A big well done to all the children that received their 100% attendance award today!


Extra special visitors at Kent House today!


Final night for our year 6 children!


Nothing beats a good campfire song while on school journey!


Our wonderful PTA are working so hard in our hidden garden. Here is a sneaky peek of the amazing transformation so far! We can't wait for the grand opening!


Spectacular end to our performance arts week with this morning's whole school production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream!


Royal afternoon tea fun in the sun!


Year 3 have had a fantastic day identifying the benefits of different plants on their nature walk...followed by a tea workshop where some truly unique blends were created!


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KH's amazing cheerleading team did an excellent job performing during our Friday celebration assembly! #unity


Lunchtime fun in the sun!


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Spring has truly sprung in our nursery today! &learning


Excellent scientific thinking happening this afternoon in year 5. Super teamwork to create a mechanism to lift a heavy weight!


Some of our wonderful homework projects received this half term. Keep up all the great home learning!


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Excellent online safety day at KH. Thank you Jonathan for working with our children, staff and parents.

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Year 2

Welcome to Year 2: 
Tawny Owls & Barn Owls 


Miss Saunders, Miss Annand and Mrs Harrison welcome you back to Tawny and Barn Owls for Autumn 2. We trust you had a relaxing half term break. 


Thank you for your continued support through the start of this academic year. The children have settled in to year 2 brilliantly. This information will help you support your child at home with the organization of their week and their learning at home. 

Key Times 


Homework will be set every half term. Your child will be asked to work on a number of projects, designed to enrich the learning taking place in school. This approach to homework has been designed to enable you and your child to work together in a creative way and to develop a love of learning. Please see the homework document for Autumn. Please return your homework by Friday 7th December. 


In year 2, the PE days are Wednesday and Thursday. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit on these days. 


This half term we will be having a cinema day in school on the afternoon of Friday 16th November. We will be transforming the school hall into a cinema for a fun Jungle-themed movie day. Keep an eye out for more information about how else we will be celebrating this. 

Stay and Read 

The Year 2 ‘Stay and Read’ session will be taking place this half term. Please look out for more information soon. 

Key Times 

The school gates open at 8:30 in the morning. The school door opens at 8.45 and closes at 9.00. In KS1, children are dismissed at the end of the day at 3:20. 



Read it 

Research it 

Make it 

This half term we will be reading the book: The Lonely Beast by Chris Judge. Your task is to research and read other books that include beasts and monsters. You could write a book review about your favourite one 

The local library is a great place to sit and enjoy a story. Design a way of presenting your favourite things about that book – it could be in a book review or as a mind-map. What was your favourite part? Who would you recommend it to? What happened in the story? Who was your favourite character? 

This half term our IPC topic is Let’s Celebrate! Here, we will be learning about celebrations and festivals from different cultures. Your research task is to find out about a different celebration from around the world. A list of possible celebrations to research from the following continents could be: 


  • Chinese New Year  

  • Eid and/or Diwali  

  • Christmas  

  • Thanksgiving 


 To link with your ‘design it’ task, make your own beast made out of junk modelling materials. 


Think about: 

  • Portraying it’s emotions and personality 

  • Which materials you will use. 

  • Will it be large or small. 


Try to be as creative as possible. 

Practise it 

Write it 

Design it 

Spend some time practicing the skills we are learning in school: 

* Practise adding number bonds to 10, 20, 50 and 100.                                                                          * Continue practising your new spellings each week.                

* Read to an adult every evening and record this too.                                

* Practise skip counting forwards and backwards in 2s, 5s and 10s and from any given multiple also.                                     

* Practise counting to and across 100 in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s – forwards and backwards and from any number. 

* Use all of the centre pages of your reading record diary to help you learn all of your phonics sounds. 

Your write it task is directly linked to your research task above. 


Your task is to write in detail about one of the festivals that you have researched 


Present your work in a fun way so that other children can learn about the festival too. 


For example, you might wish to create a poster to promote and display your festival. Alternatively, you may wish to create a fact file writing facts that you have learnt through your research 

Can you create and design a brand new character that Julia Donaldson might use in one of her upcoming stories? 


Design and draw your character to help you write about them in the ‘write it’ part of the homework. 

Is the character friendly, scary, shy, fearsome? What features will you give your character so that we understand how you want him/her to make us feel?  

Think about how Julia Donaldson gave the Gruffalo purple prickles all over his back so that he was scary! 

A note to parents, 

Over the course of this half term please work with your child to complete the above. Each of the activities has been designed to support, enhance and enrich an aspect of the curriculum. We are looking forward to seeing the results of your work together. 

What are we learning? 

In literacy we will begin by reading the Power of Reading text The Lonely Beast 

by: Chris Judge 

The children will be learning about the following genres of writing: poetry, narrative stories, alphabetical categorization. 

Text work:  

* to reinforce and apply their word-level skills through shared and guided reading;  

* to use phonological, contextual, grammatical and graphic knowledge to work out, predict and check the meanings of unfamiliar words and to make sense of what they read;  

* to be aware of the difference between spoken and written language through comparing oral recounts with text; make use of formal story elements in re-telling;  

* to understand time and sequential relationships in stories, i.e. what happened when;  

* to discuss familiar story themes and link to own experiences, e.g. illness, getting lost, going away;  

* through shared and guided writing to apply phonological, graphic knowledge and sight  

* vocabulary to spell words accurately;  

* to use language of time (see sentence level work)  

* to structure a sequence of events, e.g. 'when I had finished ...', 'suddenly ...','after that ...'.  


Sentence work:  

* to use awareness of grammar to decipher new or unfamiliar words, e.g. to predict from the text, to read on, leave a gap and re-read;   

* to find examples, in fiction and non-fiction, of words and phrases that link sentences, e.g. after, meanwhile, during, before, then, next, after a while;   

* to recognise and take account of commas and exclamation marks in reading aloud with appropriate expression;   

* to re-read own writing for sense and punctuation. 

In maths, we will be focusing on multiplication and division. We focus on these for a term so that children have a good foundation of number skills before moving on to other areas of mathematics.  

Children will be taught to:  

  • Read and write numbers to at least 100 in numerals and words. 

  • Count in steps of 2, 3, and 5 from 0, and in 10s from any number, forward and backward. 

  • Recognise the place value of each digit in a two-digit number (tens, ones). 

  • Compare and order numbers from 0 up to 100; use <, > and = signs.  

  • use place value and number facts to solve problems. 

Our topic learning will be based around the IPC unit ‘Let’s Celebrate’ – we will be learning about festivals and celebrations from different cultures and religions. We will use this learning to help us to understand and appreciate the many different cultures within our year group. 

How can I help at home? 

One of the key ways every parent can help is to ensure that your child is at school every day and on time. Other than this, the main way you can help is by ensuring that your child reads every day, for at least 20 minutes – this can be with you, or on their own, but it is the most effective way of ensuring that your child progresses and learns outside of school. Children also have a Mathletics login – please encourage them to use this frequently, as it will really help with their quick recall of mathematical facts. We also encourage the children to use their ‘Literacy Planet’ login to help practise their spelling skills. 

If you have any questions, please talk to Miss Saunders or Miss Aitken, or you can arrange a meeting at the office. 


Miss Saunders, Miss Annand and Mrs Harrison 



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