Fittleworth C. E. Village School

Fittleworth C. E. Village School


Maple Class

The Teachers in Maple Class are:

    Mrs Blackwood (Monday - Thursday)

  and Mrs Phillips (Friday)

 The Teaching Assistant is Mrs Watts.

 Parent Guide to the National Curriculum

Autumn 2020

Welcome back everyone! I hope you and your families are all well and enjoyed fun times together over the summer holidays. It has been a different and sometimes challenging few months, but here we are about to start back for a new school year. I hope you are all as excited as I am to be starting back and ready to have fun learning in class again. Things may be still a bit different for a while e.g. we will be washing our hands lots still, be facing the front of the class rather than our tables in groups, having no assemblies for a while longer, lunches in the classrooms and staying in slightly larger bubbles. However, I plan to still make your learning fun and enjoy our topics! If anyone has any questions or worries do feel free to email or ask me when we are back. The first few weeks may be a bit more tiring while everyone settles back into school life again, but hopefully a good bedtime routine will help with this. I hope we can work together to support your child's learning.  Many thanks, Mrs Blackwood.

Here is a timetable of the day. CLICK HERE

Here is the expectation letter . CLICK HERE

Please send your children to school with a bottle with fresh water in it, book bag, pencil case, coat, wellies (can be left in school). On a Monday and Wednesday your children will have PE so have been asked to come to school already in PE kits.

Our topic this term is 'Time Travellers'. Year 2 you will focus in topic lessons on the Great Fire of London and Year 3 you will focus on the Stone Age to Iron Age in your topic lessons. Our focus, particularly in the first term will be on reading, writing, spelling/phonics and maths, but have topic lessons planned in to cover the other curriculum areas. Please READ at home and record this in their diary, this is monitored daily. The children will have a spelling book given to them over the first couple of weeks so you can help them learn their common exception words at home.

Topic Web Year 2

Topic Web Year 3

3/4 spelling list

PHONICS SCREENER - YEAR 2 - The children in year two will be given the phonic screener in the second half term of the autumn term as per the governments instruction. They should have sat this in year 1 in normal circumstances. Here is a link to phonics play where there are lots of games to help practise for this like 'Picnic on Pluto' and 'buried treasure' CLICK HERE 

Monday 30th November

Please keep practising your lines and the song words. I'm sooo excited that we can still do this. 

I'm also excited as Tuesday I can put up a small tree in the classroom to help make it feel like Christmas in our classroom.

Reading -  Thank you for reading so much with your children at home, this has impacted their progress this term. Well done at home!

For the end of year 2, we are looking for your child to read with fluency and be able to talk about the book. Here are a couple of videos produced by the dfee for you to see examples. video video 

Caution! It is not just about them being to read fluently. The second part of the assessment is their ability to answer questions about their reading which is why talk is so important. 'In year 3, the questioning about what they read increases in difficulty, as does the required amount they need to read in a set time.

Understanding of what they are reading is vital.

PHONICS - Please year 2's play the games on phonic play and go over the flashcards. Maybe show your parents the car activity.

Literacy - This week some of our sessions will be used to practise the play which will be developing our speaking, listening and performing skills. We will also write another set of instructions, ensuring we are clear of the layout and vocabulary choices we did last week. We will also be writing a letter to the elf asking him to come and join our class with reasons. 


Maths- We will continue to work on telling the time. Can your children name the days of the week and what day comes the other? Do they know the months of the year? How many days in a week and months in a year? How many seconds in a minute? How many minutes in an hour? How many hours in a day? 

At home, encourage the children to read a clock to you. They could tell you when it's half past 7 etc.

Please feel free to use the sheets I uploaded on last week if they would like to practise at home. 

Topic- Year 2 will create a piece of work reflecting on their knowledge of the Fire of London e.g. why it happened? What changed because of it? 

Year 3 will be comparing houses from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. Also, looking at other significant changes over this period in history. 

Science -Year 2 will be solving the problem of the 'Great spillage!' - What is the best material to soak up a spillage?

Year 3 will be looking at marvellous magnets and their uses.

DT- The year 2 houses are nearly complete and then we will be evaluating them. The year 3's will be completing their stone age weapon. 

Thursday 3rd the year 3 children will have their sponsored run.

Monday 17th November

It is very exciting I've ordered a Christmas play called 'A bundle of joy'. I really want to do a mini play with Maple Class bubble and keep some sort of Christmas normality. We will practise and perform it. I will then film it for you all to enjoy! Please learn any lines your children come home with.

Literacy - This week we will be doing some reading comprehension activities to start the week.

Here are a couple to do at home. (I've put three different levels and each are of 3 different levels) 

Read 1   Read 2    Read 3

We will begin our new book this week 'George's Marvellous Medicine' and read only up to the bit where George starts to make the potion. (Please don't read beyond) We will be thinking about creating our own potions and what we would put in and why.

