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ELM NEWS – September 2018
Welcome back everyone! I hope you have all had a restful and enjoyable summer and that everyone is feeling refreshed and ready to begin the new academic year.
Our topics for the Autumn Term are:
‘Art Week – Only One You’, ‘Savage Stone Age’, ‘Safety First’, ‘Wonders of Life’ and ‘Let’s Get Christmas Cooking!’
We are going to kick start the term with our annual Art Week, where we will use a book called ‘Only One Me’ to inspire our art work, as well as discussion about how we can begin the year with a positive mindset. Following that, our Savage Stone Age topic will lead our learning in History, Geography, Art and DT. The children will learn about how the Stone Age to the Bronze Age period impacted on life in Britain. They will learn about how early man survived in a harsh environment, why Skara Brae was important for learning about life in the Stone Age and why Stonehenge was built. We will look at the geography of the UK and compare and identify major towns and cities on a map.
After half term, we will begin our ‘Wonders of Life’ topic. This will provide a stimulus to find out about the world’s countries and understand key aspects of physical geography, such as: climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers, mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes and the water cycle. The children will have chance to be creative, where they will learn and refine techniques to observe and sketch animals.
During the busy build-up to Christmas, the children will have the chance to learn about how Christmas is celebrated around the world. They will use their computing skills to research and gather information about the different history, traditions and celebrations of Christmas.
To begin the term, we will be using a book called ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ to base our learning. We will explore a range of texts types, and use the existing text features to help us produce writing of our own. As we move onto our Stone Age topic, we will look at a narrative called ‘Stig of the Dump’, and use that to write our own setting description and narrative piece. Our Wonders of the World topic is likely to generate some creative, descriptive writing in the form of poetry. Within guided reading sessions, we will be looking closely at narrative and poetry features, making predictions and drawing inferences. We will be analysing specific vocabulary and looking at a range of grammar and punctuation elements, such as: the power of word classes, ways of extending our sentences and our use of punctuation, to help us enhance our writing skills.
Our work this term will include the basics of the four operations; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will study place value, at length, and learn how to read, write, round and order numbers that have up to 6-digits. Following this, we will begin to explore place value in decimal numbers, linking this to our understanding of fractions. Towards the end of the term, we will learn how to classify 2D and 3D shapes, based on their properties.
Our ‘Safety First’ topic will allow the children to reflect on how they can stay safe online, and use the internet responsibly by keeping their personal information safe and communicate positively with their peers. The children will also learn about basic word processing skills and the features of existing computer programmes to enhance their work.
Our PE lessons are on a Monday and Tuesday afternoon (alternate weeks) and Friday afternoon each week. However, the children will need to have their indoor PE kit in school at all times. The Friday session, weather permitting, will be outdoors so children will need to bring their outdoor PE kit. Please refer to our uniform policy for guidelines on our PE uniform.
Children should have a water bottle in school every day.
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, each week, 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 will be due in on a Friday. This may 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.
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.
It is important that children hand work in on time because 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.
I am thoroughly looking forward to this academic year and I hope the children are too!
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