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Chestnut Autumn 2016

This term our topic is “The Glorious Victorians” as the school will be celebrating its 150th year in 2017, so we are going to discover many facets about this fascinating period in British history. Our main focus within the Victorians will be famous people from a range of backgrounds who have made important contributions to this historical period.

Through the Victorians we will be developing our literacy skills to write factual recounts and biographical pieces; exploring descriptive writing and developing imaginative poetry by the use of images. Our science and dance topics follow an important link to history by looking at the theme of electricity.

In ICT, we will be covering e-Safety within the cyber world and skills to support multimedia techniques and different forms of presentation.

In Religious Education we will be looking at the Victorian attitudes to religion, forgiveness, and the impact of the work done by Victorian Christians.

In outdoor games, we will be developing our team working and building our knowledge of High 5 netball. Physical exercise (PE and Games) will take place on Tuesday and Friday, we please ask that all children have a named kit in school at all times. If your child has their ears pierced, please could you provide them with either a pot to put their earrings in or some tape so that their ears can be covered for their own health and safety.

We will begin a new and improved reading record book this term which we ask your child to bring to school each day. They will be able to change their reading books when they require and we also ask you to record a comment in the book for the correct week when you have listened or shared a book with your child.

We will be trying out a new way of learning our spellings for each year group which will result in a spelling test each week to check progress. More about the new scheme will follow next week along with further information about homework.

Can we please ask that every child brings a named water bottle to school. It can be filled up at school from the water coolers and we will send them home on a Friday for washing. It is extremely important to keep the children hydrated both for their health and for their ability to learn. Please also bring in a named coat even if the weather looks fine in the morning as you know it can be so changeable, especially this time of year.

We are always happy to discuss any questions or queries that you may have about your child so please feel free to come in and see us. The end of the day is always preferable unless it is something urgent that cannot wait. We want to work together in partnership to support your child’s education.

Yours sincerely,

Mr H Lennon