Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to the Autumn term at St Peter's Junior School! We hope that your child is settling in well and enjoying their new school. Each term we will send out a flyer with details of what your child will be learning in school and to let you know of any upcoming events.
Our first topic of the year is Dinosaurs. During this topic we will be learning about the different periods of the Mesozoic Era, the breakup of Pangea, Palaeontology and different extinction theories. We will also be having a dinosaur day, involving a mixture of fun activities such as dinosaur printing, making fossils and being palaeontologists. Linked to this, our Science focus will be Rocks, Soils and Fossils. In English, we will be studying non-fiction texts about dinosaurs, rocks, soils and fossils. This will help us to create a non-fiction text of our own. In Maths, we will cover place value and number, beginning with counting, sequencing and ordering numbers.
After half term, our topic changes to The Victorians. We will be discovering what Ruddington was like in the past and how and why it has evolved into the place we know today. This will include exploring aspects of the Victorian era and visiting the Framework Knitters’ Museum in the village. In English, we will be studying Maggie’s Diary with a main focus on Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling (GPS). This will link to our work in History. Maths will be focussing on the number operations of addition and subtraction and problem solving through investigations.
Throughout the term we will also be learning Spanish, how to play the recorder in Music, Mindfulness in PSHCE and explore Christmas in RE.
Throughout the year, children will be taking part in both indoor and outdoor PE. This term we will be covering yoga, hockey, football and basketball. Please make sure that children have an indoor and outdoor PE kit in school at all times as our timetable can change. For outdoor PE, children should have a long sleeve jumper or jacket, jogging bottoms and outdoor trainers. For indoor PE, children need to have shorts, a t-shirt and plimsolls. Unless it gets very dirty, we will send kit home at the end of each half term.
Our spelling focus for this term is word families. Children will have an activity to complete each week to further practice these spelling patterns. Starting after October half term there will also be Maths homework to complete, linked to their learning in class. This homework will be given out on a Friday, to be handed in by the following Wednesday. In addition, each term we will give children a topic related ‘Homework Menu’. These tasks are not compulsory, but are given as an opportunity to complete further research or enrichment activities related to the areas we are studying in school.
Children need to bring their book bag to school everyday. This should contain their Reading Diary and a reading book. We will be checking Reading Diaries each week, so please write any comments about your child’s reading or simply sign to let us know they have read. Our expectation is that your child reads five times a week at home and they will receive Dojos for this. Please also encourage your child to take part in Book Bingo, more information can be found about this in their reading diaries.
If you have a special interest in any of the areas we plan to cover or would like to support in other ways, we would love to hear from you. If you have any questions or would like to have a chat about any aspect of your child’s progress, we are always happy to meet with you. We regularly walk down the drive with the children at the end of the day, so catch us then or leave a message at the office and we will get in touch.
Thanks for your support and co-operation,
Mrs Patel and Mrs Bennett