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I can hardly believe that we are half way through the school year already! I hope you're all surviving the winter, it's been a real shock to my African blood and I'm told that the worst is yet to come!

The class has progressed well and it's been really interesting seeing how well they've taken to doing Shakespeare's Macbeth in English. They have loved doing the reader's theatre and have enjoyed reading some of the acts in groups.

Science has continued to be a firm favourite, often with them learning through what doesn't work! I apologise if the children are coming home and doing 'experiments' in your kitchen! Remember it's all in the name of Science!smiley

A highlight for me was the international day where I got to share South Africa with the class. It was wonderful to see their artwork and the writing they did about the country, Oscar and Jayden wrote a beautiful poem which made me feel quite emotional! Thank you to all the families who were able to visit our classroom and see some of the work the children did.

I have attached a copy of the spelling words which the children will be tested on for the rest of the year. We will begin with Spring 2 when we return and will write a spelling test on each Friday. Please assist them to learn these as well as the Statutory Words for Year 5&6. Could I also appeal to families to ensure that their children are reading age appropriate books. The children need to be challenged, many of them are still reading books which are far too easy for them. We do have some books which they can borrow from the class and school library. I would also encourage you to make use of the charity shops which often have some lovely children's books at very reasonable prices.

May I also just send a gentle reminder regarding home learning. The children are required to read 5 times a week for 15 minutes, practise times tables for 15 minutes, learn spelling for 15 minutes as well as completing a home learning assignment which is given once a week. I know that it does sound like a lot, but it is really good for them to develop good study habits before they get to secondary school. Please sign planners every day.

PE Kit - Please ensure that PE kits are returned to school in the new term.

So after all that, may I wish you all a lovely few days off, relax and keep warm!  

 Hello to all the Cedar class children and parents!

It's been a whirlwind of a term so far and it doesn't look like it's going to slow down any time soon!

The class have been busy with settling in to a new year and new work as well as getting used to a new 'foreign' teacher who speaks with a funny accent and uses some strange words, but they have been great and have made me feel really welcome! I think we've all had a few laughs along the way!

The class enjoyed the topic on Space in the first half term and many of them wrote some lovely pieces about their journey to space. I hope that many of you got to read them at parents evening. I was particularly happy that so many of you commented that their writing had improved, that's exactly what we want!  

Right now we are doing the story of Beowulf and looking at the Anglo Saxons - this has really captured their imaginations and they are enjoying this topic immensely. They all enjoyed their visit to the Anglo-Saxon village on Monday. I hope to be posting some of their work soon on this page, so keep an eye out for that.

Science has become a real favourite with the class as we are trying to let them have a 'hands on' experience with discovering different forces this term, they regularly ask when we are doing Science again and that is so encouraging! 

Thank you all for your support, encouragement and interest in your child's education. Lastly, just a quick quote from one of my favourite people - "Education is one of the most powerful tools we can use to change the world." (Nelson Mandela)