We love learning about the world around us. We have been learning about irreversible and reversible changes and we enjoyed watching and recording what happened during some of our experiments.
Class 1 have some wonderful examples of different genres of writing on display. Please come and have a look at the end of the school day on a Friday.
19th April 2018
We hope you had a lovely Easter break and had some fun and relaxing times. We are looking forward to a busy term ahead with a great variety of exciting learning planned and, of course, our Y 5/6 residential! We will be holding a meeting on Wednesday 25th April at 9am to give you more information about our trip to Bristol.
Similarly to last term, Miss Archer will teach the class every Tuesday to Friday and Mrs. Zoeftig will teach every Monday. Mrs. Zoeftig will also be running some booster sessions on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. In addition to this, Jan and Jane will be working with some groups of children on a Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. Rosie is the class Teaching Assistant all week.
In Class 1 we have high expectations and encourage the children to be as independent as possible. We hope that you will support your children by helping them to be organised, e.g. by packing their own school bags, knowing when homework needs to be completed, bringing the correct equipment to school, etc. This is vital preparation for when they move on to secondary school. Homework diaries must be brought to school every day please.
Literacy; We will be focusing on descriptive writing through an effective choice of vocabulary and figurative language. We will also be focusing on formal and informal writing through selecting vocabulary and grammatical structures precisely. We will be learning more about the use of passive voice and ways to use dialogue to advance the action in narratives. Through all our writing, we will be working hard to improve our grammar, spelling and punctuation.
Maths; We will continue to develop children’s reasoning skills through number and calculation learning. Also, shape and space skills through a wide variety of different investigations, discussion, challenges, use of ICT and book work etc.
Science; This half term we will be continuing with our topic, Properties and Materials, and we will then be moving on to Evolution and Inheritance. We will also be covering SRE (Sex and Relationships Education) and healthy living, diet and exercise.
Topic; Ancient Greece will be our topic focus. We will do some cross curricular work linked with literacy and art, as well as researching this interesting period in history.
PE; The PE coaches will be focusing on athletics on a Tuesday and on Mondays we will be learning some dance movements and how to play rounders.
Art/DT; Abstract art, sculpture and Ancient Greece will be our focus in art.
PSHE/Philosophy; We will be exploring our current school value, respect, looking at other cultures and religions/opinions. We will focus on respecting and empathising with others, especially when they hold opposing opinions or beliefs. In summer 2, we will be focusing on Transition and moving on.
Music; This term we will be listening to and discussing music by Beethoven and a selection of songs and film themes. We will also be working on a composition about our local area.
ICT; We will be continuing with our e-safety curriculum this term. Y 5/6 will all produce a brochure about Bristol based on what they find out during their residential. Year 6 will also be planning and producing their own short video and Year 5 will be manipulating images this term.
Please try to hear your child read and discuss with them what they are reading at least three times a week and record in the homework diaries which your child should bring to school every day. Please also sign their diary when they read independently. Thank you to all of you who regularly hear your children read because your support and encouragement at home is vital and appreciated - we really do notice the positive impact it has on their comprehension skills.
Inspirational Journals are books for the children to follow their own learning through what interests and inspires them. These should be brought into school on a Thursday to be shared with the class. Occasionally your child may be given a maths or literacy sheet to complete to help reinforce work covered in class. This can be done INSTEAD of their Inspirational Journal.
Spellings will be given on a Tuesday and tested on the following Tuesday.
Folens Maths should be completed at home and will be marked on a Friday. Please also practise times tables at home as these are essential for helping your child to be more confident at maths. Helping your child to tell the time, work out time differences and understanding timetables (bus/trains, etc.) is also very beneficial. There are many good online resources.
We thank you for your continued support in helping to make your child’s learning as positive and rewarding as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact Miss. Archer or Mrs. Zoeftig if you have anything you wish to discuss.
Thank you and best wishes from
Miss. Archer and Mrs. Zoeftig
Rosie, Jane and Jan