Appleby Primary School

Appleby Primary School

Mrs Cathcart

Welcome to Class Two


Happy New Year everyone. Welcome back to the Spring term which is a very busy one in school, with lots of things to look forward to.


Now that the children are used to school routines, we aim to develop their independence by encouraging them to play on the playground under your supervision in the mornings until the bell goes, and then to come in to school and hang up their coats by themselves, ready to come in to the classroom. The school day starts at 8.55.


In Years Two and Three we continue to follow the National Curriculum guidelines for literacy and numeracy. Our literacy is based around high quality texts such as Iron Man. We will use stories as the basis for our writing throughout the term. We will continue to focus on times tables this term and would ask you to encourage the children to practise these at home.


We will be studying some interesting topics this term. Our first focus will be African countries. The children enjoy finding out about the culture and practising their skills in geography. We will be making comparisons between Appleby other countries in the world.


There will be lots of opportunities for developing artistic and musical skills throughout the term.

There will be two P.E. sessions a week. These will be on Thursday and Friday. Please provide shorts, a t-shirt and pumps for indoor P.E. sessions, and be sure to name each item as things very easily become muddled up. School policy states that children cannot take part in P.E. activities when wearing earrings, so children should not wear them on P.E. days, or should be able to take them out themselves. As the weather continues to be cold and unpredictable, the children will need to have their full indoor and outdoor PE kit (including trainers) in school.


Our Science topic for the first half term is Animals and Habitats. We will compare animals and habitats in Africa and in England, and study their needs.


Numeracy homework will be given on Friday and should be completed and returned to school by the following Thursday. We encourage children to read as often as possible at home to an adult, as this will be a great support to the development of their literacy skills. Children who read regularly at home make more rapid progress in all subjects. The children have a reading diary which we encourage you to use daily. We have a “three times a week” reading challenge in our class to encourage reading at home. There is a reward at the end of the week for those who complete the challenge!


Pleases feel free to come in and see me if you have any questions.

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