We will then move onto instructional writing. Can you write a set instructions to make something? Can you carry out a set of instructions? Instructions use 'bossy verbs' put, mix, stir and you could use first, next, after, finally. 

Phonics - Play dragons den and practise your phonic flashcards. 

Maths - This week we will be doing a couple of assessments to track progress (if your child is away they will do them when they return). This week we move onto telling the time. I will see what they are able to do and move from there. The progression is o'clock and half past, quarter hours, (Year 2) 5 minute intervals, minute intervals then 24 hour clock. (year 3)

Time games

Time worksheets

Science (Thursday) - Year 2 we will  be looking at changing the shape of objects by stretching, bending, squashing etc. Year 3 will be magnet strength and the poles of the magnets and whether they repel or attract. 

Computing (Tuesday) - Year 2 we will go on purple maths and practise our typing and write on the diary on 'Samuel Pepys'. Year 3 will be using purple mash '2 email' to write an email and start to learn how to send an attachment. 

Topic (Monday, Tuesday)- Year 2 will be looking at changes to fire fighting since the Great Fire and what we have learnt for the fire. We will be creating a poster which compares the two. Year 3 - will be creating a factfile on Iron age people- They will draft a paragraph from facts and create a finished fact files. 

Art- If we have time we will be drawing ourselves as either a Tudor person or a Stone age person on A5 paper.

RE - With Mrs Allum you will start to be looking at Advert. 

Friday - DT - We will be completing our DT projects (Tudor house or weapon)

Monday 16th November

What an exciting week we had with Remembrance Day, T T Rockstars and Children in Need!

Literacy - This week will be continuing to be use our book 'The Enormous Crocodile'. This week we will be working on conjunctions. We will be retelling this story using conjunctions and writing a book review. 

Here is a matching sentence game you could cut out and do sheet 1 sheet 2 sheet 3  (Send a photo for a dojo!)

Maths - This week we will be continuing to work on fractions. This week we will be looking at non unit fractions further like 3/4, equivilent fractions (1/2 = 2/4 for year 2), counting in fractions (1/2, 1/4 and 1/10 for year 3) and comparing fractions (year 3).

recognise simple fractions 

There are games on Purple Mash on fractions

TT Rockstars

Topic (Monday, Tuesday)- Year 2 will be writing their diary entry on old tea stained paper. They will also be drawing a Tudor house with charcoal. Year 3 will be continuing to look at the bronze age time period and cave paintings. 

Friday - Year 2 will begin work on their Tudor houses and year 3 will begin work on their design.

Science (Thursday)- Year 2 will be  looking at the suitability of materials. Year 3 will be looking at magnetic and non magnetic materials. 

magnetic and non magnetic game


Computing (Tuesday) - Year 2 will  be using purple mash to present their ideas and year 3 will be using email to email other members of their class.

Monday 9th November

So, we are now in our second lockdown but we are still working hard at school. If your child is off due to self isolating and your child is well then the expectation is that your child will do some maths and literacy everyday at home. Please contact me via class dojo and I will be happy to give you more direction that I put on here. Please also do upload any work completed and I will look at it daily.

Literacy- This week we will be continuing our work on expanded noun phrases. Last week, we focused on describing the swamp setting in the books 'The Enormous Crocodile' by Roald Dahl. You wrote some good descriptions last week. This week, we will be focusing on the crocodile and writing a wanted poster using expanded noun phrases. We will also, be writing a description of our favourite animal, proof reading them and trying to edit them to make it better.

Maths- This week we will be moving onto fractions. This concept fits well after our time on division. To begin we will be working on half, quarters, thirds and three quarters of shapes first and then on amounts. Can you half a small packet of raisins? Can you break a biscuit into quarters? Can you work out a quarter of a given number? etc

I have a set a few fractions 'to do's' on Purple Mash (some are easier than others).

Science - (Thurs) Year 2 will be looking at materials around them and what materials they are made out of. Year 3 will be looking at forces and making a car move faster or slower on different materials.

Topic- Year 2 will be writing in draft a diary entry as if they are in the Great Fire of London's time, writing in first person 'I'. Using their planning from last week to help them. Year 3 will be finding out and producing a fact file about the bronze age people. 

Computing - (Tues) We will be using TT Rockstars.

Monday 2nd November

This half term we will continue to work hard. You all worked so hard last half term, well done! Forest schools have come to an end year 3. 

Literacy - Over the next few weeks we will be focusing on a different book, one by Roald Dahl. Our focus will be on expanded noun phrases e.g. the cheeky monkey. Can you find any in their reading books? Can they tell you what the adjective is and noun? 

What is an expanded noun phrase?

