Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope you all had a great Christmas holiday and I'm looking forward to the year ahead. Thank you so much for your help and support last term; especially for coming to events such as the Christmas Fair, plays and helping your child with their homework.
English The class will start the half term off by focusing on Newspaper and debate writing. We will be studying the picture book ‘Tuesday’ by David Wiesner, to inspire our writing. At some point, we will be having an archaeology day, where we will be digging up the past to again inspire our writing. So watch this space!
Maths This year we have changed our method of teaching and learning Maths across the school, choosing to adopt an exciting ‘Mastery’ approach to deliver the National Curriculum. This is based on the ‘Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract’ journey, which encourages children in all year groups to use ‘concrete’ objects and equipment (such as place value counters or cubes) to physically make and perform calculations. They then learn to visualise calculations as pictures (particularly bar models) before moving on to represent them as abstract, more formal written methods. Please ask me if you would like further information about how ‘Mastery’ works in the class.
Please make sure your child is using the RM Easimaths site as much as possible
https://www.rmeasimaths.com/ and practising their times tables recall weekly.
Please label all clothing, shoes, water bottles and stationery;
Homework will be given out on Friday and will consist of spellings, a maths and literacy task;
Homework will be due back on Thursday;
PE will be on a Wednesday and Friday.
Watch this space for upcoming photos of what the class have been up to!
Science The class will be learning about the properties of materials and carrying out experiments including: solubility of solids, separating mixtures and temperature change.
History. We have an exciting topic to start the year off, as we will be learning about the cultures and history of the Mayans and Aztecs. I'm sure this brutal but fascinating part of world history will engage the class. I’m hoping at some stage to have an Indiana Jones themed day (after the success of our Anglo Saxon day) on the Aztecs. Dates and details will be confirmed later.
Art. The class will be creating pieces of art based on ‘still life’ and also using sewing and felting to make a piece of ‘talking textile’ loosely based on the historically priceless Bayeux tapestry.
To encourage home reading we will be running a weekly reading challenge, where every time a pupil reads, making a log in their reading journals, getting it signed and dated, they get a point (up to a maximum of 7 a week). Please encourage your child to read as much as possible.
If there is anything that you would like to discuss at any time, then please feel free to catch me in the playground after school or call to arrange an appointment. Finally, if there is anything you can help with, or bring in for any of our topics then please let me know.
Many thanks for your support,