I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year are looking forward to what we are going to learn this half term.
We start the term looking at fantasy stories linked to our class novel of Skellig. We will then move on to looking at poetry linked to the geography topic of volcanoes and earthquakes. Throughout our literacy lessons we will be developing our use of standard written and spoken English and the use of grammatical terminology. We will also be developing our use of interesting vocabulary, which you will be able to help with at home. Spellings will be sent home to learn on a weekly basis. Please encourage your child to learn how to spell these words - writing them at least three times a day might be a useful strategy. The children have also learnt lots of different ways to help them remember spellings, why not ask them to show you some of these strategies.
Please make sure your child reads their reading book at least four times a week and sign their diary to reflect this.
The term will start with looking at place value, including Roman numerals and negative numbers. This will be followed by work on fractions, division, area and addition. We will be spending some time using and applying our new mathematics skills and explaining how we reach an answer. We will also look at developing our mental mathematics, particularly a rapid recall of multiplication and division facts and how to use known facts to add and subtract rapidly.
You could support your child greatly by helping them to learn all their times tables at home. We will also be spending time in school working on times tables and we will have regular timed tables and arithmetic tests.
Our art work will be closely linked to work in Literacy. Please be on the lookout for feathers as you walk around. We need as many as possible so the children are able to complete observational drawings.
We will be learning about volcanoes and earthquakes, using maps to locate volcanoes and how earthquakes happen .
We will be learning about forces and magnets.
Swimming: Children will go swimming on Wednesday afternoon.
Other PE sessions will be on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.
Please make sure PE kits are in school every day.
Label all PE clothing, including footwear, it is amazing how many children lose thier clothing, and without names it is almost impossible to relocate them.
PLEASE LABEL YOUR CHILD'S CLOTHING. PLEASE ALSO LABEL HATS, SCARVES AND GLOVES AS SO MANY OF THESE END UP IN LOST PROPERTY; NAMES MAKE IT EASIER FOR ITEMS TO BE RETURNED.
Ensure your child reads at least four times a week at home and have their diary signed by the person who listens to them read.
Ensure your child brings their reading book and diary into school every day as opportunities will arise for reading throughout the week. All children will have a guided reading session at least once a week with a teacher.
Help your child learn their times tables up to 12 x 12.
Homework will be given out each Thursday/Friday. Spellings will be tested on Friday morning.
Leaning Log homework will be sent out at the start of each half term. Clear instructions are on the sheet stuck in the front of the book. Please help your child with the learning log work, it is a great opportunity for you to work together on a project. The ideas on the sheet are just suggestions, do not feel you have to stick rigidly to them, be creative if you like. Remember to send completed learning logs into school as soon as you have done them. Remember to send the Learning Log book back into school along with any of the activities your child has completed.
If you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to call into school to speak to me.