Classes

Welcome to Year 2

Information

PE

Every Wednesday and Thursday.

Weekly spellings

Quiz every Friday.

Somdog Practice at home regularly to improve maths fluency. The children can win coins to spend on the app.

Homework

Set on Monday, to be returned the following Monday via Purple Mash.

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back! We hope you had a lovely festive break and enjoyed time with your families. We thoroughly enjoyed our first term in Year 2 and are looking forward to the Spring term, helping your child to grow academically, socially and emotionally whilst building up their confidence and resilience.

We look forward to continuing working extremely hard to focus on our vision – Respect, Resilience; Love of Learning; Excellence and Achievement. Our vision is for every child and adult to thrive and achieve their full potential – following our mission:

Jesus holds my hand and guides me on my way: The Holy Spirt Way

We know your child will enjoy every step of our learning as much as I will, and I wish them every success in the year ahead!

Miss Kelly and Mr Bevan

English

This half-term unit is a study of The Tale of Jemima Puddle Duck by Beatrix Potter. The sequence of learning will develop children’s understanding of the story, characters, themes and language. The children are taught to apply what they have learnt to their own writing, making choices to affect their reader’s thoughts and feelings. All learning culminates in a final piece of work, where the children apply all that they have learned about this story to create a story about an animal character from their experience or imagination. The children will then use the structure of the Jemima story to introduce their character and describe a difficult situation that gets solved.

Mathematics

We will be covering the following units during the Spring term.

Multiplication and division, statistics, lengths and height, properties of shape and fractions.

To support your child at home, please practice basic skills such as addition and subtraction facts and multiplication on SUMDOG and TT Rockstars. Details available from staff if logins have been lost.

Religious Education

Our first ‘Come and See’ topic is Books

Know and understand:

•  About the different books used at home and in school – Explore

•  The books used in Church on Sunday by the parish family – Reveal

Acquire the skills of assimilation, celebration and application of the above – Respond.

Science

Our topic this term is habitats. Pupils discover some of the life processes that all living things share. They then learn that all animals and plants live in habitats which meet their needs. They explore the habitat around their school before investigating microhabitats. In order to deepen their understanding of microhabitats, they make a wormery. They go on to learn about two very different world habitats (the Arctic and the Sahara). The unit then explores the food chains which link plants and animals within a habitat.

Geography

The unit begins with an introduction to the seven continents, what they are called and where they are in relation to one another. Pupils need to be able to recognise the shape of each continent so they can recognise and locate them on a world map. The second lesson introduces pupils to the five oceans, what they are called and where they are in relation to one another. Pupils are taught the difference between an ocean and a sea and how to locate them on the world map. They also learn about the animal life that exists in each of the five oceans. Lessons 3-9 then focus on each of the seven continents in turn, beginning with the continent that the pupils live in – Europe. During each of these lessons, pupils learn about countries, capital cities, famous landmarks, landscapes, climate and native animals in each continent. Each of these lessons begins with a discussion on how you would travel to each of these continents from your local area. After pupils have ‘visited’ each continent, they complete a page of their ‘passport’ to demonstrate what they have learnt.

Attendance and Punctuality

It is extremely important that your child attends school and is on time every day, so they do not miss out on important learning. Excellent attendance and punctuality is the key to our children’s success. Please help your child to strive for excellent attendance.

Uniform and PE Kit

Please ensure your child has the correct, full school uniform every day, and PE kits are brought into school every Wednesday and Thursday.

Please remember to put your child’s name on every piece of uniform, PE kit and coat.

Reading at home

A little reminder: Children are expected to bring their reading books into school every day so we can hear them read at any time. We appreciate that it is not always possible to read every night with your child, but we do ask that you make every effort to read at least 4 times per week with them and make a comment in their reading records. Dojo’s will be rewarded for reading at home!

Reading at home doesn’t always mean school reading books; it could be anything from a newspaper, magazine, kindle books, a recipe or instructions from a board game.

Class Dojo

Please continue to look at our class Dojo to find out what we have been up to and any class information and updates. If you have any questions or concerns, please drop me a message, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Water Bottles

Don’t forget to bring water bottles in every day – it is important for the children to stay hydrated throughout the day. Please put a label on all bottles and wash them every day.

