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Manor Court CommunityPrimary School and Pre-School


Owls class

Mrs Johns and Mrs Clarke

Welcome to Owls class, taught by Mrs Johns and supported by Mrs Clarke. We are looking forward with enthusiasm to an exciting and rewarding year of learning.

This term the whole school topic is ‘Chard.’ In the Year 2/3 class, we will be looking at Victorian England and particularly what life was like for those living in Chard at this time. We will find out about how industries have changed lives in Chard, changes in the countryside and in town and also Victorian inventors and their inventions. Our enquiry question will be ‘How did the Victorians change the way we live and where we live?’

In English we’ll be starting with the story ‘The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark’ by Jill Tomlinson. We will also study many other books including ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Our reading and writing will incorporate a wide range of texts and genres.

In Mathematics, we will begin by looking at place value before moving on to work in number, specifically addition and subtraction. We will also be continuing to develop our times tables knowledge. Our Year 2 children will focus on learning their 2, 5 and 10 times tables and in Year 3, the focus is on learning the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables.

In Science, we will be finding out about light, forces and also be learning about the basic needs of animals, including humans.  We will be carrying out fair tests and investigations as part of this learning.

In Religious Education we will be focussing on the religion of Christianity and the importance of the Bible as well as learning about Judaism.

We will find out about the music and art of the Victorian era – the pre-Raphaelites, songs of the Victorian music hall – as well as looking at work by a local Chard artist.

Your child will continue to have regular PE lessons  and it is important that their kit is in school every day. They will also have the great benefit of being able to continue to enjoy learning Portuguese with Mrs.Gomes.

It is important that your child reads at home at least 5 times a week. This can include reading to siblings, other family members and friends too. Reading to your child is also invaluable as it allows them to access and enjoy texts that are sometimes too challenging to decode themselves, but which have a content that will foster a love of and enthusiasm for reading.

Alongside reading, there will be weekly homework consisting of Spelling, Maths and/or Grammar. The children will have workbooks to complete set pages from. If your child is struggling to complete their homework, we can provide space and time in school. There will also be a weekly Homework Club after school.

If there are ever any concerns or questions, please do not wait until scheduled Parents’ Evenings as I will always make time after school to meet with you.