Dear Parents and Carers,
Happy New Year! We hope that you enjoyed the winter break and are looking forward to the Spring term!
Our topic this half term is Europe which is a geography based topic. The children will have plenty of opportunities to extend their geographical and cultural knowledge and develop their skills in map reading. They will also engage in ‘hands on’ learning through art and ICT. We will learn about the varied landscapes of Europe, with a focus on France, and about the art, traditions, and cultures of France and other European countries. We have organised some exciting events to support this learning. Our science topic will be Sound.
English and Maths
In English we will exploring narrative fiction and non-fiction. Maths will continue to build on children’s knowledge of key maths skills. We would appreciate your support in practising times tables regularly at home as this will be a focus this term. Children can use the links on the school’s VLE to support this.
Music this term will be on Tuesday afternoons and children will be learning the recorder with a teacher from Camden Music Service.
PE and swimming this term will be on Monday afternoons. Dornfell will still be swimming and Ravenshaw will continue to have PE until 4th February. From the 11th February Ravenshaw will be swimming and Dornfell will do PE until the end of the year.
Home learning will use Mathletics. Children should continue learning times tables, and spellings, including doing spelling practice sheets. This will be set weekly and checked every Monday.
Reading at Home
It is vital that children are reading at home independently and with an adult. Please set aside 15 minutes for reading every day and ensure they bring their reading book and reading record to school. Various rewards, such as certificates and free books are used to encourage them.
Beckford is a healthy school. Please provide a healthy packed lunch. Your child may also bring in a labelled water bottle.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that school starts at 9 o’clock and children should be coming into school before this time ready to start the day. Gates open at 8.50am. Make-up and jewellery, apart from stud earrings and a watch are not allowed. We also expect children to be in school uniform every day.
Thank you for your continued support. If you should have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Debbie O’Brien, Lysander Code and Frank Seago