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Lower Key Stage 2

Lower Key Stage 2 – Meerkats (Year 4), Panthers (Year 4), Butterflies (Year 3) & Dragonflies (Year 3)



Key Stage 2 Leader: Mrs Holt

Teachers: Mrs Holt (Year 4 Meerkats class teacher, RE coordinator), Miss Holloway (Year 4 Panthers class teacher), Miss Pack (Year 3 Butterflies class teacher, PE coordinator), Mrs Pearce/Mrs Flear (Year 3 Dragonflies class teacher, DT coordinators), Miss Carlton (teaching assistant, extended services coordinator, TA coordinator) Mrs Foy (teaching assistant, outdoor area coodinator), Mrs Pollard (teaching assistant, school council coordinator).

PPA cover (Dragonflies  Mrs Pearce: Wednesday am Mrs Abbott   Year 3/4 Thursday am): Mrs Bell, Mrs Foy and sports coaches (from Fit2Play).



This page is to give you some general information about Lower Key Stage 2. Further information about individual classes can be found on the class blog pages which contain individual pupil's work and separate class information. Lower Key Stage 2 is separated into four classes. This is an important phase in primary education whilst pupils transfer from Key Stage 1 into Key Stage 2 and then begin work in the build up to their SATs tests in Year 6. There is a strong emphasis on enjoyment and achievement within Lower Key Stage 2 as pupils are prepared for their end of key stage tests and supported to attain as highly as they can. In addition to this, the team strongly believe in developing pupils in all areas and therefore the curriculum is enriched in a number of ways through sporting activities, educational visits, drama productions and musical performances, to name just a few. The staff team are extremely dedicated to supporting pupils in their education and ensuring that they all attain as highly as possible.

Belong, Believe, Achieve


What we are learning in Spring Term: Stone Age to Iron Age

The Stone Age through to the Iron Age is our topic for this term and we will be going way back in time to study this interesting period in history.

We will be learning all about the different eras during this time and how the advancement in tools shaped the people. We will also find out about what food was available for the prehistoric hunter-gatherers. In Art we will create our own cave paintings and a bag. We will gather our own materials to create shelters, like the ones used in Stone Age times. In Literacy we will write instructions based on 'How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth' and writing narratives after reading 'Stone Age Boy'.

We will continue to consolidate the four basic rules in Numeracy, investigate data, shapes and time.

It is essential that children continue to learn times tables. It is also important that children are reading at least 5 times a week for a minimum of ten minutes.

Important dates:  Year 3 Creswell Crags   Wednesday 13th March

                            Year 4 Creswell Crags   Thursday 14th March




Work will be sent home weekly for children in Lower Key Stage 2. This will include weekly spellings to learn and other pieces consisting of English, Mathematics or topic homework. In addition to this, we also ask that you read little and often with your child; all children are provided with a reading book and reading record to track their efforts at home. Also, we send home termly topic challenges relating to the area of study that pupils are learning about that term. This may include an art project or a poetry task that can be completed at home with the help of parents; these tasks are rewarded with rainbow fish.



Physical education takes place twice a week. For Year 4, PE takes place on a Thursday morning (outdoor) and Wednesday afternoon (swimming). In Year 3, PE takes place on a Monday afternoon (indoor) and Thursday morning (outdoor). Pupils should bring their PE kit to school on a Monday morning and take it home at the end of the school day on Friday; PE can take place at any time during the school week and therefore pupils should have their kit in school all week. PE kit should consist of black shorts, a t-shirt in your child's team colour and black jogging bottoms for outdoor PE, in addition to suitable footwear for indoor and outdoor use. Earrings cannot be worn during PE and must be removed by the child. For swimming, pupils must wear a one-piece costume or trunks (no loose fitting shorts). If children would like to wear goggles then they must return a permission slip which will be handed out by your class teacher. 


What to do if you have a concern or a problem

In the first instance, please arrange to see your class teacher either by organising an appointment in person or through the office. If you have any further concerns, please arrange to see Mrs Holt who will be happy to speak to you at any time.