Dear Parent/Carer


Welcome back. Our topic for this half term is; Who was Charles Darwin and why is he famous? (See overleaf for an idea of what we will be covering).   


Homework and helping your child at home:

  • Reading

Please continue to read with your child at least 3 times a week, and put their book the golden box if they have read in order that we can reward them.


  • Spelling

Please continue to practice the Year 1 and Year 2 common exception words lists that were given out with the first parent letter. These are really important words for your child to be able to spell. Fridge magnet letters, whiteboards, scrabble letter tiles, iPad apps etc. are all great ways to practise the spelling of these words.

  • Maths practice.

Please continue to practice the number facts for Year 1 and 2 to ensure that your child grows in confidence with these.

  • Topic work

Other home activities that would enhance your child’s learning experience this half term include looking for interesting natural things in the world around you; finding out about a wild animal of their choice, the animal’s habitat and how they are suited for their environment; or you could also find out about Charles Darwin, his voyage and what he saw.

  • Show and tell

We would like to run Show and Tell once a week with a rota for children bringing in something to show. This would give all children the opportunity to show something that is special to them, something that they have been working on at home to do with our topic, or something exciting that they have had the opportunity to do. We will continue to share regular extra bits of work from home on the Wow Wall, and if the children have done anything that is particularly special, then they could still bring this in when it has happened. We hope that having a rota will give the children an opportunity to prepare a bit more for what they will say to the class. Below is a show and tell rota for this half term.


Thursday 8th November

Tom, Leah, Liliana, Edward, Isla, Lucy-Belle

Thursday 15th November

Rosen, Ella, Henry CC, Rosa, Henry Cr, William D

Thursday 22nd November

Darcey, Tanner, Esme, Hettie, Henry H, Kayden

Thursday 29th November

William J, Laurie, Joe, Elisa, Dylan, Lexi,

Thursday 6th December

Oliver, Ethan, Eden, Warwick, Luke


  • Snack time

As you may be aware the children have been having one slice of brown bread and butter with their piece of fruit at snack time. This was something we trialled as all the KS1 teachers were finding that the children were very hungry by 10.30 and a small piece of fruit was not really satisfying them. The trial proved very popular and effective and we would like to continue this provision. The initial trial was funded by school, however this is not sustainable and so we would like to request a contribution of £1.00 per child to cover costs. 


  • Your child will be able to drink during lessons but this should be water only and should be in a non-leaky water bottle.


  • The children will have PE with Mr Bain on Wednesday afternoons, and every other Tuesday afternoon. They will have a further session every other Thursday morning but please ensure your child’s PE kit is in school at all times. Please do ensure that your child’s jumper and PE kit is named. 


Yours sincerely


Danielle Young and Mary Breeze