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Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you have all had a relaxing Christmas break and a happy New Year.

TEACHERS: Mrs Allmey will be teaching Rowan class this half term until Mr Vink returns. He is recovering well and I am sure you will join me in wishing him a speedy recovery.

PE is now 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: We shall be starting a new topic exploring the Mayan Civilization learning about the lifestyle, food, farming, politics and culture. We are also continuing to follow the ‘Clipper Challenge’ discovering how we map the world and find our position on an atlas or map. It also allows us to explore the different countries visited by SANYA and what makes them special.  In science we are learning about the properties of materials and will be investigating which materials are best for a variety of different purposes. We will be following the National Curriculum and ‘White Rose’ for Maths. In literacy we shall start by focusing on narrative writing and use the book ‘Short’ by Kevin Crossley Holland, which is a collection of short stories, as our inspiration.  Following on from this we shall learn about persuasive writing. We are slowly building upon basic knowledge 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,

Mrs Allmey

Yr 6 Medusa Heads

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

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