St Margaret's CofE Primary School, Whiteway Lane, Rottingdean, Brighton, BN2 7HB

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St Margaret's CE Primary School

Grace, Strength, Love

Squirrels Class

Topic - Guy Fawkes Hero or Villain?

This half term we will be learning about Guy Fawkes and what life was like in England at the time, along with the details of the gunpowder plot. We will enjoy some dramatic recreation of the plan that Guy Fawkes was a part of, as well as explore artefacts, find out about historical events and figures, and make links with the impact on life today. Please see the topic web (below) for further information about our learning this term.    

PE & Forest School

PE and Forest School will be with Mr. Jones on Tuesdays. On Fridays PE will be with Mr. Clark.  Please ensure that the children come into school on these days wearing their school PE kit: shorts or tracksuit bottoms (depending on the weather), trainers, school jumper or fleece. Children will need to bring appropriate clothing for forest school to change into as necessary (for this term: a waterproof coat and wellington boots)


Homework will be set each Monday for the week ahead. Information, links and resources for the homework are on Google Classroom. Please let me know if you have difficulty accessing any of the information or resources. All the homework set is a chance for the children to reinforce concepts already taught at school and is there to help the children become fluent in recalling and applying their knowledge. 

Maths  At the beginning of year 2, the maths homework will be a combination of Numbots and Active Learn Games. The Active Learn site links directly to the Power Maths scheme we use to support the application and reinforcement of skills. The children have their own login details for both. Once we have covered multiplication and times tables in school, we will begin to set Time Tables Rock Stars as part of the homework rotation.

Reading – A 10-15 minute read everyday will help build fluency and reinforce the daily reading at school.
Over the course of the week it is great to read material from a range of sources, including:
- Colour banded books from school (these can be changed daily)
- Library books (changed on Thursdays)
- Phonics book bag books (these need returning inline with the dates on the Fred Frog bookmarks)
- The children's own books at home
Please send in the yellow reading records in to school each day.

Spelling – We have weekly spelling sessions in class on Wednesdays and Thursdays looking at different patterns, rules and groups of words. Over both lessons each week, we look at the same words and the children play 2 different games using them. We share the games and words on Google Classroom but the games are designed to work with any of the words, so children can explore the new words with their favourite games each week.

Topic Web - An overview of the learning for our current topic.

 Topic Web - Guy Fawkes Hero or Villain.pdfDownload
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