It is great to finally be able to welcome you all back to school – we’ve missed you! The past six months have certainly been a strange time for us all and we are doing our very best to help your children settle back into school life as gently as we can.
We will spend some time this term catching up on some lost learning – particularly in Maths and English.
Below are some of the things your children can look forward to over the coming months.
Our first topic is about Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton. We will be using the excellently written and illustrated book ‘Shackleton’s Journey’ by William Grill to learn all about this brave and exciting expedition. This topic will also be used across English, science, art, history, geography and PSHE to help bring learning alive.
We are starting our science work by learning about ‘Living things and their habitats’. We’ll look at Antarctic penguins and how different types of creatures survive in such harsh environments.
We will also learn about different types of trees in our local environment and learn how to ‘classify’ different living things.
In maths, we will be revisiting some key areas of learning that we feel need recapping after such a long break.
Our focused key learning areas for the time being are listed here:
- Looking at numbers to 1,000,000 and know the value of all digits
- Interpreting negative numbers and using them accurately
- Rounding numbers up to 1,000,000 to the nearest 10, 1000, 10,000 and 100,000
- Multiples, factors, square numbers, primes
- Addition of decimals
- Simple fractions
We’ll also be doing weekly arithmetic work, multiplication tables and problem solving.
Children will be given spellings every week to take home and learn. These may be focused words that children still need to develop confidence in, words relating to our current topic and words taken directly from the Y5/6 spelling list. These are normally sent home on a Tuesday. Spelling tests are weekly.
I will be sending mental arithmetic maths tasks home to children regularly. These will be marked together in class.
Some of our homework is related to our topic. A topic grid is being sent home and can also be found on Tapestry.
PE will be on a Tuesday. Please ensure that PE kits are in school on the correct days but taken home regularly to wash
FRENCH AND RE
Miss Glover will continue to teach the class French and Mrs Cooke will continue to teach Religious Studies on a Thursday afternoon.
Just a reminder that children are asked NOT to bring any equipment from home into school. Items such as pencil cases, pens, pencils, rubbers, sharpeners etc will all be provided at school for the time being.
I have made sure that there is a great choice of reading books for all types of reader in our classroom. The school library is currently not in use for children to exchange books. Please bear with us, whilst we organise the logistics of taking books home.
Bags and Lunch boxes
We ask that lunches are brought to school in ‘washable’ lunchboxes if possible. We would prefer bags not to be brought into school, unless absolutely necessary.
Any questions, please contact the school office.