Welcome to Key Stage 2! This is an exciting transition for the children as they move up through the school and begin to take on more responsibility and independence and I am looking forward to being their guide on their new adventure. There will be a lot to get used to but I know we will manage together!
Our topic this term is Ancient Worlds – we will be delving into the distant past to see what life was like as far back as the middle Stone Age (the Mesolithic age.) We will also look at the Bronze-Age civilisations that grew up in the Middle and Far East, including Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Indus valley and the Shang Dynasty of China. Our class text this half term will be Stig of the Dump, by Clive King. Next half term we will focus on the epic tale of Gilgamesh. Science topics will include the human skeletal and muscle system, and nutrition, as well as rocks, soils and fossils.
A few bits of housekeeping:
PE day is Tuesday - children should come to school wearing appropriate PE kit on this day to save the need for carrying a kit bag into school. This will begin on Tuesday, 7th September.
Homework and spellings will normally be given out at the end of a week. Maths and English homework will alternate. When homework is given out, the expectation is that it is completed to the best of the children's ability by the end of the following week.
Homework will be marked as a class, giving the opportunity for instant feedback and the timely chance to clarify misconceptions. Spelling checks will be done periodically to briefly assess retention, but the priority is that the children apply the spelling patterns they are learning independently in their written work.
Reading is also part of homework, and children should be spending 10-15 minutes a day reading or sharing a book. Times-tables skills are key for Year 3 and 4 so children should be practising their recall three or four times a week.
The children may bring in named water bottle and a nutritious break-time snack as fruit is not provided in Key Stage 2. We prefer to avoid snacks high in salt, fat and sugar to promote healthier habits for life. Also please note, ‘show and tell’ time is phased out during Key Stage 2. Exceptional news/artefacts etc. will be shared with the class on an ad hoc basis, but it will not be a regular feature of the timetable.
Please be reassured that all we do is for the benefit of our children. Thank you for your continuing support.