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Zoolab

Newsletter Summer 2

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are into our final term of the school year already and there are plenty of fun things planned for it, including Sports Day and Barlborough’s Got Talent. However we will be starting off the term with a celebration of last term’s topics, at 2.30pm on Wednesday 10th June in 23D’s classroom, where children will be sharing what they have learned about Matlock Bath and Scarborough.

The Year 3 topic for this half term is called ‘The Arab World’ and we will be learning about the Golden Age of Islam in History. Year 2s will continue with their work on the seaside, finding out how seaside holidays have changed over time.

Numeracy
Children are now given layered targets at the start of each unit of work, and these are stuck in the children’s Maths books.

Reading
Reading targets will be shared with your child during our Guided Reading sessions. This is a time when children read the same book together in a small group and work on reading skills.

Reading Targets

Must

Can I retell a story, referring to most of the key events and characters?

Should

Can I justify inferences with evidence from the text?

Could

Can I justify predictions with evidence from the text?

Science Targets

Y2 Targets

Can I explain the basic stages in a life cycle for animals, including humans?

Can I describe what animals and humans need to survive?

Can I describe why exercise, a balanced diet and good hygiene are important for humans?

 

Y3 Targets

Can I use classification keys to group, identify and name living things?

Can I describe how changes to an environment could endanger living things?

Can I ask relevant scientific questions?

A few further bits of information:

  • Y2 PE will continue to be on Thursday and Friday afternoons.
  • Y3 PE will continue to be on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.
  • Please can you ensure your child has their P.E kit in school on these days and that they are not wearing any jewellery? (Should your child have recently had their ears pierced you must send them to school with earrings taped up on these days.)
  • Spellings will continue to be given to Y2s on a Friday and Y3s on a Wednesday to learn for the following Friday or Wednesday respectively. Please make sure your child has time to practise these regularly during the week.
  • On our topic web you will notice our PHSE topic this half term is about sex and relationships. This is obviously age appropriate to the children and handled sensitively. If you are at all worried about what the children will be covering don’t hesitate to ask.

Finally, I would like to thank the children (and their parents!) for their hard work last term, particularly in the build-up to Year 2 SATs. They put in a fantastic effort both at school and at home, and should be proud of their efforts. We now just have two writing tasks to complete over the coming weeks. Your child’s SATs scores will be sent home to you with their end-of-year report.

Mrs Wilson

Topic Web Summer 2

Click to download our topic web, showing all the exciting things we will be learning this term.

Newsletter Summer 1

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back after the holidays! Our new class topic this term is ‘A day out in Matlock Bath’, so Year 3 and 4 will be heading to The Heights of Abraham for a day out on Thursday 23rd April. The topic web attached to this letter outlines what we will be learning about in 2/3D during this half term.

Numeracy
This half-term we will be looking at measurements: money, time, scales and directions, as well as working at our problem-solving skills. Numeracy targets will continue to be set weekly in children’s Numeracy books.

Reading
Reading targets will be shared with your child during our Guided Reading sessions. This is a time when children read the same book together in a small group and work on reading skills. This half-term we will be starting off by looking at play scripts to prepare for writing our own play scripts in Literacy later in the half-term.

Reading Targets

Must

I can use a range of decoding strategies.

Should

I can read out loud confidently, understanding how to use a range of punctuation.

Could

I can begin to identify and comment on different points of view in a text.

Science
In Y2, children will be learning about Animals and Humans. In Y3, children will be learning about Rocks and Soils.

Y2 Targets

I can explain the basic stages in a life cycle for animals, including humans.

I can describe what animals and humans need to survive.

I can describe why exercise, a balanced diet and good hygiene are important for humans.

Y3 Targets

I can compare and group rocks based on their appearance and physical properties, giving a reason.

I can describe how fossils are formed

I can describe how soil is made.

I can describe and explain the difference between sedimentary and igneous rocks.

A few further bits of information:

  • Y2 PE will be Thursday and Friday afternoons.
  • Y3 PE will be on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.
  • Please can you ensure your child has their P.E kit in school on these days and that they are not wearing any jewellery? (Should your child have recently had their ears pierced you must send them to school with earrings taped up on these days.)
  • Spellings will continue to be given to Y2s on a Friday and Y3s on a Wednesday to learn for the following Friday or Wednesday respectively. Please make sure your child has time to practise these regularly during the week.
  • We are changing the way we set spellings in Year 3. Although we will continue to learn spelling rules in class, spellings for learning at home will now be set from the Year 3 and 4 statutory word list, rather than relating to the spelling rules. 
  • Homework will also continue to be given on a Friday. Homework should be returned by the following Wednesday.

If you have any more questions please don’t hesitate to ask me.
Thank you.

Mrs. Wilson

Topic web summer 1

Click to download our topic web, showing all the exciting things we will be learning this term.

Newsletter Spring 2

Our new topic this term is ‘What have the Romans ever done for us?’ The topic web attached to this letter outlines the areas we are covering in the different subjects. It is lovely when children bring in artefacts, books, research etc related to our topic so thank you to parents who support their children in doing this.

Numeracy
As a school, we have decided to change the way we use maths targets. Children will now be given layered targets at the start of each unit as this will help them to progress further in each topic. These will be stuck into the children’s mathematic books and you will be able to look at these during parents evening.

