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 - Beside the Seaside

This half term we will be learning about Brighton, it's history, landmarks and geography. We'll write poems, use the Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch as inspiration for a diary entry and write about how Brighton has changed. Using key geographical language, we'll describe Brighton and it's key attractions that have been bringing visitors here for so long. We'll also learn about Historical figures with a connection to the city including: the Prince Regent, Martha Gunn and 3 African Kings who visited in 1895. Around the school grounds we'll explore a range of plants and look at habitats and how animals are suited to their habitat. We will get to design, build and evaluate our own windmills and explore a range of art materials to create our own work.

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  The maths homework will be a combination of Numbots, Times Tables Rockstars 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, that will happened during the spring term.

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)
- The children's own books at home
Please send in the yellow reading records in to school each day.

Spelling – We will revisit a set of around 10 current words on Sir Linkalot a few times a week as well as going back to some of the ones we have done before. Checkout google classroom for our current words each week and remember if you have got the hang of them, check your knowledge on the quiz and you can move onto some new ones to learn.

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

 Topic Web - Beside the Seaside.pdfDownload
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 YEAR 2 CURRICULUM MAP 2023 - 2024.pdfDownload
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