Welcome to Autumn 2 in Rowan Class, I hope that you all had a relaxing break and a chance to re-charge your batteries before the Christmas activities and celebrations begin.
Attached below is a summary of the subject focuses we will be looking this half term.
Science lessons this half term will be focussed on Earth and Space. In this exciting topic the children will become experts on the Earth, Sun and Moon, finding out facts like how big each one is, how far away from each other they are, how their relationship to each other creates night, day and different time zones, and explore what a year and a lunar month is. The class will enjoy taking part in lots of hands on experiments both inside and outside the classroom to encourage the budding Tim Peake inside each of them. Our topic this half term is 'Earthlings' and is a science based topic which supports the children's learning on Earth and Space. We will transform our classroom into our very own solar system by creating our own planets using papier mache (you may wish to send into school an old apron or shirt to protect uniforms - I will inform you of when we are beginning to make our models.)
In Religious Education we will start the half term by paying homage to those who have served and lost their lives in wars throughout history and to this day. We will focus on what and who we remember on 11th November (Remembrance Day) and how we can best live our lives in the memory of those who made so many sacrifices for us. Following this, we will shift our attentions to examine God's covenant with us in the Old Testament. By focussing on key Biblical figures such as Moses and Abraham we can make links to how the people of God waited for the coming Messiah. As the half term draws to a close and Christmas looms before us, we will look at the period of Advent and what it means to live in hope and the expectations we should have in life.
In English, we will support our Science topic 'Earthlings' by developing the skills to identify the features of a non-chronological report, gathering information through research and composing our own formal report about the planets in our solar system. We will then look at our poetry skills by using poems with a structure. We will be writing new poems of our own drawing on the structure(s) of those studied. To bring the year to an end, we will explore the exciting and challenging word of Science Fiction stories. Our intended outcome here is to compose our own science fiction stories to entertain an identified audience. 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 number, multiplication and division. In this area the children will be asked to multiply and divide numbers mentally. Multiply and divide whole numbers by 10, 100 and 1000. Identify multiples and factors. Recognise and use square numbers and cube numbers and the notation for squared (2) and cubed (3)
Solve problems involving multiplication and division including using their knowledge of factors and multiples, squares and cubes. The last two weeks of term will be dedicated to perimeter and area when we will be exploring how to measure and calculate the perimeter of composite rectilinear shapes in cm and m and then calculate and compare the area of rectangles, using standard units, cm2, m2 to estimate the area of irregular shapes. 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,