St Christopher's Catholic Primary School

Love One Another

Life at St Christopher's Catholic Primary School

 November 2019    

Dear Parents,


I hope you have all had a lovely break and are ready for the new half term leading up to Christmas.

Our theme this half term is ‘The North Pole’, which is linked to our Geography topic; Polar bears and penguins. Nearer Christmas we will change topics to ‘The Snowman’, by Raymond Briggs and then move onto ‘The Polar Express’.


Literacy: Focus: Poetry and non-fictional text; Please support your child by reading poems from different authors. We will be focusing on Poetry starting with ‘Bonfire Night’ and will then move onto both non-fictional and fictional texts linked to our North Pole topic. 

The children will continue with role play, paired talk, hot seating and retelling and will lead to sentence structure work.


Numeracy: Focus: Please support your children with addition problems to 10 and 20. 

Counting and number sequencing; continuing with number recognition to 100, one more, one less. Reading and writing numbers to 20.

Shapes: 2d shapes and carroll and venn diagrams. Lines of symmetry.

Calculations: looking at addition and subtraction using mental methods and a number line.


Creative: Our focus in Art and Design and Technology will focus around Fireworks and

Autumn, the children will use a variety materials, pastels, collage and paint, clay and salt dough to create leaf prints. Nearer Christmas time they will also have some craft based activities and create a pop up card. Please could you send your child in with a named old shirt/Apron for these activities which will be kept at school.


Science: Continuing with Animals; We will focus on fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. These will be linked through our Topic ‘Polar Bears and Penguins’. Science will be taught through a combination of practical and written work.


Computing: Focus; The children will begin their work on Active Learn which they will be shown during class sessions. Information regarding this and passwords for access will be sent out shortly.


Religion: The children will be focusing on celebrations, prayer and then moving on to Advent.


PE: PE will be on a Tuesday and Friday. The children will be using the gym equipment and apparatus.


Please can you ensure that the children have a full PE Kit this should consist of shorts, navy joggers in winter, white polo shirt and pumps. Please ensure that they bring them in at the beginning of each half term and that earrings are not worn on these days or tape is brought in to cover them. Thank you.


Homework: The children will receive homework on a Friday and can be handed in by Wednesday the following week.


Literacy: Children will still receive literacy homework linked to the sounds of the week.


Spellings: The children will have a spelling check on Friday morning.


Allow your child to sound out the word, let them blend it together and then ask them to write it down, do this twice for each spelling.


Numeracy: This week the children will begin to receive numeracy homework that is linked to what they have been learning in class that week.


Reading: Children will continue to receive books on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday, if you have any questions regarding reading please don’t hesitate to pop in to see us.


Home reading: Please can you ensure that you listen to your child read every night so that they can make rapid progression and ensure that their books are signed so that we know that they have read, if you have not been able to read please note this down also.


Nativity: We will begin our rehearsals on this years Nativity within the next few weeks. The play will be on Wednesday 11th December with showings at 1.45pm and 7.00pm, information on tickets will be sent out nearer the time  We will also let you know in due course whether we require any additional costumes for the play.


Theme Day: There will be a theme day in our last week of term which will be linked to the Polar Express, a letter will go out about this nearer the time.


Any questions or queries please make an appointment with the Office or you may pop in after school.


Yours sincerely


Mrs Tibble and Mrs Lockett