Welcome to Attenborough Class

Autumn 2022


Welcome to Attenborough! We are going to have a fun and busy Autumn term.

Our Autumn term topic is Stone Age to Iron Age which we have already began through our prehistoric art work. After our initial class mini topic on David Attenborough, our Community ambassador, we look forward to exploring prehistory in our history lessons and after half term, we shall be learning about Rivers in Geography. We are beginning our first Active Read text : Stone Age Boy and are enjoying exploring our Monty Reads books too. 

To help at home: Read with and or listen to your child read five times per  week, ask your child about the Vipers , complete lucky listeners when set and  talk about what the different words mean when children are reading with you. Please record reading in the planner and ensure that your child brings this to and from school every day. We shall collect planners in on Thursdays to monitor and reward weekly reading. 

In English, we shall be working hard on our GPS ( Grammar , punctuation and spelling) to begin with  and then shall  move on to  reading and working on some fantastic  texts- the first is the wonderfully exciting Leon and the Place Between. Using this text , we shall be creating writing pieces to entertain.

Spelling sessions have commenced and we shall be testing words on a Friday. Please see the spelling journal for the weekly words as well as the half termly overview. These shall also be posted on the Google Classroom for you. Spelling journals will be needed in school  every day. We shall be working hard on our handwriting too- beginning with the ladder letters. 

In Maths, we will soon be beginning a weekly arithmetic lesson. We have introduced the Autumn 1  KIRFS  to the children which are on number bonds to 20. 

Kirfs stands for Key Instant Recall Facts. There is a copy in the homework book which will soon be sent home. 

Our main focus in our Power Maths lessons is Place value for this half term. We will be securing and furthering  understanding of the place value of numbers with hundreds, tens and ones. 

To help at home: support your child to log on to The times table rock stars ( TTRS)  website twice weekly to work on multiplication, revisit KIRFS  with your child every week and encourage them to complete their Maths homework carefully. 

In Science we have started our Animals including humans topic and are working on keeping healthy. In our PSHE Jigsaw learning , we are focusing on Being me in my world this half term. We are enjoying learning about community in our R.E lessons with Diwali as a focus. We have also started work on both our P.E blocks of work which are Netball and Fitness. We can't wait to learn more about this fun invasion game and learn the rules too of High 5 - which is the recommended game of Netball for primary school aged boys and girls. In Fitness, we shall be aiming to improved our stamina, speed, balance and strength and beat our personal bests. 

We look forward to starting  to learn French as well as developing our knowledge of keeping safe online in Computing  and  beginning D & T and Music topics later this half term. 

Reminders : 

  • Extended learning ( homework) will be set on a Friday and books should come back into school on a Wednesday for review.
  • P.E days are on a Thursday and Friday for this half term
  • Full P.E kit  is needed with navy jogging bottoms/ sweatshirts in colder weather for outside. Trainers keep our feet protected and ready to move! Hair must be tied back if shoulder length or longer and earrings must be removed for P.E.  
  • A named water bottle should come into school every day with fresh water only please
  • A healthy snack can be brought in for break time. We ask for fruits and vegetables please. 
  • If you would like to  speak to  one of  the teaching team, this can be arranged via the school office or by contacting Mrs Moore or Miss O'Donnell on attenborough@montgomerieprimary.essex.sch.uk 

We have really enjoying the start of term with the children and look forward to a successful and memorable year with you all. 


The Attenborough team