Kirklevington Primary School


Newsletter Autmn 17

Kirklevington Primary School

Birch Newsletter Spring Term 2018

Welcome back everyone! I hope everyone has had a fantastic Christmas and you are feeling refreshed and ready to work! 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 ‘Magnificent Machines’ and ‘Jungle Explorers’.


This term we will be looking at many different genres of writing based around our topics of ‘Magnificent Machines’ and ‘Jungle Explorers’. We will be writing adventure stories and explanations for different machines. We will also be writing instructions and non-chronological reports. Through these genres we will continue to focus on the use of capital letters, full stops and finger spaces in the correct place, as well as how to form letters correctly. The children will continue to work on their letter formation in a pre-cursive style, i.e. they have a lead in stroke and those who are ready will be encouraged to join. 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 (including 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s) and ordering numbers, addition and subtraction, measures, telling the time, handling data and solving mathematical problems linked to our cross curricular work. By the end of Year 2 children are expected to know their 2, 5 and 10 times table so we will focus on these times tables in class.


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 also be learning basic programming skills on the computer and through the use of Bee-Bots.



In Science this term we will be looking at everyday materials of everyday objects based round our topic ‘Magnificent Machines’. During our Jungle Explorer topic we will learn about the basic needs of animals and how they survive. We will also be looking at the weather and our seasons as they change 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. 


For health and safety reasons children ARE NOT permitted to wear any type of jewellery, including earrings, bracelets and wristbands. Watches may be worn, but must be removed for PE.


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.

Coming In To Help

If anyone is available 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.




Welcome to Birch’s Webpage!

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.

Please let us know if you think there might be something else that we could add.

Thank you







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