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Church Of England Academy

........Welcome back and welcome to our new starters................

Lower Key Stage 2

Carol Singing

As part of our Christmas celebrations at St John's, children are singing carols.

For Panthers:

If you have some time this evening, there are Carols we would like you to practice for tomorrow

(don't worry if you don't get through them all!):

*Oh Come all ye Faithful

*It was a Starry Night 

*Silent Night

*Away in a Manger

*Hark the Herald Angels Sing

*Joy to the World

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



Key Stage 2 Leader: Mrs Holt

Teachers: Mrs Ross & Mrs Cunliffe (Year 4 Meerkats class teacher, Science coordinator), Mrs Keogh (Year 4 Panthers class teacher, Computing & History coordinator), Mr Welham (Year 3 Butterflies class teacher), Miss Holloway (Year 3 Dragonflies class teacher, Music coordinator), Miss Carlton (teaching assistant, extended services coordinator, TA coordinator) Mrs Haines (teaching assistant, ELSA coordinator), (Miss Galloway (teaching assistant), Mrs Pollard (teaching assistant, school council coordinator).

PPA cover: Mr Warren and Mrs Flear, Mrs Bell.



This page is to give you some general information about Lower Key Stage 2. 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 (when permitted), 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 Autumn Term: British Values, Tudors.


This term we are reading Tudor Tales: The Prince, the Cook and the Cunning King by Terry Deary in English. We will be perfecting our describing skills and writing a narrative story. 

We will continue to develop our skills with the four basic rules in Maths, investigate data, shape and time.

In History, we shall be finding out about the history of the Tudors. Did you know that monks use to live in catholic churches before Henry VIII took over from the Pope as Head of the church? In Geography, we will be honing our map skills and finding out where Tudor explorers travelled to. During our Art lessons we will paint portraits in a Tudor style and look at different artworks from that period. We will be learning how to use the internet safely, use computer code to create an algorithm to then use to make a simulation of an event. Also, learning how to search and check facts found on the internet as well as save websites to our 'favourites' on a computer and I-pad.


It is essential that children continue to learn times tables (you can login to Times tables Rock stars to practice too) and practice spellings (login to Spelling Shed) regularly. Usernames and passwords have been handed out to pupils, who have them stuck into the front of their reading diaries: TTRS, Spelling shed & Purple Mash.



Work will be sent home weekly for children in Lower Key Stage 2. This will include weekly spellings to learn, times tables and reading five times per week (or more) for ten minutes (or more). Each week, your child will earn a raffle ticket for reading five times over a week: reading diaries will be checked on Mondays for this.


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 may 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 fish. Look out for online tasks. 

This term, Year 4 have TTRS battles for all year 4 pupils to play; Spelling Shed has weekly spelling tasks set to assist in pupil learning (both term-time only) and Purple Mash has tasks set for all Year 4 pupils to complete online at home (crossing over term-time and term holidays). Teachers will check periodically for completed work and rewards will be awarded for work completed-within the program and when back in school (1 fish will be awarded for any work completed at home where children will be able to add these to their running totals at school.



Physical education takes place twice a week. For Year 3 & 4, PE takes place on a Wednesday (outdoor) where children may currently come to school in their PE kit.

PE kit should consist of black shorts, a t-shirt in your child's team colour, black jogging bottoms and a jumper/sweatshirt 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. A second PE session will not currently need full PE kit but trainers or plimsoles (for indoor) will be needed in school across the week where possible.


What to do if you have a concern or a problem

In the first instance, please leave a message/email with the office. Your child's class teacher will be able send a reply to you via the office. If you have any further concerns, please arrange to see Mrs Holt who will be happy to speak to you over the phone or if possible, arrange a meeting.


Letters for Year 3 and 4