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The Weird and Wonderful



Welcome back to the Summer Term from Mrs Bagnall and Mrs Morris, your class teachers in Onyx class.  Mrs Bagnall teaches on a Monday,  Tuesday and Wednesday morning and Mrs Morris teaches on Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday.  Mrs Pike also works alongside the children in class, helping them with their activities and learning.


Our topic for the Summer term is ‘The Weird and Wonderful Victorians’ and we have a lot of exciting learning and activities to look forward to.


We started the year learning about the famous Victorian inventor, Isambard Kingdom Brunel.  This term we will learn all about daily life in the era in which he lived.  The children will learn about Victorian schools, homes, clothes, holidays, transport, food and much more!  We are also very excited to be visiting Sevington Victorian School during term 5.  The culmination of the year’s learning will happen in term 6 when we will visit Brunel’s famous flagship- the SS Great Britain.


In Writing, the children will continue to work on handwriting, punctuation, spelling and grammar .  We will be doing some personal recount writing in the form of diary entries, postcards and news writing.  We will link this to our topic as we travel back in time. We will also continue to develop our comprehension skills in reading by asking and answering questions about what we have read.


In Maths, we will consolidate our calculation skills in addition, subtraction,  multiplication and division. We will be learning about money and measurement. We will use these skills to help us solve reasoning problems. 


In Science, we will be learning about plants.  We will be doing some planting and taking part in experiments to find out what a healthy plant needs to grow.  We will also learn about the different parts of a plant. 


There is a link to our curriculum map on this page for information about the other subjects we will be learning about.


PE is on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please ensure that your child has a change of t-shirt, shorts (joggers can be worn during chillier weather) and suitable PE shoes (daps). T-shirts should be white and shorts should be black. All items of your child’s school uniform and PE kit should be clearly named.


Below is some guidance which will support you and your child in making good progress throughout the year:

· Asking them about what they have learned about in school that day.

· Discussing the topics that are being covered together.

· Reading about the topics at home.

· Visiting the library to find out more about the topics for the term.

· Bringing anything relevant into school to share with the class if your child would like to.

· Practising spellings (see list below)

· Learning times tables and helping with your child’s maths target.


All children should be reading at home DAILY and bringing their reading records to school every day to change their books. Please sign your child's reading record each time they read at home.


The children can change their reading books by popping them into the reading book box in the mornings. Feel free to talk to us or write a message in your child’s reading record if you feel their reading book is too easy or too challenging.



Thank you for your continued support. Please do pop in to see us if you have any questions regarding your child's progress or wellbeing.

Chatter Topics

How long ago was the Victorian era?

What do you know about Queen Victoria?

What were schools like in the Victorian era?

What were homes like?

Where did they go on holiday?

What clothes did they wear?

What was transport like?



Websites to support your learning...
Below is a link to the NSPCC website. This is not only a good website for information but also some super activities and games for children.