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Welcome to Madrid Class.






Welcome to Term 3



Our topic in Terms 3 and 4 is 




We will be learning all about this important event in British history - how the fire started, why it spread, how it stopped and what happened after the fire.

We will be learning about Samuel Pepys and how his diary helped tell the story about the fire.

We will be looking at how people lived during this time in history and the differences between London in 1666 and London today. 






What we are doing in English:

This term we will be learning about the features of a recount text.

We will read the story 'Wombat's Diary' and use it to help us extend sentences using conjunctions. We will also be learning about the 4 different types of sentences - statement, question, exclamation, command - and using them in our writing. Once we have found out about recount texts we will be trying to write a diary entry of our own.









Handwriting is always a big focus as it is very important that we are able to form all our letters correctly, the right way round and of the correct size. We do handwriting practise every week and are starting to learn how to join up our letters. 



To help with handwriting it would be very useful if you could help your child practise writing the alphabet in both upper and lower case.

They could also practise putting a list of words into alphabetical order, including some that start with the same letter.


At all time please make sure your child is holding their pencil correctly, using the tripod hold - thumb and index finger holding the pencil and the other fingers supporting under the pencil.




What we are doing in Maths:

This term our maths is mainly about money. We will be looking at the value of all our coins, making amounts from different coins and using them to solve number problems, including giving change.

Any opportunities to handle coins and use them to buy items at the shop will help to reinforce learning in maths.



We are happy to chat to you if you would like to know more about how to support your child in maths.


Every Monday we have a 1 minute tables test, currently based on the 2 x table and with some children now doing division as well. Our scores are definitely improving each week!









What we are doing in Spelling:


In Y2 we learn spelling rules that can be applied to writing. There are not weekly lists of individual words to learn. Every child has been given a copy of the High Frequency Words that do not follow a spelling rule and these will also need to be learnt. 


Our first group of spelling rules have been based around adding the suffix -ing, -ed, -er  to a root word and how the root word might change.

We have learnt that some root words don't change when you add the suffix, if the root word has a short vowel sound plus one consonant, then you double the consonant before adding the suffix and if the root word ends in an -e, then you drop the -e before adding the suffix.


For example:

walk - walked, fly - flying, talk - talking

run - running, swim - swimming, hop - hopped, hum - hummed

take - taking, smile - smiled, make - making.


We have also found out that for some words we don't add -ed on the end. They completely change when you write them in the past tense.

For example: sat, swam, ran, made


We have also learnt that if a word ends in a -y, then we need to swop the -y for an -i before adding the suffix -ed.

For example study - studied, hurry - hurried


We have also looked at the soft 'c'. this is when a word has an 's' sound but it is actually spelled with the letter'c'.

For example: city, circus, circle


We have learnt about how words that have an 'igh' sound at the end of them are nearly always spelt with a 'y'.

For example: my, buy, cry, spy, butterfly








We have now come to the end of Forest School until the spring time. The children have had a wonderful time exploring the woodland and learning while being outside.  Please take a look at the display of photos in the corridor by our cloakroom. 



Long sleeved top or t-shirt.

Long sleeved jumper - no hoodies as these can catch on the tree branches.

Long trousers.

Wellies or sturdy walking shoes. No trainers.


Even when the weather is warm and dry we still need to wear long sleeved tops or t-shirts, long sleeved jumpers or sweatshirts and long trousers. These protect our arms and legs from scratches and stings. 


 Forest School clothes should remain in school throughout the term, in a named bag that will hang on a peg. 

No Forest School clothes = no Forest School!








It is very important that your child reads to someone at home every day. As well as being able to read words they need to understand what they have read, so please talk to them about their book to develop comprehension skills. This is very important if they are going to become an excellent reader.  


If their book needs changing then please remind them to change it when they come into school in the morning and then put it in the red box at the front of the class so we can make a note of what book they have chosen.


Don't forget that if there is anything that you need to know please come and ask us. 


Mrs Treacher, Mrs Barnett and Mrs Gooding