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This week...

I can't quite believe we've made it to half term already - the last 6 weeks have just flown by! Luckily, we all still seem to be in one piece (apart from our few with injuries). I just wanted to take this opportunity to re-iterate how thoroughly impressed I have been with how every child in Aldenham has embraced their entry to Year 5. They have shown great resilience and growth mindset towards the new routines and restrictions that have been in place this year, alongside the normal new school year challenges. I am so proud of all of them and how hard they have worked to really fill those gaps in their learning. A tremendous well done to each and every one of you. They have truly earnt a well-deserved break!


These past three days, we have had a lot of fun finishing off our Design & Technology project building our 3d rockets. The children have been ever so creative and it has been fascinating to see the designs come to life. These will be being sent home after half term, and I'm sure lots of the children are looking forward to sharing their hard work with you. We have also been exploring some free verse poetry this week, with the children identifying the features that are often used and putting these into practice when writing their own 'If I had fins' poem. 


Over the half term I would be very grateful if you would continue to read with your child regularly and record it in their diary, even if it is their own books from home that they are reading. Along with reading, please keep them going on TTRockstars and learning spellings. 


Please remember that, as face-to-face communication is limited, the contact your teacher form is at the bottom of the page should you need to use it. 


I look forward to hearing all about your half term activities on the 3rd November.


Wishing you all a wonderful half term break,

Miss Salkeld


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Home Learning

Home learning is set every Friday and should be completed by the following Wednesday.


Reading - Make sure that you are either reading your school books or books at home, but remember to record this in your reading record and have it signed by an adult at least four times each week. Reading records are to be handed in every Thursday morning, we will then be able to change books and check reading records before sending them home again on Friday. If you think that you might need a new book before/during half term, please bring in your reading record on Wednesday to be able to change your book.  


Spellings - Practice Week 6 spellings (from the document attached below) in preparation for the weekly spelling test, which will take place on the first Thursday after term. Some children will have brought  home a slightly different spelling list, where they have been introduced to the Week 4 words in school but should continue to practice them at home until we go over them again next week. 


Times Tables - Children should log on and practice their times tables by playing the games at least three times each week. Their log in details should have been brought home in their reading records. Even though we are doing regular TT Rockstar sessions in school, it is really important that they are getting the practice in at home as well.


Purple Mash - There is no Purple Mash homework to be completed over half term. Enjoy the break!


Microsoft Teams - Log in using your school email and check the assignments section on the left



Our class' outdoor PE day is every Thursday - children should come into school on a Thursday in their PE kit. This half term we will be doing football and will be outside as much as the weather allows, so children should be dressed warmly enough, including wearing tracksuit bottoms and a sweatshirt. Gloves and a hat are permitted in the winter if needed.

Please take a look at our wellbeing pages for useful links and information:


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Contact your teacher

If you have a question about the learning, please use this form to contact your teacher(s). You will receive an email response within a few days.

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End of term tomorrow - Weds 20th October - normal finish times of 2:55 and 3:05. Term begins on Tues 2nd November - have a great break!
  • Mount Pleasant Lane Primary School,
  • Mount Pleasant Lane, Bricket Wood, St.Albans, Herts, AL2 3XA
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