REQM Silver Award

A big welcome back after the Christmas holidays; I’d like to wish you a very happy new year. I was overwhelmed at Christmas time with good wishes and gifts from your children and I am very grateful, thank you very much.


For the first half-term, the children are learning about the Anglo Saxons in particular Sutton Hoo, the site of two 6th- and early 7th-century cemeteries. It is an exciting history topic and so any books or general information that the children can share and use in school to support their learning would be greatly appreciated. After half term we are going to look at the UK and learn about two contrasting counties – Northamptonshire and Cornwall.

Other subjects:

Details of what the children will be learning about in other curriculum areas can be found on the school website.


PE this half-term is on Wednesday afternoon. Please make sure your children have their full PE kit in school. This should comprise of green shorts, white t-shirt and trainers with a spare pair of socks. In cooler weather, children may wear green or black jogging bottoms and a school sweatshirt or cardigan. Please include a plastic bag so muddy trainers can be taken home for cleaning if necessary. If your child wears earrings they will need to be able to take them in and out on their own. Children who are not able to do this or do not have their PE kit, will not be able to take part in PE.


Reading and homework diary

To ensure progress in reading, your child will need to read five times at home each week, either supported or independently, dependant on confidence.

To qualify for a merit, five adult initialled entries, including the title and author of a book plus any other comments must be completed. These are checked every Monday by Mrs Chapman and names of children that are not reading regularly are recorded. It is vital for children to stick to a regular reading regime as this greatly impacts their ability in all areas of learning.


Weekly spellings will be given out every Friday. These will often be accompanied by two activity sheets. These are to be completed at home to support and consolidate learning. Some children will be tested weekly and others every four weeks to see if spellings have been committed to long term memory.

TT Rockstars

Lastly to support the learning of times tables, children need to use TT Rockstars as much as possible. Regular times table tests will take place this term to ensure children maintain their knowledge. Once again it is very clear from assessment who has regularly practised using this valuable resource.

Art and DT:

In order to keep your child’s uniform clean, could you please provide an old t-shirt or shirt which is clearly named – thank you. There are still quite a few children who have to borrow something from Year 2.

Lunch and Snacks:

May I remind you that children are only allowed to eat a piece of fruit or vegetables during morning break. Lunchboxes must not contain any chocolate or sweets. Children can choose between a plain cake or a packet of crisps (preferably low in salt and fat) to accompany their healthy lunch.

I hope this information is useful. Please do not hesitate in contacting me via the school office if you have any concerns or queries.


Respecting yourself as well as others


Show forgiveness to all, including yourself


Trusting in God and in each other


Faith and hope in God, yourself and each other


Being generous, caring and loyal friends