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2nd Summer Half Term Letter - Monday 7th June 2010

June 2010 – Half Term 2
Dear Parents,
Welcome back to the second half of the summer term and what a busy term it will be! Our topic for this half term is ‘Hucknall and Beyond’ and we have a trip planned to our local library on Thursday 24th June 2010, for a talk about the local history of Hucknall. We will be in touch nearer the time for permission for your child. This half term will also be my last at Holy Cross as I will be leaving to have my baby and my contract will finish. I would just like to take this opportunity to say thank you, as I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching your child and will miss them a lot! It has been a pleasure to meet most of you and been given your continuous support.
This term we are concentrating on Unit 1 Stories with familiar settings’ and Unit 1 ‘Poems to perform’. We aim to make the children’s learning real, exciting and relevant.
Spellings will be sent home for your child to practise on Mondays, for a test on Fridays. These spellings will be linked to specific strands of the literacy curriculum. These spellings are found every week on our class page on the school website
We have noticed a lapse in the children’s reading and are encouraging the children to read as much as possible. We have tried to fit in more reading at school and encourage you to do the same at home where you can. We are continuing with our reading incentive, which has worked with some children.
In numeracy this term we will be covering a variety of topics including:
  • Counting, portioning and calculating
  • Securing number facts and understanding shape
  • Handling data and measures
The children are usually tested on certain times tables every Friday morning and each half term we will give the children a timed mental maths test to help prepare them for future testing in key stage two.
Religious Education
We follow the religious education programme for Catholic primary school. This term we will be covering a variety of topics including:
-         Finishing of the unit ‘Changes’
-         Treasures
-         Other faiths
For the first half term we plan to finish off the QCA unit 3B Helping plants grow well and then move to QCA unit 3F Light and Shadows. These units fit well with our topic for the first half term.
We plan to do Geography for this half term, concentrating on the Geography unit 6 – ‘Investigating our local area’.
Design Technology and Art
This term we will be concentrating on Art and will be concentrating on the ‘Patterns’. We plan to design and make a T-Shirt ready for the summer holidays.
This will be taught once a week and encouraged throughout all lessons when appropriate. The children will be learning about meal times following the QCA unit 13 – Bon appétit (Enjoy your Meal). Please encourage your children to speak the language at home as well.
Our P.E days are Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Please ensure that on these days your children are not wearing any jewellery and have full, appropriate kit. If earrings are unable to be taken out, please provide your child with plasters to cover their ears. As the weather will hopefully be improving we may wish to go outside. You may want to provide your child with suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.
Homework will be sent out every Friday to be returned the following Tuesday. Please ensure that your child brings their completed homework in on time. Homework can be found on our class page of the website.
If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us and arrange a time where we can discuss your child’s progress.
Yours sincerely,
Miss. N. Underwood and Mrs. L. Dennis
Class 4