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Autumn Term

Story maps - Learning to retell a folk tale. Ask your child to tell you the tale of the swallow and the wasp.

Red Kites have thoroughly enjoyed hearing new poetry. For some, it has even inspired them to write their own. Well done Simon and James H

The day that Red Kites met Max (Syd's cousin) and his mum, Bex (Syd's aunty), all the way from Australia

Curriculum Map - Term 2 Australia

Term 2 - Australia

This term (Term 2) we are learning about Australia. This is an exciting topic as it offers much in the way of geography, history, culture and much, much more.


We will be studying where the country (which is also a continent!) is situated in the world, what its geography looks like and the features of the land and climate. We will be learning about its rich history – before and after European settlement. Children will understand words such as indigenous, aboriginal, settlers, immigrants and native, and be able to apply them to their learning.


You will be able to help your child find out more about this topic by reading books, telling tales, watching films and researching using the internet. Of course, if anyone has anything relevant they would like to share, or artefacts they would like to bring in, that would be most welcome. Please come and ask me if you are not sure.



This term we will be completing two pieces of written work for English: a ‘folk tale’ (fiction, writing to entertain) and a ‘tourist leaflet (non-fiction, writing to persuade). BBC Bitesize offers help and advice for parents should you be interested to learn more.



We will be continuing with addition and subtraction this term, followed by multiplication and division. Although we don’t expect this, should you want to support your child’s learning at home, please see our calculation policy (on school website) to see our methods and approach. Children will be doing calculations with three-digit numbers and below.



By the end of Year 4, all children should be fluent with all times tables. It is therefore prudent they become familiar with practice. In Year 3, we focus on: x3, x4 and x8 IN ADDITION to consolidating x2, x5 and x10. All children should be working on improving their Times Tables Rock Stars as much as possible. Please let me know if you need a login.


PE and Forest School:

PE will continue to be on a Monday morning and a Thursday afternoon

Forest School will be on Tuesday afternoon – alternative terms.


In the meantime, see you soon!


Mrs Durman, Mrs Cooper, Mrs Monnery, Miss Painton and Mrs Muir.


Curriculum Map, Red Kites, Term 1 - The Romans

Red Kites: Term 1

Dear Families,


Welcome to Red Kites class page.


After a full week back at school, I am pleased to say that the children have settled in nicely, and are now all proud to officially be ‘Red Kites’! (and in Key Stage 2 on the other side of the hall!). It’s been a brilliant start to the new academic year and we’ve now all become familiar with our new routines, timetable, and of course, each other.



The Romans’ is our topic this term; a topic that is strongly centred around both the history and geography curricula. It is an era that forms much of the foundation of British history and therefore, a pre-requisite for learning about future important historical events such as Vikings (Yr5) and Medieval Britain (Yr4). At Drayton, we strongly believe it to be important that children are able to make links between historical periods.


We will be learning about the following three strands of Roman history:


  1. When did the Romans invade and why?
  2. Did the native Britons welcome or resist them, and why?
  3. How did they influence the culture of the people already here?

You can help them by finding out information – either on the web or in books. This will enable them to share their facts with the rest of the class.




Our English lessons are taught as follows:

  • Writing lessons (daily): Each term, children will work towards completing two long pieces of writing: 1) fiction (a narrative) and 2) non-fiction (factual). This term, they will be writing a ‘conquering the monster’ tale AND a ‘newspaper report’.
  • Spelling sessions: Spellings will be practised daily using a variety of strategies. Spelling words will have a common ‘sound’ (phoneme) in common (such as long A – as in snail, cake and display.)
  • SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) lessons: Discreet lessons on writing rules and techniques.
  • Handwriting: Practise sessions daily.




Maths this term, will be focussed on place value (3 weeks), addition and subtraction (3 weeks) and length and perimeter (Wednesdays with Mrs Cooper). Please see our ‘calculation policy’ (on school website) for more information.


Mental maths: As part of their maths lesson, children will be practising previously taught arithmetic skills. This is to reinforce their recall and fluency. Please encourage your child to practise by counting (up/down in steps of 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10), counting up in tens (from any given number) and number bonds (to 10, 20, 50, 100).

For a more interactive approach, the Topmarks website is a ‘fun’ way of learning maths (




This term, PE will be taught twice weekly: on a Monday and a Thursday. They will be doing gymnastics and tag rugby. Please ensure that they come into school on PE day already wearing PE kit, including trainers and warm outer clothing when colder. Also, please also ensure that they have a water bottle at all times.


Forest School / DT


Forest School and Design & Technology will be on a Tuesday afternoon. Children will be taking part in Forest School / DT every other month, on a rolling basis. This is to allow smaller groups for a more fulfilling experience.

Forest School in Terms 1, 3, 5 = Surnames A-J

Forest School in Terms 2, 4, 6 = Surnames M-Z


We are all very much glad to be back!

Mrs Durman, Mrs Cooper, Mrs Monnery, Miss Painton and Mrs Muir