Parent letter Spring term 2018 Class 2

Welcome back after our Christmas break and the start of our spring term. We hope that you have had a restful and relaxing break. We have a great half term planned with lots of exciting learning opportunities. Our topic this half term is The Bronze Age and the Iron Age.

Topic –The Bronze and Iron age

Following on from our learning last year on the Stone Age we will be finding out about the Bronze Age and Iron Age. (Stone Age topic in Autumn 1 2018 for the current Year 2). This term the children will learn;

  • Find out how the Bronze Age and Iron Age was different from the Stone Age
  • Explain the process of making bronze and what it was used for
  • To find out about the Beaker people and make our own Beaker pots
  • How grave goods give us information about the past
  • Explain what some of the Bronze Age burial practices were
  • To find out about Iron Age hill forts
  • To find out about Round houses and how they were built
  • To learn about Iron Age art

Some of our art work will involve projects around the Bronze Age and Iron Age


In literacy this half term we start the half term using two excellent stories, The Red Prince by Charlie Roscoe and Tom Clohosy Cole, a beautiful story and The Ride of Passage, to study a story from another culture. They will produce writing involving setting descriptions, letters to characters and retell a story with a change in a character. Year 3 will learn to use correct speech punctuation, expanded noun phrases and start to organise their writing into paragraphs. Year 2 will learn use conjunctions ( and ,but ,so ,because,  when, or, that) to extend their sentences and use a range of punctuation including question marks ,exclamation marks and learn to use exclamation sentences correctly. As part of our whole school work on Friendship, we will be producing a letter about being a good friend which will be displayed in the hall later this half term.

Year 2 Spellings for Spring 1

  • Adding ‘endings’ to words ending in consonant and ‘y’-spy-spied-spying
  • Adding ‘ing’, ‘er’, ‘est’ and ‘y’ to words ending in ‘e’- hoping, sliding, writing
  • Adding ‘ing’, ‘er’, ‘est’ and ‘y’ to words with a short vowel sound-running, fatter, chatted
  • Words with 'a' as /or/ small, walk,talk
  • Words with 'o' as /u/ mother, brother, other
  • Words with 'ey' as /ee/ monkey, keys, honey

Year 3 Spellings for Spring 1

  • Prefixes ‘re’ and ‘sub’ recycle, recall, subway, subheading
  • Prefixes ‘super’ and ‘inter’-supermarket, intercity
  • Prefix ‘auto'-autopilot,automatic
  • Prefix ‘anti’-anticlockwise, antifreeze
  • Words ending in ‘ation’- information, education, relation
  • Word Words ending in ‘etion’, ‘ition’, ‘otion’ and ‘ution’ s ending in ‘ation’- operation, pollution, completion, motion, competition

Numeracy Year 2 Spring First term

  • Place value and ordering 2-digit numbers
  • Place value additions and subtractions
  • Add and begin to subtract 9, 10 and 11
  • Revise number bonds to 10; begin to bridge 10; subtract from 10 and 20; use number facts to find the complement to ten
  • Find a difference between two numbers by counting on
  • Rehearse complements to multiples of 10
  • Find differences using a number line; find change from 10p and 20p, and from £10 to £20 by counting up and using bonds to 10 and 20
  • Add two 2-digit numbers by counting on
  • Recognise and identify properties (including faces and vertices) of 3D shapes; sort according to properties including number of faces
  • Name the 2D shapes of faces of 3D shapes
  • Tell the time to the nearest quarter on analogue and digital clocks
  • Order 2-digit numbers and revise the < and > signs
  • Locate 2-digit numbers on a landmarked line and grid
  • Round 2-digit numbers to nearest 10
  • Estimate a quantity <100 within a range

