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Mrs Clifford

assisted by Sophie


  • Reading records and reading books must be in school every day. 

  • Bring a water bottle to school each day too as we are not able to offer water from the fountains at the moment.

  • PE days are on Wednesday and Friday and you are to come to school wearing your kit on both days. 

  • For those in the choir, this will be held during the school day each Thursday.

  • Our library session is on a Friday so please have your library book in school to renew or change. 


We are currently reading Stephen Kershaw’s Mythologica, which is a beautifully illustrated encyclopaedia of Greek mythology. We are enjoying learning more about the powerful gods and goddesses, the earth-dwelling mortals and the terrifying monsters! 


Homework is set on Wednesday and needs to be completed by the following Monday. Click here for information on what homework is set each week and how we are using Google Classroom.


We follow a book-based approach to the teaching of writing and have started this half term reading The Promise by Nicola Davies, a story about hope, community and change. During this unit, spelling, punctuation and grammar skills are taught and then applied within a diary entry, a letter, and setting descriptions.

Our next book is The Princess’ Blankets, by Carol Ann Duffy, with children building up to writing their own version of this fairytale. 


In science this term, we are learning what contact and non-contact forces are and how we measure the size of forces. We will learn about Isaac Newton and his contribution to our knowledge of forces. Finally, we will investigate what factors affect an objects ability to float and make predictions, which we will test. 

After half term, we will move onto our next topic: living things and their habitats. During this unit, we will describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird and describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.  


Please support your children to keep their times tables knowledge running smoothly!  We rely more and more on quick recall of mental maths facts to underpin our learning. Time spent practising on Times Tables Rock Stars is encouraged to develop quick recall.


Please find the Maths Methods Handbook here. 

What an exciting first term we had as part of the Burnet News Club! 


Now we have started our next issue, Protest: does it work?  


People are realising the power of speaking up and using their voices to push for change. This half-term, as part of the Burnet News Club, we will explore different examples of protest and answer questions like: why do people protest? What impact could protest have? And, above all, does protest work?


Make sure you get involved with the online conversations on the hub. 



We are learning about the fascinating Ancient Greek civilisation. Through our theme lessons, we will learn about different aspects of life in Ancient Greece, including the conflict between the city states of Athens and Sparta, their religious beliefs, Athenian democracy and the famous Greek philosophers Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. 


We began our topic of Buddhism by learning who Buddha was and how he reached enlightenment. As we continue through the unit, we will learn more about practices that Buddhists follow, including the Eightfold Path. We will learn how this is used to guide them in their daily life. 


Boutcher Church of England Primary School | 93 Grange Road, London, SE1 3BW | 020 7237 2149