Welcome to Lower Key Stage Two

Working from home

School will be closed to most pupils from Monday 23rd March due to Coronavirus.

We have made these resources for your child to access at home.


You should have received a letter with details of our email addresses and explaining what we are hoping to do over the next few weeks. We will be contactable via those emails during the normal school day and will be updating the website with new resources and also sending extra work via email. We are looking forward to receiving any completed work for comment, or if you have any questions about the work, or don't understand anything, then please just get in touch and we will try and help. 

Just in case we have put our emails.  lions@swarcliffeprimary.co.uk    leopards@swarcliffeprimary.co.uk      tigers@swarcliffeprimary.co.uk        

The best way to upload work is to complete as a word document and attach it to an email. Or you could send photos of some of your work, art and projects, or even power point presentations. 

We would also love to see what you are up to for our Instagram page. If you are happy for your photos to be shared on Instagram send them to Miss Green at the Lions address above with 'Instagram' as the message title and she will upload them. It will be great to keep in touch with your classmates via the page and see what each other are up to.


 Useful Websites to visit:






https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/   login: march20    password: home

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/  Register with them and use the code PARENTSTWINKLHELPS

https://www.colchester-zoo.com/education/learning-resources/#activity  for activity packs

Here's what various celebrities are offering you and your kids for free daily to help with their education while schools are closed:

9.00am - PE with Joe Wicks https://youtu.be/6v-a_dpwhro

10.00am - Maths with Carol Vorderman www.themathsfactor.com

11.00am - English with David Walliams https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/

12.00pm - Lunch (cooking with Jamie Oliver) https://www.jamieoliver.com/feat…/category/get-kids-cooking/

1.00pm - Music with Myleene Klass https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh2wgJ5tOrixYBn6jFXsXQ

1.30pm - Dance with Darcey Bussel https://twitter.com/diversedance…/status/1241098264373592065

2.00pm - History with Dan Snow (free for 30-days) https://tv.historyhit.com/signup/package

4.00pm - Home Economics with Theo Michaels (Mon/Wed/Fri) https://www.instagram.com/theocooks

Useful Documents for Parents

 Autumn 1 - Curriculum Newsletter.pdfDownload
 Helping Your Child at Home - Homework 19-20.pdfDownload
 LKS2 Spelling List.pdfDownload
 Welcome to LKS2.pdfDownload
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 Home Learning Letter - Leopards.docDownload
 Home Learning Letter - Lions.docDownload
 Home Learning Letter - Tigers.docDownload
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Mr Thomas' Keeping Fit

Home Learning Week 11 - 01.06.20

We hope you have had a relaxing week off and enjoyed the lovely sunshine. This week we are going to start our exciting new topic 'Rainforests'! 

In English, we are linking our learning to our topic using the text 'Rainforest Calling'. This week you will read an extract and then answer some questions, write a blurb, journal, and a comprehension to complete.

In Maths, we have separate activities for Year 3 and 4 this week. Follow the link below to the folders. Year 3 are re-capping units of time - looking at minutes and seconds, days and months. Year 4 are re-visiting rounding this week. See if you can remember the rhyme we learnt last time!

In Science, we are going to begin our rain forest topic by looking at living things and their habitats. This weeks learning will include going outside into your garden or local area and exploring all the living things around us. You will learn to sort animals using their characteristics and also a variety of ways to group these. 


English Resources

 Monday - Questions to answer.docxDownload
 Monday - Rainforest Calling Extract.pdfDownload
 Thursday - Comprehension.pdfDownload
 Tuesday - Blurb Template.docxDownload
 Tuesday - Blurb writing.docxDownload
 Wednesday - Journal writing.docxDownload
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Maths Resources

 Maths - 01.06.20
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Science Resources

 Lesson 1 - Grouping Living things.zipDownload
 Lesson 2 - classifying vertebrates.zipDownload
 Lesson 3 - Classifying invertebrates.zipDownload
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Holiday Home Learning - 22.05.20

You have continued to impress us over the last half term with your resilience and hard work. You have been creative in the ways you are working and dedicated to your studies and it is so lovely to see the work you share with us. Now, once again, it is time to have a well-deserved rest over the half-term break. We have set you some holiday research for our next topic - "What lives in the rainforest?" in preparation for our studies next half term. Keep safe and enjoy the sunshine!

