HAPPY NEW YEAR
This term we have some great topics – all starting with our class trip to the SS Great Britain in Bristol next Wednesday 16th January.
We’ll be learning all about the engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel and some of his marvelous designs and creations. Our work on Brunel will be linked to English, History, Geography and Science.
In Science we are looking at Forces – including gravity, air and water resistance and levers and pulleys.
In Maths this term, we will be focusing on number work – patterns, puzzles, addition and subtraction – as our core skills. We are also learning about the following:
converting kilograms to grams
converting litres to millilitres
converting milometres to metres
Converting ‘metric’ units of measurements to ‘imperial’ units – miles to kilometres
Number problems relating to the above
- Ratio and proportion
- Fractions and converting them to decimals – plus addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of fractions.
- Reading and plotting coordinates and solving reasoning problems
- Translations, rotations and reflections of shapes on a coordinate grid
- Drawing and interpreting pie charts and line graphs
Homework tasks will be stuck in books or given as a separate sheet.
All homework this term MUST be completed and books handed in on a Monday.
There will be a mixture of reading, maths and SPAG tasks to complete this term in preparation for the Year 6 SATS tests in May.
There is meeting for Y6 parents about SATS and residential on Tuesday 22nd January at 2:30pm in class 5.
Years 5 & 6 WW1 Performance at the church Thursday 8th November 2018 at 6pm – All welcome
Please park in the sign posted field to ensure we are considerate of all local residents – Thank you
This year we have a selection of brilliant topics, which I hope will continue to inspire and interest your children. Our topics from now until Christmas are as follows:
- The human body – (diet, exercise, nutrition) expect some more gruesome and hands-on scientific experiments
- The history of crime and punishment
- The science of catching criminals – investigating fingerprints/forensics
- WW1 – Special Slimbridge centenary project marking 100 years since the end of WW1.
|PE – Our PE lessons this year will be on a Tuesday afternoon. Please ensure your child has the appropriate kit at school. If you have any old, spare kit you’d like to donate, this would be helpful for the times when children forget.
|Homework – I firmly believe that homework is only helpful to children if they are motivated, engaged and proactive about doing it. I also understand that some children love homework and some dread it! Therefore, I’ll include a few non-negotiable tasks as well as some element of choice with homework this year:
Spellings are essential – your child will be given spellings to learn – usually on a Tuesday and there will be a spelling test each Monday. The words will be a mixture of those set out by the national curriculum, words specifically chosen to widen vocabulary and words relating to our topics. Spellings will be chosen to match your child’s confidence levels.
Creative tasks – I’ll send home some more creative homework tasks which will probably relate in some way to our topics. Most of these will be optional.
SATs practice – Children are well prepared for SATs tests at school but they may be given homework tasks relating to any element of the SATs.
Parental support with homework is not always a necessity and I know that it is not always possible to support your children all the time. Just remember that any help you can offer is always going to be a bonus. We can also help at school if needed.
|French – Mrs Wood will be taking over the teaching of French this year. She is super excited to be teaching our older children.
HORRID HISTORY homework
SUPER SCIENCE HOMEWORK GRID
School will be CLOSED all day on Friday 2nd March due to freezing weather conditions.
See you all on Monday for business as usual!
I cannot believe it is term 4 already.
This term started with a fantastic class trip to CONCORDE last week. We’ll be learning some information about the history of flight as we work our way through the next few weeks.
In science, we are learning about multiple concepts – all of which fit in brilliantly with our flight themed learning. We’ll be making rocket launchers as we learn about ‘thrust’ and speed, and a little bit about space! We are learning some facts about how speed travels through air and water too.