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Manor Court CommunityPrimary School and Pre-School


Herons class

Miss Thompson and Mrs Nadeau

Welcome to Herons with Miss Thompson and Mrs Nadeau. We’re looking forward to starting 2023 with an exciting, learning-filled term.  


In English, we will be reading lots of brilliant texts to inspire a whole range of writing. We’ll begin by focusing on Greek myths, which will complement our history topic of the Greeks, and we’ll use these tales to write our own mythical ending to Eurydice and Orpheus. We will also use ‘The Magic Box’ poem by Kit Wright, Skellig by David Almond and The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt as a basis for several other genres including a diary, persuasive letters and balanced arguments.  

In Maths, we’ll continue working on arithmetic and problem-solving daily. Our first topic will be measurement, followed by area and perimeter, algebra, geometry and statistics.  


During the first half of this term, we’ll learn about the Ancient Greeks in History and the impact that they have had on society today. We’ll compare their legacy to that of the Romans which we learnt about in Year 4. In the second half of the term, we’ll move on to Geography and we’re going to learn about trade around the world and where we get some of our resources from. We’ll think about Fairtrade and how it helps the producers. This links to Year 5 learning about settlements. 


In Science, we will cover animals including humans in which we’re going to learn about the circulatory system, the impact of exercise and the way that nutrients and water are carried around the body. This builds on previous learning from earlier years and we will be visited by a nurse during one of our lessons.  


We’ll also be busy in the other subjects: in Computing, we’ll be learning how to model in 3D using Tinkercad; we’ll make felt phone cases using blanket stitch in DT; we’ll create vases based on Greek pottery in art; and we’ll focus on positive relationships in PSHE. PE will be twice a week, covering four different sports across the term, and Mrs Gomes will continue to teach Portuguese.  


Weekly Maths and English homework will be set and collected on Tuesdays and children should read 5 times a week.