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Mr. Hart, Miss. Barker, Mrs. Smyth and Mrs. Jackson. 

Welcome back Phoenix Class! We hope you had a fantastic break and that you are ready for our third half term. Our first half term of 2020!


During our six half terms, we will be covering a wide range of topics. Our six topics are Stone Age to Iron Age, Roald Dahl, Africa, Planet Earth, The Iron Man and Ancient Greece. To ensure an exciting and engaging curriculum for your children, we will be arranging school trips and inviting visitors into school. 


Half Term Three - It's Time for Africa!


I am so excited that this half term we will be learning all about Africa. We will begin by exploring the different countries that make up the fascinating continent. We will learn all about different African traditions, famous people from Africa and taste exotic fruits!   


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    ...   The more you read, the more things you'll know. The more that you learn, the more places that you'll go. - Dr. Seuss.   ...


Throughout the year, children will be encouraged to read as much as they possibly can. Whether that be individually, to an adult or in a group. Children will bring books home to read. If you could continue to write a short comment in their school diary, that would be really appreciated. Diaries will be checked on a Friday and Dojo's will be awarded accordingly. 


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Physical Education

Our designated PE days this year are Tuesday (indoor) and Thursday (outdoor). This half term we are covering football and dance with Lauren. The children will be learning a traditional African dance that ties with our topic. During the final three terms of the academic year, the children will be going swimming. More information will be provided closer to the time. 

Important dates for the diary:



  • Monday 6th January - Inset day
  • Tuesday 7th January - First day of new term 


  • Tuesday 4th February - Movie night
  • Friday 7th February - Deep Over at the Deep
  • Friday 14th February - Final day of term

(New important dates will be added accordingly) 



I have an open door policy for all.  However, if you do need to email me then you can do so. Email: dhart@gateford.notts.sch.uk 

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