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Welcome to Galaxy Class!


We hope you all had a good half term. Welcome Back


Our new learning experience this term is called ‘Carnival Time’. The children will learn about the history of Somerset carnivals and about carnivals around the world; they will have a visit from a multimedia carnival group to support and inspire this learning. They will work in teams to develop a design for a carnival float and make this using and applying their scientific knowledge of lights, motors and pulleys. Their learning will inspire the writing of explanation texts and poetry. To end this learning experience and to celebrate their carnival float designs, the floats will be “judged” by experts from the Carnivals in Somerset Promotion Project. Please refer to the curriculum newsletter for further information.


Take home task:

Choose from one, or even more, of the following. Alternatively, choose something of your own – get creative!

  • Produce a poem about a carnival
  • Draw/make a Carnival float
  • Produce a PPT about Somerset Carnivals or other Carnivals from around the World.
  • Write a recount of a visit to a Carnival
  • Make a Carnival mask

Hand in date: Monday 11th December 2017


We will be doing PE on a Wednesday and we will be swimming on a Friday. Please ensure that the children have all of the correct kit in school on these days and that long hair is tied back. It would be appreciated if children can have both trainers and daps as part of their kit so they have the appropriate footwear for both indoor and outdoor PE. We do not allow the children to wear earrings for PE so please can they be removed on these days or taped over.


Numeracy homework is given out on a Friday and due in the following Wednesday. Your child should be able to complete this work independently as it will be based on work they have already done in class. It is also beneficial if all children regularly practice their times tables facts in order to improve speed of recall. This is a focus this year and children will be tested weekly through ‘Times Table Olympics’ to ensure that recall is quick and accurate. (No counting up on fingers allowed)


Children will be given 10 spellings per week for them to focus on both in school and at home; they must practise these spellings and be able to understand the word and write it in a sentence in their spelling homework book. On Wednesdays, these words will be tested. You will also find a copy of the Year 5/6 spelling on the inside cover of their spelling book should you wish to practice further words.


We are also encouraging all children to read to an adult at home; this needs to be recorded into the children's reading records. It is very important for the children to read regularly and understand their reading so that they can take the Accelerated Reader quizzes within school. When your child gets 85% or above in these quizzes, they are rewarded with a star which is put onto the class chart. We are aiming for 100 stars so that we can have a class treat!

We will be adding photos, news and pieces of work regularly to this page so make sure you come back soon.

Thanks for visiting.





Miss Outram and Mrs Conway



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Open morning for new reception children starting Sept 2018 is Saturday 18th November 10am -12pm