Marcham C of E Primary School

"Where Christian values are integral and learning is fun"


Welcome to Giraffes


Autumn term


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 class. 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 that lets you know what we are studying this term.



Reading should be a part of your learning at home routine. However, if reading at home is not part of your child’s daily routine, I strongly encourage you to put this in place. Some of the children will benefit from being read to by you 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).


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 19th September 2019 – Year 6 visit to IMPS (first aid training – morning only). Monday 2nd December 2019 – Visit to Bletchley Park (Y4/5/6). 11th -14th May 2020 - Key Stage 2 Assessments (SATs for Year 6 only). Until end of June 2020 – End of Key Stage 2 writing assessments (Year 6) – please bear this in mind when booking holidays.



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. Mrs Sucksmith will be setting homework for Year 5.


With thanks

Lisa Lowe

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