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BADGERS Spring Half-Term 2024

Welcome back to Kinoulton. I hope you have had your fill of pancakes over the past week!


It is another short half-term (5 weeks and 4 days, but who's counting?) Good Friday is a bank holiday, which is why we only have 4 days in the final week.


  • Monday and Wednesday are PE days.
  • Please come to school dressed in appropriate school PE kit. If you wear jewelry or watches, please make sure these are removed before the lessons. Long hair must be tied, so come equipped with a hair band as well if needed. 
  • Monday's are the days I monitor personal organisers. Please make sure that personal organisers are up to date and signed by a parents, so that the weeks contribute to the reading awards! Remember: 5x reads per week are expected. If you need proof for the question 'does reading make you smarter', here's some paramount evidence: reading can increase your IQ by up to 50 points if you do it for 30 minutes a day.
  • Friday's are homework hand-in and new homework days.
  • Homework consists of grammar or maths questions in year 5 and maths and questions for year 6. Spellings are also provided and tested on this day from the previous lists. 


Our whole-school topic this half-term is:

Who were the Ancient Greeks and how did they influence the world?

We will focus on these key areas -

  • Who were the first Greek civilisations and how do we know about them?

  • How was Ancient Greece ruled?
  • Why were the Persian Wars and democracy part of the Gold Age of Greece?

  • Who were the Athenians and Spartans and how did they compare?
  • What did Alexander the Great Achieve?

  • Why are some of the achievements of Ancient Greece still important today?

The Youtube video below gives a good overall summary of the timeline. 

 Science: Materials

This area of science will continue to be taught across the whole of Spring term. This half-term we will be focussing on:

  • How do we separate a mixture using filtration?
  • How do we separate a mixture using sieving?
  • Which separation methods will we use?
  • What are reversible and irreversible changes?
  • Is it reversible or irreversible? 

Below is a quick reminder about materials you may want to watch to re-familiarise yourselves. 

There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sachar

Our class book will now be linked to how we teach whole-class reading (guided reading). Below is a brief summary of the book. 


Bradley Chalkers, a fifth grader at the Red Hill School, has trouble
getting along with his classmates until he meets Carla, a new
school counselor. She not only listens to his wacky stories, but
encourages him to use his powerful imagination. But just when
Bradley's social world begins to broaden, the school board
decides to let Carla go. What will happen to Bradley now?

This heartwarming story of a young boy's search for friendship and
acceptance is one of Sachar's most popular novels, and readers
will identify with Bradley's troubles and eventual transformation
when he finds a friend in Carla.


Some of you may be familiar with the text. If you are already aware and have read the book, it will still be a valuable text to read and you may even get a new insight into it. 

Being confident with multiplications is an easy way to become confident with mathematics. Once learned, they allow us access to so many areas of maths. is by far the greatest times tables tool I have come across and the kids LOVE IT!!!! 

Recommended Reads

Use the documents below to find suitable books to read for your year group.  I look forward to hearing about which books you have read and feel free to write a review so your classmates know what you think of it!

Stuck for a book? Follow the link below to find a list of book reviews written by adults and children of your age...

Click on the flag below for French resources to help practise your language skills.

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