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Welcome back, we hope you all had a good Christmas break and a Happy New Year.

This term, our historical topic is “Walk like an Egyptian” and we will be exploring many aspects of an ancient civilisation – when and where they appeared, who discovered them and also identifying some of the important leaders in that time.

Through Literacy we will be building on our note taking skills and applying this through biographies of famous Egyptologists, diary writing in role, interviews and building our own Egyptian play script to perform.

Our science looks at how a different range of forces are around us, understanding the difference between mass and weight and of the balancing forces present.

ICT continues with e-Safety and explores the reliability of the internet data we come across. We will also be developing our computer programming skills – sequencing instructions with a droid, controlling sprites and programming events within a real world simulation.

In outdoor games, we will be extending our knowledge of basketball and indoors, getting fitter, especially after our Xmas break. Physical exercise (PE and Games) will take place on Monday and Tuesday, 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 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.

Through the week we will be refreshing our year 4 and 5 spelling words learnt last term so spelling homework given out every Monday will consist of 10 words relating to our topic that they will have to locate on a word search grid OR children can write a passage of text that uses all of the words in the right context. Please can you support your child to understand what some of the words may mean by the use of a dictionary / internet etc.

Alternating Maths and literacy homework will be given to the children on a Wednesday and will consist of a consolidation task or game. The homework needs to be in on Monday so that it can be marked and new homework given out again for Wednesday.

Independent Research Project homework – This term, there will be a new set of 30 tasks that takes into account facets about the Egyptians from which to choose. There will be more information provided about the IRP homework in an additional newsletter.

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.

Mr Lennon