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Spring Term Newsletter - 11th January 2010

January 2010
Dear Parents,
Welcome back to the new school year. We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. We would just like to thank you all for the lovely Christmas cards and gifts. We have lots of exciting things planned for this term. Our topic this term is ‘La Bamba’ – Mexico. If you have been to the Country or have any knowledge on the subject please share this with your children and us.
This term we are concentrating on Unit 3 ‘Adventure and Mystery’ for the first half term and Unit 1 ‘Reports’ for the second half term. 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
Please continue to read regularly with your child as this greatly improves your child’s progress in all areas of the curriculum. We try to have your child read to an adult at school at least once week, however time is always a constraint, if any parents are free and willing to come and listen to children read, please let us know. All help is greatly appreciated.
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
  • Money and real life problems
  • Fractions
Religious Education
We follow the religious education programme for Catholic primary school. This term we will be covering a variety of topics including:
  • Special People
  • Meals
  • Good and Evil
  • Other Faiths
Two of the following topics should be completed each half term.
We will be focusing on ‘Rocks and Soils’ for the first half term. If you have any rocks of interest which may help us in our classification research and are happy for us to use during our investigations, please send them into school. The second half term we will be concentrating on ‘Electricity’.
History and Geography
This terms history programme is closely linked to our topic ‘La Bamba’ as well as geography. These two areas will be covered simultaneously as part of a weekly humanities afternoon. In our Geography lessons we will be concentrating on the following…
  • Map and atlas work
  • Directions
  • Weather comparisons
In our History lessons we will be concentrating on the following…
  • Time lines
  • The Aztecs
This term we will be focusing on word processing, mainly through Literacy and Humanities. I.C.T will also be incorporated into most other subject areas.
Design Technology and Art
Our topic of interest for the first half term will be Unit 3A: Packaging and for the second half term we are going to make traditional ‘Aztec’ mosaic mask which is linked to our topic.
This will be taught twice a week and encouraged throughout all lessons when appropriate. Please encourage your children to speak the language at home as well.
Our P.E days are Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Every Wednesday we will be doing Unit 14 - ‘Gymnastics’ and Thursday’s will be Unit 11 - ‘Invasion Games’. 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.
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.


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