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Hello and welcome to the 5M page! Our class teacher this year is Mr. Morgan and we are being supported by the brilliant Mrs. Robins.

Spring term


Our text focus this term is Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. The children tell me they are very excited about studying the magical (and muggle) world of Harry Potter and have shown great enthusiasm so far. We will continue to use these texts to develop different styles of writing. Children will also have a weekly comprehension lesson and a Big Write session once a fortnight.  This is where the children complete a given writing task completely independently, in silence.

The children will also be given weekly spellings, these will be handed out on Monday and tested on the Friday of that week. If your child is away when the spellings are handed out, please remind them to collect a copy upon their return to school.

Our reading targets for this term focus on deduction, inference and interpretation, which include making predictions, talking about characters and comparing settings. In writing, our focus is on improving our writing through using a variety of ways to start sentences, including fronted adverbials. Furthermore, we have been working very hard to improve our descriptive writing using a variety of literary techniques, such as, personification, powerful adjectives and similes. We will also be working hard to improve our presentation and handwriting throughout the year.


Reading remains a priority and we would urge you to hear your child read as often as possible. I would like to stress that your child will be heard read in school on a weekly basis, but this will not be every day. Please make sure that you have time to discuss what you have read together, as this helps your child to understand what they have read.


In maths we will be focusing on all four number operations, fractions and measures. The children will be using written and practical methods to embed this area of mathematics. As well as this we will be deepening our understanding of shape and data handling. We will continue to improve upon our recall of times tables and multiplication facts.


In topic this term we will be studying the Vikings in great detail! We have already started looking at where the Vikings originated from and why they invaded and settled in the UK. In addition, our Science work this term will be based on human life cycles, which we have started comparing to other animals. Our art lessons are also linked to our work on the Vikings, the children will be designing and making their own Viking longboat!

P.E takes place twice a week on Wednesday and Friday. This term Friday will be our swimming slot, so please ensure that all pupils have appropriate swimming kit (including swimming hats for long hair) in school. As the weather begins to get a little chilly, the children might need tracksuit bottoms or a warm fleece. Please make sure that all items are clearly named as children often get their PE kit muddled. Also, could you please ensure children have the correct P.E kit in school all week.


If you have any concerns or queries please come in and speak to us. The mornings can sometimes be a very busy time and it might not always be possible to discuss things but we are happy to see you after school. Wednesdays are best avoided as we have staff meetings.