Checkendon CE (A) Primary School

Checkendon CE (A) Primary School

Respect, integrity, courage, compassion and hope

Welcome to Silver Birch Class - Year 5 & 6

Mrs Lloyd (class teacher) works Monday - Tuesday and Mrs Mottram (class teacher) works Wednesday - Friday; Mrs Walker works Monday to Wednesday morning and Mrs Chapman supports a learner. 

Term 1&2  Silver Birch Class Information

In Term 1 our learning overview is Go Green (Geography and Science focus). 

Our Term 2 learning overview is World War (History focus).

Important dates for Terms 1&2 2023:

Term 1 diary dates

  •  Return to school for pupils - Monday 5th September.

  • Class swimming starts Thursday 7th for 5 weeks.
  • Parent information meeting / welcome Friday 15th 8:50am (PPT attached).
  • Parent and pupil residential meeting Wednesday 20th 8:50am. 
  • Langtree School have their open evening on Thursday 21st September 5.30 - 8pm.
  • Gillots School have their open evening on Thursday 28th September 6-8.15pm

  • Parent meetings Tuesday 26th September Mrs Lloyd (online / in person).
  • Parent meetings Thursday 28th September Mrs Mottram (online / in person).
  • Silver Birch cross country event at Langtree 1-3:30pm. 
  • Harvest Festival Service on Wednesday 4th October at 2:30 families all welcome - at church. 
  • Class residential Wednesday 11th to Friday 13th October 2023. 
  • Henley environment group talk about our local habitat 2-3pm 19.10.23. to our class. 
  • Break up day Thursday 19th October 3:20pm, staff INSET Friday 20th.                                 
  • Term 2 diary dates
  • Pupil new term starts Monday 30th October 2023 8:40am. 
  • Class WWII trip to Didcot Railway Museum 22.11.23. in WWII dress-up clothing & lunch please. 
  • Anti-bullying week Monday 13th November 2023.
  • Annual Christmas book fair in the hall 8:40am and 3:20pm on Thursday 30th November and Friday 1st December 2023. 
  • WWII dress-up day, parents to visit classrooms for afternoon tea 2:50pm 13th December.
  • Whole school church service Wednesday 20th time TBC.
  • Break up day 1pm Wednesday 20th December. 
  • Monday 8th January INSET day, pupils return Tuesday 9th.

TERM 1 2023

 Autumn 2023 SB Class Curriculum Newsletter.pdfDownload
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 Silver B Class parent info Term 1 2023.pdfDownload
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 2023 New Frontiers resdiential information.pdfDownload
 Kit List 2023 SM.pdfDownload
 Sample Menu.pdfDownload
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Thank you for supporting your child with homework. If you would like some tips on how to do that, you may find this website useful

 Key Stage 2 SATs parent PPT 7.3.23..pdfDownload
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Each Monday, children write the week's homework in their homework diary. Can a parent please read and sign it at the start of each week.  Monday: read the chapter online Serial Purple Mash and complete the opened ended comprehension and sequencing questions (sheet provided) and revise your spellings;  Tuesday:   complete the GPS/SPaG questions (sheet provided) and as an optional task, complete the multi-choice quiz on Serial Purple Mash, then revise your spellings and read your class reader; Wednesday: complete the writing task (sheet provided) and revise spellings, read your book if time; Thursday: complete the maths task (sheet provided) and read your book; and finally on Friday: revise spelling, read your book and practise your mental maths skills. There may be additional French or RE from time-to-time. Children should set aside at least 30 minutes per day to complete their home learning.

Home learning


  1. Set aside a regular time and a quiet place to do homework.
  2. Ensure access to online resources Serial Purple Mash or Conquer Maths, as required.
  3. Ensure children understand the task before encouraging them to complete it independently and have the adequate resources e.g. paper, pencil, pen, writing target, reading record.
  4. Check completed work with your child, offering support and giving praise for effort in Growth Mindset (independence, resilience, learning from mistakes and thinking around a problem).
  5. Ensure your child completes and returns the homework on time. Please sign the home learning diary each Monday afternoon (see what home work tasks have been set for the week), as well as each sheet of home learning once checked (comprehension, GPS, writing and maths Monday - Thursday). 


Children should read every day, and it is still important, even if they are able to read by themselves, that they still read to an adult, or are read to by an adult. We would appreciate you having 'book talk' discussions with your child in order to develop their enjoyment of reading and their comprehension and word skills. You may find these links useful in guiding you on reading for pleasure and supporting your child at home: or .

Above are some question stems to assist you with this (Vipers KS2). If you are looking for suitable books then this website may be helpful:

Subscribed Resources

Please don't forget to use Conquer Maths, as often as possible with your personal login in. Purple Mash logins are for home learning tasks.