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St Mary Magdalene Catholic Primary School

Growing Together in Faith and Love.

Year 2/3 - St Mary Magdalene

Welcome to Year 2/3!

Please read the following information for an overview of this term.

Further information on the topics can be found in the curriculum newsletter.



This term we will be learning through these topics:

R.E. – Energy (Pentecost), Choices (Reconciliation), Special Places (Universal Church).


Literacy – texts will include: adverts, persuasive writing, diary entries, instruction texts and stories.

We will also cover: improving writing, reading comprehensions and spelling, punctuation and grammar.


Numeracy – Pupils should know the 2s, 5s,  10s, and will work on the 3s, 4s and 8s this term.


We will work on: mental and written methods for addition (mental and column), subtraction (mental, column and jumping up, multiplication (grid method) and division (chunking); fractions (comparing, ordering, adding and subtracting); weighing (estimating, comparing and measuring);

function machines, bar charts and pictograms, lines, angles and symmetry in 2d shapes; perimeter, time (to the nearest minute on analogue and digital clocks, and finding 5, 10 and 20 minutes later.


Science –  rocks and nutrition

PSHE – our community and charities.

ICT – eSafety and presentation skills.

History – Ancient Egypt.

Geography – The UK.

PE – children will be learning athletics with Mr Canavan, our specialist PE teacher. Pupils will also learn and compose an 'Ancient Egyptian Dance'.

Italian – the children will be learning Italian as part of the Modern Foreign Language curriculum. Our specialist Italian teacher, signor Reale, will be teaching these sessions.

Art and DT will be taught through the above curriculum areas.



Homework will be given on Thursday and is due back the following Tuesday. We ask that children do their neatest work for this. Please don't complete the work for the children, though checking helping and giving hints can help to further progress their learning.

                Homework takes the form of a piece of reading, SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar), numeracy and sometimes other pieces of homework each week. Abacus online homework is also set on a weekly basis. Additional homework may also be given.

                Each half term there will be a learning log homework, this is in place of usual homework. The children have one week to complete it. Pupils must complete 2 pages of their learning logs. Pupils may complete these in a variety of ways, but it should be their very best work.

                Pupils should also be reading to parents and practising their times tables and number bonds (if needed) every day. They are encouraged to also log into their Abacus and Times Tables Rockstars accounts! These can be found in the children and nurrsery section of the website.


Home Reading Books

Your child needs to read everyday, this will develop their reading and writing skills. Each child takes books home and the books must be kept in good condition. Reading books and records must be brought into school every day. Please ensure that you support your child by:

  • Hearing them read daily and talking to them about what they are reading.
  • Testing them on their spelling words.
  • Testing them on their times tables. By the end of Year 4, pupils should know all of their times tables.
  • Using the local library or the internet to support your child with their learning.


Parent Volunteers for Reading

We would greatly appreciate any parents who would be kind enough to volunteer to read with children in our classes.


Book Bags

Book bags are important for your child to have. These bags keep homework and reading books safe and tidy. Book bags can be bought using our uniform ordering system and should be brought into school every day.


School Hours

Please make sure your child attends school regularly and on time every day. Year 2/3 pupils should be ready to line up in the Key Stage 1 playground at 8:50 every morning. At the end of the school day, please collect your child at 3.00pm from the Key Stage 2 playground only. Please make every effort to collect your child on time. Any child not collected by 3.15pm will be taken to the after school club and you will be charged.


If you have any concerns about your child, that you would like to discuss, please feel free to set a date and time to discuss this with me.


Mr Thonet


Ancient Egyptian shaduf used to lift water!

Ancient Egyptian pyramid building and headdress making!

Chinese Shadow Puppets!

To celebrate the Chinese New Year we prepared vegetables to make spring rolls!

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