Autumn Term 1 2019
13th September 2019
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.
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).
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.
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
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.
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.
Units from ‘The Way the Truth and the Life’ – The Kingdom of God (first half term). Justice (second half term).
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
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:
Thursday 19th Horlands Farm trip (5F)
Thursday 26th Horlands Farm trip (5M)
Monday 21st – Friday 25th Half Term
Monday 28th INSET Day
Tuesday 5th Open Evening (4.30 – 7 pm)
Wednesday 6th Open Evening (3.30– 6.00 pm)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org