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Leiston Primary School

Sandpiper - Miss Brown



Meet the Sandpiper team:

Miss Brown (Teacher)

Mrs S Rouse (TA) 

Curriculum outline for this term: 

Power of Reading/ English

We will be exploring the following two texts, The Bee Who Spoke: A nature adventure by Al MacCuish and Rebecca Gibbon (Summer 1) and Pattan's Pumpkin by An Indian Flood Story by Chitra Soundar and Frané Lessac (Summer 2). We will be using a 'Talk for Writing' style approach alongside 'Power of Reading' to develop language, create story maps and develop our fluency in recalling key information and vocabulary from the texts that we read. 


In Maths we will be following the White Rose scheme of work which focuses on developing reasoning and fluency techniques. Every Maths lesson will begin with counting forwards and backwards and in multiplies. You could help your child by practising counting to 100 forwards and backwards, as well as in multiples 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s (Year 2). 


This term our focus will be:

  • Length and height

  • Position and direction

  • Time

  • Mass, capacity and temperature


The children will learn what plants need to stay healthy. They will have the opportunity to carry out their own investigations into what plants need to grow well.  The children will also closely observe the inside of a seed and learn about the life cycle of a plant. They will also learn how plants look when they don’t get the things they need. 


To develop an awareness of the past, knowing where people and events studied fit within a chronological framework and a knowledge of the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements in the context of learning about, and placing onto a timeline, some significant British monarchs since 1066.


Exploring different artists and techniques. 




Key information about the school week


Sharing stories and practising reading using the phonics they have learned in school, is vital to improving a child’s confidence and skill with reading, understanding stories and developing a love for reading. It also has an important role in developing a child’s vocabulary and ability to express themselves effectively. 

We would like each child to read as often as possible, ideally at least 4 times a week for around 10 minutes at a time. Please make sure their reading record is signed each time they have read to ensure that we know when to change their book. 

Reading books will now be changed on Wednesday.



PE will be on a Thursday afternoon. 

Long hair should be tied up and any earrings should be removed or covered with tape. Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own PE belongings. Please support your child to do this by ensuring that all of their clothing is fully named and by practising some of the skills needed i.e. buttons/zips/etc. at home to promote their independence. 



Year 2 will come home with weekly spellings. Please practise these spellings with your child in the front of the book each week. Every FRIDAY the test will take place in the back of the book and children will be given credits when there is evidence of effort and determination to learn them.  

Thank you for your continued support,

The Sandpiper team 


Below are some links to support further learning at home: 


Reading, writing and phonics:

As a school we use 'Read, Write, Inc.' as a scheme to help support our teaching of children to read (Phonics). The link below will take you to the parental page of the RWI website. This will give you access to understanding how a RWI lesson is taught, what it consists of and how you can support your child.


Spelling Shed online is a fantastic, fun resource for practising spellings! Currently, membership is free and you can even add your own spelling lists!


Find free reading books at: