Scientific Snakes


Autumn Newsletter 2019


Scientific Snakes!

Autumn 1 Newsletter

 Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to the start of a new academic year. It is so lovely to see the children excited and ready to learn. This half term our main topic is ‘Scrumdiddlyumptious’. This will mainly focus on looking at the work of Roald Dahl and Lewis Carroll. We will compare some of their stories as well as what their lives would’ve been like. As many of you like to know what we are learning about at school so that you can help your child, we are 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.

Reading & Spelling

Reading & spelling 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. Thank you to all of you that are reading regularly at home. Whilst we endeavour to hear children read as often as possible, if your child has not had chance to change their book, then please feel free to do so yourself before or after school. Spellings are given out every Friday ready for a test the following Friday. Again, please try to support your child in learning these as it impacts on their reading & writing attainment.

To encourage your child to read at home, we have introduced a class reading reward. The children need to read at home at least five times per week. It is important that an adult or older family member makes a note in the child’s Reading Diary after they have read. The diaries will be check on a Friday morning and if your child has read five times, they will receive a marble to pop in our Reading Reward Jar. When the jar is full, the class will receive a reward as chosen by them.  

Please make sure your child has their reading book and reading record diary in school daily. Our red, school reading folders are much easier to accommodate in the classroom than large rucksacks so where possible please encourage your child to bring one of these if they have one.


Each half term your child will be working on specific science targets linked to their current unit of work. Our science targets this half term are:


Can I identify things that are living, dead and never lived?

Can I describe how a specific habitat provides for the basic needs of things living there?

Can I identify and name plants and animals in a range of habitats?

Can I match living things to their habitat?


Homework will always be set on a Friday and must be returned by the following Wednesday. Homework should be completed in pencil and should be of an acceptable standard.

The paper based maths activity may be a page in your child’s own maths book or sometimes a worksheet. The paper based English activity will be a grammar exercise, punctuation activity or something linked to a genre like finding out facts ready to write a report.

 Homework Timetable: 

Week beginning



Maths CGP Booklet pages 1-2



English – Worksheet activity



Maths –worksheet activity



English – Worksheet activity



Maths –worksheet activity



English – Worksheet activity



Maths –worksheet activity



Topic based homework


Occasionally some children may bring home some extra work from the homework outlined above. This may be because they are working in an intervention group and need some extra practice at something or it may simply be that your child needs a little extra work on something they have not understood.

Passport statements

This half term we will be working on:

  • Always following the classroom rules
  • Looking after our own equipment
  • Persevering when things get difficult 

Further information:

Our P.E lessons will be on Mondays and Tuesdays. Please can you ensure your child has their P.E kit in school on these days as we have limited spare kit. Please send PE kits in a drawstring bag where possible, as large rucksacks are very difficult to store in the limited space in our cloakrooms. Children should also not be wearing any jewellery on PE days. If your child is not able to take out their earrings you must send them to school with earrings taped up on these days or provide tape that they can put on themselves. 

I hope you have found this letter informative. If you have any questions about any of the above or any other queries please do not hesitate in coming and speaking to us.

Thank you

Mrs Furniss and Miss Edwards

Y2 Class Teachers