Numeracy Year 3 Spring First term

  • Rehearse place value in 3-digit numbers, order them on a number line and find a number in between
  • Compare number sentences; solve additions and subtractions using place value
  • Multiply and divide by 10 (whole number answers)
  • Count in steps of 10, 50 and 100.
  • Add pairs of 2-digit numbers using partitioning (crossing 10s, 100 or both)
  • Then extend to add two 3-digit numbers (not crossing 1000)
  • Recognise and sort multiples of 2, 3, 4, 5, and 10
  • Double the 4 times-table to find the 8 times-table
  • Derive division facts for the 8 times-table
  • Multiply and divide by 4 by doubling or halving twice
  • Identify 1/2s, 1/3s, 1/4,s 1/6s, and 1/8s; realise how many of each make a whole
  • Find equivalent fractions
  • Place fractions on a 0 to 1 line
  • Find fractions of amounts
  • Recognise right angles and know they are 90°
  • Understand angles are measured in degrees; recognise ° as the symbol for the measurement of degrees
  • Name and list simple properties of 2D shapes
  • Begin to understand and use the term perimeter to mean the length/distance around the edge (border) of a 2D shape
  • Begin to calculate using a ruler; know a right angle is a quarter turn; know 360° is a full turn
  • Begin to understand angles and identify size of angles in relation to 90°
  • Place 3-digit numbers on empty 100 number lines
  • Begin to place 3-digit numbers on 0-1000 landmarked and empty number lines
  • Round 3-digit numbers to the nearest ten and to the nearest hundred
  • Use counting up as a strategy to perform mental subtraction (Frog)
  • Subtract pounds and pence from five pounds
  • Use counting up (Frog) as a strategy to perform mental subtraction of amounts of money
  • Subtract pounds and pence from ten pounds


Religious Education- Birth Ceremonies

All religions treat the birth of a new life as special and celebrate its importance in different ways. In the religions covered in this unit, God is acknowledged to have an important role in the creation and safe delivery of a new life and is thanked for the new baby. By the end of the unit your child should be able to explain the meaning behind the symbols and actions in the different birth ceremonies.


  • To understand the different needs of a new-born baby.
  • To understand how people feel when a baby is born.
  • To understand what sin is and how Christians believe sin should be dealt with.
  • To understand the different parts of a baptism service and why it is important to Christians.
  • To understand how Muslims show that God cares for a baby.
  • To understand Sikh birth ceremonies.
  • To compare the Christian, Islamic and Sikh birth ceremonies and reflect on their importance to parents.

This half term our whole school value is about Friendship and we will be learning about what it means to be a good friend and look at examples of this in everyday life. 


Science- Animals including humans

In this science this half term our topic we will ; Animals including humans

  • Identify that animals, including humans, need the right types and amount of nutrition, and that they cannot make their own food; they get nutrition from what they eat.
  • Identify that humans and some other animals have skeletons and muscles for support, protection and movement.

Year 2 children in working scientifically  will

  • Asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways.
  • Observing closely, using simple equipment.
  • Performing simple tests
  • Identifying and classifying different types of food
  • Use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.
  • Gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.

Year 3 children when carrying about investigations  will;

  • Begin to use results to draw simple conclusions, make predictions, suggest improvements and raise further questions.
  • Begin to identify differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes.
  • Begin to use straightforward scientific evidence to answer questions or to support their findings.
  • Begin to report on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations
  • Begin to gather, record, classify and present data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions.
  • Begin to record findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables.
  • Begin to set up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests.
  • Begin to make systematic and careful observations, take accurate measurements using standard units, use a range of equipment
  • Begin to ask relevant questions



In ICT the children will consolidate what they have learnt last term on Scratch and Scratch Junior.

Year 2 children will learn to save a file to a network location and retrieve it again.

Year 3 will concentrate on improving their internet research skills. We will research the Bronze and Iron age and our science topic ; Animals including humans.




Our PE this half term will be on a  Tuesday with Mr Devlin  and they will be doing Multi skills  and on Wednesday we will be doing  a games unit on ball skills and invasion games. In the Summer term we will be swimming on a Thursday and details of this will be given before the Easter holidays.




This half term to link with our topic Bronze Age and Iron Age producing their own Beaker pot .We are also going to look at Iron age art and Celtic designs.