Welcome to Autumn 1 in Rowan Class
Welcome back, I hope that you all had a relaxing Summer break and a chance to re-charge your batteries!
Attached below is a summary of the subject focuses we will be looking this half term.
Science lesson this half term will be focussed on Human Life Cycles. We will begin by looking at ourselves and how we have changed physically since we started school in Reception. We will explore the stages of childhood, adulthood and old age and describe the changes that we go through as we age. We will investigate this unit by conducting fair tests around the school by measuring each others, and that of younger children in school, head circumference and drawing conclusions from what we find.
Our topic this half term is 'The Kingdom United' This is a Geography based topic which will test our skills as geographers as we explore the countries that make up the United Kingdom. We will examine each individual country in detail by looking at the population sizes, key rivers and their sources, weather patterns and the physical and human features we would find there.
In Religious Education we will start the half term by looking at The Dignity of the Human Person. This unit of work looks at how we are all equal in God's eyes and loved by Him. We will explore the concept that we have all been given a special and unique gift for the world and how each person is unique and irreplaceable - everybody matters. As a class we will read the story of the 'Forget Me Not' to support our learning on the idea that people matter more than possessions.
In English, we will support our Geography work 'Kingdom United' by looking at legends of the British Isles. We will enjoy planning and writing our own version of a British legend based on a model and plan to present our work to some of the younger children in school. We will then focus our skills on persuasive writing and write a persuasive broadcast about a country in the British Isles. Our school focus this year is on writing and we will be continuing to develop our writing skills through our Extended Writing, taking inspiration from the outdoors and completing writing challenges.
In Maths we will be start the half term by focussing on place value, the understanding of place value of numbers is vital to all other areas of Mathematics and being successful within them. When we have consolidated our learning on place value we will move on to examine addition and subtraction using our mental skills to add and subtract increasingly large numbers and using methods to solve multi-step word problems. We we will then go on to explore the information contained in line graphs as part of our learning on statistics before finishing the half term with a focus on multiplication and division I will set further MyMaths homework tasks that should compliment what they children have been learning in class that week. I understand that some may not have access to MyMaths at home and so I will give the children time to complete these activities during school time. We have discovered a free app you can download which will allow you to access MyMaths on an iPad so if you use an iPad at home then download Puffin Academy App from the App store and MyMaths (and other educational programmes) will work through that.
If you are unsure about what to do to get on MyMaths then here is the web link
Homework is an important part of children’s learning and, therefore, I will be ensuring that all children complete the tasks set. Any child who does not complete homework tasks will be made to complete them during dinnertimes at Homework Club.
As Upper Key Stage 2, the children in Rowan Class will be expected to read continuously throughout the week and have their reading records signed by parents at least THREE times per week. This is to ensure that the excellent reading standards remain high and to enthuse and encourage the children to read as much and as wide a variety of literature as possible!
Please make sure you (or any other adult who hears your child read) signs the reading record so that we can keep track of how often the children are reading outside of school. If the children do not read at home then they will read to an adult during Monday dinnertime at Homework Club.
P.E is an important part of the curriculum and, therefore, it is necessary that children have their P.E kits in school at all times. Children who do not have P.E kits will have to participate in recording and helping other children during P.E lessons. Please ensure your child has their P.E kit on these days (or leave it in school during the week) so that your child may benefit fully from our P.E lessons. Our P.E lesson this half term will place on a Monday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has the correct equipment in school on that day.
If you do have any queries or issue you would like to raise with me then please do not hesitate to speak to me after school or, alternatively, you can arrange a meeting with me, through Mrs Thompson at the Office, if you would like to discuss anything in more detail.
Many thanks for your continued support,