Maths - This week we will be working on division. At home, you could be sharing objects, using the plate method or jumping on a number line or using times tables to solve division problems. 

hit the button

doggy division

demolition division

Science (Thurs)- Year 2 we will be moving onto exploring materials and their properties. We will be identifying what objects are made of and discussing why these are suitable for the purpose. You won't find a chocolate teapot that you can use!

Year 3 will be moving onto forces and magnets. We will be exploring the push and pull force in this first lesson back.

Topic- (Tues, Fri)Year 2 will be starting to plan a diary about the fire of London, exploring their feelings and senses as they plan this week what they could write using first person 'I'. They will also be starting to plan a Tudor house which they will make. Each child will need a cereal box so please can you bring one in with their name on (none that had nuts in please).

Year 3 we will continuing to write our Stone Age postcards. Maybe you found one at home? We will be writing about what you did when you were in a Stone Age village in the first person. You will also be completing your work on Stonehenge and painting a Stonehenge sunset picture. 

Computing (Tues)  - Year 3 we will be starting to work on emailing and year 2 continuing our typing and presentation skills. 

Monday 26th October

HALF TERM. I hope you all have a good rest this week, ready to start the next half term and the run up to Christmas. Please read as much as you can, this can be from the library or home collections as well but please record this in the diary. Spelling and times table practise could also happen in fun ways e.g. chalk on the beach, magnetic letters, games etc. You can keep uploading to Dojo. 

Monday 19th October

This week is the last week of forest school for year 3 and also the last week before half term.

Thank you all for using Class Dojo so positively. 

Literacy - This week we are continuing our work on using different sentence types correctly within our writing. We will be creating an advert for our very own magic paintbrushes. 

At home, can you write questions, exclamations, statements and commands? Can you upload these to Dojo? Can you identify them in your reading?

Phonics - Please go on and play some games on phonics play and practise your flashcards. We are revising ' oy' and 'oi' this week and 'ar'.

Maths- This week we will be working on multiplication. We will be looking at arrays, using repeated addition in order to help us work out our times tables. Remember times tables can be done in either order e.g. 3x2= 2x3= 

Year 2 the end of year expectation is to know 10, 2, 5, and begin to know 3

Year 3 the end of year expectation is to know 10, 2, 5, 3, 4 and 8

Times table rockstars

speed test

hit the button

daily ten

coconut multiples

Topic - Year 3 will be looking at their muscles this week in science and year 2 will be focusing on hygiene. 

Year 3 will be finding out about Stonehenge and completing some art work on it. Year 2 will be finding out about how we know about the great fire and in particular, finding out about Samuel Pepys. 

Monday 12th October

This week music starts again for year 2 on a Thursday afternoon. Year 3 your music will be on a Thursday morning when you have finished forest schools.

If you haven't been on to Timestable Rockstars then please do as we now have a whole school subscription.

Literacy - This week we are starting work using the book 'The Magic Paintbrush'. We will be focusing on sentence types e.g. commands, questions, statements and exclamations in order to develop our writing. 

Can you write a recipe down using commands? If you take a photo of it upload to dojo for a dojo point!

Maths- This week we will be working on money. Can you take a handful of coins and count the accurately? Can you make a given amount using coins? Can you add two amounts together using the strategies we have covered this term? Can you work out change? 

You could create a role play at home using real coins?

toy shop

coins game

coin cruncher

how much left?

Topic - In science, year 2 you will be thinking about ho exercise is important. Year 3, you will be looking at the functions of the skeleton.

In topic, year 2 will continue to think about the events of the Great Fire of London. Year 3 will look at Skara Brae as a stone age settlement.

Monday 5th October

It's been lovely to see the photos and videos you have uploaded to your child's portfolio. Maybe try and upload one thing a a week. This could be reading videos, achievements, home learning etc. They children are loving getting dojo points!

Literacy - This week we will be planning, writing and editing a short story about a characters adventures over the course of a week. Our focus will be using capital letters for proper nouns. What fictional events could your characters get up to? Maybe discuss at home. Some might be similar from Claire in 'On the Way Home'.

Phonics - This week we will be revising the long 'o' sound. 

We have been enjoying playing the games on phonic play, why not have a go click here

Maths- This week we will begin by revising addition and then begin work on the inverse of addition, subtraction. At home can you practise counting forwards and backwards if your child finds this hard. Year 2 will be subtracting using a number lines and the year 3 will start to learn column subtraction. 

blast off

fact families

subtraction grids

minus mission

daily ten

column subtraction game for year 3

Topic- In science, year 2 will be learning about healthy eating and year 3 will be learning about the functions of a skeleton.

In topic, year 2 will continue to recall the events of the fire of London and Year 3 will continue their fact sheets about prehistoric animals. 

Fire of London

Pudding Lane

Monday 28th September

Well done everyone on a good week last week. 

