Welcome to Boost Group

Welcome to Boost group!

Children who attend our ‘Boost Group’ have been identified as needing an extra ‘boost’ with their learning.

Each morning, each child will work to develop their speaking and listening, reading, writing and maths skills.

Here you will find information about what your child in Boost Group will be learning in other areas of the curriculum during Spring 2 term, along with other useful information.

Topic: Amazon rainforest

This term we will continue learning about the Amazon rainforest. We will be visiting Blackpool Zoo, so that the children can see some rainforest animals (please check your parentmail for more information). We will be producing artwork and a design technology project linked to Amazon rainforest too.

Science: Forces

In the forces unit we will learn about what makes things move, how friction acts on moving objects to slow them down, the effect of air resistance on falling objects, how air can push things and the effects of water resistance on moving objects.


Our school follows a scheme called Jigsaw and this term Boost Group children will complete a unit called ‘Healthy Me’ which the children consider the effects that smoking and alcohol can have on their bodies. They will also learn some emergency aid, look at how body image is portrayed in the media and consider healthy relationships with food.


In RE the children will continue looking at: What do religions say to us when life gets hard? They will also learn why Christians celebrate Easter.

PE: Indoor Games (also swimming for year 4 children)

The children will have the sports coach working with them on a Wednesday afternoon. This half term, the children will be developing their knowledge and skills of indoor games.

Please ensure your child has correct and full PE kit is in school all week as PE days may change to accommodate other activities taking place in school.

Year 4 children, will continue to join their peers and attend swimming lessons on a Monday afternoon. Please make sure the children have appropriate swimming kits and towels in a bag.

Music: Singing (also brass for year 3 children)

The children will learn ‘The Rainforest’ song.

Year 3 children will continue to learn how to play a brass instrument with Tameside music service. Music lessons are every Monday. If your child would like to take their brass instrument home to practice, a deposit can be paid to the office allowing them to take it home.

Computing: Data and Information

This term children will consider how and why data is collected over time. Learners will consider the senses that humans use to experience the environment and how computers can use special input devices called sensors to monitor the environment. Learners will collect data needed to answer questions.

Forest School

Children in Boost Group have the fantastic opportunity to take part in Forest Schooling. This will be each Tuesday. We venture out in all sorts of weather conditions and therefore children should have waterproof and warm clothing and sturdy footwear.

Other Support

To help support each child’s individual needs, children may take part in other activities to support their needs. These may include Zones of Regulation, speech and language, motor skills, lego therapy, social skills, memory skills or support with specific life skills.

Home Reading:

We ask that you read with your child as often as possible and sign their reading record a minimum of twice weekly in line with school policy. We will check reading records and change reading books every Friday. We monitor reading, homework and PE kits as part of our Assertive Mentoring Scheme.


Homework will be issued each Friday and should be completed each week and handed in by each Wednesday to achieve GREEN for Homework in Assertive Mentoring. If it is handed it in on Thursday or Friday you will achieve YELLOW. If you don’t hand your homework in you will be RED for that week.

Other important information:

Please ensure your child’s name is clearly written in all their school uniform.

We will be celebrating World Book Day on 2 March, so please chack your parentmail for information.

Children have a  login for :

Active Learn, https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk

Readingeggs, https://readingeggs.co.uk/

Spellingshed, https://www.edshed.com/

and Times Table Rockstars .https://ttrockstars.com/

Each of these will help support your child’s learning and can be used at home. Please ask an adult if you lose or forget your login.


Parents & Carers evening has been planned for 1st March, so if you haven’t booked an appointment yet, please do.

Parents & Carers are always very welcome to call in to discuss any aspect of their child’s learning, any other area of their school life or just to say ‘hello’.

If there is anything you need, or any help we can give you with anything, please let me know by either messaging on Google Classroom or speaking to us.

We are available after school, except on Wednesdays because that’s when we have our Staff Meeting. If a matter is urgent, you can always speak to an adult in the morning.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Appleton-Jones, Miss Benson, Miss Newton, Mrs Farrington

January – March

Spring Term

Lots of lovely learning to look forward to this term

English – Reading the story Flotsam and writing a non-chronological report about sharks. Creating our own fantasy narrative inspired by the book. Reading A Walk in London and writing an informative report about Denton. Poetry inspired by We Are Britain!

We learn spellings, punctuation and grammar all week using schemes of work.

Maths – Multiplication and Division, Area, Fractions and Decimals. Homework is linked weekly.

Guided Reading – Whole class work based on our class novel The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, supported by other engaging texts all term.

Science – Sound and Human Nutrition.

Topic – South America. Homework is linked. Including LGBT History Month.

Swimming – Every Monday.

PE – Cricket and Dance every Wednesday with Kickstart.

Art – Rainforest inspired work.

DT – Designing T-shirts as part of LGBT History Month.

Computing – Coding using Turtle Academy and Image Editing.

Jigsaw – Dreams and Goals and Healthy Me

RE – Why is Jesus inspiring to some people?

French – Fruits and Lunch

Music – Stop! and Lean On Me

Homework – Please read twice a week and learn your times tables. Mrs Hall has made a booklet for children to complete one sheet each week. Topic homework is in the homework books. Maths homework to be done weekly. Homework is handed out on Fridays and collected at the latest every Wednesday.