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Marshland St James Primary and Nursery School

"A Member of the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust"


Welcome from Mrs Sharp

Welcome back and I hope you had a lovely summer holiday. We are looking forward to having a fantastic time in Sycamore class this year, with each child in the class working hard and consistently trying to reach their full potential. Supporting the children will be myself, Mrs Sharp, the class teacher, Mrs Mason and Mrs Hayes our Teaching Assistants.



I am sure your child will not have any problems at school however if a problem should occur the children know that they can talk to any of the adults in the class. If you have any queries or questions you would like to discuss with myself please ring and ask for an appointment at the office for after school on a Tuesday, Thursday or Friday. I am also available each morning before school from 8.30am for prior booked appointments.



Mathematics and English homework will be handed out every Friday and the completed homework must be handed in by the following Friday. Topic work will be completed each half term. Spellings will also be given each Friday and the children tested the following Friday. The spellings will be a combination of a) High Frequency words b) Topic work c) Specific words from the English National Curriculum. Please could you ensure that your child brings their spelling book into school each Friday as they will be receiving their new spellings which will be placed into these books. Reading homework is also important and your child/children should read to an adult or older sibling each day. Please fill in the reading record book when your child has read and comment on your child’s reading as this will be very valuable information for us to support your child with their reading skills. Please ask your child questions about what they have read as this will support and develop your child’s comprehension skills including the understanding of the text read.


PE kit

It would be much appreciated if your child’s PE kit could be brought to school on each Monday and taken home each Friday and should include a t-shirt, shorts, a tracksuit, trainers (or plimsolls with a good grip) and socks.  Earrings will need to be removed for PE unless they have only recently been pierced and therefore they will need tape to cover their earrings.  Hair that is beyond the shoulders will need to be tied back. Receiving PE is a legal requirement for your child. Sycamore class will participate in PE for the Autumn term on a Monday and a Wednesday.



Our topic this term is The Stone Age.  Our English will be linked to this class curricular work including writing instructions on how the Stone Age people made fire, play scripts involving Stone age/modern characters and a recount of the Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura.  We will be painting in the style of the Stone Age and mathematics will include co-ordination of a Stone Age village, and Stone Age mathematical word problems.  Sycamore class will be going on a school trip connected to the Stone Age rocks and soil topics and there will be a letter giving you further information about this exciting trip, in the following days.



Number, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fraction, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion, algebra, position and direction, properties of shapes and mathematical word problems.



We will be covering writer’s style and dialogue between characters, play scripts, instructions, explanation text, poetry kennings and lists.



Science this term we will be investigating rocks and soils, forces and magnets.



Understanding Christianity.



Stone Age paintings. Observation, experience and imagination.



Stone Age instruments.


Design and Technology



Class Assembly

Sycamore’s Class assembly will take place on Wednesday 22nd November at 9.00am.  You are more than welcome to join us.


If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask. Thank you for your continuing support.

Mrs Sharp.