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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,   Mrs Varella ( 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 Tuesday afternoons and Mrs Ryan will be teaching brass to Year 5 on Wednesday  afternoons and to those year 6s who have chosen to continue. Children will need their clearly named PE kits on Tuesday but we recommend they keep them in school throughout the week and take them home at the weekends as necessary.

TOPIC: This term our topic is The Aztecs - its importance, gods worshipped and the impact on daily life as well as customs, food and traditions. 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: Children will be asked to record their homework in their planners each week to help you know what has been asked.  Each piece of homework should take no longer than 30 minutes and will be a chance to consolidate and practice what the children have learnt during the week. If children find something they don’t understand in their homework, please record this in their books or let us know. 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.

EQUIPMENT: As always, all the equipment your children need is available to them at school.

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.

Best Wishes

Ms Jacobs

'Before viewing the fantastic Medusa heads entries for the competition we made some Roman Biscuits according to an old Roman recipe. They didn't have the sugar that we know today, so we used molasses instead. We did enjoy eating them!!'

Inspired by Rowan's visit to the Norwich Astronomical Centre