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Important Dates


Monday 7th January - Spring 1 term begins

Friday 11th January - Adrian Bowden's Science Show in school (Materials And Their Properties)

14th-18th January - Science week in school

Friday 18th January- Animal day (dress as an animal or wear green)

Thursday 14th February Maple Class Assembly at 9:00 in the Hall

11th-15th February - a Friendship Week when we welcome visitors from Datong into our school

Thursday 14th February - School Disco

Friday 15th February - last day in school before spring half term break

I hope you have had a lovely Christmas break and you are well rested ready for the spring term. Thankyou for all your kind wishes and gifts. 


Our curriculum focus this half term will be:



Using the Maths- No Problem scheme of work we will be focusing on fractions this half term.




We will start of the term reading The Highwayman poem. We will start off by looking at the historical context of the poem and the characters and setting. They develop an understanding of the story told in the poem and 

plot the main events.


Next we will then be exploring the characters through drama and  storytelling, thinking about their viewpoints and motivations whilst writing in role.


Finally, the children will perform the poem, look closely at the language and experiment with writing in a similar style.




We will be looking at different spelling rules and patterns every week then will be tested on the rule each week. However, children will need to learn the rule as no spellings will be sent out to practise.



week 1: prefix de e.g. detective, defence

week 2: prefix mis e.g. misbehave, misfortune

week 3: prefix re e.g. reliable, resolve

week 4: prefix over e.g. overgrown, overtake

week 5: suffix ent e.g. decent, frequent

week 6: suffix able e.g. capable, agreeable



Science- Earth, Sun and Moon.

In this unit pupils will describe the movement of Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in our Solar System. They will describe the movement of the Moon relative to Earth and describe the Sun, Earth and the Moon as approximately spherical bodies. Pupils will use the idea of Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky. They will also have the opportunity to find out about how ideas about the solar system have developed and changed over time.




Topic- Were the Saxons really smashing?

Create a timeline showing key Anglo- Saxon events.

Answering comprehension questions about Anglo- Saxon life and crime and punishment. 

Create a persuasive speech to ask the king to change the judicial system.

Create an I movie reporting on the key events from the Battle of Hastings.



Lessons take place on Monday afternoons with Mr. Beck and Tuesday morning with the sports coach.

Please ensure FULL PE kit including suitable footwear is in school on these days, particularly if it has been home for washing or used in an after-school sports activity.

Long hair should be tied back and earrings either removed or taped over for safety.


Guided Reading

Each group will have three guided reading sessions each week. These books won’t be sent home as they will be needed at school. However, the children will have a book from the school library to take home as it is imperative that children are reading for pleasure and continuing to develop their reading and comprehension skills (bring to school on a Tuesday to be changed every two weeks).


Home Learning Challenge: The Sun, Earth and Moon.

Please see HLC book and return by Monday 1st April 2019.



Maths homework

Please see the links below for the different online games focusing on multiplication and divisions and also your child is registered to Timetables Rockstar's.



Children will be able to choose a book from the school library and will be changed every two weeks, usually on a Tuesday. Please endeavour to complete the schools reading record and leave a comment every time you read your book.


Don't forget to check out the school's twitter page for regular updates and information.



Mr. Beck and Mrs Renshaw

January 2019

Class guide presentations

Slam poetry competition