Home Learning - Week 9 Resources - 18.05.20

Another great week of hard work 3/4! We've enjoyed looking through the photos of your ships. It was also great to hear what so many of you were up to over the Bank Holiday weekend - especially your VE Day activities! This week we are moving on to Computing in Topic, and have also planned some English, Maths, and Reading work for you to complete.

In Computing, we will be finding out what a 'Blog' is and you will be having a go at designing a blog of your own. There are some examples to look through, if you have access to the internet, and you will revisit the rules for Internet Safety. 

For Guided Reading, we have provided extracts to support our Explorers topic - 'Deep Sea Explorers'. Please read through the appropriate sheet and answer the questions with the same star rating. Yellow and Red groups should read the 1 star sheet, Green and Blue groups the 2 star sheet and Purple group the 3 star sheet.

In Maths, we are starting our fractions unit by looking at tenths and hundredths. There is an activity for each day. It is important you complete these in the correct order to ensure you are building on your understanding. There is a reasoning activity for each day. For Thursday's lesson there is a traffic light system so you can choose which difficulty you would like to attempt.


In English, we would like you to use everything that you have learnt during this topic to write a non- chronological report all about Ernest Shackleton. We will begin by looking at the features and structure before planning and writing our own. For your SPaG activity this week, we are going to be learning about similes. We will first begin by looking at where and when to use then before writing some of our own. To ensure that you are continuing to practice your curriculum spellings, for your spelling activities this week, we would like you to look at words beginning with prefixes.


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Guided Reading

 Guided Reading - Deep Sea Explorers
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Computing with Mrs Spence

Word of the Week with Mrs Spence


 Maths - Tenths and Hundredths
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Maths with Miss Green


 Lesson 1 - Writing similes.zipDownload
 Lesson 2 - spellings.zipDownload
 lesson 3 - Non chron.zipDownload
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Home Learning - Week 8 Resources - 11.05.20

Well done for another fantastic week 3/4! You are continuing to impress us with your amazing work ethic. We are the best phase! This week we have planned a variety of English, Maths, Reading and History work for you to complete.

In History, we will be looking at our important person, Ernest Shackleton. You will learn about who he was and why he is an important historical figure. During the first two lessons, you will use different sources to gain information that you will use to create a timeline of his life. Miss Green has made two videos talking you through the lessons and resources.

In Guided Reading, we have asked you to complete the two reading fluency checks. See if you can beat your score from last week! These can be found underneath the History resources.

In English, we have given you an extract from our linked text "Ice Trap! Shackleton's Incredible Expedition to read. There are some questions to answer, to help you explore the vocabulary and ideas and then there is a choice of two writing tasks. You can either choose to write two diary entries as if you are a member of the crew on board the Endurance, or write a story from the point of view of a crew member in the first person. We can't wait to read what you come up with!

In Maths, we will be continuing our work on measurements and looking at how to convert between different units of length. To help you with your times tables practice, your final lesson is based around consolidating your times tables knowledge. Don't forget to do TT Rockstars every day too to help you secure these facts. 

We have also included handwriting sheets of the Statutory Year 3/4 spellings for you to practise.

History Resources

English Resources

 English - Ice Trap!
 t2-e-5081b--new-year-3-and-4-statutory-spellings-handwriting-practice-activity-sheets-cursive (1).pdfDownload
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Maths Resources

 Lesson 1 - converting between mm cm m (2).zipDownload
 Lesson 2 - converting between (2).zipDownload
 Lesson 3 - Times tables.zipDownload
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History with Miss Green

History with Miss Green

Word of the Week with Mrs Spence

Home Learning - Week 7 Resources - 04.05.20

Hi 3/4, it's been great to see all of your learning last week. All of the staff in the phase are very proud of the quality of your work and your determination to do well! We hope you have enjoyed all of the subjects on offer last week and look forward to some new exciting ones!

In English, we have challenged you to create a fact file about an animal that lives in the Antarctic, linking to our topic. These lessons have been separated into days and there is a video next to the resources to give you some top tips.

In Maths, we are looking at adding and subtracting different units of measure this week. Have a look at the slide shows, if you are not sure, then try the measuring activities. There are aliens, trolls and wild animals to encounter! I've added a video to refresh your memories on the expanded column method to help you get started.

Guided Reading is fluency checks this week. Set a minute on a timer and see how many words you can read. The numbers at the start of each row tell you how many words you are up to. Can you increase your score through the week? You could have a go at the questions too, to test your understanding.


