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Gatcombe Park Primary School

Teamwork - Respect - Aim High


Welcome to Goldfinch!

Mrs Webber and Mrs Dickens




Welcome back for an action-packed Autumn term!


Creative Curriculum

How did Portsmouth protect itself during World War 2?

This topic will take us back to an important part of Portsmouth's history, where the children will be able to experience hands-on what it was like to live during WW2, beginning with a trip to Fort Nelson. They will also be exploring what Portsmouth's role was during WW2. From there the class will be investigating how different aspects of lives were affected and what people did to protect themselves. This will involve some practical STEM work.


Guided Reading

This half term, Goldfinch will be reading 'The Firework-Maker's Daughter' by Philip Pullman.

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Lila dreams to become a firework-maker, just like her father. In order to become a true firework-maker, she sets off alone on a perilous journey to reach the terrifying Fire-Fiend. She travels through jungles alive with crocodiles, snakes, monkeys and pirates, and climbs up the scolding volcano. On finding the Fire-Fiend, she realises more is at stake than she ever imagined. Will Lila survive? Lila’s is the kind of magical adventure that all children dream of and the gripping story of the fleet-footed heroine will livelong in the memory of anyone who enters her world.



In Literacy, the children will be getting into role as characters from The Firework-Maker's Daughter to produce some exciting pieces of writing.



This half term, the focus will be on place value and addition and subtraction.


Important Information:

PE - Monday and Friday (make sure your kit is in school)

Homework- to be handed in every Tuesday



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