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Unit 4 Autumn 2 Newsletter

Home Learning and Supporting the Curriculum at home

Please take time to read this half term’s Knowledge Organisers. These are designed for you to use to support your child’s learning at home. They set out clearly what we expect children to learn and remember in that subject. Please use them at home to reinforce and help embed your child’s learning.

Weekly Spelling Practice: Spellings are set every Friday on Spelling Shed.

Weekly Maths with be set on Maths Shed every Friday also.

Times tables should practiced  at least 3 times a week at home.

Reading: Please read for 15 minutes every day – you can quiz at home on Accelerated Reader.

TEAMs:  A creative piece of work around World War 1. Further information is available on TEAMs.

Reading records

We are sending your child home with a reading record book, we would like the children to record when they read their book and for how many pages. The record books will be used in and out of school. When your child reads aloud with you, please feel free to write a comment. These records will be looked at by a member of staff weekly.

We are trialling this new idea in the hope that these will encourage all children to read in and out of school to continue their love of reading.


This half term we will be doing gymnastics and dance during our PE lessons:

Kestrels and Eagles PE day is Thursday, Hawks PE day is Friday

Please ensure that your child is wearing their full PE kit into school on the correct day.

School Value

This half term, we are learning about Responsibility. We all need to be responsible so that our friends know they can rely on us. This helps us to be Good Citizens.

British Value

This half term, in our Class Assemblies and PSHE lessons, we are learning about the British Value of Tolerance, by understanding about different cultures and accepting others opinions.

Our Curriculum

Children in Key Stage 1 and 2 will enjoy a long and short enquiry each half term.

Long Enquiries

A long enquiry typically lasts five weeks and allows us to teach a subject, such as history, in depth. Clear expectations of what will be learned, is shared with parents and pupils through a Knowledge Organiser.  At the end of the work, we plan to use Enquiry Quizzes on our iPads to see how much each child has remembered.

Short Enquiries

A short enquiry can last anything from 1 – 3 days and adds breadth to our curriculum.

Our first Learning Enquiry this term is History, exploring why other nationalities from within the British Empire fought for Britain in World War One, the Knowledge Organiser for this will be on Teams and on the school website. Please use it to reinforce and repeat the learning at home.


This half term in Maths Year 5 are exploring money, negative numbers and short multiplication and division.

The Year 6 children are going to be exploring subtraction using their knowledge of structure, multiples of 1000, numbers up to 10,000 and composing and  decomposing shapes.

All the children are going to be using concrete resources, visual images and representations to support them with their learning.


We are starting off the half term by exploring an informative text through our high-quality book: ‘Alastair Humphreys’ Great Adventurers’. We are going to be writing our own informative pieces of writing about great adventurers. In the second half of the half term, we are going to be writing our own Christmas stories based on ‘Christmas Tales’.

Dates to remember

Wednesday 15th December—Christmas lunch (details to follow)

Friday 17th December—Christmas jumper day and last day of term

Tuesday 4th January—School returns.


Please continue to contact the school office by email or phone 01803 607075 with any questions or queries. Or see our website

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Preston Primary School Academy
Old Paignton Road

01803 607075