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ELM NEWS – September 2017
Welcome back everyone! I hope you have all had a relaxing and enjoyable summer and that everyone is feeling refreshed and ready to begin the new academic year. Below is some information that you will find very useful about what we will be covering, within our curriculum, this term.
Our topics for the Autumn Term are:
‘Art Week’, ‘Terrific Tudors’, ‘Ultimate Robots’, ‘Fair Enough’, and ‘Christmas Lights’.
We are going to kick start the term with Art Week, where the children will have the opportunity to build on and learn new skills to create their own piece of art. We will then be moving on to our Terrific Tudors topic, where the children will learn about the Tudors and their place in history. They will discover what life was like, during the Tudor times, such as what life was like for children, what they wore, what they ate, what punishments were given and common diseases. They will create their own Tudor house and make a clay Tudor rose.
As we begin our busy approach to Christmas, the children will begin their Robots topic, which I’m sure they will enjoy! This topic will be linked to Global Learning and recycling. The children will learn about the importance of recycling, design and create their own robot made from recycled materials and discover how technology has developed around the world.
In Science, throughout the term, the children will learn about the properties of materials and forces. They will have the opportunity to plan and carry out different types of scientific enquiries, record data and report findings. They will explore famous scientists and their discoveries, deepening their own understanding as they do so.
To begin the term, we will be studying a short film and using this to inspire our writing of a setting description and character description. We will look closely at how our chosen vocabulary can entertain our writer. We will then move onto our topic-based writing on The Tudors, where we will produce a newspaper report and a persuasive piece of writing. Leading up to Christmas, we will begin our Robots topic and focus on narrative and instructional writing. Within guided reading sessions, we will be looking closely at narrative features, making predictions and drawing inferences. We will be analysing specific vocabulary and looking at a range of grammar and punctuation elements 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.
Within our computing lessons, we will learn how to use the internet, to research the Tudors, and the importance of checking information accurately (this will be part of our E-Safety learning). From our research, we will create a Tudor display and present our information to the class. During our ‘Robots’ topic, we will look closely at programming and algorithms to control a robot.
Our PE lessons are on a Monday and Tuesday afternoon (alternate weeks) and Friday afternoon each week. 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 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 will be due in on a Friday. 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.
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 hope the children are too!
These are the books we have chosen to read so far this year:
I wonder what we’ll choose to read next!
I am learning