The Meerkat Class Newsletter
Mr Josh Clack (Monday, Tuesday, Wed (am), Thursday, Friday)
Mrs V. Hutchinson (Wednesday pm)
Miss Barbara Croker (Mon-Thur)
Dear Parent and Carers,
Welcome back to a brand new academic year at Marcham Primary School and … welcome to the Meerkat class! It is remarkable to think that six weeks have passed so quickly, but I hope you have had a relaxing summer lounging in the sun and are feeling refreshed and ready to get stuck into a new term. I am very excited for the year ahead and I hope you are too, as we have a lot of exciting topics to explore over the next couple of months.
For those I have not met before, my name is Mr Clack, and I will be teaching the class every week, with the exception of Wednesday afternoons, with Mrs Hutchison kindly offering to teach the class French and Music. We are also very lucky to have the support of Miss Croker, who will be assisting the class every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
As for what the class will get up to this term, in KS2, our autumn topic is all about Ancient Greece, a fascinating time period. In the Meerkat class, the children will be participating in a quest, led by Zeus, to help the Gods and Goddesses defeat a terrifying monster threatening Greece. The children will travel to cities such as Athens, Sparta and Corinth, in order to learn the skills needed to slay the beast. In Athens, the class will learn about democracy, the Greek alphabet and famous architecture. Our visit to Sparta will teach the children about warfare and the techniques needed to defeat mythical creatures, such as the hydra and cyclops. In Corinth, the class will learn about great inventions, using their design and technology skills to design a weapon to help the gods. In November, there will also be an opportunity to visit the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, extending the classes knowledge of the topic.
This term, PE will take place on Tuesday mornings and Friday afternoons. However, from the 27th of September, the class will be attending swimming lessons at the Abingdon Leisure Centre for 10 weeks. It is your child's responsibility to ensure that their named PE kit is kept in school throughout the week (as additional lessons may take place) and taken home at weekends to be washed. If your child does not have their PE kit in school, they may have to use PE kits provided for them to ensure that they are complying with statutory requirements. Children should not wear jewellery in school, apart from stud earrings (which we advise should not be worn on PE days) and watches.
Homework for the class will be set on a Wednesday, to be returned the following Tuesday, unless specified otherwise. In addition, the class will also receive speed maths sheets every Wednesday to encourage your child to continue practising their times tables, division and common number facts (including number bonds and basic additions and subtractions) at home.
While these sheets do not need to be handed in, it is important to note that they will help build their basic number facts and prepare your child for our class ‘Times Table Challenges’ every morning. These challenges will be used to track your child’s individual progress and motivate them to learn their tables up to 12 x 12. In order to improve spelling within the class, your child will also be required to complete a ‘Spelling Shed’ homework. These spelling games will revise the spelling rules taught in class and can be accessed online. This homework will be set every Friday and due every Thursday. Letters will be sent out shortly with more information.
This year, I am once again promoting the ‘Top 100 Books List’, a collection of the ‘best’ books to read in year 4 and 5. The members of KS2 have been searching high and low to provide the school with as many copies as possible, so it would be appreciated that the books are cared for when they are taken home. Therefore, it is essential that you listen to your child read 4-5 times a week. I will be keeping a log of the books that the class are reading, as well as providing a list of the ‘Top 100 Books List’ for your children to highlight when they have finished a book. When your child has finished reading a book, they should bring it back into school and exchange it for another, ensuring that an adult in school has recorded it.
Finally, we have a class open afternoon on the 24th September to discuss more about how this year will work, so please do come along if you have any queries. I look forward to meeting you all, as well as getting to know your children as individuals. I am always available, so if you have any questions or wish to speak to me, please can you let the office know so that we can arrange an appointment.
Thank you for your support. Kind regards,
Homework: Due – every Tuesday and set every Wednesday
Spelling Shed homework – Due every Thursday and set every Friday
P.E days – Tuesday and Friday
Swimming Dates – Thursday 27th September (10 Weeks)
Class Open Afternoon – 24th September
KS2 Trip - 9th November