Welcome back to a new academic year! I hope you have all had a fun-filled summer and are as excited as me to start a new year of learning and fun. The topics we are going to cover this year are Terrific Tudors, Robots and Christmas Lights, Happy New Year, Under the Sea, Wild, Wild West, Kirklevington Kitchen, Football Fanatics and What a Performance!
We will be starting this year off with art week followed by Terrific Tudors. We will be using our art to ensure children feel ownership in their classroom by adding to displays. We will also be looking at some art work by Hans Holbein and creating some Tudor portraits in his style. During our topic work, we will be learning all about Tudor monarchs, what Tudor life was like, their eating habits, how they lived and Tudor punishments. It should be a very exciting half term!
We will start our English sessions this term with a short movie module. Children will be looking at the information given, how the director sets the scene and shows characters’ emotions. We will be using this as a basis to write some fantastic character and setting descriptions within the first two weeks. We will then move onto writing linked more with our topic work by imagining we are a person in Tudor times, writing a diary about what life is like. The children will also be writing newspaper articles linked to their learning about the Tudors.
We will be starting our Maths work this term with place value. We will study this at length coming back to it several times throughout the year. We will be learning how to partition, round, read and write numbers with 4 digits. We will begin to look at decimal numbers later in year. We will work on the four operations, add, subtract, divide and multiply and will focus a lot on our times tables. Following this, we will learn about the properties of shape, naming 3D shapes, making models with 3D shapes and classifying and describing 3D shapes.
This term in Science, we will be learning about materials and forces. We will carry out a range of experiments focussing on using observation to answer scientific problems, setting up a simple investigation to solve a scientific question and recording data using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs.
As always, there will be a strong emphasis on how to be safe online. Children will create a store digital content linked to out topic Terrific Tudors. They will create Tudor art work using a range of software, including a camera, they will store and retrieve this digital content themselves.
Our PE lessons are every alternate Tuesday afternoon this half term, as children will be swimming every afternoon for two weeks. A separate letter will be sent out about swimming which will begin week commencing Monday 11th September. The children will need to have their indoor PE kit in school at all times. PE session may sometimes be outside, so we ask that children bring a sweatshirt, jogging bottoms and trainers to wear outside. Shorts, t shirt and PE shoes/trainers will be required for indoor sessions.
Children should have a water bottle in school every day.
For health and safety reasons children ARE NOT permitted to wear any type of jewellery in school; including earrings, bracelets and wristbands. Watches may be worn, but must be removed for PE.
The children are encouraged to read at home as much as possible (every night would be great!). This will enable them to build and consolidate important reading skills, such as: reading speed and fluency, ability to analyse texts and make inferences. Please sign your child’s Reading Record to show when your child has read. I will sign and write weekly, after each Guided Reading session.
As well as regular reading, the children should be practising their times tables often.
Homework will be set on a Thursday or Friday and the children will have one week to complete it. This will include: –
- Maths or English to reinforce and consolidate work that has been done in school.
- Research to support cross-curricular topic work.
- Reading comprehension work – the children would benefit from sharing and discussing their reading extracts with an adult before answering the questions.It is important that children hand work in on time. This promotes good habits for the future and means it can be marked before the next piece of work is set.If you have any problems or concerns, please do not hesitate to call in to see me or telephone school.
- Spellings will be given out on a Friday and tested the following Friday. The children will be given opportunity, during school time, to practise their spelling words and will use the words correctly in a sentence to show that they understand word meanings.
Chestnut Timetable 2017-2018
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