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Gamston Church of England Primary School

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Nightingale Class

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Hello and welcome to Nightingale Class


Miss Pettit and Mrs Green would like to welcome everyone back for what is looking to be a very exciting Spring term.

Our next topic for Spring 2 is Castles.


We will be learning lots more about different castles and how they have changed over time, the different parts of the castle and uses, about castle defence and attack mechanisms. We will learn to describe features of castle life for rich and poor as well as know who William the conqueror was.


We will be visiting Tattershall Castle on Wednesday 18th March to get first-hand experience of visiting a castle. 

Spring 1 - Kings and Queens


We had a fantastic term learning all about famous Kings and Queens, including King Richard III, Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth I. We learnt how monarchs become royals and what qualities are needed to be a good monarch. 

We had a Medieval Banquet to end our Kings and Queens topic. We chose a King and a Queen and some lords and ladies. Then when we had all taken our seats we were entertained by our jesters and dancers. We all enjoyed some plain crackers, bread, cheese, grapes and mead. To complete our banquet, we all learnt a Medieval dance routine. What a fantastic day! 

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This term, we are working really hard on our cursive handwriting, forming all our letters correctly. We know that all letters must start from the line and end on the line. See below rhymes that could help with those particularly tricky letters. 


Parents, please find attached the PowerPoint Miss Pettit used during the meeting on handwriting. Any questions, please come and ask Miss Pettit anytime. 



Handwriting PowerPoint

Handwriting paper for practising at home


English and Spellings

English homework is to be handed in on Mondays and will be sent home on Tuesdays. This is sent home with spellings each week, which the children are expected to learn at home. Year 1s learn the top 8 spellings on the list, unless otherwise indicated; year 2s learn all 10 spellings. 

Spelling tests will take place on a Monday morning.


Maths homework is to be handed in on Thursdays and will be sent home on Fridays. The children are given Learn Its to learn at home which will be tested on Thursdays. These are key facts the children need to learn instantly and they will need to score full marks on their challenges two weeks running to move on to the next set of Learn Its. The aim is to beat their score each week. Please see the link below if you like to see more about the progression of the  Learn It challenges:

Spring Learn it levels

Year 1 - 5       Year 2 - 8


Children are expected to read at least three times a week at home.

Please note this down in your child’s reading diary with the book title, pages read and your initials. Reading diaries will be checked on Tuesdays. When checking the reading diaries, a week will be counted from Tuesday to Tuesday. When reading with your child, reading a short text and using the reading bookmarks, which will be given out this week, is the best way to help the children advance with their reading so they can develop their comprehension and answer questions on the book.


Nightingale are using the ‘Book worms’ as a reading reward system.  Children will be rewarded for reading 3 times a week by moving along one space per week along the book worm. When they reach the end of the book worm, they will receive a reward. Children who read more than 3 times a week will get a raffle ticket for the amount of extra times they have read. These will be entered into a raffle and a name will be drawn each week to see who is our ultimate ‘Star Reader’ of the week. Anyone reading 5 or more times a week will get to move their name up on the ‘Superstar Ladder’ and become a ‘Star Reader’ for the week – their name will go on the star reader board.


Children who complete all their homework will continue to get a prize at the end of each term. Children who get full marks in their spelling tests every week will also get a prize at the end of term.


Knowledge organisers


Knowledge organisers help us with our learning. It's really helpful to learn the facts on the knowledge organisers as these will help us learn and know more. Here are the knowledge organisers for our previous topics.

Autumn 1 - Our Local Area

Autumn 2 - Antarctica

Spring 1 - Kings and Queens

Special Mentions

Please see the Special Mentions page. 


Helpful websites


Hit the Button - a great game for learning number bonds, doubles and halves, multiplication and division facts.


Daily 10 - you can practise all sorts of maths questions to help develop your confidence.


Learning songs 

Odd and even numbers


Three times table -