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Barming Primary School

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible And Make Good Choices

Barming Primary School

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible And Make Good Choices

We are a Good school...Sports Days are Y5&6 - 23rd June, Y3&4 - 30th June and YR, 1&2 - 14th July...Sorry no parents at this time :-(
Welcome to BarmingPrimary School
Barming Primary School is a 2 form entry primary school on the outskirts of Maidstone. It is a co-educational school for children aged 4 to 11 years old. There are currently 414 children on roll.
A Message from the Headteacher
Barming Primary School has so much to offer. Everyone is welcome and children are encouraged to flourish and achieve their goals. Come and find out what we are all about!
Orchard Academy Trust
Barming Primary School is an Academy and is part of the Orchard Trust family of schools. The Trust currently consists of Allington Primary School and Barming Primary School.

Last Week's Attendance:

  • Reception 95.5%
  • Year 1 93.1%
  • Year 2 96.1%
  • Year 3 95.2%
  • Year 4 92.8%
  • Year 5 92.5%
  • Year 6 97.7%
  • Whole School - 94.7%

Year 2



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Welcome to Year 2!


In Year 2 we have two classes - Williams and Honeycrisp Class:



Class Teacher: Miss S Histed (Monday to Wednesday) and  Miss L Smith (Wednesday to Friday)

Teaching Assistant: Mrs S Ellis (all day)

Key Workers: Mrs L Simpson and Miss C Orchard (all day)



Class Teacher: Miss N Duggins

Teaching Assistants: Miss A Hadrill (all day)

Key Workers: Mrs Lloyd (all day)


General Reminders


  • PE will be on a Tuesday and Wednesday

    Children will be required to come into school wearing their PE Kit on these days.

    PE kit should comprise of shorts and t-shirt/tracksuit (depending on weather) and trainers. We will be going outside for our lessons. Please ensure long hair is tied back. If your child has their ears pierced please leave them out on PE days.

  • Any letters or reply slips, which need to be returned, can be put in your child’s book bag. The children are encouraged to check them each morning and give things in after the register. Please tell your child to show the class teacher if there is a message in the yellow communication book. 
  • Water bottles will be kept in class so the children can access water throughout the day and they will change their water regularly.

Term 6

'From Pudding Lane to Now and Beyond'


Our topic this term is Guy Fawkes and the Great Fire of London.

Throughout this topic we will be looking at The Gunpowder Plot and the events of The Great Fire of London.

Using the setting of the Great Fire of London, children will use their senses to imaginatively describe what it might have been like to be there at the time of the fire. They will also recall key events of the fire with a historical focus.





In English we will be reading the text, “Vlad and the Great Fire of London”. Vlad the flea narrates this tale about his adventure on the back of his friend, Boxton the rat. They love eating rubbish (Boxton) and biting people (Vlad). Unfortunately most of the people Vlad bites seem to die of the plague. One night in Pudding Lane they witness the start of the blaze and need to run for their lives. As they dash through the city they see the people fighting to stop the flames and those like the diarist, Samuel Pepys who try to save precious objects. They end their adventure in the fields outside London with the refugees who have lost their homes.


In English we will be learning to:

  • Explain why a writer has chosen a word to affect meaning.
  • Know what the inference - ‘reading between the lines’- means.
  • Spell words with different spellings
  • Identify and apply my knowledge of homophones/ near homophones
  • Make changes, sometimes independently and sometimes in discussion with an adult, to improve the effect and impact of my writing.
  • Use present and past tenses correctly and consistently including the progressive form.
  • Use sentences with different forms: statements, questions, exclamations and commands.

Please continue to use Spelling Shed to support your child with spelling rules.




We will be learning to:

  • Identify 2D shapes on the surface of 3D shapes.
  • Order and arrange combinations of mathematical objects in patterns and sequences.
  • Find different combinations of coins that equal the same amounts of money.
  • Solve simple problems in a practical context involving addition and subtraction of money of the same unit, including giving change.
  • Telling the time to 15 minute intervals.


Please continue to make use of Times Tables Rockstars, as a good knowledge of multiplication is needed throughout the Maths curriculum.



This term we will be learning about Plants. We will be learning to:

  • Describe how seeds and bulbs grow into plants.              
  • Describe what plants need in order to grow and stay healthy (water, light & suitable temperature).        
  • Observe closely, using simple equipment.          
  • Use our observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions. 




