Spring Term 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break.

Firstly, Jason, Mrs Pin and I would like to say a huge thank you for all of the wonderful Christmas gifts, cards and well wishes that we received. We were overwhelmed by your generosity and thoughtfulness, thank you!

We made a great start with our learning in the Autumn term and hope to continue this into the new Spring term. Our topics this Spring term include  Volcanoes, Rocks and soils and The Polar Regions. Please see the curriculum map for further details of all of our planned learning for the first half term.


It is very important that the children begin their day in a calm manner.  The school day starts at 8.45am. Please make every effort to be on time so your child is settled for their learning. 


Please continue to read with your child every day. Discussing and understanding the text is as important as listening to them read. Here are some questions that may be helpful to ignite discussion:

Questions to ask while reading with your child

Before reading the book:

What do you think the book will be about?

Talk about the different parts of the book- front cover, blurb, illustrations, author.

During reading the book:

What has happened so far?

What do you think might happen next? Why do you think this?

What sort of character is…?

 At the end of the book:

Talk about what happened in this story.

Who were the characters in this story?

What was the problem in this story? How was it solved?

Did any of the characters go through a change from beginning to end? How did the character change?

Why do you think the character acted that way?

How do you think the character was feeling?

Please ensure that your child brings their book and reading journal to school every day.  Don’t forget they can also enjoy books and other reading material from home.

To support our reading for pleasure efforts we are taking part in ‘buddy reading’ with another class. This is where the children will pair up with another child in a year 5 class and read with them. The children are really looking forward to this.


Children will continue to receive a spelling list of words to learn each week.  We will now be sending home times tables practise so please support your child with these. 

Please encourage your child to complete their homework, supporting them where necessary.


Children are allowed to bring a piece of fruit into school to have at playtime. This does not include breakfast fruit bars.


Our unit this term is Sacrament of Reconciliation. We will discuss what it means to make the wrong choices and reflect on how wrong choices affect us and other people.  We will learn about what happens during the Sacrament of Reconciliation and think about what the sacrament does for us. We will learn about how Jesus called people to turn away from sin.  To support your child with this at home you can help your child to understand how to reflect on God’s love and forgiveness. Encourage your child to discuss what they can do to acknowledge when they have done something wrong and how they can then make things right.

In the second half of term we will learn about the purpose of Lent and how people prepare for Easter.

As a school we will be focussing on a number of values throughout the year, these are values that are at the heart of the Gospel. Each half term we will explicitly teach the value and wherever possible the value will be woven into teaching and learning in order to develop social and emotional skills and our relationships with the world and those around us. Adults in the school will also ensure that they are role models for each of the values.

Our value for this half term is forgiveness.


We will have gymnastics on Mondays and outdoor games on Tuesdays.  It is important that the children have a complete PE kit for our lessons; these include a plain white T-shirt, black shorts and plimsolls.  All items must be clearly labelled.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to discuss them with me after school.

Kind regards,

Richard Toynton

Polar regions PDF

Volcanoes PDF

Autumn Term 1 2019

Dear Parents/carers,

The children have settled in well, and we have already made great progress in establishing a fantastic learning atmosphere. The children have continually shown kindness and support to each other in their learning, and I am already feeling very privileged to teach such a class!

Here are some ways in which you can help and support your child in their learning:


Children should be in school on time in order to start the day calmly and promptly. Please make every effort to ensure that your child is on time so they are settled and ready for learning. Children should be ready to enter class as the bell rings at 8.45am. This has been excellent so far, and I hope this continues all year.


Your child will be given a reading book and Reading Record Book to take home. It is important that your child reads for at least 10 minutes every day with you. Please encourage them by asking questions and discussing the plot, characters and theme. It is also very helpful to comment in the Reading Record Book. Please note any words your child found difficult, as well as comments on their fluency and understanding.

Your child will be given spellings to learn and handwriting homework each week. New spellings and handwriting books will be handed out on Thursdays. We will also be focussing on times tables and there will be extra work sent home for practice on some days. There will also be extra practise for Maths via our online portal: ‘MY MATHS’ – a separate letter has been sent home about this, which includes your child’s log in details.

Occasionally your child will be given homework in a work book to complete. This may be either a Literacy or Numeracy piece and it will reflect current learning in class.

Please encourage your child to complete their homework, supporting them where necessary.


Children are allowed to bring a piece of fruit into school to have at playtime, but fruit does not include breakfast fruit bars!


Our topic for the first half term is Ancient Egypt. Please see the topic web for further details on this and what else we will be covering in all other subjects.


It is important that your child has a complete PE kit for Gymnastic and PE lessons. We have inside PE on Mondays and outside PE on Weds and Fridays. The children are welcome to leave their P.E bags in class for the half term. Please ensure all items of clothing are clearly labelled.


The RE topic this term is – The Christian Family

The children will develop their understanding that the church is the family of God and know that we join this family when we receive Sacrament of Baptism. They will learn what happens at Baptism and learn about the signs used and why they are used. They will learn about the promises made by parents and God parents at Baptism and develop their understanding of the Sacrament of Baptism.

If you ever have any questions or concerns, please feel free to discuss them with me after school.

Richard Toynton

Dates for your diary-

Weds 2nd  October – Ancient Egypt workshop trip to Horniman Museum

Thurs 5th  December- Class 3T Christmas performance

11th December – Theatre trip- Unicorn theatre

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