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Over the next few weeks, we will be following a unit of work on a theme which focuses on ‘Celebrations’. This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This curriculum sets out very clearly what children will learn the learning goals in three different areas:


1. The subjects of the curriculum. The learning goals for each of these subjects are at least as challenging as anything taught in the Uninted Kingdom curriculum. In many cases, the learning goals are more challenging.

2. Personal development – the characteristics which will help children become more responsible, independent learners.

3. International understanding – which will help children develop both a sense of the independence of their own country and culture and the interdependence between countries and cultures.


Each unit of work is based around specific targets derived from the learning goals for one or more of the subjects.


During this unit we will be focusing on History, Technology, Art, Music, Physical Education, Society and International.


In History, we’ll be finding out:

  • How people in our families celebrated in the recent past
  • How particular past events are still celebrated
    In Technology, we’ll be finding out:
  • How to plan for a celebration
  • How to design and make a product for a celebration
    In Art, we’ll be finding out:
  • How decoration is used in celebrations
  • How the work of artists is used in celebrations
  • How to make artefacts and images that could be used in celebrations
    In Music, we’ll be finding out:
  • How songs and music are used in celebrations in our own and other countries
  • How to compose our own music for a celebration
    In Physical Education, we’ll be finding out:
  • How to create a celebration dance
  • How to improve the performance of our dance
    In Society, we’ll be finding out:
  • How different groups of people celebrate different events
  • How different groups of people have different rules
    In International, we’ll be finding out:
  • What is the same and what is different between the celebrations in the home countries of the different children in our class
  • How to work and celebrate with each other


We already know the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you.




P.E will take place on a Tuesday afternoon and a Friday afternoon. As a result, it is important that your child has their outdoor trainers with them at all times. Children will take part in their usual school PE kit, which consists of a sky blue polo top with a school badge, plain royal blue shorts, royal blue track suit and trainers. PE kits should be kept in school all week in case of timetable changes and will be sent home if they need to be washed.  For health and safety reasons earrings and watches should be removed for all P.E lessons and long hair must be tied up.




Homework will be given out each Friday and due back in by the following Thursday. we try to alternate between Literacy, Maths or topic based activities. Try and encourage your children to be as independent as possible with their homework but it should also be a nice opportunity to discuss their learning from the week.




Reading is so important for every aspect of your children's learning. Reading and sharing books with your child each day is crucial and will help them to learn new vocabulary, context and the skills of inference and deduction. It needs to be an enjoyable experience for all and it is just as beneficial for them to be read to as it is for them to read themselves.


If you have any questions or comments, please make an appointment or come and chat to us, we are here to help.


Kind Regards


Mrs Bannister and Mrs Andreas


Murphy Class Teachers


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