I do hope you've managed to dodge the showers and enjoyed the half-term break.
Our new term's topic is outlined on the Curriculum Newsletter above, so please do click and have a look. Of practical importance are the PE/ swimming/ Forest School days so please check when your child is doing what and help them be prepared on the relevant day.
In English this term, we are going to be very focussed on handwriting and spelling. The children will have weekly handwriting practice first thing in the morning. To reinforce this, please encourage the children to complete their spelling handwriting sheet that comes home on Thursday with new spellings and, when writing the sentences to practise their spellings, reinforce the need for joined up and neat writing. The Common Exception Words (CEW) will also be added to the weekly spellings to learn. These are sets of words that are grouped for Years 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6. They need to be learnt as they don't always follow the spelling rules and are frequently mis-spelt. Click on the picture to the right for a list of the words.
In maths, we continue our focus on the times tables and this term we will make sure we can recall multiples of the tables to 6 in any order, including missing number questions and related division facts. For those who are not yet confident, we will learn the 7 times table in order to 12 x 7. For those who know the facts, we will be introducing a weekly speed test with the aim of completing all the tables, in a random order, within 5 minutes. Speedy but achievable!
As I hope the children explained to you, there were no new words for the coming week's spelling test. There will however be a test on Wednesday on a selection from all the words that have been given so far this year.
The maths homework will be marked on Thursday and it was just one page, even though there have been two weeks between marking.
I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday, ready to find out about King Alfred and his adventures which, we're led to believe, did include burning cakes!