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OAK NEWS – September 2018
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’, ‘Savage Stone Age’, ‘Wonders Of Life, ‘Cyber Safety’ and ‘Christmas Through Time’.
We are going to begin the term with Art Week, where the children will have the opportunity to build on and learn new skills to create their own painting based on the work of Escher. We will then be moving on to our Savage Stone Age topic, where the children will learn about this early period of history and its three time periods. They will discover what life was like, how they hunted for food, what they ate, and how they lived. They will create their own Stone Age inspired cave painting.
Our Wonders of Life topic will explore the rainforest and how it creates and upholds life. We will look at endangered animals, look at the work of the artist Henri Rousseau and the children will compose their own rainforest style music. As we begin our busy approach to Christmas, the children will begin their Christmas Through Time topic, which I’m sure they will enjoy! This topic will be linked to history and explore the changes and traditions of Christmas throughout the years. We will create some Christmas decorations and do some Christmas cooking! In Science, throughout the term, the children will learn about rocks and their properties and living things and their habitats. 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 focussing upon topic-based writing on Vincent Van Gogh and producing some poetry inspired by dreams. We will read and analyse Clive King’s novel Stig Of The Dump and use as evidence to support or Stone Age work. We will produce a report and a character description. We will then look at narrative and write a spooky short story. Leading up to Christmas, we will focus further 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 four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will be recapping and deepening our understanding of place value; reading, writing, ordering and comparing numbers up to 10,000,000, as well as rounding them. We will be multiplying mentally, including with large numbers and using the formal written method of short multiplication. We will use coordinates to describe the positions of shapes in all four quadrants and construct more complex nets.
Within our computing lessons, we will learn how to use the internet, to research the Stone Age, and the importance of checking information accurately (this will be part of our E-Safety learning). From our research, we will create a Stone Age display and present our information to the class. During our ‘Cyber Safety’ topic we will continue to learn what makes
makes us cyber safe in the modern, technological world.
Our PE lessons are on a Monday and Tuesday afternoon (alternate weeks) and Friday afternoon each week and the school advises the children wear the school PE kit. 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. Please refer to our uniform policy for guidance on our PE uniform.
Children should have a water bottle in school every day, which they are free to use at appropriate times.
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 endeavour to sign and write weekly, after each Guided Reading session. We will also do whole class guided reading sessions, particularly as the year progresses.
As well as regular reading, the children should be practising their times tables often.
Homework will be set on a Friday to be handed in the following Thursday. 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. 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 looking forward to a super Autumn term! Mrs Leaper
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