I hope that you and your children have all enjoyed a lovely Easter Break. The class impressed with their learning in Term Four so hopefully this will continue for the rest of year. Below is a brief overview of our learning for Term Five. If you have any further questions please feel free to come and speak to me. Time is ticking as we approach the SATs examinations so attendance at school is more important than ever, as is pupils continuing to persevere resiliently in all of their learning.

 

Reading, Writing and Mathematics
In the three weeks leading up to the SATs examinations, pupils will be focusing upon revision. Therefore, the vast majority of curriculum time will be spent revisiting, practising and developing skills in regard to Mathematics, SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) and Reading. New initiatives will see pupils complete mathematical “problems of the day” for example. We will also be continuing to write in English, in preparation for the end of year assessment, with pupils writing “Monster Poetry”, which will involve figurative language, poetic techniques and creative ideas, and an explanation text about how to make a paper aeroplane.

Physical Education
Prior to the SATs, there will be no formal PE slot, but pupils will plenty of opportunities to complete physical activity every day. Therefore I would request pupils have a pair of trainers in school every day. However after the SATs, PE will continue to take place each week on Wednesday. As I am sure you are aware, it is really important that PE kits (appropriate for weather conditions) are in school for that day each week and are clearly labelled. Long hair must be tied back and all earrings removed for safety during PE sessions. There will also be extra opportunities for PE so it would be ideal if PE kits were in school every day.  Thank you!

Homework
Mathematics and English
Homework will be set and given to children on Friday, to be returned by the following Monday. The content will enable children to practise and consolidate what they have learnt in class.

Reading
Reading plays a crucial role in your child’s learning. In class we have daily guided sessions of reading and actively seek out opportunities to read across the curriculum, but it is essential that children are able to practise this skill at home. Reading can include a range of text-types and media, not just the school reading book that comes home each day. 

Thank you for your continued support,
Mr Spurgeon