Welcome to Summer 1 in Rowan Class, we have a very busy yet fun-packed half term planned for us all. Attached below is a summary of the subject focuses we will be looking this half term.
At Sacred Heart Religious Education is at the core of the core curriculum, it is embedded in everything to do and say. This half term in Religious Education one of our main themes in the Eucharist and Relating. To start the new term, we will be turning our hand to looking at Religious Education through art focussing in particular on the festival of Pentecost. Pentecost comes from a Jewish harvest festival called Shavuot. The apostles were celebrating this festival when the Holy Spirit descended on them. It sounded like a very strong wind, and it looked like tongues of fire. The apostles then found themselves speaking in foreign languages, inspired by the Holy Spirit. People passing by at first thought that they must be drunk, but the apostle Peter told the crowd that the apostles were full of the Holy Spirit. We will look at Pentecost as a happy festival when Priests in church often wear robes with red in the design as a symbol of the flames in which the Holy Spirit came to earth.
'Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:38)
To follow on from this we will begin to look at what constitutes a memory and why memories are important. This act will enable us to understand fully the importance of celebrating festivals and how through the Jewish Passover we came to celebrate the Eucharist as Christians by making links between the Passover, The Last Supper and The Eucharist. We will use our new religious vocabulary to explain religious actions performed both by ourselves and others.
Science lessons this half term will have biology focus where we will be exploring and examining the life cycles of flowers, plants and animals. We will become naturalists, following in the steps of David Attenborough, as we learn all about flowering plant reproduction; asexual reproduction in plants; animal reproduction; comparing environments; gestation and growth. We have lots of hands on investigations to look forward to, even the dissection of a flower to identify the parts that allow it to reproduce.
Our Geography topic this half term is 'Amazon Adventure' where we will take a trek into the depths of the jungle as Rowan class explores the fascinating world of the rainforest. Your children will discover where the rainforests are, what they are like, who lives in rainforests (including animals, plants and indigenous peoples) We will enjoy looking at and re-creating the work of the famous Rainforest artist Henri Rousseau and even make our own animal masks to ensure that we are fully immersed into the world of tropical rainforests.
In English, we will use all our research into the tropical rainforests of earth and in particular the Amazon Rainforest to write our own story from a different cultural background. We will be basing a lot of our ideas on the wonderful 'The Great Kapok Tree' by Lynne Cherry and using her inspiring tale of life, survival and the eco-system as a model ensuring that as we go we incorporate all those wonderful skills we have acquired through the year so far to make us wonderful writers. To end the half term we will be working to write a persuasive speech for and against some very important issues concerning the worlds greatest living resource and debate deforestation in the rainforest.
In Maths we will be start the half term by continuing our work on number and decimals. We will looking closely at adding and subtracting decimals within one whole, complements to one, crossing the whole, adding and subtracting using the same decimal place and finally, adding and subtracting using different decimal places. The last two weeks of the half term will be dedicated to building our learning of geometry and properties of shape. Having rapid recall of multiplication and division facts really helps the children in this (and most other) area of maths. We appreciate your continued support at home to encourage your children to practice their timetables.As the term draws to a close, we will turn our attention to decimals and percentages which will continue into the Summer term. 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.
We would like to warmly welcome Miss Sarah Hardy to our class. Miss Hardy is currently training to become teacher and has enjoyed getting to know the children and will be working closely with them as the term progresses.
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,