Marcham C of E Primary School

"Where Christian values are integral and learning is fun"


Wolves Class Letter – Spring Term 2023

 Class Teacher

Mrs M Sucksmith (Monday - Friday)

Mrs Rowlands (Tuesday AM)

Trainee Teacher

Mr Clayton

Teaching Assistant

 Miss Nuzzolese



Welcome back.  We hope that you had a wonderful Christmas break and that your children are refreshed and ready for the new term ahead.  As you are aware, our school day has changed.  Children should now arrive at school from the earlier time of 08.35.  The register is taken at 08.45 and lessons will commence immediately after that.  Our value this term is compassion.  In Term 4, our value is responsibility


Over terms 3 and 4, much of our learning will be based on the theme of rainforests – a topic which we hope that the children enjoy and one which offers scope for much cross-curricular learning, particularly in relation to fairtrade and our guardianship of the environment.  The children will be undertaking a lot of work in Geography, using maps and identifying lines of latitude and longitude as well as the areas in which rainforests grow and the reasons why an equatorial climate is necessary for these habitats to thrive.  We will identify the different layers of rainforests and find out more about the plants and animals – including humans – that live in them.  Children will identify the resources which grow in rainforests and find out how these are used by people all around the world.  In connection with this, we shall explore deforestation and the misuse of these areas before considering how we are connected to the rainforests and what changes we can make that impact positively on these eco-systems and habitats.  Our design and technology project this term is about chocolate – always an engaging and exciting topic for the children!  They will find out more about the history of the cocoa bean and how it is manufactured and exported.  We will be visiting Cadbury World in Birmingham to learn about the history of this world-famous company and to find out more about the production of chocolate from bean to bar. Back at school, the children will design, evaluate and improve their own chocolate products before producing and filming an advertising campaign in ICT. 


A summary of learning in other curriculum areas is set out below.  Our PE day is on a Thursday. Additionally, we will be running for 10 minutes each day and we ask that all children have a pair of outdoor trainers that they can change into in school every day. 

As the weather is less pleasant at this time of year, children will also need to be prepared for inclement weather.  Having a waterproof coat in school is essential and hats and gloves make for a more pleasant experience at playtimes.  


Homework is set on Friday and due in the following Thursday.  This will consist of a mixture of Reading, Spelling and Maths activities. From time to time, the children will be asked to complete a more extended creative piece over a couple of weeks. Additionally, we ask that you continue to support your child to meet our ‘Ten Minutes a Day’ reading pledge.  Each child will be issued with a Reading Record in which to record their reading and in which they should make a reading reflection once a week.  We ask that you sign their journal to verify their reading at home.  Additionally, your comments in this book 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, Mr Clayton and Ms Nuzzolesse 

January 2023        

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