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Autumn Term Week 7

Mr. Stephens - 19 Oct 2023

This week we have finished off our topic and have taken part in an exciting science investigation.

The next spelling assessment on Spelling Shed is based on Words where 'wr' makes a /r/ sound.

During this assessment children are expected to use correct letter formation. Ascending letters should touch the top and bottom of the line and descenders (for the most part) have their main body resting on the line with the 'tails' going below the line. Almost all other letters should be half way between the lines - this is shown with an additional middle line in the example attached below.

Anything that looks ambiguous or like a capital letter will be marked as wrong. Children are not expected to join their writing in the assessment. A copy of the correct lower case letter formation is attached below:

  -Letter Formation Brady Primary School Years 1-6.pdf-  

This letter formation, and the continuous cursive style, is now the expected way for children to present their writing across all subjects, including maths and science. This is a whole school expectation once children have been taught the joins.

Children have been set their 2x tables on Times Table Rockstars. We explained to the children that multiplying by 2 is doubling and dividing by 2 is halving. These concepts were taught in Year 1. Children who have answered the 2x tables set in under 6 seconds per question (on average) have now been set the 5 times tables as well. Well done to all who have achieved this!

We will add in more times tables when the speed of your child answering each question is consistently below 6 seconds per question. It is essential that speed is a factor as developing fluency is the entire point of Times Table Rockstars. We recommend using the timed 'Garage' mode to ensure that children are focusing on the times tables set by us.

This week we have been correctly identifying and writing difference sentence types. These include questions, statements, commands and exclamations. 

This week we have been adding and subtracting to and from tens using our number bonds to ten skills we learned in Year One.

We learned about the story of the Prodigal Son and how forgiveness is needed in life.

Art & Design
We have completed our work on Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' by adding in our building templates. Hopefully these made it home!

This week we made roads out of chocolate, raisins and biscuits. We investigated which combination of materials would make the strongest roads and compared this to how concrete and cement is made.



  • Uniform should have names in. If items are lost we will be directing parents and children to lost property. Staff will not have the time to hunt for lost items!
  • Children must wear winter uniform after half-term. This must include a shirt and tie. 
  • All homework will be digital this year - please ensure children have access to a device that has a web browser or apps on. Logins for each service are stuck in on the inside cover of your child's reading record.

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