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Dear Parents/Carers,

Following a busy first half term where we began with a welcome back and ended with a wonderful Harvest Festival celebration at Hoxne church we are now back for round two; slightly colder and slightly darker, but busier than the first half term.

TEACHERS: The teaching in Rowan Class will remain the same for the second half of this term, the children will be taught by myself, Mr Vink (Literacy, Maths, Humanities and Science), Mrs Tilley (PE), Mrs Koralambe (Music), as well as specialised subject tutors including Mrs Nightingale (Art), Mrs Gladwin ( Languages), Mrs Stephenson (Swimming)  and Mrs Thompson ( Focussed Support). This enables your children to work at a more specialised level in their foundation subjects as well as getting used to different people, groupings and locations which will start to prepare them for secondary school.

PE is on Monday afternoons; children will need their clearly named PE and we recommend they keep them in school throughout the week and take them home 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: This half-term our topic is World War 1 – of particular relevance as it is the centenary of the caseation of hostilities between the waring factions. On 8th November children from the school will be joining members of the Royal British Legion at the war graves of servicemen who died during the Great War. St Edmund’s will have representatives at both Hoxne and Denham Church yards. We will be looking at the causes of WW1, who was involved and why, covering both geography and history. We will also be examining three or four pieces of poetry from the war to see how attitudes changed from 1914 to 1918 in line with the National Curriculum for English. In science we will be investigating mixtures and solutions, which could get messy. We will be following the National Curriculum for Maths and have an exciting sharing morning on Tuesday 6th November where you can come in from 09:00 to 10:30 to learn about how we go about maths in our school.

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 regularly and take the chance to discuss their books and sign their planner when they have read. Weekly spellings and times tables will also be focused upon

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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