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Jays Class Year 4 and 5

Teacher: Mr Bowkett


Mayans, South America and a Little Bit of Chocolate!


Dear Parents and Carers,                                                                January 2022


What a fantastic start to our year in Jays’ class. During the autumn term, we have had some fantastic experiences linked to our World War theme. We were visited by local historian Mr Deeks who spoke to us about World War one and World War two in the Forest of Dean. The information we learnt from him was used to create a non-fiction text about the impact of the Forest of Dean during World War II. We were also visited by local author Sarah Franklin, who showed the children how she plans her stories. We used her ideas to create our own stories about an evacuee in the Forest of Dean during the war. Some of the work that the children have produced last term is going to be placed in an anthology for the children to keep!

Moving onto this term, our topic is all about chocolate! This will link to our history topic of Mayans and how chocolate was a key part of their everyday life, as well as linking to our geography topic of South America. We will discover some of the areas cocoa beans are grown and we will be enjoying our class text “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I have also included areas that are not linked to our theme in the plan below.


How you can help at home:

  • My Maths: This will be set each Monday. Children will have their logins in their reading record if you have any difficulty, do not hesitate to ask. The homework will link to what we are currently covering in class as well as recapping what we have already learnt.


  • Reading: The expectation is that children will read a minimum of four times a week and these will be checked on Monday. The expectation is that children will read aloud to an adult at home in order to practice their fluency of reading. This will then be recorded into their reading record and signed by an adult.


  • (New) Spelling: This term, we will be using ‘Spelling Shed’ which is a scheme designed for children to practise their weekly spellings online via the use of the web link Each week your child will learn a new spelling pattern and will receive spellings to practise online via the Spelling Shed programme. Children will have access to Spelling Shed during school time; we are also asking that children log-in at home at least once per week to practise their spellings.


Spelling Shed - What do you need to know to get started?

· Your child will be given a unique username and password to access the site. They have already been shown what to do and how to access the activities online.

· When your child logs on, they will see their weekly spelling list plus ‘Common Exception Words’ which are there for extra play. The Common Exception Words (statutory curriculum word lists), will be available on Spelling Shed throughout the year. Please encourage play using these words as much as possible.

· Children will be tested every Monday and new spellings will be added to their Spelling Shed.

Maths passport:

Most children in Jays have a maths passports. These can be accessed from our class page on the website. If you are unsure which passport your child is on then do not hesitate to ask. Children can practice their passports at home by using TTRockstars or any of the multiplication and division Maths Frame games.

If you have any further questions please email me at


Mr Bowkett







Reading records in


My Maths in


Spelling test

Swimming day (Every other week)

Come in PE kit



PE Day


File icon: pdf Mayans South America and a Little Bit of Chocolate Parent Plan 2021 [pdf 666KB] Click to download