Farmborough Church Primary School

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Term 1 and 2 2023 Active Planet - Volcanoes

Welcome to Foxes' Class


Terms 1 and 2

Class Teachers: Mrs Savage and Ms McGuinness     

Class Teaching Assistant: Miss Cahalan

SEN Teaching Assistant: Mrs Johnson


Mrs Savage teaches on Monday and Tuesday

Ms McGuinness on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday


Click here to see what we will be doing this week for Anti-bullying this week.

Click here to see the PDF version of the Powerpoint shared with parents at the Parent Information Afternoon on the 15th September.


For the first two terms of this year we will be having a Geography focus. 

We will be learning all about volcanoes

and how our planet is active.


Click here to see our Topic Web to see what we will be learning over the next two terms and the questions we would like to find the answers to.


Our class reader and book for some of our

Guided Reading is the amazing

'Firework Maker's Daughter'


What Lila wants to be more than anything else in the world is . . . a Firework-Maker!

But firework-making is not just about being able to make Crackle-Dragons and Golden Sneezes. There is also one special secret: every Firework-Maker must make a perilous journey to face the terrifying Fire-Fiend!

Not knowing that she needs special protection to survive the Fire-Fiend's flames, Lila sets off alone. Her friends, Chulak and Hamlet - the King's white elephant - race after her. But can they possibly reach her in time?


 Here are some really useful links to learn more about our topic

  • Bitesize has some useful videos and texts to look at and read.
  • DK Findout is also packed full of information.

Some useful information about this year:

P.E. Your child will be swimming every Monday for Terms 1 and 2 and they will be having a P.E lesson every Wednesday. Please can your child come wearing their P.E. kit on Wednesdays.  It is useful, as the weather becomes cooler for them to wear dark tracksuit/legging bottoms and a dark tracksuit/hoodie top. 


Homework will be given out each week, alternating between Tuesdays (Mrs Savage) or Wednesdays (Ms McGuinness) and handed in a week later. Homework will be either Topic, Maths or Literacy.  It could be paper based or using Purple Mash, which will be set as a 'To Do' on your child's Purple Mash account.

Click below for the homework timetables for each term as a reminder of when and who is giving out the homework each week:

Term 1; Term 2; Term 3; Term 4; Term 5 and Term 6.

Spelling words will be given out on Mondays and tested on Fridays. Please can you ensure your child writes them out a further two times in their home-school book.

Times Tables will be practised throughout the week and tested on Fridays.  We will go through these tables, in this order:

x2  x5  x10  x3  x6  x4  x8  x7  x9  x11  x12

If your child doesn't achieve full marks 13/13, then they will have the opportunity the following week to have another go.  We would rather them be secure in a table, before proceeding to the next one.

Doodle Maths: Your child has a subscription to Doodle Maths and we recommend that they spend 10 minutes a day using Doodle Maths to develop their numeracy skills. 

Home School Books: Your child will be given a home-school book at the start of Term 1, Term 3 and Term 5.  They will be expected to bring these books into school everyday.  On Monday they will copy their spelling words to learn for that week into the first column. At home they need to copy these words out two more times in the 2nd and 3rd column. Please can your child record what they have read during the week and if an adult can sign it so that they can earn points, which will go towards reading certificates and a chance to choose a new book when they have read 100 times at home. There is also a section for them to practise their multiplication tables.

Maths Frame is a fantastic free resource to help learn and practise your multiplication tables.


Hero of the Week

Your children have been asked to think about a hero: dead, alive, known personally, do not know personally, who they admire and respect. We would like them to talk to the class about this person for a couple of minutes - they can use a Powerpoint, photographs, objects to assist them with this.  Confidence in speaking out loud to an audience is something we like to develop in our children.

Here is the rota (initials only) for the year.


Please can you ensure that all clothes and equipment are named or labelled.  


Additional activities: 

  • Books for Topics have amazing links to free readings of lots of really popular books. 
  • The Book Trust have some amazing activities available, including authors reading their books allowed and illustrators teaching you how to draw.
  • NRICH has lots of interesting Maths activities and challenges, as does I see Maths