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Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome to a new school year in Rowan Class. We hope you had a good summer and are looking forward to an exciting year full of new adventures and challenges.

TEACHERS: For those of you new to Rowan Class, the children will be taught by myself, Mr Vink (Literacy, Maths, Humanities and Science), Mrs Tilley (PE), as well as specialised subject tutors including Mrs Nightingale (Art), Mrs Gladwin (Languages) 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 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: This term our topic is Crime and Punishment – do the means justify the end? We will be looking at how crime has been viewed and punished throughout the ages, incorporating some PSHE, British Values and moral discussions.  In science we will be looking at light, shadow, the spectrum and lenses. We will be following the National Curriculum for Maths and English as well as preparing 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 regularly 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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