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Aquila Newsletter Summer 1 2019

Welcome back Aquila. I hope you have had a restful holiday and are ready to begin the new term. I am looking forward to the weather improving so we can enjoy time in the sunshine. We have lots planned for this busy term; your final term of Year 3!


Just a reminder, the staff in Aquila are:

Mrs Pennells - Class Teacher Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday

Miss McGuigan – Class Teacher Thursday/Friday

Mrs Cartwright - Teaching Wednesday morning including swimming

Mrs Lamb – Learning Support Assistant (Except Wednesday)

Miss Turnbull – Learning Support Assistant (Wednesday)


Topics this half term

Maths: Fractions and Measures

Literacy: Completing the Greek Myths topic, Poetry. We will also be spending time focusing on the key grammar objectives for this year.

Science: Plants (Mrs Pennells)

Topic: Geography-local area study (Mrs Pennells)

Art: Observational Drawing (Mrs Pennells)

Music: Manston Singing Challenge/Glockenspiels (Miss McGuigan)

PE: Swimming and Team Skills (Mrs Cartwright/Mrs Pennells)

Computing: Programming, Databases, Blogging (Mrs Pennells/Miss McGuigan)

RE: Judaism (Miss McGuigan)

DT: Sewing (Mrs Pennells)


TTRS-Times Table Rock Stars

The children have really been excited by TTRS and there is lots of healthy competition within the class. Do encourage your child to use it regularly as it is helping them learn their tables; a skill they need to continue to develop. If you are unsure about how to help your child access TTRS at home, please do ask.


Thank you for all your hard work at home last half term. We have been really impressed with the work you have completed. The homework in Aquila will continue to be set on a Monday, due in the following Monday. Spellings will be on a Friday. Where possible, guidance will be sent home to support your child with the homework. Please do email or ask one of the members of staff if you need any guidance in supporting your child.


It is really important to continue to encourage your child to read frequently; ideally daily. This can be a mixture of being heard by someone at home and reading independently. We do aim to hear your child in school at least weekly. We are not fortunate to have any volunteers to hear readers in Year 3 at the moment but we do try our very best to ensure we hear everyone. If you know someone who might be keen to volunteer to hear readers, please get in touch!


Please ensure your child has both indoor and outdoor kit for this half term. Our PE day is Monday but it is helpful for kit to stay in school all week and be taken home on a Friday.

Outdoor P.E kit: Trainers are essential, a tracksuit (blue or black) and a team polo shirt.

Indoor P.E kit: Pumps, blue or black shorts and a team polo shirt.

Water Bottles

Please ensure your child has a water bottle in school each day. They can refill it using the water coolers during the day. We do encourage the children to drink regularly.


Finally, thank you for the support you give us to help your child learn and develop. If you have any questions or concerns, please do speak to any of the Aquila staff or send us an email. We can usually respond to emails very quickly. My email address is . If there is something you wish to discuss in more depth then do please contact the school office to arrange a meeting.

Thank you for your continued support,

Mrs Pennells, Miss McGuigan and all the staff in Aquila







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