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Somerford Primary Community School & Nursery Draper Road, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 3AS Tel: (01202) 485436 Fax: 01202 482359 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.somerford.dorset.sch.uk Headteacher: Neil Tarchetti Monday 16th April 2012 Dear Parents/Carers We can’t believe we are now in the final term of the school year. Time has flown by! We would like to thank you for all your continued support, particularly with the fantastic quality of projects that children have been proud to share with each other. We continue to be extremely pleased with the children’s hard work and good behaviour in class. As ever, please do not hesitate to come in (after school) if you have a problem or query that you would like to discuss. We are always happy to see you. This half-term we will be learning about the coast. As we live in such an ideal location, we are hoping to make the most of our surroundings (weather permitting!). Year 4 will be enriching their coastal learning at Leeson House and whilst Year 4 are away, Year 5 will be visiting Hengistbury Head. Our Home Learning project will be based on the Jurassic coast this term and we will be sending out a separate letter in due course. On Tuesday 24th April, there will be a Leeson House Parents meeting at 3.30pm in Coral classroom. Please ensure that you attend this meeting as we will be giving out lots of information and there will also be an opportunity to ask questions. Another change to our routine this half term is that we will be swimming every Thursday. Please ensure that your child has their swimming costume / trunks and a towel in a bag EVERY week. We are all looking forward to a busy but exciting term ahead! Many thanks Mrs J Hudson, Miss L Cox, Mrs C Cook & Mrs E Whitehead SOME REMINDERS . . . Essential School Equipment The children in Year 4 and 5 are in Key Stage 2 and as such are expected to be more responsible for their own learning. One way of doing this is for the children to make sure they have their own equipment, as they will be expected to at Secondary School. Children should have a named pencil case containing the following items: Pen – Blue ink (roller ball or cartridge pen – not biro) Pencil – HB Pencil Sharpener Rubber 30cm ruler Coloured pencils Glue stick Currently, a lot of learning time is lost with children not having a pencil to write with at the start of lessons so we would very much appreciate it if children could at least bring their own pencil to school every day. PE and Games Kit Children should be wearing a plain T-shirt and a pair of dark (blue or black), plain shorts/tracksuit bottoms for these lessons. The children will still have games outside in cold weather so it is advisable to send a tracksuit top in for the Games lessons as well. As the weather becomes warmer, the children may wish to wear a sun hat outside and bring an extra drink. Games is on TUESDAY afternoons. SWIMMING is on Thursdays Other important reminders Children are not allowed to bring mobile phones into school. Jewellery is not allowed except for plain stud earrings which must be removed for PE / Games. Children should wear suitable, flat shoes for school. Trainers should only be worn for PE / Games lessons. Children should not come to school wearing make-up. THE CORE CURRICULUM OUR CURRICULUM HOW YOU CAN HELP? LITERACY This half term the children will continue to develop their spelling Ensure that your child is reading strategies and reading comprehension. every night (see homework section). They will be given opportunities to take part in drama productions Encourage your child to use joined and give presentations in class and school assemblies. cursive handwriting in any written We will be working on persuasive texts and looking at Novels & work that they complete at home. Stories by significant authors. Talk as much as possible with your child about their experiences in and out of school. Ensure homework is completed. NUMERACY This half-term we are working on the Numeracy Framework Units: Ensure your children are practising their rapid recall of the (A.3) Counting, partitioning and calculating. multiplication tables to 10 x 10. (B.3) Securing number facts and understanding shape. Talk about maths and numbers in (C.3) Handling data and measures. everyday contexts e.g. shopping, (D.3) Calculating, measuring and understanding shape. paying bills etc. (E.3) Securing number facts, relationships and calculating. Use educational sites on the internet e.g. www.mathsframe.co.uk to practise areas of learning we are covering in school and Mathletics. Ensure homework is completed. SCIENCE This half-term we are studying the topic: Research the topic using computers - Gases Around Us and books (at home or in the local Library). Through this unit children learn that gases are material and can be Watch any related programmes on distinguished from solids and liquids by their properties. They also the television. learn about the uses of some important gases and where gases are Research the answer to the topic found. question of the week set for homework. Experimental and investigative work focuses on: making observations Answering hypotheses (Does air have weight?) drawing conclusions. HOMEWORK Please help your child with this important discipline of completing set tasks at home. Set aside a regular homework time away from the TV to establish the routine of homework. The following tasks are expected to be completed weekly in addition to the Literacy and Numeracy homework tasks in their homework books: Times Tables - practise rapid recall of the tables for 5 minutes every night. Reading – 5-10 minutes every night Writing - TALK HOMEWORK once a week to be completed for the following day. Words to learn - four activities per week. FOUNDATION SUBJECTS GEOGRAPHY RE ART / DT The This half term we will be thinking This half term we will relate all children will about how Jesus’ followers put his our art work to our topic. We are be learning teachings into practise. We will be hoping to create sand sculptures about discussing important Christian on the beach and also sketch. coasts. We will be thinking about people such as Mother Teresa, all the different ways that we use Martin Luther-King and St Paul. the coast, such as industry, We will also be exploring the role tourism and power. We will also be of modern day Christian charities. considering why and how caves, cliffs and other coastal features are formed. MUSIC GAMES / PE SEAL / PSHCE / CIRCLE TIME We will continue to have music In games this term we will be We are continuing to follow the lessons led by Graeme Thew, the refining our tennis skills. We will new national PSCHE framework music services teacher. This half- be working in pairs and individually “Social and Emotional Aspects of term the will be composing their to develop accuracy and precision. Learning”. Our units of work for own music using a combination of this term are: tuned and unturned percussion Relationships instruments. Changes The units are taught through assemblies and circle time as well We will be swimming this term; as discrete every Thursday. The children will lessons. swim in ability groups and be taught by specialist swimming instructors. ICT In ICT the children will be DON’T FORGET! working in groups to continue their news presentations. They Words to learn will consider how to present their reports in an eye-catching Every Friday your child will bring home a sheet of a set of spelling words way that will attract an to learn at home. These words will be linked to the current spelling rule audience. your child is learning. On the back of the sheet, there are 9 possible activities for you and your child to work together on in an interactive way. If your child completes 4 of these activities they will earn a star point! Colour in the activity when you have attempted it.
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