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Hawk Owls – Autumn Newsletter, 2013

This term, most subjects relate to an overall theme of ‘Remarkable Children’ and an overview document was sent to parents with this letter.

Spelling tests this term will be on Wednesdays, with new spelling homework given on a Thursday or Friday.  There is a useful activity for spelling practice here:


Each pupil has their own online learning space on DB Primary and I will be encouraging them to participate regularly by joining in with forums and writing their blogs.

In maths, we will cover the main strands of place value, properties of number (patterns and problem-solving), addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, data handling, fractions, shape, space (angles and position) and measure. Y4 & 5 children should be learning all their times tables up to at least x10 and the corresponding division facts (How many 6s are in 36?  What is 9 multiplied by 7? Divide 64 by 8).

Any extra practice at home will be very useful and ICT activities can be fun way to do this, eg:


We are still subscribing to Mathletics which is available at home as well as at school: www.mathletics.co.uk.  Your child will have curriculum tasks set regularly and can really benefit from live games practice.  I will enjoy monitoring their progress.  There is also a good ‘times table tester’ in KS2 maths on Espresso: https://home.espresso.co.uk

Maths homework is sent home on different days, according to the topic.  Please check in your child’s red Homework Book, which should come back to school each day.

P.E. will be on Mondays and Thursdays.  The focus this term is netball and football– games will be outside, weather permitting, so daps or a suitable change of footwear will be required.  Earrings must not be worn during P.E. activities (even studs) as this can present a safety issue.  We appreciate your help with this.

Thank you for your continued support with homework and hearing your child read on a regular basis.  Although we are hearing the children read a wide variety of texts in class, it is really important that they should remember to change their own reading books, asking for help when necessary.  There is space in their blue reading record books for you to write your own comments on reading, with your signature at the end of the week, thank you!

If you have any queries concerning your child or what we are doing in class, please feel free to come in and see me after school.


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