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Reading is a powerful learning tool and can aid many different areas within your children's learning journeys. It supports their spelling, develops creativity and imagination and develops their comprehension. It is an essential skill across all areas of the curriculum from English to maths, so it is important to support your child in this area and encourage them to read as much as possible. This is a great time to spend time with your child as it is great to be able to share stories together.


Even though old fashioned in its appearance, being able to recall times table facts quickly is crucial in Maths. It makes many areas easier to grasp including; fractions, division, area, shape and many more. We practise lots at school, but, as your children now need to be fluent in all of the times tables up to 12 x 12, it is important for them to practise at home and to be tested on these regularly to keep them fresh in their minds.


Children will be set weekly spellings. These will generally be sent out on a Monday to be learned for a test on the Friday of the same week. Can you please encourage your child to practise their spellings for at least ten minutes a day using the look, cover, write, check approach. This will support them when it comes to statutory spelling tests later in the year.


Alongside their spellings and times table practise, the children will need to complete one of the tasks from the new Homework Grid (see attached file - there is also one in your child's homework book).

Your child needs to complete 1 home learning activity a week, it is up to you and your child to choose which one you would like to do and when to complete it. All activities are rewarded with different amounts of Dojo points depending on the difficulty. When you have completed an activity, please could you colour the box in, add the date and bring into class to share your child’s achievements.


It is really important that your child completes their tasks as independently as possible with an adult supporting and facilitating their learning journey.


If you have any concerns regarding your child's homework, feel free to catch me for a chat on the playground after school.


Thank you


Spring Term Curriculum Overview

Happy New Year!


Welcome back to school, I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas!

This term is set to be a busy one, with lots of learning ahead of us.


Our topic for this term is Brazil, which will be split over the two halves of the term by looking at the country, the people and the economy during the first half term, and studying the Amazon Rainforest during the second half of the term. This will link with our science where will will be learning about 'All Living Things'.


We have a lot to cover this half term, so it will be important to be in school on time ready to start the day as promptly as possible.


As always, if you have any concerns or wish to discuss your child's learning with me, feel free to catch me at the end of the day or by 9 o'clock in the morning. I am always on the playground after school Tuesday to Friday (Monday is my planning and assessment time and I am not in the building on this afternoon).


In the interest of supporting independence this term, please try to say your goodbyes in the playground in the morning and enable your children to enter the school building by themselves. 




Mr Elliott

Archaeology Week


We have been learning about archaeologists and their jobs this week in school. Fox Tor have learned about what their job entails and how they go about finding and recording objects and how they piece together clues from their finds to help them understand more about our history.


We had a great time Mark and Amy's on Tuesday morning.

The class made many amazing finds including two Victorian coins, a perfume bottle, fragments of a clay pipe, an old key and many fragments of china and pottery. The children carefully removed the items from the ground and cleaned them up in order to help them work out what they were.


The objects that have been found as a school will be put on display after half term in a 'pop-up museum' in school for all to look at.


Welcome to Fox Tor!


Welcome back to a new school year. I still can't get used to referring to the Year 5/6 class as Fox Tor and not Great Links! 

Although it has been a classroom change for some children, we have all settled well into our new learning space.


This is set to be a busy term, with a school trip (hopefully) and some outside visitors coming to provide us with exciting insights into out topic work.


Our Topic across the school this term is The Romans. Please see the Autumn Term overview to get an idea of what your children will be studying this term.

Any Concerns?


As always, if you should have any worries or concerns about your child/children or the work we are doing in Fox Tor, please feel free to catch me after school. I am slowly learning the faces of the Year 5 parents - bear with me and I'll get there!

I am always out on the playground after school Tuesday - Friday (Monday is my planning and assessment time and so I am not in school).


Mr Elliott.

Class Dojo

We will hopefully be using Class Dojo within the classroom this year as a positive reward scheme. The children will be able to earn points during the day for different aspects of their learning, which they will be able to trade in for a range of quirky rewards from spending time with a friend playing games at the end of the day to being able to use my chair for the day instead of their usual one!


At the moment we are experiencing issues with the Class Dojo site, but we should be back up and running soon!


Update: Class Dojo is now up and running, so we will be using this in class from this week!