In R.E, we are going to be looking different creation stories and how the world was created. We would like you to retell these stories through sequencing the images and also writing key phrases to match. After learning the three stories, do you think you could answer the questions 'are the creation stories still worth reading today?' For this, you need to consider how these creation stories are reflected in modern day life. 

English Resources

 Friday - Publishing sheets.pdfDownload
 Friday - Publishing.docxDownload
 Monday - Fact File Examples.pdfDownload
 Monday - Fact File Features.docxDownload
 Tuesday - Research.docxDownload
 Wednesday and Thursday - Writing.docxDownload
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English with Miss Green

RE Resources

 Lesson 1.zipDownload
 Lesson 2.zipDownload
 Lesson 3.zipDownload
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Maths Resources

Guided Reading Resources

 Guided Reading - Reading Fluency
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Maths with Mrs Spence

Home Learning - Week 6 Resources - 27.04.20

Hello Phase 3/4! We hope you had a lovely first week back and have made a real positive start to the Summer term. As your new topic is 'How was the World Discovered?' we would still like you to continue your research alongside this weeks activities.

This week you have been given some English, Maths, Geography and reading comprehension home learning tasks, alongside your usual reading, spellings and times table practice. 

In English, we would like you to learn all about word families and complete several short tasks linked to these. In addition to this, for your writing activity for this week, we would like you to watch the short video clip below and write a sequel (what you think happens next). Your sequel could be about what happens when his neighbour finds the box..... Don't forget to include a range of sentence types and interesting vocabulary. One of your virtual lessons on the website will be explaining how to use short sharp sentences. It would be great for your teachers to see you incorporating them into your writing. 


In Maths this week, we are looking at addition and subtraction using decimals. There are a range of resources below. Some of the documents have a coloured outline around the questions, this is the traffic light system we use in class. Can you try one level first and manage to get to the next?

 In Geography this week, you will be looking at Ordnance Survey maps. There are three lessons to work through. Read the powerpoint slides for information and then complete the activities. If the activities have stars at the top of the sheet, this indicates the level of difficulty. Usually, we would suggest 1 star activities for yellow and red groups, 2 star for green and blue groups and 3 star for purple. If you would like to challenge yourself with a trickier activity, then go for it! There are also some fun videos to watch with our old friend Sue Venir here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvsfr82   

Reading Comprehension

 St George reading comprehension.rtfDownload
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Maths Resources

 Adding decimals.docxDownload
 Addition and subtraction using decimals.pdfDownload
 Mastery Questions.pdfDownload
 Maths Challenge.docxDownload
 Subtracting decimals.docxDownload
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Maths with Miss Green

Maths with Miss Green

Geography Resources

Word of the Week with Mrs Spence

English Resources

 Cursive Handwriting Practice Sheet - press and vent.pdfDownload
 Cursive Handwriting Practice Sheet - scop and spect.pdfDownload
 Cursive Handwriting Practice Sheet - struct and uni.pdfDownload
 Letter Tiles Spellings - scop and spect.pdfDownload
 Prefix Slider Activity Sheet - press and vent.pdfDownload
 Spelling Bees Add An Adverb.pdfDownload
 Spelling Bees Adverb Dictation.pdfDownload
 Spelling Bees Adverb Sentences.pdfDownload
 Super Suffix -ly Spelling Game.pdfDownload
 Word famililes powerpoint.pptDownload
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English with Miss Jones

English with Miss Jones

Home Learning - Week 5 Resources

Hello Phase 3/4! We hope you have had a lovely two weeks rest and enjoyed spending time outside in the sun safely. This half term our new exciting topic is 'How was the World Discovered?' If you did your research homework you may already have an idea about what you are going to be learning about...

This week you have been given some English, Maths, Science and reading comprehension home learning tasks, alongside your usual reading, spellings and times table practice. 

In Science this week, you are going to be learning about living things and their habitats. This is split into three different lessons: grouping living things, classifying vertebrates and an invertebrate hunt. You can find your resources below and visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zn22pv4 for useful information and videos to help you. Miss Green has also made a video to talk you through the first lesson.

In Numeracy, we will be developing our place value understanding by comparing and ordering numbers. There are work books and worksheets to complete as well as challenge cards and mastery activities. There are also online games for you to play, please visit https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/ordering-and-sequencing-numbers . 

In English, we would like you to look at some texts (photos and a short film) with an explorers theme and have a go at the writing activities. SPaG this week is some work on Prepositions, for example: under, above, behind, in front of.

