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Unit 2 Spring 1 Newsletter

PE and Woodland Camp:

This half term we will be doing football and netball during our PE lessons: children are to come to school in their PE kit on their PE day.

Little Owls and Tawny Owls PE day is Monday

Snowy Owls PE day is Tuesday

Please bring in a pair of wellies to stay in school for your child to use in the woodland camp.  

Snowy Owls and Tawny Owls—Tuesday, 

Little Owls—Wednesday

Home Learning and Supporting the Curriculum at home

We have attached a selection of Knowledge Organisers, for you to use to support your child’s learning at home. They set out clearly what we expect children to learn and remember in that subject. Please use them at home to reinforce and help  embed your child’s learning.

Our home learning project will be set on Teams, please see your child’s home-school link book for the logins.  They also have access to lots of apps (TT Rockstars, Sumdog, Spelling shed Math shed, MyOn, Letterjoin, Oxford Owls) to help their learning at home. These are also on their password sheet.

Library—the children will choose a library book to share at home each Monday, please return the book each Monday.


Please continue to contact the school office by email or phone 01803 607075 with any questions or queries. There is also lots of useful information, as well as event dates and term dates, on our school website

Please remember to order your child’s lunch online.

The gates open at 8.40am—children are welcomed into class at 8.50am.  The class teacher is available at the end of the day.

School Value

This half term, we are learning about Independence by exploring different solutions to a problem and learning from our mistakes. We are encouraged to use different resources to help ourselves.

British Value

This half term, in our Class Assemblies and PSHE lessons, we are learning about the British Value of Individual Liberty, by understanding how to set our own goals and achieve success.

Our Curriculum

Children in Key Stage 1 and 2 will enjoy a long and short enquiry each half term.

Long Enquiries

A long enquiry typically lasts five weeks and allows us to teach a subject, such as history, in depth. Clear expectations of what will be learned is shared with parents and pupils through a Knowledge Organiser.  At the end of the work, we plan to use Enquiry Quizzes on our iPads to see how much each child has remembered.

Short Enquiries

A short enquiry can last anything from 1 – 3 days and adds breadth to our curriculum.

Our first Learning Enquiry this term is DT—Design Technology, exploring mechanisms and pictures with moving parts, the Knowledge Organiser for this is attached. Please use it to reinforce and repeat the learning at home.


This half term in Maths, Year 2 will be learning to fluently add and subtract within 10, and to add and subtract two digit numbers, and will begin learning about multiplication. 

Year 1 will be learning to recognize and use 2D and 3D shapes and addition and subtraction of numbers up to 10.

All the children are going to be using concrete resources, visual images and representations to support them with their learning.


We are starting off the half term by exploring a non-fiction text about Reptiles—this links to our Science this half term. The children will be writing their own non-chronological report.

In the second half of the half term, we are going to be writing our own story about a toy based on ‘Traction Man is Here’ by Mini Grey.

Dates to remember

Unit 2 trip to Cockington - Tuesday 1st February

Last day before half term holiday - Friday 18th February

School returns after half term holiday - Monday 28th February

School App

Our school app is the best way to get information about dates and events going on in the school. Search for ‘School News’ in your app store.

Preston Primary School Academy
Old Paignton Road

01803 607075