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Dear Parents/Carers,

The Spring Term is now half way through and at least our daffodils are fighting their way out of the pots outside the front of St Ed’s.

TEACHERS: I am now back full time and wish to express my sincerest thanks to Mrs Allmey and the rest of the staff for looking after Rowan Class in my absence.

PE is on Wednesday mornings; children will need their clearly named PE kit and we recommend they keep it in school throughout the week, taking it home to be washed at the weekends if necessary.  Mrs Ryan will be teaching Brass to Year 5 on Wednesday afternoons and to those year 6s who have chosen to continue.

TOPIC: The children have been learning about the Mayans – in line with looking at ancient civilisations outside of the Roman world. We are continuing to follow the ‘Clipper Challenge’ discovering how we maps the world and find our position on an atlas or map. This dovetails in nicely with mathematical grid referencing. It also allows us to explore the different countries visited by SANYA and what makes them special.  In science we will be looking at properties of materials and how they change. This half term the Year 5’s will be working on a project based theme, to be announced shortly, which will cover literacy, maths, art and design, all wrapped up with some problem solving, this will be done under the watchful eye of Mrs Nightingale.  I will be building upon basic knowledge in maths and literacy combined with problem solving to prepare Year 6 for their end of Key Stage 2 SATs.

HOMEWORK:  Reading continues to be an essential part of children’s learning both at home and school although, as many of the children are now independent readers, we do not expect parents to listen to their children read as regularly, however, please encourage your child to read at home and take the chance to discuss their books and sign their planner when they have read. Weekly spellings and times tables will be set and tested at the end of each week, please try and support your child - little and often.

EQUIPMENT: As always, all the equipment your children need is available to them at school, however if they would like to have a small pencil case to store their items that would be fine.

DATES: There are many exciting dates for your diary which we will send as needed.

Any questions or concerns please feel free to come and talk to myself or Mrs Nightingale.

Kind regards

Mr Vink

Yr 6 Medusa Heads

Rowan's mathematical investigation to determine the circumference of James' Giant Peach

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