January is finally over and it’s lovely to see the first signs of spring around school.

This week’s maths has focused on addition and subtraction and in literacy we’ve completed our arguments and persuasive writing. In science we ran up and down the playground with large tablecloths to feel the air resistance and we created a Mayan mural as we discovered how Maya children learnt from their parents rather than going to school (we didn’t fancy carrying large pots of water on our heads though).

Next week we will start on our new book – The Ice Bear by Jackie Morris. It is also Safer Internet Week so we will be thinking about how to stay safe on-line.

The BBC website has a report today about the discovery of the remains of a Maya city in the Guatemalan jungle –  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-42916261

1. Maths homework due in on Monday.

2. Keep reading – can you read an animal story?

3. New spellings to learn.

4. On Wednesday evening the Okehampton Primary Schools Rotary Quiz happens at North Tawton school. We possibly need 4 Year 5s to make up the teams with the Year 6s. If you are interested please let Mr Billinghurst know on MONDAY.

5. Would you like a new Chromebook computer? Have a look on our blog for details of how you could win one. Get a grown-up to help you send your entry to parents@chagford-primary.devon.sch.uk and put For Miss Philpott in the subject line.

6. Next half term we will be creating a Mayan museum as part of a Mayan themed day. Use your homework time to start planning what you will make to display in the museum. You do not need to make your exhibit yet – the museum won’t open until March but start researching and planning.

Useful websites include:




Remember how to stay safe on the internet and ask your grown-ups before you start surfing.

Chromebook competition – Safer Internet Day competition