Church of England
Basingstoke RG25 2EE
Telephone 01256 389278
Facsimile 01256 389178
Headteacher Mrs C M Harris BEd MSc
12th September 2011
I hope that you all had a lovely summer and are looking forward to an exciting and enjoyable
term. Welcome back to a new school year and to the Kingfisher class.
During the next two weeks we will be doing a cross-curricular topic on the Olympics and values.
In particular, we will look at values such as Excellence and Inspiration in Class 5.
In fiction we will begin by reading and writing Detective stories and use writing techniques
that develop characters, setting and plot. Non-fiction will include autobiography and
biography we will link this to finding out about famous Victorians. Also linked to our topics will
be journalistic writing, recounts and reports.
In Maths we will continue to develop our mental and written calculation abilities in addition,
subtraction, multiplication and division. We will cover topics such as shape and space, data
handling, fractions, decimals and percentages. Real-life problem solving will feature
We will be finding out about micro-organisms this half term. The children will be taking part
in animal/field studies and investigations during their week at Stubbington.
Later in the term we will be investigating reversible and irreversible materials and their
Pupils will find out about the lives of Victorians, particularly children and investigate some of
the changes during this time. Children will develop their sense of chronology.
The class will initially do an advanced Word unit. We will use the internet as a tool for
research in our topics throughout the curriculum.
The children are expected to have their P.E. kits in school every day to avoid forgetting it.
We will be playing netball type games, gymnastics and dance this term.
Our first themes are Harvest and Sukkot. We will look at the symbolism of bread and
Harvest. After half term our theme is the Magi and symbolism in gifts. We will be retelling
the birth narrative in the lead up to Christmas.
We will create observational drawings/sketches of Victorian artefacts. The children will also
use their research or micro-organisms in Science to create their own micro-organism collage.
Our unit this term is food technology and we will research, plan and bake cakes based on
Victorian recipes. We will also compare the ingredients to bread recipes. Obviously an
essential element of these investigations includes lots of taste tests! We ask for a donation
of £2.00 to cover this project.
Pupils will have regular singing sessions and compose their own pieces once a week.
PSHE and Citizenship
We will think about new beginnings, listening, talking and working with everyone in class. The
next unit will encourage pupils to look at their relationships with friends or family and come up
with ways to deal with any problems which may arise.
Maths is set on a Monday to be handed in on Fridays. Spellings are set on Wednesday and
tested the following Wednesday.
Equipment reminder: Please name!
PE kit to be in school all week.
Art shirt – to be kept in PE bag.
Pencil case with pencils, blue Berol handwriting pen (or similar – not biro), sharpener, eraser,
glue stick and basic set of colouring pencils.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Mrs Simrit Otway
Deputy Head/Class teacher