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Class 3 Summer Term Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the Summer term of 2024! I am sure you will agree that time has shot by, but rest assured there are more great things to come. We are looking forward to the upcoming summer fair, sports day, our residential visit, sports competitions and events at William Howard school, and to finish with; a summer musical and leavers celebrations!!

Phew, what a lot to do!!

In the previous term the children have enjoyed a visit from the life bus, Action Ants with archery and an obstacle course, a visit from Tullie House with a Tudor workshop, creating Tudor food, along with a climbing competition and finishing off with some of the Easter traditions such as the egg hunt and a successful coffee morning. I was proud of the way all children contributed at the Easter service too.

The familiar daily routines of class 3 have helped to keep everybody as healthy and safe as possible.

All routines and arrangements will be as follows:

  • Maths homework will be given out on a Monday and needs to be completed and handed in by Wednesday morning; Literacy given out on Wednesday and completed/handed in Friday (it may switch around, depending on work completed in the class)
  • PE this term will be Monday (tennis with Bethan),Tuesday (multiskills and football with Rowan), and Wednesday (cricket with Fraser) with children needing their kit in school all the time, as we will have more different activities as the weather gets nicer;
  • Spellings will be given out on a Monday for a test on a Friday – it is much easier for the children if they do a little bit every night rather than cram on a Thursday night;
  • Times tables will be tested on a Friday. This skill is also vitally important;
  • Rowan’s after-school football is continuing on a Tuesday, along with the teacher led clubs.

The curriculum: This term’s topic is called Vicious Vikings. We kicked off the topic with a visit from Tullie House who ran several different activities. We will enjoy learning about clothing and armour, gods, food and drink, long boats, sea monsters, and anything else the children discover along the way!

  • RE: Learning from the Carlisle Diocese scheme of work: ‘what does sacrifice mean?
  • Science: light and sound;
  • PE: football, tennis and cricket plus sports day and lots of other outdoor activities;
  • Geography and History: life and times of the Vicious Vikings, mapping, biomes and Viking settlements;
  • Music: Charanga, an exciting new music scheme based around ‘Blackbird’;
  • Art and DT: Viking armour, 3D Long boats modelling, painting and drawing sea monsters;
  • Literacy: A study of the book ‘Viking Boy, by Tony Bradman; to include retelling, recount, instructional writing, comprehension skills;
  • Maths: place value, numbers, addition and subtraction strategies, multiplication and division, problem solving, measures;
  • PSHE: Health and wellbeing, growing and changing;
  • French: General use of the French language avec Mdme Sweetman;
  • ICT: 3D modelling using ‘Tinkercad’

Assessments: We conducted our usual end-of-term assessments before the holidays and will have fed back any issues or concerns we have at this stage. This information will fed back via Parents Evening in July.

SAT’s: As year 6 will be aware they will be taking their SAT’s tests the week commencing 13th May, Monday to Thursday. Please could you help them by ensuring an early night before and get up with plenty of time for a good breakfast. We will keep the tests as low key and informal as possible.

PE Kit: The children need a pair of PE trainers (in a separate plastic bag) that will be expected to get dirty and muddy after use on the field, so please don’t send in expensive shoes. The footwear for Rowan’s will be used on the field and therefore cannot be used for PE on the rubberised surface on the top playground for tennis and cricket.

Residential: Our residential booked for Holly How in Coniston on June 17th for 4 nights grows closer, and as such we will start to provide information about kit lists and things to take, via a parents meeting on 7th May

Reading: I would like the children to read every night (including weekends). However, I appreciate this can be difficult, so a minimum of twice a week recorded in the reading records would be essential to support their learning. The ‘Spellbinding’ programme of books we bought proved successful, and we finally voted collectively on the book they judged to be the best. This proved to be ‘Skandar and the Unicorn Thief’, by A.F.Steadman.

Equipment: All stationary children require for their daily tasks is provided by school. We are a large class with storage space at a premium, so please can children only bring into school items they are required to, including reading books and records daily, spelling records and purple spelling activity books, and Friday test books for spelling and times-table tests on Fridays. Please check book bags as letters often remain in there for several weeks!

Spares, wellies and bottles: Thank you to all parents for providing children with the above items, we have now 100% of children fully equipped. Just a quick note that some wellies are getting a little small, and spares damaged, even though we are approaching Summer we still require these in school thanks to the uncertainty of Cumbrian weather!

Water bottles are still required to travel home after school, and return refreshed the next morning.

Finally, my email address is mark.harrison@irthingtonvillage.cumbria.sch.uk

If there is anything you wish to let me know about please stay in touch. I check my emails daily.

Yours Sincerely,

Mark Harrison

Star of the Week

Ariana – ‘You could win this award every week! You are so kind and caring with the younger children, you are a great friend to all, you always have a lovely smile on your face, your attitude to all school work is second to none, you are just an all-round superstar!!’

Presenter of the Week

Class 1: George

Class 2: Liberty

Class 3: Camilla

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