Please remember to bring a healthy snack for break times.

Key Dates

Return to school

Thursday, 5th January 2023

Break up for the half term

Friday 10th February 2023

Return to school

Monday 20th February 2023

Break up for Easter

Wednesday 5th April 2023

Return to school

Tuesday 18th April 2023

We hope you have found this information useful and your child enjoys all our learning in Year 2 this year as much as we will.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

Thank you for your continued support.

Miss Kelly, Mr Bevan, Miss Fandaoutsaki and Miss Colleran

Welcome to Year 4

Year 4 class information
Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome to Year 4!  I am Mrs Parkinson who is your child’s class teacher and Mr Kenealy is our teaching assistant this year. We are very excited to work with your children and yourselves and I know we will have a fantastic year ahead.

I look forward to continue to work extremely hard to focus on our vision – Respect; Resilience; Love of Learning; Excellence and Achievement. Our vision is for every child and adult to thrive and achieve their full potential – The Holy Spirit Way!

I know your child will enjoy every step of our learning as much as we will and we wish them every success in the year ahead!  I feel honoured and privileged to be part of The Holy Spirit family and to work with such amazing children and families.

Please see the Autumn newsletter attached for information about all our topics and learning in Year 4 this term.

REMINDERS:

PE: Every Wednesday and Thursday.

Weekly spellings

Quiz every Friday.

Weekly Times tables

Quiz every Friday.

x3, x4, x6, x 8

Homework

Set on Friday, to be returned the following Thursday.

Key Dates:

 

Return to school

Tuesday 5th September 2023

Break up for half term

Thursday 26th October 2023

Return to school

Monday 6th November 2023

Closed for INSET day

Friday 17th November 2023

Break up for Christmas

Friday 22nd December 2023

Return to school

Tuesday 9th January 2024

I hope you have found this information useful and your child enjoys all our learning in Year 4 this year, as much as I will.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Parkinson.

Welcome to Year 5

Information

PE

Every Wednesday and Thursday.

Weekly spellings

Quiz every Friday.

Weekly Times tables

Multiplication and Division.

Homework

CGP Maths booklets are set every Friday to be returned the following Friday.

Welcome to Year 5!

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to Year 5! We hope you have enjoyed the Christmas break, making invaluable memories with your families and we wish you a healthy and prosperous New Year!

I thoroughly enjoyed our first term in Year 5, and I am looking forward to the Spring term, helping your child to grow academically, socially and emotionally whilst building up their confidence and resilience. We look forward to continuing working extremely hard to focus on our vision – Respect; Resilience; Love of Learning; Excellence, and Achievement. Our vision is for every child and adult to thrive and achieve their full potential – following our mission: Jesus holds my hand and guides me on my way: The Holy Spirit Way. We know your child will enjoy every step of our learning as much as we will, and we wish them every success in the year ahead.

Warmest wishes for the term ahead.

Mrs Gattrell

English

In English, we will be exploring the book ‘The Girl Who Stole an Elephant’ by Nizrana Farook. The story is set in Sri Lanka – where the author grew up, and is a hypnotic story in an exotic setting about a young character named Chya who has her slaws but is driven by an underlying desire for a better, fairer way of living. In spring 1 writing lessons, we will write an adventure narrative involving a chase scene, which incorporates flashbacks inspired by the opening of the book. In spring 2, we will write a biography and persuasive speech, also inspired by the book. This was one of my favourite texts I read last Summer in preparation for this year, and I know the children will love it too!

Mathematics

Our first Power Maths topic starting back with be Multiplication and Division – we will be going over our long multiplication skills and using the inverse to solve word problems. Following that, we will spend a large church of time (3 units) on fractions and then on decimals and percentages. Please encourage your child to practise their times tables as much as possible, as they truly are the foundation for so many operations and methods in Maths.

Religious Education

Our ‘Come and See’ topic this term is centred around our Local Church and our Mission. This will be followed by topics around Eucharist and Lent.

Our first question to explore is, ‘ What can I do to live out Jesus’ mission in some way each day?

