Parent Letter

Dear Parents/Carers,

We hope you had a lovely summer break and welcome to Red Kites class! I am really looking forward to teaching your child this coming year and we have planned lots of exciting things to support them to make progress in their learning.

In Red Kites, we start working very promptly on our start of the day activity (SODA). This is an important part of the day for the children, so please ensure your child is on time each morning so that he/she doesn’t miss anything.

As always, we have a very busy Autumn term ahead of us, starting with our ‘Ancient Greeks’ topic in which we learn about their culture. More information on these topics can be found on the Year 5/6 Topic Overview. We will be studying ‘The Adventures of Odysseus’ by Daniel Morden and Hugh Lupton in our English lessons this half-term.

This term’s PE lessons will be on a Monday and Tuesday. Please ensure your child comes to school in their PE kit (school PE T-shirt with logo on or plain white/black/navy t-shirt, joggers or shorts, trainers and normal school jumper). Children are welcome to bring in a fruit or vegetable snack to eat during morning playtime. We encourage children to bring a named bottle of water to drink during the day. Please note that Red Kites do not need to bring in their own pencil cases, we have everything that we need in class.

Homework will be given out on a Wednesday and will need to be returned on the following Monday. Home Learning will consist of weekly spellings (to be tested on Monday), the reading comprehension, times tables to be tested on a Friday and either maths or punctuation and grammar practice.

Also, your child should be reading regularly at home. All home learning is compulsory in Red Kites. Our focus times tables for September are recapping the 2s, 5s and 10s and including all associated related facts. To support your child learning these essential facts, they have access to Times Tables Rockstars.

If you have any queries, please contact the office who will pass on the message to me. I will endeavour to respond as quickly as possible.

I look forward to working with you to help your child to have a great year.

Best wishes,

Miss Emma Barron