Autumn Term

Welcome to the new academic year in Rousham Class! I hope you all had a lovely summer and managed to start to get back some sort of ‘normality’. It is so lovely to have all children back in school and have a full classroom again, I am excited for the year ahead.

This term’s topic is ‘Extreme Earth’. We will learn about extreme climates and weather, the water cycle, earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes. As artists and designers we shall be studying Hokusai’s The Great Wave and creating our own, creating tornado art, making clay animals and designing, making and evaluating a waterproof container. We will use percussion to create a storm composition and tell the story of a natural disaster.

In English we start the term learning about Gothic Fiction through Goth Girl. We will then learn about Blogs and Reports and Significant Authors using The Northern Lights by Philip Pullman, finally covering Poetic Language. In Maths we will be covering Place Value, Number and the Four Operations and Fractions. We will continue to make use of acquired skills and knowledge to solve a variety of mathematical problems and puzzles. There’s a lot to fit in this term!

Our class novel is Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. The children are welcome to bring in any personal copies.



 It is an expectation that children are read with regularly at home (both reading themselves and being read to), a set of questions and discussion prompts will be sent home to assist with this. Please record reading in children’s reading diaries. We expect that children read at home at least four times a week.

Maths homework is to work on a different KIRF (Key Instant Recall Fact) each term. You will receive a separate letter explaining this. Good knowledge of times tables makes maths a lot easier for pupils so please encourage your children to make good use of Times Tables Rockstars.

There will be no topic homework this term.


Class Rules

We want our class to be a fair and happy place, we have agreed the following:

  • We are A TEAM
  • We are POSITIVE
  • We RESPECT each other
  • We TRY our best
  • We are KIND
  • We are HONEST
  • We LISTEN to each other
  • We ENCOURAGE each other


PE will be on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, please ensure your child has the correct kit with them all week so they can take part. There is no swimming this term.

Please ensure that children bring in a freshly filled, labelled water bottle to school every day. We have drinking water in the class so children can refill their bottles during the day.

Please do get in touch if you have any questions or queries. Let’s hope for a ‘normal’ term!

Kind regards


Mrs Barnett

Rousham Class Teacher

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Cycle A Autumn 2020-2021

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