress than those who do not.

Assessments

Year 2 – Unfortunately, SATs are back. This means that the children in Year 2 will have to sit a range of tests at the end of May. As you may know, these tests are controversial and quite challenging! Hopefully, those of you who purchased the revision booklets offered to you last term have found them helpful. Please continue with helping your children work through these – such extra practice is invaluable, even for the most able children.

Please rest assured that we keep the whole SATs week experience as low key as possible and most of the children usually quite enjoy them!

Year 3 and 4 – The children in Year 3 and 4 do not have national tests to sit, (apart from the new online times tables test), but I will still be carrying out routine half termly assessments which will also take place during the last week of this half term, and again towards the end of the second half term.

KS2 Residential

Most of the Year 3 and 4 children will be going on the residential trip to Dukeshouse Wood in Hexham (Monday 20th June – Friday 24th June) with Class 3, led by Mr Harrison. This year, I will accompany the trip for the whole week and Miss Pennington will also be there for the first half of the week. The rest of the class will join Mrs Harrison in Class 1 for a week of themed activities.

I hope that this newsletter will be useful to you. As ever I am available for a chat at the beginning and end of the school day, so please do not hesitate to come and see me if you have any queries or concerns.

If you need to send me an e-mail please do so! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I am looking forward to another exciting term with the children and I hope they are too!

Yours sincerely,

Fiona Sweetman

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