Marcham C of E Primary School

"Where Christian values are integral and learning is fun"


Giraffes Class Letter - Spring 2024


Class Teacher

Mr Clayton (Monday - Friday)


Teaching Assistant

Ms Kilpatrick (Monday-Friday)


Happy New Year Giraffes. I am looking forward to teaching you for the rest of the year and there is much to look forward to this term.  


I will be your main class teacher for the rest of the year. I will not be teaching the class on Wednesdays as this my planning time and this time will be covered by Mrs Hutchinson, Mrs Callahan and Mrs Priddle who will teach Science, RE, French and Music. We have a very busy and exciting term ahead of us. We have the opportunity to complete bikeability training later this month and after half term we are planning a trip to Oxford to visit the History of Science and the Ashmolean Museum as well of course the residential to Youlbury in March- there will be an information evening this month.


Our value this term is Compassion and, after half term, Responsibility.  


Our topic this term is the Islamic Golden Age. We will be learning about the city of Baghdad between 750CE and 1250CE. We will be looking at the importance of the location of this city and its impact on trade from Asia to Europe. We will be learning about some of the scholars and the love of learning that existed in this city and the impact that it has had right up to modern day. We will be learning about this topic in our Geography and History lessons as well as in reading and writing where we will be inspired by books such as The Golden Horsemen of Baghdad by Saviour Pirotta.  


A summary of learning across all curriculum areas is set out below.  Our PE day is a Monday and Tuesday. On Monday we will be playing Badminton and after half term we will be practicing Dance. On Tuesday we will be playing Tag Rugby. Unless there are health and safety concerns then we will be completing PE outside; please make sure you have tracksuit trousers and a jumper.   


Homework is set on Friday via Google Classrooms and due in the following Thursday. If you have a problem accessing Google Classroom please let me know.  This will consist of a mixture of Reading, Spelling and Maths activities. Although the formal timestable checks are done this does not mean that we no longer need to know them. We will continue to practice them in school and we expect students to continue to practice at home using TTRS. Finally, we ask that you continue to support your child to meet our ‘Ten Minutes a Day’ reading pledge.  Where possible, try to find some time each week to continue to listen to your child read aloud and to talk about what they have read.  Ask them questions and for explanations.  It will test their retrieval and inference skills and make them better all-round readers.  For inspiration on books that are suitable for Year 6 pupils please see:



I hope that this overview answers any questions that you might have.  However, if there are any aspects relating to teaching and learning in Year 6 that you would like to discuss further or if there are issues that crop up which you would like to talk about, please do get in touch.  Emails can be directed to the school office and the office staff will forward them on to me or talk to me at the end of the school day.  


Mr Clayton  

January 2024

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