Reading
Reading targets will be shared with your child during our Guided Reading sessions. This is a time when children read the same book together in a small group and work on reading skills. During these sessions children may be working on targets such as self-correcting when reading; using an index, contents & glossary page; or inferring a character’s thoughts and feelings.
Reading is a crucial part of children’s learning at this age and your child should be reading for at least 10 minutes a day at home. Whilst hearing them read ask the following types of questions:

  • Who are the most important characters?
  • What sort of character is X?
  • What do you think will happen next?
  • What are the main things that happen to this character in the story?
  • Can you re-tell the main events that happen in this story?
  • Do you think this is like any other stories you’ve read?
  • Where is the story set?
  • Is X like another character you’ve read about?
  • Can you find any ‘wow’ words the author has used?

Reading Targets

Must

I can make predictions based on reading other books and my own experiences.

Should

I can make simple inferences about thoughts and feelings of characters and reasons for their actions.

Could

I can empathise with a character.

Science
In Y2, children will be learning about plants and how they grow. In Y3, children will be learning about the human digestive system with Miss Edwards, or forces and magnets with Mrs Wilson.

Y2 Targets

I can describe how seeds and bulbs grow into plants.

I can describe what plants need in order to grow and stay healthy (water, light & suitable temperature).

Y3 Targets

I can identify and name the parts of the

human digestive system.

I can explore and describe how objects

move on different surfaces.

I can describe the functions of the organs

in the digestive system.

I can explain that some forces require

contact and some do not.

I can identify and describe the different

types of teeth in humans.

I can predict whether objects will be magnetic

and carry out an enquiry to test this.

I can describe the functions of different

human teeth.

I can describe how magnets work.

A few further bits of information:

  • Y2 PE will continue to be on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.
  • Y3 PE will continue to be on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.
  • Please can you ensure your child has their P.E kit in school on these days and that they are not wearing any jewellery? (Should your child have recently had their ears pierced you must send them to school with earrings taped up on these days.) During the cold weather children need long trousers and a jumper for our outdoor sessions as well as their t-shirt and shorts.
  • Spellings will continue to be given to Y2s on a Friday and Y3s on a Wednesday to learn for the following Friday or Wednesday respectively. Please make sure your child has time to practise these regularly during the week.
  • Homework will also continue to be given on a Friday. Homework needs to be returned by the following Wednesday. You should have received a timetable that outlines what homework will be set each week. Please see me if you didn’t receive this. Some weeks there may be additional work if you child is working on something in particular for SATs. 

I hope you have found this letter informative. If you have any more questions please don’t hesitate to come and ask.

Thank you.
Mrs Wilson

Topic Web Spring 2

Click to download our top webs, showing all the exciting things we will be learning this term.

Dear Parents/Carers,

Our topic this term is ‘Wicked Weather!’ and as many lessons as possible will be linked to this topic. As many of you like to know what we are learning about at school so that you can help your child, I am sending home a topic web for your information. It really is beneficial to the children if you can support and reinforce their learning at home. If your child has any books or artefacts that support our topic and they would like to bring them into school then that would be wonderful. Please make sure they are clearly labelled with your child’s name though.

Targets:

Numeracy
We will continue to cover many areas including number, addition, subtraction and shape in numeracy but our layered target this half term is linked to place value. Below is a copy of our class maths targets and an explanation of what the grid means.

The targets are age appropriate for the children in this year group (Year 2/3).

'Must' – All children in the class ‘must’ achieve this target;
'Should' – The majority of the class should achieve this; 
'Could' – Children could achieve this if they are working above age related expectations. 

Target

Place value

Must

 

Explain what each digit in a two-digit number represents and be able to partition.

E.g. Understand that 48 can be partitioned into 40 and 8, and that the 4 represents ‘4 tens’ and the 8 represents ‘8 units’

Should

Explain what each digit in a three-digit number represents and be able to partition.

E.g. Understand that 348 can be partitioned into 300, 40 and 8, and that the 3 represents ‘3 hundreds’, the 4 represents ‘4 tens’ and the 8 represents ‘8 units’

Could

Read, write and order numbers up to 1000 and compare them using < and >

Reading
Remember, reading is a crucial part of children’s learning at this age so it would be most helpful if you could hear your child read at home as often as possible. These are the targets that we will be working towards during guided and individual reading sessions.

Target

Non-fiction texts

Must

I can decide how useful a non-fiction text is for the purpose.

Should

I can find the answers to questions in a non-fiction text.

Could

I can use a range of organisational features to locate information, such as labels, diagrams and charts.

A few bits of further information:

  • Y2 PE sessions will be on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons this half term.
  • Y3 PE sessions will be on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.
  • Please can you ensure your child has their P.E kit in school on these days and that they are not wearing any jewellery. (Should your child have recently had their ears pierced you must send them to school with earrings taped up on these days.) PE on a Tuesday is outdoors, so please make sure your child has long trousers and a jumper suitable for cold weather as well as their t-shirt and shorts.
  • Homework will continue to be given on a Friday, to be returned for the following Wednesday.
  • At the last parents’ evening, a few parents said that they would find it useful to know more about the methods we use for calculating in Numeracy so they can use the same methods at home. I have some copies of the school’s calculating policy for Y2/3 which gives examples of the methods used in class, so if this would be helpful, please ask me.
  • Spellings will continue to be given on a Friday to learn for the following. Please make sure your child has time to practise these regularly during the week. Y2 will continue to be tested on a Friday, but Y3 will now be tested on a Wednesday due to staff changes in another class. 

If you have any questions about any of the above or any other queries please do not hesitate to come and speak to me.

Mrs Wilson

Topic Webs

Click to download our top webs, showing all the exciting things we will be learning this term.

Happy Puzzle Company

The Happy Puzzle Company visited school and we had a great time working together in teams to solve all sorts of different puzzles.

Year 2 Autumn 2014 Newsletter and Topic Web

Year 3 Autumn 2014 Newsletter and Topic Web