Science

In Science this term, we will be learning all about The Properties and Changes of Materials. The unit begins by reintroducing the idea of materials and their properties before looking deeper into the properties of conductivity and magnetism. Pupils will then consider reversible changes, beginning with dissolving. Building on Year 4 learning, pupils will consider how materials are affected by changes in states of matter and how these changes are reversible and can be used practically to extract solute from a solution. Pupils will then consider the difference between reversible and irreversible changes and how irreversible changes create new materials. They will have an opportunity to investigate corrosion and neutralisation and will learn about acids and bases and how the pH scale can be used to distinguish between these.

 

Geography

Asia: Mountains, Volcanoes and Earthquakes

We will be exploring human and physical Geography by studying mountains, earthquakes, and volcanoes throughout the continent of Asia. Pupils will start by looking at the physical Geography of Asia as a whole, exploring the different types of land and climate across Asia. Pupils will then look at the human Geography of Asia as a whole identifying the countries that are within Asia and the diverse range of people and cultures within them. Pupils will then explore some of the most significant borders of Asia, recognising that some are manmade and some are natural. As the unit progresses, pupils will learn about tectonic plates, identifying the four layers that make up the Earth.

Attendance and Punctuality

It is extremely important that your child attends school and is on time every day, so they do not miss out on important learning. Excellent attendance and punctuality is the key to our children’s success. Last term, we won the pizza lunch as a reward for having the most golden stars – let’s try and go for that again! Please help your child to strive for excellent attendance.

 

Uniform and Swimming/PE Kit

Please ensure your child has the correct, full school uniform every day, and PE kits are brought into school every Wednesday and Thursday.

Please remember to put your child’s name on every piece of uniform, PE kit and coat.

Reading at home

A little reminder: Children are expected to bring their reading books into school every day so they can be heard reading at any time. We appreciate that it is not always possible to read every night with your child, but in Year 5 the children are encouraged to read independently and may sign their own diaries to show what they have read. This should be done at least 3 times per weekFive Dojo’s will be rewarded for reading at home per night!

Reading is truly at the heart of all learning and what we do, so it is incredibly important to encourage this as much as possible.

Class Dojo

Please continue to look at our class Dojo to find out what we have been up to and any class information and updates. If you have any questions or concerns, please drop me a message, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Water Bottles

Don’t forget to bring water bottles in every day – it is important for the children to stay hydrated throughout the day. Please put a label on all bottles and wash them every day. No juice or fruit drinks, please.

Please remember to bring a healthy snack for break times.

Key Dates

Return to school
Thursday, 5th January 2023

Break up for the half term
Friday 10th February 2023 (Friday 10th INSET)

Return to school
Monday 20th February 2023

Break up for Easter
Wednesday 5th April 2023

Return to school
Tuesday 18th April 2023

We hope you have found this information useful and your child enjoys all our learning in Year 5 this year as much as we will.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Gattrell and Miss Quadrio

Welcome to Year 6

Information

PE

Every Wednesday and Thursday.

Weekly spellings/SPAG

Quiz every Friday.

Weekly Arithmetic test

Quiz every Friday.

Homework

Set on Friday, to be returned the following Friday.

Welcome to Year 6!

Dear Parents/Carers,

Happy New Year! I hope that you all had a restful and peaceful holiday with your loved ones. Thank you again for all of the lovely gifts we received at the end of last term; they were very thoughtful and very much appreciated. I hope you all enjoyed our Collective Worship during the last week of term. It was lovely to see so many parents in attendance, and I know how much it meant to the children too. We are planning on inviting parents to school again in the spring and summer terms, so keep a close eye on ClassDojo for updates.

At the end of the autumn term, myself, Miss Williams and Mrs Moore were very proud of the children’s achievements and work ethic in class. Year 6 is a challenging year where many children find the step up in expectations and volume of work difficult to navigate at times. The children have adjusted well, and I know they will continue to show their best selves and produce their best work over the coming term.

