Norton-Sub-Hamdon Primary School
New Road, Norton-sub-Hamdon, Stoke-Sub-Hamdon, TA14 6SF 01935 881815
West Chinnock Primary School
Scotts Way, Crewkerne, Somerset, TA18 7PU
01935 881367

Class Two West Chinnock

We will continue our study of Oceans including the water-cycle, international waters, tides, currents and ocean habitats as well as plants and animals. We have been watching episodes from Blue Planet and will be talking about threats to the oceans from plastic pollution, over-fishing and global warming. This will link in to work on caring for our own environment. Some children have brought in interesting articles from papers and magazines.

This term we are also going to study the history and geography of our local area including West Chinnock, the neighbouring villages and Ham Hill. If anybody has any local knowledge they would like to share it is always welcome. Alongside this, we will be developing Ordnance Survey map skills and will use the timeline tool on Google Earth.

In art, observational drawings in sketchbooks will be part of our local study and we will be doing some photography. The theme of Oceans will be developed through clay work and the use of Paint in Computing.

As well as using Google-Earth and Paint, Year3 and 4 will be using Scratch to write programs to produce geometric designs with repeating patterns. During research work on the natural world and local area, we will also be thinking about the reliability of online information. In computing, the children will be talking about e-safety, focussing on their use of time and choosing age-appropriate games.

I really enjoyed reading the news reports and house adverts the children wrote last term. In literacy this term we will be reading and writing poems, as well as producing book reviews. We will also be reading myths and legends and will think about creating settings and suspense in our writing. Year 5 and 6 will learn about debating and presenting a balanced argument.

Spellings will continue to be set and tested on Fridays and we will collect reading logs in on Mondays. If you feel your child ought to be moved onto another reading level, we are always happy to do a review so please ask. If you feel the spellings set are not at an appropriate level we can adjust them. I have attached a Year3/4 or Year 5/6 list of words which is the statutory word list from the National Curriculum. We will work on these, but are also learning specific spelling rules and patterns. In the first few weeks this will mainly focus on opposites and prefixes.

In Maths, Year3 are finishing their work on money before going on to start fractions. Following this, they will do shape, mass and capacity. Year 4 will be working on fractions and decimals. They will then cover time and money and finish with angles, shape and symmetry. Year 5 are working on problem solving strategies and will then be doing decimals and percentages. They will also look at reading information from tables and timetables. I would encourage people to use Mathletics to re-inforce the work done in class. It does have units of work on the specific topics we are covering, as well as basic calculation and times tables. After SATS, Year 6 will do more work on ratio, algebra, and scale.

I try to send homework out on Tuesdays and it is due in the following Monday. I have time out of class to set and mark work on Tuesday afternoon. It is difficult if books come in later in the week. I do ask the children to be responsible for handing in their own work in the homework drawer which is just inside the classroom. If you feel the work is too much, please just stop at an appropriate point and put a note in the book, so I can adjust it for next time. Generally, I aim to alternate English and Maths.



Monday 13 May 2019

Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar - Paper 1
Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar - Paper 2

Tuesday 14 May 2019

English Reading

Wednesday 15 May 2019

Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic)
Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning)

Thursday 16 May 2019

Maths Paper 3 (Reasoning)

The first half-term is short, with only 5 weeks. SATS week starts on Monday 13th May.

It is helpful if Year 6 pupils are in school by 8.50 a.m. during this week but, if this is difficult, please let me know. If anybody has any queries about the tests themselves, the way we administer them or anything else, please don’t hesitate to come in and speak to me.

Forest School activities will be on Friday afternoons. The first part of the term will be for Year 5 and the second for Year 6.

On Wednesdays, Year 3 and 4 will go swimming. There will be dance on Friday mornings on Friday 26th April and May 3rd in preparation for our dance evening in the village hall on Tuesday May 7th at 6.30p.m.

It would be really helpful if Class 2 could have PE kit in school all week, especially this half-term, where we have to change the timetable sometimes to fit in different sessions for Year 6. This Wednesday we will be going out for a run in the afternoon, on part of the 2km course, to train for the Chinnocks Chase (18th May). We have spare forms if anybody wants one.

Please feel free to come and speak to me after school if you have any concerns, queries or suggestions. You are also welcome to come into class to look at your child’s work.

Mrs Herbert

Class 2 Timetable Summer Term 2019

Federation End of Term Letter

News Flash: Friday 19th July - Last Day of Term 2pm Finish