It was lovely meeting you all at Parents' Evening. Hopefully the children can have a nice relaxing holiday after their intense preparations for the 11+ exams. We will continue, of course, to support your children in their preparation for entrance exams to independent schools. Mr. Crehan will be continuing his maths club on Thursday lunchtime and we will look, in English lessons, at comprehension and writing papers to help the children prepare.
The next half term is a busy and challenging one and expectations will be high. You will find an outline below of the topic areas to be covered in all subject areas. There may be a certain amount of overlap with the first half term where time constraints may have prevented everything being covered and of course there may be some last minute changes to some of the activities. A thank you once again to parents for being supportive, for signing diaries and reading records and keeping on top of homework.
There are several forthcoming events that you need to be aware of:
5/11 Denham Country Park
14/11 Children in Need tog day
28/11 Globe Theatre trip
29/11 PA Christmas Parties
3/12 Watch Y3/4 Christmas production at Winston Churchill Hall
5/12 Pantomime trip.
10/12 Ice Skating
12/12 Carol Service and end of term
We hope you have an enjoyable and relaxing break.
Mrs. Stark and Mrs. Savage.
In preparation for our visit to the Globe Theatre, we will be focussing on the Shakespearean play ‘Romeo and Juliet’. KS
This term 6L will continue to read ‘A Midnight Fox’ and 6S ‘The Demon Headmaster’. Comprehension tasks will reflect each of the writing genres studied. KS
We will learn about newspapers and write our own articles, linked to our geography topic. Next, we will write biographies based on famous Victorians. KS
Mr. Lewis’s group
We will start this half term with the properties of 2D and 3D shapes, learn to draw accurate representations and find the perimeter and area. We will move on to further algebra in which we will study formulae and functions, collecting like terms and substitution. The children will then revise and extend their understanding of fractions and percentages. We will practise problem solving skills, and will answer questions from common entrance papers as these are useful practice for all of the children. The children will take part in the Primary Mathematics Challenge, a national maths competition that focuses on problem solving skills.
Mrs. Stark’s and Mrs. Savage’s group
This half term we will focus on algebra, looking at sequences, function machines and using symbols to represent unknown numbers. Mrs. Savage will focus in her weekly lesson on considering the properties of 2D and 3D shapes, learning to draw accurate representations and finding the perimeter and area. We will aim to develop problem solving skills and the children will take part in the Primary Mathematics Challenge, a national maths competition which focuses on problem solving skills.
In the next half term, the children will learn about ‘microorganisms’. They will start with finding out types of microbes and examples for each type. The topic also includes understanding how microbes can be useful and harmful, and the pioneers of science responsible for vaccination and pasteurisation. Our investigations involve the growing of mould and yeast to test the ideal conditions for the growth of microbes. Finally, the children will learn about health and hygiene, and the methods used for preserving food. EG
During this half term the children will look at the Industrial Revolution and in particular the impact of the railways on the Victorian way of life. They will also investigate leisure time, the Great Exhibition, look at reformers who had an impact on the lives of children and the poor in order to write biographies and they will look at the many traditions of Christmas that stem from the Victorian age. DH
Next term will start with our river study day at Denham Country Park where the children will be involved in fieldwork to investigate river processes and collect data to review and use when we return to school. We will also be focusing on the causes of increasing cases of river flooding in the UK, the impact these have on people and ways flooding could be prevented. SAW
At the beginning of the half term we will look at race and diversity. We will then be looking at various aspects of Hinduism, which will continue into the Spring term. JT
We will consolidate work on self and family and then move on to a unit on food. Pupils will learn to express their opinions and preferences about food. As Christmas approaches we will consider Christmas traditions in France and learn some simple Christmas songs and carols. TMS
We will begin this half term by learning the Spanish alphabet and will practice spelling a variety of different words. We will then move on to language of the classroom and items in a pencil case. The children will learn the names of school subjects and will practice expressing their opinions. We will end the term learning about Christmas in Spain. TW
We will revise work covered in the first half term and extend vocabulary for animals and simple adjectives to describe them. We will then move on to some basic food vocabulary and, time permitting, look at Roman dining and entertaining traditions.TMS
This half term the children will learn how to create animations and edit videos. We will use Movie Maker, which is is a free Microsoft tool, and Monkey Jam, which is also free to download. I have chosen these tools so that the children can extend their skills at home if they wish to. MHL
We will continue learning about musical evolution from 1750 to present day and create compositions in appropriate styles. With the festive season coming up there will be time to learn new Christmas songs and recorder pieces as well as the traditional ones. RA
We will be using our History themes of the Industrial Revolution and change to inspire our art work. We will look at the work of Anselm Kiefer and the designs for theatrical productions by the Russian avant-garde, created during the Russian revolutions and First World War.
You may like to visit the exhibitions which are currently on or visit the web sites. As always, the V&A and RA have a programme of Half Term events which may be of interest.
We are continuing our course on Mindfulness. We will be looking at Moving Mindfully, Stepping Back and Befriending the Difficult. GRC
PE & GAMES
Next half term 6S will take part in tag rugby activities and 6L will take part in hockey activities on Wednesday games afternoons. 6S & 6L boys should wear their football tops, football socks and shorts; 6S & 6L girls should wear polo shirts and skorts and football socks if they have them. Everyone will need tracksuits and must bring old trainers or football boots in with them and pupils in 6L must have a mouthguard with them each week. In the Thursday PE lessons the children will take part in handball activities leading to match play and preparation for playing in the handball team. On Wednesday 10th December the children will have the opportunity to take part in an ice skating session. SAW