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Autumn 2017


Dear parents and carers of the new Class 5,

I hope you’ve had a great summer. We’ve had some fabulous weather and some dreadful weather too – but it wouldn’t be North Devon without it!

I am very happy to welcome you back to the new academic year at St. Helen’s.

In the first half term we will be learning about a variety of opposing forces such as magnets as well as the Viking invasion of Britain and Boudica’s resistance.

Our learning during the first half term will focus on Science, History, PSHE and RE and will, hopefully, be lots of fun!

Here are a few important pieces of information for the Autumn term:

  • Art is on a Thursday afternoon with Ms Hawkins in the first half term – CHILDREN MUST HAVE SUITABLE PROTECTIVE CLOTHING IN SCHOOL!
  • PE is on Thursday afternoon with Mr Waldron in the second half term – CHILDREN MUST HAVE A FULL PE KIT IN SCHOOL!
  • PE in the first half term may take place on different days so please keep your PE kit in school.
  • Homework is due in every Friday. Homework is monitored and recorded every week.
  • Reading diaries are monitored and recorded every week.
  • Please make sure you read emails and weekly updates and visit the school website frequently to stay informed about what is happening in school.
  • NO PENCIL CASES or stationery from home to be brought in to school please.
  • Likewise, other distracting items or toys are not to be brought in to school and will be confiscated if they are.
  • COATS however, are very necessary, as are wellie boots and waterproof clothing – you’ve heard the saying ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather – just bad clothing!’ Children will sometimes go outside in wet weather so please make sure they are suitably equipped. If children are not suitably equipped for wet playtimes, outdoor learning, art or PE they may not be able to take part. PLEASE ENSURE ALL ITEMS ARE NAMED.
  • Seating plan – a great deal of thought goes into the seating plan. It is always my aim that children are positioned so they are able to achieve their best possible learning. This involves both feeling happy and being able to focus. Please note that children are not grouped by ‘ability’ or for any reason other than to provide them with the best possible learning environment.

If you have any concerns or queries at any time, please pop in and speak to me or make an appointment via the school office.

Best wishes,

Claire Lewis

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