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Dear Parents,


Happy New Year and welcome back to a new term.

Another big thank you to all the children and parents for your very generous and kind Christmas gifts and greetings.

Class Curriculum Letters and Topics for the term

Classes 1 and 2 are focussing on Traditional Tales; Toys in History and later in term, Kenya.

Class 1 and 2 trip to Bowes Museum Barnard Castle. Children have letters and consent slips in their bags today.

Class 3 is studying the country of India and Class 4 is exploring Central and South America and the Mayan Culture from history. A visit to a Jewish Synagogue is also being planned for KS2 – more details to follow.

Each class teacher has outlined other topic areas to be covered and days for class PE in the curriculum letters sent home today. Homework continues to go home on a Friday to be returned by Wednesday.

Please do not hesitate to ask your class teacher if you are unsure about anything.

Durham University Teacher training

We continue to work closely with Durham University to provide placements for students training to teach. Miss Galloway will be working alongside Miss Jenkins in Class 2 for the next 5 weeks.

How can I support my child in making good progress in their learning?

Reading – please hear your child read as often as possible. As they move into years 4, 5 and 6 please ensure your child is still reading regularly and independently; ask them questions about their books and check they understand tricky words.


Maths and learning times tables Learning times tables is an area in which you can really help your child make progress in Maths. The curriculum states that::


By the end of Year 2 children should know: x2, x5, x10 tables. . 2 x 7= 14; 10÷2=5

By the end of Year 3 children should also know x3, x4, x 8 tables 4x8= 32; 64÷8=8

By the end of Year 4 your child needs to know all their tables to x12  mixed up, with a quick response:  8x9=  7x8=  9x7= . The equivalent division bond is also important: 72÷8 =    56÷7=   63÷9=


If your child is in Year 5 and 6 they need to be fluent and confident in their times tables knowledge to x12.


Maths websites to help 


Apps for Times Tables Learning

Bubble  Pop Multiplication

Squeebles Times Tables


Clubs start in the week beginning Monday 16th January (apart from Rural Challenge which begins on Thursday or Friday 12th/13th January)

Club booking letters are in book bags tonight and can also be downloaded from the website. The most popular clubs will be operating a waiting list system and we will change after half term. If you can help with any of our Clubs please have a word with me or the teacher concerned.

Y6 SATs Club on Tuesday

Starting on Tuesday 17th January, we hope that all of our Y6 children will be able to stay till 4.15pm to help them to prepare for their Year 6 tests.

Year 6 SATs week 2017 Monday 8th – Thursday 11th May

Year 6 SATs Parents Meeting Wednesday 18th January at 6pm. This is for parents of Year 6 children – please put the date in your diary and make it a priority.


BBC Bitesize Website for Y6 Revision


Sports Premium money

This term it is funding Year 5/6 Gymnastics Club; and curriculum gymnastics for Y5/6.It is also funding the competition structure for upcoming events in KS2 (more details to follow on Cross Country, Football, Tennis and Gymnastics).

Diary Dates for this term

A full list of diary dates has been sent home today. This includes Class Assembly dates and Parent Teacher Consultation dates after half term. More detailed information on events will follow.

Parish News

Rev Yvonne would like to invite everyone to the Open2All Service for Epiphany this Sunday 8th January at 3pm. This is a ‘Sensory Epiphany’ with lots of activities for children and all ages, followed by refreshments.


Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.


Yours sincerely,



Nicola Dobson

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