Marcham C of E Primary School

"Where Christian values are integral and learning is fun"


Welcome to Giraffes


Welcome to Giraffes.


I am very much looking forward to teaching your child this year and working with you to ensure that your child enjoys their time in giraffes. Please make an appointment to see me if you have any concerns or worries about your child this year.


There is a topic web on the class page on the website.



Having spent our transition afternoon looking at books, the children seem very enthusiastic and some children obviously love reading. If reading at home is not part of your child’s daily routine, I strongly encourage you to put this in place. Reading is an area that has a huge impact for your child as it can help them to develop their own writing, spelling and access all other curriculum areas. Some of the children will benefit from being read to and it is still important to listen to your child read to help them with understanding, word meanings and pronunciation.


Children who do not read outside of school will find it harder to meet end of key stage expectations (i.e. reach the standard expected in the year 6 SATs tests). Please speak to me if you know that your child does not read outside of school and we can work together in encouraging this.

You will already be familiar with the ‘100 books to read in year 5/6’. Many of these are already available in class and I will endeavour to add to these during the course of the year. There are a couple of books on the list that will only suit the most mature readers in class, and I will guide the children as to which these are at the beginning of the year.


I will do all I can to encourage a love of reading this year and hope you will too but please speak to me early on in the year if your child is not reading at home and we can work together on this.

Dates to be aware of in advance:


Thursday 20th September 2018 – Year 6 visit to IMPS (first aid training – morning only). Friday 9th November 2018 – Visit to Ashmolean museum in Oxford (Y4/5/6). 25th-29th March 2019 – Y5/6 Residential visit to PGL centre in Osmington Bay, Weymouth. 13th -16th May 2019 - Key Stage 2 Assessments (SATs for Year 6 only). Until end of June 2019 – Year 6 assessed writing pieces.



Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school every day and joggers/sweatshirts for the colder weather.



Your support in ensuring your child completes their homework is appreciated.


During the first half term, the focus will be on reading, spelling and times tables. Reading should be daily for 15-20 minutes. Activities for spelling and times tables will be sent home but again these can be practiced daily in many ways.


Mrs Hill will from time to time set science projects for the children to complete to support their learning in science.


After half term the year 6 pupils will receive homework to help prepare them for the year 6 SATs tests and further information will be provided on homework for year 5 and 6 after half term.


With thanks

Lisa Lowe

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