September is always a highly-anticipated and exciting time, as the new school year begins. Year 5 are beginning a new chapter in their lives at Combe, welcoming new pupils and changing classrooms and teachers, whilst Year 6 are starting out on their final year in primary school. This year, we also welcome Mr Ball and hope that he is very happy with us. Everyone has settled into their new roles at the top of the school with enthusiasm and a brilliant attitude; they have made a wonderful start in Swallows Class.

We have really hit the ground running this year, and are already immersed in this term’s class novel, Northern Lights by Philip Pullman, as well as our afternoon story, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Both of these books link to our big question: ‘What lies above our heads and beneath our feet?’. The children are bubbling with questions and facts all about space! We have learned about some extraordinary organisms called ‘extremophiles’, learnt some weird and wonderful facts about our solar system, and even toured the ISS on Google Earth.

PE days are Tuesdays and Thursdays and children are asked to come to school in their kit. Year 5 are swimming on Thursdays. For football, outdoor trainers are essential!

Homework is given on a Wednesday and returned to Miss McBride the following Wednesday. There are ten spellings on Readiwriter, a piece of written work on Google Classroom, and maths on Mathletics. Inspired by a variety of incentives, not to mention some fantastic new books in our reading corner and incredible non-fiction in the library, every child in Year 5 and 6 should be reading 5 times per week and filling in their Reading Records accordingly.

Welcome back to what I hope will be a brilliant year ahead and thank you in advance for your support.