The spring term will be a busy term in class as it is our last full term before National SAT testing, which begins on Tuesday, 9th May 2023. In preparation for these tests, Booster classes will begin the week beginning 9th January on Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 3:10pm – 4:00pm. These sessions are open for all children to attend and have proved beneficial learning opportunities in previous years. We also have parent/teacher meetings coming up on Tuesday, 17th January, and I would strongly encourage as many parents as possible to attend these meetings. In the evening, I will be able to share with you your child’s current progress and attainment and their next steps in learning. Updated SEND plans will also be given out in the evening for any child who is currently on the SEN register.

We look forward to continuing to work with you over the coming term, and thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Ms Chellew, Mrs Moore and Miss Williams

English

In English, we will be exploring the book ‘Letters from the Lighthouse’ and ‘Windrush Child’ this term. Throughout the first half term, in writing, we will learn to write a newspaper report and official report in the style of a spy and then after half term, we will be writing a recount and explanatory text.

Mathematics

Our focus for this half-term is decimals and percentages. We will also be consolidating our learning of fractions and linking our learning to measure and ratios, and proportions.
Could you please encourage your child to practise their times tables each week until they are proficient? Without a good understanding of all of the tables, children find it difficult to access many areas of numbers in Maths. Around 70% of the questions in the end-of-year Maths SAT papers are related to multiplication and division, so it is vital that your child has a good understanding and recall of their times tables.

Religious Education

Our first ‘Come and See’ topic is the Local Church, and we will be focusing on community. We will look at a wide variety of books and the purpose for which they were written – Explore and understand The Bible as the story of God’s love, told by the People of God – Reveal. Our second topic is Eucharist – relating: to unity, where we will learn more about communion and what it means to be in union with Jesus Christ and with one another. Our third topic is Lent / Easter – Giving: Death and New Life For Christians, and it focuses on The Lenten journey, which takes us to the glory of Easter Sunday, from death to new life.

Science

In Science this term, we will be learning all about Evolution and Inheritance. This is a biology unit designed to reinforce and then build on pupils’ knowledge of adaptations before exploring basic genetics and the threat of extinction. This unit looks more closely at why there is variation in living things and how these variations, or adaptations, are essential for ensuring the survival of the species.

History

Unit 3: History: Conflict and Resolution

The children will learn about the First and the Second World Wars as well as how conflict still continues in the world today. The unit begins with an exploration of how the First World War began looking at the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand as the catalyst. They will also understand the role of the British Empire and how it wasn’t solely Britain that fought in the war. As the unit progresses, the children will learn about women’s roles in the first world war, how they took on the jobs that men could no longer do whilst they were at war, their work in the munitions factory and how their significant contributions led to them receiving the right to vote. The unit moves into exploring who Hitler was and how his actions led to the outbreak of the Second World War. Children will learn about the Windrush generation, which links perfectly to our class text, Windrush Child, for the second half of the term.

Attendance and Punctuality

It is extremely important that your child attends school and is on time every day, so they do not miss out on important learning. Excellent attendance and punctuality is the key to our children’s success. Please help your child to strive for excellent attendance.

Uniform and PE Kit

Please ensure your child has the correct, full school uniform every day, and PE kits are brought into school every Wednesday and Thursday.

Please remember to put your child’s name on every piece of uniform, PE kit and coat.

Reading at home

A little reminder: Children are expected to bring their reading books into school every day so they can be heard reading at any time. We appreciate that it is not always possible to read every night with your child, but we do ask that you make every effort to read at least 4 times per week with them and make a comment in their reading records.

Reading at home doesn’t always mean their school reading books; it could be anything from a newspaper, magazine, kindle books, a recipe or instructions for a board game.

Class Dojo

Please continue to look at our class Dojo to find out what we have been up to and any class information and updates. If you have any questions or concerns, please drop me a message, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Key Dates

Return to school
Thursday, 5th January 2023

Break up for the half term
Thursday, 9th February 2023

Return to school
Monday 20th February 2023

Break up for Easter
Wednesday 5th March 2023

Return to school
Tuesday 18th April 2023

National Offer Day for Secondary School Places
Wednesday 1st March 2023

SAT’s Week
Week commencing 8th May 2023

Water Bottles

Don’t forget to bring water bottles in every day – it is important for the children to stay hydrated throughout the day. Please put a label on all bottles and wash them every day.
Please remember to bring a healthy snack for break times.

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