Holbeach St Marks Primary School

St Lucia

Class teachers: Mrs Richardson, Mr Timmins, Miss Streets

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Horne, Mrs Lester, Mrs Lane

Welcome to St. Lucia class!

As a church school and family, Christianity is at the heart of everything we do – we are all kind, caring and friendly, and we look after each other.

Reading

Your child will bring home two reading books, an ability book (linked to your child’s current reading level) and a challenge book. Please ensure your child reads at home, daily, as this is vital to them developing their comprehension of text, widening their vocabulary as well as supporting them with their writing. If your child reads at least three times a week, they will receive a reward of extra playtime on a Wednesday. For each day they read at home, their name will also be entered into a draw to win a book, which will take place at the end of each half term. Each week the children in our class will receive a piece of reading homework that will go into their reading scrapbook at school – this homework may be related to the book that they are currently reading.

Maths

Your child will bring home a weekly homework focussing on key facts around the four calculations. The questions are deliberately repetitive to encourage fluency with the aim being that they can answer them almost without thinking. They will become increasingly challenging throughout the year, in line with the children’s skills improving. Please encourage your child to set themselves their own mini-challenges such as trying to beat their previous score or time taken to complete. This homework will be set on Tuesday and marked together the following Monday.

Spelling

Each week, we focus on a spelling pattern or rule. Your child will bring home a list of spellings featuring this rule to practise and learn. An effective way to do this is simply to write them out every day, saying each letter as it is written. The children will bring home the spelling list on Tuesday and have a spelling test the following Monday.

PE

Our PE day is Friday. Please ensure your child comes to school in their PE kit, which is suitable for outdoors (including appropriate footwear). Your child must also wear their blue federation hoodie. Children with long hair need to have this tied up for these lessons and any jewellery, including earrings, needs to be removed.

Please also send a coat for playtime, even if the weather looks mild in the morning.

SPRING TERM TOPICS:

The Vikings

Our history sessions will transport us back to the time of the Vikings. Who were the Vikings? Where did they come from and why did they invade? Where did they live? What was life like? Let’s travel back in time and investigate the lives of the people who invaded and settled in our country.

Our art and DT sessions will be linked to our Viking topic. During art sessions we will be learning how to draw accurate portraits and turn our faces into our Viking double!

During DT we will focus on structures, investigating and making Viking Longboats.

Earthquakes and tsunamis.

Earthquakes and tsunamis will be shaking us in our geography lessons. We will be looking at our planet in detail, what are tectonic plates? Did our land always look like it does now? What happens when plates collide? We will investigate these natural disasters in more detail.

Science, RE, Music and MFL

Our Science topic for the Spring term begins with Evolution and Inheritance. Who are we? How did we evolve? What are our inherited and acquired traits? Are you tall like Mum? Are you grey haired like Dad? Let’s investigate our genes! Take a look at your family, who are you like?

We will be focussing on Christianity in RE during our unit on Incarnation as we are now in the run up to Easter.

We continue to enjoy learning French during our MFL lessons and we will rock out to our ‘Living On A Prayer’ unit in music.

The Week At Worlds EndOur new class book will be The Week At World’s End by Emma Carroll.

If you have any questions or concerns, please come and see us, or, alternatively you can email us at stlucia@griffinfederation.co.uk.