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Whissendine CE Primary School


Welcome to a new school year, a new classroom, a new teacher, a new Key Stage!  I hope that you have all had a great summer holidays and are ready for the new learning that we will be doing together. 

This term, and next, our focus for history is Invaders and Settlers – looking at the Anglo Saxons and Vikings and how they changed Britain.  We will be asking whether the Vikings really were the raiders that history tells us they were or whether they were really traders, wanting to settle and build their farms and homes with as many shared resources as the world could offer them. 


In science we will be thinking like scientists and archaeologists to look at the human skeleton and what the bones that have been found tell us about the lives of these historical peoples.  With the help of Mr Barlow, we will be using our ICT skills to present our learning in the form of little videos for our own TV show ‘The Really Interesting History of Britain’. 

We will also get the opportunity this term to work with Mrs Honerez on Tuesday mornings when she will be teaching us French and with Mr Eshelby on Thursday afternoons for games lessons.  These will be outdoors so don’t forget your trainers.  PE will be with me on Tuesday afternoons, so keep that kit in your locker all week!  This term we will have a gymnastics focus.


In numeracy we will be securing our understanding of number and place value before looking at the ways we can add and subtract numbers from each other.  By the time we leave Y3 (that does seem a long way away) we will be using a formal column method for this – there’s no time like the present to have a look and see how we can work towards this.  We will also spend some time using mm, cm and m to measure length, distance and perimeter.  This will be done in the context of our ‘village’ but more of that to come!  I can’t give too much away.


In literacy we will be reminding ourselves of the building blocks to good writing.  We will recognise and use nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs to build interesting sentences, joining them with conjunctions to make them even better and then piecing them together to build paragraphs.  All this will be with the help of the BFG.


Homework and spellings are handed out on Monday and they will be tested (the spellings) and collected in and checked (the homework) on the following Monday.  We will also be using Times Tables Rockstars to practice our tables – passwords and log in details will be with you shortly.


I am so excited to be welcoming you into my classroom, which, very quickly, will become yours, and I just know that we have a great year ahead of us. 

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