Welcome back. I hope that you have had a lovely half term break. The children worked very hard last half term and I am looking forward to seeing them progress even further over the coming weeks. It was lovely to meet parents before half term to discuss progress. There will be a short written report nearer Christmas to keep you updated.
We have a busy half term ahead of us and there are many activities to look forward to. The Book Fair will be with us the week commencing Monday 4th November and on Friday 15th November there will be a Tog Day for Children in Need. The main event of our half term will be the Christmas Play ‘The stars come out for Christmas’. We need the children to keep practising the songs as the half term progresses and learn the words from memory as quickly as possible. Nearer to the event we will be taking part in rehearsals with the Year 4 classes; however, for the majority of the time we will be rehearsing dances and other routines during lunch breaks and music lessons. This will ensure that minimal curriculum time is missed. The performance will be taking place at 7 p.m. on Thursday 5th December, with tickets going on sale nearer the time. Please come along! On Wednesday 11th December Years 2-6 will go to a pantomime at the Wycombe Swan Theatre. To round off the term, there will be our traditional Carol Service on the last day, which always makes it feel as if Christmas has really begun!
Reading/Comprehension and Writing
This half term we will be focusing on information texts including looking at a dictionary, thesaurus and encyclopedia.We will investigate the various features of information books (the Contents, Index and Glossary) and will be thinking about how to write useful and understandable notes. Following on from this we will spend the last few weeks of the half term investigating and completing some poetry based on alphabetical poems, shape poems and senses poems on a Winter/Christmas theme.
We will be reading The Worst Witch.
Mrs. Belvoir’s group - We will begin by continuing our work on numbers to 1000, in particular counting in twos, threes, fours and fives from any number. This will lead into work on multiplication and division. We will be dividing by 2, linking with halving, and by 10. This will be followed by work on fractions, particularly halves and quarters. We will then move on to developing addition and subtraction to 100. We will finish the term working on time, focusing on the monthly calendar and some data handling using frequency tables and bar charts. SB
Mrs. Thompson’s group - We will begin by continuing our work on 3D shapes. We will then be moving on to number sequences to 10,000. The focus will then move to multiplication and division thinking both about mental strategies and pencil and paper procedures. We will complete some data-handling work and the children will extract and record information from tally charts and bar charts. Finally we will focus on fractions - using fraction notation, identifying two simple fractions with a total of 1, ordering simple fractions and finding fractions of quantities and shapes. KT
We will be moving on to our new topic of ‘Materials and their Uses’. We will discover the differences between materials and investigate some of their properties with a focus on wood, plastic, paper and metal. We will investigate the suitability of using different materials in the construction of various objects to decide which one we think most appropriate for each object. We will undertake an investigation into the absorbency of different materials. SAW
We continue our study of the Romans. We will be looking at how the Romans spent their leisure time, typical clothing, Roman food, Roman Gods and discover what happened at Pompeii. We will finish by finding out why the Romans left Britain and the legacy they left behind. KT
We will be investigating settlements around the UK. We will be able to describe what a settlement is and we will use digital maps to investigate different settlement sizes and the features of these settlements and why settlements become established in particular areas or sites. SAW
Through a variety of religious stories, our focus this half term is how to differentiate between right and wrong decisions, how we may be influenced to make decisions and choices and what consequences may be incurred. We will also discuss how the faith of a believer can help them make the right choices. JT
This half term we will be extending the vocabulary learnt last year on classroom instructions, classroom objects, numbers to 20 and the weather. We will also be covering new topics including: telling the time and rooms around the house. TW
The children will extend their word processing skills and will practise touch typing. They will learn how to use tools such as a spell checker, and how to lay out their work attractively and add pictures to text. They will use these skills to produce cards and a magazine page. MHL
This half term we will be continuing to practise pieces on the recorder using the notes B, A and G. The children should hopefully become more confident in playing and reading these notes on the stave. Please encourage regular practice at home to consolidate what we do in class. We will also be spending time learning the songs for the Christmas play and improving our vocal skills. SB
We will begin the half term by designing and making Roman shields. We will complete some Christmas activities this half term including making cards, advent calendars and decorations. KT
In P4C this half term we will deal with the theme ‘Relationships’. I will provide stimuli initially on aspects of how to deal with bullying, to coincide with the National Anti-Bullying Month, and then on ways of getting on with each other. They will choose the questions that we will then discuss. GC
PE & GAMES
In Tuesday games boys will be taking part in tag rugby activities and the girls will be taking part in uni-hockey activities this half term. A variety of sending and receiving techniques will be developed, using increasing control. Boys should bring football boots in a boot bag each week. In PE lessons on Fridays the children will develop skills in gymnastics and develop a simple sequence with body control and tension. Children should wear PE kits to school on both days and, as the weather gets colder, fleeces and woollen hats can be worn too for extra warmth. SAW