Summer Term  1    Class 2   Mrs Emberton and Mrs Kimpton

Welcome back after our Easter holiday and I hope you all had a lovely relaxing Easter break .This half term will be busy one with lots to look forward to.

History (history based topic Summer 1)-

This half term our topic is the Ancient Egyptians. We will learn when the Ancient Egyptian times were and find out about sources of evidence of daily life in Ancient Egypt. We will explore daily life and farming, the Pharaohs, King Tutankhamun, hieroglyphics symbols, the pyramids and how they were built, mummification and lots more.


 Year 2 this half term will learn to;

  • Locate, order and compare 2-digit numbers on 0-100 landmarked lines and on the 1-100 square; use < and > signs; locate numbers on an empty 0-100 line; introduce numbers 101 to 200 and count in 100s to 1000; add 2-digit numbers by counting on in 10s and 1s; subtract 2-digit numbers by counting back in 10s and 1s
  • Use doubles and number bonds to add three 1-digit numbers; use number facts to 10 and 20 in number stories; find complements to multiples of 10; understand subtraction as difference and find this by counting up; find small differences either side of a multiple of 10
  • Add and subtract 1-digit numbers to and from 2-digit numbers; subtract 2-digit numbers by counting back in tens and ones; add two 2-digit numbers by counting in 10s, then adding 1s; add 2-digit numbers using 10p and 1p coins (partitioning, answers less than 100); add 2-digit numbers using place-value cards (partitioning, answers more than 100)
  • Measure weight using standard or uniform non-standard units; draw a block graph where one square represents two units; weigh items using 100g weights using scales marked in multiples of 1kg or 100g; measure capacity using uniform non-standard units; measure capacity in litres and in multiples of 100ml
  • Double multiples of 10 and 5 (answers less than 100); double 2-digit numbers ending in 1, 2, 3 or 4 (answers less than 100); find a quarter of numbers up to 40 by halving twice; begin to find 3/4 of numbers; find 1/2 1/4 and 1/3 of amounts (sharing); spot patterns and make predictions when finding a third of numbers

In Year 2  we will also continue to reinforce their knowledge of the 2x, 5x ,10x tables and to be able to count up in 3s.

Year 3 this term will learn to;

  • Add 3-digit and 1-digit numbers mentally, using number facts; subtract 1-digit numbers from 3-digit numbers mentally using number facts; add and subtract multiples of 10 by counting on and back in 10s and using number facts to cross 100s; compare and order fractions with the same denominator; begin to recognise equivalences of 1/2; add and subtract fractions with the same denominator
  • Use function machines to multiply by 2, 3, 4, 5 and 8 and understand the inverse; use scaling to multiply heights and weights by 2, 4, 8, 5 and 10; use known facts to multiply multiples of 10 by 2, 3, 4 and 5; multiply numbers between 10 and 30 by 3, 4 and 5 using the grid method; multiply 2-digit numbers by 3, 4, 5 and 8 using the grid method
  • Divide without remainders, just beyond the 12th multiple; division using chunking, with remainders; use the grid method to multiply 2-digit numbers by 3, 4 ,5 and 8; begin to estimate products
  • Draw and interpret bar charts and pictograms where one square/symbol represents two units; compare and measure weights in multiples of 100g; know how many grams are in a kilogram; estimate and weigh objects to the nearest 100g; draw and interpret bar charts where one square represents one hundred units
  • Add 3-digit and 2-digit numbers using mental strategies; add two 3-digit numbers using mental strategies or by using column addition; use reasoning, trial and improvement to solve problems involving more complex addition

In Year 3  we will also continue to reinforce their knowledge of the 3x, 4x ,8x tables and to be able to count up from 0  in 0, 4s, 8s, 50s and 100.


To link with our learning on the Ancient Egyptians we will be following a Non Fiction Unit to ask the Big Question; Was Tutankhamen Killed? The unit explores who killed Tutankhamen. They will read the interactive eBook retrieving and collating information and identifying evidence to support their theories. They will investigate main and subordinate clauses and are introduced to the perfect tense. In their writing tasks they will write information text, paragraphs and finally compose an explanation text in response to the Big Question. We will also be looking at other information text. The children will also explore a range of traditional fables and plan, edit and write their own versions of a fable.


SPaG (Spelling , Punctuation and Grammar)

We will continue to revise what the children have already learnt about using correct punctuation and grammar. They will know how to use capital letters and full stops, question marks and exclamation marks .They will continue to learn how to use commas in a list, contractions, possessive apostrophes (singular Y2 , plural Y3) and conjunctions. They will also understand what verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs are and they will be able to identify them in sentences. Each week we will focus on different spelling rules and these will be checked weekly on a Monday ( see booklet for summer  sent home before Easter).

Year 2  Spellings

  • Week 1- Homophone there , their, they’re
  • Week 2 Homophones continued- one , won.. bear, bare
  • Week 3 Homophones- beach , beech .. sent,cent, scent
  • Week 4 – Revision of high frequency words for year 2
  • Week 5 Homophones- dear, deer… road,rode
  • Week 6 Homophones – flower, flour
  • Week 7- words with oo as ore and words with i- door, find,

Year 3 Spellings

  • Week 1- adverbs ly lovely , properly
  • Week 2 words ending in ‘sure’ and ‘ture’ measure, future
  • Week 3 words ending in ‘sion’ as /zhun/- television, vision
  • Week 4 revision of words on year 3 list
  • Week 5 words ending in ‘ous’- dangerous, nervous
  • Week 6 words ending in ‘ous’- serious, various
  • Week 7 words ending in ‘tion’ and ‘cian’- magician, position

 Religious Education

This half term we will be completing our unit on Christianity. In this half term we will learn about;

  • Jesus’ disciples-To understand that Jesus called on his disciples to accompany him in his work and learn from him.
  • Miracles-   To be aware of some of the recorded miracles performed by Jesus and to know why they are important to believers.
  • Parables-To know some of the parables Jesus used to spread the message that God wanted people to return to him.
  • To know the main features of a Christian place of worship, understanding that the focus of such a place is the expression of a belief in Jesus.
  • Reflecting on learning-To demonstrate what people have learned about and learned from their study of Christianity.


This term the children in Class 2 will be swimming weekly at Sowerby Bridge Pool on a Thursday morning. Please can you remember to send the children to school with their swimming kit on a Thursday morning.

The second PE will continue to be on a Tuesday afternoon with Mr Devlin. They will be doing Multi Skills. In addition, for this half term they will have an additional lesson with Mr Sykes on a Monday afternoon in their separate year groups. Please make sure your child has a PE kit in school on a Monday and Tuesday, including pumps or trainers as this session weather permitting will be held outside.


This half term our science topic is Plants and growing .Children will learn to;

  • Identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers.
  • Explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant.
  • Investigate the way in which water is transported within plants.
  • Explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.

We will examine plants and their parts and find out the function of these. We will also investigate what a plant needs to grow into a healthy plant using fair tests. We will explore how water is transported using food dye on vegetable plants and flowers.


This term year 2 will use ICT for Data collection and to be able to show data using bar charts .

Year 3 this half term will use ICT unit- Switched On called ‘We are the botanists ‘ to use algorithms to sort and identify groups of plants . They will use similarities and differences to help them.


In Art this term we will be using different forms of printing and we will relate this to our work on the Ancient Egyptians and our science topic of Plants and growing.


In French our topic this term will be ‘Food, glorious food!’ By joining in with the stories, the class will learn the vocabulary for a range of food, to express likes and dislikes, and to count and use plural nouns.