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Our Topic this Half Term is:


Let's go on an Adventure...

Our Theme is… Let’s Go on an Adventure. Would we like to visit Guatemala?

This is a Geography, History and Design Technology based topic. The children will be learning about the Mayan Ancient Civilisation which began in what is now Guatemala. As well as studying the historical aspects of the Mayan traditions we will be learning about the human and physical geography of Guatemala. We will also be learning Mayan Creation Stories, which will lead into our Design Technology project of making puppets. Using these puppets we will perform our own puppet shows.


Our Maths learning focus

We will be continuing with multiplication and division at the start of this term. Then we’ll move on to measurement. During measurement we will explore length, perimeter and area. Please continue to practise all times tables up to 12x12 to support your child’s maths learning.

Our English learning focus

We will be exploring our class novel The Minpins by Roald Dahl. We will be using the story as a stimulus to support our learning over this Half Term. Our Author of the Term will be Roald Dahl, please encourage your child to read every night.


Our Core Learning skill this term

Our Core Learning Skill is Learning and performance. We will be focussing on the skills needed  to improve our own learning and developing strategies  to overcome barriers to learning that we face.  Remaining focussed on a task, avoiding distractions and which conditions help us to learn best. Children will understand that people learn in different ways and that there are different strategies to learning effectively. We have a Core Learning Skills Assembly every Tuesday and practise our Core Learning Skills all week throughout different lessons.


At the end of this term we are going to celebrate our learning with..

An exhibition of our work including the puppets we have made plus puppet show performances.


Your involvement.

Could you help us to collect materials for our puppet making? We need kitchen roll/wrapping paper tubes. Please send them into school.



Things to remember:


no Our weekly Spelling Test is on a Friday and the new weekly spelling lists will be sent home on Friday to learn for the following week. Please practise these as much as you can at home, they really help us to learn different spelling rules.


no PE is on a Thursday afternoon but can change so please make sure children have their PE kit every day. 


no Swimming will start again in the Summer Term.


We will keep our page updated with what we have been learning and share photos of our exciting activities with you.


Miss Maclennan, Mrs Gunning and Giraffe Class