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                                Teacher:                         Teaching Assistant:

                             Miss Bradley                           Miss Staples                 


Welcome back to a new, unique and hopefully exciting (for the right reasons) year in Hawthorn Class! We are really looking forward to welcoming you all back to school. This term we are focussing on Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings - posing the question 'Who did the most to advance Britain?' We will be exploring their leaders, daily lives and some of their more gruesome history! We will also be learning about Materials and their properties in science, Place Value in mathematics and we will be taking some time to keep in touch with our emotions and feelings. It's all going to be new when you start back so hopefully we can help you to settle back in to the daily routine of school easily.




Who did the most to advance Britain?

This term we will be learning all about the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings. We will center our learning around these key questions;

Who were the Anglo-Saxon and where did they come from?

How did the kingdoms differ from each other?

What evidence shows how daily life was different for Anglo-Saxon classes?

What did the Kings do to improve life for the Anglo-Saxons?

Do you agree Alfred the Great deserved his title?

What was life like for the Vikings?

Who did the Vikings worship?

What examples can you find linked to Viking lives in England?

Did the Vikings deserve their reputation?


We will learn, research and practically explore through artefacts numerous facts about these two groups of people which will culminate in a double page spread which celebrates all of our learning. Get ready for a quiz too!


Topic Maps

Please use the page links below to download copies of the topic overview for each term.


Please use the page links below to download copies of the termly newsletter

Creative Homework Topics

Please use the page links below to download copies of the creative homework projects


PRIDE at Snape Wood Primary


Super Points have been replaced with PRIDE points. At Snape Wood, we believe that every child should feel proud to be a part of our school and so we have introduced PRIDE points. Each letter represents an aspect of our school values:


P - Positive attitude

R - Respectful

I - Inquisitive

D - Determination

E - Empathy


We use Class Dojo to record when your child receives a pride point.


We will be using Class Dojo in the classroom to record PRIDE points. Children can still collect points and spend them in the PRIDE points shop. You can also follow what's happening in our classroom by signing up to our Class Dojo app using a code which we can provide for you in a letter. This way, you can track your child's achievements from your phone as and when they happen. If you require a letter to see your child's Class Dojo progress, please pop in and ask Miss Eckersley.


Helpful Websites support your child at home


Here are  some ideas for how to work with your child at home to support the skills they need at school. I have included documents about supporting your child in reading, writing and with their speaking and listening skills. I have also included a recommended reading list, which contains a variety of age appropriate fiction books to help inspire a love of reading. It is vital that home and school work together to help children reach their full potential. I hope that this will give you a few ideas about how this can be achieved. Please let me know if you have found this useful or have any further questions.


Click on the links below to see the support pages.






  • Reading diaries should be in school everyday.

  • Pupils should read for at least 20 minutes everyday and record this in their diaries.

  • Spellings are tested weekly. You can find this weeks spellings below.

  • Maths homework is also given weekly. These can be found below.

  • The deadline for topic homework can be found on the homework sheet (see links in Creative Homework Topic section).

  • The shared Class 4 and 5 cloakroom will now, due to health and safety, be cleared out at the end of every week. Any property will be bagged and stored until the end of each half term. If property is not collected by this time it will be donated to charity. Please ask if you would like to look through for missing items.

  • Look out for more information regarding trips and upcoming events in the class and whole school newsletters


Reading is really important at Snape Wood. We want all children to become confident readers, who enjoy reading for pleasure. To support us in this, please make sure you read with your child for at least fifteen minutes a day and write this in your child’s reading diary. When your child reads 10, 20, 30 and 50 books, they will receive a certificate.



In Hawthorns, we follow the behaviour traffic light system. All children start the day on green. If a child breaks one of our school rules they are given a reminder and asked to change their behaviour. If the child does not correct their behaviour we move their name down to orange. If there is still no improvement the child's name is moved to red.  Children are given the opportunity to move up the traffic light system and we encourage children to work their way back up to green. If a child is on red and their behaviour does not improve they are sent for timeout in another classroom. 


Red cards are sent home if a child is on red at the end of the day or if they display extreme behaviour. If your child brings home a red card, please take the opportunity to talk to your child about their behaviour and sign and return the card.


Green cards are sent home on a Friday to children that have displayed positive behaviour and finished the week without receiving a red card. It is an opportunity for both school and parents to celebrate positive behaviour. The children really enjoy receiving the cards and look forward to bringing them home. If you sign and return your child's green card, they are entered into a prize draw. 

Helpful Online Sites For Children




The English area of the Bitesize website is packed with activities and questions 
to help you prepare for the National Tests in English. 


These revision pages have been put together by Woodlands Junior School to 
help students with their revision. 


You might like to try some spelling practise on this BBC spelling site




For spelling practice, Ambleside Primary offer an automated Look, Cover, Write, Check 
word bank. Really useful for brushing up on Key Stage 2 spellings.



This site will help with the new spelling, grammar and punctuation tests (you may need to make an account).





Get your head around addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Take a 
visit to Gere's Bike Shop and help them read their graphs and charts. Practise 
working out the mode, median and mean for a set of numbers. Take a look at 
time, mass and capacity. Investigate the properties of different shapes. Get your 
brain ticking with some mental maths questions. 


A daily practise to keep those brain cells sharp


Practise your tables with the games and activities on this fun site. 



Helpful online sites For Parents



Skillswise aims to help adults improve their reading, writing and maths skills. It 
is targeted at Level 1 of the adult Basic Skills Literacy & Numeracy 
Curriculums for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 



The School Run is a great website which offers free help on understanding grammar

terminology, as well as tips for how to help your child with their revision. There is also

an option to pay to upgrade to have access to their full collection of resources, too:


Grammar Glossary: 

Additional Websites - Games and Learning