Term 5

Out and About in the Local Area



Our topic this term is Out and About- a local study of Barming.


In Geography we will be learning to:


  • Use simple compass directions and locational and directional language to describe key features and routes on a map. 

  • Use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features; devise a simple map; and use and construct basic symbols in a key.

  • Understand geographical similarities and differences through studying human and physical geography of a small area of the UK.

  • Use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment.

  • Later on this term we will be going on a trip around Barming, where the children will be able to put lots of the skills that we have learnt into practise. 



In English we will be reading the text, “Into the Forest” by Anthony Browne.



In English we will be learning to:

  • Spell longer words using suffixes such as ment, ness, ful, less, ly
  • Spell common exception words
  • Plan and discuss the content of my writing
  • Use subordination (using when, if, that or because)
  • Use  expanded noun phrases to describe, expand and specify
  • Use co-ordination (using or, and or but)
  • Use apostrophes for the most common contracted words.



In Maths we will be learning to:


  • Find 10 more and ten less than any given number.
  • Recognise and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction and use this to check calculations and missing number problems.
  • Begin to solve balanced equations.
  • Recognise that division is the inverse of multiplication and use to check calculations.
  • Choose and use appropriate standard units to estimate and measure: temperature (C); capacity (l/ml) to the nearest appropriate unit, using thermometers and measuring vessels.


Please continue to make use of Times Tables Rockstars, as a good knowledge of multiplication is needed throughout the Maths curriculum.


This term we will be continuing to learn about All Living Things and their Habitats.


We will be learning to:

  • Describe how a specific habitat provides for the basic needs of things living there (plants and animals)              
  • Identify and name plants and animals in a range of habitats. 
  • Explain simple food chains.




Our Learning Week Beginning 19/4/21

Term 4 2021


Topic Title - Explorers: Columbus/ Pirates






We will start the term by looking at instructional writing; children will be making their own pirate hat and using imperative verbs to describe how they made it. We will be taking a closer look at pirates, describing their characters and learning some key pirate vocabulary to support our writing throughout the term. We will be reading the book “The Pirates Next Door’ by Jonny Duddle. Children will retell parts of the story, describing the characters and thinking about what could happen next. Children will continue to develop a greater stamina for writing at length, ensuring they use a range of punctuation correctly in their work.


Children will develop a deeper understanding of suffixes and how they change a root word − eg “ful” “less” as in help – helpless. We will begin to use apostrophes to mark singular possession in nouns (for example, the girl’s name) and apostrophes of omission (he didn’t, he couldn’t).


Spelling Shed – We will continue to encourage children to use ‘Spelling Shed’ to support their spelling throughtout the term.





This term we will be finding out about Ocean Explorers!

We will be learning about:


  • What experiences did Columbus and his sailors encounter?
  • What is Columbus famous for?
  • How has his discovery changed people’s lives?
  • What happened to Christopher Columbus?
  • Pirates: Who were they? What did they do?
  • Significant lives of famous pirates.
  • Which pirate was the most feared and why?






This term we will be learning about All Living Things and their Habitats. We will be learning to:


  • Match living things to their habitat
  • Describe how animals find their food.
  • Name some different sources of food for animals.
  • Explain a simple food chain.

Our Learning Week Beginning 22.3.21

Our Learning (week beginning 8th March)

Term 3 2021


Topic Title: Far, far away - India 






Year 2 will be doing lots of sentence construction this term.  We will be focusing on using correct punctuation to construct our sentences, including using full stops, commas in a list, question marks and exclamation marks. We will also be revisiting expanded noun phases, looking at how we can use these to make our sentences more interesting. There will also be a big push on spelling this term, looking at Year 2 high frequency and common exception words.  Hopefully towards the end of the term, we will be looking at “The Tiger Child” as our class text in English. This lively folk tale from Orissa, India, explains why Tigers eat their food uncooked and why cats live with people. The Tiger child is sent to fetch some more fire from the village, but on the way he gets distracted by his friends.  We will be using our class text to create a non-chronological report about Tigers.





