Welcome to Spring 1 in Rowan Class, I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas break and wish you all the best for 2018.
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 forces in action. During our lessons, the children will discover how forces affect everything around us. We will learn all about the affect of gravity, friction, air and water resistance as well as building models to explore the ways in which pulleys, levers and gears work.
Our History topic this half term concentrates on inventors and inventions the learning within this theme focuses on the early Islamic civilisation in Baghdad around the year AD900, commonly known as the Islamic Golden Age. We will learn all about the House of Wisdom and the people who studied there. The House of Wisdom was based in Baghdad and was a major intellectual centre of research and education in the Islamic Golden Age. People came from all over the world to study there. We will explore what was invented during this time and how have these inventions changed people's lives. We will end or research by looking at the Siege of Baghdad and how the Islamic Golden Age of invention came to an end.
In Religious Education we will start the half term by looking at life choices and the concept of belonging. Through our learning we will come to recognise the importance of welcome as we are invited to share in the life and work of God through Baptism. Throughout the term will discover that the Bible recounts God's invitations to people to share in his life and work: among them Moses, Samuel, the prophets, Mary and the Apostles. The call to follow Jesus is a personal invitation.
In English, we will continue to 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. Before exploring 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 final two weeks of the half term will be dedicated to building upon the children's existing knowledge of number and fractions. 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,