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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, Music coordinator), Miss Pack (Year 3 Butterflies class teacher, PE coordinator), Mrs Pearce/Mrs Bell (Year 3 Dragonflies class teacher, MFL 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 Thursday am/Year 4 Friday am): Mr Warren and Mrs Flear.



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: Space

Are you ready to explore the universe?

This term we will be reading the famous, 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes. We will be perfecting our describing skills and writing an adventure story. Afterwards we will research the astronaut, Tim Peake and write biographies.

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 space travel. Did you know they sent animals into space? In Geography, we will be honing our map skills. During our Art lessons we will do sketches of the Iron Man and look at the abstract art of Peter Thorpe. We will be creating our own animations in Computing and learning how to send an email.


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.



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 fish.



Physical education takes place twice a week. For Year 4, PE takes place on a Friday morning (outdoor) and Wednesday afternoon (swimming). In Year 3, PE takes place on a Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning. After February half term, Year 3 will begin swimming on a Friday morning. 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.


Letters for Year 3 and 4