This term we will be exploring the incredible country India! We will be learning to

  • Understand the location of India in the world and find India on a map or globe.
  • Describe the location of India in detail in relation to other continents, countries and oceans of the world.
  • Locate the capital city, some main cities and oceans.
  • Ask geographical questions- Where is it? What is this place like? How far or near is it to…?
  • Compare India’s location to the location of the UK.
  • Recognise and identify human and physical features of India.  
  • Identify important landmarks in India.
  • Describe human and physical features of three main cities; New Delhi, Mumbai and Calcutta.
  • Compare Indian cities with London (The UK).
  • Discuss similarities and differences between cities in India and the UK







This term we will be learning about Materials. We will be learning to:


Identify and name a range of materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard.

Suggest why a material might or might not be used for a specific job.

Explore how shapes can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.


Term 2 2020-2021


TOPIC TITLE:  A Royal Rumble Elizabeth I v Elizabeth II







Year 2 will be reading “Katie in London” as our class text in English. This text tells the story about a  young girl called Katie and her brother Jack who visit London with Grandma when something unexpected happens . . . One of the Trafalgar Square lions comes to life and takes them on a wonderful tour of all the best sights! Including Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Big Ben and the London Eye. We will be writing diary entries as if we are Katie in London! We will also be completing some non-fiction writing about London and the famous landmarks. We will then be using our class texts to apply the following in our writing:

-Spell  longer      words   using  suffixes such as ment, ness, ful, less, ly

-Use expanded noun phrases to describe, expand and specify

-Use subordination (when, if, that or because).






This term we will be taking Year 2 on a royal journey to explore the lives of Significant British Monarchs. We will be learning about the lives of Kings and Queens from different time periods by creating a historical timeline for our Topic display. We will also be learning about historical events in the life of Queen Elizabeth II including the Queen’s televised coronation. Towards the end of the term we will be comparing the lives of Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Elizabeth II and creating our own fact files!


What is a “monarchy”?

Can you name some British monarchs?

Can you find out about the lives of several British monarchs?

Which King or Queen has reigned the longest?

What rules would you create if you were king or queen?

How has the monarchy changed over the years?





We will be continuing our topic of Animals Including Humans.

We will developing further our understanding of growth, survival needs, healthy eating, exercise and hygiene.

Year 2 will also conduct an experiment using bread!


Our Learning 7th - 11th December

Our Learning this Week 16th-20th November

Our learning this week - 9th - 13th November

Our Learning this week: 4th-6th November (Week 1)


Term 1

2020 to 2021:


Topic Title:

Where shall we live? Urban v Rural


Fantastic first week back.  It was lovely to meet all the children!






Welcome back Year 2!

We will start the term by looking at some poetry inspired by cities. We will look at the poem  “This is the city” by Kathy Henderson.The children will use the poem to write their own to describe a city landscape.


Our focus text this term will be “Claude in the City”. This text tells the story about a dog called Claude who has many different adventures in a big city. We will begin our learning by recognising the differences between statements and exclamation sentences. We will then study the text in detail to help us come up with our own exclamation sentences to use within  our writing.


During Term 1 we will continue to revise and recap our Phase 5 phonics sounds and practise spelling the Year 1 'Common Exception Words'. We will begin to look at the Year 2 'Common Exception Words'. 






For Topic this term, we will be learning to locate the United Kingdom, its four countries and surrounding seas by using world maps, atlases and globes. We will be reading the text, “Town Mouse and Country Mouse” to help us to recognise physical and human features  of different places.  Towards the end of the term, we will be learning to observe and use aerial photographs to help us identify similarities and differences between urban and rural places.


We will use world maps, atlases or globes to answer the following:

What are the four countries of the United Kingdom?

Can you locate them on a map?

Can you name the capital cities for each country?

What are the names of the UK's surrounding seas?

Can you identify similarities and differences between urban and rural places?





The children will be learning about the life cycles of a variety of animals. They will learn that living things grow and that they

require water, food, air, sleep and shelter in order to thrive.


They will also learn how to keep healthy including the importance of good hygiene, a balanced diet and exercise.



Our learning this week. Week beginning 19th October

Our learning this week (wk beg 12/10/20)

Some of our learning from this week (week beginning 5/10/20)

Some of our learning from week beginning 21st September

Some of our learning this week (week beginning 14/9/20)

                                                Year 1 and 2 Common Exception Words




Games to play at home - 


Hit the Button - one of our favourite games to practise times tables!

Hit The Button


Also, Cone crazy. Don't mess up the penguin's order!

Cone Crazy Game





How to help your child at home:

Maths Fun:


Check your Times Tables knowledge...

Learn your Times Tables

Speed Test

Times Tables Games

Reading and Spelling: