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Important Dates


Wednesday 7th November – flu vaccinations in school 
Wednesday 14th November – Children In Need  
Friday 16th November- Trip to Quarry Bank Mill
Friday 30th November – Pantomime Day in Oldham 
Tuesday 4th December – tree decoration assembly 
Friday 14th December – Christmas dinner day 
Monday 17th December – carol service at Christ Church, Walshaw 
Wednesday 19th December – Christmas party day 
Thursday 20th December – last day- finish at 2:00 pm

We hope you have had a nice break and you are feeling refreshed as this term is always as busy one. The countdown to Christmas.


Our curriculum focus this half term will be:



Using the Maths- No Problem scheme of work we will be continuing to learn multiplication and division mentally and with the use of written methods. We will then move on to whole number word problems and graph work.




We will start of the term reading 'short' by Kevin Crossley Holland which has a mixture of short stories. The children will attempt to write their own mystery story. Then following the Power of Reading scheme we will be engrossed in a book called Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz. We will then write a diary entry, letter and compare character profiles.




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 ending 'ancy' e.g. consultancy.

week 2: suffix ending 'ency' e.g. urgency.

week 3: suffix ending 'ation' e.g. variation.

week 4: suffix ending 'ise' e.g. turquoise

week 5: suffix ending 'ify' e.g. clarify

week 6: suffix ending 'ate' e.g. accommodate

week 7: prefix starting 'dis' e.g. disgusting


Science- separating mixtures

In this unit children will learn about the separation techniques of filtering, sieving and evaporation. They will use sieves to separate materials of different sizes. They will learn that some substances (such as candyfloss) dissolve in water whilst others (such as dried herbs) do not. They will learn that they can separate a dissolved solid from a solution through evaporation of the liquid. They will consolidate and apply their knowledge of the properties of solids, liquids and gases by separating different mixtures.




What was life like over a hundred years ago? The Victorians.

The areas covered:

  • Understanding actually how long ago the Victorian era was and representing this on a timeline with other events that happened between now and the Victorians.

  • Compare their daily routine with a child from the Victorian era.

  • Understanding how to write from a point of view- linking to drama.

  • Investigate the different lifestyles of the poor and rich in the Victorian era.

  • Investigate football clubs in the North West in the Victorian era.

  • Research fashion and design in the Victorian Era.

  • Learn about school life and routines and compare differences and similarities.

  • To create a journal about crime and punishment.

  • To take part in a debate regarding the implementation of a railway in Bury.

  • To design and create an invention ready for the great expedition held at school.



Lessons take place on Monday afternoons (with Rik) and Wednesday mornings (with Mr. Beck and Mrs Trundle).

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 Victorians.

Please see your child's book for the activities.

To be returned by Monday 10th December 2018.


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 schools twitter page for regular updates and information.



Mr. Beck, Miss Cripps and Mrs Trundle

November 2018

Class guide presentations

Slam poetry competition