Term 3 & 4 Newsletter – Class 2

Victorian School

Happy New Year to you all, we hope you have had a restful couple of weeks and are all keeping safe and well.  Let’s pray that Term 3 will be germ-free in Class 2!  As you will have read in letters before Christmas, the current Federation Leadership will be continuing until the end of the year.  This means that I will continue to be out of class on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and Mrs Nobes and Mrs Hall will continue to teach the class on these days.  This arrangement is working well for all of us and we will continue to keep the continuity in lessons as best we can.  Should you have any questions at any time, please do not hesitate to contact me on hsullivan@blackboys.e-sussex.sch.uk

Kind regards

Mrs Sullivan

The overriding theme for this term’s learning is Victorian School Life.


In Maths this term, Year 1 will be continuing to revise the Place Value of numbers up to 50 and then moving up to 100.  All the children will then have a focus on multiplication and division, with the aim that they understand what equal groups are and how we add these together, with the Year 2s going further to understand the multiplication symbol and how to use arrays to work out multiplication and division.  Year 2 then focus on statistics, learning about bar charts and pictograms while Year 1 start to think about length and height.  Following half term we will be focusing on 2D and 3D shapes and their properties and starting to learn about fractions.

History & Geography

In History we are spending term 3 learning about how schools have changed from the Victorian period to today, focusing on playtimes, subjects taught and discipline.  In term 4 we will use some of our Geography skills of looking at maps and aerial photographs to discover how Blackboys School has changed over time.


In Science Mrs Nobes will be focusing on plants and how they grow, learning about what plants need to grow and then consolidating this knowledge with some investigations into growing cress and germinating seeds.



In Music we will be using the CBBC 10 pieces work on “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius, making sounds with their bodies, making a graphic score, hearing music from other countries and moving to music.


The children will be learning about algorithms, creating instructions for a robot and beginning to use Purple Mash to create simple code.


Mrs Hall will also be teaching the class PSHE, looking at Dreams and Goals for term 3 and Healthy Me for term 4.

Homework & Reading

Homework will continue as in Terms 1 and 2, with a Maths sheet each week.  Please remember to also get your child to practise their common exception words, which are listed at the front of the homework books.

Reading is always important and your child will continue to bring home one Monster Phonics or Dandelion Reading book each week, plus they can choose several of our book-banded reading books as well.  The levels of these books are not checked, so encourage your child to get easier or harder books depending on how they are getting on with them at home.

Please continue to fill in the reading records and send them into school once completed so that we can issue a Reading Certificate during a Gold Book Assembly. 


In literacy this term we will be reading a non-fiction text called “You Wouldn’t Want to be a Victorian School child” from which we plan to write a set of instructions for an element of a Victorian school day and also an explanation about how things happened in Victorian Schools.  We will then be reading an abridged version of “Oliver Twist”, thinking about how the characters are described and doing some storytelling. Towards the end of term 4 we will be returning to a Class 2 favourite, “Grendel: a cautionary tale about chocolate” and writing our own versions of the story.

In Whole Class Reading we will be reading “I am Rosa Parks” by Brad Meltzer, which will help to broaden the children’s cultural knowledge, then we will be looking at some poetry from A.A Milne’s “Now I am Six” and finally “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Drew Daywalt.

The children will continue to have daily Monster Phonics lessons, which will include lots of revision of phonemes so that the children can start to be more accurate in their spelling.


In term 3 we will trialling a unit from the new East Sussex Agreed Syllabus, which will see the children learning a little about Islam and what Muslims believe God is like.  In term 4 we will learn about the Easter story, making a decision about whether Easter is a happy or sad time.


In Term 4 we will be learning about printing, trying out printing with lots of different objects and materials.  We will then be using polystyrene tiles to create a printed repeated pattern.  This will link beautifully with our Maths work on shapes in Term 4.


Using Victorian toys as a context, we will be learning about wheels and axles.  There will be opportunities for the children to experiment with axles and how they can make a toy move along the ground before designing and making their own Victorian moving toy.


We welcome Miss Zara Breeze back from maternity leave this term and she will be teaching the class dance while Mrs Hall will be teaching the class gymnastics in Term 3 and games in Term 4.

Please make sure the children have their PE kits in school for Tuesdays and Thursdays.  They will need shorts for their indoor PE lessons in Term 3 and can wear jogging bottoms for outdoor PE in Term 4.  If your child is wearing tights to school, please ensure they have a spare pair of socks in their PE kit to change into.

Key Dates

Tuesday 17th January – Parental English Workshop, led by Federation English leader Miss Norvell

Thursday 19th January – Class 2 assembly (all welcome)

Monday 6th February – Parent consultations 3.30-6.00

Wednesday 8th February – Parent consultations 5.00-7.30

Tuesday 7th February – Safer Internet Day

Thursday 2nd March – World Book Day

Wednesday 22nd February, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th March – Project Touchline (Sports and Spiritual development – more information to follow)

Friday 17th March – Red Nose Day and very popular PTA Quiz Night

Tuesday 28th March – Easter Service in Framfield Church, all welcome

Thursday 30th March – Cup assembly and end of term

Friday 31st March – INSET Day