If you want to do anything extra (although there is quite a lot already!) then BBC Bitesize now has daily lessons and lots of extra resources. Check it out here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons


Science Resources

 Lesson 1 - Animal Picture Sheet for Table.pdfDownload
 Lesson 1 - Sorting Table.docxDownload
 Lesson 2 - Photo Sorting Cards.pdfDownload
 Lesson 2 - Vertebrates Classification Activity Sheet.pdfDownload
 Lesson 3 - Activity Sheet Invertebrate Hunt.pdfDownload
 Lesson 3 - Activity Sheet Invertebrate Identification.pdfDownload
 Lesson 3 - Invertebrate Classification Word Mat.pdfDownload
 Lesson 3 - Invertebrates Classification Key.pdfDownload
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Science with Miss Green

English Resources

 #Lesson Plan Prepositions.pdfDownload
 Activity Sheet Canine Prepositions Editable.docDownload
 Activity Sheet Preposition Types Editable.docDownload
 Activity Sheet Sentence Template Editable.docDownload
 Preposition Dice Activity.pdfDownload
 Prepositions Application Activity Sheet Editable.docDownload
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English with Mrs Spence

Maths Resources

 Challenge cards.pdfDownload
 Compare and order numbers mastery.pdfDownload
 Comparing and ordering numbers.pdfDownload
 Ordering and comparing numbers.pdfDownload
 Ordering numbers mastery.pdfDownload
 Year 3 place value work book.pdfDownload
 Year 4 place value work book.pdfDownload
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 Reading Comprehension - David Attenborough.pdfDownload
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Maths with Miss Jones

Home Learning - Weeks 3 and 4 Resources

We are so proud of all the hard work you've put in over the last half term. Now it is time to have a well-deserved rest over the Easter holidays. We have put a fun home learning activity bingo sheet below for you to have a look at over the holidays. We have also added a research activity and some spellings for holiday homework. Enjoy the sunshine!

Spring 1

Why does the Earth gets angry?



LITERACY- This term our shared text book is the Wizard of Oz. The children will look at different versions of the story, exploring the vocabulary and comparing it to the short film ‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Lessmore.’ We will also be looking at play scripts this half term. They will also be able to show off what they can do in their own creative writing compositions, re-telling the story and creating some play scripts of their own to perform. We will continue to improve our spelling and grammar this half term, looking at inverted commas and their uses. The children will also continue to develop their skills, practicing spelling rules.


NUMERACY- The children will continue to practice written and mental addition and subtraction calculations daily alongside their times tables, to build on their ability and speed. Learning this term will focus around improving knowledge of fractions, Geometry (position and direction) and multiples of money. We will also be making cross curricular links to Geography when learning about longitude and latitude. We will be using co- ordinates to plot different countries on a globe and even use these to create our own map of Oz.


SCIENCE - We will be looking at the origins of rocks and soils as well as how volcanoes are created. We will look in detail at the water cycle and study different examples of extreme weather and their origins. We will even be making our own mini tornadoes!


RE- The children will look at the meaning of ‘spirituality’, explore the significance of symbols in religion and look at how different religions use patterns, calligraphy and poetry.


ART- This term, we will be looking at the painting ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch. The children will re-create this iconic picture using a variety of different media. We will be using observation.


GEOGRAPHY- During this half term children will begin to look at the water cycle and understand the different states that water travels through. They will be learning lots of new vocabulary such as; evaporation and condensation, and applying these terms to explain the cycle. In addition to this, children will be using globes, atlases and maps to study the different hemispheres and locate countries within those hemispheres. When looking at the climate in different parts of the world, the children will learn about the equator and how this effects the weather in countries.

Spring 2

Why do people invade other countries?

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Welcome back phase 3/4. We hope you have had a relaxing half-term and are ready to come back refreshed. We have an exciting term planned with our topic research question being ‘why do people invade other countries?’, our main focus is the Vikings!


In English lessons, the children will be exposed to a range of Viking themed books to link to our history topic. The main class text this half term is ‘Invasion’, we are using this book to teach elements of our history curriculum alongside history sessions. We are going to use the text to write a prediction, setting description and a diary entry from the perspective of a main character. In addition to this book, we plan to look at a range of text genres including historical stories. Later in the term, the children we then recreate their own historical story set in the Viking period.


During this half-term the children will be recapping their addition, subtraction, multiplication and division formal methods. They will then apply these skills to answer reasoning and problem solving questions. In addition to this, we will also be looking at 2D and 3D shapes and their properties. As always, we will also focus on our Swarcliffe Skills, which are what all children must be able to do in Maths by the end of the year.


