Our Big Question this term is ‘How do cities develop?’ which will take us around Oxford and to the Ancient Mayan cities of MesoAmerica. The children had to discover what our topic was by finding words hidden around our playground, this enabled them to conclude that we might be learning something about cities!

Our CCC focus (Creativity, Curiosity and Challenge) continues to allow all pupils to learn through a cross curricular approach that is meaningful and exciting. To enhance this we have booked a guided visit to the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford with a chance to explore some of the features of the city during the day. Later in the term we have the opportunity of learning Mayan Drumming culminating in a performance for parents.

PE days this term are Tuesdays (outdoor sports) and Thursdays (swimming). Please wear appropriate PE kit on these days and watch out for any changes on Class Dojo. In addition to this we aim to provide our children with ample opportunities to engage in physical activity so we plan to ‘Run Everyday’ on the days when PE is not taught as part of the curriculum. Please provide trainers daily and a change of footwear for the classroom.

Mathletics homework will be set every Wednesday, offering one week to complete tasks, before further tasks are presented. New spellings are taught on a Monday and are online on ‘Readiwriter’ for practice at home. These are tested the following Monday. An additional piece of ‘reading response’ homework is also set on Google Classroom for completion every Friday. We continue to encourage children to read at home at least 5 times a week, offering incentives for successful completion of this enjoyable challenge.