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Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to the new and exciting second half of the autumn term. Our new topic is 'Inventors' and we will be putting on our 'lab coats' for science as we learn about some amazing inventions and try out some activities with electricity and electrical circuits. We will also be creating our own inventions and researching some people who helped to make everyday life and tasks easier with their amazing ideas.

Our swimming lessons will still take place every Thursday. Please ensure that your child has a swimming cap, an appropriate swimsuit and a towel. Our additional P.E. lesson will take place on Friday afternoon. Children will require black or dark blue jogging bottoms/leggings/shorts and a Paddocks Primary P.E. t-shirt and jumper (if it is chilly). Trainers and plimsolls are also required, to allow for P.E. indoors and outdoors. It is getting a bit chilly as winter is approaching, however, we will still aim to head outside for some fresh air and activity as often as is possible, so please make sure that your child has suitable warm P.E. attire.

Just as a reminder, homework will be given every Friday and should be handed in by the following Thursday. Your child will have a variety of tasks related to literacy, maths, science, spelling, reading comprehension and grammar and punctuation. These tasks will usually be a revision of what has been learned in class, however, it will occasionally be a starting point for future learning; regardless of the task, all Mrs. Hazelwood and I ask is that the children 'have a go' and try their best, as we want the children to enjoy completing homework, and see it as a fun challenge, rather than as a 'chore'.

Lastly, as requested by some parents last term, please see below some terminology that we have been/will be continuously using throughout our literacy sessions this year, which may be useful for you at home.  We will also be sending home a 'Top Tips for Comprehension' help sheet in homework books, which you will be able to use when you are reading with your child at home, or while they are completing comprehension tasks at home.


verb: an action word   

Giovanni ran across the field. 

noun: a person, place or thing

The cat slept peacefully.     

adjective: describes a noun

The spotty, red tablecloth covered all of the table.

adverb: describes how, when or where an action took place

Sienna jumped joyfully.

Sienna left later.

fronted adverbial: an adverb that occurs at the beginning or 'front' of a sentence.

conjunction: a word used to connect words, clauses or sentences; there are subordinating and coordinating conjunctions (see helpful sheets in homework books)

clause: a sentence/group of words that makes sense on its own, containing at least a noun (main subject of the sentence) and a verb

Betty jumped.

The horse galloped across the field.

phrase: a group of words used to add meaning to a clause, which do not make sense on their own

after some time had passed                              in the garden                        because she was hungry

simple sentence: a sentence which has just one independent clause.

Gregory enjoys playing tennis.

compound sentence:  a sentence that has two independent clauses

I found the clothes in the attic and I saw a large mouse.

complex sentence: a sentence which has a main clause and a subordinate clause

After the Cubs defeated the Raptors, they held a huge party.


I hope this has all been helpful!

If you have any further questions or concerns or need to contact me, you can see me directly or e-mail me at:

 Thank you very much for your time and support.

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs. T. Gaffney