Welcome to Summer Term 2 in Rowan Class
Attached below is a summary of the subject focuses we will be looking this half term.
As stated in the letter sent out to all parents and carers before the holidays, this half term in our Science lessons, we shall be looking at changing relationships and changes to the human body as we approach puberty. If you have any queries or concerns about the content of these lessons please do not hesitate to call in and talk to me.
Our topic this half term is 'Faster, Higher, Stronger' This is a History based topic which will transport us back in time to Ancient Greece. We will discover when the ancient Greeks lived, how they lived in their separate city states, how their armies lived and fought, the gods they worshipped on Mount Olympia and much, much more.
In Religious Education we will start the half term by looking at inspirational Christians and the Christian value that they encompass. In Rowan class, we will focus our work on Pope John Paul II, an individual with a fascinating personal history who worked tirelessly to bring peace to the world. We will spend a portion of this half term dedicated to examining other world faiths and will focus our attentions on Judaism. We will learn all about the festivals celebrate by those of the Jewish faith and the ways in which Judaism and Christianity are similar.
In English, we will support our Topic work 'Faster, Higher, Stronger' by studying the Greek myths before attempting to write our own version. We will revisit our skills at writing non-chronological reports focussing on an aspect of the Olympics. As the school year begins to draw to a close we will turn our attentions to writing poetry based on a model. Our poem will be full of figurative language, similes and metaphors. 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 looking at place value and written calculations. We will then go on to consolidate our learning of fractions by exploring rounding, percentages and problem solving. In measurement we will tackle mass volume, capacity and time before finishing the academic year focussing on area and volume of shape . 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 take the form of swimming lessons commencing on 15th June and continuing each Thursday after. 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,
Mrs Livesey and Mrs Phillips