Class Two

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful holiday. We are looking forward to seeing everyone and to embarking on our new topic. 

During this coming half term, our Geography project will be based on The Mediterranean. We will investigate how the climate and physical geography of this region has shaped the history and development of human settlement and civilization, and we will find out about many cultural aspects associated with Mediterranean countries. 

Our focus in English will be on Shakespeare and play scripts through the study of A Midsummer Night’s Dream; we will also be looking at different types of persuasive writing. In maths we will consolidate our work on place value and Roman numerals before moving on to further learning about shapes and angles. We will also continue our ongoing work on number facts, reasoning and problem solving and learning times tables. Please see our project map for more detail about this term’s curriculum in all subject areas. 


Mr Pengelly teaches Class Two all day on Monday, all day on Wednesday and on Tuesday and Friday mornings. On Tuesday afternoons, Mrs Liddicott takes the class for PE and Art. Mrs Breeze teaches the class on Friday afternoons and all day on Thursday. Mrs Liddicott also works in class as teaching assistant, Mrs Utton works as teaching assistant on Tuesday afternoons and Mrs Reed works as a teaching assistant on Friday afternoons.


PE lessons will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Children’s PE kit should be kept in school at all times if possible. We try to do as much outdoor learning as possible so we also ask that children should keep outdoor shoes/wellies at school if possible. We will also be doing swimming this term on Fridays. We will communicate details of this separately.


These are the statutory spellings for 
Years 2, 3 and 4. Any help you can give your child with learning and retaining the spelling of these words will be verybeneficial. Children also learn spelling rules every week. There are some very good games online that are helpful in practising these rules and for helping children to practise words that are exceptions to these words. Spelling Frame has lots of free games and activities for practisingthe spelling rules that we learn at school.


Please support your child with reading at home as much as possible. The benefits of reading and discussing what they have read are huge, and it is always wonderful to see the progress that children make, especially as they move onto longer and more complex books. When children have finished a book, they can take an Accelerated Reader quiz on it at school – this helps to check their understanding and keeps a record of what they have read. Most published books are on the AR system so if your child reads a book that is not from school, they are very welcome to take a quiz on that – all books that they read contribute to their half-termly target.

Times Tables

Having confident rapid recall of times tables is extremely useful in all areas of maths and is a very good thing to practise at home. Your child will be given a Login to Times Tables Rockstars – an online game that is very good for practising tables and for tracking progress. For those who are confident with multiplication facts, TTR can also be used to practise rapid recall of division facts. In addition, the free game Hit the Button is a very good way to practise individual tables and other key number facts. As a general rule, children should try to target getting at least 15 correct in a minute to demonstrate that they know a times table well.


I always love to see anything that your child enjoys doing at home that is related to our topic. This term this could include: research into any aspects Mediterranean history or culture, sharing pictures and memories from any holidays or visits you may have been on, finding out about music from different Mediterranean countries, or cooking any types of Mediterranean food. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!
Useful Links
Project Map - Summer 1Top Marks - Times TablesMaths Frame - Telling the timePhet - FractionsSpelling FrameSpooky Spellings
Tel: 01822 832646
Calstock CP School
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