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Our topic this term will be “London Calling” in which we will be exploring the Human Geographical elements through London as a settlement. Our journey will begin in prehistoric times and through the understanding of water and rivers we will see how the river Thames has made an impact on a settlement over time: Roman to current day, with a look into the future – a journey to a new planet.

Through Literacy we will be using our geographical and historical knowledge of London to write narrative stories, each being set in a different time. We will also have the opportunity to look more closely at the Tudor slave trade and develop our persuasive writing on this.

In science we will be finding out about food groups & healthy balanced diets; studying the human digestive system & how food is transported around the body; comparing diets of herbivores, carnivores & omnivores; investigating teeth & what causes decay and finally, we will be looking closely at food chains/webs.

ICT continues with e-Safety and develops the understanding of copyright and how material on the internet belongs to someone. We will also be using Microsoft Excel to create spreadsheets for a purpose, linking them to running a business.

In Religious Education we will be continuing to look at Judaism with a final section on Christianity with a water theme.

In Outdoor Games, we will be extending our knowledge of cricket and building skills in athletics. Physical exercise 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 5 words that children can do a Look, Cover and Check on. Children can also write a passage of text that uses all of the words in the right context for further House Points. Please can you support your child to understand what some of the words may mean by the use of a dictionary / internet etc. We will also be continuing our times table revision each week which will then be tested along with their Speed Tables work each day.

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 London 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.

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