Please make sure you have signed up to Class Dojo. You can see when your children get class dojo points and for what in school, you can upload photos of your children's work they do at home, or videos of them reading etc and these will be added to your children's portfoilio's and I can see them. Maybe try this week to upload one thing so we can check it is working. (It's new to me too!)

Literacy - This week we will be moving onto 'proper nouns'. Can you explain what these are to our parents? Can you write a list on any?

Phonics - This week we will be revising the long 'i' sound. Keep sounding out words carefully when reading.

Maths - This week we will be working on addition. We will be looking at fact families, checking calculations, adding ones, tens, two digit numbers to a 2 or 3 digit number. 

Year 3 will be learning column addition.

fact families

daily 10

post sorting

fruit splat

number bonds

Topic - Year 2's will be looking at the events of the Great Fire of London. Year 3's will be looking at stone age animals. 

In Science, in year 2 we will be looking at living things basic needs. Year 3, you will be starting to naming bones in the human body. 

Computing - At home, maybe practise BBC touch type or the program on Purple Mash. Please encourage typing with two hands.

Monday 21st September

We are now in full swing at school and the children are all settled into our new routine, including a lot of hand washing and sanatising! Any questions regarding spellings, reading etc do feel able to ask. 

Reading - Please try to read at least 5 times a week with your child and record this in the diary.

Well done and thank you to all of those reading lots at home.

Phonics - This week we will be recapping the alternative spellings for 'long e' in our phonic lessons. Can  you brainstorm any together. 

Play picnic on pluto at home click here

Literacy - We are continuing our work on nouns, verbs, adjectives and pronouns (year 3). This week we will be creating 'warning posters' warning people about what they might (fictionally) see on their way home. Can you create one at home? Can your children explain the 3 word types to you? Can you spot some when reading? 

Maths - We are working further on place value. This week we will be comparing numbers (year 2 to 100 and year 3 to 1000). We will also be counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10 from 0 and from any given number (year 2, consolidating for year 3) and moving onto 3, 4,8, 50, 100 to year 3 when they are ready. 

1 and 10 more or less game

helicopter rescue

coconut ordering

speed tables

Topic- Year 2 will be finding out about 17th century London. Year 3 will be finding out about Stone age houses and the clothes they wore. In science, the year 2's are looking at growth and how humans grow and year 3 will be looking at animal skeletons.

Monday 14th September

After a good first week back to school, hopefully we are ready to start a new week!

Year 3 - Forest school is Thursday morning, please dress appropriately including a waterproof coat and waterproof trousers to take off when they return to school. 

Phonics -  This week we will be recapping the alternative spellings of 'a'. Can you think of any at home or spot them in your reading?

Use the phonic play car trial click here

Literacy - This week we are working on knowing and recognising nouns, verbs, adjectives and pronouns (year 3). We will be exploring the book 'On the Way Home'. Can you think of any crazy (imaginary) ways to travel to school or encounters, e.g. you get stopped by a giant?

rocket game

number line

Maths - This week we will continue to work on place value. We will be looking at representing numbers in different ways e.g. part whole method, number lines, place value counters etc. Practise reading and writing numbers at home. We will be looking at numbers to 100 for your 2 and to 1000 for year 3. Can you order a set of numbers? Can you compare the numbers?

bead numbers

Topic - This week we will be drawing a detailed sketch of our face. The year 2 will begin to think about the Great Fire of London by writing questions they would like to find the answers for. The year 3 will be writing questions they have about the Stone Age. 

Monday 7th September

This is our first week back. How exciting! For some of you it's been a long time but together we will all be fine. 

Literacy - This week I will be finding out what you can do and how I can help progress you on. I'll be asking you to do some independent writing about what you have been up to over these last weeks/ months. Maybe talk together at home about what they have done, because children will forget all the lovely things they have done.

Phonics- We will be revising our phonics and seeing which ones you all know. 

phonics play

little birds - common exception words (Year 3, only when you know most of the year 1/2 common exception list will I ask you to start to learn the 3/4 list)

Maths- I will be giving you a password for ' Times table Rockstars' this week. click here (Learning times tables in any order are so important - year 2 - 10, 2, 5, 3   year 3 - 10, 2, 5, 3, 4, 8)

The few three weeks of this time will be spent on number and place value. This week we will focus on counting forwards and backwards (year 2 to 50 then 100, year 3 to 1000) and partitioning numbers.

counting game

place value basketball

place value charts

Topic - We will not start our main topic this week. We will be thinking about ourselves and our feelings, exploring this through books. We will be drawing self portraits and concentrating on really looking at our faces and including detail.







Here are some general websites for you to go on to help with your learning. (Any issues with any of the links please let me know)

Speed times tables

Times table rockstars

BBC touch typing

purple mash

Literacy games

Maths games

Science games

Times table games

Phonic games letters and sounds

Phonic games phonics play

Maths zone

Hit the button - maths

Times Table Games 

SPAG games