Gunthorpe

CofE Primary School

Feeding Minds, Touching Hearts

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Junior 2

Welcome to Junior 2!

 

Junior 2 is a mixed year 5/6 class and their teacher is Mr Tyler.

19.2.24

 

Dear Parents,

 

I hope you all had a good half term break.  We are looking forward to a busy half term as we build up to Easter.

 

During this half term in Junior 2, our topic will be ‘Marvellous Maps’.  This will include using atlases, symbols, compass points, grid references, planning a route and charting the changes.

 

In English, this half term, we will be starting by using the short film ‘Delivery’ by Till Nowak, which will provide the inspiration for our writing.  We will then be looking at flashbacks, using the Harry Potter books as inspiration. 

 

In maths lessons, we will begin with multiplication and division of fractions and finding fractions of amounts.  We will then move on to fractions, decimals and percentages; converting between units of measurements; perimeter, area and volume.

 

In science this term, we will be learning about the human species.  This will involve  

describing the changes as humans develop to old age; the human circulatory system, and the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood; the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on our bodies; and how nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans.

 

In RE, in the build up to Easter, we will be looking at salvation and trying to answer the question ‘What difference does the resurrection make to Christians?’.  In computing, the children will be learning about web design. In Design and Technology, the children will be designing and making an electronic greetings card. The children will also be doing art on a Tuesday afternoon with Mrs Brown, where they will be focusing on architecture, through observational drawing, printmaking, and building design.

 

Junior 2 will be doing PE on Tuesdays this half term, when they will be working with dance coach Lauren Parker.  On Wednesdays, Year 5s will also have PE with Premier Education coach Josh Geeves, where they have voted to do Danish Longball.  On Wednesday afternoons, Year 6 will be working with Mr Tyler, to do some focus work in preparation for their SATs.  Year 6 pupils will have these PE lessons given back to them in the second half of the summer term, when they will have an extra weekly lesson, while the Year 5s will be working with Mr Tyler.  So this half term, Year 5 children need to come to school in their PE kits on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, while Year 6 children only need to come to school in their PE kits on Tuesdays.

 

We are very fortunate to be continuing to take part in the DAaRT programme (which stands for ‘Drug, Alcohol and Resilience Training) this term (formally DARE), which is kindly being funded by FOGS.  Lessons will continue to be on a Friday afternoon this half term with DAaRT officer Claire Lisi.  The children will need to have their DAaRT books in school each week, with their small amount of weekly homework completed.

 

Homework will be similar to last half term.  For maths, Y5s will continue to have Mathletics, which will be set before each weekend and is to be completed by the following Friday.  Y6 children will be continuing with their Y6 maths booklets, with pages set on either a Tuesday or a Thursday, and to be completed by the following Tuesday or Thursday (your child knows which day their book needs to be completed by). Alongside the Y6 maths homework book, they have also been given a revision book to support with their homework.  Bug Club reading comprehension homework will also be set on a regular basis where the children will be set a book and be given a deadline for when it needs to be completed by. Please support and encourage your child to complete this homework to the best of their ability and to a high standard.  There is also an expectation that children read at home each week both independently and to an adult, with the minimum requirement recorded in your child’s planner (they can always read more than this).  To show the reading has been completed, please sign your child’s reading pages for Friday each week. 

 

The children will continue to be given 20 spellings and will have 2 weeks to learn the spellings, before being tested every other Monday.  We will be working on the spelling rules and patterns in school, but please support and encourage your child to learn their spellings at home too.  All of this term’s spellings and the dates of the tests are on the class page of the school website. 

 

Year 6 SAT week takes place the week beginning Monday 13th May:

  • Monday 13th May: English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 and 2
  • Tuesday 14th May: English reading paper
  • Wednesday 15th May: mathematics papers 1 (arithmetic) and 2 (reasoning)
  • Thursday 16th May: mathematics paper 3 (reasoning) 

 

We have our Junior 2 Rock UK Residential coming up on Monday 1st to Thursday 4th July.  As you already know, the final cost of the residential is £345, which includes the cost of the coach, accommodation, meals and activities, leaving £295 remaining to pay (if you have just paid the initial £50 deposit so far).  Full payment will be required by Monday 18th March 2024.  Payments can be made in multiple instalments from on ParentPay until Monday 18th March.   Alternatively, the total amount can be paid as a lump sum any time before this date.

 

If you have any questions or would like to speak to me, please either come to speak to me on the playground before school or contact the school office.  If it is not urgent, please email junior2@gunthorpe.notts.sch.uk which I will be checking weekly.

 

Kind Regards

 

Mr J. Tyler

Junior 2's Design & Technology - Electronic Cards

Tuesday 12th March - Y5/6 Indoor Games Festival at Toot Hill School

Tuesday 12th March - Aspire Science Day - Spaghetti and Marshmallow Towers

Wednesday 28th February - Y5/6 Indoor Rowing Festival at South Wolds Academy

Thursday 8th February - Y5/6 Rushcliffe Sports Hall Athletics Final at West Bridgford School

DAaRT FAQs for parents/carers

Friday 19th January - Rushcliffe Cross Country Championship at Rushcliffe Country Park

Tuesday 9th January - Winners of the Rushcliffe Indoor Athletics Small School Heat

Junior 2's Design & Technology - Stuffed Toys

Thursday 30th November - Y5/6 Bikeability Level 1

Tuesday 10th October - Y5/6 Touch Rugby Festival at Nottingham Rugby Club

Monday 9th October - Flintham 6 - 3 Gunthorpe

Our school football team played their first match of the year away at Flintham Primary School on Monday.  It was an exciting game with Flintham winning 6-3.  A great effort from our team and a big thank you to all of the parents who came along to support.

Monday 9th October - Thank you to Allen Richmond from the Rotary club for presenting dictionaries to our Y5 children

The National Holocaust Centre - Friday 29th September

Year 6 leavers 2023

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