Fantastic to have all of the children back and ready to learn today, even if it was a little excitable at times! The first half term will focus on the foundations of both English and Maths as we look to establish how much progress has been made throughout the summer break. English will look at the book sheep pig by Dick King-Smith and consider some of the lessons we can take from the story. A strong grammatical theme will accompany this work as children review and write in the style of this famous author. A more formal approach will follow as children research the author and start to plan and write a biography about the man.
Invasions games will be the theme for Physical Education including football, netball and rugby and opportunities will be given to represent the school in a variety of sports. Geography will focus on human and physical impacts on farming in this country and abroad, using India as a case study for direct comparisons with farming at home and abroad. In Science will look at humans and animals, the systems that are essential for both to survive.
To help your children please find time to hear them read and the Reading Karate scheme will once again be in action including extension opportunities for those who have already achieved their black belt! Times tables are fundamental for so much of the maths covered in Year 5 & 6, we will cover weekly assessments to support children with this and hopefully them seeing the progress in class will lead them to seek increased fluency.
Being aspirational and having a growth mind-set will be the theme for this half-term topic. The children will discuss their dreams and also plan a way to achieve them, discussing what skills and learning behaviours will be important to support with being successful in achieving their dreams.
We will use the idea of sport to support with the theme of aiming high and in particular the life of Muhammad Ali.
This term, Class 3 will focus on securing efficient strategies for the four operations and demonstrating a greater depth of knowledge through problem solving and reasoning tasks. The children will look at fractions and averages as well as percentages and ratio.
Muhammad Ali being an incredible boxer, probably his biggest legacy was overcoming racism and following his dreams, winning Olympic Gold! He famously threw his medal in a river as a political statement, wrote poetry and wrote his name into history. Class 3 will research the late, great Muhammad Ali and write a discussion text about whether he should be remembered as the greatest? Children will also consider some of his more controversial moments and write a persuasive text about whether his decisions were correct.
Changes will be the theme for this terms learning and children will look a little closer at the evolution of species. We will link this to our science work when children will create a species (or look closely at one real species) and prepare a documentary which will be filmed ready to present to others with the support of green-screen technology in ICT.
Please continue to support your children by encouraging regular use of SPaG.com and MathsWhizz. Little and often will help to support the in class learning. Please ensure the children have their PE kit in school from Monday morning, scheduled sessions will take place on Tuesday and Thursday, however, the variable weather could lead to changes in the weekly plan.