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Class 4

Welcome to Class 4

Our teacher is Mrs Hodgin and our teaching assistants are Mrs Pearce and Miss Ford. 


The children have made an excellent start to Year 2. They show kindness and empathy to one another and recognise what it means to be a good learner. They have started the school year with aspiration and excitement. Well done Class 4!



PE- This will be on Friday afternoons and will be taught by Synergy coaches. Please send your child into school in uniform on these days, as we will now get changed for the session in school. Please make sure PE kits are in school throughout the week, as Year 2 teachers may deliver additional PE sessions. 


WATER BOTTLES- Please make sure a named water bottle is brought into school every day. These will be sent home each night. 


SNACKS- Due to Covid-19 there will be no snack shack. The children are offered fruit every day at morning break time. 


HOMEWORK- Reading books have been sent home since the start of term. Please continue to read with your child every night and write a note in the reading diary. The children receive prizes for reading regularly at home. In addition to this, a short piece of homework will be sent home on a Friday. It includes a maths task and 5 personalised spellings, which are tested on a Thursday. If you have any questions about this, please ask. 


There is no need for children to bring anything from home, such as; cuddly toys, pencil cases or 'things to show'. 

Summer Term

We have yet another exciting term ahead of us in Year 2. 

Make sure that you are here everyday in order not to miss out on the experiences and learning that we have planned for you! This may include a visit by some usual creatures and some citizens that make our community safer. 


In Maths we will continue to work on the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Keep working hard on Numbots and Times Tables Rock Stars at home too. We will also learn how to measure length, weight and capacity, which will give us lots of skills for building and baking- at home and in school. 


In English we have lots of interesting texts and videos to explore. We can't tell you what they are yet, as the children need to solve the mystery. Our work will involve writing poems and diary entries. Ask the children if they can recite the poem, 'Please Mrs Butler', which we learned last term. 


In Science the focus for the term is Animals, including humans. We will learn what animals need to survive, the different types of animal- such as mammal, reptile, bird, fish and amphibians, and their life cycles. There will be lots of new, scientific vocabulary to learn. If you would like to learn more at home, look out for Steve Backshall's 'Deadly 60' on CBBC- its great! 


In History we will learn about The Great Fire of London- when it happened, how it started, how it spread and how we know about it today. We will also reflect on the positive changes that were made as a result of the disaster. Our art work will be linked to this topic as we paint fire backgrounds, with printed buildings in the foreground. Watch this space for our final outcomes. 

Spring Term


In Maths we will revisit place value, addition and subtraction and multiplication and division. We will also learn about fractions, shape and how to tell the time. Challenge us on analogue clocks at home. 


In English we have lots of interesting texts and videos to explore. We can't tell you what they are yet, as the children need to solve the mystery. Our work will involve writing a letter, writing instructions, retelling a story, writing an action story and performing a poem. 


In Science the focus for the term is materials. We will learn about different materials, their properties and their different uses. We are looking forward to investigating materials to make an umbrella for Giles the bear. I hope we choose the right material or he will get very wet! 


In History we will learn about the lives of two significant people from the past- Florence Nightingale and Grace Darling. We will explore how their actions have changed the way we live today. In art we will make a collage of Florence Nightingale and look forward to designing and creating lighthouses in DT, linked to our work on Grace Darling. 


We are excited about our very busy term!


Autumn Term


In Maths we are looking at number and place value. Later in the term we will focus on addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, money and shape.


In English we are currently focusing all of our English lessons on 'Handa's Surprise'. There are many more wonderful books to explore as the term progresses, but we can't tell you now because it's a secret!


The focus in Science this term is 'living things and their habitats'. We will learn about different types of habitat and the animals that can be found there. We will also learn about food chains. 


In Geography the children will focus on 'physical or human'. We will compare the UK in Europe to Kenya in Africa. Ask the children about all of the interesting facts they have learned.