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Welcome to Term 2

Topaz Class

Teachers: Mrs Wright (M Tu) and Mrs Bradshaw (W Th F)
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Inkpen

Opal Class

Teacher: Mrs Patterson
Teaching Assistant: Ms Jimenez

Term 2 Topic: Railway Revolution

Our Big Question for the term is 'How did railways change Britain?' We will focus our learning around the Industrial Revolution and its impact on Britain. We will enrich our understanding through a visit to the Kent Life Museum, as well as a Bridge Building workshop.

Our PE will be a mix of swimming (every Wednesday) and in-school activities on Tuesday. We will be outside as often as possible, so please make sure that your child comes in to school in the correct kit. Please also ensure that long hair is tied back, and that earrings are removed. 

Our Learning this term:

This term we begin this term by reading The Railway Children by E. Nesbit to explore diary and newspaper writing to inform our readers.  At the end of term, we will learn about story writing using the classic Coca-Cola advert, ‘The Letter’, as a starting point.


 Children will be encouraged to continue playing on Spelling Shed, an online​ resource to support them with their spellings at home. These spellings will be tested each Friday. Click on the image to visit the website.

Reading is the key to success!

Children will be expected to read most nights in the week for at least 10 minutes. Please record how your child has got on with their book in your child's reading record. This might include their understanding of the vocabulary used; how they inferred a character's emotions or actions; or even a prediction made based on what had already been read.


We will begin this term by continuing to apply our understanding of our number bonds when adding and subtracting.  We will practise a range of methods and contexts to improve both written and mental methods. Next, we will review our understanding of the 2, 5 and 10 times tables before expanding our understanding of multiplication and division to include our 3 and 4 times tables.

We place great importance on learning and practising our timetables.  To aid us, the children are encouraged to use Times Tables Rock Stars and will engage in multiplication challenges games daily. Please click on the link below to access Times Table Rock Stars.

Home Learning


Your child’s weekly home learning will consist of:

• Daily reading (to be recorded in Reading Records)

• Times table practice (Times Table Rock Stars website linked above)

• Spellings/Phonics (using the Spelling Shed website linked above)

Useful Links

Below, you can find a number of useful links to help support your child's learning:

Useful Links

  • Doorway Online
    Doorway Online is a collection of free and highly accessible educational games.
  • Phonics Play
    You may log in with the following details: username: jan21 password: home
  • Small Town Superheroes
    You’ll need to use your English skills to help the heroes complete all the missions.
Topic Web

Our Termly Topic Web outlines how the topic of the term will play into each subject. It acts to outline what will be studied across the curriculum in the term. Our current Topic Web can be found below and as an attachment: