Welcome back to a new term! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter with friends and family in the gorgeous weather!

Have a look at our topic web for the objectives we will be working towards across the curriculum. Our topic this term is Water! We will be looking at water in terms of geography and history including an amazing trip coming up! More information to follow, watch this space.  In literacy this half of term we will be writing and studying poetry and writing information texts about the life cycles of different aquatic species. In maths, we will be building on previous learning and learning new methods of the 4 operations and in science, we will look at animals and their habitats, plants and we will also have out sex and relationship education week. We will also be exploring Rivers and water in our non-core subjects: Art, music and the humanities.

Reading at Home

The expectation continues to be that all children read at home every day and a note about this will be added to your child’s Home School Diary. Little and often really is the key to excellent progress in reading. All children who read at least 5 times a week will be entered into the class book raffle to win a brand new book! 

Check out these recommended reads- great books to finish before KS2!

Books to Read before KS2


Maths at Home

This year we will also be continuing to provide a half-termly Maths booklet called ‘Off by Heart’ containing advice on how you can support your child’s progress in Maths at home. Please practice these skills for up to 5 minutes a day and add a short comment to the diary along side your reading comments.

SMSC, Collective Worship, British Values and Behaviour

Aim – To ensure all children have a sense of what it means to believe and the ability to build positive relationships through tolerance and compassion.

This term we are focusing on ‘Believing’ from our school values and linking this with the British Value - Tolerance and a core value of Compassion. This will be delivered through whole school assemblies, daily class collective worship and PSHE lessons using the SEAL unit New beginnings, via whole class and small group work where necessary.

British Values- Our Values

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The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy. According to this, the five key British Values are: Democracy, The rule of law, Individual liberty, Mutual respect and Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. We will be promoting these values throughout the curriculum this term as well as finding real life examples of Values in Action day to day.

Home Learning 

Please continue to practice your maths games at home. I would love to know how you are getting on with them so do record any practice in your contact diaries!

We will have weekly home learning this term too. This will be set on a half term grid. You and your child can choose any of the challenges to do each week. The homework must be handed in by Thursday and then you will get your books back on a Friday. I will also stick in a copy of your child’s personalised spelling list. Please practise these words whenever you can!

Up-coming Assessments

Through out the month of May, year 2 will be completing their SATs assessments. Please remember that your children do not need to worry about this or even be aware that they are happening! It is incredibly important that in May your child's attendance is as good as possible and that they are in school on time having had a healthy breakfast!

Please keep up the home reading through out this time- focusing on comprehension and questioning. Any practice you wish to do in maths would also be fantastic- time, money and timetables especially!

Weather Aware!

This term we can hopefully expect to see some beautiful sunshine so please send your child to school with sun-cream on and more in their bags to re-apply. They should also have a water bottle in school daily. They don't need to bring hats to school as school hats are provided. HOWEVER, we mustn't get our hopes up too much. Please also ensure your child has a coat in school for more inclement weather as well as full P.E. kit. 

General Reminders

There is an open-door policy from 8.30 am however it is essential that children are ready to come to the carpet for the register at 8.50 am prompt for a smooth start to the school day. Full school uniform must be worn at all times, including black shoes. Long hair must be tied back and no hair products please. Children will be offered fresh fruit at break time but can bring in an alternative healthy snack or money for toast as an alternative. Please also ensure that your child has a school water bottle in school every day. 


PE will be on Thursdays and swimming on Fridays, so ensure that your child has their kit in school. 

PE kits should include: well-fitting trainers, black shorts, black tracksuit trousers, a spare white shirt and a clean pair of socks. it is possible that children may still need underlays and a light waterproof coat. A plastic bag kept inside the PE bag is always useful too, for muddy trainers. Swimming kits should include: a swimming costume or tight swimming trunks, a towel, goggles and swimming hats for children with long hair.


Remember, if you need to contact me at any point in the term, please drop in and see me at the end of the school day, send me an email at a.challacombe@alumnismat.org or contact me through the home school diary. 


Here’s to an enjoyable, fun filled and exciting Summer Term!

Miss Chall