It was lovely to meet you all at the Parents' evenings and I hope your children have enjoyed the first half of term. They worked incredibly hard and I hope their enthusiasm and diligence continues throughout the year. Thank you for the support you gave with our Harvest presentation, helping your children to learn their lines and most especially for your generous donations of Harvest gifts. I am sure you will agree that your children performed and sang beautifully.
The next half term is a busy and challenging one and expectations will be high. A thank you once again to parents for being supportive of us; for signing diaries and reading records, keeping on top of homework, and your superb efforts with the LYBs – we really do appreciate the difference that your cooperation in these little things can make.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me, either before or after school or via e-mail: email@example.com
The children will continue to study the plays of Shakespeare this half term.
The focus of our comprehension sessions during the next few weeks will be some instructions and explanatory texts and then recounts that will involve some letter writing. Towards the end of the term we will be looking at some classic poetry by the poets Walter de la Mare and Edgar Allan Poe. We will continue with our class reader ‘Private Peaceful’. TW
We begin this half term by finishing off our work on non-fiction texts with some information text writing and some letters involving recount. Our focus will then shift to classic, narrative poetry and in particular the poets mentioned above. The children will be attempting their own poetry based on the style and format of some classic poems. TW
We made some alterations to our plans last half term, responding to how the children coped with certain concepts; we spent longer than anticipated reviewing and consolidating the four main operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Continued practice of these in LYB sessions, both mentally and using standard written methods, will hopefully lead to mastery of the skills.
We will begin the next half term looking at fractions, decimals and percentages. From there we will look at number sequences; negative numbers; data handling focusing on mean, median and mode; reflection and rotational symmetry; inverse operations and balancing equations. Homework will continue to be set on Monday and Thursday with LYB practice (5 mins) on the remaining days. TMS/TW
Miss Walker’s Maths Group
We will continue to explore 2D shapes and the properties of these shapes. We will establish the ways to identify different shapes and develop how to describe these shapes in mathematical geometry terms. We will also have further practice using protractors to accurately measure angles and find missing angles. SAW
This half term the children will be learning about sound and how it is produced. They will learn that sounds are produced by vibrations and that these vibrations travel from the source through a variety of materials. Musical instruments will be used to illustrate the range of ways of producing sounds and how pitch and loudness can be altered. Their investigations will give them the opportunity to plan experiments, to make predictions and to decide whether the evidence is sufficient to support their prediction.
This half term we will be continuing our study of the Tudor period by looking at the famous wives of Henry VIII and why he broke with the Catholic Church. We will also look at everyday life for the rich and poor. We will then move on to consider the differences between life for children in Tudor times and today. Finally the children will look at some Tudor Christmas traditions. SS
Following on from our investigation into the infrastructure of the supply of clean water in the UK we will be moving on to investigate water supplies in developing countries and places where water is scarce. We will consider the devastating effects of drinking dirty water and how simple measures can help communities have a clean water supply. We will also discover how people cope in times of drought in desert regions of the world. SAW
This half term we will be looking at marriage and relationships. In particular we will focus on how some of the major religions allow believers to make a lifelong commitment to their partner. Non-religious commitment will also be addressed. SS
Topics covered this half term include pets - with simple descriptions, introducing self and family and some work about Christmas traditions in France. Grammar focus will be on subject pronouns and present tense of some regular verbs. TMS
We will begin the half term with a review of what was covered last half term. From there we will learn days, months and numbers to 31 so that the pupils can formulate the date in Spanish. We will look at basic classroom vocabulary as well as transactional language in the classroom with an emphasis on the imperative of the verb. Pupils will learn to describe, in simple terms, physical appearance of each other as well as character and we will end the half term with a look at how Christmas is celebrated in Spain. TMS
The focus for this half term is databases. The children will learn about different ways of storing data and how relational databases are structured. They will learn how to construct complex searches to find information. They will also be introduced to algorithms, the process for solving problems. This understanding of algorithms will be used later in the year when we move on to programming. MHL
We will be looking at cyclic patterns and creating improvisations with a variety of instruments. Towards the end of the term the children will have the opportunity to get into the festive mood and learn some new Christmas songs in addition to those sung traditionally. I will be assessing all children on their recorder playing this half term so please ensure regular daily practice of at least 5 minutes a day. RA
We will complete printing our Bag For Life designs and will then be making some 3D models to link with our geography water project, using recycled materials. JT
The children will continue to show their Happiness Boxes in Positive Psychology, sharing with one another in a presentation the things that make them happy; this often gives an interesting insight into a child and they discover things about one another that they didn’t know previously. We will then move onto learning how to change their state or mood, an introduction to a very short meditation, learn a little about the brain and the value of their relationships with others. GC
PE & GAMES
Boys will be taking part in football activities and the girls will be taking part in netball activities this half term. A variety of passing, marking, defending and shooting techniques will be developed, using increasing control and accuracy in these invasion games. Boys should wear trainers and bring football boots with them each week in a boot bag. In PE lessons on Fridays children will continue to develop their swimming skills and stroke development, working towards completing the National Programme for Teaching Swimming awards. 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. The children will also have the opportunity to take part in an ice skating taster session, visiting Slough Ice Rink towards the end of term. SAW