Kirklevington Primary School


Newsletter Autmn 17

Kirklevington Primary School

Kirklevington Primary School

Birch Newsletter Autumn Term 2018


Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely Summer Holiday and are feeling nicely refreshed. Here is some information based upon what we will be covering this term. We will be working in cross curricular topics where possible. Our topics for this term are Circus and ’Tis the Season.  



This term we will be looking at many different genres of writing based around the themes of Circus and ‘Tis the Season. We will be using the imagery of the circus to describe a setting and write descriptive poems. We will also learn stories to retell and use these to develop our own. In our non-narrative texts we will write our own reports about important festivals from around the world. Through these genres we will be learning to use capital letters, full stops and finger spaces in the correct place, as well as how to form letters correctly. The children in year 1 & 2 are taught to form their letters in a pre-cursive style, i.e. they have a lead in stroke and a lead out stroke ready for joining, when the children are ready. We will also be continuing our phonic work and applying our new skills in our reading and writing.


Our work this term will include place value, counting and ordering numbers, addition and subtraction, naming and describing 2d and 3d shapes, handling data and solving mathematical problems linked to our cross curricular work. Children are expected to be able to write numbers to 20 in numerals and in words, so we will also be focusing on learning to spell the number words. Year 2 children are expected to know their number facts to 20 and their 2, 5 and 10 times tables by the end of KS1. We will focus on these in class but please practise these at home when you are able.



The children will be learning how to use a range of programs on the computers and ipads to support their learning. They will learn how to log on and off the computers by themselves and how to open and close a program. They will have the opportunity to use cameras in their artwork.


In Science this term we will be looking at humans and health & growth. We will be looking at what keeps us healthy, including our diet and will be looking at senses, linking these with our Circus. During our ‘Tis the Season topic we will learn about the seasonal changes throughout the year.


These lessons at the moment are rotated between Tuesday and Wednesday each week with a second PE session on a Thursday. Weather permitting, we will be outdoors so children will need a sweatshirt, jogging bottoms and trainers to wear outside. Shorts, t shirt and PE shoes/trainers are required for indoors. PE kits need to be kept in school at all times as PE sessions can change if there is a change to the timetable. We will send the children’s PE kit home for washing every few weeks. Please remember that if the children attend sporting clubs after school, the children need to bring a separate kit for these activities.



Each half term the children will be given a homework sheet with a variety of different homework activities the children can choose from. One activity from the menu should be completed each week. Children should bring their homework books or completed homework task on a Wednesday. Homework books will be returned on a Friday.


Reading books and Reading Records should be brought to school every day. Children will have their book changed on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There will be times when children reading phonic phased books may return on these days with the same book until they are secure with the sounds in that particular book.

Reading at home should be done as often as possible (Every night would be great!) Please sign your child’s reading record book and write a little comment to show when your child has read so we know children are completing their reading at home.


Coming In To Help

If anyone would like to come in and help, either as a one off or on a more regular basis, please let me know. We really appreciate your support.

If you have any problems or concerns, please do not hesitate to call in to see me or telephone school.

I look forward to a super Autumn term!



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In this area of the website you will find information about what your child is currently learning and also useful links to help support you with your child’s learning at home.

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Useful Websites


Phonicsplay has lots of games to support children’s learning in phonics.





Teach your monster to read is a free Game that the children can play to help them learn to read. It contains lots of different activities and levels for the children to complete. You will need to set up a log in but it is free.


ICT Games provides activities and games for Maths and English