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Gatcombe Park Primary School

Teamwork - Respect - Aim High

Barn Owl

Mr Price

Welcome to Barn Owls!


Mr Price, Mrs Hobby and Miss Russell



Well, the first thing to say is Happy New Year and Welcome Back! It is so brilliant to see you all back in school again.  smiley yes


This term, we are reading Kensuke's Kingdom, by Michael Morpurgo and will be hooking our writing to the events, themes and characters of the book.  Reading fluency and comprehension are continuing key skills we will work on and develop.  Our writing skills will build on those learnt and applied in the Autumn Term - we will become more confident writers of a range of sentences for effect, develop vocabulary choices and be effective appraisers of the effect of our writing on the intended reader.


In Maths, we are exploring numbers up to at least 1,000,000 and understanding their place value.  We will continue to develop understanding of scaling - the effect of multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. This will include working with decimals (tenths and hundredths) too.  The four calculations and the range of visual and written methods will be key in all our work.  All our Maths will link to real life situations as appropriate, so we are confident and familiar with a range of measures.  DON'T FORGET.... knowledge of times table is VERY important, so keep using TTRockstars to ensure rapid recall of all times tables.


Our curriculum project has a History focus and our key enquiry is around investigating whether the reputation of the Vikings is fair! We will investigate their invasion of the UK and the reasons behind their behaviour.  The effect of their decisions to rampage will be researched, discussed and reasoned about.  In Art, we will learn how to create drawings with perspective and use textiles to support the detail of our drawings.  Is Science, reversible and irreversible changes will be explored.  All in all, it will be a fabulous half term! 



  • PE - YOUR CHILD WILL NFORM YOU OF OUR PE DAYS, AS THEY MAY CHANGE DURING THE TERM.  your child may come to school in PE kit on these days - black/grey joggers/leggings or cycling shorts/shorts as the weather warms up, trainers.  TOP HALF AS NORMAL FOR SCHOOL UNIFORM - polo shirt and school sweatshirt/cardigan.
  • Home learning - reading every evening and please complete reading log.  Please make sure this comes home and returns to school every day. Thank you.
  • Home learning - Spelling and Maths activities on See-Saw - children all have log-ins for this home learning platform.  Please upload by Thursday each week.
  • What to bring to school each day - Lunch box (unless your child is having a school packed lunch) and water bottle. home learning pack (reading book, reading log, spelling booklet)
  • Library day - Alternate Tuesdays  - your child will let you know when our first session is this term.  While in the library,  your child will chose a book they have an interest in.  Please find time to share it with them!  Thank you.



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