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Term 4 topic is.....





This term we will learn all about the Victorians and their pioneering ways. We will learn about life in Victorian times and study the life of Queen Victoria. We will find out what it was like to be a rich and poor child in Victorian times. In English we will read and work on Street Child by Berlie Doherty - this book was inspired by the first childred that Dr Barnardo looked after. We will also learn about crime and punishment in Victorian times,


We will learn about scientists of the time, such as Charles Darwin and his voyage to the Galapagos islands. We will go on expeditions in our surroundings to study, sketch and group plants and animals.


We had a fantastic Victorian Day - the children wore great outfits and we really got into the spirit of the day. We did copybook and wrote on slates, we had a deportment lesson and drill on the yard. We really enjoyed wearing the dunce's cap. The children are still enjoying it! Check out the pictures of our great outfits below. smiley



Home learning tasks.


 Here are this term's home learning tasks. If your child completes a task and brings it to school, they will receive 5 dojo points. (We get a 'dip in the tin' for every 25 dojo points.) Have fun. smiley


- Research and present information on HMS Beagle - the ship that Darwin visited the Galapagos islands on

- Find out about the creatures on the Galapagos islands

- Paint a portrait of a famous Victorian

- Make a fact file about Queen Victoria.

- Visit the Great Plant Hunt website and follow in Darwin's footsteps.

- Find out about the Industrial Revolution

- Learn about the invention of the steam engine and George Stephenson

- Visit Cromford Mill and find out about Sir Richard Arkwright

- Research the life of Mary Anning or Florence Nightingale.

- Make a map of the British Empire.







In Key Stage 2 (Juniors) the children receive Maths and Spelling homework each week. This will be handed out on a Monday and collected in on a Friday. 

Reading is still important - the children in Year 6 have a reading SAT in May. The more often they read and discuss their book the more they will develop the skills of inference and deduction. They should read at least 4 times a week. Year 3 and 4 children should be heard read by an adult at least 3 times a week and Year 5 and 6 children at least once a week. Please sign your child's diary as they are collected on a Monday. The children earn Dojo Points for reading at home.





Thank you. smiley




PE this term will be swimming on a Friday for the whole class. The children will go swimming with Mrs Giroux and Mrs Cox. Please ensure that your child has his or her kit and a towel, all watches and jewellery are to be removed and long hair tied up. Your child MUST have a swimming hat. These are available to buy at the Arc (last year they were £5.50.)


Our other PE session will be on a Wednesday afternoon, when a sports coach will be taking a session with my class during my planning and preparation time. Please ensure that your child has the correct PE kit in school. It should be a white or blue t-shirt and a blue or black tracksuit or shorts. Ear-rings must be removed or taped up, and long hair must be tied up. Please send your child's PE kit on a Monday to be left in school all week.


Thank you.



PPA - planning, preparation and assessment time.

This year, my PPA will be on a Wednesday afternoon. One of the lessons will be RE with Mrs Cox and Mrs Stankard and the other will be the sports coach. 




If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please don't hesitate to contact me, either on the yard at the start or end of the day, or by email: