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Welcome to

Whissendine CE Primary School

Term 1 Info

meet the Flintstones and take a journey through the ages!

Yabba dabba doo!


In other words, ‘Welcome back!’  I hope you all had a super summer.  Here’s looking forward to another great year.

To kick-start our topical learning this year, we are travelling way back in time to a period in pre-history before written records began.  Because of this, we are going to have to put our historical investigative and interpretive skills to excellent use in order to answer the question: ‘Would you rather have lived in the Stone Age, Bronze Age or the Iron Age?’  In Science, we will be learning about evolution and inheritance and in Art, we will be depicting our daily lives through cave drawings, focusing on movement, shadow and light.          


In Literacy, we will be writing our own historical Stone Age adventure stories.  Our main focus will be upon using description and figurative language in order to create the correct atmosphere for our readers.  We will focus on building characters and settings and consider the perspective from which we write.  In Maths, our targets will be focused on written methods for multiplication.  In addition to this, there will be a big push towards learning all of our multiplication and associated division facts so that our rapid recalls improve.  To help with this, there will be a weekly 1 minute challenge where we will try to improve our own personal scores and we will be participating in the school’s times tables awards. 


All aspects of homework continue to be very important in Year 6.  Spelling homework will be handed out on a Monday and should be completed and returned by the following Monday.  Learning the spelling patterns/rules each evening is extremely important so that they can be applied across the curriculum.  The 1 minute challenge will take place on a Friday and a short, sharp, repetitive burst each evening should ensure that personal bests are improved.  Reading continues to be a priority – reading aloud and reading comprehension.  If your child could complete his/her reading record at least three times per week, this would be greatly appreciated as it supports the learning and expectations that are taking place in school.  Also, there will be a termly project/task that will be linked to our topic.  Finally, there will be weekly Maths homework, which will be linked to either targets or to an aspect of the week’s learning that your child has found tricky.   


Your child will need a full P.E. kit in school on Wednesdays and Thursdays.


If you ever need to speak with me, I am available before 08.45 in the morning or immediately after school.

I look forward to an exciting year of learning with you all.


Mrs Schofield.   

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