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Highfield Primary School

Bridgenorth Avenue, Urmston, Manchester, M41 9PA

0161 7486096

Welcome to Class 8!


'How do you walk like an Egyptian?'



 This term we will be completing a study that supports our chronological understanding of Ancient Civilizations, with a focus on Ancient Egypt. The children will be developing their historical enquiry skills by using a range of sources to help them understand more about life in Ancient Egypt. The children will take on the role of archaeologists to look at artefacts and see how they can be used inform us about the past. We will be making our own time capsule containing items which can teach people in the future about life in 2019!


In Art & Design Technology lessons we will be focusing on the question ‘How can you re-create the wonder of Ancient Egyptian art?’ and will be looking at Egyptian art (wall paintings, sarcophagi, hieroglyphics etc.) and creating our own versions.






In Literacy we will continue to read our class text - ‘Millions’, by Frank Cottrell Boyce. Our reading lessons will have a focus on the development of inference, retrieval, link, summarising and prediction skills - looking at how language, structure and presentation contribute towards meaning. We will be using this text as a writing stimulus to write newspaper reports and poems. The children have been so inspired by the book and have produced outstanding pieces of writing including letters, dialogue and diary entries. Within grammar lessons we will review all levels of punctuation and have a specific focus on the use of speech, fronted adverbials, clauses and word classes.



We will continue to practise our cursive joined up writing every week.


Our next unit in maths has a focus on measurement to enable us to read, write and convert between standard units, converting measurements of length, mass, volume and time. We will then move onto shape and space, applying our measuring skills. Times Tables Rockstars is a fantastic online resource that is used in school, and can also be used at home, to support your child’s rapid recall of multiplication and division facts.  Please remember that all children should know their multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12. We appreciate your continued support to encourage your child to practise these.  



In Science we will be learning about evolution and inheritance. The key question for the unit will be - ‘Have we always looked like this?’.  We will be building our understanding of how living things have changed over time. We will also be learning about how fossils can be used to provide information about the living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago.

In other areas of the curriculum we will be studying the following:


RE – In R.E. we will explore the question, ‘If God is everywhere, why go to a place of worship?’ Through investigating this question we will learn about the various purposes of a place of worship as well as how believers see and feel about them.


PEWe will have both indoor and outdoor P.E. lessons each week, weather permitting. Please ensure that your child has a full P.E. kit, labelled with their name, in school each week to ensure that they can participate in all P.E. lessons.


Computing - In Computing we will be completing the unit ‘We are architects’. In this unit we will research examples of art gallery architecture, before using software called SketchUp to create our own virtual gallery. Finally, we will use our gallery to exhibit our own artwork.


PSHE - In P.S.H.E we will continue to explore the importance of relationships. We will be focusing on which values are important to us in relationships and to appreciate the importance of friendship.


Music - ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams will be the focus of music lessons this half term. We will listen and appraise other pop songs with a similar theme, as well as perform the song accompanied by musical instruments.

Homework reminders


Homework supports the teaching and learning that takes place in school. We appreciate your support at home and if you have any questions or problems, please do not hesitate to ask. Thank you in advance.


Homework books will be sent home on a Wednesday. Please ensure that your child completes and returns the books on a Monday morning. Homework club will continue to run on a Thursday at lunchtime if any homework support is required.


Spelling words will be sent home on a Friday and the spelling test will be the following Friday. 


Reading – please encourage your child to read at home each night and put a brief comment in their reading record books.


Theme Homework – One activity per half term


In a recent parent and pupil questionnaire both parents and pupils expressed an overall preference for the homework book format for homework. However, most responses noted that online activities were enjoyable and provided an alternative learning style. Please find below a list of suggested links for your child to use:


Maths Links

Times Tables

Teaching Times Tables

Place Value


Mental Maths Challenges




Literacy Links





Prefixes and Suffixes


Things to remember! 


Bring reading book/bag into school everyday.


Please ensure that your child has a full PE kit (including a white t-shirt, burgundy shorts or leggings for girls and black pumps) in school. Also, it is important that the kit is labelled to avoid mix ups/loss. Please ensure all kits are in compact string PE bags. It is also essential for your child to have an outdoor PE kit in school including appropriate footwear e.g. trainers.


 Thank you in advance for all of your support at home with reading and homework. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask!