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Autumn Term, 2022

Dear Parents and Carers, 


The Year 6s had a fantastic start to the year in the Isle of Wight. Mr Lusted, Mrs Lee and I were so impressed by the children’s positive attitude to all challenges. We really enjoyed getting to know the children and seeing them thrive in the very special setting of PGL, Little Canada. Photographs from the week can be found on the Hawks Class Page of the school website. 


Please find below two documents - one of which gives an overview of the exciting learning linked to the theme of Shakespeare’s fantastic play, Macbeth. The second document outlines the subjects which are being taught separately from the theme. 


How can you support your child’s learning?

Each week your child will have the following maths, reading and spelling homework to complete: 

  • Maths homework will continue to be linked to MyMaths. MyMaths has tutorials linked to the homework given as well as fun games to practise mathematical skills. MyMaths is set every Friday and is due on the following Thursday. Please encourage your child to complete their homework.  The children will be able to mark their homework straight away; if your child has scored below 70% they are required to try again.


  • Please encourage your child to read regularly at home (at least four times per week) and sign their Home-School Contact Book to acknowledge this (these books are checked by an adult every Monday. Children who have not had their record signed at least four times will miss part of their lunchtime to read in the classroom. If your child reads from our school scheme, their four reads must be from this school book and preferably they should be reading aloud to an adult at home as this will support their fluency. 


  • Spelling Homework:  Your child has a ‘Spelling Shed’ account where they can practise ‘Common Exception Words’ which are statutory words that must be learnt for your child to reach the expected standard in writing at the end of Year 6. Later in the year, children will also be set spellings on ‘Spelling Shed’ linked to spelling patterns practised in school. Please encourage your child to access Spelling Shed for 10 minutes twice weekly.


Maths Passports:

If your child has a Maths Passport target, it is imperative that they practise their targets at home as these mental maths skills will support them with all areas of maths in school and for their transition to secondary school. Targets, guidance sheets and links to online games can be found on the school website. Please note that we aim for children to know all of their times tables to 12x12 by the end of Year 4, and to have completed the last of the Maths Passports, Atlantis, by the end of Year 5. TTRockstars in a fantastic online resource for children to practise recalling times table facts quickly and accurately. 


Staff in Hawks

Hawks’ Teaching Assistant, Mrs Lee, will be supporting the children with their learning this year.  As Key Stage 2 Phase Leader, I will not be in the classroom every Monday; we look forward to welcoming Mrs McIntyre who will be teaching the children in the morning. Mr Bowkett will teach the children PE on Monday afternoons. 



It was wonderful to see the children’s reactions to receiving their personal hoodie which I hope they will wear with pride! It has become a tradition at Lydbrook to welcome the children into Year 6 with a hoodie which the children can wear on their PE day with their PE kit, as well as to excursions including sporting events. 


Fabric needed!

Later in the term, the children are going to be using collage to create Tudor monarchs. They are also going to be designing and making Tudor money pouches. If you have any spare materials at home which you think would be suitable (for example: ribbon, velvets, felt, lace, decorative cord, faux fur, beads etc.) please can you send them into school. 



Finally, if you ever have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via email,, or by phoning the school. 


Best wishes,

Mrs Hughes

Timetable of key information: 






Mrs McIntyre teaching in Hawks in the morning.  


Reading records checked for at least four signed reading entries.


Mr Bowkett teaching PE in Hawks in the afternoon. PE Kits to be worn into school please.



Deadline for 

MyMaths homework.

MyMaths homework set. 


PE kits to be worn into school please.










Click to Download Macbeth Theme for the Website [pdf 677KB] Click to Download
Click to Download Autumn 2022 Areas of learning not linked to the theme [pdf 415KB] Click to Download

Please send in any fabric donations