Once settled back in, we will be learning about place value to 1 million and 10 million, as well as investigating and learning how to use the four operations, including long multiplication and short/long division. We will also be briefly touching on Roman numerals.
In Literacy we will be reading War Horse by Michael Morpurgo as our class novel as well as using it in our writing lessons, writing diary entries and letters from the front line. We will also use The Christmas Truce and books by Tom Palmer to support our writing.
We will continue to use our reading board to discuss and explore the books and investigate some of the topics that arise in the stories as they progress. These books will include War Horse and either Over the Line or The Armistice Runner.
I will continue to encourage the children to read and record it in their yellow reading records, however in addition we will be trialling Reading journals at school where the children have the opportunity to log the plot, characters, settings and any vocabulary or phrases they find interesting in a creative way to engage more deeply with the books they are reading both at home and at school.
Our topic is War and Remembrance where we will be exploring the significance, events and impact of the First World War on British history. In history we will look at the main events, players and conditions of the Great War, as well as looking at the changing role of women in Britain.
We will use the inspiration of the art of the period to create atmospheric silhouette pictures using materials such as charcoal and paint. We will also use a page from War Horse to create a blackout poem, including sketching and painting.
We will be using our Music curriculum guide, Charanga to investigate the music and songs of the period and learn two new songs.
In computing, we will be using Purple Mash to learn how to programme and debug different game challenges and program micro bits.
Year 5 will be focusing the Properties of Materials, sorting them, applying their uses and exploring the different ways to separate substances. This will include designing and developing a playground using a range of materials.
Year 6 will be learning about Charles Darwin and the theory of evolution, adaption of animals to a change of environment and how offspring of living things show characteristics of their parents through inheritance.
In RE, we will be discussing if God is holy and loving, how does this impact on how Christians live their lives and how could this also impact on the choices we make. Our school value this term is Love, linked into the Creation story.
Books and nurturing a love of reading are my passions!
This year I have created a Class Novel board, which the children will add to as we read through the book, exploring characters, themes and plots. In our room is the book trolley which has the phrase, 'Reading is a Passport to Countless adventures' so I have sessions for the children to discover and read books for pleasure, rather than books they have to read to me or have work set on. I would like to inspire and encourage a genuine love of reading and exploring different personal choices is crucial to discovering what they enjoy.
We will be building a class scrapbook that the children can use to inform their book choices. The children will build their own reading journals based on the books they read, adding to them in a creative style to provide a resource for each other and any future children who come into class three.
We will also be using Accelerated Reader to support the progression and development of the children's reading in school.