Eagles Autumn Curriculum Newsletter – The Vicious Vikings!

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Welcome back to you all after our long summer break. The children are settling in well to the new routines and higher expectations in Eagles Class.

With regard to homework, we have produced a home learning menu of tasks based around our new topic. This arrangement proved successful last year as children were able to choose their home learning to suit their individual tastes. Children can select an activity each week from a menu of writing, maths, art, DT, science and topic work. We also expect the children to be reading on a daily basis, at least twice a week aloud to an adult and that children complete a reading journal task once a week. The reading journals will be used for assessment purposes for all the children so it is essential that all handwriting is neatly presented and always legible.

Teaching arrangements are that Mrs Davies will be working in Eagles all day on Mondays, and Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursday mornings. Mrs Tsapparelli will be working in Eagles on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Mrs Holbrook will be teaching the class French Friday mornings. Mrs Brennan will be supporting the children on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. In addition Mrs Brennan (in her HLTA role) will be leading computing lessons across all classes in the afternoons. As part of the new Computing Curriculum children will also be introduced to new units including coding, using spread sheets and revising e-safety rules. This will include learning how to keep themselves safe at school and at home; with a particular emphasis on not sharing photos on social media sites.

Our cross curricular topic for this term is a 'The Vicious Vikings'. This will have a geography and history focus. In PSHE we will be tackling issues such as equal opportunities and diversity using the Citizenship Foundation website ‘Go Givers’. These topics will relate to our understanding of the Christian virtues and preparing children for living in 21st century Britain. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email us at school on office@framfieldcep.e-sussex.sch.uk

Kind regards, Mrs Davies and Mrs Tsapparelli


Numeracy Units

We will be following the New Curriculum, with its higher expectations; preparing children to feel confident to apply number facts in reasoning and problem solving tasks (see handout of themes covered in years 5/6 curriculum). There is a heavy emphasis on knowing all multiplication tables and associated division facts up to 12 x 12. Subjects for this term are:

  • Place value, up to 1 000 000, rounding to nearest 100/ 1000, negative numbers
  • Decimals up to 3 decimal places, x10, 100, 1000
  • Four operations, bigger numbers in problem solving tasks
  • Prime numbers
  • Statistics, line graphs, pie charts, finding averages


Our text for this term is ‘Viking Boy’ by Tony Bradman. This action-packed story will form the context for all our writing genres and skills practise. This term we will focus on creating compound and complex sentence. The children will how to use clauses and phrases correctly. Spellings, punctuation and grammar skills will be taught on a daily basis. New spelling patterns/word lists will be taught on Mondays for a test the following Monday. New words will be sent home on Tuesdays in a small yellow book. Please ensure these books are back in school every Monday.


The units for this term are Electricity and Light. We will learn symbols and draw circuit diagrams whilst investigating variables in
circuits. The New Curriculum has a big focus on investigation.


House captains and deputies are:

Ash: Bobbie/Daniel
Beech: Shannon/Toby
Chestnut: Lucy/Max
Oak: Evie/Pippin/Alex

The children also have responsibilities for leading games in the playground and library duties.

Cross curricular topic (Geography,
History, Art, DT, Music) - Vicious Vikings

We will be asking: Who were the Vikings? We will look at where in the world the Vikings came from and where they travelled to. The children will learn about Viking culture and beliefs including sagas about gods and goddesses. In art we are doing Viking weaving. In music lessons the children are learning songs about Viking gods. We have devised home learning tasks related to aspects of this topic
which the children should find engaging!

Physical Education

PE for this term will consist of dance and drama with Mrs Davies on Mondays and games skills with Mark Potter on Wednesday
afternoons. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school all week and brings a water bottle to school every day.

Religious Education

Themes for this term will be: ‘Jesus the healer and miracle worker’ and ‘Jesus the Light of the world’. As we approach Christmas we will study the story from different accounts in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.