In History lessons this half-term, we will be focusing on the Viking period and their influence on Europe. We will be looking at who the Vikings were, Anglo-Saxon kings, laws and Viking life. We will be comparing events in the past to the present through laws and punishment. The children will be applying history skills such as plotting events on a timeline.


This half-term in Science, we will be investigating forces and magnets. We will begin the unit by sorting items based on their properties, whether they are magnetic or not. We will be carrying out an exciting investigation to find out which material causes the least friction and therefore be the best surface for a vehicle to travel on. This half-term includes Science Fortnight where we will be using scientific enquiry and conduct numerous experiments.


In PSHE lessons children will be learning about how to keep themselves healthy and discussing the effects smoking, drugs and alcohol (this includes prescription drugs). One of the effects we will be focusing on is asthma and the procedures surrounding it.


The children will develop their mastery of different techniques by designing and creating a Viking helmet and shield. They will be using a range of materials, which they will select for their properties. At the end of the unit, they will be using observations to evaluate their designs.


Computing lessons this term will centred on the principles of coding. The children will recap if/then statements and use their knowledge to create a Viking game on Scratch.

Autumn 1

Why do dragons breathe fire?

If Dragons Were Real, Could They Breathe Fire? | HowStuffWorks

Welcome back to Year 3/4! We have an exciting, action packed filled year where we will cover 6 fascinating topics. The topic we are covering this half term is Dragons.


In Maths the children will be learning about the place value of numbers as well as mental and written methods for addition and subtraction. Throughout this term, we will be looking at various units of measure and using this to calculate the perimeter of shapes.


In English we will be looking at a range of text genres including storytelling, instructional writing and poetry, based on the texts that we will read. Our first text this half term is ‘George and the Dragon’, we will be writing a character description. Linking to our topic, another book we will be studying is ‘Dragon Keeper’s Handbook’, we will use this to write instructions to trap a dragon.


Our focus in Science this half term is animals and humans. We will be finding out how to classify them by their diets and anatomy. We will have a particular focus on skeletons and nutrition, comparing those of humans to animals.


In History we are researching Saint George, linking to our book in English 'George and the Dragon'. The children will learn about the traditional tale and then ordering events on a timeline.


In Art this half term we are practicing different techniques such as drawing, painting and sculpting by making careful observations. We will first be sketching a dragon's eye and then sculpting our design in clay.


Computing is going to be very exciting this half term as the children will be learning to write and debug simple algorithms. They will be taught how to write basic code using Scratch to produce their own game.


PE will continue to take place on a Friday with the coaches. Please remember that children will need the correct PE kit to be able to participate in sports with the coaches. This term Lions will be swimming on a Wednesday afternoon and will need a swimming costume and a towel. 

Autumn 2

What are the Wonders of the World?

The New York Times Takes Us to the New 7 Wonders of the World with ...

Welcome back after the half term break! We hope you all had a good rest and are ready for the busy, but exciting, half term ahead. 

Maths - This half term the children are learning about the concept of time along reading digital and analogue clocks. They will also be looking at multiplication and division facts and written methods. 


English - We will explore a range of books this half term, starting with the Science Fiction story ‘The Iron Man’. We will read the text in Guided Reading sessions and rewrite the first chapter from The Iron Man’s point of view. In addition to this, we will be writing a non-chronological report about the Wonders of the World.


Science - over this half term the children will be investigating electricity and how it is used in our lives. We will learn about the different ways electricity is produced in the UK and how it is utilized. The children will be learning about circuits and some components such as cells, wires, bulbs, switches and buzzers.


Geography - During our lessons, the children will be using maps to locate countries, concentrating on their environmental regions and key human and physical characteristics. During these lessons they will also locate the Wonders of the World.


Computing - This half term, the children will be learning about search engines and how to research effectively. This will link to our topic  as we will be researching the Wonders of the World to write the non-chronological report in English.


Design and Technology - This half term, the children will develop different construction techniques such as cutting,
joining and shaping to create their own Iron Man related to our class text. They will also be given the opportunity to design, select materials and use the components they think are most appropriate.


PE will continue to take place on a Friday with the coaches. Please remember that children will need the correct PE kit to be able to participate in sports with the coaches. Lions will be swimming on a Wednesday afternoon still and will need a swimming costume and a towel. In addition to this, Leopards and Tigers will continue with Gymnastics on Monday afternoons and will need to bring their PE kit to change into.