Marcham C of E Primary School

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Wolves Class Letter – Autumn Term 2021


Welcome back to a new school year.  I hope that you had a wonderful summer and that your children are refreshed and ready for the new school year ahead.


In Year 5 this term much of our learning will be based on the theme of Childhood in the past.  Prior to the half-term break we will be focusing on life for children in Victorian Britain. Our key text in English – ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty - will form the foundation for much of this topic, providing an insight into life for the very poorest children in Victorian society and the work of Dr Barnardo.  We will spend some time during Children in Need week (November) considering what life is like for the disadvantaged in Britain today and comparing that to life in the Victorian era. 


I am incredibly excited to announce that we will be going on a trip to supplement the children’s learning in this topic.  This will be to the Black Country Living Museum and will take place on Thursday 30th September.  Please look out for a separate letter on this.


After half term, we will be finding out more about life for children during the Second World War, particularly for evacuees and those children who came to Britain from Europe via Kindertransport.  We will use ‘Letters from a Lighthouse’ by Emma Carroll as our key text. 


A summary of learning in other curriculum areas is set out below.  Our PE days are on Thursday and Friday. 


Homework is set on Friday and due in the following Thursday.  This will consist of a reading, spelling and maths activity.  Additionally, we ask that you continue to support your child to meet our ‘Ten Minutes a Day’ reading pledge.  Your comments in their reading records are much appreciated.  These should also be handed in on Thursday.  Raffle tickets are awarded for 4 reads signed off by a parent; additionally, tickets are awarded for a weekly reflection on something that has been read and the collection of new vocabulary.  The raffle draw takes place once a term and the winner will receive a book of their choice.


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 5 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.


Mrs Sucksmith             


Click Here - for link to the PowerPoint from the class Meeting on 27th September 2021                                                                           

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