Welcome back to school,
We would like to welcome all the children back to St Martin's for the start of another exciting term. We hope you all enjoyed he Easter break. It was good to welcome back the children with smiles and enthusiasm to learn!
We will start the Term by studying Materials and their properties followed by life cycles. This work contains lots of experiments and theory work. Expect slime to come home at some point!
In our Topic work, we will be studying Mountains, looking at the Geography, Science, Art and R.E associated with them. We have lots of great activities planned and will be organising a trip towards the end of term.
This half term, children in 5W will continue going to Forest School which is an inspirational process that offers children regular opportunities to achieve, and develop confidence through hands-on learning in a woodland environment. Children will need to bring in old clothes and footwear that you do not mind getting muddy. 5W will have this every Monday afternoon. After half term, 5H will go to Forest School.
P.E. will take place twice a week. This will be on Mondays (5H), Tuesdays (5W) and Fridays. Please ensure that children bring the correct kit into school for their activity. We suggest that they bring their P.E. kit in on Monday morning and take it home on Friday. Please make sure it is clearly named.
In English we will be looking at a variety of different styles of writing including fiction and non-fiction. Alongside this children will have daily Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar sessions as well as phonics. Reading is also a very important skill and continues to be a priority. Support from home is essential to encourage progress and interest so we would urge you to hear your child read as often as possible, giving them the opportunity to talk about what they have read and discuss such things as characters, settings, plots and storylines to help with their understanding.
In Maths, the first couple of weeks we will be looking at multiplication and division as well as fractions and making sure that knowledge is secure as they look to go up to year 6. There will continue to be an emphasis on investigating and using skills and problem solving.
Your child will be given Maths and English homework on Friday which needs to be returned by the following Wednesday so misconceptions can be addressed. This will include a list of Spellings to be learnt over the week and tested on Friday. They will also be expected to know all their times tables facts up to 12X12, if this is something you know your child finds difficult we urge you to help them work on this as knowledge of these facts is essential to so many other areas of their Number work.
Lastly, our school trip for term will be to Eastnor Castle. Please see the following website for details. A letter will come asking for permission and to give further details:
We enjoy meeting parents and feel communication is an important factor in making sure your child is happy, secure and successful at school. We are happy to meet with you to discuss anything you feel is important, a few minutes after school is welcomed but try to avoid Wednesday as we have staff meetings.
With the improved weather that the summer term brings, please can you make sure you child has a hat, rain coat and suitable sun lotion should we get a sustained period of sunny weather.
Finally, we would like to thank you in advance for your support and co-operation and look forward to helping your children continue to become successful learners.
Miss White and Mr Hulse