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Important Dates


Thursday 7th March - World Book Day. Please come to school dressed as your favourite book character.

Friday 15th March - Comic Relief Red Nose Day. More details to follow shortly.

Monday 25th and Wednesday 27th March - Parents' Evenings in the Hall. 

Monday 1st April - the children's second set of Home Learning Challenges are due to be returned to school.

Friday 5th April - last day in school before spring half term break.

Welcome back, I hope you have had a nice break? We have got a busy and exciting half term leading up to Easter.


Our curriculum focus this half term will be:



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



Using the power of reading scheme, we will be reading varmints which is a breathtakingly, delicately illustrated thought provoking tale, beautifully balanced with strikingly simple yet effective language that explores powerful societal themes. The story centred on an intriguing protagonist provides the opportunity for children to reflect on the world we live in and the very real and philosophical challenges we face as a species. 


Overall learning aims of this teaching sequence. 

• To explore, interpret and respond to illustrations in a picture book

• To empathise with characters and explore their dilemmas

• To enjoy a story and discuss its meanings 

• To build an imaginative picture of a fantasy world, based on real life experiences

• To explore these through role play and writing in role 

• To write a diary entry

• To write a counter argument.




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: suffix ible e.g. incredible, eligible.

week 2: suffix ably e.g. affordably, agreeably.

week 3: suffix ibly e.g. credibly, defensibly.

week 4: use of hyphen e.g. co-pilot, co-worker

week 5: I before e except after c e.g. caffeine, seize

week 6: ough e.g enough, tough.



Science- Types of change

In this unit children will work towards answering the Quest question, ‘How can you make a meal from a mixture?’ Children will design a recipe and identify the types of change used throughout the menu. They will explore dissolving by seeing how many drops of water it takes to dissolve the same amount of different substances and will use the terms solute and solvent. They will use evaporation to recover dissolved solutes and will recognise that these are reversible changes. They will also recognise that mixing and changes of state are reversible changes. Children will be introduced to examples of irreversible changes such as burning candles and other fuels, heating some materials and mixing bicarbonate with acid. They will learn that in these changes new materials are made and that these new materials are often in the form of gases.



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

March 2019

Class guide presentations

Slam poetry competition