Thank you to all who were able to attend the British Values assembly. Year 5/6 have thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon sessions this week and have a much deeper understanding of how parliament and our voting system works now. We were able to hold sessions of parliament in class to debate various topics and try to pass our own school laws. Some of these bills will get passed to the House of Lords first (the staff room) and then have the Queen (Miss Campbell) sign them off.
In English we have been using the book ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ as the basis for our lesson work. This week has seen us learn all about fronted adverbials and how to use them correctly to build tension in our writing. Children should be confident in identifying and using adverbials that tell us how, where or when something happens.
In mathematics both Years 4 and 5 have been getting to grips with a variety of shape related problems. Year 4 have focused on symmetry whilst Year 5 have looked more closely at 3D shapes and their properties.
I have asked that all children spend time this week on TTRockstars and SpellingShed. It is especially important for the Year 4’s to spend time on TTRockstars as they will be expected to know all of their times tables by the end of the year and to be able to recall them at speed.
Homework will be given out every Friday, and is due in on the following Thursday. Children will still be expected to complete a numeracy task, a spelling task, and a literacy task. Children have been reminded that this work can be completed independently, however if they have any issues they are to see me before the Thursday hand in.
It is recommended that children read for a minimum of 15 minutes daily, which can be written in to your child’s reading record. Reading regularly can not only improve word recognition and fluency, but can also assist children in their writing during class. Therefore, children will be expected to read at least 2 stage books per week (1 if they are on the thicker books from later stages). Times tables are of equal importance, and I have encouraged the class to practise these for 10 minutes every day.
P.E. will be on Monday and Friday this year so please ensure children have their kits in school on these days. For P.E. children need to bring both indoor and outdoor kit and must have trainers and pumps.
Early morning work begins at 08:30 each day and will be spent on tasks that the children have needed further support with. This could be arithmetic or grammar related. Therefore, I would encourage the children getting in to school on time, to ensure they do not miss any learning.
If you have any questions, please feel free to see me at 8:30 or at home time. Alternatively, you can contact me via an email to school.
Curriculum Autumn Term 1
English – Fantasy stories, biographies and poetic form.
Maths – Number and place value, addition and subtraction, properties of shapes, multiplication and division, fractions and position and direction.
In the afternoon sessions:
Topic – The Amazing Americas
Art – Central and South American Art
Science – Light
Computing – Scratch
PE – Dance
Spanish- Phrases, travel, restaurant, family, shopping, school and people.
We would welcome any resources you may have at home that you feel could enhance your child’s learning in any part of the curriculum that we are studying. This may be in the form of information books, guidebooks and leaflets collected on visits to places of interest that you have made with your family. Even better, if you feel that any experiences of your own are relevant to the curriculum, it would be wonderful if you could come and share them with the class.