Newsletter April 2015

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Dear [NAME]
We are all hoping that April will bring some warmer weather so we can all enjoy doing more outside once again. For younger ones, in this newsletter, there are animal pages to colour to celebrate the coming of Spring. Also, we have included work on Persuasive texts and a very topical paper on the UK Election 2015.  You are sure to find something below which is helpful and useful for your child.

KS1 English  Describing words should be used to make all writing more colourful. The Robin Redbreast comprehension will increase your child's vocabulary. Try these papers together and help your child increase their confidence and to work more quickly.
KS2 English   Persuasive texts is a thought provoking and challenging paper.  The Peter Rabbit comprehension will be useful in increasing vocabulary and be fun to do together. Year 6 pupils will need to understand active and passive sentences so work with your child on these.


KS3 English Does your child know what hieroglyphics are? Look at the Papyrus paper and discover!  Homophones should be used to make your child's writing more colourful so encourage them to work through this paper.
KS1 maths Ensure that your child can read graphs accurately and is able to understand the results. Read the maths story problems carefully to achieve the correct answers!
KS2 maths  Pupils will need to understand the 12 hour and the 24 hour clock. Rounding is easier if you work carefully and accurately through this paper with your child.
KS3 maths Ratio and scale questions are often found on test papers so make sure your child is competent with these. The other papers will cover all various parts of your syllabus so encourage the use of these for revision.
Foundation Stage  Colouring is enjoyable and a good way to develop pencil control. It will be fun to use the discussion paper together and to work through the ideas with your child.
Spelling  Some people find spelling easy but others need to learn spelling rules. Playing with words is enjoyable and will reinforce the spelling rules so try these with your children. Encourage your children to use a dictionary to check their spelling.
Phonics Phonic blends are used in all sorts of writing. It is helpful to look at the plurals with your child and encourage them to learn all the difficult words. Look together at the sound paper and see if your child can choose the correct sound!
Science The reflex paper is interesting and your child can experiment with a friend.  Children can learn about Our Atmosphere with your help so have fun together. Encourage your child to discover which foods are good for us and which we should avoid.
Topics Russia is fascinating so children should enjoy working on this topic. Learn together with your child about the Election 2015.  Discover and discuss together facts about the body from the topic below. Books are important so look at the literature topic and decide which ones you and your child like best.
Take a look at our super Giveaways for this month. It's a bumper month for fiction fans! For older readers, we have Geek Girl and Dragon Shield. For primary age children choose from Shoutykid, Demolition Dad, The Secret Kitten, Anyone but Ivy Pocket and Harry and Hope. Younger children will love the First Fairy Tales.

Books  For lots more ideas on reading and helping your child, take a look at our Best new books pages.

Progress Papers in Mathematics Fun to Learn The Story of Science The Great Big Green Book

Best wishes
Jackie Bacon

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