Autumn Term 1 2019

13th September 2019

Dear Parents,

The children have settled in well during their first week back at school and are approaching their learning with enthusiasm. Here is an outline of the work we will be covering, together with important dates for your diaries. We hope this is helpful to you when you are choosing library books, going on visits or helping with research.  

Main Topic

In the first half term, we will be conducting a UK study concentrating on land-use comparing city and country, local government and sustainability. Children will use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate different areas of the UK and describe features studied. In the first half-term, we will go on a trip to Horlands Farm to examine country land-use. We will have an overarching theme of ‘what it means to belong’.

In the second half term, we will be comparing geographical similarities and differences between the United Kingdom and Spain. Focusing on culture, religion, land-use patterns and identifying key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers).

Literacy

This term the children will work on recounts (diary entries), character study, writing in a chosen form for a chosen audience and persuasive writing (‘The Arrival’ is the key text).  Children will be encouraged to: read with understanding; compare texts, plays and films; plan quickly; investigate viewpoints; read and write poetry, non-fiction, stories and scripts. The children will learn key spelling rules and apply them. Reading will be taught through the core English text, short stories and comprehensions.

 Maths

Approximating, place value, decimals, ordering positive and negative numbers on scales

Interpret percentages as fractions and decimals

Square numbers up to 20 x 20, patterns and factors

Co-ordinates in 4 quadrants

Measure – area and perimeter

Fractions – simplifying, ordering, adding and subtracting fractions

Volume using cm³, m³, ml, l and equivalents

Distances on maps and scale drawings

Mental addition and subtraction

Apply and explain methods to solve multi-step problems

Science

Animals including humans

Children will identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and explain the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood.  They will recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function.  Finally, they will be able to describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans.

 Electricity

The children will be taught to:

  • use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram.
  • associate the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit.
  • compare and give reasons for variations in how components function, including the brightness of bulbs, the loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches.

RE

Units from ‘The Way the Truth and the Life’ – The Kingdom of God (first half term). Justice (second half term).

Class Routines

 Monday                 Music (6M) and Drama

Tuesday               Topic and art

Wednesday         Drama and RE, PE (6F), Science

Thursday                RE, Computing and Swimming -10 weeks (6M)

Friday                     Music (6F) Singing, PE

Homework:

Homework

Journal:                       One written task per week – given out Friday, back by following Wednesday.

Reading:                       Nightly – children are expected to read for 20-30 minutes EVERY evening.

They should keep a record of pages read nightly and write a detailed comment each time they finish a book. Please encourage your children to read a variety of literature including newspapers, magazines and advertising material.

Spellings:                     Thursday for test the following week.

Maths Homework:         Friday to be completed by following Wednesday.

Dates for your diary:

September

Thursday 19th         Horlands Farm trip (5F)

Thursday 26th        Horlands Farm trip (5M)

October

Monday 21st   – Friday 25th         Half Term

Monday 28th           INSET Day

November

Tuesday 5th           Open Evening (4.30 – 7 pm)

Wednesday 6th      Open Evening (3.30– 6.00 pm)

December

Thursday 12th        Christmas performance  (6M)

Monday 16th          Christmas performance   (6F)

 School breaks up for Christmas holidays on Thursday 19th December.  Children return to school on

Monday 6th January.

 Thank you for your support in advance.  If you have any queries at all please do see me at the end of a school day.  If that’s not convenient, email me on: cfalconer1.209@lgflmail.org

Warmest regards,         

Cath Falconer