Information and Reminders
Please can you ensure your child is dressed appropriately in winter uniform. There should be no brightly coloured layers, tights or shoes. You can check the requirements of the winter uniform in your child’s Learning Journal. Please also ensure your child has a warm coat so they are able to play outside during breaktimes.
On P.E. days your child should arrive at school wearing their school uniform, then change into P.E. clothes, then change back into school uniform.
Wednesday 23rd November - Year 1 Exit Point (The Circus is Coming to Town)
Sunday 27th November - Christmas Bazaar
Friday 2nd December - Christmas Carols at the Ritz Carlton (school choirs performing)
Thursday 8th December – Christmas Carol Concert
Friday 9th December – CCAs finish today
Monday 12th December – Infants Christmas Show (Matinee) – 1.30pm
Tuesday 13th December - Infants Christmas Show – 6pm
Wednesday 14th December – Primary Workshop and Coffee Morning (Reading) – 9am to 10.30am
Friday 16th December - Last day of term (School ends at 12pm)
Monday 9th January – First day of spring term
Stars of the Week
Star of the Week in 5A is Ansh Gumpta, for fantastic effort in Mathematics.
Star of the Week in 5B is Satoki Nakamura, for showing resilience when learning tricky new methods and approaches in Mathematics.
Next week in English, we will continue our work on Greek Myths and Legends. Having read the story of Pandora’s Box, we will then look at the story of Persephone, and begin to consider how the Greeks used storytelling to explain natural phenomena, such as the seasons. In spelling, we will be focusing on the ‘-cial’ and ‘-tial’ suffixes. Both are used to make the same ‘shul’ sound, and we will be looking at the rule to follow when selecting which suffix makes the correct spelling. We will also be looking at exceptions to this rule. If you want to work with your child on this at home, you could use the words and activities found on Spellzone website, a great starting place for online games and activities linked to spelling.
Next week in Mathematics, we will be revisiting division. Focusing firstly on the inverse recall of multiplication facts, we will be looking at how we use these acquired mental facts to support us in solving other problems. We will first look at how chunking can make ‘bus stop method’ division easier, and then we will revisit the formal written method for long division. After ensuring that we are confident in applying this independently, we will be problem solving linked to multiplication and division, and consolidating our understanding of the language of word problems. To support your child at home, please continue to revise times tables facts with them. You could use the following websites to help, where there are some great games available:
BBC Skills Wise (http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/ma13tabl-game-tables-grid-find)
Top Marks (http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables)
After our Greek Day, we are all ready to find out about the golden age of Greek culture. We will be finding out about the unification of the Greek city-states as a result of the Persian wars, and the rebuilding of Athens into a powerful cultural centre. We will then be finding out about Greek theatre, and considering the legacy of this on arts and culture today. If you want to find out more about this topic at home, BBC Bitesize has some great information pages. For more information, have a look at the class clips and learner guides here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/z87tn39