Happy New Year and we hope you had an enjoyable Christmas break! We are very much looking forward to the term ahead and the learning journey we will undertake together. Our topic for the first half term is ‘Peasants, Princes and Pestilence’ an exciting journey through the dark and deadly world of 14th century Britain. The topic will culminate in an interactive day where we would like the pupils to dress in costumes of that era (knights/peasants/nobles/princesses). They will participate in a variety of activities such as medieval sports, perform a dance at the royal court and dine as noble lords at the king’s table. You will be receiving a ‘royal invitation’ to this event.
Reading and Library books
We should be grateful if you could ensure that your child reads for at least 10 minutes a day at home and strive for five (read at least five times each week). This can be with an adult or independently and encourage them to record this in their reading record as this will contribute towards our ‘100 Books Reading Challenge’. We will be visiting the library every Tuesday which has a wide selection of books for children to choose from. All children also continue to have access to Bug Club to supplement their reading. This is an online reading programme where children can read texts and answer comprehension questions related to what they have read. If you have misplaced your child’s login, please contact us and we will get you another copy.
Physical Education (PE) lessons
PE will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We would appreciate it if PE kits could be brought into school at the beginning of the week and left on your child’s peg until the end of the week. Please ensure that your child’s clothing items are named to avoid items going missing. If your child has their ears pierced and they cannot remove the earrings themselves, please ensure they are removed before coming into school on the morning of PE lessons.
Weekly Home Learning and Times Table Rockstars
Each Thursday your child will continue to receive their home learning tasks for the week. These are to be completed and handed in the following Tuesday for marking. More information can be found your child’s Home Learning Book. All children have access to Times Table Rockstars. Times Tables Rockstars is an online child friendly approach that encourages children to recall times tables with fluency. Children are inspired to become ‘rockstars’ through fun yet structured practice and we would be grateful if you could encourage your child to access this for a few minutes each day.
If you are able to support any of our curriculum areas through any hidden talents, contacts or expertise please let me know; you will be very welcome.
Finally, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us should you wish to discuss anything. You can make an appointment to meet before 8.15am or after 3.10pm or alternatively you can email the school office and ask for the email to be forwarded.
Many thanks for your support.